Sunday, February 24, 2013

February 24, 2013 | John Bayles | The Message of Foolishness and Power (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Wolf Kahn | Two Roads Diverged, 2010, oil on canvas, 14 x 24 inches

The default condition of humanity is sin. Every human person is born into the environment of sin, because humanity is fallen - from the time of Adam and Eve until today. We can ignore it, deny it, or scorn it as foolishness, but it continues to be our plight. We live in a world of self-consciousness, self-protection, self-preservation, and self-love. We are lost in the blindness and darkness of self. As Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness” (Matthew 6:22,23).

Sunday, February 17, 2013

February 17, 2013 | John Bayles | Before the Judgement Seat (Hosea 5:1-7)

In the midst of judgement against the nation of Israel, Hosea again turns his attention to the people of God, but not his contemporary audience. Hosea sets the scene as that of a judgement seat and before the bar comes sinful Israel: priests, people and kings to make their plea, bear their shame, and receive their due recompense. It is horrifying scene as God's wrath is poised to fall upon Israel.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

February 10, 2013 | Reverend Tom Mabie | Life in the Body (Acts 2:42-47)

The Book of Acts describes the birth and growth of the church. It begins with 120 people gathered in an upper room on the day of Pentecost. That day 3,000 more responded to God’s call in their lives. Shortly after that, we learn that the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. In just a short period of time the number of men alone grew to 5,000 and it continued on that way throughout the book of Acts. Many questions presented themselves to the young church: What do they do with all these people? How do they care for them? How do they provide for them? Teach them? Train them? Equip them? Develop leaders? Provide an opportunity for everyone to do ministry? Experience and develop his or her gifts? Or prepare for the expansion of the ministry?