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Pastor Matt
April 23, 2017

Messiah

Messiah

We’ve spent the last seven Sundays learning about who Jesus is. When Jesus asks his disciples in Matthew 16, “who do people say that the Son of Man is?” they have multiple responses, but then Jesus turns the question toward his disciples – the ones who had spent time with him, traveled with him, who […]

April 9, 2017

Relationship, Not Religion

Relationship, Not Religion

In the Gospel of Matthew, from Jesus’ triumphal entry through his overturning of tables in the temple, to his cursing of the fig tree, the common theme is prayer. As Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowd shouts, “Hosanna,” which means “save us!” They are essentially praying. Jesus makes his way […]

March 26, 2017

Human

Human

Jesus being human changes everything. Because he didn’t just look like a human, like Superman, with hidden super-powers for resisting temptation, and he wasn’t just a superhuman mind and will locked in a human body like the Terminator. If either of these were the case, then Jesus couldn’t really relate to us, and we couldn’t […]

March 12, 2017

God With Us

God With Us

In John 3, Jesus teaches Nicodemus that “this is the verdict, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light.” Jesus, the light, has come into the world, and still we choose to ignore it all the time, preferring darkness, even at our own expense, to the light. We’re […]

February 26, 2017

Leading & Following: Who are you following?

Leading & Following: Who are you following?

If last week’s questions was “who are you leading?” this week’s question is “who are you following?” In the time of Jesus, learners (or disciples) applied to follow rabbis, not just to master all the information the rabbis could give but to become like the rabbi. Jesus’ disciples didn’t apply to follow him – he […]

February 19, 2017

Leaders & Followers

Leaders & Followers

Are you a leader or a follower? I’ll give you a hint. The answer is yes. As followers of Jesus, we are all called to use the unique gifts God has given us to lead others to Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Ephesus, wrote, “Live a life worthy […]

February 12, 2017

Apollos – The Response of a Teacher and Light Giver

Apollos - The Response of a Teacher and Light Giver

In the Book of Acts, Apollos cannot help but teach what he has seen and heard and learned. Teachers are light givers, compelled to share what’s been revealed, motivated to find ways to communicate so that others can understand, and passionate about equipping others to learn from and live out the scriptures. We can only […]

January 29, 2017

Hosea the Prophet

Hosea the Prophet
January 22, 2017

Jonah the Evangelist

Jonah the Evangelist

Jonah clearly hears the call of God and unabashedly runs in the opposite direction, but even in his disobedience, he can’t help but do what God created him to do. He’s a storyteller, and he can’t help but tell the story of who God is and what God has done. Even with complete strangers in […]

January 8, 2017

Call & Response

Call & Response

What does it mean to respond faithfully with all of our life? We are all called, and we cannot ignore or deny that fact – we’re called to be part of the Kingdom and to use the gifts and abilities that God has given us for the sake of the Kingdom. We are called to […]

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