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  • Charging Up Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Apr 20, 2021

    All batteries need to be charged to be effective. The Holy Spirit "charges up" the disciples and empowers them to take Jesus' message out to the world.

    Charging Up   • Electric cars. Different spots to plug in and charge up. • Hyundai develops universal charging station based on car wash wands. • The charger looks like this: [image] • It’s a universal charger. • Cars aren’t the only thing that aren’t “one size fits all.” • Let’s take that more

  • Spirit-Empowered Disciples Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Apr 20, 2021

    How in the world did Jesus' followers change the world? Jesus promises them the Holy Spirit.

    [Great Commission Video] By now, we should all be aware that Jesus’ command to go and make disciples is something to take seriously. We’re all learning day by day how to do this. At the start of this year, we started walking with Jesus through his ministry, beginning at the Jordan River and His more

  • Away From The Empty Tomb Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Apr 8, 2021

    We've followed our leader from the Jordan to a tomb. Now what?

    Our series’ focus this quarter has been on “following our leader.” We’ve watched and experienced through his disciples’ eyes and ears what He did and said. Clearly they were meant to learn and imitate Him. So are we. We’ve followed all the way from the Jordan river where Jesus’ earthly ministry and more

  • Let's Go To A Parade Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Mar 30, 2021

    People have a parade as Jesus enters Jerusalem for the final week of his life. There were many expectations in the crowd.

    You can listen to the audio of the sermon on my podcast at: Disney Screaming Fan experiences * In the 90’s Disney World would invite church groups to come out to the parks and hotels and play the part of “screaming fans” for their convention guests. * more

  • Follow The Leader To His Trial Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Mar 30, 2021

    There were two trials the night Jesus was arrested. One was illegal but formal. The other trial was in the court of public opinion. Peter didn't do so well in his trial.

    You can hear the audio of the sermon at: ? During the pastorate of Henry Ward Beecher in Indianapolis he preached a series of sermons upon drunkenness and gambling, incidentally scoring the men of the community who profited by these sins. During the ensuing more

  • Not Your Everyday Jesus Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Mar 16, 2021

    There are times when we take things for granted. They're too familiar, easily overlooked. Disciples of Jesus can fall into that trap if we're not careful.

    You can listen to the audio of the sermon here: “Everyday Treasure” [IMAGE] Things people owned that they didn’t realize were very valuable. ( We started with fake watches last more

  • Becoming The Real Deal Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Mar 10, 2021

    Watch out for fakes! Whether we're talking about counterfeit products from the internet or people, the results are similar. We're disappointed, angered, distrustful. Fake stuff doesn't live up to our expectations. Become the "real deal."

    Authentic: Becoming The Real Deal   • Fake Rolex in NYC for $50. (real deal is anywhere from $10-$15K USED) That street corner Rolex will eventually turn your wrist green and quit right after that. • If you shop online at all, chances are good you’ve bought counterfeit or fake more

  • Which King? Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Mar 3, 2021

    Bob Dylan famously wrote, "But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed you're gonna have to serve somebody." As disciples of Jesus, we must choose daily who gets to be king in our life. Which king do you follow?

    * Squeeze to the last drop: The manager at the local pub had what he considered to be the world’s strongest man working as his bouncer. In fact, the bouncer was so tough, the manager actually used the man to make money on the side with a little bet he had contrived over the years. The manager was more

  • Blowing Up Boxes Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Feb 24, 2021

    We often find ourselves putting people in "boxes." Race, gender, and endless number of boxes. And it's limiting. We put limits on expectations of others and ourselves. As we follow Jesus, we watch him "blow up" the box around a man born blind.

    To listen to the audio of the sermon, please go to my podcast at: Follow the Leader - Out of the Box • Video from Youtube: • No one likes to be put in a box. Categorized. • Common: Ethnicity, gender, economic more

  • Let's Go To Dinner Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Feb 11, 2021

    How much is enough? What do we do and where do we turn when we're afraid we don't have enough of (fill in the blank)? Jesus confronts his disciples with an enormous challenge to feed 5,000 people. But there's not enough. Now what?

    You can listen to the audio of the sermon on my podcast at: Follow The Leader - Feeding the 5,000 “What’s for Supper?” • We’re having lunch together after services this morning. My wife is back in the kitchen right now checking on the preparation. • Right more

  • What's It Going To Cost Me? Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Feb 3, 2021

    We can know the price of an item but not necessarily understand what it's going to cost us. Jesus asks us to make and informed and deliberate decision about deciding to follow Him by outlining what it's going to cost us. (spoiler alert: it's everything - but it's worth it.)

    You can hear the audio of the sermon on my podcast at: Following Jesus - Counting the Cost Intro: • Price is Right show – fascinating and compelling game show where we are entertained by watching people guess the price of various products. (use logo more

  • Following Jesus Into Abundance Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Jan 27, 2021

    Unexpected things happen at weddings. Some are fun and humorous, some are embarrassing and hurtful. As we continue to following Jesus as His disciples, we find ourselves at a wedding where a potentially embarrassing situation turns into an abundant blessing!

    Following Jesus Into the Unexpected Intro: • [IMAGE] BIL’s wedding - outside by a lake. Fisherman in boat disrupts the wedding with his outboard motor. • Strange and unexpected things happen at weddings! • As we continue to follow Jesus, we join him at a wedding. o Beginning of his more

  • Following Jesus Into The Desert Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Jan 21, 2021

    What tempts you? How do you resist? We often find it difficult to not give in. Let's follow Jesus into the desert as he experiences the same temptations as we do.

    You can listen to the podcast of this sermon here: Following Jesus Into the Desert Intro: • [video - the marshmallow test] We’re not so very different than these amazingly cute kids. First conducted at Stanford U. in 1972. • We sneak up on the edge of more

  • Following Jesus To The Jordan River Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Jan 14, 2021

    Did you ever play "follow the leader" as a kid? Sure. It's a lot of fun until the leader makes you do weird things or some action you're uncomfortable with. How about following a leader you can always trust? This series is on following the only leader you can truly trust.

    You can hear the audio of the sermon on my podcast at: Jesus' Baptism - Follow the Leader Intro: • Young couple goes to visit her family for Christmas in New England. • Whole family went for a walk in the wintery wonderland. Hoping to connect with his more

  • Core 52 Week 42 - Becoming Truly New Series

    Contributed by Lanny Smith on Nov 5, 2020

    "Change" is often coerced and impermanent. How do we discover not just "change," but transformation?

    You can listen to the audio of the sermon on my podcast here: Q: How can I change? Read: Ezekiel 37:1–11 NLT • We’re dried out. • But we can change. It isn’t easy, but it isn’t complicated. • Steps: o believe the promise of change. o receive the power of more