An Ascended Savior!

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

An Ascended Savior!

If you were to walk into the average Christian bookstore and ask for a book on the life of Jesus, most of the books will begin with His birth and end with His resurrection. A few might mention His ascension to be with the Father. But praise God Jesus is alive at work now! And what He is doing at this moment brings fantastic assurance for the Christian. Sunday we celebrate it with "An Ascended Savior!" Join us!

Your Live in Six Words

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

Your Life in Six Words

If you had to summarize your life in six words, what would they be? Several years ago, an online magazine asked that question. It was so flooded with responses that the site almost crashed; the responses eventually resulted in a book. What about the man who stumbled upon Jesus' 'treasure hidden in a field' story? How would he answer the question? Or the guy who found the costly 'pearl'? That's where we are headed Sunday in our Jesus Stories series. Join us!

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He Told Stories

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

He Told Stories

Jesus taught his people to pray "your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). And with his teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, he shows us what that looks like. He did the same with the stories he told - his parables. The parables he spoke reveal what the kingdom of God - brought near in creation - is and does. For the next several months, we will consider a selection of Jesus' parables and what they mean for believers today. We kick off this Sunday with "He Told Stories". Join us!

This is Us

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

This Is Us

Past decisions have present and future consequences. This is true in life, and the storylines of Scripture refuse to hide it. Scripture refuses to present us with a romantic portrait of life. Good beginnings don't guarantee happy endings. Sadly, sin often spoils the story. Case in point: the anti-climactic narrative of Nehemiah 13. Sunday we conclude our series in Nehemiah with "This Is Us." Hope you'll join us!

We Live for the Lord

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

We Live for the Lord

Want to have fun at the next party you attend? Ask two simple questions: "If you knew you were going to die one year from today, what would you do and how would you want to be remembered?" Now you may not be invited back to future parties, but hopefully those questions will lead to life reflection and reassessment. How about you? How would you respond? Nehemiah 11 and 12 take us there this Sunday. Join us for "We Live for the Lord"!

The Signing of a Covenant

Rev. Dr. Lane Stephenson

The Signing of a Covenant

In all negotiations and considerations, there comes a time when we either commit ourselves or walk away - or possibly admit that we are simply along for the ride and have no interest at all in making a commitment. Having confessed their disobedience to God, the people of Israel commit themselves - by signing their names to a written covenant - to obey God's laws. In doing so, they set themselves apart from the world to the service of God. There is much for us to learn as we return to our series from Nehemiah this Sunday. We look at chapter ten, "The Signing of a Covenant".

I Got You!

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

I Got You!

Easter falls on April 1st this year, which is also April Fool's Day. Pranks galore! Grapes covered in chocolate egg wrappers, dyed uncooked eggs, broccoli inserted in a plastic egg. Ready yourself for a big 'gotcha' day! Have fun with it, but remember: Easter is about Good News not 'gotcha news.' It's about three words that we all want to know. Join us this Easter Sunday for "I Got You!"

All and In All

Jeff Thompson, RUF International

All and in All

The first Sunday of Holy Week is commonly called "Palm Sunday." Jesus entering into Jerusalem to shouts of "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Mark 11:9). Sunday we remember Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem with a message from Rev. Jeff Thompson of RUF-International, UGA. RUF-I exists to spread the glory and enjoyment of God among all the 110 nations on the UGA campus. This Palm Sunday Rev. Thompson will be bringing "All and in All." Join us!

The Vision of the Mission

Richard Pratt, President of Third Millennium Ministries

The Vision of the Mission

Dr. Richard Pratt is the President of Third Millennium Ministries. Third Millennium was launched in 1997 to provide: "Biblical Education, For the World, For Free." This goal is being met by building a multimedia seminary curriculum in English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian and Spanish. Dr. Pratt taught at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, and Orlando, FL, for 21 years. He also chaired the Old Testament Department in Orlando. He received a BA from Roanoke College, his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Pratt has traveled extensively throughout the world to evangelize and lecture, including Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, India, Colombia, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. Helping the church worldwide is his passion. He believes that any person that has the desire to learn more about the Bible should be given that opportunity. Furthermore, it should be accessible, in their own language, and at no cost to them.

Encountering God

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

Encountering God

What if God were on Facebook? What would His page look like? And what if He approached His profile the way most of us do? Would His name be listed as "Almighty God"? "The Deity"? "I AM WHO I AM"? Relationship status: "Triune and eternally delightful"? Photos: "None available" (see the 2nd commandment). Nehemiah 9 is all about God. He's the main subject - who He is, what He does for His people, and what His people must do for Him. Sunday we dive into "Encountering God." Come join us!

