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January 2014

Rebuilding Priorities

Do you need to rebuild something in your life? Your faith in Christ? Your priorities in busy life? Your moral choices? Your integrity at work or school? The Hebrew people came home from in exile in 445 BC, built the walls around Jerusalem, and settled into their new lives. But life got busy pursuing their dreams, constructing lavish homes, building successful businesses, and education their children, all the while forgetting about God. Ninety years later, in 535 BC, the Temple was still in ruins




Practicing Sabbath Rest & Soul Care

Practicing Sabbath Rest & Soul Care” is the title of this week’s message, coming from Hebrews 4:1-13.  Are you tired & weary?  What is it about Sabbath rest that is important to God (it's a commandment!)?  What is it about Sabbath rest and soul care that we so often resist it?  Come & discover how Sabbath rest and soul care are essential to life with God.




The Narrow Door that Anyone Can Enter

The Narrow Door that Anyone Can Enter” is the title of this week’s message, coming from Luke 13:22-30.  Different paths often lead to different destinations; and different doors often lead to different spaces. In this passage, Jesus is on a clear path with a clear destination in mind. He invites us on the journey with him, but it's a limited time offer and we will have to pack light. You're invited to the party! Will you choose to come?




Practicing Patience

“Practicing Patience ” is the title of this week’s message, coming from Luke 2:36-38. We live in a world where technology and affluence are causing the concept of “waiting” to become a thing of the past. This trouble with patience can impact our ability to wait on God. Thankfully, we have biblical examples of godly patience, and this week we will be looking at the story of Anna and Jesus. This old widowed prophet shows us the importance of practicing patience in faithfulness and submission to God, and can hopefully teach us how to wait for the Lord in our lives as well.




December 2013

A Righteous Resolution

“A Righteous Resolution” is the title of this week’s message, coming from Luke 2:22-35. In the midst of stress and hurry and our world’s obsession with ourselves, how do we become people who eagerly watch for the work of God?  This is the question we are examining this Sunday as we study the interaction between the




Supreme Love

After twelve chapters filled with theological teaching explaining that Jesus is the greatest revelation of God's truth, greatest savior through his sacrifice on the cross, greatest priest reconciling people with God, greatest covenant of grace superior to the old covenant of law, greatest example for people to follow, and much more, the Book of Hebrews concludes with practical teaching to apply what we've learned in our everyday lives. This final chapter challenges us to love each other among the church, love our families, love people in our community, and love God more than material stuff. Come ready to reflect on God's love and be challenged to express God's love with practical wisdom to apply what we learn.




Supreme Discipline

We learn from this Scripture passage that God disciplines his precious children. Good parents discipline their children so they will grow into mature adults. We can be afraid of discipline if we grew up with harsh parents who excessively punished us, or we can rebel against discipline if our parents were permissive so we didn't learn discipline. But God is our perfect Heavenly Father who we can trust! God can work in our lives through good times and bad times so we grow more like Christ. God can even redeem our painful experiences to minister to other people. So come ready to be encouraged by God's tender love and challenged to grow through our heavenly Father's loving discipline.




Supreme Prize

We're studying the Book of Hebrews to explore why Jesus is greater than anything the world could offer and worthy or our worship. Life is like running a long distance race. Sometimes we feel in stride with the wind at our back and coasting downhill. Other times we feel like dropping out as we gasp for breath running uphill with painful injuries and the finish line looks so far away. In Hebrews 12:1-3 we're called to persevere through the marathon of faith by looking at Christ's example and keeping our eyes on the prize when we cross the finish line, with wisdom how to remain faithful throughout the race.




November 2013

Supreme Faith

Imagine if we faced persecution with possible arrest, prison, property confiscated, social humiliation, family rejection, etc. Would we deny our faith and blend into society or honor God regardless of risks? Now think about when we are tempted. Do we deny our faith and give in to the moment or honor God? Do we have faith to trust God, even when temptations feel so seductive, or life seems disappointing, or we don't get immediate results, or God's promises seem so far away? Hebrews 11 is




Supreme Promise

Sometime people's faith in our world is tested through temptation from sins, persecution from oppressive governments, violence from religious extremists, rejection by family or friends, and more. This month churches around the world are joining in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church to raise awareness of persecution and intercede for our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. The church community who received the letter of Hebrews were experiencing painful per






     

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