Trouble in the Temple

Today’s passage is Mark 11:12-19. Pastor Jeremy primarily discussed consumerism, mentioning but not dwelling on the Markan sandwich where cleansing of the temple is surrounded by the cursing of the fig tree.

Consumerism is caused by:

  1. Ease and laziness
  2. Selfishness
  3. Ignorance

Our job is not to attend or simply go to church; rather it is to be the church.

A way out:

  1. Focus on God.
  2. Focus on our call.
  3. Focus on others.

What Kind of King is Jesus

The passage for today is Mark 1:1-11 regarding the Triumphal Entry which is called Palm Sunday by some.

Let us consider the meaning of subversive. It is an attempt to overthrow a system of power or authority, often by people working secretly from within.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a subversion of our culture.

The people wanted a subversion of the status quo. They were laying palms looking for Him to take power.

The elite wanted a subversion of the national power (Rome).

The way that Jesus is subversive in the world is to give His life for it.

Death and violence do not get the last word.


The Right Way of Life

In this message, Pastor Jeremy Peugh wrapped up a series on Epiphany for 2018 by discussing 1 Cor 6:11-20.

We are a part of the counter story. God calls His people, both out of the world and to be an ambassador to it.

We need:

  1. Ears that hear the Kingdom.
  2. Eyes that see the Kingdom.
  3. Bodies that become the Kingdom.

Here is the bulletin for the week.


The Holiness of Jesus

Consider Matthew 11:16-19;8:1-4;Luke 7:36-50 and see the below.

Priestly Prophetic
1 Purity 1 Justice
2 Sin was something that was seen as contagious 2 Taking action against sin
3 Separation from anything or anyone who would make them unclean 3 Righting social wrongs in Israel
4 Holiness by separation and/or distance 4 Holiness by action

Does God want us to be pure or just? Yes

Real purity contaminates impurity; real holiness contaminates sin.

Jesus was a friend of sinners.

Lepers were seen as unclean or outcasts.

Is the Parable of the Good Samaritan about being unclean or about helping another in need?

A Life Led by the Spirit

Today Rev. Chelsea Peugh preached on Romans 8:1-17.

The Old Testament Law could not defeat sin, it could only detect it.

Where do we need to claim the freedom that we have in Christ, so we can live it out more boldly?

Examine all the living by the flesh versus living in the Spirit differences in verses 5-17.

Fleshly desires v5 Spiritual desires v5
Eternal death v6 Peace and Eternal Life v6
Hostility toward God v7 Children of God v14,16
Doesn’t submit to God’s Law v7 Adoption into Sonship v15
Can’t please God v8 Affirms us as God’s children v16
Slaves living in fear v15 Heirs of God v17
Co-heirs with Christ v17
Share Christ’s suffering/glory v17

Where do we find ourselves on this chart? Which places in our lives do we need to allow the Spirit to take the lead?

We deserve rags but we are given riches.

We share in Christ’s suffering, in order that we may also share in His glory.

Our Gifts

Today we celebrate Epiphany regarding the Magi or Wise Men coming to see Jesus, seen in Matt 2:1-12.

Who do you see God to be and what do you believe He has really done for you?

Gods in the ancient world were not the object of enthusiastic pursuit. People sought the gods for protection and assistance, not relationship.

Thinking of the wise men’s gifts to Jesus, let us consider ways we can be givers, stewards, of time, talent, and treasure.

There are groups of people. Some are givers, asking if I don’t give who else will give; takers, who ask if I don’t take care of me who else will; and matchers, who want to feel fair, and give some back to feel even.

The wise men gave intentionally, traveling a distance, to give in a deliberate intended way.

The wise men gave extravagantly, not bringing left overs or non precious things. These were special not routine gifts. May we do this also, as God calls us. There ought to be things we should like to do but cannot because our giving excludes them.

The wise men gave together, as a group. Multiple givers make us able to do more. Many hands make light work.

