What Do You Worship At Christmas?

Text: Luke 2:10-12 – This year Christmas falls on a Sunday and a local Christian radio station was asking the question: “Are you planning to go to church on Christmas Day?” Some churches always have a service on Christmas morning, while others, live Grace, have a Christmas Eve service. So this year, the question is […]

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Unity In the Body of Christ

Text: 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 – It is well known that disunity in the church hurts the body of Christ and our testimony to our community. God calls us to show love to one another. On this second Sunday of Advent, our focus is on the love God showed the world in sending his Son, the […]

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The Church: Living as “Called Out Ones”

Text: 1 Peter 2:4-12 – Today Grace Church celebrates its 85th Anniversary. What a testimony to God’s faithfulness to this church family! But what is the church? A building? A social club? No, none of these is correct. The church is described in the Bible as a body – a group of individuals that need […]

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Christ’s Call For Self-Sacrifice

Text: Matthew 5:10-12; John 15:18-22; Matthew 16:24-27 – On this Remembrance Day Sunday we recognized those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. These men and women demonstrated what self-sacrifice is all about. This Sunday is also the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – IDOP – a day to […]

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God Responds to Praying Saints

Text: Hebrews 11:1,2; 11:39-12:3; Revelation 8:1-6 – The book of Revelation is a book of hope. It affirms God’s promise for the future – that he will deal justly with those who reject the truth and have persecuted his followers. In Chapter 8, we see that God responds to the imprecatory prayers of the saints […]

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Knowing the End Affects the Now

Text: Revelation 19:1-16 – Some Christians feel that the study of eschatology (end times) is not important. They hold to “Pan-Millenial” view – that it will all pan out in the end. While its true that we may gain comfort from avoiding the details of eschatology and accepting the simple view that “God Wins!”, Pastor […]

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When We Stand Before God

Text: Matthew 25:31-40 – Life can be hectic. Too often we get so caught up in the busyness of everyday life, we lose focus on important matters – like eternity. In the parable of the sheep and goats, Jesus reminds us that one day, we will all stand before God. True followers of Christ should […]

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Stolen Glory

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 – Most of us would get offended when someone takes the credit for something we know they didn’t do, especially when we actually did all the work. Unfortunately, many of us as Christians do just that when we take credit for our accomplishments and don’t give God the credit. We are guilty […]

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God’s Word – Our GPS for Life

Text: Proverbs 3:5-8 – The Bible is God’s Word – it is inerrant, authoritative, trustworthy and it provides us with very practical direction for how God wants us to live.  Why do we still choose to ignore it and go our own way?  In this message, Pastor Russ uses the illustration of a GPS to […]

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What Is Church All About?

Text: 1 John 1:1-10 – There are many misconceptions about what “church” is. Is it a building? Is it a club? Is it a support group? Why do so many people attend this place called “church” every Sunday? On this National Back to Church Sunday, Pastor Russ unpacks what the church is all about to […]

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