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Jan 14, 2018
“Our Source of Power”
Series: (All)
   Last week we looked at four views as to whether God still heals today or not. We also addressed a few hindrances to prayers for healing being answered and we dealt briefly with what it means to pray “in faith” for someone’s healing. But where does that power to heal come from?    Today we will see that it comes from the anointing and empowering of God’s Spirit that had come upon God’s people throughout history. This anointing with the Holy Spirit is also what enabled Jesus to heal and free people from demonic oppression. Are we willing to consistently pray for this filling with the Spirit to see what God might do within us and through us?
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  • Jan 14, 2018“Our Source of Power”
    Jan 14, 2018
    “Our Source of Power”
    Series: (All)
       Last week we looked at four views as to whether God still heals today or not. We also addressed a few hindrances to prayers for healing being answered and we dealt briefly with what it means to pray “in faith” for someone’s healing. But where does that power to heal come from?    Today we will see that it comes from the anointing and empowering of God’s Spirit that had come upon God’s people throughout history. This anointing with the Holy Spirit is also what enabled Jesus to heal and free people from demonic oppression. Are we willing to consistently pray for this filling with the Spirit to see what God might do within us and through us?
  • Jan 7, 2018“Does God Still Heal Today?”
    Jan 7, 2018
    “Does God Still Heal Today?”
    Series: (All)
        In the fall, our small group study was entitled The Miracles of Jesus. We then had a few messages relating to Christmas. This morning’s title is “Does God Still Heal Today?” Does God still heal people today or was that just reserved for the early church?         We will look at four basic attitudes towards this question from God doesn’t heal at all to He will always heal if there is faith. We will also address some reasons why people may not be healed and we will address the teaching of the “faith movement”.    Did Jesus heal everyone? Did He only need to pray once for people and then believe they were healed? We have to look at the “whole counsel of God” from the Bible about healing and not base our beliefs on just a few verses.
  • Dec 17, 2017“The Four R’s of Christmas”
    Dec 17, 2017
    “The Four R’s of Christmas”
    Series: (All)
       This morning we are looking at four words that speak of the significance of Christmas. We will look at the relevance, the reality, the reason, and the result of Christmas.    Christmas at one time had such an incredible significance they even began to date our calendars from the point of Jesus’ birth - BC and AD. BC is short for “Before Christ” and AD is short for the Latin Anno Domini or “in the year of our Lord.”    As a continuing effort to remove Christ and His influence from our society and world, some have already begun to use BCE (Before the Common Era) and CE (Common Era) instead of BC and AD. But nothing can ever change the meaning and significance of Jesus coming into this world that first Christmas to go to the cross 33 years later.
  • Dec 10, 2017“Seeking Jesus Like the Wise Men”
    Dec 10, 2017
    “Seeking Jesus Like the Wise Men”
    Series: (All)
       This morning we are looking at Matthew 2:1-12 about the magi or wise men who came from Babylon to visit Jesus the Messiah and King. We will look at a few of the traditions of the wise men that are not biblically accurate.    This is not shared to encourage you to get rid of your manger scene. We have one under our tree. But it is important that we understand what is tradition and what is biblical truth, whether it is with Christmas or anything else.    How did these magi come up with this idea of the star leading them to the Messiah?  We will also discover what the wise men teach us about seeking after Jesus.    There are a few things that could have hindered them from pursuing Jesus if they would have allowed them to. These same things can hinder us from pursing an initial and growing relationship with Him as well.
  • Dec 3, 2017“Ten Lepers a Cleansing”
    Dec 3, 2017
    “Ten Lepers a Cleansing”
       This is the last message in our series entitled The Miracles of Jesus that parallels our small group study. Today we are looking at the miracle in Luke chapter 17 where Jesus heals ten men of their leprosy and the response of each to that, not just physical healing, but complete life change that would result.
