Life Together: Practicing Gratitude

Passage: Colossians 1:3-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary This new sermon series, Life Together, examines five practices that shape and express our shared life as church community formed by the grace of God in Jesus. One such practice is gratitude. Though the Apostle Paul led anything but a privileged life, his…

Build Your Kingdom Here: The Unshakeable Kingdom

Passage: Haggai 2:20-23 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary The pressing question at the close of Haggai is a question of worship: “Is the God of the temple worth worshipping? What kind of power does he have, after all?” Zerubbabel, the Governor of Judah, was likely wondering this. By all appearances, God…

Build Your Kingdom Here: His Mercy Is More

Passage: Haggai 2:10-19 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Three months after the people began rebuilding the temple, they were again confronted with a challenging word from the Lord, through Haggai: “Every work of their hands” was unclean (2:14). The covenant curses (blight, mildew, crop failure) which Israel had experienced before, and…

Build Your Kingdom Here: Rebuilding Paradise

Passage: Haggai 2:1-9 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary When we look at the brokenness in ourselves, and in the world around us, it’s easy to grow discouraged, and to quit investing in God’s kingdom. We need God to personally strengthen us, and encourage us to keep going, just as he did…

Build Your Kingdom Here: First Things

Passage: Haggai 1:1-15 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary This pandemic season has been a “reality check” for many of us, as it’s challenged us to consider what we’ve been building our lives upon. Now that we’re (hopefully) emerging from the worst part of the pandemic, we need to consider our priorities…

Saturated and Satisfied (But still wanting more)

Guest post by church member, Paul Sidmore Taking time to study God’s Word a has become a significant part of my every day. I am challenged to get beyond head knowledge to have it sink in and become part of me. I guess that’s what “saturate” really means. When I daily ‘get into’ Scripture, wide…

Good Friday to Easter: Art Timelapse

 During this past season of Lent, one of the prayer stations in the church sanctuary invited us to write on a canvas the things that we lost this year, the things we are grieving over, and the things that caused us pain and heartache. It is good to name these things and lay them…

7 Last Words

Good Friday is a special day in the church calendar when we focus on the hours leading up to Jesus death on a cross outside Jerusalem around 2000 years ago. A helpful way churches do this is by looking at seven passages of scripture describing that day and what Jesus said, the seven last words…

 
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