Message Series – Hosea
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Message Series – Hosea

What happens when our hearts wander from their home in God?

What does it mean to forget who you are, to break the relationship that has defined you, and betray the love that has saved you?

How would God respond to people who have wandered away like this?

Hosea wrestles with these kinds of questions. In the world of Hosea, God’s people have again and again turned to other people, places, and promises for hope, for love, and for salvation only [...]

Message Series – The Grace of Holiness
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Message Series – The Grace of Holiness

Many of us have goals in life. We have financial goals, career goals, education goals, fitness goals, etc… And goals are good for sure! But have you ever stopped to consider that God might have a goal for you? And this goal is not so much about where you’ll live or what you’ll contribute or how much money you’ll make. It’s about who you are becoming as a human being.

God’s great plan for each and every one of us is [...]

Message Series – Elijah
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Message Series – Elijah

Elijah the Tishbite…that’s how he’s referred to in 1st & 2nd Kings. Elijah served the people of Israel during a time of serious soul-searching as the people of God wrestled with their identity. The people had been delivered from slavery in Egypt, been through the wilderness experience in the desert and entered the promised land – led by Moses and all under the mighty hand of God. After those experiences, they were led by a series of prophets. But the Israelites [...]

Simply Receive
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Simply Receive

We live in a culture that honors hard work. In America we’re very much about bootstraps and clocking in and earning what we want and need. And in a lot of ways, this is a good thing. Any culture that is going to be a responsible and structured society is going to need to have people who know how to work to care for themselves and make things happen.

But I wonder, do these values sometimes make it hard for us to simply receive a [...]

Death to Life
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Death to Life

There is a pattern that can be seen all over creation: new life comes from death.

As plants and flowers that have dropped seeds into the ground start to grow and bloom.
A flower bulb will one day be a beautiful rain lily, but it has to go into the ground first.
Banana peels, coffee grounds, and apple cores in your compost pile get worked into your garden soil. After putting seeds into that soil, you can grow food.

New life comes from death. [...]

Wait. Receive. Be.
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Wait. Receive. Be.

In the first few verses of Acts we see Jesus’ parting instructions to the disciples. They are to wait for awhile, then they are to receive the Holy Spirit & then they are to go and be witnesses. As I’ve considered these three instructions, it’s become clear that these are some basic postures we need to learn how to experience in order to walk with Jesus and live a life of faithful obedience to God. So, join us on Sunday [...]

The Approach
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The Approach

“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the [...]

Eyes to See
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Eyes to See

After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Those [...]

Love on the Line
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Love on the Line

Have you ever read through the story of how Jesus was led to the cross? We naturally read the story of Jesus “the victim” who was nailed to the cross. And, on one level, Jesus was a victim – no one would chosen as their first choice of things to do in life. But, on a much deeper level, He was moving to the cross on purpose. He understood the cross as His primary reason for entering the world in the first place. We read in [...]

Why the Cross?
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Why the Cross?

“We know that Jesus was a good person. That he displayed his love and generosity to so many people through miracles of healing, acts of kindness, and a message of love. Still, the story of Jesus leads us to the cross. How did this good, kind, and loving Savior end up hanging on such an instrument of shame, pain, and death? What was it in the life and ministry of Jesus that led to this emblem of suffering and shame? [...]