Nov 1, 2015
When Life Is Hard – Week 1
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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.

 

 
During our first week in this series, Pastor Tim walks us through some of the hard times he has seen and endured, and points us to a hope in God that transcends anything that this world has to offer.  We're reminded to remember several things in the midst of heartache, suffering, and pain that make all the difference, in this life and the next.
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  • Nov 1, 2015When Life Is Hard – Week 1
    Nov 1, 2015
    When Life Is Hard – Week 1
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    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.

     

     
    During our first week in this series, Pastor Tim walks us through some of the hard times he has seen and endured, and points us to a hope in God that transcends anything that this world has to offer.  We're reminded to remember several things in the midst of heartache, suffering, and pain that make all the difference, in this life and the next.
  • Oct 18, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 7
    Oct 18, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 7
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    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 truth-telling, one of the easiest commands to "fudge" on in our daily living. Explore with us what God says about the value of truth and our roll in proclaiming it.
  • Oct 11, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 6
    Oct 11, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 6
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    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 stealing ... and it's more than simply swiping an extra cookie when grandma isn't looking. Holding on to the adage, "If it's not yours, then it's not yours," we explore how deep this commandment goes, touching virtually every area of our lives.  Come along for the journey!
  • Oct 4, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 5
    Oct 4, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 5
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    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 look at one of the "least popular" commandments that God has laid out in our world today: adultery.  Our world is saturated with sexual images, innuendos, and ideals, all telling us that the words of the Bible on this topic are antiquated and repressive.  Walk with us as Pastor Tim looks at the standard Jesus set for us and how it really is a freeing command and not an oppressive one.
  • Sep 27, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 4
    Sep 27, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 4
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    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 examine what many might think is the simplest of all commands:  do not murder.  While simple on the surface, there is much more below - and Pastor Tim walks us through the rich meaning that this command truly holds.
  • Sep 13, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 2
    Sep 13, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 2
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    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 dig more into understanding who God is and what it means that we are to value Him with all of us ... because if we do, focusing on honoring His great name and embracing the call to rest that He gives us, then all the other parts of what we're called to do starts to fall into place.
  • Sep 6, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 1
    Sep 6, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 1
     
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    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 begin digging into what it means that God desires a relationship with us and how that is the central facet of scandal-proof living.
  • Aug 16, 2015i Believe Week 11 – Things I Believe ABout the End Times
    Aug 16, 2015
    i Believe Week 11 – Things I Believe ABout the End Times
    Series: i Believe
     

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    The word “theology” most simply means “the study of God.” Christian theology is digging into God’s Word – the Bible – to discover what He has revealed about Himself. When we do this, we come to know Him as Creator of all things, Sustainer of all things, and Judge of all things. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of all things.  This summer we will be exploring the basic, foundational beliefs of who we are as Grace Family Church. 
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    Today we continue our journey by looking at the area of theology sometimes called Eschatology, or "Things I Believe About the End Times."  Without an over-emphasis (mania) or a fear (phobia) of this topic, we discuss some of the big ideas of what the Bible says about how the end of all things will take place, namely that God has determined the end, that Jesus will return one day, and that God is in control.
  • Aug 9, 2015i Believe Week 10 – Things I Believe About the Church
    Aug 9, 2015
    i Believe Week 10 – Things I Believe About the Church
    Series: i Believe
     

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    The word “theology” most simply means “the study of God.” Christian theology is digging into God’s Word – the Bible – to discover what He has revealed about Himself. When we do this, we come to know Him as Creator of all things, Sustainer of all things, and Judge of all things. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of all things.  This summer we will be exploring the basic, foundational beliefs of who we are as Grace Family Church. 
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    Today we continue our journey by looking at the area of theology sometimes called Ecclesiology, or "Things I Believe About the Church."  We discuss the basis of how God desires for His people to function as a called out gathering of Jesus followers.  The church is not a building, a denomination, or even a social club ... the church is the living, breathing Body that Jesus lived and died to save.
  • Aug 2, 2015i Believe Week 9 – Things I Believe About Salvation
    Aug 2, 2015
    i Believe Week 9 – Things I Believe About Salvation
    Series: i Believe
     

    i-Believe-sermon-header

    The word “theology” most simply means “the study of God.” Christian theology is digging into God’s Word – the Bible – to discover what He has revealed about Himself. When we do this, we come to know Him as Creator of all things, Sustainer of all things, and Judge of all things. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of all things.  This summer we will be exploring the basic, foundational beliefs of who we are as Grace Family Church. 

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    Today we continue our journey by looking at the area of theology sometimes called Soteriology, or "Things I Believe About Salvation."  We discuss the basis of our salvation - in Jesus Christ alone - as well as many of things that it has accomplished or is accomplishing for us.