News and Announcements

News and Announcements

 

 

Equipping the Saints Conference

SAVE THE DATE!!! Theme: Standing Firm and Staying Faithful Dates: October 6-7, 2018 Speaker Justin McKitterick Justin has served as the Pastor-Teacher of Grace Community Church in Jacksonville since 2011. Growing up on the west coast, Justin came to know the Lord during his high school years. He graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with a BA in History. He…

Book of the Month

Title:  CHARISMATIC CHAOS Author:  John MacArthur Summary:  There are times in your Christian walk, when you may be confronted with question concerning spiritual gifts. More specifically, individuals may ask you about things such as speaking in tongues, miraculous healings, or receiving new revelation from God. What about the health wealth and prosperity gospel that has…

November Book of the Month

Title:  Why We’re Protestant:  An Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation Author:  Nate Pickowicz Summary:  Post tenebras lux!  That phrase, Latin for “light after darkness,” serves as a fitting motto for the Protestant Reformation.  After nearly a thousand years of abuse in the church, appropriately referred to as “the dark ages,” the Reformation brought to…

October Book of the Month

Title:  When People are Big & God is Small Authors:  Ed Welch Summary:  Do you struggle with caring more about what people think of you than what God does?  Do you battle being self-conscious and controlled by the opinions of others?  There is hope for you!  The Bible calls this the “fear of man” and Ed Welch has written a wonderful, practical book on how to replace…

September Book of the Month

 Title:  Rescuing The Gospel Authors:  Erwin W. Lutzer Summary:  This book is a telling of the story and significance of the reformation. “In prose that captivates as it informs, Erwin Lutzer captures the people, places, and big ideas that fueled the Reformation.  He explains its lasting influence on the church and western civilization.  And, perhaps most importantly, he…

I Love My Church

Each month we want to share a word of encouragement and offer some resources from like-minded believers for your profit. These articles are available in print upon request. This article is a re-post because it is so clear and concise and get’s right to the heart of this week’s sermon on the priorities for the church. -Kurt Bekins, Pastor of Family Ministries…

Hiding God’s Word in Our Heart

Each month we want to share a word of encouragement and offer some resources from like-minded believers for your profit. These articles are available in print upon request. Hiding God’s Word in Our Heart: Although there are many reasons, here are some of the key purposes of Jesus’ birth: Ephesians 6 tells of several defensive weapons to stand firm against the…

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. By Tim Challies This is an excellent book.  It speaks to the need today for Christians to be discerning.  The author defines discernment as “the skill of understanding and applying God’s Word with the purpose of separating truth from error and right from wrong.  It is a task in which we attempt to see things as God sees them.” He…

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin. By Kris Lundgaard If God has redeemed me from sin, and given me his Holy Spirit to sanctify me and give me strength against sin, why do I go on sinning?  Have you ever asked yourself that question?  Have you ever wondered why the very sin that you thought you had put to rest continues to rear its ugly head…

The Reason for Christmas

Each month we want to share a word of encouragement and offer some resources from like-minded believers for your profit. These articles are available in print upon request. The Reason for Christmas: Although there are many reasons, here are some of the key purposes of Jesus’ birth: Reality: Read: Remember: Respond: C oming King Matthew 2:2, 6; Luke 1:32 His reign is…

God in the Manger

God in the Manger. By John MacArthur With Christmas fast upon us, it is so easy to get lost in all the hype, all the commercialism, and all the presents, parties, and seasonal decorations.  Such distractions cause us to miss the enormous impact of the reality behind this season.  For that reason, we who are believers, need fresh reminders of the fact that Christmas is…

Ken

Preparing to Cross the Finish Line The following address was delivered to a local church men’s group in October 2015.  The speaker, Ken, was diagnosed with a brain tumor six months earlier in April 2015. In May, Ken traveled to the University of Michigan Hospital for a six hour surgical resection of a golf ball-size tumor from his left temporal lobe. In an effort to…

The God Who is There

The God Who is There. By D. A. Carson Have you ever wondered what the overall purpose of the Bible is?  Have you struggled to make sense of how the books fit together and contribute to that overall purpose?  Do you really know what the Bible is about?  Do you understand the story of God and how you fit into that?  If any of those questions relate to you, then I commend to…

End Times Warnings

Each month we want to share a word of encouragement and offer some resources from like-minded believers for your profit. These articles are available in print upon request. Beloved Congregation, I am writing to you out of love for you and because I believe that we need a reminder on how to warn people of the coming days.  We are told in scripture to redeem the time…

The Gospel at Work

The Gospel at Work. By Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert What you do from 9 to 5 matters for the sake of the Gospel!  Unfortunately, that’s not how most people think about their jobs.  On the one hand, some employees are so committed to their vocations that it amounts to idolatry as they seek to find their satisfaction and fulfillment in them.  On the other hand, many…

How to Walk into Church

How to Walk into Church. By Tony Payne Think about those Sundays where we came into a morning worship service expecting to be served, hoping we won’t have to talk with anyone, hoping we get our favorite seat, or coming in late and rushed and stressed from an awful morning. Maybe we don’t always think to pray for the people we are about to fellowship with, or maybe our…

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation. By David W. Saxton Meditation in our Christian circles has gotten kind of a bad rap. The popular idea of meditation has been misshapen by mysticism, New Age, and Eastern religious notions. There is nothing more beneficial for understanding the truth and growing in sanctification than careful…