Jan 29, 2017
Created for Relationship (Gen. 2:17-25)
We were created for relationship. Relationship with God and relationship with one another. The foundational relationship in order to initially fulfill the command to be fruitful and increase is that of husband and wife. And yet in that fundamental relationship we learn much about who God has created us to be. We are dependent upon God and live interdependently with one another.
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  • Jan 29, 2017Created for Relationship (Gen. 2:17-25)
    Jan 29, 2017
    Created for Relationship (Gen. 2:17-25)
    We were created for relationship. Relationship with God and relationship with one another. The foundational relationship in order to initially fulfill the command to be fruitful and increase is that of husband and wife. And yet in that fundamental relationship we learn much about who God has created us to be. We are dependent upon God and live interdependently with one another.
  • Jan 22, 2017Rest, Worship, and Obedience (Gen 2:1-17)
    Jan 22, 2017
    Rest, Worship, and Obedience (Gen 2:1-17)
    The Creation Account gives us a sense of order for living. Part of that order for living is to rest, to cease work. Part of that order has to do with our relationship with God which includes worship and obedience. When we have a rhythm of work, rest, worship, and obedience we find a completeness and a satisfaction in our life and relationship with our Creator.
  • Jan 15, 2017Created to Reign Responsibly
    Jan 15, 2017
    Created to Reign Responsibly
    Series: Advent 2016
    As human beings created in the imaged and likeness of God we each have a divine responsibility. We are tasked with developing a civilization and harnessing all the raw materials in this world in such a way that God is glorified. This has not happened in a good way due to sin. There have been abuses throughout history, and yet we still have a God-given responsibility to be people who manage what God has given us.
  • Jan 8, 2017It’s All About God (Genesis 1)
    Jan 8, 2017
    It’s All About God (Genesis 1)
    Series: Advent 2016
    worship-01-08-2017Ancestory.com has made millions from people who want to know their family tree. We want to know from where we have come. We long to know our source and family history. The most simplistic answer is also the most complex, we all come from God. He as the creator, originated the human race. Genesis is more than a book of beginnings, it is a book about God, our source and the foundation for our faith.
  • Jan 1, 2017Three Goals for 2017
    Jan 1, 2017
    Three Goals for 2017
    Series: Advent 2016
    horizons-1280x960Sometimes when we set goals for a new year we make them very elaborate and detailed. Today we will look at three goals for our church and our individual lives that are stated simply and yet will take all we have to live them out. In striving for these goals we will individually and collectively be living in obedience to our Lord. Simply stated the goals are Love God and others, Follow Jesus, Make. Disciples.
  • Dec 18, 2016The Gift of Love (1 John 4:9-12)
    Dec 18, 2016
    The Gift of Love (1 John 4:9-12)
    Series: Advent 2016
    worship-12-18-2016Love may involve emotion but it is more than that. Love is a choice, a decision, made for the benefit of another, expecting nothing in return. God loves us so he made a decision. He chose to enter our world, to stoop to our level, to become human. We celebrate that act of love at this time of year. Jesus, the God man loved us and willingly laid down his life for us. The Holy Spirit loves us and willingly indwells and guides and teaches those of us who put our faith in Jesus. Love is a gift. If you have received that gift, then look for ways to pass it on.
  • Dec 11, 2016The Secret of Joy (Luke 2:8-11; John 15:9-11)
    Dec 11, 2016
    The Secret of Joy (Luke 2:8-11; John 15:9-11)
    Series: Advent 2016
    worship-12-11-2016Good news of great joy. There was great joy a couple of months ago when the Cubs won the World Series. People talked about coming together and focusing on that which was positive etc. etc. Is that the great joy of the Bible? How can we have joy when we go through struggles (see James 1:2)? While joy encompasses happiness, maybe, just maybe it is just a bit deeper. On this third Sunday of Advent we explore the secret of joy.
  • Dec 4, 2016The Mystery of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; John 14:27)
    Dec 4, 2016
    The Mystery of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; John 14:27)
    Series: Advent 2016
    worship-12-04-2016A brief look around our nation and we are fully aware of the elusive nature of peace. Wildfires ravage pristine forests. Protests and unrest over many issues. People attacked on college campuses and in urban neighborhoods. Is it possible that real peace is a myth. On this Sunday of Advent we look carefully at the one called the Prince of Peace. We will discover that real peace begins with relationship.
  • Nov 27, 2016Hope for Humanity: Isaiah 40
    Nov 27, 2016
    Hope for Humanity: Isaiah 40
    Series: Advent 2016
    worship-11-27-2016There are many things for which we hope. We hope our children will turn out well. We hope we will do well on an exam. We hope our team will win. We hope we can get off work for a special event. But the hope offered by God and realized by the birth of Jesus Christ is more than a wish or a desire. It is an eager expectation of a reality based on the evidence that God is able to bring about his purposes. In Jesus we discover hope for humanity.
  • Nov 20, 2016Does God Really Understand? Isaiah 53:1-3; Hebrews 2:14-18
    Nov 20, 2016
    Does God Really Understand? Isaiah 53:1-3; Hebrews 2:14-18
    worship-11-20-2016No matter what we hear, it seems that it is easy to wonder if God really understands. The fact is, if we really believe the text of the Bible, then we do have a God who is personally aware of what we face in life. In fact it was the plan all along that Jesus would be fully human not just to go through the human experience but also to be the only one who could atone for our sins. God really understands, and more.