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.
God has spoken to us in His Word and we would do well to know what He has said. How many opportunities do you take time to get to know the Word of God? Please join us today as Pastor Mark Blowers brings us the message from 2 Peter 3:1-13 were Peter says “I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder”.
The Parable of the Sower is about the spreading of the Gospel, about the message and about the heart of those who hear. The seed is the Word, the sower is communication and the soil is our hearts. Two of those things remain constant in every setting but the hearts change throughout the story. Pastor Mark discusses the comparisons of the soil to the 4 types of heart and encourages us to know which is ours and gives us thoughts in how to make our hearts a fertile field where God’s Word can produce incredible fruit.
Mark 12:13-27 finds the religious power brokers of the day seeking to trap Jesus with their questions. Yet like before, he answers them with confidence and seeking to teach them of their condition and worry for the present. Today, whether it be our view of influence, knowledge, position or appearance being what we strive for, Jesus asks us to look at His life and how the present pulls our gaze toward eternity.