Heartbeat (Page 9)

Heartbeat (Page 9)

New Song: Come Praise and Glorify

The first chapter of Ephesians contains a beautiful doctrinal tapestry of truth woven together with outbursts of worship. The refrain comes over and over again that we are saved “to the praise of his glorious grace” in Ephesians 1:5-6, and “to the praise of his glory” in Ephesians 1:12;14.This Sunday night we will be teaching a new song that…

Examining Forgiveness

A week ago Pastor Bryan Neal began a new preaching series through the New Testament book of Philemon. He challenged us to consider scripture’s demands that we forgive one another as we have been forgiven, and helped us to look deeply into what it means to truly forgive. One helpful quote from Knute Larson that he shared defined what forgiveness is, and is…

February Missions Update

We are blessed to have both the Johansen family and the Warne family faithfully ministering as missionaries sent out from Countryside. Since we are their lone sending and supporting church, it is essential that we engage in supporting them not only financially, but also personally and through prayer. Below is a recent update from both families informing us of how they are…

Dark Death and the Living Light of the World

The suffering of Christ is not a morbid fascination for Christians. It is a real historical happening that carries immense spiritual importance. For those who know Christ, the suffering of Jesus is personally significant: the Messiah absorbed the wrath “my” sin earned. But the suffering of Christ is also corporately significant: the Messiah absorbed the wrath…

For Those Who Are Wounded

How do you know if you have forgiven someone? How can you tell if you have become bitter about a past offense? Below are some diagnostic questions from the last “Heart Issues” sermon on bitterness and forgiveness titled “Hope for the Wounded Heart.”Have I become bitter because I feel wounded by another? Has the peace in my heart been disrupted…

What Are Your Idols?

After finishing over 70 sermons through the gospel of John, we are taking a few weeks as a church to examine some common “heart issues” and be exposed to God’s word on those matters. The following is an excerpt from last Sunday’s sermon titled “Idols of the Heart” by Pastor Mike Summers. This sermon was the opening message…

Recap: 7 Songs We Learned in 2011

As a church, one of the sweetest experiences we share is coming together corporately to worship our Savior together on Sundays. While much of the life of the body happens outside of Sunday morning, there is something special and unique about lifting our voices together in praise and song. In 2011 we sang many songs … some new and many old. We learned seven new songs…

Not What My Hands Have Done

This past week we introduced a new song that is really not so new. Not What My Hands Have Done is a text written in 1861 by Horatius Bonar, “the prince of Scottish hymn writers”, who authored more than 600 different hymn texts.Karl Digerness has taken that old text and composed a new melody and added a refrain, focusing on the duel identity of believers…

For Those Who Are Suffering

Because we live in a fallen world, there is suffering. For those who are experiencing pain and adversity, may these words from scripture be a strengthening grace in your life today.Romans 8:18-39 We know that our sufferings are worth it. They are not worthy to be compared to the future experience of joy and glory with Christ in heaven. And we know that nothing can…