Sermon List

The following is a list of sermons. Click on the sermon title to access references to the scripture and the full text of the sermon if available. Any sermons listed in the future are tentative topics and scriptures.

Labor Day Hymn Sing  - September 2, 2012

God wants to be in relationship with us, He desires nothing more. But, we are so engrossed with our own lives, we are so entranced with the worldly, that we forget Him and His ways.

This Fall we are going to get back to the essentials. We're going to spend time discerning not only our need for a relationship with our Lord, but also how we can improve that relationship, so that we are "holy in His sight."

Are you a holy person? If your spouse, partner or best friend described you, would they use the word "holy?" And if by chance someone used this word to describe you, would you agree?

I imagine there are VERY FEW of us who would use the word holy to describe ourselves. We would probably feel more comfortable using words like "loving" or "trustworthy" or "joyful". The truth is, the word "holy" feels like a word best left to the prophets, disciples or saints. But us, can we be holy? Yet God said in 1 Peter 1.16, "Be holy, as I am holy."

Is it possible for us to think differently about what it really means to be holy? Sweep away notions of becoming Mother Teresa or Saint Francis of Assissi. Give up the idea that it means we must believe all of the correct doctrines about God or spend countless hours in prayer. . . To be holy is to genuinely love God and others and to want for them what you want for yourself I hope and pray that every day we strive to listen to and follow God. Are you ready to be in right relationship with Him? Are you ready to be holy? This and many other things we will work on this Fall.

Love Is . . . Neighborly  - August 26, 2012

Good neighbors are a true gift from God. But, do we love them as much as we love ourselves?

Neighbors, they are very important in life. They can be confidants, helpers,
therapists, acquaintances, or even enemies. But I bet each of you today can
think of at least one neighbor who has had an impact upon your life.

Is God #1 in your life? Is your family, friends and neighbors #2-4, then yourself, your work and your play, etc.? God is challenging us today and every day to love Him more and more, as well as to love each other as we love ourselves. Do you do this? Can you do this? With God’s help, I know that you can!

Love Is . . . Independent  - August 19, 2012

Independence and self-reliance are good qualities until they come between us and our God. Our human nature tells us to believe that God helps those who help themselves. The Bible teaches us to believe that God helps those who ask for His help. The Bible teaches us that what God wants from us is: humility, trust, and dependence.

This week, lets remind ourselves about our dependence on God rather than our
independence from man. God is our Joy, our Grace, our Cause, our Honor. The Lord is our provider, our reminder, our enabler, and our redeemer. Everything we go through, He goes through, and there is nothing He does not share with us. This week, lets relearn to live by the grace of God through the grace of God, becoming anew a bright and shining beacon of God's mercy to the world!

Love Is . . . Forgiving  - August 12, 2012

Watch this clip from Fireproof called Caleb's Apology.

Forgiveness -- it's an easy word to say, but a difficult thing to do.

Try to forget for a moment everything you have ever heard or assumed about forgiveness. Let a single word impress itself on your mind, the biblical word, the new covenant word. In Greek it is "aphesis," in English, "release."

Now just for a moment, don’t make it any more complicated than that. "Release." To forgive means to choose someone whom you have been holding in your debt, holding in resentment and bitterness, and release him/ her.

Forgiveness is not calling something that someone else did that was immoral or destructive, OK. It is not turning a blind eye toward injustice. Forgiveness simply means that you choose to release somebody from personal obligation to you. Forgiveness is not just what the world NEEDS, forgiveness IS what changes the world!

Have you known the forgiving love of the Savior? Has its power, promises and provisions been made real in your heart and soul? If you are saved by grace, then you know what I have been trying to preach today. If you have not, but feel like the King is calling you to come to Him, the time to do that is now!

Love Is . . . .Compassionate  - August 5, 2012

"Compassion," such a simple word … a simple word, yet not so simply done. Compassion is a noun, and that means it is an action word -- something that you and I are "to do". It means, "sympathy for the suffering of others, including a desire to help."

That, my friends, is what Jesus' ministry was all about! His time here on earth was all about caring for the suffering of others and desiring to help. Jesus was filled with compassion and love, for all of His creation!

We are all workers for God's harvest. And He is asking us to do more than just talk about the Kingdom of God, He wants us to also demonstrate the Kingdom of God. You and I are called to be the human face that shows God's love and compassion to the world around us, and my friends, it's an incredible calling! What a privilege has been given us! Are you ready to model compassion? I am!

Love Is . . . Word  - July 29, 2012

Has your boss ever come up to you and said, "We need to have a word..." Terrifying isn't it? You wonder what you've done wrong. You question actions you've taken lately. You imagine the worst, even if the word you need to have isn't about anything bad at all!

In John's gospel, the first chapter, I believe God is speaking the same message to us through John. God wants to have a word with us. But, what on earth could He want?

I believe God's word for us is not a word that we will find in a dictionary, it is not a word that can be translated from one language to another, rather it is a unique word that God is offering us today.

The Word I am speaking of is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior! John calls Him Word in the very first chapter of his gospel. And, what I believe John is trying to say to us here, is that the all-powerful and eternal God of the universe has chosen to plunge Himself into the arena of human life, as you and I live it, and take on flesh and bone, and become a literal part of humanity. Or to put it another way, the Creator of the universe chose to be born as a helpless babe in a stable in Bethlehem. John calls Him Word, and here is why . . .

