Mar 25, 2018
Who Stole My Worship?
Series: Standalone
Today's message is about musical Worship.  Bud and Chad talk about how, historically, music in churches has caused so much division.  The music from our era is what we all hold dear, but our goal as Christians should be to seek the lost no matter what our personal preferences are.
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  • Mar 25, 2018Who Stole My Worship?
    Mar 25, 2018
    Who Stole My Worship?
    Series: Standalone
    Today's message is about musical Worship.  Bud and Chad talk about how, historically, music in churches has caused so much division.  The music from our era is what we all hold dear, but our goal as Christians should be to seek the lost no matter what our personal preferences are.
  • 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.
  • Nov 12, 2017Thanks for Nothing
    Nov 12, 2017
    Thanks for Nothing
    Series: Standalone

    In honor of our annual Thanksgiving meal and the fast-approaching holiday, Troy wants to say, "Thanks for Nothing." And here's what he means by "nothing:" 1) He's thankful for the "nothing" that Jesus made Himself; 2) He's thankful for the "nothing" that God remembers when it comes to our sins; and 3) He's thankful for the "nothing" that can separate us from the love of God.

  • Aug 20, 2017Young People: Problems, Challenges, or Assets?
    Aug 20, 2017
    Young People: Problems, Challenges, or Assets?
    Series: Standalone
    In today's message, Dean reflects on our childhood memories of church and Sunday School, as well as our subsequent involvement in youth and teen ministries. He discusses the critical importance of making the jump from youth group to participation in adult services. Ultimately, he challenges us to treat young people as assets and to prepare them for "big church" when they finish high school and become young adults.
  • Aug 13, 2017A Safe Place for the Hurting
    Aug 13, 2017
    A Safe Place for the Hurting
    Series: Standalone
    It is experiences from hurtful relationships that caused your wounds, and it takes new experiences with safe, caring people to bring healing. As Troy shares this morning, the good thing is that the church is the best place to provide those new experiences with safe, caring people. What works in restoring a broken life is when one person invests in another person by means of a relationship. 
  • Aug 6, 2017Sometimes He Calms the Storm
    Aug 6, 2017
    Sometimes He Calms the Storm
    Series: Standalone

    How do we deal with the "storms of life," those truly difficult circumstances we face? Troy answers this question with a message that's partly based on these song lyrics: "Sometimes He calms the storm / With a whispered peace be still / He can settle any sea / But it doesn't mean He will / Sometimes He holds us close / And lets the wind and waves go wild / Sometimes he calms the storm / And other times He calms His child."

  • Jul 23, 2017A Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother
    Jul 23, 2017
    A Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother
    Series: Standalone
    The most important thing in life is relationships; the hardest thing in life is relationships. And while it's experiences from hurtful relationships that caused our wounds, it takes new experiences with safe, caring people to bring healing. The good thing is that the church is the best place for that. This requires, however, that we make the church a safe place for hurting people. And doing that begins with  you, and it begins with me.
  • Jul 9, 2017What I’ve Learned from 30 Years of Youth Ministry
    Jul 9, 2017
    What I’ve Learned from 30 Years of Youth Ministry
    Series: Standalone
    As a veteran youth worker of more than 30 years, Bud shares some of the most important lessons he's learned through serving young people. He offers exceptional wisdom and strategies for reaching the youths in our sphere of influence, whether we're parents or grandparents or aunts and uncles - or just church members who serve our students and want to see the next generation thrive in ministry.
  • Jul 2, 2017You Call This Freedom?
    Jul 2, 2017
    You Call This Freedom?
    Series: Standalone
    Since our country will celebrate Independence Day in a couple of days, Troy talks about the concept of freedom, specifically the ways in which we have true freedom in Christ, and how that contrasts with the typical ideas people have about freedom. Many of the things that we believe give us freedom, actually enslave us and imprison us. Ironically, there's a type of "slavery" or "willing surrender" that gives us genuine freedom.