Jun 19, 2016
Praying for Patience
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Have you ever prayed for "patience?"  You might want to reconsider that - when you think about how God is going to make you patient.  It is unlikely that God will just change your demeanor overnight (though, He certainly could).  Rather, He will likely teach you patience by making you WAIT!  What better way to grow in integrity than to be faced with the opportunity for dishonesty and yet experience telling the truth?  What better way to grow in determination than to overcome failure?  So, if God needs to teach you patience, He will give you opportunities to wait on Him.  As you do, you will learn to trust Him more.  And as you trust Him, you will learn that He desires to grant you all good things.  
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  • Jun 19, 2016Praying for Patience
    Jun 19, 2016
    Praying for Patience
    Series: (All)
    Have you ever prayed for "patience?"  You might want to reconsider that - when you think about how God is going to make you patient.  It is unlikely that God will just change your demeanor overnight (though, He certainly could).  Rather, He will likely teach you patience by making you WAIT!  What better way to grow in integrity than to be faced with the opportunity for dishonesty and yet experience telling the truth?  What better way to grow in determination than to overcome failure?  So, if God needs to teach you patience, He will give you opportunities to wait on Him.  As you do, you will learn to trust Him more.  And as you trust Him, you will learn that He desires to grant you all good things.  
  • Jun 12, 2016Praying for Wisdom
    Jun 12, 2016
    Praying for Wisdom
    Series: (All)
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    Young King Solomon, when asked by God what he wanted, prayed to receive wisdom (1 Kings 3).  Do you pray for wisdom?  What does that mean to you?  It has been said that wisdom is "knowledge applied."  It is true that humans are capable of amassing knowledge, and yet still remaining unwise.  Such is the case of the unbelieving heart.  Often what is perceived as worldly knowledge is wrongly applied and then deemed to be opposed to what is spiritually wise.  So how is the believing person to reconcile the wisdom of God, which is seen as foolishness to the world?
     
  • Jun 5, 2016What Gives Us True Happiness and Joy?
    Jun 5, 2016
    What Gives Us True Happiness and Joy?
    Series: (All)
    Slide1
    There are a lot of things in life that can suck the joy out of us and leave us discouraged - health, finances, relationships, and politics to mention a few.  We can have joy in our life when we are connected to Jesus.
     
  • May 29, 2016Persecuted
    May 29, 2016
    Persecuted
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    The Bible clearly states that Christians will be persecuted. It still happens today in many different forms, from as simple as being mocked to as serious as suffering death. Be that as it may, we do not let persecution discourage us.  In fact, we embrace it. Persecution is an indication that we are "on the right track," since the enemy is always opposing the work of Christ.  Last week, after professing their faith, our confirmation students were asked this question: "Do you intend to continue steadfast in this confession ... and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from it?" Recognizing that Christ is the creator and sustainer of your very life, and that He holds your eternity in His hands ... How would 
    you 
    answer that question?
  • May 22, 2016Peacemakers
    May 22, 2016
    Peacemakers
    Have you noticed how uncivil our culture has become?  People can be just flat out rude.  Polite manners seem to be a thing of the past.  Especially when it comes to the news media; whatever is the most divisive gets the most press and therefore fills the hearts and minds of the people - that is, us and our neighbors!  More and more people are ready for an argument.  But what about Christians?  How do we respond when provoked?  What does Jesus mean when he says, "Blessed are the peacemakers ..."
     (Matthew 5:9).  Does that mean peace at all costs?  Does that mean not caring?  Just how do we make peace?  For that, we must look to Christ Himself.
  • May 15, 2016Pure in Heart
    May 15, 2016
    Pure in Heart
    Bless_this_Home_-_Banner_ResizedBlessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God(Matthew 5:8) The first thing we learn from this beatitude is that Jesus is concerned with our heart. It is not enough to clean up our act on the outside.  The aim of Jesus Christ is not to reform the manners of society, but to change the hearts of sinners like us.  Considering the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us at Pentecost, we can see how Go
    d intends to change us from the inside out.
  • May 8, 2016Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
    May 8, 2016
    Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” 
    (Matthew 5:6, ESV) This one short verse of Scripture brings to us an incredible message of hope, and a message that should spark a deep sense of joy in all of us who are believers and those who may be seeking Christ. Satisfaction is available, but only through Christ.
  • May 1, 2016Heaven Breaking Through
    May 1, 2016
    Heaven Breaking Through

    God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic SermonMany Christians view the gospel message as being little more than the minimal entrance requirements for heaven. They miss out on the “living life on earth in the presence of God” portion of the gospel that Jesus says is available right now. To what extent have you missed out on the fullness of life with God in the here and now? Don’t wait till you die to start living in the presence of God.

