We have been forgiven of a monstrous debt of sin against God because Christ has lifted us up and made us righteous in God’s sight. And this should result in a grateful heart — a heart that is overflowing with joy and forgiveness towards others.
Please join us as Pastor Mark Blowers teaches on Hebrews 1:1-4. God is speaking; is anyone listening?
Have you ever thought of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as a dissertation on right relationships? Throughout the letter, you find consistent themes of healthy relationships—reconciliation, unity, harmony, peace—as either statements of reality or, more often, as heartfelt appeals. Right relationships start with God. Paul writes that God has given us everything we need to live in a right relationship. Please join us as Pastor Mark Blowers shows us how to have a “Marriage in Right Relationship” as he opens the book of Ephesians 5:22-30.
It is common for us to share good news with those we love, whether it be about a marriage, the expectation of a new baby, a new job. We all burst with good news. Pastor Mark Blowers leads us through a walk of Psalm 19, showing us how nature and God’s Word express the news He has to share with us.
There is a sort of tension or intensity throughout the book of Hebrews as the author makes his case that Jesus Christ is in every way superior to the Mosaic covenant with its requirements, rituals, and sacrifices.
It’s not that the OT covenant of law, the historical tabernacle (or the temple), or the Levitical sacrifices were “bad”. God had initiated each of them at a certain point in time for special and holy purposes.
Yet, in reading the New Testament, we learn that each one of these, God intended to be a picture of His ultimate redemptive plan — finally and completely revealed only in Jesus Christ.
Christ’s atoning sacrifice is completely sufficient; it is the one and only sacrifice I will ever need; it is enough for all time and for all eternity; it is enough for God to remember my sins no more; and it is enough for full and free forgiveness!
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed that “this cup” would be taken from Him, if it were God’s will. But what is this “cup” and why would He want to avoid it. In this message, Pastor Mark Blowers uses the Old Testament to show us what the cup is, who it is really meant for and why it was given to Jesus. And then why we can praise God in light of this fact.
Isaiah penned his prophecy hundreds of years before the Gospel was fully unveiled to the world. In chapter 59, he spells out the chasm that exists between God and us, the reason for it and the way it will be bridged. Isaiah is calling a people to recognize their sin and need, pointing them toward a coming redeemer and brings thoughts of thanksgiving for us today.