Monday, December 24, 2018

Peace On Earth

Watch "Peace On Earth" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church December 24, 2018

Peace on earth—peace that creates inner stillness despite holiday hyperactivity, peace that blankets warring factions when they seek common ground, peace that alleviates fear in the face of overwhelming challenges—seems to be in short supply these days. But the promise of peace on earth proclaimed by angels on that first Christmas night is still available today.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

How To Have A Merry Christmas

Watch "How To Have A Merry Christmas" By Josh Sibert
White Pine Community Church December 23, 2018

Are you tired of hearing "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays"?  Others may be looking forward to a holly, jolly Christmas, but for you, this is shaping up to be a blue, blue Christmas.  It may be because of whom you have lost or what you don't have, or it may be for reasons you don't fully understand, but for you, finding joy right now is a challenge.

I'm not going to promise that you will be transformed into a person full of Christmas cheer like Scrooge after his Nightmare before Christmas, but you will be encouraged, and you will learn some practical tips on how to minimize sadness and have a merrier Christmas than your circumstances predict. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Proof Positive

Watch "Proof Positive" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church December 16, 2018

Do you think God wants you to know, before you die, whether or not you are going to heaven?

Ask the apostle John that question, and you won't get a one-word answer; you'll get an five-chapter book. His purpose for writing the book we've been studying for the past two months is to give Christians confidence about their eternal destiny.

We will study together 1 John 4:13 - 5:13, you'll know exactly where you stand with God.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Johnny One Note

Watch "Johnny One Note" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church December 9, 2018

Jesus had a nickname for the apostle John, and so do I.

To Jesus, he was a Son of Thunder. But to me, he's Johnny One Note. That's because he repeats himself more than any other New Testament writer. In fact, sometimes the book of 1 John sounds like a broken record.

The question is, why did the Spirit of God inspire John to keep repeating himself? Might it be because He knew how thick the skulls of his readers would be? No doubt you have already heard what John will be repeating to us in 1 John 4:7-12. But how well have you been listening? I pray you'll come with ears to hear, again, Johnny's one note. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Don't Get Duped

Watch "Don't Get Duped" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church November 18, 2018

In an anti-Jesus world, anyone who is pro-Jesus feels like kin. But before you affirm their faith or follow their teachings, it would be wise to find out whether the Jesus they believe in is the same Jesus you believe in.

What do true Christians believe about Jesus? That's the question we will find answers to in this week's study of 1 John 3:24 - 4:6. If you want to follow the real Jesus and help others to do the same, don't miss this Sunday's service!

Monday, November 12, 2018

What You Didn't Know about Love

Watch "What You Didn't Know About Love" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church November 11, 2018

 I'm sure it's not news to you that Jesus wants us to love one another. It's the one command upon which all others are built.

But just because it's foundational doesn't mean we know everything God wants us to know about love. We are going to learn new dimensions of love from a very old man who followed Jesus for a very long time. I hope you will join us as we discover, in 1 John 3:11-24, what we didn't know about love.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Salvation Test

Watch "The Salvation Test" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church November 4, 2018

Knowing what it takes to become a Christian is pretty simple, but knowing for sure whether you are one can be tricky to discern. And knowing whether those who influence you spiritually are true Christians can be harder still.
Thankfully, the apostle John eliminated a lot of confusion when he wrote the letter we call 1 John. We are going to study 1 John 2:29 - 3:10, which is essentially a true/false test designed both to assure us of our salvation and to expose those who claim to be spiritually advanced but are actually not Christians at all.
I'm praying God will give us both peace of mind and the wisdom we need to steer clear of false teaching as we get ready to see our Savior face-to-face. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Staying Saved

Watch "Staying Saved" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church October 28, 2018

If the gospel can be symbolized by a seed, and our hearts by soil, there are, in the church, some whose soil is too rocky for the seed to take root. They believe, but briefly.
How can you make sure your soil is such that the gospel, once implanted, remains rooted? How can you make sure you do not fall away?
In our study of 1 John 2:18-28 we will learn how to be among those whose faith is still strong when Jesus comes to take us home.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Do You Love Him?

Watch " Do You Love Him? " By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church October 21, 2018

When what God did for us through His Son Jesus really sinks in, we cannot help but love Him for it. 

But how do we say to God, "I love You"?

With words and worship, yes. But, more powerfully, with actions. It is how we live that best communicates our love (or lack of love) for our heavenly Father.

We'll learn from 1 John 2:12-17 how to put love for God into action.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Traits Of A True Christian

Watch "Traits Of A True Christian" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church October 14, 2018

The language we use to describe salvation is varied-knowing God, being a Christian, having eternal life-but at the core of all that spiritual terminology is the critical question: Are you going to heaven? 

