Sunday March 31, 2019

Yesterday, Pastor Chris Taylor walked the congregation through Mark 9:1-13. It is here that Jesus Christ takes three of His disciples ( Peter, James, and John ) up into a high mountain and is transfigured (He was transformed: His garments became glistering & exceeding white) before them. Elias and Moses then appear and are seen talking with Jesus. After these events occurred, as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus teaches the three disciples about the supreme importance of Gospel.

Jesus also tells them not to tell anyone what they had seen on the mount until after he had risen from the dead. Elder Taylor explores the reasons why Jesus gives them this prohibition.

The distinguishing mark of the Church is the preaching of the cross of Christ and his resurrection. The fact that the Messiah must suffer, die and rise from the dead did not fit in with their scribe taught theology of what the coming Messiah would do and accomplish.


Sunday March 24, 2019

Yesterday, Pastor Chris Taylor spoke on the topic of discouragement, something we all face in our lives.

Reading from 2 Corinthians 4:8-18, Elder Chris brought to light how the Apostle Paul went through many periods of deep discouragement, yet by having a noble purpose, he was able to push through and find hope even during his darkest hour.

"If you are a child of God, living in the world that we live in, you know that life is a struggle. As we go through these struggles in life, it will make us discouraged and depressed. Paul was fighting discouragement and knows exactly what we are going through!

It's natural to feel these emotions. If you go through struggles, how do you get out? By having a noble purpose. To really live a full and happy life, you need a joyful purpose!

If we go about this life reflecting on the sufferings of Jesus Christ, we will live a life of purpose." -Elder Chris Taylor