July 5th – Life by the Spirit

We celebrated freedom yesterday with fireworks, BBQs, and family time doing what we are free to do.  So today, as we talk about God calling us to be free, we think of the vision our founders had for our freedom and the vision God has for our freedom.  Yesterday we celebrated the gaining of that freedom, but today we have to ask how we are going to use it.  Will we please God or will we abuse our freedom?

For background read: Galatians 5: 13-18

July 12th – Serpents in Scripture: Eden

Ever wonder if you are the same person that fell to temptation when you are having to live with the consequences of your sin?  Satan appears as a snake in the garden, at the time of temptation and the time of judgement.  In one he is victorious (the woman [and by extension the man] eat the forbidden fruit,) but that same serpent shows up when the consequences of that sin are handed out. 

Come today as we start our series on serpents in the Bible.  You might be surprised how grace wins out!

For Background read: Genesis 3:14-15

July 19th – Serpents in Scripture: Moses’ Rod

Scripture for Sunday morning is really the beginning of the journey for Moses. In the first Scripture (Exodus 4:1-5), Moses is speaking to the Israelites about what is to come with Moses leading God’s people out of slavery. In the second Scripture (Exodus 7:8-13), Moses and Aaron are speaking to Pharaoh. One Scripture is to show the Israelites who their chosen leader is, and the other is to show Pharaoh the power of God, through His chosen people. Through both of these Scriptures, we can see that with God, our strength is maximized. We can carry a big stick for God.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

For Background read: Exodus 4:1-5 & Exodus 7:8-13

July 26th – Serpents in Scripture: God’s Permission and Protection

We all have choices to make every day.  Sometimes we do the right thing.  Sometimes we make poor choices.  When we fail, we are tempted to turn our back on the only One who can give us hope.   If you have ever experienced that feeling of overwhelming hopelessness, you recognize the only alternative is to turn back to our God of hope.  If you have been through that and come out on the other side, use your life example to help others.

Come to be covered by God’s protection 

For Background read: Numbers 21:4-8, Deuteronomy 8: 15, 1 Corinthians 10:6-10

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