Jan 19, 2020
LOVE DOES – I’m With You
Series: Love Does
A big part of love is simply being present with someone.  This is why God promises His people, over and over again, “I will be with you.”  And yet, God is with us in a special and specific way – through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only through Jesus that we can safely encounter God.  This is what Jacob discovered as he wrestled with God one night. 
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  • Jan 19, 2020LOVE DOES – I’m With You
    Jan 19, 2020
    LOVE DOES – I’m With You
    Series: Love Does
    A big part of love is simply being present with someone.  This is why God promises His people, over and over again, “I will be with you.”  And yet, God is with us in a special and specific way – through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only through Jesus that we can safely encounter God.  This is what Jacob discovered as he wrestled with God one night. 
  • Jan 12, 2020What’s Next? Dream Again
    Jan 12, 2020
    What’s Next? Dream Again
    Series: What's Next?
    Have you ever felt like something's missing? Are you longing for a clearer sense of purpose in your life? You were created for significance, not just survival.  Today we will dig into Scripture and recognize where in our lives we've become spiritually passive and may not be using our gifts to their full potential. We will learn to recognize we are made for significance, and that God gives each of us the vision to pursue the purpose He has us. Together, let's figure out What’s Next?
  • Jan 5, 2020What’s Next? Take the Next Step
    Jan 5, 2020
    What’s Next? Take the Next Step
    Series: What's Next?
    Have you ever felt like something's missing? Are you longing for a clearer sense of purpose in your life? You were created for significance, not just survival.  Today we will dig into Scripture and recognize where in our lives we've become spiritually passive and may not be using our gifts to their full potential. We will learn to recognize we are made for significance, and that God gives each of us the vision to pursue the purpose He has us. Together, let's figure out What’s Next?
  • Dec 29, 2019In The Dark Streets Shineth
    Dec 29, 2019
    In The Dark Streets Shineth
    Series: (All)
    We all have dark places – places of shame – in our lives that deplete us and burden us.  Christ came to shine His light on the darkest places of our hearts – not to shame us, but to save us.
  • Dec 25, 2019Christmas Light – When Christ Shines His Light
    Dec 25, 2019
    Christmas Light – When Christ Shines His Light
    We all have dark places – places of shame – in our lives that deplete us and burden us. Christ came to shine His light on the darkest places of our hearts – not to shame us, but to save us.
  • Dec 24, 2019Christmas Light – When Christ Lightens Your Heart
    Dec 24, 2019
    Christmas Light – When Christ Lightens Your Heart
    Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room in any of Bethlehem’s guest rooms. Our hearts are meant to be God’s home. But sometimes are hearts are so cluttered and heavy, we have no room for God to enter in! When Christ enters our hearts, what burdens our hearts can be removed.
  • Dec 22, 2019Christmas Light – When Your Travel is Taxing
    Dec 22, 2019
    Christmas Light – When Your Travel is Taxing
    The holidays are the busiest travel days of the year. People visit relatives from all over. The first Christmas too began with a trip as Mary and Joseph traveled to the Bethlehem to be registered in a census. But this is nothing compared to the distance the Son of God traveled to be with us on the first Christmas.
  • Dec 8, 2019Christmas Light – When Your Debt is Deep
    Dec 8, 2019
    Christmas Light – When Your Debt is Deep
    When Mary hears that she will be the mother of the promised Messiah, she bursts into song. In her song, she sings specifically about the special place God has in His heart toward those who are poor and lowly. In a Christmas that is marked by consumerism, how might poverty and humility reflect and reveal God’s glory?
  • Dec 1, 2019Christmas Light- When Your Calendar is Crazy
    Dec 1, 2019
    Christmas Light- When Your Calendar is Crazy
    Between holiday parties and kids programs and lots of shopping and visiting relatives, Christmas calendars can get jam packed. What’s more, just one unexpected thing can turn your calendar upside down and add to the stress of the season. The first Christmas turned Mary’s calendar upside down. Yet, out of a stressful situation came the world’s greatest gift. How can God use your stressful situations?
  • Nov 28, 2019Thanksgiving for Everyone
    Nov 28, 2019
    Thanksgiving for Everyone
    Series: (All)
    We sing for joy, O God! We come together this evening to acknowledge Your generosity and Your goodness toward us. We are blessed. Our nation is blessed. We come to You as thankful people and we acknowledge your continuous protection and provision – both in the past and even now.
  • Nov 24, 2019Taunt & Triumph
    Nov 24, 2019
    Taunt & Triumph
    Series: (All)
    When it comes to our faith, the world in which we live is filled more frequently with taunts than with triumphs. They are far more likely to cry out “If you are the Son of God” (as in Luke 23:35 & 37), rather than “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” as in Paul’s epistle to the Colossians 1:15. As we turn the page to a new church year, we end the narration of the greatest story in all history, and in so doing we signal the new beginning that story promises all of us. The triumph speaks louder than the taunts!
  • Nov 3, 2019WILLPOWER – Worry
    Nov 3, 2019
    WILLPOWER – Worry
    Series: Willpower
    Worry is one of the most besetting sins of our age. From whether we will get a raise to how our kids will turn out to what the weather will bring, worry infiltrates every part and portion of our lives. Jesus calls us, instead of trying to control tomorrow, to trust in God today as well as tomorrow. On this All Saints’ Sunday, we are reminded of what our future holds. As people of Christ, we need not worry.?
  • Oct 27, 2019WILLPOWER – Laziness
    Oct 27, 2019
    WILLPOWER – Laziness
    Series: Willpower
    The message of the Reformation, which began with Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, really could be summarized with one simple phrase: “Free Gift.”  No longer would consciences be plagued with thoughts of what must be done to be saved.  Rather, hearts and minds would be lifted with the knowledge that salvation is freely given by grace through faith in Jesus Christ!  What a glorious message of hope and freedom!  Contrast that with laziness.  Free Grace does not permit us to be lazy.   No, we have no work to do for our salvation, but much good work to do to show God’s Love to our neighbor.  Yes, we have been freed by grace!  … But freed for what purpose?
  • Oct 20, 2019WILLPOWER – LUST
    Oct 20, 2019
    WILLPOWER – LUST
    Series: Willpower
    There is no mistaking it: we are a culture that is confused about sex. But before we point our fingers out the sexual confusion “out there” in the world, we must take an honest look at the sexual temptation “in here” – in our hearts. God’s boundaries for human sexuality are not meant to be restricting, but loving. They allow us to model God’s love in our relationships.
  • Oct 13, 2019WILLPOWER – ANGER
    Oct 13, 2019
    WILLPOWER – ANGER
    Series: Willpower
    We all can be overcome by temptation – sometimes over and over again. Often, we try to tackle temptation through sheer willpower. We simply “try really hard” to resist sin. But our own willpower can never overcome sin. Thankfully, God’s will has the power to transform our hearts and change our lives. So, as Christians, when tensions rise, rather than getting angry at others, we are called to be forgiving of others.  Instead of exacting vengeance, we wait for God’s justice.