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  • Fake News/Real Jesus (Week 1)

    Fake News/Real Jesus (Week 1)

    April 21: Jesus Is Alive! (Easter Sunday)


    Jesus faced the horror of his friends’ death/grief with a powerful hope with the reminder that he was the resurrection and the life. In a world where we all are dying every day (and trying to ignore it), Jesus’ own resurrection is proof that he is our Savior and our true source of Life!

  • The Night Before He Bled (Week 7)

    The Night Before He Bled (Week 7)

    April 14: Jesus Sends Us To Go & Tell


    Why doesn’t God just take his kids out of this broken world? Answer: Because God wants more people to believe and be saved. This is how Jesus closed his epic prayer, a fact that reminds every Christian of the incredible calling we have to share our Savior with the world.

  • The Night Before He Bled (Week 6)

    The Night Before He Bled (Week 6)

    April 7: Glory To God!


    Jesus’ longest recorded prayer is about the purpose of life—to glorify God and find joy in the process. In a world that is searching for joy, Jesus words are a surprising and powerful path.

  • The Night Before He Bled (Week 5)

    The Night Before He Bled (Week 5)

    March 31: How To Prepare For Pushback


    Jesus never promised a warm and fuzzy Christian life. Rather, he was honest about hatred, persecution, and even death. Yet Christian persecution is proof of our connection to Christ. So, don’t go astray! Let the Holy Spirit remind you of Jesus, whose eternal blessings are worth a lifetime of suffering.

  • The Night Before He Bled (Week 4)

    The Night Before He Bled (Week 4)

    March 24: Jesus Roots Produce The Spirit's Fruits


    God wants us all to be “fruitful,” to do good things according to His will. How? By staying connected to Jesus, trusting in God’s “pruning” work, and remembering the love we have received from the Father & the Son.

  • The Night Before He Bled (Week 3)

    The Night Before He Bled (Week 3)

    March 17: The Holy Spirit Helps Us Love


    The Holy Spirit often sparks questions and confusion among Christians today. But Jesus’ words, though deep, are clear. The Spirit is our counselor, our teacher, our “reminder”, and our source of peace. This message teaches us to rely on one of Jesus’ greatest gifts, the Holy Spirit.

  • The Night Before He Bled (Week 2)

    The Night Before He Bled (Week 2)

    March 10: Faith Makes Us Fearless


    Fear filled the hearts of Jesus’ friends that night, especially after Jesus’ chilling words of denial. But that made Jesus’ promise all the sweeter. He was going to prepare a place for us. He would be the way to get to the Father. We could trust in him when our hearts our troubled. That’s the peace we need when we realize the sinfulness of our hearts.

  • The Night Before He Bled (Week 1)

    The Night Before He Bled (Week 1)

    March 3: Love


    Jesus knew the time of his betrayal and death was drawing near. So, what did he do? He showed his friends the full extent of his love. He humbled himself, washed the very feet that would later abandon him, and encouraged his followers to love one another. In an age when many Christians are panicking, hiding, reacting, and living in fear, Jesus’ words are urgent for his 21st century friends.

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 7c)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 7c)

    April 1: Easter Sunday


    Jesus rose from the dead? Say what? And that means we don’t have to fear sin or death? Say what? That sounds like great news! (Mark 16)

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 7b)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 7b)

    March 30: Good Friday (St. Peter 2pm service)


    March 30: Good Friday (CORE 6:30pm service)


    My God! Why have you forsaken me? How is it possible that two people who share the same essence could be ripped apart on the cross? But Jesus was forsaken, treated as a sinner instead of the beloved Son of the Father. He died. Why? So that the curtain could tear in two and sinners could become sons, enjoying life in God’s presence. (Mark 15:33-39)

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 7a)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 7a)

    March 29: Maundy Thursday


    Jesus, in his humanity, begged the Father for another way besides the cup of his wrath. Yet he submitted everything, even his own will, to honor his father and save his sleeping “friends.” Jesus’ love is perhaps never better seen than his willingness to stay awake and endure for those who did not. (Mark 14:32-42)

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 6)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 6)

    March 21: 
    Jesus Will Never Abandon You 


    Who would have expected an apostle to betray the Son of God? No one would. Who would have thought the most devoted disciple of Jesus would disown his Lord three times? No one would. But the events of Thursday night remind us that we are not as strong as we think. Thankfully, Jesus knows and is willing to forgive those who are too confident of their own holiness. (Mark 14:17-31)

