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    August 14th, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Matthew: Jesus Followers Make Noise

    As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

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    August 7th, 2022 // Joe Grana

    Matthew: The World Moves For Love

    Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned—caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” The woman was well from then on.

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    July 31th, 2022 // Nancy Ortberg

    Matthew: You Can't Create Your Own Christianity

    A little later John’s followers approached, asking, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees rigorously discipline body and spirit by fasting, but your followers don’t?” Jesus told them, “When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to exercise moderation, but not now. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!”

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    July 24th, 2022 // Pastor Chuck Wysong

    Matthew: Jesus Calls Matthew

    Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” Matthew stood up and followed him. Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers.

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    July 17th, 2022 // Pastor John Scott

    Matthew: Jesus Heals & Forgives

    Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus’ hometown. They were hardly out of the boat when some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of them. Jesus, impressed by their bold belief, said to the paraplegic, “Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins.” Some religion scholars whispered, “Why, that’s blasphemy!”

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    July 10th, 2022 // Pastor Jeff Bachman

    Matthew: Jesus Casts Out Demons

    They landed in the country of the Gadarenes and were met by two madmen, victims of demons, coming out of the cemetery. The men had terrorized the region for so long that no one considered it safe to walk down that stretch of road anymore. Seeing Jesus, the madmen screamed out, “What business do you have giving us a hard time? You’re the Son of God! You weren’t supposed to show up here yet!” Off in the distance a herd of pigs was grazing and rooting. The evil spirits begged Jesus, “If you kick us out of these men, let us live in the pigs.”

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    July 3rd, 2022 // Pastor Keri Ladouceur

    Matthew: Jesus Calms the Storm

    Then he got in the boat, his disciples with him. The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat—and he was sound asleep! They roused him, pleading, “Master, save us! We’re going down!” Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass. The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea stand up and take notice at his command!”

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    June 26th, 2022 // Pastor Karl Romeus

    Matthew: Head to Heart

    When Jesus saw that a curious crowd was growing by the minute, he told his disciples to get him out of there to the other side of the lake. As they left, a religion scholar asked if he could go along. “I’ll go with you, wherever,” he said. Jesus was curt: “Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.” Another follower said, “Master, excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have my father’s funeral to take care of.” Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life.

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    June 19th, 2022 // Pastor Jeff Bachman

    Matthew: Freaks & Lunatics

    This man is the vanguard of many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions—streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Then those who grew up ‘in the faith’ but had no faith will find themselves out in the cold, outsiders to grace and wondering what happened.” Then Jesus turned to the captain and said, “Go. What you believed could happen has happened.” At that moment his servant became well.

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    June 12th, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Matthew: Jesus Heals A Leper & A Servant

    Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. Then a leper appeared and dropped to his knees before Jesus, praying, “Master, if you want to, you can heal my body.” Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone. Jesus said, “Don’t talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed body to the priest, along with the appropriate expressions of thanks to God. Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.”

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    June 5th, 2022 // Pastor Mike Goldsworthy

    Matthew: False Prophets

    These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

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    May 29th, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Matthew: False Prophets and Discernment

    Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.

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    May 22nd, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Matthew: Judgement & The Narrow Gate

    Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own.

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    May 15th, 2022 // Pastor Jeff Bachman

    Matthew: Fasting & Accidental Pharisees

    You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.

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    May 8th, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    The Lord's Prayer (Part 2)

    This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best—as above, so below.

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    May 1st, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    The Lord's Prayer (Part 1)

    The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.

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    April 24th, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Religious Hypocrisy

    Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.

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    April 17th, 2022 // Pastor Rachel Grindle

    Easter 2022

    “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

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    April 10th, 2022 // Pastor Karl Romeus

    Love Your Enemies

    When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the supple moves of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus?

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    April 3rd, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Revenge

    “Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

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    March 27th, 2022 // Pastor Mike Goldsworthy

    Oaths

    “And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.

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    March 20th, 2022 // Pastor Ken Jensen

    Lust

    You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those ogling looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.

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    March 13th, 2022 // Pastor Jeff Bachman

    Anger

    You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.

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    March 6th, 2022 // Joe Grana

    Fulfilling the Law

    “Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.

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    February 27th, 2022 // Pastor Jeff Bachman

    Salt and Light

    Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.

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    February 13th, 2022 // Pastor Mike Goldsworthy

    The Peacemakers

    “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

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    February 6th, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    The Persecuted

    "You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. "You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family. "You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.

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    January 30th, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Pure in Heart

    The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be—and experience—a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned—oh, how it will be returned!—at the resurrection of God’s people.

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    January 23rd, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Blessed are the Merciful

    I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

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    January 16th, 2022 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

    You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

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    January 9th, 2022 // Pastor Jeff Bachman

    Those Who Mourn

    You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

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    January 2nd, 2022 // Pastor Ken Jensen

    Poor in Spirit

    God's blessings are a description of the fullest life possible for you. Blessed are the poor and spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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    December 24th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Christmas Eve 2021

    If you are familiar with the Christmas story, know that God did not intend to have the story just end there. It was only made to be the beginning episode one, and God always intended to have you continue the story in your life.

