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21
Oct 2019
Church: Something More Than You See

Stop right now and think of the first three things that some to mind when you hear the word Church. Don’t hold anything back. Be honest. Be sincere. Be vulnerable. Be authentic. Be real. What are your first three thoughts? Maybe feelings? Maybe experiences? Maybe ideas? There was a study done about what people feel when they go to a church for the first time. Here are the five most common emotions from the survey: Fear Confusion Regret Hope Distracted Out of all those words, there are a lot of kinda negative......

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14
Oct 2019
Human: Something More Than Sinful

What are the top 10 most common words in the Bible? Take a guess! If you guessed words like the, and, to, for, at, in, and of, then you would be correct! But that’s not exactly what my question is about. So, take out all the prepositions, pronouns, and articles. Now, guess again at the top 10 most common words in the Bible. After you have guessed, check out the tabs below to see the actual answers. You can even look through the tabs to see the Top 50 most common words in......

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08
Oct 2019
Jesus: Something More Than Your Personal Savior

Jesus died for me. Do you agree? Say it aloud with me: “Jesus died for me!” It’s wonderful! It’s comforting! I’ve heard it all my life. But there is a problem with this statement. Wait! What do you just say pastor?!? There is a problem. You see, this statement stops. It stops way too short. We say “Jesus died for me” as if that is all Jesus did. And the truth is this: Jesus died for so much more than you or me. Now, I am beyond grateful that Jesus died for......

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15
Jul 2019
Faith: Something More Than Belief

As we think about faith today, I want to go to one of the most famous verses in all of Christianity, at least from the perspective of our society. It’s a verse that we see plastered on signs people are holding at sporting events. It’s a verse we put on ballcaps and t-shirts and cards that we send. It’s a verse that is known well simple by citing the name of the book, chapter and verse number. It’s a verse that many people say is their favorite in all the Bible. It’s......

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25
Mar 2019
Un-Busy: Focus

I have a question for you this morning. Take out your bulletin or a sheet of paper. How do we end poverty in our society? This is a hard question, isn’t it?! Maybe we need a more basic question: Can we end poverty? Can we create a society where no one is poor? What do you think? Better yet, what does Jesus think? What did Jesus say? There’s that verse from the gospels (Matthew, Mark, and John) that inevitable comes up when we turn our focus to poverty, to people who are......

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11
Mar 2019
Un-Busy: Tempo

Since the new year, my life has been going at a break neck pace. There’s been the work of being a pastor, spending time with my family, kids involved in sports and music, a house renovation, and most recently a busy workshop/training schedule. Now, I know. Some of you are going to come straight to me after service and express your concern, tell me I need to slow down, stop helping so many people, stop doing extra things, focus on what is most important, and so on. Well, the truth is that......

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06
Aug 2018
Picking Up The Pieces

Do you feel like you are usually right? I think most of us do. We don’t go walking around saying to ourselves and other “Yeah, I’m wrong about that.” I mean can you imagine. Just think about it. Your employs ask: should we increase our stock? Yes, you say. Should we hire some new staff? Absolutely. Should we remodel our facility? Definitely! Wow! Are you sure you are right about all that? Oh, no, I’m definitely wrong about all that! No, if you’re like me, you have thought through things, had life experiences, and......

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08
Apr 2018
Resurrection: The journey through fear

Scripture: John 20:19-23 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on......

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12
Feb 2018
Change - Seeing Again For The First Time

I have a somewhat unpopular and uncomfortable topic today. Are you ready for it? Okay, here it is: God can change. Folks often talk about how God can change us humans. But we don’t often talk about God as the one who changes. But it’s true. Just look to scripture for examples… Moses changes God’s mind on Mt Sinai. (see Exodus 32 – verse 14: And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.) Psalmist sings prayers to change God’s mind all the time (for example, Psalm......

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29
Jan 2018
Discovering The Power In Your Life

Have you ever got a new pet? And struggled with training it? Joanie and I got our first dog a month or so after we got engaged. He was a beagle mix. We named him Jesse and he and loved to go sniffing and chasing things. We struggled with training him. He was one of those dogs that you didn’t really take for a walk…because you didn’t walk him. He walked you! Jesse would pull us around the neighborhood from smell to smell. And we would pull back against him trying to......

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