Nov 13, 2016
Give All You Can
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  • Nov 13, 2016Give All You Can
    Nov 13, 2016
    Give All You Can
  • Nov 6, 2016“Save All You Can”
    Nov 6, 2016
    “Save All You Can”
    Proverbs 31:10-31
     
    Save has two meanings for Christians! One is that Jesus saves us from our sins, and saves us for a relationship with Him that lasts in eternity. The other is a money idea, that we save up our resources for needs and times that are coming. God blesses us so that we are equipped to live into our mission. This Sunday we’ll be talking about how the discipline of saving money makes possible future ministry we
    can’t yet see. This is the second of our messages on money: Earn
    , Save and Give.
  • Oct 30, 2016“Earn All You Can”
    Oct 30, 2016
    “Earn All You Can”
    Timothy 6:1-10
     
    It’s time to talk about money...and it’s good that we do. Every day we struggle with how to handle our money well, so we need to come back to God and ask how we
    can do it better. But you might be surprised this Sunday. Rather than hearing about how we should learn to live on less and be content with that, we’re discovering that God’s word teaches us to be industrious and hard-working, earning, as John Wesley says, “all you can.” What? Does this mean we should be work-oholics, and focused on our earning
    potential? Come this Sunday to learn how to live well with our wealth!
     
  • Oct 23, 2016“I Had Trouble”
    Oct 23, 2016
    “I Had Trouble”
    John 16:33; Ephesians 6:10-18
     
    We have all experienced trouble.  We have all felt the sting of defeat.  Did you know that God has equipped us for victory?  You are invited to step into a new role as we go on the offense to overcome!  
  • Oct 16, 2016“Eat them! Eat them! Here they are!”
    Oct 16, 2016
    “Eat them! Eat them! Here they are!”
    Corinthians 5:14-20
     
     
    “How do you know that you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it?” We’ve all heard that question from our parents, and maybe others, and perhaps we’ve even  
    asked the question. Give it a try...you may like it! After all, what is now our favorite at one time was brand new! This Sunday were using Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham  
    to get excited about inviting others to give Jesus a try. Nervous about sharing about your faith? Come see how you can become more like Sam-I-Am!
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  • Oct 9, 2016“Can You Hear?”
    Oct 9, 2016
    “Can You Hear?”
    Luke 4:14-21
      
     
    Can you hear them? The quiet whispers all around us of those crying out for help. Oh, you may not be able to hear them with your ears. You may need to listen with your spiritual senses. But it is so important that you hear! This
    Sunday we’ll listen with Horton Hears a Who and try to hear the voices of those we are called to help. When we do, we find that we hear the very voice of God!
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  • Oct 2, 2016 “Buttering an Upside Down World”
    Oct 2, 2016
     “Buttering an Upside Down World”
     
     
    Corinthians 13:4-7  Matthew 5:38-39                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                            
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    We’re getting worse at getting along! Violent acts of racism, religious expression, and different philosophical perspectives are rampant. Most of the time we shake our heads and wring our hands. What to do? This Sunday we’re using Dr. Seuss’ The Butter Battle Book to reveal how acts of aggression towards one another leave everyone a loser. God’s way is very different. It requires embracing the radical practice of authentic love!
  • Sep 25, 2016“You Are Enough, Plain and Simple!”
    Sep 25, 2016
    “You Are Enough, Plain and Simple!”
     
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    Matthew 6:28-34
    Isaiah 43:1
     
     
    Mark Twain said, “Comparison is the death of joy.” Yet we all do it...all the time!  And we suffer the loss of our joy because of it. It’s an epidemic in our culture! This Sunday, we’ll look at Dr. Seuss’  'Gertrude McFuzz'  to see the foolish ways we compare ourselves to others. But that’s not the end of it: we’ll then hear God’s loud declaration that you are enough! Don’t miss this Sunday when we discover our true worth.
  • Sep 18, 2016Hanging Out in the Mud
    Sep 18, 2016
    Hanging Out in the Mud
    Philippians 2:1-9
    Matthew 7:24-27
     
     Are you trying to get “up” in the world? Are you striving for success, comfort, a good life? How are you doing that? How do you treat others when you are “upwardly mobile?” This second message in our Dr. Seuss series uses his story Yertle the Turtle to hear God's command to love people where they are, and for whom they are. Come and discover how we can treat others as objects of our love and affection rather than objects of our selfish attention!
     
  • Sep 11, 2016The Cat In the Hat
    Sep 11, 2016
    The Cat In the Hat
     
     
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    Isaiah 1:15-20
    Revelation 21:1-5
     
    This Sunday we start our fall series, “It’s a Seusical Life: Discovering Creative Ways to Live as God’s Kids!” Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat makes a good first impression: all he wants to do is have fun, but that fun leads to all kinds of messes and trouble. We’re kind of like this, wanting to pursue what seems right and fun to us, but discovering that when we live this way, our lives end up in a mess! Come this Sunday to see how God cleans up our messes and gives us a new start. It’s time for a
    clean
    start!
  • Sep 4, 2016The Sabbath of the Lord
    Sep 4, 2016
    The Sabbath of the Lord
    Series: (All)
    Sermon: 
    Exodus 20:8-11
    Leviticus 23:3
     
    Looking forward to your Labor Day weekend? It's the national holiday honoring the work we do all year long. Yet God thinks that His people need to do this more often...actually, once a week. We don't do this very well. We are so busy that all our days--including our days off--are full and busy. This Sunday we'll discover why God says we need to do a better job of this! Make a point to take a break from it all, and attend worship. You'll be glad you did!
  • Aug 28, 2016What is Worship?
    Aug 28, 2016
    What is Worship?
    Series: Guest Sermon
    2 Samuel 6
     
