God Cares About Me

On Sunday, June 17th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

One of the more amazing truths about our God is that He actually cares about us when we are simple, minute creations of His Almighty hand! Now as a believer, you might ask, “Yeah..so?”  You see, for those of us that are long time Christians, we take this truth for granted. Of course God loves … Continued

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A Tree Planted by God

On Sunday, June 10th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

A Tree Planted by God The Bible was written at a time when an agrarian culture was dominant and so it makes perfect sense that the Lord often used “growing plant” imagery to describe our faith and life in Him. Though we are much less agrarian today, we nonetheless connect well when the Lord uses … Continued

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Created by the Father

On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 in Knowing Your Self - Knowing Your God

One of the most profound, amazing and wonderful truths comes from the First Article of the Apostle’s Creed: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”  Short. Sweet. To the point.  God is our Father and Maker and Creator. We are indeed “fearfully and wonderfully made” by Him. We are not … Continued

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Redeemed by the Son

On Sunday, May 27th, 2018 in Knowing Your Self - Knowing Your God

This week we celebrate the Second Article of the Apostle’s Creed as we remember that Jesus has saved us, as we say it, “…from sin, death and the power of the devil.”  But we also remember today that we fully believe we “…were a lost and condemned person”.  What does that mean?  What does it … Continued

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We See the Church Differently

On Sunday, May 13th, 2018 in Resurrection Lenses

Our final message in our Easter series, “Resurrection Lenses,” is a reminder that as Christians living, moving and having our being in this world, we do so, not as individuals, but as a collective. We work for God’s glory, but we do so together.  We witness to Jesus saving love, but we do so together.  … Continued

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We See Evil Differently

On Monday, May 7th, 2018

When we think about the Resurrection we think about eternity with God, away from sin, death, or as we say it “the power of the devil.” However, until eternity, we must still contend with sin, death and the power of the devil!  But with that said, our changed perspective is this: satan is defeated!  Satan … Continued

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We See Death Differently

On Monday, April 30th, 2018

We’ve considered that the Resurrection causes us to look at sin differently, but now we must consider that the resurrection causes us to look at death differently…the by-product of sin.  Seems obvious, right? His Resurrection ensures our resurrection!  And yet, we nonetheless struggle with death, don’t we?  But the Resurrection moves us to look at … Continued

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We See Sin Differently

On Monday, April 23rd, 2018 in Resurrection Lenses

We remember this week that one of our foes, while defeated, is nonetheless quite active in our lives.  This week we consider the fact that sin is not only our enemy, and that sin constantly plagues us…but we will also remember that the Resurrection of Jesus changes everything! His Resurrection gives us the power to … Continued

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We See Our World Differently

On Sunday, April 15th, 2018 in Resurrection Lenses

Most of the time, Christians are thought to be people that hate the world and everything about the world.  The world is fleeting and flying and dying and we want the Lord to “stop the world” because we want to get off.  And that day is coming of course.  But in the mean time, the … Continued

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We See God Differently

On Sunday, April 8th, 2018 in Resurrection Lenses

In spite of the fact that Christianity has been around for 2000 years, and in spite of the fact that the Resurrection of Jesus has changed everything in relation to God towards human beings, people still believe that the Lord can be mean and hateful and capricious (great old word…google it). He’s not those things! … Continued

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Easter-Opening Your Eyes

On Sunday, April 1st, 2018

On this Resurrection Sunday we are reminded of the beautiful and poignant encounter between the Resurrected Christ and Mary Magdalene His faithful disciple and follower. Amazingly Mary didn’t recognize Jesus. She didn’t know who He was even though she’d known Him, walked with Him, lived in His shadow for three years. For whatever reason, Mary … Continued

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Love Serves-Maundy Thursday

On Thursday, March 29th, 2018

This year on Maundy Thursday we not only recognize the wonderful gift that the Lord gave us in the Lord’s Supper, but we furthermore recognize the servant’s heart that Jesus displayed in the midst of the Lord’s Supper.  Jesus our King!  Jesus our Lord!  Jesus our Master!  But Jesus our Servant as well.  The paradox … Continued

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Dinner’s Ready…Are You?

On Monday, March 26th, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

This story from the Lord Jesus has some things that are easy to understand.  The wedding feast is heaven.  The original invitees are those that rejected Jesus in His time.  Those that ultimately get invited to the feast are those that not only needed Jesus but also received Him as their Savior.  But the story … Continued

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Building Codes

On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

Often when this parable is read, people automatically assume that the solid foundation is Jesus…or the solid foundation found in our faith in His life, death and resurrection.  And that’s true too.  The only foundation on which you can build is that of Jesus Christ (1Corinthians 3:11).  But the foundation spoken of here in Luke … Continued

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Not Like Other Men

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

Today’s story from Jesus is one that can make you mad on first reading! Who does this pharisee think he is silently judging the tax-collector in his heart like that? Well, to be completely honest, he’s just like everyone of us. All of us carry with us the sin of pride, thinking we’re better than … Continued

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Surrendering All

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

When this parable has been read and interpreted and preached in past years, Pastors have reminded the hearers that they should “surrender all for Jesus!” And we remember from this past weekend that indeed, once brought into relationship with Jesus, he is to be the single most important thing in our lives. But these passages … Continued

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The Bottom Line

On Sunday, March 11th, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

We all know the reality of counting the cost of the things in our lives. If we get into a relationship…what is the depth of that relationship and what will it cost us?  Jesus reminds us that “the thing behind the thing” is counting the cost of our relationship with Him. Oh, the cost has … Continued

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Weed Seeds

On Thursday, March 8th, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

This week’s “thing behind the thing” is a reminder that satan is sick and twisted…right?  What drove him to be the way he is?  What moved him to be adversarial towards his Maker?  We’ll explore those questions but we’ll also remember that regardless of the “why?” there’s the reality of the “what.”  The “what” here … Continued

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Ready or Not…

On Sunday, March 4th, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

The game “Hide and Go Seek” is a very old game that children have played forever! It’s a great game and one played all over the world.  Here in the United States, the seeker would count to a hundred with their eyes closed and then call out “Ready or not…here I come.”  Today as we … Continued

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Party in Heaven

On Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

What’s going on in heaven?  What happens in heaven day to day?  Oh, there’s no end of theories, Biblical theories and existential theories alike.  But what does the Bible say here in this passage?  We read here in Luke that an amazing “party” is happening in heaven on a regular basis.  But what is the … Continued

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Big Debt—Big Love

On Sunday, February 25th, 2018 in The Thing Behind the Thing

This is a parable that we can relate to all too well. All of us understand the reality of debt. But we also understand that if we were to have that debt forgiven…well…we will then be indebted in a whole new way, right?  If we had a debt forgiven…we would be forever indebted to the … Continued

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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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