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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Killin It::Remote Controlled

There is a sin that is so common to the human experience, it is the gateway to all other sins. It promises to make us bigger, better, and more important, but only makes us smaller and meaner. It strips us of our capacity to connect with others. It stands between us and our heavenly Father.

So, what is “it” and how do we kill it?

December 4, 2016

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

First Christmas

Have you noticed how people seem to get lit up about Christmas earlier and earlier every year? For some, the Christmas season can’t come early enough. For others, any mention of Christmas before Thanksgiving is a major annoyance. But for still others, the holidays add new layers of complexity. Over the last year, they’ve lost loved ones, seen their families fractured, watched as key relationships unraveled, faced life-threatening illnesses, or struggled with unexpected and unwanted career changes. If you’re one of those people, how can you appreciate the holiday season when life has turned upside down? The key lies in the significance of a promise embedded in The First Christmas. November 27, 2016

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Unprecedented

Our church is a stewardship. It isn’t about us. It’s about all of the people around us who don’t know Jesus . . . yet. God has given us the opportunity to create churches unchurched people love to attend. That’s why we’re about to do something unprecedented. November 20, 2016

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Pain and Promise of Obedience

We want to feel closer to God. We want our faith to grow. But when God calls us, it usually involves some sacrifice. He asks us to let go of our plans for our lives so we can take hold of his plans. What would happen if you decided that when God asks you to do something, you’ll walk through the pain and sacrifice of obedience in order to discover the promise of obedience? November 13, 2016

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Something For Everyone

We’re all tempted to think that obeying rules will put us in right relationship with God—if we do what he wants, he will accept us. But we find ourselves having to ask God for forgiveness over and over again. That’s because our heavenly Father’s rules aren’t designed to put us in good standing with God. They’re a reminder that we’re rule-breakers and we need someone we don’t deserve: a Savior. November 6, 2016

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Anything But Average :: Now and Later

One of the things that can keep us from living beyond average is the tension between now and later. We’re tempted to live for the moment, to satisfy our desires instantly. But when we pursue instant gratification, the problems in our lives increase. Our finances blow up because we buy things before we can afford them. Our relationships are damaged because we don’t put in the time to build solid foundations of trust and respect. Our careers suffer because we climb faster than our competence can sustain.

Jesus wants anything but average for you. But to be anything but average, you have to learn to stop living for now and begin living for later.

October 30, 2016

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Anything But Average :: Do What You Know

No one aims to live an average life. When we were younger, we all aspired to live extraordinary lives. But somewhere along the way, we settle into an average job, average debt, average marriage, average family, and average dreams. If we were to really follow Jesus, we would not be average. Jesus calls us to give more than expected. He calls us to live for tomorrow. Jesus calls us to action because only by acting can we become anything but average. October 23, 2016

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Anything But Average :: Exceeding Average

No one wants to be average. You don’t want to be an average spouse or parent. You don’t want to be an average boss or employee. You may not want to be extraordinary, but you probably want to stand apart from the crowd. You probably want to avoid the pitfalls you see in the lives of some of the people around you. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about three behaviors that have the power to make you anything but average. October 16, 2016

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Engage

Being engaged in church is about more than merely attending Sunday services. We want to be a church unchurched people love to attend. In order to be that kind of church, we need the help of people who share our passion for leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. If you share that passion, you can fully engage in the life of the church by doing four things: Connect. Serve. Give. Invite. September 25, 2016

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

In The Meantime :: Comfort Zone

When we’re in the midst of pain and suffering, it can feel like we’ll never be happy again, nothing good can come from our circumstances, and there’s no reason to continue living. But those are lies. God can redeem, use, and work through our pain. And when he does, we eventually have the opportunity to comfort others. There is a “Fellowship of Suffering.” People who’ve suffered are uniquely equipped and qualified to comfort people who are suffering. September 18, 2016

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