Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen

Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen

As Jesus entered into that place where the disciples were huddled together with their door locked confused by the past and fearful of the future and said to them “Peace, be with you.” So, He enters into those places in your life where confusion about how you got where you are mixes with fear of the future, and He says to you, “Peace, be with you.”

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Navigating Insecurity

Navigating Insecurity

From a Christian perspective insecurity is really the wrong word for it. Insecurity is what happens when experience disappointment from locating our security in something other than God and his Kingdom. Because when we locate our security in God and his Kingdom, there is nothing insecure about that. The value that God has placed on us and what He has accomplished for us is an anchor that can hold you secure and help you weather absolutely any storm.

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Navigating Temptation

Navigating Temptation

While God does not stand on our shoulders and whisper into our ears exactly where and how you are to navigate life’s difficult circumstances, He does provide you with everything you need to do so. During the series, Navigating Lent, we’ll look at a variety of life’s obstacles and the one we face this morning is temptation. Navigating temptation.

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Fake News from the Early Days

Fake News from the Early Days

Fake news is not a new phenomenon. In 2 Peter 1:16 you will find, “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In Peter’s day, they had fake-news, they had myths flying around too. This sermon explores how deal with fake news according to God’s Word.

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An Eye for an Eye…

An Eye for an Eye…

There are some scriptures that make perfect sense as soon as you hear them read. Then there are those scriptures that go against our natural inclinations, and this Scripture happens to be one. It starts out simple enough. Focusing in on what has been called the Law of Retribution or the law of compensation. “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” – that … part, by itself would be easy enough to understand and apply. But when you get to Jesus’s treatment of this law of retribution, that’s where things start to get a little uncomfortable.

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Do You Have Enough?

Do You Have Enough?

“Do you have enough?” is one of those big questions in life that we frequently ask of ourselves isn’t it? “Do you have enough?” Depends on what we’re talking about doesn’t it. Commodities? Do you have enough money? What about friends? Do you have enough work to fill your time? Or do you have enough time to do your work? Sleep? What about sleep? Did you get enough sleep last night? How about energy? This sermon explores our quest for “enough.”

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Perspective…Reality…Hope

Perspective…Reality…Hope

Now, I’ve got a firework here in my hands. But let me go ahead and put your minds at ease right away. This is not going to be a demonstration this morning! I have no intention of actually setting it off during the sermon. I’m sure that there would be a lesson in there somewhere if we did, but it probably would not be worth it. But this firework in my hand, does have some illustrative value…

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Jesus

Jesus

Emmanuel…God is with us. But if God with us, then what? If God is with us (and in Christ Jesus He is), then I should be with God. — I should be with God. You should be with God. We should be with God. If God is with us then you should make sure that you are truly being with God. And what does that look like…?

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Mary

Mary

Mary shows us, that it turns out, that in the end, in order to be a part of God’s plan, you don’t actually have to understand it all. With Mary what you see is a confused teenage girl, who in the face of a divine dilemma and a perplexing pregnancy could still say, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your Word.

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Joseph

Joseph

In this Advent series on Christmas Characters. We took note of Elizabeth’s demonstration of what it looks like to prioritize God. With John the Baptist we admired his persistence in carrying out God’s will even when it was unpopular to do so. With Joseph’s character—when we look closely—what we see is quite the collision. The collision of righteousness and mercy.

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The Shepherds (Midweek)

The Shepherds (Midweek)

Christmas Nativities whether they are decorative figurines perfectly placed on top of a coffee table, or live with real domesticated animals and real people filling out the scene, or maybe even the completely untamed version – like your standard Children’s Christmas pageant . No matter what version of the nativity you are looking at, it will always have shepherds, standing there, leaning on their staffs, filling out the scene. How do they help us prepare for Christmas?

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John the Baptist

John the Baptist

This morning we are continuing our Advent Sermon Series on the Characters of Christmas. Last Sunday we considered Elizabeth and the way that she prioritized God. Wednesday we looked at the prophets and considered God’s consistent promise through them. And this morning we look at John the Baptist, and the role that his character played in helping us to prepare for Jesus. And what we see is that he was a man of great persistence.

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Elizabeth knew what it meant to put her Lord before herself. She was about to have her first baby and now what does she say about Mary? “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

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“Knowing” and “Knowing about”—What’s the Difference?

“Knowing” and “Knowing about”—What’s the Difference?

There is a big difference between knowing about someone and truly knowing them. When you know about someone you might know some facts about their life. But when you know someone you know their character, their values, and what it is that makes their heart beat. This message looks at the difference between knowing about Jesus and truly knowing Jesus.

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The First Disciples: Diverse but not Divisive

The First Disciples: Diverse but not Divisive

The Scriptures not only provide us with the blueprint for a disciple in Jesus, it also provides the blueprint for communities of disciples in Jesus’ choosing of the original twelve. As we continue to dig deeper into discipleship, in this message we look closely at the original twelve as they are an example of what a community built around Christ looks like.

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What Are You Sowing?

What Are You Sowing?

In Galatians 6, the apostle Paul reminds us of the simple principle: “You reap what you sow.” When you look at the seeds sown by our nation, there is reason to worry. When you look at the seeds we are sowing in our lives, we discover that there is reason to worry. But when you look at the seeds that are sown by God, you realize that the harvest will be abundant.

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The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity

In the Gospel Lesson, an argument between the Pharisees and Jesus provides an illustration and example into the way that we sometimes find ourselves arguing with God. Just as Jesus had an answer for the Pharisees, so also God has an answer for us in the work of His Son.

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Ascension

Ascension

Most Christians have a strong understanding of the significance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. On the cross Jesus paid the punishment for our sins and redeemed us by paying our outstanding debt. By rising from the dead, Jesus defeated death and established the promise that because He rose, we too will one day rise. The crucifixion and resurrection, we understand…but what about His ascension. This message explores what Jesus accomplished for us with His Ascension into Heaven.

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