Jul 23, 2017
Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Mike Stallings
The issue of Jesus’ authority expands geographically and theologically as he takes his disciples into challenging territory. Some historians suggest that there was a Roman presence known as the Tenth Legion in the region of the Decapolis, their destination. Pheme Perkins writes in the New Interpreters Bible that there was a boar on their official flag. The 2,000 pigs that became the final destination for a legion of demons indicates raising pigs must have been a significant part of the local economy. These details confirm that Jesus’ authority stretched far beyond that of an itinerant rabbi seeking Jewish disciples. Moreover, Jesus clearly had no concern for how his actions would be interpreted by others. He risked becoming ceremonially unclean to travel right into the belly of the Gentile beast to help a man who had been shunned because of his behavior due to an impure or defiling spirit. Jesus engaged the man, healed that which had caused his rejection from the community, then reconnected him with his estranged community. Gentile culture, pigs, tombs, nor impure spirits could create a boundary Jesus couldn’t or wouldn’t cross. Disciples must learn to see past boundaries for the ministry opportunities that lie beyond.
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  • Jul 23, 2017Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Jul 23, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Mike Stallings
    The issue of Jesus’ authority expands geographically and theologically as he takes his disciples into challenging territory. Some historians suggest that there was a Roman presence known as the Tenth Legion in the region of the Decapolis, their destination. Pheme Perkins writes in the New Interpreters Bible that there was a boar on their official flag. The 2,000 pigs that became the final destination for a legion of demons indicates raising pigs must have been a significant part of the local economy. These details confirm that Jesus’ authority stretched far beyond that of an itinerant rabbi seeking Jewish disciples. Moreover, Jesus clearly had no concern for how his actions would be interpreted by others. He risked becoming ceremonially unclean to travel right into the belly of the Gentile beast to help a man who had been shunned because of his behavior due to an impure or defiling spirit. Jesus engaged the man, healed that which had caused his rejection from the community, then reconnected him with his estranged community. Gentile culture, pigs, tombs, nor impure spirits could create a boundary Jesus couldn’t or wouldn’t cross. Disciples must learn to see past boundaries for the ministry opportunities that lie beyond.
  • Jul 23, 2017Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jul 23, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    The issue of Jesus’ authority expands geographically and theologically as he takes his disciples into challenging territory. Some historians suggest that there was a Roman presence known as the Tenth Legion in the region of the Decapolis, their destination. Pheme Perkins writes in the New Interpreters Bible that there was a boar on their official flag. The 2,000 pigs that became the final destination for a legion of demons indicates raising pigs must have been a significant part of the local economy. These details confirm that Jesus’ authority stretched far beyond that of an itinerant rabbi seeking Jewish disciples. Moreover, Jesus clearly had no concern for how his actions would be interpreted by others. He risked becoming ceremonially unclean to travel right into the belly of the Gentile beast to help a man who had been shunned because of his behavior due to an impure or defiling spirit. Jesus engaged the man, healed that which had caused his rejection from the community, then reconnected him with his estranged community. Gentile culture, pigs, tombs, nor impure spirits could create a boundary Jesus couldn’t or wouldn’t cross. Disciples must learn to see past boundaries for the ministry opportunities that lie beyond.
  • Jul 16, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Storms Are In Jesus’ Wheelhouse – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jul 16, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Storms Are In Jesus’ Wheelhouse – Rev. Wil Cantrell

    Much of Mark’s gospel deals with questions concerning Jesus’ authority as the very Son of God. The people sense a level of authority in his teaching that surpasses the leaders in the local religious community. At one level, this story teaches that Jesus has authority over creation itself. The awesome display of authority over the sudden and potentially dangerous winds created by the natural basin created by the lake is obvious. However, the context, which includes a night time sail to a predominantly Gentile region, offers a more subtle proof of authority. Upon his request, they took him “as he was,” likely meaning that he never got out of the boat after teaching, with other boats containing followers. That he was asleep creates the mysterious tension between his divinity and his humanity. His humanity is revealed in the detail that he was exhausted. Yet Jesus didn’t waste any time moving on to new evangelistic territory. His fatigue made him oblivious to the storm that blew in. When awakened by the frightened disciples he asserted his divine nature and spoke the storm into calm. The bottom line is that Jesus called the disciples out of their comforts zones both with the storm and the mission into gentile territory but proved his authority in both situations. Jesus can be trusted in any situation into which he calls his followers.