"From the very beginning the Word (that is the Son of God) was with God. Through Him God made all things (although just born into humanity, He has existed since before Creation). . . the Word (the Son of God) became a human being and actually chose to live among us."

The point of this verse is: even in the midst of trials and tribulations, we are not alone. The Creator of the universe is with us. He knows our pain, He has felt our joy, He understand sin. He loves us no matter what!

Love Is . . . Healing  - July 22, 2012

In multitudes of church services over the years I have seen believers come forward to receive healing prayer. An honest assessment of the results? Some have been healed; the majority have not. Many times I have asked, why is this? And I believe that the answer is becoming clearer to me.

If one studies the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in the Gospels, a recurring pattern emerges — again and again, Jesus looked to see if the sick person was showing faith to be healed, as in Matthew 9:30 "'According to your faith will it be done to you'; and their sight was restored."

Healing is “according to your faith.” Jesus had all the healing power necessary, even to heal blindness. There were no questions, no doubts, in His mind about His ability to heal these blind men. No, the variable was not Christ’s faith, but rather the faith of the men desiring to be healed. And when Jesus had determined that they did indeed have faith in His healing power, He cured them of their blindness.

Jesus’ will to heal, includes YOUR sickness! He healed "every disease and sickness.” And His intent to heal includes your pain and suffering. If you have cancer, arthritis, diabetes or any other debilitating disease, it is included among the “every disease and sickness” that Jesus is pleased to heal.

The question is: "Do you believe Jesus has already healed your disease? And, are you ready to accept the healing?!

Love Is . . . Surpassing  - July 15, 2012

William Borden was on his way to work as a missionary in China. But he never made it. He was struck down with disease, before he ever reached his destination, dying in Egypt. As he lay dying, he wrote a final note for his friends and family – it simply read, "No reserve, no retreat, and no regrets."

Many of us hear that and think, ‘How? How can a man experience such a tragedy and still find satisfaction in God?’ After all, he believed God had called him to be a missionary in China!

It just doesn’t seem fair! He was trying to do the Lord’s work. He was seeking to be faithful to God – doesn’t God care? Why would he let him die like this?

He knows that despite his attempts at faithfulness, he is about to meet God. And yet, he is still able to write, "No reserve, no retreat, and no regrets." He is a man who has found satisfaction in God. He has satisfied the longings of his soul by delighting in God, and so he is able to say – even in death – God is good!

Most of us probably aren’t there yet. Most of us probably do not know God that well – well enough to find such joy in him and place such trust in him. But most of us would like to. If you’re a Christian, that’s the kind of life you want.

You want a life where your mind and your heart and your very soul are so captivated by God, where his presence is so profound and so pleasurable, that you are willing to trust him in anything. Even when life turns up the heat, and temptation to sin comes at you strong – God is still good, His love all- surpassing, and He is far more satisfying than anything the world has to offer.

Love Is . . . Agape  - July 8, 2012

1 John 4:8 and 16 tell us that “God is love.” Never was a more important
declaration made than this; never was more meaning crowded into a few words than in this short sentence -— God is love. This is a profound statement. God doesn’t just love; He is love. His nature and essence are love. Love permeates His very being and infuses all His other attributes, even His wrath and anger. Because God’s very nature is love, He must demonstrate love, just as He must demonstrate all His attributes because doing so glorifies Him. Glorifying God is the highest, the best, and the most noble of all acts, so, naturally, glorifying Himself is what He must do, because He is the highest and the best, and He deserves all glory.

Since it is God's essential nature to love, He demonstrates His love by
lavishing it on undeserving people who are in rebellion against Him. God’s
love, is not a sappy, sentimental, romantic feeling. Rather, it is agape love, the love of self-sacrifice. He demonstrates this sacrificial love by sending His Son to the cross to pay the penalty for our sin, by drawing us to Himself, by forgiving us of our rebellion against Him, and by sending His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, thereby enabling us to love as He loves. He did this in spite of the fact that we did not deserve it. "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

Love Is . . . Extravagant  - July 1, 2012

What if we could begin to comprehend how much God loves us. Would our outlook on life be different? Would we treat another child of His with care knowing how precious they are in His sight? Could we let go of years of teachings that showcase God as this tyrannical meanie waiting to pounce on our every misstep or mistake? You know the one--he appears more like Godzilla than the God of John 3:16!

What has been modeled for us over the years in our pulpits, our pews, and our homes could lead many of us to wonder about this "God is love" message. Then, of course, mix in the ingredients of tragedy, heartache, and hardship with a dash of circumstance and stress and you have a recipe for "confused child of God"! If you didn’t know by now, I am talking about myself and my journey from "How to How". It has taken me years to go from, "How could God love me?" to "O How God loves me"!

Webster’s defines the word extravagant as "exceeding the limits of reason and necessity; an unusually high price." Think about that definition in terms of how extravagant God’s love really is.

Love Is . . . Spirit-filled  - June 24, 2012

Pastor Karen was out of the pulpit for vacation.
The guest speaker was Rita Snider, Lay Leader of the church.

