Sermons

the parables of Jesus

06.17.18 / The Parable of the Sower
Why do some people hear the word of God and believe and others do not? Why do some people show initial excitement at Christianity and then fall away? And why do some people hear about Jesus and form a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ? Jesus addresses these questions in today’s story, the Parable of the Sower.
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06.10.18 / The Great Banquet
The Kingdom of God is compared to a feast of abundance. Jesus invites people of every race and ethnic group to receive of his joy, forgiveness, hope, and purpose. But as He points out in this parable, some of those you might expect to be present (the religious, the self-sufficient, and the successful) are the most likely to turn down an invitation of grace. Yet Jesus doesn’t give up in extending his invitation to spiritually needy people like you and me.
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06.03.18 / The Rich Man and Lazarus
This week we will look at one of the classic parables of Jesus. The story of the rich man and Lazarus touches on several significant issues. Why would a loving God allow for hell? Would people in hell choose heaven if given a choice? What place do unbelief and grace play in everlasting life?
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the Gospel-Centered Family

05.20.18 / Word-Following Family
A healthy family trusts God. This is no easy task, as deep in our hearts we desire to do things our own way. The Gospel makes us step back and remember how good God has been to us. His presence and promise leads us to trust Him and His word.
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05.13.18 / Grace-Filled Family
Would you say that your family needs a little grace? Maybe it’s better to ask, “Is there any family you know that doesn’t need a lot of grace?” We push each other’s buttons, wallow in guilt, say hurtful things, pick up last-minute Mother’s Day gifts at the discount store … and that’s for the people we say we love! In Christ we receive undeserved, unlimited love, forgiveness and grace … maybe we should let some of that grace overflow and fill our homes. "Grace Wins" by Matthew West, © 2015 Atlas Holdings, CVLI #504119486
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05.06.18 / Gospel-Centered Family
This month we will begin a family-oriented preaching series. Today the message will focus on rules made by families. Many of those rules are established for the purpose of control. God’s rules, however, are Gospel-centered and are given to establish unity and harmony in the family. What a blessing it is to live as a Gospel-Centered Family.
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this changes everything

04.29.18 / Go
In our world today people are more isolated, more anxious, and less aware of the love of God than at any time in recent memory. What’s the answer? Christians need to be more aware of the gospel and committed to mission. Join us this weekend as we talk about the life changing impact of the resurrection and the importance of finding our own mission field.
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04.22.18 / Grow
This Sunday in the Church Year is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The appointed Psalm for the day is Psalm 23, which is among the most well-known psalms. The Gospel from John 10 records Jesus revealing Himself as the Good Shepherd. In an era of “instant,” we find that our lives are not a matter of microwave development, but rather a slow-cooker of our Good Shepherd carefully leading and feeding us. This was true even of the Apostle Paul as God, over more than a decade, readied Paul for his work as evangelist, theologian, and church leader. Today, we consider part two of our spiritual pathway as we focus on God changing Paul and God changing us through relationships (Groups) and Scripture (Word).
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04.15.18 / Discover
Life with God begins with the discovery of his love given through Jesus. For the Apostle Paul, this involved his dramatic discovery that Jesus wasn’t a dead, failed Messiah but a living, victorious Savior … who loved Paul and claimed as his own. Have you discovered this Jesus?
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04.08.18 / This Changes Everything
One of Pastor James’ friends is fond of saying, “We are Easter people.” What he means is that Easter changes everything. Since Jesus has been raised from the dead we have hope and a future and the promise of new and everlasting life. During this series we will look at how the resurrection changed the lives of Jesus’ followers and the course of world history. This week we will focus on the Gospel – what it is and why it matters.
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04.01.18 / Easter (CLC)

03.31.18 / Easter (SLC)

03.30.18 / Good Friday


The Good & Beautiful God

03.25.18 / The King
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03.18.18 / God Transforms
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03.11.18 / God Is Holy
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03.04.18 / God Is Love
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02.25.18 / God Is Trustworthy
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02.18.18 / God Is Good
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GOAT: Greatest of All Time (Lent)

03.21.18 / Mary

03.14.18 / John the Baptist
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03.07.18 / Esther
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02.21.18 / Moses

02.14.18 / Abraham (Ash Wednesday)


Reading the Bible

02.11.18 / Reading Backward
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02.04.18 / Guest speaker, Brad Gray


Love Your Neighbor

01.28.18 / No More "Us" and Them"
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01.21.18 / Out of Poverty
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1.14.18 / Loving Your International Neighbor
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Out of the Overflow

1.7.18 / Time and Treasure
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12.31 / Salt and Light
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12.24 / The Greatest Gift

12.24 / The Father's Gift of Overflowing Love

12.17 / The Generosity of the Shepherds
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12.10 / Surrender
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12.3 / Anticipation
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The Mystery of the Sacraments

11.26 / The Lord's Supper
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11.19 / Baptism

11.12 / The Mystery of the Sacraments
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11.5 / Orphan Sunday
  


The Reformation: Why Does It Matter?

10.29 / A Calling for Everyone!
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10.8 / Grace Alone
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10.22 / The Authority of Scripture
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10.15 / Faith Alone
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