Chuck Foreman

Message Monday 12/11/17 – Imagine Christmas: LIFE

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Jesus is the Author of Life—natural life and new life. By believing in him you can cross over from death to life and experience life to the full now.  Do you believe this? Do you want this? It’s yours for the asking— and the believing. Imagine yourself with new life this Christmas!…

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Message Monday 12/4/17 – Imagine Christmas: WORD

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Imagine a Creator who is actually interested in his Creation—it’s actually easier than believing there would be a Creator who wouldn’t be interested in his creation, isn’t it?  God’s Story contained in the Bible is all about a Creator who, from time to time, became intimately involved in and with his creation. The climax of this story was when God intentionally communicated with those he had made in the closest, clearest way imaginable; he entered their world, which he had made for them, in time and space as one of them in order to make himself known to them in an unmistakable way.  By becoming one of us, God communicated to us as if he were a clearly spoken word to us.  (more…)

Message Monday 11/20/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.   Matthew 5:9   

We all long for peace—peace within ourselves and peace with others who matter to us. The thing we don’t usually think about is that we can’t have one without the other. Our English word “peace” doesn’t distinguish between inner, personal peace and inter-relational peace—peace with others. And there’s a difference. They are not the same! Here’s the unfortunate reality: inter-relational peace ALWAYS comes from personal, inner peace.  Sooner or later, conflict between you and me (however minor it may be), will be the catalyst that brings all the unresolved woundedness in my life or your life to the surface. And there will be war! (Not that I have any unresolved woundedness in me. I’m sure it will all be in you! 🙂 )

We cannot be at peace with others unless we are at peace within ourselves.  (more…)

Message Monday 11/13/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

When Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  (Matthew 5:8) How does it make you feel? Seriously, how many of us consider ourselves even coming close to beingpure in heart?  It’s like, “Well, none of us  will ever see God!” …

Is there hope for any of us? When we become painfully aware that our hearts are full of impure motives, selfishness and contempt toward others, what do we do? Will we ever see God?  The story of King David’s fall and his response to God and God’s response to him gives us hope.  Check out The Man After God’s Own Heart, 2 Samuel 11-12:25   (more…)

Message Monday 10/23/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Meek

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

When Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  (Matthew 5:5) some of us think, “Well, there just went my blessing! Ain’t NO WAY I’m gonna be like that. I just can’t!”

But even though we don’t like the image of a wimpy, meek guy, or even a wimpy, meek gal, if we’re basically good-willed, we hope that someone would at least stick up for them, don’t we? Hopefully we would.

What we need to see, is that this is exactly what Jesus is doing here in the Beatitudes. Dallas Willard puts it like this:

The Beatitudes take those who, from the human point of view,
are regarded as most hopeless, most beyond all possibility of God’s blessing or even interest,
and exhibit them as enjoying God’s touch and abundant provision from the heavens. 

–Dallas Willard

Jesus, in the Beatitudes is giving us a glimpse of God’s Upside Down Kingdom. It’s upside down to us, only because we don’t have it right side up!  It’s a new day w/Jesus! Now thru him the most unlikely people are in on God’s blessing!  (more…)

Message Monday 10/16/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Those Who Mourn

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

In our last message, we saw how we commonly approach The 1st Four Beatitudes as if they are instructions for us to “be like this and you’ll be among the blessed.”

If this is true, we would have to rewrite this 2nd Beatitude. It would have to read, “Be mournful and you’ll be blessed.”  Somehow I don’t think that’s what Jesus had in mind at all.  Jesus did not say: “What a fine thing to be mournful! Those people are blessed!”  He said…  (more…)

Message Monday 10/2/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Poor In Spirit

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”   Matthew 5:3

What we need to see/admit is that this is not a virtue! Poor in Spirit does not mean “humble.”  Poor in Spirit refers to the spiritually impoverished and destitute, the spiritual losers!

We’ve attempted to translate this and the other dreadful states of existence mentioned by Jesus in his preamble to his Sermon on the Mount, into virtues because it’s inconceivable to us that God would do anything for those who don’t first become worthy or who don’t first at least seek him.  (more…)