Sermon Podcast

  • July 22 - The Sustainability of Clay
    July 22 – The Sustainability of Clay
    July 22, 2018 by
    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...
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  • July 15 - Over Whispers of Insufficiency
    July 15 – Over Whispers of Insufficiency
    July 15, 2018 by
    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...
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  • July 8 - The Gift of a Quiet Mind
    July 8 – The Gift of a Quiet Mind
    July 8, 2018 by
    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...
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  • June 17 - Taking the Long Way
    June 17 – Taking the Long Way
    June 17, 2018 by
    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...
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  • May 13 - The Definition of Presence
    May 13 – The Definition of Presence
    May 13, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Up through endless ranks of Angels. After the Ascension of Jesus, we’re left to wonder what it is to live and experience the world without Him. After all, He’s not here anymore. He was, but now He’s returned to the God. That is, if we bind ourselves to a perceived definition of Presence;...
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  • May 6 - And Let it Begin in Me
    May 6 – And Let it Begin in Me
    May 8, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video He says it Himself. I will give you whatever you ask in my Name. If you’ve ever found yourself praying the same prayer over and again, it can feel like you’re on the receiving end of a dropped phone call. Yet He says it Himself. This Sunday, we’ll dive into what it means...
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  • April 8 - Sacred Imperfections
    April 8 – Sacred Imperfections
    April 8, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into...
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  • April 1 - What it Means to Rise
    April 1 – What it Means to Rise
    April 1, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Alleluia, Christ is Risen and so are we. This Easter message explores what it means for Jesus to shatter the chains that bind Him in a rock-hewn tomb; the Resurrection that breaks every chain that binds us as well… Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary...
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  • March 18 - Testing // Temptation
    March 18 – Testing // Temptation
    March 18, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video And Abraham said, “God Himself will provide the lamb…” Sacrifice is synonymous with the season of Lent. It’s costly. Through seasons where our faith, where our resting in God’s promises is tested; Christ Jesus sits always with us, echoing the same eternal promise, “God Himself has provided the lamb…” Abraham looked up and...
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  • March 11 - Newness in the Sunrise
    March 11 – Newness in the Sunrise
    March 11, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Each new day brings inner renewal; the grace of God moving within us, allowing us to begin again. Like manna in the wilderness, we trust Him daily. This message explores our cyclical need for God’s daily provision, and finds new possibility in every new day as we walk with Him… Then the LORD...
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  • March 4 - Division in the Family of God
    March 4 – Division in the Family of God
    March 4, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Division is contagious. Every divided group subdivides within itself until ultimately the only one left standing is us. Jesus says it almost as a throw-away: “A house divided cannot stand.” This message stands as a prayer for unity within ourselves, within our families, within the Church, and within the world. Download Sermon Notes...
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  • February 18 - Who We Are in the Wilderness
    February 18 – Who We Are in the Wilderness
    February 18, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video In the desert, there’s no one around to tell you who you’re supposed to be. Who you’re related to is inconsequential when there’s no one to impress. In the end, we are who we are to God; nothing more and nothing less. As we begin our slow march to the Cross and the...
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  • February 11 - Culture of Care
    February 11 – Culture of Care
    February 11, 2018 by
    Watch Sermon Video Part 5: The Caring Church We aren’t devoted to any Church. We ARE the Church, devoted to a very specific list of practices: to faith itself, to each other, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer (Acts 2:42). This message – the final of five – lays the foundation of what it means to be Church...
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  • February 4 - Certainty & Potential
    February 4 – Certainty & Potential
    February 4, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Part 4: The Discipling Church We aren’t devoted to any Church. We ARE the Church, devoted to a very specific list of practices: to faith itself, to each other, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer (Acts 2:42). This message – the fourth of five – lays the foundation of what it...
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  • January 28 - The Health of Growing Trees
    January 28 – The Health of Growing Trees
    January 28, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Part 3: The Missional Church We aren’t devoted to any Church. We ARE the Church, devoted to a very specific list of practices: to faith itself, to each other, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer (Acts 2:42). This message – the third of five – lays the foundation of what it...
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  • January 21 - Prayer in the Language of God
    January 21 – Prayer in the Language of God
    January 21, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Part 2: The Praying Church We aren’t devoted to any Church. We ARE the Church, devoted to a very specific list of practices: to faith itself, to each other, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer (Acts 2:42). This message – the second of five – lays the foundation of what it...
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  • January 14 - An Object of Devotion
    January 14 – An Object of Devotion
    January 14, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video Part 1: The Devoted Church  We aren’t devoted to any Church. We ARE the Church, devoted to a very specific list of practices: to faith itself, to each other, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer (Acts 2:42). This message – the first of five – lays the foundation of what it...