Testimonials were offered by children, youth and adults who have felt the love of the Holy Spirit, while at camp.

Camp stories were shared and camp songs sung.

Love Is . . . Desperate  - June 17, 2012

Sickness makes us do some strange things, doesn't it? Pain can make us desperate. Not satisfied with conventional treatment, the sick may seek alternative treatments not endorsed by traditional medicine. Some alternatives may prove valid, even miraculous. Others may flirt with quackery, but at least they are something to do and to try.

The older woman in the story was desperate. She was willing to try anything to bring healing to her body. She had heard about Jesus, a healer. Strangely, something awakens in her. Resolution gradually builds in her heart. I must find Him. I must go to Him. He can heal me! So "she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak" (Mark 5:27). Like a frightened puppy edging toward a bone, she wishes to steal a blessing and remain anonymous. All she wants to do is to touch His garment and depart.

She thinks to herself "If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed" (Mark 5:28). Can you imagine her nervous reasoning? Touch Him ... yes ... just to touch Him -- there would be no harm in that! On the head? -- no, that would be irreverent! On the hand? -- no, that would be too familiar! But there cannot be any harm in touching His robes as He passes. It would be enough -- just to touch the hem of His robes. If I just touch Him. If I get some of that power.

If? Stop for a moment to consider the magnitude of that little conjunction. That's the issue, isn't it? This woman believes in Jesus' power. She knows in her heart that Jesus can pull off a healing. Or, at least, she is desperate enough to give it a try. She squeezes through the crowd, reaches out to touch His garment, and slinks back into the crowd. It is a daring yet cowardly move. She, in one moment, displays both faith and fear. While others bump into Jesus, she reaches out and touches Him. . . .

What does this say to us? When we are so desperate and so dead that we know we have nothing left to lose, we can risk being brave and reach out to Jesus, our compassionate Savior.

Love Is . . . Life-changing  - June 10, 2012

Throwing rocks will not change the world. All our stones will do is hurt and dent and break it. If we want to make a change….a life-changing impact on our family, work place, neighborhood, church, community or world, we have to first drop our rocks. If we want to be seen as more loving, more grace-filled, more Christ-like, then we have to be the first to put down our stone.

It’s only when we let loose of our grip on our rocks and let them thud to the ground in grace, that we too can experience life-changing love.
Psalm 36:5-10 – “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.”

The only One who has the right to throw the first stone, is the One without sin. That isn’t you . . .and that isn’t me! The only One who is worthy to throw that rock is Jesus, but guess what……He’d rather become the Rock, the sturdy foundation upon which we build our faithful lives. Instead of throwing that rock, which we deserve, He’d rather stand between us and our accuser, ready to talk them down like he did the men in our gospel story, ready to be hit Himself, instead of let one stray stone hit us. Jesus is the One who stands in the gap, wipes away our tears, helps us to hold our heads high, and forgives us of our sins.

This my friends is Life-changing Love.

Love Is . . . Godly  - June 3, 2012

God’s love is in us, through Word and Spirit…but, what is love? Many of us toss around this word too easily. And we end up trivializing it. From the Barney theme song, to tourism marketing slogans, to the desire we have for chocolate, our vehicles, or our favorite pastime or entertainment, the word "love" is so misused and overused in our society that we hardly know what to think when someone says, "I love you."

The Bible tells us that "God is Love." But, how do we define love? The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as "an intense affection for another person based on familial or personal ties". Often this "intense affection" stems from an attraction for that other person. We love other people, or we say we love other people, when we are attracted to them and when they make us feel good.

Notice that a key phrase in the dictionary definition of love is the phrase "based on". This phrase implies that WE love conditionally; in other words, we love someone because they fulfill a condition that we require before we can love them. How many times have you heard or said yourself, "I love you because you are adorable;" or "I love you because you take good care of me;" or "I love you because you are fun to be with"?

Our love is not only conditional, it is also changeable. We love based on feelings and emotions that can change from one moment to the next. The divorce rate is extremely high in today's society because husbands and wives supposedly stop loving one another; they "fall out of love". They may go through a rough patch in their marriage, and they no longer "feel" love for their spouse, and so their first instinct is to call the marriage quits.

Can anyone really comprehend "unconditional" love? It seems the love that parents have for their children is as close to unconditional love as we can get without the help of God's love in our lives. We continue to love our children through good times and bad, and we don't stop loving them if they don't meet the expectations we may have for them. We make a choice to love our children even when we consider them unlovable; our love doesn't stop when we don't "feel" love for them. This is similar to God's love for us, but as we shall see, God's love transcends the human definition of love to a point that is hard for us to fully comprehend Godly Love.

Healed With His Stripes: FACE/BACK  - May 20, 2012

For six weeks now, we have been talking about the blood of the Lamb. We’ve used Isaiah 53:5 as our primary text during this Easter Season sermon series on Healed With His Stripes. But today, as we finish up this study, we are going to immerse ourselves fully in these verses of Isaiah 53, verses which were written about the Messiah, Jesus Christ, 700 years before His birth.

