Jan 22, 2023
The Forgotten Water Jar
"When Jesus was in the presence of sinners, He dreamed of saints." Jesus' criteria for people whom He could and would use are vastly different from our criteria--from the disciples He chose to work with Him to the choosing of the woman at the well to plant the seeds for a Samaritan revival. When we encounter Jesus, we must leave some things in order to move on in God. As Pastor Chris looks at the account the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:1 - 29, he speaks to several ideas that we can embrace as we allow Jesus to take us from where are to where He wants us to be.
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  • Jan 22, 2023The Forgotten Water Jar
    Jan 22, 2023
    The Forgotten Water Jar
    "When Jesus was in the presence of sinners, He dreamed of saints." Jesus' criteria for people whom He could and would use are vastly different from our criteria--from the disciples He chose to work with Him to the choosing of the woman at the well to plant the seeds for a Samaritan revival. When we encounter Jesus, we must leave some things in order to move on in God. As Pastor Chris looks at the account the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:1 - 29, he speaks to several ideas that we can embrace as we allow Jesus to take us from where are to where He wants us to be.
  • Jan 15, 2023Are We Yet Alive?
    Jan 15, 2023
    Are We Yet Alive?
    If Holy Spirit were to take our vital signs as believers, would any be found? In this message, Pastor Chris references Jesus' assessment of the church of Sardis, in Revelation 3:1 - 5. He highlights the tell-tale signs of a living church and signs that can be seen in the life of a believer who is truly living for Christ.
  • Jan 8, 2023Possibility Thinking
    Jan 8, 2023
    Possibility Thinking
    "Anyone can count the seeds in an apple; but only God can count the number of apples in a seed." Robert H. Schuller Often, we cannot fully understand the possibilities that are available to us. We have to learn how to trust God to open our imagination and then, to trust Him to take us into the seemingly impossible. In this message, Pastor Chris looks at Mark 9:17 - 24 and highlights three points from this father's encounter with Jesus that we can apply to our lives to live in the God-possibilities.
  • Jan 1, 2023New Mercies, A New Day
    Jan 1, 2023
    New Mercies, A New Day
    Have you ever needed a fresh start or made a mess of life or ever felt, as the prophet Jeremiah lamented, "The enemy has won."? Where can we find hope in these times of distress? In this New Year's message, Pastor Chris brings encouragement from Lamentations 3:19 - 26 for those very moments in life. He reminds us, as the prophet was reminded, that hope is found only in One--in God, Who is faithful. And He has new mercies...Every. Single. Morning!
  • Dec 21, 2022The Dawning Light
    Dec 21, 2022
    The Dawning Light
    As we celebrate the Light of the world being born in Bethlehem, it is a good time to remember that we are also to be lights in our world. In this Christmas message, Pastor Chris looks at Isaiah 9:2 and 6, the Old Testament prophet's declaration of the promised Light to come. Pastor Chris also reminds us of the Light's word to us in Matthew 5:14 - 16, that as He is the Light in us, we are to be His light in the world.
  • Dec 18, 2022The Sounds of Christmas
    Dec 18, 2022
    The Sounds of Christmas
    "You can give without ever really loving; but you cannot love without giving." God so loved that He gave (John 3:16, 17). During this season, we celebrate the greatest gift ever given. This gift was not placed under a tree, but nailed to a tree--our Savior, Immanuel, Jesus. In this message, Pastor Chris looks at the account of the nativity in Luke 2:1 - 18. Although the imagery may be familiar, how often are the sounds of that event considered? Pastor Chris highlights three of those sounds heard that night and encourages us to emulate those sounds in our own lives.
  • Dec 11, 2022Our Great God
    Dec 11, 2022
    Our Great God
    There have been people throughout history who have accomplished such things to be called "great" and earn a level of admiration. But none compare to the greatness of our God. In this message, Pastor Chris looks at Joshua 10:1 - 15, which gives one illustration of a greatness that can only come from God Almighty. From this passage, Pastor Chris also highlights four things about God's greatness that should enlarge our concept of what can be accomplished through Him.
  • Nov 27, 2022Grateful Hearts
    Nov 27, 2022
    Grateful Hearts
    We have to make the choice to live a thankful life and value gratitude. Out of a thankful life flows many good and positive things. In this message, Pastor Chris expounds on what we can see gratitude bring in our lives, centered on 1 Thessalonians 5:16 - 18.
  • Nov 20, 2022Thankful, Safe, and Secure
    Nov 20, 2022
    Thankful, Safe, and Secure
    “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”—G. K. Chesterton
    As our culture seemingly becomes more entitled and ungrateful, we must never under value the importance of giving thanks. In this message, Pastor Chris looks at Jude's letter, where we are given reason to be thankful. In Jude 1 and 21 - 25, we see three points that remind us to be thankful because, in God, we are safe and secure.
  • Nov 13, 2022Where Is Your God?
    Nov 13, 2022
    Where Is Your God?
    Loneliness--one of the most painful feelings we experience in this life. In those moments of loneliness, our emotions will tell us that God has left us. But faith will tell us that God is near and we have to learn to function out of that faith. What does that look like practically? In this message, Pastor Chris looks at Psalm 42 and Psalm 43 and lays out the three "I will's" that we see the Psalmist exercise in his moments of overwhelming despair and loneliness. As we learn to work these out in our life, we can navigate those moments when we feel despair and hopelessness.
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