Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 16, 2017:Being faithful in the midst of persecution, trials and temptation

This week, Pastor Hodge continued his series in the book of James on how we are to be faithful. In this week's series, Pastor Hodge expounds upon John 1:12-18. We are to never give up, but what is the reward for standing firm? What are the challenges we may face, and how can God lead us through those trials and temptations? Listen to find out!

We also had our young adults come up and give their testimony, the Seldals sang "I'll fly away", and Diane Lizer did our children's sermon called "Flower or weed?". You cannot see the pictures she is showing, but listen to the end, the point is well worth it!

You can hear all of these sermon elements here by cutting and pasting this into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/05PastorMichaelHodgeTrialsbeingfaithfulinthemidstofpersecution

And we hope you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 9, 2017: Even though we may be poor, the trials of life don't take away from our heavenly riches

We had some technical difficulties recording the service, but in summary, Pastor Hodge's sermon was on James 1:9-11. Even though we can be poor, the trials of life don't take away our high position of eternal wealth! Poor Christians going through trials can find glory in their high position. Of course,rich people face many trials; their wealth withers away, both believers and unbelievers. But, spiritual riches are eternal, in trusting in and obeying Christ's commands, repenting of our sins and trusting Christ for everything.

And we hope you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 3, 2017: FLY conference live streaming!

The evening sessions of this year's youth  FLY conference will be live-streamed from July 3-7, 2017, starting at 8 PM CT. Copy and paste this into your browser, here:

http://www.flyconvention.org/live

We hope you are blessed by the teachings!

July 2, 2017: The paradox of trials and spiritual growth, part 2: While going through trials, confidence in God means stability

This week, Pastor Hodge expounded on James 1:5-8; this week, I've included the sermon notes along with the church bulletin, so feel free to follow along there). In his series, "The paradox of trials and spiritual growth", this week his title says it all: "While going through trials, confidence in God means stability". Indeed, as we walk with God through trials, we must ask of God (what must we ask? Listen to find out! :-) ), and God will give generously, and without reproach. And we must ask in faith, or else we will be double-minded.

We also included the prelude this week, in addition to our special music from the Seldals and the pastor's sermon, which you can listen to, as you copy the following into your Web browser:

https://archive.org/details/03PastorHodgeWhilegoingthroughtrialsconfidenceinGodmeansstability

And we hope you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 25, 2017: The paradox of trials and spiritual growth

This week, Pastor Hodge expounded on James 1:1-4, some of the harder verses of the Bible. In the start of his new sermon series, "The paradox of trials and spiritual growth",hiss first installment is "Trials of life produce endurance". In verses 1-2, we see that trials should bring us "great joy", and that trials produce endurance. How can we have that joy? In God's word, we see that in a mature believer, this is not only possible, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can draw on God to still have joy in times of trouble.

Molly Blobaum's children sermon, our Sunday School children's choir, and Pastor Hodge's sermon can be found at the following link; we hope you are blessed by them:

https://archive.org/details/04PastorHodgeTheletterofJamespart1

And we hope you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 18, 2017: Father's day

This Sunday is celebrated as Father's Day across our country. The importance of fathers cannot be understated in a family, but there is a much greater Father who is perfect, holy, and is the Father of all. Listen to Pastor Hodge as he expounds on the importance of earthly fathers...and our Heavenly Father as well.

We also had Connie Storey do our special music today; we hope you enjoy it.  You can listen to these service elements here:

https://archive.org/details/03PastorMichaelHodgeFathersDay

And we hope you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 11: Roger Scott sermon

Hello everyone,

This week, while our pastor is out of town for our Sunday service, Roger Scott did our sermon today, and presented insights from God's Word that I think you'll be blessed to hear. Please listen to it today, and be blessed.

We also had special music with the Seldals this week; we hope you are blessed by this as well.

You can hear these service elements by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/02RogerScottSermon

And we hope you have a great week in Christ Jesus!