God’s Light Pre-Figured

On Sunday, December 8th, 2019 in God's Light

Today we’ll look into the Old Testament and be reminded that the Lord not only promised to send His Son, but He also gave clue after clue as to what “sending His Son”, the “Light of the World,” meant for the world. In Genesis 22 we’re reminded of the incredible sacrifice that Abraham was asked … Continued

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God’s Light Promised

On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 in God's Light

As we start this “God’s Light” sermon series, we have to begin at the beginning! We have to go back to the Garden of Eden to truly be amazed by the way that God loves us even though we brought darkness into His world. We know He loves us in that He created us and … Continued

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Church

On Sunday, November 24th, 2019 in From God To Others

We understand that the Church is “From God,” but In our sermon series today, we have to ask, “ What about the “For Others” part? How is “The Church” “From God AND For Others”, after all…Church is just “For ME!”…or is it? The truth about the Body of Christ known as “The Church”, is that … Continued

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Compassion

On Sunday, November 10th, 2019 in From God To Others

Mercy can be defined as “the right to bring the hammer down on someone and choosing not to.” Compassion is “seeing another in need and choosing to act on their behalf.” Needless to say, we are called to both. We are called to have mercy on those who need us to forgive them, and we … Continued

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Mercy

On Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 in From God To Others

Today, we will look at mercy. When Christians learn about and grow in the subject of “Mercy”, there is perhaps no better passage of Scripture than “The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant.”Granted, this parable approaches the subject from someone who did not have mercy, but it reminds us just how important mercy is to our … Continued

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On Sunday, October 27th, 2019 in Better Together

I have heard it said that it is easy to tear down but it is really hard to build. This statement is especially true when it comes to the building of God’s Kingdom on earth. Now we know that God does not reside within brick and mortar, but within His people; and so, while we … Continued

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Family Sticks Together

On Monday, October 21st, 2019 in Better Together

The story of Ruth and Naomi is really a tender story of what loyal-family-love looks like. Naomi lost everything and therefore begged Ruth to leave her and find a better life…but Ruth stuck with Naomi and loved her through the hard times. The Greek word for this kind of love is “storge” and it refers … Continued

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On Mission Together

On Sunday, October 13th, 2019 in Better Together

Aquila and Priscilla are an amazing example of what it looks like to be on mission together. Upon meeting Paul they show great hospitality, they accompany Paul on mission endeavors and even know their theology so well they pull Apollos aside to give him some instruction before he continues preaching the word. Their Christ-centered marriage … Continued

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Living Life Together

On Monday, October 7th, 2019 in Better Together

David and Jonathan shared a very unique and special, God-given bond. 1 Samuel 18:1 says that their souls were knit together and we know that no one is able to knit souls together accept God Himself. The Greek word for this kind of love is “philia” and it refers to the kind of love that … Continued

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Joining Our Voices

On Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 in Living Koinonia Lives

Contemporary versus traditional. Praise versus heritage. Guitar and drums versus organ and piano. These are often the ways in which we define and categorize our worship services. Some like it “formal” and some like it “casual”. Some like it “old school” and some like us to be “the church of what’s happening now”. Unfortunately then, … Continued

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Growing Together

On Monday, September 16th, 2019 in Living Koinonia Lives

As we have discovered thus far, we are, by faith in Jesus Christ and baptism into His name, brothers and sisters in Christ. We are de facto unified in the koinonia lifestyle as children of the King of kings and Lord of lords. But we are more than sons and daughters, we are also disciples … Continued

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Pulling Together

On Monday, September 9th, 2019 in Living Koinonia Lives

In just about every organization, vision or mission or purpose is seen as paramount to the organization’s success. If the organization doesn’t have a vision, mission or purpose, the organization will flounder and will also likely fail. More importantly, the vision, mission and purpose of the organization must be embraced and lived by all. If … Continued

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Others First

On Sunday, September 1st, 2019 in Living Koinonia Lives

As we begin our “Koinonia” sermon series, we are reminded that our life lived as Christian people is not lived for ourselves, but for others. This is a difficult truth for us to embrace because we’re raised to believe that “me first” is an acceptable mantra. And it would be acceptable…if we were just Americans. … Continued

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Choose Joy

On Monday, August 26th, 2019 in No Matter What

  I have heard it said that happiness is based on externals while joy is based on internals. Happiness can come and go based on life circumstances but joy, true joy, has the ability to be claimed every day. This week we will be encouraged to choose joy no matter what is going on in … Continued

