The Strangest Thing of All – The Incarnation

Text: John 1:1-18 – In this final message in our Stranger Things series, Pastor Russ considers what might be the “strangest thing” we find in Scripture – the fact that the Son of God would give up the glory of heaven to come down to earth to dwell with people and then give his life […]

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God’s Call to Invest In Ministry

Text: Isaiah 58 – We live in a “Me First” culture. Unfortunately, even Christians can fall into the trap of letting that attitude dominate our lives. This attitude can impact ministry because we tend to engage only when it suites OUR schedule or there is some benefit to US. On this Kick-off Sunday, Pastor Russ […]

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God Is Faithful So Let’s Trust & Obey

Text: Lamentations 3:19-26; Joshua 1-6 – It’s common for Christians to feel defeated or discouraged when we fail. Sometimes we even feel like God has abandoned us or the church has abandoned us. In this message, Pastor Russ reminds us from the account of Joshua and the battle of Jericho that God is always with […]

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Text: Luke 8:26-29 – In a culture that is enamored with the ‘spiritual world’, Christians can sometimes get caught up in focusing on the wrong thing. Spiritual warfare is a reality and we need to be aware of it, but spending our time and energy casting out demons and binding Satan can misdirect our efforts […]

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Are You Projecting Your Desires Onto God?

Text: Leviticus 10:1-7 – The account of Nadab and Abihu reminds us how important it is to God that we seek to understand his will, his desires, his expectations on how we are to live rather than simply projecting our own desires on him and living however we want. In this message, Pastor Russ teaches […]

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Be On Your Guard!

Text: Mark 13; Acts 20:7-12 – Life can be so busy we often get distracted from focusing on the important things – the things that really matter. This is true for Christians as well. For followers of Christ, the important things are the things that please God – that glorify his name. God wants us […]

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Committed to Finish Well

Text: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Judges 13-16 – The story of Samson highlights how a life that starts with great promise can go so far off track when we lose focus on God’s call in our lives. How many followers of Christ have been distracted by things that our culture advocates as important and end up […]

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God Uses Us In Spite of Our Deficiencies

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Judges 3:12-30 – All through Scripture we see how God uses ordinary people. These people, like you and me, have their weaknesses, shortcomings, “baggage” – the things we often use as excuses to disqualify ourselves from ministry. Yet God works through people who seem least qualified so that his power can […]

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Texts: Matthew 5:13-16; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:7-8 – God has a clear call on every believer’s life to be a witness to the good news of his salvation in Christ. Unfortunately, like Jonah, we often run the other way or we are more focused on our comfort, as he was with the vine that gave […]

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The Writing Is On the Wall

Text: Daniel 5 – As we continue with our “Stranger Things” series, Pastor Russ looks at this interesting passage in Daniel where a hand mysteriously appears and begins writing a message on the wall during a great banquet hosted by the king of Babylon. The message to the king was that God would judge him […]

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