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A Community of Relaxed Rigor

Jesus stated plainly that he did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets but instead came to fulfill them. 'Therefore', he continues, 'anyone who relaxes the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven but whoever does them and teaches others to do them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.' 'Indeed,' Jes...

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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 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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