Celebrations of Grace: Kingdom Celebrations (1/8/17)

January 9, 2017

"Dad, why are those people wearing swimsuits and having someone dunk them under water?" "Mom, when the people pass those crackers and juice during the service, can I have some?" The practices of baptism and communion need some explaining for our kids to understand them. If we are honest, they need some explaining for us to understand them,too!

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Party Animals (1/1/17)

January 3, 2017

For many people, it's easy to get caught up in the routine of church.  Our faith becomes mundane, the services boring and the messages repetitive.  But what if we're missing the point of the church?  What if it was less about the service and more about the people?  After all, as Jesus built his community, it was anything but boring.  In fact, it was full of party animals.  

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A Joy-FULL Christmas: Joy in the Provision (12/18/16)

December 19, 2016

The most grieved thing in everyone’s life is not having or getting what they want. We’re far better at noticing the things on our list that we didn’t get than the countless things we did and actually needed. The Bible is full of promises; the least of which is God’s promise to give us what we need. When we start looking at life through that lens, we see we’ve been cared for in immeasurable ways. And while it may not be on our list of wants, we all want to be cared for. Is it possible that simple joy comes from being thankful for the simple things? Maybe that old cliche is cliche because it’s true, and gets repeated as a result.

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A Joy-Full Christmas: Joy in the Portion (12/4/16)

December 6, 2016

If the truth be told, there are people all around us who have legitimate reasons to be joyless at Christmas time. As the end of the year approaches, they’re remembering their lost loved one, or their lost job, or their lost sense of value. All the while others are full of joy and have seemingly endless reasons to be so. What if there were a way to balance things out? What if those without joy of their own, learned how to take joy in the victories of others? And what if those with plenty of joy shared theirs with those around them? Maybe generosity is about more than money this time of year.

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A Joy-Full Christmas: Choosing to Not Be Joyless For the Holidays (11/27/16)

November 30, 2016

For many, Christmas is not the happiest time of year. It’s a season of being crushed under the weight of our circumstances. We take inventory of our marriages, or lack thereof, our bank accounts, our jobs, our homes and usually aren’t very excited about what we see. We fail to find joy in the holidays because we play victim to what’s happened to or around us over the last year. It doesn’t have to be that way; the holidays don’t have to be joyless this year. fWe just have to find joy in something other than our situation.

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A Simple Call (11/13/16)

November 15, 2016

Gary Rorhmayer, president of Converge MidAmerica guest speaks.

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The Missing Peace: Super Natural (11/6/16)

November 7, 2016
It’s easy to think that the work of the Holy Spirit is something out of Return of the Jedi; that somehow we become able to do things beyond the natural world. Yes, that’s true, but more often in Scripture we see the supernatural acts of the Holy Spirit being very practical. Maybe natural is less about science and more about natural human behavior. What if the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit is as simple as when we give to someone in need?
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The Missing Peace: Bind Us Together (10/30/16)

October 31, 2016
You'll often hear churches talk about not doing life alone and that Christianity is more a team sport than a solo act. All true. But how much do we really mean that? How far are we willing to go when it comes to unity? In a diverse world where everyone looks different and acts different, is unity really even possible? It is, but it's not in a program or a governmental initiative...it's in something better.
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The Missing Peace: We All Need Counseling (10/23/16)

October 25, 2016
What does God want me to do? Everyone asks that question at least 50 times a day, and at least 50,000 times when they were trying to figure out what to major in for college. It would be so nice if He would just draw a map to give us a turn-by turn guide through our days. Unfortunately He doesn’t; but it’s not because He doesn’t care, it’s because He knows it’s not that simple. He knows what drives our decisions. He knows it’s all about what we know––what we hold as true. So why not just get us to see that?
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The Missing Peace: Not a Tool (10/16/16)

October 18, 2016
There’s a huge difference between a power drill and a power drill battery. The drill is something that can be used while the battery is what enables the drill to be used in the first place. Many people think the Holy Spirit is like a tool; something we use to accomplish some righteous task––as if the Holy Spirit is at our disposal or beck and call. But we’re the tool. We’re the ones that God uses to accomplish His purposes, so that makes the Holy Spirit the great enabler.
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