Breakfast of Blessings

Erik Rasmussen

10/29/17

Description:Our annual Breakfast of Blessings was Sunday, October 29th at 9:45am in Bain Hall. Our very own Erik Rasmussen was our speaker. Erik is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as our Director of Connect Groups, Singles, and Marriage Ministries. In case you missed it, you can listen here!!

"Unbound" (Full Service Audio)

Mathew Hargett

10/22/17

Description:Philippians 1:12-13 - "And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ."“Somehow, some way, Paul was able to lift his head in the midst of his dark situation and see the bigger picture of the opportunities in front of him. He was convinced God was up to something, despite his situation. His chains said that he was useless, facing a dead end. But he did not allow his chains to determine his vision… Instead of limiting him, the chains now appeared useful, indicating he was blessed and advancing God’s purposes.” - Pastor Clay Scroggins

"Unbound" (Sermon Audio)

Mathew Hargett

10/22/17

Description:Philippians 1:12-13 - "And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ."“Somehow, some way, Paul was able to lift his head in the midst of his dark situation and see the bigger picture of the opportunities in front of him. He was convinced God was up to something, despite his situation. His chains said that he was useless, facing a dead end. But he did not allow his chains to determine his vision… Instead of limiting him, the chains now appeared useful, indicating he was blessed and advancing God’s purposes.” - Pastor Clay Scroggins

"Sharing God's Vision" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

10/8/17

Description:1 Timothy 6:17b-19— Hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.The world needs the church more than ever right now, because the church offers a vision of hope that will rescue the world. The church has the message of Jesus the Christ, who is the Savior, Rescuer, Redeemer, and Healer. Take a moment and reflect on your relationship with Jesus. Consider how your life has been transformed, redeemed, and rescued. Marvel at the burdensome weight lifted from your soul when you asked for and received the forgiveness of God through Christ. Rejoice at the recollection of supernatural power given to help you overcome sin at various points in your life. And celebrate that in many cases, God’s Spirit was poured out to meet you in and through life-giving avenues of the ministries, bible studies, people, worship services, and other gatherings of the church—the body of Christ. If you have grown closer to Jesus by connecting to the church, then prayerfully consider how you can now partner with Jesus to share God’s vision to reach and bless others. We are rescued, so that we might lead others to being rescued in the name of Jesus. And we are grateful to share in this, God’s vision.

"Taking Hold of Life" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce and Jamie Sanders

10/1/17

Description:1 Timothy 6:17b-19— Hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.There is a man who has been hanging around the church for quite a number of years. His look has changed, ranging from long hair and a nicely trimmed beard, to short hair and a bushy beard with a prominent handlebar mustache. He has been known to bless kiddos, paint works of art, and help prepare meals. He can also be found reading his Bible, praying with others, and generally walking around as if the Lord Jesus is right beside him. His steps are a bit slower nowadays, but he is still quick to tell you about what he has found—truly abundant life—as he has learned to trust and follow Jesus. This Sunday, we are going to hear some of this man’s story. Prepare to be encouraged, loved, and drawn into the presence of God’s goodness as we hear from a man who walks with the Lord, and has learned to take hold of life in Jesus.

"Taking Hold of Life" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce and Jamie Sanders

10/1/17

Description:1 Timothy 6:17b-19— Hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.There is a man who has been hanging around the church for quite a number of years. His look has changed, ranging from long hair and a nicely trimmed beard, to short hair and a bushy beard with a prominent handlebar mustache. He has been known to bless kiddos, paint works of art, and help prepare meals. He can also be found reading his Bible, praying with others, and generally walking around as if the Lord Jesus is right beside him. His steps are a bit slower nowadays, but he is still quick to tell you about what he has found—truly abundant life—as he has learned to trust and follow Jesus. This Sunday, we are going to hear some of this man’s story. Prepare to be encouraged, loved, and drawn into the presence of God’s goodness as we hear from a man who walks with the Lord, and has learned to take hold of life in Jesus.

