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May 13, 2019
More on that Monday | VBS
Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with our community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Kimberly Munafo about VBS.
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  • May 13, 2019More on that Monday | VBS
    May 13, 2019
    More on that Monday | VBS
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with our community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Kimberly Munafo about VBS.
  • May 12, 2019Hidden Figures – Women of Honduras
    May 12, 2019
    Hidden Figures – Women of Honduras
    Philippians 1:1-6
     
    The Honduras mission has been growing every year. Advent has been going for 10 years. We cannot stop now. As more and more of Advent gets behind and supports this mission (prayerfully, financially, physically), these village can blossom and carry on the work of Christ to its completion.
  • May 9, 2019Theology Thursday | Common Grace
    May 9, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Common Grace
    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 Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about Common Grace.
  • May 5, 2019Hidden Figures – George Muller
    May 5, 2019
    Hidden Figures – George Muller
    George Muller (1805-1898)
     
    Matthew 6:7-8
     
    Pray what is on your heart with honesty and simplicity; the Lord knows what you need.
     
    George Muller was a Christian evangelist and director of the Ashley Down Orphanage in Bristol, England. He cared for 10,024 orphans during his lifetime, and provided educational opportunities for the orphans to the point that he was even accused by some of raising the poor above their natural station in British life. He established 117 schools which offered Christian education to more than 120,000. He was often known as a man of simple prayers with profound results.
     
    He prayed the prayer of faith, with directness and simplicity. His prayers were without elegance or flash, and the Lord responded. There are hundreds of incredible examples. He would pray for money for the orphanages and money was at his doorstep. He would pray for materials and materials would arrive.
     
    On one occasion (among many) the orphanage had run out of milk and food. Muller went before all the children at lunchtime and said, “Watch what God can do.” He then prayed for God to provide food for the children. Immediately after there was a knock at the door and a milkman’s wagon broke down in front of his orphanage. All the milk was given to the orphanage so that it would not spoil. Immediately after that, a bread truck arrived with the same issue. All the children and staff were well fed.
  • May 1, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Joe Skillen
    May 1, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Joe Skillen
    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 Senior Pastor, Joe Skillen.
  • Apr 28, 2019Hidden Figures – St Columba of Iona
    Apr 28, 2019
    Hidden Figures – St Columba of Iona
    Mark 5:1-20; Luke 9:1-6
     
    Hitting "rock-bottom" can be a place for purifying our faith and discovering from Jesus what matters most in life.
     
    Saint Columba's story is an encouragement to look at what matters most in life according to God’s desires. Have we lost our way? Are we distracted by trivialities? Are we doing what matters most for His kingdom?
  • Apr 23, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Betty Gay Williams
    Apr 23, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Betty Gay Williams
    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'll hear from Betty Gay Williams.
  • Apr 21, 2019Keeping Easter’s Flame
    Apr 21, 2019
    Keeping Easter’s Flame
    Series: Sermons
    Luke 24:46-49
     
    The resurrection of Jesus has the gravity to change our worldview.
     
    Death is the last weapon of the tyrant, and the point of the resurrection, despite much misunderstanding, is that death has been defeated. Resurrection is not the redescription of death; it is the overthrow and, with that, the overthrow of those whose power depends on it.
    - NT Wright
  • Apr 15, 2019More on that Monday | Holy Week
    Apr 15, 2019
    More on that Monday | Holy Week
    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 More on that Monday where we get to hear a little bit more about an upcoming event. This week we’re talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about all of our Holy Week services.
  • Apr 14, 2019Fret and Faith
    Apr 14, 2019
    Fret and Faith
    Series: Fret
    2 Corinthians 12:7-10
     
    God's grace minimizes our worry over our faith because our salvation and the efficacy of the Church don't rest in our faith but in God's abundant grace.
     
    WATCH: LOU Pixar short film: https://youtu.be/nqN-DjeOVvs

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apr 14, 2019
Fret and Faith
Series: Fret
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
 
God's grace minimizes our worry over our faith because our salvation and the efficacy of the Church don't rest in our faith but in God's abundant grace.
 
WATCH: LOU Pixar short film: https://youtu.be/nqN-DjeOVvs
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  • Apr 14, 2019Fret and Faith
    Apr 14, 2019
    Fret and Faith
    Series: Fret
    2 Corinthians 12:7-10
     
    God's grace minimizes our worry over our faith because our salvation and the efficacy of the Church don't rest in our faith but in God's abundant grace.
     
