Blue Christmas: Finding Joy in Darkness

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“Joy to the World,” the song goes, but not everyone feels joyful during Christmas. What do we do when the lights—the festive music—the decorations—the cards—all tell us to feel joyful, but instead we feel darkness?

It can help to remember that joy is not based on our circumstances; it’s a gift from God. And the truest joy comes from God’s greatest gift: his son Jesus. Listen to hear how Jesus offers a transcendent joy in our lives, even in the middle of our darkness.

Blue Christmas: Finding Hope in Anxiety

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” they sing. But not everyone feels that way. In fact, for many of us, Christmas brings mixed emotions.

For those of us who feel anxious during the holidays—whether about family, or about the future, or about anything else—what do we do when Christmas feels more blue than white?

Find out this morning how Christ gives us hope in our anxiety—even during the stressful holiday season.

Wisdom from Proverbs: Who's in Charge, Here?

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Many things in life don’t turn out the way we thought they would, do they? Like our kids.

For better or worse, we can’t manipulate or control our children. But we can influence them. What do the Scriptures—and specifically the book of Proverbs—say about how to influence our children in a positive way? How do we parent our children in a way that helps them to flourish? Listen to find out more:

We Believe: The New Creation

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Heaven and Hell, End Times, The Next Life. No matter what you call it, we all have questions about it, and although God doesn’t tell us everything about what comes next, he tells us what we need to know. What are some of these things, and how do they affect our lives today? And what about those people who are “so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good?”

We Believe: God the Son

What are the essential truths we believe about Jesus? He is the Son of God—fully human, fully divine—who loves us profoundly enough to make a way back to God even while we were still spiritually dead. While no sermon can tell us all there is to know about Jesus, listen as we explore some of the most important things to understand.

We Believe: God the Father

As Christians we think and talk about God a lot, but what do we actually believe about God? Who is he? What are his attributes? What has he done throughout history? And can an ancient idea like God actually be relevant in the 21st century?

God is more than just an idea; he is the powerful, righteous, and gracious creator and re-creator of everything that exists. This morning we learn some of the most essential Christian beliefs about the first person of the Trinity, God the Father.

We Believe: The Scriptures

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There is more information available today than ever before.  And most of that is trying to make you act a certain way.  So how do you know what is true?  How do you know what information will actually help you in your life's purpose?  How do you know what your life's purpose even is?

This morning we remind ourselves why we trust the Bible as our highest authority, and we learn a simple way to study the Bible for ourselves, so we can learn from it directly.

You Reap What You Sow

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It's common knowledge: you get out what you put in.  This fact is true in our work lives, in our schools, even in our relationships with what another.

It's also true of our spiritual lives.  This week, as we conclude our series in Galatians, we ask why Paul chose this simple reality to conclude such a powerful letter.

My Brother's Keeper

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"Look out for number one," right?

Wrong.

In the last chapter of Galatians we see how our faith in Christ compels us to care for one another—for our neighbors and for the world.  True Christian faith inevitably results in generous, compassionate relationships.  And these relationships are rooted in our understanding of a God who has been incomprehensibly generous and compassionate to us.  

Roots and Fruit

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You can't fix a bad apple tree by spray-painting the apples red.  The apples may look nice, but if you really want to fix the problem, you have to look at the roots.  The same is true of our spiritual lives.  We can't "fix" ourselves just by changing our behavior; we have to address our spiritual roots.  Find out how:

To Emulate Christ

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It's an unfortunate fact that there are some people who teach a false version of Christianity in order to exploit or control people.  In fact, any time someone uses "Christianity" to get ahead of someone else, they are embracing a false faith.  Christianity is not about control; it's about freedom.  This week we see how God set us free not only from spiritual slavery, but he set us free to love and serve one another.