April 21, 2019 – “Life in Christ!”

April 23, 2019

This is Easter Sunday! Easter is all about life and receiving life. Easter comes to makes us alive when we feel as though we are as good as dead. God gives us what we really need for life. He gives us Himself! “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!”

Read John 10:10 and Luke 24

April 14, 2019 - “From the Cross: Substitution!”

April 14, 2019

This is Palm Sunday! This day is also called something else. Down through the history of Christianity this day has been called “Passion Sunday”. It is the day when the church readied itself for Holy Week where the passion of God’s Son for us was so great that he willingly suffered for each and every one of us by being crucified. We consider this passion of Jesus as we realized that he did it all FOR US. He is our substitute in the face of the angry judgement of God against us!

Read Isaiah 53:1-9; Luke 2344-49

April 7, 2019 - “From the Cross: Humanity!”

April 7, 2019

Nothing is seen more clearly from the cross then the humanity of Jesus. Jesus, as God’s Son, becomes one with man completely and totally and with very good reason. It is this truth that we will share this Sunday as witness all that God has accomplished for us upon the cross.

Read Philippians 2:5-11 and John 19:28-29

March 31, 2019 - “From the Cross: Love!”

March 31, 2019

Pouring out from the cross is not just blood, but love. With every ounce of blood Jesus shed on the cross comes tons of love for people like you and me. The most beautiful picture of this is seen as Jesus looks out and sees his mother and the disciple the Bible says Jesus loved the most. As we allow our hearts to be open to tenderness of Jesus words from the cross we witness his overwhelming care for each of us as His brothers and sisters.

Read I Timothy 5:8; Proverbs 17:17; and John 19:25-27

March 24, 2019 - “From the Cross: Assurance!”

March 24, 2019

From the cross we hear the last words of Jesus. The last words of someone are very important, because the last words are filled with one’s hearts desires. They are filled with truth. The last words of someone can bring us great comfort and hope. It is no less true for the last words of Jesus. They bring us great assurance, comfort and hope!

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14; Luke 23:39-43

February 17, 2019 - “‘E’ - Energize Internally”

February 17, 2019

When it is all said and done, what is the one thing that keeps you going in life? What keeps you motivated? Energized? What gives your life meaning and purpose when nothing around you seems to be working? What is the source of strength? That is the focus. Answer: All that God gives you in Jesus! And that I will explore!

Read Revelation 3:20

February 3, 2019 - “‘I’ - Integrate All of Life”

February 3, 2019

Today the focus will be on stress...stress that comes from a life that is out of balance...from a life that is trying to balance too many balls. Putting balance back into life will be the focus. The starting point for an integrated life is a relationship with God. Whatever is most important to us sets the agenda for our lives. Only God can give us the meaning in life we are looking for and thereby bring peace internally.

Read Mark 12:28-38

January 27, 2019 - “‘M’ - March to Mission”

January 28, 2019

Those who have no central purpose in life fall easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pity and all of that leads to failure, unhappiness, and loss. With no direction we never come to experience our potential. 'Why am I here?' is the heart question for this message, and God has a plan.

Read Matthew 28:16-20

January 20, 2019 - “‘I - Internalize the Right Principles”

January 20, 2019

We all live our lives based on principles we have internalized. Those principles will either make us or unmake us, energize us or destroy us, maximize our lives or waste them. What do I believe in? What governs my life? What do I stand for? What puts meaning into my life? What qualities are important for my life to be complete? This is what we will look at today.

Read Romans 12:1-2

January 13, 2019 - “‘X’ - X out the Negative!”

January 13, 2019

"'X' - X out the Negative!" We can choose to look at life positively or negatively. How does God want us to look a things in life? By way of holding our Paul's life and all the junk that he went through we see how God gave him a vision for the life that was nevertheless positive. Even in prison Paul is able to live "above" his circumstances not "under" them. Paul looked at life from God's perspective. Positive thinking is nothing more or less than a realistic appraisal of life from God's point of view...and that comes through Jesus.

Read Phil. 4:1