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Aug 19, 2018
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?
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  • Aug 19, 2018Shrunken Stories
    Aug 19, 2018
    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?
  • Aug 12, 2018Gestures of Righteousness
    Aug 12, 2018
    Gestures of Righteousness
    Simple gestures can make a big difference in someones life. The simple act of recognizing someone, taking the time to notice them and to know them is profound. In that moment they feel welcomed and we can welcome them into the body of Christ. Through these gestures of righteousness that person can be changed and so can we.
  • 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?
  • 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, 2018Joining the Conversation
    Jun 17, 2018
    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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • 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, 2018Joining the Conversation
    Jun 17, 2018
    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

Jun 10, 2018
The Smell of Sacrifice
Series: Whiff
The summer time brings a new season, and a new season comes with its own look and smells. It is incredible what we can learn from our sense of smell. As a matter of fact, reading the Bible through a sense of smell may open our eyes and freshen our understanding of the scriptures, perhaps seeing them in a new light as we do the summer season.
 
A Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
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  • Jun 10, 2018The Smell of Sacrifice
    Jun 10, 2018
    The Smell of Sacrifice
    Series: Whiff
    The summer time brings a new season, and a new season comes with its own look and smells. It is incredible what we can learn from our sense of smell. As a matter of fact, reading the Bible through a sense of smell may open our eyes and freshen our understanding of the scriptures, perhaps seeing them in a new light as we do the summer season.
     
    A Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1)
    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
  • Jun 3, 2018The Smell of Decay
    Jun 3, 2018
    The Smell of Decay
    Series: Whiff
    John includes only seven of the signs (miracles) performed by Christ. The first is at the wedding at Cana, a joyful time of celebration. The last is the funeral at Bethany, a time of mourning. This is how the world is being recreated, among the songs at wedding and the tears at funerals. Jesus is present for it all.
  • May 27, 2018The Smell of Perfume
    May 27, 2018
    The Smell of Perfume
    Series: Whiff
    Matthew 26:7-9
    7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
     
    This woman did what she could, with what she had, even if it frustrated the social order of the community. Like the disciples we tend to have an "educated opinion." We need people like the woman to reminds u of "uncalculated devotion."
  • May 20, 2018Charcoal Fire
    May 20, 2018
    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.

May 6, 2018
The Fruit of Friendship
"Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third is among us: Christ"
- Aelred of Rievaulx
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  • May 6, 2018The Fruit of Friendship
    May 6, 2018
    The Fruit of Friendship
    "Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third is among us: Christ"
    - Aelred of Rievaulx
  • Apr 29, 2018Friendship Flowering
    Apr 29, 2018
    Friendship Flowering
    Friendship flowers by increased awareness
     
    "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." - John 15:15
     
    Friendship flowers because we are committed
     
    "You are my friends if you do what I command." - John 15:14
    "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you." - John 15:16
  • Apr 22, 2018Friendship Watered
    Apr 22, 2018
    Friendship Watered
    "Jonathan loved David; such love transcended JOnathan's own self-interest. His love for David was indistinguishable from that of his own life."
    - Bruce Birch
  • 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.

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.