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Community Church is creating a place where everybody - regardless of where they are on the faith journey - can take their next step in their relationship with Jesus. Our messages are relevant and applicable wherever you are in life. Join Lead Pastor Seth Bartal and Campus Pastors John Vadeboncoeur and Dan Pratt as they invite us into a vibrant life of faith.
 
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Nobody says, “out with the new, and in with the old.” Generally, we tend to think new is better. The truth is, most of us live differently than that. Unless the old is worn out or unusable, our tendency is to revert back to what we’re familiar with. The reason habits are so hard to break is that their familiar and comfortable. So how do we break fr…
 
There’s something enjoyable about getting new things at the holidays. Whether it’s gifts we receive or things we buy, new things , but when we don’t clean out the old things to make room for the new things, the result is clutter. It’s true in life, and it’s true in our relationship with God. In order to become the new creation God invites us to be,…
 
Every king has a kingdom, and every kingdom has its own way of operating. With the birth of Jesus as king came the advent of a new way of looking at the world and a new way of living in the world. This new way would be the defining characteristic of Christians 2000 years ago, and it’s still the defining characteristic of all who call Jesus their Ki…
 
One of the plights of humanity is control. We try to control everything from other people to climate change to politics. In the process of trying to control, we usually discover how little control we actually have. That was the story of man who was party of the Christmas Story. In the end, he learned some valuable lessons from which we may all bene…
 
Since the beginning of time, people have been fighting to be king. As one power fought another, it was the Roman Empire that eventually ended up on top of the ancient world - wielding its strength to bring about peace through submission. It was into this Empire that an unexpected new king was born - a king who ruled in ways that others only scoffed…
 
When talking about faith with those who have doubts about Christianity, it’s easy to get sidelined by arguments that aren’t central to what Christians actually believe. So what if there was a way to redirect conversations to what actually is central? In today’s message we learn how to do that.By Seth Bartal
 
Followers of Jesus have all experienced a time when someone takes a dig at Christianity and faith. Those moments hit us off guard and leave us wishing we’d been better prepared with a response. In today’s message we learn a simple response we can share with others that quickly summarizes where we have our hope.…
 
How good does one have to be to earn God’s favor? For those of us who grew up in a religious context, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that we can somehow earn God’s approval. But in order to earn anything we have to work hard… and work is… well… work. The good news of Gospel is that we don’t have to earn what God freely chooses to give…
 
Has anyone ever asked you what God’s Story is? Some of us may feel more comfortable answering that than others, but trying to help someone understand His Good News, the Gospel, can be hard, especially someone who doesn’t believe what anything in the Bible says. One of the most effective ways to tell someone about God’s Story is actually through you…
 
Wealth is unpredictable. With a bad economy, a natural disaster, or bad planning, money can disappear very quickly. If being rich is tied to having money, then “rich” is constantly in jeopardy. But if being rich is tied more to a way of living your life, then anybody can choose to be rich, and everybody can choose to be richer over time.…
 
The United States is the wealthiest culture in the history of the world, and yet ironically, worry runs rampant. Will we have enough? Will we be able to live the life we’re told to live? Will we be able to retire when the time comes? Our wealth seems so uncertain and so fragile and yet we place our hope in it. Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe placin…
 
Stress is unavoidable in life. We all live with some level of it, and we all experience excessive amounts of it from time to time. The issue isn’t whether or not we’ll experience stress, the issue is how well we prepare ourselves to handle stress. Rich people know the secret to preparing for and handling unexpected stress.…
 
Ask any person on the street if they’d like the rich, and you can guess the answer before they give it. We all want to be rich, and yet most of us feel like being rich is just outside of our grasp. If we had a bit more, made a bit more, or won the lottery - then we’d be rich. But what if being rich has less to do with how much you have than it does…
 
Our natural inclination when others cancel us is to cancel them in return. Tit for tat, so the saying goes. But what if God has something bigger for us than simply cancelling those who cancel us? And what if our response when we’re cancelled has the power to do something good in the lives of those who cancel us?…
 
We live in a polarized culture where a place for civil discourse is non-existent. When people say or do things we don’t agree with, our answer is to cancel them - to put them into time out until they change their behavior or ideas… or to keep them in time out forever. But what if cancelling people isn’t really the answer? What if, by cancelling oth…
 
It never fails that on every road trip someone eventually asks, “Are we there yet?” While innocent on the surface, the underlying implication of the question is: “I’m tired of driving and I want to be done.” Most of the time we hear this question, we just tell our kids to stop asking. But what if we were to respond by stopping the car? What if we m…
 
