Posts from December 2018

Posts from December 2018

Loving God with All Our Heart – Mark 12:30

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart.” (Mark 12:30) Pastor John’s Notes: The heart refers to our desires. As it was understood in the ancient world, this faculty of the soul corresponds to the beating organ that pumps blood throughout our body. When our desires are inflamed, the heart beats faster. Desire is like the rudder of a ship that steers us in our choices. When we love God will all our hearts, we desire him above all…

Love God: The Greatest Commandment – Mark 12:28-34

The Daily Reading is a way that the members of our church family can study the Bible together. More than 400 people use them with 80% of this number doing the reading each day!  What a great opportunity this is to grow in our faith together. In this new year of 2019, we will begin a new Bible study on Christian Essentials and the key themes of the Scriptures. As we learn the major concepts expressed in God’s Word, we…

Isaiah 42:9

The past events have indeed happened. Now I declare new events; I announce them to you before they occur. (Isaiah 42:9) Pastor John’s Notes: When God sent Jesus Christ into the world, he didn’t want anyone to be confused. So God spoke through the prophets over many generations preparing his people to recognize the Messiah when he appeared. God doesn’t hide what he does but makes it plain to his people. If God’s activity seems hidden, it is only because…

Isaiah 42:8

I am the Lord. That is my name, and I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. (Isaiah 42:8) Pastor John’s Notes: God sent Jesus Christ into the world to draw us back to himself. In our separation, we have learned to give glory to others rather than to God, who alone is worthy of receiving glory and praise. Jesus lived a perfectly God-centered life and wants to teach us to do the same. Prayer:…

Isaiah 42:5-7

This is what God, the Lord, says—who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk on it—“I am the Lord. I have called you for a righteous purpose, and I will hold you by your hand. I will watch over you, and I will appoint you to be a covenant for the people and a light to…

Isaiah 42:3

He will not grow weak or be discouraged until he has established justice on earth. The coasts and islands will wait for his instruction. (Isaiah 42:3) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ was sent into the world as the servant of God to accomplish the purposes of God. He did not grow weak or become discouraged because he knew his purpose and remained confident in the One who sent him. The same can be true of us. When we know that…

Isaiah 42:2-3

He will not cry out or shout or make his voice heard in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed, and he will not put out a smoldering wick; he will faithfully bring justice. (Isaiah 42:2-3) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus did not build his kingdom on hype. He did not stand on a street corner with a bullhorn. He was not brash or insulting. Unlike the politicians of our day that need millions upon millions of dollars to…

Isaiah 42:1

This is my servant; I strengthen him, this is my chosen one; I delight in him. I have put my Spirit on him; he will bring justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ did not act by his own power or wisdom, but by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit came upon Jesus at his baptism, and from that moment his life and ministry were empowered by the very Spirit of God.…

Isaiah 42:1-9

“This is my servant; I strengthen him, this is my chosen one; I delight in him. I have put my Spirit on him; he will bring justice to the nations. He will not cry out or shout or make his voice heard in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed, and he will not put out a smoldering wick; he will faithfully bring justice. He will not grow weak or be discouraged until he has established justice on…

Matthew 2:12

And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route. (Matthew 2:12) Pastor John’s Notes: The Wise Men knew the many ways in which God spoke, and so can we. First God speaks to us through the Scriptures. The Wise Men knew the Scriptures, which was why they came to worship Jesus in the first place. Second, God speaks to us through external acts of his Providence. This is…