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Do I Mean It?

Sermon Text – 02.18.2018
[Acts 5:1-11]        
   Today is part three of our sermon series called the “Gentler” sex, and of course I put the quotation marks around gentler because for the month of October we are exploring the stories of some of the deadliest women in the bible. Some are heroes, some are villains – but there’s something to learn from all of them. Couple weeks ago we started with Jezebel and we talked about influence and the things in our lives that affect us. Then last week we looked at the basically unknown story of Jael and we saw that just because the world says someone is weak – does not mean that she is weak. We realized that where the world sees less, God sees more – and that can push us to accomplish great things together with God. But today’s story… well, honestly it’s just a very strange story – but there’s some really good stuff in there. Today we are going to talk about integrity.

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Never Go Camping With Jael

Sermon Text – 10.14.2018 [Judges 4:17-23 and Proverbs 31:17-19, 30]

          In the 1950’s C.S. Lewis wrote a series of fantasy novels called the Chronicles of Narnia, a few years back they made a few of them into movies. In the land of Narnia there are all sorts of fictional creatures like fawns and dwarves and centaurs, the trees move and the world is just full of magic – where anything seems possible. But one of the more delightful features was that the regular animals – like you might find in our world can talk. All the animals of Narnia speak. Well, at least, in most of the books. The most famous book is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – where four young children travel to Narnia to help defeat the evil queen, and along the way they make lots of friends with some of the woodland animals, all of whom can speak. In the next book, called Prince Caspian, the four children travel back to Narnia – only to find that over a thousand years have gone past and Narnia is a very different place. Humans have come in and taken over the world. And there’s a scene in the movie, which is also in the book – where they happen upon a bear. And because they are used to talking, intelligent animals, they introduce themselves – but suddenly the bear charges at them, roaring fiercely. And to protect themselves, a dwarf named Trumpkin shoots the bear. One of the children, Susan asks, “Why wouldn’t he stop?” Trumpkin responds, I suspect he was hungry. The children ask all sorts of questions, “He was wild, I don’t think he could talk at all.” But then Trumpkin explains, “You get treated like a dumb animal long enough, that’s what you become. You may find Narnia a more savage place than you remember.” The idea being that all animals used to be able to talk, but humanity treated them poorly for so long – they became lesser. You get treated like a dumb animal long enough – and that’s what you become.

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The Head and The Neck

Sermon Text – 10.07.2018
[1 Kings 21:7-16 and Proverbs 31:10-16, 30]       
 
     A man is the head of the house, master of his domain. A man is the head of his family. Sort of. In 2002, a movie called My Big Fat Greek Wedding was released about a young Greek woman with an over-bearing family who falls in love with a non-Greek man. Over the course of the film, the young woman grows more and more independent, but as you can imagine her parents are divided about their daguther growing up. Her mother is very supportive, but her father is not quite. You’ve all heard the phrase – “a man is the head of the household,” but personal experience tells us that it’s almost always more complicated than that. The relationship between a husband and a wife can be a tricky thing, and one of my favorite – somewhat odd – descriptions of that dynamic comes from My Big Fat Greek Wedding – well here, let’s take a look. [show movie clip]. The man is the head, but the woman is the neck and she can turn the head any way she wants.

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Audio Sermon Archive

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January 2014

Void if Detached

Collosians 1:15-20




The Image of the Invisible God




November 2013

“Yes, But….”

Matthew 6:25-34




Calling

Acts 26:4-18




Following

Luke 9:18-27

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

Jesus Predicts His Death

21 Jesus strictly warned




October 2013

East of Eden

Genesis 1:26-27, 2:4-9, 15-25




September 2013

Instructions or Introduction

John 5:31-40




Women in Mission

Luke 1:38-42




The Ones With the Limp

Psalm 19




Godbreathed

2 Timothy 3:16-17