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Oct 17, 2018
Who Are You Wednesday | Jeff Roberts
Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week’s guest is our new Director of College and Young Adults, Jeff Roberts.
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  • Oct 17, 2018Who Are You Wednesday | Jeff Roberts
    Oct 17, 2018
    Who Are You Wednesday | Jeff Roberts
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week’s guest is our new Director of College and Young Adults, Jeff Roberts.
  • Oct 14, 2018Ticked – God is Ticked
    Oct 14, 2018
    Ticked – God is Ticked
    Series: Ticked
    Ticked: A Series about Anger
     
    Anger is a common emotion for all, but it can be a challenge to know when anger is an appropriate feeling in different circumstances. Some might suggest that we live in an angry culture, where angry people are nearly tearing our world apart. How do we know how to be faithful to God and deal with our angry emotions? This series will seek to answer a few questions about anger and provide ways to deal with and use our anger in a Christian way.
     
    God is Ticked
    Psalm 103:8-10; Micah 7:18-19; Psalm 30:5; Genesis 6
     
    The issue of whether a Christian can be angry is a complex one. God gets angry in the Bible, so perhaps all of our anger isn't bad. It's important to consider the anger ratio. God's anger lasts a "moment" but favor lasts a lifetime.
     
    After considering a God who can be angry (and who is also holy), perhaps our study of anger should consider unhelpful anger versus holy anger.
  • Oct 9, 2018Testimony Tuesday | Bill Ballou
    Oct 9, 2018
    Testimony Tuesday | Bill Ballou
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
    Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we’re talking with Bill Ballou.
  • Oct 1, 2018More on that Monday | Fallapalooza
    Oct 1, 2018
    More on that Monday | Fallapalooza
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we do a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little bit more about an upcoming event. This month, we're talking to Leslie McKinney about Fallapalooza.
  • Sep 30, 2018Three is Enough
    Sep 30, 2018
    Three is Enough
    A man's small group community made it their mission to bring their friend to Jesus. Do we have a group that helps bring one another and others to Jesus through deliberate patterns and practices of everyday mission?
  • Sep 27, 2018Theology Thursday | Holy Spirit
    Sep 27, 2018
    Theology Thursday | Holy Spirit
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we are doing segment called Theology Thursday where we work through a truth that we hold to in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week, Pastor Joe discusses the Holy Spirit.
  • Sep 23, 2018Grooves – The Last Third
    Sep 23, 2018
    Grooves – The Last Third
    Series: Grooves
    All should seek the good end. Steinbeck said in his East of Eden, "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good."
     
    The final third for the Masculine Path is the journey of descent, of learning the lowliness of humility, wisdom, and legacy. Jacob climbs the first part of his life, but is a background character in the last part. Hebrews says that he needs support to at the end of his life. He’s learned to place his life in another’s hands.
     
    The final third for the Feminine Path is the ascent, the arrival of delayed blessing from obedience. At the end of the story, Naomi is praised by the same women that showed her contempt. She came to Bethlehem empty, but at the end, her arms are full.
  • Sep 19, 2018Who Are You Wednesday | Kimberly Munafo
    Sep 19, 2018
    Who Are You Wednesday | Kimberly Munafo
    Advent puts out a weekly podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we will get to know an Advent staff member. This month, we're talking to Director of Children's Ministry, Kimberly Munafo.
  • Sep 16, 2018Listening to God
    Sep 16, 2018
    Listening to God
    Isaiah 6:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
    8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
  • Sep 9, 2018Grooves – Second Third
    Sep 9, 2018
    Grooves – Second Third
    Genesis 29:1-35:15 and Ruth 2:1-3:18
     
    Loss doesn't necessarily mean "the end." Loss can actually be a grace. For the Feminine Path, this phase of life is the beginning of redemption. Identity is shaped, authority and power is discovered.
     
    The second third of the Masculine Path involves a crisis of limitation. The gains one had in the first third of life are taken away or compromised. Gains are hard to come by, even illusive. It might seem that God’s judging someone during this time, but God wants to teach them the way of the cross, the low road. The first half of life was easy for Jacob, he was able to trick others. His time in Paddan Aram was filled with challenge, deception, and struggle.
     
    The second third of the Feminine Path involves the beginning of the climbing. Rohr calls it “The work of Body and Soul” when one begins to develop a solid self, a loving community, and an enduring purpose. Naomi’s unique knowledge of the intricacies of Judean culture allowed Ruth to work her way towards Boaz, Naomi’s kinsman redeemer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sep 23, 2018
Grooves – The Last Third
Series: Grooves
All should seek the good end. Steinbeck said in his East of Eden, "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good."
 