"Why Do We Do What We Do?" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

9/24/17

Description:1 Timothy 6:17b-19—Hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.Why do we do what we do? This question has driven lots of conversations lately. Each person may answer it differently as it relates to different parts of life. Why do we play sports? (To win.) Why do we go to work? (To make $$.) Why do we enjoy movies? (To escape.) Why do we listen to music? (To express ourselves.) Why do we invite friends over? (To share life.) The questions are endless. This question is also great to ask ourselves about church and all of what that means. Why do we do church? Why do we worship? Why do we call for prayer? Why do we study the bible? Why do we insist on community? Why do we talk about money? Why do we encourage serving? Why do we believe in leadership? Understanding the why is essential to understanding the way to abundant life.

"Why Do We Do What We Do?" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

9/24/17

Description:1 Timothy 6:17b-19—Hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.Why do we do what we do? This question has driven lots of conversations lately. Each person may answer it differently as it relates to different parts of life. Why do we play sports? (To win.) Why do we go to work? (To make $$.) Why do we enjoy movies? (To escape.) Why do we listen to music? (To express ourselves.) Why do we invite friends over? (To share life.) The questions are endless. This question is also great to ask ourselves about church and all of what that means. Why do we do church? Why do we worship? Why do we call for prayer? Why do we study the bible? Why do we insist on community? Why do we talk about money? Why do we encourage serving? Why do we believe in leadership? Understanding the why is essential to understanding the way to abundant life.

"Remember Your Baptism" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

9/17/17

Description:Acts 2:38-39—Change your hearts and lives. Each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you, your children, and for all who are far away—as many as the Lord our God invites.Christians are invited to celebrate new life in Christ with a visible witness among the community, which we call baptism. Baptism is the mark of the new covenant that God has initiated through the gift of His son, Jesus. When we confess our sins, acknowledge our need to be rescued from our own brokenness by the grace of God’s unconditional love, and trust in the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit, we have entered into new and abundant life—the kingdom of heaven. Entrance into the kingdom is available to all, but it demands a sacrifice of self, a humbling of the spirit, a yielding to the heart of God, and a devotion to obedience to the will of the Father. When we are baptized, or when we are confirmed later, we are demonstrating ownership of our covenant relationship, and joyfully stepping into a life of purpose, where “this glorious ONE, Jesus the Christ, is our pursuit, our passion and our pleasure.” Today, we invite you to remember your baptism, be thankful, and renew your covenant commitment as a follower of Jesus.

"Remember Your Baptism" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

9/17/17

Description:Acts 2:38-39—Change your hearts and lives. Each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you, your children, and for all who are far away—as many as the Lord our God invites.Christians are invited to celebrate new life in Christ with a visible witness among the community, which we call baptism. Baptism is the mark of the new covenant that God has initiated through the gift of His son, Jesus. When we confess our sins, acknowledge our need to be rescued from our own brokenness by the grace of God’s unconditional love, and trust in the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit, we have entered into new and abundant life—the kingdom of heaven. Entrance into the kingdom is available to all, but it demands a sacrifice of self, a humbling of the spirit, a yielding to the heart of God, and a devotion to obedience to the will of the Father. When we are baptized, or when we are confirmed later, we are demonstrating ownership of our covenant relationship, and joyfully stepping into a life of purpose, where “this glorious ONE, Jesus the Christ, is our pursuit, our passion and our pleasure.” Today, we invite you to remember your baptism, be thankful, and renew your covenant commitment as a follower of Jesus.

