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If you've ever tuned into the Hallmark Channel leading up to Christmas, it's easy to feel like everyone is having the best Christmas ever...except you. But no matter how pretty a tree may look, or how happy your holiday guests may seem...there's no such thing as a perfect Christmas. So instead of wishing that your Christmas could be better, may it'…
 
Jesus was once teaching more than 5,000 people. As he taught, the day drew on and Jesus knew the crowd was getting hungry. But in that moment, it seemed like there was nothing that could be done for the crowd. There were just too many people and not enough resources to go around. But Jesus fed all of those people with just a few fish and a couple l…
 
John Lennon famously sung that "Life is what happens when you're busy making plans." The same thing is true when it comes to faith...most of our journey of faith happens on ordinary days. In this sermon, we'll be reminded how important it is to choose to follow God on ordinary days, and how those oridinary days prepare you to trust in God when the …
 
From promising Abraham and Sarah that they'd have a baby when they were both over 90 years old, to telling the people of Israel to march around in circles to defeat the city of Jericho, to having David face a giant with just a sling and a stone; there are times in life when God asks us to do impossible things. But God has a habit of making the impo…
 
It's easy to say that the past is in the past, but there are plenty of things that we have all experienced in our past that can continue to hurt us in the present. In this sermon, we'll talk about how we really can put the past behind us and how God gives us all a clean slate when we commit to follow him.…
 
Whenever we look to the future, it's easy to get scared. And we get scared because we just don't know what will happen. But when we're struggling with fear about what tomorrow may bring, it can help to remember the past. When we look back on the past we can see how God helped us make it through challenges before and we can trust that God will conti…
 
It's been said that fear is the glue that keeps us stuck. In the book of Joshua, we can see just how true that statement was for the people of Israel. They had been on the verge of entering the Promised Land for 40 years...but their fear kept them from being able to move forward. In this sermon, we'll see how the people of Israel were finally able …
 
Hypocrites, liars, deceivers. We typically use these terms for groups like the Pharisees in the Bible...but what we, as followers of Jesus, don't often realize is that those terms are what people outside the church use to describe a Christian. How can we reach people outside our walls if they all think we're full of hot air? Well it starts by tryin…
 
Do you know someone who has left the church because of something that did or did not happen to them? In this sermon, we'll explore the story of the Prodigal Son to see how God responds to his children who wander from him. But we'll also focus on the older brother in the story of the Prodigal Son. And we'll see how God wants us, as his followers, to…
 
If you've ever had your car break down, or lost your luggage while traveling, or had a fussy baby that wouldn't stop crying; then you know what it's like to wonder "What now?" We wonder "What now?" whenever we aren't sure how to proceed. However, as followers of Jesus, there is always one thing we need do even when we're not sure how to move forwar…
 
Have you ever sat in the wrong seat at a ball game or went to the wrong restaurant to meet up with your friends? We've all had moments where we have been convinced we were in the right spot only to find out that we weren't. But when it comes to our faith, whenever God wants us to move forward, it's not because we were in the wrong spot...it's becau…
 
From choosing a destination, to figuring out how you'll travel, to deciding on what you'll do and where you'll eat when you arrive...it can be a lot of work to plan a trip. But no matter how much work you put into planning, there is no such thing as a perfect trip. So what do you do when things don't go according to plan? In this sermon, we'll talk…
 
It doesn't matter if you're talking about arriving at your destination when you're on vacation or reaching a goal you've set in your life...when we know where we want to go, we want to get there as fast as we can. But rather than racing through life, trying to get from one point to the next, we need to remember that there are lessons to learn on ev…
 
Being stressed can take a toll on your health. Stress can lead to high blood pressure & heart disease. It can aggrevate asthma. It can cause anxiety & depression, and more. So what can you do to make sure your stress doesn't negatively impact your health? In this sermon, we'll take a look at one important thing you can do to reduce your stress and …
 
Although it may feel like there are a million things that stress you out about your job, there are really two major things that can make our jobs especially stressful. We feel stressed about work when we don't feel like we belong or when we find our work meaningless. In this sermon, we'll talk about what you can do to find your place and make a dif…
 
When it comes to money, there is a lot that can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Inflation is at a 40 year high. The stock market is down almost 6,000 points. Your 401(k) feels more like a 201(k). So what can you do when you're overwhelmed by money? In this sermon, we'll talk about one practical thing we can all do to take control of our finances.…
 
From the ongoing war in Ukraine, to the downturn in our economy, to the recent surge in COVID-19...there is a lot that we can worry about. And this doesn't even begin to talk about the stress we face in our daily lives. So what are you supposed to do when all of this stress gets to be too much? In this sermon, we'll talk about practical things you …
 
