The Book That We Love: Why Did God Give Us the Bible?

This is the first video in a seven part series exploring why God gave us the Bible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-wjMxx7Ozw Discussion Questions: Explain the difference between knowing someone and knowing about someone. Why is this difference important when we consider that the Bible was given so we would know God?What could you know about God through creation?... Continue Reading →

Discussion Questions for “The Book That We Love”

VIDEO 1: Why did God give us Holy Scripture? Explain the difference between knowing someone and knowing about someone. Why is this difference important when we consider that the Bible was given so we would know God?What could you know about God through creation? How does Scripture correct or clarify this knowledge? What does the... Continue Reading →

State of Stephen 2020

I have often heard the joke, “The most useless thing I bought this year was a 2020 planner.” We have all had to throw out plans and make new ones this year. As I looked back on my goals for 2020, I had to do the same. Multiple goals were not met. Several were changed... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Mary

Immanuel, as we wait for your return,help us see your glory and lovethrough the reading and preaching of your Word. We pray in your name. Amen.  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph,... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Elizabeth

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Joseph

Children’s Story I’d like to invite the children forward at this time. Christmas is coming soon. Last week, we talked about two people, a priest and his wife, who were very old. Does anyone remember their names? (Zechariah and Elizabeth) They wanted a baby, but they also were waiting for God to come and save... Continue Reading →

100 Word Book Reviews: November 2020

George Hunsinger, Philippians, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2020. 232 pages. A: A solid and pleasant entry into the Brazos series of commentaries. Hunsinger works closely with the grammar of the text of Philippians, while also showing its impact on life and doctrine. In making these theological connections, Hunsinger... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Zechariah

I’d like to invite the children forward at this time to take a seat in the first few rows.  Christmas is coming soon, and at Christmas, Christian celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Right behind me, you might be able to see that we have a Nativity scene set up with many of the different... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Contentment & Concern

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Philippians 4. Philippians 4:10-23. Philippians is in the New Testament - Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians. Philippians 4:10-23. This morning, we finish our fall study of the book of Philippians. As we have seen, the twin notes of joy and Jesus have rung together throughout this... Continue Reading →

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