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Mar 17, 2019
Luke 14:25-35 “The Cost of Commitment”
Series: (All)
Most of us probably have some sort of image in our mind, whether from cinema or Sunday School, of Jesus carrying His cross toward Golgotha, the place where He would later be crucified.  Jesus, was not, however, the only one to do this. It was common practice in those days to force criminals to carry the crossbeam of their mode of execution on their back to the place of their eventual death. All this was done in very public fashion, humiliating the individual, and sending a clear message to the masses.  Everyone knew that the cross-carrier was on a one-way journey. In Luke 14, Jesus’ command to take up your (our) cross and follow Him carries much the same theme: this should be a one-way journey.  There is (or should be) no turning back. If we give our lives over to Christ, following Him, modeling Him, and walking if faith is non-optional. Questions to take home:
  1. When people look at your life, do you think that they see that you are on a one-way journey with God?  What things do you think they would see as evidence of that? What things might give them pause?
  2. Take a moment to think about your past week.  How much time did you set aside to spend with God in His Word or in prayer?  Did you meet that goal? What things helped or hindered you from accomplishing your goal?
  3. A challenge to “take up your cross” for the next month, until Easter, was given in church today.  Will you take the challenge? What do you need to do, whether adding or taking away, to make it happen?
The Challenge:
- Read. One chapter in the Bible each day until Easter.  Start with Mark, then read Romans.
- Pray. 10 minutes, twice a day.  No distractions, not multitasking.  Just spend time with God.
- Give. A full tithe (10% of your income) each Sunday through Easter.
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  • Mar 17, 2019Luke 14:25-35 “The Cost of Commitment”
    Mar 17, 2019
    Luke 14:25-35 “The Cost of Commitment”
    Series: (All)
    Most of us probably have some sort of image in our mind, whether from cinema or Sunday School, of Jesus carrying His cross toward Golgotha, the place where He would later be crucified.  Jesus, was not, however, the only one to do this. It was common practice in those days to force criminals to carry the crossbeam of their mode of execution on their back to the place of their eventual death. All this was done in very public fashion, humiliating the individual, and sending a clear message to the masses.  Everyone knew that the cross-carrier was on a one-way journey. In Luke 14, Jesus’ command to take up your (our) cross and follow Him carries much the same theme: this should be a one-way journey.  There is (or should be) no turning back. If we give our lives over to Christ, following Him, modeling Him, and walking if faith is non-optional. Questions to take home:
    1. When people look at your life, do you think that they see that you are on a one-way journey with God?  What things do you think they would see as evidence of that? What things might give them pause?
    2. Take a moment to think about your past week.  How much time did you set aside to spend with God in His Word or in prayer?  Did you meet that goal? What things helped or hindered you from accomplishing your goal?
    3. A challenge to “take up your cross” for the next month, until Easter, was given in church today.  Will you take the challenge? What do you need to do, whether adding or taking away, to make it happen?
    The Challenge:
    - Read. One chapter in the Bible each day until Easter.  Start with Mark, then read Romans.
    - Pray. 10 minutes, twice a day.  No distractions, not multitasking.  Just spend time with God.
    - Give. A full tithe (10% of your income) each Sunday through Easter.
  • Mar 10, 20192 Corinthians 9:8 “Be a Blessing” – Cadet Sunday
    Mar 10, 2019
    2 Corinthians 9:8 “Be a Blessing” – Cadet Sunday
    Series: (All)
  • Mar 3, 2019Daniel 6 “Uncompromised Obedience”
    Mar 3, 2019
    Daniel 6 “Uncompromised Obedience”
    I am not a runner.  As such, I have never experienced seeing the finish line in a race.  However, if you ask a runner when the time they need to push the hardest is, they will likely tell you it is in the final paces of any race.  This is the time your body is fatigued, the time when your muscles hurt, and the time you have to dig down deep for that final push to finish well. In our Scripture today, Daniel is now in his late 70’s.  He has served God in Babylon for most of his life. Yet, even in his twilight years, Daniel shows us that the life of faith takes no time off and knows no retirement  We too, from the youngest to the oldest, face the challenges of the world around us to compromise the living out of our faith or stand on the Rock of our Salvation as the center and foundation of our lives. Questions to take home:
    1. What are some of the “holy habits” that you have developed in your life and in your relationship with Jesus?  Are these habits consistent or sporadic? What could you do this week to move toward more consistency?
    2. Daniel’s commitment to prayer became the basis on which he was convicted of following God.  Could the way that you live lead to your conviction of being a Christian?
    3. Are there things in your life that are drawing you away from your relationship with God?  What are they and how will you combat those things this week?
  • Feb 24, 2019Luke 18:1-8 “PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens”
    Feb 24, 2019
    Luke 18:1-8 “PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens”
    Series: (All)
  • Feb 17, 2019Daniel 3 “Uncompromised Faith”
    Feb 17, 2019
    Daniel 3 “Uncompromised Faith”
    The narrative of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and the fiery furnace tends to be a familiar Sunday School story.  In that familiarity, we tend to miss the dramatic decision that these three face as they stand up against the cultural push to worship something other than God.  It can also be somewhat unrelatable, being that most of us never expect to face physical death for choosing to not worship an idol. Make no mistake, however, that the decision that Daniel’s friends faced is not one that is unfamiliar to us.  Culture pushes many things at us that can and readily do take the place of God in our lives. Though the worldly consequences of such choices are seemingly non-existent, certainly not like the fiery furnace, there are both personal and kingdom impacts to living with uncompromised faith. Questions to take home:
    1. Have you ever been in a situation where you were pressured to do something that you knew was wrong but everyone else seemed to be ok with?  How did you feel? Why did you act the way you did in that situation?
