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February 17 – A Touch of Transcendence

February 17 - A Touch of Transcendence

Listen to Sermon Audio A lot of Christ lies between Christmas and Easter, and right in the middle lies the Transcendent event of the Transfiguration. A glimpse of the Divine. Jesus’ face shining like the sun. Garments bright as light. A voice from heaven saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.” The transcendent God that can’t be put into a box, yet stands close as a friend, saying, “Get up. Don’t be afraid…” After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as

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February 3 – It Takes a Storm

February 3 - It Takes a Storm

Listen to Sermon Audio It takes a storm sometimes to shatter our illusions of control, both over the direction of our life and over the love that God shows for all of his children. The wind starts to blow and the waves start to crash and we become aware of the One who creates and controls our world. Through Jonah, the Scriptures begin the universal expansion of God’s unending, unlimited, unqualified love. The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he

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October 21 – The Inherent Goodness of Being

October 21 - The Inherent Goodness of Being

Watch Sermon Video Listen to Sermon Audio The great Hymn of Creation in Genesis 1 ends each stanza with a chorus reminding us all of our Created-Goodness. God surveys the Divine order of Sun, Moon and Stars; of Sea, Sky and Humanity and calls it all very good. This messages brings us beyond the concept of Original Sin and explore the fullness of our Created-Goodness in the Image of God. For those seasons of self-doubt and the Autumn of negative self-imagination, we’ll discover the beautify of our Re-Created-Goodness in the likeness of the Resurrected Christ. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. ~ Genesis 1:31

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October 14 – Song of Creation

October 14 - Song of Creation

Watch Sermon Video Listen to Sermon Audio There is uncertainty and unsettlement in our world and in our own lives. In the midst of that, there is the Permanence and Purpose of God, reflected in Isaiah 55:8-12. All of this together makes up the ongoing and glorious Song of Creation… “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for

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October 7 – Wellness of Mind & Body

October 7 - Wellness of Mind & Body

Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Currently Unavailable for This Message The cycle of sickness and healing paints a beautiful and sometimes painful portrait of the life and way of Jesus. This message explores the promise of God for our bodies, fragile as they may be, as we pray for a wellness of mind and body. Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said,

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September 30 – Contentment // Comparative Happiness

September 30 - Contentment // Comparative Happiness

Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Currently Unavailable for This Message Every commercial you see on television, every ad you see on a billboard or in a magazine, every “for sale” sign in the world is intended to sell you the same thing. Discontentment. The more discontent we are, the more we buy; which is helpful to a struggling economy, but deadly to a spirit of mindful peace. This Sunday, we’ll explore the mindful contentedness that transcends comparative happiness. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about

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July 22 – The Sustainability of Clay

July 22 - The Sustainability of Clay

Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video It’s a dangerous prayer we pray: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Inviting the re-creative work of God isn’t for the faint-hearted. He molds us like clay, with work-worn, blood-stained, pierced hands. He the potter and we the clay. This message puts us next to the prophet Jeremiah in the workroom at the Potter’s house… This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the

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July 15 – Over Whispers of Insufficiency

July 15 - Over Whispers of Insufficiency

Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video It’s written in the trees and the wheat fields. Seeds that grow into plants that give birth to seeds; nothing is too small or too insufficient for the Spirit of God to grow into something unique and meaningful. Yet the whispers that we’re not enough… This message explores what Jesus says back… “During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

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July 8 – The Gift of a Quiet Mind

July 8 - The Gift of a Quiet Mind

Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Stillness is relative. Our bodies may appear motionless, beneath the surface we’re nowhere close to at rest. The thousand processes that give us breath and blood-flow. The onslaught of thoughts that assault without warning and drag us in every direction. This message sits with the promise of Sabbath; what it means to rest in a frenetic eco-system of constant availability and endless production. “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your

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June 17 – Taking the Long Way

June 17 - Taking the Long Way

Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video It’s all part of our common pilgrim journey. The years spent in the far country, either absent from the household of God in the body or wandering in the doubt that saturates the mind. Wandering seems the only pathway to death, and death the only pathway to resurrection. This Sunday, we’ll explore the pilgrimage we all take to the feet of Jesus, and find in the end the inextricable, unconditional, and absurd love of God that runs to us even as we find our way back. “Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he

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