Sep 25, 2016
How can a church respond to metal illness
  • Sep 25, 2016How can a church respond to metal illness
    Sep 25, 2016
    How can a church respond to metal illness
  • Sep 25, 2016How can a church respond to mental illness?
    Sep 25, 2016
    How can a church respond to mental illness?
    worship-09-25-2016We don’t like what we can’t fully understand. Sometimes we feel like David in Psalm 142, alone and in a cave with no one to help us. When families face mental illness of any kind, life can feel that way. In this interview we will learn from from the experiences of others that the faith community should be the place of safety, acceptance, and healing.  From their experiences courageously shared Pastor Scott draws six practical principles.  (This interview has been edited out of respect for the families courageous enough to share their story with us.)
  • Sep 18, 2016Does God Care That I Was Hurt?
    Sep 18, 2016
    Does God Care That I Was Hurt?
    worship-09-18-2016Sometimes we are hurt by another inadvertently. But unfortunately in a fallen world some are hurt by another on purpose. Abuse in any form is the ultimate betrayal and can lead to the deepest hurt. Today we will explore this most difficult topic and learn that God cares, God knows, and God can help victims become victors. As the church we can be God’s agents of compassion and healing.
  • Sep 11, 2016Seeing God in Natural Disasters
    Sep 11, 2016
    Seeing God in Natural Disasters
    worship-09-11-2016Hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, have all been on the news in the past 9 months. Where is God during these tragedies? Why doesn’t he stop them? We will explore natural disasters and the ways we do see God through these most difficult times today. We will learn some very important lessons about our hopes, our confidence, and our priorities.
  • Sep 4, 2016Refocusing on God
    Sep 4, 2016
    Refocusing on God
    Attributes of God Church PowerPointA.W. Tozer wrote in Knowledge of the Holy, "We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God" (Tozer, 7). The question then becomes where that mental image originates. Pastor Scott reminds us that we must let the Bible help us think rightly about God.
  • Aug 28, 2016Rethinking Church as Community
    Aug 28, 2016
    Rethinking Church as Community

    Worship 08-28-2016When you see or hear the word “church” what comes to mind?  For many of us the first thing we think about is a building or a place where we gather to worship God.  But interestingly enough, that idea is no where to be found in the New Testament.  It is important that we work to rethink church so that our idea of church is in line with God’s concept of church.

  • Aug 21, 2016Making It Personal
    Aug 21, 2016
    Making It Personal
    Book of 2 Timothy PowerPoint Template (1)After almost 8 months and 29 sermons we come to the end of this journey through the Pastoral Epistles.  In the final words of 2 Timothy we find the Apostle Paul expressing himself in very personal terms.  We see loneliness and despair, mixed with hope and an awareness of God's presence.  It seems that we can each relate to that emotional tension.  Like Paul it is best to cling to God when nothing else makes sense.
  • Aug 14, 2016Final Words (2 Tim. 4:1-8)
    Aug 14, 2016
    Final Words (2 Tim. 4:1-8)
    Worship 08-14-2016In the final chapter of 2 Timothy, there is a sense of both urgency and confidence in Paul’s words . It is the stuff of a commanding officer to his soldiers before a decisive battle. It is the power of a coach rallying his team at half time. It is a father expressing his confidence and love as his son strikes out on his own. In these final words of Paul to Timothy there are some important lessons for each of us.
  • Aug 7, 2016Go with what you know (2 Tim 3:10-17)
    Aug 7, 2016
    Go with what you know (2 Tim 3:10-17)
    Worship 08-07-2016Sometimes new is not always better. Sometimes, it is important to remember the lessons we have learned and stick with them as we go through life. In this passage the Apostle Paul reminds Timothy to remember what he has observed, continue in what he already knows, and stay true to the knowledge from Scripture he already has. In this he will be useful, successful, and equipped to serve where God places him.
  • Jul 31, 2016Navigating Cultural Whitewater (2 Tim 3:1-9)
    Jul 31, 2016
    Navigating Cultural Whitewater (2 Tim 3:1-9)
    Worship 07-31-2016At what point in the history of our world after Genesis 3 have things been perfect? We live in a fallen world that is increasingly moving away from the cross both in time and in attitude. It should not surprise us. We look at a depressing list in the Bible today and our first response should be to look in the mirror of our own soul and make sure we are following Jesus and not the drift of the world in which we live.
  • Jul 24, 2016Majoring on the Majors (2 Tim 2:14-26)
    Jul 24, 2016
    Majoring on the Majors (2 Tim 2:14-26)
    Worship 07-24-2016Sometimes we have a tendency to emphasize issues that are not really emphasized in God’s Word. Sometimes we think if we just have the right data and the best delivery that we can argue a person into believing in Jesus. Today we learn that God wants us to pay attention to basic truth, live a life that reflects him and be respectful and gentle with everyone. Quite frankly, that is a very relieving prospect.
  • Jul 17, 2016Loyal, Focused and Faithful
    Jul 17, 2016
    Loyal, Focused and Faithful
    Worship 07-17-2016How do you want to be remembered? In our passage today we have two men who are mentioned one time in the Bible. They deserted the Apostle Paul in his hour of need. That is not a good legacy to leave. As we read this 2000 year old letter we learn that loyalty and faithfulness are age old characteristics that are still as important today as they were in the First Century. Can God count on you? Can your family and friends count on you? Where will you be when the going gets really hard?
  • Jul 10, 2016Stoke the Fire (2 Tim. 1:6-14)
    Jul 10, 2016
    Stoke the Fire (2 Tim. 1:6-14)
    Worship 07-10-2016Some of us know the old adage “use it or lose it.” So we scramble to use up vacation days, or money in a special fund, before those things disappear. While we may not lose a spiritual gift, it is still true that if we do not exercise our spiritual gifts they could go dormant for a time. In his final words to his protégé Timothy, Paul encourages him to not just use his gifts but to stoke the fire of his spirit and use them boldly. Are you and I boldly using what God has given us?
  • Jul 5, 2016The Power of Heritage (2 Timothy 1:1-5)
    Jul 5, 2016
    The Power of Heritage (2 Timothy 1:1-5)
    Worship 07-03-2016As we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence 240 years ago, it is a good time to reflect on our heritage. Some of us celebrate the famous people in our lineage. Others of us are chagrined to know there were unsavory types climbing around our family tree. Still others, aren’t too sure of our lineage much beyond our great-grand parents. But we all have a spiritual heritage if we follow Jesus and the power of that heritage is great and should be reason to rejoice.
  • Jun 26, 2016The Main Thing (Titus 3:9-15)
    Jun 26, 2016
    The Main Thing (Titus 3:9-15)
    Worship 06-26-2016Some people love to debate just for the sake of having something to debate about. At times it can be entertaining, and yet it can also become rather irritating. In the Household of God we need to be very careful that we are focusing on the things that matter to God and not on debating issues that may divide us. One of the key ways to be united is to bring our focus back to the main thing. In this passage the main thing is doing good in our community in a way that draws the attention of others to Jesus.