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 5)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 5)

    March 14: 
    Stay Woke & Worship


    Keep watch! Jesus repeated the command to a snooze-loving culture. We assume there’s plenty of time until the Master returns, but he will arrive at an hour we do not expect. So, put to death your delayed repentance, your serious pursuit of God, and keep watch! (Mark 13:32-37)

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 4)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 4)

    March 7: 
    The Most Important Commandment = LOVE


    What is the most important of the 600+ laws? Love! Love God and love one another. That is the most important commandment. In our hate-filled world, that kind of sacrificial love, given freely at Jesus’ cross, is what we so desperately need. (Mark 12:28-34)

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 3)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 3)

    February 28: 
    Give To God What Is God's


    Jesus’ enemies tried to pull him into a political trap, relying on the sharp divisions of their day. He escaped, by reminding them of a third option. In our world, Jesus would refuse to engage in the political divisions, instead affirming and critiquing those on both sides of the aisle. He pushes us beyond simplistic solutions to complex cultural problems. In the process, he reminds us that only God can solve our greatest dilemmas. (Mark 12:13-17)

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 2)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 2)

    February 21: 
    True Greatness Comes By Servitude


    Even the apostles wanted to be great. But Jesus forced them to die to the world’s definition of greatness and turned them to true greatness—service and sacrifice. Just like Jesus himself was about to demonstrate to make them great in the eyes of God. (Mark 11:35-45)

  • Jesus Say What?!? (Lent 2018 - Week 1)

    Jesus Say What?!?
     (Week 1)

    February 14: Ash Wednesday
    Jesus Gives The Unexpected


    Who would have thought that the Messiah would be tortured, spit on, and killed? But that’s exactly what Jesus predicted before his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. What expectations do you have as you go through life? What the culture has taught you about the Christian life? Or what God has promised? Expectations are everything, so expect a cross. And expect a crown! (Mark 10:32-34)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (2nd Sunday After Easter)

    WDJD? (2nd Sunday After Easter)

    April 30:  Jesus Deals With Doubt  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    Do you have doubts about God? Does he really exist? Did Jesus really do all the stuff that churches claimed he did? Could God actually forgive me after messing up so much of my life?
    We are not the first people to wrestle with doubts. Jesus’ original followers, the apostles, did too. In this message, we will journey back to the first Easter and see how Jesus deals with doubters.

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (1st Sunday After Easter)

    WDJD? (1st Sunday After Easter)

    April 23:  Jesus Teaches!  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    Expectations.  We all have them.  Sometimes when our expectations are not met we can become discouraged and frustrated.  That was true for two of Jesus' disciples on Easter Sunday afternoon.  They lamented, "We had hoped that he would be the one who would redeem Israel."  Their expectations of what Jesus would do were misguided.  The reality was, Jesus not only met their expectations but exceeded them.  They eventually understood who Jesus really was and what he had accomplished for them.  Please join us as we savor the Easter news, and how it influences our expectations.

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 7c)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Holy Week - Easter Sunday)

    April 16:  Jesus Rose To Rescue  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    Jesus’ body laid dead in a tomb. Hope was lost. Joy was gone. So, what did Jesus do? He rose to rescue us from hopeless and despair. He rose to redeem us for an abundant life with God! (Matthew 28:1-10)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 7b)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Holy Week - Good Friday)

    April 14:  Jesus Died To Bring Us Inside  

    Jesus had an all-access pass into the glorious presence of God, a place of never-ending happiness for those who are as holy as heaven requires. So, what did Jesus do? He died to bring us inside. (Matthew 27:50-60)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 7a)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Holy Week - Maundy Thursday)

    April 13:  Jesus Served The Supper  

    Jesus knew his friends would abandon and betray him before the evening was over. So, what did Jesus do? He served them the Supper, so they could taste and see the forgiveness of their most faithful Friend. (Matthew 26:17-30)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 6)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Week 6)

    April 5:  Jesus Hung To Give Us Heaven  

    Jesus healed the sick, walked on water, and raised the dead. So, what did Jesus do on the cross? Nothing. He hung there to give us heaven, setting aside his power so we could be powerfully forgiven. (Matthew 27:32-50)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 5)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Week 5)

    March 29:  Jesus Was Condemned For Our Crimes  

    The crowds ignored justice and love and demanded the death of the only innocent man in human history. So, what did Jesus do? He was condemned for our crimes, so that there would be no condemnation for those who are in Christ. (Matthew 27:11-26)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 4)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Week 4)

