Blessed Is He Who Comes

image for 4-13-14April 13, 2014
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, as we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As the week unfolds, we’ll follow Jesus’ path from that celebrative mood through his poignant last night with his disciples (Maundy Thursday), his death on the cross (Good Friday), on to the amazing joy of his resurrection (Easter Sunday). Through it all, Jesus himself is the center of our thoughts and our worship – the man who was God, unique in all of human history, uniquely able to be our Savior and Lord.

Who is This?

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte Flandrin c. 1842April 13, 2014
Chicago
Pastor Matt Stuhlmuller

We remember on Palm Sunday how Jesus entered Jerusalem in a procession worthy of a king. The crowd asked, “Who is this?”, wondering who would dare to make such a display in the face of the Roman authorities. The answer to this question unfolds for us in a dramatic fashion over Holy Week, as we walk with Jesus along his journey to the cross.

 

Shame and Grace: The Lightness of Grace

forgivenessApril 6, 2014
Chicago
Pastor Matt Stuhlmuller

Moving from shame to healing can be the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, we must do the difficult work of forgiveness–forgiving our shamers and forgiving ourselves. On the other side, we find the power to take ownership and live in the lightness of grace.

Shame and Grace: The Lightness of Grace

I don't judge myselfApril 6, 2014
Park Ridge
Pastor Fred Nelson

We dig even deeper into how God’s grace becomes real for us as we remind ourselves of some central Gospel truths about the nature of God’s love. Pastor Fred wraps up this series by sharing four personal experiences and key Biblical truths on the way from shame to joy. This message series may have taken us to some dark places along the way – but it ends in a place full of light and joy.

 

Shame and Grace: Grace and the Healing of Our Shame

prodigal son (2)March 30, 2014
Chicago
Pastor Matt Stuhlmuller

The beginning of our healing comes with a spiritual experience of grace–being accepted by the One whose acceptance of us matters the most. Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son shows us what this looks like.