Breaking down walls that keep us from accomplishing the mission of Jesus – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 5

Are there any “walls” you’ve allowed to keep you from fulfilling the mission of Jesus? This week as we have been studying Acts 9:32-11:18, we’ve seen how God appears to Peter in a dream, telling him to go to a non-Jew named Cornelius. In Acts 10:17-23, God’s dream to Peter comes true, as men fromContinue reading “Breaking down walls that keep us from accomplishing the mission of Jesus – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 5”

How Jesus’ authority matters in a world out of control – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 4

What good does Jesus’ authority matter when the world feels out of control?  I often think I just want him to step in and make it all stop, to show us his power and make it all be done.  I pray every day for him to intervene and stop the virus, asking him to helpContinue reading “How Jesus’ authority matters in a world out of control – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 4”

Why we need to see God as both Father and Mother – Our Identity: In God, Part 2

The Bible says that God is not just our creator, but our parent.  The Bible uses both Father and Mother imagery for God. We normally call him God, the Father.  But God does not have a gender.  God is not actually male.  God is not human. God is a Spirit.  We could be missing outContinue reading “Why we need to see God as both Father and Mother – Our Identity: In God, Part 2”

Keep yourself in God’s love – Jude 17-25, Part 4

“Keep yourself in God’s love.” That really sounds like a religious or spiritual thing to say, right? What comes to your mind when you read that line? In this series of posts, we have been studying some phrases that Jude writes in an ancient letter to his Christian friends. It seems that Jude is writingContinue reading “Keep yourself in God’s love – Jude 17-25, Part 4”

You are Called, Loved, Kept – Jude 1-16, Part 1

Have you ever known someone who turns out to be very different from what you originally thought?  Sometimes we get that impression about a person as we get to know them.  Other times people change.  Then there are people who just fool you.  Malcolm Gladwell in his recent book Talking to Strangers tells the storyContinue reading “You are Called, Loved, Kept – Jude 1-16, Part 1”

God’s love for me is determined by my behavior? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 3]

How many of you have secretly wondered if we have sinned so badly that God actually doesn’t love you anymore? I remember when my grandmother was in hospice near the end of her life, and she had really struggled with anger, and with treating my grandfather with unkindness in those later years, in a momentContinue reading “God’s love for me is determined by my behavior? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 3]”

Guest Speakers: Sarah Thebarge and Bruce Hill

This past week Faith Church has heard from a couple different guest speakers, and I urge you to give them each a listen. Sarah Thebarge was with us this past Thursday evening.  Sarah grew up in Lancaster County, but after graduating from high school, her life’s journey has taken her to California, Yale, New YorkContinue reading “Guest Speakers: Sarah Thebarge and Bruce Hill”