Apr 16, 2021
Consuming Fire
Series: Strange FIre
We often think of God as a smiling grandparent who accepts us however we are. This is true, for God does accept us just as we are. Yet God loves us too much to leave us the way we are. God’s holiness perfects us, refining us into the full intention for who God created us to be. God is an all-consuming fire!
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  • Apr 16, 2021Consuming Fire
    Apr 16, 2021
    Consuming Fire
    Series: Strange FIre
    We often think of God as a smiling grandparent who accepts us however we are. This is true, for God does accept us just as we are. Yet God loves us too much to leave us the way we are. God’s holiness perfects us, refining us into the full intention for who God created us to be. God is an all-consuming fire!
  • Apr 2, 2021Strange Fire
    Apr 2, 2021
    Strange Fire
    Series: Strange FIre
    Easter started a strange fire that continues to burn. God is again revealed as an all-consuming fire. On Easter the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus felt their hearts burning. Two weeks later, Jesus shows up at the side of the Sea of Galilee and kindles a fire. At that fire, He reinstates Peter (and them all) and re-commissions them to their calling. Living as Easter people means following our God of all-consuming fire and living as people of the Strange Fire!
 

Apr 2, 2021
Empty Tomb
Series: Empty
We celebrate with fear and excitement as the women did that first Easter morning! The tomb is empty and in turn, we can fully live. Thanks be to God! What should our response be to such good news? To empty ourselves of all else so that Jesus Himself can fill us full with the Holy Spirit!
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  • Apr 2, 2021Empty Tomb
    Apr 2, 2021
    Empty Tomb
    Series: Empty
    We celebrate with fear and excitement as the women did that first Easter morning! The tomb is empty and in turn, we can fully live. Thanks be to God! What should our response be to such good news? To empty ourselves of all else so that Jesus Himself can fill us full with the Holy Spirit!
  • Mar 26, 2021Empty Savior
    Mar 26, 2021
    Empty Savior
    Series: Empty
    We explore the passion of our Savior as He makes His way to the cross. It is a grueling process made all the more unbearable as Jesus empties Himself so that He is able to carry out the will of the Father. We enter into this journey so we can know what such a sacrifice means for us and for the entire world.
  • Mar 19, 2021Empty Hands
    Mar 19, 2021
    Empty Hands
    Series: Empty
    What can we offer God? Less than we might think. The truth is, anything we bring before him belonged to him in the first place. We come before God empty-handed and that is just the way he intended it to be.
  • Mar 7, 2021Empty Tanks
    Mar 7, 2021
    Empty Tanks
    Series: Empty
    Living life is a draining experience. So often we are running on fumes.  Where can we find sustenance in a fast food world?  Join us this week as we take a fresh look at God's provision laid out for us on the Communion table.
  • Feb 26, 2021Empty Words
    Feb 26, 2021
    Empty Words
    Series: Empty
    Talk is cheap. Anyone can utter a promise, but it is the subsequent action that matters. It is easy to point out hypocrisy and lies in others, but what comes out of our own mouths? Are our words empty of meaning or do they bless, encourage, speak truth, and provide insight? It is time for us to watch our mouths.
  • Feb 21, 2021Empty: Life
    Feb 21, 2021
    Empty: Life
    Series: Empty
    Empty is an adjective that describes something without contents. Empty is a verb for removing the contents from something. This Sunday we focus our Lenten journey on emptying our lives of meaningless content so that we can become empty before God. When we are empty before God, then God can fill us with meaning, joy, and victory. So, let’s seek an empty life!

