Text: Luke 2:1-7; John 3:16 “God loves you.” How often have you heard that statement? Whether you believe it or not, chances are you’ve heard this sentiment more often than you can count. In this sermon, we take a look at two very familiar Bible passages (even if you’ve never been to church) to see… Continue reading Rescue Songs – The Love that Compels Christmas
Text: Psalms 98; Luke 2:8-21 One of the best-known Christmas songs is Joy to the World! But have you ever stopped to listen…really listen…to the lyrics? How is joy described in the song? Where is the author telling us to look? What does joy–full-bodied, explosive joy–even look like? Is it possible for people like us,… Continue reading Rescue Songs – Joy to the World!
Text: Isaiah 9:1-7: Luke 2:8-14 How many times have heard people wish for world peace? The hunger for a world unstained by the ravages of war and bursting with human flourishing is universal. But is such a desire just a pipe dream? If you limit your perspective to what you see in the news, you’d… Continue reading Rescue Songs – Peace on Earth
Text: Luke 7:31-35; John 15:12-17; Acts 19:28-31 How are you at friendship? Do you have true friends–people who know you to the bottom and love you anyway? If so, you know how important friendship is. As beautiful as it is in its own right, friendship can also accomplish even more: it can be a powerful… Continue reading Sent: Friendship
Guest Speaker: Mr. David Lloyd Text: 1 John 3:1; 2 Cor. 5:17-18; Luke 19:10 Identity is everything. What you believe about who you are at your core will, in large part, dictate how you think, feel and live. So it’s important that we get this one right. Thankfully, Scripture leaves us with no shortage of… Continue reading Who Am I?
Text: Romans 8:26; Matthew 27:45-46; Luke 11:1-4 Prayer is vital, but prayer is also hard. Really hard. What are the things that keep us from praying as we should? How can we overcome–or at least mitigate–those difficulties? In this message we look at Content Difficulty, and how to respond to it.
Text: Genesis 32:24-30; Luke 18:1-8 One of the most important aspects of how we pray is also, perhaps, the most difficult: perseverance. Staying with it, even when answers don’t seem to be coming. So, why do we have to persevere in prayer? What is God doing with all those words that, at times, feel like… Continue reading Prayer Boot Camp: Staying with It
Text: Luke 11:1-4 Almost everyone has prayed at one time or another. But for most of us, the whole subject is somewhat baffling: Why pray? Does it really do anything? Who should I pray to? In this sermon, we briefly discuss what prayer is (in general terms) and then answer the all-important question of who… Continue reading Prayer Boot Camp: Intercom or Walkie-Talkie
Text: Luke 2:22-35 The story of Christmas is the story of expectancy. The expectation that God would one day rescue his people. The expectation that he’ll one day make all the sad things come untrue. Simeon, too, was filled with expectancy. He had been promised that one day, he’s see the Messiah face-to-face. Little did… Continue reading The Songs of Christmas – Simeon’s Song
Text: Luke 2:8-14 If you’ve ever seen a Christmas card–or watched A Charlie Brown Christmas–chances are you’re familiar with the song the angels sang announcing the birth of the Messiah to an audience of shepherds. Listen along and find out more about just how good the message was the angels delivered that night so long… Continue reading The Songs of Christmas – The Angels’ Song