Oct 15, 2021
Fighting for the King
Blurb: If Jesus is our King, that means we give Him our allegiance. We don’t live for ourselves, but for Him. This means that as disciples of Jesus, we serve as His soldiers. This Sunday we’ll learn how we are equipped and trained for fighting the good fight! Videos: Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1rsc9GzMW0 (0:00 - stopping at 1:05) The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Final Battle (Part 1) Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1rsc9GzMW0 (begin at 1:48 and end at 3:08) The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Final Battle (Part 1)
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  • Oct 15, 2021Fighting for the King
    Oct 15, 2021
    Fighting for the King
    Blurb: If Jesus is our King, that means we give Him our allegiance. We don’t live for ourselves, but for Him. This means that as disciples of Jesus, we serve as His soldiers. This Sunday we’ll learn how we are equipped and trained for fighting the good fight! Videos: Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1rsc9GzMW0 (0:00 - stopping at 1:05) The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Final Battle (Part 1) Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1rsc9GzMW0 (begin at 1:48 and end at 3:08) The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Final Battle (Part 1)
  • Oct 7, 2021A Slain Lamb
    Oct 7, 2021
    A Slain Lamb
    Jesus is such a mighty and all-powerful King. How do you love someone so awesome and fearsome? This Sunday we see King Jesus giving Himself up for us because He loves us so deeply. This awakens a love within us, and in new life, we love Him back. Come this Sunday to have your heart transformed by love!
  • Sep 30, 2021A Dangerous King
    Sep 30, 2021
    A Dangerous King
    This Sunday we celebrate World Communion Sunday. We proclaim that Jesus is King of the
    whole earth, and that His Kingdom extends over the entire world. As King of Kings, Jesus
    is dangerous: to evil (for Jesus defeats evil), but also to us! He does not leave us as we are,
    but the Lord of our lives, He calls us to change and grow as He desires.
    Videos:
    Video Clip #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwEke2WGgi8 (Begin at 0:18 and end at 1:20)
    The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Aslan Meets Jadis
    Video Clip #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwEke2WGgi8 (Begin at 2:30 and end at 3:20)
    The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Aslan Meets Jadis
    Video Clip #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk7hyhZOQmw (Begin at 0:40 and end at 2:43)
    The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Sir Peter
  • Sep 24, 2021A New King
    Sep 24, 2021
    A New King

    Jesus is our King, and we are His subjects! This means that we have to change how we think
    about Jesus and how we treat Him. Only our King can give us victory over the powers that
    choke us. This Sunday we learn what it means to pledge our allegiance to Jesus as our King!

    The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Aslan's Camp
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJyNvOwiX8 (3:51 minutes, stop at 3:25)
  • Sep 17, 2021“Behold, I Am Coming Soon!”
    Sep 17, 2021
    “Behold, I Am Coming Soon!”
    We go back to Narnia again this week to see how to have hope while facing so many defeats
    and failures. We look to a New King, King Jesus, who brings us victory! We need not get
    discouraged and overwhelmed. We have hope because our King is with us, “He is mighty
    to save!” (Zeph. 3:17)
  • Sep 12, 2021“Always Winter, Never Christmas”
    Sep 12, 2021
    “Always Winter, Never Christmas”
    This Sunday we begin our fall message series, exploring how Jesus is our King. As we don’t understand monarchs very well here in America, we’re turning to the world of Narnia (constructed by C.S. Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia, particularly in the movie adaption The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe) and its lion king Aslan to see how we can relate to Jesus as our good and mighty King. For our first Sunday we’ll see how Narnia’s perpetual winter teaches us about our human condition and struggle. We need a Savior-King!

Sep 3, 2021
Daniel’s Prayer
 In the second half of the book of Daniel, we find him speaking a powerful prayer.  Like his life in general, we have much to learn from Daniel's example.  Come and see how we can pray with our mind on the past, our feet in the present and our hearts set on the future!
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  • Sep 3, 2021Daniel’s Prayer
    Sep 3, 2021
    Daniel’s Prayer
     In the second half of the book of Daniel, we find him speaking a powerful prayer.  Like his life in general, we have much to learn from Daniel's example.  Come and see how we can pray with our mind on the past, our feet in the present and our hearts set on the future!
  • Aug 27, 2021Stand With
    Aug 27, 2021
    Stand With
    We end our series on Daniel with his most famous story: Daniel and the lion’s den. It’s pretty
    dramatic, but we’ll discover that once again, this story really isn’t about Daniel at all!
    Ultimately, it’s about us, and what we will do with God. Will we stand WITH God, no
    matter what? We’ll be listening to the Holy Spirit to hear what we each need to do to stand
    steadfastly WITH God.
  • Aug 20, 2021Stand Against
    Aug 20, 2021
    Stand Against
    Daniel chapter 5 tells of the destruction of Babylon and its haughty king. There are ways that we, too, live with little concern for our sin and neglect God. This Sunday we see “the writing on the wall” and are called to repent and turn fully to God. Our destruction can be averted!
  • Aug 13, 2021Stand Down
    Aug 13, 2021
    Stand Down
    In a strange twist, Daniel chapter 4 shows a pagan king proclaiming the true God! This Sunday we’ll learn about holy humility and how we need to come to God, and our whole lives, acknowledging that all that we have and all that we accomplish is by the grace of God.
  • Aug 8, 2021Stand Firm
    Aug 8, 2021
    Stand Firm
    God preserved the three faithful friends from the fiery furnace. But we discover the story is not really about them. It’s about God’s bigger plan. So, this Sunday we’ll learn that when we face the fires of life, we can trust in God to bring about His bigger plan. We must stand firm!
  • Jul 30, 2021Stand Up
    Jul 30, 2021
    Stand Up
    This Sunday we continue on in Daniel, the great prophet of the Old Testament. In the second chapter he faces certain death. Yet because of God’s Spirit directing him, he is faithful and God’s purpose is proclaimed. This Sunday we learn how we can be faithful in times of crisis and how when we do, God can use us to bring great blessing to others.
  • Jul 22, 2021Stand Out
    Jul 22, 2021
    Stand Out
    This Sunday we turn to Daniel to learn how we can live faithfully and steadily through the fires of life. Because of the Holy Spirit burning within us, we can do right no matter what we face! We begin with the Daniel as a teenager. He was presented with an amazing offer. The only problem is that it required him to compromise his beliefs. What did Daniel do? What do we do? Come learn how to Stand Out!