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    December 19th, 2021 // David Miller

    The Shepherds

    There were shepherds camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

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    December 12th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Hark the Herald

    He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

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    December 5th, 2021 // Pastor Mike Goldsworthy

    Waiting with Hope

    Christmas is this season of perpetual hope, except for when it isn't. Sometimes it doesn't feel very hopeful for some of us. In fact, what the Christmas season does is it highlights loss and it highlights what we are missing this year.

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    November 28th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Missions Sunday 2021

    Join us as we get updates from the missions that you help from around the world. Their work and dedication to their ministries is helping bring others to Jesus Christ daily.

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    November 14th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    A Skeptics Guide to Miracles

    From there he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives.

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    November 7th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Follow Me

    When Jesus got word that John had been arrested, he returned to Galilee. He moved from his hometown, Nazareth, to the lakeside village Capernaum, nestled at the base of the Zebulun and Naphtali hills.

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    October 31st, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Temptation (Part 3) Kingdoms of the World

    For the third test, the Devil took him to the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were. Then he said, “They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.”

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    October 24th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Temptation (Part 2) Jump From the Temple

    For the second test the Devil took him to the Holy City. He sat him on top of the Temple and said, “Since you are God’s Son, jump.” The Devil goaded him by quoting Psalm 91: “He has placed you in the care of angels. They will catch you so that you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone.” Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy: “Don’t you dare test the Lord your God.

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    October 17th, 2021 // Pastor Ken Jensen

    Temptation (Part 1) Stones into Bread

    Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.”

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    October 10th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Set Apart, Empowered

    The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”

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    October 3rd, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    John the Baptist (Part 2) The Kingdom of Heaven

    While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

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    September 26th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    John the Baptist (Part 1) Uncivilized Discpleship

    While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

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    September 19th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    The Insecurity of Herod & All of Us

    Jesus was born in a town called Bethlehem, in Judea. King Herod ruled Judea at that time. After Jesus was born, some wise men came to Jerusalem from a country in the east. When they arrived there, they asked people, ‘Where is the baby who has been born as the king of the Jews? We saw his special star when it first appeared in the sky. So now we have come here to worship him.’

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    September 12th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Treasure, Kids, and Persecution

    Jesus is actually the solution for every problem that we have. He's the one who defies our problems. And he gives us this definition of what true joy is and how we can live and be a people that walk around that are full of joy.

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    September 5th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    The Visit of the Wiseman

    When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people, my Israel.'"

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    August 29th, 2021 // Pastor Mike Goldsworthy

    Obedience

    This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

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    August 22nd, 2021 // Joe Grana

    The Genealogy of Jesus

    One time you decide, you're gonna read through the new Testament. I'm gonna begin at Matthew and you start reading and you said, I don't know who these people are.

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    August 8th, 2021 // Nancy Ortberg

    Living in Uncertainty

    Faith does not exist in clarities, but instead involves trusting in the midst of uncertainty.

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    August 1st, 2021 // Pastor Ken Jensen

    Acting Out of Faith

    Our beliefs have to be turned into tangible action, otherwise, they aren’t faith, they are just some ideas that we mentally assent too, but that we don’t really believe in.

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    July 25th, 2021 // Pastor Jon Talbert

    Becoming the Person Who Does What is Right

    We do not become people who do the right thing out of intention, but rather out of intentionally developing the right habits that enable us to respond with muscle memory when these moments arise.

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    July 18th, 2021 // Pastor John Scott

    Lamenting What Was Lost

    Lament is an important part of the process of moving into new realities and like Lamentations, it requires us to name specifically what we have lost, what has been taken from us, what we will no longer experience.

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    July 11th, 2021 // Pastor Kayla Hurst

    Live Well in Exile

    When we feel displaced and something has been taken from us, the temptation is to look backwards and live in a way trying to reclaim what was, and in doing that, we miss what God might be doing if we live fully and present in the place where we now are.

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    July 4th, 2021 // Pastor Mike Goldsworthy

    A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

    Having a longer view of the life we are called to, raises us out of the immediate discouragements, the reflexive need to respond to the current calamity and the weight that we give to what’s happening right in front of us.

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    June 27th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis & Brendan McDonough

    When God Feels Absent

    The last year has been difficult for many, at times possibly feeling abandoned and forgotten…we do not have to put on rose colored glasses, pretending that things are better or different than they really are - we don’t have to mouth words of just trusting in God no matter what, if that’s not where we’re genuinely at right now.

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    June 20th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Being Open to the New Thing

    We have to be open to being reshaped and changed. If we resist, and cling to what we are used to, what we want, the way we think it should work…we may miss out on the new thing that God is doing.

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    June 13th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    Moving Beyond Cultural Christianity

    What our current cultural moment needs is not more people attending church, singing the songs, saying the right religious language, but instead a people who are committed to living the way of Jesus…who do the personal work of examining their interior lives and aligning the reality of their lives to the life, ministry and teaching of Jesus.

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    June 6th, 2021 // Pastor Roger Storms

    Going Beyond What You Are Able on Your Own

    Our inadequacy is the place where God can meet us and empower us. Too often our inadequacy becomes a place where we give up because we aren’t able to do the thing we are called to, or it becomes the place where we try to muster up our own strength to fight through it ourselves.

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    May 30th, 2021 // Pastor Larry Davis

    You Are Known

    We often spend time anxiously trying to prove ourselves, to make ourselves known, to find our way in life…and yet, we are already known, and we live out of our “known-ness”.

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