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Sun, May 21, 2023
We cannot cruise too long in life. Eventually we come to a construction zone. These are places of divine testing. Difficult circumstances reveal what is within us. Are we fearful or faithful? Honest or deceptive? Abraham ran into a construction zone in Canaan when famine struck. He escaped to Egypt but not his fear of dying. This construction zone exposed his false self and God's faithfulness. And it shows us that faith finds the way through, not the way out.
Sun, May 14, 2023
The journey of faith begins with a launch. We all have a point where we respond to God's call. God called Abram to go from Haran. Jesus called the disciples to "come and follow." The invitation is a summons from what is familiar. Too often we settle, which stunts our growth, so God sends us into unfamiliar territory. We must look and listen for these launch points if we want our faith to continue flourishing.
Sun, May 07, 2023
Passage: Galatians 5:1
Series: Peacemakers
Duration: 30 mins 23 secs
God's Spirit sets us free. We are free from the Old Testament Law, slavery to sin, and ourselves. This is good news. Our freedom allows us to live as peacemakers with others. This message reflects on Galatians 5:1.
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
Series: Peacemakers
Duration: 54 mins 46 secs
A peacemaker comprises a set of biblical practices. This message will consider 5 ways of being a peacemaker, the so-called ABCs: Acknowledgment, Bearing with, Common Ground, Doubt, and Enlistment. We will appeal to the New Testament since it both describes division and models conflict resolution. These practices build on the profile of a peacemaker. Without God's grace (and peace), these practices will falter.
Sun, Apr 16, 2023
Series: Peacemakers
Duration: 46 mins 41 secs
To make peace with others we have to take peace from Jesus. He offered his prevailing peace to disciples. When Christ is central, the troubles of this world become less threatening. They lose their ability to unravel us. We can face our anxious age with confidence. This sermon will consider three ways polarization causes peace to fail in our age, and four ways we can keep Jesus central.
Sun, Apr 09, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 41 mins 19 secs
Grace gets the last word as Paul ends his friendly letter to the Thessalonians. This is as it should be: grace is the central reality of life with Jesus. We are saved by grace, live by grace, and grow in grace. And we need God's grace because we are woefully incomplete without it. Hence, Paul's prayer that believers be made whole in Jesus. Wholeness does not come from more money or children, better work or fitness, good friends or growing influence. Wholeness is found in Christ alone.
Sun, Apr 02, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 46 mins 47 secs
The letter to the Thessalonians ends with a recital of house rules. He fires off the instructions to conclude this friendly letter to ensure the church remains healthy. These words address leadership, community, perspective, and discernment. These principles are still relevant for healthy churches.
Sun, Mar 26, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 41 mins 10 secs
Jesus will return. He will come suddenly, but this should not surprise us. He predicted it. Paul wrote about it. In the meantime, our job is to be ready and stay steady. This includes putting on God's armor, living as a child of light, and avoiding the traps and distractions all around us.
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 43 mins 25 secs
Loss is inevitable in this life. The longer we live the more we lose. Grief is the natural response to these losses. It is especially good to grieve when a loved one dies. However, grief must not last forever. Christians have hope in everlasting life, resurrection, and reunion with our loved ones in Christ. This sermon will encourage us to grieve well and hope better.
Sun, Mar 12, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 48 mins 13 secs
If Simple Living sounds like a magazine title, it's because it is. If it sounds too easier said than done, it's because it is. Living simply is counter cultural. We live in a busy, noisy, greedy age. We want more and do more to get it. We do more and want more as a result. This is not good for Christian witness. Thus, Paul's exhortation to the Thessalonians remains relevant: keep striving to live simply. We can do less, buy less, and speak less to excel more for Jesus.
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