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Apr 15, 2018
Fruit of Friendship – Friendship Planted
 
Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made
and the things which in common we share;
We want to live on not because of ourselves,
but because of the people who care;
It's giving and doing for somebody else-
on that all life's splendor depends,
And the joy of this world, when you've summed it all up,
is found in the making of friends.
 
(an excerpt from The Making of Friends)
Edgar Albert Guest
es.
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  • Apr 15, 2018Fruit of Friendship – Friendship Planted
    Apr 15, 2018
    Fruit of Friendship – Friendship Planted
     
    Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made
    and the things which in common we share;
    We want to live on not because of ourselves,
    but because of the people who care;
    It's giving and doing for somebody else-
    on that all life's splendor depends,
    And the joy of this world, when you've summed it all up,
    is found in the making of friends.
     
    (an excerpt from The Making of Friends)
    Edgar Albert Guest
    es.
  • Apr 8, 2018Kiss the Wave
    Apr 8, 2018
    Kiss the Wave
     
    “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”
    Charles Spurgeon
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  • Apr 1, 2018The Prestige
    Apr 1, 2018
    The Prestige
    Every magic trick has three parts, the pledge, the turn, and the prestige where we are told what is about to happen then the challenge of the trick occurs followed by the trick coming full circle and the magic worked before our eyes. A magic trick happens among us. None of us are worthy to come to the communion table. None of us are worthy to be called God's people. But, as God opens up the table to us through the promise and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, we become his body. That is the great Prestige
  • Mar 29, 2018Maundy Thursday
    Mar 29, 2018
    Maundy Thursday
    Maundy Thursday - I am, because we are: a message about community.
  • Mar 25, 2018Launching Counter Confusion
    Mar 25, 2018
    Launching Counter Confusion
    "Left-handed power...is precisely paradoxical power: power that looks like weakness, intervention that seems indistinguishable from nonintervention
    The only thing it does insure is that you will not...have made the mistake of closing any interpersonal doors from your side."
    Robert Farrar Capon
  • Mar 18, 2018Advent Big Give 2018
    Mar 18, 2018
    Advent Big Give 2018
    Our members share stories from their Big Give projects and outreach. These groups of compassion sought to do good for the immediate needs around us. These testimonies illustrate that the places where we dwell are strategic places for mission and that God blesses us in order for us to be a blessing to others.
  • 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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jan 28, 2018
Vitals – Hands of Christ
Series: Vitals
Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.
- C. S. Lewis
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  • Jan 28, 2018Vitals – Hands of Christ
    Jan 28, 2018
    Vitals – Hands of Christ
    Series: Vitals
    Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.
    - C. S. Lewis
  • Jan 21, 2018Vitals – Heart of Christ
    Jan 21, 2018
    Vitals – Heart of Christ
    Series: Vitals
    Let this be the image of compassion where we live with the "Heart of Christ"
        Fill a Gap - Notice the gap in someones life that you have witnessed
        Swerve our Soul - Let your soul be so moved that you swerve toward the need
        Reach Into Our Pocket - Reach into your own pocket and fill the need
  • Jan 14, 2018Vitals – Mind of Christ
    Jan 14, 2018
    Vitals – Mind of Christ
    Series: Vitals
    We talk about the Fruit of the Spirit...about the Spirit producing fruit in our lives and I don't think its an accident. What the Holy Spirit does in us is often an unseen growth. It is slow. This is what this life by the Holy Spirit is like and my prayer for you and I is that we would see how strong it actually becomes, just like the mind of Christ.
  • Jan 8, 2018Vitals – Eager to do Good
    Jan 8, 2018
    Vitals – Eager to do Good
    Series: Vitals
    To be eager is to have a relaxed obedience while engaging the world. Ultimately we are invited into the life of God as he is restoring all things around us.
    "The really good news for humanity is that Jesus is now taking students in the master class of life." - Dallas Willard

Dec 31, 2017
Advent in Wholeness
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his poem "Who am I?" asks:
 
Who am I? This or the Other?
Am I one person today and tomorrow another?
Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,
And before myself a contemptible woebegone weakling?
Or is something within me still like a beaten army
Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?
 
In our state of dis-integration, with our divided selves, we try to pick through the pieces to put the best one forward but so often it confuses us and we end up asking the question, "Who am I?"
 
So Bonhoeffer concludes the matter like this, "Whoever I am, you know, Oh God, I am yours."
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  • Dec 31, 2017Advent in Wholeness
    Dec 31, 2017
    Advent in Wholeness
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his poem "Who am I?" asks:
     
    Who am I? This or the Other?
    Am I one person today and tomorrow another?
    Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,
    And before myself a contemptible woebegone weakling?
    Or is something within me still like a beaten army
    Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?
     
