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Anti-Values Series: Story

Pastor Evan wraps up the series looking at Lake Ridge’s anti-values with story. Sometimes the best way to talk about something is by talking about the shadow side of it, the opposite, the upside down. Each value that we share at Lake Ridge has an opposite and detrimental version. By exploring the shadow side, we can be aware of it and nurture what we really sense God is calling us to become. God's story unfolds in the Bible, and continues to unfold all around us. We also value your story. Hardest value because it means to live into truth. To recognize in that truth - Jesus shows up every time.

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Anti-Values Series: Generosity

Pastor Preston continues the series looking at Lake Ridge’s anti-values. Sometimes the best way to talk about something is by talking about the shadow side of it, the opposite, the upside down. Each value that we share at Lake Ridge has an opposite and detrimental version. By exploring the shadow side, we can be aware of it and nurture what we really sense God is calling us to become. Generosity shapes the way we live with what we have. Our generosity as God's people comes out of our experience that God is generous with us.

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Anti-Values Series: Community

Pastor Preston continues the series looking at Lake Ridge’s anti-values. Sometimes the best way to talk about something is by talking about the shadow side of it, the opposite, the upside down. Each value that we share at Lake Ridge has an opposite and detrimental version. By exploring the shadow side, we can be aware of it and nurture what we really sense God is calling us to become. We believe that following Jesus is best done together - it's why Jesus gathered people around him. Community is all about connecting, meeting new people and good friends.

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Anti-Values Series: Worship

Pastor Evan kicks off a new sermon series looking at Lake Ridge’s anti-values. Sometimes the best way to talk about something is by talking about the shadow side of it, the opposite, the upside down. Each value that we share at Lake Ridge has an opposite and detrimental version. By exploring the shadow side, we can be aware of it and nurture what we really sense God is calling us to become. Worship is reflecting back to God our love and adoration for him. Demonstrating our gratitude for who he is and what he is in our lives. The opposite of worship, if it is about elevating God, is to elevate self.

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Guest Homilist: Lisa Pollard

Guest Homilist, Lisa Pollard shares the story from John 11:35 where Jesus wept. Lisa unpacks what his tears might have been about as he experienced the loss of his friend Lazarus.. We see Jesus in all his humanity here. Perhaps it wasn’t the death of his friend that pained Jesus; rather it was the tears on Mary’s face that brought on His tears. He empathized with their pain. His heart must have been broken to see the sadness of those he loved. Jesus came into a situation where there was deep mourning and sorrow and he grieved as well, a situation he was invited into.

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Exile: Grace and mercy

We are exploring a theme that threads its way through the whole Bible: Exile. A pivotal moment in the story of God's people is when they lost everything and were taken away. But according to prophets like Jeremiah, God saw that they had lost more than their stuff, they lost their way. Pastor Preston explores the ways in which God loves us there and back again. Pastor Preston shares this week the story in 1 Peter 2:10-12 and the grace and mercy that we experience in exile. Exiled people become mature people of God, who work and rest in rhythm with God.

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Exile: Our home finds us

We are exploring a theme that threads its way through the whole Bible: Exile. A pivotal moment in the story of God's people is when they lost everything and were taken away. But according to prophets like Jeremiah, God saw that they had lost more than their stuff, they lost their way. Pastor Preston explores the ways in which God loves us there and back again. Pastor Preston unpacks the book of Daniel where your home, your whole way of life is taken from you. Our home finds us. God is a roving home.

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Exile: Keep your eyes on me

We are exploring a theme that threads its way through the whole Bible: Exile. A pivotal moment in the story of God's people is when they lost everything and were taken away. But according to prophets like Jeremiah, God saw that they had lost more than their stuff, they lost their way. Pastor Preston explores the ways in which God loves us there and back again. Exile feels less maze and more labyrinth. God wanted you to know keep your eyes on me. It’s not a trick. Jesus says keep your eyes on me.

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Ezekiel: Valley of dry bones

Our youth leader, Erik Davis, shares on the story from Ezekiel 37 the story of the valley of dry bones. Erik shares on the prophecy in chapter 37 of the Book of Ezekiel. In his vision Ezekiel sees himself standing in the valley full of dry human bones. What does this mean for you in your life? Dry bones doesn’t mean you’re dead. Maybe it just means that you don’t feel alive.

