ARCHIVED SERMONS, OCT-DEC 2011
People write their real and raw emotions in journals. The Nativity story includes some details, but what kinds of prayers or journal entries would these characters write? This journal journey message walks with Joseph, the Shepherd, and Magi and records their possible prayers and thoughts. Their story really isn’t all that different from ours.
“That Sounds Amazing! (The sequel)” December 11, Pastor Kurt
What the angel Gabriel told Mary was AMAZING, but her response to him was equally amazing. This is a message of hope and encouragement. When we find out our world has been turned upside down or the mountain we’re climbing seems way too steep, God wants us to know some important truths. Mary’s story in Luke 1 is good reminder for us all.
“That Sounds Amazing” December 4, Pastor Kurt
When Jesus finished His sermon, the people were amazed. How did Jesus expect them to respond? How does Jesus expect us to respond? Crowds applaud, Disciples apply. But we can’t simply blend Jesus and His message into our already chaotic life. Jesus invites us into a new way of living. Following Him as not only Savior, but also as Lord.
“Just Do It” November 27, Pastor Kurt
Jesus concludes the sermon on the mount with a simple message: It’s time for action. Application and Integration are the appropriate and expected responses. As Christ-followers it’s not enough for us to only listen. With our marriages and families built on a firm rock foundation, which is Jesus, we will weather every storm and in so doing be a haven for those near us who find themselves devasted by the relentless winds and rising floods and the crashing of life.
“Time to Make a Choice” November 20, Pastor Kurt
What does a kick in the gut feel like? In the concluding lessons of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ holds nothing back as He challenges His listeners (Fakes, Fans, and Followers) to make the tough, but right choice of commitment. We’re all on a journey. The question is, “Which road are you on?” Challenging, thought provoking, and true.
“Harvest Service” November 13
A day of remembering and giving thanks for the blessings from our great God.
How will the world know that God is good? When God’s people respond tangibly in His name to the injustices and crises in our world. International Justice Mission (IJM) is a Christian human rights agency engaged on the front lines of rescuing the 27 million modern-day slaves in our world. Hear how God is working and how you can make a difference.
Is there an attitude of Gratitude in you? in your home? Or is there simply Attitude? On this Orange Sunday the 5th core value (Gratitude) is introduced. What does Jesus expect when it comes to thankfulness? How can we stand out in a crowd of ungratefulness, discontentment, or apathy?
Our response to a Good God is to seek to be like Him – to do unto others as we would have other do unto us. But living out this Golden Rule may not mean we are always fair. In fact, fairness was not what Jesus was after. Jesus was always right although not fair (in the eyes of our culture). In this message Pastor Kurt challenges us to follow leading of the Holy Spirit.
“Do not judge” is the most quoted passage in Scripture, but has our culture accurately interpreted it? While certainly we are not God and there is a place to confront sin, Jesus here is addressing the harsh, hasty reactions we often have toward people who are not like us. Do you pass judgement and then pass by?
What did Jesus mean when He said “seek the Kingdom?” Using principles from the book The Tangible Kingdom, Pastor Kurt explains how to live more fulfilled and purposeful lives. The three spheres of the Kingdom introduced include – Communion, Community, and Mission.