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  • Keeping Your Eye On The Prize

    Contributed by Don Jaques on Jun 6, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 4,584 views

    Our lives will include many different phases in our spiritual journey. Our job is to keep taking the next step and keep the finish line in our mind.

    Last Monday (Memorial Day). 9:00am. I’m standing in my front yard. With a wet suit on. With a swim cap and goggles on my head. With a sprinkler spraying me with water. Across my driveway from where I stood I had my recently purchased road bicycle leaning against the back of my car. A few ...read more

  • 6. What's New With You? Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,182 views

    Jesus came to initiate a New Covenant, not to improve the Old Covenant. Jesus comes to give us new life, not to change our old life.

    INTRO: The first summer we were here (which was 2002) we were driving a 1987 Subaru wagon with about 175,000 miles on it. It started having some problems, and we realized that it needed more money to repair it than the car was worth – so we started to talking to a car dealer friend in Oregon ...read more

  • 7. The Parable Of The Sower Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 5,404 views

    If we want our lives to be fruitful for the Kingdom, we must cultivate the “soil” of our lives and eliminate impurities.

    INTRO: This week Ann and the kids did some planting. We have a little plot in our backyard that we’ve designated for the kids’ garden. Last year we planted a few things – including a short lived goldfish pond, in that area, and on one of the sunny afternoons Ann took them out there and put some ...read more

  • 8. The Parable Of The Weeds Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 9 ratings
     | 13,603 views

    Give up your dreams of a “pure church”. The reality is there will always be a mixture of true followers and hypocrites. Make sure you’re ready for the judgment day and get on with the work of being fruitful!

    INTRO: I’ve got a confession to make. I love Roundup. I love the feeling of just going around, spraying a little bit of poison and then in a few days seeing those weeds shrivel up and die! It’s so much more fun than actually pulling the weeds up! But, the problem with Roundup is it can ...read more

  • 10. The Good Samaritan Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,529 views

    OBJECTIVES: 1. Listeners will be informed of the importance of living out our faith in Christ through acts of compassion and mercy. 2. Listeners will be challenged to give of their physical, emotional, and financial resources to help those in need.

    INTRO: Luke 10:25-37 (NLT) 25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the ...read more

  • 2. Unmerciful Servant Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,205 views

    As representatives of God’s Kingdom, all Christians must forgive others as they have been forgiven by God.

    INTRO Gonzaga Players Arrested for Pot and Mushroom Possession: In an absolute shocker, two college kids from the Pacific Northwest have been arrested for marijuana and mushroom possession. Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were pulled over by police for a broken taillight, but inspection of the car ...read more

  • 5. What's Your Foundation? Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,361 views

    God does not want his servants to be paralyzed by fear of making mistakes, but to use everything they have been given for His Kingdom.

    INTRO There is a difference between knowing something and actually applying it in your life. I have watched countless hours of football. I know all the positions, and I know the hand signals the officials use, and I feel like I understand how to win a game pretty well. But I’ve never played one ...read more

  • 4. What Are You Afraid Of? Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,083 views

    God does not want his servants to be paralyzed by fear of making mistakes, but to use everything they have been given for His Kingdom.

    INTRO Let me throw a question at you and get some responses from you as I get started. What are you afraid of? I’m amazed at some of the things people are really afraid of. There’s things that are more common like… • Claustrophobia: fear of enclosed spaces. • Coulrophobia: fear of ...read more

  • 3. Ready And Waiting? Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 9 ratings
     | 2,780 views

    All people should live in readiness for the end (2nd coming or death) by doing what God commands now.

    INTRO Procrastination. It’s a universal part of the human experience isn’t it? We put off doing the things we’re supposed to be doing because we figure we have time to get to it later. Some people seem like professional procrastinators. Students get assignments at the beginning of the term and ...read more

  • 9. The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, And The Lost Son Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on May 30, 2007
    based on 26 ratings
     | 21,097 views

    Lost people matter to God - and they should matter to us as well. 1. Something valuable is missing. 2. God performs an all-out search for lost people. 3. When lost people are found its time to party!

    This sermon is an adaptation of Bill Hybels’ introduction to the video curriculum “Becoming a Contagious Christian”. MAIN IDEA: Lost people matter to God - and they should matter to us as well. 1. Something valuable is missing. 2. God performs an all-out search for lost people. 3. When lost ...read more

  • 1. The Generous Employer Series

    Contributed by Don Jaques on Feb 13, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,189 views

    The way into the Kingdom is by response to an invitation to come – not by justice (working for your wages). All people, regardless of background, can respond to God’s invitation and be rewarded with eternal life.

    In a rather shocking story that Jesus told to a crowd of people, he shared with them that the ways of God’s relating to people are actually quite a bit different from our rules of fairness, justice, and good economic principles. Listen now as I’ll tell you a story like Jesus told it – it comes ...read more

  • Our Source Of Strength

    Contributed by Don Jaques on Feb 9, 2007
    based on 14 ratings
     | 5,100 views

    All Christians can be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and filled up with the love of God. God is able to do more than we can even imagine in and through us.

    INTRO: Aren’t batteries amazing? I don’t really understand how they work – I just know that somehow they give a mechanical device the power they need to perform what it was designed for. The bad thing about batteries is they get old and worn down, and eventually don’t work any more. Last ...read more

  • God Likes You

    Contributed by Don Jaques on Jan 25, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,440 views

    God likes you. The only way to obey God over the long haul is to love him. The first step to loving Him is to receive His love for you. The first step to receiving his love for you is to understand he likes you.

    A few months ago I had an interesting email conversation with a woman who has attended our church for a few years. She told me that she hadn’t been coming for a while because of some personal issues that were going on. When I asked her to clarify what she meant, she said basically coming to ...read more

  • Dealing With Disappointment

    Contributed by Don Jaques on Jan 24, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 2,778 views

    All Christians can find renewed hope in times of disappointment by 1)keeping an eternal focus, 2)cast your anxiety upon the Lord, 3)be self-controlled and resist the devil, and 4)offer a sacrifice of praise.

    If there is anything I’ve learned in my years working as a pastor it is that things don’t always go the way we think they should go. I’ve been witness to more tragic stories than I wish – and the truth is, life is hard. God has chosen to use people just like us to be his ambassadors on this ...read more

  • "Have I Got Plans For You"

    Contributed by Don Jaques on Jan 5, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,339 views

    Every believer should comletely trust God’s plan for their lives.

    "Have I Got Plans For You" Every believer should completely trust God’s plan for their lives. 1. God’s Plans For Us are Good. Jeremiah 29.11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a ...read more