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!
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  • 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!
  • May 26, 2019The Lord’s Spirit Began to Move
    May 26, 2019
    The Lord’s Spirit Began to Move
    Series: Samson
    The story of Samson ends with a big crash, which also ends his life. The mighty Samson found himself helpless as a result of his own foolishness. Yet, in desperation, he prayed, “Remember me, O Lord!” The true hero of the Samson story is actually God, who answers Samson’s prayer. God is still our true hero, for He still answers our desperate prayers. Although Samson reminds us of how we fall short of God’s plans for our lives, he also becomes a vivid testimony to make God our Hero!
  • May 19, 2019The Anti-Hero
    May 19, 2019
    The Anti-Hero
    Series: Samson
    We might remember Samson as the strong man of the Bible who did many amazing feats of strength. Yet we may not always remember just how badly he failed at following God’s calling on his life. God blessed him with special gifts, but he often used them for selfish reasons. What does God do with people like that? What does God do with people like us who are like that? This Sunday we’ll hear how God used Samson–failings and all–and how this is also true for how God still uses us!
  • May 12, 2019The Mother Without a Name
    May 12, 2019
    The Mother Without a Name
    Series: Samson
    This Sunday, Mother’s Day, we begin our spring message series on Samson, the confusing strong man of the Bible. One quarter of the Samson story is actually about his mother! Samson, throughout his life, has four involved relationships with women. The first is the loving mother who raised him. She is the example of a faithful, godly woman. The other relationships Samson has with women fail miserably. So we begin with his mother, and our mothers. How has your mother been a godly example and witness? 
  • Apr 21, 2019Thresholds: EscapeTomb
    Apr 21, 2019
    Thresholds: EscapeTomb
    Series: Thresholds
    Thresholds in the Bible climax at Jesus’ tomb. On Friday, our worship service will mark the solemn death and burial of Jesus. He is laid in a tomb, and the entrance is sealed with a large stone. This shows us the weighty reality of sin and death; this is what we face! But then, on Easter, that tomb entrance is broken open, and the entrance becomes an exit. Jesus worked the first “escape tomb” miracle! And ever since then, He comes to us to lead us out of the tomb, the grave, in which we are trapped. Because of Jesus, we can escape death! 
  • Apr 14, 2019Thresholds: The Gate of Sacrifice
    Apr 14, 2019
    Thresholds: The Gate of Sacrifice
    Series: Thresholds
    This Sunday is Palm Sunday! We will wave palm branches in worship as a way for us to join the parade that greeted Jesus when He came into Jerusalem. It will be fun for the whole family! Yet there are dark clouds overhead: there’s a “storm” of betrayal and condemnation looming. Jesus, whom we greet with praise, will be crucified by Friday. Our service will also have this mixed message. We’ll hear how Jesus is the Gate to life and peace for us, His sheep, but we’ll also hear how Jesus earns this for us by laying down His life for His sheep.  Come join the parade this Sunday, but also notice the threatening clouds overhead.
  • Apr 7, 2019Thresholds: Your Heart’s Door
    Apr 7, 2019
    Thresholds: Your Heart’s Door
    Series: Thresholds
    Do you hear that knocking? We can usually hear it best when all is quiet and we are alone. It’s that inner calling, tapping. Isn’t there more in life? Doesn’t my life have value...meaning? Isn’t there more to reality then what I can see? That’s Jesus knocking at your heart’s door. This is the next threshold in our Lenten message series. This Sunday we’ll listen to that knocking and learn how to open our heart’s doors to Jesus!
     
  • Mar 24, 2019Thresholds: Door of Separation
    Mar 24, 2019
    Thresholds: Door of Separation
    Series: Thresholds
    Does God feel distant? Does it seem sometimes like He’s not near? The Bible shows us over and over again that God never leaves us. It is we who leave Him! Yet even when we walk away, God comes after us, chasing us down, finding ways of being with us and restoring our connection to Him. This Sunday we’ll look at the Old Testament system of sacrifice and the temple to see what lengths God has always gone to restore us back to Him.
     
