Sep 23, 2018
“Prayer Basics”
   This is the second message in our fall series Life-Changing Prayer that will parallel our small group study by Jim Cymbala.  There is a lot of misunderstanding about prayer by non-Christians and Christians alike. There is much confusion about how to pray and why prayer is important.         This series will clarify some things and give us a greater understanding as to why and how to pray. Some people see prayer as a last resort after everything else has failed. Others see it as a religious duty they simply endure rather than something that can give us meaning, purpose and life.       This morning we are going to look at some prayer basics; what prayer is not and then what it is or five purposes of prayer.
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  • Sep 23, 2018“Prayer Basics”
    Sep 23, 2018
    “Prayer Basics”
       This is the second message in our fall series Life-Changing Prayer that will parallel our small group study by Jim Cymbala.  There is a lot of misunderstanding about prayer by non-Christians and Christians alike. There is much confusion about how to pray and why prayer is important.         This series will clarify some things and give us a greater understanding as to why and how to pray. Some people see prayer as a last resort after everything else has failed. Others see it as a religious duty they simply endure rather than something that can give us meaning, purpose and life.       This morning we are going to look at some prayer basics; what prayer is not and then what it is or five purposes of prayer.
  • Sep 16, 2018“Jesus: Our Great High Priest”
    Sep 16, 2018
    “Jesus: Our Great High Priest”
       This is the first message in our fall series that will parallel our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala, pastor at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City. Over the weeks we will look at a number of different facets of prayer that will hopefully not just give us more knowledge about what prayer is but how we can better consistently draw near to God in prayer to fellowship with Him as well as petition Him to meet our needs, the needs of others, and the needs of God’s Kingdom.    Today we are looking at Jesus as our great High Priest from Hebrews 4:14-16. We will address the difference between Him and the Old Testament High Priests, the sacrifices they offered, and how Jesus’ sacrifice enables us to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.
  • Sep 9, 2018“The Journey Continues”
    Sep 9, 2018
    “The Journey Continues”
    Series: (All)
       It has been over two years since I have shared in general about our church mission and purpose and specifically about the Vision One Journey we have been on for a number of years now. If you’re relatively new to the church, this will give you a good idea as to who we are striving to be, not just as a church ministry, but as individual followers of Christ.    We will look at the “Irreducible Core” of what we as God’s people are to be about, the five phases of development we have been through, the four learning environments we encourage our attendees to be involved in, and a review of some of our recent small group studies. What a difference it makes in our lives and the lives of others when we are committed to loving God, loving others, and making disciples.
  • Sep 2, 2018“The Purpose of Work”
    Sep 2, 2018
    “The Purpose of Work”
    Series: Malachi
       St. Thomas Aquinas was convinced that before Adam and Eve’s sin there wasn’t any work. He felt that work was part of the curse of the fall and now human beings have to go about the drudgery of working because of Adam and Eve’s sin.    Many today would agree as they see their work as a bondage to be endured and they are miserable during the work week until the weekend comes when only then are they supposedly free to live. But it was before the fall of Adam and Eve that God gave them the responsibility to work by taking care of the Garden of Eden.    This morning we are looking at some of God’s purposes for work that will be a blessing to us as well as to God and His Kingdom.
  • Aug 26, 2018“Slowing Your Pace of Life”
    Aug 26, 2018
    “Slowing Your Pace of Life”
    Series: (All)
       We have one more message on Malachi in our summer series but it has to do with how we relate to our work so that will be shared next Sunday on Labor Day weekend. Many people today are constantly on the go with work, taking care of family needs, running children to different activities and countless other things to do. It seems that we don’t even see the roses let alone take the time to stop and smell the roses.    This hurried lifestyle can lead to a lot stress and very little joy. This morning we are going to look at some of the effects of living a hurried, constantly on the go, lifestyle. We will also address some things that we can do that will help us to slow down that will benefit us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Jul 29, 2018“Change is Here to Stay”
    Jul 29, 2018
    “Change is Here to Stay”
    Series: Malachi
    This morning we are looking at something that many people struggle with - change. Even though there are some changes that we look forward to and can have positive effects on our lives, there are many changes in our world, work, family, and personal lives that can be extremely difficult to deal with. We will begin by looking at three changes taking place in America that are causing a great deal of stress and anxiety to many people. We will then address what one author calls “islands of stability” he says are needed when people go through rapid times of change. But are there really any “islands of stability” in this world that are guaranteed to always be there to help us cope with life and its difficult changes? Only knowing who God is in His nature and character and who we are in relationship with Him can provide the stability we need to help us deal with change.
  • Jul 22, 2018“God’s Treasured Possession”
    Jul 22, 2018
    “God’s Treasured Possession”
    Series: Malachi
       This is the 5th part of our summer series on the Old Testament book of Malachi. We have addressed topics like God’s unconditional, undeserved love, giving Him our best, spiritual leadership, and marriage.    Today we’re going look at two primary attitudes people may have towards God that will affect our relationship with Him and the two judgments of God when He brings everything in this life to its consummation.    We will also answer the question that, for a follower of Christ, “What is God’s overarching view of who you are in relationship with Him?” Is it something positive or is it something negative?    What a difference it will make in our self-esteem, in our belief in our own worth and value, when we really trust who God says we are in relationship with Him.  
  • Jul 10, 2018“Spiritual Leadership”
    Jul 10, 2018
    “Spiritual Leadership”
    Series: Malachi
    This is the 3rd message in our summer series on the book of Malachi. Last week we saw that God’s people in Malachi’s day were dishonoring Him by giving Him their lame and diseased animals for sacrifice rather than the best of their flocks. God challenges them to return to honoring Him in their lives as their Heavenly Father who loves them and as their Lord the one who is to be the supreme authority in their lives. Today we are continuing to look at God’s frustration with His priests. His words are not just for present day pastors and teachers but for every follower of Christ because He has called His people to be “a kingdom and priests.” We will see that as God’s people we honor God by walking with Him and by teaching His truth.
  • Jul 1, 2018“Giving God Your Best”
    Jul 1, 2018
    “Giving God Your Best”
    Series: Malachi
       This is the 2nd message in our summer series on the book of Malachi. God’s people had once again become apathetic and indifferent towards God so He sent Malachi to them with some tough messages yet with the hope of restoring them to a dynamic relationship with Him.    Last week we saw that the first thing God said to His people, even in their rebellion, was “I love you.” This morning we will look at the two-fold relationship God has with His people, how the Israelites and the priests were dishonoring God with the blemished sacrifices they were bringing to Him, some things we can do to not become weary in our worship, and how God desires and deserves our best.
  • Jun 24, 2018“God’s Undeserved Love”
    Jun 24, 2018
    “God’s Undeserved Love”
    Series: Malachi
    This morning we are beginning a summer series on the book of Malachi. He was a contemporary of Ezra and Nehemiah who wrote between 458 and 432B.C. His name literally means “my messenger” and God had chosen him to bring a difficult message to the people of Israel. It wasn’t long before all the reforms that had been made by Ezra and Nehemiah had become obsolete as the Israelites once again became apathetic and indifferent towards their God. So God sends Malachi to them with some tough messages yet with the hope of restoring them to a dynamic relationship with Him. In ch.1:1-5 today we will look at the first thing God says to His people even in their rebellion – “I love you.” But they dispute God’s love so He reminds them of how He has acted towards them in the past.