Messages on Relationships

Messages on Relationships

Oaths and Divorce

How important is it to keep your word and are there ever exceptions when you can’t? And how has the church gotten divorce so wrong for so long? Brent Clark and Ryan Lenerz discuss these two topics to see how being trustworthy people and staying committed to marriage (if possible) should be marks of those who follow Jesus.

Anger and Murder

Someone cuts you off in traffic. Someone speaks ill of you or spreads lies about you. Someone hurts someone you love. All of us could fill pages of actions and incidents that cause us to get angry. But what does our anger and more specifically how that anger manifests itself say about our hearts? Pastor Amy continues looking at Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount to see how closely our anger is tied to murder and how those…

Beyond Hospitality

Pastor Ryan looks at various passages in the Bible to discover how hospitality goes beyond simply sharing a meal with someone to actually sharing your life. Discussion Questions Sunday we summarized that hospitality is “making room for others”. What is the biggest obstacle in making room for others in your life? What can you do to remove that obstacle? Take a moment to think about a time somebody showed extraordinary hospitality to you. How did it make you feel? How…
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Seduced By Sex

Pastor Ryan Lenerz looks at the seduction of sex in our culture and the holiness that we are called to by God. This is the second message in the Seduced series.

Remix: Fences – Be a Neighbor

Pastor Brent looks back at the Fences series from the fall of 2018 and examines Jesus’ words when he told us the most important commandments are to love God and also to love our neighbors.
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Leave a Mark on Someone

Pastor Brent kicks off a new series that looks at how we can leave a mark on the world and live our lives for more than just ourselves. The first message shares the story of Ben and how being prayerful, alert, and ready gave several people around Ben the opportunity to share Jesus with him.
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Tearing Down Fences Through Peacemaking

Pastor Ryan shares how our God is a peacemaking God and as a result, followers of Jesus should be looking to bring peace everywhere we go as well.   Fences: Tearing Down Fences Through Peacemaking Matthew 5:9, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 Today’s message is the capstone on our series Fences where we have been looking at how to maintain healthy relationships.  The reason we did this series is because, when you really think about it, relationships are the air we breathe…
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Tearing Down Fences Through Hospitality

Pastor Brent looks at what the writers of the New Testament teach about hospitality and how through hospitality we can tear down the fences between us and those around us in the world.   Fences: Tearing Down Fences Through Hospitality Romans 12:13, 1 Peter 4:9 Introduction I am fascinated by social media. Not so much by what everyone is posting, rather I am fascinated by what social media has done to our culture. Specifically, how someone can have 792 friends…
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Stop Assuming the Worst

Pastor Ryan Lenerz looks at Joshua 22 and shows how we can hear something, tell ourselves a story, and jump to assuming the worst when assuming the bets can actually help us mend fences in our relationships. SERMON MANUSCRIPT FENCES: Stop Assuming the Worst Joshua 22 In the previous message we looked at how we are to resolve conflict with others rather than let it fester.  In this follow-up message, I will be focussing on what I think is the…
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Mending Fences through Conflict Resolution

Pastor Brent looks at the relationships in our lives that need to be mended and how we should approach conflict resolution with others. Sermon Manuscript Fences: Mending Fences Conflict Resolution Matthew 5:23, Romans 12:18, Colossians 3:12-13 In our relationships, there are some words that we find very difficult to say. With that crush you’ve been carrying for some time, maybe it’s just me, but I remember, my hands getting all sweaty, my mouth getting all dry, my heart racing, and…
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Saying No So You Can Say Yes

Pastor Amy looks at how sometimes we need to build fences in our lives to create healthy boundaries. By saying no to some things, we are able to say yes to better things. SERMON MANUSCRIPT How many of you feel perpetually tired? Overwhelmed? Overworked? In hard or taxing relationships? Stretched too thin? You’re not alone. Many Americans are oversheduled, overinvolved, overextended… we are exhausted and we are BOUNDARY-LESS. But WE NEED BOUNDARIES. I’m talking about emotional, spiritual, and physical boundaries. Did…
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