Baptism Devotion and Testimonies - August, 9 2020

WELCOME Welcome! I am pastor Rob. Today is one my favorite Sunday of the year, Baptism Sunday. We get to celebrate God at work in people’s lives. God is at work. Today, we get to hear it and see it. We have six testimonies of God’s grace, eight including our other site: Converge Community Church. BAPTISMWe believe baptism is important. Before Jesus’ ministry began, he was baptized. One of the last things he said before he left Earth was for his disciples to baptize. The disciples were followers of Jesus. Disciples follow his example and teaching. Disciples still do that today. Baptism is important for God and His people.  WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL?Why? Why does it matter? What is the big deal about baptism? IDENTIFICATION CARDHow many of you have a wallet or a purse? Raise your hands. Great. In it, do you have this, a driver’s license? If you get pulled over driving, you will want to have one of these. And if you are a parent of a teenager, you know the excitement and work of getting one o…

GOD IS ABLE by Priscilla Shirer (Free Audiobook)

This month is giving away free God is Able by Priscilla Shirer a book from B&H Publishing. From the publisher: Got an IMPOSSIBLE situation? The anxiety it brings can wake you in the middle of a needed night’s sleep and then stalk you in the middle of broad daylight. It can sneak up on you and cast a cloak of fear and concern over your shoulders that you can’t seem to shake no matter how hard you try. It can take you down. Squash all hope. Stop you in your tracks. IMPOSSIBLE. IMPENETRABLE. UNCHANGEABLE. Maybe so . . . until God gets involved. No matter the details of your circumstance, His raw power potential and immeasurable ability refuse to cower in the face of any challenge. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. Not even that thing. This is the uplifting, well-reasoned answer from New York Times best-selling author Priscilla Shirer—not a denial of life’s adversities and troubles, but a biblical reminder that God is always up to great things, even when His …

MONEY COUNTS by Graham Beynon (Free)

The Good Book Company is giving away Money Counts by Graham Beynon Free this month. From the publisherSome of us want to escape money. Some of us want to embrace money. We fear money, and we desire it. We think about it every day, and yet often we try not to think about it.
Graham Beynon shows us how to control our money rather than our money controlling us. In this readable, realistic book, he takes us to the gospel to show how we can handle money well in our hearts, so we can handle it confidently and wisely with our hands. Get your copy HERE! 

Living for God: A Short Introduction to the Christian Faith by Mark Jones (Free)

Crossway is giving away the book, Living for God: A Short Introduction to the Christian Faith by Mark Jones FREE when you fill out a survey. 
From the publisher: What difference should doctrine make on our day-to-day Christian life? This book summarizes Christianity in 5 core truths the Trinity, the Son of God, the Spirit, the church, and heaven and hell to show how theology is intended to bring people closer to God. Drawing from writers throughout church history particularly St. Augustine, Richard Baxter, and C. S. Lewis this book summarizes the building blocks of pure Christianity and how they shape minds, hearts, and actions, so readers can know simply and concisely what it means to live for God.
Get your copy HERE when you answer the survey!

History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel, 3rd ed. by J. Louis Martyn (Free)

Logos is giving away free History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel, 3rd ed. by J. Louis Martyn. Westminster John Knox Press published the most recent edition. 
From an Amazon top reviewer: In 1925, J. Louis Martyn was born. In this the third edition issued in 2003, some further updating is undertaken and accomplished. The original was published in 1968, and Johannine studies have never been the same. Until this slim but seminal work, it was generally held that John the Apostle was responsible for the gospel bearing that name. Had not Martyn's associate at Union Theological Seminary the great Raymond E. Brown so stated in his book on the Gospel of John in 1965?
Brown's response to this book was quite simple. He accepted Martyn's theories, changed his mind, moved on, and became perhaps the most significant Johannine scholar of the late 20th Century. And what did Martyn posit? Up to five Johns in the New Testament: John the Apostle, John the Evangelist, John the Redactor, John…

Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need to Know in Plain Language (Free)

Faith Life and Harvest House are giving away the short book Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need to Know in Plain Language by William A. Dembski; Sean McDowell; Josh McDowellFrom the publisherThis compact guide lays out the basics of Intelligent Design, popularly known as ID. William Dembski, the dean of the intelligent-design movement, and Sean McDowell especially target readers whose understanding may have been confused by educational bias and one-sided arguments and attacks.
Commonsense and no-nonsense, with pointed examples, the authors explain
the central theories of ID, showing why the presence of information and meaningful complexity require the involvement of intelligence why ID adheres to the scientific method and is a valid field of scientific inquirywhy scientific evidence increasingly conflicts with evolutionary theorieshow both evolutionary theory and ID have religious/philosophical underpinnings, and why this causes so much controversyhow both systems of th…

Second Clock: Living in Light of the Fast Approaching End - 1 Peter 4:7-11 (Sermon)

WELCOME Hi, my name is pastor Rob. It is excellent to worship you this morning. Time is important. Isn’t it? Over the years, I have coached soccer and little league. I get into it, ask my wife, especially at the end of the game. I am getting better. This COVID thing makes it easier. I ramp up at that last inning or the fourth quarter or the end of the second half. Time is critical. The same is true in life. If we know we only have limited time, we make every second count. TEXT As a church, we are working through 1 Peter. Peter is near the end. Like a good coach, he puts his thoughts into perspective writing, the “End of all things is at hand. He is not writing about his letter or their life per se. He is getting at something more relevant and extraordinary. The Bible predicts a cataclysmic unraveling of things that will culminate at an unknown hour with Jesus coming back to judge the living and the dead. That reality is like a shot clock counting down. I could say more and will. Yet,…