No one’s journey of faith is a solo experience. Each of us have people who impact the way that we look at God, at faith, at the church. Some have a positive influence. Some a negative one. Some of us surround ourselves with a rich matrix of relationships that provide guidance, counsel, and positive role models. Others miss out on the relationship resources that surround them. Some ignore them intentionally. Read more

Most of the decisions that mess up our life are not about issues of absolute right and wrong. They are decisions that lack wisdom. We tend to ask, “Is there anything wrong with this? But the fatal flaw in decision-making is to assume that just because something isn’t wrong, that it’s right. Good decision-making isn’t based on what’s permissible, but on what’s wise. Read more

The Table. It’s the place we gather to nourish our bodies. It’s also the place we gather to nourish our souls. The table is the place where community happens. Healthy families gather around the table. Friends gather around the table. They gather to laugh, tells stories, reflect on life and generally connect with each other.

Join us for a new series this weekend called Love Revolution. 2,000 years ago, a long-awaited Messiah entered into this world. The people of God had waited millennia for his arrival and for the revolution he would bring. Surely this Savior would overthrow the evil Roman government and establish a new kind of kingdom… Read more

A new year means another chance to examine our lives and look for growth opportunities, but sometimes growing in our faith can be overwhelming. Pursing holiness in our personal lives can be an overwhelming task if you don’t know where to start. Join us in January for a five-week journey of working towards holiness, one bite at a time…

Much of the focus during the Christmas season is about the giving of gifts. We put together lists. We spend way too much time in the mall. We spend way too much money. All in an effort to give the people we love a gift they will love. But what about the receiving of gifts?

Finding the right gifts to give at Christmas can be a challenging task. It takes time, energy, and sometimes a great deal of money. But “gift receiving” is actually harder than “gift giving.” When we give a gift, we are in control of the transaction. We determine the price we will pay and to whom it will be given. We set the parameters and establish the boundaries. Gift receiving is different. We are no longer in control. Sometimes even anticipated gifts come in unexpected ways.

We need a new way of thinking about families. We live in a new era. Families face new challenges. Technology. A rapidly changing sexual ethic. Parenting is different. How do we establish healthy families if many parents didn’t have positive role models themselves? What’s the secret to healthy, flourishing families.

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As the holidays approach, Christmas can cause a lot of tension in families. Financial tension. Vacation tension. In-law tension. And, that’s before we even look at who we’re celebrating. The Apostle Paul said Jesus was a stumbling block to some and foolishness to most. Maybe Jesus poses some problems for you or your friends as well. In this series we will look at who the gospels say Jesus was and the Beautiful Tension it creates.
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So what would a God who comes near, who intervenes, who dies, look like? Jesus. On that first Christmas every aspect of God’s nature – his divinity and his humanity, his sovereignty and his vulnerability, his holiness and his intimate nearness – all collided in a filthy stable located in a remote part of a defeated and occupied country. And now his story has collided with your story.

Following God can be risky. In fact, safety is not guaranteed. This is a three week series on the book of Ruth that examines the life of Ruth and Naomi. It looks a bitterness and how God is at work, even in the midst of our pain, to provide us a future filled with hope. Our relationship with a God who is always faithful, enables us to reflect the same kind of faithfulness in our relationship with others. And this series looks at Boaz and the comparison to Jesus as Redeemer, who is willing to pay the price so that we might be redeemed.
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Are you restless in your spirit, with a nagging sense that there must be something more? More to work and family and church? During this series, we will look at the amazing story of Abraham, a very ordinary man who became extraordinary for one pivotal reason: he pursued God in a life of obedient faith, not knowing where that decision would take him. He went All In. Will you?
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What do we do when the storms of life overwhelm us? When we haven’t seen the sun, moon or stars for days? Should we give up hope? Where is God in our impossible situations? Join us as we take a closer look at our own dangerous journeys.

The Kingdom of God is a Party. And all of us are invited. The host has set us free to tell anyone we are willing to tell. No limit. No restrictions. A party where, no matter how many show up, there’s always room for more. So come to the party!

For the ones who have fallen on hard times. For the tattered and the torn. Those who have been forgotten. For the ones that have run out of second chances, burnt every bridge, and hit rock bottom… You are never too dirty, never too deep, never too far, to find hope, find relief, find redemption.
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God moves in every area of our lives to fortify our dependence on Him. Through every season and circumstance that we call on the name of the Lord, He responds. God moves, not so we can have more of Him, but so we will move, and He may have more of us.

Is money ever a topic of conversation in your house? In this 4-week series we will explore some of the root issues behind our view of money and provides practical tools to enjoy more fully the resources that God has entrusted to our care.

A lot of times we put a negative connotation on the idea of “ritual.” But as we approach Christmas, we surround ourselves with those things that we’ve done year after year. This year, as we approach the celebration of Christ’s birth, we’re going to look at rituals we find comfort in as a community of Christ followers.

At its core, Christmas is the celebration of “presence.” The incarnation reveals the importance God places on being fully present. When was the last time you were fully present? Fully present with your family? …at work? …in worship? …in prayer? It’s easy to show up. It’s harder to be present.

It happens every four years. The two parties nominate their candidate for President. Most people decide which candidate they will support well before they cast their vote, but not all. Some remain undecided until the last possible moment. But eventually they have to make a decision, it’s unavoidable.

What does it mean to worship? Is it just singing a song? Or is there more to it than that? In this 6-week series we’ll explore what the Bible says about worship and how we can worship the eternal King.

We were created by God to have ambition. Ambition can be a noble force for the glory of God. We must not let our ambition though, be taken hostage by our failed motivations and unfulfilled dreams. We need to make the connection between our present opportunities and our future hopes…between our life and God’s glory.
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Much of the New Testament narrative of Jesus’ ministry takes place “by the water.” He calls his disciples, casts out demons, raises the dead, and feeds the 5,000, all on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In this series we will look at five narratives that take place by the water and that eventually lead Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross.

Our lives are full of stories. The funny, poignant, pivotal, and even embarrassing ones. These are the moments that make us who we are. The Bible is also full of stories. Stories that changed the course of history in rather amazing ways. Over the next few weeks we are going to look at five people from the great Storybook and examine what we can learn from their stories.
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The idea of marriage is filled with so many myths: true love comes naturally; I didn’t marry the right person; if only they would recognize their need to change. These myths create a mountain of expectations that will never be met and often leave husbands and wives disappointed, disillusioned and unsatisfied. In this series we will debunk these myths and offer a biblical view of marriage.
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Easter is a time that we celebrate that not even death can separate us from God’s love through Jesus Christ. It is an opportunity for us to know exactly how much it cost God when we sing out, “Oh praise the One who paid my debt!” Join us as we reflect on what it means to be known by the Creator of the universe.
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Join us for the weeks leading up to Easter as we look at what Jesus said as He faces the cross. These words revealed in red are profound and bring clarity to Jesus identity and purpose in this world.
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The focus of the book of 1 John is on love, but John really helps to redefine what love is – both God’s love for us and our love for him and others. He takes love out of the “define it how you want it, touchy feely stuff” to something much more tangible. Join us for this 5 week series on love.
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What’s on your wish list this year? Can you buy it in a store? Is it merry and bright? Or is it something more? We find ourselves often waiting and wishing for the next big thing. The prophet Isaiah long ago foretold that to us a child is born, to us a son is given. Far more than wishing, the birth of Christ brings promise. Join us this Christmas Eve for a special Candlelight tradition.
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