"Purpose" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

9/3/17

Description:Judges 11:1-3 -- “Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. Gilead was his father, but he was a prostitute’s son. Gilead’s wife gave birth to other sons for him, and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah away. They told him, “You won’t get an inheritance in our father’s household because you’re a different woman’s son.” So Jephthah ran away from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Worthless men gathered around Jephthah and became his posse.”By this time in the story of Judges and the life cycle of Israel, we can really see how the people of God have forgotten their purpose. There are still hints at redemption, and how God can use broken circumstances to equip for future ministry. And this is what we can focus on, as we consider the tragedy of this story. Are we aware that even in our struggle, God is at work preparing us for opportunities to bless, heal, and minister in the name of Jesus? Let us not forget that we are created for a purpose to the glory of God.

"Purpose" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

9/3/17

Description:Judges 11:1-3 -- “Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. Gilead was his father, but he was a prostitute’s son. Gilead’s wife gave birth to other sons for him, and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah away. They told him, “You won’t get an inheritance in our father’s household because you’re a different woman’s son.” So Jephthah ran away from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Worthless men gathered around Jephthah and became his posse.”By this time in the story of Judges and the life cycle of Israel, we can really see how the people of God have forgotten their purpose. There are still hints at redemption, and how God can use broken circumstances to equip for future ministry. And this is what we can focus on, as we consider the tragedy of this story. Are we aware that even in our struggle, God is at work preparing us for opportunities to bless, heal, and minister in the name of Jesus? Let us not forget that we are created for a purpose to the glory of God.

"Unlikely Hero" (Full Service Audio)

Mathew Hargett

8/27/17

Description:Judges 6:14-16 -- “Then the Lord turned to Gideon and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”“Gideon is correct to suggest that he cannot save Israel in his own strength. God is correct to tell him that he will save Israel using his own strength, combined with knowing that God has called him to this task, and is with him in it. As God’s people today, we need the same attitude in the areas of service to which God has called us.” - Timothy Keller

"Unlikely Hero" (Sermon Audio)

Mathew Hargett

8/27/17

Description:Judges 6:14-16 -- “Then the Lord turned to Gideon and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”“Gideon is correct to suggest that he cannot save Israel in his own strength. God is correct to tell him that he will save Israel using his own strength, combined with knowing that God has called him to this task, and is with him in it. As God’s people today, we need the same attitude in the areas of service to which God has called us.” - Timothy Keller

"Hope" (Full Service Audio)

Erik Rasmussen

8/20/17

Description:Judges 4:1-23, Matthew 25:31-46We find ourselves today in a land of idols. As we look back to the book of Judges, we realize that this has always been the case. Each day we choose whether we trust in God or in other things, other gods. Where do you hope in?

"Hope" (Sermon Audio)

Erik Rasmussen

8/20/17

Description:Judges 4:1-23, Matthew 25:31-46We find ourselves today in a land of idols. As we look back to the book of Judges, we realize that this has always been the case. Each day we choose whether we trust in God or in other things, other gods. Where do you hope in?

"Amnesia: Remember" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

8/6/17

Description:Judges 2:6-11—The people served the LORD throughout the rest of Joshua’s life and throughout the next generation of elders who outlived him, those who had seen all the great things that the LORD had done for Israel...When that whole generation had passed away, another generation came after them who didn’t know the LORD or the things that he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did things that the LORD saw as evil. (vv. 7, 10, 11)The challenge of each generation is to tell the story of God’s redeeming love, so that those who follow find their place in the story. Each generation has to know and embrace the activity of God in their lives, to remember and celebrate the deliverance of God from slavery, sin and death. Church, we are called by God’s name, identified with Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, and rescued into abundant life. Remember this so you don’t forget who you were called to be.

"Amnesia: Remember" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

8/6/17

Description:Judges 2:6-11—The people served the LORD throughout the rest of Joshua’s life and throughout the next generation of elders who outlived him, those who had seen all the great things that the LORD had done for Israel...When that whole generation had passed away, another generation came after them who didn’t know the LORD or the things that he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did things that the LORD saw as evil. (vv. 7, 10, 11)The challenge of each generation is to tell the story of God’s redeeming love, so that those who follow find their place in the story. Each generation has to know and embrace the activity of God in their lives, to remember and celebrate the deliverance of God from slavery, sin and death. Church, we are called by God’s name, identified with Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, and rescued into abundant life. Remember this so you don’t forget who you were called to be.

