Jul 7, 2024
Strength in Weakness: Psalm 123
Dependence on God’s Grace: Psalm 123 is a plea for mercy, which aligns with Paul’s message about boasting in weakness and depending on God’s grace in 2 Corinthians. The Mark passage about Jesus sending out the disciples reinforces reliance on God’s provision and strength. This theme can focus on the humility and trust required in discipleship.Dependence on God’s Grace: Psalm 123 is a plea for mercy, which aligns with Paul’s message about boasting in weakness and depending on God’s grace in 2 Corinthians. The Mark passage about Jesus sending out the disciples reinforces reliance on God’s provision and strength. This theme can focus on the humility and trust required in discipleship.
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  • Jul 7, 2024Strength in Weakness: Psalm 123
    Jul 7, 2024
    Strength in Weakness: Psalm 123
    Dependence on God’s Grace: Psalm 123 is a plea for mercy, which aligns with Paul’s message about boasting in weakness and depending on God’s grace in 2 Corinthians. The Mark passage about Jesus sending out the disciples reinforces reliance on God’s provision and strength. This theme can focus on the humility and trust required in discipleship.Dependence on God’s Grace: Psalm 123 is a plea for mercy, which aligns with Paul’s message about boasting in weakness and depending on God’s grace in 2 Corinthians. The Mark passage about Jesus sending out the disciples reinforces reliance on God’s provision and strength. This theme can focus on the humility and trust required in discipleship.
  • Jun 30, 2024Generous Giving: 2 Corinthians 8-9
    Jun 30, 2024
    Generous Giving: 2 Corinthians 8-9
    In multiple letters Paul emphasizes giving as a way to bind the diverse Christian community across the Roman empire together in self-sacrificing l love. He gives five main reasons why Christians should give: 1. Equalize Christians’ resources across time 2. Demonstrate how Christians excel 3. Follow the pattern of God’s generosity 4. Receive God’s generous blessing 5. Trigger recipients’ appreciation for giver and thanksgiving to GodIn multiple letters Paul emphasizes giving as a way to bind the diverse Christian community across the Roman empire together in self-sacrificing l love. He gives five main reasons why Christians should give: 1. Equalize Christians’ resources across time 2. Demonstrate how Christians excel 3. Follow the pattern of God’s generosity 4. Receive God’s generous blessing 5. Trigger recipients’ appreciation for giver and thanksgiving to God
  • Jun 23, 202406 23 2024 Sermon
    Jun 23, 2024
    06 23 2024 Sermon
    God’s Sovereignty in Chaos: Psalm 107 speaks of God's deliverance in the storms of life, which resonates with God's response to Job and Jesus calming the storm in Mark. This Sunday can explore God’s sovereignty and presence in the midst of life’s chaos.God’s Sovereignty in Chaos: Psalm 107 speaks of God's deliverance in the storms of life, which resonates with God's response to Job and Jesus calming the storm in Mark. This Sunday can explore God’s sovereignty and presence in the midst of life’s chaos.
  • Jun 16, 2024Flourish in Faithfulness: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
    Jun 16, 2024
    Flourish in Faithfulness: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
    Growth and Flourishing in God’s Kingdom: Psalm 92 praises God for the flourishing of the righteous, paralleling the growth imagery in Ezekiel and Jesus' parables about the Kingdom of God in Mark. This theme emphasizes spiritual growth and flourishing as manifestations of God's work.Growth and Flourishing in God’s Kingdom: Psalm 92 praises God for the flourishing of the righteous, paralleling the growth imagery in Ezekiel and Jesus' parables about the Kingdom of God in Mark. This theme emphasizes spiritual growth and flourishing as manifestations of God's work.
