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Many of us may think that gossip is a small thing, but it isn't thought of that way in Scripture. Gossip is likely the very reason that people of a church want to stay private, or superficial, or seeming as if they have no struggles. This opening message is intended to shine a light on the problem with gossip, not only helping us to understand how …
 
The parable of the sower describes a farmer distributing seeds on four types of soil: hard, rocky, weedy, and good. Only one of the soils is successful. We could tend to use this parable to judge others and their response to the Gospel, but do you really think Jesus intends this parable to help us feel spiritually superior to others? No. It is a pa…
 
Two of the shortest parables about the Kingdom of God describe a man searching and finding a treasure of such value that he sells everything to acquire it. Jesus described the elements of these parables elsewhere in places like Matthew 6:21, Matthew 19:21, and Luke 12:33. Three simple questions arise from these parables: Are you looking for the tre…
 
Let's say that you are one of those who are at The Party described in Luke 14:15-24. Now what? There are several parables Jesus told that seem to indicate that the party could last a long time. And, though we might be tempted to fall asleep, or go off and do our own thing, that isn't what God has in mind. As Uncle Ben in Spiderman famously says, "W…
 
The Party is a parable that describes a banquet or celebration in which the invited guests come up with excuses to not attend. Upset, the host of the celebration tells his servants to go out and bring in anyone they can find. This message includes a modernized depiction of the story. While you are listening, remember that a party is never about the…
 
Judas is widely thought of as the disciple who was a mistake - he was the one that betrayed Jesus. Did Jesus somehow not know this when he appointed Judas as one of the twelve? Was he selected intentionally to fulfill the prophecy of Zechariah 11:12-13? Or was it something else?Scripture has just a few things to say about Judas, but they all seem t…
 
Paul's writing in Romans can be confusing. He uses words that are often unfamiliar, and he is describing religious attitudes that we've never encountered.So I wondered ... what kind of analogy might help us to better understand what Paul is saying? Maybe I could compare the church to a karate dojo, and illustrate how karate belts represented aspect…
 
There are a lot of "sin lists" in the Bible. You may know them as the "thou shalt not" scriptures. Many times, people will weaponize these lists to condemn others, to feel superior, and to win arguments. But in doing so, they mishandle that list from Romans Chapter 1 in a way that Paul clearly condemns in Romans Chapter 2. The ways we handle script…
 
A big benefit of being a Christian is that God frees us from the bondage of sin. Put another way, if we have a destructive behavior - even as destructive as an addiction - the power of God frees us. That's what God does. God frees us from the sin, but we have to flee from the sin. We have to want to walk away from those cancers.…
 
The word "wealth" is often understood to be an abundance of money and possessions - the storehouses of resources we idle for the future. Typically, the wealthier a person, the more stingy they become. So, what happens when one becomes a Christian? As we love more, our stinginess changes to generosity. But this generosity of wealth goes beyond just …
 
Where are you headed in life? Do you want to have a big family, or be famous, or more loving, or a better follower of Jesus? For most dreams to be successful, you will need to surround yourself with like-minded people who share a similar vision, and wish to support one another toward those goals. So, what changes when we become a Christian?…
 
Marriage has been a part of societies since prehistoric times - it isn't unique to any particular religion or culture. And, generally speaking, marriage is viewed by most every one of these societies as a superior status in life over singleness. This attitude can also be felt in the churches. People who are single can be made to feel as if they are…
 
There is an overwhelming amount of technology that surrounds us - every year it is more and more, with a pace that now seems to be doubling every few years. And, whenever some new tech or innovation is introduced, doesn't it seem that we just blindly adopt it, without considering if it could have a negative impact on our life? Just because we can a…
 
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, "seek and you will find." His words are quite similar to what prophets and writers of the Old Testament said of God, like from Jeremiah, "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."Even though God is all around us, God can seem quite hidden from us. I wonder if people experien…
 
Bob Dylan once famously sang, “The times they are a-changin'.” The experiences of the last year may have left you feeling empty. These past few months remind us that sin is ugly. It wreaks havoc in our lives. There is only one answer, only one Savior who can provide meaning and hope to the seeming hopelessness of life. That’s Jesus—who walked out o…
 
Jesus is called a ‘friend of sinners,’ by the Pharisees which was intended to be an insult, but nothing could be further from the truth. In many ways, the Bible is a story of friendship. There is friendship within the Godhead between Father, Son, and Spirit. God befriends Adam and Eve in the garden, but sin broke the friendship. As God’s revelation…
 
“To the Ancients, friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it.” – C. S. Lewis Is this true? Are we ignoring friendship? Have we forgotten what friendship is all together? One study shows that in 1985 the average American had about three fri…
 
Imagine that your life is focused on climbing a mountain. All your training, vision, partnerships, and effort are focused on this mountain. Maybe you've been climbing it for 20 years or 60 years. You are probably struggling to get to the top, because only a few get there. For those who struggle, how do you react when an expert mountain climber tell…
 
When a baby is born, the world stops and changes. Schedules are altered. Focus is redirected. Sleep is forfeited. God's kindness is on display. Children are a blessing from the Lord. Learning to eat, crawl, talk, and go potty seems to be the order of the day. Kids change so quickly. Preschool arrives as the world gets bigger and is filled with wond…
 
We are made for relationships, but It’s Complicated, and after a year like 2020, our relationships are showing wear. Sin has corrupted our relationships. To be a sinner means living with the regular possibility that our relationships will suffer from our (and others’) selfishness, inattention, busyness, anger, pride, self-righteousness, fear, and l…
 
Who wants to have an addiction in their life? An addiction robs us of time, money, relationships, joy - for that quick hit, there is a lot of cost to one's life.With the word “addiction”, you may be thinking of things like alcohol, drugs, or the nicotine that is in vaping and cigarettes. Yet, there are other addictions that we overlook or minimize …
 
