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  • The Prime Directive – Peace with Justice

    This Week’s Text: Matthew 28:16-20 When I was in grade school, one of my favorite things to do after school was to come home and watch Star Trek: The Next Generation. As I was reading and reflecting on this week’s Scripture, a phrase came to mind: the prime directive. The prime directive is the number one […]

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  • Moments and Journeys

    This week’s text: Acts 2:1-21 On Ascension Sunday we left the disciples actively waiting in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Bible scholars believe that there was the core group that had supported Jesus’ mission—maybe as many as 120 people—all actively waiting for the green light. So, they wait the 10 days, […]

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  • Hurry Up and Wait

    This week’s text: Acts 1:1-11 Here at the beginning of Acts, Luke gives us a quick summary of the events leading up to the Ascension. He tells us that Jesus appeared in bodily form to the disciples. Luke goes on to say that Jesus appeared and taught and did things with them for 40 days. Periods […]

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  • Dreaming in the Deep Water, Week 4: Reality and Dreams

    This Week’s Text: Luke 5:1-11 At its core, this sermon series has been about praying and listening to God, but then also stepping out in faith. However, part of getting to that point has been about encountering obstacles. In week one, the barrier was not knowing enough about Jesus. In week two, the barrier was to […]

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  • Dreaming in the Deep Water, Week 3: Finding Faith in the Deep Water

    This Week’s Text: Luke 5:1-11 To begin, we are going to use another story from Luke 8:26-39 to help us dig deeper into the concept of finding faith in the deep water. This may be a familiar story to some of you. There’s this crazy, demon-possessed guy, and when Jesus encounters the man, the demons plead […]

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  • Dreaming in the Deep Water, Week 2: There’s a Stranger in My Boat

    This Week’s Text: Luke 5:1-11 This passage occurs right after Jesus had begun his ministry in the region- preaching, teaching, healing- and he was beginning to draw a crowd. As his ministry was growing, it was time to select some disciples. Jesus should have been looking for disciples among the best of the best religious school […]

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  • Dreaming in the Deep Water, Week 1: Recognizing Resurrection (Easter Sunday)

    This week’s texts: Luke 5:1-11, John 21:1-14 The traditional Easter Scripture passages tell the events on Easter Sunday morning. No one has any clue that the resurrection had taken place, and there was a problem when the women came to care for the body- there was no body. The tomb was empty. One of the women […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 6: Celebration

    This week’s text: Nehemiah 8:8-12, Luke 19:29-40 If you remember way back to the beginning of the series, we started by talking about disciplines in general. I asked how many people had positive and how many people had negative associations with the word “discipline.” Either way, there is a good chance that the discipline of celebration […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 5: Worship

    This week’s text: Exodus 20:1-3, Colossians 3:12-17 The term worship is simultaneously one of the most over-used and under-used words in Christianity. Or perhaps to put it another way, it is one of the most misused words in Christianity. We say that we are going to worship, or that we really got a lot out of […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 4: Guidance

    This week’s text: Matthew 18:15-20, Acts 4:32-33 Richard Foster begins the chapter on the discipline of guidance with these words: “In our day heaven and earth are on tiptoe waiting for the emergence of a Spirit-led, Spirit-intoxicated, Spirit-empowered people. All of creation watches expectantly for the springing up of a disciplined, freely gathered, martyr people who […]

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