Aug 15, 2021
Lights in the Darkness: “Incomparable”
Scripture:  Daniel 2
 
The story of Daniel chapter 2 is about how all of the things of the world that people look to for guidance and power and meaning ultimately fail us completely. But God is incomparable to all of those things. God alone gives us what we need, and it is in God alone that we can place our trust. While we like to think we don't trust in idols nowadays, we still have things that we place our trust in, and Daniel 2 is a call to trust and rely on God alone.
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  • Aug 15, 2021Lights in the Darkness: “Incomparable”
    Aug 15, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: “Incomparable”
    Scripture:  Daniel 2
     
    The story of Daniel chapter 2 is about how all of the things of the world that people look to for guidance and power and meaning ultimately fail us completely. But God is incomparable to all of those things. God alone gives us what we need, and it is in God alone that we can place our trust. While we like to think we don't trust in idols nowadays, we still have things that we place our trust in, and Daniel 2 is a call to trust and rely on God alone.
  • Aug 8, 2021Lights in the Darkness: Guardrails
    Aug 8, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: Guardrails
    Scripture:  Daniel 1:8-20
     
    When faced with the decision about how much of his identity he was going to allow the Bablylonians to transform, Daniel decides to draw a line in the sand; he creates a guardrail around the food that he was going to eat. He did this out of his faithfulness to God, who responded by giving him the grace he needed to thrive in a Babylon world. When we create guardrails in our lives to support us in our living faithfully for God, God will honor our decisions as well.
     
  • Aug 1, 2021Lights in the Darkness: It’s a Babylon World
    Aug 1, 2021
    Lights in the Darkness: It’s a Babylon World
    Scripture:  Daniel 1:1-6
     
    The book of Daniel tells the story of how Daniel and his three friends faithfully live in a culture that was constantly seeking to strip away their identity and replace it with one that is ungodly. In this series we'll learn principles for how to live faithfully in a world we are called to love and serve while also resisting its pull to be conformed in its image.
  • Jul 25, 2021The Cross and the Jukebox: “The Man Comes Around”
    Jul 25, 2021
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “The Man Comes Around”
    Song:  "The Man Comes Around" - by Johnny Cash
    Link:  https://youtu.be/jiMXK9eDrMY
     
    One of Cash's last songs, and according to him, one of the most important. The song uses several images from the Book of Revelation to call his listeners to heed the warning of the coming judgment and to choose the way of love and peace found in Jesus. The song also points to a future that has no more evil, only peace and the love of God.
  • Jul 18, 2021The Cross and the Jukebox: “Turn, Turn, Turn”
    Jul 18, 2021
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “Turn, Turn, Turn”
    Song:  "Turn, Turn, Turn" - performed by The Byrds
    Link:  https://youtu.be/CHuAmsEGdGU
    Scripture Passage:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
     
    This classic song is an almost exact quote of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which gives wisdom for dealing with life's many frustrations and disappointments. It reminds us that God has given us many seasons of life, so we need not miss the blessings of our current season by longing for a season long past. Ecclesiastes is a call for contentment as we live in a rapidly changing world.
  • Jul 11, 2021The Cross and the Jukebox: “What Love Really Means”
    Jul 11, 2021
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “What Love Really Means”
    Song:  "What Love Really Means " - by J.J. Heller
    Link:  https://youtu.be/PgGUKWiw7Wk
    Scripture Passages:  Luke 6:32-35, 1 John 4:11, Romans 5:8, Mark 12:31
     
    "What Love Really Means" delves into the meaning of agape love, which Jesus calls us to continually. Christian faith involves trusting that God overflows with love for His world, and that our purpose is to receive that love and then give it back out to others, especially those who are rejected and forgotten by the world.
  • Jul 4, 2021The Cross and the Jukebox: “Roll Away Your Stone”
    Jul 4, 2021
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “Roll Away Your Stone”
    Song:  "Roll Away Your Stone" - by Mumford & Sons
    Scripture Passages:  1 Corinthians 13:12b, Romans 7:15-20, Mark 2:13-17; Luke 15:11-24
     
    “Roll Away Your Stone” uses images of Easter morning and of the prodigal son to talk about the experience of trying to restore relationships broken by sin, and in so doing gives a picture of grace and of what grace looks like in our relationships with one another.
     
  • Jun 27, 2021The Cross and the Jukebox: “American Pie”
    Jun 27, 2021
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “American Pie”
    Song:  "American Pie" - by Don McLean
    Link:  https://youtu.be/iX_TFkut1PM
    special guest:  Michael Bird
     
    “American Pie” is a lament for the decline of a culture, both musically and in general. The gospel speaks to our anxiety about decay and decline by giving us the hope of renewal and resurrection when Christ returns in glory.
  • Jun 20, 2021The Cross and the Jukebox: “I Walk the Line”
    Jun 20, 2021
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “I Walk the Line”
    Song:  "I Walk the Line" - by Johnny Cash
    Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-6fW66IUY4
    Scripture:  Proverbs 4:23, Matthew 15:17-20
     
    In what may be Johnny Cash's most famous song, he talks about how our real enemy lurks within - in the heart. Not the organ that pumps blood through our veins, but that invisible, intangible place where we experience all of our emotions. Wisdom involves monitoring our hearts and knowing what is going on within them.
  • Jun 13, 2021The Cross and the Jukebox: “I Saw the Light”
    Jun 13, 2021
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “I Saw the Light”
    Song:  "I Saw the Light" - by Hank Williams, Sr.
    Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBEnm32c3eA
    Scripture:  John 3:19-21