Jan 10, 2019
Further Up & Further In
Series: Stand
The New Year is for most of us a time of new beginnings.  It is a time when we look back on the year past and re-calibrate for the in front of us.  We need to be reminded frequently that God is always calling His children "further up" in their understanding and knowledge of Him and "further in" in intimacy with Christ and His indwelling Spirit.  Not one of us has yet been fully transformed into the likeness of Christ, but God's will is that each of us would grow more like Him in 2019 than in years past.  To that end, let's press on.
 
Philippians 3:12-16
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  • Jan 10, 2019Further Up & Further In
    Jan 10, 2019
    Further Up & Further In
    Series: Stand
    The New Year is for most of us a time of new beginnings.  It is a time when we look back on the year past and re-calibrate for the in front of us.  We need to be reminded frequently that God is always calling His children "further up" in their understanding and knowledge of Him and "further in" in intimacy with Christ and His indwelling Spirit.  Not one of us has yet been fully transformed into the likeness of Christ, but God's will is that each of us would grow more like Him in 2019 than in years past.  To that end, let's press on.
     
    Philippians 3:12-16
  • Dec 30, 2018Run With Endurance
    Dec 30, 2018
    Run With Endurance
    Series: (All)
    As we enter a new year, what will it take for us to endure in our lives for Christ?  In this message, Jim Newman, our minister of missions in Australia helps us answer that question.   Part of the answer is found in the book of Hebrews 12:1-3
  • Dec 23, 2018SEASON OF WONDER: Thriving Thru the Chaos of Christmas
    Dec 23, 2018
    SEASON OF WONDER: Thriving Thru the Chaos of Christmas
    Most of us have experienced the chaos of the Christmas season--traffic jams, impatient shoppers, relentless commercialism and exploitation.  It is easy to feel like you're emotionally drowning in all the seasonal stuff; like every ounce of joy is being squeezed from your body.  It may do us well to remember that Jesus was born into just such a chaotic time and season.  It was just such chaos that He came, in part, to save us from.  We want to do more that survive the chaos of the season.  We want to thrive through it.  So, just how  do we do that?
     
    Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7 
  • Dec 16, 2018SEASON OF WONDER: God’s Indescribable Gift
    Dec 16, 2018
    SEASON OF WONDER: God’s Indescribable Gift
    How do you describe the indescribable?  How do you explain the unexplainable?  You don't.  You either reject it or accept it with a sense of awe, wonder and mystery.
    2 Corinthians 9:15
  • Dec 9, 2018SEASON OF WONDER: The Whisper of God
    Dec 9, 2018
    SEASON OF WONDER: The Whisper of God
    When we think of God speaking into human history and into our solitary lives we most often look for the grand and spectacular.  But all through Scripture, more often than not, when God speaks is with the still small voice of a whisper.  As a result, because our lives are so hectic and cluttered, or simply because we are oblivious, we tend to miss the whisper of God.   The sweetest whisper of God was spoken on a night in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago.  The chaotic world of that day, much like our own, was too busy and distracted to notice.
     
    1 Kings 19:11-3; Galatians 4:4-5
  • Nov 25, 2018TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Joy of Giving
    Nov 25, 2018
    TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Joy of Giving
    I don't particularly enjoy going to the gym, but i go because I want to get stronger/healthier. I don't really get much joy out of it. Giving can often be like this, we know that we should be doing it but it feels like a struggle. Why should we be generous? How can we truly discover the joy of giving?
     
    2 Corinthians 9:6-15
  • Nov 22, 2018TRAINING IN GODLINESS: True Sacrifice
    Nov 22, 2018
    TRAINING IN GODLINESS: True Sacrifice
    When you think about “sacrifice,” what do you most commonly thing about?  War Veterans? Baseball? Diet? What parents do for children? Putting off a needed purchase?   Though there may be an element of sacrifice in each of these, in its original and deepest meaning, sacrifice involved the death of a living creature as payment or atonement for sin.
  • Nov 18, 2018Living in a Foreign Land
    Nov 18, 2018
    Living in a Foreign Land
    Series: (All)
    Have you ever found yourself somewhere, or in a situation, where you didn't fit it, where you felt not at home?  If you are a believer in Christ, if you are a Christian, this is your reality.  Peter calls us aliens, strangers, foreigners.  This world is not our home, yet we have been placed here for a purpose, for a mission.  We will face unique challenges.  How are we to live--how are we to conduct ourselves--while living in a foreign land.  Jim Newman, our minister of Missions from Australia, is the perfect person to help us answer these questions and to help us understand our position and our calling.
     
    1 Peter 2:11-12
  • Nov 5, 2018TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Monkey on Our Shoulders
    Nov 5, 2018
    TRAINING IN GODLINESS: The Monkey on Our Shoulders
  • Oct 21, 2018BE LIKE JESUS: Bulls & China
    Oct 21, 2018
    BE LIKE JESUS: Bulls & China
    Of all the Christian graces (attributes of Christ), research indicates that this is the most illusive of them all.  By self-admission, this is the one that most of us struggle with the most.  We are more often like the proverbial "bull in the china shop."  What difference would it make if husbands would choose "gentleness" over chauvinism and bullying?  What difference would it make if wives would choose "gentleness" over badgering and nagging? Matthew 11:29; Philippians 4:5