You may think you know the answer to that question, but how can you be certain? 
 We will be studying 1 John 2:3-11, which identifies three identifying marks of true faith. If you don't want to have to guess where you or a loved one stands with God, this study will give you the clarity you seek.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

No Reason To Hide

Watch "No Reason To Hide" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church October 7, 2018

 Imagine if an archeologist unearthed a letter from Jesus' best friend, written to people who didn't know Christ personally about how to get close to Him. How valuable would that letter be to you? How carefully would you want to read it?
We have the letter. 
It's called 1 John, and it's in the Bible. For the next several weeks, we are going to mine it for practical help in our quest to know God and follow Jesus. If you want to be 100% sure of your salvation and more fulfilled in your relationship with God, this is the series for you!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Misfit

Watch "The Misfit" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church September 30, 2018

There are those who are used greatly by God, and then there are those who are, well, like you.
Whether it's because of your wiring, your priorities or your track record, you know that you're not the kind of person that Jesus would ever call on to do anything significant for Him.
Which is why He just might.
I hope you will watch to catch of glimpse of God's stubborn plan to use you like no one else. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Sinner

Watch "The Sinner" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church September 23, 2018

Most of us convince ourselves that we are good people right up to the point that we are caught doing something undeniably bad. That's when everything crumbles, including our confidence that we will be able to stand before Jesus unashamed.
But there is a story in the Bible that tells us how He responds when someone with no excuse for their behavior is shoved in His face.  We'll read that story together and rejoice that in this unmerciful world, there is One who  refuses to treat us as ours sins deserve.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Outcast

Watch "The Outcast" by Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church September 16, 2018

You have tried everything you know to quench your soul's thirst. Education. Recreation. Work. Sex. Wealth. Travel. Adventure. Volunteerism. Maybe even religion. But nothing satisfies, at least not for long.

What would Jesus say to someone who still hasn't found what they're looking for? What would He say to someone who has found it, but still feels like something is missing?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Seeker

Watch "The Seeker" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church September 9, 2018

Frederich Buechner described Jesus as "that fathomless, elusive, unpredictable, haunting, and finally unknowable figure who moves though the [gospels] like a figure in an old newsreel."
But any time an individual comes face-to-face with Jesus, whether it's a character in the Bible or a 21st-century person like you or me, that encounter transforms Jesus from a forgettable, shadowy figure to a real, flesh-and-blood Person that we have no choice but to reckon with.
Join us at White Pine throughout the month of September as we encounter Jesus through the stories of those who have met Him personally.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

Warfare Prayer

Watch "Warfare Prayer" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church August 26, 2018

Imagine fighting a war without any weapons.
I know that seems like an abstract exercise, but what if you're in a war right now? What if that which is most frustrating and most painful in your life is not merely due to the fact that life is hard, but that life is war?  
It is. And if we want to be armed and dangerous in the heat of battle, we must learn how to pray warfare prayers. We'll do that in the conclusion of The Open Door.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

When God Says No

Watch "When God Says No" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church August 19, 2018

I love the imagery of an open door. It pictures what I believe about prayer so attractively.
The problem is, sometimes when we pray, it doesn't seem as if God's door is open. It's locked shut, and no matter how fervently we seek Him, we are met with silence.
What should we do when God says no?
I hope you will join us as we learn how to become better rather than bitter when we experience unanswered prayer.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Prone To Wander

Watch "Prone to Wander" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church August 12, 2018

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.
I doubt that the hymn writer Robert Robinson was thinking of prayer when he penned those words, but every time I hear them, that's what I think about. I'm regularly frustrated by my proneness to wander when I am trying to talk to God. 
Can you relate? If so, I think you'll appreciate this message at White Pine. We're going to learn together how even those of us who are easily distracted can keep our prayers on track.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Jesus On Prayer

Watch "Jesus On Prayer" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church August 5, 2018

Watching all the wacky ways that people pray is enough to make you never want to do it. But there is a way to recover the essence of prayer from all the rigmarole.
Listen to Jesus.
His teaching on prayer is so refreshingly simple that you can hardly hear it without experiencing a fresh desire to talk to your Father. Join us as we learn from Jesus how much better prayer can be than it so often is.

Monday, July 30, 2018

The God To Whom We Pray

Watch "The God To Whom We Pray" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church July 29, 2018

We know we're supposed to pray. We know prayer is supposed to work. Yet we suffer from prayerlessness. Why?

Might it be because of misconceptions about God? A.W. Tozer said, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."  

So we will strive to see God more accurately so that we will pray more adequately.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

If We See A Neighbor, We'll Become A Neighbor

Watch " If We See A Neighbor, We'll Become A Neighbor "
By Will Truesdell
White Pine Community Church July 15, 2018

Who is our neighbor?  This is the question an expert in the Jewish law posed to Jesus, which prompted the telling of the well-known story of the Good Samaritan. Join us as we explore this parable and how our perspective can change everything.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Improving Your Most Miserable Relationship

Watch "Improving Your Most Miserable Relationship" By Greg Sidders
White Pine Community Church July 8, 2018

Downer of a title, I know. But let's be honest: Some of our relationships are not what we'd like them to be. Maybe, for you, one in particular is especially disappointing, because it's a relationship you highly value.
Given the resistance most people have to change (especially in themselves), how do we make our less-than-ideal relationships better? We're going to hear three answers Jesus gave to that important question.

Sunday, July 1, 2018