November 20, 2016 “How to Thank”

Giving thanks is a choice we make. If you want you can always find something to be thankful for. Here’s what that choice will do: “Gratitude shifts our focus from what’s wrong to what’s right. Gratitude shifts our focus off ourselves and onto God. Gratitude shifts our focus from a proud attitude of entitlement – ‘what I deserve’, to an attitude of humility – ‘what I’ve received.’ “   Kurt Bruner

Scripture Reading:  Luke 17:11-19

Sermon Length – 29:02

November 13, 2016 “How to Love”

God’s example to us and His loving nature in us results in our love to others. Love is glad for the goodness, growth and giftedness of others, not angry or resentful. Love does practical things for others, even if it costs a great deal. Do we long to love like Christ loved? 1 John 4:21 commands that if we love God we must love our brother.

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-21

Sermon Length – 25:05

November 6, 2016 “How to Wait”

Christ will come again like a thief, and the earth will be purified by fire. How do we wait? Live a life set apart (holy) for God. Live morally right from God’s perspective (righteous), as He reveals Himself in the Bible. Grow in our knowledge of Christ. Grow in realizing your need for grace.

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:11-18

Sermon Length -37:00

October 30, 2016 “How to Endure”

Run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Four strategies for the race:

1. Look Up – Others made it, so can you.

2. Throw off sin and any hindrance. God’s loving discipline helps in both cases.

3. Look to Jesus, you’re not alone.

4. Look ahead to joy! Like the mouse, Reepicheep, in the Chronicles of Narnia, “Keep your nose to the sunrise.”

Scripture Reading: Hebrew 12:1-12

Sermon Length – 24:43

October 23, 2016 “How to Pray”

The rarer something is the greater it’s value. God is truly rare, unique, one of a kind. In the Lord’s Prayer, when we pray “ …hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9) we’re asking God to act so that his name, God himself, will be set apart as supremely valuable. All the other petitions in the Lord’s Prayer serve that end. As you pray, don’t lose sight of the greatness of God. May he be our greatest treasure.

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 6:5-15

Sermon Length – 23:36

October 16, 2016 “Cloth Yourself with Christ”

Do we understand the times we are living in? In the grand drama of human history it’s late. The day of Christ’s return is near (2000 years nearer than when Paul wrote Romans 13:11)! How are we to live? Live as children of the day (not of the night). Clothe and envelop yourself with Christ. Pray for God to strip away from us whatever blocks people’s view of Christ.

Scripture Reference: Romans 13-15:13

Sermon Length – 21:43

October 9, 2016 “Jesus in Disguise”

The “super-apostles” were trying to discredit Paul and were deceptive. Satan was the source of the deception. He masquerades as an angel of light. He tries to get us to doubt God and get us off course from pure devotion to Christ. There is no truth in Satan (John 8:44). Lies and deception from Satan are all around us. Moral confusion and mixed messages try to trip us up. Be so grounded in the Bible that you can spot the false messages around you.

Scripture Reference:2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Sermon Length – 31:51

October 2, 2016 “Stand Firm for Jesus”

Summary: When Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonian church they were all new Christian. Paul emphasized two things: Love everyone in a self-giving way more and more,  (3:12, 4:10) and please God more and more, (4:1). May this be true for us too. May we “live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom an glory” (2:12).

Scripture Reference: I Thessalonians 2:1-3:10

Sermon Length – 36:00

September 25, 2016 “Jesus: Amazed, Rejected, Praised

Even after Jesus returned to heaven his name and influence remained strong and grew. Jesus’ followers did healing miracles in His name. Jesus brought forgiveness to all who turned (repented) from their sins. Are we open to the resurrected life of Jesus and the power of His name? Do God’s works amaze you and prompt thanks? Know that the best and most loving thing we do for someone is to help them embrace Jesus.

Scripture Reference:Acts 3:1-4:31

Sermon Length – 29:15

September 18, 2016 “Jesus’ Unlikely Followers”

The Bible is 75% stories, true, historical stories. In Act 1 God creates a perfect world. In Act 2 Satan tempts Adam and Eve to distrust God, and sin, pain, suffering and death entered the world. In Act 3 God sets out to restore the broken world through Abraham and Israel. In Act 4 God’s son Jesus enters our world to set it back on course. Jesus does things only God can do. He miraculously heals, raises the dead, and pronounces forgiveness. By following Jesus’ example we can bring hope, forgiveness and healing to broken relationships.

Scripture Reference: Luke 7:1-10

Sermon Length – 30:50