Aug 20, 2017
Joy in Your Future
As the Apostle Paul concludes Chapter 3 of his letter to the Philippians, he writes: "We eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Do you ever feel like you’ve got a lowly body? One that just doesn’t do everything you want it to do? As a nation we're getting older, and for many that means getting lowlier and lowlier. Paul encourages us, however, that this is not the end of the story. The end of the story is that God's going to transform these bodies. He’s going to make them into something spectacular. He’s going to transform them into a body like Jesus Christ. Like His glorious body. What a promise!
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  • Aug 20, 2017Joy in Your Future
    Aug 20, 2017
    Joy in Your Future
    As the Apostle Paul concludes Chapter 3 of his letter to the Philippians, he writes: "We eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Do you ever feel like you’ve got a lowly body? One that just doesn’t do everything you want it to do? As a nation we're getting older, and for many that means getting lowlier and lowlier. Paul encourages us, however, that this is not the end of the story. The end of the story is that God's going to transform these bodies. He’s going to make them into something spectacular. He’s going to transform them into a body like Jesus Christ. Like His glorious body. What a promise!
  • Aug 13, 2017Joy in Your Accomplishments
    Aug 13, 2017
    Joy in Your Accomplishments

    As Christians we should well understand how Christ's work on the cross covers our guilt.  We are freed from the guilt and shame that comes from our sinful actions because of what Christ has done for us.  That's good news!  But have you ever thought that the same applies to our pride?  Christ's work on the cross covers our pride too!  What does that mean?  It means that guilt and pride are two sides of the same coin.  Both say "look at me, and what I have done."  The only difference is that guilt is burdened over the bad that we've done, but pride is puffed up over the good that we've done.  Today we will look at the true value of our accomplishments.  Paul says that for him they are garbage.

  • Aug 6, 2017Joy on the Job
    Aug 6, 2017
    Joy on the Job
    In the midst of his letter to the Philippians, Paul takes a moment to note the significance of two of his close associates, Timothy and Epaphroditus. These men are remarkable examples of devotion to the Lord's mission and service to a brother in the Lord - the Apostle Paul. How about you? Isn’t it easy to get so focused on yourself that you forget to recognize and reward the people that God used to make you a success? Who is it that needs to be rewarded in your life? Whatever job you may have, God has used others to get you to where you are today. Have you thanked God for them? Have you thanked them? You will find joy if you do.
  • Jul 30, 2017Joy in Your Potential
    Jul 30, 2017
    Joy in Your Potential

    Is it easier for you to spend when you know that you have an abundance?  If you knew you had a million dollars in the bank would it be easier to spend than if you knew that you only had one hundred dollars as of the end of last month?  When you know you've got an abundance of life in Christ, it’s a lot easier to spend your life for others.  When you allow Him to work into your life what only He can work, then it frees you to spend your life for other people.  That’s the kind of hard work that results in joy - spending a life that God's given to you to love people.
  • 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
    Series: (All)
    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?
    Series: (All)
    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.