They also gave joyfully, which may be hard for us to connect with. God loves a cheerful giver.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Let Earth Receive Her King

God wants His people to be at peace. What does that look like; how do we define peace? Is it more than the absence of conflict? Truth is, Godly peace can be lived and seen in the midst of conflict.

How does our mood or attitude impact our ability to really hear from God, listen to His word, or be His disciple?

What can we do to find Christ’s peace in our lives?

  1. Wake up starting the day off with some prayer and ask Jesus to help set your mood.
  2. Be intensely curious about who Jesus is; don’t go on auto pilot, but rather think about who He is and what Scripture has to say about Him.
  3. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude; don’t forget about the meaningful gifts that He has given us, especially life, both physical and eternal.
  4. Worship Jesus among your problems, in the brokenness, in trials.
  5. Finally, spread the Word, His Word, to others. Let others see Him in us.

Here is today’s bulletin.

If You Love Him

Let us consider Matt 1:18-25 where an angel appears to Joseph to direct him after he sees Mary is pregnant and is going to divorce her quietly. Joseph obeyed the angel’s direction. Obedience is a form of love.

God’s job isn’t to meet our objectives or to make us happy or comfortable. If we are Christian we should not be viewing the world or life from a how does it benefit me, myself, and I perspective.

If we love God we will allow God to lead us and interrupt our lives. We will want to obey His commandments, to follow Him.

Greatness in the kingdom of God is measured in terms of both obedience and love.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Oppression Patience and Prayer

In this message, Brian briefly reviewed James 1-4, so we could get to chapter 5 and show some of the repeated themes. The book repetitively talks about some issues like the rich and misused wealth for example.

The condemnation isn’t just about wealth but its misuse. See also 1 Tim 6.

Money’s relief is temporary; let us focus on eternal things.

Let us be patient, looking toward the end of the race. Job is the ultimate example of this; he was rewarded.

We should pray with each other, as long as it isn’t done for our glory.

Do we see sick as more than just physical ailment?

Are we willing to confess our sins to one another, praying for each other?

Here is the bulletin for the week.

In The World Not Of It

The message today was on James 4. Noah Daniels preached to us about self-centeredness, our words, and planning our lives.

A main we we sin is to not have God at the top of out love list, loving ourselves more than Him.

Do we desire the things of the world or the things of God?

Do we judge others with our words?

Do we treat God like an add-on in our lives, like a vending machine we can ask things to get what we want?

Do we make plans without God, or with Him as a side, rather than as our focus?

He provides our daily bread.

Here is the bulletin.

Mind Your Words

Words can have a powerful impact.

Words can create a chain reaction in us and in people around us.

Here are some ways to use our tongues well.

  1. Our words need to be rooted in Christ.
  2. Be intentional about seeing God in others.
  3. Practice saying the right things; we need to be a people that speak words of blessing into the hearts of humanity.

Take Action

Today’s passage is James 2:14-26.

Do we believe Jesus has saved us, really?  If we really believe Christ has saved us, our lives need to change as a result.

Loving Jesus is not always an easy thing; why is that?

Four ways to be a people of action:

  1. You must know the Word in order to do the Word.
  2. Surround yourself with people who will stretch your faith.
  3. Continually examine your life for areas that are uncommitted.
  4. In both action and word, commit your self to Christ.

Are we fully committed to Him, in all areas of our lives? See also Revelation 3:14-18. Are we lukewarm?

Here is the bulletin for this week.

The Great Inversion

Reverend Jeremy Peugh preached on James 1:27-2:13 today.

God has no favorites, because God loves everybody equally; that means everyone is of equal worth.

Our behavior reveals what we actually believe.

We are not just to have faith IN Jesus; rather we are to have the faith OF Jesus. Consider the mind of Christ, seeing the world as He does. Love the way He did and does.

Ways to live out our faith:

  1. Think of others before ourselves.
  2. Live with the mindset of a missionary.
  3. Give sacrificially.
  4. Take notice of the hurt around us and do something.

Taking It easy

Here is the bulletin for this week’s message by Pastor Jeremy Peugh; the passage is James 1:19-27.

