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Favorites About Jesus

This summer during the Sunday worship services, we will be spending time with Jesus, hearing Him teach and watching Him heal through your favorite passages from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

John 9

Can you see that you are blind?  Or are you blind to the fact that you cannot see?  When it comes to Jesus, it's the blind who see clearly that we are in desperate need for our Savior, Jesus.

Eye Exam ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ August 18, 2019
Matthew 6:24-34

Why do we worry?  What do we worry about most?  What is the problem with worry?  What could we change?  How can we change?  Jesus gives us a new perspective on life to lead us to new practices.

Hakuna Matata ~ Dr. Thomas Wolthuis ~ August 11, 2019
Matthew 6:5-15

Prayer is vital for good spiritual health.  Do you know how to pray?  Jesus provides a great model and gives us guidelines on how to pray.

Prayer 101 ~ Mr. Richard Dykema ~ August 4, 2019
Matthew 5:38-42

Our natural instinct tells us to act toward others as they have acted toward us.  But God, through Jesus, changes our instinct, giving us the desire and ability to love our enemies as God has loved us.

Perfect Love ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ July 28, 2019
Matthew 11:25-30

Only a mean and cruel parent would expect their child to do something beyond their capability, and our Father in heaven is not mean and cruel. Our Father knows we are children, and through His Son offers to exchange our heavy burdens for the light and easy yoke of Jesus.

Good Trade ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ July 21, 2019
Matthew 14:22-23

In the storms of life, Jesus seems far away, but He is Immanuel, God with us. Jesus still comes to us, calms us, calls us, and hears our call to Him.

In the Storm ~ Dr. Thomas Wolthuis ~ July 14, 2019
Matthew 5:13-16

Believers in Jesus are the light of the world, reflecting the stronger, unquenchable light into a world of darkness.  Shine, believers, shine!

You Are the Light ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ July 7, 2019
Matthew 5:1-12

Following Jesus can have its problems, such as being insulted and persecuted for our faith.  But living the life of Jesus also has its blessings, like comfort, mercy, and inheriting the world!  You are blessed when you live the life of Jesus!

Blessed ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 30, 2019
Mark 7:14-23

Our actions reveal our hearts; we live out of our internal desires and values.  If our minds and hearts are tainted by evil, people will see it in our actions.  But with Jesus living in us, His purity will be seen in our words and in our actions.

Outside In ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 23, 2019
John 14:1-6

Throughout history, man has tried to find many different ways to heaven and eternal life.  Jesus clearly explains which way is the only way.

One Way ~ Mr. Richard Dykema ~ June 16, 2019

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21

Before Pentecost, God's people were notorious for their weakness and vulnerability.  After Pentecost, God's people are renowned for courage and strength, moving out into this world in the power of the Spirit of Christ!

The Spirit Effect ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 9, 2019

Ascension Day

Psalm 93

When Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God, He went to work, and His works are a sight to see.  Look, watch, notice what Jesus is doing, and praise our Lord!

Behold, Jesus, Your King ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 2, 2019

Space for Rest

Accepting Jesus' offer to exchange our heavy lives for peace and Sabbath rest

Hebrews 4:1-13

God created a day for rest, and He called that day, "Today."  Today—any day—on whichever day we find ourselves—is a day of rest.

Seven Days of Sabbath ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ May 26, 2019
Matthew 12:1-14

For those who are tired, drained, and weary from the work week, Jesus offers healing in the rest of Sabbath.  Come to Jesus, the Lord of Sabbath rest.

Jesus, Lord of Sabbath ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ May 19, 2019
Isaiah 58:13-14

For people controlled by time constraints and schedules, the idea of Sabbath can feel threatening.  But God offers a beautiful gift, the gift of abundant joy, if we will obey His command to rest.

The Joy of Sabbath ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ May 12, 2019
Exodus 31:12-18

God provided a model for rest, not just one day a week, but for each day of the week. Today we will see how God provided the freedom to rest for His children in the Old Testament and in today’s world.

God’s Grace in Rest ~ Mr. Rich Dykema ~ May 5, 2019
Genesis 2:1-3

When we think that the world will stop spinning unless we stay busy, we are suggesting that God is not in control and that He's failing at his job. When we recognize that Jesus' death and resurrection are restoring this world to God's original creation, we can breathe a sigh of relief and rest.

Six Good Days, One Holy Day ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ April 28, 2019

THE NIGHT BEFORE (Lenten Series)

Preparing to remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice during the season of Lent 

John 20:1-18

Sorrow is comforted and grief is healed in the presence of the risen Lord Jesus.  Look at Him!  Do you see Him?  Jesus is Alive!

Joy Comes in the Morning - Pastor Gary - Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
John 18:15-18; 25-27

We love Jesus, so how could we ever deny Him?  Yet, like Peter, we, too, are capable of turning our backs on Jesus.