Getting lost along the way is just a part of taking a Summer Road Trip, but nobody likes stopping to ask for directions. Even when we don’t know where to go, it is hard sometimes to ask for help. Well, that can also be true for life and our faith journey, Getting help from others to help navigate life and faith can be extremely valuable to getting …
 
For some, the idea of stopping at a Rest Stop on a road trip is an unwelcome necessity. Why stop when stopping will only slow you down and keep you from getting to your desired destination? But what if resting on the journey is less of a “have to” and more of a “get to?” What if resting is actually an important part of the journey that helps us get…
 
When you put several people in a metal box for multiple hours the question isn't will there be conflict; it's when? The truth is that, when it comes to conflict, most of us either avoid it or do it poorly. But what if there's a way to approach conflict that draws us closer to God and one another?By Dan Pratt
 
The United States of America is more divided now than ever before in recent history. Whether from the far left or the extreme right, we have become polarizing in our view of how to move the country forward. But what if both sides are taking the wrong approach? What if there's a different way for followers of Jesus to come together to bringing heali…
 
Remember when Summer Road Trips were as much about the journey as the destination, filled with things like family sing-alongs in the car? Over time, it seems as if those opportunities for conversations and relationships has been replaced by devices and busy schedules. While communication and dialogue is important in many areas of life, it is even m…
 
Every state has it’s own traffic laws, and knowing the rules of the road is important to the way we drive. Pull a u-turn in a state where that’s not allowed? Well, you’re liable to get a ticket. Unsurprisingly, there are rules for road as it comes to life, too. In fact, it’s when we know those rules and live by them that our lives are better off.…
 
The first step to taking a road trip is deciding where you’re going to go. Wherever your desired destination is will ultimately impact the path you choose to get there. When we have our destination in mind, we are prepared to make course corrections on the journey. So what is your desired destination? If you stay on your current path, will you get …
 
We all draw lines in life. Whether we draw them with the foods we'll eat, the shows we'll watch, the people we'll date, or anything else, we all have lines we don't want to cross. Did you know churches have lines, too? Often when peoples' lives fall below the line of acceptable behavior, they're kicked out of the church and told they're not welcome…
 
Have you ever noticed how much of life is focused on preventing bad things from happening? We put kids in car seats, endure lengthy safety instructions when we board airplanes, and even have learned to wear masks and wash our hands so we prevent the spread of a virus. What's funny is that, as much as we focus on prevention when it comes to safety, …
 
What is God’s response when we fall? As much as we dislike thinking or talking about sin the truth is that for us, sin is an unsolvable problem. However, rather than expecting us to behave our way into the solution, God Himself became the remedy. He provided the ONLY viable solution to our sin problem in the form of something COMPLETELY unexpected …
 
Sin. Just the word itself carries a lot of stigma and emotion when you read it. For a lot of us, including those that grew up in church and those that didn’t, the whole concept and definition of sin can be hard to wrap our minds around. But like the first step to any solution, understanding and admitting the problem is crucial. It is important to k…
 
As children, we're taught the phrase, "Sticks and stone can break my bones, but words will never hurt me." The problem is we all know it's not true; whereas bones heal over time, hurtful words have the power to live with us for a lifetime. And it's not just the hurtful words others speak... our hurtful words have the same power in the lives of thos…
 
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a tense conversation, mentally formulating your argument while the other person spouts their point of view? Ready to pounce the moment they take a breath, you've come up with what you believe needs to be said. Ironically in those moments, both parties actually want the same thing: to be heard and unders…
 
Every year on Christians celebrate something important on Easter: the Resurrection of Jesus. If you grew up as a church-goer, the truth of the Resurrection was assumed. If you didn't? Well... let's just say it was ignored. In both cases, little time was given to exploring the fact surrounding the Resurrection of Jesus. Believe it or not, there's a …
 
When it comes to determining whether or not the Resurrection of Jesus actually took place, we have to look at the facts surrounding the supposed event. Are they legitimate? Are they verifiable? Can we actually believe that this miracle took place? What is the most probable explanation for the evidence we have?…
 
One of the greatest questions asked of Christianity is: can a person actually come back from the dead? Such an idea defies logic and science, and yet it’s the foundation of the world’s largest religion. In the first part of “Undeniable” we explore the reason why many are quick to doubt the Resurrection.…
 
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