    WATCH: LOU Pixar short film: https://youtu.be/nqN-DjeOVvs
  • Apr 7, 2019Fret and Failure
    Apr 7, 2019
    Fret and Failure
    Series: Fret
    God can use our failures for good so there is no need to worry about failure, we just need to be obedient.
  • Mar 31, 2019Fret and Family
    Mar 31, 2019
    Fret and Family
    Series: Fret
    Deuteronomy 7:6-13
    God's faithfulness minimizes our worry over our family because we know God is faithful to His promises towards our family members.
  • Mar 24, 2019Fret and Finances
    Mar 24, 2019
    Fret and Finances
    Series: Fret
    Matthew 6:25-34
    God's love minimizes our worry over finances because we can rest in the fact that God loves us far more than the sparrow for whom He provides.
  • Mar 17, 2019Fret and the Future
    Mar 17, 2019
    Fret and the Future
    Series: Fret
    Isaiah 46:5-11
     
    God's sovereignty minimizes our worry over the future because we can trust His powerful hand and good plan.

Mar 10, 2019
Key Ingredients – Spiritual Transformation
Mark 1:14-15
 
This passage is the first "sermon" that Jesus preached, but it also highlights some vital truths: the Christian life always leads to lasting and profound change.
 
 
Here is a video explaining the circle. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr81lSRNKpU
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  • Mar 10, 2019Key Ingredients – Spiritual Transformation
    Mar 10, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Spiritual Transformation
    Mark 1:14-15
     
    This passage is the first "sermon" that Jesus preached, but it also highlights some vital truths: the Christian life always leads to lasting and profound change.
     
     
    Here is a video explaining the circle. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr81lSRNKpU
  • Mar 3, 2019Key Ingredients Eagerness for Action
    Mar 3, 2019
    Key Ingredients Eagerness for Action
    Mark 6:6b-13
     
    The life of discipleship is a life committed to action. Jesus sent his disciples out on meaningful and challenging mission so they could represent God. They engaged creatively and uniquely within each micro village to address their individual needs. We all have areas where Jesus sends us, let’s be eager to act out our faith.
     
    The practice for eagerness to action is one that James Bryan Smith prescribes in The Good and Beautiful Community, chapter 1: “2X4” which encourages a Christian to spend two hours with God each week and to also engage in 4 hours (or 4 tasks) that help others. We’ll encourage our people to seek regular ways to help others.
  • Feb 24, 2019Key Ingredients – Biblical Inheritance
    Feb 24, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Biblical Inheritance
    Mark 8:27-30
     
    This passage is the heart of Mark’s gospel, the focal point that the previous content has pointed towards and the moment that all that remains will support. Jesus is the fulfillment of Israel’s long and winding story. This confession by Peter would have helped to center Jesus’ disciples within their ancient text for their modern day experience. We have that same opportunity as modern believers: to see the Bible not as an object from the past, but as an inheritance to live into.
     
    The practice for this value is to memorize Revelation 21:1-5, which is a tight passage about the fulfillment of the Biblical story. We encourage you to memorize and to recite this verse once per day in order to meditate on our future hope.
  • Feb 17, 2019Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
    Feb 17, 2019
    Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
    Mark 14: 3-6
     
    This passage shows Jesus’ vulnerability for others, even before his sacrifice on the cross. Jesus is transparent, accessible, kind, accepting, and pardon-giving. Our paid and lay leadership needs to follow the way of Jesus: not hidden behind titles or tasks, but to be well-known and convincing enough for people to hand us your burdens.
     
    The practice for this value is for both leaders and laity to be eager to meet. We should provide some “how-to’s” for laity to follow when requesting time with staff. Staff needs to be challenged to carve out regular invitations for people to connect.
  • Feb 10, 2019Key Ingredients – Non-Judgemental Christianity
    Feb 10, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Non-Judgemental Christianity
    Mark 1:16-20
    Jesus’ invitation to his first disciples was compelling. He opened a door, presented a compelling life, addressed them in a way they could understand, etc. Ministry in Jesus’ name needs to be done in Jesus’ way, too.
    The practice for this ingredient is “Curiosity Field Trips.” At times, we tend to navigate life with people we solely agree with. Jesus was busy affiliating with people not like him. Try to read books outside of the norm, visit new places where you might be an outsider, and strike up conversations with people who are different than you. You can be convinced of your Christian faith and curious about outsiders’ experience, at the same time.
  • Feb 3, 2019Key Ingredients – Hospitality
    Feb 3, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Hospitality
    Mark 5:21-43
    The key to hospitality is to host. To gather people within the Christian life and to be a carrier or “host” of the Jesus-centered life.
    Jesus, is both mobile and present in these passages. He’s never in a hurry, but addresses two, unique issues from two different women from two different parts of the social map. He was present and was eager to help.
    The practice for Hospitality for us will be to bless 3 people a week. Either with a word of encouragement, a material blessing, or doing something to lift their burden.

