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Can’t We All Just Get Along

Conflict. Most people hate it and do whatever than can to try to avoid it. But day after day we are reminded that in this world conflict is a reality, no matter how much we may wish otherwise. How can we navigate conflict and find reconciliation and peace in our lives? Join us for a two-week series this November where we tackle the tough issues of racial and family reconciliation. Sundays at 9:15 AM and 10:45 AM.

The Big Story of God: The Savior

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction Have you ever been given a task to plan or a project to oversee only to have your best laid plans go horribly awry? In my previous life, when I was in banking, I had the job of overseeing bank operations. One of the tasks I was charged with was new projects. Back in 2005, our small community bank decided it was time to enter the 21st century…

The Big Story of God: The Law

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction This entry is part of a series called, “The Big Story of God.” We are looking at the overarching theme or narrative running in the Bible from the start to the very end. In previous entries, we saw a personal God that creates everything and desires his creation (you and me) to know him. We saw that humanity disobeyed him, destroying our relationship with him, and allowing sin to…

The Big Story of God: Covenant

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Pinky Swear I love the Old Testament and today’s topic may be one of the most significant, albeit little known, passages in the Old Testament. Today we are going to read about the covenant God made with Abraham, then known as Abram, 4000 years ago. A covenant is a promise, but it’s a little different than what we think of when we think of promises. Most of us know that promises…

The Big Story of God: The Fall

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. From Good to Fallen Earlier, we began a series called, “The Big Story of God.” We started at the beginning of the story. Our story doesn’t begin with “Once upon a time.” It begins with, “In the beginning God created…” As we started looking at the story, we saw from this passage that the most important take-away from the creation story wasn’t the “how” or the “when” of creation,…

The Big Story of God: Creation

Once Upon a Time “Once upon a time…” These four words bring back good memories for many of us.  Perhaps it is the memory of a mom or dad sitting beside you after they tucked you into bed and began to read you a familiar story before you nodded off to sleep, or possibly it is the memory of you saying these words to your own children. These words were just the beginning, introducing a tale sure to capture the…

Faithful: Revealed Faith

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Faith Themes in Second Timothy Today we are wrapping up a series called “Faithful.” We have looked at each of the major themes in a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to his protégé, Timothy. This is Second Timothy in our Bibles. Paul penned this letter while he was in prison. It is the last preserved correspondence we have between Paul and Timothy. In the letter, Paul wants to guide Timothy…

Faithful: Enduring Faith

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Commitment One of the hardest things for me as a parent is getting my kids to follow through with the commitments they’ve made, and even more so on the commitments I have made for them. Maybe you’ve experienced this as well. Your child says they want to play a sport or do some activity, but after about two days or weeks into it, after a few practices, or after…

Faithful: Pure Faith

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Lately, my son has been infatuated with a show on the Travel Channel called “Gem Hunt.” In the show, the main character, Ron LeBlanc, is traveling around the world to remote areas in search of precious gems. Often, he’ll show up in a village and people from all over will bring him colored rocks for him to buy. His problem is that among the very valuable, pure gemstones are…

Faithful: Persuasive Faith

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Jury Duty Several years ago in Arkansas, I received the dreaded letter in the mail from the county courthouse informing me that I had been given a very special honor. I had been selected for jury duty. What I loved about the letter was that it didn’t really ask if I wanted to be on jury duty; it just said I was. Congratulations. During my “sentence,” I was fortunate enough…

Faithful: Shared Faith

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Now that its August, many people will say farewell to their 18 year old children who are moving out of the house. In this time of transition from high school to college, I guarantee these parents are taking moments to give advice – to challenge and encourage their kids on how to live, how to study, how to make friends, and in general, how to be successful on their…

936 Weeks

All parents feel like their kids are growing up too fast, but how fast is too fast? It’s 936 weeks to be exact.  That’s how long you have between birth and high school graduation.  The question each parent must answer is, how are you using your weeks? I know you sometimes feel pressure to fill your summers with more than seems to actually fit: multiple camps, baseball games, vacations,  strawberry picking (my family favorite), and all sorts of other adventures.…