In our Christmas Word of the Week series we look at the word “deity” which describes something as being God. Throughout history, human beings have created deities to worship and trust in. But the Bible describes these false deities as “idols” who can do nothing. During Advent and Christmas we celebrate the incarnation of the one True God, and proclaim that the Child laid in the manger was more that He appeared. He was what the prophets had foretold: the Mighty God. In Colossians 2:8-9 Paul declares that in Jesus was the whole fullness of deity in bodily form. That God-Man is our Savior — not what many want, but what we sinners NEED!
In our hymn review this week, Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the more unfamiliar and modern Christmas Hymn, Where shepherd’s lately knelt. They will discuss the author and the tune, as well as the Scriptural background for the text and its doctrinal content. They will also talk about the unique feature of the hymn, which puts it in the first person as we view the Baby in the manger through the eyes of a shepherd, and contemplate the meaning of this glorious news for us in a personal way.
Join Pastors Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew for an overview of the Old Testament book of Jeremiah. Learn about the historical background for the work of Jeremiah, who he was and what his message was for the people at that time. Just as important, learn also how the message of Jeremiah applies to us in our lives today. This is a book full of history and application for us today and has much for us to learn from still today.
As we begin another Advent season we consider the word “angel” – those beings created by God and who serve as His messengers. We will review some of the examples in Scripture where the LORD sends His angels, and for what purpose. We will also look at how the LORD uses them to bring judgment upon the unbelieving and wicked and to protect or defend His own people. Thanks be to God for His powerful messengers who defend and protect us!
Join Pastors Neal Radichel and Sam Rodebaugh for a discussion about what the Bible has to say about God giving signs to people still today. This is an important topic and one that comes up often in conversations with people in our daily lives. Does God still gives signs to us today? How does a person tell if it is a sign from God? What dangers are there that we should be aware of? These are some of the questions that we will consider in this CPR podcast today. Join us to learn more about what the Bible has to say about ongoing signs and what signs He has given us!
In our word of the Week we consider the word “Judgment”. This is especially appropriate at the end of the church year as we consider the “End Times” and the Final Judgment and hear themes related to Judgment Day. True Judgment requires justice, that is a consistent standard that applies to everyone of all time. God has given us this standard in His Law, the Ten Commandments. This condemns us all. But God knows our problem of sin and sent His Son to live as God demanded of us and to pay the debt of our sin which we earned. As a result, God judges Christ in our place and, with the payment being made is able to justify sinners. By faith we received the results of Christ’s work for us, and have the hope of everlasting life!