Summer is a great time to unplug, get out of the city, hang out with friends, and take vacations. Those are all important, but summer is also a great time to connect with our neighbors and serve our community!
While we celebrate this Mother's Day, we also recognize the grief of those who are reminded of loss and relational wounds. As a church family, we mourn with those who mourn and ask the Lord to grant peace and healing to those who are hurting.
God always wins! The theme for the 2 & 3 year olds group come from the story in Exodus 5 - 12 where God freed his people. In the PreK - 6th grade classes, we are using "What's in the Bible?" to learn more about Paul's letters and why he wrote them. Check out this blog for a link preview "What's in the Bible?"
This week in our PreK - 6th grade ministry, the kids learned about Paul's arrest and journey to be tried in Rome. Paul told the people in Ephesus that he had been like them; he used to arrest the believers and throw them into jail. But Jesus changed Paul! Paul explained how he became a believer and how Jesus told him to take the good news to the Gentiles. The next night, the Lord came to Paul and said, “Have courage! You told people about Me in Jerusalem. You must also tell people in Rome.” Meanwhile, the 2-3s started a new unit for May about God freeing His people from Pharaoh. God always wins!
Today in CoaH Kids the PreK - 6th graders heard this story from Paul's 3rd missionary journey: On Paul’s way to Jerusalem, a prophet named Agabus took Paul’s belt and tied it around his hands and feet. “The Holy Spirit tells me that the man who wears this belt will be tied up, just like this.” But Paul could not be stopped. “I am ready to go to jail—or even to die!—for the name of the Lord Jesus,” Paul said. Meanwhile, the 2 & 3 year olds finished up their unit on Jesus is Alive!
To shrink away from personal brokenness reduces hurt and conflict, but it also breeds incredible loneliness and isolation. Pastor Mike reflects on his own brokenness and challenges us to be men and women who would be willing to walk with one another in finding healing and restoration.
Today in CoaH Kids, the 2 & 3 year olds continued to remember Jesus' death and celebrate His resurrection from the dead. This is something we should remember every Sunday, not just on Easter. Meanwhile, our older kids (PreK - 6th grade), learned about Paul and Silas' journey to Thessalonica, Berea, Athens and Corinth where Paul explained to them God’s plan of salvation. He said that only God should be worshiped. Paul talked about Jesus and the resurrection. People can know God because Jesus took the punishment for sin that separates people from God. Only the Lord—the one true God—deserves our worship.
After a Sunday like the one we had last week, we can think, “well, this week will be back to normal”, but nothing is further from the way things should be. Encountering the risen Jesus changes us and creates a desire to experience Jesus more. So how can we keep the joy and excitement of Easter going?
Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for our sins. After a criminal does his time in jail and fully satisfies the sentence, the law has no more claim on him and he walks out free. That was an infinite sentence, but He must have satisfied it fully, because on Easter Sunday He walked out free. The resurrection was God’s way of stamping PAID IN FULL right across history so that nobody could miss it.
Lydia, the jailer, and many others were saved because they believed in Jesus. Jesus offers us salvation as a gift. He did all the work to save us by dying on the cross. We do not need to earn salvation; we can just receive it by repenting and trusting in Jesus. Jesus offers salvation as a gift. We don’t earn salvation; we receive it by repenting and trusting in Jesus.
As we enter Holy Week, the greatest need we have is to know Jesus on a deeper and more personal level. In this week's blog, Pastor Bland shares some ideas for how we can seek Him with intentionality during this season of celebration.
This month in the 2 & 3 year old class, we are learning about Jesus' death and resurrection. Your kids will rejoice that Jesus is alive! In the PreK - 6th grade ministry, we learned that God had a plan to use Paul as a light for other nations—not only for Jews but for Gentiles too. Paul would reach people all over the world and show them how to be saved. This was happy news for the Gentiles, and many of them believed the message of God.
What is baptism? Why do so many churches have differing opinions about it? What role does it play in the life of Christians today? Pastor Fletcher explores the significance of baptism and offers some insight into these important questions.
