Jun 19, 2016
Praying for Patience
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Have you ever prayed for "patience?"  You might want to reconsider that - when you think about how God is going to make you patient.  It is unlikely that God will just change your demeanor overnight (though, He certainly could).  Rather, He will likely teach you patience by making you WAIT!  What better way to grow in integrity than to be faced with the opportunity for dishonesty and yet experience telling the truth?  What better way to grow in determination than to overcome failure?  So, if God needs to teach you patience, He will give you opportunities to wait on Him.  As you do, you will learn to trust Him more.  And as you trust Him, you will learn that He desires to grant you all good things.  
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  • Jun 19, 2016Praying for Patience
    Jun 19, 2016
    Praying for Patience
    Series: (All)
    Have you ever prayed for "patience?"  You might want to reconsider that - when you think about how God is going to make you patient.  It is unlikely that God will just change your demeanor overnight (though, He certainly could).  Rather, He will likely teach you patience by making you WAIT!  What better way to grow in integrity than to be faced with the opportunity for dishonesty and yet experience telling the truth?  What better way to grow in determination than to overcome failure?  So, if God needs to teach you patience, He will give you opportunities to wait on Him.  As you do, you will learn to trust Him more.  And as you trust Him, you will learn that He desires to grant you all good things.  
  • Jun 12, 2016Praying for Wisdom
    Jun 12, 2016
    Praying for Wisdom
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    Slide5
    Young King Solomon, when asked by God what he wanted, prayed to receive wisdom (1 Kings 3).  Do you pray for wisdom?  What does that mean to you?  It has been said that wisdom is "knowledge applied."  It is true that humans are capable of amassing knowledge, and yet still remaining unwise.  Such is the case of the unbelieving heart.  Often what is perceived as worldly knowledge is wrongly applied and then deemed to be opposed to what is spiritually wise.  So how is the believing person to reconcile the wisdom of God, which is seen as foolishness to the world?
     
  • Jun 5, 2016What Gives Us True Happiness and Joy?
    Jun 5, 2016
    What Gives Us True Happiness and Joy?
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    Slide1
    There are a lot of things in life that can suck the joy out of us and leave us discouraged - health, finances, relationships, and politics to mention a few.  We can have joy in our life when we are connected to Jesus.
     
  • Dec 27, 2015Tell Everyone What He Has Done
    Dec 27, 2015
    Tell Everyone What He Has Done
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    Jesus Hope Christmas Program
    Shortly after Jesus birth, He was brought to the temple by Mary and Joseph for a rite of purification and presentation.  Simeon was a devout Jew who was present at the time.  In keeping with the Lord's promise, he made a proclamation about who Jesus was - the Savior for Gentiles and Jews alike!   People are desperately in need to hear what Christ has done for you.  Won’t you, like Simeon, tell everyone what God has done?
  • Nov 29, 2015Counterfeit gods
    Nov 29, 2015
    Counterfeit gods
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    GivingThe idol of success cannot be just expelled, it must be replaced. The human heart’s desire for a particular valuable object may be conquered, but its need to have some such object is unconquerable. Only when we see what Jesus, our great Suffering Servant, has done for us will we finally understand that we must not fear, love and trust anything more than God.  What breaks the power of any idol over us is not a redoubled effort to try harder, but a deepening understanding of how complete Christ's Lordship over us is.
  • Apr 5, 2015Living the Victory!
    Apr 5, 2015
    Living the Victory!
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    Victory550Of all the things in life, one is number one. Of all the teachings in the Bible, one is primary. Of all the things in the world, one is prime. The apostle Paul names what this is in His letter to the Corinthians. He calls it “of first importance” when he says: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4). The Gospel of Jesus, our Savior, is what is of first importance. This Easter, we celebrate that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is of first importance. Knowledge of this one thing changes our perspective on everything else. What could be more important to know?
  • Jan 11, 2015What are you doing here?
    Jan 11, 2015
    What are you doing here?
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    Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. As an individual and a congregation, we do not exist for our own purposes. God is calling, gathering, enlightening and sending His people even today. What is God calling you to do? Where is God inviting you to join Him in this mission? How do we respond as a congregation?
  • Jan 4, 2015Who are you?
    Jan 4, 2015
    Who are you?
    Series: (All)
    The concept we have of ourselves and our congregation is significant. Though distorted by sin, identity is a condition of creation and character. God creates all with gifts and abilities and loves all unconditionally. All people are nurtured, developed and valued in the context of family school, and community. Identity is painted by these forces in all lives as well. This morning, we are invited to reflect upon and embrace the identity we have in Christ.
  • Apr 20, 2014The Resurrection and the Life
    Apr 20, 2014
    The Resurrection and the Life
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    “Christ is risen!” And, say the apostles, “so are you!” Though we with all believers who have gone before us still await the great Day of the resurrection of all at the return of the Lord, His resurrection seals our faith and confidence today that because He is, “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Our celebration this day is reflected every Sunday throughout the year. The first day of the week is the day of resurrection. By the power Christ’s resurrection you and I are promised to live forever! Let us celebrate with the women who first visited the empty tomb with that strange combination of joy and fear, which is faith in the power of resurrection, and faith in the power of God!