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November 19, 2017 - Psalm 59 - "Being Thankful in and for the Tough Times"

Thanksgiving can easily look much the same for many. Yet, of all the things we are thankful for, there are some not-so-positive parts of this past year probably don't make the list. We usually don't think of being thankful for the pain and the problems, the diagnoses and disease, the loneliness and the loss. One might reasonably wonder, "How can anyone be thankful for/in moments like that?" But it is precisely such moments in which God shapes and hones us for whatever comes next and for our life forever with him. He does this because he is our loving God. He uses all of this to strengthen us so that we can look beyond the tough moments and sing praise to the Lord, thanking him for being our strength and our Savior.

November 12, 2017 - Matthew 25:14-30 - “What If We Stopped Saying, ‘I’m Too Busy’”…

It's one of the most common phrases said and heard. When we are overtired and overworked… when we’re burdened or behind… it's an explanation and other times an excuse. The phrase is, "I'm too busy." In many respects, it's okay to say. Maybe even, at times, we should. Other times. it's both unhelpful, or maybe even untrue. So, how are we supposed to view our life in between the mundanity of this world and the eternity that God has prepared? What if we stopped saying, "I'm too busy?"

November 5, 2017 - 1 John 3:1-3 - “Focus on the Faceless Facts”

There is a real tension between what we see in our earthly experience and what is our eternal reality. The struggle is real. This life is in between… in between this current life that is very rugged and rough around the edges and the eternal realization of God’s perfect and radiant glory. Yet, in order that we properly understand and work through this tension in between earthly appearances and eternal reality, the encouragement is simply to not look at the appearance. Instead, we need to focus on the faceless facts.

October 29, 2017 - Romans 3:27,28 - "When Having Nothing Means Getting Everything" - Reformation 500

Can you think of a scenario where you give up absolutely everything that you have and you get more in return? That just doesn't happen in life. In order to become something and to get something you need to be something and take or get more. But what if I told you that this paradox was the premise for the Reformation that changed the world 500 years ago? What if I told you that it was the sum and substance of all Christianity? When we let God be God, we see that having nothing in and of ourselves mans that we are totally reliant on up. And then, and only then, do we get more than we ever had before: eternal life, forgiveness, salvation. Everything. To God alone be the glory both now and forevermore.

October 22, 2017 - Romans 3:25,26 - Jesus Christ Is God’s “This Is It!”

So much of life can easily pass by without much pause for hugely serious. It can seem to be a bit easier to walk through life not talking about or finding answers to questions regarding God, death, and what comes next. Although that might seem to be simpler, the time comes when we must have some kind of hope that doesn't disappoint... some kind of peace lasts. What is that for you? It needs to be something to which you point and say, "This is it!" And both in what God says and how he says it shows God's solution to that eternal dilemma. And it's more than you might anticipate. See how in this sermon.

October 15, 2017 - Romans 3:22b-24 - "Something's Got to Give"

If God’s grace is for all, then it’s for you. It’s also for the person who has done incredible wrong by our own measures. How is this so? Is God really just over things that seem to be so wrong? Or is he merely gracious and loving with no regard for what is wrong? What’s the catch? Something’s got to give. See how in this sermon.

October 8, 2017 - Romans 3:22a - “The Big Ideal Above All Others”

It's the big idea above and beyond all others: how do I stand right before God? Is there something, even in the slightest, that I must do or decide or prove? This big idea has done more than just impact those who are Christians. It is at the heart of the struggle of every single person, including you. How so? See how in this sermon.

October 1, 2017 - Romans 3:19-21 - "More Than Face Value"

In order for you to take something at face value, you view the source as the authority... or at least authoritative enough. What is the authority for all thing spiritual, eternal, and divine? There was a time 500 years ago when it was the church and only the church. Today it seems that anyone and everyone is their own authority. Which is more true? Which is better? Neither. See how the Scriptures really, truly are God's Word and why that makes everything better, even here and now.

September 24, 2017 - Matthew 18:21-35 - “To Forgive Means to Let Go, Even When You Don’t Feel Like It”

To forgive means to let go. And that might be easy to understand. It's just very difficult to do, especially when the pain is severe and the memory of it is very vivid. So, what are you holding onto? What did they say or do that legitimizes your bitterness? But our shoulders were never intended to bear the weight of those who have wronged us. That is why God, who has forgiven the immeasurable weight of our sin, calls us to forgive. It's liberating. It's necessary. To forgive means to let go, even when we don't feel like it.

September 17, 2017 - Galatians 2:11-21 - “Conflict and the Centrality of the Gospel”

What do you do with conflict? It seems like everyone is somewhere on the spectrum between dealing with it and avoiding it. Whatever the natural tendency might be, we all have certain struggles with conflict, especially between Christians. We all have a lot to learn. That's why God's Word provides this great example and this wonderful focal point which helps guide our lives through conflict to the gospel of Jesus Christ. See what that means for you in this message.

September 10, 2017 - Matthew 16:21-28 - “The Danger of Comfort and the Necessity of the Cross”

There are some habits and perceptions that influence our worldview, even without our knowing it. We can think about things in a way that we otherwise wouldn't or shouldn't. Such influences can be so pervasive that they leave no part of our lives untouched or unaltered. Our view of Christianity is no exception. The question is, do we even recognize it? This week we see how dangerous and overlooked comfort and pleasure are. It's based on connectivity to a life that leads to momentary validation and temporary satisfaction. That is why the cross is so necessary: both Christ's and ours. See what that means for you.

September 3, 2017 - Matthew 16:13-20 "Who Jesus Is to You Determines Who You Are"

Generally, we care about what people think about us, especially those that are closest to us. God does too. He is the one who gave us care and conscientiousness. He made us in his image and calls us his dear children. He cares. Yet, the question is posed so that his disciples of all ages can be clear about our confession. In fact, it is precisely so that we would be on the same page of who Jesus is that he asks, “What about you? Who do you say that I am?” So, what do you say? What should we say? See what that means for you in Sunday’s sermon.

August 27, 2017 - Matthew 15:21-28 - “How Jesus Deals with Those Who Think They Belong & Those Who Don’t”

There is a great divide between those who think that they belong, and those who don’t feel like they fit in. And this divide doesn’t just exist in school, work, or in social groups. This exists in the church. And statistics and surveys show that it’s getting worse. So, Christians can’t do nothing. And that is why Jesus shows his disciples of all ages how to deal with those who feel like they fit in, and those who don’t. See what that means for you in Sunday’s sermon.

August 20, 2017 - Matthew 14:22-33 - "Fear and Faith and Focus"

 

August 13, 2017 - Romans 8:28-39 - Instead of asking "Why?" or "How?" ask "What's next?"

 

August 6, 2017 - 1 Kings 3:5-12 “It’s Not About What You Want, But Why?”

 

July 30, 2017 - Hebrews 1:1-3 - Jesus Has the Last Word

July 23, 2017 - Psalm 67

 

July 16, 2017 - Romans 7:15-25a - "The Christian's Self, Struggle, & Status"

June 25, 2017 - Psalm 46 - “With God on Our Side, Everything Is As Easily Done As Said”