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Run with Endurance

On Monday, August 19th, 2019 in No Matter What

A life lived for Jesus is definitely more of a marathon than a sprint. To make it to the end will take determination, it will take great faith and it will take endurance. Paul encourages us all this week to run our race of faith, not with our own strength, but with the strength that … Continued

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Embrace Diversity

On Sunday, August 11th, 2019 in No Matter What

In Psalm 139 scriptures tells us that God is the one who formed our inward parts and every human being finds their origin in His divine imagination. Like paint strokes on a canvas God is created something that is spectacular. The sad part is that many people do not embrace the diversity of this world … Continued

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Seek Unity

On Monday, August 5th, 2019 in No Matter What

Have you heard the phrase that “Team work makes the dream work”? In this first week we will be reminded and encouraged that no matter what is going on in our lives we are Seek Unity with one another. Paul is specifically speaking to the church body and in the way they live out their … Continued

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Making Meaningful Moments

On Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 in Loving Where You LIve

Is there anything more valuable than time? Whatever we claim as priorities in life we tend to give our time to. This week Paul is reminding us all of our primary calling as followers of Jesus. Paul is urging us to prioritize this, value this, and make time for this. How do we do that? … Continued

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Being Bold

On Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 in Loving Where You LIve

Many desire to reach out and be neighborly but often are held back by timidity. By definition timidity is the lack of courage or confidence. So how does a Christian lean into their own timidity and not use it as a reason to not cross the street or reach out? This week we will look … Continued

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Knowing Your Neighbor

On Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 in Loving Where You LIve

In the first week of this series, we will be reminded, by Jesus Himself, of who are neighbor is. This radical teaching caught many hearers by surprise and it is this same radical love that believers today are called to carry out. No matter what age, skin color, country of origin, language spoken, political alliance, … Continued

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The Spirit-Filled Life

On Sunday, June 30th, 2019 in Spirit-Filled

We conclude our “Spirit Filled” sermon series with a reminder that if you are a Christian person, if you are “Filled with the Spirit”, then you will live differently in this world. Our lives lived in and through the Holy Spirit should look very little like those whose lives are void of God’s presence. What … Continued

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The Spirit-Filled Family

On Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 in Spirit-Filled

We are reminded today that the Lord not only wants to fill our individual lives with His presence and by His Holy Spirit, but He wants to fill our family life too. Now, not all of us have the “nuclear family” as it’s called. Not all of us are in the husband, wife, couple kids, … Continued

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The Spirit-Filled Heart

On Sunday, June 16th, 2019 in Spirit-Filled

As we move forward in our “Spirit-Filled Life” series we remember today that the only way that I can believe in Jesus, confess Him as my Lord and Savior, and give Him glory, is if the Holy Spirit causes me to do so! This is so contrary to the way we think! “I came to … Continued

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The Spirit-Filled Church

On Monday, June 10th, 2019 in Spirit-Filled

In our “Spirit-Filled” series, we begin where we should…at the beginning…at the beginning of The Church that is. Today is the day we celebrate what is called “Pentecost,” sometimes called “The birth of the Church.” Pentecost was an Old Testament Festival but Pentecost in the New Testament was the giving, sending, and out-pouring of the … Continued

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“He Is Our One and Only”

On Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 in He Is

David reminds us in Psalm 16 that God is the only one who can make the path of life known to us. As a follower of Christ, what do you do with society’s strategy that is trying to confine religious faith to the private world, with the attitude that all religions are the same? Should … Continued

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He is Our Connection

On Sunday, May 26th, 2019 in He Is

This week we look at the last “I AM” statement in the book of John. In chapter 15, Jesus not only presents Himself as the one true vine, but also reveals there are basically two kinds of branches: those that can alive and bearing fruit and those that are withering and dying and fruitless. The … Continued

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He Is Our Resurrection-Life

On Sunday, May 19th, 2019 in He Is

Lazarus had died, and Mary and Martha informed Jesus about his death. Instead of tending to him right away, Jesus waited. He waited not because He didn’t care, but because He chose to use the situation for the glory of God. Martha asks why He wasn’t there in the first place to save His friend … Continued

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He is Our Leader-Defender-Protector

On Sunday, May 12th, 2019 in He Is

Do you hear the voices in our world calling for your attention? The phone is constantly ringing, emails continue to arrive, meetings come and go, days turn into weeks, then months, and we have lost our ability to hear the voice of our Shepherd. He is our caretaker, provider, sustainer, defender, protector and friend. He … Continued

