Dec 30, 2018
Old Endings and New Beginnings
Followers of Jesus often struggle to determine whether or not God is calling us to do something. In fact, the only time we should feel 100% certain that God is speaking directly to us is when we read the Bible. However, discerning God's calling is really not some super-mystical process. What’s more, God will sometimes give us unmistakable confirmation that He’s at work leading, guiding, and yes, even calling us to do something.
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  • Dec 30, 2018Old Endings and New Beginnings
    Dec 30, 2018
    Old Endings and New Beginnings
    Followers of Jesus often struggle to determine whether or not God is calling us to do something. In fact, the only time we should feel 100% certain that God is speaking directly to us is when we read the Bible. However, discerning God's calling is really not some super-mystical process. What’s more, God will sometimes give us unmistakable confirmation that He’s at work leading, guiding, and yes, even calling us to do something.
  • Dec 23, 2018If There Were No Christmas
    Dec 23, 2018
    If There Were No Christmas
    Series: Standalone
    For our lead-in to Christmas, Troy asks us to imagine what our lives would be like if there were no Christmas. The world would have some serious deficiencies if Jesus had never been born, but ultimately a life without Christmas would mean a God who broke His promises. Thankfully, that's not the case and God sent His Son to be born, to live a perfect life, and to die a terrible death on the cross to take on the punishment that we deserved.
  • Dec 16, 2018Strategic Failure
    Dec 16, 2018
    Strategic Failure
    In this week's message from our Finding Favor series, Bob teaches us about the concept of "Strategic Failure." We can have a new definition of success: “Finding Favor with God.” Why settle for earthly success when you can have God’s favor? And even our pain and suffering have a purpose; our failures can actually be our successes. With this in mind, Bob closes with a challenge for us not to be the ones yelling at God for the pain that's in our life.
  • Dec 9, 2018Interpersonal Intervention
    Dec 9, 2018
    Interpersonal Intervention
    In today’s message from our Finding Favor series, Troy reminds us that God truly wants to hear our prayers. If we really pay attention, and if we have the faith to understand the difference our prayers make, we will spend a lot more time talking to God. Specifically, God sometimes changes another person’s mind when we pray for God’s favor in our lives. And God may use us to change someone else’s mind. We might be the answer to someone else’s prayers.
  • Dec 2, 2018Refocusing the Church
    Dec 2, 2018
    Refocusing the Church
    Series: Standalone
    (Note: This recording picks up a few minutes into the message.) For our Mission Sunday, Salonique Adolphe, the director (and one of the founders) of Living Water Christian Mission in Gonaives, Haiti encourages us to refocus our efforts as a church and achieve our primary objective of seeking and saving the lost. Each one of us is called to go into our city, our country, and our world to make disciples of all nations. And when we go, Jesus promises to be with us always, even to the end of the age.
  • Nov 25, 2018Redemptive Poverty
    Nov 25, 2018
    Redemptive Poverty
    In today’s message from the Finding Favor series, Bud shares about those times in our lives when financial scarcity can actually be a sign of God’s blessing. God just might show us His favor by making us poorer for a season. The real question for all of us is, “Can we be blessed financially when God gives us wealth AND when He takes it away?"
  • Nov 18, 2018By the Way, Thank You!
    Nov 18, 2018
    By the Way, Thank You!
    Series: Standalone
    In Luke chapter 17, we read the account of Jesus healing 10 men who had leprosy. Jesus instructs them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests,” and as they went, they were cleansed. What’s interesting is that when Jesus sent them off to see the priests, these men were no better off than they had been ten minutes earlier, and yet, they headed off in search of the priests. God placed a demand on them (and on us today) to have faith, before anything at all has changed.
  • Nov 4, 2018Bodily Affliction
    Nov 4, 2018
    Bodily Affliction
    As part of the Finding Favor series, our Youth Minister Chad talks about discovering God's favor in spite of (and sometimes even through) "Bodily Affliction."  Throughout the Bible there are many stories of strife and pain, and this earth is filled with them as well.  To illustrate, Chad shares a few stories of people finding God's favor in the midst of very difficult times, while remembering that God's version of better is always better
  • Oct 28, 2018God Will Provide
    Oct 28, 2018
    God Will Provide
    If you've ever wondered whether God wants to intervene in your life to give you a blessing, just think of the most over-the-top, sitting-on-the-edge-of-his-seat-with-anticipation, ready-to-shower-you-with-amazing-gifts type of dad, then multiply that a thousand-fold.
  • Oct 21, 2018Intentional Obscurity
    Oct 21, 2018
    Intentional Obscurity
    Continuing in our Finding Favor series, based on the book of that name by Brian Jones, Troy discusses those times when we pray for God’s favor and it seems that the only way for Him to truly bless us is to place in total obscurity for a season. We will discover that obscurity is a sign of God’s favor, not a sign of His anger.