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STATIC // Accused

There is now no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:1) Click HERE to watch or listen to Senior Pastor Bob Merritt’s message, “Accused.”

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STATIC // Discouraged

“What do you do when waves of discouragement keep hitting you?” Teaching Pastor Jason Strand. Click HERE to watch or listen to Teaching Pastor Jason Strand’s message, “Discouraged.”

Autumn’s Changes

By Greg Grimstad You have probably uttered these words: “I can’t believe the State Fair is here!” coupled with, “I can’t believe the summer is already coming to an end.” I know what you’re thinking—”Where did the time go?” This time of year signals a change is coming. People sure do cope differently with change. For some, change is exciting and invigorating. For others, it can be downright scary and depressing. So where do you land and how are you handling this time of year? For my family, we’re personally experiencing the change that comes with a daughter and her family…

RYB: 1 Kings 10:14-29; 11:1-13

Just as God promised in 1 Kings 3:12-13, God blessed Solomon with riches, fame, and a long life. Things seemed to be going great for Solomon, but he had a weakness. In 1 Kings 11:1, we read that Solomon loved many foreign women. Although he had clear instructions from God not to marry women from foreign nations, he disregarded God’s command and did it anyway. In the end Solomon had not just one, but seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines! And as God had warned, Solomon was influenced by his wives and they turned his heart away from the…

RYB: 1 Kings 8:1-4, 10-21; 9:1-9

After the temple was built, Solomon gathered people not just to dedicate the temple, but to rededicate themselves to God’s service and to praise him for all he had done. Fast forward to the New Testament after Jesus’ death and resurrection when God sends the Holy Spirit. No longer does He inhabit one physical place, such as Solomon’s temple, but He lives within each of us. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.” Are you completely committed to the Lord? Take some time to identify what is pulling you away…

RYB: 1 Kings 4:29-34; 6:1-14

One of Solomon’s great achievements was building the Temple of the Lord, a dwelling place for God. It took him seven years to complete it and God promised that he would live among the Israelites and not abandon them as long as they followed and obeyed him. But what if they made a mistake? Would God to abandon them and not fulfill his promise? God offers forgiveness for anyone who turns to him and repents. The Old Testament is full of stories of God’s people making mistakes and falling into sin. The same happens today. We all know how easy…

RYB: 1 Kings 2:1-4; 3:1-15

1 Kings tells the story of Solomon, King David’s son who became king after David’s death. Solomon is described as the wisest man who ever walked the earth. He authored three Old Testament books—Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs—he built God’s temple in Jerusalem, and over the course of his reign he acquired great wealth. As we set the stage for Proverbs, we can learn a lot from the life of Solomon, a man who recognized the need for wisdom, yet as his story unfolds, we learn that he too struggled to obey God throughout his life. One night, God…

RYB: 1 John 2:1-11

When we’re feeling accused by our actions, thoughts, and emotions, we are not alone. We can turn to Jesus, our relentless Advocate, to remind us of our forgiveness and change the course of our thoughts. When we call on His name, he will never falter or fail, but will make a way for us to be free from the accusations. Today, turn to your Deliverer, and watch the darkness disappear as the true light shines over the static. 1 John 2:1-11 1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone…