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The Power of Thankfulness

Sermon Title: The Power of Thankfulness
Scripture Reading: John 10:10; 1 Thess 5:16-18; Philippians 4:4-8; Colossians 3:15-17

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According to recent studies, America isn't a very happy place to be, as people's sense of well-being is at an all-time low. People are fearful, angry, depressed, discontented, and lacking purpose in life. Therefore, followers of Jesus need to be reminded of the full life that he promises (Jn 10:10). In The Power of Thankfulness, Pastor David shares how the Bible and recent neuroscience indicates that practicing gratitude can help us access the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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November 11 bulletin
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Beggar Spirituality

Sermon Title: Beggar Spirituality
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:3; Mark 10:35-52; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit" (Matt 5:3). In other words, in order for us to follow Jesus we must start by recognizing our own spiritual poverty and how much we need God. As we learn with the story of blind Bartimaeus, we should approach God for what really matters most and in a way that truly honors him as a loving Father. Listen as Pastor David shares what true faith looks like in a message entitled, Beggar Spirituality.

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October 28 bulletin
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Streams (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: Pietism: The Way of Renewal
Scripture Reading: Matthew 15:7-9; John 5:39-40; 15:5-8; Romans 8:5-11 MSG

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Pietism is the next stream in our heritage, and it is the stream that led to the birth of the Brethren in Christ. What is pietism and what difference does it make in how we follow Christ today? In Pietism: The Way of Renewal (3 of 6), Pastor David shares how true piety is born of the Holy Spirit at work in our hearts, who enables us to experience the real presence of God and bear fruitful lives of discipleship.

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September 23 bulletin
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The God Who Meets Our Needs

Sermon Title: The God Who Meets Our Needs
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-11; Mark 10:46-52; Philippians 4:19

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All throughout the Scriptures we can see that God is able to meet our needs. In the Old Testament, God is called Jehovah-Jireh (Yahweh will provide). In the New Testament, we see that Jesus is the exact representation of God's nature and that he embodies God's heart toward his needy children. In The God Who Meets Our Needs, Pastor David reminds us that Jesus welcomes those who have needs and who see him as the great provider. 

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June 3 bulletin
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Thy Kingdom Come

Sermon Title:  Thy Kingdom Come
Scripture Reading:  Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 18:9-14; Mark 1:35

The disciples observed that Jesus prayed a lot. They also heard Jesus critique the prayers of the Pharisees and their pious prayers. Naturally, they ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. So Jesus tells them the way they should pray is to be supremely concerned for God’s Kingdom to come and his will be done on the earth.

In Thy Kingdom Come, Pastor David helps us to see how Jesus frames all of prayer as a cry for Kingdom and then calls us to pray like Christ.

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When God Speaks

Sermon Title:  When God Speaks
Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 10:14, 27; Hebrews 3:12-19

The Scripture tells us that God wants to speak to his children. The problem is we’re not always listening. Why is that? Do we know when God is speaking to us? When Samuel was just a small boy, he heard from God, but he didn’t recognize God’s voice. He needed help in learning to listen so he could respond in obedience.

In the message When God Speaks, Pastor David shares about ways God can speak to us, and what we can do to be attentive and receptive to his voice. Listen to David and view the slides here.

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