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War and Peace

The fourth character in our study of “The Baddest People in the Bible” is Judas Iscariot.  Have you ever wondered what drove Judas to betray Jesus?  Spoiler Alert: it wasn’t just about 30 pieces of silver.  Judas’ motivation ran much deeper.  Uncovering his motive will reveal a profoundly important life lesson for each of us.

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Standing in the Pain

When someone you care about is in pain, have you ever found yourself wondering what to do, how to help them, and what to say?  This Sunday we’ll study a passage that describes Mary’s dramatic encounter with Jesus on the cross.  We’ll learn a beautiful lesson from Mary about how we can help others who […]

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God’s Core Passion

A bright sunny day lifts our mood.  A dark stormy day has the opposite effect.  The weather that surrounds us affects us profoundly.  Our understanding of who God is, and how God feels about us, can have the same effect.  It becomes the atmosphere that surrounds us and colors how we feel about all of […]

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A New Way of Being

Jesus came to earth to inaugurate a new world order and, with that, to call each of us to an entirely new, other-worldly way of being.  Jesus wants us to replace the world’s natural organizing principle with something radically different.  Do you know what that is?  Have you embraced it?  Join us Sunday as we […]

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The Good Life

In your mind’s eye, what does “the good life” look like?  What are the essential ingredients that make life meaningful?  This week Jesus is going to tell us what he thinks about that, as we come to the fourth installment in our sermon series called “The Parables of Jesus: Eight Critical Life Lessons.”

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Everywhere

God is Everywhere.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:20 that “I will be with you always.”  That’s God’s love language – Quality Time (Presence), Words of Affirmation, and Gifts (Blessings).  When we first enter into that relationship, we are excited when love is anew.  But as time lingers, events happen that swing our emotions to […]

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Taking My Relationships to the Next Level

Relationships are really hard.  Not just spousal relationships, but also relationships with children, parents, siblings, friends, coworkers, etc.  This Sunday we’re going to talk about some Biblical principles for growing the strength and quality of our relationships, as Pastor Jeff continues a series of four January sermons on the theme of "Taking My Life to […]

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Finding Our Balance

Some of us grew up in religious circles that were harsh and judgmental – good riddance.  Having seen how ugly that is, we could easily go to the opposite extreme – anything goes.  But that has its own problems.  So how does a New Testament believer living in an age of grace find the right […]

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I Can Read You Like A Book

Are people watching you?  If so, what do they see?  What does it really mean to “be a witness” in this world?  How can we allow more of Jesus to shine through us?  That’s what we’ll explore on Sunday, as we  continue our study of the New Testament book of Second Corinthians.

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Contact Tracing

You’ve heard the phrase thrown about a lot lately, but on Sunday we’re going to explore it from a very different angle. According to the Bible, every contact we have with someone else leaves an enduring trace on them and us – for better or worse. If we want to be Jesus’ hands and feet […]

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The People I Love To Hate

Sometimes we encounter a person – or a faction of people – who do such bad things we can hardly keep ourselves from hating them, or at least burning with anger toward them.  In those times, what should we do?  Surely God doesn’t want us to just look the other way while they do bad […]

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HATE

It's a powerful, primal, scary word that lies at the center of so much of what's wrong with our world -- and what can go wrong inside each of us.  What is it about yourself that you "hate"?  What is it about others that tempts you to lash out in a rage of venomous thoughts […]

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