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Sermon Series for the Summer - Practicing Prayer with the Psalms

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How do the Psalms teach us to pray? They take us through all of the range of emotion that one would bring to a Holy God who delights in the prayers of his people....

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Saying "It Is Well" When Sorrows Come

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How do we understand the sovereignty of a good God who allows his people to suffer? How do we as a people love one another well when a member suffers? We need to explore together how to make sense of suffering and sovereignty and learn what it means to lament and hope together as a community....

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Switching Gears into Summer 2014

We wanted to write a quick update and let you know some exciting things that are happening. Our New Summer Series, an update on the City Launch, and some tips on how to Stay Connected amid all of our Summer Commitments. With Memorial Day behind us, and school wrapping to a close, it is unmistakable: Summer time is here. Children will have more free time, and parents less....

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Pearls, Porcine, and Prudence - Dealing with Matthew 7:6

Sermon: "A Community that Judges Rightly" Series: Being a Community Formed in Jesus' Name Bible Text: Matthew 7:1-6 Sermon Audio: Click Here to Listen(right click to 'save as' and download) As the content of our sermon from Sunday unfolded, several things became clear to us from the teachings of Jesus. First, judgment is not the casting aside of all forms of judgment a...

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Holy Week at Metrocrest (April 13-20, 2014)

Holy Week at Metrocrest April 13th April 20th, 2014 In a world that no longer finds truth relevant, we see over and over again that people are longing for connection to a story; not a fictitious fairy tale where all is pretend, but a real living story where justice triumphs and people realize their dignity, value, and worth. As we look at the story of our redemption in ...

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Reflections on Lent: Amnesty from Parody

For me, Lent is a sigh of relief. One would think with the freedom we have in Christ to attend to the means of grace each Lord's day, I wouldn't need permission to be reflective, private, and worshipful. But I do. Deep within my heart I find the same, familiar trappings beginning to come together. A distancing. A cooling. A familiarity. Something all too mechanical ab...

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Christmas Is for Those Who Need It Most

Night has broken. Dawn has given way to light. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. And he is called wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of peace. Our Advent longing has given way to Christmas joy. Charles Wesley penned these words to capture this miracle of incarnation: "Come to earth to taste our sadness Thou whose glori...

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The Legacy of the Reformation

Martin Luther, commemorated on February 18 Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2006), 15. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] On October 31st, 1517, the German monk and professor Martin Luther posted a list of 95 theses that sought to reform the beliefs and practices of the medieval Catholic Church according to the teachings of the Bible. Luther's ...

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Considering Advent

How is Advent meaningful when we know the message and the story so well? Because Advent is not just about remembering God's story, but rather a time to have our lives undone and rewritten into God's story....

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Offering Ourselves: Spiritual Worship

The Apostle St. Paul reminds us of this: "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." (Romans 12:1, ESV) The way we will be a people who influence others, and in so doing increase the fame and renown of Jesus, is this: We are sent as a people who hav...

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An Invitation to Rest

A Message of Hope (Attributed to Oscar A. Romero Archbishop of San Salvador) It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the ...

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What Does Loving My Neighbor Mean for Me?

"At its best, 'missional' describes not a special activity of the church but the very essence and identity of the church as it takes up its role in God's story in the context of its culture and participates in God's mission to the world." Michael Goheen, A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story The gospel of grace offers a picture of celebra...

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Grace-Filled Leaders: A Case Study

Sermon:"Grace-Filled Leaders: A Case Study" Series:Grace for the Church, Hope for the World Bible Text:Titus 1:10-16 Preached May 12, 2013 by David Ridenhour Download Sermon Summary: In Titus 1:10-16, Paul is moving from a description of who leaders in the church are and what they are doing to an immediate need case study. On Crete, Titus is encountering people who a...

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Knowing the Holy Spirit

Sermon:"Knowing the Holy Spirit" Series:Stand-alone message, not part of a series Bible Text:John 16:4-15 Preached May 19, 2013 by David Ridenhour Download We took a break last week from our series in the book of Titus to consider the life-changing event in the church, which saw the Holy Spirit come at Pentecost. What is Pentecost? Dr. Robert Webber in his book Anci...

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