2018/08/05 “What’s It Like Immediately After We Die?”

Posted on: June 30, 2018 at 11:32 am, in Standard Post

Luke 16:19-31

I skipped over the Shred Manager story because I already preached on that, and I landed on this bombshell.  Theologians have been arguing over this question for centuries.  The more important issue is why Jesus told this story at this point and how important it is to our own personal eschatology.  Oops!  I mean to  our own end of time on earth.

2018/07/29 “The Lost Chapter”

Posted on: June 30, 2018 at 11:25 am, in Standard Post

Luke 15:1-32

We’re into what theologians call “The Luke Interlude” – stories/teachings of Jesus that Luke found in his research that are not found in the other 3 Gospels (books in the Bible about Jesus’ life).  Chapter 15 is about 3 lost things – a sheep, a coin, a prodigal son.  These stories are so familiar.  What else is there to learn here?  Have you ever seen rejoicing that explodes throughout heaven?  Maybe there is something here yet to learn?

2018/07/22 “Discipleship? You’ve got to be Kidding!”

Posted on: June 30, 2018 at 11:19 am, in Standard Post

Luke 14:25-35

Did you read what Jesus said here?  Doesn’t it sound like a cult?  Any religious leader who demands that a follower actually hate his/her own spouse and children in order to be a disciple. . .  Wow!!  I understand that high quality persons are attracted to high standards.  But this is ridiculous!  Whatever happened to the Jesus who preached love and responsibility?  There has to be an explanation.

2018/07/15 “Etiquette at the Great Banquet”

Posted on: June 30, 2018 at 11:14 am, in Standard Post

Luke 14:15-24

Would you get miffed if after sparing no effort or expense on a lavish banquet for your friends – who said they’d love to come – then discover that they found excuses not to come?  The behavior of the rejected host in this story seems to border on vengeance.  Does this host really have the right to be so miffed?  Or maybe we simply don’t un-derstand how lavish this banquet really is.  So, what does this have to do with me?


2018/07/08 “Banquet Etiquette”

Posted on: June 30, 2018 at 11:08 am, in Standard Post

Luke 14:7-14

Jesus gives a teaching about wedding banquet etiquette followed by a teaching about hosting a luncheon or dinner.  Practicing Jesus’ teaching about wedding banquet eti-quette result in being exalted.  Practicing Jesus’ teaching about hosting a luncheon or dinner has even better results – repayment at the resurrection!  How could we miss this?  Or are we practicing this anyway without realizing these benefits?  Awesome!!

Being a Disciple

Posted on: June 27, 2018 at 8:09 am, in Standard Post

In September we will begin a church wide study on Being a Disciple followed by a series on Making Disciples for Christ.  Stay tuned to the web site and Facebook for further details.

Summer Concert Series — 7:00 PM

Posted on: June 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm, in Standard Post

June 27, 2018 – J.A.M.
(Jesus and Music) is a contemporary Praise Band from St John Vianney Parrish in Freeland, Mi . they have been spreading their love for Christ since 2011. J.A.M. (Jesus and Music) is a contemporary praise band from St. John Vianney Parish in Freeland, Michigan. Playing music from such groups as The Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Matt Maher, Third Day, and Mercy Me among others. They have been spreading their love for Christ since 2011. They are very excited about their fundraising efforts for the Tony and Trish Hospice House and Area 22 Special Olympics. Their credits include playing for the Tittabawassee Township Park Summer concert series for the last three years, the My Faith concert held at Saginaw Valley State University’s Ryder Center, and leading praise music for thousands of youth from the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. They have performed many concerts and public events from Saginaw to Durand.

July 25 – Michelle Kuhl, Pianist
Former accompanist for the Kings Brass and former staff accompanist t at Cornerstone University. She studied Piano Performance at Spring Arbor University. Michelle is a wife, the mother of three, and shares her musical talent by teaching piano and performing at a variety of venues.

August 29 – Justified Quartet
The Southern Gospel Music, Justified, has been together since 2011. These four gentlemen have either sang or played with other gospel quartets over the past 20 years, and have now come together to spread the word through song and music. Visit their website at Justifiedqt.com to hear a sample of their music.

2018/07/01 “Go Tell That Fox . . .”

Posted on: June 4, 2018 at 8:15 pm, in Standard Post

Luke 13:31-35

King Herod the Great tried to kill Jesus at his birth. Now Herod’s son (with the same
name) is trying to kill Jesus as an adult. At least that’s what Jesus is told by the religious leaders who want him to leave that area. So which one is Jesus calling a “fox” here? It really doesn’t matter because Jesus declares his independence from any authority that would prevent God’s purpose from being fulfilled in his life.

2018/06/24 “The Narrow Door: Make Every Effort To Enter It”

Posted on: June 4, 2018 at 8:11 pm, in Standard Post

Luke 13:18-30

How many efforts are there in attaining some goal? How many goals are worth a lot of
effort? Apparently this goal tops all goals because Jesus said to pull out all the stops. I see from the text that missing this narrow door results in being “thrown out” of God’s kingdom. So how narrow is this door? Isn’t narrow thinking socially and intellectually incorrect?

2018/06/17 “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”

Posted on: June 4, 2018 at 8:06 pm, in Standard Post

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Luke 12:13-34

“Rich Dad Poor Dad” is a 1997 book written by Robert Kiyosaki with Sharon Lechter
that has sold about 40 million copies in more than 50 languages across more than 100
countries and has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years.
Among other things, it advocates the importance of increasing one’s financial intelli-
gence (financial IQ) to improve one’s business and financial aptitude. So what does
Jesus have to say about being a rich dad? Then again, what does Jesus know? He was
neither rich nor a dad. Wasn’t he?