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07 Jan 2018 Goals

Sunday Service: January 7th, 2018
Title: 2018 Goals
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Romans 12:1-21
Speaker Intro:
This weekend: we ease into a series on our vision and values with an annual check-up of sorts. Text is Romans 12:1-21, which outlines three big goals I want us each to embrace this year. Pursue a mind soaked in Scripture, serve with joy and purpose, and love like you mean it.

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31 Dec Rituals and Habits

Sunday Service: December 31st, 2017
Title: Rituals and Habits
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Exodus 34:10-23
Speaker Intro:
So holidays are times when we enact rituals that are meant to shape our way of being – Christmas to remind us of the incarnation, New Year’s to remind us to give thanks for another year of past and to look forward to what’s to come. The Bible also gives rituals – holy days, festivals, patterns which are meant to shape God’s people. On Sunday we will be looking at some of these rituals and how they are meant to shape us as God’s people.

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17 Dec Red Letters – Ep 12 – Take

Sunday Service: December 17th, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 12
Speaker: Doug Lee
Scripture Focus: Mark 14:12-26
Speaker Intro:
I am psyched to bring the teaching this Sunday as we get into Command #12: Take. I’ll be speaking out of Mark 14:12-26 where Jesus shares the Last Supper with his disciples as a way of marking the end of his time with them.  He does nothing less that summarize and culminate the gospel by pointing the Passover meal to himself.  And after doing that, he tells them to keep doing it until he comes back.  He knew that going back to the core of the gospel was going to be essential for us as a real source of guidance, hope, and power to live into the present-and-coming Kingdom of God.

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10 Dec Red Letters – Ep 11 – Watch!

Sunday Service: December 10th, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 11
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Mark 13:32-37
Speaker Intro:
This week, Red Letters with an Advent twist, out of Mk 13:32-37.  Jesus’ commands as we await for his return can be summed up in the word “Watch!”  We are to be expectant of his return, which moves us toward righteousness, stewardship, and compassion.

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03 Dec Red Letters – Ep 10 – Pray

Sunday Service: December 3rd, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 10
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Matthew 6:9-13
Speaker Intro:
This week we begin Advent, and our Red Letters series will be bringing out some Advent themes.  The text is Mt 6:9-13, the Lord’s Prayer, with special focus on this line: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  What does it mean to pray God’s will be done?  And why would Jesus want his people to pray for this?  Short answer: Jesus wants us to enact God’s reign, even as we await for the King’s return.

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26 Nov joy – prayerfulness – gratitude

Sunday Service: November 26th, 2017
Title: Joy – Prayerfulness – Gratitude
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Speaker Intro:
This week we are having an open mic sharing service around the guiding question, “How is God showing up in your life these days?”

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19 Nov RED LETTERS – EP 9 – Go, Get Moving!

Sunday Service: November 19th, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 09
Speaker: Brenda Chance
Scripture Focus: Mark 16:14-15
Speaker Intro:

Mark 16:14-15
Later, He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table. He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw Him after He had been resurrected. Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole of creation.”

Command #9: Go, Get Moving!

Summary: What happens after Jesus brings heaven to earth in the life of someone in need of Him? It’s important to take note of the answer, because likely the words Jesus speaks to the leper, the lame, the demoniac, and the unsuspecting disciples, might be the same thing he asks of us. Jesus doesn’t sequester his followers. They don’t wander off and get separated. Nobody gets sat on the bench. Every recipient of Jesus’ miraculous touch in the gospels is sent out from the presence of Jesus to bear testimony to the power of Jesus. Jesus doesn’t make old lives a little bit better; He radically transforms lives and commands them to get going with living the rest of His story.

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12 Nov RED LETTERS – EP 8 – Rest!

Sunday Service: November 12th, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 08
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Mark 6:30-32
Speaker Intro:
Command #8 is out of Mk 6:30-32, where Jesus tells his disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Rest! Finally, a command we can get excited about, yes? Jesus is not messing with our money, sex lives, telling us to love people we don’t want to love, etc. All gain, no pain. But the question then becomes: why do we have a hard time obeying this command? We will be exploring this question on Sunday, and gleaning some practices from Jesus to help us grow in this.

