Aug 16, 2015
Man on the Run
Series: JONAH
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Have you ever just wanted to throw your hands up and run away from it all?  Tired, confused, scared?  We've likely all been there, and so too Jonah experienced these emotions.  While you've likely heard the story of Jonah as a child, you have to determine if you believe it's true (meaning that is was a real historical, miraculous event).  I believe it's true because Jesus believed it was true (Matthew 12:39-40).  Listen to today's sermon and apply the lessons of this whale of a tale to your life to become a more obedient follower of Christ.  When God says "Go," we need to take action to move in the direction of His calling in our lives instead of defying Him and running from it.  You too have been given a mission, and you no longer have to live like a "Man on the Run" because God sent His Son.
Key Verses:  Jonah 1:1-3
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  • Aug 16, 2015Man on the Run
    Aug 16, 2015
    Man on the Run
    Series: JONAH
    Jonah Web Banner for Sermon Series
    Have you ever just wanted to throw your hands up and run away from it all?  Tired, confused, scared?  We've likely all been there, and so too Jonah experienced these emotions.  While you've likely heard the story of Jonah as a child, you have to determine if you believe it's true (meaning that is was a real historical, miraculous event).  I believe it's true because Jesus believed it was true (Matthew 12:39-40).  Listen to today's sermon and apply the lessons of this whale of a tale to your life to become a more obedient follower of Christ.  When God says "Go," we need to take action to move in the direction of His calling in our lives instead of defying Him and running from it.  You too have been given a mission, and you no longer have to live like a "Man on the Run" because God sent His Son.
    Key Verses:  Jonah 1:1-3
  • Aug 9, 2015A Worthless Faith?
    Aug 9, 2015
    A Worthless Faith?
    Given the shocking news headlines that have ripped through our nation's media and shattered the hearts of Christ followers who believe in the sanctity and dignity of every human life, Pastor Stephen unpacks a message of truth and love and encourages each of us to live out our faith in an increasingly hostile world.  If we fail to let our light shine in the darkness of this world,  it begs the question:  "Is our religion 'worth less'?"   We need to transform the culture by constantly renewing our minds and building ourselves up in our most holy faith through the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in us and rests upon us.  We need to allow His Story to turn the sins of our past into history--including the sin of abortion.  While abortion is evil, there is forgiveness for this sin, as well as, all others except for blaspheming the Holy Spirit.  Listen to today's teaching, apply it to your lives, and live out your faith.  Share truth in love and action.
    Key Passages:  Matthew 12:25-43,  James 1:26-27,  James 2:14-18
  • Aug 2, 2015According to Your Faith
    Aug 2, 2015
    According to Your Faith
    Do you believe in miracles?  Do you believe in supernatural healing?  Do you believe in the One who can heal, make whole, redeem, and make new?  The characters in today's passage had a transforming faith.  Blind eyes were opened and mute tongues were loosed and they could not stop telling the world about Jesus and his compassion, mercy, and love for us.  The same power that healed these men, women, and children that rested upon and in Jesus is the same power of the Holy Spirit given to us in this world.  Pastor Stephen challenges believers to rise up and live out their faith in perfect obedience by saying, "YES, LORD!"  Listen, learn, love, and live in Christ Jesus.  Let your light shine in this dark world!
    Key Text:  Matthew 9:27-34
  • Jul 26, 2015God can use Our Brokenness for His Glory
    Jul 26, 2015
    God can use Our Brokenness for His Glory
    As Pastor Stephen takes a week off for rest and renewal, guest speaker, Pastor Scott Farmer delivers a powerful message on God's history of using broken people for His glory.  We are all broken, and He can use you if you submit your will to His.
  • Jul 19, 2015A Summertime Slump
    Jul 19, 2015
    A Summertime Slump
    Have you ever found yourself celebrating a mountaintop experience or a big victory, and then the next steps you take carry you right off the mountain and into the valley?  Have you ever been threatened in a way that caused you to run so far and so off course that you found yourself broken and alone?  Then this message is for you.  The story of Elijah mirrors so many of our own experiences, and over time...you too can come to listen to God's still quiet voice and realize that He is not finished with you yet.  Listen to today's message, be encouraged, and serve the Lord.
    Key Text:  1 Kings 19:1-18
  • Jul 12, 2015Flying in the Face of Grace
    Jul 12, 2015
    Flying in the Face of Grace
    Pastor Stephen teaches on the Parable of the Vineyard today and challenges believers to apply the key learnings from this passage in their own lives.  So often, we begin comparing fairness and equity based on how things compare to our expectations.  We need to realize that we serve a loving, generous God whose righteousness, equity, and sense of justice far exceeds our mortal standards.  Throughout scripture, we see the principle of the upside down kingdom at play.  Listen, love, learn, and live out your faith.
    Key Text:  Matthew 20:1-16
  • Jul 5, 2015We are a Nation…
    Jul 5, 2015
    We are a Nation…
    With the 4th of July holiday upon us, Pastor Stephen shares a message on the state of our nation with some of the recent headlines sending shockwaves through a once Christian nation.  Abortion, same sex marriage, and other assaults on religious liberty are presenting an increasingly hostile environment for Jesus followers in a darkening world.  Listen to today's sermon and stand up for your faith.
    Key Text: Psalm 85:1-13
  • Jun 28, 2015One Big Happy Family
    Jun 28, 2015
    One Big Happy Family
    In the closing passages of Colossians, Paul points out all of those who have partnered with him in doing ministry.  His brothers and sisters in Christ are invaluable assets in the Kingdom to do the work God has planned for them.  The same is true in the church today.  We all have a role to play in serving our Master, and we were designed to do life as One Big Happy Family from a common Father.  Are you engaged in a local body of believers, and are you actively serving, loving, giving, and growing?  Listen to this weeks closing sermon in the Colossians series. Key Verses:  Colossians 4:7-18
  • Jun 21, 2015Dads, Directions, and Doors
    Jun 21, 2015
    Dads, Directions, and Doors
    As part of a Father's Day charge, Pastor Stephen kept on stepping through the Book of Colossians finding some great advice that we (as Christian parents) should follow and instill in our children.  As we look at Paul's instructions to the Colossian church, Pastor Stephen asked the question on how we are doing in our walk with Christ in the areas of prayer and evangelism.  Do our children see us as devoted to prayer, watchful, thankful, and seeking open hearts and opportunities to clearly communicate the Gospel message?  We, as fathers, should give our children spiritual direction and encourage them to walk through the doors of opportunity God opens for them. Key Verses: Colossians 4:2-6
  • Jun 14, 2015Law vs. Love
    Jun 14, 2015
    Law vs. Love
    This week, Pastor Stephen looks at a passage of Scripture where Paul was addressing the roots of legalism that began to creep into the Colossian Church.  The mixed bag of heresy that was taking place in Colossae involved both hard lined legalists and Old Covenant followers who didn't grasp the Grace of God or the Sacrifice of His Son as central to the salvation they would receive by believing in Jesus.  If we attempt to draw closer to God by any other means than through His Son, then we will die in our works...for it is by Grace we have been saved.  Love saves us...not living up to the Law--for we all fall short of the Glory of God. Key Verses: Colossians 2:16-3:4