Denial - Pastor Gary - Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019
John 18:1-14

Jesus was arrested, placed on trial, and sentenced to death—and the whole time He was the one in control of circumstances.  Our suffering Servant King is sovereign over all! 

The Power of a Servant King - Pastor Gary - April 14, 2019
John 17:20-26

When Jesus prays for something, you know that He will receive His request.  In John 17, Jesus asks His Father to make us one with each other like Jesus and the Father are one.  We will be one, we are one, as close to each other as the members of the Trinity.

United in Christ - Pastor Gary - April 7, 2019
John 15:26-16:15

We miss Jesus, we want Him to return.  But while we eagerly wait for Him to come back, we are filled with His power, His wisdom, and His character, because of His gift, God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Gives a Gift - Pastor Gary - March 31, 2019
Revelation 3:14-22

What is the issue of being "lukewarm"? How can it be overcome?

Laodicea: Usefulness - Dr. Tom Wolthuis - March 24, 2019
John 15:1-17

An eternally fruitful life is possible through our connection to Jesus, if we can remember that connection. Remain, abide, be fruitful in the life you receive from Jesus.

Remain in Jesus - Pastor Gary - March 17, 2019
John 14:1-14

Heaven seems so far away and Jesus seems so distant. But look again, see the Way home. Look at Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, the Life.

Jesus Is The Way Home - Pastor Gary - March 10, 2019
John 13:1-17

Our sins have created a chasm between us and God, a divide that we cannot cross. But Jesus has removed this chasm through His death and resurrection, washing away our sins with His own blood.

Washed Clean - Pastor Gary - March 3, 2019

SORROW & JOY ~ THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH

Jeremiah (627-585 BC), a prophet, spoke to the nation of Judah. The theme of Jeremiah is "God promises His people a new covenant beyond the necessary exile."

 

This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.   Jeremiah 31:33

The book of Jeremiah is a constant reminder of God's promise in Deuteronomy, that His chosen people will be cursed for their unfaithfulness to Yahweh (Jehovah) but that God will also restore them, establishing a new covenant which will be fulfilled through Jesus, David's "righteous Branch" (Jeremiah 23:5).  Jeremiah is best understood in the context with the political intrigue of the kings of Judah, which you can read more about in 2 Kings 22-25 and 2 Chronicles 34-36. Wrangling over how to respond to national threats, what alliances should be made with other countries and God's covenantal responsibility to His people create a tense setting for Jeremiah's ministry. He is called to speak in opposition to the dynasty of King David and the flatters and minions of these unfaithful kings. His job is to speak truth to power, as unpopular as it was.

The heart of Jeremiah's prophetic words are found in Chapters 1-25, which probably make up most of the scroll that was burned by Jehoiakim, as recorded in Chapter 36. Interwoven through these warnings are moments where Jeremiah and God interact, with Jeremiah expressing his fear of how the people will respond and God reassuring him of His sovereignty.

The structure of Jeremiah:

Chapters 1-25 - Prophecies of judgment against Jerusalem

Chapters 26-36 - Narratives of hope for the future

Chapters 37-45 - Narratives regarding the fall of Jerusalem

Chapters 46-51 - Prophecies of judgment against the nation

 

Sources: How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee, Douglas Stuart
How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus' Lense by Michael Williams
Jeremiah 51:45-64

We love our enemies, we pray for those who persecute us. But we refuse to join our enemies, knowing that some day they will be destroyed because of their rebellion against God.

The end and the Beginning - Pastor Gary - February 24, 2019
Jeremiah 33:1-11

Home. We want to go home to our native country, to be with our Father. Soon, our exile will be over and we'll be able to go home.

The Promise - Pastor Gary - February 17, 2019
Jeremiah 31

God is our God. We are God people. This relationship, under the new covenant cannot be broken.

The New Covenant - Pastor Gary - February 10, 2019
Jeremiah 20

Sin has consequence but so does obedience. Sometimes, living righteously results in great suffering for believers. But obedience is worth the suffering as we remain in the comfort of the presence of the Lord

The Grief of Serving God - Pastor Gary - February 3, 2019
Jeremiah 8:4-17

Our instinct tells us to run and hide when we're caught doing what God told us not to do, but that reaction is deadly. God urges us to return to Him in repentance and find forgiveness.

The Nature of the Problem - Pastor Gary - January 27, 2019
Jeremiah 7:16-29

Jesus died and rose again to forgive us of our sins. And yet, when we sin, there are consequences. God in His mercy warns us that we only hurt ourselves when we choose to sin.

Fair Warning - Pastor Gary - January 20, 2019
Jeremiah 3

Our treatment of God is grounds for divorce. He had every right to end our relationship. And yet, His love never fails. He wants us back!

An Offer of Mercy - Pastor Gary - January 13, 2019
Jeremiah 1

We are introduced to Jeremiah who called and prepared by God to bring a very unpleasant message from God to Judah.

The Weeping Prophet - Rich Dykema - January 6, 2019