Converting an Empire

What does it take to convert an empire? What does it take to be the kind of person God can use to convert an empire? This is the theme of the first four chapters of Daniel. This story has a lot to teach us as we live in a world that doesn’t align with God’s purposes.


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    Addressing TMS*

    “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness...” Exodus 34:6

    In The Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man had a problem – he had no heart. Because of that, a large part of his experience in his world made no sense whatsoever. In the same way, our world and our lives often don’t make sense because we try to get them to work without the Heart they were designed for. In this series, we will be looking at the Heart and Character of God, as He describes it in Exodus 34:6. This is the Heart that we and this whole universe were made for.     [*Tin Man Syndrome]



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      “The righteous ones will live by faith.”  Habakkuk 2:4

      Is it possible our faith has become worn down and dilapidated but we don’t even know it? When daunting threats and challenges burst into his life, Habakkuk found that while he needed a strong, courageous faith, the one he had wasn’t up to the task. That’s when God came alongside him and walked Habakkuk through an overhaul of his faith. So, do we have the courage to take that journey with God as well?



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        The Reveal

        We have seen over these past weeks of Lent how Jesus’ identity is often hidden from us and others by His humanity, His suffering, His teachings, our expectations, etc. But at Easter this identity was made known. Jesus was revealed in the fullness of His divinity, His purpose and His eternity. And it was shocking! The revelation shook the foundations of our world, our history, and especially our understanding of who we are in this universe. It ends up that who Jesus is changes everything!


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          The Hidden

          "He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know him."  John 1:10

          How is it even possible that God Himself lived among us and nobody really knew it? And why would He allow that to happen? It doesn't seem like the best way to save us. Why not make it undeniable and obvious who You are? Or is there something precious to God about people having a real choice, not an undeniale choice, when they decide to love and follow Him? Is that why, throughout His life, Jesus remained The "Hidden?"


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          Checking Vitals

          We all know how important check-ups are. We get them for our health, our teeth, our cars, even our pets. But how often do we take the time to have a spiritual check-up? For five weeks, we will dig into the five areas essential to our spiritual health both as individual followers of Jesus and as a community of God's people:

          • Prayer
          • Discipleship
          • Worship
          • Outreach
          • Community

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          Advent Prayers: Expect, Anticipate, Hope!

          Advent is the season in the church calendar focusing on the arrival and expectant preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. As recorded in the Gospel according to Luke, many individuals expectantly hope for the Lord’s arrival through prayer. Mary, Zechariah, Simeon, Anna, Angels, and Shepherds all have recorded prayers of hope and trust in God’s plan to come to earth in the person of Christ. Each week, we will be looking at these particular prayers of hope and acknowledging how they can continue to lead us to hope in the arrival of our God and celebrate Christ’s birth.


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          Strength of Heart: How David Points us to a True and Better King

          When God guided Samel to anoint David as king, God told Samuel, "do not consider his appearace or his height ... People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

          In this October-November sermon series, we will walk through some of the major moments of David's life in 1 and 2 Samuel, exploring how God defines true strength of heart and how this impacts the way we see one another, while pointing us to Jesus as the true and better king which prepares us for Advent.


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          Treasure: Setting Your Heart on What Matters Most

          In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth...but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven...for where your treasure is, there your heart will be." (Matthew 6:19-21) This sermon series explores how to set our hearts on what matters most- setting us free from the grip of money, the grip of performance, and the grip of anxiety- so that we can live fully and love one another deeply. 


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          Goddard Park Celebration


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