Acts 6-7 tells about Stephen a powerful figure in the early church. He provides one of the longest speeches in the book recalling the history of God’s people.
This provides us an opportunity to survey this great story and help us provide context when we encounter the many stories found in the Bible.
Join us as we review this great story.
The first few weeks of the new year provides and opportunity to reflect and refocus our lives. Resolutions are often made with the hopes to make positive changes in our lives.
Church, too, can use this time to re-center and refocus our lives as a body of believers.
Join us as we explore Pleasant Chapel as we begin to enter our 175th year as a church.
Jan 20 – Snow Day (no service)
It is the Christmas Season. Join us as we explore again the wonderfully rich story of God becoming a child for you and me. This year we bring the perspective of the cross and a tomb and what that means as we look at the manger scene. The popular Christmas song poses the question, “Mary did you know?” Do you suppose Mary understood or knew what was happening that first Christmas? Did Joseph? Do you fully get what the coming of the Savior really meant for the world and for you?
Chip Ingram’s Book The Real God challenges us to consider how we see God. He says:
“What you think about God shapes your whole relationship with him and additionally what you believe God thinks about you determines how close you will grow toward him.
… your misconception about God have form a barrier that keeps you from experiencing him as he really is and as he wants to be seen…”
A.W. Tozer says, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us The way we think about God impacts all aspects of our life.”
Those are pretty power-packed statements! In the next few weeks we plan to attempt to unpack those statements and consider how we just may improve how we think about our God. Hope you’ll join us!
Great Coaching for Dark Times
It sure seems like there is a lot of darkness in our world and in local communities. When we view TV news or on the Internet, watch much of the entertainment from Hollywood, and even consider many of the stories that take place in our local communities, there seems to be a prevalence of darkness – of the deviant or perverted side of human beings. Clearly there is a lot of good in our lives as well, it just seems like that is not what we see or hear a lot about.
The book of Colossians talks about this dark nature and gives us some direction on how to combat it in our own lives as well as in our community and in our world.
Consider joining us at Pleasant Chapel as we explore this for the next few weeks.
Many of us tend to do some traveling during the summer time. Some of this traveling includes time on the road. Long road trips provide time for families to learn to be patient with each other and enjoy the journey of the trip.
Our summer series will use “road trip” as a theme to explore our real faith journey and our ultimate destination.
Come join us and bring a friend!
The book of Esther is an Old Testament book with a tremendous story about God and his plan for his people.
The story has been made into a movie and you can watch the entire movie online from the link below.
Join us as we begin a short journey through this book and how its truths can be applied today.
June 17 – VBS Highlight Video
It’s Masters Sunday! Sometimes golf, life, and faith imitate each other.
Learn a little bit about how golf has shaped Joel and his faith and how we as a family can become masters at our walk of faith.
John, in his gospel, quotes Jesus several times making “I AM” statements. Some of these are self-identification statements of Jesus proclaiming his divinity. He says in 8:58, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.”
In other instances, Jesus said “I AM” (1) “the bread of life” John 6:35, (2) “the light of the world” John 8:12, (3) “the gate” John 10:9, (4) “the good shepherd” John 10:11, (5) “the resurrection and the life” John 11:25, (6) “the way, and the truth, and the life” John 14:6, (7) “the vine” John 15:5. In these statements Jesus is revealing what he is like, what his purposes are, and attributes of his character.
These “I AM” statements serve as an invitation to come to know this Great I AM intimately. Join us as we explore the “I AM” in John.
Jan. 7 “I AM – intro
Jan. 14 I AM the bread of life
Jan. 21 I AM the light of the world
Jan. 28 I AM the Gate, I AM the Good Shepherd – Being Sheepy Part 1
Feb. 4 I AM the Gate, I AM the Good Shepherd – Being Sheepy Part 2 (video “Flawless”)
Feb. 11 I AM the vine and you are the branches
Feb. 18 (Lent) – Being Branchy through Lent
Feb. 25 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (Part 1)
Mar 4 I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Part 2)
Mar 11 I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Part 3)
Mar 25 I AM the Resurrection and the Life
Apr 1 Easter – A Life In the Victory of Easter