Cultivating & Letting Go (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: Be a Hen in the Fox’s Den
Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1; Psalm 27; Luke 8:22-25; 13:31-35; 2 Timothy 1:7

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Jesus showed courage in the face of fear and opposition. Contrary to popular images of Jesus, he was not stoic, dispassionate, or timid. Instead, Jesus is brave and daring, his love is fierce. He called Herod Antipas a fox and likened himself to a mother hen who takes on danger to protect her young. Listen as, Pastor David invites us to cultivate the courage of Jesus and let go of fear, in a message entitled, Be a Hen in the Fox’s Den.  

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Cultivating & Letting Go (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title:
You Gotta Have Grit
Scripture Reading:Luke 4:1-13; James 1:2-4; 5:10-11; Hebrews 10:36

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We begin the season of Lent in the wilderness with Jesus. In the desert, Christ faces temptation, wrestles with the devil, and accepts his identity as the suffering Messiah. In preparation for his ministry, Jesus decides that nothing will stop him from being the Son sent by the Father to seek and save the lost. Jesus reveals a resolve to stay the course, no matter what. In You Gotta Have Grit, Pastor David shares how we too must cultivate a faith that perseveres and overcomes temptation, trial, and tribulation, by letting go of all that hinders us.

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March 10 bulletin
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Ash Wednesday 2019

Sermon Title: You Are Going To Die
Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 7:2; John 3:16

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Imposing ashes on the forehead is an ancient tradition going back to the first few centuries of the Church. It’s both a sobering and subversive liturgical practice to consider that one day we are going to die. What happens then? Also, what are we doing with the life we’ve been given? Listen as Pastor David invites us to reflect upon the meaning of Ash Wednesday, before we receive the ashes symbolizing our own mortality, our need for God, and our need to repent of our sins.

Transfiguration Sunday 2019

Sermon Title: Transfiguration Sunday 2019
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:28-36

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The transfiguration follows Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus reveals who he truly is and gives his disciples a glimpse of his glory before his crucifixion and resurrection. Listen as Pastor Kelly Chripczuk (Associate Pastor) shares about the transfiguration event and helps us to prepare for the season of Lent.

NOTE: Pastor David was planning to preach on the transfiguration, but spent the day before in the ER/hospital due to an injury caused from fainting. He stayed home on Sunday to recover.

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March 3 bulletin
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Dealing with Depression

Sermon Title:  Dealing with Depression
Scripture Reading: Psalm 6; Philippians 4:4-9; 2 Corinthians 4:6-12, 16-18

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Sadness is normal. There is a lot in this world that shouldbother us. So, we shouldn’t hide our pain and grief for fear that we will be judged. As we see in Christ and the Scriptures, sadness can reveal that you’re alive and that something isn’t right. Sadness cries out for healing. It’s only when it defines and controls you that it’s a problem—like a dark cloud hanging over us, it blocks out the light. Prolonged sadness leads to depression, and depression leads to despair. In Dealing with Depression, Pastor David shares a balanced approach to overcoming the darkness in our lives.

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February 17 bulletin
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Dealing with Anger

Sermon Title:  Dealing with Anger
Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:1-13; Ephesians 4:25-32; James 1:19-20

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Anger is a basic human emotion. Even God gets angry. But unlike us, God’s anger is always in response to the wrongs in the world, not born from the wrongs within himself (e.g. sin, pride, brokenness). Instead, God’s “righteous” anger is about setting things right. In Dealing with Anger, Pastor David reveals how un-controlled anger can have serious consequences, reminding us that anger acted upon in the flesh is harmful, and can eventually disqualify us from the blessings of God. 

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February 10 bulletin
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God's Good Future

Sermon Title:  God’s Good Future
Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:12-17; Psalm 127:1; John 14:18

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It’s easy for us to glorify the past as the “good old days” and forget that it wasn’t without its problems. Likewise, some people want to imagine that we’re so far advanced than previous generations and that the future will only get better because we’re evolving and progressing through science, technology, knowledge, etc. We’re living in a time where we need to be reminded of our dependence upon God. In God’s Good Future, Pastor David calls us to see things the way they really are and to recognize our need for the Spirit’s presence in our lives, our church, and our world.

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February 3 bulletin
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Peacemakers (4 of 4)

Guest Speaker: Shane Claiborne
Sermon Series:
Peacemakers: Living Peacefully in an Age of Outrage
Sermon Title: Blessed are the Peacemakers
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-37

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Jesus told a parable of a despised Samaritan who helped a person that had been beaten and left for dead on the road to Jericho. Jesus shared this story in response to the question: “Who is my neighbor?” It’s a powerful story that seeks to crack the stereotypes and prejudices that perpetuate an “us vs. them” mentality. As Shane Claiborne points out, we should be ready to do what the “good” Samaritan did, but we should also be willing to rethink the whole road to Jericho. Listen as Shane invites us to consider how Jesus calls his disciples to reimagine what it looks like to be peacemakers.

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January 27 bulletin
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Osheta Moore Interview

Osheta Moore (author & pastor) was invited to be a speaker in our Peacemakers series. When it didn’t look like we would be able to worship on Sunday due to a winter storm, Pastor David decided to sit down and have a conversation with Osheta in his office. While we were able to hear Osheta the next day, we believe you will find this dialogue encouraging and helpful in guiding you to be a peacemaker online. Enjoy the podcast!

Peacemakers (3 of 4)

Guest Speaker: Osheta Moore
Sermon Series: Peacemakers: Living Peacefully in an Age of Outrage
Sermon Title: We Will Tell Better Stories
Scripture Reading: John 13:34-35

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Over 75% of American use the internet for everyday interaction. From texting to tweeting we’ve learn to rely on social media to help us share ideas, learn skills, celebrate milestones, and connect with people. Even though social media has opened a whole new world to many people who would otherwise feel isolated, the potential conflict is always present. In We Will Tell Better Stories, Osheta Moore answers the question: what would it look like if you embodied the love and peace of Jesus every time you logged on to your favorite platform?

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