May 13, 2018
“A Parent’s Responsibility”
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   This morning we are going to look at parenting. Every parent needs wisdom quite regularly on how to raise our children. Each child at each stage of their development has needs and concerns that must be addressed.    So, where do we turn for solid advice? The best place to turn is to the God who created the family; to the Bible and to books that are based on biblical principles.    We are first going to look at some things to avoid doing so that our children don’t develop a settled resentment towards us. Then we will address some positive principles for raising children so we can maintain a healthy relationship with them.
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  • May 13, 2018“A Parent’s Responsibility”
    May 13, 2018
    “A Parent’s Responsibility”
    Series: (All)
       This morning we are going to look at parenting. Every parent needs wisdom quite regularly on how to raise our children. Each child at each stage of their development has needs and concerns that must be addressed.    So, where do we turn for solid advice? The best place to turn is to the God who created the family; to the Bible and to books that are based on biblical principles.    We are first going to look at some things to avoid doing so that our children don’t develop a settled resentment towards us. Then we will address some positive principles for raising children so we can maintain a healthy relationship with them.
  • May 6, 2018“Our Source of Hope”
    May 6, 2018
    “Our Source of Hope”
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       If someone were to ask the average American, “What are some things that you cannot live without?” Some responses might be “My cell phone. My computer. My television.” Naturally all these things are nice to have but if we really had to, we could live without them. They did a generation ago. Some things that we surely cannot live without are food, water, shelter of some kind, and air.    This morning we are looking at something else that we cannot live without. We cannot live long without hope. Hope is one of the necessities of life.  When hope is gone, life becomes extremely difficult. Hope is essential for handling the stresses and crises of life. Where is our hope to come from?
  • Apr 29, 2018“Compassion for the Poor”
    Apr 29, 2018
    “Compassion for the Poor”
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       Unless we have been to an impoverished area of another country like Africa, India, Haiti, or even parts of United States like Appalachia, it can be so difficult for us in suburbia to relate to families in poverty. Worldwide, 600 million children live in extreme poverty with a family income of less than $1.90 a day. Almost half the world, over 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day. Many in America spend more than that a day at Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks for a single cup of coffee.    Today we’re looking at God’s compassion for the poor and His calling on the lives of His followers to have compassion for them as well. We will also be highlighting the ministry of Compassion International and the great difference sponsoring a child can make in their life and their family’s lives.
  • Apr 1, 2018“The Truth Will Set You Free”
    Apr 1, 2018
    “The Truth Will Set You Free”
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       Last week in our Palm Sunday message, we looked at some of the qualities of God’s love for us seen in Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. His love is an intense, undeserved, persistent, and tender love. The more we not only understand but experience His love for us, the more readily God’s love can flow from us to bless others.    Today we are addressing what changed Jesus’ followers from being disillusioned and dejected after Jesus’ death to being set free to experience the abundant life God created them to experience in relationship with Him.    Because Christ died and rose again, because He lives, there are some things from which we can be set free so that we also can experience the life of meaning and purpose God created us to experience.
  • Mar 25, 2018“God’s Triumphal Love”
    Mar 25, 2018
    “God’s Triumphal Love”
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       Today we will address the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. It tells us a lot about who God is and His love for us. There are six qualities of God’s love revealed to us in Luke 19:41-44. The more we not only understand but experience His love for us, the more readily God’s love can flow from us to others.
  • Mar 11, 2018“Paradise Promised”
    Mar 11, 2018
    “Paradise Promised”
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       It wasn’t just the religious leaders or the soldiers that mocked Jesus, but also the two criminals that were crucified on either side of Jesus. But then something changed because the criminal on the right speaks up for Jesus, explaining that the two criminals are receiving their just due but “this man has done nothing wrong”. Turning to Jesus, he says “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom”  Luke 23:42           What great faith this repentant sinner had in Jesus, far more than doubting Thomas!  Jesus responded “Today you shall be with me in paradise”. Because of His great love for us, Christ Jesus died on the cross to redeem mankind, to save us from our sins.    As recorded in all four gospels, Jesus was mocked, scorned, and tortured. He carried His cross up the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem to Calvary and was nailed to it. ‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.’ Romans 5:8.  
  • Jan 14, 2018“Our Source of Power”
    Jan 14, 2018
    “Our Source of Power”
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       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?”
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        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”
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       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”
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       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.