Fake News

In recent times we have become quite aware of fake news.  There have always been the times when the media stretched things.  Tales of the Wild West etc. were always a bit over the top.  It is always enjoyable to watch the times when the media gets busted being overly dramatic, like the weather reporter in a kayak making you think he is in deep water, and then someone walks by in rubber boots.  But the recently they have taken it to new levels especially during the last couple of elections.  So much so that it is difficult to trust any of them, and honestly, most of the time I don’t.  Having lost sight of objectivity they now present “facts” that aren’t from anonymous sources that no one can check.
It would seem that similar things are happening when it comes to spiritual information as well. People represent things about Jesus that are simply untrue. They say them so that people feel better, or at least don’t feel bad.  They create a Jesus in their mind the way they want him to be.  When asked they then tell the stories as facts. They have lost sight of the real Jesus of the Bible and proclaim fake news, and sadly some believe them.

It is in this kind of cultural environment that we as followers of Christ must proclaim the real news.  That is why it is so essential to know what scripture proclaims about Jesus and be sure we are proclaiming the truth.  What is your proclamation about Jesus?

Come and hear about what Scripture proclaims about Jesus.
See you at church.

Pastor Chris


It is always fascinating to see the bumper stickers on cars.   Usually it does not take long to figure out where their political and social feelings lie. One of my least favorites is the Coexist bumper sticker. It is most often on the cars of liberal progressives who are not actually adherents to any particular religion (I am not kidding someone actually did a study). I am not really offended by the sticker but it is such a testimony to the spiritual and religious ignorance in our country as well as seeming to promote a very wrong and dangerous idea; the idea that all religions are equally valid and lead to “God”.
It is a popular myth actually. It seems to stem from a postmodern view that there is no absolute or objective truth in the universe. Or a variation on this theme which is “If there is an absolute truth no one has a monopoly on it, and all paths have some of it, therefore all paths are somewhat right and lead to God. This idea while it feels good in that it does not violate the only sin in our culture “Don’t judge me”, it has some very significant and fatal flaws. And while it would be entertaining to talk about all of the fatal flaws for the sake of space, lets just deal with one. There is only one God, and you are not Him.
Oh a person may not think they promoting themselves as God but ultimately that is what they are doing. They are, in their belief, declaring that they are the source of knowledge about the universe and all things spiritual and since they feel that all paths should lead to God, it must be true, therefore they declare it is. Plus hell is mean and they don’t think God would be mean.
God is not particularly pleased with people who think they are God. In fact, He says in the very first three commandments that 1. He is the only God. 2. Don’t make gods and worship them (making yourself out to be God would qualify). 3. Don’t miss use His Name (telling lies about who God is would also qualify for this one). Maybe rather than making vacuous and self derived statements about God it would be better to see what he says of Himself and stick to that.
Do you know the real God? The God who has revealed Himself in the Bible as Father, Son , and Holy Spirit? Does it really matter if you understand who He has revealed Himself to be? In this weeks sermon we will be talking about the Trinity and how vital it is that we know who the real God is.

See you at church,

Pastor Chris

We Believe

What do you believe? In this current age beliefs seem somewhat flexible in nature. For instance, I sometime encounter folks whose beliefs are dependent on the circumstance or their current environment. One might say I believe this that or the other thing in one group of people, but in another group of people they are much less dogmatic or a bit more bendy. Sometimes beliefs are viewed almost as emotions. I feel this is right or I feel that everyone should…… How dependent should ones beliefs be on emotion?
Maybe the problem is that beliefs are sometimes confused with opinions. I think x, y, and z is true is an opinion, but I believe x, y, and z should be significantly different. At one time the beliefs of a church were summed up in creeds that were repeated every week as they came together for worship. This continues to be the practice of a number of churches to this day. Such creeds were a way of identifying the true believers or the true faith. Unfortunately saying a creed does not necessarily translate to actual belief. Actual belief as it turns out requires action.
James put it quite succinctly when he said “Show me your faith (belief) without deeds, and I will show you my faith (beliefs) by my deeds.” James 2:18b(italics mine) Might it be that the life you live does more to demonstrate your beliefs than what you say?
For the next few weeks we will be talking about what we as a church believe as we work through the seven essentials from our Statement of Faith. Do you believe them?
See you at church.

Pastor Chris

E-bulletin 9-29-17


This weekend we are celebrating a special day. Susan’s folks are celebrating 60 years of marriage! What an incredible gift and example! Surrounded by the generations they will be blessed and prayed over! Marriage is hard work but ultimately it is a labor of love. Elder Dwayne Estep will be preaching this week and I know you will be encouraged as he brings the Word.

