Sun, Oct 20, 2013
Sun, Sep 22, 2013
Join Pastor Ben Hiwale for one of the most familiar but misunderstood portions of scripture in Phil. 1:21. "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is grain." Spiritual growth doesn't come to us on rainbows and glittering unicorns, it comes to us through trials, pain, and suffering. Only Christ is worth living for and dyeing for...how about you?
Sun, Sep 01, 2013
The broken body and shed blood of Jesus has been given to all believers through the finished work of the cross. The communion ceremony is ours, whenever we need it, to observe that broken body and shed blood. Just as Israel ate all of the lamb and there were none feeble among their tribes (Psalm 105:37b), we have His body, broken for us (Mark 14:22), and we have His blood as our justification (Romans 5:9). Partake of Holy Communion as often as you like, observing that Jesus bore your suffering so that you could bear His health.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013
The theme of this passage in Colossians is submission, a far cry from the American ideals of personal freedom, liberation, and choice. But submission is not the tyrannical concept most of us harbor in our minds. Rather, it is freedom! It is a form of respect, which allows us to be free and to have the best flowing in and out of us. It is a safe harbor of smooth waters protecting us from the storms of wrong actions. It frees us from bad thinking that leads to bad choices which, in turn, lead to a life of misery and trouble.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013
The will of God for Christians concerning proper sexual behavior is quite clear; namely, that they abstain from sexual immorality (Acts 15:20,29, 21:25; 1 Corinthians 6:13b; 2 Corinthians 12:21; etc.) Paul’s Spirit-inspired teaching on the subject is so strict and demanding that it extends beyond just the physical acts of immorality.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013
You have a new identity: “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are His heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” (Galatians 3:26-29, NLT) That is my identity and yours if you have put your faith in Jesus. But there is a problem. Satan hates that message of hope and change. He goes about trying to “steal” our identity in Christ by enticing us to neglect our relationship with God.
Sun, May 26, 2013
"Pastor Ben Hiwale said, "Religion is the "do's and don'ts" of spirituality. And legalism is more concerned with the rules than relationship" This is so true...When we consider the work of Christ on the cross, we realize that Jesus died to forgive us of all our sins, not bring more rules to get us to perform or merit salvation. In Christ, we receive complete relationship, complete, transformation, complete forgiveness, and complete victory. Join Pastor ben Hiwale for a word that will set you free!"
Sun, Apr 21, 2013
Join Pastor Ben Hiwale for an encouraging and challenging word from the Book of Colossians. before Christ we were alienated and enemies of King Jesus, but now having been forgiven we are cleansed, justified, and made holy and blameless. Is this reality supreme in your life or are you still struggling with condemnation and guilt? The Cross is our answer!
Sun, Mar 03, 2013
"Where is your hope? Many people will lean the ladder of their life upon religion, relationships, carnality or careers, but the hope we trust in will only be as good as the one who backs it up. Everything in this world will fall...only the hope won by Christ and wrought by Christ can be trusted and will endure. Move your ladder today...lean on the cross...lean on Christ!"
Sun, Feb 24, 2013
What foundation have you built your life on? What lies have you believed, what hurt are you harboring, what will happen to your foundation when the storms of life beat upon your foundation? Will you stand or will you fall? Find the answer to these questions as Pastor Ben Hiwale closes out Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 7:24-29.