Dec 27, 2015
2015 – A Year In Review
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It's hard to believe that this was the last Sunday of 2015. So many things have taken place over the last year ... some great joys, some great hardships. But in it all, we see and believe that God is faithful.  Walk down a journey of remembering some of where God has guided our church family in 2015, recapping what we're called to do and be.
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  • Dec 27, 20152015 – A Year In Review
    Dec 27, 2015
    2015 – A Year In Review
    2015-review
     
    It's hard to believe that this was the last Sunday of 2015. So many things have taken place over the last year ... some great joys, some great hardships. But in it all, we see and believe that God is faithful.  Walk down a journey of remembering some of where God has guided our church family in 2015, recapping what we're called to do and be.
  • Dec 20, 2015Come to Worship – Week 4 (Bend Your Knee)
    Dec 20, 2015
    Come to Worship – Week 4 (Bend Your Knee)
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    Christmas time brings many different memories, different feelings.  It can be so full with “stuff” that we miss the big impact behind it all.  2000 years ago, something remarkable happened.
     
    Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can’t help but Come to Worship.
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    The end and the beginning of worship is found in this answer: "To whom do I bend my knee?  Before whom do I humble myself?" 
     
    Worship is about recognizing the worth, the truth, and the authority of another. And if we rightly understand who God is and what He has done, we will gladly, joyfully worship Him.
  • Dec 13, 2015Come to Worship – Week 3 (Pour Out Your Heart)
    Dec 13, 2015
    Come to Worship – Week 3 (Pour Out Your Heart)
     
     
     
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    Christmas time brings many different memories, different feelings.  It can be so full with “stuff” that we miss the big impact behind it all.  2000 years ago, something remarkable happened.
     
    Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can’t help but Come to Worship.
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    In all our talk of "worship" in the church, it seems that we have a hard time actually defining it.  If we're supposed to do is, then it is pretty important that we know what it is! Today, we walk through some of what worship is not, but - more importantly - we discover with it really is all about.
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    * The audio for the video clip from Louie Giglio is included in the message, but you can access the video directly by going to:  Louie Giglio - STARS
  • Dec 6, 2015Come to Worship – Week 2 (Bring Your Gifts)
    Dec 6, 2015
    Come to Worship – Week 2 (Bring Your Gifts)
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    Christmas time brings many different memories, different feelings.  It can be so full with “stuff” that we miss the big impact behind it all.  2000 years ago, something remarkable happened.
     
    Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can’t help but Come to Worship.
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    The wise men show us a wonderful picture of what it means to worship Jesus. They looked for Him, they sought Him, and - when they found Him - they rejoiced abundantly and sacrificed extravagantly to show Him the honor that He alone deserves. Join with us as we take a look at how their response to Jesus can inform and guide our own.
  • Nov 29, 2015Come to Worship – Week 1 (Lift Your Hands)
    Nov 29, 2015
    Come to Worship – Week 1 (Lift Your Hands)
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    Christmas time brings many different memories, different feelings.  It can be so full with “stuff” that we miss the big impact behind it all.  2000 years ago, something remarkable happened.
     
    Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can’t help but Come to Worship.
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    This week, we begin our new series looking at the call of the Bible for us to Raise our Hands in worship.  While it starts with an internal heart response to God, there seems to be more than just a metaphor involved here.  Join us as we discover some of the rich blessings of responding to God in this way.
  • Nov 22, 2015When Life Is Hard – Week 4
    Nov 22, 2015
    When Life Is Hard – Week 4
    sermon-banner (Medium)Life is hard ... really hard.  There are times of joy and seasons of happiness, but a thread of difficulty seems to be constantly woven through the fabric of our lives.  What can we do, when the bottom falls out from under us, when nothing seems to go right, when we’re lost and alone and afraid?
     
    Welcome to the story of two widows & a farmer in an out-of-the-way village, the story of RUTH, an account of an inconsequential outsider (from a human perspective) whose life turns out to be essential (from God's perspective) in telling HIS COMPLETE STORY. Was her life easy? Not at all. Neither is yours. That's where our learning can begin ...
     

    Remembering all that has happened in the story of Ruth so far, Pastor Tim points out (in our final week of this series) the remarkable truth that this short Bible book demonstrates throughout it's pages:  that we, like Ruth, have a Redeemer who bore the cost to save us and love us and guarantee us a hope and a future. 

  • Nov 15, 2015When Life Is Hard – Week 3
    Nov 15, 2015
    When Life Is Hard – Week 3
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    Life is hard ... really hard.  There are times of joy and seasons of happiness, but a thread of difficulty seems to be constantly woven through the fabric of our lives.  What can we do, when the bottom falls out from under us, when nothing seems to go right, when we’re lost and alone and afraid?
     
