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18 Jun James (Faith In Action) – Ep 07 – Our Words

Sunday Service: June 18th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 07
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 3:1-12
Speaker Intro:
This week we’re back to James, Faith in Action.  Our text is James 3:1-12, where James tells us that our words are powerful.  They have power to shape our lives when used well, or to destroy our lives when used carelessly.  And the command of God is that we become people whose words are only used to bring glory to God, not to tear down others.

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04 Jun James (Faith In Action) – Ep 06 – Real Faith

Sunday Service: June 4th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 06
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 2:14-26
Speaker Intro:
This week we are in James 2:14-26, on real faith.  For James, faith is not real unless it produces action.  When it is the real deal, James sees faith moving from sentiment to action, assent to allegiance, and from cheap grace to costly grace.  Good times!

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28 May James (Faith In Action) – Ep 05 – Favoritism

Sunday Service: May 28th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 05
Speaker: Cameron Coulter
Scripture Focus: James 2:1-13
Speaker Intro:
I love the book of  James, and I am honored and looking forward to speaking into this series. Needless to say, it’s going to be a great weekend and Sunday. Thanks for all the time, energy, and pray that you give.

While we all know that discrimination, and even nepotism is wrong, it’s hard to think that being extra nice to someone based on how they look or who they are is a bad thing. This week we are in James 2:1-13, where James explains why Christian’s and Christian communities can’t show favoritism. James gives us three reasons why favoritism must not be a part of the Christian life and community: it leads to discrimination, it devalues people, and it’s unloving. Instead we should have mercy, because as James puts it, “Mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13b).”

 

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21 May James (Faith In Action) – Ep 04 – True and False

Sunday Service: May 21st, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 04
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 1:19-26
Speaker Intro:
This week we are in James 1:19-26, where James contrasts true and false religion, true and false righteousness.  The truly righteous person, he tells us, is the one who looks to Jesus to develop self-control, obedience to God’s Word, who flees from sin, and who cares for the vulnerable.

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14 May James (Faith In Action) – Ep 03 – Handling Temptations

Sunday Service: May 14th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 03
Speaker: Doug Lee
Scripture Focus: James 1:12-18
Speaker Intro:
We are picking up in James 1:12-18 as James transitions very stealthily into the subject of temptation.  James makes the distinction here that every trial comes with a core temptation to blame God in some way.  This is not the case. God does not tempt us, but rather temptation taps into something within us. Rather than giving into temptation, even in small imperceptible ways, we should instead seek to trust in God and His word because He is not the tempter, but the giver of every good and perfect gift.

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07 May James (Faith In Action) – Ep 02 – Handling Trials

Sunday Service: May 7th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 02
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 1:2-12
Speaker Intro:
This week: Handling trials, out of James 1:2-12.  Amazingly, James tells believers to respond to difficulties with joy.  Why?  Because trials build perseverance, which is the raw material for mature, complete living.  To do this well, he encourages us to seek God for wisdom and perspective.

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30 Apr James (Faith In Action) – Ep 01 – Introduction

Sunday Service: April 30th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 01
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 1:1
Speaker Intro:
This week we start a new series in the book of James that we’re calling “faith in action.”  James is an interesting NT letter in that he isn’t concerned much with teaching theology, but with calling Christians to live into what they already know.  This week we are looking at James 1:1, introducing the author and the themes of the letter.

The big idea: if you claim to follow Jesus you have to live like it.

 

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27 Apr Creation: Who Cares?

Sunday Service: April 23rd, 2017
Speaker: Brenda Chance
Scripture Focus: Romans 8:18-27
Further Reading: An Evangelical Declaration on the Care of Creation (online: http://www.calvin.edu/admin/provost/sustainability/documents/declaration.pdf)
Speaker Intro:
This past Sunday, we explored the question: Why did Jesus need to rise? Discovering the answer to be because of our need for a new life, this week we seek to understand one of the many implications of that new, resurrection-life: creation care. (Earth Day is April 22 and it serves as a good reminder to reflect on the ethics of environmentalism: What is the Christian responsibility?) The testimony of Scripture is that the resurrection of Jesus extends its reach to every aspect of creation. As those infused by the Spirit with resurrection-hope, we participate in Christ’s restoration and renewal all of things. As N.T. Wright has said, “When humans are put right, creation is put right.” More than believing that redemption is only for us, the redeemed are healers and restorers, helping God’s blessed and good creation be what God always intended it to be.

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26 Mar Beloved – Ep 04 – The Scripture Test

Sunday Service: March 26th, 2017
Series: Beloved
Episode: 04
Speaker: Doug Lee
Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:13-17, 4:1-11
Speaker Intro:
In his first temptation of Jesus, the devil went after the appetite and physical weakness. This week we will explore how the devil tries to provoke and tempt Jesus by distorting and perverting Scripture.  The “Scripture Test” seeks to attack Jesus (and us) at the core of our belief in God’s Word, what it says, how it applies to us, and how we are at times tempted to use Scripture to tell us something that we want to hear rather than understanding it critically and obeying.  Ultimately, this is going to be a deeper test of our relationship with God as we seek to understand and obey His Word as we follow Him.

