Always Winter, Never Christmas?
C.S. Lewis’ phrase, “always winter and never Christmas,” in describing the land of Narnia, captures something at the very heart of the Old Testament prophesies. The children of Israel waited in anticipation for winter to fade; for a Messiah to deliver them. Yet in the midst of this seemingly frozen, wintry silence, the prophets and kings kept their hope in focus - a hope that even in the midst of winter, Christmas was coming. This Christmas, we’ll look deeply into our lives for the places that seem to be “always winter and never Christmas” and remember that through the coming of Jesus, Christmas can break through!
In the midst of a polarized world, the way of God offers a better way of wisdom, peace, and common good. This is the way of "praus" - finding an alternative way between two extremes. The words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount address many current issues of our day and teach us how to rise above division with a "better way", a way filled with love, dignity, and Kingdom priorities.
As humans, our default setting is to focus on our own needs, our own lives. Yet God entrusted His work of transforming creation to "the body of Christ" - the church. How do we embrace our limitations, while taking the risk of standing up to opposition? The Old Testament story of Elijah, invites us to step back and think about the needs all around us, and to "jump in" to God’s work!
We love a good story - one with a beginning, middle, and end; a story where you can even skip to the end before knowing the details that brought that ending about. The Bible is not a cover-to-cover linear story, it is more like a narrative arch emerging from the library of books that comprise it. If we look at the end of the Bible in Revelation 21, we find a picture of a future reality that leaves us with the questions: How do we get there? What started this story and why did it lead us here? If this ending hasn’t happened yet, how do we fit into the story? Keeping all of these questions in mind, this eight part series explores how the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell one compelling story of hope, compassion and love - the greatest story ever told.
While most people tend to agree on basic human values, do we really put them into practice? This year, we'll take several Sundays and explore specific ways that God calls us to turn our values into virtues that we live out in a tangible way.
We were all Jr. Highers once and have lived through those infamous teenage years. The good and bad have left deep impressions on our being. Find out how we can use our inner Jr. Higher to shape our lives for good.
Do you ever feel like you are “missing something” as you interact with family, friends, and co-workers? Blindspots are real, and we all have them. This series, based on the life of the Old Testament character Joseph, explores key blindspots in our relationships and how we can take action for greater support and healing.
The vivid stories surrounding the first Easter remind us of God’s ultimate grace toward very flawed and broken people. Through the writings of Luke, we see how God systematically seeks after all that can be lost, and continues to offer hope that even today, we can still be found!
In a culture that values comfort, we often seek to avoid risk. Yet the gospel invites us to risk ourselves for the kingdom. This Lenten series, based on the book of Hebrews, challenges us to look deeply into the kind of risks that God can use to lead us forward in growth, maturity, and faith.
The Bible calls us to more than a moment of spiritual transformation, it calls us to a lifetime of healthy spirituality that actually changes our thoughts, feelings, and actions - a behavioral spirituality. The truths presented by Paul in Colossians about "putting off" old behaviors and "clothing" ourselves with a new way of living are the heart of our hope. This series explores how Paul’s spirituality stands up to modern behavioral science and meaningful psychological work.
Two thousand years ago at the first Christmas, the Holy Spirit was at work, weaving together a story of hope, light, and redemption. Nineteen centuries later Charles Dickens’ story gave us another set of spirits, past, present, and future, to revive human goodwill and real love. And now, you're invited to experience the “spirits” of the first Christmas to awaken your heart to the redemptive power of Jesus’ birth. December 2 - 30, 2018
In the midst of life's difficulty and what often feels like chaos, you can find a deeper presence of peace, hope, and celebration grounded in Biblical SHALOM. October 21 - November 25, 2018
What might the church accomplish if we expand our vision and we each do our part?
As we prepare for the next chapter of the Montrose Church story, what will your role be?
True worship is much more than a church service, a song, or even a mindset... it encompasses our very lives. In this series features stories of the "heart of worship" of our very own people.
Have you ever wanted to ask God a question? or ask a question about God? Now is your chance.
The book of James reminds us that as a community of believers we are "in formation" together as we allow God's word to be more than "information" - but to press into our practices, attitudes, choices, spirit, and stewardship.