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Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

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Temptation

Satan wants us to believe the lie that God doesn’t know what He’s doing. We believe Satan and try to make ourselves into gods, because if we’re god, we can do whatever we want. We see other people get away with things we know are wrong, so we decide it’s okay to do those things too. When we make the decision to indulge in temptation, we hurt our relationship with others and with God. In love, God tells us “No” for our eternal good. 1 Corinthians 10:13
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Avoiding God in Prayer

Avoiding God by not praying seems to be a good tactic. We trick ourselves into believing that we just don’t have the time to pray. God’s going to do His will anyway, so what does it matter? And, when we do pray, we have a hard time seeing the results, and they’re often not what we wanted. When we make prayer a priority, focusing on God’s will and building a relationship with Him, it’s a lot easier to see the…

Ash Wednesday 2019

Guilt, Shame, and Repentance Guilt is a powerful emotion. It leads to shame, a feeling that we’ll never do anything right again and that we’re unworthy of any kind of love. But the good news is that feeling guilt and shame leads us to recognize our sin and repent. And the best news is that there is no sin or weakness greater than God’s love for us. This is the message from our Ash Wednesday service, held on March 6,…
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The Stuff We “Need”

It’s so easy to get sucked into comparing ourselves with others. We try to have all the latest-and-greatest, strive to be the best, try to gain power, and ignore the fact that we’re attempting to fill a God-shaped void with earthly things. What we really need is God’s love and forgiveness, which we have through Jesus. 1 Timothy 6:6-10
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The Masks We Wear

Often, we go about our day-to-day lives wearing masks, pretending everything’s okay when it’s really not. We allow Satan to delude us into thinking that we’re alone, that no one else could possibly understand what we’re going through. Even though we have friends and family here to help us, we refuse to let them into our struggles. But God tells you the truth: you’re worthy, loved, and important. It’s okay to let people into your trials. Let God’s word be true for you. 1 Kings 19:4
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The Blame Game

We all struggle when we play the blame game. When things go wrong, we blame our-selves for not being enough. We blame our friends and family. And, whether we admit it or not, we blame God. While it’s important to take responsibility when we’re at fault and allow others to face the consequences for their actions, the real culprit for our struggles is sin. So, to stop the struggle with blame, we can rely on Jesus, who took the blame for our sin. Genesis 3:8-15
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Share without Fear

In modern society, Christians are at best discriminated against and prejudged, and even persecuted at worst. To spread the Gospel with all God’s people, we will be invincible as we serve God’s purposes for which we are placed here and now. In a world divided by violence, terrorism, and war, we will be fearless. Isaiah 8:12-14
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Remain Strong

The media is riddled with images of the opponent being vilified and crucified. So it is easy for Christians to see our persecutors as the “enemy”. But the true enemy is sin. In a world competing for limited resources; driven by fear, unrest, and scarcity, we will remain strong and love our persecutors, confident that God provides and cares for us. Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-18; Joshua 1:6-9 Sermon Text: Matthew 6:11
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Christ’s Ambassadors

Christians are often labeled as bigots or backward. But, in a post-Christian world, we will be ambassadors to foreign tribes, behaving diplomatically toward neighbors who have been told the worst about Christianity. Sermon Text: Jeremiah 29:5-7 and Luke 10:25-37
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The Gospel Made Me Do It

Because of the gospel… From the early days of Christianity, followers of Christ have been known for doing good, serving the least of these, and loving our neighbors. Because of the gospel, in a world where people are treated as commodities or as opponents, we will dignify all people by seeing them as image bearers of God. Sermon Text: Galatians 5:13, 14
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Teaching Moments

One essential aspect of our church are the kids’ ministries. From birth into adulthood, we build relationships with our children and teach them about how we are saved through faith in Jesus. In a society of educated ignorance and blindness, we will train our young in the freedom, knowledge, and power of Christian truth. Deuteronomy 11:16, 18-21
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God Strong

There are 5 forces that are shaping world events today: 1. Humans are sinning 2. Satan is scheming. 3. Ideologies are warring. 4. Western civilization is unraveling 5. God and his Word will stand strong forever. A description of some resources to help you battle against #1-4 can be found starting at minute 19 of the video. They are also linked here: Note: Hot links are in bold 1) Small Steps Facebook Group – find it under “groups” on the…