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VBS 2017 Recap

VBS 2017 Recap


Posted By on Jun 20, 2017

VBS 2017 was awesome this year. We learned about heroes from the Bible and how we can all be heroes in the kingdom ourselves. Watch this recap video to see just how much fun the kids had this year!  ...

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Hypotenuse

Hypotenuse


Posted By on Apr 12, 2017

Geometry clearly demonstrates that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The most direct path connecting two points on a line at a right angle form a hypotenuse. However, the meandering path of wandering in that desert wilderness for forty years experienced by the Hebrews in the Exodus is a far cry from the direct pathway of a hypotenuse. What that tells me is that the wandering in the wilderness was more than...

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The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled


Posted By on Apr 1, 2017

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by. Robert Frost describes in poetry the simple decisions we must make each day, with very little certainty as to where each pathway leads. Science leads us to view our world in terms of causality, and the physics of quantum mechanics demonstrates a contentedness in the universe yet fully understood. The TV series Touch pushes this concept further in the name of science...

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Reach

Reach


Posted By on Mar 18, 2017

Reach – Understanding Genesis 3:1-7 The story of Adam and Eve isn’t a children’s story about biting a poisonous apple. It’s not even the story of Original Sin, as we were taught. It’s about Original Love. It’s a love story that began with two people and continues all the way to Christ. The story of God’s infinite love for us. Jesus did not come that we might escape who and what we are. Jesus did not come that we might escape...

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Coming to Terms with the Darkness

Coming to Terms with the Darkness


Posted By on Jan 23, 2017

It’s a new year with a new president. The recent inauguration of Donald Trump has many wondering about the future of our nation and world. Only one thing is sure: Our future is uncertain. Over 100 years ago, Virginia Woolf wrote about her times, “The future is dark which is the best thing the future can be, I think.” Writer Rebecca Solnit has written blogs and given interviews about this striking journal entry; and reflects on...

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“We’ll See”

“We’ll See”


Posted By on Dec 19, 2016

“We’ll See” – A Fictive Conversation Between Joseph and His Divorce Attorney   Joseph is given very little voice in scripture; yet we know that he was more than a silent partner in the Christmas story. His emotions must have run the full gamut as he processed the implications of Mary’s pregnancy and the angel’s pronouncement in his sleep. In this video, listen as Pastor Phil sets these emotions...

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Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert


Posted By on Oct 26, 2016

Warning – This Sermon contains references and potential “Spoiler Alerts” for the Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, Harry Potter, The Big Bang Theory, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. But more importantly, the scripture Pastor Phil examines in this sermon should come with a Spoiler Alert. We are so familiar with the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 19:1-10...

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Faith = MC2

Faith = MC2


Posted By on Oct 5, 2016

Faith = MC2  (The Church at the Speed of Light) Einstein revolutionized the scientific world with his observations about space-time and the speed of light expressed in his theory of relativity and the famous formula E=MC Squared. As Christians, we strive to “follow the light,” and to be the “light of the world.” Is it possible that a better understanding of Einstein’s theories about light could also...

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The Burlap Camel

The Burlap Camel


Posted By on Oct 5, 2016

The Burlap Camel – The Story of the 10 Lepers From the Leper’s Point of View Hi. My name is Ben Yisrael Samerim; but you can call me Sam. And I am a Samaritan. I’m going to tell you about the time I met that man you call the Christ. You may have heard about me from your friend Luke. While Luke might have gotten his facts right, he didn’t really know me. He never knew my name. So I wanted to introduce myself, and tell you...

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GoodFellas and Good Fellows

GoodFellas and Good Fellows


Posted By on Oct 3, 2016

Do you enjoy a good gangster movie? One of the classics like The Godfather or Scarface? What about The Departed or Good Fellas? Did you get into the Sopranos TV series? It’s kind of a strange phenomenon that’s unique to American audiences…but we have always been fascinated with Mob movies. Why is that? What explains our fascination with organized crime? Shouldn’t we hate these people? They lie, cheat, and steal. They kill when they...

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Parade of Tables 2016

Parade of Tables 2016


Posted By on Sep 21, 2016

The Parade of Tables 2016 event was quite the inspirational experience. The morning began with a gourmet breakfast around the tables that were decorated by ladies at our church to reflect biblical themes. Following breakfast, we worshiped with live music and heard powerful testimonies. Thank you to all who made this year’s Parade of Tables such an amazing experience....

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When Worlds Collide

When Worlds Collide


Posted By on Sep 15, 2016

We all have our different social groups: our family, our friends, our coworkers, our church family. For some of us, there may be quite a bit of overlap; for others, these may be very separate distinct groups, and life is best managed when these groups stay just as far away from each other as possible. But what do we do when Worlds Collide, and these otherwise separate groups of people begin rubbing elbows with each other? How...

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Fools Rush In

Fools Rush In


Posted By on Sep 13, 2016

In a poem, Alexander Pope once wrote, “For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” This poetic expression of foolish spontaneity has been quoted by everyone from Elvis Presley to Captain James T. Kirk. Likewise, Jesus says it is foolish to rush in before first contemplating the cost. Whether it’s building a tower, going to war, or becoming a disciple, you must first calculate the cost. Listen as Pastor Phil...

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Being Humus

Being Humus


Posted By on Aug 28, 2016

In the woods beneath rotting organic material is found an important soil layer called “humus.” It is from this humus that new life springs forth. Listen as Pastor Phil draws inspiration from this natural process and argues on the basis of linguistics that Jesus calls us to be the humus of this planet. How are you growing? How are you encouraging the growth of others? In this sermon, Pastor Phil applies the word of the Lord...

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You’ve Got Talents

You’ve Got Talents


Posted By on Jul 31, 2016

If you were to ask the average person today, which sin concerns God the most, or which controversy is the most important for the future survival of the church, how many people do you think would say that “what we do with our money” should be at the top of the list? Well, based on the sheer volume of scripture God committed to this topic, I think it should be. When you investigate the scriptures related to the controversial subject...

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