Is Your Heart Fallow Ground?

Text: Romans 12:1-3; Hosea 10:12 – Many Christians have a desire to hear from God but we often don’t hear his voice because we are so distracted with the cares of life. These distractions can become appealing because they keep God at a distance and allow us to live in disobedience without hearing the convicting […]

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What Buttons Are You Chasing?

Text: Ephesians 4:17-5:14 – Pastor Russ shared the account of a former prisoner from the island penitentiary of Alcatraz who kept his sanity in solitary confinement by throwing a button from his shirt in the air and then searching for it in the darkness, only to repeat that exercise over and over. Russ compared this […]

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Stop Hiding Your Light

Text: Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 5:14-16 – This Sunday our Summer Missions Team shared about their trip to Indonesia visiting churches and local ministry projects on the island of North Sulawesi. In his message, Pastor Russ took us back to the Great Commission and then to Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount reminding us […]

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Text: 1 Corinthians 5:12-22 – On this Thanksgiving Sunday, Pastor Russ highlighted that often Christians express thankfulness for good things – like family, church, freedom. Unfortunately, when our gratitude is dependent on these kinds of things, we can set ourselves up for disappointment – even ingratitude – because these things are fleeting. Our thanksgiving should […]

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Surrendering Control – Baptism Sunday

Text: Psalm 95 – On this special baptism Sunday, Pastor Russ challenges us to be willing to surrender control over to God. So often we fail to experience the full joy of God’s goodness and faithfulness to us because we are unwilling to surrender control over to him. As we celebrate today with Rob Amirault […]

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Out With The Old – In With The New

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – Many Christians love to try to hang on to some of their “old self” because they are unwilling to surrender everything over to Christ. In this message, Pastor Russ challenges us to stop tinkering with the old self and replace it with the new life we have in Christ. We […]

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The Good News – God’s Rescue Plan

Text: Acts 17:16-34 – On this National Back to Church Sunday, Pastor Russ reminds us that, contrary to what many people believe, all religions are NOT alike. Christianity sets itself apart from all others because it not about manipulating the spirit world to get what we want. Rather, it is about God’s plan to restore […]

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Don’t Let Your Spiritual Life Plateau!

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 2 Timothy 1:1-7 – Our calendar year has natural cycles. Back to School brings excitement and high energy. Then we look forward to the Christmas season. Winter can be a drag but we wait in anticipation for Spring. Then, with our energy depleted, we long for summer and vacation. Churches go […]

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Text: Ephesians 3:14-21 – We live in a culture that teaches us to project our feelings onto others. Our society also tends to project it’s opinions on God somehow believing that God thinks the way we think. He loves the way we love, he forgives the way we forgive. This is not true: God is […]

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A Beacon Pointing to a Better Life

Text: Titus 2:11 – 3:8 – We experience a lot of stress and anxiety in life. The question for believers is how do we respond to it? In this message, Pastor Russ reminds us that Christ has redeemed us and purified us so that we should be “eager to do what is good” (2:14). Our […]

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