Feb 12, 2021
Momentum: Peace and Persecution
We come to the end of our Eight Beatitudes series, culminating in God’s desire that we be peacemakers. This is hard work, but we reflect God’s very character when we do. It’s ironic, however, that when we make peace, we experience persecution. Yet our blessing carries us. The series is ending, but it is for us an ongoing pattern of discipleship. Let’s keep the momentum!
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  • Feb 12, 2021Momentum: Peace and Persecution
    Feb 12, 2021
    Momentum: Peace and Persecution
    We come to the end of our Eight Beatitudes series, culminating in God’s desire that we be peacemakers. This is hard work, but we reflect God’s very character when we do. It’s ironic, however, that when we make peace, we experience persecution. Yet our blessing carries us. The series is ending, but it is for us an ongoing pattern of discipleship. Let’s keep the momentum!
  • Feb 5, 2021Momentum: Merciful and Pure Heart
    Feb 5, 2021
    Momentum: Merciful and Pure Heart
    We come to the advanced “rings” of The Beatitudes: showing mercy and having a pure heart. God doesn’t want us just to be saved. He wants us to become like He is. That means being merciful and pure in heart. This may seem impossible for us, but God gives us the Holy Spirt to work this maturity in us. This Sunday come ready to enrol in advanced discipleship training!
  • Jan 29, 2021Momentum (The Beatitudes): Righteousness
    Jan 29, 2021
    Momentum (The Beatitudes): Righteousness
    Are you hungry? Jesus says that hungry people are blessed. Not hungry for just anything, however: hungry and thirsty for righteousness (living God’s way). Developing a hunger for holiness comes through training over time our taste away from selfishness and towards God’s plan. This Sunday we’ll hear how Jesus, as our Bread of Life, trains our hunger!
  • Jan 22, 2021Momentum: Meek
    Jan 22, 2021
    Momentum: Meek
    Beatitude #3: Meekness. It’s seen as weakness by our culture. Yet Jesus calls it our strength. This Sunday we will fill up on meekness, as we embrace that its surrender and submission  requires a strength and power beyond ourselves. Yet we are blessed, for we have the Holy Spirit to grow this godly meekness deep in our hearts, and give us a rich inheritance.
  • Jan 15, 2021Momentum (The Beatitudes): Mourn
    Jan 15, 2021
    Momentum (The Beatitudes): Mourn
    We’re starting 2021 by exploring how to make progress in our spiritual lives. It’s easy to get sidetracked and stuck as we follow God’s call. We settle for what we have, and we give up on moving forward in our spiritual lives. Jesus taught us how to receive more of God’s blessings, especially in the Eight Beatitudes. Starting a new year is a great time to recommit to following Jesus’ calling in the Beatitudes and to restart moving forward in our faith.
  • Jan 7, 2021Momentum: Poor in Spirit
    Jan 7, 2021
    Momentum: Poor in Spirit
    We all need momentum as we go through our Christian lives.  That momentum begins with the first beatitude.  Join us as we explore what it means to be poor in spirit.
     
     
  • Jan 3, 2021Momentum: Climbing the Platform
    Jan 3, 2021
    Momentum: Climbing the Platform
    We begin the new year with a new message series about seeking the fullness of life that God offers. Almost without notice we can stall and stagnate in our spiritual growth. Yet Christmas has awakened in us a desire for more. So we go to Jesus, who teaches us the Eight Beatitudes, offering them not only as a description of the abundant life but also as a pathway to live it. We begin the journey and build momentum for holiness!

