October 2013

Colossians 3:12-17 – Harvesting Kindness, Goodness and Gentleness

One of the fruits of the Spirit we see so little of in our society is gentleness. It can be tough to find a gentle soul in the midst of the chaos and strife of this world! Listen as we consider what gentleness is and why we need it, starting in Colossians 3.




Matthew 7:24-29 – A Firm Foundation

On this Sunday, we were privileged to host one of our Free Methodist missionary families, the Crouse family. The Crouses have served the Lord in Tarma, Peru for the past seven years. JR shared with us in this message about the foundation God is helping them to lay for the church in Peru.




September 2013

Malachi 3:6-12 – Tithes and Offerings

We are asked every week to give money, but why? What good does it do and what is in it for me? Does God really care how much I give? Find the answers to these questions and more as we learn about financial giving from Malachi 3.




John 15:9-17 – Harvesting Joy

God is the giver of spiritual fruit, but how do we participate in bringing in the harvest? Join us for this survey of the Scriptures as we consider four of the top things we can do to encourage a harvest of joy in our lives.




Harvesting Fruit – Joy

To kick off our series on harvesting the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we are turning our attention to joy. We all want joy, but where does it come from, how do we get it and how do we encourage it in our own lives? Find out as we explore the Bible in search of joy.




Galatians 5:13-26 – The Fruits of the Spirit

Most of us want to be known as “good” people and we want to influence others for God, but we struggle to do so. Our new series in Harvesting Fruit helps us to understand that God has given us everything we need for righteous living through the Spirit, but we have to cooperate for the fruit to grow!




August 2013

2 Samuel 11:1-17 – David

While we’ve learned that God is able to take our broken situations and bring beauty out of them, what happens when the brokenness is a result of our poor choices? Join us as we consider the life of King David and learn from his mistakes and from God’s redeeming actions.




Job 42 – Job

The life of Job presents one of the most difficult yet encouraging stories in the Scriptures. Time spent with Job is likely to change our perspective on ourselves as well as our perspective on God’s sovereignty. Join us in sharing life lessons from Job as God makes beauty from the broken.




Genesis 50:15-21 – Joseph

Can good things come out of what seems bad to us? Can our difficult circumstances work to our advantage? They can if we are in God’s hands, the one who makes beauty out of our brokenness. Join us as we begin this study in God’s sovereignty with the story of Joseph.




July 2013

Matthew 5:43-48 – Against Hatred

In our final installment of the series from Matthew 5, we are studying Jesus’ instructions to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, which has the potential to change the way we look at those we consider to be our enemies.




Matthew 5:38-42 – Against Revenge

All of our lives we’ve been taught to fight back when others come against us – to “give them a taste of their own medicine.” Jesus takes revenge out of the equation and suggests that we fight with love instead in the fifth chapter of Matthew.




Matthew 5:31-37 – Against Breaking Promises

In talking about divorce, Jesus is asking us to consider whether or not we are people of our word, people who keep the promises and commitments we make. Join us as we continue our study in Matthew 5, where we are learning what it looks like to follow Jesus in a world that doesn’t.




June 2013

Matthew 5:21-26 – Against Anger

In our first look at Jesus’ “You have heard it said…but I say to you…” statements, we get to the root of a matter many people had overlooked for centuries. Jesus unpacks the sixth commandment and shares the heart of God in the process as He teaches us about the troubles with anger and how to handle it.




Matthew 5:1-13 – Swimming Upstream with the Beatitudes

Following Jesus in a world that doesn’t can feel like swimming upstream, against the current of popular opinion and wisdom. Join us as we start to consider how the teachings of Jesus lead us in a different direction than the world around us from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5.




James 1:19-27 – Avoiding Family Conflict

It’s inevitable: if you are part of a family, then you have experienced family conflict. Not all conflict is avoidable, but there are some ways in which each of us can contribute to a healthier home environment by following God’s design for our lives as outlined in James 1.




Ephesians 6:1-3 – Honoring Mom and Dad

The book of Ephesians takes us back to Exodus and a commandment with a promise: if we will obey our parents, God will bless us with the chance to live a long and happy life! It all starts with honoring our mother and father, which in turn honors God. This message was given directly to our children.




May 2013

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 – Impressing (Upon) Your Children

This message is for parents – those in the middle of raising kids, those who have sent them out of the nest and those who might be parents someday. Join us in a survey of the Scriptures and consider some parenting priorities as we continue our discussion on Family Matters.




Ephesians 5:21-33 – Husbands, Love Your Wives

As men, husbands are the kind of people who often need direct orders. God gives us just that through the Apostle Paul as he instructs us to love our wives as Christ has loved the church. Join us as we explore the meaning behind this instruction and apply it to our own lives.




Colossians 3:12-25 – Family Matters

As the foundation of our society and our homes, there is no getting around this fact: family matters. Join us today as we set the stage for this new series on following God’s blueprint for our families.




April 2013

Acts 2:1-21 – Power and Strength

Have you ever felt compelled to serve the Lord in a particular way but thought that you didn’t have the ability or strength to do so? Or perhaps at some point you’ve reached the end our your energy and felt as if you couldn’t go any further. Today’s study from Acts 2 shows us a glimpse of the power that is available to us through the Holy Spirit.






 

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