A Message For 2021

Supt. Bruce Cromwell's message for the new year


Pastor Ekela

" When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’” "

-Matthew 2:4-6


God With Us

" All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”)."

-Matthew 1:22-23


Jesus Our King

" And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords."

-Revelation 19:16


Called by God

"For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life."

-1 Thessalonians 4:7


The Church and a Closer Walk with Jesus

"This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus."

-Ephesians 3:6


Hamartiology Study of Sin

"The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work."

-1 John 3:8


Overcoming Sin and Temptation Walking with Jesus

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”"

-Galatians 5:13-14


Walking with Jesus Growing in the Knowledge

"When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away."

-Genesis 5:21-24



Freedom Sunday.


Prayer Card

More prayer thoughts.


Psalm 63

"You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water."

-Psalm 63:1


The 4 Lepers

A guest story from Reverend Lori Kaufmann.


Sanctification (Utakaso)

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good."

-Romans 12:9


Power in the name of Jesus

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

-John 14:13


Intercessory Prayer

The Power of Praying for Others


Seek Him Not His Answer

"God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging."

-Psalms 46:1-3


What Hinders Our Prayer?

"But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do."

-James 1:6-8


To Prepare

"A voice of one calling:
'In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord[a];
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.[b]
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.'"

-Isaiah 40:3-4


Listening Prayer

Are you listening? Are you paying attention?


Pray First

How Pray First, Act Second will change your relationship with God


Peter's Sermon

"David said about him:

‘I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will not be shaken.
 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope,
 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    you will not let your holy one see decay.
 You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.’"

Acts 2:25-28


Our Image of God Matters

"The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper."

1 Kings 19:12-13


What Happens when a Church Prays?

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations."

Psalms 100


Where do You See God at Work?

"Before they call I will answer;
    while they are still speaking I will hear."


Isaiah 65:24



"But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.' "


1 Peter 1:15-16


How to Walk in Struggles and Worries

"Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes."


Psalm 37:3-7



Stand UP to Stand With

"So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them."


Genesis 1:27



Praying for Holy Spirit Filling

"Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
  Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples."

1 Chronicles 16:23-24



Jesus ascended into heaven. Why does that matter?

""But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”"

Acts 1:8-11


The Power of the Name of Jesus

A message from Pastor Ekela

"If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."

Romans 10:9-10


Jesus and Women

The importance of women in Jesus' ministry.


Baptism - a symbol of community

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20


And Jesus said Go.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20


Message from Pastor Ekela

What difference does the crucifixion make to your life?


Easter Sunday

Gather together in spirit as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.


Stay at Home Sermon #3

Looking to God in difficult times.


Stay at Home Sermon #2

Looking to God in difficult times.


Stay at Home Sermon #1

We can't meet, but we can still worship.