All posts by Pastor Mark Tiefel

Confirmation

When the Chcome_3824curch first started around Pentecost Sunday most early converts were adults. When these adults were baptized into the Christian faith they made vows to the Lord to remain faithful to His Word and teaching. The rite of Confirmation began as the majority of baptisms in churches transitioned to infants and children. Those who brought their children to baptism would make promises in their stead. Confirmation was time for the child to make those vows their own. Today, the church continues that rite of Confirmation by first instructing children in the teachings of God’s Word in the hope that they would take responsibility for their faith. 
Join us tomorrow as we celebrate the confirmation of two of our younger members. It’s a good opportunity to remind yourself of your own confirmation vow to the Lord; what it means and how God continues to strengthen you through it. We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Our service begins at 10 am. A reception for our confirmands will follow the service.

Summer Schedule

Our summer service schedule is upon us now. We take a break from Sunday School and Bible Class for the summer months and our worship service time moves up to 10 am. Remember that you can still watch the service live each weekend HERE.

Pentecost

Joel 2:28-32 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.

The first Pentecost Sunday marked the fulfillment of this promise from God. Each year since, thpentecost_6567ae Church has celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit, who calls, enlightens, and sanctifies Christians. Join us tomorrow for a service centered around the Spirit’s work! Sunday School and Bible Class are at 10 am and the Worship service is at 11 am.

Beware of Cheaters

We hear a lot about cheaters nowadays. While our culture has softened its moral stance in many areas, cheating is not one of them. No one likes a cheater. No one defends a cheater. It seems that just about everyone can agree that cheating is wrong because cheating is a form of stealing.

One of the most significant moments of cheating in American history was President Richard Nixon’s scandal at the Watergate hotel. Ever since that event, the suffix “-gate” has been thrown on situations of cheating. For example, we’re all familiar with the recent “spygate” and “deflategate” accusations leveled against the New England Patriots.

There’s a much more serious form of cheating than politics or professional sports, and we’re prone to it. Paul writes, “Let no one cheat you of your reward…” speaking obviously about our faith in Jesus. How could someone steal that from us? It can happen easier than you think.

Strengthen yourself tomorrow as we sure up our defenses in God’s Word!

  • Bible Class (John 18&19) – Sunday School (King Hezekiah): 10 am
  • Service of the Word: 11 am

Thomas’ Lesson

Everyone knows the story of doubting Thomas, right? Even most people who know nothing else about the Bible understand what Thomas is associated with. Oftentimes, the lesson of Thomas’ moment of doubt is taught as a reminder of trusting by faith instead of relying on reason and sight. That’s certainly true on its own but sometimes that lesson overshadows the truth. The Christian faith is not blind faith, and it’s definitely not unreasonable. If you’ve ever been challenged because of your faith or felt guilty for desiring proof, come learn what God can do to help!

We are back to our normal schedule tomorrow:
  • Bible Class/Sunday School: 10 am
  • Service of the Word: 11 am
Easter Sunday service can be found HERE

Final Midweek Service

Join us this evening for our final Midweek Lenten service, featuring an eye-witness account from the thief on the cross. His few words provide provide a solid Christian confession and his story reveals Jesus’ powerful love for sinners. Every person can find themselves at the foot of Jesus’ cross, just as this thief did. Come early for some supper at 6 pm, service is at 7 pm!

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Gain through Loss

Tomorrow morning we are blessed to have an opportunity to study a very personal section from one of Paul’s letters. It comes from his letter to the Philippian congregation. His words speak of what the Lord caused Paul to lose so that he might gain even more. These are timely thoughts for our lives since God works the same way. What might He be trying to tell you or show you through something you lost? Most importantly, do you treasure the greatest gain you have been given, at the expense of everything that was taken from Christ, that is – the forgiveness of your sins before God? Please join us tomorrow in our study of God’s Word!
10 am: Bible Class (John 15&16), Sunday School (Elijah and Elisha)
11 am: Service of the Word (Lent 5)
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Freedom and Mercy

prodigal_10060cHave you ever heard the question, “Why would God allow for the possibility of evil?” or something similar? It doesn’t take long for a question like that to become an accusation against the Christian faith and the entire existence of God. It makes logical sense that if God hates evil and doesn’t want people to be evil that He wouldn’t allow it to even be a possibility, especially since He is all powerful. It’s a tough question to answer and one that has left many Christians without an answer.

The answer, though, is easier than one may think. The key is to understand freedom. True freedom involves the ability to do both good and evil. Without either option, there is no true freedom and God did not create mankind to be mindless robots. He could have but then we would have no true joy in resisting evil and following His will. There would also be no freedom and no relationship with God. God wants to be our Father as well as our Creator. A Father does not force things upon His children. A Father acts in love.

Our study on Sunday looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son and how it helps us appreciate God’s mercy and the freedom He gives His children. Check it out here.

A Lesson from Judas

arrest1cWe all know Judas’ story. His name is forever associated betrayal. But do we learn from his lesson for our lives? What led to his demise? If we could speak with him today, what would he tell us to avoid, or to follow? Take a unique look into Judas’ heart and your own, through our first Lenten lesson in our series “I was there!” May we always heed to Lord’s gospel invitation for forgiveness and faith!
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