May 13, 2018
The Lord’s Prayer
When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, he provided them a simple, clear way of connecting their heart with God's. He made clear that they had the privilege of speaking to their Father in a way that was safe and direct about everything that really mattered in life. That same simple, clear connection is open to us too.
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  • May 13, 2018The Lord’s Prayer
    May 13, 2018
    The Lord’s Prayer
    When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, he provided them a simple, clear way of connecting their heart with God's. He made clear that they had the privilege of speaking to their Father in a way that was safe and direct about everything that really mattered in life. That same simple, clear connection is open to us too.

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

Prayer is our way of directly communicating with God. It is about connecting our heart with His. He wants that. We need that.
 
Throughout the Bible, there are key examples and models to help us develop this important spiritual practice. We’ll be able to grow in having a direct and dynamic conversation with God.

May 6, 2018
Slaying the Monster of Anger
Anger has many faces! Everyone has seen it . . . felt it . . . and displayed it. Unlike all the other monsters, the Monster of Anger tends to be more visible and harder to hide. And when anger is unrighteous, it is like negative electricity that zaps everyone around us, including the innocent. Only when we ground ourselves in Jesus’ will and way is it neutralized.
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  • May 6, 2018Slaying the Monster of Anger
    May 6, 2018
    Slaying the Monster of Anger
    Anger has many faces! Everyone has seen it . . . felt it . . . and displayed it. Unlike all the other monsters, the Monster of Anger tends to be more visible and harder to hide. And when anger is unrighteous, it is like negative electricity that zaps everyone around us, including the innocent. Only when we ground ourselves in Jesus’ will and way is it neutralized.
  • Apr 22, 2018Slaying the Monster of Disappointment
    Apr 22, 2018
    Slaying the Monster of Disappointment
    There is so much of life that happens despite our best intentions and best laid plans. Disappointment, like most suffering, is unfair and unjust. The Monster of Disappointment is very real. It distorts reality, causes us to lash out at others or to isolate ourselves from the help and support we need. The pain of this monster will always be transmitted if it isn’t transformed through the power of Christ.
  • Apr 15, 2018Slaying the Monster of Hurt
    Apr 15, 2018
    Slaying the Monster of Hurt
    When it comes to hurt, there are two basic facts: Hurt people hurt people! And hurt that is not transformed will always be transmitted! But in Christ, we don’t have to hide our hurt. In fact, God meets us right at the point of our hurt. He heals it. Then He provides us with the power to slay the Monster of Hurt for good.
  • Apr 8, 2018Slaying the Monster of Guilt and Shame
    Apr 8, 2018
    Slaying the Monster of Guilt and Shame
    Guilt and shame can create a monster in us that grows and festers if it is not dealt with properly. God does NOT want us to be imprisoned by the monster. We need to be freed from its prison, not put on parole from it.

 THE MONSTER IN ME

Ever said . . .

“I can’t believe I said that!”

“I never thought it would get that big or go that far!”

“That’s not who I am!”

Maybe it feels like there is a monster lurking beneath the surface, ready to jump out when the circumstances are just wrong. You hate it. You would do anything to change it, but the monster in me never seems to go away.

In this series we’re going to take an honest look at the monster in me and the steps to send it away for good.


Apr 1, 2018
You Are Eternal
Series: Identity
Hundreds of millions – maybe even billions – of people think Easter means baskets of eggs, jelly beans, candy and a big dinner with family and friends. Some might add a nice, inspiring church service to that list, but that’s all. This is true whether or not they claim to be a Christian. Deep down, most people don’t really believe it all happened. The claims of Easter have virtually no practical effect on their lives. But, if Jesus really rose from the dead, then eternal life is real and we must hang on His every word. Everything hinges on whether or not Jesus really rose from the dead!
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  • Apr 1, 2018You Are Eternal
    Apr 1, 2018
    You Are Eternal
    Series: Identity
    Hundreds of millions – maybe even billions – of people think Easter means baskets of eggs, jelly beans, candy and a big dinner with family and friends. Some might add a nice, inspiring church service to that list, but that’s all. This is true whether or not they claim to be a Christian. Deep down, most people don’t really believe it all happened. The claims of Easter have virtually no practical effect on their lives. But, if Jesus really rose from the dead, then eternal life is real and we must hang on His every word. Everything hinges on whether or not Jesus really rose from the dead!
  • Mar 25, 2018You Are God’s Workmanship
    Mar 25, 2018
    You Are God’s Workmanship
    Series: Identity
    Amazingly, God had a plan for your life before the world began. It has been God's desire for all eternity to make your life into a masterful work of art to show and declare His glory to the world!
  • Mar 18, 2018You Are an Overcomer
    Mar 18, 2018
    You Are an Overcomer
    Series: Identity
    Christians know that suffering is real and unavoidable, but it doesn't have to be the last word. God has the last word regarding our suffering. Jesus overcame so we can overcome.
  • Mar 11, 2018You Are Filled with the Holy Spirit
    Mar 11, 2018
    You Are Filled with the Holy Spirit
    Series: Identity
    Everyone who is in Christ is identified with Jesus because they have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit doesn’t just fill us to do what’s easy. He doesn’t exist to give us comfortable, easy lives. The Spirit fills us to empower us to do what is hard. It’s a mission that cannot be accomplished without Him.
  • Mar 4, 2018You Are a Child of God
    Mar 4, 2018
    You Are a Child of God
    Series: Identity
    Everyone who is in Christ is a Child of God . . . everyone! That means they live by a new law, a new mind, a new spirit and a new life. Now, every Child of God is a saint because of Jesus. They are beloved by the Father. And that they are victorious in Jesus for eternity.

