Freedom for the Captives

What is it like to be released from captivity? This was something that the people of God experienced on a number of occasions in the Old Testament. Psalm 126 reminds us of the ways God has brought freedom in the past, and it gives the encouragement that the God who has always acted in the past will continue to act in the future. Are you experiencing captivity, in some form, right now? This Psalm will bring you hope.

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Watching, Waiting, and Preparing

Advent is a season of preparation. We prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas in a few short weeks, but we also prepare ourselves for the second coming of Christ at the end of the age. How should we be preparing as we wait with eager expectation? Listen to find out!

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Indestructible Socks (A Thanksgiving Sermon)

Our God is the most excellent provider that you could hope for. Yet, how often do we stop to give thanks for the ways he has blessed us? When we don’t give thanks, we can deceive ourselves into thinking that we are the ones who have provided, but this is a pitfall that comes with some specific dangers.

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Stand Firm

The Prophet Daniel was the first person in the Bible to mention an “Abomination of Desolation,” but Jesus picks up on this theme and mentions it again, hundreds of years later. Many have seen the fulfillment of this prophecy in various events in history, but there is reason to believe that it also points towards a future event in addition to the ones which have already taken place. What does this prophecy mean for us today? How are we to endure in the face of persecution?

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Canoeing the Mountains

When Lewis and Clark set out on their expedition, they traveled in canoes, looking for a water route for commerce as they explored the newly acquired territory from the Louisiana purchase. Everything about their expedition changed when they reached the Rocky Mountains! In our own day, the Church has been coasting along, doing business as usual, but the culture has changed around us. The new cultural climate is a very different context for our mission, and we may need to change some of our methods, just like Lewis and Clark changed their methods when their canoes were no longer useful. There are some things, however, which will never change. The Gospel and the Word of God remain a firm foundation, and we can trust that God will always be with us as we navigate this new, unfamiliar terrain.

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For All the Saints

In the scriptures, the word which we translate as “saint” means “holy one.” We tend to think about the saints as the heroes of our faith, people who have lived exceptional lives of holiness and service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and they are! But the Bible also uses the word “saint” to describe every believer, all who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. We may not be perfectly holy yet, but we are becoming holy day by day as we are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

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Put the Car in Drive

Your car probably has a lever that you pull to change from park to drive or reverse. If you want to get to a particular destination, you have to move that lever into the “drive” position, otherwise you will just remain where you are. In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author is encouraging a group of believers to grow up in their faith, moving beyond where they are to where God is calling them to be. As Christians, we must never remain stagnant, rather we should always be moving towards the Lord and his plans for us. To do so, we can’t remain in park, we need to put the car in drive.

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Looking Out for Number One

The way of the world tells us that we need to look out for number one (ourselves) and fight our way to the top. Jesus tells us that the way of his kingdom is very different “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). How do we follow Jesus’ instruction in a world where everyone is fighting for themselves?

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