Jul 24, 2016
FREE! Week 9 (Galatians 6.1-10)
Series: FREE!
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FREE!  The mere word quickens the pulse. We'll learn what it means to be free and what a radical difference it makes as we look at the book of Galatians, centered on the good news about Jesus and the implications for our lives.  This good news is not just something that "saves us" ... it can and should sustain us as well.
 
Last week, we discovered that real freedom means that I am released to live a life that aligns with God's original design for me.  This week, we walk through several ways that we can pursue that life.
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  • Jul 24, 2016FREE! Week 9 (Galatians 6.1-10)
    Jul 24, 2016
    FREE! Week 9 (Galatians 6.1-10)
    Series: FREE!
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    FREE!  The mere word quickens the pulse. We'll learn what it means to be free and what a radical difference it makes as we look at the book of Galatians, centered on the good news about Jesus and the implications for our lives.  This good news is not just something that "saves us" ... it can and should sustain us as well.
     
    Last week, we discovered that real freedom means that I am released to live a life that aligns with God's original design for me.  This week, we walk through several ways that we can pursue that life.
  • May 29, 2016FREE! Week 1 (Galatians 1.1-10)
    May 29, 2016
    FREE! Week 1 (Galatians 1.1-10)
    Series: FREE!
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    FREE!  The mere word quickens the pulse. We'll learn what it means to be free and what a radical difference it makes as we look at the book of Galatians, centered on the good news about Jesus and the implications for our lives.  This good news is not just something that "saves us" ... it can and should sustain us as well.
  • May 15, 2016The Plot – Week 7
    May 15, 2016
    The Plot – Week 7
    Series: The Plot
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    At our core, everyone of us longs to connect to something bigger than us.  We pursue meaning and purpose in many places.  But all this world has to offer is ultimately empty - something called a chasing after the wind.  But there is a grand story that calls to all of us because the Author of that story designed us and this world, and He has a place for each of us in that story.
     
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    God's desire for all of people of all times is that they would follow Him ... not simply to have a favorable of Him, but to really, really, wholeheartedly follow after Him and unite our souls to the One who made them.  We discover that God wants FOLLOWERS, not just FANS. 
  • Apr 17, 2016The Plot – Week 3
    Apr 17, 2016
    The Plot – Week 3
    Series: The Plot
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    At our core, everyone of us longs to connect to something bigger than us.  We pursue meaning and purpose in many places.  But all this world has to offer is ultimately empty - something called a chasing after the wind.  But there is a grand story that calls to all of us because the Author of that story designed us and this world, and He has a place for each of us in that story.
     
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    Today, we discuss some of the story of Moses, often referred to as the deliverer of Israel.  We see how God rescued him from all sorts of things ... and did so with a very important plan in mind, one that includes us today, thousands of years removed.
  • Mar 13, 2016I WILL – Week 1
    Mar 13, 2016
    I WILL – Week 1
    Series: I WILL!

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    Our lives are a series of questions, and the answers we provide direct the course those lives will take. So often, we ask ourselves good questions. Should I really care about others? Should we eat that extra piece of cake? Should I fix the leaky faucet or watch another episode of my latest Netflix obsession? Should I really do the things that I hear about in church or read in the Bible? And while responding with “I should” or even “I can” are admirable, the only answer that really makes a difference is “I Will!”
     
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    We begin our new series for March discussing the significance of what it means to follow Jesus and how we need to move from a perspective of "things I should do" to an attitude of "I will follow Jesus" no matter what.
  • Feb 14, 2016The Good Life – Week 2 (Titus 1.6-2.1)
    Feb 14, 2016
    The Good Life – Week 2 (Titus 1.6-2.1)
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    We all want it. We all pursue it. But we might not know what it really is. There is something deep within us that calls out that there must be more to living than just the hustle and bustle of life, more than just getting by or moving up. Today, we began looking at a short book in the Bible that provides so very much of the answer to this very BIG question and what it means for us to live The Good Life.
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    God's plan for His people has always been discipleship, or the practice of all His kids helping each other become more devoted, all-in followers of Him.  Today, we look at one of the major ways that God exemplifies how He wants His people to pursue this:  the example of godly leaders. We also learn that the very things that "qualify" these leaders are the same qualities and expectations God has for all of His followers.
  • Feb 7, 2016The Good Life – Week 1 (Titus 1.1-5)
    Feb 7, 2016
    The Good Life – Week 1 (Titus 1.1-5)
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    We all want it. We all pursue it. But we might not know what it really is. There is something deep within us that calls out that there must be more to living than just the hustle and bustle of life, more than just getting by or moving up. Today, we began looking at a short book in the Bible that provides so very much of the answer to this very BIG question and what it means for us to live The Good Life.
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    Pastor Brad walks us through the beginning of the book of Titus in the New Testament, showing us that we must understand the WHY of what we do to understand and choice the right WHAT's and HOW's.  Centered on the Person and work of Jesus, we learn that all of God's story interacting with humanity is based on setting straight what has gotten crooked, restoring the broken to fullness.
  • Jan 31, 2016Faith of Leap – Week 4
    Jan 31, 2016
    Faith of Leap – Week 4
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    "Status Quo" is the existing state of affairs. Are you content with that, or ... when God calls us to live by FAITH (the only way to please HIM) could there be something lacking? This January we invite you to take The FAITH of LEAP with us as we explore opportunities to learn from God about Risk, Adventure, & Courage. 
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    Today, Pastor Brad concluded our series of the Faith of Leap, demonstrating that Risk + Courage = Adventure ... the idea that when we DO what God desires of us and RELY on Him to be true to Who He is, the result is the most amazing life we can live, one centered on the very design and purpose we were given by the Creator of the universe. 
  • 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.
  • 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.