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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Jesus Came to Bring Joy – The Wedding at Cana

Jesus turned water into wine so a wedding feast did not get interrupted. That’s a nice thing to do, but there’s a whole lot more in this little episode of Jesus life. He reveals himself as master of space and time. He connects himself with the creation of the universe and the deliverance of the […]

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“Come and See” – Do You Make This Mistake When Inviting People to Church?

See what? That’s the question. Our instinct is to invite people to see impressive things. Jesus says the mark of his disciples is love. If you want to invite people to come and see, invite them to see how Christians love each other.   Video   Audio

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A New Way to Look at the Gifts of the Magi

The visit of the magi to the baby Jesus is quite a mysterious event. Nobody really knows where the came from or why they gave the gifts they did. To be certain, the gifts were all valuable. In this message, Pastor John looks at gold, frankincense, and myrrh as representing human life itself. Listen to […]

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You Are God’s Gift to the World (Christmas Eve 2017)

Summary If Jesus is God’s gift to the world… And if Jesus lives in and through you… The conclusion is inescapable: You are God’s gift to the world. How exciting! The ultimate Christmas gift of Jesus is the ultimate gift of purpose and meaning for your own life! Video Audio

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Four Truths You Need during Tough Times

Summary As we watch the Israelites go through the Exodus, we find them wishing they were back in slavery three different times! They serve as an example of how not to go through tough times. Listen as Pastor John was you through the story of the Exodus and draws out four truths you need during […]

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Revelation Lesson 7 — To the church at Pergamum (2:12-17)

In this lesson, we pay some special attention to Balaam and Balak, since they are brought up by Christ as part of what he has against the church at Pergamum. We also talk “hidden manna” and white stones with secret names. Join Pastor John for this episode of the Revelation Bible study. Teaching Notes Revelation […]

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Speak Carefully to Others and Yourself. Words Create and Words Destroy.

Summary Consider the words in your life. How do people speak to you? How do you speak to others? How do you speak to yourself? On this first Sunday of Advent, we read the account of the creation of the world and fall into sin. What we see is the power of words. Words create. […]

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