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?
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  • 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.
  • 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?” …
  • Sep 15, 2019GOD QUESTIONS – IS THERE A GOD?
    Sep 15, 2019
    GOD QUESTIONS – IS THERE A GOD?
    The percentage of people who either believe there is no God, or do not know whether they believe there is a God, is increasing. The Bible assumes God’s existence. But is it plausible for us to believe what the Bible assumes? In this message, we look at some clues that point to God’s existence, beginning with what is all around us.
  • Sep 8, 2019Filled…with LIFE
    Sep 8, 2019
    Filled…with LIFE
    Series: Filled
    We live in a world that saps us and drains us at every turn. If it’s not the demanding work schedule, it’s the cost of living. If it’s not the cut-throat competition, it’s the hair-pulling traffic. And if it’s not strife in the news or on social media, it’s strife in our relationships. Isn’t there something that can fill us up rather than wear us down? Yes there is, but it’s not a something, it’s a Someone. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). The enemy wants to destroy your life, but Jesus died to give you life - eternal life! May your life be full in Him.
  • Sep 1, 2019Filled… with HOPE
    Sep 1, 2019
    Filled… with HOPE
    Series: Filled
    We live in a world that saps us and drains us at every turn. If it’s not the demanding work schedule, it’s the cost of living. If it’s not the cut-throat competition, it’s the hair-pulling traffic. And if it’s not strife in the news or on social media, it’s strife in our relationships. Isn’t there something that can fill us up rather than wear us down? Yes there is, but it’s not a something, it’s a Someone. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). We find so much hope in this troubled world through the promises of our Savior Jesus. Come and find refuge in Him.
  • Aug 25, 2019Filled…with JOY
    Aug 25, 2019
    Filled…with JOY
    Series: Filled
    We live in a world that saps us and drains us at every turn. If it’s not the demanding work schedule, it’s the cost of living. If it’s not the cut-throat competition, it’s the hair-pulling traffic. And if it’s not strife in the news or on social media, it’s strife in our relationships. Isn’t there something that can fill us up rather than wear us down? Yes there is, but it’s not a something, it’s a Someone. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11, ESV). Come and be filled by the joy that only comes through Jesus, the Son of God.
  • Aug 18, 2019Watermarked
    Aug 18, 2019
    Watermarked
    Series: (All)
    No doubt you know the date of your birthday. But do you know the day of your second birthday- your spiritual birthday? Your Baptism. If you don't, look it up. That's your assignment today and it is important.
  • Aug 11, 2019Trusting God – No Matter What!
    Aug 11, 2019
    Trusting God – No Matter What!
    Series: (All)
    The Israel king David wrote in Psalm 27:8: “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” (ESV) As forgiven and beloved children of God who come to close to God our gracious Father with faith in our Savior Jesus and through the power of the Spirit our desire is to glorify God and to genuinely bring God pleasure and joy – instead of selfishly seeking God’s “hand” (symbolically) for some kind of spiritual “handout.” We don’t come to a worship service expecting to “get something” but rather to give ourselves, serve with our abilities, and with our hearts, minds and voices praising and thanking God who comes among us to bless us with His presence, acceptance, forgiveness, love and peace! We celebrate God and His victory for us!
  • Aug 4, 2019Meet God
    Aug 4, 2019
    Meet God
    Series: (All)
  • Jul 28, 2019Abundance
    Jul 28, 2019
    Abundance
    Series: (All)
  • Jul 21, 2019Put God First
    Jul 21, 2019
    Put God First
    "This" is all about the joy of giving—it's a complete paradigm shift in talking about giving. Walking through this 3-week series, we'll learn how to move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. It highlights how generosity and giving are foundational parts of who we are as a Church and as Christians—because of what God did for us, this is what we do. And it begins with putting God first in our lives.  This is what we do.