Movie Review: The Riot and the Dance

April 6, 2018

This week, Pastor John Hein joins Pastor Nathanael Mayhew to discuss the movie "The Riot and the Dance" which was shown in theaters on March 19th and will be shown again on April 19th. This will be a one time showing in select theaters across the country. This movie is narrataed by Dr. Gordon Wilson and produced by his nephew Nate Wilson, both of New St. Andrew's College in Moscow, Idaho. This is a documentary style film which highlights the wonders of God's creation as well as the chaos of creation as a result of the Fall into sin. It contains animals from Dr. Wilson's backyard and throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as a few animals from more exotic locations. The cinematography is excellent as well as the content, and it gives God the glory. At the end it contains some interviews which include an appearance by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. Listen to learn more about the positives and negatives of this film and information which will help you decide if you and your family should see it. Learn more and get tickets at www.riotandthedance.com.

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Word of the Week: Life

April 2, 2018

Pastor Sam Rodebaugh discusses the word "Life" - an appropriate word to consider following our Easter celebrations. He points out the importance of life and many of the questions raised in our society about life. When does life begin? Who has the right to take life? Life is viewed in a selfish way, and it is easy to see how life has been devalued in many ways in our world. But God is different. He values all life, every life. Jesus gives up His own life in order to save us from death and give us life. Our lives have been purchased back by the blood of Jesus. Knowing this, we gain a different perspective on life. The resurrection of Jesus and the salvation He has secured moves us to value our own lives, and to use them to God's glory. But it also moves us to value the lives of all people because they too are loved by the Savior.   

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Bible Study - Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12

March 30, 2018

In our Bible Study on this Good Friday, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers take us through a study of a passage we often read this time of year - Isaiah 52:13 - Isaiah 53:12. This section of Scripture describes, in amazing detail 700 years before the events occurred, just what our Savior's suffering would be like. As we work through this passage, we're going to ask and answer a number of questions: Who is this talking about? What is being described? Why did these events have to happen? How does it all come together, and how does this all apply to us? We pray that our study will aid you as you meditate upon what our Savior suffered for us so many years ago on that first Good Friday and that you will be ever more assured that what He did on this day, He did for you to pay for every single one of your sins!

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Word of the Week: Calvary

March 26, 2018

In our Word of the Week for Holy Week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew takes us into the word Calvary. Most people are familiar with this word as the name of the place where Jesus was crucified on what has become known as Good Friday. The Hebrew name for the place of the crucifixion was Golgotha which meant "the place of the skull." This Hebrew term was translated into Greek ("kranium") by the New Testament writers since many of their original readers may not have known Hebrew or the geography of Jerusalem. The term Calvary is the Latin translation for "skull" which was used by Jerome in his Latin translation of the Bible. The name Calvary is interestingly not found in most modern English translations. It was retained from the Latin Vulgate in the Authorized Version (KJV) and then again in the NKJV. It is only found in Luke 23:33 in those translations. While we do not know where the site of Calvary is today, we do learn a few things about it from Scripture. It was near but outside Jerusalem and most likely within eyesight of a main road going in and out of Jerusalem (John 19:20; Hebrews 13:12). There was also a garden nearby where Joseph of Arimethea and Nicodemus burried Jesus after His death (John 19:41-42). While we do not know for certian the location of the crucifixion, we do know what happened there: Jesus "was cricified, died, and was buried" as we still confess in The Apostolic Creed. Thanks be to Jesus who suffered death and the agony of hell at Calvary to reconcile us to God and open the door of heaven to sinners! 

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Review - Hymn 153 - Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

March 23, 2018

As we prepare our hearts for Holy Week, Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew takes us through a study of the Lenten hymn "Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted." This hymn takes us to the cross and urges us to see what our Savior Jesus does there for us. The hymn is based primarily on Isaiah 53:3-6, though it is full of other Scriptural references and allusions. In the first two stanzas we are confronted with the physical suffering Jesus endured on the cross, but also the more agonizing spiritual suffering as He is forsaken by all, even God the Father so that God's justice can be satisfied. In the final two stanzas, we consider the seriousness of our sin that caused Jesus' suffering and death, but also the glorious Gospel message that because of what Jesus did, we have a firm foundation on which to base our faith and a hope that can never be taken away. We pray that this study will help you in your preparations for Holy Week. 