    In our state of dis-integration, with our divided selves, we try to pick through the pieces to put the best one forward but so often it confuses us and we end up asking the question, "Who am I?"
     
    So Bonhoeffer concludes the matter like this, "Whoever I am, you know, Oh God, I am yours."
  • Dec 24, 2017Outsiders
    Dec 24, 2017
    Outsiders
    May we be eager to wander out to the margins and the fringes of those who go without and, who knows? By God's grace, Maybe, God will use us to help meet their needs.
  • Dec 17, 2017Insiders
    Dec 17, 2017
    Insiders
    Here's what I know about the modern church. Over time, presumption begins to convince us to settle down. And the reason young people are resisting church right now is that they feel like we are spending too much time on the wrong things and no time on the right things. They don't think we are shook and until we allow God to shake us and open up our eyes to the things that matter most and we may miss out on the younger generations. So this Christmas, I don't wan't a light hearted Christmas I want a shaken Christmas. I want to be disturbed like Herod and all of Jerusalem with him. I want to go on a journey and have things deep in my life that have been unchecked and have been living in presumption to be challenged. Because the next thing that we do is important and I pray that as a church that would be our common vision.
  • Dec 10, 2017Shadow of Christmas
    Dec 10, 2017
    Shadow of Christmas
    May we visit the empty tomb of Jesus this season to see not only weakness and darkness but hope, power, eternity with Him that one day all despair, pain, loss, suffering, and death will be completely done away with and we will know peace in an indescribable way.
  • Dec 4, 2017The Ancients
    Dec 4, 2017
    The Ancients
    The promise from the ancients that we find fulfilled in Jesus is that God starts to take the grime and soil away and he takes that canvas and makes something beautiful emerge from it.

Oct 16, 2017
This is Us – Sent
Series: This Is Us
Will we have the guts and courage and imagination and hope to engage in the watching world around us being the trailers that points to the new world in the age to come. Our hope is that we are all enthusiastic about being fitted uniquely for the days that we have ahead.
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  • Oct 16, 2017This is Us – Sent
    Oct 16, 2017
    This is Us – Sent
    Series: This Is Us
    Will we have the guts and courage and imagination and hope to engage in the watching world around us being the trailers that points to the new world in the age to come. Our hope is that we are all enthusiastic about being fitted uniquely for the days that we have ahead.
  • Oct 8, 2017This Is Us – Learn
    Oct 8, 2017
    This Is Us – Learn
    Series: This Is Us
    Jesus entered in to this world learning specific languages, living at a specific geographical location, at a specific time. And just as Jesus entered into the world, into the lives of those at that time, He now dwells in us and empowers us to do the same! This is our moment! We were made for this time! And this is the time to be covered in the dust of our rabbi, learning from Him and following His every move so that we too can enter into he lives of others.
  • Oct 1, 2017This is Us – Listen
    Oct 1, 2017
    This is Us – Listen
    Series: This Is Us
    This week, set aside time to spend at least one period listening for the Spirit's voice.
  • Sep 25, 2017This Is Us – Eat
    Sep 25, 2017
    This Is Us – Eat
    Series: This Is Us
    This week let us start a new habit to share a meal with three people, at least one of whom is not a church member.
  • Sep 17, 2017This Is Us – Bless
    Sep 17, 2017
    This Is Us – Bless
    Series: This Is Us
    This week let us start a new habit to bless three people, at least one of whom is not a church member.
  • Sep 10, 2017This Is Us – Questionable Lives
    Sep 10, 2017
    This Is Us – Questionable Lives
    Series: This Is Us
    If we only go to the same places and do the same things and group with people who are like us the our perception of the world gets shrunken in to the narrow story of things that we only care about. So this week, make time to be an alien and a stranger in your own town. Try to diversify what you do and where you go. Make time to hang out with a different group of people than you usually do, to go to places you don't usually visit and be the minority voice. In doing this we will find that we enter in to the experience of Jesus and begin to wonder, "What else can I do to appeal to the world around me; particularly those who are not Christian, like me."