    2. What “idols” do you see around you in the world today?  How do you find yourself struggling to keep Jesus Christ as Lord of your life in the midst of cultural pressures?
    3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to compromise their faith, even if God didn’t act on their behalf.  Have you experienced a similar situation? How did God come through for you?
  • Feb 10, 2019John 5:1-15 “How Would You Answer?”
    Feb 10, 2019
    John 5:1-15 “How Would You Answer?”
    Series: (All)
    Guest Preaching: Pastor Rick VanderWall
  • Feb 3, 2019Daniel 1 “Uncompromised Identity”
    Feb 3, 2019
    Daniel 1 “Uncompromised Identity”
    Have you ever been in a situation where the way people acted and the expectations seemed completely foreign to you?  In one sense, you may not know how to act and if your normal way of behavior is acceptable. In another sense, you may get the impression, whether directly or indirectly, that there are expectations of how you are to be that you may not know or be comfortable with. The book of Daniel takes place as Daniel is taken captive and forced into a foreign culture.  He is offered the best food, education, and position the culture has and is forced to decide whether or not he will engage these things or separate himself from them.  We too find ourselves in a culture that is foreign to the way Scripture calls us to live. Every day we face the question of how we can live uncompromised in a world that offers us the “best” it has to offer? Questions to take home:
    1. Daniel is presented with the best of everything Babylon has to offer; he says yes to some and no to others.  Daniel’s ability to discern and live differently was transformational to those around him. How do you discern between the things of this world that we can cooperate with and those we should resist?
    2. Are there things in your life that have or are actively compromising your faith, witness and/or obedience to Jesus Christ?  What are they? What is one step you can you take this week to move away from it?
    3. In the story of Daniel, God blesses Daniel and his friends in specific ways through their obedience to Him.  How have you experienced God’s specific blessing in your life through intentional obedience to Him in the face of cultural pressure?
  • Jan 27, 2019Daniel 1 “Uncompromised Sovereignty”
    Jan 27, 2019
    Daniel 1 “Uncompromised Sovereignty”
    Have you ever been in a situation where the way people acted and the expectations seemed completely foreign to you?  In one sense, you may not know how to act and if your normal way of behavior is acceptable. In another sense, you may get the impression, whether directly or indirectly, that there are expectations of how you are to be that you may not know or be comfortable with. The book of Daniel takes place as Daniel is taken captive and forced into a foreign culture.  He is offered the best food, education, and position the culture has and is forced to decide whether or not he will engage these things or separate himself from them.  We too find ourselves in a culture that is foreign to the way Scripture calls us to live. Every day we face the question of how we can live uncompromised in a world that offers us the “best” it has to offer? Questions to take home:
    1. The happenings recorded at the beginning of Daniel 1 are credited to God’s sovereign power.  How has God worked through disasters in your life to bring about transformation in you or those around you?
    2. Western culture has, more and more, become a foreign culture in the face of Biblical Christian principles.  How do you see this becoming apparent in your life? In what ways do you feel challenged to conform to or resist the cultural influences in your life?
    3. Daniel is presented with the best of everything Babylon has to offer; he says yes to some and no to others.  Daniel’s ability to discern and live differently was transformational to those around him. How do you discern between the things of this world that we can cooperate with and those we should resist?
  • Jan 20, 2019Romans 6:1-7 “Dead TO sin or dead IN sin?”
    Jan 20, 2019
    Romans 6:1-7 “Dead TO sin or dead IN sin?”
    Series: (All)
  • Jan 13, 2019Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 “Testimony”
    Jan 13, 2019
    Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 “Testimony”
    Series: (All)
  • Jan 6, 2019Romans 12 “Living in the Body”
    Jan 6, 2019
    Romans 12 “Living in the Body”
    Series: (All)
    When I was younger, it seemed like my (little) brother was always better at “everything” than I.  He was more athletic, energetic, and picked things up much more quickly than I ever could. Watching him do stuff was often frustrating to me and I would, quite frequently, find myself jealous of him.  Only later did I realize that he felt the same about me, only his envy was of my academic success and often resented living in what he felt was “my shadow.” Eric, my brother, is a successful Youth Pastor now.  His ability to connect with middle and high school students amazes me.  When we talk ministry, neither of is jealous of the other; we both recognize our individual gifts and encourage the other to use them to their fullest.  Scripture tells us that EVERYONE who believes in Christ has graciously been given gifts from God and that these gifts are given to us so that together we can build up the body of Christ. Questions to take home:
    1. In what ways do you see yourself “conforming” to the pattern of the world?  Are there areas in your life that need God’s “transformation” and renewing? What is one way you can take a step toward this transformation this week?
    2. Scripture encourages us to take a realistic assessment of our God-given gifts.  What do you feel are one or two major gifts that you have been given? How are you utilizing them in the body of Christ?
    3. Elders and Deacons are those called out from among the body to lovingly lead, oversee, and care for the community of faith.  Will you commit to praying for the leadership of the church this year as we seek to follow Christ and be on mission together with Him?
  • Dec 30, 2018Philippians 3:12-4:9 “Pressing Onward”
    Dec 30, 2018
    Philippians 3:12-4:9 “Pressing Onward”
    Series: (All)
  • Dec 24, 2018Luke 2:8-12 “Do Not Be Afraid”
    Dec 24, 2018
    Luke 2:8-12 “Do Not Be Afraid”
    Series: (All)
  • Dec 23, 2018Matthew 2:1-12 “Presence Present”
    Dec 23, 2018
    Matthew 2:1-12 “Presence Present”
    Series: (All)
  • Dec 9, 2018John 1:1-17 “Light in the Darkness”
    Dec 9, 2018
    John 1:1-17 “Light in the Darkness”
    Series: (All)