  • Jul 16, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Storms Are In Jesus’ Wheelhouse – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Jul 16, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Storms Are In Jesus’ Wheelhouse – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Much of Mark’s gospel deals with questions concerning Jesus’ authority as the very Son of God. The people sense a level of authority in his teaching that surpasses the leaders in the local religious community. At one level, this story teaches that Jesus has authority over creation itself. The awesome display of authority over the sudden and potentially dangerous winds created by the natural basin created by the lake is obvious. However, the context, which includes a night time sail to a predominantly Gentile region, offers a more subtle proof of authority. Upon his request, they took him “as he was,” likely meaning that he never got out of the boat after teaching, with other boats containing followers. That he was asleep creates the mysterious tension between his divinity and his humanity. His humanity is revealed in the detail that he was exhausted. Yet Jesus didn’t waste any time moving on to new evangelistic territory. His fatigue made him oblivious to the storm that blew in. When awakened by the frightened disciples he asserted his divine nature and spoke the storm into calm. The bottom line is that Jesus called the disciples out of their comforts zones both with the storm and the mission into gentile territory but proved his authority in both situations. Jesus can be trusted in any situation into which he calls his followers.
  • Jul 9, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Just Scatter The Seed – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jul 9, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Just Scatter The Seed – Rev. Wil Cantrell
     
  • Jul 9, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Just Scatter The Seed – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Jul 9, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Just Scatter The Seed – Rev. Larry Trotter
     
  • Jul 2, 2017Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jul 2, 2017
    Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should – Rev. Wil Cantrell
     
  • Jul 2, 2017Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Jul 2, 2017
    Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should – Rev. Larry Trotter
     
  • Jun 25, 2017The Spirit Of Holiness – Rev. Glenna Manning
    Jun 25, 2017
    The Spirit Of Holiness – Rev. Glenna Manning
    Scripture: Acts 10:9-23a
    There is a direct correlation between the holiness of the Holy Spirit and the holiness that characterizes those who make up the church. Paul assumed that through baptism a new people had been called into existence to be for the world what Jesus was and continues to be---the manifestation of the reality of God’s love. Peter does the work of faith before the Spirit, He prayed (discipline), he deliberated (was puzzled), and he discerned the direction from the Spirit (he went). Prayer is the crucial practice through which we are drawn into the life of the Trinity. Since we don’t know how to pray, the Spirit “intercedes with sighs to deep for words” (Romans 8:26). To be made holy is not to be morally better than anyone we know; to be holy is to be made part of a community in which our lives depend on those we know and who know us. To be made holy is to be held accountable and to hold others accountable, to be loved and to love as we have been loved by Christ, the one who would have us love one another even if such loves invites the hatred of the world. However to do so, we MUST be dependent upon the Holy Spirit! We are given gifts so that we might pour out the fruits of the Spirit upon all others. The body of Jesus is the dwelling place of God; Jesus is the new temple. But as Jesus and the Father come to dwell in us, WE become the temple of God, the place where God lives. We as church—that is the assembly of believers—but also we as individuals become a habitation for the Spirit. 
  • Jun 25, 2017Holiness and Life in the Spirit – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Jun 25, 2017
    Holiness and Life in the Spirit – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Series: Third Person
    1 Corinthians 12:4-12
    There is a direct correlation between the holiness of the Holy Spirit and the holiness that characterizes those who make up the church. Paul assumed that through baptism a new people had been called into existence to be for the world what Jesus was and continues to be---the manifestation of the reality of God’s love. Peter does the work of faith before the Spirit, He prayed (discipline), he deliberated (was puzzled), and he discerned the direction from the Spirit (he went). Prayer is the crucial practice through which we are drawn into the life of the Trinity. Since we don’t know how to pray, the Spirit “intercedes with sighs to deep for words” (Romans 8:26). To be made holy is not to be morally better than anyone we know; to be holy is to be made part of a community in which our lives depend on those we know and who know us. To be made holy is to be held accountable and to hold others accountable, to be loved and to love as we have been loved by Christ, the one who would have us love one another even if such loves invites the hatred of the world. However to do so, we MUST be dependent upon the Holy Spirit! We are given gifts so that we might pour out the fruits of the Spirit upon all others. The body of Jesus is the dwelling place of God; Jesus is the new temple. But as Jesus and the Father come to dwell in us, WE become the temple of God, the place where God lives. We as church—that is the assembly of believers—but also we as individuals become a habitation for the Spirit.