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He is Our Light

On Sunday, May 5th, 2019 in He Is

May 4/5 “He Is Our Light” 1 John 1:5-10; John 8:12-24 PJM mains; PBJ 9:30a FLC and 11a Sanctuary This week’s “I AM” statement reminds us that Jesus is the light, and the light reveals not only where we are but directs us where we need to be. Jesus promises that those who have His … Continued

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He Is Our Contentment

On Sunday, April 28th, 2019 in He Is

Throughout the book of John, Jesus compares something physical to something spiritual by saying “I AM the bread of life” in John 6. Jesus lets the crowd know He can provide so much more than the thing they crave and seek after, namely, physical things, physical bread. Jesus wanted them to know that He is … Continued

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Easter – “Living the Resurrected Life”

On Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Christ was raised so we were raised and we were raised to live a new life in Him and through His resurrection…therefore we are different because of His/your resurrection. In fact, the Matthew reading reads “then go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen…” again, suggesting that the resurrection moves us to action. … Continued

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Avoiding Pride

On Sunday, April 14th, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

When it comes to the subject of pride, people are all over the map. You see, there is no person on the planet the doesn’t struggle with Pride. Pride is at the heart of original sin. We’re reminded today that avoiding pride is God’s will for our lives and is one piece in the beautiful … Continued

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Being There

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

Paul writes in Romans 12:15 “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep”, and of course, all of us would wholeheartedly agree! When someone is celebrating, we celebrate alongside them. When someone is sad and overwhelmed, our hearts go out to them. But while we believe we should, it’s not always easy … Continued

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Blessing Persecutors

On Sunday, April 7th, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

Today we come to a mark of the Christian life that sets us apart from what people believe is “normal behavior”. Most people will tell you “If someone hurts you…hurt them back.” “If someone takes advantage of you…write them off.” “If someone persecutes you…never speak to them again.” But today we’re reminded that Christians don’t … Continued

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Showing Hospitality

On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

In all the things we can do to show our Christian faith, one of the simplest is to show hospitality to people. In fact, truth be told, it’s not just the simplest ways but it’s also one of the most effective! People don’t want to hear what you believe as much as they want to … Continued

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Contributing to the Need

On Sunday, March 31st, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

Unfortunately, in today’s church-life, people often believe that the church should give to them rather than them giving to the church. Now, should the church provide for its members, visitors and guests? Absolutely! The church is all about serving others no matter what! But members, visitors and guests who are Christians are part and parcel … Continued

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Being Constant in Prayer

On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

Prayer is one of the single most amazing gifts that God gives to us. We’re allowed to come into God’s presence! We’re allowed to speak to the Lord of the Universe without fear! We’re allowed to speak to the Lord as we would to a best friend or a trusted father! Amazing and wonderful! And … Continued

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Being Patient in Trials

On Sunday, March 24th, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

Patience isn’t typically a human strong-suit. Patience isn’t something we human beings are very good at. We’re impatient when we’re young and not much changes as we age! And this is particularly true when it comes to suffering. When we suffer trials and tribulations brought on by this world, we want the Lord to fix … Continued

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Rejoicing in Hope

On Friday, March 22nd, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

One of the more difficult things about our world is that it can flat out make you sad. How many times have you thought to yourself “I have to stop watching the news on TV…it’s just depressing!” And yet, as a Christian living in what can be a “depressing” world, we are called to “rejoice”…but … Continued

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Serving the Lord

On Sunday, March 17th, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

This week’s focus seems obvious and yet, it’s still a struggle. We are not called to serve ourselves…which is our go to…but we are called to serve the Lord in every way and every day. Interestingly, serving the Lord is actually best accomplished by serving others. In saying that we’re reminded that the order of … Continued

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Showing Honor

On Thursday, March 14th, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

We come to a very important place in our Lenten journey together. Today’s society desperately needs to hear the message today. You see we live in a very disrespectful time in history where people freely and openly combine a very judgmental spirit with a very sharp tongue. As Christians we are called to act like … Continued

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Brotherly Love

On Sunday, March 10th, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

This week’s focus seems so obvious and yet is also so difficult for us to do.  We tend to be loaners in our lives lived in America.  Some of us are better about it than others, but all of us tend to be more self-focused than we are ever other-focused.  And yet the Holy Spirit … Continued

