Choose Peace (and meet the couple who met Jesus face-to-face)

When Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, the first thing he said was, “Peace be with you.” This peace is for us, but we must make the choice to trust Jesus. Along the way in this sermon, you will get a new look at the couple walking along the road to Emmaus who […]

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How Thomas Wasted Seven Days – You Don’t Have To

Thomas, the apostle, had a very different week than the other apostles following the resurrection of Jesus. The other disciples were full of joy because Jesus was alive. Thomas refused to believe even though Jesus said he would be raised and all his associates gave their eyewitness account of seeing Jesus. Thomas spent a week […]

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The Resurrection Redefines Reality — Easter Sermon 2018

Science has shown us that our intuition about reality isn’t very reliable. Subatomic particles pop in and out of existence. Time and space are stretchy. Even something as common as a microwave oven is counter-intuitive. How can you make food hot without using heat? The resurrection of Jesus is counter-intuitive. We don’t expect people to […]

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Plots & Placebos – How Holy Week Rewrites the Story of our Lives

Placebos are fakes — fake pills, fake surgeries, fake acupuncture, fake athletic performance enhancers, etc. The thing about placebos, though, is that they change people. This is because a placebo is a story we tell ourselves about what’s going to happen. Then, in many cases, it happens even when there are no active ingredients in […]

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Expect Jesus to Make a Mess

Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers and drove the animals out of the temple courts. Jesus made a mess of the lives of people around him. And if you interact with Jesus, you can expect Jesus to make a mess inside of you, too. He loves you and accepts you just as […]

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You, Too, Can Be Satan
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At one point in their time together, Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.” Pretty rough words! What happened? And what can we learn from it? Pastor John goes deep in this sermon, asking us to evaluate our own reasons for the things we do in the lives of those we care […]

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Three Things You Definitely Do Not Know and What to Do About It

What we don’t know is as important as what we know. We know a little bit about Jesus Christ, but not much in the grand scheme of things. Knowing that we don’t know opens us up to deeper worship. You also don’t know what the narrative function of the people around you is in the […]

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Be Like Jesus: Have Good Boundaries and Spend Time Alone with the Father

In this episode in the life of Jesus, we see two things that we can all emulate for happier, healthier, more peaceful lives. First, Jesus spent time alone with the Father. Not just reading scripture or devotions, but simply being with the Father. Second, Jesus had good boundaries. He knew what he was about. He […]

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How to Break Through to New Hope

The story of Jesus casting out a demon cracks open our sense of reality and possibility. Where are you closed off to hope, renewal, joy, peace, or reconciliation? Pastor John shows you how this account from Mark 1:21-28. Breaks down our self-imposed walls of hopelessness to bring new hope to the most difficult situations.   […]

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