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Why Do You Worry?

Bible Text: Matthew 6:19-34 | Preacher: Ted Schroder | Series: Trinitytide 2018 | In this message, visiting pastor The Rev. Dr. Ted Schroder explores the paradox of avoiding worry while still preparing for the future, a key teaching from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells us to keep our eyes on the present, instead of expecting that we can plan and worry enough to control the future. Worry, which blinds us to the beauty of the present, is spiritual warfare. We should make good decisions about the future but accept that we are not to be preoccupied with those plans, nor are we to be surprised when we get it wrong. But we will always get it right when we put our full faith in the goodness of of God. For more information about our guest preacher, click here.

 

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

James 4:13-17
Psalm 127:1-5
Matthew 6:19-34

Run for Your Life

Bible Text: Mark 13:14-23 | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Trinitytide 2018 | (No video this week.)

In this week’s message, Senior Pastor David Ball tackles the prophetic passage in Mark 13 warning of the threat to be brought by the “abomination of desolation.” Reminding us of the movie Forest Gump, in which Forest was always told to “run Forest run,” so also are we to run from this horror. The desolation for early Christians was the Roman destruction of Jerusalem. But the threat remains today where the abomination is sin, doubt of Christ’s truth and refusal to love Him. The solution? Run into the arms of your loving Savior.

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

Daniel 12:1-13
Hebrews 10:31-39
Mark 13:14-23

Our Inside Man

Bible Text: Hebrews 9:24-28 | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Trinitytide 2018 | In this message Senior Pastor David Ball shares a story from his youth, watching his coach chat and laugh with the coach of the opposing team. Returning to his own young charges the coach confided:  “I hate that guy.” When the boys were bewildered by what appeared to be hypocrisy, their coach explained, ” You never know when you’ll need a friend.” Having an insider when you need a friend makes all the difference. And we have our own insider, our Jesus, who ascended to heaven and will return to take us with Him.

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

1 Kings 17:8-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

Hope, Security, and Power

Bible Text: Ephesians 1:18-19 | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Trinitytide 2018 | Recalling a simpler time when GI Joe was a favored cartoon, Senior Pastor David Bell reminds us that Joe always told his young fans that “knowing is half the battle.” But, says David, Joe got it wrong. Today we are flooded with information and all that knowledge has not made the world better. We don’t have a brain problem, but a heart problem. In this message we learn what God has done to make things right.

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

Revelation 7:9-17
Ephesians 1:11-23
Matthew 5:1-12

Also referenced:

Genesis 8:21
Jeremiah 17:9

From Control to Compassion

Bible Text: Jonah 4:4-11 | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Jonah, Trinitytide 2018 | As the book of Jonah comes to an end we find him huddled under a booth hoping to witness the brutal destruction of Nineveh. Senior Pastor David Ball points out in this message that Jonah is angry. He is seething with the injustice of it all that such a wicked city could be let off the hook. His anger is our anger, his demand for vengeance, ours. But God has the last word…compassion…and the only one who can atone for all that evil…Jesus.

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

Jonah 4:4-11
Isaiah 55:6-9
Matthew 9:32-38

Costly Grace

Bible Text: Jonah 4:1-3 | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Jonah, Trinitytide 2018 | In this reading from Jonah, the prophet complains that God’s forgiveness is so unbearably good that Jonah himself would rather die than be a part of administering it to the evil city of Ninevah. Senior Pastor David Ball explains that Jonah was not running from God, but rather from God’s unfathomable grace. Jonah knew if the city repented that God would forgive all that came before. That so offended Jonah, he didn’t want to be part of it. And God’s costly grace still saves and offends today.

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

Jonah 4:1-3
Romans 5:12-17
Luke 9:18-24

The Fruit of Patience

Bible Text: Jonah 3:3b-10 | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Jonah, Trinitytide 2018 | At first glance Jonah’s story told in this message from Senior Pastor David Ball seems to say little about patience. Men then and now are impatient. Our culture may have fine-tuned impatience but we did not invent it. Yet God has the cure throughout the ages. Patience of course, but not patience we manage to conjure. It is God’s patience and all it offers us. Jonah finally figured it out and so did Nineveh. Now it’s our turn.

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

Jonah 3:3b-10
Joel 2:12-14
Luke 11:29-32

The God of Second Chances

Bible Text: Jonah 3:1-3a | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Jonah, Trinitytide 2018 | In this fourth consecutive message by Senior Pastor David Ball, we again join Jonah in his flight from accepting God’s direction. David likens this flight to that of Roy “Wrongway”  Riegels, a football player who in 1929 ran the ball 69 yards in the wrong direction, exactly what all of us are prone to do. Fearful of repeating the mistake, Riegels refused to go back in the game until forced to by his coach. Likewise we refuse to believe God would give us second chances. Scripture shows that we are Jonah and we are Ninevah, unworthy but forgiven.  The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:Jonah 3:1-3a1 John 1:5-10Matthew 18:21-35

Loving Rescue

Bible Text: Jonah 1:17-2:10 | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Jonah, Trinitytide 2018

In this message, the third of seven on Jonah, Senior Pastor David Ball gives us a glimpse into the belly of the sea creature that swallowed Jonah. First, God did not let him die. Also Jonah faced an ordeal akin to the Savior to come and emerged praising God. In addition,  the sailors on board that ship became believers. God made good of Jonah’s bad. Which is the essence of his relationship with his people throughout eternity.

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

Jonah 1:17-2:10
Lamentations 3:55-58
Matthew 16:1-4

Also referenced: Jeremiah 17:9

Making Good of Our Bad

Bible Text: Jonah 1:4-16 | Preacher: David Ball | Series: Jonah, Trinitytide 2018

Senior Pastor David Ball continues to share Jonah’s story in this, the second of a seven-week series. Recognizing mankind’s perpetual preoccupation with good and bad people as a product of their circumstances, David turns our attention to the real question: Why does good happen to anyone? Jonah’s life tells the story, tells our story. Listen to this message to understand why we are Jonah’s “running-mates” and what God has done to end the flight.

The Scripture Lessons for the Day were:

Jonah 1:4-16
Romans 8:28-30
Luke 23:32-38