Exodus 4-12 describes a time in Israel’s history in which the Jews were greatly oppressed by the Egyptians.  They were afflicted with heavy burdens and hard labor, and yet they multiplied in number.  God hears the cries of His people, and He begins to move...

This weekend was the first teaching of our summer series on “Miracles of the Old Testament.”  Chris Curtis introduced the series by defining a miracle as “an unusual or extraordinary event caused by God’s power that we would ordinarily consider impossible.”  It is also important...

This past weekend brought an end to our series in James as Matt Williams walked us through the closing verses of the letter, 5:13-20. While the end of the book may seem to be a random burst of disjointed ideas, it is James’ intention to present...

Suffering is a universal reality for all people. No one has the means to rise above suffering in their lifetime; for some, it is the defining aspect of their lives. Job said that “man is born to trouble.” So what is man to do with...

In the history of the world, there has never been a group of people who have experienced the luxuries and wealth that we are surrounded with today.  Compared to the present world, and even within our own nation, we are a very financially privileged group....

Presumptuousness is rarely thought of as a sinful aspect of a person’s character, let alone one that is especially severe. However, James turns our attention to this sin and exposes it for its wickedness as a fundamental misunderstanding of one’s relationship to the Creator. James has...

This weekend Matt taught out of James chapter 4, verses 11 and 12. In these two verses, James addresses the issue of judgment within believers of the church. The word judgment is used to convey several ideas in the Bible, including God’s condemnation or His...

This weekend Matt Williams continued in leading us through the book of James. The Bible is a fascinating book because it constantly leverages the dichotomy of judgment and grace. It is both the knife that cuts into us as well as the medicine that heals...

One of the greatest challenges many Christians will face as they begin to grow in godliness and maturity of faith will be what to do with their words as they relate to other believers. As one grows in his faith, it becomes easier to recognize...

This past week, Bill White taught on James 3:13-4:3. In this passage, James challenges believers to walk in wisdom and to recognize leadership that does the same. He contrasts true, heavenly wisdom with false, earthly wisdom. They may seem similar on the exterior, but they can...

This weekend we took a look at what James has to say on taming the tongue. James begins chapter 3 by addressing teachers and reminding readers that those who teach are judged with a greater strictness. James doesn’t say this to scare people away from...

This past weekend we as a church celebrated Easter, a holiday that celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. Resurrection Sunday is the most significant day in our Christian faith. It’s a day that marks the destruction of both death and the curse of sin. But...

This week Matt Williams led us through the second half of chapter two as we continued our series through the book of James. Following his treatise on partiality, James once again assumes the role of a lawyer to make his next argument. The basic idea here,...

This weekend we continued to look at the teachings of James. In the beginning of chapter 2, James is addressing the sin of partiality, which can also be described as “judging according to value.” This passage is a brief aside, wedged in between two sections...

Though we may claim to believe in the truth of Scripture, if it does not shape the way that we live on a daily basis, we are merely fooling ourselves. James warns Christians to be doers of the Word and not just listeners. He begins...

Trials and suffering are common topics throughout the Bible, and this weekend we continued to look at James and what he has to say about living through the trials and temptations. In James 1:12-18, we see the importance of enduring through the trials and acknowledging...

Circumstance is volatile and unpredictable, giving people both poverty and prosperity in unequal measures. Can real satisfaction and security be found in something that is ever-changing? James calls Christians to consider instead their future hope in the Gospel and to lay hold of it by...

This past weekend launched our new series studying through the book of James. In week one, Matt Williams taught through the first eight verses.  James proves to be an examination of the meeting of works and faith as they weave into our every day actions....

In this final week of the Theology of Death series, Matt Williams began by recapping where we’ve been regarding the topic, reminding us that death is not a matter to be ignored, but rather one that should be integrated into our daily thinking. This week,...

Paul is writing 2 Timothy from prison knowing that his death is imminent.  This weekend, as we discussed what it looks like to live in light of death, we turn to what Paul has to say in 2 Timothy 4:5-8. He begins by reminding Timothy...

Death is a dramatically spiritual and critically important topic to address and each of us will become personally acquainted with it at some point in our lives. In the midst of the great confusion, fear, and pain around this topic, Scripture offers us guidance for...

In week three of our continuing series on A Theology of Death, Matt Williams taught through the often difficult reality that none of us are getting younger. How do the ideas of aging and suffering couple with our call as believers to grow in a...

Staring down the sobering possibility of the approach of his own death in a prison in Rome, the apostle Paul declares that for him, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21, ESV). Widely known and recited, this statement presents Christians with...

This past weekend, Bill White taught on Genesis 24:1-27. As the narrative begins, we are informed that Abraham is an old man, blessed by the Lord in all things. At this point in his life, he holds an influential position, possessing wealth, prestige, and power. He...

This past weekend, Bill White taught from Genesis 21:1-21. When Abraham was 100 years old, Sarah bore him a son they named Isaac, or “laughter”, as the Lord commanded.  Abraham made a great feast the day that Isaac was weaned, but during the celebration, Sarah saw...