As we enter a new year who are we going to be more like; Martha who scrambled around worrying about details, or Mary who sat and listened to the voice of Jesus? In this message, Pastor Troy Billow lays out the importance (and challenge) of keeping one's priorities focused on Him and what He's telling you in the coming year.
In Luke chapter 21, Jesus revealed to his disciples a number of signs that are to occur before He returns. In this message, Rob Case shows us how they have intensified up to the present time, and how we should contemplate the nearness of His coming as we transition into a new year.
As we look ahead to the future, Pastor Troy reminds us of a number of critical foundational truths in regards to the faith, Christian living, and our priorities in carrying the witness of Jesus into the dark world around us.
Pastor Troy Billow ponders on the significance of how the God who created the universe was brought to this world, and presented in a feeding trough made for animals. The very concept certainly aroused the curiosities of the angels (1 Peter 1:12).
Pastor Troy Billow speaks of many of the political conditions that led to the prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. What's interesting is that many of these conditions are resurfacing and coming to a boil today.
When Christ was on earth, he spoke of the last days as days that will only get worse and worse over time. They don't get any better. However, while the world continues to descend further into turmoil, chaos, pain, and uncertainty, God still holds the future in His hands, and he has predestined a victory for those who trust Him now in their lives, and for His plan of victory in the future.
Special Guest Jonas Brenneman, a missionary with Converge (an organization that specializes in church building throughout the world) speaks of his Amish background, his aspirations to evangelize in Germany, and How God has worked in his life to inspire and enable him to be a missionary.
Pastor Troy Billow shows us the similarities between face coverings, social distancing, and quarantining pertaining to the 10 lepers (and the OT policies that addressed leprosy) and similar policies applied today in the midst of COVID-19. It shows us our need to be thankful for things like these, not just because they're amazing and interesting to look into, but because of the compassionate nature of who God is, and the powerful benefits of applying his word to keep people protected.
Despite all of the turmoil, all of the politics, all of the fighting and intimidation that is so prevalent in this world, there is another King who will rule and reign, and its important that we keep that in focus.