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A Celebration of Discipleship

Jeremiah 31: 31 – 34 For the past three weeks, using the metaphor of a vineyard, or a garden, we have been walking through some ‘pillars’ of our discipleship. We looked at the importance of having a plan for our Spiritual Growth – to have a clear idea of how we are going to nourish our souls through spiritual disciplines …

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Let Us Love One Another

 John 15:9-17  Today marks the second Sunday of the season of Advent. One thing I’ve realized after many years of being a pastor is that when it comes to the weeks of Advent, there is really no one set way to symbolize each of the four Sundays. Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace are probably the most traditional – and even …

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The Well Tended Garden

(Keeping Spiritual Disciplines) Matthew 22: 1 – 14, Exodus 32: 1 – 6 In the book of Exodus, (chapter 32) we read the story of the people of Israel who are out in the desert – again. Moses is up on Mt. Sinai; he’s meeting with God, receiving the Law from the very hand of God. Evidence of the holiness …

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More Blessed To Give

Acts 30: 34 – 36  Can anyone tell me in which Gospel this sentence can be found:  “It is more blessed to give than to receive”?  Well, if you guessed Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, you’d be wrong, because it isn’t found in any Gospel.  It is in the Bible, however; it comes from Paul’s farewell speech to the Ephesian …

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Hand In Hand

Hebrews 10: 19-25 Proverbs (24) ** “I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one lacking sense.  I saw that it was overgrown with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson:  a little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the …

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Half Truths, Part 5 Today we’re wrapping up the series we’ve been doing for the last few weeks called “Half-truths”. We’ve been looking at statements that a lot of us have said, I know I probably have, and many have heard these expressed to us. These are statements that sound true, sound Christian, and sound like they come right out …

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God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It

Half Truths, Part 4 Today is Part 4 of a five part series of sermons in which we’ve been looking at a series of statements that have worked their way into the vocabulary of many Christians, but upon deeper reflection, are turning out to be at best “half truths.” The series is based on a new book by Adam Hamilton, …

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God Won’t Ever Give You More Than You Can Handle

Half Truths, Part III (Note: This sermon includes two audio links of the songs written by Pastor Steve.) This is part three in a five part sermon series in which we’re looking at sayings, or maxims that have worked their way into the vocabulary and world view of many Christians; and yet, as we look at them in light of …

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God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Half Truths, Part II We’re looking today at the second in a series of five “half-truths” that have worked themselves into the mindset of many American Christians. Just a reminder, this is a series based on a little book by Adam Hamilton by the same title, (which many of you are reading) and we’re also meeting on Tuesday evenings at …

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Everything Happens for a Reason

Half Truths, Part I Adam Hamilton, in the introduction of his new book, “Half Truths” opens with these words: “Most of us as Christians have things we believe, and tell others, and even count on, that we’ve not carefully examined. Some of the things we accept and repeat to others sound so true, and we’ve believed them for so long, …

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