Everyone has fear from time to time. If temporary, fear can be a good emotion because it helps us get away from danger. But, a frequent pattern of fear can sometimes turn into what is called trepidation. Trepidation can result in sluggish movement in the directions of God - it can look like procrastination, or avoidance, or being lukewarm, or even …
 
What's Next has been a series that is a parable of the Christian life. Jesus comes to save us from the slavery of sin, and as his grace transforms us, we are very different from the person we were in the wilderness. In obedience, we pass through the waters of baptism to obey God and declare our love and trust in him to the world. We daily work to f…
 
Truth is important. Truth helps us to find directions for our lives that are healthy, and deceptions can point our lives into hazardous directions. Yet, every day we are overwhelmed with both truth and deception. How do we figure out which is which?Well, a wise approach is to not merely learn something, but to experience it. Jesus did not merely pr…
 
Do you know someone who is lonely? Is it you? A lot of previously unlonely people have begun to realize the darkness of loneliness as this pandemic continues. Loneliness arises not simply due to the absence of other people, but the absence of meaningful connection to other people. And, even though we might try to combat loneliness with Zoom, FaceTi…
 
Waiting. Patience may be a virtue, but it feels more like a pain. It seems that the world has been on hold because of COVID. People talk about getting back to normal while words like postponed, canceled, and everyday activities are unrecognizable. Joshua and the children of Israel have just spent forty years in the wilderness wandering. The land pr…
 
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt powerless? Of course you have, because everyone encounters events and environments where we feel powerless - it is part of our lives, and this pandemic is a big example of that. Different people respond in different ways to powerless situations. Some fight. Some take flight. A few freeze. But, God de…
 
On May 19, 2014, US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven, gave a commencement speech at the University of Texas, often referred to as the “Make Your Bed” speech. He said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” This decorated officer has seen a lot, but he knows the importance of doing the little things like making your bed bef…
 
Whenever we think of hell, we think of fire and suffering. There's also imagery of pitchforks, Satan with horns and a pointy tail, and lots and lots of the baddest of bad people. History has added so many layers of legend to the imagery of hell that it can come across as mythical or cartoonish, not much different than believing Napoleon was short o…
 
It is quite common for people to make resolutions at the first of a year. Losing weight, fixing finances, getting organized, and spending more time with loved ones are at the top of many lists. A physical trainer might suggest better exercise, and a nutritionist might suggest changing your diet from high-fat, high-sugar items to foods that had bett…
 
James 4:13-17 says: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and d…
 
For many of us, this is not exactly what we expected for Christmas Eve. Being forced to gather online in our homes is not how many of us would have planned it. But as Luke, Chapter 2 shows us, sometimes plans can change. Join us for a Christmas Eve Message from Pastor John about how God often breaks through when plans change and in unexpected ways.…
 
Peace? What is peace? It usually depends on who you ask… To those at war, it is a ceasefire. To those with hectic lives, it is calm and still. For those with anxiety or depression, it is inner tranquility. To the parent of small children, it is a moment of quiet. To those in complicated relationships, it is a lack of conflict, whether internal or e…
 
he peace we are looking at is not subjective, inner calm in one’s spirit, those who never engage in disagreement, or a compromising spirit. The biblical concept of peace is different. It is not merely the lack of conflict, hostility, or Wherever Jesus goes, he brings peace. He is the Prince of Peace. When he was born and came to earth, the angels c…
 
Have you ever stepped back from the Christmas Story and wondered why God chose to connect with us in the form of a small baby, and as Jesus grew and ministered, to eventually overcome the power of sin … all in the fragile form of a human? He could have done it dozens of different ways, some of which would have been quick, spectacular and miraculous…
 
“The first great and primary business . . . every day was to have my soul happy in the Lord.” –George Mueller Is it possible to be at peace with yourself? Our hearts and minds are under siege with a global pandemic, quarantines, closures, lost jobs, financial hardships, social unrest, and general uncertainty. Everyone seems to be struggling with so…
 
Have you ever wondered why the three wise men are included with most manger scenes, even though they visited Jesus and his parents more than a year after his birth. Well, I don't really know the answer, but I have noticed that there is something that ties each element of a manger together, and that thing is God's provision.…
 
Peace? What is peace? It usually depends on who you ask… To those at war, it is a ceasefire. To those with hectic lives, it is calm and still. For those with anxiety or depression, it is inner tranquility. To the parent of small children, it is a moment of quiet. To those in complicated relationships, it is a lack of conflict, whether internal or e…
 
The cross, is the most recognized symbol in the world. It is roughly analogous to an electric chair. How strange is it that a cross became the symbol of Christianity? Join us as Co-Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through Mark 15:1-32, and sheds light on the King and His cross. The Gospel According to Mark - The Servant King - 11.15.20…
 
There is nothing quite like a closely contested game at the end, and if one of your favorite teams is involved, it can be exhausting. The running joke in our house includes the effects of the game on hearing, and no one can even begin to fathom how long a game will last with less than two minutes on the clock. We obsess over the details, strategizi…
 
Jesus answers the questions from the intellectual and religious elite publicly while the crowds look on and listen with great delight. The Chief Priests, scribes, Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees have all asked their questions and have been publicly humiliated. Jesus is on their turf answering questions at the religious center of Israel. This th…
 
Jesus stuns the Pharisees and Herodians with his answer to the questions about politics and taxes, but the parade of opponents continues as the Sadducees confront him. The Sadducees were the wealthy aristocracy associated with the priesthood, and they wielded significant political and temple influence. They dominated the Sanhedrin (Acts 5:17) and w…
 
Martin Luther once said, “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is prove…
 
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