What We Need to Know About God’s Presence

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Experiencing God’s presence can make all the difference for us…there we can exchange our weakness for His strength…our ignorance for His wisdom…our guilt for His glory. It is a place like no other. This message give us practical answers for the questions below.

1. What is God’s presence?
2. Why should I care?
3. How do I experience it?

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Grace is the greatest thing to ever happen to mankind

What we need to know about Grace is that:
1. We get better than we deserve
2. We can be more than we are

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Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead? – Easter 2016

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Christian faith rises or falls with the Resurrection of Christ.  If it is true and it really happened, there are powerful implications for our lives today.  Listen and decide for yourself.

#6 I Will Give Generously

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When is the last time your giving required faith?

A message about generosity from the Sermon on the Mount

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 am

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Navigating Transition – Bridges Not Walls

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Most of the time when we buy something new, like a phone, a tablet or a computer, we have to ask someone for help.  Maybe it’s a friend or possibly the support line, but these are one of the many times when we need realize our need for help.

Transitions are mostly about what is new and untried.  We will to travel unfamiliar roads and walk new ground.   We will need to develop new strengths and leave behind old ways, systems and mindsets.

To navigate all the change that transition brings, we will need help.  You and I can survive on our own, but to build…to grow…we will need others.  We will always be better together than we could ever be on our own

If we want to receive and give needed help in the midst of transition , we must learn how to build bridges instead of walls.

Bridge builders need to be good at two things:

1.  Overcoming Differences

2.  Committing to Build in the Right Direction

Navigating Transition 1 – Windshields Not Rearview Mirrors

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When you think about it, it’s what we do at the intersections, the crossroads, the transitions of our lives that either lead us toward our destination or away from it.  If we want to navigate these transitions well and want to reach our ideal destination, we will have to train ourselves to let go of the past in order to fully embrace the promise of the future.

While we can learn from the past, we cannot live there.  We cannot move forward while gazing backward.  We will get stuck and stay stuck if our cherished memories of the past energize us more than the dreams of our future.

There are three principals that will keep our gaze forwards:

  1. Replace comfort for curiosity

  2. Refuse to be a victim of our circumstances

  3. Relinquish the past and embrace opportunities for new memories

 

Making Life Work – #8 Trusting God in Everything

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In this final message of our Making Life Work series, we ask a question that every one person will have to answer at some point…how seriously we will take the claims of Jesus and the story of God

 

I got some really good advice when I first experienced God as a 25 year old, my brother who was talking to me about Christ at the time, realized that the Lord was doing something in me, and he said to me, “Give God everything you have for two weeks and if it doesn’t work, go back and live your life anyway you want”

 

I didn’t give God everything I had, but I did work at making room for God in my life.

I decided that God needed to more important in my life than He had been before.

 

We learn to trust God, but how much will we trust him…how seriously are we going to follow him

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

 

Can each of us learn to trust God more?  I believe we can and Proverbs 3:5-6 helps to show us how trust can grow

 

1.  Choose Rightly

2.  Lean Fully

3.  Step Wisely

 

Making Life Work – #6 Managing Anger

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We can live life the way God intended.  One of the challenges we face that keeps us from living this kind of extraordinary life is anger.  Sadly, most of us know from experience that one angry word or one angry action can cost us for years. Unmanaged, it will cost us in our relationship with God, our relationship with people and it will lower our quality of life.  Anger will cost us, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  We can learn to manage it so it doesn’t provoke us to negative or destructive thoughts, words and actions.  We can manage our anger if we will:

1.  Name It
2.  Delay it
3.  Learn from it

 

Proverbs 16:32  (ESV)
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Making Life Work – #5 Cultivating Compassion

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In this week’s message, we continue a journey to learn how to live an extraordinary life, a life that works the way God intended. An extraordinary life will require us to cultivate compassion. This is primarily about responding with God’s heart to people who struggle with a lack of resources or ability. We will consider three steps we can all take to Cultivate Compassion:
1. See a Need
2. Fill a Need
3. Make a Friend

 Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

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