Sermons

March 8, 2015 – Why do I go to Church, Anyway?

March 8, 2015 - Why do I go to Church, Anyway?

When we ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” We have to remember that making a whip out of chords and driving anything that detracts from the true purpose of Church out of the Sanctuary in holy anger is well within the realm of possibility. This message stops to ask the question of why we go to Church, and helps us rediscover why we’re all here in the first place. Worship is like so many aspects of our lives – school, relationships, music and sports – we get out of it what we put into it.

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On Quiet Peace and Where to Find It

On Quiet Peace and Where to Find It

Define irony. The reason our lives are so hectic is because we’re trying to create a sense of Peace. This Sunday, we’ll take a rest from the chaos of our own creation, and rediscover where we find God’s lasting inner Peace. Hint: If you think you’re too busy to pause for an hour and worship, too busy to pray, you may be looking in the wrong spot…

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February 22, 2015 – Three Little Words

February 22, 2015 - Three Little Words

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus concludes His very first words with, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Most of us have heard and used these “three little words” in a variety of places and contexts all our lives, perhaps to the point that they’ve lost their power to amaze us. This message takes a closer look at these truly great and dominant words of our Christian faith.

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February 15, 2015 – On Shortsightedness & the Awareness of God

February 15, 2015 - On Shortsightedness & the Awareness of God

The glory of Jesus fills the whole earth. The disciples just weren’t aware of it until Jesus led them up a mountain and was Transfigured before them. His is a glory that’s hidden, and hidden well from us who are so constantly shortsighted. This message looks beyond the limitations of ourselves to see the Christ who is in all and who is all; who awakens us to know and experience the presence of God.

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Sermon, February 8, 2015 – Balancing Your Life Through Prayer

Sermon, February 8, 2015 - Balancing Your Life Through Prayer

Prayer is the heartbeat of the Christian. It’s the breath that fills our lungs and opens our hearts to the God who redeems us. Prayer is our enduring connection to God, a connection that needs restoring now and again when we realize how utterly unbalanced our lives have become. This message outlines some deeply practical ways to restore the balance in our lives, and reconnect with God through a life of restful prayer.

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Sermon, February 1, 2015 – Authority Vested

Sermon, February 1, 2015 - Authority Vested

Think of it as a cosmic coup d’état. Jesus walks into a synagogue and plants a flag for the Kingdom of God, expels all demonic influence, all legalism, and claims that space for God. This sermon explores the authority of God to define, not only who He is, but also who we are in Him.

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Sermon, January 25, 2015 – On Living in the Passenger Seat

Sermon, January 25, 2015 - On Living in the Passenger Seat

Who’s following whom? When Jesus calls His fist disciples, He doesn’t ask if He can tag along with them wherever it is they want to go. Jesus won’t sit in the passenger seat for anyone. He wants the wheel, and tells them plainly, “Follow me.” This message takes an honest look into our spiritual and earthly journeys to discern who’s driving and who’s riding along.

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Sermon, January 18, 2015 – Come and See

Sermon, January 18, 2015 - Come and See

In the invitation, “Come and see,” Jesus calls His disciples to Himself, re-establishing the close and personal relationship between men and God through the Son of God. This message explores the truth that we are also invited into the same kind of relationship with Christ Jesus, and what holds us back from accepting it.

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Sermon, January 11, 2015 – Beautiful Groundlessness

Sermon, January 11, 2015 - Beautiful Groundlessness

The great beauty of water is its absolute groundlessness. Its instability. Water changes as our lives are ever changing around us. That’s why I’m convinced that there’s no better picture of the presence of God in our lives than the Baptism of Jesus Christ. He wades into the flowing water of the Jordan River, and He doesn’t stabilize the current. He IS the stability within the water. Through this message, we’ll dive deep into the waters of our own groundless-ness; our own instability, and discover the constancy of Christ, who is our only stability. (Mark 1:9-11)

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Sermon, January 4, 2015 – On the Similarity of Stars

Sermon, January 4, 2015 - On the Similarity of Stars

Our lives are full of compartments that the world imposes on us. Things that are supposed to make us feel connected to some people and disconnected from others. This sermon takes an in-depth look at God’s astounding work in the lives of some unusual outsiders, and uncovers what the calling of the Magi means for us as our God continually redefines the concept of “similarity.”

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