Mar 29, 2020
God in the Whirlwind
As we step into the climax of Job's story, we discover that God was in the storm...in the fight with Job. In this time of the COVID-19 we know God is in the storm with us. 
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  • Mar 29, 2020God in the Whirlwind
    Mar 29, 2020
    God in the Whirlwind
    As we step into the climax of Job's story, we discover that God was in the storm...in the fight with Job. In this time of the COVID-19 we know God is in the storm with us. 
  • Mar 22, 2020Where is Wisdom Found?
    Mar 22, 2020
    Where is Wisdom Found?
     
  • Mar 15, 2020Talking Through Tragedy
    Mar 15, 2020
    Talking Through Tragedy
    As we continue in our Lent series "No Easy Answers," we have seen our word shift upside down in the midst of COVID-19. As we continue to look through the life of Job, we see Job wrestling with the fundamental question of justice and suffering and God's wisdom. And through our own trials and troubles that has us questioning everything, we look to God's wisdom. So when we look for comfort from others -- we ought to be careful how we give or receive "advice." Sometimes, we need to be present. Be compassionate. Be prayerful. This is how we talk through tragedies. This is how we use our words wisely in uncertain times. 
  • Mar 8, 2020Integrity in Adversity
    Mar 8, 2020
    Integrity in Adversity
    Through the season of Lent, we are turning to the ancient story of Job for wisdom. Through Job's story, God invites us to trust his wisdom even when life seems unjust. In the end, God invites Job to trust God's wisdom in the midst of tragedy. As Pastor Jim unpacks Job's story in Chapter 2-3, we see people around Job, including his own wife, tell him to give up. But in the face of adversity, Job maintains his integrity. Job worked towards acceptance in the face of adversity. Even though he didn't understand, Job accepted God's wisdom in the midst of tragedy. 
  • Mar 1, 2020Fearing God for Nothing
    Mar 1, 2020
    Fearing God for Nothing
    When disaster strikes, there are no easy answers. We often cannot simply explain away the suffering we endure this side of heaven. Our painful experiences defy simplistic answers that seek to explain our suffering. Enter Job. The story of Job's loss snd his cries for justice resonate with us. Through Lent, we will look at the life of Job who wrestles with the fundamental questions of justice snd suffering. We dip our toes into the water -- what is God like? How does God rule the world? And through his own trial full of defiance, despair, snd submission, Job teaches us how to think well about God when disaster strikes.
  • Feb 23, 2020Good Words
    Feb 23, 2020
    Good Words
    As we wrap our sermon series, Watch Your Mouth, we have spent several weeks considering the harm side of our words -- the bad word of gossip and anger -- so it's time to move to positive, good words. How can we use our words for good? How does our unspoken words, our questions and intentional encouragement help build up those around us? Are out words giving grace to other or are they demanding grace from others?
  • Feb 16, 2020Angry Words
    Feb 16, 2020
    Angry Words
    As we continue in our sermon series, Watch Your Mouth, Pastor Nate talks about our angry words. We probably all at some point have exploded "in the heat of the moment" and said some mean or hurtful words. As we look at what James, the younger brother of Jesus, had to say about our anger -- we can learn that we need to be "quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to be angry."
  • Feb 9, 2020Is This Gossip?
    Feb 9, 2020
    Is This Gossip?
    Today we continue our series Watch Your Mouth by tackling one of the biggest challenges with our mouth...gossip. But what is gossip? Gossip can be slippery to define. We may have a hard time thoroughly explaining gossip. We may say something like: "Gossip is saying bad things about people behind their back." A good starting place, but perhaps a bit incomplete. Or perhaps you've heard it said: "If you are not part of the problem or solution then it's gossip." That brings us a little closer. Take a listen or watch to what Pastor Jim explains the Bible says about gossip and how we can watch our mouths by asking "why am I talking about this?"
  • Feb 2, 2020Heartfelt Words
    Feb 2, 2020
    Heartfelt Words
    We start a new sermon series called "Watch Your Mouth," a series focusing on our words. Our words matter. Our words can bless or curse, they have power to create our destroy, our words can speak life or declare death. And our God, who spoke creation to existence and everything in it, cares deeply about the words we speak.  Our goal is the same the as the psalmist who wrote, "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer" -- Psalm 19v14.
  • Jan 26, 2020Treasures NEW and Old
    Jan 26, 2020
    Treasures NEW and Old
    Series: NEW
    Have you ever taking something that was old and repurposed it, giving it new life? In today's sermon, Pastor Jim talks about how the Kingdom of God is like...We go to Jesus' words, a parable, about the Kingdom of God being like a net. The net is cast out and caught all kinds of fish. This should challenge the church -- as we should be casting out the net for all to come in the doors. The people of Jesus' day also learned this lesson -- especially the Teachers of the Law. You see, they had an old way of doing things, and old treasure. Jesus was offering a new way, a new treasure, that being the Kingdom of God. So the question we need to ask, what old treasure needs to be renewed in us?