Taken any big leaps of faith lately? This weekend as we study Ruth 1:16-17, we meet a special young woman in God's story named Ruth. As we study her life as a part of God's story, we get a beautiful reminder that God would have us experience life that is truly "Remarkable."
How's your reputation? This weekend we met a women with a pretty bad reputation. Her name was Rahab and she was a prostitute. But as we studied Joshua 2:8-12a we see what happens when God's reputation meets Rahab's reputation. We get to experience "REPUTATION RA/EHAB."
Wait, who? Have you ever been listening to someone tell you a story and then they suddenly drop in the name of a person you've never heard of before? This weekend you might feel a bit that way at first as we learn about Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18-20. Not only will you learn a bit about this intriguing character, but we'll celebrate that God chooses to give incredible honor to surprising people. This weekend as ask the question "Who?"
The Christmas Day sermon with sermonettes from Deuteronomy 17:14-20, 1 Samuel 2:9-10 and 1 Corinthians 15:25-27.
The End of The World - What's It All About?
As the conclusion to our Advent series "Christ is Coming," this Sunday we studied 2 Peter 3:10-18 and dug into what's going to happen "When Heaven Meets Earth."
Are you ready for __________?
Depending on how you fill in the blank, that question can either bring about excitement or fear. This weekend we'll study 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 with the theme "Ready Or Not" and embrace the excitement of being ready for Christ to Come.
There's something different about you...
When you were brought to faith, you were changed. Your life was given an incredible new meaning and a radically different purpose. This weekend Pastor Abrahamson wrapped up our "Christian Character(s)" series by digging into Philippians 2:1-4 and taking us to the core of how we've been "Rewired."
Waiting is hard to do, especially when that waiting involves enduring a difficult season of life. This weekend we studied Psalm 75:2 and gained some much needed "Patient Perspective."
No holding back. The love God has for you and wants to put on display through you is not partial, half-hearted or incomplete. This weekend we studied John 15:13 and celebrated that the love God has for us is "All In."
Are you humble? Tricky question, isn't it? But what's even trickier is actually learning humility. This weekend we studied James 4:6 and discuss the battle for this crucial characteristic that takes place "In The Center Ring."
There are times in our lives when we ask "Why do I even try?" Sometimes our lives of faith can become awfully discouraging, especially when we see how easy some non-Christians seem to have it. This weekend we studied Psalm 73:13-14 and discovered some perspective and encouragement for "This Weary Heart."
Safe. Are there many more important words in our world today? This weekend, as we study our "Surveillance State" with a lesson from Proverbs 22:3, we'll discuss dangerous situations for our souls and look to the God who is our refuge and shield.
Do you know what to look for? God is present and at work in every detail of our lives. This weekend we studied 1 Samuel 16:7 to gain some insight for "The Search: Finding God In Everyday Life."
I've heard that before...
Ever had someone make you a promise that sounds nice but you knew they wouldn't come through on? Have you ever made an empty promise? This weekend we studied Psalm 15:4 and learned about the importance of coming through on promises and the beauty of what happens "When Love Speaks."
What's the secret to a love that lasts? Laugh often? Communicate? Forgive? There's no such thing? This weekend we concluded the "Love" portion of our "Christian Character(s)" series, as we studied Proverbs 20:6-7 where we see how we get to experience love that is "Built to Last."
Marriage - What's the Point?
Romance? Companionship? Family? Pastor Abrahamson leads us through a study of Genesis 2:22-24 as we learn about God's "Relationship Goals" when it comes to marital love.
Get Healthy! There are plenty of strategies for getting healthy, avoiding certain foods, exercising, going on a cleanse. This weekend This weekend we study Psalm 42:2-3 and see where real health begins as God gives us a "Soul Detox".
Rerouting. Ever been using your GPS, missed a turn, and then been chewed out by that little digital voice telling you to turn around? As frustrating as that little piece of technology can be, what a blessing it is that it stops us from going the wrong way! This weekend we studied 1 Corinthians 15:33 and learned how God will sometimes reroute us because He has given us a "New Direction."
When it comes to faith, are you as bold as you'd like to be? This weekend we moved forward into our new Christian Character(s) series as we looked at Acts 4:29 and discovered how the Holy Spirit gives us faith that is bold.
What Just Happened?! Have you ever found yourself asking that question? Maybe you experienced a surprising event or maybe you suddenly realized something rather significant just happened. This weekend as we celebrated Pentecost, we had plenty of reasons to ask "What Just Happened?!" and celebrate the answer to that question with a study of Acts 2:36-41.
This trial serves a purpose. This weekend we studied 1 Peter 1:3-7 where we gained some special motivation and insight for what God is up to right now in our lives as we answered the question, "What's the Goal?"
The Struggle Is Real. Some days, some moments are great. But others, not so much. We all face a variety of struggles. This weekend looked to Philippians 3:7-11 to answer the question, if Jesus is raised, if Easter really did change everything, "Why the Struggle"?
I am _______________. How we fill in that blank is important. That blank represents where we find our identity, worth and significance. This weekend we studied Romans 6:1-4 where we saw that Jesus not only changed everything for us, He changed us and gives us a new answer to the question, "Is that who you are?"
Spring. Family. Food. Easter morning is often one of those mountain top life moments. As we celebrated Easter, we looked to Matthew 27:51-53 where we embrace that Jesus doesn't just give us hope in the mountain top moments, but even when we find ourselves asking "Isn't this the sad part of the story?" Happy Easter from Abiding Shepherd.
What does real power look & sound like? As our "Look Into It" Lenten series continues, Pastor Abrahamson delivers a Palm Sunday message from Matthew 21:14-17. We see and hear children praising Jesus as King. The scene may be sweet & cute, but it actually showcases what real power looks & sounds like when we "Consider the Source."
Do we every find ourselves heartbroken over the bad things that we do and that happen in this world? We can be sure that God weeps even more over sin than we do because God loves us and knows the heart that our sin brings. Thankfully His love is so deep that He sent His Son to the cross to defeat sin and every tear that has ever been shed as a result of it. Consider our Savior's incredible love through the sound of "Weeping Women" as part of our "Sounds of the Passion" Lenten series.
What makes you doubt Jesus? Do questions, accusations from non-Christians, or times when life doesn't make sense trigger moments of doubt? This weekend we studied John 7:25-31 and learned that Jesus' actions speak for themselves whenever we find ourselves saying, "I Want to Believe, But...".
Do your expectations match God's promise? As we continued our "Look Into It!" weekends in Lent series we studied John 1:43-51 saw how God often shows up in ways that are "Different" than we might naturally expect.
Does it sound like guilt or grace? As we continue our "Sounds of the Passion" Lenten series we study Mark 14:72 and learn how the passion of Christ turns what would normally sound like guilt into sounding like grace!