Second Sunday in Advent "Change"

First Sunday in Advent "Stand"

Christ the King Sunday "Who is Your King?"

Tune into the Spirit

Women's event (Granny Freshour)

God steps in when we don't

It's 2:00 and God's grace is still amazing!

Easter Sunday "It's no Joke"

Easter Sunrise Service

3rd Sunday in March "Let God do the Appointing" Hebrews 5:5-10

From Bah...to Ahah! Transfiguration Sunday Mark 9:2-9 February 11th 2018

...But I won't do that!

1 Corinthians 9:16-23

What are you willing to do for the sake of the gospel?  Paul tells the church in Corinth...he is willing to do anything for the sake of the gospel because of what the gospel has given him.  He will become weak, he will become under the law and outside of the law.  And he can do this without fear because he is first and foremost under the law of Christ.

Make Me

Mark 1:14-20

Jesus calls his disciples who are fishing along the lake.  He says I will make you fish for people.  They don't ask how this is going to happen, what's the process....rather they see in Christ the zeal and passion and they just know its going to happen....they will fish for people.

Treasures

Matthew 2:1-12

We don't just stop off at the gift shop when coming to our Lord.  We don't just give him a gift.  And the price tag is not important.  What's important is that we give him that which we treasure.  We give him what has become important to us as if to say, "I treasure it no longer because You, Christ are what I now treasure the most." 

"How God Operates"

Luke 2:1-20

Despite everything that God is....all powerful, thunderbolts, grandiose, destructive, reigning down with fire....it's important to remember that the nativity is how God operates.  God in God's power could have destroyed the world again and said, I know I made a promise but...I am God!  But instead, took the more difficult route out of love.  And this is how God operates all of the time!

"Who Me?"

Luke 1:26-38

Mary first reacts to God's calling of her to carry the Messiah as "Who me?" but is reminded that with God, all things are possible, changing her tone to "Here I am!"

"I am Christian, Hear Me Roar!"

John 1:6-8;19-28

When John the baptist is asked "Who do you think you are?" he says, all you really need to know is that I am someone who speaks for God!  God who is loving and graceful and forgiving, I am not this or that...I am a voice...and this voice is crying....and it's crying loudly and boldly!!

Children's Christmas Program

"I'm not dead yet"

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Paul assures those in the church in Thessalonica that those who have died before Christ's return will rise and precede them in the resurrection.  Paul reminds us that if we believe in Christ, then you should hope in the impossible.  If death can't stand in the way between us and Jesus, then nothing should.  

"Not Just the Gospel"

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Paul tells the church in Thessalonica, understand...you received us just as we were.  We didn't try to sell you Jesus with bells and whistles and our intentions were pure.  We wanted to know you and we wanted you to know us and if you were to come to know Christ, it would be because you have come to know us.  

"Faith, Hope, and Love...even when"

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul says the church in Thessalonica gets it because they work out the three most important aspects of Christian living...faith, hope, and love....meaning they live it out not just  when it's easy and convenient but most importantly, when it's tough to do.

How Bad Do You Want it?

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus told a parable of a wedding where invites to the wedding were rejected by those invited.  So the invites went out to those in the streets, and many accepted the invitation.  But we learn that it's not enough just to come.  You have to want to be there.  You have to be willing to wear the wedding robe.

What are you building upon?

Matthew 21:33-45

Following the teachings of Paul, in that we must of the mind of Christ, we must be willing to see the cornerstone in the most unlikely of places, or else we might mistakenly reject it.  And if we reject the cornerstone, God will likely hand it over to someone ready to receive it and move with it to the transformation of the world.

No Pain, No Gain

Philippians 2:1-13

Paul urges the church in Philippi to work out their salvation.  This is not to say that my salvation is different from yours and I must work out my own the way I see fit.  It means rather, while salvation is God's gift by grace, it takes great strength to receive it and live it out.  To be strong in the faith, spiritual workout is a necessity.  So always be in the business of working out your salvation by being in the mindset of Christ in all you do. 

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Romans 14:1-12

Paul says in Romans 14 as he piggy backs from chapter 13 that if you want success in this world both individually as a Christian and corporately as the Church, sometimes you have to play nice.  Meaning, to not split hairs over the little stuff that really has no consequence in regards to the big picture.  Focus on the important stuff and let all the little things go.

Make it Don't Fake it

Romans 12:9-21

In order for us to be able to listen to God's will, to use the fruits of the Spirit and to move onto perfection, Paul first says, your love must be genuine.  You can't make it on fake love.  Fake love will damage relationships with others and ultimately with God.  Your love has to be real, and it starts by being lovingly real with yourself.

Grace to Move

Romans 12:1-8

Paul shifts gears at the beginning of chapter 12, from the defense of the Jewish community to offensively asking the gentile community, "You have been given the grace of Jesus Christ, what are you going to do about?"  Don't worry about others, worry about yourself.  God gives us the grace to belong as we are, but also the grace to move to something even greater.  One is no more important than the other.

Promotion Sunday

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

As a church we value Christian Education and education in all shapes and sizes.  In education, we grow in mind but we can grow in so many other ways as well.  We can grow in how we view each other and our roles and purposes in the world.  Paul reveals to us that we all have a place and have gifts to bring to the body.

Irrevocable

Romans 11:1-2a; 29-32

Controversy surrounds this passage in that Paul goes all in on how he feels about the Jewish community.  He basically says, God has not rejected them.  Meaning, what God promised to them through Abraham, still stands today.  God doesn't change.  This should give us hope when we don't always live up to our promises with God.  What God did in grace for each of us in our birth, confirmed in our baptism cannot be undone.

Beautiful Feet

Romans 10:5-15

We continue to look at Paul's dilemma with the tradition from which he has come.  He believes that part of the reason the Jewish community and faith tradition has rejected Jesus is due to the communication breakdown between the Gentiles and the Jews.  Who can believe if they cannot hear the message being presented to them.  Those who evangelize the good news must be committed to wearing beautiful feet.

God will never give up on you

Romans 9:1-5

Paul sticks by his words at the end of Romans chapter 8, when he says nothing can separate us from the love of God.  Not even ourselves. Because God's never going to give up on us.  

Vacation Bible School Sunday

Psalm 34:4-14

Psalm 34:4-14 tells us to do good, seek peace and pursue it!  We can be heroes for Jesus Christ but we got to get up and get moving!  Doing, seeking, and pursuing are all verbs.  God wants us to take action!

The Wheat and the Tares

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-42

On July 23rd we explored the parable in Matthew of the wheat and the tares and Jesus' interesting advice on not pulling up the weeds or tares because we might pull up the wheat in the process.

Live Like You Belong

Genesis 25:19-34

On July 16th, 2017 we took a look at the sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau and examined how we as children of God struggle with our belonging.  With our birthright in the kingdom of God.  We compare ourselves with others and use these means to either believe that we don't belong or to keep others from the sense of belonging. 

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