The Church in Ephesus

This sermon is based on Ephesians 2:11-22. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: ____: If ___ ___ hear ____ ___ the ________, you're going to be  ___ ___ ___ ____ .  You ___ also ___ ___ feel ___ out. You ____ also ____ ____ aids.  I said: “Listen: If you only hear half of the conversation, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage.  You are also going to feel left out. You might also need hearing aids.” But that is what happens whenever we read the letters in the New Testament. We are only hearing half the conversation! And that is not good because you can then misread (mishear?) what the author is trying to communicate. Bottom line: Without knowing the background, you are going to be at a real disadvantage. You may even need reading aids! For instance, take the book of

Grace in Ephesus, Part 2

This sermon is based on Ephesians 2:1-10. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: ____: If ___ ___ hear ____ ___ the ________, you're going to be  ___ ___ ___ ____ .  You ___ also ___ ___ feel ___ out. You ____ also ____ ____ aids.  I said: “Listen: If you only hear half of the conversation, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage.  You are also going to feel left out. You might also need hearing aids.” But that is what happens whenever we read the letters in the New Testament. We are only hearing half the conversation! And that is not good because you can then misread (mishear?) what the author is trying to communicate. Bottom line: Without knowing the background, you are going to be at a real disadvantage. You may even need reading aids! For instance, take the book of

Grace in Ephesus

This sermon is based on Ephesians 2:1-10. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: ____: If ___ ___ hear ____ ___ the ________, you're going to be  ___ ___ ___ ____ .  You ___ also ___ ___ feel ___ out. You ____ also ____ ____ aids.  I said: “Listen: If you only hear half of the conversation, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage.  You are also going to feel left out. You might also need hearing aids.” But that is what happens whenever we read the letters in the New Testament. We are only hearing half the conversation! And that is not good because you can then misread (mishear?) what the author is trying to communicate. Bottom line: Without knowing the background, you are going to be at a real disadvantage. You may even need reading aids! For instance, take the book of

Praying in Ephesus

This sermon is based on Ephesians 1:15-23. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: ____: If ___ ___ hear ____ ___ the ________, you're going to be  ___ ___ ___ ____ .  You ___ also ___ ___ feel ___ out. You ____ also ____ ____ aids.  I said: “Listen: If you only hear half of the conversation, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage.  You are also going to feel left out. You might also need hearing aids.” But that is what happens whenever we read the letters in the New Testament. We are only hearing half the conversation! And that is not good because you can then misread (mishear?) what the author is trying to communicate. Bottom line: Without knowing the background, you are going to be at a real disadvantage. You may even need reading aids! For instance, take the book of

No Longer in Ephesus

This sermon is based on Ephesians 1:1-14. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: ____: If ___ ___ hear ____ ___ the ________, you're going to be  ___ ___ ___ ____ .  You ___ also ___ ___ feel ___ out. You ____ also ____ ____ aids.  I said: “Listen: If you only hear half of the conversation, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage.  You are also going to feel left out. You might also need hearing aids.” But that is what happens whenever we read the letters in the New Testament. We are only hearing half the conversation! And that is not good because you can then misread (mishear?) what the author is trying to communicate. Bottom line: Without knowing the background, you are going to be at a real disadvantage. You may even need reading aids! For instance, take the book of

Great Art in the Ephesian Church

This sermon introduces our new series and is based on Acts 19:23-29, 32-37. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: ____: If ___ ___ hear ____ ___ the ________, you're going to be  ___ ___ ___ ____ .  You ___ also ___ ___ feel ___ out. You ____ also ____ ____ aids.  I said: “Listen: If you only hear half of the conversation, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage.  You are also going to feel left out. You might also need hearing aids.” But that is what happens whenever we read the letters in the New Testament. We are only hearing half the conversation! And that is not good because you can then misread (mishear?) what the author is trying to communicate. Bottom line: Without knowing the background, you are going to be at a real disadvantage. You may even need reading aids!

