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April 2 – The Course of Love and of Rivers

April 2 - The Course of Love and of Rivers

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 to the Source of all that there is; the One God who wants us to know Him, and to awaken to the reality that we are loved by Him… Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… [Jesus said,] “If I glory myself, my glory means nothing.  My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.

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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

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 5000 in John chapter 6, and explores how our family struggles are a little bit like growing a garden. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for

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March 19 – Surrender

March 19 - Surrender

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. This message explores the concepts of self-identity and inner transformation, advocacy and action from the perspective of jurisdiction. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up

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March 12 – Prayer as Argumentation

March 12 - Prayer as Argumentation

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, and the blessing behind His silence for the faithfully argumentative. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her

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March 5 – The Roots of Tall Trees

March 5 - The Roots of Tall Trees

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.  Water it too little and the tree will die.  This message explores the balance between what we want from God and what’s ultimately good for our whole being.  May our roots grow deep. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested by the devil.  After fasting forty days and

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February 26 – The Fog of Unknowing

February 26 - The Fog of Unknowing

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 everything there is to know about life, about faith, and the intersection of the two together.  There are adjustments we have to make… Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as

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February 19 – Song of Creation

February 19 - Song of Creation

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 from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which

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February 12 – Contentment of a Quiet Mind

February 12 - Contentment of a Quiet Mind

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 workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and

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February 5 – The Definition of Now

February 5 - The Definition of Now

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 light of the eternally crucified, eternally risen Jesus. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… 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 the light.

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