Dec 24, 2020
One Size Fits All
We’re having a special carol service this Christmas Sunday! So, be sure to gather round and be ready to sing some of your favorite carols. We’ll also celebrate Holy Communion, and hear a meditation from Pastor David.
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  • Dec 24, 2020One Size Fits All
    Dec 24, 2020
    One Size Fits All
    We’re having a special carol service this Christmas Sunday! So, be sure to gather round and be ready to sing some of your favorite carols. We’ll also celebrate Holy Communion, and hear a meditation from Pastor David.
  • Dec 23, 2020Do Good Feel Good Christmas: Kneel Down (Peace)
    Dec 23, 2020
    Do Good Feel Good Christmas: Kneel Down (Peace)
    We often think of Christmas Eve as a warm and serene. Yet Jesus came to take away our sin and to offer us a new start. So Christmas Eve is actually messy: a time to ask Jesus to clean up our sinful hearts and to chase away the darkness inside. We’ll use candles to represent the light that Jesus gives us when we invite Him to live in our hearts. Merry Christmas!
  • Dec 17, 2020Get Real (Love!)
    Dec 17, 2020
    Get Real (Love!)
    As we come up to Christmas, we see that God is a Christmas Scrooge who invites us to a do good feel good Christmas. We hear the story of the Prodigal Son to help us see God differently, come home to Him, and forgive others. This message will set you up to celebrate Christmas well!
  • Dec 11, 2020Reach Out (Faith!)
    Dec 11, 2020
    Reach Out (Faith!)
    Christmas is not about feeling the Christmas spirit. It’s about joining God’s Christmas movement–following His example–offering Jesus to others. Like Scrooge, we need Christmas alterations of our minds, hearts and actions so we live every day extending the joy of knowing Jesus.
  • Dec 4, 2020Dig Down (Hope!)
    Dec 4, 2020
    Dig Down (Hope!)
     1 Timothy 6:17-19
    To be a Christmas Scrooge, we have to dig down right into our hearts. We ask Jesus to transform our hearts off of hoping in our own resources and instead to plant His hope there. Only then will we have a changed life that consistently can do the good we desire to do and take hold of what is truly life. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. We still must keep fighting what defeats us!
  • Nov 25, 2020Gear Up (Joy!)
    Nov 25, 2020
    Gear Up (Joy!)
     This Christmas season we’re choosing to be a Scrooge! Now, that’s not what you may think. Actually, it’s a calling to step up and experience Christmas on a whole new level. This Sunday we go to Act 10 to meet a man named Cornelius. He’ll show us how we need to gear up for true Christmas by changing what we do each day. If you want true joy this Christmas, this message is for you!

Nov 20, 2020
Pursuing One Holy Passion
We can feel like we are drifting through life, doing okay but staying fairly shallow. But what we spend all of our time and energy on really doesn’t seem all that fulfilling. This week, as we enter into the boardroom of the soul one last time, we hear the Holy Spirit calling us to put away our petty desires and to fully embrace our passionate love for God. Only when we pursue one holy passion can we live fully!
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  • Nov 20, 2020Pursuing One Holy Passion
    Nov 20, 2020
    Pursuing One Holy Passion
    We can feel like we are drifting through life, doing okay but staying fairly shallow. But what we spend all of our time and energy on really doesn’t seem all that fulfilling. This week, as we enter into the boardroom of the soul one last time, we hear the Holy Spirit calling us to put away our petty desires and to fully embrace our passionate love for God. Only when we pursue one holy passion can we live fully!
  • Nov 13, 2020Finding Rest and Restoration
    Nov 13, 2020
    Finding Rest and Restoration
    Do you feel an emptiness deep inside, a restlessness in your heart? Jesus makes a radical invitation, that only He can truly show us the Father. Only He can make us whole and put us at peace. This Sunday we learn how to follow His call to come to Him, and come to Him with the whole of who we are. If you are weary, this invitation is for you!
  • Nov 6, 2020Trusting in the Darkness
    Nov 6, 2020
    Trusting in the Darkness
    We will experience times of deep grief, pain, and distress. Rest assured, the world will throw us into a tailspin. But when this happens, what do we do? Do we retreat and close down? Do we lash out in anger? Do we turn numb and lifeless? The Bible says that with God, we persist through these seasons of the dark night of the soul. God will carry us, and eventually God will carry us through. This Sunday we uncover three survival techniques the Bible holds for those suffering great troubles.
     
