What Really Matters?

As we move towards reopening our lives, what have we learned? How has this season changed our priorities about what really matters in life?

Faith Matters

May 31, 2020

As we begin to return to life outside our homes, what have you learned about what really matters to you? Having so many things closed and isolated from school mates, neighbors, church attendance, even family… what have you missed the most? And have you considered whether everything in your formerly busy life should be just added back willy-nilly? Or should we carefully consider how we order up our lives going forward, asking what really matters?

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he challenged them to follow his conviction that faith in Jesus Christ is what really matters above all other things in life. We can choose to see our faith in Jesus Christ as what really matters most in our lives.

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Victory is Here

Our Memorial Day message for 2020.

Victory is Here

May 24, 2020

Most of us have been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for a few months now, and many of us are weary. Some may feel angry, depressed, or just plain defeated. Some have gotten sick; many are out of work or have had their hours or pay cut. Some have cabin fever. We really need to see that eventually, there will be a victorious end to our struggles, whether in this pandemic, in another area of struggle, or perhaps at the end of our journey.

We know this already – Jesus defeated sin and death, and His victory is ours. In the book of 2 Corinthians, the apostle Paul and his disciple Timothy reminded the church there that Jesus allows us to participate in His victory. God allows us to participate in His victory.

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You Can't Handle This

Has life become almost impossible to handle? Pandemics, cancellations, quarantines, layoffs, shortages, social distancing… No one had these in their 2020 plans. Many feel that they can’t handle one more thing! Where do we turn at times like this?

Overwhelmed by Addiction

May 17, 2020

So many of us struggle with forms of addiction that we begin to believe the lies we’ve heard or formulated ourselves. Lies like “I don’t really have a problem, its just not that big of a deal, I can’t stop, or I can quit anytime I want, its not hurt anybody else, look … its just the way I am, or God made me this way, or I deserve this (I’m entitled to this).” We make excuses or believe lies, but don’t we truly know that we are in bondage to something, that we have become slaves to this substance or behavior.

If we can see it for what it is then we can begin to address the issue God’s way. You see, we are helpless to overcome our addictions but in Christ we are not hopeless. Where we are weak, God is strong.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he reminded believers that as members of the body of Christ they no longer had to be overwhelmed by addictions. In Christ, we no longer have to be overwhelmed by addictions.

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Overwhelmed by Anxiety

May 10, 2020

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about how troubled times can cause us to be overwhelmed by fear, by
depression, and by doubt. Today, we want to consider how trouble can cause us to feel overwhelmed by anxiety. Certainly, the “uncertainty” of this time has caused much anxiety in our world today. Yet, even before COVID 19, anxiety was a pervasive condition for Americans.

Are you overwhelmed by anxiety today? Do you have a constant sense of unease? A kind of nervousness? Have the uncertainties of what’s coming next overwhelmed you with worry? The truth is, there will be trouble in this world. But do we have to be overwhelmed by anxiety as we face it? In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he taught them to turn to the Lord when overwhelmed by anxiety. We can learn to turn to the Lord when we are overwhelmed by anxiety.

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Overwhelmed by Doubt

May 3, 2020

Doubt is something we wrestle with often. We have doubts about all kinds of things, we doubt other people and whether they will do as they say. We say things like, “I doubt that” or “I’ll believe it when I see it” all the time. We suffer from self-doubt, second guessing everything we do, and failing to trust any future action. When circumstances and suffering come, our doubts come in greater number.

We have doubts about God’s character, but we don’t have to remain there. God desires to not only grant us His wisdom but also the faith that overcomes doubt. In James chapter 1, the apostle James wrote to the scattered Jewish Christians that they could face their trials with a tested faith in God, a faith that overcomes doubt. We can overcome doubt by this tested faith in God.

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Overwhelmed by Depression

April 26, 2020

How many of you are struggling with depression today? How many of you have had more trouble with depression because of the pandemic? Depression causes symptoms that affect how we feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, and working. The Bible is filled with those who struggled at times with the symptoms of depression, such as: Job, Moses, Naomi, David, Elijah, Jeremiah, Mary, Peter, and Paul.

Yet, no matter its cause or its degree, those who suffer from depression, need mercy not judgment. And perhaps more than anything, they need hope! In Psalms 42, the psalmist described how he put his hope in God when his soul was overwhelmed by depression. We can put our hope in God when we are overwhelmed by depression.

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Overwhelmed by Fear

April 19, 2020

The feeling of being unable to handle life’s obstacles results in many emotions that are certainly all connected. One that many of us are feeling today is a state of fear. Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. We often feel fear but perhaps increasingly so in this season in our world.

But our God has not left us in our fear, but has given us His Holy Spirit to overcome fear. In the book of 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul reminded his disciple Timothy that God had given him His Spirit and not a spirit of fear. God has given us His Holy Spirit which overcomes fear in us.

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Easter at WCC

During Easter weekend, we take time to truly "behold" the empty tomb and contemplate how we can live without fear, tell others and be ready for Christ's coming.

Easter Means Hope

April 12, 2020

What is hope? For many of us, hope is made of flimsy, fragile stuff. Kind of like a thread. For many, their hopes are like wishes, and their hopes are often broken. Their “thread” of hope is easily broken.

But when the Bible speaks of hope, it speaks of much stronger stuff! For biblical hope is more like a rope! It’s a living hope anchored in Christ’s resurrection and extending through our present and into Christ’s future return.

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Palm Sunday

On this day, we remember the day of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the first day of Passion Week, so named because it was the week that ended with Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. Passion Week began with Christ’s triumphal entry on Sunday and ended with His terrible exit on Friday.

Hosanna! God Save Us!

April 5, 2020

Now, when Jesus made his entrance, it was the first day of Passover Week and great numbers of Jews had traveled from all over the Roman Empire to celebrate this annual Jewish festival. A great crowd greeted Jesus as he entered Jerusalem with shouts of “Hosanna, God save us” and the waving of palm branches. The crowds are no different today. At this incredibly difficult time in our country, people are shouting save us from sickness, save us from unemployment, save us from loneliness, please save us from our children who are now stuck at home with us. We still look to “kings” to governments to save us, but so few are shouting, “Save us, O God, from ourselves!”

In Matthew’s Gospel, the crowds shouted “Hosanna,” God save us, as Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the first day of Passion week. We too can call upon Jesus as the only One who can truly save us.

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The Original Game of Thrones

Who is in control? We want to be in charge but sometimes fear, anxiety, or some other thing actually rules. What if there was a better way to live than always struggling for control? Come and hear how who we put on the throne changes everything.

Have You Rejected the True King?

March 29, 2020

You may not yet understand how you have rejected God as your True King, but I’m sure you know how rejection feels. You love someone and they betray you or leave you. They act one way to your face, but another behind your back. They say they love you back, but they don’t mean it. Or someone has rejected you for a place on a team, a part in a play, or a position of employment. Rejection hurts! And that’s how God feels toward us.

As we conclude our 1 Samuel study, we’ll see that our rejection grieves the Lord. nclude our 1 Samuel study, we’ll see that our rejection grieves the Lord.
BODY: In 1 Samuel 15, the LORD rejected Saul from being king of Israel because he had rejected the Word of the LORD God who is the true King over all. Saul represents all of us. For all humanity since the time of Adam has been in rebellion against God as its true King. We can recognize that we have rejected God as our True King, so that we may repent and follow Him as our True King.

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