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Ephesians 6:10-18

We are very aware of PPE these days. Are we also using our spiritual PPE?

PPE ~ Mr. Rich Dykema ~ August 2, 2020
Matthew 6:5-8

We feel the effects of being separated and alone, but alone and separate is the ideal place for time spent with God in prayer. Quarantine yourself from the distractions around you and spent time with your Father in heaven!

Quarantined Prayer ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ July 26, 2020
Psalm 146

We love to worship together, to join our voices with others as we lift our praise to God. But there's a different kind of joy, a special kind of awe, when we spend time in worship as individuals, when we lift our voices alone in praise to our God.

I Will Worship ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ July 19, 2020
Psalm 63

We can't hear God, we can't sense His presence when there are so many distractions and so much noise filling our senses. But in quiet meditation, in times of solitude, we draw apart and we become aware of the glorious presence of God.

Quiet and Alone ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 12, 2020
Psalm 139

To know and to be known—this the essence of the love that binds us to God. Wherever we are, whatever we are experiencing, whether we are up or whether we are down, God is there.

Known ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ July 5, 2020
Psalm 42

Where is God? Why doesn't He act? Our hearts can grieve, our faith can be shaken, and yet we know that our hope is in God and we will, at some time, praise the Lord!

Why So Sad? ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 28, 2020
Philippians 3:1-14

When we've tried everything else, and everything else has failed, then we're ready to admit that nothing compares to the value of knowing Jesus.

Knowing Jesus ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 21, 2020
Psalm 46

Psalm 46 assures us that God is with us, but we forget and grow afraid. So God repeats Himself, as often as it takes, so that eventually we will know the peace and comfort of the presence of God.

With Us ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 14, 2020

2019-20 Review

Revelation 3:1-6

God has been working in us over the past several months, teaching and shaping us to become the people He wants us to be. Today, we go back over the truths He has taught, including:

  1. The Purpose for Our Existence
  2. Election and Free Will
  3. The Life of Christ
  4. Our Vision
  5. Suffering
  6. Healing
  7. Baptism
Remember ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ June 7, 2020

Pentecost

1 Corinthians 12:1-13

Each piece of the puzzle is different, each follower of Jesus is unique. And yet together, united in the Holy Spirit, we are one body, the body of Christ.

The Same, and Yet Different ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ May 31, 2020

Ascension Day

Luke 24:44-53

Jesus’ ascension is a great blessing, but what is a blessing? What does a blessing do? What does the Ascension do? How should we experience the Biblical story between the Ascension and Pentecost?

The Great Blessing ~ Dr. Thomas Wolthuis ~ May 24, 2020
Ephesians 1:15-23

The forgiveness purchased on Good Friday and the power of the resurrection on Easter are given to us through Jesus, our King, reigning from heaven. In His ascension, we experience the fullness of God in us.

The Fullness of God ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ May 17, 2020

The Promise of Baptism

Colossians 2:6-15

God's promises are permanent and dependable, cut deep into our hearts, not through circumcision but through the gift of our baptism. Believe that as sure as water is wet, God is our God, and we are His people.

Promised Engraved into the Heart ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ May 10, 2020
Luke 2:21-40

Living under God's covenant promises is the safest place in the world, under the umbrella of God as our God and we as God's people. We live there, in that safety, through the blood of Jesus, sealed and revealed in our baptisms.

Sealed in Blood ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ May 3, 2020
Joshua 5:2-12

We face questions that don't have answers, fears that seem to overwhelm, danger that we can't avoid. And yet, we live under the shelter of God's covenant promise, sealed and confirmed in our baptisms.

A Comforting Shield in Difficult Times ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ April 26, 2020
Genesis 17:1-14

God is our God.  We are His people.  This covenant relationship cannot be broken, the bond is deep and permanent, sealed and revealed in the gift of our baptisms.

