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The Basis For Thanksgiving


[Sunday, November 24, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Psalm 100 (ESV)

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

A Psalm for giving thanks.

1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!<...

The Promise Of Possibility


[Sunday, November 17, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 5:17-39 (ESV)

Jesus Heals a Paralytic
17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they ...

Ecclesiastes - The Final Word


[Sunday, November 10, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 11:7 - 12:14 (ESV)

7 Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. 8 So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity. 9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgmen...

Ecclesiastes - A Little Folly Is Dangerous


[Sunday, October 27, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 10:1-20 (ESV)

Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. 2 A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. 3 Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to everyone that he is a fool. 4 If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest. 5 There is an evil that I have seen under...

Guest Preacher - Bob Crane


[Sunday, October 20, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-8 (ESV)

The Parable of the Persistent Widow
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because...

Ecclesiastes - Have A Blast While You Last


[Sunday, October 13, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 9:1-18 (ESV)

Death Comes to All
9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As the good one is, so is the sin...

Ecclesiastes - Living Under Authority


[Sunday, October 6, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 8:2-17 (NLT)

Obedience to the King
2 Obey the king since you vowed to God that you would. 3 Don?t try to avoid doing your duty, and don?t stand with those who plot evil, for the king can do whatever he wants. 4 His command is backed by great power. No one can resist or question it. 5 Those who obey him will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right, 6 for there is a time and a way for everything, even when a...

Ecclesiastes - Nothing To Chance (Continued)


[Sunday, September 29, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 (ESV)

15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time? 18 It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand, for the on...

Ecclesiastes - Nothing To Chance


[Sunday, September 22, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 (ESV)

The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
7 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fo...

Ecclesiastes - Things Are Not What They Seem


[Sunday, September 15, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 (ESV)

There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind: 2 a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous evil. 3 If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life's go...

Ecclesiastes - Fit To Be Tied


[Sunday, August 25, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 (ESV)

7 Again, I saw vanity under the sun: 8 one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, "For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?" This also is vanity and an unhappy business. 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who ...

Ecclesiastes - The Time Of Your Life


[Sunday, August 18, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 (ESV)

A Time for Everything
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to ga...

Ecclesiastes - Life In The Fast Lane


[Sunday, August 11, 2013] PermaLink
The Vanity of Self-Indulgence
2 I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself." But behold, this also was vanity. 2 I said of laughter, "It is mad," and of pleasure, "What use is it?" 3 I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine?my heart still guiding me with wisdom?and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. 4 I made great works. I built houses and plan...

Ecclesiastes - The Search For Meaning


[Sunday, August 4, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 (ESV)

All Is Vanity
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. 6 The wind blows to the south and goes around to the nor...

Guest Preacher - Gary Rohrmayer


[Sunday, July 21, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 64:1-12 (ESV)

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence?
2 as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil?
to make your name known to your adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4 From of old no ...

Guest Preacher - Marvin Parrott


[Sunday, July 14, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Psalm 32

Blessed Are the Forgiven

A Maskil of David.

32 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the...

Guest Preacher - Paul House


[Sunday, July 7, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading:

1 Thessalonians 1:4 (NIV)
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,

1 Thessalonians 5:13b-18 (NIV)
13b Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 16 Be joyful always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all...

Guest Preacher - Bob Crane


[Sunday, June 30, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:1 & 13-25

Christ Has Set Us Free

1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you a...

Guest Preacher - Rich Howard


[Sunday, June 23, 2013] PermaLink
What Does Loving Your Neighbor Look Like?

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-37 (NIV 1984)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 27 He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbo...

Sermon On The Mount - Week 9


[Sunday, June 16, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-34 (ESV)

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,...

Sermon On The Mount - Week 8


[Sunday, June 9, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:1-8; 16-18

Giving to the Needy
6 "Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 "Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your...

Guest Preacher - Vince Gaddis


[Sunday, June 2, 2013] PermaLink
"These Are The Days Of The Shunammite Woman"

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-17

Elisha Raises the Shunammite's Son
8 Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. 9 And she said to her husband, "Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on ...

Sermon On The Mount - Week 4


[Monday, May 27, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:21-26

Anger

21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.' 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has somet...

Sermon On The Mount - Week 7


[Sunday, May 26, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:38-48

38 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'39 But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. 43 "You have hea...

Sermon On The Mount - Week 6


[Sunday, May 19, 2013] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:31-37

31"It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' 32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 33"Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.' 34But I say to you, do not swear a...