December 13 2017

Advent 2—The Gifts of Christmas “Peace—the elusive gift” Luke 2:14

Advent 2—The Gifts of Christmas “Peace—the elusive gift”

Luke 2:14 

It is easy to get caught up in the Christmas-rush, but we are invited to slow down, and receive the Gifts Christmas brings. During the 4 Sundays of Advent, we’ll explore what Christmas is to be about for us, and for our broken world. With this sermon, we’ll explore the gift of peace. The Heavenly host proclaimed it had come with the birth of Jesus, so why do we experience so little of it?

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December 4 2017

Advent 1—The Gifts of Christmas “Hope for the World”
 Luke 15-20

Advent 1—The Gifts of Christmas “Hope for the World”
Luke 15-20 

It is easy to get caught up in the Christmas-rush, but we are invited to slow down, and receive the Gifts Christmas brings. During the 4 Sundays of Advent, we’ll explore what Christmas is to be about for us, and for our broken world. We’ll meet a fellow named Zechariah, a man discouraged by the difficulties of life. 

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November 28 2017

Giving “Thanks” After Psalm 100:1-5 SHOUT-SERVE-COME-KNOW-ENTER-GIVE-BLESS

Giving “Thanks” After Psalm 100:1-5 

SHOUT-SERVE-COME-KNOW-ENTER-GIVE-BLESS 

All these words are calling us to do something. Not just with words but also in action. To celebrate Thanksgiving, has always been a matter of involvement. God calls us to be actively involved in giving thanks to Him! No matter what date it is on the calendar. Thanksgiving continues on long past the fourth Thursday of November. This is what we need to do on a daily basis. It is a time of giving “THANKS”. 

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November 21 2017

This is Us! Genesis (part 5) “Passing the Test” Genesis 22

This is Us! Genesis (part 5) “Passing the Test” Genesis 22 

 

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. This week Abraham is confronted by an impossible choice. Sometimes we too are forced to confront “impossible” challenges and when we do, the outcome may be determined by who we believe God to be. With his Isaac on the altar, Abrahams God comes through. 

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November 15 2017

This Us! Genesis (Part 4) “Where isGod?” Genesis

This Us!  Genesis (Part 4)  "Where is God?"  Genesis 16

 

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.  Dysfunction all around: Abram and Sarai often got it wrong and Hagar and Ishmael didn't help.  In this crazy world it is easy to wonder if our mistakes have disqualified us from God's care, or if God has forgotten us.  Overwhelmed by the chaos around us, or feeling alone is a sea of uncertainty, this story reminds us of God's unwavering care.

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November 6 2017

This is Us! Genesis (part 3) “The Trust Challenge” Genesis 15

This is Us! Genesis (part 3) “The Trust Challenge” Genesis 15 

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. Keeping our balance and learning to trust are difficult amidst the ups and downs of life. Abraham and Sarah didn’t always get it right, but we can still learn from these lessons. 

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October 30 2017

This is Us! Adam & Eve (The struggle for Oneness) Genesis 3

This is Us! Adam & Eve

(The struggle for Oneness) Genesis 3 

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 look at the Bible’s first family, to see God’s plan for their unity and the struggle with forces that divide. 

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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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