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Unconditional Acceptace

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier…

Am I Accepted?

People often confuse acceptance and approval these days. As Christians, we are in the center of this maelstrom. Christians are increasingly perceived as intolerant of others, especially those who are different. If you don’t act like us, you can’t be one of us. The divide is most evident to me in the relationship between Christians who accept God’s Word as the authority on what’s morally right and those that don’t accept absolute truth as a possibility. Consider the relationship between…

What Matters Most?

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8 ESV Priorities. I can think of a million reasons that I am terrible at them. Being involved in clubs, having a job, going to class – it all adds up to a huge list of things I have to do and keep up with. But there are always ten million other options staring me in the face that I could do instead… Facebook, Netflix, going out to dinner,…

When God Left the Building

[youtube]http://youtu.be/PiwhjsguUC8[/youtube] A pervasive part of the American fabric is fraying and decaying before our eyes. The church is withering. Though the vast majority (77%) of Americans identify themselves as Christians, they have largely stopped attending church. Less than 20% of the population now makes it to church in a typical week. Some 4000 churches are closing every year. It’s a major and unprecedented social upheaval. The film follows a church that has seen its attendance plunge from 900 to 40.…

What Matters Most?

There was a retired pastor at the church I served at in Texas who continued to be active in ministry until nearly 90 years of age. He would make calls on people who were sick or hadn’t been to church in a while. A team of people would drive him around because he couldn’t drive himself, but he just wouldn’t give up doing it. Pastor Horn loved Jesus—it was the most important thing in life to him. He desperately wanted…

February 2015 Executive Ministry Team Meetings Highlights

Who is the Executive Ministry Team? First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT) is made up of: Pastor Chuck Whited Jason Christ (Director of Attract and Middle School Ministries) Marsha Peth (Director of Care Ministries) Sue Steege (Director of Transformation Ministries) Director of Serve Ministries (Vacant) Tim Hartnett (Ministry Operations Manager) The EMT meets twice, monthly. This update gives highlights from both meetings in February 2015. Any questions? Feel free to contact Sue Steege (ssteege@firsttrinity.com or 716-440-5025). Highlights Discussed chapters 7-10…

“Who do you say that I am?”

“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’” Matthew 16:13-15 ESV What do you think you would say to that? We get a lot of chances to sit down and talk with other Christians and…

Six Essential Questions Preview

I posted the basics of the series earlier this week. Here’s a little bit more about the nature of these questions as found in the Announcements devotion this week… In college, I used to enjoy staying up late and talking about deep, complicated questions. Many times, we’d be having a silly conversation about something meaningless, but it would turn to a more serious topic. It was interesting to see how other people wrestled with the same questions I did. Maybe…

Lenten Series: Six Essential Questions

We start a new series this weekend as we explore “Six Essential Questions.” Here are the questions and the readings we’ll be using if you want to get a head start on the sermons: Week One: Who is Jesus? Isaiah 53:1-6, Hebrews 1:1-5, Matthew 16:13-16 Week Two: What Matters Most? Isaiah 58:6-11, Matthew 13:44-52 Week Three: Am I Accepted? Isaiah 53:7-11, Romans 3:21-26, John 8:1-11 Week Four: Where Is God? Ephesians 1:15-23, John 1:1-5, 14 Week Five: What Brings Fulfillment?…

Persistent Pleas

Have you ever been in the middle of doing your “thing” when someone comes along looking for your assistance with their “thing”? Not only asking for assistance, but asking for assistance right now and not letting it go? Perhaps it has occurred with a neighbor or co-worker? If you’re a parent, you have no doubt lived this experience repeatedly, as though stuck in the movie Groundhog Day. The story is usually the same and their persistent pleading eventually moves you…