Jul 21, 2024
Learning to Fight on Your Knees
Series: Daniel
Wait on the Lord with persistent prayer.
 
 
Daniel 10:1-21
July 21, 2024
 
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  • Jul 21, 2024Learning to Fight on Your Knees
    Jul 21, 2024
    Learning to Fight on Your Knees
    Series: Daniel
    Wait on the Lord with persistent prayer.
     
     
    Daniel 10:1-21
    July 21, 2024
     
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  • Jul 14, 2024Pray Like You Mean It!
    Jul 14, 2024
    Pray Like You Mean It!
    By: 116860
    Series: 116866
    Repentance is the road to reconciliation.
     
     
    Daniel 9:1-27
    July 14, 2024
     
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  • Jul 7, 2024When Things Go from Bad to Worse
    Jul 7, 2024
    When Things Go from Bad to Worse
    Series: Daniel
    There are so many different struggles we can all face in our lives.  What can we say to someone who receives a cancer diagnosis; a couple who has a miscarriage; a victim of child abuse; or someone whose family member was raped or murdered?  There aren’t words to fix it.  It’s not just that bad things occasionally happen.  Sometimes, it seems things go from bad to worse, when multiple bad things occur, one after the other, after the other. 
     
    Daniel lived during such a time.  In Daniel 8, he again receives a vision of a succession of coming kingdoms.  But, this chapter fills in some of the horrors which will take place during the dominance of the 3rd kingdom.  After we get 1) A Glimpse of Daniel’s Distressing Vision, we turn to consider 3 truths exemplified in these verses: 2) Strong Faith Doesn’t Guarantee Smooth Sailing in Life: 3) Our Faith Can Be Firm Even When Facing Difficult Times; 4) The Sovereign God Has Set a Limit on How Long Evil Will Endure.
     
    God calls us to live in the present, while waiting with hope for the future.
     
     
    Daniel 8:1-27
    July 7, 2024
     
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  • Jun 30, 2024Certainty in Uncertain Times
    Jun 30, 2024
    Certainty in Uncertain Times
    Series: Daniel
    As we seek to navigate our way through this life on earth, sometimes we blindly move from one thing to the next, ricocheting off of random obstacles in life, hoping that we’re still going the right direction.  Other times we can be misled by any of the many voices in our world clamoring for our attention and trying to distract us.  The only way we can hope to make it safely out the other side is to be discerning about who we listen to.  We need to seek to listen to God’s direction above all others.
     
    Daniel 7 is a vision of the future in 2 parts – the 1st part reveals that the world, which was still future to Daniel, and is both past & future for us, is under the influence of evil and cruel human power.  The 2nd part shows us that God is still in control and will ultimately judge the rebellious and establish His eternal kingdom among us.  The truths which come out of this passage are: 1)  Focusing on the Apparent Uncertainty of the Future Can Leave us Feeling Anxious; and 2) God Will Certainly Work Out the Future According to His Sovereign Plan.
     
    In uncertain times we can certainly rely on our sovereign God.
     
     
    Daniel 7:1-28
    June 30, 2024
     
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  • Jun 23, 2024Nineveh: A Tale of Two Cities (Or Jonah, the sequel – The book of Nahum)
    Jun 23, 2024
    Nineveh: A Tale of Two Cities (Or Jonah, the sequel – The book of Nahum)
    Series: (All)
    The book of Nahum serves as something of a sequel to the book of Jonah.  There is much we can learn about God from these 3 short chapters: 1) God is Long-Suffering (He is Patient); 2) God is Lawful (He is Just); 3) God is Loving (He is Forgiving).
     
     
    Nahum
    June 23, 2024
    David Rhoads
     
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  • Jun 16, 2024Getting Acquainted With Your Father
    Jun 16, 2024
    Getting Acquainted With Your Father
    Series: Father's Day
    How well do you know your father? Do you spend much time with him, or did you when he was living? Can you describe him? Do you know what he would say about a particular situation in your life right now?  How about your heavenly father? Do you spend much time with Him? Can you describe Him? Do you know what He thinks about the issues in your life right now? What is your relationship like with Him?
     
    In this message, we seek to answer some essential questions to become better acquainted with our heavenly father.
     
