Imagine: The Reality of Heaven

LISTEN  NOTES: In 1971, John Lennon challenged the world to Imagine. The Beatle’s had broken up by spring ’70… solo career… “Imagine all the people…” Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today. In the song, Lennon confesses to…

“Seeing the Unseen God” – Psalm 19:1-4

Sermon audio: Sermon notes and quotes: I have worn glasses for about a year and a half… frames at COSTCO… couldn’t believe what I’d been missing!  See clearly across the store, leaves, street signs… Seeing things you could not previously see makes a huge difference. We are starting a 5-week sermon series today, Unseen Realities….

He Descended into Hell?

This Sunday we will be reciting the Apostles’ Creed at the beginning of the service, and ancient statement of faith that believers have professed since the 2nd century. One line in the creed says that Jesus “descended into hell.”  If you have ever wondered what that means, we encourage you to check out this helpful insight by the late…

I Confessed This on Sunday

On Sunday I confessed that, as I considered fulfilling my pledge, I felt a strange tension. I had been so excited in early July to stretch beyond what I originally thought our family would pledge. But now it was August, and since pledging we have received tuition bills for two of our college age children…

“Remembering Our Recipientness” (Deuteronomy 8:6-20)

Sermon Notes: Deuteronomy 8:6-20 6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig…

The Heart of Gospel-Influenced Communication

Last Sunday’s sermon was on communication and based on Paul’s admonition in Ephesians 4:29 to build others up rather than tear them down. A couple of the main ideas are that healthy communication is a gospel issue that requires my heart to be deeply affected by God’s grace. Otherwise, I will be self-righteously critical, cast…

Healthy Communication (Ephesians 4:29)

Listen: One of the most important subjects that is addressed in pre-marriage counseling courses is the topic of communication. After all, the health of any relationship or organization can be gauged by the health of its communication. Do people feel heard, understood and valued? Do they feel informed? Do they feel safe asking questions, or…

The Power of Encouragement (Hebrews 10:19-25)

I’m sitting on a stool today because this past month has left me mentally and emotionally exhausted. As I said in the vision video, we came here to minister out of weakness, not strength. I definitely feel like I am at that weak place in need grace. I’ve feel like a marathoner who, at mile…