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The Metamorphosis

On Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 in The Metamorphosis

Today we will remember, consider and celebrate the amazing event in Christ’s earthly life known as “The Transfiguration.” Amazingly Jesus was completely transformed in the presence of the disciples and in the presence of two Old Testament figures, Moses and Elijah. Notice that while Peter, James and John were fearful and amazed, Moses and Elijah … Continued

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Hating Evil

On Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 in The Tapestry of Christian Living

We’re taught by our parents as Christian children not to “hate” anyone or anything in any way, shape or form.  As Christians we don’t even like the word “hate” and sometimes correct our children from using the term.  So it’s difficult, even though it makes perfect sense in this case, to start out our Lent … Continued

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Joy

On Sunday, February 24th, 2019 in Partnership.Humility.Perspective.Joy

When we come to faith in Jesus we are given so many wonderful gifts. We’re given God’s eternal love in a world filled with hate. We’re given peace that passes understanding in the midst of a frightening landscape. We’re given hope in the midst of the hopelessness that surrounds us. Today we’ll remember that we’re … Continued

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Perspective

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 in Partnership.Humility.Perspective.Joy

It’s always good to gain perspective. It’s always healthy to step back and see things a little differently. Sometimes when you step back, your perspective is not only challenged but it’s changed completely. Paul reminds us today that when we come to faith in Jesus our perspective on the things of this world is radically altered.Do … Continued

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Humility

On Sunday, February 10th, 2019 in Partnership.Humility.Perspective.Joy

The second chapter of Philippians contains one of the most famous segments of Scripture and one of the clearest expressions of Christ’s humble service given at the cross. His humility was given for us but His humility is also given through us. He was humble and we are called to the same. Is this something … Continued

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Partnership

On Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 in Partnership.Humility.Perspective.Joy

In this first chapter of Philippians Paul gets at a wonderful truth about our work in God’s Kingdom.  Paul reminds us here that we are not going it alone as we bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus.  Of course we are always partnering with the Lord, since without Him no one would know … Continued

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What Does Heaven Look Like?

On Sunday, January 27th, 2019 in Help Me Understand

We are curious, aren’t we?  We want to know what it’s going to look like…not just in appearance but also in terms of what we’ll be doing when we’re there. Are we going to “hang out” like a never-ending vacation?  Are we going to eat and drink and be merry? Are we going to know … Continued

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Are We Living in the End Times?

On Monday, January 21st, 2019 in Help Me Understand

Everyone wants to know about the end times. Admittedly, some don’t want to know the details of the end times because the details bring fear…but all want to know…are we about to see Jesus on the clouds and are we on the edge of Judgment Day? Anyone who’s seriously studied the Bible knows that you … Continued

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What About People Who Have Never Heard?

On Sunday, January 13th, 2019 in Help Me Understand

This question is often on the hearts and minds of those outside the Christian faith but it also weighs heavily on the hearts of those who know Jesus as their Savior too.  Is God seeking out those who are in remote places?  Is God bringing the Gospel of Jesus to people who don’t have the … Continued

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How Much Sin Can I Get Away With?

On Sunday, January 6th, 2019 in Help Me Understand

While we’d hope no one would actually ask this question, some times we do live this way.  We live on the edge. We live for ourselves. We live as if God isn’t even watching and watching every single move we make.  So…how much sin can I get away with and still go to heaven? We’ll … Continued

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Is Jesus God or the Son of God?

On Sunday, December 30th, 2018 in Help Me Understand

When we read the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, one of the strangest things that we come across is Jesus talking as if He’s disconnected or separate from God the Father. When we read Jesus’ prayers or even the fact that He’s praying at all…we can walk away feeling that He is indeed the … Continued

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God in a Box

On Monday, December 24th, 2018 in What's Your Story?

Can you even imagine that first Christmas night? All of the angels? The brilliance of the glory of the Lord? The amazed and crazed shepherds running to Bethlehem and shouting the news? The magnificent star lighting up the sky? Joseph and Mary the proud new parents? The scene plays out before us and it is … Continued

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Humble Servant

On Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 in What's Your Story?

As we turn this week from Joseph to Mary, we need to look back on what the angel told Joseph, namely, “You shall call His name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.” Why? Because one of the people that Jesus saved from their sins was none other than His own mother, … Continued

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The Quiet Giant

On Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 in What's Your Story?

There’s always a “behind the scenes” or “unsung” character in every story or narrative. Joseph certainly isn’t an absentee daddy but we really don’t know very much about him. What we do know is this however…he was a man of God, worthy of our respect, a quiet giant to be sure. Not only did he … Continued

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The Wise Guys

On Sunday, December 16th, 2018 in What's Your Story?

