Sermons

How do you feel?
Sun, Jun 05, 2016
Duration:56 mins
"It’s just the way I feel." "You shouldn’t feel that way." "Be angry, but do not sin.""‘I just don’t feel led to do that." "I just don’t feel like anyone could love me, probably not even God." "My sadness seems like thick fog that I just can’t see through...." All of these have been read or said to me in church. We are people built with emotions. Some people live by their feelings. They are swayed by their heart. Others will do whatever is necessary for their intellect and their will to wrestle their emotions into submission. But what should we do? How should we feel? This week we begin our summer series: Psalms: Emotion & Devotion. We will look at the highs and lows that various psalmists express as they rejoice, weep, burn, and much more. I believe this will provide us a great window, not only into our own hearts, but also into the heart of God. Plan to be with us.

Chapter 2

Beware the Son
Sun, May 27, 2018
hy do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” - Psalm 2:1–3 (ESV) Political instability, war on the horizon, the potential for devastation and an end to our way of life. Is this a description of our moment in history? Actually it could be used to talk about many times and ages. In many ages these words would be a more apt description than today. However, the world is a troubled place on an international, national, and personal level. This rebellion is not just nation against nation, but actually had deeper more spiritual roots. It will take a greater more powerful ruler then merely a human president or king. This week, we begin our summer series entitled Songs of a Savior. We will be looking through the Psalms, God's inspired songbook, to see the laments, praises, and songs of God's people. We will also see hints and clues to this one who will set the world right again.

Chapter 8

Chapter 14

Psalm 14
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. -- Psalm 14:1–2 (ESV) Fools are easy to point out and laugh at but harder to see, especially in the mirror. The Bible is brutally honest about the world around us and the struggle within us, but it also shows us the only refuge from them both. This week we are going to look at another Song of the Savior in Psalm 14. Kevin will be opening up this Psalm that looks at denial and rebellion. It points us to a sure, true, and strong refuge. Take a few minutes to read it through, and plan to join us at 10:30 on Sunday.

Chapter 19

Sola Scriptura: Scripture Alone
Sun, Feb 21, 2016
Duration:56 mins
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; -- (Psalm 19:7-8 ESV) 499 years ago, with a lengthy list, a bible, and the hope of the gospel, a monk by the name of Martin Luther began a movement that would transform the landscape of Christianity. He had experienced the reality of grace in his own life and he was angered by the counterfeits that he saw around him. As his voice grew, others joined him. Together, their cries for reformation formulated around five key truths. Over the next five weeks, we are going to explore each of these. We will come to see that they continue to be important and relevant. This week, we are going to explore the first of these truths, known in Christianity as Sola Scriptura. Take some time to read through Psalm 19. We will be exploring this psalm and other passages as we discover how God has revealed himself to us. Why don’t you consider inviting someone to come along?

Chapter 20

Man on the Run - Pt 1
Sun, May 10, 2020
David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. - 1 Samuel 22:1-2 (ESV) Life was good. He had single-handedly driven back the nation's greatest enemy. He had won subsequent battles. He was the darling of the people. He had married into the royal family and was going to be the next king (even though it was still secret). Now everything was unraveling. His father-in-law, the current king, had become his rival instead of his champion. He was constantly looking over his shoulder. He was even running to his previous enemies looking for anywhere to hideout. Where could he turn for comfort, rest, and hope? In the next few weeks, we will wrap up our 1 Samuel study. David is a man on the run, but out of this moment he has something to teach us about living in crisis. I want to encourage you read through the story of 1 Samuel 20-31 to prepare your heart and mind for Sunday.
Man on the Run - Pt2
Sun, May 17, 2020
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. - Psalm 18:1-3 (ESV) It was terrifying. A yard school Goliath stood between me and freedom. He was probably only 4 feet tall, but he might as well have been 15 feet high, had impenetrable armor, nuclear weapons, and laser eyes. Here I was without even a single pebble or rubber band slingshot, just a bag of insecurities and fear. At the moment that I knew I was about to be crushed into dust, his face suddenly transformed from intimidation to terror. He looked, how I felt. His eyes were wide and his stance changed from fight to flight. And then he was gone. What changed? Maybe in that moment of stress I'd become the superhero I'd always known I was in my mind. No. He'd just seen my high school, middle-linebacker friend Mark get out of his car and head toward me while calling my name. In the moment of fear I'd forgotten he was my ride that day. Been there? How did you respond? Did you puff up your chest proud of how tough YOU were? Or were you fawningly thankful for a friend like Mark? David was a man on the run. He'd escaped death numerous times. He wasn't afraid of battle. He'd won many, but with relentless energy Saul had pursued him, but now Saul was gone. How would he think about those years? How was he still here? Who had stood behind him? This week we close out our series in 1 Samuel, by looking at another Psalm. In Psalm 18, David reflects on how he was saved from his enemies including and especially Saul. This must have been a lyric that he sang often because not only is it in Psalm 18, but it is recorded in 2 Samuel 22 as some of the closing words of David's life. I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to read through it. We are going to consider how God is the one that delivers us.

Chapter 22

Fear
Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Duration:54 mins
For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; (Psalm 22:16-17 ESV) The future. Getting sick. Violent people. Something happening to my children. Money. Loss of a friend or spouse. There are a million things to fear. When my mind begins to spin up on these fears, often we can’t pull it back. Our fears can overtake us. Overwhelming and paralyzing us. What do we do with fear? Is there any aspect of it that is good?
The God Who Feels
Sun, Jul 31, 2016
Duration:40 mins
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. (Psalm 22:1-2 ESV) What does the ‘normal’ Christian life feel like? This summer, we have tried to address this question by exploring the Psalms. Seeing the joys, fears, pains, and hopes of the psalmists rewires our perspectives through faith. And it shows us that Christians don’t avoid the bad and amplify the good feelings, but places them in a context of the gospel. This week as we conclude the summer series, we want to not only review but show how each of the emotions we cover connects and points us to Christ. Together we will celebrate the Lord’s table and worship together. So plan to be there!
Forsaken but Forgiven
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. -- Psalm 22:1–2 (ESV) Have you ever felt like God was distant or unavailable to you? Like he forgot who you were or what you needed? Maybe it was in a moment that you needed his help the most. What did you do? What did you pray? One thing I like about the Psalms is the honesty of emotions. The passages are not a pious religious rehearsal but a real human cry of longing, fear, and trouble. They are often more honest then we are willing to be. In Psalm 22, David is struggling to sense and know God's presence and gain God's help. He wonders if God has cast him to the side. This struggle and his words find their way into Jesus' mouth and the gospel writer's pen to describe the life and work of Christ. Join us on Sunday as we explore this Psalm, one of the most used and quoted in the New Testament. It will help us connect not only David's but our experience to that of Christ's work.
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