Sermon Series: Acts

Sermon Title: Encouragement for Difficult Times

Sermon Text: Acts 20:1-16

Daily Devotional Guide

This has been a difficult week for our country. The present days are tumultuous and the future is uncertain. But the good news in all of this is that such conditions make it easier for Christians to look to the word of God for encouragement. As we do this, we must remember that the encouragement we find in God's word is rooted in truth. For encouragement to mean anything, this must be the case, otherwise it's just empty well-wishing. 

As you read this week, consider the powerful truth of God's word and ask the Holy Spirit to help you grasp this beautiful reality in such a way that it overshadows the chaos that surrounds us. 

Monday - Romans 1

Tuesday - Philippians 1

Wednesday - Philippians 3

Thursday - Philippians 4:1-9

Friday - Philippians 4:10-23

Saturday - Hebrews 10

Sunday - Revelation 21


Sermon Series: Advent

Sermon Title: Joy

Sermon Text: Hebrews 12:1-2

Daily Devotional Guide

Why do we sing Joy to the World every year at Christmas? Some, if they were to answer honestly, would have to say that it's simply a tradition. You sing Happy Birthday before you blow out the candles, The Star Spangled Banner before a big game, and Joy to the World at Christmas. That's just the way it is. 

But for others, there is a deeper, more theologically correct reason. We sing it because of the birth of a baby. Birth is always a reason to celebrate but even more so when Jesus Christ is the one being born. But our reasons for joy don't stop there. We also rejoice because Jesus lived the perfect life that we could never live. Yes, Jesus serves as a wonderful example to us. But he's so much more than that. He is our perfect sacrificial substitute. The cause for celebration continues as we move further along in the Bible's storyline to find that the perfect Man would go on to die in our place only to rise again on the third day. 

Jesus was born into a world that he created, in order to save a people who rebelled against him, so that they could live in perfect harmony with him forever. 

And for that, we sing Joy to the World!

Monday - John 3:1-15

Tuesday - John 3:16-21

Wednesday - Philippians 2:1-2

Thursday - Philippians 2:3-4

Friday - Philippians 2:5-7

Saturday - Philippians 2:8

Sunday - Philippians 2:9-11