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  • Gospel Counterfeit: Effect of Grace

    Continuing our counterfeit gospel series, here we take a look at the counterfeit gospel of prosperity theology. #gospel #gospelcounterfeit #sermons

  • Gospel Counterfeit: Saved for Works

    Continuing our Gospel Counterfeit series, here we discuss the idea of how we are not save by works, but rather for them. #gospel #gospelcounterfeit #sermons

  • Gospel Counterfeit: Perverting Grace

    Continuing with the second installment of the Gospel Counterfeit series where we look at the gospel of grace and how it has been perverted both today, as well as in Jesus' day. #gospel #gospelcounterfeit #sermons

  • Gospel Counterfeit: Sound Doctrine & False Teachers

    This is the introduction to the Gospel Counterfeit series where we discuss the need to have noble character and search the scriptures in order to combat the false gospels around us. #sermons #gospel #doctrine #gospelcounterfeit

  • Spiritual Warfare: Perseverance

    The final installment of our Spiritual Warfare series, here we discuss the topic of perseverance and what can help us persevere in the midst of trial and suffering. #Sermons #spiritualwarfare #persevere

  • Pain and the Necessity of Pruning

    Have you ever felt like your life was being chopped away at the roots by a dull axe? Yea me too. If we are honest, I think for many of us we have felt like that more this past year than ever before. Social unrest and social distancing, presidential and political upheaval, viruses and vaccines, fear and death ... lots and lots of death. And God knows ... masks. No one likes pain. Well I guess a very few do, but they have a named disorder to call them by. For the rest of us, pain is unpleasant and generally to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately we can’t live for very long without being marred by pain. Be it physical, emotional, mental or what have you, pain comes in many shapes and sizes and is a part of this fallen life. Even with all the pills and pharmaceutical options that we have at our finger tips, we still can’t avoid pain all together, and usually we can only seem to find ways to simply manage it, or perhaps numb it. For some of us on the journey with Christ, we find ourselves in a similar boat. But Christ never promised his followers a pain-free life, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise — please watch your wallet carefully. I mean let’s face it, Jesus was murdered. People aren’t usually murdered for being a really nice guy. Obviously there were some that were around Jesus who thought he didn’t make their lives any less painful, in fact quite the contrary. Jesus said the world hated him and they probably wouldn’t like his followers much either (John 15:18-25). In the midst of this pandemic we have seen pain emerge in all our lives in some new ways, and in some old ones too. Fear, anxiety, laziness, and the very real threat of sickness and death have lurched upon us at every turn for the past year. Cancel culture has lead to discouragement and confusion, and sometimes downright anger. I myself have gotten frustrated, and deeply saddened, on more than one occasion trying to explain to my five year old about “the sickness” and why he can’t go places and see his friends like he used to, why he has to wear a mask, and why businesses and parks are shut down, and some closing for good. But in all of this I believe God is at work (Jn 5:17) and continually pruning his people (Jn 15:1-8). As more and more strife saturates our culture, as more and more Christian’s backbite and devour one another (Gal 5:15) on social media and destroy the witness of Christ by destroying the unity and love of his body (Jn 17; Eph 4; etc.), I believe that God is preparing his bride to be even more beautiful and fruitful. I have heard it said that addition by subtraction is sometimes most effective, and that is certainly the principle of pruning that we see Jesus teach in John 15. So if you are experiencing pain and discomfort right now in your life and/or faith, I want to encourage you to lean into the pain, allow God to do his pruning work in you ... because he loves you (Heb 12:4-11). #pruning #suffering #coronavirus #pandemic #pain

  • Spiritual Warfare: Confession

    Continuing our spiritual warfare series here we discuss the topic of confession; what it is (and is not), why we need it, and how it can help us be victorious in our spiritual battles. #Sermons #spiritualwarfare #confession

  • Spiritual Warfare: Repentance

    Continuing in our series together on Spiritual Warfare, here we look at the topic of repentance; what it means, where to start, and some suggestions to help us sustain a repentant lifestyle. #Sermons #spiritualwarfare #repentance

  • Spiritual Warfare: Prayer & Mindfulness

    Here we continue our Spiritual Warfare series where we begin discussing way we can be victorious. Here we start with the topic of prayer and Christian mindfulness. #sermons #spiritualwarfare #anxiety #depression

  • Spiritual Warfare: Recognizing the Enemy

    Here we continue the Spiritual Warfare 2021 series as we discuss how to recognize our enemies ... and how often the enemy is not what we think, and can even sometimes be ourselves. #sermons #spiritualwarfare

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