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Pastor Post: May 30, 2019


I wanted to invite you to a few key opportunities for seeking the LORD as a church family:

#1: After preaching on fasting this Sunday, I’m going to join whoever will join me next Wednesday to fast before the LORD on behalf of our church and city. Those interested can join me during the lunch hour next Wednesday, June 5, from 12-1PM to pray (we’ll meet in Sunday School Room we use for Sunday morning prayer).

#2: Our next Sunday night of Congregational Prayer is Sunday night June 9th @6:30PM. We worship the LORD in song, pray personally and in small gruops, and wait on the LORD together.

#3: Then, I’d like our entire church family to be in prayer for the June 10-11th elder retreat. Pray that your shepherds hear the Great Shepherd speaking and leading our church family. Your willingness to pray and fast for those 2 days would be most appreciated.

Thank you,

Pastor Matt

Good Friday and Resurrection Service (Final Details)

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Tonight we worship and remember Christ’s atoning death @6PM. Following our Good Friday service there will be refreshments.

Sunday we will have a 9:15AM brunch and then a 10AM Celebration Service to honor the Resurrected LORD Jesus Christ.

This was a thoughtful meditation this morning: By the Spirit, We See the Cross

Please invite a friend to join you.

Great Video Summaries of the Gospel of Mark

Pastor Matt starts a new sermon series in April.

Check out these 2 fantastic video summaries:

Church Update (4/1/2019)

Dear Church Family,
1) Yesterday, the congregation called Gary Hoobler to be our first associate pastor; he started working today! 
2) Put April 14th @6:30PM on your calendar for our church-wide prayer gathering (& every 2nd Sunday of the month following). As we studied in yesterday’s sermon, let’s pray on the hill so that we fight with power in the valley! 
3) Our Good Friday worship service with Northbrook Baptist Church is 6PM April 19th at our facility, and our Sunday Morning Easter Service is at 10AM with a 9:15AM Brunch.
Keep Gary, our church family, and upcoming events in your prayers.
Under grace,

Pastor Matt

2/1/2019 – Pastor Post (and sermon questions)

Cornerstone Friends,


Each year I claim a verse and pray it into my heart for the year. This year, Psalm 46:10 has captured my soul: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 

Stillness is an attitude of security and peace amid storms and trials. Stillness shows itself in less anxiety and more prayer. Stillness overwhelms and covers a person like a polar vortex and a fresh layer of snow. Stillness is what I long for, stillness is what I need.

Christ purchased stillness for us on the Cross. Death, judgment, and hell were swarming over our souls, but Christ died in our place, taking our judgment, death, and hell, so we can be still before the God who now receives us completely and totally forgiven…the gift for anyone and everyone who believes. Hallelujah.

A look back and a look ahead…


First, I want to thank God for each of you who contributed dollars and hours to our Sunday School room project. It’s nearing completion, and this opens a door for another project this summer. On one hand, “it is just a building,” but on the other hand God saves and sanctifies people in real spaces in real history. May He do so here.


Looking ahead in 2019…

    Membership Class Coming: For those interested in becoming members of Cornerstone, we’ll hold a 4-8PM Membership Class Sunday night February 17 (supper provided; no childcare on site, but we will reimburse for babysitting expenses you incur.)

   Associate Pastor Search: The search team has worked through resumes, talked with some candidates over phone and coffee, conducted interviews, and  have moved on with getting references. Pray for wisdom and grace to permeate this process.


   Small Groups are launching. These weekly gatherings are for seeking God in His Word, and in prayer, with others. Each groups is unique. Let me know if you want to join one of the groups who has some space for new folks…

   Tuesdays @6PM in Marion (1025 Parkview Drive): Leader David Gardner (361.4303) – This groups has a bring-your-own supper together every week, followed by a Bible study based on the upcoming sermon text.
  Wednesdays @6:30PM in Cedar Rapids (4717 Savannah Ct SE): Leader Roy and Janel Leidahl  (826.3744) – This group eats a monthly meal together with an evening of prayer, and then uses the other 3 Wednesdays per month to have a Bible study based on the upcoming sermon text.
  Thursdays @6:30PM in Cedar Rapids (349 30th St SE): Leader Randy Pospisil (435.8160) – This group meets for a meal about once a month, and each week has a study based on the upcoming sermon text.
  Thursdays Women’s Study 9:30AM in Church Conference Room: Leaders Becky Bell (614.378.3728) and Lisa Weber (213.6450) –  Babysitting provided (Sonlife Discipleship Study)


   Most of these small groups study the sermon text in advance of our Sunday gathering. They go through the text, often using the questions I provide. I’m including the questions that relate to the February 10, 2019 sermon…


Biblical Text: Exodus 7:8-8:32


Read Exodus 7:8-7:24

   Summarize the two incidents.  How are they similar? How are they different? What do these encounters reveal about God? How did Pharaoh respond?


Read Exodus 8:1-32

   Summarize the three incidents. How are they similar? How are they different? What do these encounters reveal about God? How did Pharaoh respond?

How is Pharaoh’s response similar to how people respond to Jesus, or the Bible, or life situations today? 


Note that Pharaoh wasn’t responding to God’s judgments. What does it mean  for us or others when we reject the mercy and grace that comes from Jesus’ death on the Cross?


May God bless you as you meditate and respond to His Word.



-Pastor Matt