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Sunday, October 08, 2017


Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV)

Our guest speaker, Pastor Dennis Larkin, gave us a sobering reminder that our children are watching us 24/7: "You can teach what you know, but you can only reproduce what you are."

He also gave us many great suggestions of how to impress the character of Christ on our children. Among them:

- Talk openly with your children: be authentic.

- Let your sons and daughters know you're crazy in love with them, no matter what they do or how they behave.

- Discipline in love.

- Expose your kids to godly people. And take them with you to do ministry: serving the poor, the hurting, etc. (See "authenticity" above!)

One more:

- Major on the majors, not the minors. Focus on character, not fashion.

"Your greatest accomplishment may not be what you do, but someone you raise." -- Andy Stanley

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Sunday, October 01, 2017


Oscar Wilde famously said, "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."

And as a result of following his own philosophy, he died at age 46 from the ravages of an STD, a penniless alcoholic.

When God gives us boundaries and limitations in how we live, it's for our own benefit: to help save us from lives filled with drama and trauma.

We may not always understand those boundaries, but it's really no different than a child who doesn't understand why s/he can't have candy for every meal.

What God wants for us is greater than happiness; he wants us to live lives marked by joy. Happiness is situational; joy is not.

Joy is a result of spiritual maturity. It is evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives:

"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Gal. 5:22-23).

God wants us to pursue holiness more than happiness. Because when we delight ourselves in the Lord, happiness will pursue us! (See Psalms 37:4, 23:6).

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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)

A high-profile murder trial is currently underway, and it involves people who had previously attended our church. These are people who claimed to be Christians, at times convincingly so. And yet they became caught up in an adulterous affair that led to the murder of the woman's spouse.

This has caused many people to wonder, "How did this happen?" 

Pastor Dave's answer: slowly and gradually. They had an opportunity every day to change the path they were on, to stop toying with ideas the Bible clearly states are wrong.

But how does anyone keep themselves from gradually falling away from God and into a trap like this? How do we steer clear of "the sin that so easily entangles"?

The Bible gives us an answer to that as well:

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

Jesus is the Great Untangler. It's our job to stay close to him and to lead others to him also, so he can untangle them from their sins too. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017


"If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." - Jesus, in his parable "Lazarus and the Rich Man" (Luke 16:31 NIV)

Some people will not be convinced, no matter how strong the evidence for Christianity is.

When someone doesn't want to believe, they will grasp onto almost anything that makes them feel justified in their disbelief. Even theories that have been long abandoned by scholars will be dredged up, such as the theory that Jesus never existed.

But even skeptical scholars now admit there is a mountain of historical evidence for the existence of Jesus.

And there are similar mountains of evidence for the existence of God and for the reliability of the Bible.

Pastor Dave takes us through the second half of this series by focusing on one particular proof of the reliability of the Bible: fulfilled prophecies.

Since these things are true, what should we do about it?

"Jesus told them, 'This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.'" (John 6:29 NLT)

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Sunday, September 10, 2017


"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:13 ESV)

Undoubtedly the ultimate question of all time would be this: "Is there a God?"

Christianity is a thinking person's religion.The apostle Peter encourages us to know what we believe and why, so we can give a confident, loving answer to those who ask us questions about our faith.

The study of Christian apologetics helps us to understand that what we believe is rational. It is rooted in history, logic, and science to a degree no other world religion can claim.

This is important, because "the heart cannot long embrace what the mind cannot accept."

The evidence for the existence of God is huge! Case in point: the Universe itself. Time and time again, people who were atheists have come to the point, after an honest look at the evidence, to believe that God exists. One prime example is Anthony Flew, philosopher, former atheist, and author of the book "There Is a God".

Pastor Dave continued by walking us through two of the main arguments in favor of God's existence: the Argument from Creation and the Argument from Morality.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017


Jesus said: "Unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins."

And if he truly rose from the dead, as hundreds of people who knew him claimed, then we should pay close attention to his words.

The good news is that, like any other historical event, the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus can be investigated.

There are at least three points on which the vast majority of scholars agree, be they skeptics or believers, theological liberals or conservatives:

  • Jesus died by crucifixion
  • His tomb was empty
  • His disciples claimed he appeared to them

What is the most likely explanation for these points of evidence?

And once you have looked into this and found it to be true, as did Lee Strobel in "The Case for Christ", what are you going to do about it?

Surrendering your life to Christ is the only rational response.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016


Last week Pastor Dave built a strong case for the historical integrity of the Bible: what we hold in our hands today is virtually identical to the original manuscripts.

But how do we know the right books wound up in the Bible? What about the books in what is known as the Apocrypha, or the so-called "banned books of the Bible" such as The Gospel of Thomas or The Acts of Peter? Why were some books included and others were not?

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Sunday, October 16, 2016


In January of 2015 Newsweek ran a cover story titled "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin." In it the author wrote, "At best, we've all read a bad translation: a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times."

Is that true?

The answer is a resounding "No!" The most charitable thing to say is that the author was engaging in willful ignorance. The archaeological and textual evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the accuracy of the Bible.

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