In the first week of this series, Samuel will tell us about how his mother gave him up as a baby and dedicated him to serve at the temple. Pastor Doug will look at the truth that everything we have belongs to God and should dictate what we do with those things. Come on over to Hillcrest this Sunday for the first of The Samuel Interviews.
The Greek word “selah” is used 74 times thorough scripture, but its meaning is still somewhat unclear. All we really know is that is has something to do with how we worship. But how can a word with this much context have such an ambiguous definition, and what could we learn from something that we don’t even fully understand? This week we will dive into “selah” with both feet and discern what we can learn from such an obscure topic.
Busy has become a four-letter word in our culture. If you're busy, our culture says you are over-scheduled or running ragged or trying to do too much. Some of us are afraid to admit how busy we are lest we be shamed or made to feel guilty. Our faith also seems to look down on being busy with Jesus' teaching on "being Mary and not Martha". Is being busy as bad as we think it is? How can we be intentional with our schedules and activities? This Sunday Pastor Brian's choice of message will reveal that busy is in fact not a four-letter word.
With the hundreds and thousands of Christian churches and denominations out there, which one is right? It is obvious that they do not all agree but if they do not agree, does that mean some have truth and others have false teaching. Wouldn’t the Holy Spirit give the same truth to every church? These are real questions that need real answers. This week, Pastor Doug is going to going to tackle this issue head on. You may or may not like his answer, but if not, you’re sure to find a church that thinks just like you, or better yet, start your own denomination! Ugh!
When Jesus left the earth, he said that he would leave us his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, and that we would continue his work as his hands and feet through the initiation of the Church. Christ is in us as we serve and love the world he created. This Sunday, Pastor Doug will help us see what it means to have Christ in us and how this truth will help the world see him.
Jesus was born on earth just over 2000 years ago. He was born a man, but he was also God. He came to be with us and that is why he was called Emmanuel. Jesus had a plan and that was to show us love and to allow that love to culminate in an act of service so great that it saved mankind. This Christmas, we celebrate the day that God loved us to come into his creation and we celebrate that we have found Christ on earth!