The Story of James

This sermon introduces our series and is based on James 1:1-12. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Imagine it’s 50 AD, and you are riding your camel. You’re headed up to Jerusalem from Galilee, and you’ve lost all your favorite Galilean radio stations. It’s a long ride without tunes, and so you flip the dial to see what you can find. Suddenly, a station comes in loud and clear. . . . “It’s 10 o’clock, and you’re listening to FM 108, ‘all James all the time—all wisdom all the time—all Messiah all the time.’ You might even say, ‘all Sermon on the Mount—all the time.’ And you’re not just listening to some Johnny-come-lately station either. We were the very first. On the air since the mid 40’s. We were there from the beginning to get you to where you want to

The Unexpected Promise

This sermon concludes our series and is based on Jeremiah 31:23-34. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Predictable, predictable, predictable—Christmas has become way too predictable. You’re going to run around too much, spend too much and eat too much.  There are going to be Christmas cookies (never enough), Christmas carols (just right) and ugly Christmas sweaters (way, way too many).  You’re going to watch at least one Christmas movie (“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) and one Christmas special (“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”). And I could go on, but you get the point. Christmas has become predictable, predictable, predictable—which is odd because the first Christmas was anything but predictable. In fact, it was totally unexpected in almost every way (let’s be honest, it was more than that, it was

The Unexpected God

This sermon is based on Luke 1:46-55. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Predictable, predictable, predictable—Christmas has become way too predictable. You’re going to run around too much, spend too much and eat too much.  There are going to be Christmas cookies (never enough), Christmas carols (just right) and ugly Christmas sweaters (way, way too many).  You’re going to watch at least one Christmas movie (“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) and one Christmas special (“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”). And I could go on, but you get the point. Christmas has become predictable, predictable, predictable—which is odd because the first Christmas was anything but predictable. In fact, it was totally unexpected in almost every way (let’s be honest, it was more than that, it was unexpected, unexpected, unexpected). But

The Unexpected Grace

This Christmas Eve sermon is based on Luke 2:8-15. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Predictable, predictable, predictable—Christmas has become way too predictable. You’re going to run around too much, spend too much and eat too much.  There are going to be Christmas cookies (never enough), Christmas carols (just right) and ugly Christmas sweaters (way, way too many).  You’re going to watch at least one Christmas movie (“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) and one Christmas special (“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”). And I could go on, but you get the point. Christmas has become predictable, predictable, predictable—which is odd because the first Christmas was anything but predictable. In fact, it was totally unexpected in almost every way (let’s be honest, it was more than that, it was unexpected, unexpected,

The Unexpected Incarnation

This sermon is based on John 1:1-18. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Predictable, predictable, predictable—Christmas has become way too predictable. You’re going to run around too much, spend too much and eat too much.  There are going to be Christmas cookies (never enough), Christmas carols (just right) and ugly Christmas sweaters (way, way too many).  You’re going to watch at least one Christmas movie (“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) and one Christmas special (“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”). And I could go on, but you get the point. Christmas has become predictable, predictable, predictable—which is odd because the first Christmas was anything but predictable. In fact, it was totally unexpected in almost every way (let’s be honest, it was more than that, it was unexpected, unexpected, unexpected). But

The Unexpected Guests

This sermon is based on Matthew 2:1-12. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Predictable, predictable, predictable—Christmas has become way too predictable. You’re going to run around too much, spend too much and eat too much.  There are going to be Christmas cookies (never enough), Christmas carols (just right) and ugly Christmas sweaters (way, way too many).  You’re going to watch at least one Christmas movie (“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) and one Christmas special (“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”). And I could go on, but you get the point. Christmas has become predictable, predictable, predictable—which is odd because the first Christmas was anything but predictable. In fact, it was totally unexpected in almost every way (let’s be honest, it was more than that, it was unexpected, unexpected, unexpected). But