Why the blood? The blood is where the power is; everything starts and ends with the blood of Jesus because where the blood is, there is life. The absence of the blood is sin, and sin is death (Romans 6:23) “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Healed With His Stripes: SIDE  - May 13, 2012

Water, Blood, Spirit. Three ways in which Christ comes to us, loves us, and heals us. Three testimonies which all agree. Jesus is the Christ. He died for sinners, He rose in victory, He ascended and reigns on high. Water, Blood, Spirit. Three timeless concepts from John's letter which still apply to us, even today.

Water and Blood... came from Jesus side. You remember when Jesus was crucified, John was there to see it…the only disciple to remain. One of the things he witnessed was when the soldiers came along to bring a speedy death to those on the crosses, because the Sabbath was drawing near. In regards to the two thieves at Jesus' side – the soldiers broke their legs to hasten death. But Jesus was already dead. And so they didn't break his legs. They did a less invasive check, to make sure he was dead. A soldier pierced his side with a spear. And blood and water came flowing from Jesus' side. John saw it happen, and he took note of this important detail.

Why did blood AND water flow from his side . . . .

Healed With His Stripes: HEAD  - May 6, 2012

We cannot understand all that Jesus endured for us. Take the thorns, twisted into a crown by the hands of a Roman soldier, thrust down upon Jesus’ head with rough hands, driven deeper into the flesh of the skull with a rod, making the pain more extreme than we can ever know. But, as cruel as this treatment of the Lord must have been, the thing which is so illogical, is that He endured it all for a sinful creation.

We were a lost cause! We had been given chance after chance after chance, and yet we were wayward and sinful. But, it didn’t matter to our Lord, He endured the mocking, beatings, spikes and crown of thorns. And he did it because he loved us!

Healed With His Stripes: SWEAT  - April 29, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks we have been understanding more fully what it means to be healed by the stripes of Jesus. This Sunday we learn that in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus sweat blood, and by the sweat and blood of his brow, he won back our willpower. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve lost willpower when they surrendered their dominion to Satan. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said, “Not my will, but Yours be done” (Matthew 26:39) He submitted to the WILL OF GOD as He shed sweat drops of His Precious Blood to redeem our willpower.

Healed With His Stripes: FEET  - April 22, 2012

Second sermon in the series, Healed With His Stripes. This message centers on the precious feet of Jesus, what they meant to Him, and what they mean for us today. We can be healed by Jesus' stripes. We can be emboldened by His love. And, we can be empowered to enter into the world, using our feet for ministry!

Healed With His Stripes: HANDS  - April 15, 2012

A sermon preached by Steve Follrod, kicking off an Easter sermon series on the seven places Jesus shed blood for you and for me. This message focuses on the first of the seven, Jesus' Hands.

Easter SONrise Service  - April 8, 2012

A 7:00am traditional SONrise service, including carrying in the Light of Christ and Holy Communion.

Easter Traditional Worship Service  - April 8, 2012

A traditional Easter service with choral anthems, traditional hymns, a few pieces of scripture, a message and Holy Communion.

Easter Praise Service  - April 8, 2012

An 11:00am Easter praise service, including moving and inspiring music, Easter message and Holy Communion.

Good Friday  - April 6, 2012

Our Good Friday service is based on the last seven words of Christ from the cross. After each Word is read from scripture, a reflection is offered and a verse or two of a hymn or praise song is shared. Enjoy!

Maundy Thursday  - April 5, 2012


In this Maundy Thursday service, we encountered the ten laments that Jesus had for His faithless church. We interspersed music which spoke to each one, and then ended the service with the stripping of the church, leaving it bare for Good Friday, and the time Jesus spent in the tomb.

Wednesday of Holy Week  - April 4, 2012

Holy Week contains within it the holiest days of the entire Church year. In response we can humbly express gratitude to God. These days provide a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the presence of Jesus Christ and His love. And today we are going to experience that agape love by enjoying a Love Feast/Agape Meal together.

Palm Sunday  - April 1, 2012

Journey with us through Holy Week with scripture, teaching and song. Hear the chancel choir in the background as Mary anoints the feet of Jesus with nard and wipes His feet with her hair. Raise your palms high and wave them as Jesus approaches, and join the praise team in singing "He is Exalted."

Find yourself at the cross bewailing with those who loved Jesus "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" or as the Praise Team sings, "Crucified laid behind the stone. You lived to die, rejected and alone. Like a Rose trampled on the ground You took the fall, and thought of me, Above All."

Finally find yourself grieving His loss as the congregation sings during the traditional service, "What Wondrous Love is This?" and the congregation at the Praise Service sings, "Everlasting God."

Are You Ready For the Cross  - March 28, 2012

We are coming into the home stretch...Good Friday is almost here. The cross is right before us, and it is time to make our plea. Are you ready for Holy Week? Have you made your mends with your fellow man? Have you laid your sins at the foot of the cross and given your life to Him? Are you ready for the Cross?

The Hour Has Come  - March 25, 2012

Jesus spent great amounts of time letting the disciples know that He would one day be taken from them. He told them in parable form. He told them through His actions. He even told them as clear as He could say it. But they did not understand. How could the Messiah, the Son of God, die?

Now the time is close and He wants them to be prepared. He tells them the Hour Has Come! Code words for, I am about to be crucified, the disciples did not understand. Do we?