The final third for the Masculine Path is the journey of descent, of learning the lowliness of humility, wisdom, and legacy. Jacob climbs the first part of his life, but is a background character in the last part. Hebrews says that he needs support to at the end of his life. He’s learned to place his life in another’s hands.
 
The final third for the Feminine Path is the ascent, the arrival of delayed blessing from obedience. At the end of the story, Naomi is praised by the same women that showed her contempt. She came to Bethlehem empty, but at the end, her arms are full.
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  • Sep 23, 2018Grooves – The Last Third
    Sep 23, 2018
    Grooves – The Last Third
    Series: Grooves
    All should seek the good end. Steinbeck said in his East of Eden, "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good."
     
    The final third for the Masculine Path is the journey of descent, of learning the lowliness of humility, wisdom, and legacy. Jacob climbs the first part of his life, but is a background character in the last part. Hebrews says that he needs support to at the end of his life. He’s learned to place his life in another’s hands.
     
    The final third for the Feminine Path is the ascent, the arrival of delayed blessing from obedience. At the end of the story, Naomi is praised by the same women that showed her contempt. She came to Bethlehem empty, but at the end, her arms are full.
  • Aug 19, 2018Grooves – Shrunken Stories
    Aug 19, 2018
    Grooves – Shrunken Stories
    Series: Grooves
    Luke 16:19-31 A mismanaged life leads to a shrunken story.
    As we take account of our lives, would we conclude that we are living with genuine faith? Have we yielded to God’s leadership in our lives? Do we prop up our own salvation projects?

Jul 29, 2018
Conversations with the Creator – Defining the Relationship
Ezekiel 37:21-28
 
The sacraments of baptism and communion are the warp and woof of our conversation with God as we relate to Him ever through covenants fulfilled in Christ.
 
Sacraments bind God to us, us to God, and us to each other. They are the glue that holds the conversation together. Our conversation with our Creator takes place within the fabric of covenant, the signs of which are baptism and communion.
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  • Jul 29, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Defining the Relationship
    Jul 29, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Defining the Relationship
    Ezekiel 37:21-28
     
    The sacraments of baptism and communion are the warp and woof of our conversation with God as we relate to Him ever through covenants fulfilled in Christ.
     
    Sacraments bind God to us, us to God, and us to each other. They are the glue that holds the conversation together. Our conversation with our Creator takes place within the fabric of covenant, the signs of which are baptism and communion.
  • Jul 23, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Learning to Listen
    Jul 23, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Learning to Listen
    I Samuel 3:4-14
     
    It is important for us to include children in our service with a children's message because in it our children are learning to listen to God and we learn to listen to God through our children's faith. We miss out on the truth and blessing of being God's covenant community if we do not emphasize and train up our children. Contrary to the world, we declare that our children are just as much a part of our community as an adult. In a children's message, our children learn to listen to the conversation with the Creator just like Samuel. At the same time, we, like Eli, learn to listen to God's message to us through the faith of our children.
  • Jul 15, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Learning the Language
    Jul 15, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Learning the Language
    Exodus 14:26-15:2
     
    Singing as an especially corporate activity of the church teaches us the language of our faith, giving our minds and hearts freedom to express love to our Savior.
     
    On the great day of salvation for the Israelites when the LORD finally and completely delivers them from the Egyptians through a miracle in the Red Sea, the Israelites prove our Creator-given response by singing praise to God. Imagine this vast sea of people learning the lyrics that their leader Moses wrote for them and then shouting them out. This song was passed down from generation to generation as the people of God learned the language of their soul's salvation. When we sing, we are giving our minds and hearts the pathway to express our gratitude for God's saving work in us and around us. Music has a unique way of calling our whole being into action to respond to God. When we sing, we join with the angels' already ongoing song around the throne of God.
  • Jul 8, 2018Conversation with the Creator – God Speaks
    Jul 8, 2018
    Conversation with the Creator – God Speaks
    Preaching calls for change by reminding us of what we know, by providing a subversion story, and by steering us towards meaningful work.
     
