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I had the opportunity to lead worship this weekend for the first time since concluding at the church I was previously a part of. We’re in a season of transition, waiting for what God has next for us. You can catch up on our transition in this post.

In the meantime, we’re living in Toledo, and volunteering at a church re-plant lead by a great friend of ours. It’s great to be able to serve with him in this time.

This past Sunday had a focus on one of the core aspects of the denomination we’re part of, the Christian & Missionary Alliance. The focus was on the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 1:8) and what it means to be a part of that as a church.

The service went like this: Continue Reading…

This past Sunday we continued the series “Who is Jesus?”. This week we focused on how Jesus is called the Son of Man and what that means. Jesus humanity and divinity are integrally connected. The significance of this connection is seen in relation to the fall of mankind, Jesus’ role as the second Adam, and His journey to the cross. We gathered to remember this and to celebrate together His divinity.

This past Sunday was also my final Sunday as worship pastor at Cody Missionary Alliance Church. It has been a privilege to serve these last four years in this role. I am thankful for the opportunity and blessed that God has allowed me to serve in this way. We now look to see what and where the next ministry role God has for us is.

This Sunday’s service went, shall we say, a bit long. Partially because some aspects took more time than planned, and partially because we planned some extra songs since it was the final Sunday. Continue Reading…

Sorry for posting this a bit later in the week. It’s been a bit busy for me as I work on wrapping up ministry at in my current role and prepare for moving.

We kicked off a new series this week that will take the church up through Easter Sunday called “Who is Jesus?”. Over the next number of weeks, there will be the opportunity to remember and reflect upon some different qualities and characteristics of Jesus as painted in the Bible. It’s important to see Christ as more than just our Savior. For one, He is more than that. For another, our identity is found in Christ as Christians, and if we don’t know who He is, we won’t know who we are.

The following quote from Henry Scougal in The Life of God in the Soul of Man,  captures it well: True religion is a union of the soul with God, a real participation of the Divine nature, the very image of God drawn upon the soul, or, in the apostle’s phrase, ‘it is Christ formed within us.’ Having a clear picture of Jesus helps us know who Christ is and what it is that is being formed in us. Continue Reading…

This week was the final week of the Love God, Love Others series. We’ve spent the last many weeks looking at the letters of John in seeking to understand the connection between our faith in God and our relationships with one another in the Body of Christ. We know these letters as 1, 2, & 3 John.

For the final week, we combined the short letters, almost postcards, of John known as 2 & 3 John. These are real short letters with some focuses on specific people and situations. They seem to be little notes of John where he is acknowledging how the church is living what he wrote about and encouraging them to continue to do so. We might look at them as the “practical application” part of a message. As we wrapped the series up, we focused on and encouraged the practical living out of all that we have learned. Continue Reading…

We’ve moved into the home stretch of the Love God, Love Others series. This week, we were in 1 John 5 and focused on the importance of having faith in the true Son of God. There are many different views or “beliefs” about who Jesus is, but the Apostle John wanted his reader’s to be sure they were placing their faith in the right one. This is important because it is only through faith in Christ that we as humans can truly love God and love others.

Whether you have been part of this series or not, how do you love God and love others in your life? What is the connection for you between the two? How do you live these things out on a daily basis? If you would like to hear some of the messages from this series, head to the church’s website at www.codycma.org and click on the sermon series graphic, or head to iTunes. Continue Reading…

Our journey through the letters of the Apostle John continued this week as we continue to explore what it means to love God and love others. Our desire is that we not just know more about the connection between our relationship with God and relationship with others, but that we are actually growing in both areas. This week, we focused on 1 John 4:7-17.

Again, John reminds those reading of the good news of Jesus, God’s love, and the great forgiveness that is available through Christ and that our response to that is both love for God and love for others. It may seem that many of these Sunday have had similar themes, but they are important themes. Sometimes camping out on an important principle like this is vital to fully grasping and incorporating it into our lives. Continue Reading…

Sorry for missing last week. The week just got away from me. We dealt with 1 John 3:1-18 last week as we continued through the letters of John in our Love God, Love Others series. This week we looked at 1 John 3:19-4:6.

The big theme this week was that of being sure. Everyone wants to be sure about stuff in their life with business, relationships, choices, marriage, education, and so much more. Yet, for all the places we can turn for help to be sure, we live in a time when people are less certain than ever.

For John, as he writes, he wants the reader to be sure of the important things in life. In chapter 3, he began reminding the reader that they were children of God and to love one another (a common theme in this letter), and continued by emphasizing how we can be certain of these things in our lives with Christ. Continue Reading…

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