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  • January 7 - The Limitation of Categories
    January 7 – The Limitation of Categories
    January 9, 2018 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video It starts on the playground. The need to be better, different, other than the people around us. Our categories – the walls we build between us and them – carry over into our neighborhoods, our careers, our religious identity and the level we assign to our devotion within that religious identity. message deconstructs...
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  • November 5 - Translucence
    November 5 – Translucence
    November 6, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio   Watch Sermon Video You find it in words like devout. Blessed. Saint. Somewhere between the baptismal font and the pew, we manage to divide even our spirituality into categories, elevating one above another. Creating levels that, while intended to make us feel included, ultimately leave us looking up at a completion we’ll never manage to...
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  • October 29 - Open-Ended Reformation
    October 29 – Open-Ended Reformation
    November 1, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio   Watch Sermon Video It’s more than just being right about stuff. The Reformation was and is about being the voice of Reconciliation in the world; the voice of Christ Himself. This message rolls past the myths and the legend of the Reformation to discover the open-ended reformation of the Spirit among us and within us...
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  • October 8 - The Demons of Western Nevada
    October 8 – The Demons of Western Nevada
    October 8, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio When we act out violently, the spiritual warfare being waged within us spills over into common space of the human family. And again, we find ourselves trying to find meaning after another act of senseless brutality. This message dives into the spiritual warfare hidden behind the veil of our shared human experience. “Be alert and of...
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  • September 24 - Stillness & Wasted Worry
    September 24 – Stillness & Wasted Worry
    September 24, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch Sermon Video It never slows down. Even in this quiet moment, our minds are racing like mad, pulling us forward to worry about what’s next and backward to ruminate over what’s passed. Pulling us away from the stillness of God in this one present instant. This Sunday, we’ll listen to Jesus’ quiet reminder that He...
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  • September 10 - The Social Cost of Healing
    September 10 – The Social Cost of Healing
    September 10, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio What causes a Priest and a Levite to ignore a man dying on the side of the road? How does the spirit move within an undocumented foreigner to stop; to go above and beyond to take care of him? This weekend, we’ll navigate the dangers of religious extremism – including Christian extremism – and find the...
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  • August 13 - Love in the Shadow of Hatred
    August 13 – Love in the Shadow of Hatred
    August 14, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video An exploration of Jesus’ words of wisdom and hope to a diverse people created in the image of a mosaic God; called together from every tribe and every nation to sing of His name together… “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest...
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  • July 30 - Giving in to Gravity
    July 30 – Giving in to Gravity
    July 30, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video The eternal God created humanity to live within a delicate and balanced ecosystem; at one with each other, inter-dependent with His creation, and ultimately at one with Himself… Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his...
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  • July 16 - Lowering the Net: On the Cycle of Christian Spirituality
    July 16 – Lowering the Net: On the Cycle of Christian Spirituality
    July 17, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video God’s love for you isn’t based on anything you have done, or will do for Him. This message explores the cycle of Christian Spirituality: Being constantly filled with the goodness of God, and once filled being sent out to be light and salt to the world around us. Follow along with this...
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  • July 9 - Reserving Judgment
    July 9 – Reserving Judgment
    July 11, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video If we Really Believe in the Grace of God, then our Spirituality isn’t a Competition. It’s a Team Sport. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… Jesus said, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.” ~ Luke 6:37 ________________________________ About the...
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  • June 4 - The Next Step
    June 4 – The Next Step
    June 6, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Faith isn’t a simulated exercise. It’s a living and breathing transformation from where we’ve been to where the Spirit of God leads us. This message explores Spirit’s movement within us, taking our faith beyond a set of hypothetical beliefs into the awakening of flight and practice. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… Jesus replied, “Anyone...
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  • May 28 - The Observer Effect
    May 28 – The Observer Effect
    May 30, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video It was the last thing Jesus said to His disciples before He Ascended into heaven, and it changed forever the way people of faith engage with the world around us. If the world is our enemy, not only do we miss out on what’s good and beautiful in God’s Creation, but we...
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  • May 21 - Prayer & Incantation
    May 21 – Prayer & Incantation
    May 23, 2017 by
    Watch the Sermon Video “I will give you whatever you ask in my name,” Jesus says in the New Testament too many times to count. And anyone who’s prayed deeply; who’s dropped prayers as coins into a vending machine only to shake it unstuck in frustration would add, “unless He doesn’t…” This message takes an honest and vulnerable look at...
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  • May 14 - Generation Loss
    May 14 – Generation Loss
    May 15, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video The God of Heaven and Earth has created you to be one of a kind. There’s nobody to compare yourself to. Besides, nobody posts pictures of themselves covered in spit-up and crying in a corner on Instagram… Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… [Jesus said,] “You are filled with grief because...