We come across an amazing set of characters today. While they were not at the manger/stable when Jesus was born, they do give us an amazing glimpse into our wonderful God. The Wise Men as they have become known by, were likely Medo-Persians who met up with the Jewish nation in Babylon. In other words, … Continued

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God’s Google Map

On Thursday, December 13th, 2018 in What's Your Story?

What an amazing truth the star brings to us today. We could make the application that the brilliantly shining star in the sky was just an imagery that pointed to the brilliantly shining Son of God it was meant to point to. Jesus is the light of the world and the star helps us remember … Continued

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Holy-Heavenly-Huddle

On Monday, December 10th, 2018 in What's Your Story?

What’s Your Story: Holy-Heavenly-Huddle Amazing to visualize what happened on the hillside that first Christmas night.  Can you imagine the concert that the shepherds were privy to?  Can you imagine the sound of the voice of an angel of the Lord and the voices of the combined heavenly chorus singing to God on the night … Continued

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Why are They Here? (Midweek)

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 in What's Your Story?

The shepherds are one of the most loved characters in the Christmas narrative. They were chosen. They were amazed. They were afraid. They were excited. They were great. But they were also…not very well liked. When the Lord chose to come to the shepherds, He chose men who were thought of poorly in the culture … Continued

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Humble Beginnings

On Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 in What's Your Story?

One of the most amazing truths of the birth of Jesus is where He was born. We often hear it said “Jesus should have been born in a palace” or “Jesus should have been born in a beautiful hospital” and that’s all true. But the reminder today is that it’s not exactly true…you see, no … Continued

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With His Message

On Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 in enTRUSTed

What’s this doing in a stewardship series?  This is an “outreach” subject…and “each-one-reach-one” kinda message…not stewardship!  And yet, today we’ll remember that when we talk about the stewardship of our time, talents and treasures, reaching out is part and parcel of using what God has enTRUSTed you with to HIS glory.  We will remember today … Continued

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With His Resources

On Sunday, November 18th, 2018 in enTRUSTed

We are often very focused on money and things.  We are often absolutely consumed by money and things…OUR money and OUR things.  Today we will remember that OUR things are not OURS at all.  All that we have and all that we are…is His…is God’s.  We’ll remember today that we are simply enTRUSTed with HIS … Continued

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With His Plan

On Monday, November 12th, 2018 in enTRUSTed

This week in our stewardship sermon series we move from God owning our every day life to God owning our every day.  We make plans.  We look to the future.  We design our life, follow our map, walk according to OUR plan.  Today we’ll be reminded that God has a plan for your life.  God … Continued

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With His Life

On Sunday, November 4th, 2018 in enTRUSTed

Some times we forget that we do not own ourselves…we are owned. God made you, HE “knit you together in your mother’s womb” and “your days are numbered and are in HIS book” as Psalm 139 says it. That means God owns your body and your life. More than that, as a Christian He has … Continued

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Ridiculous Relationship

On Monday, October 29th, 2018

As we come to this final chapter of Jonah we’re reminded of how ridiculous we can be and how ridiculous God’s love is for us! Jonah’s pouting because God didn’t kill the Ninevites! What? How ridiculous, right? And yet, we’re looking in a mirror on this one. We’re often petty and pouty and well…ridiculous. And … Continued

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Ridiculous Repentance

On Monday, October 22nd, 2018 in This is Ridiculous

How amazing is our God?  How amazing is it that He not only rescued Jonah but brought the Ninevites to repentance through the prophet as well.  Yes, God brought the Ninevites to repentance.  The Bible is clear, even repentance is God’s work in and through us.  And each time we repent, we’re reminded that it’s … Continued

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Ridiculous Redemption

On Sunday, October 14th, 2018 in This is Ridiculous

As we turn the page to the second chapter of Jonah we realize that the Lord was all about saving the Ninevites, but He was also about saving Jonah too. Did Jonah deserve to be saved? Nope. Did Jonah deserve to die in that body of water? Yep. But God had mercy on Jonah and … Continued

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Ridiculous Request

On Monday, October 1st, 2018 in This is Ridiculous

In this first message from Jonah’s first chapter, we come across one of the hallmarks of our Christian faith…namely, we love our enemies. Jonah’s reticence to go to Nineveh was because the Ninevites were sworn enemies of Israel and were furthermore horrible and heinous and violent people. But God takes horrible and heinous and violent … Continued

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Did God Create Evil?

