Nov 11, 2018
God Is For Us
Today we begin a new sermon series we are calling #forChautauqua. We believe God is FOR us. Too often though, the Church becomes known for what it is against. Right now, we can name off all sorts of hot button issues and especially those the Church is against. It's easy to get sucked into this way of being defined by what your against. So if God is not defined by what he is against so neither should we. God is FOR us.
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  • Nov 11, 2018God Is For Us
    Nov 11, 2018
    God Is For Us
    Today we begin a new sermon series we are calling #forChautauqua. We believe God is FOR us. Too often though, the Church becomes known for what it is against. Right now, we can name off all sorts of hot button issues and especially those the Church is against. It's easy to get sucked into this way of being defined by what your against. So if God is not defined by what he is against so neither should we. God is FOR us.
  • Nov 4, 2018The Battle is the Lord’s
    Nov 4, 2018
    The Battle is the Lord’s
    We finish our sermon series, Goliath Must Fall, by talking about addictions. We automatically go to the substance or drugs or even pornography as those addictions that need to fall. However, many of us need to conclude that giant of addiction looms large in technology, wealth, exercise, TV...anything we believe we can't live without. Addiction skews our perspective and invites us to place our trust in the short-term while forfeiting the long-term victory. We have to know, as David knew, that the battle already belong to the Lord.
  • Oct 28, 2018Burning With Anger
    Oct 28, 2018
    Burning With Anger
    Giants steal our joy and rob us of God's glory. We have repeated this throughout the series. The giant of anger is one that sits just below the surface and simmering for a period of time and doesn't take much to ignite the spark into a flame. It steals our joy in more ways than one. We go back to the battlefield where David is with his brothers when he hears the taunts of Goliath. David asks some questions and his oldest brother, Eliab, "burned with anger" towards David. David refused to let anger derail him. He didn't allow his brother to have control over him. Listen to what David does next...
  • Oct 21, 2018Holy Discomfort
    Oct 21, 2018
    Holy Discomfort
    As we continue in the sermon series, Goliath Must Fall, we look to a sneaky giant called -- comfort. No one likes to step out of their comfort zone. Even the Israelite Army was content staying in their camp when Goliath stepped onto the battlefield. However, when David heard the taunts of the giant Goliath, he was quick to act because God was on his side. We are not called to be uncomfortable but to be faithful -- even when it makes us uncomfortable. 
  • Oct 14, 2018Responding to Rejection
    Oct 14, 2018
    Responding to Rejection
    We continue to look at giants in our lives that tend to steal our joy and rob God os his glory. Today, we look at the giant of rejection. We all face rejection. But we were not created to live fear-filled, defeated lives. God did not send Jesus to save the world and leave behind a bunch of discouraged and dishearten people overwhelmed by the giant of rejection. We need to remember who we are and whose we are. We aren't to live for people's approval, but live from God's approval.
  • Oct 7, 2018Fear Less
    Oct 7, 2018
    Fear Less
    While it's impossible to be fearless. We can fear less. The giant of fear tries to steal our joy and rob us of God's glory. Fear can taunt us and steal our praise. Be we need to remind ourselves that fear must fall. God has already slain the giants in our lives.
  • Sep 30, 2018The Hero We Need
    Sep 30, 2018
    The Hero We Need
     Everyone loves a good hero story. We all love to hear how a likeable hero faces a challenge and against all odds overcomes to achieve their dream. As we start a new sermon series, Goliath Must Fall; we walk through a powerful story of David vs Goliath. It's the greatest underdog story ever. However, we usually insert ourselves as the hero in the story when we really need to rethink that God is the hero in the story.
  • Sep 23, 2018What Does God Desire?
    Sep 23, 2018
    What Does God Desire?
    Right now, an estimated 40 million people are trapped in slavery around the world. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we are not helpless.
    Freedom Sunday brings together communities all around the world as a united, hope-filled, justice-driven movement. We start with prayer, lament, learning, dialogue, and worship. We then move into community-based action, mobilizing churches to restore relationships, rebuild communities, and reframe harmful values to holistically transform society.
    Freedom Sunday is more than a day. It’s more than a worship service. Freedom Sunday is a movement of hope. Special guest Ashley also gives us an update to her recent trip to Kenya and how she is going back to make an impact for the next generation in a few months. 
  • Sep 16, 2018Work and Rest
    Sep 16, 2018
    Work and Rest
    In the final message on "I Love My Job," we find the essential component to working is to also find rest. That working hard without rest is going against the very idea that God had in mind -- even at the very foundation of the universe. Sabbath is God's gift to us for our good. Our job is to find a rhythm of rest throughout the weeks and months ahead. It's just good for the soul.
  • Sep 9, 2018Faith At Work
    Sep 9, 2018
    Faith At Work
    Do you know you are gift to your work? You were created to work. Work is the fruitful transformation of the world in ways that serve our shared human needs and glorify God. However, sometimes, work can feel like...well work. So we need develop a theology of work. It includes calling, service, character and skills.