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Pray Like This: The Lord's Prayer
August 12, 2018 - Donnie Berry
Matthew 6: 9-13
What is the Lord's Prayer? This is one of the most common Bible passages ever recited by Christians and the Church, and in this sermon, Pastor Donnie Berry helps us understand what we're praying when we say the Lord's Prayer found in Matthew 6: 9 -13. This is how Jesus taught us to pray, and these aren't simple words to be recited without understanding or care. These words are powerful. We can pray the Lord's prayer when we don't know how to pray, and these words should shape all of our prayers. We can pray the Lord's prayer in every aspect of our lives, and it also helps change our hearts to know God more deeply. The Lord's prayer helps us know who God is. Pastor Donnie asks us to learn the Lord's prayer, not because of a duty but so that you could know God better and more personally for yourself.
Wrestling Against Sin
August 05, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Ephesians 12:6
What is sin? That's the question Pastor Phil Schaefer talks about in today's sermon. Christianity's message does not begin with sin. No, it begins with grace and mercy, but sin is a huge theme in the Bible. GK Chesterton said: "Original Sin is the only Christian doctrine that is empirically verifiable." The irony is that we still refuse to see sin. The Old Testament in the Bible leaves us feeling helpless and sometimes even depressed, but we're supposed to read the Old Testament that way. We are helpless against sin. That goes for everyone; there's no one who gets a hall pass on it. Even if we refuse to admit we have sin and all sort of wrongs in our lives, we only need to read today's headlines to see that sin is alive and well in everyone. It's a force that's more than simply breaking rules. Sin is revealed in our discontentment, jealousy, laziness, lying, bad attitude, judging, speeding, unkindness, hatred, impatience, and any other vices. So where does sin leave us? Are we just stuck? No! Jesus has rescued us by his blood on the cross. God's Word is stronger than sin, and His Word will not return void. The paradox is that the knowledge of sin is only given to those who've begun to know God's mercy and grace. For all who call upon the Lord shall be saved.
The Holy Spirit and Virtue (or Virtue with Teeth)
July 29, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Proverbs 1: 2-4
What is a virtue? How do you become a virtuous person? Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches on how we can be virtuous in our own lives. Learn about what the cardinal virtues: prudence, moderation, justice, and fortitude. Pastor Phil helps define each of these cardinal virtues, but he also helps break down what they mean for us as Christians. These virtues actually apply to our supernatural destiny. Virtue is a way to align ourselves with heaven; however, this is not something that should overwhelm us as something we have to do on our own. These virtues don't come naturally to us after all. Pastor Phil reminds us that virtue is something the Holy Spirit is putting in us. God is doing a work in us; so, while we should aim to be virtuous, God is ultimately the one installing these things in us. We can be confident in this.
Entering into Beauty, Joy, Goodness, Faithfulness
July 22, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Galations 5:16, 22-23
What is Beauty? What is Joy? Goodness? Faithfulness? Pastor Phil Schaefer talks on chasing beauty, joy, goodness, and faithfulness, and he defines what he means by each word. That each is worth actively pursuing. In life, it's easy to see the bad, and it's harder to see the positive. However, Pastor Phil teaches that entering into beauty, joy, goodness, and faithfulness ultimately brings us closer to God Himself. As we grow in these things, we grow closer to Jesus, and may we always know Him more whether in our jobs, relationships, marriages, and in all areas of life. That we would never cease searching for the goodness of God in the treasure hunt of life.
Love and the Universe
July 15, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 4:12; Colossians 1:16
Does God exist? Is God out there? In the Universe? This week Pastor Phil brings us a lesson from the depths of space! We did not make all of this and though scientist may profess their atheism or agnosticism they still must confront our smallness in this universe. What if all that has been created, all that exists, all the vastness, is an expression of love? Please join us in listening to our weekly podcast...
Your Prayers Are Not in Vain
July 08, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Revelation 8: 3-4
Why pray? In our modern lives, it's easy to feel too busy to pray, and sometimes it can feel like we aren't being heard. Does God listen to our prayers? Today, Pastor Phil Schaefer declares "Your Prayers Are Not in Vain." You were created to pray. Jesus wants to know us personally and intimately, and prayer causes us to lean into Him. We can cast all of our cares and even joys before Him. Yet, our prayers, in truth, are a sign that God is holding onto us. That the LORD of all hears us. Prayer comes out of admitting our need for God. It's talking about our needs with Jesus, and He will prove himself faithful. Still not sure about prayer? Watch or listen to Pastor Phil teach on talking to God.  
Your Reaching Out Is Not in Vain
July 01, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Acts 8:3-4
Is reaching out to others worth it? It can be a little embarrassing sometimes, and it can also seem unimportant or insignificant. Pastor Phil Schaefer shares stories of how reaching out to others can change people's lives. When we share point people to Jesus, we bring them before heaven, and when we pray for them, we bring them before God. Though our church isn't more important than other churches, we should want to invite others to our church. We should want people to discover the hope we've found, and we should be excited for them to join a Jesus centered community. We need to continue to invite people, tell them we believe in Jesus, tell them there is more to life than this. If we don't as the Church (as in all of Christianity), who will?
Our Faith is Not in Vain
June 24, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
In today's message from Pastor Phil, he discusses Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. Your faith is in something outside of you. Paul reinforces that through Christs' resurrection our belief is not in vain. Christ has been raised from the dead. An event that occurred outside of our control. It is true whether we believe it or not. It is not our own faith that we trust. It is the faithfulness of the Lord Himself. Christ has defeated death. Death is not the end. Death does not have the last word. Jesus Christ who conquered death has the last word. Jesus died for your sins. Do you know this?
Ruth - The Power of a Righteous Person
June 17, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Ruth 2: 4-5
Today on Fathers' Day, we turn to the story of Ruth; a story that has lots to say about the #MeToo movement. Though this book of the Bible is sometimes referenced on Mother's Day, it has huge meaning for us today on Fathers' Day. As fathers, husbands, sons or even mothers, wives, daughters, anyone and everyone, the #MeToo movement matters. There is a difference between power and strength. People can be strong in character and resolve who are not in positions of power. Likewise, there are those who are powerful who are weak in how they use their power whether influence, money or talents. Watch or listen as Pastor Phil teaches on how the church should relate to strength and power.
What Can Take Away My Sin
June 10, 2018 - Clay Spencer
Luke 12:32
If you have been exposed to the news cycle at all lately you know that the CDC has reported that Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of the states between 1999 and 2016. More than traffic accidents, more than the opioid epidemic. Twice as many self-murders than murders. For these people, their greatest enemy was not someone else, but themselves. In this Sunday's sermon, Pastor Clay shares with us the story of Judas Iscariot. One example of suicide in the gospel. What if Judas had tried to get a glimpse of Him somewhere in there. Just make eye contact with Him. Wouldn’t Jesus have seen the pain in Judas’ face? What could have been communicated in just one look? How different things might have been. But could any of us believe, that if we were Judas, we could be forgiven by Jesus? Listen as Pastor Clay discusses the very important topics of Dispair and Depression and how Jesus is there for us in those dark times.