We know that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s all part of the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). We need all of it. But isn’t it true that at certain times in our lives certain parts of Scripture seem to speak so directly to our circumstances that the breath of God’s Word feels like a mighty wind? The Word doesn’t just speak to us in those moments; it feels like it thunders! And the living and active Sword of the Spirit seems to pierce even more deeply.
That’s how I feel about Hebrews 12 right now for myself personally and for our church family as a whole. In so many ways this chapter with its 29 verses speaks to where we find ourselves. We’re facing disorienting challenges. Many of us feel weary and discouraged. Hebrews 12 calls Christians to endurance and faith. It speaks to God’s purpose in painful circumstances. It addresses the temptations we face in times of difficulty. And most importantly it holds forth Jesus. Hebrews 12 calls us to fix our eyes on him and to remember the unshakeable nature of his kingdom.
So Lord willing, for the next five weeks, I’m going to preach Hebrews 12 to you, and to me. And I’m asking the Lord to send his Holy Spirit and do something deep and powerful and lasting in our hearts through his living Word.
March 15 2013 at 10:04 am 0 Comments
Good Friday Service | March 29 | 7 p.m.
Join us as we remember Jesus Christ’s suffering to pay for our sins.
Child care provided for infant to 5th grade
Order of Service
Easter Services | Sunday, March 31 | 9 & 11:30 a.m.
A celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Child care provided for infant to 5th grade
February 8 2013 at 7:23 am 0 Comments
Here’s a brief preview of The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, a book Josh will recommend this Sunday in church:
The author’s own description: “This book is for those spouses who have discovered how challenging day-to-day marriage is and who are searching for practical resources to survive the sometimes overwhelming ‘fiery trials’ of matrimony and to grow through them ...This is a book for those who have experienced ‘the honeymoon is over’ and have fallen back to earth with a thud.”
From a Covenant Life member: “My husband and I, in 37 years of marriage, have experienced more fiery trials than we care to remember! Keller’s truthful, down to earth portrayal of modern day marriage has been incredibly refreshing and practically helpful. Keller doesn’t just write about what marriage should look like ... He shares about real difficulties we live through everyday. As a result, we are experiencing genuine progress in our relationship.
If you are satisfied with a “drifting” marriage going nowhere, WARNING ... Don’t read this book!”
June 25 2012 at 4:08 pm 1 Comments
This coming Sunday, July 1, Mark Mitchell will give a brief message from Matthew 5:13-16, a passage where Jesus calls us to be “salt and light” to the world. We will also highlight several examples of ways that individuals in our church are living out this teaching in our community and throughout the world. Let’s anticipate this time together with faith and prayer!
May 12 2012 at 1:43 pm 1 Comments
We’ll post a special page having to do with the Matthew series soon, but for now we want to make you aware of the preaching schedule for the next three months. Let’s all be praying and anticipating how God will grow and change us as we take an extended look at Jesus by studying the first book of the New Testament.
06 | Matt. 1:1-17 | Introducing the Gospel of Matthew
13 | Matt. 1:18-25 | Jesus Birth (Mothers’ Day)
20 | Matt. 2:1-23 | Wise Men and Herod
27 | Matt. 3:1-17 | The Baptist and The Christ
03 | Matt. 4:1-11 | The Temptation and Victory of Christ
10 | Matt. 4:12-25 | Jesus Begins His Ministry
17 | Matt. 5:1-12 | The Beattitudes (Fathers’ Day)
24 | Matt. 5:13-16 | Salt and Light
01 | Matt. 5:17-20 | The Fulfillment of the Law
08 | Matt. 5:21-26 | Anger and Reconciliation
15 | Matt. 5:27-30 | Lust
22 | Matt. 5:31-32 | Divorce
29 | Matt. 5:33-42 | Oaths/Retaliation
January 6 2012 at 9:01 am 0 Comments
As Joshua shared this past Sunday, on January 8 we’re launching into a new sermon series called “Reading the Bible for All Its Worth.” The content had been planned for a Sunday Class taught by Don DeVries, but we’ve decided to make it a sermon series instead. Basically Don’s just going to be holding class in the main auditorium! (Don will teach the first three Sundays, and Ben Wikner the fourth and final one.) Please join us for these four important Sundays.
During the series, we plan to have a few people share how they interact with God’s Word—how they are meeting God, growing, and being strengthened through Bible reading, meditation, study and/or memorization. To that end, we want to collect some stories that will build up the body and then choose a few for people to share in church over the course of the series.
We invite you to participate by using this simple online form to share how you’re meeting God through his Word. On the form, we’ve provided some categories that may describe your situation. But no worries if you and your testimony don’t fit one of the categories. They are just to get you thinking.
We are not looking for amazing, impressive testimonies ... just simple, real-life stories of God’s Word working in real lives. We want to hear about the struggles as well as the high points and hear from as many people as possible.
Depending on the responses, we also hope to share some of the stories on the church website. This is a way to stir one another up as we reflect on God’s goodness in revealing himself through his Word. Psalm 119:162 says, "I rejoice at your word, like one who finds great spoil."
Share your story here.