Believing in Following

This sermon is based on Mark 1:14-20. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A

Hope in Egypt

This sermon concludes our Advent teaching series and is based on Matthew 2:13-18. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: My wife, Jo, can spell anything (and, as you can plainly see, anything has an “h” in it). Me, definitely not. I don’t know if it is because I never had the opportunity to study phonics or if my muddled Boston accent derailed my best efforts, but spelling is not one of my strengths. But my mediocre spelling has nothing to do with my contention that “Advent” is spelled with an “h.” See, “advent” and “hope” are so intertwined that you can’t spell one without the other (in fact, you can’t even talk about “advent” without talking about “hope”). And “hope,” as you can plainly see, has a really big “h” in it. This Christmas, we want to look at how hope

Hope in Bethlehem

This sermon on Christmas Eve morning is part of our Advent teaching series and is based on Luke 2:8-20. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: My wife, Jo, can spell anything (and, as you can plainly see, anything has an “h” in it). Me, definitely not. I don’t know if it is because I never had the opportunity to study phonics or if my muddled Boston accent derailed my best efforts, but spelling is not one of my strengths. But my mediocre spelling has nothing to do with my contention that “Advent” is spelled with an “h.” See, “advent” and “hope” are so intertwined that you can’t spell one without the other (in fact, you can’t even talk about “advent” without talking about “hope”). And “hope,” as you can plainly see, has a really big “h” in it. This Christmas, we

Hope in Israel

This sermon is part of our Advent teaching series and is based on Luke 1:67-79. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: My wife, Jo, can spell anything (and, as you can plainly see, anything has an “h” in it). Me, definitely not. I don’t know if it is because I never had the opportunity to study phonics or if my muddled Boston accent derailed my best efforts, but spelling is not one of my strengths. But my mediocre spelling has nothing to do with my contention that “Advent” is spelled with an “h.” See, “advent” and “hope” are so intertwined that you can’t spell one without the other (in fact, you can’t even talk about “advent” without talking about “hope”). And “hope,” as you can plainly see, has a really big “h” in it. This Christmas, we want to look at

Hope in Nazareth

This sermon is part of our Advent teaching series and is based on Matthew 1:18-28. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: My wife, Jo, can spell anything (and, as you can plainly see, anything has an “h” in it). Me, definitely not. I don’t know if it is because I never had the opportunity to study phonics or if my muddled Boston accent derailed my best efforts, but spelling is not one of my strengths. But my mediocre spelling has nothing to do with my contention that “Advent” is spelled with an “h.” See, “advent” and “hope” are so intertwined that you can’t spell one without the other (in fact, you can’t even talk about “advent” without talking about “hope”). And “hope,” as you can plainly see, has a really big “h” in it. This Christmas, we want to look at

Hope in the Hills of Judea

This sermon begins our Advent teaching series and is based on Luke 1:39-45. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: My wife, Jo, can spell anything (and, as you can plainly see, anything has an “h” in it). Me, definitely not. I don’t know if it is because I never had the opportunity to study phonics or if my muddled Boston accent derailed my best efforts, but spelling is not one of my strengths. But my mediocre spelling has nothing to do with my contention that “Advent” is spelled with an “h.” See, “advent” and “hope” are so intertwined that you can’t spell one without the other (in fact, you can’t even talk about “advent” without talking about “hope”). And “hope,” as you can plainly see, has a really big “h” in it. This Christmas, we want to look at how hope

Gratitude Overflows into Peace

This sermon is based on Philippians 4:4-7. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Gratitude makes all the difference. It increases our happiness, provides a deep sense of contentment, and fills us with all sorts of positive emotions. And that is why everyone tells us to work hard to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and promises that we won’t regret doing so. But gratitude produces much more than great emotions. Cicero knew the secret: “Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all others.” And what a parent! Gratitude produces all sorts of significant spiritual fruit. This Thanksgiving season, join us as we explore the fruit produced by an overflow of gratitude. Trust me: you will thank me that you came. In fact, you’ll be more grateful for everything!  

