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 Samuel deals with specific individuals who are the agents of the Lord’s kingship and through whom he executes his rule.  David, haltingly, leads by God’s word through the power of God’s Spirit.  
1 Samuel describes the formation of David as one who seeks God’s heart in the context of continuing decline and deformation.  His story illuminates that of the coming king, Jesus, and exemplify what God’s people in Christ filled with God’s Spirit should be like.  

Join us each Sunday,  @ 10am , from June through the end of August
as we journey with David  seeking God’s way.
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 June 17, 2018

“DAVID: Filled with the Spirit, Seeking God’s Heart”
Wearing 'God-is-able' Glasses   1 Samuel 17

"You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty...for the battle is the Lord's"  (1Samuel 17:45,47). David's strength came not simply from his agility with a slingshot (not a small thing) but from trusting God's purpose and strength. In this challenge, no one discusses God - except David. The true king focuses not on the seemingly insurmountable obstacles but on God who delivers us. This victory points us to Jesus who trusted in God in face of his enemy and was raised Lord of lif (see Acts 2:24).  

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JUNE 10, 2018

Today we welcome Rev. Dr. Joel Nederhood
to bring God's Word for us.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3
New Testament Reading: 1Peter 1:3-9

"Let's Get Emotional"

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 New Sermon Series Begins:

“DAVID: Filled with the Spirit, Seeking God’s Heart”
 1 Samuel 16 - 2 Samuel 9 

 Samuel deals with specific individuals who are the agents of the Lord’s kingship and through whom he executes his rule. David, haltingly, leads by God’s word through the power of God’s Spirit. 1 Samuel describes the formation of David as one who seeks God’s heart in the context of continuing decline and deformation. His story illuminates that of the coming king, Jesus, and exemplify what God’s people in Christ filled with God’s Spirit should be like.

Join us each Sunday,  @ 10am , from June through the end of August as we journey with David  seeking God’s way.

 

June 3, 2018

“DAVID: Filled with the Spirit, Seeking God’s Heart”
Inside Out   1 Samuel 16

God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7, NCV). The most important characteristic of a leader in God's house is their heart commitment. David is chosen by God at a time when Israel has fallen apart as a theocracy. Yet, God is working through Samuel to restore his people; the center of that restoration is a leader who "is a man after God's own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14). The anointed one, filled with the Spirit, is being prepared to lead God's people. Jesus is anointed, filled with the Spirit, leading us in God's kingdom (see Luke 3:21-22). Grace Connects is in the background, emphasizing that all growth is the result of God's work.

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May 27, 2018

Message: "The Earth is the Lord's - Treasure It!"
Psalm 148; Luke 12:6-7

Sermon Points:

We Know the Earth is the Lord's Because God Restores It

We Know the Earth is the Lord's Because God Treasures It

Treasuring the Earth is How We Worship God

Treasuring the Earth Means Enjoying It

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May 20, 2018
Pentecost Sunday

The Bible tells us that for 40 days the risen Lord was alive and could be seen and heard. Amazing! You might think that the Gospels would have recorded everything Jesus said and did following the most significant event since the creation of the world. Not so. It seems that the gospel story already contains everything we need to know about Jesus and his work. The post-Easter story simply affirms what was sent in the context of new life in Jesus. In following texts, Christ's mission comes to the forefront, as he makes final preparations for his disciples to continue the mission. This series will examine what we see about Jesus and his disciples, showing us what it means "to serve a risen Savior."

Acts 2:22-41   "Jesus' Mission: Empowered by His Spirit"
(This is the final sermon in the Eastertide series: Jesus' Mission)

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May 13, 2018
Eastertide
Ascension Sunday / Mother's Day

The Bible tells us that for 40 days the risen Lord was alive and could be seen and heard. Amazing! You might think that the Gospels would have recorded everything Jesus said and did following the most significant event since the creation of the world. Not so. It seems that the gospel story already contains everything we need to know about Jesus and his work. The post-Easter story simply affirms what was sent in the context of new life in Jesus. In following texts, Christ's mission comes to the forefront, as he makes final preparations for his disciples to continue the mission. This series will examine what we see about Jesus and his disciples, showing us what it means "to serve a risen Savior."

