The gospel assures us that when we come to God through faith in Christ we are justified by the Father and accepted as one of his own. All our sins are forgiven, and we are declared to be righteous in the eyes of the Creator. This new status before God is perfect and complete. We could not possibly be more accepted by the Father than we already are in Christ, and we will ne...Keep Reading
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At the ACC after-school tutoring program a few weeks ago Pastor David casually mentioned to me that he and Sobeyda were going to be hosting a refugee family from El Salvador. My heart jumped with excitement...what an opportunity for ACC to show the love of God! I also was encouraged by their willingness to share their living space with strangers, knowing they give so much already as a Pastor and Counselor. The next day Carolina and her almost 11 year old son Onandy arrived....
When Christians recite the Apostles' Creed in worship, we speak the line: "I believe in the communion of saints." What does this mean? The word "saints" here does not refer to a select group of super-Christians but to any and every believer in Jesus Christ. The word "communion" is not talking about the Lord's Supper but about the relationship that exists between Christian...Keep Reading
Jesus often taught people by telling parables brief stories or word pictures designed to communicate spiritual truth. On Sunday, October 17, we will begin a six-week sermon series titled "Stories Jesus Told" in which we will look at six parables from the book of Luke. Community Groups will also be meeting to dig deeper into these parables together. New Testament scholar,...Keep Reading
One of the most frequently proclaimed messages in the Bible is that someday the world in which we live will come to an end. A final day is coming. In the Old Testament there are over 1,800 references to this final day, often called "the day of the LORD." This phrase refers to a future moment in time when God will appear to judge the world, to punish the wicked, to welcome...Keep Reading