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Anxiety

July 14, 2019 • Mark Putman

We all struggle with worry and anxiety—some with more depth of despair than others. The simple truth is the more we worry, the more we worry. Jesus starts addressing this issue by telling us to not let anxiety about food and clothing distract us from more important things in life. We cannot affect anything by worrying, and it does us no good. Jesus recognizes the very real struggle most of us have with anxiety and worry. He not only encourages us not to be anxious, but He gives us an antidote to the worry, stress, and anxiety that we all face: seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Anxiety

July 14, 2019 • Mark Rowland

We all struggle with worry and anxiety—some with more depth of despair than others. The simple truth is the more we worry, the more we worry. Jesus starts addressing this issue by telling us to not let anxiety about food and clothing distract us from more important things in life. We cannot affect anything by worrying, and it does us no good. Jesus recognizes the very real struggle most of us have with anxiety and worry. He not only encourages us not to be anxious, but He gives us an antidote to the worry, stress, and anxiety that we all face: seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Treasure In Heaven

July 7, 2019 • Jonathan Kollmann

In this part of Jesus’ sermon we learn that we must have our priorities concerning material things properly aligned if our relationship with God is going to be what it should. If your focus or “your eye” is on treasures on earth, your heart will experience great disappointment because the things in which you find your joy will not last. The enemy wants us to be consumed with earthly things, whether it be material possessions or internal issues like praise of men. He wants to steal our joy and peace. But, if you are storing up treasure in heaven, meaning you are living for God’s glory and the good of others, whatever happens on earth will not devastate you

Treasure In Heaven

July 7, 2019 • Mark Rowland

In this part of Jesus’ sermon we learn that we must have our priorities concerning material things properly aligned if our relationship with God is going to be what it should. If your focus or “your eye” is on treasures on earth, your heart will experience great disappointment because the things in which you find your joy will not last. The enemy wants us to be consumed with earthly things, whether it be material possessions or internal issues like praise of men. He wants to steal our joy and peace. But, if you are storing up treasure in heaven, meaning you are living for God’s glory and the good of others, whatever happens on earth will not devastate you

Prayer & Fasting

June 30, 2019 • Mark Putman

We know that prayer is a powerful and necessary spiritual discipline. Jesus, Who modeled that prayer is of the utmost importance, teaches that the manner in which we pray can be more important than what we say when we pray. Jesus gives us elements of proper prayer that include: praying in secret, avoiding vain repetition, patterning after His example, and offering prayer with a merciful and forgiving spirit. Fasting is another discipline that Jesus addresses. Jesus Himself practiced this discipline and talks about it as something we are to do. We are to approach fasting in the same manner as prayer

Prayer & Fasting

June 30, 2019 • Jonathan Kollmann

We know that prayer is a powerful and necessary spiritual discipline. Jesus, Who modeled that prayer is of the utmost importance, teaches that the manner in which we pray can be more important than what we say when we pray. Jesus gives us elements of proper prayer that include: praying in secret, avoiding vain repetition, patterning after His example, and offering prayer with a merciful and forgiving spirit. Fasting is another discipline that Jesus addresses. Jesus Himself practiced this discipline and talks about it as something we are to do. We are to approach fasting in the same manner as prayer

Hypocritical Generosity

June 23, 2019 • Mark Putman

We heard Jesus say earlier in His sermon, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Now Jesus is saying that our giving should be done in secret. Jesus is not contradicting Himself, but is addressing a different matter—the matter of the heart. He is addressing hypocrisy and phoniness in regard to righteousness. It is proper to do good works before men when we are trying to secure praise for God, but not when we are trying to secure praise for ourselves. If, in the innermost being of your heart, you do not mean to please and glorify God, your reward will be limited to the praise of men, not of God.

Hypocritical Generosity

June 23, 2019 • Matt Howe

We heard Jesus say earlier in His sermon, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Now Jesus is saying that our giving should be done in secret. Jesus is not contradicting Himself, but is addressing a different matter—the matter of the heart. He is addressing hypocrisy and phoniness in regard to righteousness. It is proper to do good works before men when we are trying to secure praise for God, but not when we are trying to secure praise for ourselves. If, in the innermost being of your heart, you do not mean to please and glorify God, your reward will be limited to the praise of men, not of God.

Week 9-Spiritual War Zone Tactics

October 18, 2015 • Mark Rowland

Putting on the armor of God

Week 8- Living the Christian Lilfe in Relationships

Contemporary • October 11, 2015 • Matt Howe

Week 8-Living Christian Life in Relationships

Traditional • October 11, 2015 • Mark Putman

What Difference Does Easter Make

April 21, 2019 • Matt Howe

Holy Week is the most important week in the Church year. It is a time when we celebrate in a special way the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We remember His actions, reflect on His messages, and recommit to living as His disciples in the world today. We will use the readings from Luke this week as we prepare for Easter.

Paul's Reason for Writing

Love Your Enemies

June 16, 2019 • Mark Putman

The Old Testament did not really say to hate your enemy, but it did teach to "love your neighbor as yourself,” and it taught that kindness was to be shown to your enemy. Choosing to love and pray for those who persecute or mistreat us mystifies unbelievers, and yet this is the lifestyle to which we are called by God. We are to love all people regardless of how they treat us. Although some may set themselves up as enemies against us, they are people in need of a saving relationship with Jesus and an understanding of His Lordship in their lives. The Word of God instructs us to love them, praying that they might enter His kingdom

Week 8 - The Good Samaritan

August 20, 2017 • Matt Howe

Love Your Enemies

June 16, 2019 • Mark Rowland

The Old Testament did not really say to hate your enemy, but it did teach to "love your neighbor as yourself,” and it taught that kindness was to be shown to your enemy. Choosing to love and pray for those who persecute or mistreat us mystifies unbelievers, and yet this is the lifestyle to which we are called by God. We are to love all people regardless of how they treat us. Although some may set themselves up as enemies against us, they are people in need of a saving relationship with Jesus and an understanding of His Lordship in their lives. The Word of God instructs us to love them, praying that they might enter His kingdom

The Sign of Jonah

April 14, 2019 • Mark Rowland

When asked by the Pharisees for miraculous proof that He was indeed the Messiah, Jesus answered them by saying that none would be given except the “sign of Jonah.” Jesus recognized the religious leaders’ hardness of heart and refused to give them further proof of His identity. It wasn’t long after this encounter that Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The leadership turned up the fire on Jesus and was successful in ending His ministry—and His life. But the “sign of Jonah” would turn out to be Jesus’ greatest miracle of all. His resurrection from the dead would be God’s primary sign that Jesus was Israel’s long-awaited Messiah and would establish Christ’s claims of deity. Even after this, many in leadership still did not believe in Jesus as the Christ and prevented others from doing so. We need to help others overcome anything that would hinder them from putting their faith in Jesus.

Paul's Reason for Writing

October 14, 2018 • Mark Rowland

Week 7-Living as light to world

Traditional • October 4, 2015 • Mark Putman

Rules To Live By

October 7, 2018 • Mark Rowland

Retaliation

June 9, 2019 • Mark Putman

“Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.” This statement is from the Mosaic laws and was given to guide the priests in meriting out proper punishment. The scribes and Pharisees had interpreted these statements to justify personal retribution and applied them by frequently taking matters of revenge into their own hands, just as many people do today. Jesus taught about the righteous of the kingdom by proclaiming two principles: do not resist an evil person and react to the evil being done by doing good. We are not to take vengeance into our own hands; vengeance is the Lord’s

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