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  • May 7 - The Only Way to Move a Mountain
    May 7 – The Only Way to Move a Mountain
    May 8, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video We are a people called to live in the space between submission to every authority established by God and the call to obey God rather than human institutions. It’s a delicate balance; one that requires of us a posture of constant prayer and a spirit of deep humility. In that space between,...
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  • April 30 - Love as a One Way Road
    April 30 – Love as a One Way Road
    April 30, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video We may not know where we are, or where we’re going. Sometimes it may not feel as though God knows where we are, or where we’re going. But through it all, we are His sheep and He, our good shepherd. Everything God does, every way He moves within the universe is for...
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  • April 23 - Peace & the Pursuit
    April 23 – Peace & the Pursuit
    April 23, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video At the intersection of Stress and Peace, it’s the Spirit of the Living God who breathes new life into our lungs.  He speaks peace in the middle of chaos, telling us again that we are safe, and we are loved. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… On the evening of that...
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  • April 16 - The Re-Birth of Stars
    April 16 – The Re-Birth of Stars
    April 17, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video Resurrection isn’t a one-time event, it’s the recurring pattern of Creation.  This message explores the connection between the Resurrection of Jesus and the Resurrection Life He calls us into; one that finds its beginning and its continuation in Him. He asked her, “Dear woman, why are you crying? Who is it you...
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  • April 9 - The Unstoppable Movement of God
    April 9 – The Unstoppable Movement of God
    April 9, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video When Jesus rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the streets are lined with souls who’ve been swept up in the vortex of His movement throughout Israel. It’s a microcosm of the movement of God throughout history; a movement that begins with love before the foundation of the world. This message explores love...
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  • April 2 - The Course of Love and of Rivers
    April 2 – The Course of Love and of Rivers
    April 2, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video God is a relationship.  When a river gets disconnected from its source, its water becomes stagnant; it becomes toxic and unable to support an ecosystem of life.  In order for a stream to stay healthy, it has to be connected to its source. This message explores the many ways we stay connected...
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  • March 26 - The Calm Aftermath: How Family Struggles are a Little Bit Like Growing a Garden
    March 26 – The Calm Aftermath: How Family Struggles are a Little Bit Like Growing a Garden
    March 26, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video When a gardener takes a seed and plants it in the ground, they begin a process that’s almost entirely outside of their control.  Sometimes, we have to relinquish that control to find the calm peace that we all want for our families.  This message takes a look at Jesus’ Feeding of the...
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  • March 19 - Surrender
    March 19 – Surrender
    March 20, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video When the Spirit of God invades our spiritual homes and takes up residence within our interior selves, we become forever the jurisdiction of God. We no longer live under the weight of our self-identifications; our failures and successes, our past sins and current struggles, the perceived distance between ourselves and our Creator....
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  • March 12 - Prayer as Argumentation
    March 12 – Prayer as Argumentation
    March 13, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio Watch the Sermon Video You’re put on hold and the music starts. The soothing voice repeats itself over and again, reminding you that your call is important. Please don’t hang up. This message shines light on our life of prayer; the hold God places us on when He’s not as quick to answer as we’d like,...
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  • March 5 - The Roots of Tall Trees
    March 5 – The Roots of Tall Trees
    March 6, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio   Watch the Sermon Video When a tree starts to dig its roots into the ground, there are a couple of things that could happen that will affect the long-term health and stability of the fruit that it bears.  Water it too much and its roots will stay shallow; the tree will be too easily uprooted....
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  • February 26 - The Fog of Unknowing
    February 26 – The Fog of Unknowing
    February 27, 2017 by
    Listen to Sermon Audio   Watch the Sermon Video When you’re driving down the road in a dense fog, you have to adjust your way of thinking to adapt to the conditions around you.  There’s so much we can’t see; so much we’re not aware of.  There’s a heightened level of awareness that comes when we realize we can’t know...
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  • February 19 - Song of Creation
    February 19 – Song of Creation
    February 20, 2017 by
    Listen to “Song of Creation” (Rev. Steve Albers) Watch “Song of Creation” (Steve Albers) “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...
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  • February 12 - Contentment of a Quiet Mind
    February 12 – Contentment of a Quiet Mind
    February 13, 2017 by
    It wells up from within without warning or noticeable cause. Contentment gives way to jealousy; happiness to the uneasiness of wanting something else. This message takes a hard look at the common root of our discontentment, and realigns our life of prayer on the calm center of a life of quiet contentment. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “The...
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  • February 5 - The Definition of Now
    February 5 – The Definition of Now
    February 6, 2017 by
    The Transfiguration of Jesus is one of just a handful of truly eternal moments. An event that stands outside of time and space, one that gives us a glimpse of God’s eternal glory.  This message looks at the difference between “calendar time” and “God’s time,” and transforms the way we judge the “good” and “bad” seasons of our own lives in...
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