Nov 24, 2019
Preventions
Series: (All)
We all experience challenges and obstacles in life, things preventing us from fully engaging in and enjoying abundant life. Even when it comes to the Gospel, the good news about the presence of God in our lives, we find ourselves prevented from experiencing all its blessings. Let us find encouragement in the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch, that no matter what prevents us from the experiencing the power of the Gospel...the power of the Holy Spirit, our capacity to respond, and the joy of a new life in God is far more powerful than any challenge, obstacle, or prevention we may face. LISTEN  to Sunday's Sermon: "Preventions"
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  • Nov 24, 2019Preventions
    Nov 24, 2019
    Preventions
    Series: (All)
    We all experience challenges and obstacles in life, things preventing us from fully engaging in and enjoying abundant life. Even when it comes to the Gospel, the good news about the presence of God in our lives, we find ourselves prevented from experiencing all its blessings. Let us find encouragement in the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch, that no matter what prevents us from the experiencing the power of the Gospel...the power of the Holy Spirit, our capacity to respond, and the joy of a new life in God is far more powerful than any challenge, obstacle, or prevention we may face. LISTEN  to Sunday's Sermon: "Preventions"
  • Nov 17, 2019Stiff-Necked
    Nov 17, 2019
    Stiff-Necked
    Series: (All)
    We don’t want to be stiff-necked. In pain. Unaware. Unchanging. We want to be what God wants us to be. Healed and whole. Experiencing his abundance. Being transformed into his likeness. Let us instead be grateful and positive, living fully in the moment, here and now. And let’s be willing and courageous to try something new. Knowing that when we are strong and flexible, following the Holy Spirit, we can, like Stephen, see the glory of God at work in our lives. LISTEN to Sunday's sermon "Stiff-Necked"
     
  • Nov 10, 2019Power or Piety
    Nov 10, 2019
    Power or Piety
    Series: (All)
    We are a people power and of piety. We can influence others for good. We can have reverence for God and can be devoted to God’s ways. And we are a people with faith. Expecting that God will do what we expect God will do. But if we truly want what God wants for us: life and life abundant, “perfect” health and wholeness beyond what we could ask or imagine, we must have a different type of faith. A faith that can make a life-long beggar to walk into God’s presence leaping and praising God. We must have a faith that is not our own, tied to our own expectations, but a faith that comes to us “through Jesus.” LISTEN to Sunday's Sermon "Power and Piety"
     
  • Nov 3, 2019New Wine
    Nov 3, 2019
    New Wine
    Series: (All)
    God wants to fill us and bring us together. Our unity is bound by love and by our sharing with one another. Like God’s presence, our love and unity, given to us by God, is not bound by time or space. Let us be grateful to God that we are filled with the Spirit and drawn together in love and purpose. LISTEN to Sunday's Sermon "New Wine"
  • Oct 27, 2019Seeing Ain’t Believing
    Oct 27, 2019
    Seeing Ain’t Believing
    Series: (All)
    God has been so good to us a Faith Church. And it is exciting to have a vision for positive growth and transformation, both inside and out. May we truly “believe” that God is at work among us. May we commit ourselves in attentiveness and faithfulness to this vision. And may we have our hearts changed in the process. LISTEN to Sunday's Sermon "Seeing Ain't Believing"
     
  • Oct 20, 2019Unnecessary Spending
    Oct 20, 2019
    Unnecessary Spending
    Series: (All)
    When we read the story of the Anointing of Jesus across all four Gospels, the meaning of the story seems to evolve. What really happened? Why was it important? Is it about money and poverty? Is it about our stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination? Or is it about recognizing who Jesus really is? Maybe we can learn all of these lessons. And when we give God all that we are, like the woman/Mary did, we can be open to see and experience God becoming “all in all.” (Photo by Wayne Forte)
  • Oct 13, 2019Don’t Try This at Home
    Oct 13, 2019
    Don’t Try This at Home
    Series: (All)
    We grow through forgiveness. Through the work of the Spirit in our lives, we not only see, perceive, and come to know what is wrong, but also what is truly right. By the Spirit, when we are wronged by others, we can grow through forgiveness, through insight into our own lives, and by seeing, perceiving, and knowing that God at work within us. LISTEN to Sunday’s Sermon “Don’t Try This at Home”
  • Oct 6, 2019Its Hard to be Perfect
    Oct 6, 2019
    Its Hard to be Perfect
    Series: (All)
    The Gospel is good news about who we really are. Christ, the Creator of all, the source of life, is in us. We must sell, surrender, release all that we thought we were. Because it is no longer this “I” who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. LISTEN to Sunday's Sermon "It's Hard to be Perfect"
     
  • Sep 29, 2019The Job Description
    Sep 29, 2019
    The Job Description
    Series: (All)
    Jesus asks his disciples: Do you know who you are and where you are sent? Are you experiencing God’s presence and purpose in your life? Do you believe that you are sent into challenges and problems...so that God can work through you? Do you realize that not everyone will agree with the good news and not everyone will want to pay the price...but if you do, you will find your life in God?  LISTEN to "The Job Description"
  • Dec 30, 2018What to Wear?
    Dec 30, 2018
    What to Wear?
    Series: (All)
    As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. CLICK BELOW to Listen to Sunday's Sermon: "What to Wear?"
  • Nov 11, 2018What Moves Us to Sacrifice?
    Nov 11, 2018
    What Moves Us to Sacrifice?
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    The life and teachings of Jesus point us toward the ideal of sacrifice. As we face the challenges of our lives, even as we face the reality of eternity, sacrifice must remain central if we are to understand the character and heart of our God, and if we are to fully realize the reason we were created. Let us do all we can to understand and appreciate this gift, shown and given to us, the gift of sacrifice. 
  • Oct 21, 2018Is that Fair?
    Oct 21, 2018
    Is that Fair?
    Series: (All)
    We believe that LIFE IS NOT FAIR. But upon deeper reflection, through the insights of Scripture, we can find that God’s own suffering and sacrifice for us is beyond what we can imagine. By trusting in Him and in the eternal big-picture of abundant life that He promises us, we can find that His righteousness, justice, love, mercy, and fairness are more than we could ever hope for.
  • Oct 14, 2018Who Really Knows You?
    Oct 14, 2018
    Who Really Knows You?
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    God knows what it’s like to be you.  God keeps telling us that He is “in us.” And it seems that God also wants us to know what it’s like to be Him...to have His heart. Jesus even said be like your heavenly Father. God wants our experience of life to be His experience of life as well. Because if we can share this life experience with God, then we can truly know who we are what life is all about.  
  • Oct 7, 2018How Do Two Become One?
    Oct 7, 2018
    How Do Two Become One?
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    We need one another. God tells us in Genesis “it’s not good to be alone.” We need relationships. Relationships that help us to grow. Growth is never comfortable. But if we commit ourselves to “become one flesh” with the ones we are given to love, we will find that we can “help” one another become all that God created us to be.
  • Sep 30, 2018Who is For Us?
    Sep 30, 2018
    Who is For Us?
    Series: (All)
    Who is on my side? Who is my support system, my team? Is life even on my side? EVERYTHING is “for us”! At times it may seem that God, our family and friends, even our own thoughts and feelings are against us, BUT through faith and through living a life in the Spirit we can experience what Romans 8 tells us: “ALL THINGS things work together for our good when we love God and are called according to His purpose.”