One Seed—Four Soils

On Sunday, February 18th, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

  Today we look at a well-know parable of the sower and the seed. Jesus begins to reveal that the seed is the exact same seed sown in every soil. The seed is the same…the soils are four distinct and different soils. The seed has the power and the potential to germinate, sprout, grow and … Continued

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How to Get into Heaven

On Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

Often this parable leads people in the wrong direction. Often people hear these words of Jesus, and not unlike the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25, they are led to believe that if the rich man was nicer to Lazarus…he too would have gone to heaven when he died.  Today’s “Thing … Continued

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Seeing the Glory of God

On Monday, February 12th, 2018

On this weekend we call “Transfiguration”, we remember that the amazing and glorious presence of God found in the Old Testament was also present in the very Son of God, the Lord Jesus. What the Lord tentatively allowed Moses to see as recorded in Exodus was shown in the person of Jesus to Peter, James … Continued

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The End of the Plan

On Sunday, February 4th, 2018 in The Big Idea

We remember this week that God’s big idea, God’s amazing plan, has a terminus, has an ending.  But wait…His plan is eternal…born in eternity and carrying on to eternity…right?  Right.  But the plan begun in the Garden of Eden does have a terminus or an ending in this world and for this existence.  As we … Continued

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The Tools of the Plan

On Sunday, January 28th, 2018 in The Big Idea

If you have an idea…if you have a plan…you have to have tools to accomplish the plan.  If you’re God, you need absolutely nothing to bring your idea to fruition and to fulfill your plan.  God doesn’t need help or tools because God doesn’t need anything.  But God chooses to seek help and use tools…but … Continued

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The Depth of the Plan

On Sunday, January 21st, 2018 in The Big Idea

When thinking about our Christian faith we tend to think about getting people into heaven through faith in Jesus. And yes…that’s the “Master Plan” of our Lord and Savior. But God’s big idea is much bigger than just heaven itself. Bigger than heaven itself? Yes. The Lord’s big idea includes bringing heavenly moments, intended to … Continued

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The Scope of the Plan

On Monday, January 15th, 2018 in The Big Idea

Everyone of us has favorites and plays favorites.  There are people that we love to love and love to spend time with…and then there are people that well, we just like and so we’re less likely spend time with and spend energy on them.  Not so with God.  He loves us all.  He brought His … Continued

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The Master Plan

On Sunday, January 7th, 2018 in The Big Idea

 One of the more difficult things to understand about the Christian faith is that God knew all along we would become sinners…He knew all along “The Fall” would happen before His children named Adam and Eve would fall and thrust the world into sin.  So did He have a master plan for us to sin?  … Continued

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A Clean Slate

On Sunday, December 31st, 2017

It is the start of a new year, so let’s see what the Bible says about a clean slate.

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Peace

On Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 in Gifts from God

Do you ever look around at our world and feel at unrest?  Do you ever feel like your stomach is in knots?  Who doesn’t, right?  All of us do!  Sometimes it even disrupts our sleep for goodness sakes!  We are reminded today that Jesus, the “Prince of Peace”, came into our world to bring us … Continued

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Obedience

On Sunday, December 17th, 2017 in Gifts from God

Do you ever feel like you simply cannot follow God and His will for you?  Do you ever feel like all you do is rebel against Him?  All of us do.  All of us find ways to rebel against God even when we want to obey Him.  And as Christians we feel the weight of … Continued

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Freedom

On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 in Gifts from God

 Do you ever feel shackled by the things you’ve done? Do you ever feel hand-cuffed to the sins of your past or even those things that you are currently chained to and are chained to you? We are reminded today that when the Lord Jesus came into this world, He came to bring us freedom. … Continued

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Joy

On Monday, December 11th, 2017 in Gifts from God

We are looking at the gift of joy. It is a wonderful gift from God as we will further discover.

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Simplicity

On Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 in Gifts from God

Does your life feel complicated? Do you often feel overwhelmed just by all the junk in your life? Today we’re reminded that Jesus came into our world to bring us simplicity. He Himself came into our world in a very simple fashion: Lowly virgin girl; born in a cattle stall; placed in a feed trough; … Continued

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Direction

On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 in Gifts from God

Do you ever feel lost?  Do you ever feel as though you have no direction? Today we’re reminded that Jesus came into our world two-thousand years ago to bring direction and to show the way! In truth, He primarily came to show the way to heaven itself as Jesus reminded us “I am the way…the … Continued

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My Future

On Monday, November 27th, 2017 in It's All Spiritual

Often when we think of our future we’re thinking very short term. We think of two years from now when we’re headed to college or twenty years from now when we’ll retire. We tend to think too short term. The Bible would re-orient our thinking towards eternity. Our lives are lived in this world with … Continued

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My Family

On Sunday, November 19th, 2017 in It's All Spiritual

Of the subjects we’ve looked at thus far, this is probably the easiest one to understand in terms of the spiritual. We know that the Lord gives us our family. We know that the Lord brought us our spouse. We know that the Lord gave us our children. Even if we’re not married, we know … Continued

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My Field

On Sunday, November 12th, 2017 in It's All Spiritual

Last week we considered the fact that our money belongs to the Lord. Today we are reminded by God’s Word of a related subject, namely, that our gifts, skills and abilities to do whatever it is that we “do” to earn that money is also a gift from God. Whatever you “do” as a vocation, … Continued

