October 23 2017

This is Us! (Genesis) Abraham Genesis 12

This is Us! (Genesis) Abraham Genesis 12 

Much of the book of Genesis is focused on a family, and families can be messy. To its credit, the Bible does not sanitize the characters we will encounter into role models of perfection; rather there is an authentic ring to them because they were imperfect as we are. And if they were imperfect people that God used to impact the world, could God not also intend to affect the world through us. We begin the Abraham, patriarch of the Jewish people. As in his time, our world is still a place where some live at risk of being victimized and exploited. What can we do about it?

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October 9 2017

We R the Church (part 4) “Go and Grow!” Matthew 28:18-20

We R the Church (part 4)

“Go and Grow!” Matthew 28:18-20

In the weeks leading up to our Birthday Celebration we will explore together what it means to be the church: a healthy, whole body of Christ that is forgiven and forgives, that has been redeemed and redeems, that lives and give life. The natural tendency is to settle, similar to Newtons 1st law of motion that states “An object at rest stays at rest...”. But the church is to be a dynamic, living, growing body, and we are called to be this church. 

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October 2 2017

We R the Church (part 3) “Just Do It!” Galatians 5:13-15

We R the Church (part 3) “Just Do It!” Galatians 5:13-15 

 

In the weeks leading up to our Birthday Celebration (October 15) we will explore together what it means to be the church: a healthy, whole body of Christ that is forgiven and forgives, that has been redeemed and redeems, that lives and give life. We live in “a please yourself/seek to be served” world yet the church is called to offer another expression of freedom: service. 

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September 24 2017

We R the Church (part 2) “Changing and Growing” Roman/2:2

We R the Church (part 2) "Changing and Growing" Roman/2:2

In the weeks leading up to our Birthday Celebration (October 15) we will explore together what it means to be the church: a healthy, whole body of Christ that is forgiven and forgives, that has been redeemed and redeems, that lives and give life. We may yearn for security, comfort, and familiarity yet we are each called to be changed, renewed and growing. The church (we) are to be a transformed and transforming people.

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September 19 2017

We R the Church (part 1) “All for One” Galatians 3:26-29

We R the Church (part 1) “All for One” Galatians 3:26-29 

 In the weeks leading up to our Birthday Celebration (October 15) we will explore together what it means to be the church:  a healthy, whole body of Christ that is forgiven and forgives, that has been redeemed and redeems, that lives and give life.  Today, in the midst of our culture of division we will start with the power of unity in Christ. 

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September 10 2017

“Gods of Pleasure” Leviticus 19:4

“Gods of Pleasure” Leviticus 19:4 

Have you ever tried to identify the gods that you put before God? Our culture’s motto says “If it feels good, do it” If you have an appetite, feed it. If you have an itch, scratch it. If you got this pleasure or desire, then go ahead and satisfy it. What are the gods at war within you?

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September 5 2017

“God’s Not Tempting You” James 1:13-15

“God’s Not Tempting You”

James 1:13-15 

Temptation is among us, everywhere! What is tempting you? Who do you blame? God calls us to seek His will not the world’s. 

 

(Note:  the volume will need to be increased thirteen minutes into the message.)

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August 28 2017

Restoring Sanity (part 4) “Humble Justice” Micah 6:8

Restoring Sanity (part 4) “Humble Justice” Micah 6:8 

With the many competing voices surrounding us it is easy to get entangled in the web of anxiousness an insecurity. Caught up in the latest controversy or embroiled by a personal slight, we easily get lost in the crazy cycle. Today we’ll explore the path to sanity embedded in the answer to the prophet Micah’s question: “What does the Lord require of you?”

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August 21 2017

“Fixing our Eyes, Offering our Hands, Changing the World” Philippians 4:8-9

“Fixing our Eyes, Offering our Hands, Changing the World”

Philippians 4:8-9 

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” (Philippians 4:8) We are so easily distract- ed/overwhelmed by all that is wrong around us, yet Paul invites us to renew our focus and in so doing we will find our part/place in His plans for us. 

Today we have the privilege of hearing about one of our mission partners: Empowering Lives Inter- national. ELI is doing great things for God in the midst of difficult circumstances. What a blessing it is to introduce Veronica Busienei and Gladys Cherono who have traveled from Kipkaren, Kenya to tell us about the impact the ELI (and we through this partnership) can have. 

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August 15 2017

Restoring Sanity (part 2) “Give Peace a Chance” Philippians 4:6-7

Restoring Sanity (part 2)

“Give Peace a Chance” Philippians 4:6-7

With the end of Summer vacation in sight, it’s time to begin restoring order and a touch of sanity to our lives. It is so easy for our lives to spin out of control, but how to stop the spin? This message looks at the anxiety cycle, and how to allow God’s peace a chance to change our world.

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