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The close relationships we develop with others tend to be connected to things we share in common, a similar background or what we like or dislike. The relationships we form in a Christian Community should be different. Rather than commonalities, our relationships are rooted in Christ. This means when Christians encounter differences, when they let …
 
Our world is deeply divided. Social media and the 24-hour news cycle feed us endless stories of conflict and division. Cultural divisions and political battles are fought with extreme zealousness. Today, not fighting against those that disagree with you is seen as the same as supporting them. We are deeply, painfully divided, with calls for patienc…
 
The Christian faith is not meant to be lived alone. It cannot be lived alone. Nearly forty times, the New Testament calls us to live out our faith with “one another.” We are to love one another, forgive one another, encourage one another, bear with one another, be patient with one another, be kind to one another, instruct one another…and on and on.…
 
A new diagnosis of a disease or dealing with a chronic condition can be disorienting for many. We live at a time medical advances have resulted in miracle cures and the ability to combat a variety of illnesses. Christians in particular are instructed to ask God for healing, and are promised a redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23). Yet, this side o…
 
We consistently encounter stories of war, abuse, manipulation, and corruption, reminding us of the ongoing existence of evil in the world. While some reject the idea a good God would allow evil to be present on this earth, Christians do not. We know we live in a period of waiting as we long for Jesus to return to initiate us into a renewed earth.…
 
Advent is a time of year many reflect on the first appearing of Christ, while looking forward to His second appearing (Titus 2:11-15). As we wait for Jesus to come back, we know sin was defeated at the cross, yet we still struggle with things like guilt, shame, and feelings of defeat when we encounter sin in the present.…
 
Waiting well is hard. Waiting pushes on our pain, our fear, our pride, and our need for control. Waiting reminds us that we and our world are broken beyond our ability to fix. But waiting is also an incredible teacher.Which is why Advent is such a beautiful and powerful time of year. During Advent, we look back to see God’s faithfulness to send Chr…
 
Ever felt stuck in an impossible situation? Ever felt surrounded by hardship, suffering, and opposition? When stuck and surrounded, it is easy for us to lose heart and doubt the power of God in our lives. But here is our hope…the God who fought for his people by splitting the Red Sea and defeating Egypt is the same God who fights for his people tod…
 
Many consider preparing for an exam, or a test, to be a difficult task. Having someone to help prepare us for such an exam is a gift. As we continue studying the book of Exodus, this Sunday we will consider how the Lord leads His people prior to a season of testing. What do we learn about the leadership of the Lord? Join us this Sunday at 10 AM, as…
 
Some events are so significant, so life-changing, so meaningful, they need to be remembered and celebrated. And through the act of remembrance and celebration our identity, beliefs, values, and what we live for are shaped. In other words…we imitate what we celebrate. Listen as we continue our series in Exodus and see that just as Israel was shaped …
 
The topic of God’s judgment raises many questions and struggles. It creates a particular tension: How do we reconcile God’s judgment with his love, mercy, and grace? Aren’t those things contradictory? The Passover shows us that God’s judgment and mercy are not at odds with one another but stand together as a powerful display of his glory. For it is…
 
As you consider significant decisions, or even more so, deep questions of meaning and purpose, like how to view yourself, and how to view God, what voices do you tend to listen to? The book of Exodus reminds us that we can reject and dismiss God's voice. This sermon engages the story of the Plagues, a series of events challenging Pharaoh and His pe…
 
The book of Exodus is a powerful story of redemption…with a number of curious, confusing, and seemingly random events. In this sermon we look at three of those passages: a rescue at a well that means more than we realize; an intense confrontation that leads to a circumcision; and a seemingly out-of-nowhere genealogy.…
 
From religion, to history, to civil law and morality, to the fight for freedom, to art and entertainment, the book of Exodus has exercised profound influence on our world. Believer and skeptic alike have taken great interest in it. But how should we understand the book of Exodus? What is its central meaning, and why does it matter?…
 
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