Enjoy your Sabbath.

Pastor Chris

***************Today’s announcements*************
Wednesday night Bible Study - Dinner at 6pm and programs start at 6:30pm - 8pm.
Baby Shower for Kendra 5:00 on Saturday, October 7.
We will need to start right at 5:00 due to ladies having to leave soon after that for work.


Baby Shower for Katie 5:00 on Saturday, November 4.

Amazon Smile– Amazon has a deal where our church can receive a portion (.005) of every purchase we make. It is a small amount but every little bit counts! So if you use Amazon please support our church. Here is a link to our smile account.


Timothy Project Update:  Lets not forget our Timothy project even though we are working on a building!  $11,189 has been committed and given to the Timothy project.  We are past the halfway point with only  $10,811 to go! Drake is done with his first quarter and starting his second!.  If you have made a commitment but have not yet paid, please bring your commitment to completion!  

There is still a ways to go, so if you have not yet given please prayerfully consider what you can give!

Men’s Breakfast -  Oct.29th Come and expect a great time of food, fellowship, and an encouraging word!  8:30am – 10am at the Red Barn.


Home cooked Meal – Oct. 29th 


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Grace Is Enough

I was in a store the other day. And while I was there a family was leaving. I noticed them because one of their kids was throwing a big fit. Now I know what it is like to be in a store and have your kid throw a fit, but this wasn’t a 3 year old or even a 6 that would be one thing but this little girl (a twin) was probably about 10. Parents were embarrassed but were not doing things that were helping. In fact, what they were doing seemed to be making things worse as they hastily made for the exit. The cashier said much with her face and then they began to say even more.   I got sucked into the conversation and suggested that they needed some significant skills and that such skills are often lacking in this world today. They agreed and we talked about parenting classes. (oh wow what a great segway I thought as I patted myself on the back and told them about our parenting classes coming up.)


The next day I had comment remorse. Kind of like buyers remorse but worse because you can’t ever take it back. For some reason I replayed the situation in my head and realized that it didn’t make sense that this little girl was throwing a fit like that. Now granted, I don’t know the family and maybe our assessment was completely accurate. But what if it wasn’t? What if she had some special needs and this fit was the result of that and the parents were actually functioning on a very high level to deescalate as well as they did? What if I had joined in judging them as clueless and the reality is quite different?   That is the problem with judging, we just don’t have enough information. Could it be that is why God is in charge of the judging and we have a much different role?  Could it be that even in situations like this we should be full of grace instead of quick to join in?

I look back now and wish I could do it again but as is the way of this life, we often only get one chance. I hope to do better next time. I guess I stand in the need of grace.

This week we will talk about grace and our role in delivering it.

See you at church

Pastor Chris


Have you had a good summer? Did you vacation? Did you do the things that you can only do in summer that seem to refresh us? There is something about the changes in the seasons that often give us a little pause; at least they give us the opportunity to pause. We are coming close to the time when we enter into a new ministry season. Family night will be starting back up on September 13th. Kids are back in school and the activities of summer are giving way to fall. This week at church I want to give you an opportunity to stop and look around, spend a little time analyzing where you are and where you are headed, specifically in the area of your spiritual disciplines.

We hate the word discipline, mostly because it is so often used in the negative sense. It gives the feeling of strict and restricted. When I experience discipline it is limiting and often painful. If I discipline myself I am often forcing myself to do things that I don’t want to (but those cookies taste so good!) but know I should. I have noticed that while I often hate discipline I really like the results of discipline. I hate exercise but love being in shape. I hate music practice but want to play well. Isn’t that true in our spiritual life as well. We want to feel close to God but we don’t want to have to work at it. Time to enter the real world, because we need discipline.

Tomorrow I will talk about three specific disciplines, our interaction with scripture, our prayer time and our worship. Spend tonight and tomorrow considering these three areas of your life.   How are they doing? Do they need to be refreshed and recharged? Do you need a new pattern or a new commitment? Is it time to tick up a notch and become more disciplined?

See you at church.

Pastor Chris

Stepping Up

We are in an exciting place as a church. We have one of the greatest opportunities since I have been here of establishing a location for our ministry. A location in the middle of a neighborhood and build some manner of a facility to call our own. Will we do it?

Last week I let everyone know about the strategy that we are pursuing. I will have that handout available at church. This strategy involves two hurdles.