Jul 18, 2021
Vital Faith Vital Congregation
This week we have a guest, Rev. Dr. Peter Law. Law was the pastor at Forest Hills from 1983-1993. He will be bringing the message about Holiness and vitality. He will also be baptizing Annika Hansen, daughter of Mike and Jennifer Hansen.
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  • Jul 18, 2021Vital Faith Vital Congregation
    Jul 18, 2021
    Vital Faith Vital Congregation
    This week we have a guest, Rev. Dr. Peter Law. Law was the pastor at Forest Hills from 1983-1993. He will be bringing the message about Holiness and vitality. He will also be baptizing Annika Hansen, daughter of Mike and Jennifer Hansen.
  • Jul 11, 2021Backdraft
    Jul 11, 2021
    Backdraft
    Are you feeling burned out? Do you need a resurgence of oxygen? Come this Sunday to hear how the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, can restart your fire and like a backdraft exploding outwards, so will your fire for Gospel go out from you.
  • Jul 2, 2021The Rockets’ Red Glare
    Jul 2, 2021
    The Rockets’ Red Glare
    Happy Independence Day! Are you singing the national anthem for our country this Sunday? Did you know it is actually a hymn about God? This Sunday we’ll see this song help us understand the biblical truths of seeing God in times of trouble and defeat. When we do, we will have a steady joy that carries us even through the worst of times. Our hope is secure in Jesus!
  • Jun 27, 2021Nudging of the Holy Spirit
    Jun 27, 2021
    Nudging of the Holy Spirit
    By: Guest

    Teresa Gruber will be preaching this Sunday on the nudging of the Holy Spirit. This Sunday we learn how to listen to the Holy Spirit's voice.

  • Jun 20, 2021Campfire Ghost Stories
    Jun 20, 2021
    Campfire Ghost Stories
    This Sunday is Camp Sunday! Come dressed like you are ready to go camping! Our church will be sending people to Bible Camp this week. And so, on Sundaywe all gather as a church like we would gather around a good campfire to hear good stories...ghost stories...HolyGhost stories! Don’t miss the stories, but beware, they may change you forever!
  • Jun 11, 2021Evidence of Fire
    Jun 11, 2021
    Evidence of Fire
     Every fire leaves evidence.  The work of the Holy Spirit burning within us is no different.  This week we ask, "Am I burning?"  We take a look inward as we examine our own lives for this evidence.
     
  • Jun 4, 2021Re-firing
    Jun 4, 2021
    Re-firing
    Graduation Sunday is all about celebrating our graduates! We speak blessings over them, but we also tell the truth that life is full of setbacks and failures. But we also proclaim that when we live for Jesus, we are sustained by His grace that transforms our failures into beauty. This Sunday we’ll hear the good news of how in Jesus, we are new creations!
  • May 28, 2021Holy Heartburn
    May 28, 2021
    Holy Heartburn
    Those who follow Jesus have the Holy Spirit in our hearts, burning as an all-consuming fire. The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with total love for God and for others, and changes us from the inside out. This Sunday we’ll hear part of the story of John and Charles Wesley, and we’ll discover that we, like they, can have our hearts strangely warmed.
  • May 21, 2021The Church on Fire
    May 21, 2021
    The Church on Fire
    This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church! We
    light the birthday candles and proclaim that God’s holy fire is given to live within each one
    of us. This changes everything! The Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out. He changes
    how we live each day. He changes the Church. He changes our world. This Sunday come
    asking for the Holy Fire to live–and burn!–within you!

May 14, 2021
Answered Prayer
Series: Strange FIre
There are many gods we can pray to, but our key question is which one will answer us? This
Sunday we go with Elijah to the top of Mt. Carmel where God as an all-consuming fire
comes down in answer to prayer. Seeing this, we correct our worship and switch our
allegiance wholly to this God who is real and who answers our prayers. Only the true God
can be our true help.
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  • May 14, 2021Answered Prayer
    May 14, 2021
    Answered Prayer
    Series: Strange FIre
    There are many gods we can pray to, but our key question is which one will answer us? This
    Sunday we go with Elijah to the top of Mt. Carmel where God as an all-consuming fire
    comes down in answer to prayer. Seeing this, we correct our worship and switch our
    allegiance wholly to this God who is real and who answers our prayers. Only the true God
    can be our true help.
  • May 7, 2021Fire of Protection
    May 7, 2021
    Fire of Protection
    Series: Strange FIre
    Our God is an all-consuming fire of protection. Just as good mothers protect their children,
    so God protects and fights for us. When we put our trust in God, we will be carried through
    all the attacks of our enemies, even if that means being carried safely into eternal life.
  • Apr 26, 2021Final Fire
    Apr 26, 2021
    Final Fire
    Series: Strange FIre
    God’s fire burns throughout the Bible, and we see it dramatically at the End Times in Revelation. But what is the purpose of God’s burning fire at the Last Day? It’s not for punishment! Rather, it’s for purity. We invite God’s fire to purify us, and then it lights a fire under us to go live today by sharing the joy of Jesus with others.
  • 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!