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Word of the Week: Hades

March 19, 2018

Pastor Sam Rodebaugh defines the word "Hades" in our Word of the Week today. The word Hades can have different meanings depending on its context. It can refer to death or the grave or the place of eternal punishment for sin. In this episode Pastor Rodebaugh shows that Jesus has come to deliver us from Hades. Through His death on the cross, Jesus suffered death and endured the punishment of hell for our sins, and has now set us free from the curse which Hades held over us. Thanks be to Jesus for delivering us from death!

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Bible Study - Hebrews

March 16, 2018

In today's Bible Study episode, Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew take us through a study of the book of Hebrews. Hebrews is one of the more unique letters of the New Testament in that we do not know specifically who the author was, nor do we know the original audience. What we do know about the original audience is that they were Jewish Christians who were facing persecution and were wondering whether or not it was worth it to be a Christian. Again and again, the letter to the Hebrews emphasizes that it is, in fact, worth it to be a Christian. The letter does this by looking back, more than any other New Testament book, to the Old Testament and showing again and again how Christ is the fulfillment of all that was promised in the past. In our study of this letter, we will look at how the Old Testament ceremonial law points to and finds its fulfillment in Christ. We will look at some of the examples the letter gives us of the people through whom God brought about His plan of salvation. As we look at this, we will be encouraged by the fact that when God makes a promise, He fulfills His promise. We see this most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. We pray that as you listen to this study and read through the book on your own that you will be encouraged by the fact that Jesus is the perfect Savior from sin and the complete answer for our every need.

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CPR - School Shootings, Violence, and the Spiritual Decline of our Nation

March 9, 2018

In this week's CPR episode, Pastors Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel discuss a topic that has been on the hearts and minds of many in our nation - the topic of school shootings and violence. With yet another school shooting recently, this has become a hot topic in the political sphere with comments mostly focusing on the issue of gun rights and whether or not there should be stricter gun control. Sadly, what is almost completely overlooked in this discussion are the spiritual issues that are at the heart of this topic. Our discussion will focus on how the spiritual decline of our nation is really at the center of the violence we see. We also will discuss how we, as Christians, can respond to these issues with the Word of God. We pray that our discussion will be beneficial as we wrestle with this important issue. 

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Word of the Week - Humiliation/Exaltation

March 5, 2018

In our Word of the Week, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a study of Jesus' Humiliation and Exaltation. These two words really encompass the life of Jesus from His conception through His resurrection and ascension, and they look forward to that day when Jesus will come again. Philippians 2:5-11 gives a really nice summary of what Jesus' humiliation and exaltation are all about: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." In our study, we will consider other Scripture passages that describe what Jesus' humiliation and exaltation are all about, and we will talk about the comfort we find in all that Jesus has done for us. May the Lord bless our study!

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Movie Review: Paul - Apostle of Christ

March 2, 2018

Pastors Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew discuss the upcoming release of the movie: Paul - Apostle of Christ which will be in theaters on March 23, 2018. This movie is set in the late 60's AD in Rome during the reign of Nero. Christians are being persecuted and even put to death, and Paul is in prison. The story is based on what Paul writes in 2 Timothy that "only Luke" is with him. Luke comes to Rome and begins to record the life of Paul for the encouragement and directions of Christians who have never met Paul and who are struggling under persecution. Over all the movie is based on Biblcal history and incorporates secular history at that time as well and does a nice job depicting what life would have been like for Christians at that time. A couple concerns: there were some glaring and more sublte Biblically historical inaccuracites, and the movie tends to focus more on Paul's life then on the Savior Paul proclaimed. Still the movie is moving and is well done. We encourage you to reread the book of Acts and 2 Timothy in particular and take the time to go and see the move. Then discuss it with other Christian friends. Be like the Bereans who "searched the Scriptures... to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11). You can find more information at www.paulmovie.com  

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