  • Oct 30, 2020Learning How to Hate
    Oct 30, 2020
    Learning How to Hate
    Christians are called to love! Yet true love necessarily means that we also hate what is ungodly. When we don’t flee evil, we succumb to sin. Do you struggle with some stubborn and powerful sin? This Sunday we’ll go into the boardroom of our souls and learn how we can train our board members to love God so passionately that we will cling to what is good.
  • Oct 23, 2020Choosing What to Love
    Oct 23, 2020
    Choosing What to Love
    We all are serving someone or something.  Sometimes we need to take a step back and re-evaluate who or what is truly our master.  How do we make these decisions? And once we have decided, how can we live by them?  Join us this week as we see how, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can keep our hearts in check.
  • Oct 15, 2020Enlarging Your Heart
    Oct 15, 2020
    Enlarging Your Heart
    Like the Grinch, life has caused our hearts to become “two sizes too small.” This Sunday, we’ll open the boardroom of our souls and invite the Holy Spirit to grow the capacity of our hearts, and we will become alive...truly alive! 
  • Oct 11, 2020Avoiding a Shallow Life
    Oct 11, 2020
    Avoiding a Shallow Life
    There’s a battle going on in the boardroom of your soul. This week we meet the six members of the board. Their names are Mind, Heart, Will, Conscience, Memory and Imagination. They meet in secret to hammer out your thoughts, decisions and actions. Yet they are each motivated by self-interest. This Sunday we’ll learn how a new chairperson can bring your dysfunctional soul into alignment.

Oct 2, 2020
Messy Love: Decision
Love is not a feeling but a decision. We usually link how we treat people to how they behave or how we feel about them. God's command to love our neighbor as ourselves pushes us past our feelings and calls us to make the decisive decision to love others. Come this Sunday for God to reorient you away from treating others based on what they do and instead on what Jesus has done.
 
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  • Oct 2, 2020Messy Love: Decision
    Oct 2, 2020
    Messy Love: Decision
    Love is not a feeling but a decision. We usually link how we treat people to how they behave or how we feel about them. God's command to love our neighbor as ourselves pushes us past our feelings and calls us to make the decisive decision to love others. Come this Sunday for God to reorient you away from treating others based on what they do and instead on what Jesus has done.
     
  • Sep 25, 2020Messy Love: Sacrifice
    Sep 25, 2020
    Messy Love: Sacrifice
    Messy love means self sacrifice. This Sunday we eavesdrop on Jesus’ conversation with a rich man. Jesus tells him to give up all his wealth and follow Jesus. This makes us ask, “What do we need to give up in order to follow Jesus?” Come this Sunday asking this questions, but come ready to hear what you might not expect!
     
  • Sep 20, 2020Messy Love: Mercy
    Sep 20, 2020
    Messy Love: Mercy
    The story of the Good Samaritan may be familiar, but it pushes us into loving like we normally ignore. Love is messy. This week we see that godly love means messy mercy. Come for a familiar story, but beware: messy mercy means doing something about what you know!
  • Sep 11, 2020Messy Love: Forgiveness
    Sep 11, 2020
    Messy Love: Forgiveness
    We begin our fall message “Messy: Loving Others Isn’t Easy!” Love messes with us: making us honestly deal with the messes in our lives, and it makes us really deal with the messes others cause for us. Forgiveness is a very messy part of love! Yet only forgiveness releases us as we release others. This Sunday we’ll invite the Holy Spirit to bring this healing in and through us. Come ready for a mess!

Mar 12, 2021
Shining a Light in the Darkness
By: Guest
This Sunday we honor the women in our lives and those in the Forest Hills family. There will be a special guest speaker from Amborella House, Terri Hopman will be talking about what they do and how we can be a light in the darkness.
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  • Mar 12, 2021Shining a Light in the Darkness
    Mar 12, 2021
    Shining a Light in the Darkness
    By: Guest
    This Sunday we honor the women in our lives and those in the Forest Hills family. There will be a special guest speaker from Amborella House, Terri Hopman will be talking about what they do and how we can be a light in the darkness.
  • Jun 28, 2020MN Adult and Teen Challenge
    Jun 28, 2020
    MN Adult and Teen Challenge
    By: Guest
    Since 1983, MN Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The Teen Challenge Choir will not be able to attend due to Covid-19 instead they are sending five current participants. Their purpose is to encourage congregations by testifying about God’s healing power in the lives of our clients and to help others see that through Him, they too, can overcome their struggles. There will be a special offering for Teen Challenge. Worship will be outside, so bring a lawn chair and hat.
  • Jun 21, 2020Radiant Faces
    Jun 21, 2020
    Radiant Faces

    This Sunday we’re celebrating Camping Sunday! We need mountain-top experiences to sustain us in our discipleship. Although we can’t physically go to camp this year, we are going to have a worship experience to meet God “on the mountain.” Come this Sunday dressed like you’re going to camp, and be ready to meet God. Worship will be outside, so bring a lawn chair and hat.

