Do you have an interest in eschatology? Every person should! Eschatology is the study of the last things, the day when this world will come to an end and we will all stand before God. We should be interested in the last things so that we can know what will happen, and so we can be prepared for that day. Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians is especially appropriate in this regard, dealing with many aspects of Christ’s second coming. Join Pastors Ben Libby and Tom Naumann for an interesting and important overview of 2 Thessalonians and the valuable doctrines discussed in it.
What is the relationship between faith and politics, Christianity and culture? In a society which is constantly speaking of a separation between church and state, this is an important question and one that is often misunderstood. Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew as they begin a series on the Christian’s proper role in politics and government with a discussion on the Biblical doctrine of the Two Kingdoms. This discussion will lay the foundation for future episodes which will dig into the details and application of this truth. We hope you will find this discussion eye-opening and beneficial.
The Old Testament Book of Ezekiel is a hauntingly beautiful book. Join Pastors Tom Naumann and Ben Libby as they look at the pictures and dramatic examples of God’s Mercy and Justice which fill the book of Ezekiel. Sometimes, we may feel a bit like this prophet, speaking the Word of God and seemingly no one hears us. This shouldn’t discourage us, but rather embolden us to continue speaking the true Word of the LORD. He is the God of Heaven and Earth, and His will is always done. He is almighty and all-powerful, and He will do the things that He has promised!
Pastors Mark Tiefel and Sam Rodebaugh dive into two recent events concerning two prominent US athletes: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Rodgers appeared recently in an interview and revealed his ideas about faith and spirituality and the Christian church. Bryant passed away in a tragic helicopter crash, and the event has dominated the news cycles. In the face of these events, what should the Christian think? What should we have in mind? How can we respond?
Cohabitation, Homosexuality and divorce are all having a huge impact on marriage and society as a result of a rejection of God’s definition of the marriage relationship and roles in marriage. Join pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew as they discuss this important topic from the context of Ephesians 5. They will discuss misconceptions that many hold about the Biblical roles of husband and wife as well as the results of both keeping and rejecting God’s instruction book for marriage. Join us for a timely and important discussion.
“For by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” This is a message we all know by faith through the Holy Spirit. These great words and the promises that go with them are found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This message is the central point of the entire Bible. Because we have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, we can do all kinds of things. We can accomplish good works, live godly lives, and function as God would have us function. He chose YOU from the foundation of the world! There is one faith and hope and God, so let us now put on the whole armor of God and withstand the evil that would try to make forget this great promise. Join Pastors Tom Naumann and Ben Libby for a discussion of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
January 6th has long been the date when the church celebrates Epiphany and the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ Child. This event, recorded in Matthew 2 is distinct from the account of Christmas recorded in Luke 2 and is often called “Christmas for the Gentiles.” Join Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew as they study the historical event of the visit of the wise men and one of the hymns that tells that story: As with gladness men of old. We will learn about Epiphany, and look at the application of the account of the wise men to our lives today, and review the history behind this 250 year old Epiphany hymn.
Join us as we discuss the word miracle and its application to the season of Christmas and the miracle of the virgin birth and the incarnation of our Savior. As Christians we confess our confidence in this miracle every week with the words of the Apostles’ or Nicene Creeds. Yes indeed, this miracle is most certainly true!
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.