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.
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  • 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.
  • Jan 26, 2020Is Your House Still Being Built?
    Jan 26, 2020
    Is Your House Still Being Built?
    For this week’s installment in our Hebrews series, Troy considers the idea that our struggle with faith is not always based on God showing (or not showing) Himself. After all, the very people who witnessed the ten plagues on Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the awesome year of events at Mt. Sinai, actually turned away from God with sinful, unbelieving, hard hearts. In addition, a few of Jesus’ original disciples, who had just spent three years watching Him perform miracles and even rise from the dead, are the ones referred to in a verse that says, “some doubted.” Perhaps it’s not an issue of evidence or lack of evidence. Maybe we see what we want to see.
  • Jan 12, 2020The Undefeated Champion of the World
    Jan 12, 2020
    The Undefeated Champion of the World
    Troy kicks off our new series through the book of Hebrews, a letter written to inspire perseverance in weary Christians who were thinking about abandoning Jesus for their old lives. Specifically, Troy covers the first few verses of Hebrews chapter 1, where we find a comparison between the partial and the complete. In the past, God shared tiny bits of His message with various people in a wide variety of ways, that were all partial. By contrast, the message that Jesus brought was full and final. Jesus showed us fully what God is like. He stood before us.
  • Jan 5, 2020Looking Back, but Looking Forward
    Jan 5, 2020
    Looking Back, but Looking Forward
    Series: Standalone
    As we move into this new year, Troy takes a little time to refocus all of us on our mission and purpose as a congregation, what we believe God wants us to do: Because He lives, We seek the lost, We show His love, We share the truth. Our mission comes from Jesus in the Bible passages often called “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19-20) and “The Greatest Commandment” (Matthew 22:37-39). On a practical level, Troy encourages us to grow in our willingness and ability to carry out the vision God has for Sunrise.
  • Dec 15, 2019One Decision Away from a Totally Different Life
    Dec 15, 2019
    One Decision Away from a Totally Different Life
    Series: All In
    Concluding our All In series, Troy reminds us of some encouragements from the book, that if you don’t hold out on God, He will not hold out on you. And that there’s nothing God cannot do in and through a person who is fully consecrated to Him. We want to do amazing things for God, but that isn’t our job. That’s God’s job. Our job is to fully surrender all that we have and all that we are to Jesus. And if we do our job, God will most certainly do His. We’re one decision away from a totally different life. It’s now or never. It’s all or nothing. Will we go “All In” for Jesus?