"Kingdom Living: Living in the Kingdom Day By Day" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

7/30/17

Description:Matthew 7:24-29—Everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on a rock (v. 24).The invitation to the Good & Beautiful Life is found in the invitation to abide in Jesus. Hearing from Jesus comes through abiding in Jesus, which leads to acting in the name of Jesus. There is nothing more. That is enough. That is everything. Read and reread this quote from Charles Spurgeon:“Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly, deliver us, O Lord…”

"Kingdom Living: Living in the Kingdom Day by Day" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

7/30/17

Description:Matthew 7:24-29—Everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on a rock (v. 24).The invitation to the Good & Beautiful Life is found in the invitation to abide in Jesus. Hearing from Jesus comes through abiding in Jesus, which leads to acting in the name of Jesus. There is nothing more. That is enough. That is everything. Read and reread this quote from Charles Spurgeon:“Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly, deliver us, O Lord…”

"Judging Judy: Living Without Judging Others" (Full Service Audio)

Erik Rasmussen

7/23/17

Description:Romans 14: 2-3 - One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.We are a very judgmental culture. We evaluate others because of what they wear, how they look, what they watch on TV and how they talk among a myriad of other things. Why do we do it? Is it healthy? What does God have to say about it?

"Judging Judy: Living Without Judging Others" (Sermon Audio)

Erik Rasmussen

7/23/17

Description:Romans 14: 2-3 - One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.We are a very judgmental culture. We evaluate others because of what they wear, how they look, what they watch on TV and how they talk among a myriad of other things. Why do we do it? Is it healthy? What does God have to say about it?

"Don't Worry, Be Happy: Living Without Worry" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

7/16/17

Description:Matthew 6:25-34—Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?...And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?...So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (v. 25, 27, 34)There is no place for worry in the kingdom of God! In The Good & Beautiful Life, worry is defined as “a disproportionate level of concern based on an inappropriate measure of fear.” As we continue to solidify our identity as one in whom Christ dwells, and our location as standing securely in the kingdom of God, we are learning to live as people who trust God and the abundance of God’s kingdom. Keeping Jesus as the central focus means that we are not. And this perspective frees us to live without fear—which is the root of worry. So church, may we continue to grow as disciples who are secure in Christ, worry free, and happy in God’s abundant and perfect love.

"Don't Worry, Be Happy: Living Without Worry" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

7/16/17

Description:Matthew 6:25-34—Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?...And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?...So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (v. 25, 27, 34)There is no place for worry in the kingdom of God! In The Good & Beautiful Life, worry is defined as “a disproportionate level of concern based on an inappropriate measure of fear.” As we continue to solidify our identity as one in whom Christ dwells, and our location as standing securely in the kingdom of God, we are learning to live as people who trust God and the abundance of God’s kingdom. Keeping Jesus as the central focus means that we are not. And this perspective frees us to live without fear—which is the root of worry. So church, may we continue to grow as disciples who are secure in Christ, worry free, and happy in God’s abundant and perfect love.

"Wall Street Blues: Living Without Avarice" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

7/9/17

Description:Matthew 6:19-24• Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consumes and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (v. 19-21),• No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (v. 21).“Greed is good.” The famous statement in the movie “Wall Street” rings true for many people. The argument is made that greed is the motive for innovation, and can actually rescue families, companies, and even the nation. In our scriptures for this week, Jesus challenges this worldview, advocating that the pursuit of the accumulation of possessions and resources actually brings about the loss of true and abundant life. Avarice, or greed for money and possessions, is ultimately the insatiable pursuit of a false god, and is rooted in fear and insecurity. Jesus reminds us that we can trust the Living God, and only in Him are our hearts fully satisfied.

