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Daily Bread or Annual Bread?

9/15/2019
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“Give us this day our daily bread,” Jesus teaches us to pray. In ancient cultures, when workers got paid at the end of each day, and when life was more day-to-day, this was easier to understand. But today we buy groceries for the week, get paid every two weeks, pay our rent every month, and our taxes once/year. How do we know if we’re praying for daily bread or annual bread? What’s the difference between responsibility and excess? And does God really care about something as insignificant as...

Duration:00:33:18

Thy Kingdom Come

9/8/2019
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Everyone has a source of authority – something or someone whose word we accept as truth. For some of us it’s God; for others a philosophy or political cause; for still others it’s ourselves. But we all submit to something or someone. When Jesus teaches us to pray, “Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” he challenges us to identify who our authority is, and he urges us to commit our whole self—head, heart, and hands—to that cause.

Duration:00:29:19

The Power and Primacy of Praise

9/1/2019
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Everyone worships something. Who or what do you worship? Jesus teaches us to begin our prayers, “Hallowed be thy name.” He’s not only teaching us how to pray, but he’s teaching us how to live. What does it look like to worship (or hallow) God in every part of our lives?

Duration:00:25:41

Pagan Prayers and Pure Prayers

8/25/2019
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As Jesus teaches what real spirituality looks like, he teaches us to pray. “Don’t pray like the pagans,” he warns us. How do pagans pray? What kind of prayers are we supposed to avoid? And how do we pray?

Duration:00:34:43

Be Careful What You Wish For

8/18/2019
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We all want to do what is right (and certainly nobody sets out to do what is wrong), but how do we know what is right? Is it ok to do the right thing for the wrong reasons? And when God says he looks at our heart, what does he mean by that?

Duration:00:31:21

How do we Respond to Evil?

8/11/2019
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In the past several weeks we have read news of three mass shootings in America. How are we, as Christians, to respond? What good can we possibly do, and what hope can there possibly be? Sermon ends and pastoral prayer begins at 31:30.

Duration:00:39:42

The Other Cheek

7/28/2019
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“Turn the other cheek.” “Go the extra mile.” Jesus coined these phrases during some of his most challenging teaching yet—within the context of loving our enemies. Was Jesus exaggerating to make a point, or is it really possible to love our enemies?

Duration:00:33:25

Holy Confusion

7/21/2019
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Christians believe in the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit often gets the silent treatment. Whether we don’t understand the Spirit or fear what submitting to the Spirit might look like, we all have objections. What happens when we acknowledge and face those objections? What happens when we let the Holy Spirit into our lives?

Duration:00:27:53

Standing Out Quietly

7/14/2019
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Have you ever heard someone say, “I swear to God”? What does it mean to swear to God? This morning Jesus teaches about when we make vows and oaths, and he challenges us to look at our heart-level motives in the process. Why do we feel the need to make vows, oaths, and promises, and what if there’s a better way? The comic referenced can be found at https://xkcd.com/993.

Duration:00:27:06

Divorce and Remarriage: an unreasonable standard?

7/7/2019
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In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus confronts us with an exceptionally high bar for morality. This morning he addresses his most challenging topic yet: divorce and remarriage. How do we view those subjects as Christians? The answer will challenge us, but when we remember that marriage is meant to reflect God’s love for us, the pieces start to fall into place.

Duration:00:40:44

Are You Still Thirsty?

6/30/2019
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When we’re thirsty, we have to take something outside of us (water) and put it inside of us, in order to satisfy our thirst. “Are you still thirsty?” Jesus asks. God intentionally us to be thirsty beings. We are made to thirst for him, since Jesus, the living water, will fill us to overflowing.

Duration:00:30:30

Been Poolside Lately?

6/23/2019
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In John 5 Jesus asks a blind man a startling question: “Do you want to be healed?” Still more startling is what Jesus does not ask the man: “What do you believe?” Is it possible that God operates on his own terms and not ours? Is it possible that Jesus touches whomever he pleases regardless of whether we deem them worthy?

Duration:00:22:42

The Eyes and the Heart and the Eyes of the Heart

6/16/2019
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In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus begins to confront us with a shocking high bar for morality. This morning he makes this bold claim: “I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Is Jesus just being dramatic? A killjoy? What heart conditions does he have in mind, and how do we pursue the purity of heart to which Jesus calls us?

Duration:00:35:13

Love and Loopholes

6/9/2019
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In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus begins to confront us with a shocking high bar for morality. He begins this morning by equating anger with murder. Is Jesus just being dramatic when he says anger and murder carry the same consequences? Or is he unearthing deeper matters of the heart?

Duration:00:38:05

Child-like

6/2/2019
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When Jesus’ disciples asked how they could “get ahead” in God’s kingdom, they didn’t expect him to respond, “Be like a child.” This year during our annual Children’s Day celebration we reflect briefly on what childlike faith means. It is simple, dependent, and trusting.

Duration:00:08:27

Salt and Light

5/19/2019
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Jesus loved to use everyday illustrations to illustrate profound truths. This morning we look at two famous statements: “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.” What does it mean that we are salt and light? What does “salty” faith look like? And how can we be a light in a dark world?

Duration:00:32:02

Upside-Down Kingdom pt. 2

5/12/2019
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We all want to be blessed in life, but what does it mean to be #blessed? Does it mean a great vacation, or a brand new car? Is being blessed the same as being successful? Our desire to be blessed is natural – God himself planted that desire in us. In fact, Jesus tells us exactly what the blessed life looks like. It may not be quite what you expect.

Duration:00:36:45

Upside-Down Kingdom pt. 1

5/5/2019
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We all want to be blessed in life, but what does it mean to be #blessed? Does it mean a great vacation, or a brand new car? Is being blessed the same as being successful? Our desire to be blessed is natural – God himself planted that desire in us. In fact, Jesus tells us exactly what the blessed life looks like. It may not be quite what you expect.

Duration:00:31:19

Believing is Seeing (Easter 2019)

4/21/2019
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After Jesus is raised from the dead John gives four quick sketches of some of Jesus’ closest followers. Eventually they all believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, but in very different ways. Yet Jesus meets each of them right where they are. He doesn’t demand that they reach up to him; he reaches down to them. As you listen to the four sketches, which is most like you?

Duration:00:23:20

Seven Last Words: Into Thy Hands / It Is Finished

4/14/2019
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“Into thy hands I commit my Spirit,” Jesus says in Luke 23; and in John 19, “It is finished.” These are Jesus’ very last words before he dies in each respective gospel. The more we understand the context in which the words were said—especially in light of the temple curtain which was torn in two—the more we see how Jesus’ death is significant for our lives. This is no mere academic exercise; Jesus’ death means the forgiveness of all our sins and a radically new life for the Christian.

Duration:00:34:09