Jan 13, 2019
“Philippian Beginnings”
   Today we are beginning a new message series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It has been called The Epistle (or letter) of Excellent Things and the Epistle of Joy. We will look at the city of Philippi in the Macedonia part of northern Greece and why it is important commercially and militarily.    We will see how Paul and his team are led by God’s Spirit, how they reach the local Jewish women, minister to a fortuneteller, are falsely accused, and illegally beaten and thrown into prison.        The gospel is then shared with the jailer and his family. We will end with looking at what we can learn from this beginning of the church in Philippi.
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  • Jan 13, 2019“Philippian Beginnings”
    Jan 13, 2019
    “Philippian Beginnings”
       Today we are beginning a new message series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It has been called The Epistle (or letter) of Excellent Things and the Epistle of Joy. We will look at the city of Philippi in the Macedonia part of northern Greece and why it is important commercially and militarily.    We will see how Paul and his team are led by God’s Spirit, how they reach the local Jewish women, minister to a fortuneteller, are falsely accused, and illegally beaten and thrown into prison.        The gospel is then shared with the jailer and his family. We will end with looking at what we can learn from this beginning of the church in Philippi.
  • Jan 6, 2019“Expectations of Worship”
    Jan 6, 2019
    “Expectations of Worship”
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       This morning we will be addressing a few expectations we should have as we gather as God’s people to worship Him. What do you expect to happen when you gather here to worship God through song or when you worship God privately? How would you end the statement, “When I worship God, I expect...”         If you are a regular attendee here, some of those expectations are found in what we pray together every Sunday as part of our Invitation to Worship: “God, I have come today to lift my heart and voice to bless you, to meet with you and to be blessed by you. Thank you for being here to meet with me.”    We will look at the Biblical support for the expectations in these two statements that the Lord desires for every follower of Christ to have as we worship God through song.
  • Dec 16, 2018“The Star – A Journey of Joy”
    Dec 16, 2018
    “The Star – A Journey of Joy”
       So far in our Advent series entitled The Star: a Journey to Christmas, we have seen that in order to prepare our hearts well to celebrate Christ this Christmas season, it is important to realize that we are on a journey of hope and a journey of love. Last week we looked at the agape love of God and how He commands us to love others with the same unconditional, undeserved, sacrificial, gift of love that He has for us.    Today we will also see that this journey is to be a journey of joy. In the Bible, great joy is one of the most prominent themes related to the birth of Christ. It is seen in many of the Christmas carols. But is God’s church, are God’s people today in America, really seen by non-Christians as a people who exude tremendous joy?    We will see where our joy ultimately comes from and how we can live a journey of joy through a personal relationship with God through Christ.
  • Dec 11, 2018“The Star – A Journey of Love”
    Dec 11, 2018
    “The Star – A Journey of Love”
        This is the second message in our Advent Series entitled The Star: A Journey to Christmas. Last week we saw that this journey to Christmas, and the daily journey of a follower of Christ, is to be one of hope. God has given us the resources of His Word, the Bible, His people, and His presence to give us hope - to encourage, strengthen, and comfort us in the struggles that we go through in this life.    Today we will see that this Journey to Christmas is also a journey of love. After looking at four different kinds of biblical love, we will focus on the agape love that God has for us. Then we will see how we can walk the journey of love, striving to love others as God loves us, which He calls us to.
  • Dec 2, 2018“The Star – A Journey of Hope”
    Dec 2, 2018
    “The Star – A Journey of Hope”
       This morning we are beginning a new message series entitled The Star – A Journey to Christmas. Over 2000 years ago, a star shone brightly through the darkness and signaled the long-awaited, yet still unexpected, birth of the Savior. The true light, Jesus, came into the darkness and pain of our world.    That world in the 1st century, just like ours in the 21st century, including our lives, needs the light of Christ to illuminate, clarify, guide, and heal. In a season often marked by frenzied busyness, the Advent season is an opportunity to set aside time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.    In this series we will look at how Jesus desires to be our Hope, our Love, our Joy and our Peace.
  • Nov 25, 2018“The Priority of Praying Together”
    Nov 25, 2018
    “The Priority of Praying Together”
       Next week we will begin a message series for Advent entitled The Star: A Journey to Christmas. This morning is the last message in our series Life Changing Prayer paralleling our small group study by Jim Cymbala. It’s on the importance of praying together with other Christians.    Personal prayer between us and God is extremely important but there is also great value in praying with another person or two, in a small group, or corporately as a church body.    We will see that in the Lord’s Prayer all of the pronouns are plural – Our Father, give us, forgive us, and lead us which suggests that Jesus had in mind praying together when he taught His followers what to include in their prayer times. We will also address what it means to “agree in prayer”, to pray in Jesus’ name, and some results of praying together.
  • Nov 11, 2018“Mustard Seed Faith”
    Nov 11, 2018
    “Mustard Seed Faith”
       This is the 7th message in our series relating to our small group study, Life Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala.  In chapter 5 he addresses the importance of faith and prayer.    There is a lot of mishandling of Bible verses when it comes to faith and prayer, especially with faith and prayer for healing. Some say that God will always answer our prayers in proportion to our faith; that healing for instance, will always take place if there is enough faith.        But the issue is not really how much faith we have but what, or who, our faith is in. Is it in our ability to produce our own faith or is it trusting that what God has told us is true?    We will look at 3 Scriptures the “word of faith” folks base their beliefs on and how the contemporary faith theology differs from the classic faith theology.
  • Oct 28, 2018“The Holy Spirit: Our Prayer Partner”
    Oct 28, 2018
    “The Holy Spirit: Our Prayer Partner”
       This is the 6th message in our series on prayer paralleling our small group series Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala. Today we are addressing the role of the Holy Spirit in our prayers.    We will look first briefly at who the Holy Spirit is. Many cults view him simply as impersonal force emanating from God like a radar beam. God tells us in the Bible that the Holy Spirit is not only a personal being, but that he is also God.    We will then look at Romans 8:26-27 mentioning a few ways that God the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers as well as prays for us.
  • Oct 21, 2018“Reasons and Responses When God Says “No””
    Oct 21, 2018
    “Reasons and Responses When God Says “No””
       This is the fifth message in the series paralleling our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala.  There is no one who has ever lived where God has said “yes” and answered all of their prayers in the way they would have liked Him to. Prayers by Abraham, Moses, Peter, and Paul were not all answered by God.    A few weeks ago we looked at some potential reasons why our prayers may not be answered. Are we serious about following God’s will for our lives? Are we confessing our sins to God when we mess up and receiving His forgiveness? Are we forgiving others when they wrong us?    This morning we are looking at a few more potential reasons why God may say “no” to our prayers and some things that we can do when God says “no”.
  • Oct 14, 2018“Strangling Worry”
    Oct 14, 2018
    “Strangling Worry”
       This is the fourth message based on our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala. We are looking at how casting our burdens onto God through prayer can decrease our worries and increase God’s peace in our lives.    There is a very fine line between worry and concern. Worry can happens when we are so concerned about something that there is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty, helplessness, and fear. It can destroy our joy, rob us of our peace, and stifle our relationship with God and others.         Our peace will increase as our trust in God increases. Our trust that God will either change our circumstances or give us the grace and strength to deal with the situation leads to peace.