STORIES OF THE BIBLE – JOHN THE BAPTIST

by CLC_Staff on November 25, 2014

Bible Stories Web Nov 30 John the BaptistAdvent –  The Plan – Week 1

For Advent, we continue our walk through the Bible by looking  at the birth of Jesus. The Old Testament is now behind us. God has instituted a covenant of  blessing and now, in Jesus Christ, the plan is fully revealed.

John writes: “The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. ” John 1: 17

Paul writes: “This mystery is that through the Gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 3: 6

Advent begins the next phase of our walk through the Bible, God’s clear revelation in Jesus Christ is the plan of salvation. Advent shows us the plan, readies us for the plan, and puts the plan in motion.

The Plan – John the Baptist – Some Warm-Up Band!

The prophet of the Christ is now here. The Christ who brings salvation is close behind.

Scripture Reference: Luke 3: 1-18

Memory Verse:  John 3: 30 – “He must become greater; I must become less.”

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STORIES OF THE BIBLE – EZEKIEL

by CLC_Staff on November 18, 2014

Bible Stories Web Nov 23 Ezekiel

This story is found in Ezekiel 37. It is a vivid story of dry bones coming to life. Interesting, in movies today, this motif is always a horror theme. But here in the Bible it is a message of hope to a dispirited and defeated people. God, by his spirit, can make anything alive. It is a message that any person who is discouraged needs to hear.

Scripture Reference: Ezekiel 37: 1-14

Memory Verse: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”Ezekiel 37:5

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STORIES OF THE BIBLE – JONAH

by CLC_Staff on November 11, 2014

Bible Stories Web - Jonah I’m Not Jonah, Am I?

This is a short book. Most people know that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, but the key point of this story is that all people are to be included in the blessings of God. This Old Testament book is key for what is to come in the gospel message of Jesus and the mission of the new church in the future.

Scripture Reference: Jonah 4: 1-11

Memory Verse:  Jonah 4:11 – “But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”

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STORIES OF THE BIBLE – ISAIAH

November 3, 2014

Hope for the Present Passages in Isaiah 53 and 61 are relatively well known. One describes the coming savior as a suffering servant. The second Jesus reads at the beginning of His ministry as recorded by Luke, Chapter 4. I want to connect these passages to Jesus and introduce the prophets as ones who promote the […]

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STORIES OF THE BIBLE – DAVID

October 28, 2014

When Does David Become The King? David is cited throughout the Bible as the model of the King to come and the pinnacle of all kings. Yet his character at times is deeply flawed. The key it seems is that he relentlessly pursues God and desires a close relationship with God. It is good news […]

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LET ME SEE YOUR PICTURES

October 21, 2014

This week we will welcome former CLC pastor, Rev. Dale Matthews, to the pulpit. Rev. Matthews will speak about God’s leading, lifting and love. Reflecting about our ministry over the last 40+ years in relationship to each of our “Life’s Trip” and our “Final Destination”. Scripture Reference: John 14: 1-21 Rev. Matthews was called to […]

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STORIES OF THE BIBLE – GIDEON

October 13, 2014

God Does More Than We Ask or Imagine Gideon is a classic story of God rescuing His people though a charismatic leader (a judge), this time Gideon. Gideon offers a fleece to confirm God’s commands to him. This is often seen and still referenced as an act of faith. It is more an act of […]

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STORIES OF THE BIBLE – MOSES

October 6, 2014

I Will Reveal, Rescue, Redeem God sets his people free. Here freedom from slavery is introduced as an ideal of the people of God. Later on we see that this is freedom from sin and death. This New Testament theme is clearly foreshadowed in the Passover event and subsequent celebrations of the event. The Passover […]

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STORIES OF THE BIBLE – JOSEPH

September 29, 2014

Does God Know What He Is Doing? God provides and continues to work out his plan. This is not always seen in the midst of God working it out. In Joseph this belief is steadfast. In addition, forgiveness,  a key theme throughout the Bible, is introduced most vividly in this story. God will continue to […]

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STORIES OF THE BIBLE – ABRAHAM

September 22, 2014

Abraham and the Covenant God institutes a covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12 and Genesis 15). This week I spend time to explain what a covenant is; an agreement between two parties. God makes promises through this covenant. God promises land, many descendants and, through this budding people, one who will be a blessing to all […]

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