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The Genesis (Part 1): The Goodness of God
January 11, 2018 10:41 AM PST
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The beginning of a new year, the beginning of a new sermon series, and it is about: beginnings! smiley The word "Genesis" means beginning, and for the next several weeks we will be going through the first 9 chapters of the book of Genesis. This week we look at chapter one, not with the eyes of creation scientists or apologists, but rather as those who already believe in God, and who want to deepen their faith. Genesis chapter 1 is really about introducing us, not to the creation, but to God the creator. He is powerful, good, and holy. Reading Genesis chapter 1 should instil in us an incredible awe of God.

Here is Your God! (2017 Advent of Love)
January 11, 2018 10:21 AM PST
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It is the advent of Love, and the reason I love Christmas is not primarily because of the presents (though I do really like those), but because God came down as a baby, that Jesus had come to eventually die for my sins. We are finishing up our study of Isaiah 40, and we see our God as a god of Love. We will shout it out from somewhere very high: Here is our God! A mighty King and a good shepherd!

Cry Out! (2017 Advent of Joy)
December 18, 2017 09:47 AM PST
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In a strange turn of events, this sermon on Joy follows Isaiah 40 into the content of what we should remind people about... This is what we ought to cry out: 1) Life is temporary. 2) Our faith is fickle. 3) God's word stands forever. Real joy comes from understanding these truths, and not from chasing after our own temporary desires that only leave us feeling empty in the end.

Prepare the Way! (2017 Advent of Peace)
December 18, 2017 09:44 AM PST
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Peace is not just a hippie concept, but rather a result of victory. In Isaiah 40, it is God who is victoriously bringing the people of Israel out of exile. In the Christmas story it is John the Baptist declaring that Jesus is the one who takes away the sin of the world. And we continue to prepare the way, by proclaiming to the people around us how God has forgiven us... Our testimony of Jesus prepares the way for Him to enter into the lives of those with whom we share the good news!

Comfort My People (2017 Advent of Hope)
December 18, 2017 08:21 AM PST
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This year we are looking at the Advent themes through the eyes of the Prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah chapter 40. Christmas Hope is only as real to us as the impact and significance of the reality of the forgiveness of our sins. The amount of hope we have is in direct proportion to how much we believe that Jesus was born to forgive our sins.

Spiritual Warfare
November 28, 2017 07:11 AM PST
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Pastor Greg good encouraging us to stand and resist our enemy the devil. In our culture it is so easy to dismiss or downplay the existence of Satan, or even to make him appealing as a fictional character. But our role is to put on the armour of God and resist. Sometimes spiritual warfare is simply standing firm and persevering in the midst of the bad circumstances, whispered doubts, and lies that the devil tries to devour us with.

The Way of Jesus (Part 7): Community
November 20, 2017 06:56 AM PST
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"I am participating in a community of followers of Jesus on mission to the world". Involvement is what builds relationships. This is a declaration of our personal ongoing active participation in a local church. Jesus gave each person a grace: a gift in the form of a capacity or ability. And this gift that you have been given is for the purpose of building up the local church. Indeed, YOU are a gift to the your local church, but only if you use the gift that Jesus has given you for the growth and development of the church. (Ephesians 4:7-10, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21)

The Way of Jesus (Part 6): Disciplers
November 13, 2017 06:50 AM PST
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"I am helping someone and someone is helping me to be a reproducing follower of Jesus." Pastor Mike Hotson preached on the importance of making disciples. It is about coming alongside someone, investing in them, and being the tool of the Holy Spirit as Jesus shapes them into becoming "fishers of men". (2 Timothy 2:2)

The Way of Jesus (Part 5): Teachings
November 06, 2017 07:52 AM PST
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"I am learning the teachings of Jesus". Too often we find excuses like "I'm too busy" and "I don't have time" for why we have not intentionally pursued learning what Jesus taught. We might even say, well, Jesus isn't around anymore, and I know the gist of the story... But God has given us four aides to help us in our continual posture as students of Jesus: The Bible, The Holy Spirit, Elders & Teachers in the church, and Disciplers. (Luke 10:38-42, 1 Thessalonians 5:12, Romans 12:1-8, 1 Timothy 5:1-2, Ephesians 6:4)

The Way of Jesus (Part 4): Love
October 31, 2017 05:46 AM PDT
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"I am learning to love God and to love others" This week's statement comes directly from Jesus' answer to a pharisee's question regarding what is the greatest commandment in the Old Testament. The interesting thing is that loving God is basic and foundational to faith, it is the love of others that is the new Jesus emphasis. If we do not love others in the local church, then it is impossible to love God. It is our prayer that our love for each other (and for everyone else) would continually increase and overflow! (Matthew 22:34-40, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Joshua 22:5, Leviticus 19:34, John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:20-21, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 3:12)

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