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“While there are many things on the “ingredients” list of the human life, three things determine so much about the kind of legacy we will leave. These three things also impact every relationship, every job and - most importantly - our relationship with God. Join us as we take a look at the power of love, pain and shame and learn how to invest in a …
 
“Changes bring uncertainties, doubts can fill my mind. Thoughts about the future occupy my time…”. These words were written during an earlier time of change in my life and are still true today. We are all swimming in a sea of change right now with the unknown in front of us. It can feel like a shipwreck is imminent. What’s God saying to us? Evergre…
 
We are all inspired by doers. You’ve heard it said; “Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Just do it.” These statements made popular by our common aspiration to live a life consistent with our beliefs. As He concludes his sermon on the hill, Jesus discusses the importance of being a doer. Join us this morning as we unpack why what we do …
 
Is it ever okay to lie? Have you ever crossed your fingers behind your back as you told your parents something? Or maybe you exaggerated to make yourself look better? Have you ever told your kids they wouldn't like the ice cream you are eating because it is "too spicy". Yeah, me too! Hey, mint chocolate chip is spicy! Our words matter! Let's talk a…
 
Confession time, I’m a rule follower. I don’t know what it is. I pride myself in knowing the rules and keeping them. This matters a lot to me. So you can only imagine what I feel when a rule seems unreasonable or worse, unattainable. Well this is what we all should feel when we read the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus re-writes…
 
You have to be different to make a difference. Isn’t that the challenge? Consider Jesus' friends as he was on trial. It was scary to say, “I’m with Him” when a crowd only hours before had been shouting, “Crucify Him”!!! Jesus said that if we are His followers, we will make a difference! What does that look like in 2021? What Matters? See you this m…
 
What makes you happy? For many it’s sunny weather and good food. For others it’s time with our loved ones or the beauty of a sunset. If we are honest, much of what we pursue towards happiness is typically determined by external experiences or things we seek to attain. But what if we could achieve happiness by giving something we already all have. W…
 
Food, glorious food! It's central to our lives. It consumes our thoughts at least three times a day. But what if instead of meditating on that warm, cheesy bowl of pasta and crusty, buttery bread we began to shift our appetite to something that lasts? Join us this Sunday as we continue our series through the Beatitudes and find out how to stay hung…
 
If you search books about happiness on Amazon you’ll net over 60,000 entries! Everybody wants to be happy. In Jared's research of pastors in the U.S., he found that many leaders end up less happy than when they started. You may be feeling that way too in 2021. So what is the secret to happiness? Jesus’ Great Talk on the Big Hill points the way. Sun…
 
Jesus said, happy are those who are sad. This way to be happy does not make sense to me. Jesus what are you saying? Happy are those who are sad -- What? Why? How? Could it be that being broken hearted can be grievous AND glorious? That a broken heart can be a setback or a set up? What seems like the biggest rejection and heartache can become your g…
 
You’ve heard it, seen it, thought it: "Eat, drink and be merry… life is short and then you die", or "We live in a dog eat dog, win/lose, winner takes all world”. A lot of noise in 2021 sounds like that. 2000 years ago, Christians from several cities had that same cultural context. They found a better way to frame life… to go forward. Sunday we’ll t…
 
Three. Two. One. Blastoff! What image comes to your mind? Maybe a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral? Exciting! Or maybe fearful? When Jesus launched his followers into a fresh season, they first felt fear. He came, comforted them, and commissioned them to a new assignment with fresh power. 2021 is full of unknowns, but we are certain of this: Jesus…
 
The last Sunday of 2020 is approaching and it seems to us that the last of anything in 2020 is something to celebrate! Some people may be tempted to look back on this year and say, where was God? He didn't seem very faithful this year. But friends, could it be that we have the wrong definition of faithful? Join us as we look at the continuation of …
 
Peace, peace, wonderful peace, coming down from the Father above…do you need some of that? It’s a peace that sinks into our bones, fills our minds, and stills our anxious thoughts. It’s a peace that brings wholeness and rest. Jesus' arrival had all the ingredients for fear and worry just as our stories in 2020 do, but Mary and Joseph found peace in…
 
The “word of the year” chosen by Webster dictionary, was ‘pandemic’. On March 11, online searches for the word, ‘pandemic’, were 115,000% higher than that same day a year before. Your world changed 10 months ago. Little did we know in March how different our lives would be in December. I think we might appreciate the story of the first Christmas mo…
 
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