  • Jun 9, 2024Despair to Hope: Psalm 130
    Jun 9, 2024
    Despair to Hope: Psalm 130
    Hope in the Midst of Despair: Psalm 130 is a cry from the depths, echoing the despair of the Fall in Genesis. The 2 Corinthians passage and Jesus' confrontation with misunderstanding in Mark can highlight the persistent hope and redemption found in Christ, even in the darkest times"06 09 2024 Sermon" from Lent 2024 by Hope in the Midst of Despair: Psalm 130 is a cry from the depths, echoing the despair of the Fall in Genesis. The 2 Corinthians passage and Jesus' confrontation with misunderstanding in Mark can highlight the persistent hope and redemption found in Christ, even in the darkest times
  • Jun 2, 2024Rest in God: Psalm 81:1-10
    Jun 2, 2024
    Rest in God: Psalm 81:1-10
    Rest and Liberation: The Psalm celebrates God's deliverance and provision. Coupled with the Deuteronomy passage on Sabbath rest and Jesus’ teachings on the Sabbath in Mark, this Sunday can emphasize the theme of rest as a gift of liberation and a call to trust in God’s provision and deliverance.Rest and Liberation: The Psalm celebrates God's deliverance and provision. Coupled with the Deuteronomy passage on Sabbath rest and Jesus’ teachings on the Sabbath in Mark, this Sunday can emphasize the theme of rest as a gift of liberation and a call to trust in God’s provision and deliverance.
  • May 26, 2024Voice of Majesty: Psalm 29
    May 26, 2024
    Voice of Majesty: Psalm 29
    The power of God has been witnessed in countless ways over the centuries, and Psalm 29 reminds us of God’s power seen in storms, fire, earthquakes, tornados, and more. It is the same God whose power is displayed in those amazing ways that strengthens us and blesses us with peace. How often do we remember the power of God that strengthens and supports us.The power of God has been witnessed in countless ways over the centuries, and Psalm 29 reminds us of God’s power seen in storms, fire, earthquakes, tornados, and more. It is the same God whose power is displayed in those amazing ways that strengthens us and blesses us with peace. How often do we remember the power of God that strengthens and supports us.
  • May 12, 2024Spirit of Empowerment: Acts 1:1-11
    May 12, 2024
    Spirit of Empowerment: Acts 1:1-11
    Series: Easter 2024
    In Acts 1:1-11, we encounter the scene of Jesus' ascension, where He instructs His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit. This passage emphasizes the essential role of the Holy Spirit in empowering believers for the mission of spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth. Just as the disciples were commissioned to be witnesses to the ends of the earth, so too are we empowered by the Holy Spirit to boldly proclaim the message of salvation and participate in God's redemptive work in the world. The ascension reminds us of the ongoing presence and power of Christ through the Holy Spirit, equipping us for the task of making disciples and advancing the Kingdom of God.
  • May 5, 2024Spirit of Inclusion: Acts 10:44-48
    May 5, 2024
    Spirit of Inclusion: Acts 10:44-48
    Series: Easter 2024
    In Acts 10:44-48, we witness the Holy Spirit being poured out not only on Jewish believers but also on Gentiles, challenging the early Church's understanding of who is included in God's kingdom. The conversion of Cornelius and his household highlights God's inclusive love and the breaking down of ethnic and cultural barriers in the community of faith. This passage calls us to embrace diversity within the Church and to recognize that the Holy Spirit is not bound by human categories but moves freely among all who open their hearts to God's grace. 
  • Apr 28, 2024Spirit of Awareness: Acts 8:26-40
    Apr 28, 2024
    Spirit of Awareness: Acts 8:26-40
    Series: Easter 2024
    In Acts 8:26-40, we witness the Holy Spirit guiding Philip to the Ethiopian eunuch, facilitating the encounter that leads to the eunuch's conversion and baptism. Through this narrative, we see how the Spirit orchestrates divine appointments and opens doors for the proclamation of the gospel, even in unexpected places and to unlikely recipients. Philip's obedience to the Spirit's prompting serves as a model for us, reminding us to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our own lives and to actively engage in sharing the message of salvation with those around us. 
  • Apr 21, 2024Spirit of Courage: Acts 4:5-12
    Apr 21, 2024
    Spirit of Courage: Acts 4:5-12
    Series: Easter 2024

    In Acts 4:5-12, we witness the bold witness of Peter and John before the religious authorities, despite facing opposition and threats. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter fearlessly proclaims the name of Jesus as the source of healing and salvation, refusing to be silenced by those who seek to suppress the message. This passage challenges us to emulate the courage and conviction of Peter and John, standing firm in our faith and boldly proclaiming the truth of Christ even in the face of opposition and adversity. 