       With the contagious disease of leprosy, they would be “unclean” and outcasts to their family and community. They were no longer able to go to the Temple and offer sacrifices for the forgiveness of their sins so they felt isolated from God as well. There was no medical cure then for this disease so they were without hope unless Jesus intervened.    We will look at what these ten men had in common and the difference in the only Samaritan who was healed. How was he healed differently than the others?
  • Nov 26, 2017“The Fruitless Tree & Temple”
    Nov 26, 2017
    “The Fruitless Tree & Temple”
       This morning we are looking at two of the most misunderstood things that Jesus did during his 3-year ministry: the cursing of a fig tree and the driving out of the money changers and others from the Temple.
       Our small group study calls Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree a miracle and it is according to the biblical definition of a miracle. It is the only miracle of Jesus that destroyed something rather than bringing healing and wholeness.    But what was his reason for doing this? Was He angry because it didn’t have any fruit on it and he was hungry so He destroyed it? No, there is a deeper meaning to this that goes along with His overturning the tables of the money changers in the Temple. They are two object lessons that Jesus uses to teach us one truth.  
  • Nov 12, 2017“Ingredients of Great Faith”
    Nov 12, 2017
    “Ingredients of Great Faith”
       This morning is the fifth message in our series entitled The Miracles of Jesus that parallels our small group study. We will look at the miracle of Jesus healing the Canaanite women’s daughter who was oppressed by the demonic.
       Jesus said that she had “great faith”. We will address a few things about her faith that led to Jesus making that declaration based on what she called Jesus, the attitude in which she approached Him, and the great persistence that she had.    One of Jesus’ responses to her was calling the Gentiles, which she was, “dogs”. Did He mean that in a derogatory way? What was her response to Him? We will also address briefly the demonic and illness.
  • Oct 29, 2017“Staying Focused in the Storm”
    Oct 29, 2017
    “Staying Focused in the Storm”
       This is the fourth message in our series entitled The Miracles of Jesus. Today we are looking at Matthew’s account of Jesus and Peter walking on the Sea of Galilee.  Shortly after Jesus had fed the 5000 men plus women and children with five loaves of bread into small fish, he sent the disciples by boat to Capernaum a distance of maybe 2 miles. All of a sudden a huge storm started blowing them towards the center of the Sea. After many hours of rowing and getting nowhere, Jesus appeared to them walking on the water.
       We will look at how Jesus introduced himself, Peter’s faith to get out of the boat, why he started to sink, how we can keep from sinking in the midst of our life’s struggles or storms, and the disciples’ acknowledging Jesus’ divinity.
  • Oct 22, 2017“Why Membership Matters”
    Oct 22, 2017
    “Why Membership Matters”
    Series: (All)
       Next Sunday we will continue with our study on The Miracles of Jesus. Today we are looking at the importance of church membership.  
       Every professed Christian is called to be a disciple or follower of Christ. One definition of a disciple is, “A disciple of Christ is someone who is devoted to the person of Christ, to the people of Christ (His Church) and to the passion of Christ (His mission).”
       We are going to look at the second part of that definition. A disciple of Christ to someone who is devoted to God’s church. They are devoted to, committed to, dedicated to God’s church.           Many people are content with dating the church. They want all the benefits without the responsibilities. God calls us to a deeper relationship with a spiritual family.  
  • Oct 15, 2017“You Give Them Something to Eat”
    Oct 15, 2017
    “You Give Them Something to Eat”
    So far in our Miracles of Jesus series, we have studied Jesus healing the woman with the continual hemorrhage of blood and His turning the water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana.    This morning we are looking at Jesus multiplying the five small loaves of bread and two fish to feed the 5000 men plus women and children. It is unfortunate this has been called The Feeding of the 5,000 because adding the women and children there were potentially 15,000-25,000 people there.
       We will look at the setting, the disciples’ thoughts on what to do with this many hungry and tired people, Jesus’ compassion for them, what He did and then had His disciples do to this feed this many people. We will also address what God wants us as His people today to learn from this miracle.