Jul 5, 2020
Where Can We Really Be Free?
Series: Standalone
As we celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend, Rick asks, "If God takes such great care of the lesser things of the world, how much more will He care for us?" He also considers the question, "How does God free us from the cares of this world when we focus on Him and His kingdom?"
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  • Jul 5, 2020Where Can We Really Be Free?
    Jul 5, 2020
    Where Can We Really Be Free?
    Series: Standalone
    As we celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend, Rick asks, "If God takes such great care of the lesser things of the world, how much more will He care for us?" He also considers the question, "How does God free us from the cares of this world when we focus on Him and His kingdom?"
  • Jun 21, 2020The One Person You Won’t Forgive
    Jun 21, 2020
    The One Person You Won’t Forgive
    As part of our series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy helps us consider whether or not we're willing to forgive the person who has hurt us deeply. When we show kindness to someone who hurt us, God works for our good through that situation. We should also realize that when someone hurts us, we often forget our own sinfulness. When we focus on our pain and another person’s faults, we can blind ourselves to the reality of our own condition.
  • Jun 7, 2020Are You a Christian on the Inside?
    Jun 7, 2020
    Are You a Christian on the Inside?
    Continuing in our series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy asks us to evaluate ourselves to make sure we're really following Jesus, and that our actions are in line with what's inside of our hearts. As the author of the Gorilla book writes, “Before Jesus ever calls you to forgive, He calls you to be His disciple. For some of us, maybe getting rid of the gorilla is not about forgiveness at all but about deciding whether to answer Jesus’ call to discipleship.”
  • May 17, 2020Debunking the Myths About Forgiveness
    May 17, 2020
    Debunking the Myths About Forgiveness
    Continuing in our message series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy shares some myths we tend to believe about forgiveness, that can prevent us from forgiving genuinely and completely. In our struggle to forgive, we need to get rid of the myths before we can start talking about real solutions.
  • May 10, 2020Thanks Mom! (And Other Things I Didn’t Say Enough)
    May 10, 2020
    Thanks Mom! (And Other Things I Didn’t Say Enough)
    By: (All)
    Series: (All)
    To remember and honor our moms on Mother's Day, Troy shares some things he didn't say often enough to his own mom, such as "Thank you," and "I'm sorry," and "I appreciate you never giving up on me." 
  • May 3, 2020Treat People the Way They Were Meant to Be
    May 3, 2020
    Treat People the Way They Were Meant to Be
    Of course we need to treat people the way they should be treated, but can we treat them the way they were created, and the way we want them to become, not the way they actually are right now? Can we treat them the way they were meant to be? If so, we can make significant progress in overcoming our struggle to forgive.
  • Apr 26, 2020Keeping People at Arm’s Length
    Apr 26, 2020
    Keeping People at Arm’s Length
    For the second message in our series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Bud talks about those times when we need to create geographical and/or emotional distance from the people who have hurt us. However, he also encourages us not to keep people at arm's length forever, especially if our choices are stemming from an unforgiving heart.
  • Apr 19, 2020Why a Gorilla? And Why Are You So Angry?
    Apr 19, 2020
    Why a Gorilla? And Why Are You So Angry?
    Troy introduces our new sermon series, based on the book, Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive, by Brian Jones. In this first message, Troy explains the metaphor of a gorilla for an unforgiving heart, and starts to help us unpack that moment in our lives when pain chose us and we began our struggle to forgive.
  • Apr 12, 2020A Tomb on Loan with No Debt Owed
    Apr 12, 2020
    A Tomb on Loan with No Debt Owed
    Series: Standalone
    Happy Easter! Think about the word "empty." Sometimes, it's a bad word and other times it's bad in a sense, but there's also an element of good. And then there are times when it's just completely a good word. In the most important example of this, the tomb of Jesus is empty because He rose again from the dead and He was never meant to stay in the grave. And because Jesus has power over sin and death, for those of us who belong to Him, our graves can one day be empty, too.
  • Apr 5, 2020God’s Way is the Better Way
    Apr 5, 2020
    God’s Way is the Better Way
    Our youth minister, Chad, concludes our Hebrews series by highlighting the many ways in which God encourages us and builds us up even during difficult times like we are facing now. Even though it looks different for the time being, we can still love each other, take care of one another, and allow our faith to triumph over fear.