 IDENTITY

What is your name? What is your identity? There’s a lot of power in a name! The names we embrace are the names we become.
 
In the Identity series, we are discovering our true identity in Christ (or what it can be) instead of the false and shameful identities we are carrying.

Feb 18, 2018
Setting the Captives Free
Series: The Maze
Far too many people are held in bondage today to the darkest parts of the MAZE. They are captives to porn. They are victims of harassment, assault or abuse. Some are even literally held as slaves. God sees this evil and injustice. He hears the victim’s cry. He acts today through His people to bring freedom to the captives. And one day He will act to end all evil and injustice forever!
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    Feb 18, 2018
    Setting the Captives Free
    Series: The Maze
    Far too many people are held in bondage today to the darkest parts of the MAZE. They are captives to porn. They are victims of harassment, assault or abuse. Some are even literally held as slaves. God sees this evil and injustice. He hears the victim’s cry. He acts today through His people to bring freedom to the captives. And one day He will act to end all evil and injustice forever!
  • Feb 11, 2018Sexual Boundaries (Setting the Right Ones)
    Feb 11, 2018
    Sexual Boundaries (Setting the Right Ones)
    Series: The Maze
    In the MAZE we try to divorce sex from the intimacy of a committed marriage. In so doing, we undermine the sex and the marriage. But God created sex to be a powerful emotional and even spiritual exchange that produces intimacy and oneness.
  • Feb 4, 2018Sexual Boundaries
    Feb 4, 2018
    Sexual Boundaries
    Series: The Maze
    God created sex to be an expression of relational oneness and permanence shared between a husband and a wife. It is a gift, but we have abused that gift in so many ways. Like a shattered pot, pieces of our soul are left with every partner we encounter. Like the same piece of duct tape used over and over, with each new partner it becomes harder and harder to form true, intimate and emotionally health bonds. These wounds remain until they are supernaturally healed through Jesus Christ.

 THE MAZE

When it comes to the issue of sex and relationships, our world is wandering through a MAZE of change, swaying opinions and a great deal of confusion and pain.
 
However, as Christians we are not just people with opinions, but people under authority. So for the month of February, we are going to let God’s Word guide us out of the MAZE and into freedom.

Jan 28, 2018
Love Now
Series: Vision
As Christians, we LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE by giving our lives for others because Jesus gave His life for us. But that love and sacrifice is not just for the preferred future when everything is as it should be. It means LOVING NOW because we know God is working RIGHT NOW! He is present and active. We believe He has placed us at this point in history for a reason. And we urgently want to join Him!
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  • Jan 28, 2018Love Now
    Jan 28, 2018
    Love Now
    Series: Vision
    As Christians, we LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE by giving our lives for others because Jesus gave His life for us. But that love and sacrifice is not just for the preferred future when everything is as it should be. It means LOVING NOW because we know God is working RIGHT NOW! He is present and active. We believe He has placed us at this point in history for a reason. And we urgently want to join Him!
  • Jan 21, 2018Love People
    Jan 21, 2018
    Love People
    Series: Vision
    Everyone we meet lives somewhere between the poles of passion or pain. Sharing Jesus with them is as simple as connecting the truth and love of Jesus with their passion or their pain. We do this best by pointing them to Jesus with our lips and our lives.
  • Jan 14, 2018Love God
    Jan 14, 2018
    Love God
    Series: Vision
    Jesus said that every command of God hangs on our love for God and love for our neighbor. It is the standard of life with Jesus and the way in which we bring glory to God. Only Jesus modeled it completely, but in Christ I am transformed to become a person of love too.
  • Jan 7, 2018The Kind of People Who Lay Down Their Lives
    Jan 7, 2018
    The Kind of People Who Lay Down Their Lives
    Series: Vision
    As JESUS gave His life for US, WE give our lives for OTHERS in our community and world. That’s the vision for our church. That’s why we worship . . . care about people . . . grow in Christ . . . are faithful to God’s Word even when it’s hard . . . and why we want to be a community that serves and loves like Jesus. And the only way to live out this vision is to be a follower of Jesus and not a fan.

Vision

If you want to enjoy the fruits off your own apple tree or pear tree the best day to plant that tree . . . was 20 years ago! And the second best day . . . is today! If you have been a Christian for some time, it’s easy to
dwell on the time and opportunities you might have lost serving andglorifying God with your life.
 
You can’t change your past, but you can
change your future. As a church, we want to be a people who live with joy out of the reality that Jesus gave His life for us. Because of that, we want to glorify God by giving our lives for others. And we know that TODAY is that day!

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