Blessing Upon Blessing

***[For audio only, select the headphones icon above the video on the right side]*** When God speaks to Abram in Genesis 12, it is the first time God has spoken to mankind in the Genesis narrative since he spoke with Noah! Within these important words, God issues Abram a challenging command and then gives him […]

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Where Do You Come From, Where Do You Go?

Where do you come from? It’s a question all of us must deal with. What does your ancestry look like? What about your grandparents, parents and siblings? Your hometown? All of these things influence and shape who we become. It only makes sense that is also true for Abraham, the Old Testament patriarch of the […]

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Losing Jesus

Pastor Pete discusses the role that our feelings have in our faith. He then compares the experience of Joseph and Mary “losing” Jesus in the second chapter of Luke to what we may experience in our own faith walk or in those close to us.

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Happy Birthday Jesus

On Christmas Day 2016, we discuss what Jesus’ birth-date might have looked like, based on the fact that he was a surprise pregnancy for a young, unmarried girl. And, we also wonder what some of his early birthdays might have looked like for him and his family. Using Scripture as our guide, we remember that […]

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Fullness of Joy

One of the most popular Christmas songs is “Joy to the World.” In 1 John 1, we read that sharing about the truth of Jesus, and our experience with him, is a way to make our joy “complete.” This sermon focuses on the joy that can be seen when we look deeply into the themes […]

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Love Really Matters

We live in a world that seems, especially during the holiday season, highly interested in the concept of love. However, our world is also increasingly resistant to the idea of God. This sermon explores the connection between the love of God and the baby in the manger. If Jesus really is “from the beginning” and […]

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Fellowship with God is Possible

One of the purposes for 1 John, stated in the opening verses, is fellowship. The words of this book, and especially the ones describing Jesus, are intended to bring Christians into fellowship with one another as well as into fellowship with God. We often see God as a deity who wants to be believed in […]

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Grace Gives New Life

One of the messages of the manger is that grace is available to us and that it can bring us new life. In Scripture, we are told (multiple times) that Jesus not only has life and gives life, but that He is life. His arrival in a manger brings that gift of life to us. […]

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Celebrating God’s Goodness

Our final study within the Deeper Waters series focuses on the often neglected practice of celebration. Throughout Scripture, including the Old Testament festivals and the New Testament encouragement to live day-to-day lives of joy, we find that the people of God are called to be rooted deeply in celebration and joy. As those blessed with […]

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Following the Spirit

We follow a God who desires to guide our lives. This guidance can come to us in individual ways. But, there is also a portion of Christian guidance that comes through community discernment. In this sermon, we use Acts 15 as a “case study” for how the church can still utilize the powerful potential of […]

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