Abiding in Jesus


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Bearing Fruit


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Triumph

Triumph

There are many ironic moments during the week of Jesus’ crucifixion, and the triumphal entry is one. The people shout praises and blessings to Jesus as they welcome him as king and his kingdom. But the triumph they celebrate is not the triumph Jesus brings. As so often happens, the expectations we place on Jesus are not always the reality of Jesus.
 

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 11:1-11, as well as Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Isaiah 50:4–9a, and Philippians 2:5–11.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
 
Hosanna!
He Has Made Me Glad
O God Our Help in Ages Past
It Is Well with My Soul
God Who Comes to Save (Zoe)
Hallelujah, What A Savior!
‘Tis Midnight and On Olive’s Brow
Blessed Be Your Name
 

Messages from Oscar in Spanish


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Glorify Your Name

 

Glorify Your Name

In speaking of his death, Jesus reminds us that God honors those who serve and follow Jesus. As we follow Jesus to the cross, we see his willingness to lose his life so that we might have life. In this act of sacrifice God’s name is glorified, and in our service to Jesus God is also glorified.
 

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, John 12:20-33, as well as Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-12 and Hebrews 5:5-10.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
 
Come Let Us Bow Down (Zoe)
Psalm 51 / Have Mercy on Me, O God
Bring Christ Your Broken Life
I Will Change Your Name
My Eyes Have Seen Your Glory
Glorify Thy Name
We Will Glorify
Create in Me
Make Me More Free
 

Messages from Oscar in Spanish




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Saved Through Christ

Saved Through Christ

We know John 3:16, and we know that Jesus saves. But sometimes we grow so familiar with knowing something that we rush through the muscle memory of understanding what we know. It would benefit us greatly with this text to slow down and think through what we know. Yes, Jesus saves, but how, why, and from what? 
 

Our scriptures this week include the passage Mitchell is discussing, John 3:14-21, as well as Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 and Ephesians 2:1-10.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
 
Give Thanks to the Lord
For the Beauty of the Earth
I’m Redeemed
Lift Him Up
Christ Above Me
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
What Wondrous Love is This?
Victory in Jesus
 

Children’s Activities for the Week


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Consuming Zeal

Consuming Zeal

I often wonder how many causes, fights, and acts of violence have been credited to the story of Jesus clearing out the temple, though I hope no one ever counts. What we typically see as proof, or justification, for acts of anger, is actually a story of zeal that culminates at the resurrection. It is no coincidence that when asked for a sign of his authority to cleanse the temple that Jesus directs them to the cross. There is a deep connection between the two moments, and it has everything to do with zeal.
 
Peace,
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, John 2:13-22, as well as Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19 and 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
 
The Spacious Firmament
Psalm 19 (The Law of the Lord)
How Firm a Foundation
Hear, O Israel
I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord
In Christ Alone
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
 

Children’s Activities for the Week


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Deny Thyself

Deny Thyself

Jesus calls for us to bear our crosses, but he does not ask without also carrying his own. The expectation that we sacrifice for one another is deeply rooted in the example of Jesus. We are warned that following Jesus will lead to rejection and suffering, but let us never forget that he was rejected and suffered first, as our example.
 
Peace,
Chess
 
 

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 8:31-38, as well as Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31 and Romans 4:13-25.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
 
I Stand in Awe
Christ, We Do All Adore Thee
The Glorious Impossible
Follow Me
Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?
Give Me Jesus
Hard Fighting Soldier
 

Children’s Activities for the Week


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Temptation

Temptation

The temptation of Jesus is meaningful for many reasons. The story proves that Jesus was subject to temptation, fully human like us, while also demonstrating that Jesus understands the struggles of temptation that we face. But perhaps even more significantly is the reminder that temptation does not define us. With the help and support of God, we have a real choice in the face of temptation, just as Jesus did in the desert.
 
Peace,
Chess
 

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 1:9-15, as well as Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-10 and 1 Peter 3:18-22.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
 
Covenant of Love
Unto Thee O Lord
Had it Not Been the Lord
Great is Thy Faithfulness
When the Night is Falling (Zoe)
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing
 

Messages from Oscar in Spanish


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Listening

Listening

As Christians, a lot of our talking is to or about Jesus, but how often do we just listen to Jesus. We have flooded the world with doctrinal debates, arguments, opinions, ideologies, and posts about Jesus, but if we do not balance all of that with a desire and practice to listen to Jesus then we have made the same mistake as Peter at the Transfiguration. There are appropriate times to talk, but there are also times when we need to simply listen.

