Loving Those We Don’t Like

Text: Matthew 5:43-47 – In this next passage in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus presents probably the most challenging teaching yet. It’s easy to love people we like – people we connect with, who share common interests, those we have some chemistry with. Jesus really turns the tables in this passage calling us to […]

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Accepting One Another In Love

Text: Romans 14 – Churches have been dividing over “non-essential” issues for decades – whether it is the style of music or the translation of the Bible; pews vs. chairs; suites vs. jeans. In this message, Pastor Russ unpacks Paul’s instruction to the Roman Christians that we are not to judge our brothers and sisters […]

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Are You Chasing After the Right Things?

Text: Luke 12:13-21; Romans 13:8-14 – In a self-centered culture fed by materialism, we often find ourselves chasing after things we think will make our lives better. This attitude is counter to the Bible’s call for us to love others and consider their needs. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan teaches this principle. In this […]

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Text: Psalm 136 – On this Thanksgiving Sunday, Pastor Russ unpacks this psalm of thanksgiving that the people of Israel sang to God recalling his incredible loving kindness displayed in his activity in the nation’s history. God is a God who does not change so that loving kindness is also showered on us as well. […]

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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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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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What Does God Require From You?

Text:  Micah 6:6-8 – With all the poverty, injustice and need in the world around us, it can be overwhelming for Christians to try to make a difference. It is even more daunting when the Jesus teaches us that unless we care for the poor and needy, we can not even call ourselves disciples. How […]

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Amazing Dads!

On this Father’s Day, Pastor Adi reminds us about some of the Biblical principles associated with being dads. We learn how to be amazing dads by imitating the greatest Father of all, our heavenly Father. As dads, we can also learn from the example of others. Note: during our sanctuary renovations, the quality of the […]

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Being Pleasing to God – Back to the Basics

Text: Luke 3:22-23 – In this passage, we read about Jesus’ baptism. As he came up out of the water, Luke describes that heaven was opened and the Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove and the voice of the Father said, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Does your […]

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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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