First we need to try and increase the amount of money that we have available as a down payment. Currently (as of this writing) no one has donated specifically with that in mind. However, I would ask that you continue to pray that God would act on our behalf by inspiring His givers to give! We are pursuing the strategy even with the amount that has already been committed ($42k)!   Every dollar donated toward the down payment helps the probability we will be able to build.


Second we need to temporarily significantly increase our monthly giving. This giving will help support the ability to qualify for the loan and pay for the payments while we are building the church and still having to pay rent. We need an increase of three thousand dollars. $1000 dollars per month has already been committed! So only $2000 per month left to go!

This commitment is not forever (unless the Lord so leads!) but is for the time it takes for us to build. Every amount counts! Please sharpen your pencils and prayerfully do your budget. Can you help meet this goal?


This is the week for stepping up.

At church we will have specific offering envelopes if you would like to give toward the down payment. We will also have commitment cards for those who would like to make a commitment to give an extra amount for one year beginning in September. If you are unable to be here this week but would like to commit to an amount please email Pastor Chris or Debbie E. and we will include you in the total!


If we are able to meet our goal we will announce it in church this week!

Excited for the possibilities.


Pastor Chris.

The High Dive

Have you ever gone off of the high dive? It is a long ways up and it feels further than it is. I remember the scared butterflies that seem to suddenly inhabit my innards when I put my hand on the rail and began to climb up. I remember that my brain was screaming at me about how stupid this was. But once you started up there was no real turning back. There was usually a line, going backwards was just not an option. When you got to the top and it was your turn, that was the moment when it all came to a head…..would you jump?

There are any number of moments in your life that come down to a moment of decision but the greatest of them are the ones you make regarding your spiritual life. The decision to follow Jesus and be baptized was a moment like that, but it certainly wasn’t the only one. Some might be a commitment to serve or lead. Others may involve a decision to give. What do you do when you approach such moments?

We as a church are coming up on such a moment. Will we be able to step up and go forward? Will we jump and experience the thrill that only comes when we trust and spring forward? Will we stand there on the edge of the diving board, looking around?   Are you ready to fly?

See you at church.

Pastor Chris

“Whoa” Moments

Do you ever have those “whoa” moments. You know the shock and awe, wide eyed and mystified, freak-out-because-something-is-so-amazing kind of moments. Sometimes they are simple sometimes they have more gravity. Ahah! Eureka! You discovered the answer that you were looking for! The puzzle starts making sense! I love those.

I love the feeling of having my brain expanded with new understanding. I love seeing the ripples that move through, as you understand a new thing and it effects all the other things around it. Sometimes they can be small and only have minor changes to your life. Like when someone asks you “Have ever eaten cow lips?” and you answer a disgusted “NO!” and then politely ask for the catsup for your hotdog reading the definition of “beef trimmings”. Others have much more dramatic impacts like when you realize the Earthshaking significance of what Jesus has done.

This week we are going to look at John 2 where Jesus turned the water into wine. More than a cool party trick, this was the beginning of the “signs through which he revealed his glory” and the impact on his disciples was


That should be the impact it has on us as well. 
Come discover the implications of this mind-blowing miracle.

See you at church.

Pastor Chris

Going Fishing!

It has been a great summer so far. I hope you are enjoying it. I know I am! As you well know fishing is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. I have come to particularly enjoy catching kokanee (a land locked sockeye salmon) which are abundant and are very tasty. In fact, my eye doctor suggested that I was to eat fish two times a week, so I am doing my best to make sure I have the fish to accomplish that! Not only do I enjoy fishing but isn’t interesting that fishing is often used as either a symbol or analogy for some lesson that God is trying to teach us.

One expression that is of particular note is what Jesus said to a group of fishermen as he called them into discipleship; “ I will make you fishers of men.” The application of that goes beyond just those disciples he said it to. It has direct application to us. We are called by Christ not only to follow him but we recognize we are being called into a lifestyle of fishing.

Unlike recreational fishing or even modern day commercial fishing, being fishers of men is a whole different ball game. Rather than relaxing and recreational it can be difficult and stressful. Rather than some commercial venture, there are no financial motivations. Instead the spiritual results are what is important. At the end you do not get a tasty meal or big paycheck as the Northwestern offloads it tons of King crab, the results are a life saved, an eternity secured.

This week we will talk about fishing for men, our motivation, our technique, and even the results.

See you at church,

Pastor Chris