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Cornelius & Peter: Are you welcome here?

Pastor Evan shares the story from Acts 10 where Peter and Cornelius each received a dream from God about a message of inclusion. The divide between the Jews and Gentiles was so great. There were prejudices on both sides that meant they did not intermingle. They were being asked to include Gentiles in the kingdom without becoming Jews first. As a result of Peter baptizing Gentiles there were long reaching cultural implications. It’s a story of transformation between two groups of people. It wasn’t determine that everything was “in” the community. It was determine those who were seeking God, as Cornelius was, were welcomed in to keep seeking him. God invites us as we are.

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John: The word of God spoken

Pastor Preston explores the beginning of the Book of John. God called everything into being. The word that made the world is now in the world and he is walking among us. Jesus is here. Jesus speaks the word and it happens. Everything broken and fallen, sinful and diseased is called into salvation by God’s spoken word.

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Guest Homilist: Tara Jensen

Guest Homilist, Tara Jensen shares on the story of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. She unpacks the story where Jesus led his disciples to the garden the night before he was arrested. Jesus withdraws into solitude to fully surrender in this moment to the will of the Father. What if the invitation we are receiving is to move beyond the faith in Jesus and to practice the faith of Jesus? To grow into people of deep faith by intimidating the faith he had and draws us into sacred solitude with the father.

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Gideon: Growing a relationship of trust

Enter Gideon, while harvesting wheat and hiding from the Midianites an angel spoke to him and addressed him as a mighty man of courage and that God is sending him to "save Israel from the hand of Midian.” Pastor Evan shares the conclusion of the story of Gideon. The big story of this is not about rescuing the people from the - God was restoring the people onto himself. The battle is not that important. This story was about his people about what it means to trust. What does it look like for us to notice and see the challenges we are facing as places where God is trying to interact with you?

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Gideon: The mighty warrior

Enter Gideon, while harvesting wheat and hiding from the Midianites an angel spoke to him and addressed him as a mighty man of courage and that God is sending him to "save Israel from the hand of Midian.” Pastor Evan shares the story of Gideon and his growing relationship with God as they figured out what it was going to mean to move forward in their faith. It’s a story about restoring their faith. What if the places you feel you are being tested or are asking questions is the most important moments of your growing relationship with God?

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Fear is a Liar: truth or lies?

Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our sermon series is about exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' Pastor Evan shares on how there are right responses to fear and wrong responses to fear. How you come to see God is vitally important thing when we are trying to understand if fear is helpful or destructive. When we have a healthy understanding of God we get the opportunity to see things from a position of safety. When God looks at you what does he see?

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Fear is a Liar: Fear in Community

Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our sermon series is about exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' Pastor Preston shares on what fear in community can look like. When we are a fearless community because of what Jesus says what it true about God. When we live with a sense of courage we have a potential to be like Jesus in the world.

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Fear is a Liar: How can we use fear?

Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our sermon series is about exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' Pastor Evan explores how fear can remind us who we are and who’s we are. Fear can be a liar, but it can also lead us (when it’s kept in check) to big truth.

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Fear is a Liar

Is fear a liar or does it speak truth (sometimes)? Can we trust our fears, worries, and anxieties? Our new sermon series begins this Sunday with Pastor Preston exploring one of the most frequent commands in the Bible: 'do not be afraid.' In a world with much to fear, how can we live fearlessly?

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One Another: Easter

This Lent season we were talking about how God meets us and working through the biblical One-Another’s. We are already loved by God. Rooted in the foundation of who God is that his love for us is already given to us. Pastor Preston wraps up the One Another sermon series on Easter Sunday.

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One Another: Grace

This Lent season we’re talking about how God meets us. Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the biblical ‘One-Another’s. Pastor Evan shares on grace and how God’s love for us is poured out in the moment Jesus choses to die on the cross for us. The lent story is literally about exposing the weakness. Revealing in our weakness, our failures that is actually the moment that Jesus makes the choice. Jesus did not give his life for you at your best, he gave his lief for you at your worst.  The practice of grace begins internally in each of our own souls. Us coming to understand the depth of God's grace for you and I. Our failures call us back to Him.

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