The Song in My Heart series #10: Consequences

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David’s life is the most chronicled in the Old Testament. Through the lens of Scripture each generation has had the opportunity to not only read about his highs and lows and his victories and his failures, but to scrutinize them as well. Few of us would be comfortable with our lives being recorded and studied as David’s has been for generation after generation. Yet, the fact that Scripture provides us with such and honest and thorough narrative of His life allows us to relate to his story and to be challenged by it. What we find in David is a flawed man, just like you and I. However, that is not his whole story, he was also a man who lived a life of complete trust in God. His trust wasn’t a blind trust but one rooted in a keen understanding of who God is and how He operates. As a result, David was labeled, by God, a man after God’s own heart. David’s complete trust resulted in the glory of God being displayed time and again in the highs and lows of his life. And his story is an encouragement to each one of us that our flawed life can be a song revealing God’s glory when we allow our life story to be a display of our complete dependence on God on every page and in every chapter.

 

The Lost Symbol series #6: “In My Place”

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There is both good and bad in the fact that the cross has become a very familiar sight in our world. We see it everywhere we turn from buildings to jewelry. The message of the cross is so simple a child can understand, yet it is so rich that even if we were to spend every waking moment of our entire lives studying it we would fail to mine all the riches to be found there. In this series we will seek to mine some of those riches and spark a passion in each of us to pray as the hymn writer wrote “Jesus, keep me near the cross.”

 

The Lost Symbol series #5: “Cancelled Debt”

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There is both good and bad in the fact that the cross has become a very familiar sight in our world. We see it everywhere we turn from buildings to jewelry. The message of the cross is so simple a child can understand, yet it is so rich that even if we were to spend every waking moment of our entire lives studying it we would fail to mine all the riches to be found there. In this series we will seek to mine some of those riches and spark a passion in each of us to pray as the hymn writer wrote “Jesus, keep me near the cross.”

 

Unexpected Presence series #4 “Blessings Amid Brokenness”

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2 Samuel 11-12 is a tragically familiar narrative for many. It is the story of David and Bathsheba. Though the account is heart-breaking because we are given a detailed account of the ongoing consequences of this one night of passion, it is also an account filled with God’s grace as we witness Bathsheba taken as a wife by David and giving birth to the next king of Israel, ultimately being included in the family tree of Jesus Christ. Bathsheba’s story reminds us that God’s grace is often woven amidst the pain of our lives.

 

The Doulos Mandate series #3: Slaves to Sin

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It is difficult to fully comprehend just how wonderfully amazing the grace of God in Christ is until we realize the other side of the story. It is a universal reality that apart from Christ we are slaves to sin, the most devastating and degenerating power ever to afflict the human race. Sin corrupts the entire person leading to misery and condemnation. But when we embrace grace in Jesus Christ we find freedom from the wretched clutches of sin.

 

Sermon “Baffled”

Romans 7 gives us a peak into the heart of the Apostle Paul. He reveals his frustration over the struggle he continues to have with his flesh and sin, and he also reveals the secret to overcoming this battle as well as a precious promise that can sustain us through the relentless spiritual battle that rages within.

 

The Story series #13 “Toppling the Outhouse”

The second half of the life of David is a lesson in the reality that no matter how dedicated to God a person may be, temptation is still very real. When the seed of temptation is planted sin takes root and consequences follow. Yet, God’s forgiveness is only as far away as confession and repentance flowing from a humble heart, granted as quickly as we can say it. Though the consequences of the sin remain, the forgiveness is real and so are the blessings that God can and does pour into our life as we continue to enjoy our restored relationship with Him.

 

The Story series #10 Different


The people of God are moving out of the period in which they were guided by judges into a time when they request that a human king rule over them like all the other nations of the earth. the heart of their request reveals that they have not grasp that reality that as God’s people they are called to be distinctly different from all the nations of the earth and provide a truthfully and compelling representation of the heart of God to the rest of the world. What results is a time of heartache for the people of Israel as God seeks to draw them back to the purpose for which they have been created.

 

The Story series #9 “It Just So Happens”

The book of Ruth is the next chapter in the chronological journey through Scripture. In the book of Ruth we find a foreign woman exercising great faith in the God of Israel and reaping the blessings of that faith. Those blessings continue to be poured into the lives of every person who places faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Ruth’s story serves as a reminder that even when life looks fuzzy the fingerprints of God are still evident and the best course of action we can take is to exercise risky and biblical faith in Him.

 

The Story series #6 – Road Trip

This chapter of the journey through God’s story finds the nation God has chosen at the doorstep of the land He promised to give them. In spite of God’s promise and the multitude of ways in which He has acted on their behalf the nation refuses to enter into the land for fear of being trampled by the giants and instead ends up spending 40 years wandering through the desert. Though God wants for His people to receive and experience His blessings, both then and now, He will not enable sinful behavior to go unnoticed or undealt with in our lives.