Though the decorations may come down, Christmas doesn’t have to give way to the same kind of new year.
Anyone feeling anxious these days? When fear, anxiety, and worry get the best of us, we can find ourselves immobilized and unable to act. We might even behave in ways that are immoral. But fear doesn't have to control us. In this message, Rev. Brandon Blacksten explores how Jesus' disciples responded to fear and what we can learn from their example.
When we go through events like a global pandemic, we desperately want things to be different than they are. Yet if we don’t learn to take life as it comes, we will always be waiting for our real lives to begin, and God’s desires for the world through us will go unrealized. In the stories of the Babylonian Exile and the early church, the Bible teaches us how to take life as it comes so that we can experience the abundant life that Jesus offers to all.
Americans are fond of the Bible, but most rarely read it. We lead busy lives, and the Bible can be a difficult book to understand. But when we read the Bible, we encounter the living Word of God--Jesus Christ--and we learn to walk with him. In this sermon, Rev. Brandon Blacksten shares practical ways you can approach the Bible to encounter God in its pages.