Archives: December 2012

A message on the grace and forgiveness of God, and finding a fresh start in 2013

When we look back over the past year, we all see areas where we could use some improvement. Words we wish were never said, moments we long to “do over.” Join the team this New Year’s Eve for a special message of beginning again.

An exciting tool for digging into Scripture on a daily basis

What are your resolutions for the New Year? If you’re like me, they likely include a re-commitment to daily time in God’s Word. Hear how one special resource can ignite enjoyment and understanding in your quiet times this coming year.

Find out about an effective resource for developing meaningful quiet times with God

We know that consistent time in God’s Word is important, but how do we begin the process of regular Bible study? Let's talk about a Bible study tool that is near and dear to their heart.

Discover why we celebrate Christmas on December 25th

Every year, we can count on celebrating the birth of Jesus on the same exact same day, December 25. That spot on the calendar has marked Christmas day for generations!

Discover some surprising details surrounding Jesus’ birth

A classic nativity display includes Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men, animals, and baby Jesus, all together under the roof of a quaint stable. Discover that the traditional nativity scene may not represent the actual Christmas story! Join Haddon Robinson, Alice Mathews, and special guest Ken Bailey for a special Christmas study.

Let's look at the historical details surrounding Jesus’s birth

We’re familiar with the characters, settings, and storyline of the birth of Jesus. But is the Christmas story we’ve come to know really how it all happened? The conversation is sure to surprise you!

Let’s look at God’s unconventional view of how to get ahead

The world’s formula for power is this: push your way to the head of the line. But Jesus’ model for successful leadership looks very different! Hear the challenging study of the parable in Matthew chapter 20.

What does it take to be successful in God’s kingdom?

To be successful in our society, it takes persistence and willpower to claw your way to the top. But to be successful in God’s kingdom, it takes humility and sacrifice to make your way to the bottom! Let's look at Jesus’ interaction with two ambitious disciples to illustrate this important distinction.

A thought-provoking discussion on “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first”

The rallying cry of the world is “Look out for number one!” But Jesus told His followers, “Put yourself last.” Let's discuss the practical side of the paradox, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”

God’s impartial justice and His unmerited grace

In Matthew chapter 20, Jesus told a parable that explored two characteristics of God, His impartial justice, and His unmerited grace. Let's study both aspects of God’s personality, and suggest we need a healthy balance of these two views in order to see God clearly.

Reflecting on God’s profound grace and ways we can respond to His generosity

Basking in the benefits of God’s blessings, we often feel a sense of gratitude. But when God chooses to bless others with those same gifts, our reaction isn’t always thankfulness.

Looking at how our view of God’s generosity impacts our faith

If your boss is stingy with you, you’re less likely to give him a fair day’s work. But if he treats you well, your work will reflect your gratitude! Let's discuss the nature of grace. An encouraging study on the goodness of God.

Embracing God’s greatest gift: grace

Trapped on a treadmill of performance, we’re liable to think the more good we do, the more God will love us. And if we stumble and fall, God will brush us aside. Let's embrace God’s generosity.

How God’s grace reverses our understanding of rewards and merit

The best-trained athlete gets the trophy. The most intelligent student gets the best grades. That’s the way our world works.

Let’s look at a topsy-turvy principle of God’s kingdom

We’re all born with an innate sense of fairness. Just watch small children line up for a treat and listen to what happens when someone tries to jump ahead! You’ll hear a chorus of “No cuts!” Let's look at the topsy-turvy principle of God’s kingdom that says, “The first shall be last, and the last first.”