Sep 13, 2020
Living to Please an Audience of One
Continuing in our series through Paul's letters to the Thessalonians, Troy reminds us that when it comes to serving God and following Him no matter what others think, if God is pleased with us, then all is well. Or to phrase it another way, if the master is pleased with what we’ve done, then everything else is okay.
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  • Sep 13, 2020Living to Please an Audience of One
    Sep 13, 2020
    Living to Please an Audience of One
    Continuing in our series through Paul's letters to the Thessalonians, Troy reminds us that when it comes to serving God and following Him no matter what others think, if God is pleased with us, then all is well. Or to phrase it another way, if the master is pleased with what we’ve done, then everything else is okay.
  • Sep 6, 2020The Power of Genuine Life Change
    Sep 6, 2020
    The Power of Genuine Life Change
    Troy kicks off our new message series, It Will Get Better, which begins a journey through Paul's letters to the Thessalonian church. Knowing that the universe will end with God’s eternal triumph helps us find meaning in what seems to be chaos. And that’s the power of genuine life change: hope for now, hope for the future, and hope for all of eternity.
  • Aug 30, 2020Do God’s Work With Him
    Aug 30, 2020
    Do God’s Work With Him
    The "Great Commission" is really our "co-mission," as we partner with God and allow Him to work through us. God's mission should be important to us, not only because it's His mission, but also because we need hope and we want every person in the world to come to have hope.
  • Aug 23, 2020Treat People Like You Want to Be Treated
    Aug 23, 2020
    Treat People Like You Want to Be Treated
    As part of our Core 52 Recap series, Rick reminds us how it's easy to treat people like we want to be treated when we're at the church building or spending time with other Christians, but how our challenge is ultimately to understand that every person in the world is our neighbor, and that we are expected to treat each and every person just like we would want to be treated by them.
  • Aug 17, 2020What’s Left?
    Aug 17, 2020
    What’s Left?
    Series: Standalone
    As one of our former youth group and church members, Mark returns as a guest speaker to remind us of the importance of God's Word and how it's the key to personal discipleship, even when our normal practices (e.g., Sunday attendance, small group participation, serving the church at the building, etc.) are taken away from us.
  • Aug 9, 2020In Search of Happiness
    Aug 9, 2020
    In Search of Happiness
    To refresh us on one of the chapters we read in the Core 52 book, Troy answers the question, "Does God Want You to Be Happy?" While God expects us to obey Him, and His type of happiness may be different than what we think we want, it can also be misleading to say that God desires our obedience more than our happiness. The truth is that obedience to God brings about our happiness.
  • Aug 2, 2020Beware the White Van
    Aug 2, 2020
    Beware the White Van
    Series: Standalone
    In this standalone message, Troy explains why God wants us to get rid of the painful anxiety that comes from depending only on ourselves in the midst of life’s difficulties. Instead of self-dependence, we should have such confidence in God that it frees our minds from anxiety. God has designed life in such a way that peace can be the constant experience of every Christ follower, even in the midst of trials.
  • Jul 27, 2020The Joy of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes
    Jul 27, 2020
    The Joy of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes
    To conclude our series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy challenges us to consider the positive results that God produces through our turmoil of living with a wounded, unforgiving heart. It may sound ironic, but it might not be until we’re able to see the really good stuff that comes out of our struggle to forgive that we begin to find the strength to actually do so.
  • Jul 19, 2020Trust Someone to Know the Real You
    Jul 19, 2020
    Trust Someone to Know the Real You
    In this week's message from our series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy challenges us to step out, take a risk, and find a spiritual shepherd we trust to help us learn how to forgive. It’s rare to find people who finally got rid of the gorilla, who didn’t also grant someone else access to the interior parts of their souls and allow themselves to be guided to hope and healing.
  • Jul 12, 2020The Other Person You Can’t Forgive
    Jul 12, 2020
    The Other Person You Can’t Forgive
    Returning to our series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy shares how the person we often have the most difficulty forgiving is the one who's staring back at us in the mirror. As the book's author demonstrates, we cannot authentically forgive anyone until we’ve first forgiven ourselves. Troy encourages us to stop beating ourselves up and to feel good about our lives again. Either the cross was good enough to pay for our sins or it wasn't.