  • Apr 24, 2016God Wants a Relationship with You
    Apr 24, 2016
    God Wants a Relationship with You
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    There is no one-size-fits-all way to draw close to God. God created you, knows you, and wants to have a relationship with you that is unlike his relationship with any other being. The miracle of the Incarnation is that God came to earth as one of us in order to connect with us. But an even greater miracle is that after Jesus ascended into heaven, he continues to be connected to His people through the Holy Spirit!
  • Apr 17, 2016Listening to the Voice of God
    Apr 17, 2016
    Listening to the Voice of God
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    The voices we listen to and the thoughts we allow to occupy our minds eventually shape who we become and what we do. If our goal is debauchery and depravity, we don’t have to do much—just avoid God, avoid Scripture, and avoid godly people. If our goal is a mediocre spiritual life, we can just occasionally focus on God’s Word, and the rest of the time focus on whatever else is out there. But if our goal is to have a mind that is the dwelling place of God, we need to fill it with what God says, and meditate on His Word.
     
  • Apr 10, 2016Partnering with God Today
    Apr 10, 2016
    Partnering with God Today
    God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic Sermon
    Spending the day with God does not necessarily involve doing different activities than you already do. It involves learning to do what you already do in a different way—doing it with God. It means acknowledging your dependence on God, telling him about your concerns, and inviting Him to share each moment of the day with you.
  • Apr 3, 2016Where is God in My World?
    Apr 3, 2016
    Where is God in My World?
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    Do you sometimes wish that God would show Himself more plainly?  He can seem to hide somewhere between the clouds and the pages of the Bible.  Wouldn’t it be nice if God showed up the way that He did for the Disciples of Jesus and the nation of Israel?  When there seems to be so much wickedness at work in our world today, you may be tempted to believe that God has “left the building.” Don’t.  Jesus has promised never to leave nor forsake you … why start doubting Him now?
     
  • Mar 27, 2016God’s Great Desire for People
    Mar 27, 2016
    God’s Great Desire for People
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    According to 1 Corinthians 15, more than 500 people saw Jesus after his resurrection.  Some believed, some didn’t.  Paul said “He appeared also to me.”   Have you had a personal experience with the Lord?  Would you like to?  You can.  Jesus encourages you with the same words he said to Thomas,
    “Stop doubting and believe.”  The resurrection of Jesus is just an interesting story or an historical detail until you put your faith in Christ.  The promise: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.”  Faith in Jesus and in his resurrection has an eternal impact! Jesus himself put it this way, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)  Our prayer is that if you are not yet a believer, today begins a new step of faith for you, and if you are already a believer that you will be strengthened and encouraged in faith.  Thanks for joining us.  Please come back again and again.  There’s more Good News
    !
  • Mar 25, 2016Good Friday – A Rich Burial
    Mar 25, 2016
    Good Friday – A Rich Burial
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    The ancient Tenebrae Service dates back to the 8th century.  It commemorates the sufferings and death of Christ with the progressive extinguishing of all candles until only the Christ candle remains.  The fading lights symbolize the fading loyalty of the disciples in Jesus’ hour of greatest need.  The six extinguished candles remind us that over the course of six hours, our sins extinguished the life of Christ who was the Light of the world.  Solemn as tonight is, we do not end in despair; at the end of the service is a hint of the promised resurrection.
     
  • Mar 24, 2016Maundy Thursday – Bloodbath
    Mar 24, 2016
    Maundy Thursday – Bloodbath
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    The name for this day comes from the Latin word "mandatum," meaning "commandment."  It refers to the two commandments our Lord gave to His disciples on this day.  The first is, "Love one another;” the second is, "Do this in remembrance of Me."  Our service today is part-one of what the early Church observed as "the triduum," a three-day remembrance of the events of our Lord's suffering, death, and resurrection.