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My Finances

On Sunday, November 5th, 2017 in It's All Spiritual

When it comes to that which we segregate from the “spiritual” things in our lives, money tops the chart. Money is so important to us, perhaps even too important, and yet we see it as earthly and physical and not from above or spiritual. And yet, when we look at our lives and maybe especially … Continued

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Centered in Redemption

On Sunday, October 29th, 2017 in Centered

Of all the sermons in this series, this one probably seems the clearest to us when it comes to “knowing God’s will.” We know that God is on mission in our world. Oh, we think we go on mission trips, but it really is the Lord who is on mission, as Jesus said it, “seeking … Continued

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Centered in Relationship

On Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 in Centered

As we looked at “faithfulness” last week and remembered how clear it is that redemption is God’s will for us, this week might not be so clear. We often talk about being in a relationship with Jesus, we understand that God wants a relationship with us, but how often do we feel like He is … Continued

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Centered in Faithfulness

On Sunday, October 15th, 2017 in Centered

Faithfulness seems to be something our world has left behind. We are far more likely to display unfaithfulness that we are to be solid and sold-out and faithful. But as Christians, we know God’s faithfulness and that His faithfulness is unfailing and un-ending. More than that however, God wants, desires, hopes-to, display His faithfulness to … Continued

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Centered in Justice

On Sunday, October 8th, 2017 in Centered

If we don’t look out for them, who will? If we don’t look out for the needs of the poor and disenfranchised, who will? If we don’t look out for the widows and the fatherless, who will? Of course the answer is “The Lord will” and the Lord will because bringing justice to those who … Continued

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Centered in Servanthood

On Sunday, October 1st, 2017 in Centered

  Save We move this week from living in humility, to the by-product of living humbly, namely, servanthood. People who are centered on themselves, their needs, their wants, their desires cannot see the people around them and the needs of those people. But Christianity is not only all about living in humility, but also all … Continued

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Centered in Humility

On Sunday, September 24th, 2017 in Centered

Humility, true humility, is something that our world seems to have left behind. We experience prideful people day in and day out, people who look at themselves as the end all, be all or the expert in every subject on the face of the earth. Sometimes it’s us…sometimes we’re the problem, the ones who are … Continued

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Centered in Holiness

On Sunday, September 17th, 2017 in Centered

This is a tough trait for us to understand and even tougher for us to display. We know ourselves. We look in the mirror and know that more often than not, we’re anything but “holy”. And yet, it is God’s will that we “be holy” and it is so because our Lord is holy and … Continued

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Centered in Compassion

On Sunday, September 10th, 2017 in Centered

Compassion is a trait that everyone admires. When you encounter a compassionate person, you are immediately drawn into them and the way that they live their story by intensely loving others. Perhaps that’s because compassion is at the heart of who our Lord and God is. He is compassion…not just compassionate. Therefore compassion is also … Continued

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Centered in Mercy

On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 in Centered

If there is a word that describes the Lord our God it is “merciful.” The Lord is full of mercy and that’s a good thing for us who desperately need the mercy He willingly brings to sinners. Every Christian knows His mercy because every Christian has been given His mercy. Mercy meaning “the right to … Continued

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Jesus is Greater than Sacred Duties

On Sunday, August 13th, 2017 in Jesus is Greater than Everything

In our “Jesus is Greater Than” series today we jump into a very important chapter because in chapter eight we’re reminded of what the writer calls “the old covenant.” The “old covenant” given by God many years ago, was filled with rules and regulations and “do this” and “don’t do that”…all of which had to … Continued

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Jesus is Greater than Angels

On Sunday, July 9th, 2017 in Jesus is Greater than Everything

Matthew 26:47-56; Hebrews 1:1-8 Angels are a subject of particular interest to people. Some believe we become angels when we die. Some have told stories of seeing angels. Almost everyone wants to know more about these heavenly beings! In our “Jesus is Greater Than” Sermon Series today we will explore the most important thing to … Continued

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Citizens of Heaven

On Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Philippians 3:12-21; John 8:31-36. Today as we celebrate the wonderful blessings that the Lord has given us who call this wonderful country our home, we sing praises to God all the more for our citizenship in heaven. We are citizens of the United States, but we are first and foremost, citizens of Heaven! What a … Continued

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Loving the Loser

On Sunday, June 25th, 2017 in Loving Your Neighbor

This week’s story of loving our neighbor comes with a reminder that the sin of pride in our lives is not only a very ugly thing but that it can also get in the way of truly loving your neighbor in Jesus’ name. The Pharisee in our parable looks down on the tax-collector and sadly, … Continued

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Loving the Lonely

On Sunday, June 18th, 2017 in Loving Your Neighbor

On the surface, this week’s story of loving our neighbor seems significantly easier to obey than last week’s. Last week we were called to love people we don’t care for, even people we have to admit…we’ve sometimes hated. This week however, we are called to love those who are in need, particularly the lonely and … Continued

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Loving the Least

On Sunday, June 11th, 2017 in Loving Your Neighbor

This week’s story of loving our neighbor is a reminder that we are not only to love people who others might not love, but we’re also called to love those we might personally be at odds with. The amazing nature of the story of the Good Samaritan is that he loved someone that his people, … Continued

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