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  • Vow, Week 1: Renounce, Reject, Repent

    This Week’s Text: Mark 1:9-15 This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, a day that marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season that lasts 40 days, not counting Sundays, that prepares us to fully experience the resurrection on Easter. The season of Lent is also traditionally a time for the church to prepare new […]

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  • Ash Wednesday 2015

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  • How to Get There

    This Weeks’ Text: Mark 9:2-9 Today’s Scripture passage is a story known as the Transfiguration. It is often called the climax of Jesus’ pre-resurrection life. In this moment on the mountaintop, Jesus’ full humanity and divinity are miraculously revealed while other amazing things are happening, and Peter asks Jesus essentially if they can just stay there […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 6: We Do Not Journey Alone

    This Weeks’ Text: Hebrews 3:12-14, 10:19-25 As we draw this sermon series to a close today, I want to encourage you with the title of today’s sermon: we do not journey alone. For these first six Sundays of the year, we have been working through a series called “Making Change Stick” based on the book “Switch: […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 5: If This, Then That

    This Weeks’ Text: Matthew 5:21-26 Have you ever been in a situation when someone got the wrong idea about you? Perhaps the morning after you didn’t get any sleep, you end up being really short with a bank teller. They think you’re a jerk, but it is mostly due to the fact that you were tired. […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 4: Mature and Complete, Lacking Nothing

    This Weeks’ Text: James 1:2-4 Last week, we started in on the idea motivating the Elephant, our emotional and impulsive side. We started with the first two steps for the Elephant, which were to find the feeling and to shrink the change. We can make the change smaller, but we can also make our Elephant […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 3: Motivating the Elephant

    This Weeks’ Text: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21   The overarching illustration for this series is that of someone riding an elephant down a path. For the past two weeks, we have talked about how to direct the rider, which is the rational and intellectual part of our decision-making. This week, we turn our attention to the elephant–the […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 2: Directing the Rider

    This Weeks’ Text: Acts 15:22-35 When we make change stick, it becomes a habit, and that is key. What makes change so hard, the writers say, is that our current habits are comfortable for everyone. So, to make a change is to break the habit. But, if we can achieve it, then the things that seem […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 1: No Small Dissension and Debate

    This Weeks’ Text: Acts 15:1-11 The beginning of the year gives us that feeling of a fresh start and a blank slate. And, of course, there is the tradition of the New Years Resolution. But, of course, the challenge isn’t always thinking of the resolutions or changes we would like to make—the challenge is in […]

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  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    This week’s text: Luke 1:26-38 This week, we turn to our third and final song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” This song, like “Deck the Halls” has origins in the 1500s. This song is an English Christmas Carol from western England. The song gets off to a good start. It is a positive message […]

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