    March 22:  Jesus Kept Silent For Sinners  

    The Pharisees accused Jesus. Pontus Pilate questioned Jesus. The soldiers slapped Jesus. So, what did Jesus do? He kept silent for sinners, so that God would speak a work of forgiveness about you. (Matthew 26:57-68)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 3)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Week 3)

    March 15:  Jesus Submitted For Salvation  

    Jesus’ stared hell’s fury in the face, knowing the cross would separate him from every ounce of happiness he had. So, what did Jesus do? He submitted to the Father’s plan for our salvation. (Matthew 26:36-46)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 2)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Week 2)

    March 8:  Jesus Taught Tough Truths  

    Religious divisions, frustrations with the government, and questions about marriage were the hot topics of Jesus’ day (sound familiar?). So, what did Jesus do? He taught tough truths and always remained faithful to his Father in heaven. (Matthew 21:18-23:38)

  • WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?) (Lent Week 1)

    Lent: WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do?)
    (Week 1)

    March 1:  Jesus Challenged The Church  

    The first century church was filled with people who went to church for the wrong reasons (sound familiar?). So, what did Jesus do? He challenged church-goers, rebuked the religious, and proclaimed the purpose of gathering in God’s house. (Matthew 21:12-17)

  • Act II (Week 1)

    Act II (Week 1)

    March 27:  Easter Sunday - Jesus Is Alive!  Notes / Podcast

    If you thought Jesus’ death was the end of the story, you thought wrong. His perfect life, innocent death, and burial in a rich man’s tomb was just the start of his mission to save us from our sins. But Sunday came and Jesus’ intermission ended. His resurrection ripped back the curtains and gave us joy, hope, peace, forgiveness, and life with God. Jesus’ resurrection shows us that there is an Act II!

    So, if you are living in a “Good Friday” world, thinking your story is over, your life will never change, and you’ll never be good enough for God, you thought wrong. Easter is your Act II, too!

  • LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 7 Good Friday)

    LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 7 Good Friday)

    March 25:  Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit  Podcast

    Jesus knew his Father well enough to entrust his life and his soul into his gracious hands. In the same way, we are wise to commit our lives into the hands of the God who sent his Son to win our salvation.

  • LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 6)

    LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 6)

    March 16:  It Is Finished  Podcast

    Paid in full. It is finished. Tetelestai! Our salvation isn't 99% complete, waiting for a day of great Christian living. Our relationship with God, the declaration of our status in his eyes, etc. is all finished. Therefore, we can end every day knowing every spiritual gift is already ours because not a single way was dependent on our work. What a Savior!

  • Lent 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 5)

    LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 5)

    March 9:  Why Have You Forsaken Me?  Podcast

    Sin separates. By its definition, it pushes people apart. We see that vividly in Jesus' fourth word, as our sin separates him from God. But the beauty of that last sentence is that he was separated in our place so that God could say to every one of his children, "I will never forsake you!"

  • LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 4)

    LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 4)

    March 2:  I Thirst  Podcast

    Throughout the Bible, thirst has two meanings, one physical and one spiritual. Spiritual thirst is what we feel when we're far from God, drinking from dry springs of idolatry. Thus, on the cross, Jesus cries out in the place of sinners who run to idols every day. He reminds us that sin will leave us thirsty and invites us to himself and the living water only he can give.

  • LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 3)

    LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 3)

    February 24:  Here Is Your Son. Here Is Your Mother.  Podcast

    Even on the cross, Jesus cared about community. He didn't want his followers or his family to be alone, but to care for one another. In the same way, we need the church. We need one another. We need to do life together. Thankfully, God has surrounded us with the very thing we need.

  • LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 2)

    LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 2)

    February 17:  Today You Will Be With me In Paradise  Podcast

    There isn't a better example of God's grace than the thief on the cross. With nothing to offer and no good works to possibly do, Jesus' second word proves salvation is a 100% gift of grace.

  • LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Ash Wednesday)

    LENT 2016: Famous Last Words (Week 1)

    February 10:  Father, Forgive Them  Podcast

    So often we don’t realize we are sinning and how damaging our sin is. Jesus’ enemies didn’t. We don’t when we sin against God. They don’t when they sin against us. But Jesus teaches us the way of gracious forgiveness.

