Signed in as:
Filled With the Holy Spirit
Gifts of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit.
Love One Another by Preferring One Another
Love One Another by Accepting One Another
The Barnabas Factor: Encourage One Another
Greet One Another. Romans 16:16
Forgive One Another. Eph. 4:32
What's Right With the Church? Acts 9:31
An Advent message on Hope: The Promise of Better Days Ahead
Keeping Your Joy This Christmas
Waiting on God's plan to unfold isn't alway on our time but it's always "on time."
What our origin story tells us about God and ourselves. And why Moses was right in Psalm 90. "From everlasting to everlasting you are God. You turn men back to dust."
To rescue us God had to initiate the Great Reset. Our responsibility in his master plan is our response to his work. Humility or hubris; the choice is ours. "Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days."
Have you ever felt that intense struggle inside of yourself between good and evil? How about that sense of defeat that comes from never having the strength to live out what you know is right? God invites us to be more than merely prisoners of war. "May the favour of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work or our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands."
Joseph's life is turned upside down in one short conversation. But maybe God has other plans? Where does true hope arise from?
Who is this wild eyed prophet? Why has he come? And who does he point to?(Video Unavailable-For audio of sermon see "Music" section of website. We have uploaded the music and sermon under "Dec 6/21".)
Mary, Mary, God's chosen instrument to bring in the Messiah. After 600 years of being beaten, bullied, bruised and abandoned, Israel finds themselves precisely in the "Hard Knock Life". God's long-awaited promise to Mary changes all of that.
Our final sermon in the Christmas Advent series this year. We unpack John 1:1-18 and answer these questions: Why did the Son become flesh and dwell among us? What did his Incarnation achieve?
What is it about antique cars, antique furniture stores, reclaimed wood furniture, and heritage houses? We love seeing something brought back to life, given a new dignity and purpose. Ephesians 4:17-24.
In the busyness of our world, can we even hear ourselves (let alone God)? How can we focus on a worthwhile pursuit in life when we are constantly bombarded with messages coming from all different directions and perspectives? Ecclesiastes 5 and Psalm 131.
What can reading God's Word do to you and in you? How does it transform us out of the world and into Christ? Do we listen to it deep and broad enough for it to affect our lives to the extent of the psalmist in Psalm 19? What was it's impact on Jesus' life?
A lot of people in the world are discovering the power of prayer. Even atheists and agnostics recognize the psychological and physical well-being which comes from practicing it. But when Jesus talks about prayer, what does he think it is for? In God's desire to transform us, prayer must move past the therapeutic. We follow Jesus' teaching in Luke 11 seeking to understand his perspective on this vital discipline.
Tribalism, Social Conformism, Individualism. What is the underlying problem behind these three big isms? A lack of a real rooted identity. If God is bringing us out of darkness, sensuality and rebellion and into his Son what part do these dual disciplines play in this process?
Have you ever heard "don't judge lest you be judged"? What does that really mean? In our desire to grow toward Jesus sometimes this verse can be taken out of context. The second outward discipline in our series Dwelling Well In God. God wants to grow you through spiritual direction and soul care. Your intentional friendships with other growing Christians is vital to your development. Matthew 7:1-6
When Jesus says, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" what does he mean? Is Consumerism a hindrance to dwelling well with God? Can the love of money or possessions actually keep us from God's kingdom? How can God us simplicity and contentment to form us out of the world and into Jesus his Son? Matthew 6:19-24, based on Psalm 91 and Ephesians 4:17-24.
This is the last message in our series Dwelling Well In God. Service and a servant heart are absolutely crucial in forming us away from the world and into Christ. We look at Luke's account of the Last Supper and how Jesus uses a tense argument by the disciples to teach his upside down kingdom. "Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves." How does a servant heart form us away from the "dirty dozen" ideologies we have identified in our world? Luke 22:14-30; John 13:3-7, 12-17; Matthew 25:31-26, Genesis 3:16b with Genesis 4:6-7
Genesis 1 & 2
Have you ever wondered what the purpose of work and rest are? I mean, we take them for granted as being normal parts of life. Does the Bible have anything to say about human design, work and rest? Is work evil? Is there something more than the race to Friday? Are there undetected rhythms of grace in my life that are present and I am missing?
Exodus 16:17-30, Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5
We are worried about laws controlling us. Generally we enjoy our freedoms. Some laws seem to restrict life. But do all? In Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Moses says that the OT law actually gives life, it doesn't take it away! Are we reading that right? What about where Paul says that Law brings death (Romans 7:9, etc.) What if we are reading Paul and the New Testament wrong? What if God has always wanted to give life to his people? What if Sabbath was a gift not a duty? (Joshua 1:6-9, Judges 21:25, Deuteronomy 17:18)
Exodus 31:12-18, Jeremiah 17, Ezekiel 20, Nehemiah 13:15-22
In 1948, Israel adopted the six sided Star of David as their symbol of independence and nationhood. This symbol had previously been used since the 17th Century as a identity marker for Jews. Ancient Israel were given the Sabbath as their primary identification marker in Yahweh's covenant. We track Israel's history, picking up clues along the way, making sense of their story. This will help us bridge the Old and New Testament, in our search for the rhythms of grace.
Matthew 11 & 12
We all love the verse:"Come to me, all you who are weary and burden, and I will give you rest." Did you know that Jesus said this right before going to war with the Pharisees over the Sabbath? Is Jesus teaching something new or reestablishing what God had always wanted for the Sabbath? (Romans 12:, Romans 14:5-8)
Hebrews 4, Revelation 21 & 22
There is a final form of Sabbath, that begins with Jesus as Lord of the Sabbath, but continues into eternity. God desired for Israel to enter into it while in the wilderness, he desired for Israel to enter into it while in the land, he desired for the Jews to enter into it during Jesus' ministry, and he desires now for us now to enter into it. In the end, those who love him, those who are obedient and faithfully follow through will rest with him forever. Are you truly a pilgrim moving toward that rest?
John 17:1-8, Genesis 1-3
Why did Jesus have to die? Why did Jesus say, "Father I have completed the work you sent me to do? " Who does God think you are based on what Jesus did?
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