This Sunday @ Cornerstone: December 27, 2020
by Ryan Joki on December 26th, 2020
This week's bulletin is online here. An identity crisis occurs when some new event or set of facts causes a person to re-evaluate their place and role in the world. In this way, the gospel should produce an identity crisis in the Christian. But what does identity crisis produce? How does the gospel transform the way we relate to others - and, most specifically, to the church? Ryan will explain thi...  Read More
This Sunday @ Cornerstone: December 20, 2020
by Ryan Joki on December 19th, 2020
This week's bulletin is online here. Is it possible for a genealogy to be exciting or even useful for the Christian life? Ryan will explain this Sunday how Matthew teaches us an important lesson about grace through the genealogy provided in Matthew 1:1-17.In Sunday school, we will continue our survey of the Old Testament with a lesson entitled "Old Testament Sacrificial System."...  Read More
This Sunday @ Cornerstone: December 13, 2020
by Ryan Joki on December 12th, 2020
This week's bulletin is online here. It's clear that there is freedom in the gospel. Not only is the Christian free of any obligation to obey a specific code of commands in order to be accepted by God, but, through the Spirit, there's even a kind of freedom to participate in some practices that would have been forbidden in the Old Testament. The question is: how is this freedom to be used?  Ryan w...  Read More
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This Sunday @ Cornerstone: December 6, 2020
by Ryan Joki on December 5th, 2020
This week's bulletin is online here. It's clear that there is freedom in the gospel. Not only is the Christian free of any obligation to obey a specific code of commands in order to be accepted by God, but, through the Spirit, there's even a kind of freedom to participate in some practices that would have been forbidden in the Old Testament. The question is: how is this freedom to be used?  Ryan w...  Read More
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This Sunday @ Cornerstone: November 29, 2020
by Ryan Joki on November 28th, 2020
This week's bulletin is online here. What does the Christian truly need more than anything else? In Matthew 14:13-36 Jesus takes His disciples to a desolate region to enjoy a much needed rest, but when they arrive they are immediately greeted by a large crowd looking for Jesus. Jesus greets the crowd, and in the miracles that follow He teaches His disciples about their greatest need. Ryan will exp...  Read More
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This Sunday @ Cornerstone: November 22, 2020
by Ryan Joki on November 22nd, 2020
This week's bulletin is online here. Like it or not, we're all under some form of authority, and one such authority is the government. It can be a source of anxiety for the Christian to know how to respond to this authority - and most especially when our leaders are foolish or even disobedient. What counsel does the Scripture provide for us in this scenario? How are we to think about and interact ...  Read More
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A Lesson from the Early Church (Part 2)
by Ryan Joki on April 11th, 2020
Most of our brother Christians showed unbounded love and loyalty, never sparing themselves and thinking only of one another.  Heedless of danger, they took charge of the sick, attending to their every need and ministering to them in Christ, and with them departed this life serenely happy; for they were infected by others with the disease, drawing on themselves the sickness of their neighbors and c...  Read More
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A Lesson From the Early Church (Part 1)
by Ryan Joki on March 27th, 2020
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need....  Read More
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A Reminder from King Solomon
by Ryan Joki on March 17th, 2020
In the midst of the turmoil that is currently taking place in our society, I thought I would take a moment to share a reminder with you from the book of Ecclesiastes. As the wise King Solomon ponders the meaning of all his effort and striving, he remarks:"2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.  3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the su...  Read More
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