The Promise Cuts Deep ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ April 19, 2020

Isaiah, A Book of Healing

Isaiah 60:1-9

Jesus has risen, and so are we!  More and more, we live the whole and glorious life we've been given through the resurrection of Jesus.

Health! ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
Isaiah 53:1-6

We were healed as Jesus was wounded.  We were given strength as Jesus grew weaker.  We are made whole through the broken and bloody body of Christ.

The Healing ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020
Isaiah 52:1-12

God washes away our sins and heals our wounds, but sometimes we don't act forgiven or healed.  “Stand up!” God says.  “Live the whole and healthy life that you've received from Jesus!”

The Proclamation of Healing ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ April 5, 2020
Isaiah 43:1-7

The wounds of our sin go so deep that healing and wholeness sometimes seem impossible.  But God assures us and comforts us as He explains the process of making us whole.

The Process of Healing ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ March 29, 2020
Isaiah 42:1-9

God has seen our brokenness and provides a Healer for our broken relationship with Him.

The Healer ~ Mr. Rich Dykema ~ March 22, 2020
Isaiah 40:1-11

Sin has caused a deep, gaping, bloody wound by driving a wedge between us and God.  But God comforts His people with the promise that their wounds will be healed and their sin forgiven.

The Promise of Healing ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ March 15, 2020
Isaiah 6

Our sins seem small and innocent, until we see ourselves in the light of the glory of God.

The Wound Exposed ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ March 8, 2020
Isaiah 1:1-20

We are tempted to sin by the promise of pleasure, but in the end, sin leaves gaping, bleeding wounds as it drives a wedge between us and our God.

The Wound ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ March 1, 2020

Suffering

Job 40

We look to explanations and causes for relief from our suffering, but true comfort is found when we become aware of the glorious power of God.

Speechless in Glorious Comfort ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ February 23, 2020
Job 22

God makes the wicked suffer, so if you're suffering, you must have been wicked.  This may be logical, but it's not always true.  When we suffer, we can distinguish truth from lies by truly knowing the character of God.

The Pain of Bad Theology ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ February 16, 2020
Job 9

God never told us that we had to suffer in silence.   God actually teaches us how to question Him.   Though He might not always answer, we can find comfort in directly expressing our doubt to God.

With Honest Questions ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ February 9, 2020
Job 1

We feel helpless when our bodies hurt, when our minds are filled with darkness, when our relationships are filled with pain.  But we find comfort, even as we suffer, when we recognize God's power and sovereignty expressed in the love He has for His people.

Within the Comfort of God’s Sovereignty ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ February 2, 2020

The Book of Galatians

The Book of Galatians

Human nature causes us to drift away from grace, to think of ourselves as somewhat responsible for earning our salvation.  But the true gospel pushes back against that thought, reminding us that we are saved only through the grace of God.

A letter from Paul to Us and the Galatians ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ January 26, 2020

Vision

Luke 10:1-24

One of the greatest fears Christians have when sharing their faith is that it will all be for nothing.  But Jesus promises that people will listen, if we are obedient and introduce our friends to Him.

Celebration of Life ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ January 19, 2020
John 13:31-38

In the last few hours before His death, as Jesus prepared to give His life for us, He left us one command:  to love one another like He loved us.

Step 2 ~ Unconditional Love ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ January 12, 2020
Numbers 11:24-30

We want to grow and develop in our faith, but we're not always sure how that works.  God has blessed us with elders and deacons, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, to help us become more and more like Jesus.

Step 1 ~ Mobilizing Leadership ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ December 29, 2019

Epiphany

Luke 2:22-40

We live between Christmas and Easter.  We celebrate what we have seen and look to see more.  What have we seen and celebrated?  For what are we looking and waiting?

Temple Waiting ~ Dr. Thomas Wolthuis ~ January 5, 2020

Christmas

John 1:1-14

All the fullness of God lives in Jesus, and Jesus lives in you.  You have been given all the fullness of God, all the hope, the peace, the joy, and the love that comes from God Himself.

