Jul 23, 2017
Joy in Your Attitude
Joy begins with three words. Some people think joy begins with the three words “work is over.” Some people think that joy begins with the three words “dinner is ready.” Some people think that joy begins with the three words “stocks are up.” Some think joy starts with the pleasures that come into their lives, and so joy begins with the three words “I got it.” That’s not where joy begins. Joy begins with the three words “Jesus is Lord.
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  • Jul 23, 2017Joy in Your Attitude
    Jul 23, 2017
    Joy in Your Attitude
    Joy begins with three words. Some people think joy begins with the three words “work is over.” Some people think that joy begins with the three words “dinner is ready.” Some people think that joy begins with the three words “stocks are up.” Some think joy starts with the pleasures that come into their lives, and so joy begins with the three words “I got it.” That’s not where joy begins. Joy begins with the three words “Jesus is Lord.
  • Jul 16, 2017Joy in your Circumstances
    Jul 16, 2017
    Joy in your Circumstances
    Today we continue our series on the epistle of JOY – Philippians.  Today we will see how even the negative circumstances that happen in our lives can be used by God to accomplish His purposes and advance His kingdom.  God uses the circumstances of our life to build our character.
  • Jul 9, 2017Joy in Your Relationships
    Jul 9, 2017
    Joy in Your Relationships
    Everyone struggles with experiencing the joy the Bible has promised us. Many of us, even Christians, endure life rather than enjoy life. We think the joy comes when we get to heaven, but the Bible says God created us to be joyful people beginning right now. This study in the book of Philippians will help us understand 9 different ways God wants to bring joy into our lives. Today we learn that the very places that we see joy being stolen away from us are often the very same places that God wants to give joy to us - including our relationships.
  • Jul 2, 2017In Between
    Jul 2, 2017
    In Between
    Series: (All)
    We live in a world where leadership is lifted up, yet we forget that leaders first learn to follow. Following is never easy, especially when the going gets tough. It can be hard enough to follow people we know, respect, and trust. It can be even harder to follow an unseen God who speaks to us through His eternal Word, strengthens us through bread and wine, and leads and guides us by His Spirit. Yet, that is our calling. In the midst of struggle, persecution, famine, joblessness, and conflict, we listen to the One we know, respect, and trust because He is our Creator, our Savior, and is always with us to the end of the age.
  • Jun 25, 2017What Must We Say
    Jun 25, 2017
    What Must We Say
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    There are many things that cause us to be afraid. We become afraid anytime we perceive our sense of security is threatened. This can be a perceived physical, financial, intellectual, relational, or spiritual threat. In these last days, these threats may only appear to be real or they may actually be real. No matter what it may be, our security and our strength lie in our God, who is our refuge and strength. In Him we put our trust.
  • Jun 18, 2017I’m Kind of a Big Deal
    Jun 18, 2017
    I’m Kind of a Big Deal
    Series: Liar Liar
    It is tempting to define ourselves by our accolades and achievements rather than by Christ’s achievement for us on the cross. On Father’s Day, we take a moment to remind men – and women – that they are valued and precious not because of what they do and accomplish, but because of who they are – baptized children of God.
  • Jun 11, 2017It Won’t Hurt a Bit
    Jun 11, 2017
    It Won’t Hurt a Bit
    Series: Liar Liar
    When confronted with and caught in a sin, you’ve probably heard someone try to justify his or her actions by saying, “I wasn’t hurting anyone!” In Joshua 7, we are introduced to the biblical concept of “corporate sin.” Achan sinned, but all Israel was held responsible. Thus, there is no such thing as a strictly private sin. This is why we ought to flee sin and, when we do sin, confess and receive absolution. For our sins not only hurt us, they hurt those about whom we care the most.
  • Jun 4, 2017We are Living in a Material World
    Jun 4, 2017
    We are Living in a Material World
    Series: Liar Liar
    Far too often, we get so caught up in the things of today that we forget about the eternal things of God. This world is more than what we see and the possessions that we have. This is why Paul warns against loving material things like money and, instead, striving toward eternal things such as righteousness, godliness, faith, and love. These are things that will last – not only in this world, but in the next.
  • May 28, 2017Those In-Between Times: Present or Absent?
    May 28, 2017
    Those In-Between Times: Present or Absent?
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    As the disciples saw Jesus become absent at the Ascension and were told to wait and pray and go to Jerusalem, so are we left within the “going” and the “coming” of the Lord.  Practicing His Presence is a matter of Faith and Spiritual Openness.  Our expectations are not disappointed but are met by gracious surprises.
  • May 21, 2017All You Need is Love
    May 21, 2017
    All You Need is Love
    Series: Liar Liar
    God sent his Son, the innocent Lamb, to be the sacrifice for our sins. Through his suffering and death we have the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus paid the price of our salvation and by his wounds we are healed
  • May 14, 2017All Roads Lead to Rome
    May 14, 2017
    All Roads Lead to Rome
    Series: Liar Liar
    Our culture is mired in relativism. Many people believe that it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe something. They believe all roads lead to God. Jesus, however, is clear: only He leads us and brings us to God. In today’s message, we discuss how to begin a conversation about the exclusivity of the gospel in a world full of relativism.
  • May 7, 2017The Life of a Sheep Ain’t so Baaad
    May 7, 2017
    The Life of a Sheep Ain’t so Baaad
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    You’re in charge. Or not. God created us to be dependent, on Him. But it’s a challenge to believe that, for it requires a sense of humility and a sense of awe to understand how far reaching and how incredibly personal the love of God really is. In the Gospel, Jesus used the imagery of sheep and a shepherd to describe our relationship with him: He’s the shepherd, He’s in charge, and He holds our lives in his hands and provides for us more abundantly than we might ever provide for ourselves. And that’s something we can be thankful for.
  • Apr 30, 2017You Only Live Once
    Apr 30, 2017
    You Only Live Once
    Series: Liar Liar
    You’ve probably heard it before: “YOLO.” “You only live once.” This is what the religious leaders desperately wanted to be true about Jesus. But no matter how much they tried to cover His resurrection with their lies, their efforts proved futile. On Easter Sunday, we celebrated the truth that Jesus’ resurrection means our resurrection. Today we continue to celebrate that and the truth that we will live more than once. We will live forever.
  • Apr 23, 2017Here I Am
    Apr 23, 2017
    Here I Am
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    On Easter evening and again the following Sunday, because the disciples saw Jesus alive, they knew the resurrection was real, and they believed in Him. They were then able to witness to their faith in spite of opposition and persecution from the Jewish council. Though grieved by various traits, it was the “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3) that enabled the Early Church to rejoice. The reality of the resurrection becomes evident to people around us as we live out our faith, confessing Jesus as Lord and offering peace and forgiveness in His name. As they come to faith, they join us and “have life in His name” (John 20:31).
  • Apr 16, 2017Standing in Victory
    Apr 16, 2017
    Standing in Victory
    This morning we celebrate a victory! Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God slain for our sins, has risen from the dead. Through faith in his name we have forgiveness and eternal life. Because he has risen, we too will rise. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!