August 8 2017

Restoring Sanity (part 1) Rest for the Stressed Matthew 11:28-30

Restoring Sanity (part 1) 

Rest for the Stressed 

Matthew 11:28-30 

With the end of Summer vacation in site, 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? Over the next few weeks we’ll explore God’s answers for restoring and maintaining our sanity. 

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July 31 2017

“Refueling Our Passion for God!” Mark 12:30

“Refueling Our Passion for God!”

Mark 12:30 

God calls us to take time to place our heart in the right place. Where do you go to escape? Is the passion still on fire? 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30 (NIV)

 

The video shown today can be seen at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gElW4DiG98&feature=youtu.be

 

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July 24 2017

Running the “Amazing Race” Real Reality series, #6 Hebrews 12:1-3

Running the “Amazing Race” 

Real Reality series, #6 Hebrews 12:1-3 

Today we continue the series “Real Reality”. Each week we’ll explore our human condition through the lens of popular reality TV shows and the hope we have through the lens of God’s word. “The Amazing Race” has been a staple of Reality TV fans since 2001. Each season, 11 teams of two compete in a race around the world. Every leg of the journey (race) is filled with challenges and disorienting situations, the teams must work together to over- come the course and win the race. In the Bible, our life journey is often referred to in “race” language: how can we stay on course, compete together and finish well.?

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July 16 2017

“American Idol” Real Reality series, #5 Exodus 20:4

“American Idol” Real Reality series, #5

Exodus 20:4 

Today we continue the series “Real Reality”. Each week we’ll explore our human condition through the lens of popular reality TV shows and the hope we have through the lens of God’s word. American Idol is a long running singing competition show. Contestants match their vocal performance skill against one another until only one “American Idol” remains to be celebrated. The Biblical notion of an idol refers to an image or representation used as an object of worship. For the show, the term represents a person or thing greatly admired or revered. Most anything can become an idol, if it takes first place in the hearts of God’s people. 

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July 10 2017

“Shark Tank” Real Reality series, #4 Matthew 5:14-16

“Shark Tank” Real Reality series, #4

Matthew 5:14-16 

Today we continue the series “Real Reality”. Each week we’ll explore our human condition through the lens of popular reality TV shows and the hope we have through the lens of God’s word. In “Shark Tank”, each contestant is asked to present their product/business idea to a panel of “sharks”, tycoons who weigh the presentation to determine if they will buy in to the project.  Like the contestant tasked to clearly stating the business vision, we as Christ followers are tasked to clearly represent Him in the world. How we act, as well as what we say is part of the testimony we have to share. 

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July 4 2017

“Whose Apprentice?” Real Reality series, #3 Matthew 22:34-40

“Whose Apprentice?” Real Reality series, #3

Matthew 22:34-40 

We continue the series “Real Reality”. Each week we’ll explore our human condition through the lens of popular reality TV shows and the hope we have through the lens of God’s word. “The Apprentice”, now in it’s 14th season, pits contestants against each other as they compete to please/ impress their boss. For much of the life of the show that boss has been Donald Trump, but the question for us is: who is “the boss” we seek to please?

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June 19 2017

“The Life we Lived to Live!” Joshua 2:1-24, 6:22-25

“The Life we Lived to Live!” 

Joshua 2:1-24, 6:22-25 

By Jose Fuentes

As people of God, we have to see Rahab’s story and understand it. God saves sinners while they are still sinners! Not after they get their act together. But when we put our faith in Jesus, God is in the business of taking symbols of our sin and exchanging them for symbols of our salvation. Your past might be a problem for you, but it’s not a problem for God. God holds the future. 

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June 12 2017

“Naked and Afraid?” Real reality Series #1 Genesis 3

"Naked and Afraid?"

Real reality Series #1  

Genesis 3

Starting today we launch the sermon series "Real Reality"; exploring our human condition through the lens of popular reality TV shows and the hope we have through the lens of God's word.  Discovery channel's "Naked and Afraid" is our starting point and through it we will look at the Bible's first couple who were found to be "naked and afraid" as we will explore source and solution of the insecurity that riddles our lives.

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June 5 2017

“Happy Birthday, Church” Acts 2

“Happy Birthday, Church”

Acts 2 

Birthday celebrations are important events. Reminders of God’s goodness, reasons to remain thankful, time to evaluate purpose and direction. Be it for an individual or an institution, the birthday marks a significant event. Just as the 4th of July marks the birth of our nation, so Pentecost Sunday marks the birth of the church, but what does it’s birth say to us today?

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May 22 2017

“What to do when you can’t believe what you’ve done”
John 21:1-19

“What to do when you can’t believe what you’ve done”
John 21:1-19 

As Easter people, we are invited to live in the reality of the resurrection! Sometimes that may give us strength to deal with difficult circumstances in life and at other times with difficult people in life. Often the most difficult person can be the one in the mirror. We, like Peter, often get stuck in our past failures, but Jesus loves us too much to leave us that way!

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