Biblical Messages

God With Us…In the Wilderness

In this worship gathering for the second Sunday of Advent, we hear a message (inspired by the work of Craig Groeschel) based on 1 Kings 19 that helps us understand that God is with us, even in the wilderness times of our lives. You can watch the message below, or the whole worship gathering below that.

Biblical Messages

The Darkness Is Over

In this worship gathering, we hear a message in which we learn more about God, who broke into history, countering the ways of the world with the birth of his Son. It’s based on Isaiah 9.1-7. You can watch the whole worship gathering below, or just the message below that.

Biblical Messages

What a Concept(ion)!

In this worship gathering, we hear a message from Isaiah 7.1-17 on “Immanuel”, born of a virgin. What meaning did it have for Isaiah’s time – particularly for King Ahaz – and what meaning does it have for us readers of the New Testament (since Matthew quotes this in his story of Jesus’ birth)? Watch here and find out more about the importance of trusting God. You can watch the whole worship gathering below, or just the message below that.

Encouragement From The Word

Looking for a sign

Signs:  they’re everywhere.  Whether it’s the little red octagonal stop sign at the intersection in front of you, or the big yellow stylized M on the main drag advertising the local Slurp ‘n’ Burp™, signs are everywhere.

Sometimes, they’re so ubiquitous that we become overwhelmed and fail to see even the signs we need to see.

Advent is a season of waiting, a season of looking, searching for the perfect gift.  We look for signs, whether it’s to yield to traffic or to find the store we want to shop in.

Ironically – or maybe not – the greatest sign is already among us.  So is the most perfect gift.

All right, then, the Lord himself will give you the sign.  Look!  The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’)” (Isaiah 7.14, NLT).

That prophecy has come to pass.  Jesus was born in Bethlehem, he lived and undertook his ministry, he died to atone for our sins, and rose again to bring us eternal life.  He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father to pray for us.  And he gave us his Holy Spirit, so that he would continue to live in us and through us.

The sign is before us.  The gift is within us.  Look no further!