Sermons

What’s better than a New Year’s Resolution?

The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year’s resolutions. Are you part of the 41% of the population that made a resolution this year? Maybe a more important question is will you be part of the 8% who achieve your New Year’s resolution? According to research, 80 percent of those who make resolutions on January 1 have given up by Valentine’s Day. Does…

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Unwrapped: The Days After Christmas

The days between Christmas and New Years can feel heavy. The gifts are unwrapped, only cookie crumbs remain in the pretty tins, and returning to school or work is only a few days away. One of the best ways to beat the after-Christmas blues is to remember that the story doesn’t end with the chorus of angels and a visit from wise men. If we keep reading, we learn more about baby Jesus. We learn about preteen Jesus giving his parents a…

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O’ Come All Ye Faithful

What’s almost 300 years old and still around every Christmas? No – not grandma’s fruitcake! How about one of the most popular and most sung Christmas Carols of all time – O’ Come All Ye Faithful. A carol that was first sung in close to its current form 300 years ago – with lyrics dating back almost 700 years – O’ Come All Ye Faithful is a beloved carol that transcends cultures and generations. And…it has a powerful message too! That’s why…

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Christmas Music vs. Christmas Carols

Christmas music is a big part of all of our holiday celebrations – but did you know there is a difference between Christmas songs and Christmas Carols? Christmas songs celebrate the holiday of Christmas. And they are fun to sing. But Christmas Carols celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ into our world! Unfortunately – we often sing them without thinking about their deeper spiritual meaning. That’s why I think you’re going to love our new teaching series, Christmas Carols: Remembering The Meaning…

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Tell God Thank You!

The Apostle Paul describes Jesus as the “Indescribable Gift” that God has given to the world. God offered this “Indescribable Gift” to the world over 2k years ago and he still offers the gift of Salvation by grace through faith alone to everyone who will believe and receive Him today. What are you doing with the “Gift” that God has offered you? Have you received it? If you have, are you offering it to others? Christmas is a great time to invite…

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Containing Complaining

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Philippians 2:14-15) A man who decided to join a monastery and become a monk had to take vow of silence. But at the end of each year, he was allowed to appear before the abbot and say two words. After being silent for an entire year, he finally…

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Giving Thanks During The Tough Times

Some of you have had a tough year. You may have received more than your fair your share of criticism. You may have lost a job. You may be going through a rough patch in a relationship. Now comes Thanksgiving. Can we thank God even when times are tough? Yes, we can. First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” This verse does not say to be thankful for…

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Thank you: The Power of a Grateful Life

Say “Please and thank you.” It’s one of the first lessons we learn as children.  But did you know that our parents weren’t just teaching us manners; they were providing us with a tool for lasting happiness? Recent research has revealed that practicing gratitude can help us live longer and better. This weekend, just in time for Thanksgiving, we’re beginning a new teaching series called Thank You: The Power of a Grateful Life where you will discover how two simple (but powerful)…

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Resisting the Devil

Although we may forget it at times, this one thing is true – this world is a battlefield. Every day we’re engaged in a spiritual war with an enemy who is invisible but real. His desire is to defeat us and to accomplish that he will deceive, destroy and accuse. Our enemy doesn’t wait for us to be ready before he attacks. The devil couldn’t care less if we “feel” prepared, or prayed up for our day. In fact, he prefers we’re…

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The Accuser

Ever wonder why so many Christians hang on to the guilt of their sin even though they know about God’s total forgive­ness? The reason is that there is someone who does not want us to be free and his name is Satan. He would much rather see Christians walking in a cloud of shame than living in God’s amazing grace. Not only is Satan called the father of lies, he is also called the accuser. His job description is to make us…

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