So, are you finding hope and joy in Jesus this Christmas? As you reminisce on some of your memories, do you find your heart filled with overwhelming love and peace regardless of your past or present circumstances? I hope so because if we have Jesus, we really don’t need anything else....Keep Reading
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Did God change between the Old Testament and the New Testament? If we accept that God does not change as His Word proclaims, how can we reconcile His Wrath with His love? It’s so important for us to approach the Old and New Testament, not as two separate books of the Bible but as one continuous story – and it’s a love story....
In His first coming, Jesus came in humility, a sacrificial lamb to the slaughter. In his second coming, it will be in splendor, glory, and power. In His first coming, He was crowned with thorns. In His second coming, He will be crowned with many crowns. In his first coming, many rejected Him. In His second coming, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord....
John 13:27 says that Satan “entered in” to Judas. So does that mean he was an innocent victim? Was he just a pawn used to start the chain of events that led to the crucifixion? After all, Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him, so can Judas be held responsible for the betrayal? Those are some valid questions to mull over....
we make the mistake when we try and apply that desire to not suffer to our spiritual lives. Remember that Jesus has invites us to a radically different way of living. The way of the cross is to turn from personal gain and self-love and instead urges us to live fully for Jesus- even when it is painful or costs us something like comfort or security. ...
Now, take heart. Here’s a mind-blowing, counter-cultural thought. In Christ, you are someone before you do something. What you “do” for God, no matter how “great” it is, will never change how much God values you and loves you. Already. Before you even do a single thing....
The Pharisees and religious rulers had heaped an impossible burden of rule-following on the people. To adhere to the letter of all their rules required such focus that it allowed no room for what Jesus showed to be more important. Such things included serving and caring for other people, promoting justice, and loving mercy....
As we begin the new year, we encourage our Chapel Family to consider a commitment to reading their Bibles regularly. If you are not already engaged in a Bible reading plan, we might suggest starting with one of the Gospels. In the coming weeks on the Chapel blog, we'll share some thoughts on the Gospel of Mark and a passage to read for the week....
So, are you finding hope and joy in Jesus this Christmas? As you reminisce on some of your memories, do you find your heart filled with overwhelming love and peace regardless of your past or present circumstances? I hope so because if we have Jesus, we really don’t need anything else....
Sometimes when we are faced with a challenge, we can become so overwhelmed that we don’t even know where we should begin. We fixate on the enormity of the problem, and become stuck, often opting to do nothing because we can’t fix it or change it. However, if we shift our focus from our situation and instead focus on God and the enormity of His love and His Wisdom, it can help bring clarity. God will direct us in what we can and should do....
Truth is revealed to us by God through the vehicle of the Bible. This authoritative and inerrant book tells me who God is, how He created everything, and how to know Him through His son Jesus Christ. God is first, man is second. God is truth, man responds to God’s truth....
Pastor Derek shares lyrics of a song that has been a source of encouragement....Keep Reading
Need a pick-me-up? Pastor Derek looks to Galatians 6:9 for inspiration to combat weariness....Keep Reading
Growing weary? Be empowered by reflecting on God's character...Keep Reading
Do you struggle to stay on target when you pray? Pastor Derek offers a tip on how to stay better focused when you pray....Keep Reading
Pastor Derek offers a tip on how to gain the most out of your personal time reading God's Word....Keep Reading
Pastor Derek casts his vision for Chapel D-groups, community-based groups meant to deepen our walk with Jesus and empower us to equip others to know Jesus and follow Him....Keep Reading
Truth is revealed to us by God through the vehicle of the Bible. This authoritative and inerrant book tells me who God is, how He created everything, and how to know Him through His son Jesus Christ. God is first, man is second. God is truth, man responds to God’s truth....Keep Reading
Have you ever wondered if God really had a purpose for everything? Even things that seem annoying, bad, or frustrating. Pastor Derek addresses God's Purpose....Keep Reading
Pastor Derek challenges us to consider the source of where we get our information and hold the Bible as the most important source of all....Keep Reading
How's Your Spiritual Eyesight? Pastor Derek begins by sharing his woes upon forgetting to bring his glasses to work which leads him to reflect on the One who brings everything in to focus!...Keep Reading
Pastor Derek shares the heart behind Philippians 2:14, the effect complaining has on your witness, and how we can support each other to have a positive spirit....Keep Reading
If we believe in the Bible, God the Father through the creative agent of His Son Jesus Christ created all that we know and see. God, this creative force or being, who has always existed, created (and don’t miss this) all things out of nothing! ...Keep Reading
Pastor Derek shares our source for endurance during challenging times....Keep Reading
Pastor Derek shares insight on how we can respond to anxiety in order to experience peace and hope....Keep Reading
Pastor Derek Duncan shares how to be strengthened by your relationship with God during times of crisis and unpredictability....Keep Reading
During times when you feel overwhelmed, turn to God to reveal what steps you need to take....Keep Reading
During a time of crisis like the Coronavirus Pandemic, it is easy to become overwhelmed with how we live and the quality of life, but God's Word reveals that why we live is more important than how we live....Keep Reading
Pastor Derek presses us to focus on why we do ministry. The mission of the church does not change, how we do ministry can adapt....Keep Reading
We need to spend extended time with God to be able to “hear” or discern His voice. So here is some practical advice to hear God’s voice....Keep Reading
Daniel Chapter 4 summary, sermon notes, and small group discussion questions....Keep Reading
Sermon notes and small group discussion questions for Daniel Chapter 3....Keep Reading
Resources for Daniel Chapter 2 which include video sermon, sermon notes, and discussion questions....Keep Reading
We began our new sermon series on the Book of Daniel by looking at Daniel Chapter One. Reflect on the sermon outline and small group discussion questions....Keep Reading