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The Other Doubter

After the resurrection when Jesus reinstates Peter, we encounter the way in which Peter doubts (John 21:15-19), which is different from that of Thomas. Peter doubts that he is worthy of being forgiven because he had denied Jesus. Seeing Jesus' grace and mercy toward Peter encourages our faith in powerful ways. Let's take a quiz.  Pick one.  Doubt is (a) the worst sin imaginable, (b) a terrible weakness that derails people's faith, (c) a great benefit and encouragement to our faith, or (d) an essential and necessary part of our faith.  Here's my advice: if you want to start an argument in a church, ask a question like that.  If I had to guess, most of us would argue that doubt is a bad thing, a really bad thing.  Want some proof?  Would any of us want our kids to have serious doubts about their faith? I didn't think so. 

By | 2017-05-20T23:03:00+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Doubting Thomas' Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

The Unlikely Doubter

Let's take a quiz.  Pick one.  Doubt is (a) the worst sin imaginable, (b) a terrible weakness that derails people's faith, (c) a great benefit and encouragement to our faith, or (d) an essential and necessary part of our faith.  Here's my advice: if you want to start an argument in a church, ask a question like that.  If I had to guess, most of us would argue that doubt is a bad thing, a really bad thing.  Want some proof?  Would any of us want our kids to have serious doubts about their faith? I didn't think so.  Some of us, on the other hand, believe that doubt, when applied properly, can actually strengthen our faith.  Want some proof?  Look at the faith of Doubting Thomas! So, what is the correct answer to the quiz?  That's what we will be trying to resolve in our new series, "Doubting Thomas'

By | 2017-04-29T13:34:20+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Doubting Thomas' Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Resurrection Sunday: Christ Alone

What makes the resurrection such a good day? In addition to all the blessings we enjoy in Christ, more importantly, the resurrection fulfills the story of the Bible. Rejoice and celebrate that Jesus is King based on Luke 24:1-8.

By | 2017-04-17T14:55:07+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Categories: Sermon|Tags: , , |

For the Glory of God Alone

On this Palm Sunday, our sermon examines the fifth of the Five Solas: For the Glory of God Alone (based on John 17:1-5). In Jesus' prayer, He asks that God's glory be revealed in His death and resurrection: "I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began."

By | 2017-04-17T14:39:17+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

What is Lent?

Over the past few years, we have intentionally devoted more attention to the church calendar and especially to Lent.  Since that time, we have had several people ask, “What is lent?”  Here are some thoughts! Lent is the period of 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter where Christ followers invest themselves in prayer, repentance, fasting and other spiritual disciplines.  The thought is that just as Christ sacrificed his life for us, so we, through these disciplines, are encouraged to sacrifice ourselves during this time so that we may grow in grace.  And while Lent is neither mentioned nor commanded in the Bible, we believe it is a beneficial tool that, when approached by faith, can spur us on to greater worship and understanding.  And who knows, we may even learn to love our Lenten celebration.  After all, Advent is not mentioned in the Bible, but we all love our

By | 2017-04-08T15:47:13+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Christ Alone

This sermon examines the fourth of the Five Solas: Christ Alone (based on Acts 4:8-12). Here, we rejoice that "salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."

By | 2017-04-08T11:59:21+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Scripture Alone

This sermon examines the third of the Five Solas: Scripture Alone (based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17). Knowing what Paul meant when he states that all Scripture is "God-breathed" gives us confidence that God's Word is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

By | 2017-04-08T11:58:38+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

By Faith Alone

By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the "Five Solas" (think of them as the Reformation's "five spiritual laws," but in Latin).  Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word "sola" simply means "alone" or "only."  Herein lies the glory of the Reformation.  They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements.  And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel. This sermon examines the second of these "solas": By Faith Alone (based on Romans 1:17 and James 2:14-19).

By | 2017-04-08T11:58:24+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Of Rebels and Wild Rides

Does history shapes who we are?  I want to think so, but my inclination today is that when we want it to, it doesn’t, but (and here’s the kick in the pants) when we don’t want it to affect us, it does.  Here’s the history I want to shape me.  Not surprisingly, it’s from Paul Revere and the American Revolution.  For those who don’t know, on “April 18 in 1775” (“hardly a man is now alive”), Paul Revere set off on his historic ride to my hometown.  His goal was to warn the minutemen in Lexington and Concord that the regulars were coming to steal their military supplies and arrest Hancock and Adams (they were busy keeping a low profile in a tavern in Lexington – you know that Sam Adams!).  If you know the poem (“Listen my children and you shall hear. . . .”), you get the feeling

By | 2017-04-08T15:50:15+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

By Grace Alone

By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the "Five Solas" (think of them as the Reformation's "five spiritual laws," but in Latin).  Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word "sola" simply means "alone" or "only."  Herein lies the glory of the Reformation.  They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements.  And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel. This introductory sermon in our series examines the first of these "solas": By Grace Alone (based on Ephesians 2:1-10).