There are times when it can feel like being a follower of Jesus is just about spending an hour each week attending a worship service. But, when Jesus was on this earth, his ministry wasn't limited to one hour each week. No, Jesus shared every hour of every day with his followers. So, if we are going to reflect the light of Jesus into our world, we …
 
As followers of Jesus, we are called to reflect the light of Jesus through our lives. But we can't reflect Jesus when we're focused on ourselves and our own preferences. In this sermon, we'll be reminded of just how selfish we can be and we'll see that there is far more that draws us together as followers of Jesus than pushes us a part.…
 
As a follower of Jesus, your life is the only Bible that some people will ever read. And that means that your words are the closest things that some people will ever hear to the words of Jesus. So the words you use when you talk about your spouse, your job, your church reflect who Jesus really is? Or are your words driving people away from God?…
 
Whether we want to admit it or not, the church has a reputation for playing favorites. And when we play favorites, we show the world a Jesus that only loves and cares for certain types of people. But there is no one who is not loved and welcomed by Jesus. So if we want to reflect who Jesus really is in our lives, then we have to stop playing favori…
 
A mirror is used to reflect light...as followers of Jesus, we are called to do the exact same thing. We are called to reflect the light of Jesus into the darkness of the world around us. Unfortunately, we sometimes get it wrong and, instead of being a reflection of Jesus, we expect Jesus to be a reflection of us. So, in this series, we'll explore h…
 
Have you ever seen an implosion? An implosion pulls everything inward and then disperses the debris out at the end. God’s love is a lot like that implosion. After getting back to a relationship with God, what comes next? What is it that we are supposed to do as followers of Jesus to actually follow Jesus? Having a relationship with God isn’t enough…
 
What do we do when we find ourselves falling away from Christ? How do we get back into an intimate relationship with Jesus? Well, it starts from coming out of hiding. It starts with realizing that it isn’t too late to come back. It starts with realizing that God is looking for you.
 
When we find ourselves in situations when we don't know what to do, there isn't typically a quick solution to our problems. And since there isn't a quick solution to our problems, we often give up before we even begin to solve them. In this sermon, we'll talk about the need to persevere and to keep working until the work is done.…
 
As followers of Jesus, we are called to let the light of Jesus shine through our lives. But in the face of tragedy, it isn't always easy to figure out how we can put our faith into action. So what are we supposed to do when we don't know what to do? We have to find whatever ways we can to let Jesus' light shine through us into our world.…
 
After the mass shooting that have recently taken place in Uvalde, TX and Buffalo, NY, many of us are struggling to figure out how we can move forward. It feels like there are just some problems that are too big to solve. But does that mean we should just give up? Or do we need to find some way to keep moving forward? In this series, we'll talk abou…
 
Has anyone ever told you, "God won't give you more than you can handle"? It's something we tend to say when someone around us is struggling. But is God really the one that gives us things to handle? Or should we be saying, God will help you handle whatever you're given?
 
The phrase, "Love the sinner, hate the sin," seems like it should be in the Bible. After all, the Bible tells us that all have sinned. And the Bible teaches us that God loves all. But the Bible doesn't say, "Love the sinner, hate the sin." Instead, the Bible says, "Love your neighbor." In this sermon, we'll be talking about just how big a differenc…
 
Over the years, there have been plenty of different issues that have divided churches. And many of these issues have been magnified by the belief that "God said it, I believe it, that settles it." But this phrase isn't in the Bible. Instead, in Matthew 23, Jesus reminds us what really matters to God...loving God and loving others.…
 
Benjamin Franklin made the phrase "God helps those who help themselves," famous in his "Poor Richard's Almanack." But there are plenty of people who think this phrase comes right from the pages of the Bible. But the truth is, the Bible has a completely different message. The Bible shows us that God helps those who cannot help themselves.…
 
We have all heard someone say, "Everything happens for a reason." We usually hear this phrase when someone is trying to make sense out of pain and suffering in the world around us. But when we say that "Everything happens for a reason," in church, we fail to take responsibility for the choices we make that may hurt other people.…
 
There are times when Easter Sunday can feel like just another historical event. And since we have all witnessed moments that have defined generations - like the moon landing or 9/11 - we think we can understand the importance of Easter. But Easter is so much more than just another historical event. Easter is a personal event where God shows how muc…
 
On Good Friday, Jesus grabbed a six-foot long, hundred pound, rough cut beam and drug it out through the city of Jerusalem. As he did it, Jesus was isolated. Jesus was abandoned. Jesus was alone. But in his hour of darkest need, God sent a man named Simon - who was from a place called Cyrene - not only to help carry Jesus' cross...but also to remin…
 
