Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015: The triumphant entry into Jerusalem

Today on Palm Sunday, Pastor Michael Hodge looks at Mark 1:1-11, and John 12:16. This is known as the triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We learn about the special events that led up to this event, and how Jesus was so misunderstood. People thought he was a political savior instead of THE Savior of the world. As a result, people went from praising him and shouting "Hosanna" "crucify him!" 3 days later. Listen to this sermon about how it all unfolded, and what it means for us today.

We also had special music, and you can listen to this, and the sermon, by clicking here:

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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 22, 2015: The reward for following Jesus

This week, Pastor Hodge expounded upon Mark 10, verses 28-29. In these verses, we learn who is first in the Kingdom of God, and in heaven...and who is last. First, comes sacrifice. We must be ready to leave everything we have, and that we know for Jesus. We must sacrifice worldly possessions, as necessary, relationships and other things as we are led by God to do them. With this comes heartache, pain and suffering, but the rewards are great, as we see in Mark 10:30-31. And in verse 31, we have a final warning from Jesus about this. Listen to his sermon today and ask yourself the hard questions that are asked from Jesus.

We also had Molly Blobaum do our children's sermon today. we hope your children learn from it.

You can listen to both of these, here:

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 15, 2015: How to be a part of the Kingdom of God

Today, Pastor Michael Hodge continues in the book of Mark, chapter 10 verses 17-27. We come to the verses where the young rich man claims he has done everything to qualify for getting into heaven. And Jesus says he has done well, except for one thing. He commands him to sell all that he has, give everything to the poor, and follow him. What happens next is a lesson for all who are rich, and most of us, even the so-called "middle class", are very wealthy compared to the rest of the world. Everyone isn't called to give up all their possessions. If we had none, we'd have nothing to give financially. So, what did Jesus mean? Not to make money our God. Listen to Pastor Hodge expound on these verses.

We also had our special music, done by Roger and others, "Wonderful, Merciful Savior". We hope you enjoy it.

And, we apologize, but the new battery in our pastor's microphone mysteriously died towards the end of the sermon, but you'll get the gist of it with what is available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

You can listen to these recordings here:

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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 8, 2015: the blessing of children

This week, Pastor Michael Hodge continues in the book of Mark, and focuses in on Mark 10, verses 13 through 16. So often today, life is devalued, and especially that of children. And in fact, in these verses, children are coming to Jesus, and the disciples are turning them away (rebuking them). But Jesus immediately tells the disciples how wrong that is. And, He responds to the children as well in a way that we, as believers, should all take heart of.

You can listen to Pastor Hodge's sermon, as well as our special music, done by Roger Seldal, here:

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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 1, 2015: An awkward question, a moral response

This week, Pastor Hodge looks at Mark 10:1-5. And, here, the Pharisees asks the question: Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife? They were trying to entrap Jesus and cause him to stumble, looking to ultimately kill him. But here, Jesus responds with a question, and then explains their answer. Today, with high divorce rates, unfaithfulness and a lack of commitment, everyone---including our church---really needs to hear this and pay attention. Because the answer that Jesus gives here impacts all of us to the depth of the soul, regardless of whether you are single or married.

You can listen to this recording here:

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