"Wall Street Blues: Living Without Avarice" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

7/9/17

Description:Matthew 6:19-24• Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consumes and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (v. 19-21),• No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (v. 21).“Greed is good.” The famous statement in the movie “Wall Street” rings true for many people. The argument is made that greed is the motive for innovation, and can actually rescue families, companies, and even the nation. In our scriptures for this week, Jesus challenges this worldview, advocating that the pursuit of the accumulation of possessions and resources actually brings about the loss of true and abundant life. Avarice, or greed for money and possessions, is ultimately the insatiable pursuit of a false god, and is rooted in fear and insecurity. Jesus reminds us that we can trust the Living God, and only in Him are our hearts fully satisfied.

"Humble Pie: Living Without Vainglory" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

7/2/17

Description:Matthew 6:1-18Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. (6:1)So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. (6:2)And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. (6:5)And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. (6:16)Vainglory may be a word that is lost on folks today. It seems old, archaic, and even unnecessary in contemporary conversation and more like it belongs in an era a couple centuries past. We are more comfortable with a common synonym, pride. But vainglory is the right term when considering the emphasis that Jesus is making in these passages. And vainglory is definitely the right term when we consider the spiritual life, and the pitfalls of piety that can accompany faithful followers of Jesus. Again, Jesus is asking us to consider what is most important—our hearts. What is the motive of our hearts when we give, pray, fast and worship? Are we seeking the approval of humankind, or of God? How we answer that reveals where we believe our worth lies. Let us continue to put on the character of Christ, trusting that our identity is secure in Him.

"Humble Pie: Living Without Vainglory" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

7/2/17

Description:Matthew 6:1-18Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. (6:1)So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. (6:2)And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. (6:5)And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. (6:16)Vainglory may be a word that is lost on folks today. It seems old, archaic, and even unnecessary in contemporary conversation and more like it belongs in an era a couple centuries past. We are more comfortable with a common synonym, pride. But vainglory is the right term when considering the emphasis that Jesus is making in these passages. And vainglory is definitely the right term when we consider the spiritual life, and the pitfalls of piety that can accompany faithful followers of Jesus. Again, Jesus is asking us to consider what is most important—our hearts. What is the motive of our hearts when we give, pray, fast and worship? Are we seeking the approval of humankind, or of God? How we answer that reveals where we believe our worth lies. Let us continue to put on the character of Christ, trusting that our identity is secure in Him.

"Frenemies: Living to Bless" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

6/25/17

Description:Matthew 5:38-48—You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (v. 43-44)How difficult is it to be attacked, and respond with grace? How difficult is it to endure criticism and accusation, and respond with blessing and prayer? It is a natural reaction of the broken human condition to want to retaliate against those who have harmed us in any way. But again, Jesus is inviting us to consider a different way of living, one that seeks to pray for and bless, rather than curse and destroy. The only way we can do this is if we stand secure as the people of God, filled with the presence of God, living in the Kingdom of God. This week, we have a chance to practice praying for those whom we may consider enemies. Let’s see how prayer challenges our perspective, and maybe even changes our hearts.

"Pinocchio's Vice" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

6/18/17

Description:Matthew 5:33-37—You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.Who knew that lying was such a pervasive issue in our world? Listen to these stats from chapter 6 of the Good & Beautiful Life book:Studies reveal that the average person lies 3 times in a 10-minute conversation.We are lied to every 5 minutes, or an average of 200 times a day.59% of parents admit lying to their children on a regular basis.Americans are not only cheating more in many areas, but are also feeling less guilty about it.People still consider truth-telling to be one of the most important of all virtues.We may feel there are practical reasons why we choose to lie, but Jesus invites us to let our words match our identity as people who are living in the Kingdom of God. People who are satisfied in God don’t have to manipulate the truth for personal gain or fear that which cannot truly harm us. Trusting the Love of the Father, believing Jesus, and being filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit enables us to become people who naturally tell the truth. What is your word worth?