    Welcome to the story of two widows & a farmer in an out-of-the-way village, the story of RUTH, an account of an inconsequential outsider (from a human perspective) whose life turns out to be essential (from God's perspective) in telling HIS COMPLETE STORY. Was her life easy? Not at all. Neither is yours. That's where our learning can begin ...

     

    During our 3rd week in the series, Pastor Tim walks us through the reality of hard times and a biblical response to understanding these hard times, how to move through them.  He points us again to how God worked in the life of Ruth and what we can learn about our own difficult situations and several key points to remember.
  • Nov 8, 2015When Life Is Hard – Week 2
    Nov 8, 2015
    When Life Is Hard – Week 2
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    Life is hard ... really hard.  There are times of joy and seasons of happiness, but a thread of difficulty seems to be constantly woven through the fabric of our lives.  What can we do, when the bottom falls out from under us, when nothing seems to go right, when we’re lost and alone and afraid?
     
    Welcome to the story of two widows & a farmer in an out-of-the-way village, the story of RUTH, an account of an inconsequential outsider (from a human perspective) whose life turns out to be essential (from God's perspective) in telling HIS COMPLETE STORY. Was her life easy? Not at all. Neither is yours. That's where our learning can begin ...

     

    During our 2nd week in the series, Pastor Tim reminded us how real, close, and personal hard times are, and guided us through what should be a practical and immediate response to the hard times of those around us.  He also walked us through the next chapter in the story of Ruth, showing us that her initiative, integrity, and humble acceptance of assistance made all the difference in her tale.
  • Nov 1, 2015When Life Is Hard – Week 1
    Nov 1, 2015
    When Life Is Hard – Week 1
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    Life is hard ... really hard.  There are times of joy and seasons of happiness, but a thread of difficulty seems to be constantly woven through the fabric of our lives.  What can we do, when the bottom falls out from under us, when nothing seems to go right, when we’re lost and alone and afraid?
     
    Welcome to the story of two widows & a farmer in an out-of-the-way village, the story of RUTH, an account of an inconsequential outsider (from a human perspective) whose life turns out to be essential (from God's perspective) in telling HIS COMPLETE STORY. Was her life easy? Not at all. Neither is yours. That's where our learning can begin.

     

     
    During our first week in this series, Pastor Tim walks us through some of the hard times he has seen and endured, and points us to a hope in God that transcends anything that this world has to offer.  We're reminded to remember several things in the midst of heartache, suffering, and pain that make all the difference, in this life and the next.
  • Oct 25, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 8
    Oct 25, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 8
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    Due to technical issues, we are unable to post the full audio from this week’s message.  We are including a short synopsis of the message (below), as well as the PowerPoint presentation that was used in the notes section of this post and an audio clip that concluded our time together.  We apologize for any inconvenience.Divider1
     
    With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life."

    This week, we explore what the Bible says about the last of the Ten Commandments (“do not covet”) as we conclude our series, The Scandal Proof Life.  We discover that this final command is unique among the others, in that it is the only one to address an inward condition of the heart directly rather than primarily a behavior or action.  We also discover that pride lies at the root of covetousness, and that violating this last command leads to the violation of all the others.

    We discuss that coveting is not the same as simply desiring something that we don’t have ... desire is not inherently wrong, but distorted desire is.  Coveting is desiring what legitimately belongs to someone else, and conspiring in my heart or my actions to take it for myself.  Coveting finds its roots all the way back in the Garden of Eden, when Adam & Eve desired the one thing that God said was not for them, concluded that their way was better than God’s, and took what they had no right to take.

    We also learn that scandals are not scandalous only when they are known ... and that all of us have scandals in our lives, areas where we have decided to go our own way rather than the way God has designed for us, things we have done to others that are harsh and cruel, a heart that harbors dark secrets.  Rather than waiting for our scandals to become public, it is imperative that we allow God to clean up the messes we’ve created, to change our hearts and our lives.

    We ended with a two-fold application: 1) if we are followers of Jesus, it is imperative that we take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10.5), and 2) if we have never made a decision to accept God’s payment for our sins, we must not delay in accepting that gift and turning over authority in our lives to Jesus.

    We conclude with an audio clip from the funeral of a beloved, long-term member of Grace Family Church earlier this week, when the Good News of Jesus was shared.  It is an initial response to this truth and a continual guiding by it that is essential not only to avoid covetousness, but also to live a
    truly scandal proof life.