Jun 19, 2016
Balancing Mercy and Works (Titus 3:1-8)
Worship 06-19-2016We live in a time when many people speak about “giving back” or “paying it forward.” The emphasis on helping others and making a difference is good. In fact those who claim to follow Christ should be the leaders in these efforts. However, there is often a difference in motives. Some feel that giving back may put them in good stead with God. Others feel that giving back shows that only humanity will “save” itself. What we will learn today is that those who trust Jesus by faith are redeemed so that in one sense we can make an eternal difference right now.
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  • Jun 19, 2016Balancing Mercy and Works (Titus 3:1-8)
    Jun 19, 2016
    Balancing Mercy and Works (Titus 3:1-8)
    Worship 06-19-2016We live in a time when many people speak about “giving back” or “paying it forward.” The emphasis on helping others and making a difference is good. In fact those who claim to follow Christ should be the leaders in these efforts. However, there is often a difference in motives. Some feel that giving back may put them in good stead with God. Others feel that giving back shows that only humanity will “save” itself. What we will learn today is that those who trust Jesus by faith are redeemed so that in one sense we can make an eternal difference right now.
  • Jun 12, 2016Don’t Blow Away but Stand Firm (Psalm 1)
    Jun 12, 2016
    Don’t Blow Away but Stand Firm (Psalm 1)

    Worship 06-12-2016What is your foundation in life?  What grounds you in the midst of difficult times?  In this very familiar passage we are reminded that there is only one foundation that provides stability and security.  It is the Word of God.  The psalmist paints a very vivid word picture that leaves the reader with the stark reminder that in God’s eyes we have no middle ground, we either stand firm in his Word or we dry up and blow away.

     

  • Jun 5, 2016Making the Gospel Attractive (Titus 2:9-15)
    Jun 5, 2016
    Making the Gospel Attractive (Titus 2:9-15)

    AtWorship 06-05-2016tractive (adj) pleasing, arousing interest or engaging one’s thought, consideration, etc. (Webster Dictionary).  In our passage today we will take stock of the way we present the gospel by our actions.  Does the way I interact within my own culture make the good news of Jesus attractive?  Do others want to know what I believe by the way I conduct myself?  If not, what do I need to change?  Am I ready to respond to them when they ask me what I believe and why?

     
  • May 29, 2016The Power of “Family” Titus 2:1-8
    May 29, 2016
    The Power of “Family” Titus 2:1-8

    Worship 05-29-2016Consider the term “church family.”  What does it mean to you?  How is this local church your family?  In the first century where people gathered in homes it was much easier to get a concept of church family, or more accurately a household.  Those gatherings were intergenerational and made up of people who really cared for the welfare of all in their midst.  As we look at  a model for church today, consider your part in a church family.

     

  • May 22, 2016Consistency in an Inconsistent World
    May 22, 2016
    Consistency in an Inconsistent World

    Worship 05-22-2016Between news media, entertainment media, and social media, we can get pulled in many different directions.  Just as the sailors of old we need our own “North Star” a fixed point that is reliable.  In our passage today we find that developing Godly character is the solution to spiritual posing and empty religion.

     

     

  • May 15, 2016Accepting My Role Titus 1:1-4
    May 15, 2016
    Accepting My Role Titus 1:1-4
    Worship 05-15-2016

    Take a little self test.  Choose four words to describe yourself, and write them down.  It doesn’t have to be list.  It can be a brief statement, or phrase.  But it can only be four words.  Three is too brief, and five is too long.  Just four words.  It's not easy.  In the passage at hand we will discover that a simple four word description with the correct focus can be a life changing difference maker.

     

  • May 8, 2016Final Charge to a Young Warrior (1Tim 6:11-21)
    May 8, 2016
    Final Charge to a Young Warrior (1Tim 6:11-21)
    Worship 05-08-2016 [Autosaved]If you had one piece of paper left to send your final words to a young friend what thoughts would be on your mind? How would you synthesize the key principles of living that you wanted to convey? As we wrap up this part of our study of the Pastoral Epistles, we find Paul trying to summarize great truth in a few lines. As a result we have ten verses that are full of practical theology for us to consider and apply.
  • May 1, 2016Godliness with Contentment (1 Tim. 6:3-10)
    May 1, 2016
    Godliness with Contentment (1 Tim. 6:3-10)
    Worship 05-01-2016
    It is one of my favorite Far Side cartoons.  Imagine a nice living room.  Fruit on the coffee table.  A large bull is sitting on an easy chair, beer in hand watching TV.  A cow, wearing a pearl necklace and bracelets, holding martini glass, stands looking back from the picture window.  The caption reads:

    “Wendell...I’m not content.”  

    In that uncanny, nutty, way of looking at the world, Gary Larson illustrated an important point.  Contentment is never about our circumstances or our stuff.  It is deeper.  Are you content?

     

  • Apr 24, 2016Relationships within the Household and without
    Apr 24, 2016
    Relationships within the Household and without

    Worship 04-24-2016We don’t often think about spiritual leadership, but we should.  Just as our leaders have a responsibility to us, we have a responsibility to them.  While they are to teach by word and by example we are to not just learn but also help them be accountable.  But outside of the “church” there are also responsibilities when it comes to leading, and following.  The fact is every area of our lives is to reflect the difference Jesus makes.

     

  • Apr 17, 2016Principles of Compassion (1 Tim 5:1-16)
    Apr 17, 2016
    Principles of Compassion (1 Tim 5:1-16)
    Worship  04-17-2016What is your first “gut reaction” to someone in need?  How do you help someone without creating undue dependency?  Who is responsible for helping those in need?  These are not new questions.  They have been around for centuries.  In our passage today we examine what our attitude should be toward those who are part of the household of God.  We will consider how we are to help those in our midst who are the most vulnerable.  For the Christ follower compassion is not an option.

     

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