Sep 5, 2017
Steps to Emmaus
Series: Steps
Perhaps all along, in our wandering, God has been in disguise, reasoning with us through perhaps an event at work, or a conversation with a family member, or a phone call from an old friend or a conversation with our kids, or a line in a TV show. This God dressed in common dress has been appealing to us to make our a way back home. Will we hear that and see Him and to make our way back home?
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  • Sep 5, 2017Steps to Emmaus
    Sep 5, 2017
    Steps to Emmaus
    Series: Steps
    Perhaps all along, in our wandering, God has been in disguise, reasoning with us through perhaps an event at work, or a conversation with a family member, or a phone call from an old friend or a conversation with our kids, or a line in a TV show. This God dressed in common dress has been appealing to us to make our a way back home. Will we hear that and see Him and to make our way back home?
  • Aug 28, 2017A we approach the resurrection life we begin to let go of the things that don’t belong in this new world…our bitterness, our resentment, the ways we ignore others around us and we learn to breath the air of a brand new world. That is what’s going to happen as we take steps from the tomb. Let us take those steps together because as we walk together as the body of Christ we see that resurrection around us in a thousand different ways.
    Aug 28, 2017
    A we approach the resurrection life we begin to let go of the things that don’t belong in this new world…our bitterness, our resentment, the ways we ignore others around us and we learn to breath the air of a brand new world. That is what’s going to happen as we take steps from the tomb. Let us take those steps together because as we walk together as the body of Christ we see that resurrection around us in a thousand different ways.
    Series: Steps
    A we approach the resurrection life we begin to let go of the things that don't belong in this new world...our bitterness, our resentment, the ways we ignore others around us and we learn to breath the air of a brand new world. That is what's going to happen as we take steps from the tomb. Let us take those steps together because as we walk together as the body of Christ we see that resurrection around us in a thousand different ways.
  • Aug 22, 2017Steps to the Cross
    Aug 22, 2017
    Steps to the Cross
    Series: Steps
    Just as Jesus was raised on the third day, we are raised in Christ and we enter already ahead of time that new life that God promises those who call upon His name. The question we must answer now is, will we walk the path of the cross? Will we confess that we have fallen short and our life hasn't added up? Will we trust the mercy and grace we find in Jesus Christ? Will we make our steps toward the Cross?
  • Aug 13, 2017Steps Through The Garden
    Aug 13, 2017
    Steps Through The Garden
    Series: Steps
    The world around us eager for us to follow our God into messy situations and to be the hands and feet of Jesus. What we do next as a church, as followers of Jesus, matters to God. As people of God let's be prayer warriors and let's be people of sympathy and empathy but let's also, with all the guts and grace Jesus gives us, journey out into God's world, into the midst of the brokenness...in the midst of the fracture and say, "God, what is the most faithful thing I can do here? How can I include? How can I embrace?" At the very least can we say that we will not be shaped by the thing that crawls along the bottom of a television screen but the words that are in red in the text we claim to believe!
  • Aug 6, 2017Steps through the Wilderness
    Aug 6, 2017
    Steps through the Wilderness
    Series: Steps
    We are all journeying through a wilderness and the way forward is a little bit fuzzy and the river around us is changing. We're filled with anxiety and fear for what we need to do next. Maybe what will be enough for us is to understand that God is trustworthy - always faithful. He's the same yesterday, today and forever and He will be with us. That is enough for those who give themselves to the life of faith.

Jul 30, 2017
True Hero
Series: Heroes
All we're doing is hiding under the shade of a tree that is not bringing us hope and salvation. Others of us have our own salvation projects and think we can handle it all on our own. But the truth of the scripture is that we can't. God never intended that. God intended us to seek the life that is truly life...To come out from hiding like Adam and Eve...To not seek an alternative plan like Abimelek...but to gather around the tree that truly gives us hope.
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  • Jul 30, 2017True Hero
    Jul 30, 2017
    True Hero
    Series: Heroes
    All we're doing is hiding under the shade of a tree that is not bringing us hope and salvation. Others of us have our own salvation projects and think we can handle it all on our own. But the truth of the scripture is that we can't. God never intended that. God intended us to seek the life that is truly life...To come out from hiding like Adam and Eve...To not seek an alternative plan like Abimelek...but to gather around the tree that truly gives us hope.
  • Jul 23, 2017From Hacker to Warrior
    Jul 23, 2017
    From Hacker to Warrior
    Series: Heroes
    Wherever we find ourselves in Gideon's story, God is calling out for us to change and with the grace that God gives us we can make that change and continue to walk in faithfulness until we are fully formed and found in Jesus Christ.
  • Jul 16, 2017Israel’s Independence Day
    Jul 16, 2017
    Israel’s Independence Day
    Series: Heroes
    Our search for heroes is complex. We must be diligent to only acquire from them that which is healthy for a faithful life.
     
    For the video played in the sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6j7mSwjDjg&feature=youtu.be
     
  • Jul 16, 2017The Bee and the Mountain Goat
    Jul 16, 2017
    The Bee and the Mountain Goat
    Series: Heroes
    Surrender completely to Christ and let your old self go so you can become your new self in Him.