Gratitude Overflows into Worship

This sermon is based on Psalm 100. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Gratitude makes all the difference. It increases our happiness, provides a deep sense of contentment, and fills us with all sorts of positive emotions. And that is why everyone tells us to work hard to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and promises that we won’t regret doing so. But gratitude produces much more than great emotions. Cicero knew the secret: “Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all others.” And what a parent! Gratitude produces all sorts of significant spiritual fruit. This Thanksgiving season, join us as we explore the fruit produced by an overflow of gratitude. Trust me: you will thank me that you came. In fact, you’ll be more grateful for everything!  

Gratitude Overflows into Generosity

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Gratitude makes all the difference. It increases our happiness, provides a deep sense of contentment, and fills us with all sorts of positive emotions. And that is why everyone tells us to work hard to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and promises that we won’t regret doing so. But gratitude produces much more than great emotions. Cicero knew the secret: “Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all others.” And what a parent! Gratitude produces all sorts of significant spiritual fruit. This Thanksgiving season, join us as we explore the fruit produced by an overflow of gratitude. Trust me: you will thank me that you came. In fact, you’ll be more grateful for everything!  

Gratitude Overflows into Humility

This sermon introduces our new series and is based on Romans 1:18-25. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Gratitude makes all the difference. It increases our happiness, provides a deep sense of contentment, and fills us with all sorts of positive emotions. And that is why everyone tells us to work hard to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and promises that we won’t regret doing so. But gratitude produces much more than great emotions. Cicero knew the secret: “Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all others.” And what a parent! Gratitude produces all sorts of significant spiritual fruit. This Thanksgiving season, join us as we explore the fruit produced by an overflow of gratitude. Trust me: you will thank me that you came. In fact, you’ll be more grateful for everything!  

“Not Falling in Love with Mission, But with the Jesus of Mission”

This sermon is part of our Mission Sunday service. It is  based on Luke 4:42-44; 5:1-11 and is shared by Dave Shive. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A    

“20 Years of Standing at the River’s Edge”

This sermon celebrates the 20th anniversary of our congregation and is based on Joshua 3:6-16. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERVICE OVERVIEW: Every year, we have a “State of the Ministry Address.” Traditionally, that means we look at where we are, where we’ve been and where we want to go in the upcoming year. Every year we do that. Except, that is, for this year. That’s right, there will be no State of the Ministry Address this year. Instead, we will have a “Celebration of the Ministry Address.” What’s the difference? Instead of looking at where we are or where we are going, we want to devote our attention to what God has done and is doing in our midst. And we have 20 years of things to celebrate! Join us for our first ever CMA where we will sing of God’s

“The ‘So That'”

This sermon is based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Question: “What has four wheels and flies?” Now, that’s a question, but how would you feel if I never shared the punch line.  Would you be frustrated? I would! I hate starting a story, but never getting a chance to finish it. Last spring, we started a Sunday school class called, “Focus on the Bible.” It was designed to look at how we are to interpret, understand and apply the commands of the Bible to our lives today. Unfortunately, the class ended before I could share the “punchline”! The whole reason for the class was to build a foundation so we could intelligently interact with several critical biblical passages that speak to our identity as a church (and without all of that, it will be very hard

“The Many More Methods of Moving (from the then and there to the here and now)” Part 2

This sermon is based on I Timothy 6:1-2. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Question: “What has four wheels and flies?” Now, that’s a question, but how would you feel if I never shared the punch line.  Would you be frustrated? I would! I hate starting a story, but never getting a chance to finish it. Last spring, we started a Sunday school class called, “Focus on the Bible.” It was designed to look at how we are to interpret, understand and apply the commands of the Bible to our lives today. Unfortunately, the class ended before I could share the “punchline”! The whole reason for the class was to build a foundation so we could intelligently interact with several critical biblical passages that speak to our identity as a church (and without all of that, it will be very hard

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