Pastor Doug takes us again to the historical facts in Israel. This week, he discusses the evidence of who Jesus and Pilate were. Doug teaches that all of these things can be seen as real history, but mean nothing without faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah.
This week, Pastor Doug teaches us that it may be easy to conform to the whims of not only the world around us, but even to the norms and traditions of church functions. Rather, we are called to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us to the perfect will of God.
This week, Pastor Doug takes us through the idea of raising children to have honor. We can teach children how to behave, but the behavior will not last if it is not rooted. Honor is the root that is needed to live a life to show love and respect toward others, and to love God with all that we are.
Events throughout life naturally connect our present reality and the eternal nature of God. Looking at the intertwined lives of John the Baptist and Jesus can give us a glimpse of some of the defining moments in their relationship. How can we utilize the reality of a situation today to point us to eternity?
This week, Pastor Doug looks into how God instructs His people to memorialize His love and care at pivotal moments throughout their lives. These markers will also help orient us to the world around us.
Two basic commands of Jesus are to love God and to love each other. Pastor Doug encourages us that we are not to be alone in doing this, but that we are still called to go out into the world and love those with whom we come into contact.
As we come to a close on this series, Pastor Doug teaches that our nature as Christians is to be set free on the world. We will have to get out of our comfort zones, but we will fulfill our reason for being in our current place and time.
What does it mean to have a strong feeling of connection to a group of people? Pastor Doug teaches that it is not our social or legal norms that promote relationship and devotion, but rather that it is giving of ourselves to bring others into our lives.
This week, Pastor Doug teaches on the form and function of the church. We tend to think of the church’s identity and mission as the same idea. However, Doug shows that it is important to distinguish them in order to bring others to Christ.
The parable of the prodigal son is often seen through the lens of God’s mercy toward us as sinners. Pastor Doug, however, challenges us to see this story through the eyes of the older son, who had remained at home with his father. As the church, we are called to show the same grace to others that we have received through Christ.