Peace, 

Chess

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 9:2-9, as well as 2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-6 and 2 Corinthians 4:3-6.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.

Giving is a part of our Worship

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Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

 

We Shall Assemble

Lord, Most High

Hilltops of Glory

My Eyes Have Seen Your Glory

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Highest Place

I’ll Live in Glory

Shine, Jesus Shine

 

Children’s Activities for the Week

Messages from Oscar in Spanish


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God Keeps Moving

God Keeps Moving

When Jesus arrives at the home of Simon’s mother-in-law in Mark 1 and begins healing those who are sick, everyone naturally wants him to stay and keep healing. However, Jesus invites his disciples to come with him to the next village so that he can proclaim the gospel there also. God and the Kingdom of God keep moving, and we are invited to come along, but would we selfishly rather God stay here with us than move on somewhere else?
 
Peace,
Chess
 

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 1:29-39, as well as Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c and 1 Corinthians 9:16-23.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
 
Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
Teach Me Lord to Wait
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Seeking the Lost
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
This Little Light of Mine
 

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Authority

Authority

Exorcism stories can always be a bit disjointed to read. We can understand and sympathize with other miracles of Jesus (control of the weather, feeding the hungry, healing the sick), but exorcism stories seem so distant and different. But there’s more to this story than Hollywood sees. This is a story about authority, and Jesus has it – authority in his teachings, authority in his actions, and authority over evil itself. But is the authority of Jesus one we recognize and to which we submit our lives, or does Jesus have to compete with other authorities?
 
Peace,
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 1:21-28, as well as Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, and 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.

Our Worship this Week

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Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

A Shield About Me (Zoe)
Great Are You Lord
The Voice of the Lord
Healing Grace
Make Me More Free
I Must Tell Jesus
All to Us
 

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Still Fishing

 

Still Fishing

Scripture is full of callings – moments when God seems to redirect someone’s life by drafting them into service for the Kingdom of God. Mark 1:14-20, the calling of Peter, Andrew, James, and John, is one of those moments. However God isn’t redirecting their life as much as giving them a chance to use their life for God.
 
Peace,
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 1:14-20, as well as Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62:5-12, and 1 Corinthians 7:29-31.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

The Lord is in His Holy Temple
A Mighty Fortress
Who Can Satisfy My Soul
God of Grace and God of Glory
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
He Leadeth Me
When This Passing World is Done
This World is Not My Home
 

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Believing Until We See

Believing Until We See

When Jesus calls Nathanael to follow as a disciple, Nathanael believes in Jesus because Jesus knew he was sitting under a fig tree. We might expect Jesus to say, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You should have believed without needing to test me.” However, Jesus raises the stakes and tells Nathanael that he will see even greater things yet.  

 
Peace, 
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, John 1:43-51, as well as 1 Samuel 3:1-20, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, and 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

Our Worship this Week:

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week:

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

Speak, O Lord
Lord, You Are Greater Than My Heart
I Am Thine, O Lord
Footprints of Jesus
Where He Leads I’ll Follow
Lord, Take My Life
No Other Gods
 

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Seek and You Will Find

Seek and You Will Find

The story of the wise men seeking Jesus even at risk of their own lives is, for lack of a better term, legendary. They have easily gone down in history as some of the best examples of seeking Jesus. But is seeking Jesus a one-time event? Do we seek Jesus once, find him and then move on to seek after other goals, people, and agendas? Or is seeking Jesus a lifelong discipline? 

 
Peace, 
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing,  Matthew 2:1-12, as well as Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, and Ephesians 3:1-12.

Our Worship this Week:

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week:

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

O Worship the King 
The Voice of the Lord
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
This is My Father’s World
There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit in this Place
What the Lord Has Done in Me
Holy Spirit, Rain Down
Are You Washed in the Blood?
 
 

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Movement

Movement

Ephesians 1:3-14 might be one of the longest run-on sentences in scripture, but it is also packed full of descriptions of the work of Jesus. Paul mentions forgiveness, grace, redemption, adoption, the word of truth, inheritance of life, hope, glory, and redemption. Most striking of all, though, is “the mystery of God’s will… a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things to God.” 
 
Peace, 
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing,  Ephesians 1:3-14, as well as Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20, and John 1:1-18
 
 

Our Worship this Week:

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week:

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

10,000 Reasons
Surround Us, Lord
Blessed Assurance
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Love Divine, All Love Excelling
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
This is How We Overcome
 
 

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