Posts by Tami Kalhagen

God is Just – Pastor Shea Cutshaw

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

If you’ve been watched the news or have been on social media over the last week, then you’ve heard a lot in a short time about the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings. Everyone has an opinion on this issue. Even within my own social media news feed, I’ve seen opinions from people all over the spectrum. I would agree with some commentators that this is a historical time in our nation, but I would also agree, with the countless others, who have said this is a dark time. This has caused a lot of division within our nation, and as I read from different Christians, even division within our Church sadly. Within all of this though, I heard one thing that brought so much hope to my soul. It was from Senator Jeff Flake when he addressed Brett Kavanaugh. He said this,

“I would just urge my colleagues to recognize that in the end we are 21 very imperfect senators trying to do our best to provide advice and consent; and in the end there is likely to be as much doubt as certainty going out of this room today. And as we make decisions going forward, I hope that people will recognize that.”

He continues by saying,

“And in the rhetoric that we use, and the language that we use going forward, that we’ll recognize that there is doubt. We’ll never move beyond that and just have a little humility on that front.”

That brought hope to me because I was reminded that while we are imperfect, God is perfect (Romans 3:23.) That we need to move forward with humility, just as Christ spoke and was humble (Mark 10:45); and that while we as people might make rulings that to some seem unjust, God is just (Psalm 92:15.)

At the end of eternity, we will stand before the perfect judge. He will hold us all accountable for our actions and the only thing that will matter at that time is whether or not the blood of Christ has covered us (Acts 20:28), sanctified us (Psalm 23:3), and continued to work in our lives (Romans 12:1-2.)

So how should we as believers respond to everything happening? Well, while we have our opinions, we do not know the truth. What we do know though is that Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford, and all Republicans and Democrats are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and therefore they deserve the respect as created beings in that image. We should be a people praying not for them to make political decisions that we want, but that they would come to a faith in Christ alone that secures there soul for eternity.

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Life in the Spirit – Pastor Matt Ragain

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Nicodemus—an upstanding religious man—went to visit Jesus. He was troubled in his spirit and needed answers to his burning questions. Nicodemus had an existential crisis. He followed God’s law, he took care of his family, and yet he felt he was missing something. The ground he once stood upon felt more like quick sand.

Maybe you feel that way about your faith. Perhaps at one point you were very close to God. But now that proximity feels distant. You might feel like Nicodemus, living like a Christians, but anxious about missing something important.

Jesus’ perception for Nicodemus is the same prescription for you. You must be born
again. Jesus doesn’t mean you are born again from your mother, but rather you are
born again from the Spirit of God. Just like a newborn, the Spirit of God starts us all
over. We don’t depend on what we think we know about the world. But we learn all
things new as we worship, pray and pour over the Word of God.

Being born of the Spirit is a life do-over of the most literal kind. Born again in the
Spirit changes how we see, interact and love the world. And more importantly, being
born again changes how we see, interact and love God.

Rebirth in the Spirit changes our desires and our fundamental reason for existing.

We were once born for ourselves, but in the Spirit we are born for God.

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Living in the Spirit Sermon Series

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog, Posts | 0 comments

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3rd Base Coach – Pastor Matt Ragain

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

When I was learning to play baseball we would practice running the bases. I remember our coaches telling us the same thing again and again: “When you run around 1st base keep your eyes on the 3rd base coach.” When you hit the ball and start running around the bases, it becomes clear that you can’t do two things at once: you can’t run hard and watch the ball at the same time. Both things are necessary, but not possible to accomplish alone. That’s why the 3rd base coach is important. He, unlike the runner, can see everything that is happening at any given time. And if you keep your eyes on him, he will tell you to keep running or to stop. The practical upshot is, as a runner, you can run as hard as you can without having to look over your shoulder to decide if it’s safe to keep running.

This is as true in baseball as it is in our faith. Jesus is a lot like the 3rd base coach.
Jesus can see everything that’s going on, and our job is not just to run but also to
keep watching Jesus. There will be times in our lives when we feel as though we
need to take our eyes off of Jesus to see what else might be going on. This is a
mistake. When we take our eyes off of Jesus we slow down and mistakes are made.

Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

The practical upshot of fixing our eyes on Jesus is that he has everything under
control and he can see clearly what we cannot. This allows us to live in freedom and
without fear because we are doing our one job, while Jesus is doing his. Even when
things get difficult or confusing or scary, our job doesn’t change—run hard and fix
our eyes on Jesus.

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Judas, the Betrayer – Pastor Shea Cutshaw

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

The betrayer of Jesus. Could you imagine being that person? Judas is honestly one of the characters in the Bible that most intrigues me. I mean this guy was with Jesus in the heart of his ministry. He saw the miracles performed and was even called by Jesus to be a disciple. Yet, he is the one who betrays Jesus. Jesus knew this the moment he called him. Judas betrayal wasn’t this random event that caught Jesus by storm. It was planned, and it needed to happen.

This shouldn’t have caught anyone off guard though. Judas was never actually in tune with the mission of Jesus. John 12 gives us some insight into who Judas was. He was someone who had no heart for the poor at all, and he was thief. He stole money from God. He was someone who got to see Jesus face to face and yet continued to ignore his message. John 17 tells us that he is the “son of perdition” which means he is destined for destruction.

So, in Matthew 26, Jesus was not shocked by this nor should anyone else have been. David says this would happen in Psalm 41 and Jesus quotes that Psalm at the last Passover. Luke 22 gives us a lot more insight as well when it shows us that he was actually possessed by Satan. Even before all of that though, Judas was someone who loved and was given over to his sin. He didn’t want to be saved because he didn’t think he needed to be saved.

So, what in the world does this mean for us? It’s easy for us to say that we’re nothing like Judas. We’d say things like we wouldn’t betray Him but if we’re being honest that’s not true. We have no idea what we would do in that situation. Even Peter, who Jesus said he would build His church on, denied Christ three times that night.

I think there are two things we need to take away from the life of Judas, and why it is so important for us to study him. The first is that we can hear the truth, and see it lived out before us every day but if we do not engage with this truth and make it personal and rooted in our lives it will never catch. Just going to Church and listening to sermons will give us any standing before God. Judas has the best Bible teacher ever, and because he didn’t engage and press into the truth he eventually become a hardened man who hated the things of God. Keep confessing sins, keep praying to God, keep sharing the truth, and serve one another.

The last takeaway from the life of Judas is just because someone betrays you does not mean it is over. Even when it seemed hopeless for Jesus, he kept his eyes focused on the father. Jesus knew who Judas was going to be, yet he still ministered to Him. He still shared the truth with him, and He still loved Him. So maybe there is a Judas in your life, love them and share with them the truth. I leave you with Galatians 6:9.

“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

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