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Monday, November 26, 2018

Pastor Dave explores the Christian understanding of giving thanks. It's natural to feel grateful when things are going well, but when trouble comes along, it's natural to lose our sense of gratitude.  But through God's power we can move beyond the natural, into the supernatural.  It starts with cultivating an attitude of gratitude, and the Apostle Paul shows us how!

 

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Sunday, November 18, 2018
Scriptures: 1 John 5:11-20

Pastor Dave delivers the last message in our series called "Living a Deeper Life," based on the book of 1 John.  In this message we examine John's teaching on being certain about the eternal life we have in Christ. In a world flooded with doubt and uncertainty, John tells us we can be sure that eternal life is ours, not only in the world to come, but here and now.  When we understand that, all our troubles become, as the Apostle Paul describes it, light and momentary.   

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Scriptures: 1 John 4:7-21

For message seven of our "Living a Deeper Life" series, based on the book of 1 John, Pastor Dave looks at John's focus on a deeper love.  Our faith calls us to love without limit, but all too often, our love is limited.  Jesus tells us we must love our enemies, but we have a hard time just loving our Christian brothers and sisters consistantly.  But John addresses this, helping us understand the importance of loving as God loves - because God is Love.

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Sunday, November 04, 2018
Scriptures: 1 John 2:28-3:3

Message six of our "Living a Deeper Life" series, based on the book of 1 John, Pastor Dave looks at John's focus on a deeper hope.  We all want to be better people, but God intends to make us like Jesus  - to make us perfect people.  John promises that when Jesus returns, and we see him as he is, we will become like he is. That has been called Christianity's Blessed Hope.  That is a deeper hope than anything this world has to offer!

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

 

In the fifth message of our "Living a Deeper Life" series, based on the book of 1 John, Pastor Dave looks at John's focus on truth.  In a world of competing ideas about who Jesus was, John uses his eyewitness understanding to give us a crystal clear pictureof Jesus - the Christ. Pastor Dave unpacks the meaning behind the fact that Christianity is the only belief system that has a "Savior," and why that's necessary.  Listen in as we discover what it means to be Living a Deeper Truth! 

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Scriptures: 1 John 2:12-17

In the fourth message of our "Living a Deeper Life" series, based on the book of 1 John, Pastor Dave digs into the topic of how our desires shape our lives.  In today's text, John points out the futility of chasing after the things of this world, which will never truly satisfy.  We need to live a Deeper Desire, where God himself satisfies our needs. 

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Sunday, October 14, 2018
Scriptures: 1 John 1:7-2:2

In the third message of our "Living a Deeper Life" series, based on the book of 1 John, Pastor Dave digs into the topics of sin, guilt and forgiveness, including God's promise to cleanse us from all the things in our past that weigh us down and separate us from him.

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Sunday, October 07, 2018
Scriptures: 1 John 1:5-3:10

 

In the second message of our "Living a Deeper Life" series, based on the book of 1 John, Pastor Dave looks at John's instructions on how to walk more closely with God.  John also answers the question of how we can tell if we really are Christians. 

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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Scriptures: 1 John 1:1-4

 

In a world that often seems shallow, God calls us to a deeper reality.  In part one of our look at the book of 1st John, we learn about developing Deep Joy.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

 

"Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'" (John 14:6 NLT)

Some people think of Jesus as one of many ways to God, but Jesus said there is only one way to God: through him.

But what makes Jesus so great and powerful? Among other things, it was his complete and total surrender to the will of God the Father:

Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
     he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal's death on a cross.

 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
(Php. 2:3-11 NLT, emphasis added)

And now through Jesus, God has invited us to be a part of his eternal plan - to be his people, revealing his wisdom to the whole spiritual realm. (See Ephesians 3:10-11.)

How are you responding to this call? Here is what Paul recommends in Philippians 2:5: "You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had"... an attitude of total surrender to the will of God.

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