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"Build on Jesus" - By Pastor Mary McQuilkin

Sunday, November 25, 2018 1 Corinthians 3: 10 – 11, 16 - 23 (NLT) By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and...


"How Jesus Said Thanks" - By Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, November 18, 2018 Luke 10:21-24 (NLT) Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way. “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father...


"Beacon pt 5: Christ's Love" by Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday November 4, 2018 Romans 8:35-39 (NLT) 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can...


"Beacon pt 4: Gifts" by Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday October 28, 2018 1 Peter 4:8-11 (NLT) 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. 10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with...


"Beacon pt 3: Passions" - by Pastor Grant Armstrong

Sunday October 21, 2018 Psalm 37:1-7 (NLT) A psalm of David. Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the...


Beacon pt 2: Service" - By Pastor Mary McQuilkin

Sunday October 14, 2018 James 2:14-26 (NLT) Faith without Good Deeds Is Dead What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it...


"Beacon pt 1: Faith" - by Pastor Grant Armstrong

Sunday, October 7, 2018 Hebrews 11:1-3; 8-12 (NLT) 1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. 3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. 8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his...


"Dirty Jesus pt 5: Bloody Death" by Pastor Grant Armstrong

Sunday, September 30, 2018 Matthew 27:24-31 NLT 24 Pilate saw that he wasn't getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this man. The responsibility is yours!" 25 And all the people yelled back, "We will take responsibility for his death-- we and our children!" 26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to...


"Dirty Jesus pt 4: Crusty Feet" by Pastor Grant Armstrong

Sunday, September 23, 2018 John 13:2-17 (NLT) It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. When Jesus...


"Dirty Jesus pt 3: Messy Words" by Rev. Mary McQuilkin

Sunday, September 16, 2018 John 2:13-20 (NIV) Jesus Clears the Temple Courts When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of...


"Dirty Jesus pt 2: Muddy Miracles" by Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, September 9, 2018 John 9:1-15 (NLT) As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. "Teacher," his disciples asked him, "why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?" "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him. All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before...


"Dirty Jesus pt 1: Barnyard Birth" by Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, September 2, 2018 Luke 2:8-19 (NLT) That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will...


“United, part 4: Together With One Voice” - By Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, August 26, 2018 Romans 15:1-13 (NLT) We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.” Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as...


“United, part 3: In Love With Jesus” - By Pastor Mary McQuilkin

Sunday, August 19, 2018 John 13:31-35 (NIV) When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him,a God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another....


"United, part 2: A House Divided" - By Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, August 12, 2018 Matthew 12:22-30 (NLT) Jesus and the Prince of Demons Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. The crowd was amazed and asked, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?” But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan,a the prince of demons.” Jesus knew their thoughts and...


"United, part 1: They All Will be One" - By Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, August 5, 2018 John 17:15-23 (NLT) I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever...


"Growing in Grace, part 4: Embraced by Grace" - By Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, July 29, 2018 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 (NLT) Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes,...


"Growing in Grace, part 3: Met by Grace" - By Pastor Mary McQuilkin

Sunday July 22, 2018 Psalm 139:13-17 (NIV) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious...


"Growing in Grace, part 2: Faced with Grace" - By Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, July 15, 2018 Ephesians 2:4-10 (NLV) But God had so much loving-kindness. He loved us with such a great love. Even when we were dead because of our sins, He made us alive by what Christ did for us. You have been saved from the punishment of sin by His loving-favor. God raised us up from death when He raised up Christ Jesus. He has given us a place with Christ in the heavens. He did this to show us through all the time to come the great riches of His loving-favor. He has shown...


"Growing in Grace, part 1: Chased By Grace" - By Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday July 8, 2018 Romans 5:6-11 (NLT) When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from...