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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Revering and Receiving Christ

Worship is often only associated with what happens within a church building, and even more strictly, only what happens while we are singing songs of worship. Certainly, worship through music is wonderful. But, there is so much more to the idea of Christian worship. In this message, we explore the deeper depths of a life […]

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Confessing Our Failures

This message encourages us to confess our shortcomings to one another and to God. When we confess our sins, we strip them of their power over us. God is eager, willing, and wanting to forgive and purify us and in fact has already forgiven us. Christ has borne the weight of our sin and paid the price […]

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Serving One Another

This message encourages us to serve one another, and to challenge our own motivations for serving. We are called to serve not self-righteously, but as true servants, doing so selflessly and without desire for applause or attention. Pastor Pete looks at the instance of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, an act of true humble […]

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