May 17, 2020
Debunking the Myths About Forgiveness
Continuing in our message series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy shares some myths we tend to believe about forgiveness, that can prevent us from forgiving genuinely and completely. In our struggle to forgive, we need to get rid of the myths before we can start talking about real solutions.
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  • May 17, 2020Debunking the Myths About Forgiveness
    May 17, 2020
    Debunking the Myths About Forgiveness
    Continuing in our message series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy shares some myths we tend to believe about forgiveness, that can prevent us from forgiving genuinely and completely. In our struggle to forgive, we need to get rid of the myths before we can start talking about real solutions.
  • May 3, 2020Treat People the Way They Were Meant to Be
    May 3, 2020
    Treat People the Way They Were Meant to Be
    Of course we need to treat people the way they should be treated, but can we treat them the way they were created, and the way we want them to become, not the way they actually are right now? Can we treat them the way they were meant to be? If so, we can make significant progress in overcoming our struggle to forgive.
  • Apr 19, 2020Why a Gorilla? And Why Are You So Angry?
    Apr 19, 2020
    Why a Gorilla? And Why Are You So Angry?
    Troy introduces our new sermon series, based on the book, Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive, by Brian Jones. In this first message, Troy explains the metaphor of a gorilla for an unforgiving heart, and starts to help us unpack that moment in our lives when pain chose us and we began our struggle to forgive.
  • Apr 12, 2020A Tomb on Loan with No Debt Owed
    Apr 12, 2020
    A Tomb on Loan with No Debt Owed
    Series: Standalone
    Happy Easter! Think about the word "empty." Sometimes, it's a bad word and other times it's bad in a sense, but there's also an element of good. And then there are times when it's just completely a good word. In the most important example of this, the tomb of Jesus is empty because He rose again from the dead and He was never meant to stay in the grave. And because Jesus has power over sin and death, for those of us who belong to Him, our graves can one day be empty, too.
  • Mar 29, 2020Run the Race and Never Give Up
    Mar 29, 2020
    Run the Race and Never Give Up
    Continuing in our series through Hebrews, Troy covers chapter 12 and encourages us to run the race of life with perseverance, knowing that our trials and struggles will be worth it. When we focus on Jesus and our goal of eternal life in heaven, we will never give up, no matter how much our feelings might tell us to quit. God did not create us and send us here to start the race, He sent us here to finish the race and live forever with Him.
  • Mar 14, 2020A Clear Conscience: You Can’t Have It Both Ways
    Mar 14, 2020
    A Clear Conscience: You Can’t Have It Both Ways
    Continuing in our series through Hebrews, Troy discusses chapter 10 and reminds us that we can draw near to God and hold on to the hope we have in Jesus, or we can say, "No, thanks. I'm going to do things my way, even though I know what's right." Can we, as followers of Jesus, grow to be more like Him, to let go of our own will, and to yield to God's will?
  • Mar 1, 2020The Only 100% Guarantee
    Mar 1, 2020
    The Only 100% Guarantee
    Troy continues in our Hebrews series by sharing God’s promise to everyone who belongs to Him: “I will be their God, and they will be my people.” The real change of heart and mind created by the ministry of the Spirit in the new covenant makes possible the restoration of our relationship and fellowship with God. This restoration is what God has always wanted, with Israel and with Christ followers today. Rules and regulations cannot bring about genuine transformation in our lives, because obedience does not produce heart change and love; rather, love produces heart change and obedience.
  • Feb 23, 2020If You Leave, No One Can Bring You Back
    Feb 23, 2020
    If You Leave, No One Can Bring You Back
    Continuing in our Hebrews series, Troy covers chapter 6 with the author’s warning that if we actively and adamantly oppose Jesus, no one can bring us to a point of turning around and deciding to follow Him again. No one, that is, except for ourselves. Even if we reach that point of leaving the faith and not wanting to return, we are not without hope. Even though no one can force us to come back, we do still have a choice, and we are never beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness and salvation.
  • Feb 16, 2020Why Do Great Marriages Fail?
    Feb 16, 2020
    Why Do Great Marriages Fail?
    Series: Standalone
    Anyone can build a great marriage. It might be difficult and challenging, and a given person may not want to build a great marriage, but anyone can. However, with the right behaviors, it’s also true that anyone can destroy a great marriage. Marriages fail when one or both of the spouses treat each other unkindly. It really boils down to the following commitment: “Will you not address your spouse in a manner that’s unbecoming, in a way that’s unkind, in a way that indulges the flesh?"
  • Feb 2, 2020Finding Rest in the One Who Understands
    Feb 2, 2020
    Finding Rest in the One Who Understands
    Continuing in our Hebrews series, Troy covers chapter 4 and points out that Jesus knows exactly what it’s like to walk in our shoes, because He walked in them, too. He knows our pain and suffering and weaknesses; He knows what it’s like to face all kinds of temptation. And He has a genuine compassion for us, not as someone who knows about suffering from the outside, but as one who entered into our suffering and made it His own. Troy also reminds us that prayer is powerful, and because of what Jesus has done for us, we can approach God with confidence, anytime and anyplace, and know that God will help us, and the other people for whom we pray.