Salvation, sometimes called conversion, happens when a person recognizes his sin, repents, believes in Jesus, and confesses Jesus as Savior and Lord. Jesus changes a person’s heart, and as a result, his or her life is changed too. Today in CoaH Kids, we learned about when Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Tim. 1:15) Jesus called Saul, who was once an enemy of Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Does your faith ever cause tension in your life? Do you ever feel push back from family and friends because of your beliefs? John Piper's article called "Winsome Weidos - A Serious Call for Christian Exiles" deals with these issues and their biblical support. He focuses on some of Peter's writings in the New Testament to affirm and explain these feelings and why they are an important part of the Christian life.
Today in CoaH Kids the 2 & 3 year olds started a new theme about friendship. Jesus showed friendship to Zaccheus in Luke 19 and He can be your friend too! Meanwhile, our Pre -K through 6th grade classes learned about Stephen and how he was martyred for his faith. They learned that we too can face suffering in this life without fear because we know great joy is waiting for us in heaven.
his resource will be very useful for our current sermon series in Exodus to help us understand the context for the slavery of the Hebrew people under Pharaoh and later mentions of slavery in the Old and New Testament.
It is one thing to be a multiethnic congregation, for you can be multiethnic (have people from various ethnicities) but still be monocultural (do things in a way that is hospitable to just one group of people).
This is our last Sunday to learn about Jesus & the little children from Matthew 19 in our 2 & 3 year old class. In the Pre - K though 6th grade classes, the kids learned that the apostles believed that everyone in the church had an important job to do to serve God's people and help spread the gospel. Jesus wants us to serve others so that the message of His death and resurrection can be heard and believed all over the world.
Over the next three weeks, kids grades Pre K - 6th grade will be learning about the early church. After the Holy Spirit came and the disciples began preaching the gospel, more and more people believed in Jesus. They met together and shared what they had like one big family. God blessed them, and the church grew. In our 2 & 3 year old class, the lesson about Jesus loving the little children continues to be a favorite!
What does it mean to celebrate cultural differences in church? Does it mean white people should try to wear dashikis? Or should black people bring hot sauce to the casserole potluck? If it were that simple, I think we’d have it down by now.
This Sunday in the 2 - 3 year old class, the kids reviewed the story about Jesus loving the little children in Matthew 19. Meanwhile, the kids in our Pre-K through 6th grade ministry learned that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within His followers. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were able to begin their work in sharing the gospel with the entire world. Through them, many churches were begun!
Cultural indifference greatly divides Christ’s church. As we pursue Christ together, my prayer is that we understand and celebrate our cultural differences so that the world may know that Christ is truly working among us.
This week our Pre K - 5th graders saw Jesus ascend into heaven and promised that He would send a helper to help them share the gospel with others. Next week we look forward to learning about the day of Pentecost! In our 2 - 3 year old class, your child learned about Jesus loving the little children from Matthew 19. Singing "Jesus Loves Me" with your child is a good way to reinforce this lesson.
Refugees are those who have been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war, or violence. They have a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion or political beliefs.
Today in CoaH Kids our 2s & 3s finished up their unit on "Jesus is the Boss." By now your child should be able to tell you the story of when the wind and water obeyed Jesus. In our Pre-K though 5th grade ministry, we made maps with the words "Go make disciples of all nations" based on Matthew 28:19-20 which is called the Great Commission. Your kids were challenged to share the gospel not only with their friends but with their whole community!
While our 2 - 3 year class is singing "Jesus is the Boss", they are learning about Jesus' sovereignty over creation. Based on the story from Matthew 8, today your child learned that even the wind and water obey Jesus. In our older children's ministry, the PreK - 5th grade classes saw Jesus having breakfast with His disciples and Peter's faith was restored in receiving forgiveness for denying Christ. Even though the disciples had failed Jesus during His arrest, He still wanted to use them to tell others about God's rescue plan of salvation.