Jun 12, 2016
Genesis | Remeber the Smoke and the Flame
From the very beginning, the Bible tells humans how they may have right relationship with God. God’s word comes in the form of a promise or “covenant,” and humans are to respond with belief and trust. God is the author and actor on the stage of accomplishment, and those who experience God’s blessing are simply those who trust in Him. God does the work, He applies it, and He promises blessing to those who love and trust Him. This is true from Genesis to Revelation, and it is true from the beginning of creation to eternity.
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  • Jun 12, 2016Genesis | Remeber the Smoke and the Flame
    Jun 12, 2016
    Genesis | Remeber the Smoke and the Flame
    From the very beginning, the Bible tells humans how they may have right relationship with God. God’s word comes in the form of a promise or “covenant,” and humans are to respond with belief and trust. God is the author and actor on the stage of accomplishment, and those who experience God’s blessing are simply those who trust in Him. God does the work, He applies it, and He promises blessing to those who love and trust Him. This is true from Genesis to Revelation, and it is true from the beginning of creation to eternity.
  • Jun 5, 2016Genesis | Gratitude For God’s Gracious Provision
    Jun 5, 2016
    Genesis | Gratitude For God’s Gracious Provision
    We live in a world that seems dominated by those with the biggest stick or the most wealth. Truly, in many cases power and wealth do win the day. However, the Bible reminds us that things are not always as they seem, and God is the real King of everyone and everything. In Genesis 14 we encounter a story that seems familiar in many respects. Powerful and ruthless kings take advantage of lesser rulers, and people are caught in crossfire. However, the victor in this exchange is ultimately the one upon whom God’s blessing resides. This is a reminder to us all: God is King, and those who love and trust Him enjoy His providential blessings.
  • May 29, 2016Deacons Amoung Us
    May 29, 2016
    Deacons Amoung Us
    In our culture today, serving others is only popular if one can actually do little of it and be largely recognized for it. “Servant-leadership” may be a popular phrase in some circles, but many more people want only the “leadership” part of that model, and they are quite unwilling to be committed to the "servant” part. In the local church, God has established two offices – the Elders/Pastors and the Deacons. Deacons are individuals named for the task of service, and these are meant to be godly examples of just this kind of person. All true Christians are servants of Christ and others, but deacons act as exemplary servants, and the benefits are enormous.
  • May 22, 2016Genesis | Beware: Freedom Can Lead To Ruin
    May 22, 2016
    Genesis | Beware: Freedom Can Lead To Ruin
    Abraham is known as the Father of the Faithful because he is a good example of trust and obedience. God promised and commanded, and Abram trusted and obeyed. Though Abram did not perfectly obey, his trust is exemplified again and again. Abram’s nephew, Lot, on the other hand exemplifies a trust in himself and a love for this world. In Genesis 13 we are given a picture that acts much like a mirror, and we are wise to look intently upon what we see here. If we are to be sober- minded followers of Christ, we will do well to learn from mistakes and seek God’s power to avoid them. In this message, we see how freedom can actually lead to ruin. 
  • May 15, 2016Genesis | Responding to God’s Word
    May 15, 2016
    Genesis | Responding to God’s Word
    In Abram, God provides a beginning of blessing for all future generations. Interestingly, Abram is a picture of trust and obedience, both because he is quite ordinary and because he is exemplary. Abram, like all who hear the promise of God, was called out from among a worldly people to an eternal blessing that could not be measured. Just as Abram imperfectly trusted and obeyed God’s command of promise, so too are we called to walk in like manner. Our response to God’s Word is eternally decisive, and Abram helps us see what a right response looks like.
  • May 1, 2016Genesis | A Shamed Patriarch and God’s Sovereign Blessing
    May 1, 2016
    Genesis | A Shamed Patriarch and God’s Sovereign Blessing
    Sinful thoughts, words, and deeds are prevalent in our world today, so we should not be surprised to find them throughout the pages of Scripture. We are, however, often surprised to find these sinful things in the lives of those who we perceive to be among the heroes of the story. We have tendencies both to gaze upon forbidden sin and to pretend it is not as pervasive as it truly is. This account in Genesis forces us to acknowledge the depth of human depravity, to understand the need for humility, and to remember the sovereign and glorious blessing of God. 
  • Apr 24, 2016Creation Sunday | Explosive Evidence For Creation
    Apr 24, 2016
    Creation Sunday | Explosive Evidence For Creation
    Western culture today is not certain about much. Who can make absolute statements about morality, history, or truth? In this unfettered society, there seems only one certainty held among our postmodern contemporaries. Carl Sagan put is succinctly when he said, “The cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.” This, of course, is a statement about our universe and our world. The claim is simply an affirmation that there is no God, no supernatural creative activity, and no providential power. This starting point is utterly contrary to the Biblical worldview, and these differing trajectories travel massively different paths. It may come as a surprise, however, that the Biblical worldview finds evidential support outside of the Bible as well as within. In this message Bruce Malone makes an introductory case for a Biblical worldview.
  • Apr 24, 2016Creation Sunday | Blind To The Obvious
    Apr 24, 2016
    Creation Sunday | Blind To The Obvious
    Western culture today is not certain about much. Who can make absolute statements about morality, history, or truth? In this unfettered society, there seems only one certainty held among our postmodern contemporaries. Carl Sagan put is succinctly when he said, “The cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.” This, of course, is a statement about our universe and our world. The claim is simply an affirmation that there is no God, no supernatural creative activity, and no providential power. This starting point is utterly contrary to the Biblical worldview, and these differing trajectories travel massively different paths. It may come as a surprise, however, that the Biblical worldview finds evidential support outside of the Bible as well as within. In this message Bruce Malone makes an introductory case for a Biblical worldview.
  • Apr 24, 2016Creation Sunday | The Creation Foundation
    Apr 24, 2016
    Creation Sunday | The Creation Foundation
    Western culture today is not certain about much. Who can make absolute statements about morality, history, or truth? In this unfettered society, there seems only one certainty held among our postmodern contemporaries. Carl Sagan put is succinctly when he said, “The cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.” This, of course, is a statement about our universe and our world. The claim is simply an affirmation that there is no God, no supernatural creative activity, and no providential power. This starting point is utterly contrary to the Biblical worldview, and these differing trajectories travel massively different paths. It may come as a surprise, however, that the Biblical worldview finds evidential support outside of the Bible as well as within. In this message Bruce Malone makes an introductory case for a Biblical worldview.
  • Apr 17, 2016Genesis | Conspicuous Grace
    Apr 17, 2016
    Genesis | Conspicuous Grace
    The Rainbow is a display of beauty and joy. Young eyes and old ones light up at the sight of the colorful bow in the sky. And yet, as wondrous as it is to us, the rainbow has likely aroused less joy and peace in our hearts than it was designed to do so long ago. God set this bow in the clouds in order to remind humanity of His promise of grace, and this is far more joyous than appreciating the beauty of the heavenly sign. For millennia now, God has made good on His promise to never again judge the world by flood waters, and we should recognize such grace in humility. Yet, there is more effectual grace still and a more extensive promise that should seize our attention and cause our hearts to leap. The Cross of Christ reminds us that God has judged sin and offered salvation to all who trust in Him.