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05 Nov All Saints’ Day – Martin Luther

Sunday Service: November 05th, 2017
Title: All Saints’ Day
Speaker: Tim Morey
Speaker Intro:
Speaking of, it’s time for the annual All Saints’ Day message!!! I love these, but then again, I’m very nerdy. Given that this week marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the historical figure we will learn from this year is Martin Luther. Among the lessons in his life: courageous love for the truth, embracing the authority of Scripture, and God’s use of broken vessels.

* the 2-minute trailer that Pastor Tim mentioned in this message can be found here *

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29 Oct Red Letters – Ep 7 – Ask

Sunday Service: October 29th, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 07
Speaker: Doug Lee
Scripture Focus: Mark 10:46-52
Speaker Intro:
This week we are continuing the series with Command #7: Ask. Are we willing to invite God to work in our deepest most precious areas of our hearts? Is there something that you have been asking for that you are finding it hard to continue in? Is there something in your heart that you need to be willing to surrender in faith to “make space” for God to move in your life?
These are the questions that we will try to get after as we unpack the story of Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52. His interaction with Jesus reveals how we can come to Jesus and ask him in faith for what our hearts truly long for.

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22 Oct Red Letters – EP 6 – Listen, really listen

Sunday Service: October 22nd, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 06
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Luke 8:4-15
Speaker Intro:
This week, Command #6: Listen, really listen. It’s out of Luke 8:4-15, where Jesus describes how a person can hear God’s Word and, on the one hand, see it have zero effect, or alternately, see it absolutely transform our lives and our world. The difference is in how we listen.

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15 Oct Red Letters – EP 5 – Develop a Good Heart, Not Just Good Actions

Sunday Service: October 15th, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 05
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture FocusMatthew 5:17-20
Speaker Intro:
This week we forge ahead with command #5: Develop a good heart, not just good actions (Matt 5:17-20).  So one of the big themes with Jesus is that isn’t enough to be a person who does the right things.  We must let him make us the kind of people who do the right things.  Outer change without a corresponding heart change is not what God wants for us, or ultimately, what we would want for ourselves.

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08 Oct Red Letters – EP 4 – Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Sunday Service: October 8th, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 04
Speaker: Brenda Chance
Scripture Focus: Mark 6:45-52
Speaker Intro:
Command #4: Don’t freak out, choose faith.
Jesus’ command to “not be afraid” is an invitation to adventure in the new kingdom. His kingdom is available, but it often feels risky. He might not send us into stormy seas, but no doubt, he will place us in situations where we will feel ill-equipped to manage and inadequate to control. The chaos of violence, natural disasters, illness, broken relationships, or insufficient funds threaten our sense of security. We have the choice: freak out and try to fix it on our own or activate faith and trust Jesus to rescue. Like the first disciples, Jesus send us into places that appear scary, so He can transform our fear into greater faith.

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01 Oct Red Letters – EP 3 – Rethink Your Thinking

Sunday Service: October 1st, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Episode: 03
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture FocusMark 1:14-15
Speaker Intro:
This week in Red Letters, Command #3: Rethink your thinking, out of Mark 1:14-15.  Both Matthew and Mark summarize the heart of Jesus’ message with this simple phrase: “The kingdom of God has come near.  Repent and believe the  good news!”  Many of us think of repentance as turning back after we commit a sin.  It is that, but it’s much more too.  At a more fundamental level, repentance means to change your mind – to rethink our lives in light of God’s present kingdom.  The extension of that is that when we change our mind, we change our direction too – in terms of sin, but everything else as well.

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24 Sep Red Letters – Ep 2 – You are called on a mission to rescue people

Sunday Service: September 24th, 2017
Series: Red Letters
Title
: Learning to Obey the Commands of Jesus
Speaker: Doug Lee
Scripture Focus: Mark 1:14-20
Speaker Intro:
We continue this week with the newly launched series Red Letters: Learning to Obey the Commands of Jesus. Command #2: You are called on a mission to rescue people. Our passage is Mark 1:14-20, where Jesus calls us to follow him on a personal mission draw others to him.

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