Run Out of That Grave!

This is the day our hope hinges on. If Christ had not been raised, our faith would be meaningless. Everything Jesus said about himself wouldn’t be true. We would still be drowning in our sins. Death would still reign over us. But… Christ has been raised! Jesus rose from the dead. This reality changes everything. We are free. All he said is true.

Death has no power over us.

Easter Sunday -- April 21, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

John 20:1-18

From the eyes of those who were there... Jesus

As the innocent man was wrongly convicted and crucified, where were his thoughts? Was it on his pain and misery? Not at all. As we see Jesus led to Calvary, weak and wounded, he pauses and tells the women not to cry for him. His mind was on everyone else, including us. Remember, Jesus came into the world to die so that he would be the sacrifice that makes us right with God.

Good Friday -- April 19, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

From the eyes of those who were there... Judas Iscariot

Not relying on Jesus is scary, we see that in Judas. So let us fix our eyes on Jesus today and every day. He alone will always love us even when we have betrayed him. When we look at Judas on the night of the betrayal, let us see the undying love Christ showed him, and that Christ still shows us everyday.

Maundy Thursday -- April 18, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Fighting Temptations: Not Bowing a Knee

While the crowd praised Jesus as he came into the city with palm branches and cries of hosanna, so many of them remained the king of their own destinies. They honored him with their lips, but their hearts were far from him. Do you honor God with your lips, but your heart is often far from him? Are we a group of royalty willing to say that we love Jesus but we refuse to bow our knees to him in our thoughts, our routines, our desires, our dreams, our morality, and in all of our reality?

Palm Sunday -- April 14, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Isaiah 45:22-25

Fighting Temptations: Living with Past Guilt

Will you still struggle with your sin? Yes. In this life, we will have to still struggle with sinful desires and evil forces within and without… however, you are not alone nor are you the person you were. Resolve to live in that new identity and believe in the new you, no longer a wilderness, but a blooming valley of grace upon grace. You are not what you were. You are made new.

The Fifth Sunday of Lent -- April 7, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Isaiah 43:16-24

Fighting Temptations: continuing the cycle of sin

Breaking any addiction or any cycle of sin is never easy. Remaining faithful to the Lord by trusting in your Savior and hearing the Word of the Lord on a regular basis is very hard to keep as a constant priority, however, the Lord is powerful. He is able to fight for you. He is able to help you bear the challenges you face and stand up under the temptations that will come your way.

The Fourth Sunday of Lent -- March 31, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Judges 10:6-16

Fighting Temptation: Refusing to Change

The Word of God shows us our true nature. People don't like hearing that and may reject you or not accept what you say... even if those words are from the Lord. Look at Jeremiah. He truthfully proclaimed the Lord's message and the people wanted to kill the messenger. Take heart and remember: These are God's words. The Bible shows us our sins, but it also shows us our Savior. Let us speak and listen to God's Word and accept it as it is, the Word of God.

The Second Sunday of Lent -- March 17, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Jeremiah 26:8-15

Fighting Temptation: Wanting Only What You Want

Did the punishment fit the crime? That is what you may wonder after reading the account of Achan. Achan's crime may seem small, but his punishment is heavy. Achan's story was preserved for us not as a crazy Old Testament tale, but as a warning. Sin is serious. It always has consequences for us and for those we love. Let us flee temptation and strive to desire what God wants for us, not what we want apart from him.

The First Sunday of Lent -- March 10, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

From the eyes of those who were there... Bartimaeus

What did Bartimeaus “see” in Jesus? What inspired him to follow him and see his ministry and crucifixion with his restored eyesight? Surely there were so many other things he could look at… and yet the only thing he wanted to view was his Savior.

Mark 10:46-52 EHV

First Wednesday of Lent -- March 10, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Luke 9: Seeing the Big Picture

One day Jesus went up a mountain with some of the disciples and in blazing light, His true glory was revealed. Let us look to the glory of this mountain to find hope for the pain of the other.

Transfiguration Sunday -- March 3, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Where in the world is God... blessing you

When God tells us something that just doesn't make sense to our nature, we should probably consider it seriously. That is what we are doing with Mark 10. Here Jesus himself tells us to want things that we really don't want to happen to us. Listen and be reminded of God's perspective.

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany -- February 17, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Where in the world is God... calling you

God is calling you to be his and to tell everyone about that reality. We can share the joy of Jesus with everyone everywhere... including with our normal, day to day life right where you are. Let us listen, follow, and fish.

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany -- February 10, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Mark 10:2-16 Where in the world is God... healing you

Don't reject God like the people of Nazareth did that special Sabbath where Jesus preached to them. Instead, let us admit our sickness of sin and arrogance and allow the Great Physician to heal our soul.

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany -- February 3, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow