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
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  • 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
  • Jun 7, 2015Here’s Your Sign
    Jun 7, 2015
    Here’s Your Sign
    Pastor Stephen quipped this morning that "one of the many good reasons to preach through an entire book of the bible verse-by-verse, is that it forces him to address subjects that likely do not come up in the normal course of conversation".  This week is an example of that when he addressed the topic of circumcision as a visible sign of the Israelites being marked for God "in the flesh".  There are many parallels between the old covenant and the new, and today's sermon brings those to light.
    Key Verses: Colossians 2:11-15
  • May 31, 2015Walk this Way
    May 31, 2015
    Walk this Way
    It's been said that "You are what you think you are," but really, it is more accurate to say that "you will do what you think about".  As believers, we are to live out our faith; but the only way we can do that is to renew our minds daily.  In today's lesson, Pastor Stephen challenges that righteous thinking leads to righteous living.  In his letter to the Colossian church, Paul uses several metaphors that we can relate to in our Christian walk.  Listen today, think about these truths, and apply God's inspired Word to the way you walk in this world.
    Key Verses:  Colossians 2:6-10
  • May 24, 2015A Powerful Purpose
    May 24, 2015
    A Powerful Purpose
    In today's teaching, Pastor Stephen taught about remaining focused and completing the Creator's purpose for our lives despite all of the distractions this world offers.  Though life can be a struggle, we can overcome through the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is through these tests, trials, and suffering that our faith can be refined and the outside world can see the Light of Christ shine through us.
    Key Verses:  Colossians 1:24-29, 2:1-5
  • May 18, 2015The Supremacy of Our Savior
    May 18, 2015
    The Supremacy of Our Savior
    In today's teaching, Pastor Stephen hits on the central theme of the Book of Colossians--the Supremacy of Christ.  In a world when the Gnostics taught that all evil was matter, that Jesus did not have a physical body, that angels should be worshiped as a means of growing closer to God...Paul sets things straight by establishing that Jesus is Supreme and He reigns as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer.  In sum, He is Lord of all in heaven and on earth.  Give today's sermon a listen and give thanks for the sacrifice of our Savior.  Follow Jesus and live to worship Him!
    Colossians 1:15-23