     
  • Jun 14, 2020All Things Are Possible with Faith
    Jun 14, 2020
    All Things Are Possible with Faith
    What an exciting Sunday - it’s Confirmation Sunday! Our five Confirmation students (Aimire Lloyd, Jacqueline Wyne, Katelyn Bautch, Noah Bonsell and Tony Lloyd) will all share their faith testimonies and publically commit to follow Jesus. Two of them (Aimire and Tony) will also be baptized! We will see how God takes the tiny, shaky faith–like the size of a mustard seed–and grow it into a large and committed maturity–like a tall mustard tree. Come expecting your faith to also grow this Sunday, too! We will worship outdoors again: bring a hat and lawn chair, or there will also be spaces for drive-in worship.
  • Jun 5, 2020Soaring without Seeing – Graduation Sunday
    Jun 5, 2020
    Soaring without Seeing – Graduation Sunday
     This Sunday we honor our graduates and offer prayers over them as they launch into the next chapter of their lives. The message is geared for them, but for all of us. How do we soar as God’s people when we can’t see precisely where we’re going? The answer comes in the Holy Spirit, who lifts our wings and sends us in the right direction.
     
  • May 15, 2020Prayer as Worship
    May 15, 2020
    Prayer as Worship
    This Sunday we take a pause in our spring worship series for intentional and focused prayer. Sunday morning we will host a worship prayer walk on the church grounds to 1. Be together safely as a church community, 2. Pray for our communities during this trying time, 3. Grow in our discipleship through prayer, and 4. Be visible in our community witnessing to our hope in God. Come if you are able! If not, pray along with the worship recording.
  • Nov 27, 2019Responseability
    Nov 27, 2019
    Responseability
    Joel 2:18-28
    Thanksgiving is the holiday when we stop to give thanks for the harvest and all that we have. But the Bible teaches us that thanksgiving really isn’t a response to what we have. It’s about God in our lives, who made us with the need to give thanks. This Sunday, we’ll go beneath the cultural calling of thanksgiving and discover the biblical push to connect it to God’s character. Don’t miss this Sunday, it’ll change your Thanksgiving!
  • Nov 17, 2019What Are You Looking For?
    Nov 17, 2019
    What Are You Looking For?

    John 6:1-71

    We come to Jesus hoping He will help us in our messes. We want Him to repair a relationship, heal an illness, fix a problem, give us strength to face whatever we are going through. And He does. But Jesus offers us more than help. He offers us Himself. It is when we take Him fully that we receive the deepest healing and wholeness. Come this Sunday seeking more than help from Jesus!

  • Nov 10, 2019When Not to Give
    Nov 10, 2019
    When Not to Give
     Matthew 5:21-26
    Let’s talk about money! Money is the stuff of life. It is a blessing but it is also a bucking bronco. If we don’t keep tight control on it, it will throw us around! This Sunday we’ll engage the life-changing biblical view of money and learn how it can be a blessing from God that brings abundant life.
     
     
  • Jun 2, 2019The Race Ahead
    Jun 2, 2019
    The Race Ahead
    This Sunday is graduation Sunday! We have six high school graduates and one college graduate. Besides celebrating them, this is a time for us to remember our calling to pass on the faith to the next generations. Others have shared Jesus with us. Because of that, we can embrace Him in our lives and experience abundant and eternal life. We, now, in turn, share Jesus with others. Our Christian lives are like a relay race! This Sunday we’ll be equipped to run our “leg” of the race!