As Jesus was dying on the cross, the very first thing that he said was, "Father, forgive them..." But how could Jesus ask God to forgive the people who were taking his life? As we struggle with the problem of pain, one of the hardest issues to deal with is people who intentionally hurt us. In this sermon, we'll explore how Jesus forgave those who h…
 
Although we all would like to be able to answer some of life's most difficult questions, the reality is that knowing why there is pain and suffering in this world wouldn't bring an end to the pain and suffering in this world. So we don't need an explanation for pain...we need a way to endure it. In this sermon, we'll begin exploring how Jesus dealt…
 
What would your life be like if you never had to worry about stubbing your toe, biting your tongue, or getting a headache again? The idea of a world without pain sounds pretty incredible. But in this sermon, we'll see that a world without pain wouldn't be a world of permanent euphoria. And that's because there is actually a reason why we experience…
 
When it comes to the problem of pain and suffering in the world, we have either blamed it on God or blamed it on the person who’s suffering. But both of these types of answers just aren't true. In this sermon, we'll explore what God has to say about the problem of pain and suffering in the book of Job. And we'll see that we'll never be able to answ…
 
Some questions have an easy answer..like we all know that 2+2=4. But not every question has an easy answer. And that's especially true when it comes to our faith. Like, we've all wondered why bad things happen to good people. Well, just because something isn't easy doesn't mean it should be avoided. So, in this sermon we begin wrestling with one of…
 
There are times when it feels like we live in a world where everything changes...and that includes the church. Over the years, churches have seen everything change from the way sermons are preached to the music that is sung. So, is there anything that stays consistent? In this sermon, we'll be reminded that Christians are and will always be defined…
 
What images do you think of when you think of hope? If you've spent much time around the church, you might think of things like a dove, a rainbow, or the cross. In this sermon, we'll explore a symbol that you'd probably never associate with hope: a sandal. And we'll see how a sandal shows us that we can always anticipate that God will keep his prom…
 
Great football players are defined by their size, strength, and what they accomplish on the field...but what defines us as Christians? Are we defined by attending worship services or carrying a Bible? Or is there some other essential quality that shows we are following Jesus? In this sermon, we'll be talking about the qualities that make us Christi…
 
When Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" they answered that some people thought he was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the other prophets. But even though a lot of people thought Jesus was a prophet, in this week's service, we'll be reminded that Jesus was so much more than that.…
 
What do a fictional racecar, a football fullback, and Jesus have in common? All three of them disappeared when they were on the verge of accomplishing something incredible. When Jesus was on the verge of creating an incredible ministry in the small town of Capernaum. And in this week's service, we'll see what Jesus' disappearing act can teach us ab…
 
From feeding the multitudes to healing the sick; Jesus performed plenty of miracles during his time on this earth. But when we struggle to see God at work in our world today, it's easy to wonder: Do miracles really happen? In this sermon, we'll talk about what we can learn from about Jesus from the miracles that he performed. And we'll be inspired …
 
Before Nathanael meets Jesus, he wonders if anything good can come from Nazareth. So before he even got to know Jesus, Nathanael wanted to reject Jesus. ​But even though Nathanael wanted to reject Jesus, Jesus doesn't reject Nathanael. Jesus accepts us all. How different would our world be if we acted more like Jesus and less like Nathanael?…
 
We live in a world that can feel obsessed with gaining wealth and power regardless of the cost. We live in a world that can feel obsessed with privilege and pedigree - where who you know is more important than who you are. We live in a world where we're only worried about ourselves. ​But in the book of Mark, Jesus tells us that a new kingdom - the …
 
As Jesus stepped into the waters of the Jordan River to be baptized, he couldn't have been in a more ordinary place...but this ordinary place would show us just how extraordinary Jesus is. ​As Jesus stepped into the waters of the Jordan River to be baptized, Jesus showed us that he is both ordinary & extraordinary. Jesus showed us that he is just l…
 
After Jesus was born, some people were so excited to meet him that they traveled for months on end. But not everyone felt the same way. One man wanted to kill this baby, others wanted to ignore Jesus altogether. As we try to better understand who Jesus is, we face the same choice these people did. We can meet Jesus with excitement - knowing he will…
 
Every year countless children sit down with a sheet of paper in one hand and a marker in the other to make their Christmas list. Over the years, these lists have included everything from Rubik's cubes, to Tickle Me Elmo, to the latest video game system. And, with all the emphasis we put on these lists, it can feel like Christmas is all about presen…
 
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