Jun 17, 2012
GONE FISHIN’: What’s YOUR Story?
Today we begin a new 7 week summer sermon series: Gone Fishin': Great Fish Stories of the Bible. Today we ask the question ... WHAT’S YOUR STORY? ... and we step out of our comfort zones to take advantage of communicating our story on the new "Roman Road". Included in the message is a video that you can listen to by clicking here. And don't forget to send Pastor Debbie your FISHING PICTURES!
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  • Jun 17, 2012GONE FISHIN’: What’s YOUR Story?
    Jun 17, 2012
    GONE FISHIN’: What’s YOUR Story?
    Today we begin a new 7 week summer sermon series: Gone Fishin': Great Fish Stories of the Bible. Today we ask the question ... WHAT’S YOUR STORY? ... and we step out of our comfort zones to take advantage of communicating our story on the new "Roman Road". Included in the message is a video that you can listen to by clicking here. And don't forget to send Pastor Debbie your FISHING PICTURES!
  • Jun 13, 2012HAPPY HOUR: Just Let Go!
    Jun 13, 2012
    HAPPY HOUR: Just Let Go!
    JUST LET GO! EXODUS 20:9–10 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD.  Do you wish your week had nine or ten or sixty days, so you could get more done? Or is it by the merciful, tender LOVE of God that we get only seven? God wired us in such a way that we are most fully the people He made us to be when we count only six and keep a seventh for God! But in our crazy, busy lives, HOW do we do that? WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO NOW!
  • Jun 6, 2012HAPPY HOUR: God is Closer than You Think!
    Jun 6, 2012
    HAPPY HOUR: God is Closer than You Think!
    GOD IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK Genesis 28:16 …Surely the LORD is in this place; and I did not know it. We're fast forwarding through the 1st thousand years of Genesis to come face to face with Jacob, a man who got off to a rough start and then turned his life around. WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO
  • May 7, 2012RISEN: Intentional Living
    May 7, 2012
    RISEN: Intentional Living
    In this 5th Sunday after Easter, we look at Christ, Risen from the dead, who continues teaching and preaching his message before he ascends into heaven - this week it’s ALL about Jesus calling us to live intentionally … to "bear fruit”. In John’s letter, we see the test for our discipleship and how the expression of our love for God is our love for others. Essentially, our love for God must flow out into love for others in such a way that they too come to love God and others. This growing cycle of love for God and neighbor is what it means to bear fruit for God’s Reign.
  • Apr 29, 2012AUTHORITY of the RISEN CHRIST
    Apr 29, 2012
    AUTHORITY of the RISEN CHRIST
    We continue this week in the season of Easter as we celebrate the RISEN Christ as he continues teaching in his last days on earth! In most Christian churches around the world, including the Catholic church and Eastern Orthodox churches and yes, most Protestant churches, Sunday morning scripture readings are all taken from the same source … the Revised Common Lectionary, a listing of 4 separate Bible readings over 3 years that then repeat.  In essence, if you attend church every Sunday for 3 years you have a pretty good over view of the entire Bible! Today is the 4th Sunday in Eastertide which is often called "Good Shepherd Sunday," because the gospel lessons in all 3 cycles of the 3 year lectionary have historically taken up some part of Jesus' description of himself as the Good Shepherd.  The fact that the shepherd imagery is used in all three years, tells us these texts are important. Why?  Shepherd imagery provides an immediately understood cultural (and in some places, countercultural) metaphor for how God cares for us and provides a model of leadership in the Christian community. This year, the scripture has a strong underlying theme of the authority and power of the Risen Lord who is our Good Shepherd. It is not simply that Jesus is caring and committed, like a Good Shepherd, it is that this Good Shepherd exercises authority among us. Our role, as his sheep, is to follow him and remind others that all the salvation comes through him.
  • Apr 22, 2012REPENTANCE (With a Smile!)
    Apr 22, 2012
    REPENTANCE (With a Smile!)
    Today we continue in our joy of knowing that the resurrected Christ is risen and is alive!  Before Jesus ascended into heaven (6 weeks after Easter) he was physically present with the disciples, strangers, individuals and crowds! And because Easter for us is not a single day, but a season, we have an opportunity for rebirth – to renew our faith and strengthen our commitment to discipleship!

    Today we experience the awe of seeing the Risen Lord and answer His call to be witnesses of His resurrection to others, especially through the call of repentance and forgiveness made possible ONLY through him. You might be thinking repentance, in Easter season?  Wasn’t that a LENT topic?  Ahhhhh, yes, it was, but with the RISEN Lord, we see repentance in a WHOLE new way … with a smile!  4_22_2012 Repentance with a Smile