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As I have loved you: the love of the Father

This Lent season we’re talking about how God meets us. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s’ and discover how God might be using others to show us his love. Pastor Evan shares on the love of the Father and how because the Father loves me I now who I am and therefore I can love.

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As I have loved you: Love one another

In the 40 days leading up to Easter we invite you to join us in exploring what it looks like to trust God and live authentically before him in a community wide reading and journey of exploring the One Another’s. This Lent season we’re going to talk about how God meets us even in the winter seasons of our souls. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s’ and discover how God might be using others to show us his love, even in the coldest times.

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Discernment: Or maybe that way?

Pastor Evan wraps up this quick two-week series on discernment. What does it look like to be healthy, good spiritual discerners? Discernment is the process that we use, whether big or small to make a decision to separate or decide or to come to a conclusion. It is a process that takes place in and through the spirit of God. Pastor Evan shares the 5 foundations of the process of discernment from the book Pursuing God’s Will Together, by Ruth Haley Barton.

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Discernment: Should we go this way?

Pastor Evan begins the two week series on discernment. What does it look like to be healthy, good spiritual discerners? Discernment is the process that we use, whether big or small to make a decision to separate or decide or to come to a conclusion. Reading through the story in John 9 Pastor Evan shares on spiritual discernment. It is the ability to distinguish between good (that which draws us closer to God) and evil (that which draws us further apart from God). We need those around us to help grow a capacity to recognize and respond to the presence and activity of God - in the ordinary and the big moments. It’s important to ask ourselves in this process, “what are the barriers that stand in the way of me seeing what God is doing?”

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Story of David: David is King

Pastor Preston continues in our new sermon series, "The Story of David." For five weeks we'll bring these stories to life and discover how David was a crucially human example of how we relate to God. Pastor Preston shares on the story from 2 Samuel 11-12. This is an amazing story that might seem out of character for David, but is actually just below the surface in all of us. David is caught in a sin and covering up for himself. Pastor Nathan comes into David’s life to come alongside him to not shame, but lovingly point out David is stuck. While sin isn’t creative, salvation always is.

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Story of David: David on the Run

Pastor Preston continues in our new sermon series, "The Story of David." For five weeks we'll bring these stories to life and discover how David was a crucially human example of how we relate to God. Pastor Preston shares on the story from 1 Samuel 21-24. In the wilderness it’s pretty grim for David. Instead of running from it he stepped into it. David had a particular posture that is unique. He goes into the wilderness he discovers that God is meeting him.

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Story of David: Saul, David & Jonathan

Pastor Evan continues in our new sermon series, "The Story of David." For five weeks we'll bring these stories to life and discover how David was a crucially human example of how we relate to God. Pastor Evan shares on the story from 1 Samuel 18-20. Jonathan and David’s relationship grew among the two most unlikely friends. Jonathan was Saul’s son and the future king. This must have been a profoundly important relationship among friends. Sometimes we underestimate the deep spiritual aspects of our friendships. We underestimate the courage and resilience we have when we are supported by good friends. David remains faithful to God, and faithful to himself. Yet, he stays strong. David had help. It was God’s help and it looked like a soul friend.

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Story of David: David and Goliath

Pastor Preston continues in our new sermon series, "The Story of David." For five weeks we'll bring these stories to life and discover how David was a crucially human example of how we relate to God. Pastor Preston shares on the story from 1 Samuel 17. When he went to the brook David was trained in this way of trust and courage and reached down what he’s done in the present of God in the wilderness, he picked up his stones. We cannot deepen our faith in Jesus if we do not spend time at the brook ourselves.

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Story of David: Give us a king!

Pastor Evan introduces our new sermon series, "The Story of David." For five weeks we'll bring these stories to life and discover how David was a crucially human example of how we relate to God. In the beginning God created us and gave us his likeness. We were made to be in constant, beautiful, pure, perfect to live in relationship with God. In the story from 1 Samuel 8 the people wanted a physical king to lead them. And don’t we all? Pastor Evan explores the question, “why does God give them what they want?” God wants to give you want you desire - even though it’s not always what you need. He gives them what they want and that means he has to reorient his plan and his love. Because they asked for it. The reoriented plan of God demonstrated his heart of us in the midst of our own personal rejections of him as our king. It’s the kind of the story that changes history. It changed the history of God and his people. What does it mean to allow God to be the king of your life?

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2019 A New Year: Sabbath a day of rest

Erik kicks off 2019 with a message about Sabbath discussing the day of rest and the practice of creating space for this time. Erik shares on how the practice of Sabbath and his perspective on the commandment has shaped his own relationship with God. Sabbath rest, is not lazy, it’s fully living into God.

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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Mary

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints of Christmas." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. This week Pastor Evan shared on the story of Mary. God was calling ordinary people into the story. This young woman was a teenager, and was betrothed and that was a commitment likely made between their families. There was immense pressure in that. Mary was likely doing boring, ordinary things and not thinking about having babies when the angel Gabriel came to visit her. She was afraid and confused by what she was being told. Eventually, she was willing to lean into the mystery of God and it changed her. It is hard to lean into the mystery. Have you, do you and are you willing to invite the mystery of God into your life?

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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Joseph

Pastor Preston shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints of Christmas." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Preston shared on the story of Joseph. God was calling ordinary people into the story. People who were postured towards God and nothing particularly special, but they were righteous people. What could it look like for you to live a righteous life?

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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Zechariah

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared on the story of Zechariah.

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Ordinary Saints: From Saul to Paul

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared on the story of Saul becoming Paul.

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Ordinary Saints: Grateful Lepers

Pastor Preston shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Preston shared on being unclean in your skin and the story of a chief commander and mighty warrior. People started to believe if they did not have clean skin disease they were considered holy. Jesus is making all things new. Our response is simply two words: thank you.

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Ordinary Saints: The Servants

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared the story at the beginning of John where Jesus is at a wedding and it’s one of the beginning miracles in understanding the glory of God. Mary points out to Jesus at the wedding they are running out of wine and asks him to meet the needs of the people there. The only people that experience this miracle are the servants who are behind the scenes. God is doing something behind the curtain and not just to wow us, but to draw us deeper into our faith.

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Ordinary Saints: Jesus Saw Zacchaeus

Pastor Preston shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Preston shared the story of when Jesus Saw Zacchaeus. Zaccheus is noted not only as a tax collector, but as the chief tax collector of Jericho. Jesus offers him unexpected love.

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Ordinary Saints: Samaritan woman

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared the story of the samaritan woman from John 4. The story is from 2000 years ago and it was a male dominated culture. Men and women were not seen as equal. That was not the way Jesus saw the culture or women. Jesus held women at the same place as men. We see that in the way he lived out his life. The women he had around him were these power house women. Jesus shared his more intimate secret with the samaritan woman and by cultural standards did this in a dirty and unholy place. Jesus saw the saintly in this person when no one else could see.

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