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.?
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  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jul 7, 2019GOD
    Jul 7, 2019
    GOD
    God is God. You’re not. Your favorite (or least-favorite) politician isn’t. Not even Morgan Freeman (of Bruce Almighty fame) can claim that honor. God is God. Cancer isn’t God. Divorce isn’t God. Chronic pain isn’t God. Not even death gets to be God. God is God. And He is all-powerful and utterly unique.  “Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:8-11). Oh how blessed we are to know and be known by our Real. Present. God.
  • Jun 30, 2019Present
    Jun 30, 2019
    Present
    We continue pondering our Real. Present. God. particularly as we encounter Him in the Psalms.  Have you ever considered the words of Psalm 139:1 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”  These are either terrifying or comforting words depending on your perspective.  If you are hiding from God, His presence might be unnerving but if you are afraid or in danger, then God’s presence is a great comfort.  In Psalm 46, God’s presence is offered as a comfort to His people.  The image is of God as a refuge - a place of great strength when you are weak and a place of protection and provision when you face persecution or struggle. We thank God for his sweet and comforting presence in our lives!
  • Jun 23, 2019Real.
    Jun 23, 2019
    Real.
    Psalm 46:1 sets the stage for our next few weeks: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  In this short verse we encounter our Real. Present. God.  Today we will focus on the first word, “Real.”  That word has several potential connotations, but we will explore two of them in particular.  First - we understand something to be “real” if it is physical, earthly, tangible and actual.  This life that we live is real - not fiction and not fantasy.  Second - we desire and need “real” relationships - ones that are authentic, candid, honest, frank and vulnerable.  We certainly seek that with each other, but especially with our Real. Present. God.
  • Jun 16, 2019RLC: Changing
    Jun 16, 2019
    RLC: Changing
    In the letter of James, we read, “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” (James 1:23-24) When we look at the words of Jesus in the Bible, do we go away unchanged?  No.  Jesus’ words are life changing!  He changes the way we see life, death and our relationship with God.  On this Trinity Sunday having been changed by the Son and empowered by the Holy Spirit, may we bring glory to our Father in Heaven as we continue to put the words of Jesus into practice!