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John - Reasons for Rejection


[Sunday, December 20, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 8:12-59 (ESV)

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 13 So the Pharisees said to him, "You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true." 14 Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You j...

John - For Those Who Thirst


[Sunday, December 6, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 7:1-52 (ESV)

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world." 5 For not even his brothers believed in him. 6 Jesus said to...

Guest Preacher - Bob Crane


[Sunday, October 4, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 3:23-36 (ESV)

23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized 24 (for John had not yet been put in prison). 25 Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification.26 And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness?look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him." 27 John answered, "A person c...

Lessons From The Parables - The Most Dangerous People In The Church


[Sunday, August 9, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:24-43 (ESV)

The Parable of the Weeds
24 He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your fi...

Lessons From The Parables - The Treasure Is You


[Sunday, July 26, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV)

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value
45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.


Guest Preacher - Bob Crane


[Sunday, July 19, 2015] PermaLink
An Eternal Investment

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-13 (ESV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,

2 To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see...

Guest Preacher - Bob Crane


[Sunday, July 12, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:1-14 (ESV)

Greeting
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation o...

Lessons From The Parables - The Prayer God Won't Answer


[Sunday, July 5, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 18:9-14 (ESV)

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give t...

Lessons From The Parables - The Unnerving Silence Of God


[Sunday, June 28, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-8 (ESV)

The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 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 beca...

Lessons From The Parables - Like A Good Neighbor


[Sunday, June 21, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-37 (ESV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"26 He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" 27 And he answered, "You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself." 28 And he said to him, "You have answered corr...

Lessons From The Parables - Shrewd Servant


[Sunday, June 14, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 16:1-13 (ESV)

The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
He also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.' 3 And the manager said to himself, 'What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am ...

Lessons From The Parables - God's Love And Liberating Grace


[Sunday, June 7, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11-32 (ESV)

The Parable of the Prodigal Son
11 And he said, "There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine ar...

Lessons From The Parables - Leave A Light On


[Sunday, May 24, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:35-48 (ESV)

You Must Be Ready
35 "Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes i...

Lessons From The Parables - Taking Care Of Business


[Sunday, May 17, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-21 (ESV)

The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." 14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?" 15 And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." 16 And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 an...

Facing Our Fears - Fear of Criticism


[Sunday, May 10, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Psalm 141 (ESV)

A Psalm of David.
141 O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! 2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! 3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 4 Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies! 5 Let a ri...

Facing Our Fears - Fear of Inadequacy


[Sunday, May 3, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Psalm 8 (ESV)

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a ...

Facing Our Fears - The Fear of Misunderstanding Part 2


[Sunday, April 26, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Psalm 59:1-17 (ESV)

1Deliver me from my enemies, O God; protect me from those who rise up against me. 2Deliver me from evildoers and save me from bloodthirsty men. 3See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, O LORD. 4I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight! 5O LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish all the nations; show no mercy to wicked tr...

Facing Our Fears - The Fear of Misunderstanding


[Sunday, April 19, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Psalm 59:1-17 (ESV)

1Deliver me from my enemies, O God; protect me from those who rise up against me. 2Deliver me from evildoers and save me from bloodthirsty men. 3See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, O LORD. 4I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight! 5O LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish all the nations; show no mercy to wicked tr...

Guest Preacher - Bob Crane


[Sunday, April 12, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-26

The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." 14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?" 15 And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." 16 And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he t...

Guest Preacher - Bob Crane


[Sunday, March 29, 2015] PermaLink
Psalm 118

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

118 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Let Israel say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
3 Let the house of Aaron say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
4 Let those who fear the LORD say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
5 Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
the LORD answered me and set me free.
Facing Our Fears - Freedom from Anxiety


[Sunday, March 22, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Psalm 46:1-11 (ESV)

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; s...

Facing Our Fears - The Fear of Lonliness


[Sunday, March 15, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Psalm 142:1-7 (ESV)

With my voice I cry out to the LORD; with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD. 2 I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. 3 When my spirit faints within me, you know my way! In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me. 4 Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul. 5 I cry to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land...

The Beginning of Trust


[Sunday, March 8, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:10-20 (ESV)

10 Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, "I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, 12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my l...

The Beginning of Mission


[Sunday, March 1, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Genesis 11:27-12:9 (ESV)

27 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. 28 Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah.30 Now Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31 Terah took Abram his son and...

The Re-Beginning of the World


[Sunday, February 15, 2015] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: Genesis 6-9 (below Genesis 9:1-29) (ESV)

9 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everyth...