Mar 20, 2016
I WILL – Week 2
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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The 2000 year-old revolution called Christianity began all those years ago with a simple invitation from Jesus to 12 men: "Follow me."  Soon, there were hundreds and thousands of those who answered that call.  Today, that invitation is placed on US to make, to invite all those around us to join in on LIFE and on HOPE and on FORGIVENESS that is found in the God who made us, designed us, and desperately desires us to partner with Him in His glory, grace, and mercy.
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  • Mar 20, 2016I WILL – Week 2
    Mar 20, 2016
    I WILL – Week 2
    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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    The 2000 year-old revolution called Christianity began all those years ago with a simple invitation from Jesus to 12 men: "Follow me."  Soon, there were hundreds and thousands of those who answered that call.  Today, that invitation is placed on US to make, to invite all those around us to join in on LIFE and on HOPE and on FORGIVENESS that is found in the God who made us, designed us, and desperately desires us to partner with Him in His glory, grace, and mercy.
  • Mar 6, 2016The Good Life – Week 5 (Titus 3)
    Mar 6, 2016
    The Good Life – Week 5 (Titus 3)
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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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    Our Series on living the Good Life concludes with a look at the last part of the letter the apostle Paul wrote to a young man he was mentoring, pushing his protégé to live a life that was pleasing to God and calling others to do the same.  In a world that often flips what is good and bad, this call to right living will lead followers of Jesus (and even those who aren't!) to see the blessings of staying in step with God's design.
  • Feb 28, 2016The Good Life – Week 4 (Titus 2.11-15)
    Feb 28, 2016
    The Good Life – Week 4 (Titus 2.11-15)
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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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    The purpose and plan God has for his people - for the whole WORLD - starts and ends with this thing we call the GOSPEL.  It is, very simply, the Good News of Jesus.  However, it can be very easy to start with the gospel, and never really enter into the life it calls us toward.  The bible gives us a glimpse of what this gospel-life is really all about in our continuing series in the book of Titus.
  • Jan 17, 2016Faith of Leap – Week 3
    Jan 17, 2016
    Faith of Leap – Week 3
    FOL-22 (because CORY wanted it this way)
     
    "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 Tim challenged us to live the courageous life of faith that Jesus calls us to, bravely encountering the events of our lives with the courage that comes from knowing, believing in, and trusting the One who is the basis of our faith.
  • Jan 10, 2016Faith of Leap – Week 2
    Jan 10, 2016
    Faith of Leap – Week 2
    FOL-22 (because CORY wanted it this way)
     
    "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 Tim challenged us to embrace the RISK of follow God, that we were made to do great things for God, that none of us are called to be spectators, that we need to DO the things that will result in God saying to us, "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"
  • Jan 3, 2016Faith of Leap – Week 1
    Jan 3, 2016
    Faith of Leap – Week 1
    FOL-22 (because CORY wanted it this way)
     
    "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 Tim began leading us toward having a faith of leap, a faith the leaps because it is a big faith, a powerful faith, a faith that cannot allow us to maintain the status quo.  Will you join the adventure?
  • Dec 27, 20152015 – A Year In Review
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.