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“So let’s do it—full of belief... Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on.” –Hebrews 10:24-25

Sunday, June 24th 2018

Text: Psalm 130

Sermon Title:“Out of the Depths”

TTheme: Sometimes when we pray out of desperation or “cry out” to God we wonder if God really hears our prayers. Psalm 130 reminds us that God’s timeline doesn’t also coincide with ours and encourages us to keep praying because ultimately with the Lord there is unfailing love.

Questions to think About as You Read:
 Under what circumstances have you ever wondered does God really hear your prayers?
 Have you ever looked back and thought that even though you thought you were ready for something in retrospect you weren’t ?
 How does trusting in God’s unfailing love help you persevere in life?


Sunday, June 17th 2018

Text: Text: Joshua 24:14-18

Sermon Title: “Who do You Serve”

Theme: In one of Bob Dylan’s greatest hits titled “Gotta Serve
Somebody” He draws a lot of distinctions about the things we end up serving in this world. However he does come to the conclusion that whether we like it or not we will serve somebody or something.The ultimate question is who or what will we serve? Joshua makes it clear for all of us who we are called to serve.


Questions To Think About As You Read:
 If you are honest who or what do you ultimately serve?
 What is it that really drives you and how you make decisions
 What step could you take to serve God?


Sunday, June 10th 2018

Text: Exodus 16:2-4,9-15

Sermon Title: “God Provides”

Theme: When the Israelite's cry out to God he leads them out of Egypt. God also provides for us when we ask him in prayer.


Questions to think About as You Read:
 Under what circumstances have you ever wondered does God really hear your prayers?


 Have you ever looked back and thought that even though you thought you were ready for something     in retrospect you weren’t?

 How does trusting in God’s unfailing love help you persevere in life?


Sunday June 3rd, 2018

Text: Mark 7: 24-37

Sermon Title: “Open Mouths, Open Hearts”

Theme: Spiritual miracles are often more difficult to trust that a physical healing.


Questions to Think About as You Read:
 How would you like Jesus healing power to work in your life?
 How would you like Jesus healing power to work in the life of a loved one?
 How has Jesus opened your heart or mouth?


Sunday May 27th, 2018

Text: Acts 18:23-27

Sermon Title: Effective Ministry

Theme: Aquila and Priscilla are a married couple who made an effective ministry team. They used their home as a warm place of hospitality to educate others, in this case Apollos in the faith. This passage is a reminder that the home is one of them most important places for the spread of the
Gospel.


Questions to think About as You Read:


 What non-clergy person or persons have been instrumental in your faith?


 How was faith taught or modeled in the home you grew up in?


 Is there one thing you could do to teach or model the faith in your home or for your family if
children are grown and not living at home anymore?


May 20th, 2018

Text: 1 Kings 19:1-13

Sermon Title: Confronting Discouragement 

Theme: In this passage Elijah is discouraged to the point of no longer wanting to live.
However, The Lord had more plans for Elijah. Facing discouragement is a part of life when things don’t go the way we anticipate or hope. Discover how God spoke to Elijah and renewed and transformed him for what was ahead despite his intense moments of discouragement.


Questions to think About as You Read:


 When have you been really discouraged about life?


 What were the things that helped you confront that discouragement?


 How did the Lord work to bring you through that discouragement to a new place of hope?


Sunday May 6th 2018

Text: Romans 12:2 Ephesians 4:22-24: 1 Peter 1:1

Sermon Title: Transformation is Really Possible!

Theme: Some people say “you are who you are” and that transformation
isn’t really possible. It is true there are some things we can’t change about ourselves. However, Scripture reminds us that transformation of our minds and hearts is possible though it will take some focus and work on our part.


Questions to Think About as You Read:


 Have you ever experienced a change of attitude or heart in your life
towards a situation or person?


 In what area of life have you either refused or just not wanted to change even though you know it could be a blessing to you and others around you?


Sunday May 13th 2018

Text: Genesis 18:9-15, 21:1-7

Sermon Title: Trusting God More Than One's Self

Theme: Abraham’s wife Sarai (later Sarah) Laughed when God said she would bear a son in her old age. God’s promise to her didn’t make sense after all the years. Sarah realized that she needed to trust God in this cir-cumstance rather than making things happen herself.
Questions to think About as You Read:


 In what circumstance have you “tried everything” only at some point turning it over to God and things have worked out?


 Does turning a situation over to God mean we just sit back and do nothing?


 What do you think of the saying “Pray as if everything depends on God and work as if everything depends on you?”


Sunday April 29th, 2018

Text: John 1:1-14

Sermon Title: “Back to Basics”

Theme Whether it’s dance, music, athletics, math or any other subject at
school the basics are always important. Without basic competency in
the basics a person can’t continue to move forward in their particular
discipline. The Apostles’ Creed is a reminder of not only the basics of
Christianity but of what binds us together despite our vast differences.


Questions to Think About as You Read:
1) If you were going to write your own creed about the basics of your life what
would it include?
2) Why do we use The Apostles’ Creed so frequently at church?
3) If someone were to examine your outward and inward life what creed would that
write about your life about what you actually believe?


Sunday April 22nd, 2018

Text: Matthew 6:5-13

Sermon Title: “The Prayer — part 2”

Theme Like The Ten Commandments the first part of The Lord’s Prayer is all
about God. Beginning with verse 11 it shifts to our needs. Once again
underscoring the importance that “being right with God” and making
God our first priority is what’s most important before turning to our
own needs.


Questions to Think About as You Read:


1) As you read the last part of the Lord’s Prayer what does “Give us this day our
 daily bread” mean to you?
2) How is the last part of The Lord’s prayer different from conventional wisdom?


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