  • Apr 14, 2024Spirit of Repentance: Acts 3:12-19
    Apr 14, 2024
    Spirit of Repentance: Acts 3:12-19
    Series: Easter 2024
    In Acts 3:12-19, we encounter the healing of a lame man at the Beautiful Gate, an event that serves as a powerful testimony to the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. Peter's subsequent proclamation of repentance and forgiveness underscores the intimate connection between personal transformation and the proclamation of the gospel message. As witnesses to God's healing and redeeming power, we're called to boldly testify to the reality of Christ's resurrection and the promise of new life found in Him, inviting others into a life-changing encounter with the living Christ.
  • Apr 7, 2024Spirit of Caring: Acts 4:32-35
    Apr 7, 2024
    Spirit of Caring: Acts 4:32-35
    Series: Easter 2024
    In Acts 4:32-35, the early Christian community exemplifies the transformative power of the Holy Spirit through their radical generosity and communal living. Their shared resources were not a result of coercion but flowed naturally from their shared commitment to Christ. This passage challenges us to consider how the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit can inspire similar acts of generosity and mutual support in our own communities today.
  • Mar 31, 2024Fearless Witness: Mark 16:1-8
    Mar 31, 2024
    Fearless Witness: Mark 16:1-8
    Series: Easter 2024
    Easter Sunday means proclaiming the gospel, first and foremost. It is a time to tell the age-old story with freshness and boldness. Which is an odd pairing with Mark 16:1-8, which ends with silence and fear. How do we feel about the story, and how do we respond?
  • Mar 24, 2024Taking the Form of a Servant
    Mar 24, 2024
    Taking the Form of a Servant
    Series: Lent 2024
    Phil 2:5-11. What does it look like when we have the mind of Christ as a body of believers?
  • Mar 17, 2024Choosing Glory: John 12:20-33
    Mar 17, 2024
    Choosing Glory: John 12:20-33
    Series: Lent 2024
    As Jesus looks toward the cross, he asks an important question, “What should I say – Father, save me from this hour?”. Faced with the choice of going to the cross or not, he still chose the cross for one specific reason: that God’s name be glorified. Jesus chose the cross for the opportunity for God to work in that suffering to bring glory to God. Could we do the same? Could we also allow God to work through our suffering for God’s glory?
  • Mar 3, 2024True Center: John 2:13-22
    Mar 3, 2024
    True Center: John 2:13-22
    Series: Lent 2024
    We typically use this passage to justify our anger, but there is more at work here. When reading scripture, it is always good to ask, “What is God doing in this text?” to filter out our inclination toward self-centered readings. Yes, in John 2 God demonstrates a concern for justice in the workings of religion, but is also moving the center of worship from the physical temple in Jerusalem to the person of Jesus. We take for granted the ease of accessibility in worship, but it is important to remember the significance of Jesus being the center of our worship.
  • Feb 25, 2024Losing and Finding:​ Mark 8:31-38​
    Feb 25, 2024
    Losing and Finding:​ Mark 8:31-38​
    Series: Lent 2024
    Continuing the theme of trusting God’s sustenance, Mark 8 calls us to consider what defines success in life. True life is a life lived in communion with God, and that might mean sacrificing the ideals, goals, and expectations that the world has for a “normal life.” All of which requires that we trust in God to provide for us rather than ourselves.
  • Feb 18, 2024God Sustains​ Mark 1:9-15​
    Feb 18, 2024
    God Sustains​ Mark 1:9-15​
    Series: Lent 2024
    It is in our moments of testing that the essence of our faith is revealed, as we grapple with the fundamental question: Will we rely on our own strength or surrender to the sustaining power of God?
  • Feb 17, 2024Drop Everything: Mark 1:14-20
    Feb 17, 2024
    Drop Everything: Mark 1:14-20
    There’s something about Jesus that compels people to drop whatever they are doing and change direction. When he calls people stop everything to follow Jesus and join in the work he is doing. Jesus is contagious, compelling, magnetic, and life changing. Jesus has come near, so we repent and believe the good news – dropping everything to pick up our crosses.