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 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 15, 2019Christmas Light – When Your Family is Frustrating
    Dec 15, 2019
    Christmas Light – When Your Family is Frustrating
    By: (All)
    Series: (All)
    Dealing with family members during the holidays can be stressful! Joseph was very stressed as he tried to figure out what to do with his fiancée who just informed him that she was expecting a child … not his. Rather than immediately responding to Mary in anger, he carefully considered what to do. When family members frustrate you, do you carefully consider your response?
  • 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 17, 2019What is Humility?
    Nov 17, 2019
    What is Humility?
    Series: (All)
    Humility is, of course, notoriously elusive. That’s why, of all the hard sayings of Jesus, few are harder than those about humility.
  • Nov 10, 2019Are you prepared?
    Nov 10, 2019
    Are you prepared?
    Series: (All)
    AS WE GATHER The world is rapidly moving away from a Christian worldview. Are you prepared for this cultural shift? Are you ready to give a reason for your faith? With this passage St. Paul is writing to Christians facing a world like ours is about to become. With this advice he empowers and strengthened the Ephesians to proclaim the Gospel. This empowerment is ours as well in our modern world.
  • 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
    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
    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.
  • Oct 6, 2019Spiritual Relationships
    Oct 6, 2019
    Spiritual Relationships
    Series: (All)
    AS WE GATHER The gift of faith by which we live one day at a time is something to be practiced, not taken for granted. We are each a mysterious combination of our families, teachers, friends, and experiences. Paul invites us to fan into flame the gifts of God we receive through the people in our lives. Not all gifts feel like blessings. Some are the traumas and losses we inevitably undergo. Even so, we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. Jesus invites us to let forgiveness, faith, and service become our daily habit. By following in Jesus’ way, we are empowered to freely share that love with every person we meet.
  • Sep 29, 2019God Questions- “How do I relate to God?”…
    Sep 29, 2019
    God Questions- “How do I relate to God?”…
    Believing that God exists is one thing. Believing that you, as an individual, can have access to Him is quite another. In this message, we see how anyone, no matter their background, can have a relationship with God – through His Son, Jesus Christ.
    The Question: “How do I relate to God?” …
  • Sep 22, 2019God Questions- Is God GOOD?
    Sep 22, 2019
    God Questions- Is God GOOD?
    Even if someone believes there is a God, they often wonder if He cares about them or for them. Suffering can make us question God’s goodness. The Bible, though it does not answer every question about suffering, is honest about the human struggle with suffering. This is what we see in history’s most famous sufferer – Job. The Question: “Is God Good?” …