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Epiphany – God Revealed
December 31, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Mark 1; Isaiah 40
As we close out this old year and enter into this new one: Put these questions to yourself: Do you know the forgiveness of your sin? Are you carrying around a great weight on your shoulders? the weight of guilt, of shame, of hurts, of unforgiveness of disappointment in yourself, of failure, the weight of sin, of wondering if this is all there is to life? I offer you this hope. You can know God in a personal way. Jesus is God in person so that we may know who God is for us. He loves you. He desires you to know his heart for you. He will not break you. – a bruised reed he will not break He will love you and always be faithful to you. He will never be disappointed in you. For he has come to save us for his own sake.
On Christmas, A Savior Is Born for You
December 24, 2017 - Clay Spencer
Why did God come, and why did He come with such little celebration or parade? It seems backwards to us that God, the King of the universe, would come without a party or a coronation, but God seems to not care nearly as much about the things that mankind cares about. We also seem to not care very much about the things that are important to God. On Christmas night, those many years ago, Jesus turned the world upside down. He turned all of our preconceptions on their head, and He began a work, a work even within our very hearts, that was brand new. The truth is that Jesus came for us. Watch or listen as Pastor Clay explains.
Receiving Christ This Christmas
December 24, 2017 - Michael Acock
Luke 1: 26-38; Luke 2: 34-38
On Christmas, Jesus, the Son of God, became real flesh, human without giving up His relationship with God the Father. This shouldn't be possible. For on one side of Jesus, there is the Triune life of God with its purity, joy, righteousness and relationship, and on the other side, there is mankind with it's hiding, shame, brokenness, corruption, disease and perversion. So how could this be? Jesus has brought healing to mankind, and he has tied our, mankind's, destiny to His. In this Christmas Eve sermon, watch or listen as Pastor Mike Acock teaches on how we can receive Christ's healing in our own busy lives this Christmas holiday.
Getting Into The Spirit at Christmas
December 17, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Luke 1:39-50
How are you choosing to get into the Christmas Spirit, capital S, this season? We have choices between the consumer-oriented version of Christmas and the various parties and family events we'll all attend. In this week's message Pastor Phil digs into the true meaning of Christmas and how we can celebrate the Christmas Story with ourselves and our family.
Who Are You and Where Are You Going?
December 10, 2017 - Jane Williams
Ephesians 2:10
Do you know who you are? How about where you're going? Jane Williams, our Director of Benevolence and Love INC - Columbia, MO's Program Director, explains that we are God's beloved masterpieces, and He has made us to love others. Using stories and other anecdotes, Jane shows us that loving others requires surrender, humility and endurance to practice love towards other people in the midst of all of life's ups and downs. We then can begin to see momentum pick up as we grow, and bit by bit, we can do good to people as those loved by God.
Advent Begins in Darkness
December 03, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Malachi 4: 4-6
What is Advent? In the first sermon of the Advent season, Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches on how Advent is a season of preparation. Preparation for what you may ask? The remembrance of the coming of Jesus, yes, but it is also a time to remember that Jesus is coming again. When we ask, "Where is God? Why do so many bad things happen? Has God abandoned us? Is God real? Is he true to His word?", we can remember that Jesus is coming again. He is coming to meet us in those questions. As Pastor Phil was told years ago, "...it is not your Word. It is God's Word, and God will be faithful to his Word." If you trying to find hope in despair this Christmas season, we hope this sermon is a gift that helps you see some light in the midst of darkness.
Always, Unceasingly, in Everything
November 26, 2017 - Scott Williams
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians. 5: 16-18 Do you rejoice always? Pray without ceasing? In everything, do you give thanks? Probably not, but Pastor Scott Williams teaches on what it looks like to practice these things not with perfection but with joy. Rejoicing, praying, and appreciating aren't just things we do, but we do all of these things because of who we are as Christians. "We become who we are. A dog barks because of who he is. A Christian rejoices, prays, and give thanks, because of who they are. Listen for how we can seek to live this out in our daily lives.
Eucharisteo and Thankfulness
November 19, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 Corinthians 11:23-25
We say the original sin was disobedience and that’s true, but it can be argued the original sin was ingratitude. Isn’t that the catalyst for all sin? Our Fall is, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. At Thanksgiving we give thanks for provision, for food, family, friends, a day off. It’s all good. Who is behind all that provision?When looked at this way, thankfulness is an expression of my theology. The very purpose of salvation is that we might be able to see God for Who He is & in seeing Him for Who He is we will only & ever want to give Him thanks. In thanksgiving, we are expressing that we are receiving from Him. Here's a short guide to Gratitude during this holiday season: Gratitude is an art form because it requires discipline & practice & imagination & soul Offer 2 thanksgivings for every petition offered Faith looks like thanksgiving Thanksgiving helps us to live the commandments There are many expressions to a thank-filled life besides the verbal Go thru your day with the intent of looking for ways to say thank-you The daily practice of thankfulness
God's Awesome Ways
November 12, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Exodus 32
Do you see God as Awesome? Many of us read the Old Testament looking for the moral of the story, or looking for how we should or should not behave. It seems that in much of the Old Testament there is a lot of failure. And we tend to read it as to how can I avoid the pitfalls that these guys fell into. The story literally shows all the ins and outs of our thinking about God, and our emotions, and our misbehaviors. It could be an example of our daily life: I’m close to God, I’ve lost track of God, I love people, I am so angry I could kill (fill in blank), don’t blame me. What is Moses doing? He is willing to take his place alongside the condemned, alongside the worst of sinners, alongside the unfaithful. Blot me out of your book. Rom.3:21: But now a righteousness of God apart from the Law is revealed – what does it say – being witnessed by the Law & the prophets, it is the righteousness that comes by God. This is the revelation of the story. This is the work of God & it is truly awe-creating. This is a powerful work of God which only he can do in our hearts.
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 05, 2017 - Mike Acock
Matthew 5: 10-12
Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, and in this sermon, Pastor Michael Acock leads us through learning about and praying for those who are suffering in Jesus' name. He shares stories of Christians who have been and are being persecuted along with videos and images. Maybe, this topic makes you wonder how this applies to your situation or how we can even make a difference. To help answer those questions, Pastor Mike gives 10 ways we can pray for the persecuted church today, and he leads us through 3 prayer times at the end of this sermon. Listen or watch to join in with us.