Christmas is right around the corner and we can’t wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus with you on Christmas Eve! This has been a challenging year and we can all use a little celebration. Join us this Thursday at 4:30 or 7PM in-person or online. Our sanctuary will be set up to accommodate distancing with space between chairs, and our facility will be properly disinfected to provide you a safe environment to celebrate. This year’s celebration will be a special worship experience and we hope you will join us and invite your friends and family!Continue Reading
It would seem these days that the word, “religion”, is more like a curse word. It brings up connotations of rules, hypocrisy, greed, boredom and hurt. And…if I am being honest, that is exactly what religion does. Throughout history, religion has been a way for people to find a greater meaning to life, control large groups of people, and provide answers for things outside our control. This is why Jesus came to abolish/fulfill the law and establish a new relationship with mankind. Before Christ, the Israelites relationship to God was a religious one. This was intentional by God, that through His chosen people He could show the world that religion is not enough, and that man is in a desperate spot of trying to attain the level of righteousness demanded by a Holy God. This is what makes the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus so AMAZING!!! He did not come to establish a new religion but abolish all religion and exchange it for a personal relationship. We’re reading in Hebrews 8 this Sunday and if you could make the time to read it, that would be very beneficial to hearing the Word spoke this Sunday. Throughout the whole chapter, the author is establishing this new/better covenant that God has made with His people and how it will not be one of laws but of love. I pray this season finds you well…and if it doesn’t I pray you find comfort in Christ. See you Sunday, Peace, Nathan BentleyContinue Reading
Has anyone ever told you to, “grow up?” It is such a condescending way to speak to someone because it is essentially saying that although you have the appearance of an adult you have the behavior and maturity of a child. This of course is insulting because we like to believe that we have grown past childish things and matured into fine human beings. For many of us, however, this just does not seem to be true. Why is growing up thought so highly of? Wasn’t it great when you were a kid and all your mistakes were just chalked up to learning and there wasn’t a great expectation on you so you could really do what you wanted to? I have often asked myself why I was so eager to, “grow up” when I was a kid. Now that I am here…I would much rather go back to the carefree days of adolescence when my greatest concern was what I was going to eat and what I would do for fun today. If no one grew up then there would be nobody to look after our needs. Sooner or later our caretakers would pass on and all the responsibilities that were once theirs now become ours. So the real question is when those responsibilities come your way, would you rather be mature or ignorant to handle them? The answer is simple, the process is not. This is the issue the author of Hebrews is addressing in our studies this week. Where are you in your spiritual growth? Have you matured and are capable of teaching and passing on the knowledge that was given to you? Or, have you stayed where we left you and you still need the simpler things in life to survive. Take some time this week...