    We see in II Timothy 4 that Paul describes the sufficiency, power, and inspiration of God's Word and its role in Timmy's life. Paul shapes the purpose of God's Word among God's people. This is God speaking into our lives with a power that He breathed into our nostrils at our creation. Immediately following this description, Paul is giving us the main method for delivering this life-giving Word to our hearts: through preaching. Through the hard work and Spirit guidance of the messenger, preaching has power to speak through our minds to our hearts and convict, encourage, rebuke, and equip.
  • Jul 2, 2018Conversation with the Creator – We Speak
    Jul 2, 2018
    Conversation with the Creator – We Speak
    Acts 4:23-31
    Prayer is our Spirit-provoked reply to God's grace in which we pour out and align our hearts with the Great Listener.
  • Jun 24, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Giving
    Jun 24, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Giving
    We are a part of the body of Christ, we are His representatives on Earth. We are to give back. We are to share, not only our gifts, we are to share our life, our treasures, our time...everything we have. We give as a response as Moses called us to do. We respond with generostity as Paul called us to do. We give because god has touched our lives. He not only made us but he lost us and bought us back again. We give because we are two times His.
  • Jun 17, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Joining the Conversation
    Jun 17, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Joining the Conversation
    As Deuteronomy says, our attitude towards the sojourner is shaped by remembering that we were once sojourners that God welcomed in.
    Greeting - an announcement of the space, who belongs in it, what happens while we are here, and what shall we do after we leave the space.
    The book of Deuteronomy stands as the primary example of the dynamism of the Torah tradition whereby old memories are endlessly re-presented, rearticulated, and reimagined in new ways that keep the main claims of faith pertinent and authoritative in new circumstances.”
    Walter Brueggemann

May 20, 2018
Whiff – Charcoal Fire
Series: Whiff
He cleared the way for us to live for Him through faith, empowered by the Holy Spirit to live like Christ, offering His love and hospitality as we go. We call that "The aroma of Christ." We are made to be "smelly" now for all the right reasons this morning. May we continue to find avenues to promote the loving and redemptive aroma of Lord wherever we go.
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  • May 20, 2018Whiff – Charcoal Fire
    May 20, 2018
    Whiff – Charcoal Fire
    Series: Whiff
    He cleared the way for us to live for Him through faith, empowered by the Holy Spirit to live like Christ, offering His love and hospitality as we go. We call that "The aroma of Christ." We are made to be "smelly" now for all the right reasons this morning. May we continue to find avenues to promote the loving and redemptive aroma of Lord wherever we go.

Mar 18, 2018
Generosity Begins with Love
Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of your life, fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, opportunity, and material resources with those who are in need.
- Brian McLaren
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  • Mar 18, 2018Generosity Begins with Love
    Mar 18, 2018
    Generosity Begins with Love
    Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of your life, fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, opportunity, and material resources with those who are in need.
    - Brian McLaren
  • Mar 11, 2018Faithfulness Begins With Love
    Mar 11, 2018
    Faithfulness Begins With Love
    This is the great love that the Father has revealed to us, that we would love others as He has loved us.
  • Mar 4, 2018Hospitality Begins with Love
    Mar 4, 2018
    Hospitality Begins with Love
    2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers[a] came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
    5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
    3 John 1:2-8
  • Feb 25, 2018Reconciliation Begins With Love
    Feb 25, 2018
    Reconciliation Begins With Love
     
    There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ.
    - Galatians 3:28
  • Feb 18, 2018Adoption Begins with Love
    Feb 18, 2018
    Adoption Begins with Love
    "Once your enemy, now seated at your table. Jesus, thank you."
    from " - from Jesus, Thank You" music and words by Pat Sczebel.

Aug 5, 2018
Psalm 8
Series: Psalms
Have we allowed ourselves to be anchored in the midst of God's purposes no matter what form or shape that might take?
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  • Aug 5, 2018Psalm 8
    Aug 5, 2018
    Psalm 8
    Series: Psalms
    Have we allowed ourselves to be anchored in the midst of God's purposes no matter what form or shape that might take?
  • May 13, 2018Psalm 128
    May 13, 2018
    Psalm 128
    Series: Psalms
    Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
    You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
    Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
    your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
    Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.
    May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
    May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.
  • Feb 11, 2018Psalm 137
    Feb 11, 2018
    Psalm 137
    Series: Psalms
    The exiles...were not showing deliverate hatred against the Babylonians, far less their babies. They were asking that they should suffer total war as they had so often waged it.
    - George Knight
  • Feb 5, 2018Psalm 133
    Feb 5, 2018
    Psalm 133
    Series: Psalms
    1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
       when brothers dwell in unity![a]
    2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
       running down on the beard,
       on the beard of Aaron,
       running down on the collar of his robes!
    3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
       which falls on the mountains of Zion!
       For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
       life forevermore.