Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Duration: 48 mins 18 secs
Jacob is no hero. In fact, he was more of a schemer, trickster, and ambitious figure from the Old Testament. But when he faces a major bind, he realizes what he needs more than anything else is God's blessing. This message opens a three-part series on the pursuit, purpose, and practice of blessing. As Jacob learned after a night of wrestling, God's blessing is his greatest aim.
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Duration: 34 mins 11 secs
Pastor Tim talks with Monica and Jesse about their relationship to Jesus. We often speak about it being "personal," well, this was an opportunity for different persons to discuss what that looks like. They have great things to say.
Sun, Feb 21, 2021
Duration: 51 mins 26 secs
Private acts of devotion draw our hearts close to God. They keep us out of the spotlight so it can shine on his good and glorious presence. God is a loving Father who wants to reward his children. However, when we settle for the praise of people, we receive our reward in full. Jesus spoke about this in his Sermon on the Mount, offering three exemplary habits of devotion as ways of grace. What he says about giving, prayer, and fasting may be applied to any acts of devotion. So find your Hat Trick (that's three) of Habits, and slide from the spotlight.
Sun, Dec 06, 2020
God looks at our hearts. Whether we like it or not, he searches our deepest, darkest, most depraved self. What the psalmist models at the end of 139 is concession, granting access to God to do his deep work. After expressing anger over evil in the world, he invites God to try his mind, test his heart, and lead him into a better way of life. We all need God's careful inspection of our interior life. He searches us in solitude. He cleanses us in confession. This sermon will highlight these disciplines as our response to God's incisive work.
Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Duration: 45 mins 33 secs
God can do amazing things. Prayer attunes our eyes to his wonders. When we pray, we sense Him building our core, flooding our hearts, and blowing our minds. This prayer from Ephesians 3:14-21 teaches us three audacious ways to talk to God. In the end, we say, "Father, wow!"
Sun, Aug 23, 2020
Duration: 40 mins 21 secs
Paul prays for his readers. He does not them to walk in the dark, but to live with clarity, hope, and strength. His prayer not only thanks God for his ongoing work in them, but also outlines several requests. Knowing they are in a spiritual battle, he uses prayer to bolster them. Prayer does this. Ultimately, his intercession centers on the idea of clarity. They needed it. We need it. Clarity about our identity, destiny, capacity, and Jesus's victory are essential to walking in the light.
Mon, Jul 06, 2020
Duration: 40 mins 26 secs
We will all die. A day will come when we breathe our last breath. This can be horrifying: spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally. Our culture has tried to deny death. Too many people die alone. But death can also be clarifying. Our purpose, people, and God's mercy come to light. Jesus experienced the horror and clarity of death. He died on the Cross for the sins of the world. His last breath teaches us the practice of "release."
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
Duration: 38 mins 31 secs
We all praise. It comes as naturally as breath. It comes when we lose our breath. Something beautiful, awesome, or memorable captures our attention and grips our emotion. We have to tell someone about it. This is praise. And when we pay attention to God, who he is and what he has done, praise is our response. Psalm 150 teaches praise as our primal response, appropriate ending, emotional engagement, and high volume shout of Hallelujah. Will you join the chorus?
Sun, Oct 27, 2019
We get stuck in loops. When they're good, we call them grooves. When they're bad, we call them ruts. As creatures of habit, we cannot help but gravitate toward the predictable. This ancient problem is most tragically illustrated in the book of Judges. Generation after generation in Israel does evil, gets oppressed, cries out, receives a deliverer from God, experiences short-lived peace, and then repeats the cycle. Fortunately, God can help us break bad cycles and replace them with good ones.
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
From a young age many of us learn to pray simply as a means of getting things from God or returning thanks to Him. This treats God like a genie in a lamp. What happens when God does not grant our wishes? What happens when we say know? Well, it turns us toward the true purpose of prayer: relationship. This sermon helps us remember the real reason for prayer is connecting to God, even amid our hardest moments.