Working Through Our Doubts

Do you consider it a failing to have doubts about spiritual things? Do you think doubt can be useful to your spiritual growth? This Sunday we will talk about doubt. Is this an interesting topic? Don’t you doubt it!

Watch the service live on our Facebook page if you can’t attend in person at 10:30 a.m., Sunday.

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All Who Live Well Have A Place In Heaven

There has been violence done to people of other faiths in the name of religion. This is not a new thing but seems to be resurging.  The thing is, all true religions teach love for God and love for one another and have the Ten Commandments in some form as part of their theology. It would be impossible to justify killing others to glorify God if one was rightly living according to their faith.

Jesus taught gave many examples to show that it was how someone lived that mattered, not whether they were part of “the church”. His illustrations of people doing the right thing were often done by those outside the faith: the good Samaritan, the centurion who’s servant was healed, the one leper of ten that were healed that returned to thank Jesus was a Samaritan. And Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven but those who do the will of My Father in heaven.” The Father’s will being that we love one another.

In I Corinthians 12 the oneness of all is illustrated by the example of the human body – many parts functioning as one and dependent on one another for health and survival. “Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where God wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” But God has put the body together… so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

We are also taught in the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg these same truths:

“The Lord’s mercy is infinite and will not let itself be limited to the few who are inside the Church. Instead it reaches out to all in the whole wide world.”  Secrets of Heaven 1032:2

“Everyone who makes the commandments the principles of their religion becomes a citizen and an inhabitant of heaven.” [Apocalypse Explained 948]

“In the spiritual world, into which everyone comes after death, no one is ever asked ‘What is your religion?’ but rather ‘What is your life?’ for everyone’s life is his or her religion.” [Divine Providence 101]

“The means of salvation has been provided for everyone, and heaven is such that all who live well, of whatever religion they may be, have a place there.” [Divine Providence 330]

“The heavenly Human, which is heaven, in order that all these things may be in it, cannot be composed of people all of one religion but of people of many religions.” [Divine Providence 326]

“That the church of the Lord is spread over all the globe, and is thus universal; and that all those are in it who have lived in the good of charity in accordance with their religion.” [NJHD 246]

We will explore this topic more at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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EASTER CELEBRATION

You are warmly invited to join us for our Easter Celebration this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Easter is a time of great promise. It is a reminder that we are loved deeply and fully and that our freedom is so  highly valued by our Creator. It also holds within it a reminder that we are created to live forever.

We hope to see you on Sunday. Happy Easter!

An Easter Egg hunt for the children will follow the service.

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So God…. What’s The Plan?

On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. This was a clear statement that He was a king. The crowd was excited that they would have their own king now and would be free from the rule of the Romans. One little problem: Jesus went to the temple and not the palace, making clear that His kingdom was not of this world – something He said at other times.

If the Lord’s kingdom is not of this world, then where is it and how do we become part of it?

Please join us for a Palm Sunday celebration at 10:30 a.m.

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I Need A Miracle, Part 6: “I Am The Resurrection And The Life”

There is an account in the Gospel of John of a man named Lazarus who had died. Jesus came to the house of his sisters Mary & Martha and said to Martha, “‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’  Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’” He then did an amazing thing and summoned Lazarus back from death four days after his passing.

Jesus taught clearly and directly that He has power over death and that human life is eternal – not in this world, but forever after death.

One day someone you love will die.  Today is a good day to let that person know how much you love them.  One day you will die.  Today is a good day to start living in the way you want to live eternally. Jesus taught that he has power over death and over any thing we may struggle against in life.  If you are doing something you know you shouldn’t, choose today as the day you stop. If there is some change you would like to make in your life choose today as the day you begin to make that change. Ask for help and begin making changes.

Join us for church on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we talk more about this story from the Gospel of John and about life after death.

If you want to know more about your eternal life you can download a free pdf or Epub of a book about life after death and heaven and hell at this link:

Window to Eternity

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I Need A Miracle, Part 4: Quieting Negative Thoughts And Emotions

There are times in life when it feels like smooth sailing, and then there are times when the storms hit and life feels overwhelming and out of control. How do we get through these stormy times?

There is a beautiful story in the Bible about the disciples struggling with their boat on the stormy sea while Jesus walked on the water to be with them. As Jesus approaches, Peter asks if he can walk to Him on the water. Peter is invited to step out of the boat and walk on the sea. He walks for a moment but then instead of keeping his focus on Jesus and walking to Him he becomes terrified by the wind and the waves and begins to sink. After crying out for help he is taken by the hand and lifted up and he and Jesus climb into the boat and the storms cease.

There is a message for us in that story, don’t you think?

Please join us for worship on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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I Need A Miracle, Part 3: A Little Turned Into A Lot

If you’ve ever wondered if God can take our seemingly small efforts to do what is kind and the few things we know to be true and do something spectacular with them, the answer is “Yes, absolutely!”

We are moving through the series of miracles that Jesus performs in the Gospel of John. This week we look at the miracle of Jesus feeding thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two small fish.  This story shows how a big miracle performed in the world thousands of years ago by Jesus is just God’s way of illustrating to each of us the kinds of huge changes that can be made inside our hearts and minds. Are you ready to be changed from the inside out?

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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I Need A Miracle, Part 2: How To Get Unstuck

There are times when we feel stuck; when we feel like there is nothing we can do to change how we are, or how we react to things.

There is a story in the Bible about a man with an infirmity sitting by a pool of water in a town called Bethesda. This pool is special because every so often an angel would stir up the water in the pool and the person that was able to immerse themselves in the water first would be healed of whatever disease they had. You can’t blame him for hanging out there and hoping to get his chance. The problem was that he had been dealing with this issue for 38 years already with no success.  It is at this point that he meets Jesus who offers him an alternative solution.

Come this Sunday and we will talk together about how to get unstuck–how to do something different that will change our lives.  Our service begins at 10:30 a.m. There is always a time during the service to offer your thoughts and perspective or to ask questions.

See you Sunday!

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I Need A Miracle, Part 1: Water Turned To Wine

There are times when we all feel like we have lost our way or lost the delight and joy in our relationship or job, or it just feels like we have lost our zest for life. It feels like we need a miracle!

Fortunately there are stories of miracles in the Bible that can give us hope and they can teach us something that God can do for our souls to bring us new life.

Join us as we start to explore the miracles from the Gospel of John, Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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