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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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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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The Problem With Holiday Happiness

Happiness is talked about, expected, and hoped for more in December than in any other month in our culture's calendar. Find that hard to believe? Consider the songs that are piped through our car radios, elevators, grocery stores, and shopping malls. We sing more about happiness and cheer during this season than any other time of the year: "Have yourself a merry little...

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The Promise of Christmas Joy

[This post is a follow up to "The Problem with Holiday Happiness".] I had never thought about it until this year, but it's curious that we sing more about happiness and cheer in December than in any other month of the year. But as I observed in Part One of this two-part series, despite the all the encouragement to have a holly jolly Christmas, there's a problem with holid...

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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 Job Description

Sermon: "Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description" Series: Grace for the Church, Hope for the World Bible Text:Titus 1:5-9 (focus on vs. 9) Preached May 5, 2013 by Jimmy Davis Download or Listen Here: "Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description" Sermon Summary: In Titus 1:5-8, Paul is giving us a description of the character of Grace-Filled Leaders. These are the charact...

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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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