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  • Name Changer (Week 5)

    Name Changer
     (Week 5)

    August 5: Pray Boldly To Our Faithful God

                   

    In the strangest scene of Jacob’s story, God appears and wrestles with him for hours. Despite God’s superior strength, “Jake the Snake” refuses to loosen his python grip until God blesses him. After decades of grabbing onto sin, Jacob finally grabs on to God. In the same way, we grip God in prayer, holding onto his promises until he blesses us.

  • Name Changer (Week 4)

    Name Changer
     (Week 4)

    July 29: Karma Kills. Grace Saves.

                   

    While karma is not a Christian teaching, a form of karma does exist. The crazy cycle of sin spins every time we give each other what we deserve. Jacob and Laban’s disgusting story is proof. Greed and lies spin back and forth, destroying a family that supposedly was better than the pagan Canaanites. This message warns us of the same destructive cycle in our lives and points us to Jacob’s descendent who turned the other cheek on the cross, giving grace to sinners.

  • Name Changer (Week 3)

    Name Changer
     (Week 3)

    July 22: GOD Is Here!

                   

    After his lies, deceit, and dishonor, Jacob flees for his life and finds…a forgiving God. Jacob’s dream not only inspired a classic song, but also teaches us a classic truth—there is a way for sinners to be with God. Jesus’ words prove that the same is true for “Jacobs” today. He is the true stairway to heaven!

  • Name Changer (Week 2)

    Name Changer
     (Week 2)

    July 15: Jesus Is The Truth

                   

    Sometimes sin is our own idea. And sometimes mom leads us into temptation. Rebekah, the “godly” wife of Isaac, is willing to deceive her own husband to steal a blessing for her favorite child. This story shows us that while parents are to be honored, they are not always to be imitated. We are invited to reflect on the spiritual climate of our homes and remember Jesus, who was willing to disobey the mother who tried to stop his Messianic ministry.

  • Name Changer (Week 1)

    Name Changer
     (Week 1)

    July 8: From Impulsive To Heir

                   

    The first story of Jacob is a sad sign of things to come. Despite God’s promise to bless this younger brother, the “heel-grabber” Jacob uses his intelligence to hustle his older brother. What might seem small, however, starts a pattern of behavior that will ruin Jacob’s family and nearly destroy his life. This account warns us of the “small sins” that will become a pattern of something greater. Finally, it serves as a contrast with Jesus, the “older brother” who chose to give up his birthright of blessing to foolish sinners like us.

  • 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)

  • 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!

  • The Carrot (Week 2)

    The Carrot (Week 2)

    January 11:  The Fuel For Forgiveness  Notes / Podcast

    The Bible tells us not to repay evil for evil (Romans 12:17). The Bible also tells us to forgive....more times than we can count....those who wrong us (Matthew 18:22). But forgiveness alone is tough....to say nothing about forgiving countless times! This week we find out where we can find the fuel to forgive.