Quotes: Albert Einstein

July 16, 2018

Quotes are distilled pieces of humor, wisdom, inspiration, or emotion that permeate our culture and context. Quotes can also be great insights for our faith. We kick off our Quotes series with a quote Pastor Dylan has quoted weekly for 10 years:

Albert Einstein "If you can’t teach it simply, you don’t know it well enough."

The Gospel is simple.

Jesus is simple.

In the final hours of Jesus' life, after the last supper, Jesus has 3 minutes to distill the 3 years He has poured into His disciples. He has limited minutes, words, and opportunities to explain the limitless reach, power, and purpose of the Gospel. 

Join us as we dig into John 14:1-6 and watch the Gospel expert teach the fullness of God in four simple words.

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Suit Up: Praying in the Spirit

July 9, 2018

Paul tells us that we do not fight against "flesh and blood". He means that we are not at war against other people, but we are subject to the reality of spiritual warfare (spiritual obstacles and opposition). If our opposition is not flesh and blood, then it means the solution cannot be flesh and blood. It must be bigger than ourselves. Paul points to this reality as he wraps up telling us to put on the armor of GOd. He writes in Ephesians 6:18 "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere."

Join us as we answer the essential questions:

What does it mean to "pray in the spirit"? 
What role does the Holy Spirit play in our life?

We also ask two additional questions:

Have you been given the Holy Spirit?
Have you given yourself to the Holy Spirit?

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Suit Up: Dressing for Success with the Helmet of Salvation

July 2, 2018

What is the most annoying song you have ever had stuck in your head? "Firework" by Katie Perry? Theme song from your child's favorite tv show? "Bad Blood" by T-Swift? Christmas music? Did reading this cause you to relive it?

We have all had songs earworm themselves into our existence, and ruin our lives for 24-48 hours. At the core of spiritual warfare, Satan will use the same strategy to disrupt and throw our relationship with God into chaos through a four-word question, "Did God really say?"

As we continue on in our #SuitUp series, Paul gives us the counterattack to Satan's earworm in Ephesians 6:17 "Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

Join us as we dig into God's salvation, and grab ahold of all that God has for us. 

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Suit Up: Dressing for Success the Shield of Faith

June 26, 2018

 

Everything we need to know about spiritual warfare we learned from the 80's & 90's Saturday show, American Gladiators. Contestants had to not only overcome obstacles but jacked-up men and women opposing them from completing the course.

Centuries earlier, Paul understood this while he sat imprisoned for extending the Kingdom of God. In order to overcome the spiritual obstacles and opposition, Paul knew he, along with the people of God, needed to put on the "Armor of God".

Today we "pick up the shield of faith to protect us from the fiery arrows of the devil". Roman soldiers had two shields:

One for marching (For Show).

One for battle (For Go). 

Join us as we talk about the difference between the two, and urge you pick up the shield "for go".

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Suit Up: Dressing for Success with the Shoes of Peace

June 19, 2018

“Strap on your feet the peace that comes from knowing the Good News so you are always prepared to face our enemy…” - Ephesians 6:15

On Father's Day 2018 Dr. Tim Roehl guides us through the power of the Good News in a spiritual battle, parenting relationships, mentoring relationships, and life. Dig in with us, as Dr. Roehl equips us with practical ways to live in the power of the Good News.

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Suit Up: The Belt of Truth

June 10, 2018

Suit Up: Dressing for Success.  It's time to wear the Belt of Truth.  Pastor David kicks off this new series of messages about spiritual warfare teaching us how to Suit Up with the Belt of Truth. Our great enemy lies to us; it's time to fight back.

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Home: Teachers - Form around Truth

June 4, 2018

How do you know the truth?

  • Is it an emotion?
  • A gut instinct?
  • Parents said so?

Join us as we wrap up our Home series, and look at Jesus' gift of the "teacher" to the Church. We will dig into John 9, and see how 3 differing expressions of the teacher gift (Pharisee, Pied-Piper & Rabbi) have a major impact on our lives. One leading to confusion and selfishness. One leading to judgment and death. One leading to freedom. True teachers help us understand and form our life around the truth. 

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Home: Shepherds - The Providers and Protectors

May 29, 2018

"He gave to the Church...Shepherds"

God is called Shepherd(Psalm 23). Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd (John 10). Jesus gave to the Church shepherds (Ephesians 4). Shepherds are often undervalued but are essential to God's plan for His Kingdom. Join us as we dig into the essential grace/gift Jesus gave to the Church, and how shepherds provide the needed relational connections to turn a group of people into a family. 

Through the gift of the shepherd, it's proven again the goal of the Church is not innovation, agitation or recruitment...it's people connected to God through Jesus.

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Home: Evangelists - Connectors of Culture & Church

May 21, 2018

“The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members.” - William Temple

Jesus gave the church…evangelists. Ephesians 4:11

This translates literally as "He gave to the church the bringers of the good news."

Who doesn’t want that job? Who doesn't want to be a "bringer of good news"?

  • Tell your wife you got a raise
  • Tell your husband you a promotion
  • Tell the patient they are cancer free.
  • Tell your kids we're going to Disneyland!!!

Yet when we use the word “Evangelism” or “Evangelists” it has a "used car salesman" feel to it. It's seems mired in sales and coercion. 

  • If you were to die tonight, do you know where’d you go?
  • Do you know God hates sin?
  • etc.

Is the good news of Christ really about coercion? Is it about fear?

It feels more like have made "the bringers of good news" more "the barons of bad news".

  • It's in line with telling your wife you gambled all of your money away
  • Telling your husband you were fired.
  • Telling the patient it’s cancer.
  • Telling your kids you are going to Disneyland, without them.

In today's message we seek to take restore the definition of "evangelist", and truly be "bringers of the Good News."

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Home Prophet: The Agitators/Activists of the Culture and the Church

May 13, 2018

"Jesus gave to the Church, PROPHETS." 

Prophets are often considered a little out there... a little weird. They find themselves in good company. God is routinely weird, as is Jesus. When Jesus ascended to fill the Universe, He left His weird to the church.

God uses the "weird" prophets to agitate the status quo in culture and the church. Join us we dig into the beauty, frustration & purpose of God's grace of the prophets.

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