Can We Trust God?

“…And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17) Easier said than done, right? There’s a lot of things we do each day without giving a thought, care or prayer about how we accomplished it. Today, Pastor Rick let us in on how our routine, daily lives can become a true testimony of hope.

When Christians Get It Wrong

In the realm of belief, a frequent speedbump that presents itself is that of truth or love. Isn’t providing wisdom, knowledge or honesty a form of love? Of course! But it may fall short or be completely rejected by the person on the receiving end. Today, Pastor Brian talks about how truth and grace are presented in the bible.

Ruth: An Example of Friendship

Coming out of a year-long social “turbulence,” it will be evermore important to build relationships that last—specifically friendships! What does it take to create, repair and strengthen our bonds? In this example of Ruth, we have the opportunity to be more like Jesus in every relationship we find ourselves.

Let’s Grow Together

Check out the most recent Sunday messages from our Pastors and Worship Team. Grow by taking a Next Step in faith. Let our leadership know if you need help with discovering your unique gifts or navigating your current spiritual hardships. Our Father is a God of redemption and with Him, our path can be made straight.

In & Out

In & Out

Imagine a life completely free of influence. One where every thought, decision, or ounce of bias was developed from your personal experience and nobody else’s…impossible, right? Our world is connected in so many hidden and imperceivable ways. In fact, much of who we are is because of the direct influence from those we know. Today’s an opportunity to take inventory. A time to make change if we need it and change course if we want it.

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Unity

Unity

Recently we’ve watched our country —states, counties, communities, even neighbors—divide into many factions. In a globally confrontational time for us all, it’s never been more important to unite. Not for ourselves but for each other. And because ultimately, we are called to.

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Resolutions

Resolutions

What if this year we made it our goal to be more patient and be kinder to others? To those we disagree with. To those we may consider our “enemies”? What if that was the *only* request that Jesus extended to us this year?

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The Challenge of Perseverance

The Challenge of Perseverance

The beginning of something new can be truly exciting. And considering the trials of this past year, it’s likely we’ll come flying out of the gates in 2021. But often, we start a new venture with much more energy than we finish with—it’s challenging to continue at the same pace! Maybe still, we can approach this next season as one to maintain a healthy endurance, to continue striving for safety, growth and betterment for all – the way Jesus showed us long ago.

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Where the Love Light Gleams

Where the Love Light Gleams

Seeing through the eyes of a Shepherd on the night a new King was born offers an important perspective to our approach this holiday season. Inside the book of Luke, Pastor Rick shares three notable takeaways from this well-known, yet often overlooked part of the Christmas story.

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If Only in My Dreams

If Only in My Dreams

2020 has been unlike any other season in our lives. And while the holidays can already be a lonely time for some, it will be just as much for so many more this year. But the hope and love of Jesus Christ offers us a familiar place of belonging from anywhere we come from. So even if it’s just “in our dreams,” we can all be home for Christmas.

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Presents on the Tree

Presents on the Tree

On the night when Jesus was born, three wise men came bearing gifts–brought specifically to show support of (who they believed was) their future leader. This Sunday, we find out what those gifts meant at that time in history, the value of what they’d be now and learn how we can join the celebration of the newborn king.

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Let Me Help You Carry That

Let Me Help You Carry That

Think it’s possible to incorporate rest, peace and the joy of God into our everyday lives? Maybe the burdens we currently carry weren’t meant to be dealt with alone. In our last sermon on eliminating hurry from within our lives, Pastor Rick teaches on Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

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Hurry is incompatible with Love

Hurry is incompatible with Love

If Love is the greatest commandment, how then does any urgency at all fit into the Jesus-inspired expression? Today Pastor Brian dives into real-life, detailed examples of where we can ruthlessly eliminate hurry—in order to better show love.

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Hurry is incompatible with Peace & Joy

Hurry is incompatible with Peace & Joy

Searching for resolution among sadness, feelings of depression or apathy? You may have found that happiness is surface. However, peace and joy are deeply connected to the well-being of our souls. Know this: what you’re going through is only a snapshot of your life—just one small “ingredient” in the bigger recipe of your life.

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Un-Hurry To The Pace Of Jesus

Un-Hurry To The Pace Of Jesus

“Anybody feel a bone-deep tiredness not just in your mind or body but in your soul? If so, you’re not alone. Jesus invites all of us to take up the “easy” yoke. He has—on offer to all—an easy way to shoulder the weight of life with his triumvirate of love, joy, and peace. ” Join us in this new teaching series and learn how slowing down—both physically and mentally—can help us grow closer to Christ.

(Based on a book titled The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by Mark Comer)

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The Avengers | Better Together

The Avengers | Better Together

From the book of Mark – Chapter 2, Pastor Rick tells how the power of teamwork is designed by and for our christian faith. In a parallel story from modern day, find out more about the four qualities that set a team (like the Avengers) apart from others.

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X-Men | All Things New

X-Men | All Things New

As it was in the story of “X-Men”, we used to believe that going “back in time” was the only way to change the outcome of present. But with Jesus in our lives and by pursuing a life led by God — that’s simply not the case! Today and any day hereafter, we have the opportunity to be *made new.*

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Captain America

Captain America

Kicking off our annual “At the Movies” series with one from the archives: Captain America! The tale of Steve Rogers and how he came to accept his purpose may have some parallels to our lives in Christ, right now. Jump in to find out.

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Made for Mission

Made for Mission

When Jesus walked the earth, he left us with an important but simple task. And while evangelism looks different in each of our lives, the call to share what’s changed your life forever is the utmost mission for those who know Christ.

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Shaped to Serve

Shaped to Serve

You were created on purpose, for a purpose! Straight from the heart of Jesus, we were never meant to show up to be served…it’s always been God’s intention for us to serve others. In what area of your life are you pouring out your spirit to another?

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Formed for God’s Family

Formed for God’s Family

Many times, being a Christian comes with responsibilities that are easier to avoid than to be obedient to— specifically, our belonging within the local church. Today we discuss how followers of Christ relate to a spiritual gathering Jesus called “church.”

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You were Created to Become like Christ

You were Created to Become like Christ

If you’re ready step-up in your walk with God, why not start with the fundamentals of spiritual growth? The methods God uses to get our attention or form us into the person we’re meant to be are most often difficult to navigate. So, today we talk about the tools that God uses to help influence our spiritual character.

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Made for Worship

Made for Worship

The first in a series called “Back to Basics,” we’re defining what Worship is to God and its purpose. In a culture full of distractions and advertising fighting for your attention, worship was made to be your ticket out.

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