Being a follower of Jesus is a life-long journey, not a final destination. And we are all on that journey together. ...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....Keep Reading
Knowing Jesus must lead to following Jesus. It requires one step of obedience after another....Keep Reading
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....Keep Reading
That process of being shaped and equipped by God often happens gradually and progressively. It doesn't happen by reading a list of things we should eliminate from or add to our lives. It happens by getting to know Jesus and following Him wherever He leads. ...Keep Reading
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....Keep Reading
The classic Christmas song, O Holy Night, can remind us that though in some ways this Christmas is very different in how we can celebrate, what we celebrate has not changed. And that is what truly matters....Keep Reading
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
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