On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther published 95 theses (criticisms) of the Catholic Church practice of selling indulgences. Although he intended to reform Catholicism, not break it apart, he accomplished both. On the 500th anniversary of his act of conscientious defiance, it is important to review how that moment changed the world religiously, economically, politically, socially, and intellectually. The upheaval stretched into every fabric of society, exceeding anything Martin Luther…Keep Reading
Ahh, the time of year when I’m tempted to upgrade my lifestyle—Black Friday week. I wouldn’t mind upgrading from my old out of date box TV, stock up on some new movies, get some new clothes, finally own a computer, maybe reconnect to my gaming days with an Xbox 1 or add to my fishing/camping arsenal. Who knows what whimsical purchase I may feel led to make. How could I…Keep Reading
What we want for our kids’ futures reveals a lot about what we truly value and trust. Do we push them to be great in sports and other extra-curricular activities, to excel in academics, to get a respectable degree and to strive after a “good” job, to marry into security, etc….Do we invest in steering them towards those things MORE than we invest in steering them to love God and…Keep Reading
Are you a parent of a teen, or child entering their teen years? Please, watch this entire video. Understanding more about why they are the way they are equips you to know how to engage them, and can prevent a lot of frustration! God Bless 🙂 Phil
In John chapter 6 Jesus had a mega church following going on—we’re talking thousands. But nearly everyone but His twelve left after a particularly difficult teaching. Jesus did not tell the twelve or His Father, “I guess I need to rethink my ministry model”, He didn’t go after them and try to coax them back with reassuring words; He turned to His twelve and asked, “Do you want to go…Keep Reading
Churches that continue to interact with the culture that they wish existed instead of the one that actually does, will continue to grow increasingly disconnected from their community, and become less and less affective extensions of God’s love and truth in this world. Dozens of churches are closing their doors every day in the U.S. Even if this is a result of unrelated circumstances, one thing is for sure, church…Keep Reading
One of the most beloved hymns of our time has an amazingly winding journey to where it is today, spanning multiple countries and languages, and nearly 70 years of evolution. 1885: Swedish pastor Carl Gustav Boberg originally wrote a poem about the awe inspiring power of God after suddenly being caught in a thunderstorm on his way home from church. The storm quickly subsided and when he arrived home, he…Keep Reading
I’m 27, which means that I’ve lived more than half my life now in continually worsening back pain. I was 13 when I hurt myself in semi-finals at state wrestling tournament, found out I had level 5 spondylolisthesis, which led to major back surgery, and a changed life. I fought the reality of my situation and pushed through pain and continued in sports throughout high school. I was angry that…Keep Reading
Jesus spent quite a bit of time talking about the kingdom of God (Matthew calls it the kingdom of Heaven), speaking in metaphors and parables about what it is like. In fact, Mark 4:34 declares that he didn’t speak to them except in parables, reserving the secret of the kingdom for his disciples (v.11). I find Jesus’ methodology of teaching so fascinating. God incarnate, finally God is with us, Emmanuel,…Keep Reading
The youth group is going through the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5, and this week we are talking about patience. I thought I’d summarize and share the core truths that our lesson is built on: A patient person is unwaveringly centered in right-focus of what matters most. It is not that a patient person is not affected by hardship, persecution, or aggravation; but, they remain unmoved by…Keep Reading
Since I was a kid, I’ve been intrigued by the Christian doctrine that says that Jesus descended into hell in-between his death and resurrection. Traditional versions of The Apostle’s Creed clearly state this in the fifth line, “…[Jesus] was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven…” (although some versions now say “He descended to…Keep Reading
“Worship is not something offered only or even mainly by individuals. Rather, it is an action of God’s people. When we come together, we worship together by offering our songs, prayers, and gifts to God. When we move out into the world, we worship God as a community by living consciously as God’s people, serving him through serving others.” -Mark D. Roberts
There are several small groups meeting periodically. Newcomers are welcome to visit or join all groups. To find out about attending or joining a group, contact the following people: Sunday evenings Paul Baertschi: contact Paul at 763-245-3870. This group meets at either the Baertschi home in Andover or the Nelson home in Dayton and is for couples and singles. The group meets from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every other Sunday….Keep Reading
We have Sunday School available for all ages on, you guessed it, Sunday mornings.
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