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Needed Words

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: blessing, cursing, hatred, racism

Racism is evil and real. The capacity to hate others—persons made in the very image of God—crouches at the door of every human heart. Consider needed words all Christ followers must own.  Text: Deuteronomy 30: 11-20


God Leads and protects his people

Speaker: Leon Hurst
Topics: deliverance, sovereignty

In the incredible account of the Exodus from Egypt, several outcomes can help us as we find our way in these days of global distress and anxiety. The same God who led Israel out of Egypt still leads us today.  Text: Exodus 13-14


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