Dec 9, 2018
Songs of Christmas – Zechariah’s Song
Music is everywhere at Christmas, from complete chart-toppers, carols, children's tunes, and more ... music is always around us, but seemingly never more than at Christmas time. This month, we’ll look at the songs of a teenage girl, a respected priest, a group of angels, and an old man who will bring us to the very heart of Christmas, showing us the joy and peace that comes from meeting a baby who lay in a simple food trough and changed eternity.
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Our second song in our Christmas series takes us to the question:  Am I a child of God or a servant of God?  Find out how we should be both - without neglecting either - in our discussion today!
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  • Dec 9, 2018Songs of Christmas – Zechariah’s Song
    Dec 9, 2018
    Songs of Christmas – Zechariah’s Song
    Music is everywhere at Christmas, from complete chart-toppers, carols, children's tunes, and more ... music is always around us, but seemingly never more than at Christmas time. This month, we’ll look at the songs of a teenage girl, a respected priest, a group of angels, and an old man who will bring us to the very heart of Christmas, showing us the joy and peace that comes from meeting a baby who lay in a simple food trough and changed eternity.
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    Our second song in our Christmas series takes us to the question:  Am I a child of God or a servant of God?  Find out how we should be both - without neglecting either - in our discussion today!
  • Dec 2, 2018Songs of Christmas – Mary’s Song
    Dec 2, 2018
    Songs of Christmas – Mary’s Song
    Music is everywhere at Christmas, from complete chart-toppers, carols, children's tunes, and more ... music is always around us, but seemingly never more than at Christmas time. This month, we’ll look at the songs of a teenage girl, a respected priest, a group of angels, and an old man who will bring us to the very heart of Christmas, showing us the joy and peace that comes from meeting a baby who lay in a simple food trough and changed eternity.
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    The songs we sing are more than the music, more than the style, more than the art ... the songs we sing tell the stories of our hearts.  Today we look at the song of a teenage girl who had just found out that she would be mother to the very son of God.
  • Nov 25, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 8 (James 5.13-20)
    Nov 25, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 8 (James 5.13-20)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    We all know that pain and suffering are a part of life ... it's an inescapable reality.  So many of our prayers (whether or not we would call ourselves religious) are centered on asking for some sort of healing - recovery from a disease, an injury, or a tragic accident.  And God DOES want us to pray about those things, but we discover today that the healing that God wants us to pursue is something much deeper, much more abiding that we could really imagine.
  • Nov 18, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 7 (James 5.1-12)
    Nov 18, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 7 (James 5.1-12)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    We discovered over the last 6 weeks in our Louder Than Words series (looking at an ancient letter written by Jesus' brother James) that what we DO speaks much louder than what we SAY ... but we've also learned that what we DO is determined by what we really BELIEVE.  Pastor Tim challenges us to wrestle with the notion that the coming return of Jesus at the end of all things should having an impact on how I live today.
  • Nov 11, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 6 (James 4.1-17)
    Nov 11, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 6 (James 4.1-17)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    We live in a broken world ... there is fighting and pain lingering in the corners all around or even shouting right in front of us.  God's people should form a community where this brokenness is resolved, but too often it creeps its way into what should be a haven and a sanctuary.  As we continue our Louder Than Words series this morning, we discuss the problem and the solution to this tragic circumstance.
  • Nov 4, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 5 (James 3.1-18)
    Nov 4, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 5 (James 3.1-18)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    We live in a world where we can say what we want to whoever we want whenever we want.  We are bombarded with the words of others (whether spoken or written) almost constantly - yet it seems that our words do much more to divide and wound each other than to bring us together.  We discuss the importance of what we do with our words and how wisdom must inform our speech as we continue in our Louder Than Words series this morning.
  • Oct 28, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 4 (James 2.14-26)
    Oct 28, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 4 (James 2.14-26)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    Belief & faith is central to the tenets of the Christian faith - and to the human condition as a whole!  However, beliefs are never really separated from our actions because what we do displays what we truly believe about anything.  We dig into that reality this morning as we continue the discussion in our Louder Than Words series.
  • Oct 21, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 3 (James 2.1-13)
    Oct 21, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 3 (James 2.1-13)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    One of the clearest teachings in the Bible is God's desire for humanity to be united and free from prejudice ... in fact, the Good News about Jesus is deeply concerned with the idea that He paid the price so that we could individually and corporately be restored to God and (through that) restored to one another.  Today we discuss this idea and how it should impact our lives.
  • Oct 14, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 2 (James 1.19-27)
    Oct 14, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 2 (James 1.19-27)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    Does what I believe affect how I live?  It most certainly does ... in fact, what I do demonstrates what I truly believe rather than what I simply say I believe.  Discover how this plays out in today's latest installment of our Louder Than Words message series with Dr. Lester Hicks.
  • Oct 7, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 1 (James 1.1-18)
    Oct 7, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 1 (James 1.1-18)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    How we live is the best indicator of what we truly believe, not necessarily what we say about our beliefs.  In essence, what we do is louder than our words.  As we begin exploring this ancient letter, we dive into the deep end of looking at the trials we face in this life and how our response to them declares who we're trusting to see us through these difficult times.
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