First Glance: Isaiah 60

“Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you in favor I will show you compassion.” (Isaiah 60:10) In Isaiah 60, the Lord shares a vision of the heavenly city with a people covered in darkness. Israel has suffered under oppression, been exiled, and forced to pay…

Sermon: Work of Salvation

We have been exploring, in these last few weeks, the ways in which the Christian faith speaks into every square inch of our lives. In particular, we have been asking how God’s Word speaks to our lives at work. We saw in Genesis 1-3 that all of work is good, all of work is fallen,…

Sermon: For Whom Do You Work?

Last week Pastor Stephen started us off on our series about work, building a foundation for us. We read the story of creation, of Adam and Eve, and how “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” We learned that work…

Sermon: Foundations for Work

This is a community that values work – hard work. In our time here, I’ve seen some of the beauty of this, and some of its dangers. We know both the joy and peace of good work, a job well done, and we know the bondage that work can become. As we have watched you…

First Glance:Genesis 1-3

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers, he will crush your head and you will strike his heel. (Genesis 3:15) We live in a time of enmity. In this first proclamation of the gospel in Genesis 3, this first promise that God would bring redemption through the…

Sermon: Living After Easter

What do we do now? Many of us had to get up and get to work on Monday. Sunday was Easter. We heard the amazing true story that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, died and then rose again from the dead. He who had died was now alive again. The tomb is empty. Jesus…

Homemade Yogurt

My Mom’s been making homemade yogurt for years. My parents have a dairy farm, so fresh milk is readily available. My son loves plain yogurt, and we go through it so much, that I decided I wanted to start making my own yogurt as well. So many recipes require a thermometer and seem fairly finicky.…