Nov 25, 2020
Yet I Will Rejoice (Thanksgiving)
  • Nov 25, 2020Yet I Will Rejoice (Thanksgiving)
    Nov 25, 2020
    Yet I Will Rejoice (Thanksgiving)
  • Nov 22, 2020A King That Checks All the Boxes
    Nov 22, 2020
    A King That Checks All the Boxes

    We saw it once again with the recent election season. Everyone wants their candidate to be the one who’s in charge. Everyone thinks their candidate is the one who is best equipped to fix their problems. Today, as we finish our Psalms of Hope sermon series, we’ll be reminded that even better than being able to proclaim that “my president” is in charge, we can rejoice in the fact that “our king reigns!” But this King is like no other king in the history of the world. You might even call him the anti-king. But today, we’ll see why following Christ as our King makes all the difference in the way we feel about our lives and our eternity!


  • Nov 15, 2020A Taste of What’s to Come
    Nov 15, 2020
    A Taste of What’s to Come

    Last week, we focused on the hope we can have in Christ, even in the face of mortality and Judgment Day. Today, we celebrate the eternal triumphant victory of all those who die trusting in Jesus as their Savior. These are not “saints” in the sense of “really good people who have done really good things so that they get recognized as saints.” These saints are saints only through the perfect righteousness and sacrifice of Christ on their behalf. And that’s the same reason why we can rejoice for all those who have fallen asleep in the Lord. They’ve received, and are now enjoying the ultimate victory that we as Christians yearn for throughout our pilgrimage here on earth. They now stand in the holy presence of God, who has made them his own! Ah, how our hearts yearn to be   forever in the courts of the Lord! Better is one day there than a thousand years of the best this world could offer! How our hearts yearn within us! How joyful we can be that one day, through Christ, we will join them!


  • Mar 15, 2020Darkness/Light
    Mar 15, 2020
    Series: Contrast
    The light of the world brings sight to the blind and judgment to the blinded. Faith means seeing Jesus as Savior. We were born in the blindness of sin, and without the light of Christ we could not find a way to safety. Christ comes to shine his light into our darkened eyes that we might see him and live. Yet for those who refuse to see their Savior in Christ, the blindness of unbelief remains. He gives gracious sight to the blind who trust in him; he gives blinding judgment on those who reject him; finally, he displays the work of God in the lives of those who now walk in the light of Christ.
  • Mar 8, 2020Works/Faith
    Mar 8, 2020
    Series: Contrast
    The gift of God comes by faith to all nations. Not a holy life, not acts of obedience, but simple trust in the promise of God brings the gift of living water for thirsty souls. Abraham believed God’s promise and so became not only the father of a nation, but the forefather of the Promised Seed who would bless all people. He had faith in God who justifies the wicked, and so God credited it to him as righteousness. By this same faith, Christ gives righteousness to all who believe and enfolds sinful Samaritans and modern Gentiles like us into the family of God.  
  • Mar 1, 2020Week 1: Team Adam? Or Team Jesus?
    Mar 1, 2020
    Week 1: Team Adam? Or Team Jesus?
    Series: Contrast
    Have you ever met siblings who couldn't be more different? One is good at sports, and the other is into theater. They look nothing alike. The one is a leader, the other is a follower. They're complete contrasts of one another. And yet, they're still inextricably related. Today, as we begin our series, Contrast, we compare Adam and Christ - two people who couldn't be any more different, and yet who are inextricably connected to one another, and inextricably every one of us!
    Sermon Text: Romans 5:12-19
    First Sunday in Lent
  • Feb 23, 2020Wk 4: The Glorified Sacrifice
    Feb 23, 2020
    Wk 4: The Glorified Sacrifice
    During Epiphany, we’ve focused on how Jesus showed himself to be the Son of God and the Savior of the world through word and deed. Transfiguration reveals a glimpse of Jesus in all his divine glory, and offers a sneak peek of Easter morning. Therefore, it’s particularly appropriate to celebrate Transfiguration on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, before the Church descends into the shadowy valley of Lent, and the Christ, revealed today through a glimpse of glory, experiences the humility of suffering and death. It sounds paradoxical. The one who will be sacrificed in weakness and death will be glorified? And yet, in God, this world gets turned upside down!
  • Feb 16, 2020Week 3: Every Sin is Serious
    Feb 16, 2020
    Week 3: Every Sin is Serious
    "Just a little white lie." "Just one quick peek." "Just this one time." "Everyone else was doing it." "At least I'm not doing things like those people do!" "Nobody's getting hurt." "No one else even knows!" We're very good at coming up with excuses why our sins aren't really that big of a deal. But as God's Word reminds us today, there is no such thing as a harmless sin. Because every sin separates a person from the Holy God, and brings us further from the holy life that God calls us to live. Every sin is serious. And God is serious about sin! So serious, that God took action!
    Sermon Text: Matthew 5:21-37
  • Feb 4, 2020Week 1: The Weak Are Strong
    Feb 4, 2020
    Week 1: The Weak Are Strong
    “Only the strong survive.” So the world says. In this world, the nations with the strongest militaries are feared. Those with the strongest investment portfolios are respected. Those with the loudest voices draw the biggest crowds. So the world thinks. That’s why it seems so upside down to hear Jesus say things like “Blessed are the poor.” “Blessed are those who mourn.” “Blessed are those who are persecuted.” That sounds like weakness, not strength, doesn’t it? So the world says. But in this world turned upside down, Jesus reminds us that those who the world thinks are strong are weak. And those who are weak, according to the world’s standards, are strong when they look for their strength in the right place.
  • Jan 27, 2020Jesus Got Baptized? (Baptism of Jesus)
    Jan 27, 2020
    Jesus Got Baptized? (Baptism of Jesus)
    The Greek word epiphany literally means "to shine into," bringing to mind how the special star lead  the wise men to worship the baby Jesus.  But the Greek word is normally used in the sense of "appearance." For 18 centuries, Christians have set aside the early part of the new year to talk about how God reveals Jesus' identity as true God, Messiah, the Christ - the anointed Savior.  Epiphany also stresses that when one has seen Jesus with eyes of faith, they are never the same.