A look back at the early church & a look back on this past year of our church. In this post we are going to look at some passages in Acts that describe the early church. As we walk through these passages and unravel the story, I want to place another story alongside it. That … Continue reading Seasons
The Junction of God, Man, and Holiness
Be Holy? What does that really look like? How am I supposed to do that? Jesus said some things that were really hard to swallow. Literally he once told a crowd, “...unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (from John 6:53). This … Continue reading The Junction of God, Man, and Holiness
One People Bringing People to Jesus
Today we look at Caring for the spiritual part of a person. Their need for salvation, their eternal need for a relationship with Jesus. Today we talk about Bringing people to Jesus. But the way this happens is not what you might expect…
One People Blessing Our Community The past several weeks, we’ve been unpacking this vision for the Church of the Nazarene in the USA/Canada region. The way we will go about doing the mission. The mission being “make Christlike disciples in the nations.” We looked at the overall vision and its necessity in this juncture of … Continue reading Everyday Blessings
The Heart of the Matter
Idioms run rampant in America. I said idioms. Things like “You’ve got ants in your pants,” meaning you can’t sit still. Or “Getting your ducks in a row” meaning making proper plans. How about the “Elephant in the room?” Perhaps my use of idioms at the start of the message is the elephant in the … Continue reading The Heart of the Matter
ONE: Call to Unity
Last week I introduced the Vision Statement of the Church of the Nazarene, USA/Canada Region. We looked at the differences between Mission: Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations And VISION, or the way we live that out in our generation, in this day and age. There were 4 parts to the Vision for ministry here … Continue reading ONE: Call to Unity
ONE: From Mission to Vision
Over a year ago, the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene sought to understand God’s Vision for ministry in our present day and age. We know the mission: “Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations” but what is it specifically that God has called and equipped us for? (Original message written by Pastor Tim Fisher, Crossroads Community Church. Edited for local context and presented by Pastor Matt Angell of Viroqua Nazarene.)
Palm Sunday Stump and the Hope of Regrowth
They had waited. They had experienced other anointed ones. Told stories of those great figures of their past and the things they did to free and redeem the children of Israel, but somehow, they still ended back in exile, needing not just a savior, but the savior. Who did people put their hope in, looking for new life, but inevitably just left with a stump…the stump of Jesse?
Tool Time (Isaiah 10)
The bible has many exciting things, fanciful things even. Hands appearing out of nowhere in the book of Daniel and writing words on a wall. Donkeys rebuking their owner for hitting them. People tossed into fire and not burning up. But today’s message is about tools that talk back. That’s right! Have you ever been working with a tool and it malfunctions? Hammer slips and smashes your thumb! What a mean hammer! Or the powered screwdriver strips a screw and now you have to leave the screw there or cut it off? I don’t know about you, but I do have a propensity for not talking so nice to my tools when they act up. Today we will be looking at a tools that God used in the bible. Also what happened when that tool talked back.