Past Sunday Messages
Exodus
Fifth Commandment: Duty and Honor
February 9, 2020

The fifth commandment, “Honor thy father and thy mother” as the well-known rendition of the King James Version says, carries with it some extra expectations that were specific to the Israelites that were wandering in the desert.  It also begs a question: what does honor look like?  And, does the definition of who your “father […]

Exodus
Fourth Commandment: The Holy Sabbath
February 2, 2020

God commanded the Israelites to keep the Sabbath Holy because on the seventh day of creation God rests. But, why does God rest? And what implications does that have for our lives? Mark 2:23-3:6 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of […]

Exodus
Third Commandment: Do Not Misuse the Name of God
January 26, 2020

The name of God is a holy focus.  Jesus’ words about how to pray, and using the word “hallowed,” tells us to take his name seriously.  But, why is God so hung up about his name? Matthew 6:9-15 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your […]

Deuteronomy
Second Commandment: No Idols
January 19, 2020

Idolatry was the chief sin mentioned in the Old Testament that the Israelites struggled with, and that means that most likely, it is the same with us today. But, can an ancient and harsh text really contain contemporary wisdom for our situation? Deuteronomy 13:1-11 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among […]

Deuteronomy
First Commandment: One God
January 12, 2020

There most likely is no more famous verse in the Old Testament among the ancient Israelites and probably even Jewish worshippers today than this passage from the book of Deuteronomy.  And we learn that this commandment, from the lips of Jesus Christ, is the most important. That this is the most important commandment is nothing […]

Exodus
The Ten Commandments
January 5, 2020

The Ten Commandments, as part of the old covenant that the people of Israel had with God, are in a prominent place even among the other parts of the law.  And it is the prominence that should cause Christians to take a second, hard look at the commandments to see what God is saying about […]

Hebrews
The Big Adjustment
December 29, 2019

Pastor Russ discusses the adjustments we make for the relationships in our lives, but also, the big adjustment that God made at Christmas time. Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:1-4 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us […]

Luke
Mary and Joseph
December 22, 2019

Mary and Joseph are the two people who demonstrate an amazing amount of genuine faith within the Christmas story. Despite knowing so much, but still not understanding the full implications, they continue to obey the promise from the Lord. Luke 2:40-52 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the […]

Matthew
Herod the Great
December 15, 2019

Herod is most famously known as the man responsible for an event we now call the “Massacre of the Innocents” or “Slaughter of the Innocents.”  But there is so much more implied in Matthew’s narrative, and Matthew is invoking Herod’s name to make a larger point that is going to be a theme throughout his […]

Matthew
The Forgotten Ones
December 3, 2019

The names that Matthew lists in Jesus’ genealogy at the beginning of his Gospel aren’t at the top of anyone’s list of excitement.  What Matthew is showing, however, through all of the struggles of Israel, is that there was never a time that God wasn’t in control. Matthew 1:1-17 A record of the genealogy of […]