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.

WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • 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
    God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic Sermon
    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
    God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic Sermon
    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?
    2016 GICTYT Postcard Front
    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
    2016 GICTYT Postcard Front
    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
    Suffering savior (2)
    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
    Suffering savior (2)
    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.
     
  • Mar 20, 2016His Triumphal Entrance
    Mar 20, 2016
    His Triumphal Entrance
    Suffering savior (2)
    “Hosanna” means “save us now!”  Jesus received great praise as he entered into Jerusalem and the people shouted, "Hosanna. Save us, and do it now!" But that day was also the beginning of the end for our Lord, an end that will culminate in the most humiliating of deaths: by crucifixion. Yet we can rejoice, not for a palm parade, but for the truth that after his death, resurrection and ascension, God exalted his obedient and humble Son to the highest place where he receives all glory as King of kings and Lord of lords, having won for us the forgiveness of sins!
  • Mar 13, 2016Is There No Justice?
    Mar 13, 2016
    Is There No Justice?
    Suffering savior (2)
    Travesties and miscarriages of justice are all around us. Christ suffered the greatest injustice of all: stricken for our transgressions, He was cut off from the land of the living. Through Him, God has accomplished His own plan of justice: our justification by grace alone.
  • Mar 6, 2016Knowing When to Keep Quiet
    Mar 6, 2016
    Knowing When to Keep Quiet
    Suffering savior (2)
    Countless are our sins of speech, especially against the Second, Fourth, and Eighth Commandments. A silent lamb led to the slaughter, Jesus kept quiet when He could have spoken out. By suffering and dying in silence, He atoned for all our talk.
  • Feb 28, 2016Stray Sheep
    Feb 28, 2016
    Stray Sheep
    Suffering savior (2)
    We all like sheep have gone astray. We were lost and vulnerable to the wolf. (Some still are.) The Good Shepherd became a sheep and laid down His life to bring us back into the fold of salvation.
  • Feb 21, 2016By His Wounds We Are Healed
    Feb 21, 2016
    By His Wounds We Are Healed
    Suffering savior (2)
    Have you ever heard of anyone who has never been sick for even one day throughout their life?  That would be nearly impossible.  Regardless of how good or bad, poor or rich we may be, our lot in this broken world is to experience sickness, pain and ultimately death.  We all need a physician when we are sick!  Jesus agrees when He says, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.…….for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:12,13    WE HAVE THE GREAT PHYSICIAN OF BODY AND SOUL, JESUS CHRIST, “ON CALL” 24/7 IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH.   He will never leave us till He takes us from this “vail of tears” to perfectly heals our resurrected bodies in the likeness of His glorious Body!
     
  • Feb 14, 2016Appearances Can Be Deceiving
    Feb 14, 2016
    Appearances Can Be Deceiving
    Suffering savior (2)Judged by outward appearances, the crucified Christ held no attraction. But He took upon Himself the ugliness of our sin, that we might be gloriously clothed in His righteousness before God. (Our Suffering Savior
    , p. 145)
  • Feb 10, 2016Who Has Believed?
    Feb 10, 2016
    Who Has Believed?
    Suffering savior (2)We ponder how Christ overcame unbelief and skepticism and powerfully rescued all humanity. He is the arm of the Lord, strong to save! (Our Suffering Savior, 145). A Christian custom on Ash Wednesday is to receive a mark of the cross made with ashes upon the forehead. Ashes are a symbol of repentance and of our mortality, especially as we hear the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”