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  • Transformation

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Sep 22, 2002
    based on 134 ratings
     | 23,729 views

    How do we begin the process of personal change?

    If you take one of the bulletins and turn over the flap, you’ll see a list of eight "core values". These core values identify what we’re about as a church. They describe our basic identity, our DNA. And like DNA, which is found in every cell of the body, our intent is that we would see these ...read more

  • Learning To Trust God

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Aug 19, 2002
    based on 83 ratings
     | 8,462 views

    There are two times when it’s difficult to trust God: when things are going badly, and when things are going well. Here’s how to develop a strong trust in God.

    (Note: The title of this message comes from Rick Warren; however, the content is original) There are two times when it’s difficult to trust God. One is when things are going badly. And the other is when things are going well. The author of Proverbs understood this fact of human nature, and he ...read more

  • Why Am I So Tired?

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jul 28, 2002
    based on 84 ratings
     | 11,482 views

    The dangers, causes, and cures of fatigue and weariness.

    This morning, I want to ask you a question. Here it is: "Why am I so tired all the time?" Not me personally, but all of us. Because we all experience fatigue and weariness. We may know them as occasional visitors, or as constant and unwelcome companions, but every one of us has made their ...read more

  • Running The Race

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jul 21, 2002
    based on 163 ratings
     | 24,682 views

    A sermon on running the race of life, using the Tour De France and the life of Lance Armstrong as illustrations.

    Today’s message is entitled "Running The Race." This morning, we’re going to see from the Scriptures that all of life is a race to be run. Now, I realize that you may not feel much like running, at eleven o’clock on a Sunday morning in July. In fact, you may not ever feel much like running. But ...read more

  • The Value Of Rest

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jul 14, 2002
    based on 178 ratings
     | 18,796 views

    Rest is important. Here are four reasons why.

    By and large, Americans don’t value rest and relaxation. On the contrary, we’ve made a virtue of unceasing labor; we brag about how busy we are, as if the hectic pace of our lives is proof that we’re important and significant. We feel guilty when we’re not working, and we’re suspicious of anyone ...read more

  • Failure Is Never Final

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jul 7, 2002
    based on 68 ratings
     | 5,644 views

    God’s choice of people with significant failure in their past shows that failure is never final.

    Americans love success. We celebrate it; work hard to achieve it; and honor those who attain it. Take the fourth of July as an example. Every year, we have parades, and speeches, and festivals and fireworks. On that day, all across the country, millions of people commemorate the birth of our ...read more

  • Present Joy

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 30, 2002
    based on 65 ratings
     | 4,177 views

    We find joy, not in circumstances, but in knowing and trusting in the present promises of God.

    All of us desire to have joy in our lives. No matter what we call it – happiness, gladness, delight, good cheer – we would all like to experience more of it. As we are reminded on this Independence Day, the quest for joy is even enshrined in our Declaration of Independence as a God-given right: "We ...read more

  • Future Joy

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 23, 2002
    based on 30 ratings
     | 1,457 views

    We find joy by saturating our minds and hearts with the future promises of God.

    This morning, I’d like to talk about joy. How does that statement make you feel? Hopeful? Glad? Or does it arouse feelings of apprehension? Joy is a funny topic. You would expect that people would enjoy hearing about joy; that they would welcome a discourse on such a positive topic. But I’ll bet ...read more

  • Telling The Truth

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 16, 2002
    based on 37 ratings
     | 6,540 views

    We can afford to be honest about our flaws and failings, because we are completely loved and accepted in Christ.

    "Most Christians are habitual liars." Let me repeat that: "Most Christians are habitual liars." And quite proficient at it, too. Now, of course we don’t call it lying. And we don’t think of it as lying. In fact, we don’t think of it at all; we just do it, and that’s part of the problem. We’ve ...read more

  • Happy Or Holy?

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 9, 2002
    based on 44 ratings
     | 3,911 views

    Is God’s overriding purpose in our lives to make us happy, or to make us holy?

    What is God’s purpose for your life? Have you ever wondered about that? I’m not referring to questions like, what career should you follow, or whom should you marry, or how many children should you have. I’m talking about the big picture – what is God’s overriding goal, His primary purpose, for the ...read more

  • Hidden Treasure

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 2, 2002
    based on 153 ratings
     | 15,810 views

    No act of faith or obedience, whether great or small, whether seen or unseen, will go unrewarded.

    This morning, I’d like to address a simple question: Is it worth it? Is the payoff worth the cost, is the potential reward worth the risk? We face that question all the time, for the simple reason that everything has a cost. Nothing is free. Even gifts usually come with some kind of strings ...read more

  • The Unmerciful Servant

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on May 26, 2002
    based on 137 ratings
     | 11,719 views

    Those who appreciate the depth of sin that God has forgiven in them will forgive others as well.

    This morning, we continue our journey through the parables of Christ. Parables, as I’ve noted before, are short and simple. They don’t have complex plots, or dozens of characters, like a Russian novel. You don’t need a Ph.D. in theology or Hebrew literature to understand them. And yet, despite ...read more

  • The Wise And Foolish Builders

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on May 19, 2002
    based on 471 ratings
     | 75,986 views

    No foundation other than Christ will survive the storms of life and the coming judgement of God.

    This morning, we continue our journey through the parables of Christ, and in light of the weather we’ve been having lately, I thought it would be appropriate to consider one that has to do with rain. "Not everyone who says to me, ’Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who ...read more

  • Honor Your Mother

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on May 12, 2002
    based on 35 ratings
     | 2,965 views

    How can we fulfill the Biblical command to "honor" our mother?

    Today, as you know, is Mother’s Day, a day on which we honor mothers and celebrate motherhood. Mother’s Day is not a Christian holiday; it can’t be found on the lectionary calendar, nor does it commemorate any aspect of the Christian faith. In fact, according to Christian tradition, today is not ...read more

  • The Prodigal Son

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on May 5, 2002
    based on 107 ratings
     | 17,920 views

    The younger son wanted blessing without relationship. So did the elder son. And so do we today.

    This morning, we continue our journey through the parables of Christ. As we’ve noted before, a parable is a short story which is intended to teach or illustrate some spiritual truth. Parables are small but powerful, and this is demonstrated by their familiarity. Few of us, I imagine, could explain ...read more