"Pinocchio's Vice" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

6/18/17

Description:Matthew 5:33-37—You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.Who knew that lying was such a pervasive issue in our world? Listen to these stats from chapter 6 of the Good & Beautiful Life book:Studies reveal that the average person lies 3 times in a 10-minute conversation.We are lied to every 5 minutes, or an average of 200 times a day.59% of parents admit lying to their children on a regular basis.Americans are not only cheating more in many areas, but are also feeling less guilty about it.People still consider truth-telling to be one of the most important of all virtues.We may feel there are practical reasons why we choose to lie, but Jesus invites us to let our words match our identity as people who are living in the Kingdom of God. People who are satisfied in God don’t have to manipulate the truth for personal gain or fear that which cannot truly harm us. Trusting the Love of the Father, believing Jesus, and being filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit enables us to become people who naturally tell the truth. What is your word worth?

"Red Light District: Living Without Lust" (Full Service Audio)

Erik Rasmussen

6/11/17

Description:Matthew 5:27-30 - “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”We are at times a silent church in a sex obsessed culture. Too often we plead the 5th when important topics need to be discussed. Today we’ll be walking through unhealthy perspectives on sex from both the culture and the church and eventually talking through God’s design and the beautiful gift that He gave us with Sex.*If your children are under the age of 12 or not yet at a point to have conversations about sex, we strongly encourage you to send them to children’s church.

"Red Light District: Living Without Lust" (Sermon Audio)

Erik Rasmussen

6/11/17

Description:Matthew 5:27-30 - “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”We are at times a silent church in a sex obsessed culture. Too often we plead the 5th when important topics need to be discussed. Today we’ll be walking through unhealthy perspectives on sex from both the culture and the church and eventually talking through God’s design and the beautiful gift that He gave us with Sex.*If your children are under the age of 12 or not yet at a point to have conversations about sex, we strongly encourage you to send them to children’s church.

"Happy Birthday, Church" (Full Service Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

6/4/17

Description:Acts 1:8—You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.Acts 2:1-4—When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.This account of the giving and receiving of the Holy Spirit NEVER gets old! It’s the birthday of the Church! Jesus promises to send a helper, a comforter, the very presence of God to indwell in the hearts of his followers. Jesus promises that this indwelling presence, the Holy Spirit, will provide the wisdom, discernment, courage and power to live faithfully in the world. The presence of the Holy Spirit brings assurance about salvation, conviction about sin, and power to testify and proclaim the coming kingdom of God’s love revealed in Jesus the Christ. The disciples gather in prayer, trust in Jesus, experience transformation from death to life, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and move out in faithful proclamation of good news. Does this sound like your testimony of faith? Be encouraged, that the Holy Spirit still moves among followers of Jesus, still breathes new life, and still pours out power on those who believe. Trust Jesus, and receive the Holy Spirit. Happy Birthday, Church!

"Happy Birthday, Church" (Sermon Audio)

Rev. Derek Joyce

6/4/17

Description:Acts 1:8—You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.Acts 2:1-4—When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.This account of the giving and receiving of the Holy Spirit NEVER gets old! It’s the birthday of the Church! Jesus promises to send a helper, a comforter, the very presence of God to indwell in the hearts of his followers. Jesus promises that this indwelling presence, the Holy Spirit, will provide the wisdom, discernment, courage and power to live faithfully in the world. The presence of the Holy Spirit brings assurance about salvation, conviction about sin, and power to testify and proclaim the coming kingdom of God’s love revealed in Jesus the Christ. The disciples gather in prayer, trust in Jesus, experience transformation from death to life, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and move out in faithful proclamation of good news. Does this sound like your testimony of faith? Be encouraged, that the Holy Spirit still moves among followers of Jesus, still breathes new life, and still pours out power on those who believe. Trust Jesus, and receive the Holy Spirit. Happy Birthday, Church!