The hour has come! Good Friday is almost here. Have we done the preparation that we need before we come to the foot of the cross? The Hour Has Come!

How Can We Show Love to the World?  - March 21, 2012

Jesus asked us to love one another, and on a one-on-one relationship that can be easy. But, how do we show the love of God to the world? We will spend some time this evening, talking about what Christ intended the church to be like, how we can learn to put others first, how we can be more gracious and forgiving to one another, and so much more.

For God So Loved the World  - March 18, 2012

God so loved us that he sent His one and only Son to die for us on the cross. He gave His all for us...have we done the same for Him?

Love is a two-way street, between human and human, and between human and God. If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, as He asks of us, then we will love our neighbor as we love our self.

Have You Ever Been Angry?  - March 14, 2012

We carry a lot of pent up anger around with us. We know it isn't right. We know it isn't healthy, but that doesn't stop us from keeping it within us, anyway. Maybe it is time to get to the root of the problem, and finally let it go. Maybe it's time to lay it at the foot of the cross forever.

Jesus Was Angry!  - March 11, 2012

Who in the world does this carpenter from Nazareth think he is? This isn't the "gentle Jesus meek and mild" we’re accustomed to. What is it that has created such passion in him?

"The disciples", the gospel says, "Remembered that it was written, 'Passion for God’s house will consume me.' " [Ps. 69:9] Jesus says the center of Israel's worship life, the Temple, has become a marketplace. The religious leaders have turned the church into a department store. It is as though, when no one was looking, someone robbed the reverence of the people of God and displaced the worship of God with human desire.

The scene that confronts Jesus as he goes to the Temple is representative of the whole corruption of Israel. His conflict is with a system and with religious officials who are by their actions, breaking every one of the first four commandments!

Why was Jesus so enraged? Well, let's take a look . . . .

Who Do You Say That He Is?  - March 7, 2012

We call Him by man names: Lamb of God, Friend, Great I AM, Shepherd, Guardian of Souls, Messiah. Who is Jesus Christ to you?

This question can be the most important question of your life, one which needs to be answered intimately and honestly.

His name and nature and purpose and love have been revealed to us through scripture. But we need to be answering this question with more than just mere lip-service. Jesus needs to be our All-in-All, our everything, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Sustainer, our Judge and our King.

Is He all of this, and so much more, for you?

I AM the Messiah!  - March 4, 2012

Who is Jesus for you?

Jesus is not a simple man. But this question is the same question that Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do you say I AM?" Make it personal for you by asking, "Who is Jesus for you?...personally...intimately?"

Are you meeting Jesus somewhere different this Lenten season, so you can actually answer this question honestly, "What does it mean to have Jesus as my Savior, as my Messiah, as the Great I AM?"

We are here today because we want to know this I AM, this Messiah, this Jesus, more. Imagine that day when you can, like Peter, proclaim, "You are the Messiah!" What an amazing day that will be!

Are You Siding with Christ?  - February 29, 2012

Many men and women in the Bible faced temptation - temptation to do the opposite of what God asked them, temptation to trust another person instead of the Lord, temptation to do your own thing under your own strength instead of relying fully on God.

If Adam and Even, Abraham and Sarah, Jonah, the disciples and Christ himself were tempted, who are we to think we will not be.

What is tempting you? What is a stumbling block, temptation, or out-and-out sin, which you need to give to the Lord this Lenten season?

Siding With the Lord is Tempting  - February 26, 2012

As we set out on this Lenten journey, are we as focused as Jesus? As we grow weak and tired, will we remember the truth of our baptism: that WE are claimed…chosen as God's beloved. As we walk along life’s path, will we rest assured that Christ walks with us? The work is not easy in this wilderness called life, but it is important.

What trials and temptations are taking your focus off of the Lord? What sins are taking away your strength and leaving you weak and vulnerable to the devil? What brokenness is distracting you from the fact that you are a child of God, loved by Him? We know that siding with the world is tempting, but we also know that it is wrong and saddens our Lord.

Ash Wednesday  - February 22, 2012

Lent is a time to make room for God. To re-connect with God and with one another, through very basic means—prayer; scripture; worship; service; and fasting.
How will you make room for God this Lent?

Forever Changed  - February 19, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it will be like when Jesus comes in all of His Glory to set up His kingdom and bring the world as we know it to an end?

Today’s texts give us a glimpse of this yet… future… event.

Jesus is trying to prepare his disciples for what lies ahead for Him, as well as for them. He speaks plainly to them in regards to His death and resurrection.

Jesus is preparing Peter, James and John through his teaching, his actions, and His Transfiguration, for what is to come. He wants them to know Him as the Messiah, who has come to fulfill prophecy. His Transfiguration, it yet another step in their education.

Are You Willing?  - February 12, 2012

In Jesus' day there were people who were considered holy and clean, and there were those who were considered unholy and unclean.

Jesus did not spend His time on earth catering only to the holy and clean. He was about breaking bread, reaching out a loving hand and lending a listening ear to the unholy and the unclean as well.

Who can you reach out to this Epiphany season. Who can you bring into the love of Christ? Are you willing?

