May 27, 2018
“Called to Comfort”
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   On this Memorial Day weekend we honor those who have given their lives while serving our country in the military. For the message today, we are going to look at what we can do to try to help others who are grieving or hurting whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or other kind of loss.    Paul challenges every follower of Christ in Romans 12:15 to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Grief is a very real and painful experience. And because we may not know what to say or do, we may tend to distance ourselves from those who are hurting and we end up saying and doing very little.    What are some things we can do, and what things should we avoid doing, when relating to someone who is hurting?
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  • May 27, 2018“Called to Comfort”
    May 27, 2018
    “Called to Comfort”
    Series: (All)
       On this Memorial Day weekend we honor those who have given their lives while serving our country in the military. For the message today, we are going to look at what we can do to try to help others who are grieving or hurting whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or other kind of loss.    Paul challenges every follower of Christ in Romans 12:15 to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Grief is a very real and painful experience. And because we may not know what to say or do, we may tend to distance ourselves from those who are hurting and we end up saying and doing very little.    What are some things we can do, and what things should we avoid doing, when relating to someone who is hurting?
  • May 20, 2018“Since God is For Us”
    May 20, 2018
    “Since God is For Us”
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       The theme verse for our children’s ministry this year has been the second part of Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” This morning we will look at the context of what God’s people were going through as Paul encourages them with these words. There was persecution they were dealing with as they affirmed Jesus as Lord and Savior and as they held steadfastly to a biblical view of morals and values in the midst of the culture they were in. But there were also the normal struggles and hardships of this life they were experiencing.           Paul shares all that God had already given them in their salvation by giving Jesus to die in their place. And since God was willing to do that, He will also give them the emotional and spiritual strength to overcome life’s struggles.
  • May 13, 2018“A Parent’s Responsibility”
    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.
  • 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 22, 2018“Should We Forgive Ourselves?”
    Apr 22, 2018
    “Should We Forgive Ourselves?”
       Last week we looked at whether it is right to judge others. We saw that it is okay for us to speak to someone who has hurt us who we need to forgive. Also to someone who has an area of their lives where they are hurting themselves or others. The issue is whether we are approaching them with a self-righteous, faultfinding, condemning attitude or with gentleness and kindness knowing that we have flaws too.    In our continuing series that parallels our small group study Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall, today we’re looking at his belief that along with receiving God’s forgiveness, we should forgive ourselves when we offend God or others.    Is forgiving oneself biblical? How can we be free from our lingering guilt over a sin against God or something that we have said or done to someone else?
  • Apr 15, 2018“To Judge or Not to Judge”
    Apr 15, 2018
    “To Judge or Not to Judge”
    As we continue with our series Total Forgiveness based on R.T. Kendall’s book, the theme of today’s message is whether it is okay to judge other people or not. We are looking at the information found in chapters 4 and 5 of the book entitled Playing God and When Are We Right to Judge?    We make judgments, we weigh the information and then make a decision, all the time. Some judgments are necessary and healthy: like a boss judging who should get a promotion, a person weighing the alternatives as to what car to buy, which college or trade school to attend, or which career path to take.    But there’s another kind of judgment that is not right. It is being overly critical, quick to blame, condemning, and judgmental towards another person. This is the kind of judging Jesus has in mind when He commands us “Do not judge or you too will be judged.”
  • Apr 8, 2018“Two Kinds of Forgiveness”
    Apr 8, 2018
    “Two Kinds of Forgiveness”
       After messages related to both Palm Sunday and Easter, this morning we are returning to our series that parallels our small group study on the book Total Forgiveness. We will begin with an overview of what Jesus is really teaching us in the Lord’s Prayer about what we are to include in our prayer times and then explain two verses Jesus adds at the end of the prayer that can be quite confusing.    In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus adds that if we do not forgive others for their sins against us then God the Father will not forgive us for our sins against Him. But how can this be true since if we are a follower of Jesus the penalty we deserve from a holy God for our past, present, and future sins against Him has been paid in full by the death and resurrection of Christ and we are completely forgiven already? We must distinguish between two different kinds of forgiveness.   
  • 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.