A Complete Set ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019

Advent

Psalm 31

Does God love us as much as we might wish?  Can we depend on His love when we ourselves are so undependable?  In the incarnation of Christ, God speaks and confirms His infinite, unfailing, faithful love.

Love ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ December 22, 2019
Psalm 33

Apart from God, separated by sin, life was dark and empty, a joyless existence.  But with the arrival of Jesus, in the incarnate Christ, our lives are filled and our hearts rejoice.

Joy ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ December 15, 2019
2 Thessalonians 3:16-18

Separated from God, we were never at peace, not with God, not with ourselves, and not with each other.  Now, in the incarnation of Christ, we can experience peace at all times and in every way.

Peace ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ December 8, 2019
Romans 15:1-13

Once, we lived in despair, separated from God by our sin.  And then Jesus was born, bringing humans and God together forever.  Now, in Christ, we overflow with hope.

Hope ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ December 1, 2019

Canons of Dordt

John 10:22-30

If there's nothing we can do to earn our salvation, if salvation is completely dependent on God's saving work, then nothing can happen to make us lose our salvation.  We are saved, eternally!

Perseverance of the Saints ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ November 24, 2019
Ezekiel 36:24-32

God WILL change our hearts.  We might resist for a while, which only makes the process take longer, but in the end God will have His way. We will be made holy!

Irresistible Grace ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ November 17, 2019
Romans 5:12-21

If we have any ability to save ourselves, even just a little, then the responsibility of our salvation rests on us, at least just a little.  But we are not capable, we are totally unable, and we are completely reliant on the grace of God.

Total Depravity ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ November 10, 2019
Luke 13:22-30

God does not wish that anyone should perish, but the sad fact is that not everyone will give their life to Jesus and find salvation.

Limited Atonement ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ November 3, 2019
1 Peter 2:4-12

Election is a difficult and controversial doctrine.  We will wrestle to understand election to find comfort and calling.

Chosen for the Priesthood ~ Dr. Thomas Wolthuis ~ October 27, 2019

To the Glory of God

Ephesians 2:1-10

Look at our God!  Look at what He does!  And now look at Him share His glory with us, inviting us to join Him on His throne.  We fulfill our existence when we glorify God by sharing the glory of Christ.

MmHmm! ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ October 13, 2019
Revelation 19:1-10

Look at our God!  Look at what He does!  He gives life to His people, life that will not end.  We fulfill our existence in our awe at eternity, as we give glory to our eternal God.

Oh! ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ October 6, 2019
2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Look at our God!  Look at what He does!  His strength is most evident, His grace is sufficient, when we are at our weakest.  We fulfill the purpose for our existence when we glory in our weakness and give glory to our God.

Ouch! ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ September 29, 2019
Habakkuk 3

Look at our God!  Look at who He is!  He is holy and we are sinful.  He is perfect and we are flawed.  But we fulfill our existence, giving glory to God, for His perfect, holy grace.

Woe! ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ September 22, 2019
Revelation 1:1-8

Look at our God!  Look at what He does in this world!  Now we fulfill our existence, giving glory to God, as we join Him in His mission to restore His creation.

Ahh! ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ September 15, 2019
Psalm 92

Look at our God!  Look at what He does!  He protects and saves His people in awesome and powerful ways, and we fulfill our existence when we glorify God.

Whew! ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ September 8, 2019

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.

Luke 13:1-9

Not all suffering is a result of our sin.  But, Jesus warns, a refusal to repent will lead to suffering.  Admit your sin, Jesus says, and let Me change your life.

Sin and Suffering ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ September 1, 2019
Matthew 7:13-20

There seem to be a lot of Christians out there, far more than would fit through the narrow gate described by Jesus.  We will recognize our true brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them acting and talking and living like Jesus.

Picking Your Produce ~ Pastor Gary Brouwers ~ August 25, 2019
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
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