May 16th News

May 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we are continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark. We will focus on Mark 1:14-20. This talks about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the calling of the first disciples.fishermen

As I’ve been looking at the text, I have been thinking a lot about a phrase Jesus uses– “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). What is the Kingdom of God? How do we relate to it? How is it different from “all the kingdoms of the world” (Matt. 4:8) that Satan offered Jesus in his final temptation in the desert?

There is something deeply exciting, yet also disconcerting, about this idea of the kingdom of God. It’s exciting because it proclaims the redemption of a fallen world– a new creation with a loving and sovereign king. But it is disconcerting because it stands in a direct contrast to the kingdoms I so often want to be a part of and experience. Life in God’s kingdom is radically different than the kingdoms of this world… So different that it can shake up my soul and spirit to consider it.

Yet that is the call of Jesus as he begins his ministry.

That is the call of Jesus today.

So consider the kingdom of God this week. Read Mark 1:14-20. Come to church this Sunday. Jesus is beginning his ministry and he wants to speak to you and me.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

April 25th News

April 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Wow.

I really enjoyed last week in our new location. Thanks to everyone from Hilltop Community Church in making us feel so at home– coffee, pasteries, orange juice… I was excited because the middies (our elementary aged kids) seemed to really get into the worship– then I realized it was just a sugar rush from the food.

I really, really enjoyed everyone being there early! You guys came through! Dare I ask for early arrival again?

Yes, I dare.

JohnTheBaptistThis week we continue in our study of the Gospel of Mark. We’re still focusing on John the Baptist. Read Mark 1:1-11 to hear some of his story. Yes, we will visit some of the other gospels to fill in some blanks again too (I had someone tell me after last week’s message, “We’re studying the Book of Mark… How come you read more from Luke?”… Good point… Perhaps by the end of our Mark study we will have gone through Luke too!).

If you want to read more about John the Baptist, look at last week’s “Events and News” (April 18th News) for the scripture references.

I’m also excited about this week because my dad, Bruce, and his wife, Cathy Jo, will be in attendence. You’ll understand a lot about me once you meet him (at least, where I get my nose).

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug