Jun 9, 2013
With or Without You
Even after the Israelites sinned against God and created the golden calf, God graciously reaffirmed his promise to provide a better land.  When God said he would now not come with them, Moses pleaded for his presence.  Even after God promised his presence, Moses asked for more.  He asked to see God’s glory – he wanted to know the person and character of God intimately. Are we satisfied with the blessings of God?  Do we realize our need for the presence of God?  Do we want more than anything else to know God?   Exodus 33:1-18
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  • Jun 9, 2013With or Without You
    Jun 9, 2013
    With or Without You
    Even after the Israelites sinned against God and created the golden calf, God graciously reaffirmed his promise to provide a better land.  When God said he would now not come with them, Moses pleaded for his presence.  Even after God promised his presence, Moses asked for more.  He asked to see God’s glory – he wanted to know the person and character of God intimately. Are we satisfied with the blessings of God?  Do we realize our need for the presence of God?  Do we want more than anything else to know God?   Exodus 33:1-18
  • Jun 2, 2013Provision Leads To…
    Jun 2, 2013
    Provision Leads To…
    Learning from God’s faithful provision for the Israelites, even in the midst of their grumbling and complaining, we are reminded that God wants us to trust  and follow him more as a result of his faithfulness.
  • May 26, 2013Judgement Passes Over
    May 26, 2013
    Judgement Passes Over
    The judgment and wrath of God comes because of disobedience, rebellion, and hardheartedness against God, but it will pass over those marked with the blood of the lamb.  This truth applied to Moses and the Israelites, and it applies to us today as well.
  • May 19, 2013Let My People Go
    May 19, 2013
    Let My People Go
    Through the familiar Biblical account of the plagues on Egypt, we are reminded that God goes to great lengths to tirelessly and patiently pursue a relationship with his people, demonstrating his power so that we will know he is God and working in ways we may not yet see.
  • May 12, 2013The Bush Said What?
    May 12, 2013
    The Bush Said What?
    God came to Moses in the burning bush to get his attention because God had something important to say:  God had seen the suffering of his people, God cared, God had come down to rescue, and had something better for them. The message is for us, too.  God cares about us and has come to rescue us, offering abundant life in Jesus.  And just as God sent Moses to deliver that message to his people, God calls us to embody the message of hope to our people. Exodus 3:1-12
  • May 5, 2013Fertile Soil
    May 5, 2013
    Fertile Soil
    As we take a fresh look at familiar stories from Moses’ life, we are reminded that God works powerfully through difficult circumstances in order to display his glory and grow our faith.  Adversity is fertile ground for faith to grow.
  • Apr 28, 2013Relationships Transformed by Faith in God
    Apr 28, 2013
    Relationships Transformed by Faith in God
    In his letter to Philemon, Paul writes to ask a specific request of Philemon, but he also teaches us all an important principle.  Though we will likely never face the dilemma of how to treat our runaway slave, we face issues of how to treat other people every day.  Paul teaches us that our faith in Christ transforms us so that we no longer live or relate as the world does.
  • Apr 21, 2013Valuing Relationships, Part 1
    Apr 21, 2013
    Valuing Relationships, Part 1
    As we look at the foundation of this brief letter from Paul to Philemon, we begin with the connection between faith in the Lord Jesus and love for all the saints.  Before making his specific request of Philemon, Paul emphasizes the partnership we have in the faith and the impact it can have on the future of the church – in Colosse or in our city today.  How we “share in the faith” is critical to our ability to “share our faith.” -Philemon 1-7
  • Apr 14, 2013Living in Light of the Future
    Apr 14, 2013
    Living in Light of the Future
    Series: Hope
    Our certain future hope in Jesus affects how we live now, even in hard times.  Because our hope is in the person of Jesus, who is faithful, we know that what is true for us in the future is relevant for everyday life now. -Hebrews 11:24-26
  • Apr 7, 2013Needing to See to Believe
    Apr 7, 2013
    Needing to See to Believe
    Series: Hope
    Like Thomas, sometimes we need to see in order to believe. As God-followers, we also need to be the tangible expression that others see and touch and experience so that they can believe in God’s great love.  As we explore this truth from scripture, we also face the reality of modern day slavery and how we can be a part of ending it in our lifetime. John 20:24-31
  • Mar 31, 2013In the Meantime…
    Mar 31, 2013
    In the Meantime…
    Series: Hope
    We may know our destination.  What was needed to be done to arrange our trip has been done.  Yet, the question still remains: “what will we do in the meantime?” The power of God that we celebrate today – the power that raised Jesus from the dead – is not only a power of the past or the future, but is today for us who believe.  God’s power at work in us can make us effective and productive in our knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  • Mar 24, 2013Hope – for a change
    Mar 24, 2013
    Hope – for a change
    Series: Hope
    When Jesus overturned the tables in the temple court, he wasn’t protesting unfair business practices, nor was he tweaking the sacrificial system they were there to facilitate.  Jesus overturned the tables and overturned the system, making a once-and-for-all sacrifice for our sin.  God doesn’t want to tweak our lives or make us a better version of ourselves.  God wants to make us alive when we were dead. Matthew 21:1-13
  • Feb 24, 2013Don’t Lose Sight…
    Feb 24, 2013
    Don’t Lose Sight…
    Don't lose sight of the goal because of great threats or opportunities. God has put us where we are, not for our own sake, but for a bigger purpose. Nehemiah 4-6
  • Feb 17, 2013Next to Him, Next to Her, Next to Them
    Feb 17, 2013
    Next to Him, Next to Her, Next to Them
    In the midst of a list of names of those who helped rebuild the wall in Nehemiah 3, we find several principles that apply to everyday life for us: We are at our best when we all work together. We work for the sake of the kingdom, not just for self-serving interests. Sometimes we should follow established paths, and sometimes we need to create new paths.
  • Feb 10, 2013Being an Answer to Your Prayer
    Feb 10, 2013
    Being an Answer to Your Prayer
    Moved by the condition of something significant to God, Nehemiah took risks and made preparations in order to be an answer to his own prayer. Nehemiah 2
  • Feb 3, 2013Broken Hearted
    Feb 3, 2013
    Broken Hearted
    As we begin a series learning from Nehemiah’s life, we ask what causes us to be broken hearted?  When are we moved by God over the condition of something significant to God?  Nehemiah 1
  • Jan 27, 2013Why We Are Made to Do What We Do
    Jan 27, 2013
    Why We Are Made to Do What We Do
    For the sake of our voices being louder together in a focused direction, we consider our third major goal: leading people to strategically serve. God has created and gifted us for a purpose.  Not only can we know God’s heart for what God desires to happen, but as we strategically serve, we are God’s provision for how it is designed to happen. Ephesians 2:10
  • Jan 20, 2013Eating Regularly Promotes Good Health
    Jan 20, 2013
    Eating Regularly Promotes Good Health
    Continuing this series on our focus as a church, today we explore our second major goal: leading people to consistently study scripture. As much as we need food regularly for physical life, we need to consistently study scripture for spiritual life and health. 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  • Jan 13, 2013Take Me To Your Leader
    Jan 13, 2013
    Take Me To Your Leader
    As we are reminded of our purpose and direction as a church, we consider the first of our major goals: leading people into a personal relationship with God.  In Luke 5, scripture teaches that followers of Jesus are called to be "fishers of men," willing to do anything and go to any length to lead people to Jesus.
  • Jan 6, 2013The Reality of Temptation
    Jan 6, 2013
    The Reality of Temptation
    Like Jesus in Luke 4:1-13, we are tempted in real ways - tempted to fulfill God given needs and desires in distorted and shortsighted ways.  Jesus resisted temptation because he was full of the Holy Spirit and knew the Word.