A New Prophet Chosen for the LDS Church

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Yesterday, a new prophet of the 16-million-member Mormon church was announced. Ninety-three-year-old Russell Nelson will now serve as the 17th prophet and president of the LDS faith. Nelson was set apart and ordained for the position on Sunday, January 14th, at the Salt Lake City temple. The announcement came in a live-streamed broadcast from the temple yesterday morning. Joined by newly selected First Counselor, Dallin Oaks, and Second Counselor Henry Eyring, Nelson gave a short address followed by questions from various individuals from the press. In his earlier days, Nelson was an accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon, having helped pioneer various advances in the field. He then has served as a Mormon apostle since 1984.

For those less familiar with the process, this brings up a few questions: What is the position of prophet in Mormonism? What is the history behind the position? How is a new prophet chosen? And how does this line up with the 66 books of Scripture?

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Putting the Evangel in Evangelicalism

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Recently there has been discussion about the term “evangelical.” What does it mean? Who are evangelicals? How do we know? It’s a good thing because clarity on truth is a good thing.

The word “evangelical” comes from the New Testament Greek word which means “gospel” or “good news.” Thus, “evangelical” means having to do with the Christian gospel. Understanding the Christian gospel, then, is needed to define who and what constitutes an “evangelical.”

If anyone would speak accurately of the Christian evangel, they must do so from the source of the evangel; the Bible. We could reference many passages, but if I were to choose one, it would be 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. To be sure, the passage was not written to 21st century Westerners in order to recalibrate flawed definitions of “evangelical.” However, it was written to pleasure-loving, professing Christians living in a worldly culture, to recalibrate their understanding of the evangel, or the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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In 2018, Don’t Forget Humility

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Three days into the New Year, many of us are in resolution mode. Some of us have long failed them. Others are still holding on. But as we crank up New Year’s plans for diets, Bible reading, and exercise, let’s not forget the one thing God values most in the creature; humility.

Humility is the virtue of every virtue, and the grounds of all godliness. It’s no exaggeration to say that any pursuit of humility will do you good at all times and in every sphere of life. And pride, the lacking-opposite, is the thing which God says he is against. Though things like pride and self-actualization might be more culturally en vogue than ever, God still hates them.

If you’re like me, you didn’t master humility in 2017. So, whatever priorities we have for 2018, or any year, let’s consider putting humility high on the list. Here are a couple specifics to keep in mind if, like me, you would do well to pursue humility this year.

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2018 Men’s Winter Retreat

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

 

Where: This year’s men’s winter retreat will be held at Old Faithful Christian Ranch in Island Park, ID on January 19-21. Directions can be found here.  Please keep in mind that we are not able to drive directly to the ranch in the winter months. We will park in the parking lot off S. BigSprings Loop (note: take the second sign for Big Springs Loop.) When we arrive in Island Park we will be picked up by a snowcat (unless you bring your own snowmobile) that will take us to the camp. The ride is about 15 minutes and you will be cold if not appropriately dressed.

Cost: $70

What to bring:
Bible, notebook, pen, winter gear (snow pants and boots, gloves, jacket, warm clothes for snowmobiling, etc.), a warm sleeping bag, pillow, and anything else you think you might need. Make sure that when you pack you have a beanie, gloves, snow pants and boots, and a jacket readily accessible.

 

What If I Don’t Want to Snowmobile?:
Many guys choose not to snowmobile during the retreat. There are alternative activities that are available during the day such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or relaxing at the lodge.

You can register here. Please plan on paying by cash or check at the retreat.

2017 Christmas Eve Service

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Please join us on Sunday, December 24th from 5-6:30pm in the Pink Garter Theatre (50 West Broadway)  as we celebrate the birth of Christ with singing and a message from God’s Word. Invite a friend! Childcare will be available for children ages 5 and under.

NOTE: A special offering with be taken for the Children’s Hunger Fund. 

 

The Pentateuch: 5 Books About God’s Grace

Friday, December 1st, 2017

 

You’ve heard it before. “The God of the Old Testament was a God of wrath. Things have changed now.” “The Pentateuch is all law. The NT is all grace.”

Cliches like this may be convenient for easily-categorized thought, but are they true? It is a misconception to say that the NT is all grace and OT all law. “Grace” and “Pentateuch” are not oil and water.

If we take a tad closer look at the Pentateuch, we will see that it contains five books filled with God’s grace.

Though many Christians might be familiar with the pentateuchal stories and events, many have missed the sovereign grace of God therein. You need not travel far to find grace. The Seed-Savior promise is a promise of grace (Gen. 3:15). That Adam and Eve don’t perish immediately is grace (cf. Gen. 2:17). God’s handling of Cain is grace (Gen. 4:15). Genesis 5 features grace (e.g. Gen. 5:24). Noah’s cruise is an act of grace. God’s promise to Noah, and the world is grace (Gen. 9:12-16). Being able to eat meat is certainly grace (Gen. 9:3). God’s promise of land, people, and world-blessing is, and would span out to be, grace par excellence (Gen. 12:1-3). God’s grace builds like a tidal-wave throughout Genesis. For the sake of tenrighteous people, God would spare sin-saturated cities like Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18:32).

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Maybe you’ve heard it. “We can’t make it to church today, so we’ll just do church as a family.” “I can just do church on a hike this morning in God’s creation.” “The church is really the people, so we can do church wherever. God is everywhere, after all.”

Do we really need to go to a building on a certain day for it to count as doing church? If so, isn’t that legalistic?

It’s becoming increasingly popular to fashion new ways to “do church.” But how do we discern what does and does not constitute going to church? God’s word has plenty of wisdom on the issue.

In short, my hike or a Bible open in my living room with the kids is not church. Here are a few reasons why doing church away from church isn’t church.

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Church Membership Class

Friday, December 1st, 2017

 

 

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If you are new to Cornerstone or you have questions about our church and have never taken our membership class, we invite you to join us for this five-week class. Starting on January 14th at 4pm, the class will cover such topics as “what is the church,” “why is membership important,” “what is the mission of the church,” “why does Cornerstone do what it does,” and much more.  If you are interested please sign up below. All materials will be provided.

2017 Women’s Christmas Tea

Monday, November 20th, 2017

 

Please join the ladies of Cornerstone on Saturday, December 2nd from 1-3 pm, for a time of fellowship, teaching, and food, as we celebrate the birth of Christ. There will be hors d’oeuvres, tea, a time of singing, and teaching from God’s Word on the meaning of Christmas.

This year the Christmas Tea will be located in Cornerstone’s facility located at 50 West Broadway (You will use the stairs in the middle of the Pink Garter Plaza to enter our facility). You may park anywhere on the street or the parking garage just a few blocks away.

 

Please sign up here. 

Contact Anika at anika.m.larson@gmail.com for more information.

When your Church Dissapoints

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Let’s face it. Church is not always as exciting as we would like. Sometimes it’s boring and disappointing. It’s possible that there are good reasons for that. But it’s possible that there are not.

Being bored is not the worst thing that can happen to us in our churches. In fact, it may be the best thing since it can present opportunity for personal change. Though not always, our personal boredom can often be symptomatic of a needed soul adjustment.

Consider a few shifts before submitting to disappointment’s demands:

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