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Lighthouse (Matthew 5:14-16)

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    Go and make disciples of all nations. That’s what we want to do, that’s our mission that we’ve been diving into the last few weeks. We know it’s a call we’re all called to, regardless of our spiritual gifts and talents. We also know that we’re not supposed to do it alone, we’re s…

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Holiness Unto the Lord (Mark 7:18-23)

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    Last week we talked about why it’s so important to be a part of the local church. We know that we need each other. We can’t follow Jesus alone. We weren’t meant to follow Jesus alone. We were meant to be a community, a family of believers that lifts one another up and encourages …

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One Another

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    I knew a kid once in school who used to say that he loved God, but didn’t go to church. I asked him why one day, and he told me that he didn’t feel like it was necessary to go to church to have a relationship with God. This is a common sentiment, maybe even some of us gathered he…

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The Heart of the Matter (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

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    We talked last week about the call to be disciple makers, a call that extends to all of us, regardless of who we are. If we have believed in Jesus and accepted the forgiveness of sins through His blood, then we are to be disciple makers. We can be other things too, pastors, evang…

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Disciple Maker

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    This morning we’re going to continue to talk about what it means to be a disciple of Christ Jesus, but before we do that, I want to tell you a story. Well, actually, I’m going to tell you the beginning of a story and then I’ll tell you the middle in the middle of my message, and …

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Count the Cost (Luke 14:25-33)

    There’s a song out right now with words that have a lot to do with what we’re looking at this morning. It’s called “More Than Anything” by Natalie Grant. I’ve put the words to the chorus up on a slide, and it says this: “Help me want the Healer more than the healing. Help me want the Savior more…

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The Call (Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 6:40)

     I was reading this week from a book by Francis Chan about discipleship and I was struck by something that he said that the Spirit has used to sort of guide me in a direction for us to start our New Year as a church. This is what he wrote, “The whole point of being a disciple of Jesus is: we imi…

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A Hymn of Friendship (Psalm 8)

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     When I was a teenager, I was going to a church that had a really active youth group. It was a youth group that tried to be up-to-date and relevant, and I remember that one of the songs that we sang had a line that said, “I am a friend of God.”
    Now, I was really only…

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The Light of the World (John 1:9-13)

    Tonight’s message is a simple one. We’ve read the Christmas story and we’ve sung songs about the Christmas story that serve to help us remember what the details of the story are. The songs are great, and it is also great to read the Scriptures that tell us why we celebrate Christmas.
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The Love of the Cross (John 3:16-21)

    Today is the final Sunday of Advent. Today is the day that we remember the love of God and the love of Christ, and we celebrate the Christian love that God calls us to. Today we celebrate God’s love, which is seen also in His hope, His peace, and His joy, which is what we have already celebrated…

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Joy Inexpressible (1 Peter 1:6-9)

    We use the word “joy” a lot during this time of year, even outside the church. We talk about the joy of the season. We wish other families a joyous holiday. We have the word “joy” decorating our homes. The French expression for Merry Christmas is even “joyeux Noël” which literally translated mea…

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Hope-God With Us (Matthew 1:18-25)

    This morning marks the first Sunday of advent, the Sunday when, as we read, we celebrate hope, particularly the hope we have in Christ. Over the next few weeks, we’ll remember different things about Christ and the reason He came in the form of a baby all those years ago, but to start our advent …

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Choose the Lord (Joshua 24)

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    Today, we’ll close the book of Joshua. The final chapter in Joshua is one of the most important chapters in the entire Old Testament. Before we close the book of Joshua though, we’ve skipped a few chapters and we need to know what’s happened so we get our overview of the book.…

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Battling through Prayer & Faith (Joshua 6)

    Today’s passage is probably one that many of you are familiar with. It’s always been one of my favorite passages in the Bible, and it’s certainly one of the most recognizable stories in the Bible. Today, we’re going to talk about the fall of Jericho in Joshua 6.
    Last week we talk…

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Preparing for God to Move (Joshua 3 & 4)

    Have you ever gone through a season in life where you’re waiting for God to move? You’re just waiting on His timing? You know He had something coming up around the corner, He’s whispered things to you and promised something. You might even know what it is, but you’re just waiting. Sometimes the …

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The Harlot (Joshua 2)

    This morning’s passage features a story that most people in the church are familiar with: it’s the story of Rahab.
    I remember when I was about ten or eleven, my brother and I had these Bible stories on tape. Now, they wouldn’t just read the Bible story aloud. They were dramatized on …

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