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.