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  • You Reap What You Root (Week 5)

    You Reap What You Root
     (Week 5)

    October 7: Want Fruit? Get A Go Root!

                   

    Sharing the good news about Jesus is an obvious way to produce joy in other people’s hearts. But Paul was convinced that it was a key to producing joy in our own hearts as well. He prayed for his friend Philemon to be active in sharing his faith in order to grasp all the good things we have through Jesus. The same is true today. A “go root” produces incredible fruit!

  • You Reap What You Root (Week 4)

    You Reap What You Root
     (Week 4)

    September 30: Want Fruit? Plant A Give Root!

                   

    Everyone wants to “reap generously” and enjoy the blessings of God. But we often forget Paul’s classic line that only those who sow generously will reap a generous harvest. Paul was unashamed to say that being financially generous was a key to joy, blessing, and so much more. In the same way, many Christians have learned that it is more blessed to give than to receive, that having a “give root” actually produces incredible fruit!

  • You Reap What You Root (Week 3)

    You Reap What You Root
     (Week 3)

    September 23: Want Fruit? Get a Grow Root!

                   

    Fake news. Feuding religions. Personal interpretations. How does a person have any peace in a world where everything seems so uncertain? Peter’s answer was—Grow. Although he admitted the Bible was a hard book to read, he knew that it produced knowledge and grace to keep us secure in our faith until Jesus returns.

  • You Reap What You Root (Week 2)

    You Reap What You Root
     (Week 2)

    September 16: Want Fruit? Get A Gather Root!

                   

    You are not an accident. You are not a slave. That’s what God wanted his people to remember every single week of their lives. The Sabbath Day commandment proves that knowing God as your Creator and Savior was one of our Father’s highest priorities for our weekends. In the same way, we gather each week to celebrate those same timeless truths—God made us. God saved us. Those facts produce joy and peace deep in our hearts, “fruit” that feeds us throughout our week.

  • You Reap What You Root (Week 1)

    You Reap What You Root
     (Week 1)

    September 9: Jesus Roots Produce The Spirit's Fruits

                   

    Even pastors know sixty minutes on Sundays have their limits. Some fruit only comes through personal, vulnerable, doing-life-together community. The early church knew that, and their “group root” produced the fruit of love and generosity and kindness. When we are personally know and are personally known in a spiritual community, we find our spiritual and physical needs being met.

  • Give, Save, Live (Week 3)

    Give, Save, Live
     (Week 3)

    November 19: God The Spirit Lives

                   

    God is in the joy-giving business. He is not a money-hungry owner that denies his money managers any personal pleasure. Instead, God created a beautiful world and gave us money to enjoy it. Some imply you should feel guilty for any personal spending (as if owning a TV was a mortal sin when so many people in the world are starving). But if we have given first and saved second, we do not need to feel guilt in living off the rest, to enjoying the places God created, the food God grew, the technology God allowed us to develop. He gives these things for our pleasure! So, be generous first and enjoy the rest to his glory.

  • Give, Save, Live (Week 2)

    Give, Save, Live
     (Week 2)

    November 12: God The Son Saves

                   

    The Proverbs picture a wise person as one who doesn’t squander every last dollar like a prodigal child. They leave an inheritance for their children’s children. Yet Americans have nothing left to save. The vast majority, despite the shocking wealth of our time, are living in debt. Why? Because we are trying to save ourselves from boredom (new toys), from being average (new clothes, bigger homes), from sadness (vacations and upgraded phones). Yet, the short-term pleasure doesn’t last long and we end up needing to be saved. But God saves. Jesus’ atoning work saves us from being separated from God. In his presence we find the secret of being content and are able to spend less and save more.

  • Give, Save, Live (Week 1)

    Give, Save, Live
     (Week 1)

    November 5: God The Father Gives

                   

    God so loved the world that he gave. Those famous words are the heart of our salvation, but they also show us the heart of God. He is a giver. Do you believe that? Everything we have and own and enjoy is ours because our Father in heaven is a giver. Every good and perfect gift comes from him. He knows what we need and supplies daily bread. Worry and financial fear dissolve when we see God as the perfect combination of endless resources and endless love. Only then are our hearts equipped to imitate God and become a cheerful giver.

  • Roots (Week 5)

    Roots
     (Week 5)

    October 8: Go: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    In an age where fewer and fewer people know even the basics of Christianity, the mission of the Church is urgent. No wonder Jesus spoke with urgency as he gave his followers their mission before his return to heaven. This message explores the outward-focused mission God has given to Christians today.

  • Roots (Week 4)

    Roots
     (Week 4)

    October 1: Give: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    Jesus knew one of the most powerful ways to transform your life was to give. He also knew it would be one of the hardest. Yet when we give our time and money to others, trusting that God will provide all that we need, our hearts soon follow, finding joy in sharing God’s love.

  • Roots (Week 3)

    Roots
     (Week 3)

    September 24: Grow: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    Sometimes the Word grows like a seed in our hearts, producing a crop of peace and love and joy. And sometimes it doesn’t. What gets in the way of spiritual growth? And how can God help us grow to become more mature in faith as the years go by? This message explores the value of bringing the Word of God home and protecting your “time with God” so that your faith grows.

  • Roots (Week 2)

    Roots
     (Week 2)

    September 17: Group: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    “Two are better than one,” wise King Solomon wrote. He knew the power of two (or more) people grouped together for the purpose of spiritual transformation. Have you experienced that power? This message explores the value of have a Life Group, a small circle of Christians who love you, love God, and love to see spiritual growth in you.

  • Roots (Week 1)

    Roots
     (Week 1)

    September 10: Gather: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    “Let us not give up meeting together,” the author of the Hebrews wrote. He knew the power of regularly gathering around the gospel to be taught, corrected, challenged, confronted, and forgiven in Jesus’ name. This message explores the value of gathering together every week (and the lures the Enemy uses to prevent God’s people from gathering).

  • The Carrot (Week 3)

    The Carrot (Week 3)

    January 18:  Motivation To Give  Notes / Podcast

    Having the proper motivation makes the act of giving a "get to" as opposed to a "have to". When we remember all that Jesus did to redeem us and give us the gift of eternal life, we should be filled with joy....overflowing with love....and ready to give our heartfelt gifts to the One who willingly paid our debt.