May 8, 2016
The Plot – Week 6
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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If our movie choices tell us anything about ourselves, it's that we're desperately seeking heroes in our lives ... those larger-than-life figures of epic power and proportion.  We look to these mythical ideals to give us a sense of hope in surpassing unsurpassable odds, in a world oft gone mad around us.  We learn today that God has ordered His creation not for "super" people to sweep onto the scene ... rather, He works through ORDINARY PEOPLE to accomplish INCREDIBLE THINGS. 
 
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  • May 8, 2016The Plot – Week 6
    May 8, 2016
    The Plot – Week 6
    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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    If our movie choices tell us anything about ourselves, it's that we're desperately seeking heroes in our lives ... those larger-than-life figures of epic power and proportion.  We look to these mythical ideals to give us a sense of hope in surpassing unsurpassable odds, in a world oft gone mad around us.  We learn today that God has ordered His creation not for "super" people to sweep onto the scene ... rather, He works through ORDINARY PEOPLE to accomplish INCREDIBLE THINGS. 
     
  • May 1, 2016The Plot – Week 5
    May 1, 2016
    The Plot – Week 5
    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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    All of us are tempted to enter into a slow fade ... a gradual slipping of our convictions to simple beliefs and eventual opinions.  We see in today's message how this manifested in the history of God's people and learn an important lesson for what God expects of us today - and the blessings that result if we apply that lesson!
  • Apr 24, 2016The Plot – Week 4
    Apr 24, 2016
    The Plot – Week 4
    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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    The Jewish nation was loved, called, lead, and pursued by God starting with the story of Abraham.  However, they pursued their own passions and sinful, selfish pursuits, rejecting God as King and seeking a man to replace Him.  This struggle continues for us today, and we look at what it means to see God as the true King and to respond to Him in light of His rightful place.
  • 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.
  • Apr 10, 2016The Plot – Week 2
    Apr 10, 2016
    The Plot – Week 2
    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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    The "stories" we read in the Bible are more than just pieces of literature or tales told to kids ... the words we read in what God has revealed to us weave together a powerful tapestry of life, informing how we were designed to live and what God desires from us.  We see this today in the life of Joseph in a story that speaks to us in our places of hopelessness and difficulty, showing us how we can press onward into what our future holds.
  • Apr 3, 2016The Plot – Week 1
    Apr 3, 2016
    The Plot – Week 1
    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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    The story we after in the deep places of our hearts begins in a wonderful place, but quickly spirals out of control ... the end is glorious.  We begin at the beginning this week, with a glimpse at the end.
     
  • Mar 27, 2016I WILL – Week 3
    Mar 27, 2016
    I WILL – Week 3
    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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    What will I do?  What choice will I make?  What future - what ETERNITY - will I embrace? Every question that has any value to it is answered in the same way - and we celebrate that Answer today on Easter Sunday, when that Answer burst forth in victory from a grave that could not contain it, from darkness that was overcome by light, from the unimaginable burden of sin broken by life and goodness.  We champion that Answer together today.  We honor Jesus.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.