     
    Selected Scripture
    June 16, 2024
    Pastor Bruce McLain
     
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  • Jun 9, 2024Service with a Smile
    Jun 9, 2024
    Service with a Smile
    Series: Serving
    Throughout Scripture, God holds up service as a good thing, something worthy of pursuit.  Christ demonstrated to His disciples that those who would wish to lead should do so by serving others.  Still, sometimes it can be hard for us to desire to serve.  By its very nature, service is something that requires humility and a willingness to look out for the needs of others.  It has a great deal to do with looking outside one’s self.
     
    In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a parable about a master who entrusted important things to his servants before going away on a journey.  From this we learn 7 things about how to appropriately use what God has given us - 7 Lessons in Service: 1) What We Have Is Not Ours; 2) We are Given What We Can Handle; 3) Faithful Service Involves Investing & Using What We’ve Been Given; 4) A Day of Accountability is Coming; 5) What We Do with What We Have Reveals Our View of God; 6) We Need to Use What God Has Given Us; 7) Your Choices in This Life Will Lead to Either Abundance or Agony in the Next Life.
     
    Strive to serve God’s purposes with every gift He has given.
     
     
    Matthew 25:14-30
    June 9, 2024
     
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  • Jun 2, 2024Let’s Get Growing
    Jun 2, 2024
    Let’s Get Growing
    Series: Growing
    Parents hope to see their kids grow physically, intellectually, emotionally – they hope to train them up and turn them loose to become independent adults.  Some growth takes place naturally.  As a person grows from childhood into adulthood, they will get taller and stronger.  Other areas of growth, however, take some intentional training & focus.
     
    This same sort of thing is true spiritually.  Again, while some growth takes place naturally, our growth as Christians takes a bit more focus and attention.  This growth is to be upward and outward - vertically and horizontally.  As believers in Christ, 1) We Need to Grow in a Loving Relationship with God, and 2) We Need to Grow in Loving Relationships with Others.
     
    Commit to keep growing as a Christian.
     
     
    Selected Scripture
    June 2, 2024
     
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  • May 26, 2024A Look at Love
    May 26, 2024
    A Look at Love
    Series: Loving
    Purpose is an important thing – without it, we really have no motivation, no idea what we should do, or any idea why we should do whatever it is we think we’re supposed to be doing.  If we don’t understand our purpose as a church, then we will be unlikely to fulfill it.  Our purpose is to help people become fully devoted followers of Christ.  We seek to accomplish this by loving, growing, and serving, both God and others.  Over the next few weeks we’re going to take the opportunity to examine Scripture behind each of these 3 things that we seek to do together to fulfill God’s calling on us as a church.
     
    The most natural place for us to start is with God’s greatest commandment to us!  In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus explains “what” the greatest thing we can do is, and goes on to tell us “who” we should do this toward and “how” we should do it.  We'll introduce each of the points we encounter in this passage as questions: 1) What is the Greatest Thing God Has Called Us to Do? 2) Who are We to Love? 3) How Are We to Love God & Others? 4) How Should We Respond to This?
     
    We need to love without limits.
     
     
    Mark 12:28-34
    May 26, 2024
     
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  • May 19, 2024What is Worship?
    May 19, 2024
    What is Worship?
    Series: (All)
    “Worship” is one of those words that will bring you various definitions, depending on who you ask.  Some will tell you it’s an attitude that you should have, either in church or in all of life.  Others will talk about a wonderful “worship service” they attended – pointing to worship as something that is done in groups.  Still others relegate worship to the musical portion of a church service, perhaps led by the Worship Pastor.
     
    Worship is more than the songs we sing at church, though it includes them.  Our worship is to be directed towards God, but, it is done together with others as well.  There are 3 primary texts that we’ll look at as we worship:
    • Our Worship Should Be Filled with Joyful Praise and Reverent Adoration (Ps. 95:1-7)
    • Our Worship Should Come from Our Whole Selves – Heart & Mind (John 4:23-24)
    • Our Worship Should be Combined with That of Others to Bring God a Variety of Praise (Eph. 5:19-20)
    Let’s come together with everything we have to praise the Lord – He is Worthy of Our Worship!
     
     
    Selected Scripture
    May 19, 2024
     
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