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The Truth Shall Set You Free
Encountering Jesus
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February 16/17

Speaker: Pastor Carla Olsen Draper

Scripture: John 8:31-47

Have you ever seen a picture of an elephant held in place by a small rope tied to its leg? It makes no sense. This enormous creature could break free with an easy tug, yet there it stands. I'm told that as a young animal the elephant is conditioned to "know" that this rope has the ability to restrain it. Later in life, it is a lie alone that holds the elephant captive. This weekend as we hear Jesus confront the lies his listeners believed, we'll consider how the Devil seeks to deceive us as well. In the midst of the real challenges in life, our prayer is that we will encounter Jesus and learn how to live as his true disciples, set free indeed.

No Turning Back

February 9/10, 2019

Speaker: Pastor Ian Trigg

Scripture: John 6:60-69

I remember a conversation from years ago where a pilot friend of mine talked about the “point of no return.” Apparently, in the world of avionics, there is a point in a flight path where turning back to where you began the flight is no longer a feasible or viable option.  

The early followers of Jesus were not versed in this train of thought! At a critical juncture, many of them felt very comfortable turning back, away from Jesus. Jesus’ question to the remaining disciples (“Do you want to leave too?”) is very “to the point” and their response is so insightful and authentic. We’ll visit that question and response and evaluate the depth of our commitment to Jesus and His Kingdom this weekend. We’ll end with a reminder of what our commitment to Jesus ought to look like and how we express such a commitment in many ways, including water baptism.

Who knows? Something remarkably “spontaneous” might just happen! This might be my favorite weekend of the year after Easter! I so hope you’ll be able to join us!!