Sep 4, 2016
When You’re Suffering
We know intellectually that we will undergo times of suffering in our lives, but that knowledge doesn’t mean that we aren’t still surprised by the power our trials can have over us. It’s hard not to have our lives become defined by the things that we have suffered. This week, we will look at the story of Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth, and how her extreme circumstances led to an identity crisis of her own. How can we begin to reframe suffering in light of God’s promises and work in our lives?
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  • Sep 4, 2016When You’re Suffering
    Sep 4, 2016
    When You’re Suffering
    We know intellectually that we will undergo times of suffering in our lives, but that knowledge doesn’t mean that we aren’t still surprised by the power our trials can have over us. It’s hard not to have our lives become defined by the things that we have suffered. This week, we will look at the story of Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth, and how her extreme circumstances led to an identity crisis of her own. How can we begin to reframe suffering in light of God’s promises and work in our lives?
  • Jun 26, 2016Hezekiah: When the Odds are Against You
    Jun 26, 2016
    Hezekiah: When the Odds are Against You
    This Sundaywe will examine the life of Hezekiah in 1 Kings 19. Hezekiah was one of the Kings of Judah and a leader remembered for his steadfast trust in the Lord, even when overwhelming circumstances in his life made that nearly impossible. How can we learn from this king who sought to follow God, even in his own weaknesses and in a broken world.
  • May 8, 2016When the Grass Grows Back
    May 8, 2016
    When the Grass Grows Back
    Series: (All)
    There are times when our call to serve, our desire to make a difference, is challenged by overwhelming need in the world. We can so easily become discouraged and overwhelmed; how do we know what we are doing is worthwhile? This week, we will examine what makes Christian service important, and how faith in action shines new light on our identities in Christ.
  • Mar 13, 2016The Quiet Revolution
    Mar 13, 2016
    The Quiet Revolution
    Series: (All)
    We live in a world that’s filled with noise and busyness, and it can feel like it grows louder every day. In the midst of so many distractions and demands on our time and attention, what does it mean to live a quiet life, as Paul suggests to the Thessalonians? Even more so, how do we bring glory to God through our regular acts of faithfulness and attentiveness? Though it may seem counter-intuitive, this revolutionary type of community is possible and even indispensable in our noise-filled society!
  • Feb 7, 2016Spending our Strength for the Weak
    Feb 7, 2016
    Spending our Strength for the Weak
    When we follow Jesus, we take a big risk with our hearts and minds, because Jesus can lead us into areas where he wants to see transformation. Often in the gospels, we see him engaging with the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, the “sinners” of his age. In all of these situations, Jesus redefines what it means to do justice and bring healing - and we, too, can partner with Jesus in both desire and action.
  • Dec 27, 2015Joseph: Silently Steadfast
    Dec 27, 2015
    Joseph: Silently Steadfast
    Series: (All)
    Joseph is a figure who often sits in the background of our memories and stories - the pages of Scripture don’t offer much information about him; in fact, he doesn’t even speak a word in the biblical stories. What we do know, however, paints a picture of a faithful and righteous man, and one who can teach us about following God even when we also feel silent or overlooked.
  • Nov 15, 2015Name Dropping
    Nov 15, 2015
    Name Dropping
    Series: Colossians
    As is usual with the Pauline letters, Colossians concludes with a series of greetings and instructions for Paul’s associates. It’s so easy for us contemporary readers of scripture to breeze through these sections without considering the important ramifications of the lists of names and descriptions - this Sunday, we will examine why these greetings can challenge us and invite us deeper into the story of the God who uses normal people to accomplish the work of His Kingdom.
  • Sep 27, 2015The Passionate Pursuit
    Sep 27, 2015
    The Passionate Pursuit
    Series: Colossians
    When we look at Paul’s life of ministry, it’s amazing to see how much the spread of God’s good news meant to him, even when it came at the expense of his own comfort, security, and well-being. In this section of Colossians, we get a picture of why Paul was so passionate about the Gospel, and how we too can become truly passionate about reaching people with the story of salvation in Christ.
  • Aug 2, 2015God’s Wisdom about Youngin’s
    Aug 2, 2015
    God’s Wisdom about Youngin’s
    Series: Proverbs
    When we look at the Proverbs, we find wisdom on innumerable topics - but to what end? Interestingly, one of the big reasons for Proverbs' existence is providing guidance to younger generations. How are we called, as the church, to invest in young people? What unique challenges do children and youth face, and what does God envision for our faithful response?
  • Jun 21, 2015Dream Team
    Jun 21, 2015
    Dream Team
    Series: (All)
    Paul's deepest hope for the church was that it would reflect Christ, that it would be unified in the Spirit, that it would bring glory to God. Here in four simple verses we get a glimpse of Paul's heart of community, of unity, and humility that he supports with the example of Christ's life which we examined last week. How do we, as one body in fellowship, seek to humble ourselves and shine the light of Christ's love to the watching world?