By | 2017-03-15T16:09:23+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Love and the Gift of Forgiveness

Based on Colossians 3:12-14, consider how we can build up stronger relationships by forgiving one another as a conclusion to our series, The Other Approach.

Love and the Removal of Fear

Since God teaches that "perfect love drives out fear," it stands to reason that we are also called to serve others by helping to "remove or minimize" the fears they carry in their hearts. Based on 1 John 4:15-18, consider how we can build up stronger relationships by this aspect of The Other Approach.

Meeting the Needs of the Other

God calls us to "serve one another"; therefore, this sermon takes a closer look at what it means to Meet the Needs of the Other based on Galatians 5:13-15 in order to embrace The Other Approach. To hear the accompanying “Out on a Limn” and to learn more about this part of our worship, click here.

By | 2017-02-25T09:49:36+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Categories: Sermon, The Other Approach|Tags: , , |

Out on a Limn, February 19, 2017

This portion of our worship service called “Out on a Limn*” is designed to give a “visual or practical application” of our main theme for a particular worship service. This “Limn” was part of our series, The Other Approach, and you can listen to the accompanying sermon, "Meeting the Needs of the Other," by clicking here.   *limn–to depict or illustrate visually or in words

By | 2017-02-25T10:04:34+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Categories: Limn, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Listening to the Other

Ephesians 4:29 gives us great guidelines for when to speak and when to listen, as well as a solid treatment of the often-misunderstood concept of what is meant by "wholesome talk" as opposed to "unwholesome talk." It's all part of learning to embrace The Other Approach. To hear the accompanying “Out on a Limn” and to learn more about this part of our worship, click here.

By | 2017-02-25T10:02:37+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Categories: Sermon, The Other Approach|Tags: , , , |

Out on a Limn, February 5, 2017

This portion of our worship service called “Out on a Limn*” is designed to give a “visual or practical application” of our main theme for a particular worship service. This “Limn” was part of our series, The Other Approach, and you can listen to the accompanying sermon, “Listening to the Other,” by clicking here.   *limn–to depict or illustrate visually or in words

By | 2017-02-25T10:04:05+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Categories: Limn, Sermon|Tags: , , |

The Other Approach

Based on Romans 13:8-10, this sermon begins to explore an other-centered approach to relationships in light of God's command to "love one another" and to "love your neighbor as yourself."

By | 2017-01-30T14:14:19+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Categories: Sermon, The Other Approach|Tags: , , , |

The Selfish Approach, Part 2

This sermon continues the study of how a selfish approach to relationships violates 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and leads to difficult relationships that are not based on love.

By | 2017-01-30T14:11:10+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Sermon, The Other Approach|Tags: , |

“Magnificent Seven” River’s Edge Style

I didn’t see the remake.  I don’t know if I want to see the remake.  In fact, some things shouldn’t be remade.  But I loved the original.  Growing up, The Magnificent Seven was my western of choice.    Seven gunfighters are hired to defend a small Mexican village from an entire army of bandits.  They know the odds are against them going in, but odds don’t matter.  They have a job to do.   Now, to achieve the proper effect, play the theme music loudly in your head and then reread those last three sentences.  It kind of gives you goosebumps, doesn’t it?  Keep the music playing and then listen intently as Steve McQueen says, “We deal in lead, friend.”   Let it play some more and listen in as Cavera (the head of the bad guys) mocks all the new walls the villagers have made saying, “These won’t keep me out.”  Only

By | 2017-01-19T23:12:55+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

The Selfish Approach, Part 1

When we look at our strained relationships, we ought to be able to identify where the train went off the tracks.  And we can.  It's our approach.  We love the self-centered approach, but love demands that we use the "other" approach. This first sermon in the series contrasts our "selfish approach" to relationships with Paul's description of "the other approach" found in 1 Corinthians 13.

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