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.
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  • 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?
  • Dec 1, 2019The Integrity That Allows God to Show Up
    Dec 1, 2019
    The Integrity That Allows God to Show Up
    Series: All In
    As part of our All In series, Troy reminds us that our integrity is what allows God to show up and to do His work in our lives. He also asks us what we believe people will read in our obituaries one day. What do we want our legacies to be? When we have the courage and integrity to live according to our God-given convictions, God will show up, and show off, in crazy ways.
  • Nov 24, 2019God Loves the Element of Surprise!
    Nov 24, 2019
    God Loves the Element of Surprise!
    Series: All In
    Continuing in our All In series, Troy encourages us never to underestimate the ripple effect of one act of obedience; it will never be all for nothing. Because we’re part of God’s family, failure is never final. We won’t win every spiritual battle, but the war has already been decisively won. It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
  • Nov 17, 2019From Hopeless to Grateful
    Nov 17, 2019
    From Hopeless to Grateful
    Series: Standalone
    For this year’s Thanksgiving message, Troy talks about those times in life when a situation that makes you feel hopeless, turns around completely and actually makes you feel grateful. He also shares some biblical truths about being grateful, that it’s God’s purpose for us, that it’s tied to God not our circumstances, that it’s a choice not an emotion, and that it tells the right story about God to the world.