Be slow to speak.

Be quick to listen.

Be slow to anger.

Be obedient doers of the Word; do what God says.

Practice not interrupting, taking in what is being said, without queing up a response or interrupting.

Those of his who speak much, why is that? Are they Christ focused reasons or self focused?

Jesus asked a few hundred questions in Scripture; why? He taught by asking questions; can we ask questions and listen?

No Pain No Gain

Today’s passage is James 1:1-18. Here is today’s bulletin.

How do we get through things it seems like we cannot get through?

James’ epistle has something to say about trials.

  • Trials reveal our true character.
  • Trials make us stronger.
  • Trials draw us closer to Jesus.
  • Trials don’t have to have the last word.

How to continue to stand:

  • Worry less about the now, keeping our eyes on the finish line.
  • While undergoing trials, trust God, that He is up to something greater.
  • Remember that this life’s sufferings are temporary.

Our First Love

In this message Bryant Dougharty preached on Ephesians, primarily focused on chapter 5.

Christ loves us so we should submit to Him.

Is God number one in our lives?

For those of us who are married, are our spouses number two? Do we put spouses or children in front of God on our priority lists, or make the other mistake and not love them enough?

Here are some challenge questions:

  1. How is the church acting as the bride of Christ? Is God first for us? Do we disciple others?
  2. How can the church move more into this identity? Is grace both offered and received? Do we sometimes make ourselves the first priority?

God’s Handiwork

Here is the bulletin for this week; the passage is Ephesians 2:10.

Greek “created” = “Construct” or “Manufacture”

The Bible says that God prepared these good works for us to do in advance and we should just walk in them!

Ephesians 2:10 (MSG)- He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. Matthew 5:14 –

You are the light of the world. Greek “Light” = “A Source of Radiant Light”

Acts 9:15-16 (MSG) – But the Master said, “Don’t argue. Go! I have picked him (Paul) as my personal representative to non-Jews and kings and Jews. And now I’m about to show him what he’s in for—the hard suffering that goes with this job.”

Here are ten ways that we can do good and be light in this world:

1. Pray for God to use you.
2. Live in the moment and look at every moment as an opportunity to do good.
3. Speak Life (not death) in all situations.
4. Be in the word every day.
5. Take the time to listen to others.
6. Contribute dollars to Kingdom causes.
7. Acts continually on the conviction of God’s Spirit.
8. Look after orphans, widows, prisoners and all other neglected groups.
9. Invest and be light at home before taking on the world.
10. Share Jesus.

Prayer: Growing in Intimacy with God

Here is this week’s bulletin.

The passage for this week is Ephesians 2:1-3:21.
1. Adopt and develop a prayer room in your home. (War room)
2. Set your phone alarm to pray for certain things at certain times. ex. Luke 10:02
3. Pray with your kids every night before bed. Instill this in them.
4. Get up earlier and pray.
5. Do not just tell people you will pray for them, pray for them right then.
6. Pray for you relationships.
7. Develop prayer groups who will pray for you everyday.
8. Respond right away when you think about something to pray for.
9. Pray specifically for people and their problems.
10. When your household goes to sleep pray for them.
11. When you leave pray about where you are going.
12. Write down your prayers and God’s answers.

Tear Down or Build Up

This week Pastor Jeremy and other men from the church were away on Sunday at a retreat, so Pastor Jeremy pre-recorded this message.

The passages for this week are Ephesians 4:29 & James 3:6-10.

Here are ten practical ways that we can use our tongues for good.
1. __________________ to the person behind the counter when you are checking our at a store.
2. Make a phone call or send a text with no agenda but just to _____________________________.
3. Write an encouraging _______________ and send it.
4. Find a hopeless or homeless person and speak __________________ into them.
5. Stop being critical and be _____________________.
6. Do not ______________________________.
7. Love your _______________________ with your words.
8. Tell the people around you how much you __________ them.
9. Find the most left out person and go ________________ them.
10. Ask for _____________________ when there is a wrong.