Dec 4, 2016
Christmas Stories – Week 1 (God’s Great Power)
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Stories define so much of who we are and what we do – we tell them to our children, to teach them how to grow up to be the women & men they should be. We tell them to our friends & family to share bits and pieces of who we are and what makes us tick. We spend our money on entertainment that (by-and-large) are comprised of stories.
What if there was one story that rose above all others? One story that was grander, richer, bigger, and more powerful than every story ever told. This Christmas, we discover not only that there IS such a story, but that we are invited to be a part of it. 
 
Today we look at the story of God's Great Power, how His power is both magnificent & grand AND profoundly personal.  His power doesn't remove Him from us but draws us close.  And it all begins in such lowly places that we can all relate.
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  • Dec 4, 2016Christmas Stories – Week 1 (God’s Great Power)
    Dec 4, 2016
    Christmas Stories – Week 1 (God’s Great Power)
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    Stories define so much of who we are and what we do – we tell them to our children, to teach them how to grow up to be the women & men they should be. We tell them to our friends & family to share bits and pieces of who we are and what makes us tick. We spend our money on entertainment that (by-and-large) are comprised of stories.
    What if there was one story that rose above all others? One story that was grander, richer, bigger, and more powerful than every story ever told. This Christmas, we discover not only that there IS such a story, but that we are invited to be a part of it. 
     
    Today we look at the story of God's Great Power, how His power is both magnificent & grand AND profoundly personal.  His power doesn't remove Him from us but draws us close.  And it all begins in such lowly places that we can all relate.
  • Nov 27, 2016What Will I Choose?
    Nov 27, 2016
    What Will I Choose?
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    We live in a world and a time that demands constant decisions for a host of situations.  How do we decide what is best?  What decisions are really important?  Pastor Tim helps us discern what is most necessary in what we choose.
  • Nov 20, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 8 (Prodigal Sons)
    Nov 20, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 8 (Prodigal Sons)
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    Stories define so much of our lives - the stories we're told, the stories we tell, the stories we live, and the stories we dream of.  Jesus knew this, and often taught those around Him using timeless stories of eternal truths.  And those truths many times flew in the face of conventional wisdom, contradicting common sense of those days and our days as well.  His truth was definitely Uncommon Sense.
     
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    Included video audio credit:  Timothy Keller (The Prodigal God)
  • Nov 13, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 7 (Luke 15)
    Nov 13, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 7 (Luke 15)
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    Stories define so much of our lives - the stories we're told, the stories we tell, the stories we live, and the stories we dream of.  Jesus knew this, and often taught those around Him using timeless stories of eternal truths.  And those truths many times flew in the face of conventional wisdom, contradicting common sense of those days and our days as well.  His truth was definitely Uncommon Sense.
     
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  • Oct 31, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 5
    Oct 31, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 5
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    Stories define so much of our lives - the stories we're told, the stories we tell, the stories we live, and the stories we dream of.  Jesus knew this, and often taught those around Him using timeless stories of eternal truths.  And those truths many times flew in the face of conventional wisdom, contradicting common sense of those days and our days as well.  His truth was definitely Uncommon Sense.
     
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    Often we find ourselves concerned with how we appear to others - do they think I'm successful enough, pretty enough, tall enough, strong enough, religious enough?  And on, and on.  Jesus flips this thinking on its head, and we see Him tell us that our lives are not about how great other people think we are but should rather be about how we can best tell the story of Jesus' great news with all we've got.  And it is a story that we should be dying to tell the world!
  • Oct 23, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 4
    Oct 23, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 4
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    Stories define so much of our lives - the stories we're told, the stories we tell, the stories we live, and the stories we dream of.  Jesus knew this, and often taught those around Him using timeless stories of eternal truths.  And those truths many times flew in the face of conventional wisdom, contradicting common sense of those days and our days as well.  His truth was definitely Uncommon Sense.
     
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    Jesus said some remarkable things.  Sometimes, they were shocking, especially to those who ascribe to a "common sense" approach to the world.  Today we look at five times when Jesus bewildered his hearers with these simple words: You have heard it said, but I say to ...
  • Oct 2, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 1 (Money)
    Oct 2, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 1 (Money)
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    Stories define so much of our lives - the stories we're told, the stories we tell, the stories we live, and the stories we dream of.  Jesus knew this, and often taught those around Him using timeless stories of eternal truths.  And those truths many times flew in the face of conventional wisdom, contradicting common sense of those days and our days as well.  His truth was definitely uncommon sense.
     
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    One topic that seems to make pastors and listeners equally uncomfortable was one that Jesus never shied away from ... in fact, He talked about it more than heaven and hell combined.  He talked about money.  Discover the uncommon sense of Jesus when it comes to what role money should play in our lives and how it may very well be the clearest window into the condition of our hearts.
  • Sep 18, 2016Sacred Sins – Week 3 (Consumerism / Gluttony)
    Sep 18, 2016
    Sacred Sins – Week 3 (Consumerism / Gluttony)
    Series: Sacred Sins
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    Sin is easy to spot ... in others.  We're all great sin-sleuths when it comes to the mistakes and shortcomings in those around us, but what about the sin that resides in ME?  That's a much more difficult endeavor.
     
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    What could be more American than ... consumerism?  We Thrive as a nation by producing, consuming, importing, exporting, and doing so more, and more, and more.  But is this the way God designed it to be?

    In 1981, a band called Black Flag recorded a song that carried these lyrics:  "Gimme, gimme, gimme - I need some more. Gimme, gimme, gimme - don't ask what for.  I know the world's got problems ...I've got problems of my own."  This song has been covered many times since, and it speaks to the heart of what we look at today, namely, that we can too easily be driven by a need to find our fulfillment in getting something more or in getting more of something.
  • Sep 11, 2016Sacred Sins – Week 2 (Apathy & Racism/Prejudice)
    Sep 11, 2016
    Sacred Sins – Week 2 (Apathy & Racism/Prejudice)
    Series: Sacred Sins
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    Sin is easy to spot ... in others.  We're all great sin-sleuths when it comes to the mistakes and shortcomings in those around us, but what about the sin that resides in ME?  That's a much more difficult endeavor.
     
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    We were all designed by God to be a people who hunger and thirst for Him, to fulfill the grand purposes He drafted into the very fiber of our being.  However, this life can subtly draw us away from that passion and purpose, and we can begin to simply exist. Or worse, we can be so dulled to that grand design that we begin to build walls and borders around ourselves, silently and overtly declaring that only those who look like, act like, sound like ME are welcome into His kingdom.  Today, we tackle these sacred sins that seek to thrive in our lives.
  • Sep 4, 2016Sacred Sins – Week 1 (Comfort)
    Sep 4, 2016
    Sacred Sins – Week 1 (Comfort)
    Series: Sacred Sins
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    Sin is easy to spot ... in others.  We're all great sin-sleuths when it comes to the mistakes and shortcomings in those around us, but what about the sin that resides in ME?  That's a much more difficult endeavor.
     
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    Comfort is, well, very COMFORTABLE, and we all like it.  On the surface, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with wanting to be comfortable, but we discover that it can quickly be a killer to our spiritual lives when we begin submitting to my desire for comfort rather than submitting to God.