    It's a term we often use, but it can mean many different things.  This Sunday we will take a look at an episode from King David's life that will shed some light on who we are as worshippers and how we can better approach the presence of God.  David was a great warrior king, but join us this week as we look to him as worship leader.   
  • Aug 21, 2016“End of an Era”
    Aug 21, 2016
    “End of an Era”
    Series: King David
     2 Samuel 22
     Psalm 18
     
    This Sunday we look at the final chapter of the life of King David. Conflict and strive continue for the aging king. Rather than peaceful years for him, David grows weary under rebellion, famine, and war. Yet David finds rests in God’s faithful care and has inner peace because of it. What do you hope for your retirement years? What do you do when they don’t go as you hope? Come learn how you can have inner peace by resting in a solid trust in God.
     
     
     
     
  • Aug 14, 2016“The Open Window Shade”
    Aug 14, 2016
    “The Open Window Shade”
    Series: King David
    2 Samuel 11:1 -
    12:24
     
     So far we’ve seen the brilliant hues of David’s faith and the somber colors of his failures. This Sunday we come to the blackest part of his portrait: David’s adultery with Bathsheba and its tragic aftermath. We don’t study this to condemn David, but to humbly learn. This story is Scripture to warn us of sin’s destructive power–even in those who love the Lord. We’ll learn the pain of judgement, but also the release of repentance, and even joy of forgiveness.
     
     
  • Aug 7, 2016“The Shepherd King”
    Aug 7, 2016
    “The Shepherd King”
    Series: King David
    2 Samuel 2:1 “Some time later, David questioned the Lord, ‘Should I go to one of the towns in Judah?’” “Yes, go,” the Lord told him. “Which one should I go to?” David asked. “To Hebron,” the Lord replied.”
     
    After years of running for his life from King Saul, the news finally came that Saul had died. Not only was David finally rid of his nemesis, the window opened for him to seize the throne! What did David do? He waited to be told what to do. What? Why didn’t he jump at the opportunity, you know, “Seize the day!” “Faint heart never won fair lady” and all. But David had learned from his painful mistakes, that he had to turn to the Lord for guidance. So David waited for God to guide his steps. This is a lesson we all need to learn. This Sunday we’ll explore how we can learn to make our decisions while “waiting on God.”
  • Jul 31, 2016“Cave Dwelling”
    Jul 31, 2016
    “Cave Dwelling”
    Series: King David
    1 Samuel 22:1-2, 1 Samuel 24
     
    Crutches can become problems. When we are experiencing difficulties, we lean on crutches to help support us and carry us while we are healing. Yet there comes a time when, in order to continue to heal, we need to remove the crutches. If we don’t, we will learn to depend on them in unhealthy ways. This Sunday we’ll look at how God removed the crutches that David was clinging to during his years of being on the run, and we’ll be reflecting on the crutches that God is calling us to put away so that we can live fully into our futures!
  • Jul 24, 2016 “A Fast Friend”
    Jul 24, 2016
     “A Fast Friend”
    Series: King David
    1 Samuel 18:1-5, 1 Samuel 20
     
    David had a fast friend in Jonathan. When we read this part of David’s story, we see that it is Jonathan who is the one who acts in a godly way, especially in the times of David’s struggles. Who has God placed as strategic friends in your life? How have they carried you through hard times? This week we’ll see what godly friendship looks like, and learn how we can be such a friend!
  • Jul 17, 2016“The Giant”
    Jul 17, 2016
    “The Giant”
    Series: King David
     
     1 Samuel 17:1-58
     
     Giants are strong! We try to tackle them in our own strength, and they overpower us. What giants do you face? Is there a giant opposing you in your relationships, in your fiances, in your family, in your marriage, in your health, in your job? A teenager named David faced a very tall man, but that man wasn’t his giant. David claimed God’s power in his battle, and “the giant came a-tumblin’ down!” Come this Sunday to hear how God gives this power to everyone who turns to Him. The secret is having a heart for God!
  • Jul 10, 2016“Only a Boy Named David”
    Jul 10, 2016
    “Only a Boy Named David”
    Series: King David
    1 Samuel
    15:24-16:13
     
    This Sunday we begin our summer message series on David. David was a famous king in the Old Testament, ruling about 1000 B.C. He was famous for killing the giant Goliath. Yet what makes him most interesting for us today is that he was a person much like us: he had his strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, and although he loved God with his whole heart, he struggled to follow God’s leading in every part of his life. We’re going to take a closer look at David and see how we can also become people after God’s own heart. This Sunday we’ll take a look at his childhood as the shepherd of his family’s sheep. He was chosen to be the next king of Israel while still a lad, but this only put him into harm’s way. Don’t miss this first message as we explore how what we do in our “down times” often determines how we hold up in the important times.
  • Jul 3, 2016Free to Be Slaves
    Jul 3, 2016
    Free to Be Slaves
    Series: (All)
    Free to Be Slaves
    Galatians 5:13-14 and Romans 6:15-18
     
    This Sunday is the Fourth of July weekend, and we're celebrating our nation's birthday and thinking about the meaning of liberty. We usually think about liberty as the freedom to be independent and life as we want...well at least as long as it is helpful for the general society. But as Christians, we think about liberty differently when it comes to our faith. We think of freedom from sin (thank you, Jesus) and  therefore freedom for living as we choose. Christians freely and willingly choose to bind ourselves to slavery to Jesus. Don't miss this Sunday when we take a closer look at this shocking biblical truth: Christian freedom is choosing slavery to Jesus!