Rick’s Reflections- 4/16/2017

Praise God, Holy Week did not end with Jesus on the cross. Good Friday is not the end of the story. Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day, He rose again. That part of the story ends in the victory of Easter. The cross is empty because Christ is risen. It … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 4/9/2017

The Bible uses rich metaphors to explore the nature and essence of Christ’s redemptive work. Jesus often used agricultural metaphors to teach his followers about his own death. We have been going through John’s Gospel during our Bible study at Manna each week. In this week’s text (Chapter 12) Jesus indicated that His death would … [Read more…]

Nathan’s Notes- 4/2/2017

I must admit that this series of sermons is very sad, but understandably so. There’s no happy way to talk about our Savior in anguish before His death. There’s no cheerful way to explain that God the Son was abandoned by His best friend. There’s no delightful way to say that the most innocent man … [Read more…]

Nathan’s Notes- 3/26/2017

As we draw closer to Easter, our study draws closer to the death of Christ. This was a dark and terrible time in history that showed the kind of evil that can reside in the human heart. Jesus’ arrest was a fearful time, but not just for Him. This was terrifying for His closest friends … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 3/19/2017

It was Isaac Watts who penned these famous words to one of the most powerful hymns ever. “When I survey the wondrous cross,                                                                 … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 3/12/2017

Today we begin a new series of messages focusing on Christ’s death on the cross. As we take a closer look, it is my prayer that we will be drawn to a personal encounter that will be a turning point in our life journey. When one considers all the world’s great religions, none is so … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 3/5/2017

Next Sunday (3-12) we will have a great opportunity for some connecting over lunch. Our fantastic fellowship team is coordinating the pitch in and I hope that many of you will take advantage of the occasion to get to know some of the church family a little better. And we know for sure there will … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 2/26/2017

We are drawing to a close our series focusing on having an Eternal Perspective. I hope it has been an encouragement to you. This week I came across the following thought from Jill Carattini, the managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. She points out the fact that “the psalmist … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 2/19/2017

Over these past weeks, we have been challenged to take a good look at our lives and the perspective with which we view everything. I ran across this prayer in some writings by Os Guinness that spoke to me about how we might with an eternal perspective see our relationship with our Lord. O Lord … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 2/12/2017

We have been wrestling with the concept of living with an eternal perspective. It is a biblical concept for sure. Verses like “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2 and the reminder that this life is like a vapor and passing wind (James 4:14) get our attention. We are … [Read more…]