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.
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  • 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 25, 2016Sacred Sins – Week 4 (Fear & Worry)
    Sep 25, 2016
    Sacred Sins – Week 4 (Fear & Worry)
    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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    This world is scary.  There are so very many things to worry about that we can easily become enslaved to avoiding and protecting against our many fears.  But God lets us know that He designed us for something much more than fear or worry.  We were designed to trust Him - trust Him to be WHO He is and to have done WHAT He's done.  If we do that, fear becomes enslaved to HIM.
  • 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.
     
  • Aug 14, 2016Pray & Go – Week 2 (GO)
    Aug 14, 2016
    Pray & Go – Week 2 (GO)
    Series: Pray & Go
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    During the month of August, Grace Family Church is embracing two often neglected facets of being Jesus-followers:  prayer and mission.  Join us as we change who we are to be more like who He wants us to be!
     
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    Our discussion today focused on the nature of what it means to GO as followers of Jesus - that is, what it means to be on MISSION, on His mission.  We discover that it is bigger, broader, and deeper that we so often believe it to be.  
  • Aug 7, 2016Pray & Go – Week 1 (PRAY)
    Aug 7, 2016
    Pray & Go – Week 1 (PRAY)
    Series: Pray & Go
     
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    During the month of August, Grace Family Church is embracing two often neglected facets of being Jesus-followers:  prayer and mission.  Join us as we change who we are to be more like who He wants us to be!
     
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    Our discussion today focused on the nature of what prayer really is, and we discovered that it is bigger, it is deeper, it is grander than what we might typically think.  We learned that prayer needs to move us into a growing soul-connection with God. 
  • Jul 31, 2016FREE! Week 10 (Galatians 6.11-18)
    Jul 31, 2016
    FREE! Week 10 (Galatians 6.11-18)
    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.
     
    We complete our discovery through the Bible book of Galatians this week, remembering that there are only two types of religion in the world, and only one of them leads to true freedom.
  • 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.
  • Jul 17, 2016FREE! Week 8 (Galatians 5.16-26)
    Jul 17, 2016
    FREE! Week 8 (Galatians 5.16-26)
    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.
     
    Our freedom is for more than simply doing whatever we want ... it is about be unrestrained in our ability to pursue the design and purpose given to use before the foundations of the earth were laid.  In light of that, we explore the notion that - while our health and happiness are good - God is more concerned with our holiness.  And we should be, too.