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Extraordinary Love (Matthew 5:43-47)

Is there anybody you just don’t like? What do find yourself thinking about when you think of them? Jesus calls His disciples to be His ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20) and witnesses (Acts 1:8). As witnesses, we testify to the extraordinary power, love, and goodness of Christ. In other words, we testify about something better than… Continue reading Extraordinary Love (Matthew 5:43-47)

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What Jesus said about Murder (Matthew 5:21-26)

Making a snowman is a lot of fun. It’s even more fun when you have a hill nearby! There is a phrase you may have heard of called the “Snowball effect”. It’s defined as “a situation in which something increases in size or importance at a faster and faster rate.” A snowball effect can be… Continue reading What Jesus said about Murder (Matthew 5:21-26)

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Jesus and the Law (Matthew 5:17-20)

  Can you think of a moment when someone or something greatly exceeded your expectations? Maybe it was a restaurant, job, company or product? Think of a time when you were blown away by how much better it turned out to be than you thought it would. Now try to imagine being in Israel during… Continue reading Jesus and the Law (Matthew 5:17-20)

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Doubting God’s Love (Malachi 1:1-5)

Introduction to Malachi   Malachi is a book that deserves our attention. It was written to a people who questioned the love of God, were troubled by the world around them, were apathetic in their worship, were indulging in sinful activities, dishonoring marriage, selfishly withholding their tithes and offerings, and questioning the benefit of following… Continue reading Doubting God’s Love (Malachi 1:1-5)

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Advent: God is Love (1 John 4:8)

In April of 1975, the #1 song in America was Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You”. It began with this line: “Loving you is easy because you’re beautiful.” Not because you are nice, not because you are kind, but because you are beautiful. This is actually a consistent theme in modern music. Turn on “Top 40” radio… Continue reading Advent: God is Love (1 John 4:8)

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Who Are You to Judge? (James 4:11-17)

Did you know that one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible is so misunderstood that people rarely quote the entire verse! It is Luke 6:37 and many times only the first three words are quoted: “Do not judge…” Non-Christians will use this verse as a weapon to seek to silence Christians from sharing… Continue reading Who Are You to Judge? (James 4:11-17)

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I Am a Functioning Church Member (1 Cor 12:12-31)

(Pastor's note: This sermon is part of a series of messages based on the book "I  Am a Church Member" by Thom Rainer.) “9 out of 10 churches in America are declining or growing at a pace slower than that of their communities” (Thom Rainer). There are various reasons that contribute to this, but the… Continue reading I Am a Functioning Church Member (1 Cor 12:12-31)