On Monday, October 1st, 2018

This is a tough one for most people. They look around the world and see the suffering and pain. They recognize the evil that’s present in everyone’s heart..and presume, “If God created everything, then God created evil too.” Today we’ll remember that evil is in the world because this world is infected with the disease … Continued

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“Don’t  Hypocritical  Christians Invalidate Christianity?” 

On Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 in Help Me Understand

“Christians are hypocrites!” You hear that kind of thing a lot. And while most think we’d object to such a claim, we actually embrace it. Christians are hypocrites and liars and thieves and adulterers and prejudiced and angry and addicted…and, well, you fill in the blank with your “things.” We are and fully admit to being…broken. Doesn’t that invalidate Christianity? Nope. … Continued

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How Can We Know God Exists?

On Sunday, September 9th, 2018 in Help Me Understand

For the Christian, the existence of God is obvious…but not so for everyone.  Often people look at the meaninglessness of this world and say,  “How could there be a God?” Often people see the pain and suffering in our world and question the existence of a “good God.” Often people are duped by prevailing philosophies … Continued

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Does The Bible Contradict Itself?

On Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 in Help Me Understand

Often people will parrot what they’ve heard from others or seen on the net, namely, that the Bible “contradicts itself.” In those moments the only response the Christian should have is “Show me where.”  “Show me!”  The Bible is the living and active Word of a holy and righteous, pure and perfect God and therefore … Continued

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Gracious, Merciful, Patient, Loving

On Monday, August 27th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

We conclude our “Sitting with the Psalms” sermon series with a Psalm that is not as well known as many of the Psalms we’ve studied…and yet…one that has a profound and amazing reminder of who God is for us!  In the first seven verses, the Psalmist talks about extolling, praising and glorifying God, but He … Continued

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The Lord is My Keeper

On Sunday, August 19th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

The Lord is My Keeper Psalm 121 is one of the most loved Psalms and mostly so for it’s opening verses “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Those beautiful words give comfort and hope in any … Continued

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We are His

On Sunday, August 12th, 2018

There are many wonderful truths found in Psalm 100–it’s an amazing passage of Scripture! This Psalm speaks about worship, being thankful and the goodness of God.All of which are wonderful topics. But today we’ll remember something that brings us into worship, causes us to be thankful and reminds us of the goodness of God…namely, that … Continued

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Sing a New Song

On Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

One of the blessings in our culture is that we are inundated with the gift of music–it is everywhere and all the time. It is in the house, in the car, in the work-place, in the hallways, and on our phones. Music is not just part of our culture, it is at the core of … Continued

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God’s People

On Monday, July 30th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

We call ourselves a lot of different things—Christians, Believers, Christ-followers, Disciples of Jesus, and the Church. All of those names are actually true and biblical, but there is one name that we don’t often use—God’s People. It’s repeated in Psalm 95 and elsewhere. It reminds us of an amazing truth—we belong to God!  We are … Continued

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Continual Praise

On Monday, July 23rd, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

When we think of worshiping our Lord and Savior, we think of coming to Gloria Dei to sing His praise, hear His Word and receive His Sacraments…and all of that is “worship” or “praise” to be sure. But today, we remember through the words of Psalm 34, that “praise” isn’t an event in our week…“praise” … Continued

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Blessed

On Monday, July 16th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

When we think about our blessings, typically we go to things like family and house and career and other tangible, physical, earthly blessings.  And to be sure, those are blessings from the hand of God.  And yet, the greatest blessing we have is the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. We know that’s true, and … Continued

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Walking with God

On Monday, July 9th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

Day after day we walk in a world that taxes, stresses, and generally drags us down. How wonderful then to have the truths from Psalm 23 in our lives.  It’s poetic. It’s beautiful. It’s much loved…but it is also true. Christians walk with God day after day, embracing the deep and enduring love-relationship with their … Continued

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Can Anyone Be Saved?

On Monday, July 2nd, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

When you read Psalm 15, you begin to wonder “If this is God’s expectation, will anyone be saved?”  The Psalmist tells us that the person who will dwell on God’s holy hill must be blameless. To which we say “no one can meet those qualifications.” Can anyone be saved? This week’s Psalm reminds us that … Continued

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God is with Us?

On Sunday, June 24th, 2018 in Sitting with the Psalms

  God is with us! Psalm 14 is especially important because the Psalmist reminds us that we are surrounded by people, day after day, who do not believe in God as we do. The Psalmist writes, “The fool says in his heart  ‘There is no God.’” We all know that we are surrounded by people … Continued

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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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