October 28: "Genesis Part III" by Jim Snodgrass

On October 28, Guest Speaker Jim Snodgrass continued the third part of a series focused on Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible written by Moses. This third part of the series highlights Moses' record of the creation of man, from Genesis 2:8, the placement of Adam in "a garden eastward of Eden" to the account of Adam and Eve disobeying God's command not to eat from "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" and being driven out of the garden in Genesis 3:24: "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword, which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (KJV)

October 21: "Rest for the Weary" by Pastor Steve Baden

On October 21, Pastor Steve Baden asked the congregation, "Why would Jesus say, 'Let not your hearts be troubled...' if he did not give us a way to accomplish this?" The scripture focus for Pastor Baden's message was Matthew 11: 28-30, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Pastor Baden noted that all of us lug around baggage that God never intended us to carry: the burlap bag of "what ifs" and "worries". He went on to explain that, "It has been said worry is like a rocking chair-it gives us something to do but doesn't get us anywhere." The congregation was encouraged to take heart in the scripture of Matthew 11 and Psalm 23. Pastor Baden said it is important to remember what is said about our Good Shepherd and to take heart in the the words: "He leads us beside still waters...." Scripture encourages us to remember that it is Jesus Christ who leads us and it is we who follow. Pastor Baden pointed out that Jesus' approach to God was different than the Pharisees in the Bible, who frequently opposed Jesus in interpreting the Law and weighed the people down with heavy rules and regulations. In stark contrast to the Pharisees, Jesus said, "My yoke is light." Jesus tells Christians to follow in his footsteps and live according to the Fruit of the Holy Spirit as spelled out in Galatians 5: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control..." Click on the audio above to hear Pastor Baden's full message.

October 14: "Who Do You Say I Am?" by Pastor Steve Baden

On October 14, Pastor Steve Baden delivered a message titled, "Who Do You Say I Am?" and focused on Mark 8: 27-38. Pastor Steve noted that this text is centered around the identity of Jesus and Mark's written account is an invitation to believe the right things about Jesus. Pastor Steve noted that the greatest descriptive word answering the question as to the identify of Christ is the word "Savior" for this was our greatest need: salvation and saving. He went on to say that giving our life to follow Jesus is a daily walk done by little acts of love and turning towards those things that help others. He described the act of following Jesus as a walk wherein we allow God to change our hearts. "We go through life shedding little pieces of our old selves and picking up little pieces of the cross," he said. Rather than Paul's singular life-changing "Damascus moment" that most of us think we are going to have, Pastor Steve reminded the congregation that following Jesus is about daily prayer, steeping ourselves in scripture, and practicing self-control, discipline, commitment, and compassion. The Book of Mark reminds us that the Christian life is one of daily striving to walk with Christ, our Savior, and focused on loving your friends and your enemies.

October 14: Testimony by Patrick Tanner

On October 14, Patrick Tanner shared moving testimony about how prayer and faith helped him to survive a heart attack about a month and a half ago. He praised God and his faith in Christ for helping him to walk from a remote location to get help and to ultimately recover.

October 7: "Which Acts?" by Rev. JD Hilliard, ret.

Reverend JD Hilliard, retired, delivered a message titled "Which Acts?" on Oct. 7, 2018. Reverend Hilliard focused on Acts 1 and reminded the congregation that, "We are all called to be apostles, every last one of us who is a believer." Rev. JD gave insight into the Book of Acts and the wonderful scriptural guidance to be found in that book: the acts of the Spirit of Christ working within and through the Gospel. He explained to those present that Luke was doing ministry the whole time he was writing the book and that the Book of Acts is the only book written between the time Christ was crucified and ascended to Heaven and Paul's letters to the churches or the other Epistles.. He encouraged the congregation to stay strong in their Christian walk and to continue spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.