Service Part 2

We live in a culture that champions upward mobility, defined by the ability to climb the ladder of success and eclipse the achievements of our fathers. Yet as we talked about last week pulling from Philippians 2, Jesus left Heaven with God the Father take on flesh and serve humanity. In doing so Jesus embodied […]

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Service

On the surface, service looks like a gamble. The logical question we wrestle with is if I pour myself out investing in God and others, won’t I end up empty? So much of what Jesus lived and taught seems illogical… until you live it! Chief amongst these teachings is his statement, “whoever wants to be […]

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Get Rooted

“Follow me as I follow Christ.” Those are powerful words from the Apostle Paul, and ones we should strive to be able to say to others. But to follow Christ as Paul did, we have to realize he didn’t do it alone! Paul’s life and ministry was totally immersed in community and the Church. Tonight […]

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World/Peace

Jumbo shrimp… Virtual reality… Living dead… Microsoft Works… What do all of these phrases have in common? They’re oxymorons. Figures of speech and common phrases that seem to contradict themselves within themselves. Jesus was a pro at making seemingly contradictory statements. One of which was his promise to His disciples (just moments before his arrest!) […]

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Then Came Grace

Sometimes we picture grace as something we passively receive. But grace- for all it’s benefits free of any work on our part- also comes with a call to action. In every season, grace enables us to walk through them in three life-transforming ways.

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Long Division Part 4

Often, when issues like diversity and seeking unity are addressed within the Church, it feels like an issue for the Church and society at large. Sure it’s important, but if I personally don’t get around to pursuing it, somebody else can pick up the slack and it’s all good. But what’s at stake isn’t just […]

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Long Division Part 3

We live in a society where tolerance has been deified and intolerance has been demonized. Yet Jesus entered humanity full of grace and truth. He had tolerance and grace for people, but an unapologetic intolerance for distortions of truth. By walking in both, Jesus had an impact that turned the tables eternally. We will finally turn […]

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Assignments

What is your job?  If you are a bank teller and your boss fires you because you didn’t bag enough groceries would that be fair?  What if you are an attorney and your boss reprimands you because the enrollment at the local college is declining?  You work at the high school cafeteria and your annual […]

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Long Division Part 2

Violence is pervasive. It seems to saturate everything from our new cycles to our entertainment. From Cain to our current climate, mankind has done a lot a man-killing. Humanity- by most measures- acts inhumanely. How do we fix it? Matthew 5:38-48 offers up Jesus’s principles that replace retaliation with reconciliation and teach us to find […]

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Long Division

We live in a divided climate. But our world’s lack of peace and unity is not a new issue. It’s an issue humanity has had since Genesis that has only been exacerbated by man’s repeated attempts to solve it “man to man” or from the social construct of “us vs. them.” The story of Cain […]

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