May 26, 2019
Love Restores
In the final message to this series, "Because He Lives," we know that love restores. It was the famous interaction on a beach between Peter and Jesus where Jesus asks Peter, do you love me? Three times Jesus asks the question and three times Peter says, "yes Lord I love you." This was a beautiful story of forgiveness. Peter had denied Jesus only weeks earlier -- three times. So if you find yourself at odds with some one, Jim gives a beautiful picture of what restored loves does for us -- because He lives, we can indeed have restored relationships!
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  • May 26, 2019Love Restores
    May 26, 2019
    Love Restores
    In the final message to this series, "Because He Lives," we know that love restores. It was the famous interaction on a beach between Peter and Jesus where Jesus asks Peter, do you love me? Three times Jesus asks the question and three times Peter says, "yes Lord I love you." This was a beautiful story of forgiveness. Peter had denied Jesus only weeks earlier -- three times. So if you find yourself at odds with some one, Jim gives a beautiful picture of what restored loves does for us -- because He lives, we can indeed have restored relationships!
  • May 19, 2019Do The Next Thing
    May 19, 2019
    Do The Next Thing
    There are times in life when we don't know what to do next. For the disciples of Jesus, they found themselves without any hope for the future. Their leader was gone. They feared for their lives. The mission felt hopeless. And so, they went back to what was familiar...fishing! Why fishing? Well for starters they needed food. In addition, they just needed a minute to think, what is our logical next step. What is the next thing. The Resurrected Jesus shows up and gives them some insight to them...and us today. Because He lives...do the next thing!
  • May 12, 2019Believe Beyond Suffering
    May 12, 2019
    Believe Beyond Suffering
    Many have heard the phrase, "trust but verify," but for Thomas (as known as Doubting Thomas), this was never more true. You see, he requested to see the hands, feet and side of Jesus before he believed that his friend, Jesus, had resurrected from the dead. When Jesus shows up, Thomas unbelief turns into belief. He sees and touches the wounds of Jesus right in front of his eyes. Often in our own times of unbelief, we need to see that Jesus' resurrection can turn  our unbelief into something possible. Because He lives...we can have belief beyond the suffering. 
  • May 5, 2019Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
    May 5, 2019
    Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
    We like to celebrate with food! From graduations, to weddings, to having a baby, to the promotion at work, to those important holidays -- we are a people who take the most ordinary activity -- eating a meal -- and turn it into a special significance. As we continue to look at the resurrected Jesus, we get a particular story in Luke 24v41-43, Jesus asked the disciples, "Do you have anything to eat?" At first glance, it seems like an odd question, but what Jesus wants us to learn is that he meets us in the ordinary, every day actions of life like a simple meal. Because he lives, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. 
  • Apr 28, 2019Peace Unlocks Fear
    Apr 28, 2019
    Peace Unlocks Fear
    After Jesus had died on the cross, the disciples went into hiding, behind locked doors. They remained there until Jesus appeared to them...alive and well. The disciples were dealing with the "what-ifs" when it came to the Roman Empire's decision to find them and possibly kill them. Jesus, however, unlocked their fears and challenged them to bring peace to those who would be willing to listen. We, too, deal with "what-ifs" in life, but because He lives...we are called to both live in peace and be peacemakers in the world around us. 
  • Apr 21, 2019Expect the Unexpected
    Apr 21, 2019
    Expect the Unexpected
    This Easter, Because He Lives, we get new life! We believe the resurrected Jesus changed everything. The earliest disciples believed Jesus' resurrection changed everything because they committed their lives to proclaiming the powerful message of Jesus conquering death. How does resurrection change everything? Because he lives...now what? This sermon, really this whole sermon series, will explore what happened after Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus stuck around for another 40 day on earth and was seen by over 500 witnesses. So what happened during this time? Press play to find out!