Ocean Commotion VBS Update- 6/11/2017

  VBS isn’t just limited to the kids in the church . . . it’s so much more than that. It’s an outreach opportunity!  Some children have never heard the gospel or anything like that; kids in our area, even!  We need to seize this opportunity to teach kids about the truth! It’s too precious of … [Read more…]

Nathan’s Notes- 6/4/2017

     Several years ago, the Barna Group released a survey on how we see the world.  They asked respondents about their beliefs on a number of different topics, all of which were  considered essential for a truly Biblical worldview.  The results of this survey were disheartening: only 4% of Americans gave Bible-based answers to all … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 5/28/2017

This week while preparing the final message in the Risk & Ripples series, I ran across this paragraph that seemed to be worth sharing as food for thought. I’m not convinced that your date of death is the date carved on your tombstone.  Most people die long before that.  We start dying when we have … [Read more…]

Ricks Reflections- 5/21/2017

 Today as we revisit the theme of Risk & Ripples we also acknowledge our graduates for 2017.  After a long and challenging adventure these folks find themselves not at the end, but at the beginning of the rest of their lives.  Many decisions lay ahead, challenges as well as victories.  It is our hope and … [Read more…]

Nathan’s Notes- 5/14/2017

     First things first: Happy Mother’s Day! Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” One thing I’ve realized since my son was born is that moms do a LOT. I am continually impressed by the amount of energy and … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 5/7/2017

This week in my study I ran across this poem entitled, To Risk To laugh is to risk appearing the fool To weep is to risk appearing sentimental To reach out for another is to risk involvement To expose feelings is to risk exposing, your true self To place your ideas, your dreams before a … [Read more…]

Nathan’s Notes- 4/30/2017

     If you were with us last week, you got to share in the excitement of Jeremy Miller’s ordination. This service was performed to show that he is being “set aside” to serve Christ through a special ministry, and our church leaders (as well as our congregation) stood with him and affirmed this.     This raises questions in many people’s … [Read more…]

Rick’s Reflections- 4/23/2017

One of a congregation’s greatest privileges is to set aside one of their own to a special ministry. Ordination is the process by which individuals are set apart for various forms of ministry. The ordination ceremony shows that the church has put its seal of  approval on a church member confirming God’s call on their … [Read more…]

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…]