Hunger for Healing  - February 5, 2012

Healings happen all around us, every moment of every day. The problem is, we often don’t see them as miracles from God.

Have you had a miracle in your own life? Has God done something extra-ordinary for you, a spouse, a child, a friend?

Bring your brokenness and pain to the Lord. Let Him heal you -- body, mind and spirit -- today!

Listen Up!  - January 29, 2012

As we continue to talk about the importance of God's call upon our life; as we jump deeper and deeper into a relationship with Christ, a huge component that we consistently forget is how well we are "listening" to God.

You and I are being called by a God who has power over life and death. We are being wooed by a God who came to earth as a baby, that He might better understand us. We are being loved by a God who was willing to reach out and touch the sick, the lame, and the demon possessed. And, we have been shown nothing but grace and mercy by a God who offered his only Son to die on the cross for our salvation.

Are you listening? Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. Can you hear Him, He's calling out to you. He's not just saying, "let's do lunch." Instead, He is telling you that He loves you dearly, you are His child, and He is calling you by name. Are you listening?

Where is a Big Fish When You Need One?  - January 22, 2012

Jonah was given a call by God to go to Nineveh and to preach to them the need to repent of their sinful ways and worship the Lord. He does not want to go. He dislikes the Assyrians, he finds this all a waste of time, deep down, he doesn't want the people of Nineveh to receive God's love and mercy. So he runs the opposite direction, gets on a boat and sails away from all of his troubles. Or so he thinks!

Eventually God gets Jonah's attention and gets him back on the right path. Thanks to Jonah's willingness to finally go to Nineveh and preach repentance, all 200,000 Ninevites are saved.

How much like Jonah are you? Is God calling, but you are not listening?

A Call to Discipleship  - January 15, 2012

God called Samuel while he slept in the Temple. Samuel was obedient and answered, "Here I am, Lord."

Jesus called the disciples to come and follow Him. It wasn’t in any grand manner, in any grand place. He simply spoke to them, asking them to follow Him, and they leave everything to follow Him.

What does it mean to be called by God?

Is it something that happens only to a few, or is it part of our lives as Christians? Both of our texts this week [1 Samuel 3:1-10 & John 1:35-51] focus on the call upon people’s lives. These texts also help us to understand God's call on our own lives.

What does it means to be called?

Christmas Newness  - January 1, 2012

If you were asked like Elizabeth to bear the forerunner, the Preparer, John
the your old age, would you, could you say “yes?” Or if you
were asked like Mary to bear the Savior, the Messiah the Christ
your young age, would you, could you say “yes?”

I am not so sure many women would, or could. But Elizabeth took the
time. She realized the honor. She understood the importance. And Mary,
likewise, also took the time. She had long awaited the coming of the
Messiah. How could she say no to bringing Him to the world?

Something amazing, something New was about to happen,and Joseph and
Mary were ready…..for whatever…..God had to offer!

Christmas Gifts  - December 25, 2011

No sermon was preached this day, instead a monologue was offered, with Pastor Karen donning time-appropriate clothing and portraying the wife of the innkeeper, and the wonder of the the birth of the Savior.

Christmas Tonight  - December 24, 2011

Everywhere, everywhere Christmas tonight...what a beautiful Christmas Carol, which calls us to not forget that Christmas is not about the snow and the trees and the children, but rather about our Savior. He was born to us, in order to save us from our sins. He came that we might have life, and have it abundantly. We are blessed to have carols like this, which gently point us to the manger, when our sights might be focused on the lights, tree and festivities of Christmas.

"For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all,
No place too great and no cottage too small;
The Angels who welcome Him sing from the height,
'In the city of David, a King in His might.'
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas to-night."
- Words: Bishop Phillips Brooks
- Music by Lewis Henry Redner

Christmas Love  - December 18, 2011

Why did God create you? God created many and all are made of love and all are made to love - the miracle of love only works if you want to become a fully loving member of the family of divine love. Once you have fallen in love with the one God created for you - your entire eternal life will be a permanent fire of miracles of love! Then, every person you add in your heart of love will expand your fire of love even further - the more people you truly love - the greater and more powerful your own feeling of love, hope, joy and peace.

Christmas Joy  - December 11, 2011

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! "It came without packages, boxes or bags!" And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzlers was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. "Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"

Familiar words from a beloved holiday movie. But in the midst of this story from Dr. Seuss is an amazing truth. For, in the end, the Grinch got it right, Christmas Joy is not found in the outward happiness and celebration of the season, but instead with the anticipation of what is coming. -Christ Jesus, our King!

Christmas Peace  - December 4, 2011

Advent is an opportunity for spiritual growth. But, many times instead of preparing ourselves for the Christ Child, we are instead thinking about the in-laws who are visiting, what were're going to get for our spouse, how we're going to pay off the credit-card debt, who's going to babysit the kids during the Christmas party, how we might handle Uncle Harry who always drinks too much of the eggnog, whether to serve turkey or ham, or whether it's feasible to get Grandma from the nursing home and include her in the festivities. Maybe there's more to Christmas than this.

Thomas Merton, writer and mystic, describes the peace we can obtain during the Advent Season, like this: "Peace is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it. --Thomas Merton.

