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The Painful Joy of Forgiving

Again and again the Bible tells us to forgive.  We tend to think forgiving is for the benefit of the offending person and find ourselves thinking, “Why should I let them off the hook?  They’re not even sorry.”  Actually, forgiving is not about the offender.  It’s about our own quality of life and our impact […]

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Words of Life, Words Like a Knife

On Sunday, we’ll study a third thought-provoking story from the Life of Jacob.  It’s a perfect story for Mother’s Day because it will challenge us to consider: How have the words of your mother, father, and other key influencers shaped you?  And how are your own words now shaping those around you and even yourself?  […]

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Family Dynamics

Each of us is on a journey.  God put us here in a particular life context and set us in motion.  The challenge is to make sense of our journey and turn it into something beautiful.  For guidance, this Sunday we’ll begin a new sermon series on the turbulent, magnificent life of Jacob, as recorded […]

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Lost In The Story

Pastor Jeff's COVID isolation period is over, he's feeling great, and will be preaching on Sunday, as we begin to wind down our sermon series on Encounters With Christ.  This week we'll learn something powerful from two nameless people who encountered Jesus on the cross.

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The Ups & Downs of Spiritual Life

This is a warning from the Emergency Broadcast System: As soon as you begin to gain momentum in your prayer life, something is sure to happen that threatens to disrupt it.  As the Scriptures say, “The devil is like a roaring lion, roaming about, seeking whom he may devour.”  This Sunday, as we continue our […]

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I Hate You

Those words are powerful – some of the most powerful negative impulses we’ll ever feel.  It’s easy to get trapped there – individually and collectively as groups of people. But Jesus calls us to something higher.  This Sunday we’ll explore what that higher calling looks like when applied in practical ways in our daily life. SERMON REFERENCE: […]

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Transformational Kindness

In recent weeks, we’ve been exploring the core characteristics of a Spirit-filled person.  This Sunday – Pentecost Sunday – we’ll continue that theme by focusing on the kindness.  In the process, we’ll look at some oft neglected stories buried deep in the Old Testament that contain rich teachings about what it means to simply be […]

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Building Stronger Relationships

On Sunday we’ll continue our New Year sermon series called “Getting Myself Together.”  This Sunday we’ll reflect on the quality of our relationships with others (spouses, parents, children, siblings, friends and coworkers), benchmarking ourselves against four core relationship principles found in the Bible, considering where we have room to grow.  If you value the relationships […]

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