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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, ESV   13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since…
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, ESV   13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since…

On Friendship

May 2, 2020
In the beginning of 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul put up the guardrails. Paul told us what was out of bounds and off limits. Paul says because God’s will for our…
The church in Thessalonica is going through it – they’re experiencing pressure and pain and disappointment and isolation. Life isn’t easy and yet, they are convinced that God is good…
Psalm 96:1-13 , ESV 1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to…
Matthew 27:27-31, ESV 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters,[a] and they gathered the whole battalion[b] before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together…
John 13:1-8, 12-15, ESV 1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having…
In what ways have you ever felt in-valid? How has this process of social distancing and virus prepping caused you to struggle with feelings of being in-valid or to consider…
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all…

A New Commandment

February 22, 2020
When life is most confusing, Jesus calls us to be most like Him. On the night before Jesus’ crucifixion and death, Jesus speaks a powerful word over the very people…

New Armor

February 15, 2020
God has given us everything we need to face anything that comes our way. After calling us to imitate God and walk in love with each other (Eph. 5:1), Ephesians 6 takes things…

New You

February 8, 2020
Jesus is the new ‘thing’ God promised so that we could become new creatures in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 a startlingly beautiful promise is made: if anyone is in…

New Thing

February 1, 2020
“Behold, I am doing a new thing... I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 New things can be great and all, but…

Sabbath

January 25, 2020
Maybe the reason we feel overworked and burned out isn’t simply because we’re doing too much, but because we’re ignoring God’s built in rhythm for regular, weekly rest. A study…

New Mercy

January 18, 2020
Life may be messy, but the good news is that the mercy of God is new every single day. Life is messy. We know the good we want to do…
While making changes is good, Jesus didn’t die and rise so we can make behavioral modifications. He conquered death so we could be changed from the inside out in ways…

Hope Recruits

December 28, 2019
Hope is contagious. It welcomes others in Christ into joy and freedom.  Isaiah 11 offers a beautiful but confusing picture of the hope we have in Christ. The first part…

Hope Rejoices

December 21, 2019
Even in our grief there is hope and where there is hope, there is cause for joy. Everywhere you look in the Christmas story, you see people rejoicing. Elizabeth, Zechariah,…
The hope of God has the power to heal and reconcile broken relationships. In Isaiah 11, the prophet begins by painting a powerful picture of what the Coming One of…

Come to Church

November 2, 2019
What if something as simple as coming to church could unlock faith, hope and love in ways we’ve yet to experience? In Hebrews 10, the author paints a beautiful picture…

When We Give

October 26, 2019
When we give boldly of our time, treasure and talents, we speak a language the world can both hear and see. In Acts 4, we are gifted with a powerful…

How We Give

October 19, 2019
How we give matters.  How we give matters. Guilt, shame, obligation, greed, fear, self-image; all these can be motivators for giving, but none of them live up to the ideals…

Why We Give

October 12, 2019
Obedience is trust in action. Last week we talked about the two dimensions of trusting God with our time, talents and treasure. There is a vertical dimension, which is what…

What We Give

October 5, 2019
If we are going to love God with all that we are and love our neighbors as ourselves, we will need to become faithful stewards of all our resources.  After…
God is not the source of our suffering – God is the source of our healing. Why would a good, all-powerful God allow suffering? This is not just a question…
Science and Christianity were never meant to be enemies; they are siblings uniquely gifted to help us wrestle with the complexity of life. For years now, more and more scientists have claimed…

Laodicea

August 10, 2019
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of…
To a hurting and powerless church, God gives a whole new vision for what power and success looks like. Jesus’ letter to the church in Philadelphia is one of encouragement…

Sardis

July 27, 2019
God wants us to ‘wake up’ and live here, now and today for the glory of God and the sake of the world.  At one point, Sardis must have been…

Thyatira

July 13, 2019
How we love people matters and what we believe about God matters. When a church compromises in either area, love or theology, we become something less than God intends for the…

Smyrna

June 29, 2019
The God who suffered for us continues to suffer with us. The letter to the church in Smyrna is a powerful, pastoral letter. There is no rebuke or correction in…

Ephesus

June 22, 2019
It has been said that a ship is safest on shore but also totally useless. So it is with the church. Removed from the world we may be safe, but apart from…
Before we jump into the 7 letters contained within the book of Revelation, it might be good to take a step back and get a bird's eye view of the whole. This…
We cannot experience the fullness of life God has for us apart from being filled ourselves with the fullness of God. All throughout the Scriptures, there is a consistent trend …
What about heaven, hell and is God really that angry? In Matthew 25,  Jesus tells a series of stories in response to a question posed by the disciples. Their question…
If we fail to understand the content and context of tough texts, we’ll never experience the peace the conflict of the text wishes to lead us into. Great...here Jesus goes being…

