Jan 19, 2014
Practicing Sabbath Rest & Soul Care
Series: Winter Break
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.
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  • Jan 19, 2014Practicing Sabbath Rest & Soul Care
    Jan 19, 2014
    Practicing Sabbath Rest & Soul Care
    Series: Winter Break
    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.
  • Jan 12, 2014The Narrow Door that Anyone Can Enter
    Jan 12, 2014
    The Narrow Door that Anyone Can Enter
    Series: Winter Break
    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?
  • Jan 5, 2014Practicing Patience
    Jan 5, 2014
    Practicing Patience
    Series: Winter Break
    “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.
  • Dec 29, 2013A Righteous Resolution
    Dec 29, 2013
    A Righteous Resolution
    Series: Winter Break
    “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 holy family and the righteous Simeon, a man who sees the infant Jesus for who he really is. Are we, like Simeon, watching for God at work in our midst, willing to be surprised by Him, ready to be used by Him?  Or have we, like so many others, become distracted and dismayed by the world around us?
  • Dec 15, 2013Supreme Love
    Dec 15, 2013
    Supreme Love
    Series: Greater Than
    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.
  • Dec 8, 2013Supreme Discipline
    Dec 8, 2013
    Supreme Discipline
    Series: Greater Than
    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.
  • Dec 1, 2013Supreme Prize
    Dec 1, 2013
    Supreme Prize
    Series: Greater Than
    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.
  • Nov 24, 2013Supreme Faith
    Nov 24, 2013
    Supreme Faith
    Series: Greater Than
    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 a “faith hall of fame” with examples of real-life people who lived by faith, even though they faced trials and temptations, and didn't always receive what they hoped for in this life. God commends them for their faith and gives them great eternal reward. We'll learn from their lives and explore how to trust God in good times and bad times.
  • Nov 17, 2013Supreme Promise
    Nov 17, 2013
    Supreme Promise
    Series: Greater Than
    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 persecution and tempted to lose their faith and go back to their old lives. We'll study God's message to them, and for our lives today, in Hebrews 10:32-39 to learn how we can faithfully honor God through our suffering and care for those who are hurting.
  • Nov 10, 2013Supreme Grace
    Nov 10, 2013
    Supreme Grace
    Series: Greater Than
    In our lives, we may have heard the phrase "I'll make it up to you." Often we'll say that when we owe someone a favor, or we failed to keep a promise. Have you ever said those words to God? Have you ever said, "Dear Jesus, I'll make it up to you. I promise!" to the Savior?  Hebrews 10 shows us how this dynamic of wanting to "make it up" to God works in our lives.