There is only way to find a peace which will last in your life. That is to allow the Prince of Peace to enter in to it!

Christmas Hope  - November 27, 2011

We’re beginning our Advent series today entitled Simply Christmas. Our goal is to simplify the busy Christmas season and to place our focus where it needs to be, on the babe born in the manger.

The insistent message of Advent is -- don't settle for less than the full power of God Immanuel, God always with us. Don't allow Advent to be only about picture-perfect scenes or sticky-sweet, candle-lit windows. Advent is about the desperate need for forgiveness and the restoration of HOPE through a loving relationship with God. Anything less than that is selling God short.

We need a God who is our HOPE -- wrapped in swaddling clothes, incarnate, a child, a ruler, a righteous judge, a shoot of the branch of Jesse, Alpha and Omega, Yeshua, Savior, the Blessed Hope.

"Come to save us!" we cry out to God. And God does. Defenseless as a baby, God reflects love, invites compassion and offers HOPE to a hurting and broken world.

Reaping the Benefits  - November 20, 2011

Sowing and reaping helps us gain an eternal perspective. Sowing and reaping are separated by time. Sowing is the beginning of the process, while reaping is the culmination of it. When the farmer sows his field, he must do so in faith, trusting that all of his efforts will eventually be worthwhile. Nearly everything which the farmer does, he does in the light of what he hopes to be the outcome. So it is with the spiritual life.

Paul’s principle of sowing and reaping reminds us that we will reap what we have sown. When one sows wheat seed, he expects to reap wheat. Paul employs the image of sowing and reaping to show the direct correlation between what is done in one's life and what we reap for eternity. According to Paul, we have but two choices as to what we will sow in this life. We can either sow “to the Spirit” or we can sow “to the flesh.”

Sowing "to the Spirit" is investing our resources in those things which are spiritual and thus eternal. This investment is achieved through the Spirit of God, not through the flesh. The reward which is reaped is "eternal life" which include all of the blessings of eternity, in addition to the blessedness of experiencing God’s grace in the present.

Holy Ghost Fruit  - November 13, 2011

When Christians speak of the work of the Holy Ghost, they are speaking about the operations of the Spirit of God in the world we live in, and within us. But the Spirit isn't here just to hang out. The Spirit is there to cause things to happen in peoples' lives that bring them more in tune with God's purposes. Words like 'result' or 'growth' help us little to envision this. When the Spirit starts changing someone, it shows as a growth in character, a change in their way of life that is good for everyone. This change in character and way of life is called a 'fruit of the Spirit'. Like the fruit grown on a tree or vine can feed people and wildlife, seen as cause for hope and celebration, abundant spiritual fruit also brings hope and is well worth celebrating.

Holy Ghost Gifts  - November 6, 2011

A spiritual gift is a God-given ability to serve the church and our community effectively. God has graciously, undeservedly equipped each of us with the ability to minister to others within the body of Christ. A spiritual gift, then, more than being a possession, is a channel through which the Holy Ghost ministers to His church. This is the means He has chosen to edify the Church.

Holy Ghost for All  - October 30, 2011

Nearly 7 billion people live on this planet. Vast distances of land and ocean separate us one from the other. Our differences create a beautiful mosaic of appearances, beliefs, cultures and customs. Underneath, we are one in Spirit, members of the family of God.

We each have the spark of the Divine within that comprises our spirit. Today, let us celebrate our unity--our sisterhood and brotherhood--by affirming: I am one in Spirit with all people. I am a part of the Body of Christ!

Holy Ghost Led  - October 23, 2011

One of the greatest benefits of our redemption is the privilege of being led by the Spirit of God. Children of God can be expected to be led by the Holy Ghost. Children of the world can be led by the evil one. Is the Holy Ghost leading you?

Holy Ghost Filled  - October 16, 2011

Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Ghost and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction!

Guest Speaker: Jim Sillery

Holy Ghost Walk  - October 9, 2011

If the Holy Ghost is in you, let Him have control over your life. If He lives in you, let Him direct your life. Walking in the spirit simply means you make no decisions until you first hear from Him. We surrender our will and give complete control over to Him. The key to this walk is found in three words: JUST SAY YES! Say yes to all the promises of God and believe the Holy Ghost to accomplish this in and through you.

Holy Ghost Talk  - October 2, 2011

We talk to God in order to constantly build and strengthen our relationship with Him, to get to know Him better, to learn what He expects of us, what we can expect from Him, and to find out how we can best accomplish the things that He wants us to do. We also talk to God in order to seek His advice and help, to show Him that we recognize His existence and awesome power, and of course to show Him that we have trust and confidence in Him.

When was the last time you sat down and connected with the Holy Ghost, spirit to Spirit? When was the last time your conversation with Him was more than just a "to do list" of wants and needs? Are you so in tune with the Holy Ghost, that you talk with Him daily, allow him to guide your life, and trust in him for your daily provisions? I hope that you are!

Holy Ghost Power  - September 25, 2011

We must remember that in order to tap into Holy Ghost Power, we must yield our own control, power and pride to the Spirit. This might seem backwards to the way the world tells us we should live, but it is an important step in our faith process. If we want to receive the fullness of the Spirit's power in our life, we have to first be willing to yield all that we are to God. Are you ready to yield? Are you ready for Holy Ghost Power?

