Pastor Mike

Are You a Cultural Christian?

Are You a Cultural Christian?

“Cultural Christianity means to pursue the God we want instead of the God who is. It is the tendency to be shallow in our understanding of God, wanting Him to be more of a gentle grandfather type who spoils us and let us have our own way. It is sensing a need for God, but on our own terms. It is wanting the God we have underlined in our Bibles without wanting the rest of Him, too. It is God relative instead of God absolute.” (Patrick Morley, The Man in the Mirror. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1989. p. 53.)

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Hope for America

Hope for America

I still believe America is the greatest nation on earth and I am proud to be an American. But I share your concerns about our future, especially when I look at our leaders. Someone in Washington once quipped, “I don’t look at our country and pray for our leaders. I look at our leaders and pray for our country.”

We are watching as popularity “trumps” principle and charisma takes the “hill” over character. Daily headlines sabotage our hopes, that things really cannot be all that bad. More and more, those who believe the Bible share Solomon’s anxiety over leaders:

KJV Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

There is more than a little reason to mourn the present state of affairs, but perhaps there is a ray of sunshine to be found. Why would God bring our nation to this point? Just maybe it is His way to wean from us any hope we still have in parties, politics or personalities. The hope for America is not to be found in the leaders who run Washington. Instead, our hope must be set in God who still rules the world (Ps. 78:7). And He is always having a great day, no matter how gray it gets down here!

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The Mystery of Faith

The Mystery of Faith

Can you define faith? Not the easiest thing to explain to another person, is it? The closest thing to a Bible definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I bet that cleared up the whole question for you, right? Honestly, faith remains puzzling for many people. As a result, we often wonder in our hearts whether we have any faith at all (or at least the right kind).

Paul was a prisoner on board a ship headed for Rome. But that ship was being battered by a storm. It seemed that none of the 276 passengers would survive the voyage. After 14 days, it looked as if they would be swallowed up by the sea. But then God spoke by an angel to His servant Paul.

KJV Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

Notice Paul’s conclusion: “I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Did you catch it? Paul just defined faith for you. Faith is believing that what God tells me is true.

Are you taking what God says to be true?

  • What about His word to remember your sins no more (Heb. 8:12)?
  • What about His word not to leave you (Matt. 28:20)?
  • What about His word that He cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7)?
  • What about His word to meet all your needs (Phil. 4:13)?

Faith may still hold some mysteries, but this is a great place to start: believe what God says is so!

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Good Hand of God

Good Hand of God

You probably haven’t given a second thought today to those two highly skilled instruments affixed to the end of your arms! I’m talking about your hands. Yet, how helpless I would be without them.  They go with me everywhere . . . and it’s a good thing because I am in need of them constantly. I need them to scratch an itch, to eat my meals, to tidy my house, to complete my daily work, etc. They come in “handy” all the time.

There’s another hand, I couldn’t live without. It’s the hand of God. When Ezra and Nehemiah were trying to explain how things just seemed to be “working out” in their lives, they attributed it to God’s hand on them.

KJV Nehemiah 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; . . .

KJV Ezra 8:22 . . . The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

This hand was not just for them. As Ezra said, it is for all them that seek Him. That means if you are a Bible Christian, a set of hands go with you everywhere you go, preparing the way before you, protecting you from harm, and helping you in a hundred other ways you probably never even realize. If you have a good day, remember the Hand that made it possible.

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Home Study Groups

Home Study Groups

Some of the sweetest times of fellowship and spiritual growth happen in our small groups. It’s a chance for both ladies and men to sink their roots deeper in Christ and in His Church. The ladies and men alternate  every other Weds. at 7pm. In Sept. and Oct., ladies have the 2nd and 4th Weds. and Men meet the 1st and 3rd Weds. (These are home-based studies. Call or email the church for location.)

Our Spring sessions are already underway. Books are available for each group for personal study. The sessions allow for interaction and comment on what has been learned. You are welcome to jump in at any time!

In September, the Ladies’ group began a study of the book of Job with the “Workmen of the Word” Series by Linda Lindley.

 

 

 

Men are studying A Praying Life by Paul Miller. Miller shows us how to connect with the Father even through “messy” prayers. Join us for this encouragement to engage your Father through prayer.

 

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Family Friendly

Family Friendly

Something for everyone!

We’re working hard to make Continental a family-friendly place. Every Sunday morning beginning at 9:30am, we have a class for every age group (children to adult). (And now at this hour we offer “Patch Club” for children grades 1-6.) And at 10:30am, we offer “Children’s Church” for an hour of age-appropriate worship for your little ones (ages 4 to grade 4), while you focus your heart on God’s word for you.

And here’s an extra bonus: Our pastor hosts a “Family Night” on the 1st Sunday of the month at 6pm. This is a one-hour service with songs, Bible lesson(s), a game and treats for families with children taught by Pastor Mike. All for free!

I bet you’ll find Continental a place your whole family will love!

 

 

 

 

 

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