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By the power of the Holy Spirit and with Jesus' transforming love, we draw people to Christ, disciple them in the faith, and equip them for ministry.

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By the power of the Holy Spirit and with Jesus' transforming love, we draw people to Christ, disciple them in the faith, and equip them for ministry.

    One Vision, One Voice, One Victory - Pastor Kenny Martin (1-19-2020)

    One Vision, One Voice, One Victory - Pastor Kenny Martin (1-19-2020)

    One, Vision, One, Voice, One Victory | 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

    We are thrilled this week to welcome Pastor Kenny Martin speak to us on Sunday. He has been a good friend of our pastors for many years. We consider he and his wife Estelle, who also serves as a pastor, to be fruitful co-laborers for the gospel. Kenny was a nominee for Bishop for our denomination this year and serves in multiple leadership capacities across the nation. We are excited to hear what God has put on his heart. He and Estelle will hold a prayer meeting for our leaders on Saturday, and then he will preach on Sunday morning:

    "Sunday's sermon is about God's ONE Vision for His people to be blessed and to grow in His likeness and divine image. It is important for us to hear the voice of the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit speaking to us with ONE Voice in unity. My prayer is the presence of God would speak and we would hear Him calling us to a higher place in Him. Also, there is ONE Victor who conquered death on the cross, Jesus the Christ, who has given us ONE Victory. My hope, as we leave this service, is we would celebrate and share the good news that in Jesus, we have won the Victory!"

    - Pastor Kenny

    • 39 min
    Jesus the Bread of Life - Rev. Helen Rhee (1-5-2020)

    Jesus the Bread of Life - Rev. Helen Rhee (1-5-2020)

    Jesus the Bread of Life
    John 6:25-35
    Wrong Questions and Right Answers

    Happy New Year! It's the first week of the year 2020. Can you believe it? As you think about what kind of life you'd like to lead this year, what kinds of questions are you asking at the beginning of the year? The quality of questions we ask often determines the quality of answers we seek and receive. However, sometimes we ask wrong questions and thus find wrong solutions. Other times even when we ask wrong questions, Jesus out of his mercy, gives us right answers. In our text today the crowd asks Jesus a series of what they think earnest but wrong questions but Jesus provides for them right answers-i.e., what they need to hear. Together we will discover the significance and implications of Jesus' answers and his fitting "I Am" saying as we prepare hearts for the very first Communion of the year 2020. In this New Year, why don't we let Jesus frame our life's search for where, what, and who the will of God is for us?

    • 17 min
    I AM the Good Shepherd - Rev. Nikki Ramage (12-29-29)

    I AM the Good Shepherd - Rev. Nikki Ramage (12-29-29)

    On this first Sunday after Christmas day we will be exploring the way that Jesus describes himself as the "good shepherd" in John 10. The good shepherd distinguishes himself from the hired hand because the good shepherd knows his sheep and they know him. And, even more powerfully the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Do we entrust our lives to the good shepherd believing that he loves us and will lay down his life for us? Or do we entrust our lives to the hired hand who when the going gets rough leaves us and runs away? This Sunday we will be exploring God's identity as shepherd and what it means to be His sheep. This Sunday I hope we are reminded that It is never too late to join or rejoin the loving fold of our Good Shepherd.

    • 20 min
    Peace in a Troubled World - Rev. Doug Ranck (12-22-2019)

    Peace in a Troubled World - Rev. Doug Ranck (12-22-2019)

    "If you could change one thing in the world, what would that be and why?" How often have we heard this question in certain competitions? And the answer (drum roll) . . . world peace! Over the last three weeks, we have discovered more about our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Everlasting Father. Join us this Sunday as we spend time with the Author of Peace, the Prince of Peace. We will answer a much better question, "How can we have peace in the midst of a troubled world?"

    • 23 min
    Everlasting Father - Rev. Colleen Hurley-Bates (12-15-19)

    Everlasting Father - Rev. Colleen Hurley-Bates (12-15-19)

    As we continue the kingly names found in Isaiah for Advent, we come to the third one: Everlasting Father. In our modern day democracy, it is hard for us to understand using the name father for a monarch. Yet, there is often a sense that a king or queen serves in a parental role for the nation. Because the ascend to the throne in a familial fashion, they can be seen as a parent, especially if they are beloved. They are seen as a protector and provider; the head of the country. It makes sense that people see them as Father or Mother. Sunday, we will explore what it means that Jesus comes to fulfill this role by studying the well-known passage of The Prodigal Son. This is a story which so often focuses on the offspring, yet we see living characteristics of the Everlasting Father in this story Jesus told. I encourage you to read it and ponder anew how Jesus' narrative teaches us about the role He came to fill for us.

    • 25 min
    Mighty God - Rev. Colleen Hurley-Bates (12-8-19)

    Mighty God - Rev. Colleen Hurley-Bates (12-8-19)

    On this second Sunday of Advent, we will continue with the names Isaiah says belong to the King sent by God. Last week, we explored the truth that Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. This week, we will affirm Christ as Mighty God, taking as our text a story in Matthew where Jesus walks on the water. There are multiple scriptures we could explore and I encourage you to think about which one you would choose for this topic. Jesus demonstrates over and over again that He is our Mighty God. As we come to worship this Sunday, we want to prayerfully seek the Lord for what this truly means. Do we live as though we have a Savior who is mighty? Do we affirm His power by trusting Him and by proclaiming His truth?

    • 26 min

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