It’s Time

May 18, 2019
This week we’ll be jumping out of our Vice Verses series (don’t worry – it’s coming back next week!) to kick off a summer capital campaign geared to updating and…
Unless you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood there is no life in you – Jesus At the height of Jesus’ popularity, when everything seems to be…

Lose to Win

March 30, 2019
While victory is overwhelming ours in Jesus, sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t always have a happy ending. The book of Esther is a bit unusual. First of all, the…

Training Day(s)

March 23, 2019
It’s not enough just to know who God says you are, at some point you must make the intentional decision to live from it. When Goliath taunted Israel and mocked God, you’d…

Mighty Warrior?

March 16, 2019
If we want to live the life we were made for, we must begin to see ourselves as God sees us. Today we’ll be entering our second week of our…

Blindsided

March 9, 2019
Sometimes it’s those challenges we don’t see coming that are exactly what we need to help us see God more clearly. In Exodus 17, the people of Israel are suddenly attacked by…
We're continuing our Jonah series talking about some of the difficult questions that are raised by the story. Many of us have grown accustomed to the children's book version of Jonah's story,…

Imitation

February 2, 2019
Be imitators of God as beloved children Children love to imitate the ones they love. Parents, older siblings, best friends - for children, imitation really is the finest form of…

Worship

January 26, 2019
How we worship matters. Maybe it’s just me, but I think we as humans have a tendency to overcorrect. We swerve to avoid the bump in the road and end…
If we want to be faithful in life, we must learn to pattern our lives after the God of creation. Throughout the scriptures, there is a consistent call to rest,…
Mary, in a daring act of willingness, became a reckless co-conspirator in God’s plan of redemption. In a small peasant town a young peasant girl encounters an angel of God…
Sometimes the most challenging next right step is to persevere right where we are. This week’s ‘gift’ is the gift of perseverance. To explore this, we’ll look at the story…
Sometimes faith simply means moving on and trusting God more than your past. As we kick off the season of Advent (the period of time leading up to Christmas), we’ll…

Party People

November 24, 2018
In the third and final installment of our Lostology series, we’ll be exploring the story of the Prodigal Son as found in the last half of Luke 15. As we…

Lost and Found

November 17, 2018
Throughout Luke 15, we’re given a varied picture of the different ways we might experience ‘lostness’. While these experiences cast a pretty wide net, they probably don’t account for every…
Because God can do more than we can even want or wonder, we must begin to dream dreams whose benefit and blessing reach far beyond the scope of our own lives.…

Internal Dynamite

October 27, 2018
The generosity of Christ has graced us with gifts to be used in and out of the church for the glory of God and the sake of the world. After inviting us…

Infinitely More

October 20, 2018
Because God can do more than we can ask or think, we are free to give humbly, patiently and lovingly. After reminding us that God is able to do infinitely…

Dynamite

October 13, 2018
God is more, not less, than any of us have probably ever stopped to really consider. How have I limited God to what I can ask or think rather than…

New Wine

October 6, 2018
Sometimes the question stated is not the question actually being asked. Thankfully Jesus is capable of answering what we say and what we really mean.  

Tell No One

September 8, 2018
Sometimes saying nothing can stir up mystery and wonder that words can never really communicate. Live it out Where is there complexity and confusion in your life today? How might…

Patience

August 4, 2018
What if we’ve been waiting all our lives for so many things when in actuality, there’s only One worth waiting for? Next Steps Think about a situation you’ve been rushing.…
As wonderful as wealth might appear, it often cannot make good on the promises it makes. Next Steps Give to give: Give to something or someone this week with no…
When we learn to be grateful for what we have and content with what we lack, peace is ours in abundance. Next Steps Put into your own words what you…
Learning from the mistakes of others may make one wise, but is this necessarily ‘wisdom from above’? Next Steps Think about the last thing someone said to you that made…
Actions may speak louder than words but words can say more than we realize. Next Steps Think about the last thing someone said to you that made you feel amazing…
We can’t hold faith in a God who shows no favoritism while we ourselves show favoritism against others. Next Steps Heart: When have you been hurt by favoritism? Reflect on…
How we respond to hardships says more about our understanding of God’s nature than the nature of our circumstances. Next Steps HEART: Reflect on a time when God brought about…