The Unexpected Parents

This sermon is based on Matthew 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: Predictable, predictable, predictable—Christmas has become way too predictable. You’re going to run around too much, spend too much and eat too much.  There are going to be Christmas cookies (never enough), Christmas carols (just right) and ugly Christmas sweaters (way, way too many).  You’re going to watch at least one Christmas movie (“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) and one Christmas special (“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”). And I could go on, but you get the point. Christmas has become predictable, predictable, predictable—which is odd because the first Christmas was anything but predictable. In fact, it was totally unexpected in almost every way (let’s be honest, it was more than that, it was unexpected, unexpected, unexpected). But

An Unexpected Jesus

This sermon introduces our new series and is based on John 10:22-30. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Predictable, predictable, predictable—Christmas has become way too predictable. You’re going to run around too much, spend too much and eat too much.  There are going to be Christmas cookies (never enough), Christmas carols (just right) and ugly Christmas sweaters (way, way too many).  You’re going to watch at least one Christmas movie (“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) and one Christmas special (“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”). And I could go on, but you get the point. Christmas has become predictable, predictable, predictable—which is odd because the first Christmas was anything but predictable. In fact, it was totally unexpected in almost every way (let’s be honest, it was more than that, it

The Meaningful Life: A Life Overflowing with Gratitude

This sermon is based on Psalm 107:1-9, 42-43 and concludes our series, "CHOOSE." You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In short, it sounds like

The Meaningful Life: Chasing After the Life That Is Truly Life

This sermon is based on Ecclesiastes 12:9-14. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In short, it sounds like a very bad idea. But what

The Meaningful Life: To Make an Impact

This sermon is based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In short, it sounds like a very bad idea. But

The Meaningful Life: To Be in Community

This sermon is based on Hebrews 10:19-25. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In short, it sounds like a very bad idea. But what

The Meaningful Life: To Find Purpose in Suffering

This sermon is based on Hebrews 12:4-13. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In short, it sounds like a very bad idea. But what

The Meaningful Life: To Grow Wise

This sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In short, it sounds like a very bad idea. But

The Meaningful Life: Knowing Your True Self

This sermon is based on Ephesians 4:1-6, 17-24. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In short, it sounds like a very bad idea. But

To Love and Be Loved

This sermon is based on 1 John 4:7-21. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In short, it sounds like a very bad idea. But

To Know God

We begin a new series this week, titled, "Choose." This introductory sermon is based on Deuteronomy 30:11-20. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: A sermon series on the meaning of life? That sounds awfully philosophical. Who wants weeks and weeks of Sartre saying, “Existence precedes essence”? It also seems extremely impractical because if Woody Allen is right, then “The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.” And wouldn’t any answer that we give, be rather simplistic? What was it that Paul Scofield said: “Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question? I hope they are asking you the meaning of life!” And on top of all that, it sounds depressing. Kurt Vonnegut was right: “Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker, as well?” In

An Extraordinary Invitation to Those Who Need It Most

We welcome our guest speaker and River's Edge member, Rev. Dave Shive, to lead our worship. This is part two of a two-week series titled, "The Welcoming Heart of God" and is based on Matthew 11:28-12:14. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A

The Welcoming Heart of God

We welcome our guest speaker and River's Edge member, Rev. Dave Shive, to lead our worship. This is a two-week series titled, "The Welcoming Heart of God" and is based on Matthew 11:28-30. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A  

The Fire Is on Fire

This sermon concludes our series and is based on Jeremiah 26:1-15. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Why a series on Jeremiah? Why not a series on Isaiah? Or Obadiah? Or Zephaniah or Zechariah or any of the “iah’s”? They are all good! And that doesn’t even include the non-prophets, people like Josiah, Jeconiah, Nehemiah, Uriah and last, but not least, Zedekiah. All great “iah” names.  But although they have “iah” in common, Jeremiah stands head and shoulders above them all because (work with me here) there was a fire in Jeremiah! Join us for a summer series that will make you say, “iah”! Or maybe, “Hey, look it’s a… Jeremiah!” Or even “YIAH, Jeremiah!” Whatever your response, from Ohio to the Bayou (“Jambalaya, me-ah-my-a, Jeremiah?”), you’re going to find this series something that will inspire because there’s a Fire in

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