Jan 27, 2019
The Squad That Practices Together
Series: Squad
Luke 10:1-24
 
The Christian life calls us to share about God’s love as a community. Just as Jesus broke down his disciples into working pairs, modern-day disciples join with one or two others to practice the faith, together. More than a worshiping or a learning group, a practicing group is a small, agile group where one can be known, can know others, and can work together in a life of service.
 
Notice that Jesus sent the disciples “to every town and place where he was about to go.” (Luke 10:1) How incredible of a task was this… to go ahead of Jesus to prepare a way for him. Imagine the close connection each discipleship group had while in service to Jesus’ mission. Imagine how well they knew each other and how much of a blessing it was to have someone you could count on.
 
We are given a chance to go in Jesus’ name with others at Advent. The best group size for this opportunity is a group with 2-3 people. We offer the T.I.E. groups that commit to the BELLS missional practices or mentoring groups which focus on helping to ground us into an early, growing Christian faith.
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  • Jan 27, 2019The Squad That Practices Together
    Jan 27, 2019
    The Squad That Practices Together
    Series: Squad
    Luke 10:1-24
     
    The Christian life calls us to share about God’s love as a community. Just as Jesus broke down his disciples into working pairs, modern-day disciples join with one or two others to practice the faith, together. More than a worshiping or a learning group, a practicing group is a small, agile group where one can be known, can know others, and can work together in a life of service.
     
    Notice that Jesus sent the disciples “to every town and place where he was about to go.” (Luke 10:1) How incredible of a task was this… to go ahead of Jesus to prepare a way for him. Imagine the close connection each discipleship group had while in service to Jesus’ mission. Imagine how well they knew each other and how much of a blessing it was to have someone you could count on.
     
    We are given a chance to go in Jesus’ name with others at Advent. The best group size for this opportunity is a group with 2-3 people. We offer the T.I.E. groups that commit to the BELLS missional practices or mentoring groups which focus on helping to ground us into an early, growing Christian faith.
  • Jan 20, 2019The Squad that Learns Together
    Jan 20, 2019
    The Squad that Learns Together
    Series: Squad
    Matthew 22:36-40
    The greatest commandment according to Jesus is to love God and love others. We learn how to do this in the different group ministries at Advent Pres. In fact, groups teach us about loving God, others, creation, and the self.
    The greatest commandment according to Jesus is to love God and love others. We learn how to do this in the different group ministries at Advent Pres. In fact, groups teach us about loving God, others, creation, and the self. There is a movement from joining a group to full participation: adoration, acclimation, and activation.
    Joining a group teaches us to love well, the way God wants.
  • Jan 13, 2019Squad at Worship
    Jan 13, 2019
    Squad at Worship
    Series: Squad
    Colossians 3:15-17
    The Christian community gathers together to worship. Worship services give us a chance to return praises back to God, to be inspired in our faith, and to draw others into the life of the church.
    If you're in town on Sunday, try to be at worship. A regular practice of praise helps to keep one's life devoted to God and aware of our opportunity as Christians.
  • Jan 6, 2019Squad – In the Faith
    Jan 6, 2019
    Squad – In the Faith
    Series: Squad
    2 Corinthians 13:5
     
    A key word that we’ll focus on for 2019 at Advent is Connection. The local church is a collection of Christians, on mission together. Within a church, there are different sizes of communities that serve different purposes. Our goal is to steer people into three different communities: a worship community, a learning community, and a practicing community.
     
    Although we enter into Christianity by God’s invitation and call, we are also encouraged to examine our faith. We start out 2019 with a chance to do some personal examination.
     
    Are we genuine in our Christian practice today?

Dec 24, 2018
Enjoying Christmas Gatherings…From Scratch
Matthew 2:1-12
 
The first Christmas drew an interesting guest list. Jesus promised that his sacrifice would draw all sorts of people to himself. Our orientation to Christianity should open us up to all people instead of closing us off to a certain, like-minded few.
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  • Dec 24, 2018Enjoying Christmas Gatherings…From Scratch
    Dec 24, 2018
    Enjoying Christmas Gatherings…From Scratch
    Matthew 2:1-12
     
    The first Christmas drew an interesting guest list. Jesus promised that his sacrifice would draw all sorts of people to himself. Our orientation to Christianity should open us up to all people instead of closing us off to a certain, like-minded few.
  • Dec 16, 2018Giving Gifts from Scratch
    Dec 16, 2018
    Giving Gifts from Scratch
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Gift giving has changed from buying things to "Giving things that truly have great meaning and show great love for the individual." - Cara David
    The Magi gave a gift because they saw who Jesus was. May our gift giving result in our loved ones "being seen" No matter what is given, may it create sacred moments of friendship and love.
  • Dec 2, 2018Being Christmas People…From Scratch
    Dec 2, 2018
    Being Christmas People…From Scratch
    Ezra 3:10-13
     
    The new temple brought an array of responses: crying (it didn't resemble the past) and cheers (it was a sign of potential for the future). Advent is at a similar crossroads. Advent celebrates a birthday by honoring the past without being held captive by nostalgia, we have a chance to imagine a bright future.
     
