Featured Article written by Greg Stier from Dare2Share: I just came from a Bible study full of leaders from around the Denver area. This gathering was not organized through a local church but through a Christian business leader. It was a great time of fellowship, learning and conversation.
The participants around the large conference table had an open and very robust discussion about the role of "going to church" in the life of a Christian. The consensus seemed to be building toward a "we don't need a church, we are the church" kind of mentality.
It's a great year to be a Seahawks fan
But what drives them? If you are a Seahawks fan check out this video of some of the players and staff sharing their Christian testimonies... Even if you are not a fan check it out! It's awesome!
There you are sitting in worship or Bible study. Your child, or toddler, is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous. You try to silence them, and nothing. You try to pacify them with food or toys, and nothing. Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: you pick them up, and before a watching audience, you make the march out of the auditorium. All the while, you’re a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my kid.”
I want you — you mothers and/or fathers — to know just how encouraging you are to so many.
A huge new change with fresh vision, goals, name, décor, website, format, etc, etc, launched last month! RIVER is the new name of the Wednesday night youth gatherings!
Here’s why we are excited about this: it presents an exciting two-fold picture.
Evidence for the Resurrection - by Josh McDowell
For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd. Many have chosen simply to ignore the central issue of the resurrection. Others have tried to explain it away through various theories. But the historical evidence just can't be discounted.
A student at the University of Uruguay said to me. "Professor McDowell, why can't you refute Christianity?"
"For a very simple reason," I answered. "I am not able to explain away an event in history--the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
How can we explain the empty tomb? Can it possibly be accounted for by any natural cause?
A QUESTION OF HISTORY
After more than 700 hours of studying this subject, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings--or it is the most remarkable fact of history.
Here are some of the facts relevant to the resurrection: Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish prophet who claimed to be the Christ prophesied in the Jewish Scriptures, was arrested, was judged a political criminal, and was crucified. Three days after His death and burial, some women who went to His tomb found the body gone. In subsequent weeks, His disciples claimed that God had raised Him from the dead and that He appeared to them various times before ascending into heaven.
From that foundation, Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire and has continued to exert great influence down through the centuries.
Small group bible study is a great opportunity to grow in your faith and connect with other brothers and sisters in Christ! For our current life of bible studies or growth opportunities in your area, contact Pastor Long.
“Being a Christian since I was only eight, I had no idea that the world was so hostile towards those who pledged faith in Christ. I also had no idea that so many people believed in evolution and called themselves ‘atheist’. When I entered high school, I was challenged everyday in every way imaginable.