Holy Ghost Names  - September 18, 2011

Do you know the origins of your name? Has your mother or father told you how they came to give you the blessed name that they did? Names are very important! We are named after family members and friends in order to honor them. We are named after passed relatives in order to memorialize them. Some of us are named after our parent's favorite actors or singers or TV personalities. But those names are a part of who we are. Just as in the Bible, the names of God's chosen, were descriptive of who they are and whose they are, so too are our names.

This week we will spend some time getting to know the many names of the Holy Ghost. There are 141 in total. They are attached here as well, so that you can read through them and begin to pray using them, that you might come to know the Holy Ghost in new and amazing ways.

Holy Ghost Breath  - September 11, 2011

As we begin our study on the Holy Ghost, we begin at the beginning, in Genesis chapter 1. It is here that we find the first mention of the Holy Ghost (ruach in Hebrew), here referred to as the breath of God. This breath spoke creation into existence, and in Chapter 2 of Genesis, breathed life into humankind. As we work through this first encounter with the Spirit, I would like for you to ponder: "Do you have the gift of the Spirit (ruach) within you?" For as we breathe in, and as we breathe out, we are taking in the breath of the divine, and exhaling all of the worry, anxiety, and anger of life, only to then breathe in the Holy Ghost once again. Take a deep breath. Take Him into your lungs, heart, mind and soul. Feel the indwelling of the Holy Ghost!

Praise Him / Hymn Sing  - September 4, 2011

This week was a holiday weekend, when attendance would be a little lower, so both services came together for a Praise Him / Hymn Sing. There wasn't a sermon, but rather 5 key movements (Creation, Music, Love, Christ and Doxology) during worship, opening with scripture to support them, and then offering up a time of reflection. These scriptures and reflections are posted here, just in case you missed them, or in case you want to go deeper. Enjoy!

God's Word: My JOY and Hearts's Desire  - August 28, 2011

How hungry are you for the Lord? How important is it that like Paul, you care for the “other”? How much do you desire to never repay evil for evil, no gossiping, no slandering, no holding grudges, no evil thoughts? Imagine being in such a place in your life, that because of this passion and love for the Lord and doing the Lord’s work, that it becomes YOUR heart’s desire to share the gospel and the love of the Lord to everyone you meet.

JOY in Trusting in the Lord  - August 21, 2011

Throughout the Bible we are challenged again and again to trust in the Lord. We are warned against trusting in princes, in riches, or in ourselves; for all such trust is in vain. Trusting in the Lord is represented as being safe, blessed, and as producing desirable results. In it is our hope, our strength, our safety, and our JOY. Do you trust in the Lord?

Harmony is Pure JOY!  - August 14, 2011

If you want pure JOY in your life, your life must be in harmony with God and with others around you. Spend time discerning your relationship with God. Are your thoughts in harmony with His? Are you ways unified with His? And then understand that if you want a joyful family, community, church and world, you must make sure you are doing your part. What must you do to have the type of harmony in your life, that King David speaks of in Psalm 133?

The JOY in Salvation for All  - August 7, 2011

When was the last time that you spent some time in silence, listening for God's still small voice. Spend some time this week, stepping out of the boat like Peter, and on faith, walking on water. Take some time, like Elijah, pushing the noise of this world aside, that you might hear God speaking to you. Spend some time, calling upon the name of the Lord....for if you do, you shall surely be saved!

JOY in Blessing Others  - July 31, 2011

In the Bible we see Abraham & Sarah blessed by God with many descendants. Jacob is blessed during a wrestling match with the Lord, and his name is changed to Israel. We see Jesus blessing individuals with hope, healing and food for their stomachs. We see all of the blessings God has given to us throughout the ages, laid out for us in Psalm 145. But how can we be a blessing to Others? This week we will make our own list of how we can offer joy and blessings to those around us, each and every day.

Inseparable JOY  - July 24, 2011

This week we being the second section of our JOY sermon series, as we spend the next three weeks focusing on the letter "O" for Others. This week I want you to ask yourself, "Do you know that NOTHING or NO ONE can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus?"

JOY in Christ Alone  - July 17, 2011

As we wrap up the first part of our JOY series (Joy, Others, Yourself) I begin by asking you, "Are you saved?" Have you ever thought about what this question is really asking of you? This week we will be pondering what it means to have Christ as the all-in-all in our lives. What does a saved life look like? What does it mean to be a "child of God" or a "son/daughter of God"? Do you have JOY in Christ alone?

Reckless JOY in the Lord  - July 10, 2011

Last week we looked at Jesus as the Foundation of our Joy. This week we are going to talk about how Reckless Jesus is in sharing seeds of JOY with us. This message is based on the Parable of the Sower. What type of soil do you offer to Jesus? In you, is he sowing seeds in packed soil, rocky soil, weedy soil, or good soil?

JOY: The Foundation of My Life  - July 3, 2011

As we begin our 9 week journey to JOY in the Lord, we begin with the understanding that Jesus is the foundation of our Joy. Looking at the promise laid out by the Founding Fathers in our Declaration of Independence, we shall see how JOY in the Lord can be found through Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.