    Jesus' first appearing brought great hope and profound upheaval. A community shaped by Christmas brings both peace and disruption.

Nov 11, 2018
We’re Ticked and It Mobilizes Us
Series: Ticked
Acts 16:16-40
 
Collective Christian anger can mobilize the church towards meaningful work.
 
After Paul was released from prison in Philippi, he pressed the issue about the punishment he received unjustly. Instead of “cutting his losses” and getting out of harm’s way, Paul insisted on a public apology, bearing witness to the oppressive system that preyed upon the vulnerable.
 
Speaking truth to power has been part of the Christian tradition, especially as we examine the ways Jesus displayed defiance towards crooked social orders.
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  • Nov 11, 2018We’re Ticked and It Mobilizes Us
    Nov 11, 2018
    We’re Ticked and It Mobilizes Us
    Series: Ticked
    Acts 16:16-40
     
    Collective Christian anger can mobilize the church towards meaningful work.
     
    After Paul was released from prison in Philippi, he pressed the issue about the punishment he received unjustly. Instead of “cutting his losses” and getting out of harm’s way, Paul insisted on a public apology, bearing witness to the oppressive system that preyed upon the vulnerable.
     
    Speaking truth to power has been part of the Christian tradition, especially as we examine the ways Jesus displayed defiance towards crooked social orders.
  • Nov 4, 2018A Loved One is Ticked
    Nov 4, 2018
    A Loved One is Ticked
    Series: Ticked
    Romans 12:17-21
    The Christian life does not exempt us from suffering, including having difficult people in our lives. The New Testament provides us with what faithfulness looks like while in community with challenging people.
  • Oct 28, 2018The Former Member is Ticked
    Oct 28, 2018
    The Former Member is Ticked
    Series: Ticked
    1 Peter 2:11-12, 15; Jude 22-23
     
    As we commit financially to Advent’s future mission, we also re-commit inwardly to not belittle those who doubt around us, but engage them with a thoughtful and gracious witness.
     
    We live in an age where many have left the church due to disappointment. For some, it is their personal experiences that have created resentment, preventing them from wanting to try again. For others, the growing distrust within the public square with the church (due to leadership scandals, sexual misconduct cover-ups, and what is perceived as mixed up priorities).
     
    An image emerges with Peter's command; the "silence" of the talk of outsiders is like a dog-muzzle. Believers can live such winsome lives that those who accuse us prove to be "all bark and no bite."
  • Oct 21, 2018The Believer is Ticked
    Oct 21, 2018
    The Believer is Ticked
    Series: Ticked
    Matthew 5:21-26; Ephesians 4:25-29
    A tension exists within the New Testament about the believer and anger. It isn't as simple as "the Christian should never get angry." There seems to be an allowance for the Christian to experience the emotion of anger in the midst of a life of faithfulness.
  • 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.

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.
  • Sep 9, 2018Grooves – Second Third
    Sep 9, 2018
    Grooves – Second Third
    Series: Grooves
    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 2, 2018Grooves – First Thirds
    Sep 2, 2018
    Grooves – First Thirds
    Series: Grooves
    The first third of the Masculine Path is a Heroic Journey, filled with discovery of power and the formation of the self. The first third of the Feminine Path is a Descent Journey, where one develops a permeable self through the process of waiting and loss.
     
    This is particularly important for raising our children; in their early faith formation, two different operating softwares might be at play in the different children of our household.
  • Aug 26, 2018Grooves – Necessary Losses
    Aug 26, 2018
    Grooves – Necessary Losses
    Series: Grooves
    Genesis 11:27-12:9
    Abram was called out and to be on the move and to manage life in tent camp settings. Instead of moving towards being more settled, Abram embraced the life of the pilgrim.
     
    Contrary to our cultural operating software, the life of faith advances by both determined wins and necessary losses. The way of the Christian is the way of the cross, depletion. Before we can have a lifelong vision for discipleship, we must embrace God's goodness in our ups and downs.
     
    Will we trust that God is sovereign when we are in the midst of descent?
  • 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

Jun 10, 2018
Whiff – 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, 2018Whiff – The Smell of Sacrifice
    Jun 10, 2018
    Whiff – 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, 2018Whiff – The Smell of Decay
    Jun 3, 2018
    Whiff – 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, 2018Whiff – The Smell of Perfume
    May 27, 2018
    Whiff – 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, 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.

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.

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.