Apr 8, 2018
Raised to Life: Surprise!
Today, we continue our sermon series, Raised to Life.  Can you imagine seeing our Risen Lord, in the flesh?  The disciples can!  On Easter Sunday night, they experienced light and life radiating from Christ. Our Bible text today takes us to this first encounter between the resurrected Christ and his disciples; and, it teaches us to always be on the look out for Christ sightings wherever we go.  You never know when Jesus might suddenly and powerfully appear. 
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  • Apr 8, 2018Raised to Life: Surprise!
    Apr 8, 2018
    Raised to Life: Surprise!
    Today, we continue our sermon series, Raised to Life.  Can you imagine seeing our Risen Lord, in the flesh?  The disciples can!  On Easter Sunday night, they experienced light and life radiating from Christ. Our Bible text today takes us to this first encounter between the resurrected Christ and his disciples; and, it teaches us to always be on the look out for Christ sightings wherever we go.  You never know when Jesus might suddenly and powerfully appear. 
  • Apr 1, 2018People of the Resurrection: The Living Christ
    Apr 1, 2018
    People of the Resurrection: The Living Christ
    After Jesus was raised to life, he suddenly and spontaneously appeared to his disciples on a number of occasions, each time giving them glimpses of the new life that was now available to them.  Over the next three weeks, we will focus on the power of the Resurrection and how this power immediately transformed Jesus’ disciples into people of The Resurrection.  You’re invited to join us as we explore the impact of the empty tomb and what it means, for us, to be raised to life in Christ and to live as people of The Resurrection as well. 
  • Mar 25, 2018I Know Nothing
    Mar 25, 2018
    I Know Nothing
    Over the past few weeks we've walked with Jesus as he and his disciples traveled from the home of the-new-and-improved Lazarus, in Bethany, to the infamous upper room, in Jerusalem.  We've seen how Jesus' last seven days were very eventful, to say the least. So far we have reflected upon the significance of: Mary anointing Jesus' feet (Friday), Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Sunday), the chaos he then created in the Temple (Monday), the way he handled the pharisees (Tuesday), and finally, the importance of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and establishing a new version of the Passover Meal (Thursday).  But today (Friday), 8 days after his feet were covered with perfume, his feet will now be nailed to the cross.  And although we will reflect more deeply upon his crucifixion on Good Friday, let's begin to get as near to the Cross of Christ as we can, today.
  • Mar 18, 2018What a Day!
    Mar 18, 2018
    What a Day!
    Jesus’ week is finally coming to an end… his end actually (although it’s only temporary).  In typical Jesus fashion, he has spent all week stirring the religious and political pot (so to speak), by calling out the unjust and unrighteous actions and activities of those in power.  Jesus has also spent all week stirring the hearts, minds, and souls of countless people desperate for a true encounter with God.  But now, on Thursday, Jesus begins to tie the knot.  He starts to wrap things up.  The cross is close! So, Jesus reveals to his disciples, and us, some of the most profound truths in all of existence, making Thursday one of the most exceptional days in human history… making Thursday a day that sets us up with some of the most sacred practices we will ever experience!
  • Mar 4, 2018Wild at Heart!
    Mar 4, 2018
    Wild at Heart!
    Can you imagine the shock on the people's faces as they watch Jesus make a scene in the Temple.  Can you visualize Him tossing tables and throwing chairs. What Jesus does on the Monday before He dies on the cross wasn't just disruptive; it was revolutionary.  After all, who gave Him authority to judge what can and cannot be done in the Temple? Uh, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that (as the Son of God) He has absolute authority over everything.  So, for many people this day, all bets are off (wink, wink) as Jesus excises His Divine rights and gives us a glimpse into who He is and what He expects from us. 
  • Feb 25, 2018What an Entrance!
    Feb 25, 2018
    What an Entrance!
     
    Movies have shown us over the years that conquering heroes ride into town on stallions.  Many of our modern day heroes fly in by private jets or drive in via their fancy cars to the flashing lights of the paparazzi and to the rolling out of the red carpet.  Well, this always draws a lot of attention and creates a great deal of excitement.  On Palm Sunday, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey!  Both His arrival, and the way Jesus arrives, are significant on so many fronts; and if we climb into Matthew 21 and climb upon the donkey with Jesus, we will gain a new perspective into who Jesus is and what He intends to do!  And this perspective can change your life!
  • Feb 18, 2018Dining with Jesus
    Feb 18, 2018
    Dining with Jesus
    This morning we will sit down with Jesus for a dinner in Bethany and will look for all the amazing things that transpire in this story. This dinner party is pretty special and the evening is amazing for many reasons. But the highlight of the evening is Mary’s response to the overwhelming love of Christ. She pours out her very best on Jesus. She gives her all, which is fitting, because Jesus is going to give his all for us 8 days later when he welcomes death for you and for me. What will you pour out for Jesus today?
  • Feb 11, 2018When Jesus Comes To Town
    Feb 11, 2018
    When Jesus Comes To Town
    Zacchaeus was living large in his day.  Collecting taxes was his game. He had money and influence.  But, he had no friends; and he was living for the wrong things.  He needed change!  And change is what he got when he met Jesus… radical change actually.  Zacchaeus did a 180!  Like a coin, Jesus flipped his life.  Instead of following the ways of this world, Zacchaeus followed the Way to eternal life.  Money had consumed his life but then he met Jesus and his life became consumed with purpose! Looking for change?  You can count on Jesus.
  • Feb 4, 2018Give Me Jesus
    Feb 4, 2018
    Give Me Jesus
    Today we continue our sermon series, The Life of the Party, which is all about Jesus and the life He promises us in John 10:10 when He says, “I have come so that you may have life and have it to the fullness.”  Our story today involves one of the most profoundly in-depth discussions of all time.  Nicodemus knew in his heart that he had to find a way to get Jesus alone (away from the crowds).  So he went to talk with Jesus at night.  Well, the conversation that unfolded was amazing! Afterwards, I'm pretty sure Nicodemus was glad he spent some alone time with Jesus.  I'm pretty sure his chat with Jesus changed his life.  And I'm pretty sure Jesus' invitation to talk is an open one today.  Want to change your life?  You know where to go.  Have a little talk with Jesus!
  • Jan 28, 2018Celebrate JOY!
    Jan 28, 2018
    Celebrate JOY!
    Today we continue our sermon series, The Life of the Party! We're
    going to look at the events and people surrounding Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine. Wine was the symbol of joy in the Ancient Jewish culture. That’s why it's such a big deal when it runs out. Running out of wine is embarrassing and disgraceful in this ancient context. But it's a good thing Jesus is at this wedding party because, as the Life of the Party. He keeps the celebration going! The man makes more wine (and a lot of it), which means the symbol of joy is sustained! But this really isn't surprising. After all, this is who Jesus is and this is what Jesus does! He's the Miracle Worker who does the seemingly impossible; and more importantly, He gives and restores joy. In need of joy today? You know where to go!