Jul 9, 2017
“The Art of Listening”
Series: (All)
   This week and next we are going to look at some things that will enhance our relationships, whether the relationship is with our spouse, children, parents, teachers, bosses or friends. Today we are dealing with the importance of listening.     One of the biggest issues with couples having struggles in their relationship is communication. Teenagers are also pretty quick to say, “My parents never listen to me.”    Is there a difference between hearing and listening? This morning we will address three listening blocks that will hinder our ability to listen and three listening aids that will increase our ability to listen. Learning to listen to one another is something that we can all do better at.
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  • Jul 9, 2017“The Art of Listening”
    Jul 9, 2017
    “The Art of Listening”
    Series: (All)
       This week and next we are going to look at some things that will enhance our relationships, whether the relationship is with our spouse, children, parents, teachers, bosses or friends. Today we are dealing with the importance of listening.     One of the biggest issues with couples having struggles in their relationship is communication. Teenagers are also pretty quick to say, “My parents never listen to me.”    Is there a difference between hearing and listening? This morning we will address three listening blocks that will hinder our ability to listen and three listening aids that will increase our ability to listen. Learning to listen to one another is something that we can all do better at.
  • Jul 2, 2017“Created to Become Like Christ”
    Jul 2, 2017
    “Created to Become Like Christ”
    Series: (All)
       Some who come to faith in Christ and begin a personal relationship with God seem to remain spiritual infants all their lives because they don’t seek to grow in their relationship with God and become more like Christ. To grow in relationship with God or in relationship with another person takes time and is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight.    We may be aware that God uses prayer, time in His Word and worship to make us more like Christ but this morning we are looking at two unexpected tools that God desires to use to grow us in relationship with Him and make us more like Him. God uses our sufferings and difficulties and He uses our temptations to mold us and make us more like Jesus.
  • Jun 18, 2017“Values of a Real Man”
    Jun 18, 2017
    “Values of a Real Man”
    Series: (All)
       Happy Father’s Day! Even though this is a Fathers’ Day message, the spiritual truth shared is applicable to all men, women and teens as well. We’re going to look at the “Values of a Real Man”.        Someone once said, “A man’s greatness is not determined by the value of his wealth, but by the wealth of his values.” What kinds of character traits or values does God desire for His people to have? Are the values we strive to live by different than the values of the world around us?       This morning we are looking at Epaphroditus’ values shown by his willingness to go and help Paul when Paul was in prison in Rome for his faith.
  • Jun 11, 2017“The Fruit of Our Giving”
    Jun 11, 2017
    “The Fruit of Our Giving”
    Series: (All)
       Last week we looked at five principles for financial freedom that Solomon gives us from different verses in his Proverbs. We saw that if you want to get your finances under control and experience financial freedom you have to follow God’s money management plan: keep good records, plan your spending by having and sticking to a budget, save for the future, return the tithe to God, and be content by enjoying what you have. It takes discipline but it does work if we are willing to stick to it.    This morning we are looking at the fruit or benefits of our giving to support God’s kingdom.  When we understand biblical stewardship it helps us to live our lives through the lens of a biblical worldview with the result that we are being a blessing to God and others and we are being blessed by God in this life as well as for all eternity.
  • Jun 4, 2017“Financial Freedom”
    Jun 4, 2017
    “Financial Freedom”
    Series: (All)
       This morning we are looking at God’s principles of money management that lead to financial freedom. Financial issues cause major stress in marriages and is one of the main reasons for divorce. So dealing with finances in healthy ways can help to alleviate that stress in both our personal lives and in our marriages as well.    As king of Israel, Solomon was the wisest and wealthiest person of his day. He wrote down his principles for money management in the Old Testament book of Proverbs.        Today we’re going to look at some of Solomon’s wise advice as we address five principles of financial freedom. Following these principles will lead to less stress and anxiety and more peace in our lives.
  • May 28, 2017“Dealing with Grief”
    May 28, 2017
    “Dealing with Grief”
    Series: (All)
       On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who were killed in the armed forces over the years serving our country. What are those families feeling today who have had to bury a loved one over the last year after serving our country? What is normal for us to feel when we experience loss?    Death isn’t a topic that we talk about much in our casual conversations. This morning we’re going to address grief in general.          Grief can be experienced whenever we experience a loss in our lives whether the loss is through death, the loss of a job or a pet, or the loss of a marriage through divorce. What are some of the normal things we can experience as we deal with grief and loss?
  • May 21, 2017“God Is Our Refuge”
    May 21, 2017
    “God Is Our Refuge”
    Series: (All)
       This morning we are celebrating Children’s Sunday, a time to acknowledge and honor our children as well as all Christian Education volunteers. The children will be actively participating throughout the service. The children’s message relates to our theme verse this year from Nahum 1:7: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”
       Today’s message focuses on this theme verse as well. God doesn’t guarantee any of us a life free of pain, suffering or struggles in this fallen world that we live in. But the Lord is good and He cares for those who trust in Him so He promises to be our refuge and strength in times of trouble. However, we need to run to Him and spend time with Him under the shadow of His wings for God to bless us with His peace, comfort, encouragement, and hope.
  • May 9, 2017“What Love Is Like”
    May 9, 2017
    “What Love Is Like”
    Series: Christian
       In our small group study Christian by Andy Stanley, he dwells a lot on the fact that the Christian life is to be a life of love. But he doesn’t really get too specific as to what that love looks like.
       In a message in February we saw that the New Testament word used to describe God’s love for us and our love for others is the word “agape”. Agape love is an unconditional, self-giving, sacrificial, other person centered love that is not based on our feelings or emotions but is an act of the will. It is a choice we make. But a choice to do what?    This morning we are looking at how Paul describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
  • Apr 30, 2017“Loopholes or Complete Surrender”
    Apr 30, 2017
    “Loopholes or Complete Surrender”
    Series: Christian
       This morning the message parallels chapter 7 of our small group study called Christian by Andy Stanley. He talks about loopholes in this chapter.                     
       Accountants may be able to find tax loopholes that can save people some money. Lawyers try to find loopholes in the law or the evidence to benefit their clients. But unfortunately there are followers of Christ who also try to find loopholes so they don’t have to follow God’s will for their lives.    Today we’re looking at Abraham who wasn’t interested in loopholes but being fully committed and surrendered to following God’s will for his life and the life of his family; even to the point of being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac whom God had promised would have many descendants.    Would he trust God to fulfill His promise? Can we trust God to fulfill His promises?
  • Apr 23, 2017“The Righteous Brother”
    Apr 23, 2017
    “The Righteous Brother”
    Series: Christian
       This morning we are returning to our message series that parallels our small group study by Andy Stanley called Christian. We are focusing on the self-righteous older brother in Jesus’ Prodigal Son story.      
       This made up story was primarily addressed to the Pharisees in the crowd. Jesus was challenging some of their long held views about themselves, how they were treating the “sinners” in their midst and their beliefs about who God is and how He relates to people.    There may be some of us who are quite a bit like this older brother but even if it isn’t our basic nature or personality, we all have a tendency to act like him at times and it is important to know when we are or when we are about to so that we can recognize it and can change our attitude and our actions in that particular situation.