11/28/2016 Answering Our Questions About Suicide

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Like many of us, some of you may have questions regarding Duane’s suicide.  I tried to answer three of these questions during the funeral message.  They included:

  1. Is suicide a sin?
  2. Am I responsible in some way for Duane’s death?
  3. Does suicide keep a person from going to heaven?
Duane’s passing was shocking and disturbing.  Suicide is probably one of the greatest tragedies that we can experience, but I’m so thankful that God’s grace is far greater.  This grace has been witnessed in this past week as healing is taking place and as many were able to be encouraged by God’s word and many also heard the good news of Jesus and had the chance to place their faith in Him.  Pray the seeds that were planted are growing and will bear much fruit.  Also continue to pray for Lori and the family.
One question that I didn’t answer that could have been is “How could a true follower of Jesus do this?” We see seven suicides in the Bible.  The ones most of us are most familiar with are Sampson (pulled pillars down and the roof over him collapsed killing himself and many Philistines), Saul (killed himself with the assistance of his armor bearer after being wounded in battle) and Judas.  Of the seven, only Sampson’s actions are viewed in any kind of positive light.  We also see in the Bible that some of the men who had great faith also struggled with discouragement (Moses, Elijah, Job).  We also can have times or moments when we become discouraged and struggle with what’s going on.  Because we live in this broken world, discouragement is a part of it, but God always holds out grace and hope for us but we must look to Him, trust, and allow Him to lead us.  Unfortunately Duane did not do this towards the end and chose his way.  This doesn’t disqualify him from the family of God.  (I believe Duane has faith in Christ.) Rather, it’s a moment or time of unfaithfulness.  I believe Duane became so overwhelmed and his thinking became distorted to the point that he believed this was the best way.
If you have other questions I would welcome the opportunity to try and point you towards God’s truths.
God bless!

11/13/2016 From Glory to Glory

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2 Corinthians 3:7-18. After claiming that he and his team are ministers of the new covenant of Christ by the grace of God, Paul now uses the second half of chapter 3 to begin detailing how the glory of this new covenant far exceeds the glory of the old. With the new covenant comes the Holy Spirit who works in believers bringing them from one degree of glory to another.

11/06/2016 Living Letters

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2 Corinthians 3:1-6. Paul now turns his focus towards his sufficiency in being able to proclaim the gospel. Where did it come from and how was it authenticated? In our study this morning we are taught that Paul’s letters of recommendation were none other than the readers themselves. Their transformed lives were authenticated testimony of the power of the gospel message that God graced Paul to preach. How does your living letter read?

09/25/2016 A Gospel Worthy of Your life

Philippians. Bill Mills, who is our brother in Christ and partner in the ministry of the gospel, led Covenant Community Church in a gospel conference today. Bill leads the congregation through a three session study of the letter of Paul to the Philippians. Paul continues throughout the letter to point to the supreme worth of Jesus to be the bearer of the Good News! Listen to all three sessions below.

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3 

09/18/2016 Trusting the Lord Through Verbal Trials

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Psalm 64. We finish our study of the Psalms with a look at Psalm 64 written by King David. This song was written for the congregation to sin during times of verbal assault from surrounding nations. David himself had his share of these moments. As he points us to in this psalm, David places his place of comfort and aide in the strength and protection of the Lord and not his own retribution.

We also had the opportunity to listen to the testimonies of brother and sisters in Christ and witness their baptisms.

We were unable to produce a recording of the sermon this week, but were able to produce the testimonies. Please give them a listen and we apologize for any inconvenience in not having the sermon.

07/10/2016 A World of Unjust Suffering

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2 Timothy. In light of the recent events of unrest taking place in the nation, we take a break from our study on the psalms to take a look at 2 Timothy. We are given the setting in which the letter was written, then we read through the letter, and are given application questions to help us think through how we, as Christians, should respond to not only these currents events but all suffering.