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Sermons

  • The Unwinnable Fight

    This week’s text: Romans 8:26-39 We pick up today with the idea that we hold a deposit, and we wait with hope and patience. Yet, we don’t know how long it will be. So, how do we as individuals, and how do we as the people of God, have the kind of patience and endurance […]

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  • For In Hope

    This week’s text: Romans 8:12-25 Paul begins with this really great idea that those who live by the Spirit are not just saved, but they are adopted as children of God. In Paul’s day, it would also cause those hearing and reading this letter to think of inheritance, and Paul calls us joint-heirs with Christ. […]

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  • The Spirit and the Sarx

    This week’s text: Romans 8:1-11 Thankfully, my wife and I keep a clean enough house that our encounters with roaches are few and far between. But have your ever watched an episode of hoarders where people are living with massive amounts of roaches in their houses? Now, it is certainly preferable to have no roaches at […]

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  • The War for Independence

    This week’s text: Romans 7:13-25 When Romans 7 gets chopped up into sections, today’s passage tends to begin at verse 15, but we started at verse 13. There is a set of Biblical scholars that now look at Romans and want to bump the header in your Study Bible back to verse 13. The pattern that […]

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  • Once and For All

    This week’s text: Romans 6:1b-11 Do you remember the show Everybody Loves Raymond? My favorite episode is the one where Ray’s brother Robert is assigned the task of writing his own wedding invitation (you can watch the episode at the bottom of this page). Robert doesn’t really want to do it, so Ray and their […]

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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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