Jul 17, 2016
Joe Hamper
Joe Hamper
  • Jul 17, 2016Joe Hamper
    Jul 17, 2016
    Joe Hamper
    Joe Hamper
  • Jul 10, 2016Laying Your Cares Before the Lord
    Jul 10, 2016
    Laying Your Cares Before the Lord
    Michael Pettiette explained two separate occasions when Hezekiah, one of the kings of Judah, responded to the concerns of life. First, Hezekiah responded with humility and trust in God. But then, he seems to think more highly of the relationship he might have with a Babylonian king rather than his relationship to God.
    Of course, as Michael considered on Sunday, we too can often vacillate between trust in God and relying more on earthly powers and relationships.
  • Jul 3, 2016Life On Missions
    Jul 3, 2016
    Life On Missions
    Cody Howard shared his story of “Life on Mission,” and the Gospel motivation for that kind of life. Cody is not a super Christian, nor does the Bible advocate for only some Christians to engage the world around them for the sake of the Gospel and the glory of Christ.
    All Christians are to live their lives on “mission,” but we must understand the many and diverse ways that Christians can do just that. This handout is intended to help us to think through this general concept (Life on Mission), and to help us apply ourselves to living as lights in the world.
  • Jun 26, 2016Living With Open Hands
    Jun 26, 2016
    Living With Open Hands
    "He is no fool who loses what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot spoke these words from a steely resolve to live a life utterly given to Christ and others. He was determined to make Christ known to a people who were abysmally lost in sin and ignorant of the Gospel. Jim did lose his mortal life at the murderous hands of the very people he endeavored to evangelize, but the Gospel broke in upon this dark tribe in spite of such a grievous loss. Jim gained an eternal reward, and a tribe of sinners gained a Gospel hearing. May God create in all Christians the same kind of resolve – to live a life utterly given to Christ and others.
  • 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.