Mar 11, 2018
From Death to Life: Losing Everything to Gain Everything
Continuing in our “Pursuit of Joy” series through Philippians, Troy reminds us how meaningless it is when we try to be enough and do enough in this life. We can’t be right with God based on who we are and what we’ve done. However, once we understand the worthless nature of our earthly accomplishments, we can “lose everything to gain everything.”
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  • Mar 11, 2018From Death to Life: Losing Everything to Gain Everything
    Mar 11, 2018
    From Death to Life: Losing Everything to Gain Everything
    Continuing in our “Pursuit of Joy” series through Philippians, Troy reminds us how meaningless it is when we try to be enough and do enough in this life. We can’t be right with God based on who we are and what we’ve done. However, once we understand the worthless nature of our earthly accomplishments, we can “lose everything to gain everything.”
  • Mar 4, 2018Living Inside Out: A Shining Light in the Darkness
    Mar 4, 2018
    Living Inside Out: A Shining Light in the Darkness
    In this morning’s message from our “Pursuit of Joy” series, Troy discusses how to “live inside out” to show God’s work in our lives and to help us stand out as “shining lights in the darkness.” Our words and actions come from our hearts, so we must allow God to transform our insides so we can live right on our outsides, which then points people to God.
  • Feb 18, 2018Suffering with a Purpose: Don’t Waste Your Pain
    Feb 18, 2018
    Suffering with a Purpose: Don’t Waste Your Pain
    Continuing in our “Pursuit of Joy” series through the book of Philippians, Troy shares about the purposes of our suffering and he encourages us not to “waste our pain.” The apostle Paul used his chains—his imprisonment—to advance the gospel, as we read in Philippians chapter 1. It wasn't that he enjoyed being incarcerated, but he knew it could be turned to good purposes. In God’s hands, intended evil becomes eventual good.
  • Feb 11, 2018A Partnership of Prayer, Growth, and Love
    Feb 11, 2018
    A Partnership of Prayer, Growth, and Love
    Troy kicks off our new series, “The Pursuit of Joy,” which will take us through the book of Philippians. Although the apostle Paul is imprisoned while writing to the church at Philippi, he wrote a letter that 2,000 years later is still known as the treatise on joy. As we learn from chapter one, verses 3-11, Paul helps us find joy and bring that same joy to others through “A Partnership of Prayer, Growth, and Love.”
  • Jan 14, 2018Read Through The Entire Word
    Jan 14, 2018
    Read Through The Entire Word
    Series: Radical

    For the second challenge in the Radical Experiment, Troy discusses the commitment we can make to “Read Through the Entire Word.” This means we systematically read through the entire Bible—Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 and all 31,102 verses in between—over the course of a year. Our brothers and sisters around the world often gather at the risk of their lives to hear God’s Word. If you and I will join them in radical obedience to Christ, we must start with our Bibles open and our minds engaged.

  • Jan 7, 2018Pray for the Entire World
    Jan 7, 2018
    Pray for the Entire World
    Series: Radical

    Continuing with our Radical Experiment, Troy focuses on the challenge: "Pray for the Entire World." If God's plan is for the disciples of Jesus to carry the message into all the world, and to tell others, who will in turn tell others until the last person in the farthest corner has heard the story, then we should be praying for the world and for God's plan to reach it. And apparently, Jesus' concern was not that the lost would not come to the Father; instead, His concern was that His followers would not go to the lost.

  • Dec 24, 2017It’s a Wonderful Life: What if Jesus Never Had a Birthday?
    Dec 24, 2017
    It’s a Wonderful Life: What if Jesus Never Had a Birthday?
    Series: Standalone
    On this morning of Christmas Eve, Troy uses the fictional character, George Bailey from the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," to discuss the hypothetical question, "What would life be like if we were never born?" Like George, we would likely all realize how many lives we have impacted, and just how different those lives would be if we had never been born. Troy goes on to consider the question, "What if Jesus never had a birthday?" As we celebrate Christmas, it can be helpful to think about what life would be like if Jesus was never born. Perhaps we can appreciate His coming to the earth a little more, as we count the numerous blessings that resulted from His birth, life, death, and resurrection.
  • Dec 17, 2017O Holy Night: Honoring the Birthday of Jesus
    Dec 17, 2017
    O Holy Night: Honoring the Birthday of Jesus
    Series: Standalone
    In preparation for the week leading into Christmas, Troy shares some of the reasons he wants to honor and celebrate the birthday of Jesus: 1) He was born to become just like me (almost); 2) He was born to pay the price for my sins (a price I could never pay); and 3) He was born to rise again from the dead and live forever. Troy also suggests that one of the best ways we can honor Christ's birthday is to realize that Jesus continues to show up in our lives today, and not always to benefit us alone, but especially to benefit others through us.
  • Dec 10, 2017Living When Dying is Gain
    Dec 10, 2017
    Living When Dying is Gain
    Series: Radical
    In our last regular message from the Radical series, Troy discusses what it means to live our lives when "Dying is Gain," including an understanding of the risk and reward that goes along with it. He challenges us to ask ourselves the question, "Do we believe the reward found in Jesus is worth the risk of following Him?" And the bottom line is that the only way death can be a reward is if dying really is gain.
  • Nov 26, 2017How Much is Enough?
    Nov 26, 2017
    How Much is Enough?
    Series: Radical
    In our latest message in the Radical series, Troy helps us consider the question, "How Much is Enough?" He also challenges us to consider whether we have blind spots in our lives when it comes to caring for the poor and needy around us and throughout the world. As Americans, we live in relative luxury while nearly half of the world's people live in extreme poverty. Each one of us as Christians must wrestle with what Jesus is calling us to do with our resources as we follow Him.