  • Mar 17, 2019Thresholds: Door of Decision
    Mar 17, 2019
    Thresholds: Door of Decision
    Series: Thresholds
    Doors often represent a choice: do we go through or not? The next threshold in the Biblical story is the door frame in the Passover story. The Israelites are slaves in Egypt. God promises to set them free. Yet they must trust in God’s protection, and show that trust in a strange act of obedience: They must make a sacrifice and spread the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. Those that did were spared death and set free! This Sunday we’ll learn how Jesus became our Passover Lamb. Our “Door of Decision” is if we will trust in Him and live in obedience, even when the calling is strange.
  • Mar 10, 2019Door of God’s Protection
    Mar 10, 2019
    Door of God’s Protection
    Series: Thresholds
    We are following the overall story of the Bible, and we are telling the story by the thresholds we see. Sin brings death and destruction. In the Bible, Adam and Eve’s defiance of God leads to a closed door to Paradise and a sin-corrupted world rampant with death and destruction. The flood washes the earth, but Noah and his family are spared on the ark. When the rains came, God closed them in by shutting the ark’s door. This sign shows God’s saving grace: God provides a door of protection for us! Come this Sunday to hear how God provides a door of protection as you face destruction, death, and the storms of life.
  • Mar 3, 2019Disciples Make…A Difference
    Mar 3, 2019
    Disciples Make…A Difference
    This is the last of our Disciples Make message series, and we end strong...and visible! Being a disciple of Jesus is an inner journey of surrendering your selfishness. Yet it is also an outward journey into the world. Disciples make a difference in concrete, visible ways in their. This Sunday we’ll be commissioned to serve others in visible ways in our everyday lives.
  • Feb 17, 2019Disciples Make….Stands
    Feb 17, 2019
    Disciples Make….Stands
     
  • Feb 10, 2019Disciples Make…..God Talk
    Feb 10, 2019
    Disciples Make…..God Talk
    “The tongue is the mightiest weapon!” This quote rings true for each one of us! How we speak, what we say, is some of our greatest impact. This Sunday we’ll discover how disciples use their tongues for good. But it’s not just about not saying bad things and intentionally saying good things. It’s about filling our talk with God.
  • Feb 3, 2019Disciples Make……Routines for Growth
    Feb 3, 2019
    Disciples Make……Routines for Growth
    People often say, “Jesus I like, but not the Church,” or “I’m spiritual, just not religious.” The reality is that if we are just spiritual, we are not really growing spiritually. It takes the context, structure and accountability of a local church to push us to grow. Without that, we stagnate at where we are now. This Sunday we’ll explore how Disciples Make . . . Routines for Growth.
  • Jan 27, 2019Disciples Make…..The Holy Spirit Their Guide
    Jan 27, 2019
    Disciples Make…..The Holy Spirit Their Guide
     
  • Jan 20, 2019Disciples Make……Jesus #1
    Jan 20, 2019
    Disciples Make……Jesus #1
     
  • Jan 13, 2019Disciples Make….Disciples!
    Jan 13, 2019
    Disciples Make….Disciples!
     
  • Jan 6, 2019I’m Not Worthy
    Jan 6, 2019
    I’m Not Worthy
    Series: Declare!
    New Years is a time to be honest. As we make resolutions, we admit that we are not the people we want to be. Yet, when Jesus-followers admit our faults and sins, it is not a “downer” on us, but actually a boost in our value. Jesus came because even broken, to Him we are worth saving! This Sunday we come honest before God, admitting–like John the Bapist–that we are not worthy. As we do, we hear how our value comes not from being worthy, but from Jesus’ love for us “while we were yet sinners.”
  • Dec 30, 2018Be Baptized
    Dec 30, 2018
    Be Baptized
    Series: Declare!
    Ready for 2019? Maybe not just yet! But I think we never will be ready, actually. So, the best thing we can do is commit our past to the past, but make that intentional decision to give 2019 to God. We do that by making a New Year’s resolutions to courageously follow Jesus, no matter what the year ahead may bring. This Sunday we’ll commit 2019 into God’s hands through renewing our baptisms.
  • Dec 24, 2018Look!
    Dec 24, 2018
    Look!
    Series: Declare!
    Christmas lights, decorations, and merrymaking are everywhere! There is so much to dazzle the eyes. But where do your eyes rest this Christmas? What do you look at that penetrates into your heart? What do you see that is more than a passing flash? Perhaps John the Baptist has the answer. He says, “Look!” and points to Jesus. Look hard. Can you see the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world? Of all there is to see this Christmas, rest your eyes on the baby Jesus!
 
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