Thus far, the Lord has been good to us!
This Sunday, we take a break from our Genesis study to celebrate all God has done among us since our first Sunday in worship 20 years ago this month. We will worship together, share stories of God's faithfulness, and enjoy a good meal and great fellowship
Does God Keep His Promises?
Yes, he does! Everything we are and everything we believe hinges on this one fundamental truth: God keeps his word. The one thing that must be true -- before anything else about God can be true -- is that God keeps his promises. And if God keeps his word, then there is no place we can go that’s too far from him, no place he won’t go to bring us home. This is true for you, for me, and for the world. And friend, even when it doesn’t feel like it, its true. May this be your hope this week.
You know that critical moment in a suspense movie when the right person finally shows up? Everything looks like disaster is eminent, but suddenly something happens that brings a future and a hope? This week God shows up with His plan that will redeem all things. It's a plan that begins with the lives of Abraham and Sarah, but quickly comes to us. Like Abraham and Sarah, how do we partner with God to bring His blessing and overturn the curse. Join us as we continue our journey through Genesis this Sunday!
This Sunday is one you won't want to miss. This week, we will take time during worship to celebrate the good provision of God and the plans we are discerning for our future as a church. God is on the move, and I'm excited to prepare with you for what's to come.
We will also continue our journey through Genesis. Some of the stories in this first book of the Bible are hard, but they are also real. And they help us understand God's character and the human condition. We come to know God as full of grace and patience, and ourselves as vulnerable and in need of a savior. Which makes knowing that we have one all that much sweeter. This Sunday we'll encounter the Tower of Babel (Genesis 10-11), and we'll talk about that need we humans have for more. God's response is always more of him, which is exactly what we need.
The flood story in Genesis is hard to believe, isn't it? How could a loving Creator wipe 99.9% of his creatures off the face of the earth? And if he did it once, what keeps him from doing it again? (or, why hasn't he done it again?) The story of Noah takes us into the deep end (pun intended) of theology, where we swim in the waters of creation, character and covenant. This is no kids' story ... this is for all of us who want to understand God's intent for this world we inhabit.
Bible Study 101 teaches us that when we read scripture, we are reading over the shoulders of the audience who first read these texts. In the ancient world, that would mean people hearing stories and teaching from Genesis would be hearing through a tribal filter and as tribal people they lived, worked, worshiped, and played together. For them, community was essential. In other words, there was no "you do you" in an ancient culture. And for us, this is great news. Our core value is embedded in the first chapters of Genesis! I can't wait to open the Word again on Sunday and discover what Genesis has for us today.
Happy New Year! At the beginning of this new season, we at Mosaic are also at the beginning of many new and creative opportunities. As we step into the "new," it seems right to begin where God began: in the Garden. So, this Sunday, we'll start at the beginning, in the first chapters of Genesis and the story of creation. Our Genesis study will continue all the way up to Easter.
The book of Genesis is a book of tensions — original design vs. fallen nature, garden of God vs. exile, covenant vs. rebellion, grace vs. striving, promise vs. human ingenuity. Each of these tensions teaches us something about the nature of God and also about our own design. It will be a joy to explore together in earnest the path from the Garden to the heart of God. So, get ready, friends, and let's get started!
On Sunday, December 24, we will celebrate this great news of Christmas with two Candlelight Christmas Eve Services. Each service will have its own worship and message, so you have two reasons to come enjoy cookies and coffee in the Gathering Hall ... and you have two reasons to bring a guest!
Last week, we talked about the 5% and the 95% and were challenged by Mary's story to live in the 95% realm of believing in a supernatural God who does supernatural things. This week, we will explore one of the most powerful proofs of his miracle-working power — the union of God and man in the life of Jesus. Brothers and sisters, this is good theology! He who was fully God became fully human — two distinct natures in one Person. He had both the power of his divinity and the experience of his humanity, and only Jesus was able to reconcile those two natures inside one personality. The nature of Jesus is a miracle and THE great mystery of his existence. He IS God, and yet he has lived my life and yours. Why does that matter, and why does it give such hope? Come on Sunday and let's dive in.