OT19 | NT Connection (August 31)

NT Connect: Ephesians 1:15-23 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 8-12 Jesus is King As Israel’s prophet Samuel approached death, the Israelites grew insecure about God’s ability to protect them from the perpetual threat posed by the surrounding nations. They complained to Samuel that they wanted to “be like all the other nations, with a king to … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 24)

NT Connect: Matthew 1:23 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 3-7 God With Us In 1 Samuel 4, the Israelites were defeated by the Philistines, so they took the Ark of the Covenant with them to Ebenezer, hoping to win the next battle. However, they were defeated again, and the Ark was captured by the Philistines. In … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (April 20)

NT Connect: 1 Corinthians 5:7 Weekly Reading: Exodus 11-15 Christ Our Passover Lamb Imagine, just for a moment, that you are a Jewish child living in the time of Jesus. Now, borrowing on your own personal experiences as a child, imagine putting together Christmas, Easter, Independence Day – and celebrating them all at once in … Continued

We Believe: The Church

“I can worship God out here in the woods. I don’t need the church.” Each year approximately 2.7 million people in America cease to be active church members. I wonder if we have come to define Christianity almost exclusively as a privatized spirituality that either ignores the central role of the church in the life … Continued

Advent 2016: Mighty God

Mighty King Strength is in Your Name Mighty King You are Lord of all Advent Song by Micah Risinger Each Sunday of Advent, Patti and I add characters to our manger scene at home. We start with the animals, then the shepherds, next the angel, followed by Mary and Joseph. And finally on Christmas Day, … Continued

What Do You Think Heaven Is Going To Be Like?

By Bill Risinger Recently, Patti and I got to spend some wonderful days with Patti’s father. Charlie is a godly man who has dedicated his life to the Lord’s service. He is experiencing some very difficult health issues, and seems to be spending a lot of time contemplating heaven. I have always loved conversations about … Continued

The Measure of His Love

By Bill Risinger At the close of the Parent-Child Dedication Service last Sunday, we prayed Ephesians 3:18-19 over the children. “I pray that these children, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to … Continued

So Choose Well and Sing!

By Bill Risinger When we sing lyrics that prayerfully ask God to make us more like Jesus, I wonder if we really understand what we’re asking for. I wonder if we fully grasp the implications of what our prayer entails. To be made more like Jesus is to be made in his image. To reflect … Continued