Dec 20, 2015
The Shepherds’ Candle
Sermon Advent
Jesus’ arrival made a community of the common, the outsider, the alone—and as his followers, we are called to do the same.
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  • Dec 20, 2015The Shepherds’ Candle
    Dec 20, 2015
    The Shepherds’ Candle
    Sermon Advent
    Jesus’ arrival made a community of the common, the outsider, the alone—and as his followers, we are called to do the same.
  • Dec 13, 2015The Angel Candle
    Dec 13, 2015
    The Angel Candle
    Sermon Advent The third advent candle is the Angel Candle. The angel candle represents that message that the angels shared the night of Christ's birth. Part of that message was the message of God's universal appeal of grace through the Christ child.
     
  • Dec 6, 2015Small Time, Big Promise, Missed Opportunity – The Bethlehem Candle
    Dec 6, 2015
    Small Time, Big Promise, Missed Opportunity – The Bethlehem Candle
    Sermon Advent
    Bethlehem's by all accounts was insignificant ... the smallest of the small. But God included Bethlehem in God's biggest promise, the promise of the Messiah. The power of the promise was in what kind of Messiah would come from this insignificant place (MIcah 5).
    Why would God choose an insignificant village to unveil the Messiah?
    The tragedy is that it appears that all but a few shepherds missed out on the fulfillment of God's promise. The tragedy is also that we are often so busy with our Christmas plans that we miss out on the reminder of the Messiah, or our lives are so hectic that we miss out on seeing what God is doing.
  • Nov 29, 2015God’s Guarantees – The Prophecy Candle
    Nov 29, 2015
    God’s Guarantees – The Prophecy Candle
    Sermon AdventChristmas is often approached with wishful thinking, a time of hoping for the best. However, we often find that our dreams and desires for the holiday fall short of our wishes.
    When God is engaged in Christmas it is not wishful thinking, but a time of faithful promises found in the prophetic message. Isaiah shares at least for promises that God guarantees will be fulfilled in the Advent of the Messiah.
  • Nov 22, 2015Where Giving Begins
    Nov 22, 2015
    Where Giving Begins
    Series: Stewardship
    stewardship2Conversations on giving seem to always start in the wrong place. They always seem to begin with the questions “how much” or “where”. But when we start our conversations with that question we begin in the wrong place. A better set of questions would be “how” and “why”.
    Giving begins in the heart of God, and flows from our hearts as an expression of appreciation.
  • Nov 15, 2015It Is God’s Will
    Nov 15, 2015
    It Is God’s Will
    Sermon Lies We BelieveAll Christians have a desire to know God's will.
    However, we often attribute God's will to things that are not quite so clear, or are sometimes even antithetical to His will.
    God does have a will, a plan, and a purpose for our lives. But it not found in the details of specific decisions. It is found in applying the principles of His will presented in the New Testament.
  • Nov 8, 2015God Must Be Punishing Me
    Nov 8, 2015
    God Must Be Punishing Me
    When going through difficult times we may assume that the trials we are facing are God’s punishment of us. While that may be true on some occasions, it may also be true that we are experiencing the effects of being in a fallen world.
  • Nov 1, 2015God Wants Me to Be Happy
    Nov 1, 2015
    God Wants Me to Be Happy
    While God does not want us to be unhappy, our happiness is not really his concern. He is much more concerned with our holiness, our discipleship, our hope and contentment.
  • Oct 25, 2015All Sins Are The Same
    Oct 25, 2015
    All Sins Are The Same
    Sermon Lies We Believe
    Satan is the Father of lies, however, often his lies are not of the variety that makes us quickly dismiss them. Sometimes the lies are a subtle distortion of the truth. Satan's greatest victory may be getting us to believe these lies.
    The today's message is based on the statement "All sins are the same," and it's counterpart, "All sins are not the same."Which side is right? Are all sins the same as one side says. Or is the other side correct when they say, "All sins are not the same". Perhaps, it is not as simple as choosing one or the other. Perhaps, both are only partially true, and are a lie in their own subtle way. This message from October 25 exposes the truth behind the "All sin is the same" myths. Sins are the same, but they are also different, and it is those differences that make all the difference.
  • Oct 18, 2015One Hope
    Oct 18, 2015
    One Hope
    Series: One
    Sermon One
    Paul closes the book of Galatians with his own hand. In five verses, he warns the believers not to exchange their new life for the bondage of the old. Why would someone exchange life for that which is dead?
    This newly created life is a life that brings about transformation ... a life rooted in the one thing that really matters ... the life changing cross of Christ. In that cross we find we are ONE.
  • Oct 11, 2015One ANOTHER
    Oct 11, 2015
    One ANOTHER
    Series: One
    Sermon One
    As a Christian community of the Cross, the church is to be a place of oneness defined by love for one another. However, this love is not a generic feeling. Nor is it love as our world defines it.
    Love in this Christian community is a self-sacrificing demonstration of the Holy Spirit's presence. It seeks the redemption of those who are fallen, and offers support to those who are burdened.
    There is no room for viciousness or other actions that destroy one another within the community of the cross.
  • Oct 4, 2015One PEOPLE
    Oct 4, 2015
    One PEOPLE
    Series: One
    Sermon OneChrist makes us one by his sacrifice on the cross. However, division, discrimination, prejudice and racism still run rampant. Oneness in Christ destroys the walls of racial prejudice. Racism has not place in the heart of God. We sin when we rebuild or at least do not attempt to chip away at this walls.
    The ONE series is based on Galatians 3:28, and has a connection to the soon to be released movie Woodlawn.