  • LENT 2015: Scandal (Easter Sunday)

    LENT 2015: Scandal (Easter Sunday)

    April 5:  The Empty Tomb  Notes / Podcast

    The grave is empty?! Jesus is sending peace to his sinful disciples?!  

  • LENT 2015: Scandal (Good Friday)

    LENT 2015: Scandal (Good Friday)

    April 3:  The Curtain  Podcast

    (Luke 23:44-49) God’s Son died?! What happened to the massive curtain?! What access do sinners have to a holy God?! I’d connect this to the whole Temple set-up, the Day of Atonement, and the idea of gospel access to the throne of grace, which is shocking and unexpected.  

  • LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 5)

    LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 5)

    March 18:  The Decision  Podcast

    (Luke 23:18-25) A murderer set free?! An innocent man condemned?! A mob triumphs over justice?! An innocent man condemned?! I’d connect this to vicarious atonement, the blood sacrifices of the OT, the Day of Atonement, and much more.  

  • LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 4)

    LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 4)

    March 11:  The Trial  Podcast

    (Luke 22:66-23:12) The laws of jurisprudence are out the window! The lies at his trial - He opposes payment of taxes! He’s like all those other riot-starting Messiah/Kings! Pilat and Herod’s own testimony of his innocence. The hypocrisy of the Sanhedrin to accuse Jesus of starting a riot and then starting one themselves! I’d connect this to the doctrine of justification and how Jesus is being treated as if he were guilty and how we are treated as if we were innocent.  

  • LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 3)

    LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 3)

    March 4:  The Arrest  ( Podcast available)

    (Matthew 26:47-56) Under the cover of night?! Led by one of the 12?! A large crowd comes after Jesus?! In a private place?! Even Jesus called them out for the secrecy and the darkness of that scandalous arrest! I’d connect this to what we do as Christians when no one is looking. What thoughts go on in the privacy of our minds, what websites do we click when the door is closed, what happens at home that wouldn’t dare happen at church? Then I’d connect this to Jesus’ willingness to be arrested. Although he knocked the soldiers on their backsides with his words, he “hid” his divine power and allowed it all to happen…for the sake of grace.  

  • LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 2)

    LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 2)

    February 25:  The Betrayal  Podcast

    (Matthew 26:14-16) One of the hand-picked “friends” sells him out for a pocketful of cash?! Jesus’ church treasurer?! Judas started the conversation himself?! Our life isn’t any better. How scandalous are our sins where we betray Jesus; from selling him out for the sake of more hours at work, to more popularity at school, or the momentary pleasure found in a click of the mouse. The only difference between us and Judas is the we know the hope that is ours through Jesus who didn’t sell out on his mission, but instead overwhelms us with grace and love.  

  • LENT 2015: Scandal (Series Summary & Week 1)

    LENT 2015: Scandal (Week 1)

    February 18:  The Plot  Podcast

    (Matthew 26:1-5) The chief priests and elders?! The high priest?! During the Passover?! Kill the Son of Man?! The Pharisees' plot was what got the ball rolling on possibly the greatest scandal the world has ever known. Sadly plots to sin like this still happen today in our lives as we plot and scheme to sin against God. Thankfully we know of the gracious plot the Trinity had before time began and put into action to redeem us from our sins.  

    LENT 2015: Scandal (Series Summary)

    • February 18:  The Plot
    • February 25:  The Betrayal
    • March 4:  The Arrest
    • March 11:  The Trial
    • March 18:  The Decision
    • March 25:  The Plea
    • April 2 (Maundy Thursday):  The Towel
    • April 3 (Good Friday):  The Curtain
    • April 5 (Easter Sunday):  The Empty Tomb

    The President did what?!? The pastor said what?!? Our military did what to the prisoners?! The priest did what to the children?! To me, scandals aren’t just bad things because some bad things we expect to happen. Scandals deal with things we didn’t see coming, things that “shouldn’t” happen the way they do. The events of Jesus’ suffering and death would definitely qualify. But as we know there is more to this scandal than what transpired in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. The scandal includes us all! Sadly it is the scandal of our sin that caused all that Jesus endured. Yet even greater is the scandal that is God’s grace, his undeserved love for us, that caused him to send his Son, Jesus. During this season of Lent we will unpack The Scandal that took place 2,000 years ago and it’s significance for us still today.

  • Easter 2014

    Easter 2014

    • April 20:  Easter With Friends  
      pdf / mp3


    Praise God that the tomb was empty on Easter morning!  Because Christ lives, we also will live one day with Him in heaven.