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26 Mar Beloved – Ep 03 – The Stomach Test

Sunday Service: March 19th, 2017
Series: Beloved
Episode: 03
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Matthew 4:2-4
Speaker Intro:
This week: Beloved week 3, stones into bread, out of Matthew 4:2-4.  We might call this “The Stomach Test.”  Here Satan appeals to Jesus’ weakness – his need for food in his weakened state.  Jesus could use his power to satisfy his own needs, and at the same time win over the people via their messianic expectation of a new Moses who would provide manna in the wilderness.

When tempted at the point of our weakness or pain, we may find ourselves reaching for excuses that justify a decision to satisfy our appetites rather than trust that God can provide.   Key Q: How do we learn to trust God’s commands when they come into conflict with our own appetites and desires?

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26 Mar Beloved – Ep 02 – Tempting Jesus

Sunday Service: March 12th, 2017
Series: Beloved
Episode: 02
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Matthew 4:1
Speaker Intro:
So last week Brenda started us off with a look at the affirmation of the Father as it pertains to Jesus’ and our belovedness.  This week we will be looking at Matthew 4:1, where we learn that immediately after receiving this word from God, “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  Don’t miss this: the same Spirit which descended on Jesus at his baptism now leads/drives (exballo=same word used for exorcisms) him into the wilderness where he will be tested.  Why was Jesus in need of this?  For us, could it be that trials are not aberrations from God’s plan, but part of his plan to make us who we need to be?

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26 Mar Beloved – Ep 01 – The Baptism of Jesus: My Beloved, Son, I Delight in You

Sunday Service: March 5th, 2017
Series: Beloved
Episode: 01
Speaker: Brenda Chance
Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34
Speaker Intro:
This week we begin a new series for Lent called Beloved, where we will be studying the baptism and temptation of Jesus.  The overarching idea is this: at the beginning of his ministry, Jesus is baptized and hears the Father’s voice declare that he is the dearly loved Son of the Father, and that the Father is pleased with him.  The temptations are all a challenge to this reality: “If you are the son of God, then . . .”

The same is true for you and I.  God has declared that we are his much-loved children, in whom he delights.  Will we believe that pronouncement?  Our ability to overcome temptation has everything to do with you our answer to that question.

As the Kingdom and kingdom series explored, we are living in times revealing deep systemic and individual brokenness. When Jesus entered his ministry, he did so at a time of profound political, religious, and social angst. For the faithful Jew of the first century, surely the question pressed, “Has God forgotten us? Does He see? Care? If so, what is He doing about it?”  While the Temple had been rebuilt, it wasn’t the same as in the “glory days.” Something was missing; their hearts knew it and buckled under the nagging worries of perceived forgotten-ness. To quote Aladdin’s bottled-up genie, “If 10,000 years will give you such a crick in the neck” imagine the insecurity 400 years of silence from the heavens will give you? The insecurity is not merely an old one. Today one can still hear the echoes of the age-old concern: How does God feel about me?  Is it possible that He can love me, really love me? As we begin our new series, Beloved, we will follow Jesus through his ministry and discover from his life the assurance of God’s deep love for us. In times of silence, temptation, and trials, the Father’s love is the truest, most motivating thing about Jesus. This Sunday we get started with Jesus at the Jordan river and hear the voice from heaven, “You are My Beloved, Son, I delight in you.” These words can become the truest, most motivating thing about us too as we learn to accept and treasure that as the Father loves the Son, He loves us.

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07 Mar KINGDOM & kingdoms – Ep 03 – Government: On Submission and Godly Dissent

Sunday Service: February 26th, 2017
Series: KINGDOM & kingdoms
Episode: 03
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 2:13-17 & Acts 4:18-20
Speaker Intro:
So our third and final installment of Kingdom and kingdoms will be on the believer’s relationship and responsibility to their government.  Our main texts will be 1 Peter 2:13-17 and Acts 4:18-20.  Here we find two streams of responsibility the Christian has to those who govern: submission to their authority, and godly dissent when they would have us at odds with God’s commands.  Though at times these two commands can stand in tension with one another, we are not to pick and choose – both represent the call of God to those who follow Jesus.

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07 Mar KINGDOM & kingdoms – Ep 02 – Neighbors: Caring Deeply While Holding Convictions

Sunday Service: February 19th, 2017
Series: KINGDOM & kingdoms
Episode: 02
Speaker: Doug Lee
Scripture Focus: Romans 15:7 & Luke 10:25-37
Speaker Intro:
This week I will attempt to keep the ball rolling in this series as we expand to the next circle of influence with Neighbor.  We will frame things up with Romans 15:7 and then poke around in Luke 10:25-37 as we get after who our neighbor is.  Part of this message will be about addressing our need to develop skills in the area of putting the cares and concerns of others above our own. Not to abandon our beliefs and convictions, but to care deeply about our neighbors even if our views or beliefs are different or even at odds with theirs.

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13 Feb KINGDOM & kingdoms – Ep 01 – Church: Our Relationship to Fellow Believers

Sunday Service: February 12th, 2017
Series: KINGDOM & kingdoms
Episode: 01
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: Romans 14-15
Speaker Intro:
This week we start a new 3-week series I’m excited for: Kingdom and kingdoms.  It’s all about the believer in the political realm, and our relationship with and responsibility to our fellow believers, our neighbor, and our government.  This week we start with our fellow believers, and our text is Romans 14-15.  How, Paul asks, is the church to conduct themselves when the Bible speaks only indirectly to an issue and there are differing opinions on what faithfulness looks like?  Short version: accept one another as Christ accepted you.  We will be unpacking this in light of the current political climate.

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