restoration

Messages about restoration

11/10

How to be blessed this Thanksgiving

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: Faith, restoration, wholeness

Psalm 1 sets forth two ways to live. One way is shiftless and unrooted. The other is deeply rooted in commands of God. Only one leads to wholeness and blessing.The person who is blessed finds delight in Jesus and runs firmly in the way of God’s commandments.  Text: Psalm 1; Luke 24:44; Romans 10:4

10/13

The wheat and the tares…making sense of evil & suffering as a healing community

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: cross, evil, restoration, suffering

What is the cause of evil and suffering in our world? Can we fix it? Or, will it always be this way? To answer these questions, Jesus parable of the wheat and the tares presses us deep into the character and purposes of God and points forward to the cross where the love of God, seemingly so weak, ends up victorious and ultimately destroys the power of evil.  Text: Matthew 13: 24-30

05/26

Healthy Sexuality -and its impact on marriage, family & children

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: children, healing, Hope, Marriage, restoration

The restoring grace of God redeems every area of life, including the the most intimate of relationships in the home. This Scripture text (letter) invites us to consider how following Jesus shapes marriage, family life, and children.  Text: Ephesians 5:21-6:4

06/17/18

Restoring Lives by Encountering God

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: Grace, healing, restoration

An encounter with God’s majesty, transcendence, and holiness brings us quickly to an end of ourselves. Only there, at the end of our “good” efforts, do we experience the restoring, forgiving grace of God. With that restoring grace comes a new orientation and profound mission in life. Isaiah’s encounter with God shows us how God restores lives. Text: Isaiah 6:1-13.

01/28/18

House Cleaning…blessed are the pure in heart

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: confession, purity, restoration

What does the beatitude of “blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” look like today? Consider an upside-down contrast Jesus calls out as an everyday person lives it out.  Text: Matthew 5:8; Luke 7:36-50

10/15/17

From Stagnation to Reclamation

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: authenticity, healing, Life, restoration, wholeness

Spiritual life can become stagnate and easily blind us from our “dry bones.” As one is attentive to the Spirit, consider God’s heart to reclaim an abundant and authentic life experience.  Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14

06/21/17

VBS – Wednesday evening

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Topics: race, Refugee, restoration

Refugee, Race & Restoration
Text: Leviticus 19:33-34, Isaiah 61:3b-6, Ezekiel 45:9-10

02/05/17

Weaverland and me…locusts DO NOT have the last word!

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: forgiveness, healing, Life, restoration

Brokenness often swarms our world like locusts, devouring vitality and life. Locusts, however, do not have the last word. Consider how life can be restored as one encounters Christ. Text: Joel 2:21-29