God Brings Us Out to Bring Us In

God Brings Us Out to Bring Us In

Join us for our new sermon series through the book of Exodus. We welcome you to join us as we explore the story of God brining his people out to bring them in!
Service Notice, Sunday, March 1, 2015

Service Notice, Sunday, March 1, 2015

We’re back to our regular schedule for worship at 10 AM, March 1. Snow and ice are in the forecast from mid-morning through the rest of the day. We will make an assessment after the worship service regarding whether we cancel our first Sunday prayer and potluck...

Are you ashamed of Jesus?

Ask the average Christian and he or she will emphatically say “No! I love Jesus!” Yet the actual text reads. Mark 8.38 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Luke 9.26 “ For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. So it is not just the God-man Jesus but also His words. This poses a huge problem for many. Especially the 100+ passages which speak about the exclusivism of Jesus, about Jesus being the only way to the Father. So to those who are moral relativists, religious pluralists, or whatever label they prefer, we see that either Jesus said what He meant or he was a lunatic or a liar. If Jesus meant what he said then Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only life. (John 14.6) So there is no wiggle room for the Christian to say that Jesus is just one way to heaven. The Gospel is offensive. It is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense (Rom 9.33, 1 Peter 2.8) If the messenger and the message is one you are ashamed of by trying to make it say something it doesn’t…by trying to use some form of interpretational gymnastics and say that: “I am the way, and the truth, and the...

Fight Club

October was a month. Good golly, was it ever a month. In like a lion and out like…an even bigger lion. An angry momma lion whose baby you’re messing with. Also, she’s PMSing. That kind of a month. Whatever genius is attributed to the phrase, “Time flies when you’re having fun” was misquoted. It actually reads, “Time flies when you’re having fun OR you work at an ad agency.” It was a month full of new. New job. New home. New and significant work being done in my heart. As my friend Kelli said, “A whole new Julie.” Yeah, well New Julie and I are still getting acquainted, and the jury’s currently out on how we’re going to get along. She cries a lot more and washes her dishes more frequently, but still can’t figure out how to fill out that W-4 form… It’s been three months since God brought me through a drastic period of reconciliation with Him, and little did I know how it would turn my life upside down. If I realized what a fight this was going to unleash, what God was going to shift inside of me, how He was going to change who I thought I was and what I identified myself with, I would have kept everything in the bottle. It’s just easier that way, right? The other day I was describing this period as a free fall. As if someone had hurled me off a cliff; but 14 weeks later I’m still falling, waiting for the bottom to greet me. I wrestle with sin; daily, hourly, minutely. There are days I...

Introductions: The Sequel

Thanks to Eric for kicking off the introductions. I’ve never been part of a group blog, and I’ve got to be honest, it feels kind of like a prayer meeting. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean. Everyone’s sitting in a circle having some great fellowship in prayer when all of sudden, the room goes silent. Naturally, you peek around to make sure people are still awake (yes, you do it, too). No one is budging, so you quickly search your brain for another prayer request or praise. Should I say something? Should I just wait for the, “And all God’s people said ‘AMEN,'” prompt? You decide to go for it, to take a leap of faith, only to begin praying at the exact moment the guy to your left does. In these situations, there are really only two options: 1) stop praying immediately. No need to make this into a competition. Turn the other cheek and zip it. 2) Bowl on through. Take no prisoners. The scriptures say to come before the throne with boldness, so we’re just following God’s mandate, right? All this is to say, I hope I don’t step on any of the other bloggers’ toes while we set up a posting schedule. My apologies in advance. That was a rabbity trail way of getting to the “About me” section. My name is Julie. I’ve been a member at City of Hope for about 3 years. At the age of 5 I came to understand my need for a savior, but it wasn’t until much later that I grasped what that meant practically, and...