Acts 1:1-11   "Jesus' Mission: The Kings' Witnesses"

The focus in this sermon are Jesus' words "You will be my witnesses." The testimony of the apostles has become the foundation for our faith. Because of their witness to Jesus, we now know Christ and can serve him. The mission of Jesus through his disciples extends to the ends of the earth. Jesus' reign and rule continue to be expanded by his people now living as witnesses to his grace and truth. We think of Christ's Ascension as the enthronement of Jesus, 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." The mission of Christ, our Lord, is not through violent means, for the real enemies of Jesus' rule are the spiritual powers of evil that stand behind all that harms and holds people from the peace of God. Jesus defeated those enemies through his cross; he calls us to show and tell of that victory in our lives.

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May 6, 2018
Eastertide

The Bible tells us that for 40 days the risen Lord was alive and could be seen and heard. Amazing! You might think that the Gospels would have recorded everything Jesus said and did following the most significant event since the creation of the world. Not so. It seems that the gospel story already contains everything we need to know about Jesus and his work. The post-Easter story simply affirms what was sent in the context of new life in Jesus. In following texts, Christ's mission comes to the forefront, as he makes final preparations for his disciples to continue the mission. This series will examine what we see about Jesus and his disciples, showing us what it means "to serve a risen Savior."

John 21:15-25   "Jesus' Mission: Loving, Leading, Serving"

The most remarkable thing about this passage is that Jesus forgives Peter as a way of calling him again to "follow me." The three questions of Jesus correspond to Peter's three denials. One could imagine that over the lingering smell of a charcoal fire, Peter's night of agony while waiting on Jesus' trial would be brought immediately to mind. Because of Jesus' trial, though, Peter's could be let go, forgiven. And Peter could be restored. Peter affirms his love for Jesus three times over; it seems that the expression of that love is essential to his healing.

This is how Christ's kingdom works--sinners forgiven and restored to the task God intended for them all along. Jesus is calling Peter to join him in caring for his sheep, the sheep he gave his life to redeem. However, Peter's call to follow Jesus is couched in the awareness that it will cost him his life as he (literally) takes up his cross to follow Jesus--a cross that is the sign of God's victory over all that holds us back from truly following him. Peter's call is our call--loving, leading, serving.

April 29, 2018
Eastertide

The Bible tells us that for 40 days the risen Lord was alive and could be seen and heard. Amazing! You might think that the Gospels would have recorded everything Jesus said and did following the most significant event since the creation of the world. Not so. It seems that the gospel story already contains everything we need to know about Jesus and his work. The post-Easter story simply affirms what was sent in the context of new life in Jesus. In following texts, Christ's mission comes to the forefront, as he makes final preparations for his disciples to continue the mission. This series will examine what we see about Jesus and his disciples, showing us what it means "to serve a risen Savior."

John 21:1-14   "Jesus' Mission: What Shall We Do?"

What are the disciples doing? Have they turned cynical or are they in despair? Apostasized--running awat from their calling? Needing to make a little money while they wait? Whatever their motivation, it is impossible to imagine this scene happening after Pentecost--which illustrates this as a call to be a disciple and a fisher of people, relying on Jesus to direct and provide.

On one hand, this echoes John 20: like Mary, the disciples encounter Jesus in the early morning light and do not recognize him; metaphorically, they are coming out of the darkness and into the light, realizing how much their world is changing. This story also echoes Luke 5:1-11, where the miracle catch of fish leads to theri awareness of who jesus is and his call to fish for people. In this way, John 21:1-14 is the prelude to what follows in 21:15-25.

The disciples are coming to terms with the calling Jesus gave them in John 20:19-23, learning their dependence on Jesus-and his SPirit. The large catch of fish illustrates Jesus' words "apart from me, you can do nothing." They can trust the Lord, who is a patient and compassionate teacher; he doesn't scold but provides the disciles wjat they need-even a warm breakfast. Whatever we may be struggling with in our life and work or whenever we get distracted from the main thing in life, we can rest knowing Jesus provides a way forward.

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