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  • Discover The Christ Who Changes Lives Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Dec 16, 2006
    based on 8 ratings

    Repentance and Baptism are not religous motions through which we much pass in order to escape judgment. They are life changing events.

    Luke 3:1-18 “Discover the Christ Who Changes Lives” INTRODUCTION Some people remember a mere six years ago, when the world faced the prospect of entering the new millennium. It was a fearful and stressful time. We didn’t know what would happen. People were making dire predictions, like ...read more

  • Discover The Christ Whose Way Is Prepared Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Dec 7, 2006
    based on 28 ratings

    Like John the Baptist, the word of God has come to us and we are called to prepare the way of Jesus.

    Luke 3:1-6 “Discover the Christ Whose Way Is Prepared” INTRODUCTION The Word of God came to John in the fifteenth year of the right of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias ...read more

  • Discover The Christ Who Will Come Again Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Dec 6, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    Jesus is not only the incarnate God who was born in Bethlehem, he is also the God who will come again in power and glory. This truth gives our lives a new perspective and a new purpose.

    Luke 21:25-36 “Discover The Christ Who Will Come Again” INTRODUCTION Spending time with someone gives you the opportunity to discover things about them and get to know them better. This is true for our relationships with each other, and our relationship with God. Not that God needs to ...read more

  • Discover Peace Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 23, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    Peace is an illusive element in human life, but one we all crave. The Psalmist reminds us that peace is a gift from God and comes from placing our faith in God.

    Psalm 46:1-11 “Peace” INTRODUCTION Peace is a condition that is universally craved by humankind, yet it is also a condition that is very illusive. Few people and few nations experience true peace. During the history of humankind, it has been estimated that there have been only fourteen ...read more

  • Discover Peace Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 22, 2006
    based on 2 ratings

    Pupose is one of the most precious gifts that God gives us. Purpose can be an "normal" experience in the Christian life as we live in the reality of living for Jesus

    2 Corinthians 5:15-21 “Discover Purpose” INTRODUCTION It is the month of November the month of Thanksgiving. For four consecutive Sundays we will be focusing on some important things in life for which we can be thankful. Last week, we lifted up God’s great gift of love—steadfast love ...read more

  • Discover Eternal Life Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 22, 2006
    based on 2 ratings

    Eternal Life is largely ignored by Christians today, until they face death. Eternal life, though, is the life they live from the moment they receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Eternal life affects their lives today.

    Luke 23:32-43 “Discover Eternity” INTRODUCTION We draw near to the end of our month of Thanksgiving. We have celebrated God’s gifts of love, purpose, and peace. Today we will focus on God’s gift of eternity. God’s gift of eternal life is at the center of the Christian gospel. John ...read more

  • Discover The Message Of Grace Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 5, 2006

    The Reformation reminds us that we must be diligent that we preach a gospel that boldly proclaims God’s grace and forgiveness as free gifts.

    Romans 3:21-31 “Discover the Message of Grace” INTRODUCTION We’re a congregation, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are a congregation with a mission: To invite everyone to a new life in Christ, a deeper relationship with Christ, and spirit-filled service for ...read more

  • Discover Our Mission Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 5, 2006
    based on 1 rating

    The Church is created and empowered by the Spirit for the purpose of proclaiming God’s grace and love in word and deed.

    Acts 1:1-11 “Discover Our Mission INTRODUCTION While we are being birthed as a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, during the month of October, I think it is important for us to focus on the reason and purpose for our life. Last Sunday Jose focused on Jesus’ ...read more

  • Discover Love Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 5, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    The Psalmist God’s steadfast love in our lives. The truth of God’s steadfast love empowers us, and provides us comfort and hope

    Psalm 136:1-26 “Discover Love” INTRODUCTION Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. This day, which has become encased in over eating and college football, has giving thanks for God’s blessings at its core. I want to take the month of November and examine the great blessings that God has ...read more

  • Discover God In Perilous Times Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Oct 7, 2006
    based on 4 ratings

    When the bottom falls out of our world, God is closer to us than we think.

    Psalm 23:1-6 “Discover God in Perilous Times” INTRODUCTION Our year of discovery continues as we discover God in the perilous times of life. Like times of trials and struggles, perilous times are periods in our lives when we have difficulty perceiving God’s presence, power, or love. We ...read more

  • Discover God's Plan For Your Life Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Oct 7, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    It is challenging for the Christian to see God’s hand in the everyday events of life and to discern God’s will, but there are steps that we can take to help us understand God’s will.

    Psalm 139:1-16 “Discover God’s Plan for Your Life” INTRODUCTION Discovering God in the middle of life’s trials, or perilous times, is difficult. These are often times when God appears to be distant, inattentive and silent. Though our senses are wrong and none of these adjectives ...read more

  • Celebration

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Sep 27, 2006
    based on 10 ratings

    Psalm 100 encourages not only to celebrate and worship God for what God has done, but also for who God is.

    Psalm 100:1-5 “Celebrate” INTRODUCTION The writer of Ecclesiastes observes that there are times to grieve and times to celebrate. Today is a day to celebrate. We have a great deal to celebrate. • Today is our second anniversary of launching our worship service. • Hundreds of ...read more

  • Work Hard, Pray Hard

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Sep 21, 2006
    based on 8 ratings

    We serve God and others in our daily labors and activities. As we share God’s love and the good news of Jesus Christ, God calls us to work hard and pray hard.

    Ecclesiastes 2:24-26, 12:9-14 “Work Hard, Pray Hard” INTRODUCTION For over one hundred years, the people of the United States have celebrated Labor Day on the first Monday of September. Labor Day began as a concession by the government for its poor, violent handling of the Pullman ...read more

  • Discover God During The Trials Of Life Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Sep 21, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    In openness and yieldness, we find God even in the puzzling events of our lives--the times of trouble and tribulation

    Psalm 22:1-5, 15-21 “Discover God During the Trials of Life”+ INTRODUCTION King David was a man of God. He was once described as a “man after God’s own heart.” King David did not lead a charmed life, however, even though he was a king and had a personal relationship with God. He had ...read more

  • How To Simplify Your Life Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Sep 2, 2006
    based on 1 rating

    Living in the reality of the cross, of God’s love and forgiveness enables us to let go of the baubles and bangles of life and live simply.

    1 Timothy 6:6-16 “How to Simplify Your Life” INTRODUCTION Arizona takes a little getting used to. I don’t mean the struggle to acclimate to pleasant, bugless evenings spent around the pool, or not shoveling twenty inches of snow in January. I’m not even thinking about adjusting to the ...read more