A Door of Unbelievable Developments Has Opened

We were privileged to have Stephen and Susan Beck, our missionaries in Germany, in our worship service. Stephen opened God's Word to us from 1 Corinthians 16:5-9, and they both shared powerfully about the amazing things God is doing in their midst this year. SERIES OVERVIEW: From day one we’ve said that missions are at the heart of our church. And you can see all sorts of ways this idea has shaped our church (the budget, missionary updates, missions conferences, short-term mission trips, international ministries, etc.). But how does it shape us? How should we be different? I would argue that it should change us leaps and bounds (but more on “leaps” later).  After all, it changed me. I used to HATE missions. I used to think missions were boring (and missionaries were even worse than that). And then a funny thing happened. I went on a mission trip, and it changed my life (okay, I was forced to go on this trip on pain of

By | 2017-10-18T10:24:02+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Everyday Missions, Sermon|Tags: , , |

The LEAPS

This second sermon in the series introduces the acrostic "LEAPS" as a way to understand our "everyday mission" and is based on Psalm 108:1-5. L - Live as light E - Engage in what God is doing A - Align with God's Kingdom purposes P - Pray for God's glory S - Share with others about God's Kingdom reign SERIES OVERVIEW: From day one we’ve said that missions are at the heart of our church. And you can see all sorts of ways this idea has shaped our church (the budget, missionary updates, missions conferences, short-term mission trips, international ministries, etc.). But how does it shape us? How should we be different? I would argue that it should change us leaps and bounds (but more on “leaps” later).  After all, it changed me. I used to HATE missions. I used to think missions were boring (and missionaries were even worse than that). And then a funny thing happened. I went on a mission

By | 2017-10-18T10:15:33+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Categories: Everyday Missions, Sermon|Tags: , |

Everyday Missions

From day one we’ve said that missions are at the heart of our church. And you can see all sorts of ways this idea has shaped our church (the budget, missionary updates, missions conferences, short-term mission trips, international ministries, etc.). But how does it shape us? How should we be different? I would argue that it should change us leaps and bounds (but more on “leaps” later).  After all, it changed me. I used to HATE missions. I used to think missions were boring (and missionaries were even worse than that). And then a funny thing happened. I went on a mission trip, and it changed my life (okay, I was forced to go on this trip on pain of being fired, but I still went!). Bottom line: If I can have a change of heart about missions, anyone can! And maybe the first step to change is understanding the five commitments found in “leaps.” Join us in what should be an exciting study of God’s

By | 2017-10-18T10:08:45+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Categories: Everyday Missions, 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: , , , |