Messengers of Hope

Romans 15:1-13

The scriptures are what give believers hope (v. 4) and believers are who bring hope to those who are lost and broken. We must remember that we may be the first example of Christ to a non-believer. This is a huge responsibility and honor. We must remember that it is not about pleasing ourselves - “For Christ did not please himself” (v. 3). He lived to serve God and bring hope to man. He came to heal the broken and save the lost.

When Jesus called Levi in Luke 5:27-32, the Pharisees couldn’t understand why Jesus spent time with tax collectors and sinners (v. 30). Jesus’ response should be what nudges us to action: “And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.’” (v.31-32)

In Romans 15:5-7 it talks about harmony with one another and glorifying God together. We must “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (v.7) If we are not in unity with one another, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are not being the example that Christ needs us to be in this dark and lost world.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (v.13) This is my prayer. Church, join me in being the hope this world needs…because of Jesus!

In Him,

Katie Karlson


3228 Gatewood Ave, Indian River, MI 49749, USA

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Show a three-year-old a rainbow and his eyes pop open, he laughs and murmurs something that sounds semi close to English; that's wonder. Show a third grader how pleasing God connects to honoring her parents and she will most likely look at you funny and continue eating her pizza; that's discovery. As a teacher, church leader, or parent you want a curriculum that will help you connect the love and worship of God to good decision-making for your elementary school students. You want something that will help them see the value of respecting authority and treating their friends like they are human, not SpongeBob®. You need it to be simple. You would love it to be flexible. You want it to suit your individual needs. Time to go to the basics. What if by the time your child reaches 6th grade they will know these five core truths:

God is the Holy Creator.
I can trust God's Word (Bible).
I can trust Jesus with everything.
I should try to live like Jesus lived (make wise choices by His Word).
The world/culture does not usually agree with God's Word.


Most kids form their entire idea of who God is, and choose whether nor not they'll have a relationship with Him before leaving 5th grade!

Sunday at a Glance

The nursery and classrooms will open at 10:15 for check in. 


Each week the kids (ages 0-9) join us for worship in the sanctuary. After worship, the kids head to their respective classrooms to learn more about God and how to apply His word to our lives. 


We are happy to answer your questions in person at any of our locations or you can contact us by email