When God Breaks In

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

When God Breaks In!

In 1739, Benjamin Franklin met British evangelist George Whitfield in Philadelphia. Despite rejecting the evangelist's message, Franklin couldn't deny the change it had on the "half beasts and half devils" it came into contact with. He wrote, "It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants . . . One could not walk thro' the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street." Revival! God poured out His Spirit and shook the people of Philadelphia, like he did in Jerusalem during Nehemiah's day! Join us Sundayfor "When God Breaks In!"

A Gathered People

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

A Gathered People

In our study of Nehemiah, we find ourselves in a good but incomplete spot in Jerusalem. Ezra 6 tells us there was a completed Temple. Under Nehemiah's leadership, the walls and gates have been restored - to the chagrin of the enemy. But Nehemiah's work wasn't finished. Jerusalem is missing the critical component of the restoration project: people! What a picture we have this week of God's heart to gather a people to Himself to live under His reign and blessings. Join us!

Know Your Enemies

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

Know Your Enemies

A man was riding a bus in Boston. It was full of office workers, students, and shoppers. When it approached a stop, two men and women climbed in. The seasoned driver immediately bellowed, "Everybody watch your valuables. There are pickpockets on board!" It's helpful to know one's enemies. The Bible is clear believers must fight three enemies as well...but ours are invisible. We'll meet those enemies Sunday in our study of Nehemiah. Hope you'll join us!

Walking Before the Face of God

Rev. Dr. Lane Stephenson

Walking Before the Face of God

In Nehemiah 5, we are given two contrasting examples of behavior and a quality of the heart that is linked to both. In the first example, that of the people of Israel, this quality of heart is absent. In the second example, that of Nehemiah, the same quality is present. This quality is so essential to our conduct that it has been termed "the soul of godliness." Join us Sunday for "Walking Before the Face of God."

Dealing with Discouragement

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

Dealing with Discouragement

It's been a particularly challenging flu season. According to health officials, the flu this year has been worse than any other over the last decade. People with the flu often battle a variety of symptoms: headache, congestion, and the like. There's another disease that manifests similar symptoms, but not in the body; they show up in the heart and soul. It's discouragement. Unlike the flu, discouragement is a disease that's universal to human beings - eventually everyone gets it. Sunday we'll look at handling this ensnaring condition. Join us!

God's Left-Handed Power

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

God's Left-Handed Power

If you've been a follower of Jesus long enough, you know that God likes to hide things. He'll hide important truths in places you wouldn't normally expect to find them. (Think of the lessons He's taught you through your children, if you're a parent). Nehemiah 3 is one of those places where He's hidden spiritual treasure. At first glance, it looks like a record of the 10 gates of Jerusalem, and those who helped to rebuild them. Yet, dig a little deeper and the chapter is filled with striking spiritual realities for God's people and Christ's church. Join us Sunday for "God's Left-Handed Power"!

Faith in Action

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

Faith in Action

The Super Bowl is around the corner. Typically it takes a great quarterback to lead a team to the big game. If you were asked to give an example of a 'real quarterback,' who comes to mind? Maybe Terry Bradshaw (if you're 45 and older). Hard to deny Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. 

Any of these men provide a picture of successful quarterbacking in the NFL. Nehemiah provides us a picture of real faith. Chapter 2 of his story puts on display what it means to walk, live, and work by faith. Join us Sunday for "Faith in Action"! 

The Cure for Care

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

The Cure for Care

When you were a teenager you dreamed of the day when you could move out and move on.  Oh, the liberation to be free from your father's oversight!  Finally the day came; freedom!  What you didn't anticipate were the cares and responsibilities that joined the much awaited 'liberation.'  Being a child in your father's house wasn't so bad after all.  Relying upon your father for all your needs (and many wants) was more liberating than you realized.  Do you have a care-full heart today?  There's a cure that's closer than you think.  Join us Sunday for "The Cure for Care".

Nehemiah: With the Help of Our God

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

New Series: Nehemiah

A new year is about starting over. It's a chance to try new things and trust God more, wipe the slate clean and begin anew. The calendar flips and off we go! The book of Nehemiah is about starting over as well. It's a powerful story of rebuilding, renewing faith, and overcoming poor decisions. It's about finding God in surprising places and being found by God in surprising places. It's where we are headed next at Westminster. Sunday we kickoff Nehemiah: With the Help of Our God. Hope you will join us!