The door, the Christ, the curse and me

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: curse, Grace, Salvation, sin

A pandemic reveals the far reach of the Fall. Consider what a pandemic might teach us about ourselves and the Christ. Despite the curse, Jesus is found standing at our door…knocking.

Text: Revelation 3:14-22


Minding My Mind

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: anxiety, clinging to Christ, mind, sufficiency of Jesus, thought life

Anxiety is a very real emotion. Jesus himself experienced anxiety as he anticipated the cross (see Matt. 26:37-38). As followers of Jesus, we are called to love God with all of our minds. This is not about “trying harder” to think good thoughts, but rather it is”clinging tighter” as we learn to trust God in our thought-life and with our anxieties and fears.  Text: Philippians 4:8; Matthew 26:37-38; 6:25-34; John 15:1-8


Experiencing peace and presence…especially in the chaos

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: Heart, mind, Peace

God’s peace promises to guard our heart AND mind-ONLY as we name our anxieties. Our heart and mind is everything-especially in a pandemic! In #4 of 5 of “Be Anxious for Nothing,” consider how our Guardian yearns to ground our total being even when everything else appears to be going sideways.  Text: Philippians 4:7


Prayer, Not Despair

Speaker: Rodney Horst
Topics: anxiety, prayer

How has the current health crisis affected you? Has it raised your anxiety level? In Philippians 4:6 the Apostle Paul provides a road map out of the valley of fret, worry and anxiety. This involves prayer, petition and presenting our specific requests to God with thanksgiving. It involves acknowledging God’s Sovereignty and counting the blessings we have already been given.  Text: Philippians 4:4-8


Contagious Calm

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: anxiety, gentleness, stress, weakness

In the midst of anxiety and stress, a calm and gentle spirit can be hard to find. In “Be Anxious for Nothing” part 2 of 5, consider how a gentle attribute is not only achievable, but becomes a contagious extension of a Christ-centered witness.  Text: Philippians 4:4-8




Rejoice Always, Really?

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: anxiety, joy, nearness of God, Trust

The Covid-19 pandemic has us social isolating with no clear end in sight. Those unable to work are feeling stressed, those who are working–especially on the front lines in health care–are also stressed, but for very different reasons. As followers of Jesus we need more than ever to know that God is near. Because we are “in the Lord” we can rejoice. Really!  Text: Philippians 4: 4-9


“Risen 2020” Blessed by Believing

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: believe, doubt, Resurrection

As our world is shaken because of COVID-19, faith is challenged, even doubted or questioned. Consider how the resurrected Christ met his best friends in the midst of their shaken faith, doubt and questions. Text: John 20:19-31


The Achievement of the Cross in the COVID19 Pandemic

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: Good Friday

Text:  Isaiah 53:1-12, John 19:1-3  & 14-19; Hebrews 7:23-27