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  • Two Masters, One Heart Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 2,607 views

    Theme: worry as it relates to money. God wants us to trust Him and follow Him rather than trading the gift of relationship for what we can acquire on this earth. God wants us to discover the worry-free treasure of loving and trusting Him.

    Two Masters, One Heart Matthew 6:22-34 Intro: “I have a mountain of credit card debt”, one man told another. “I have lost my job. My car is being repossessed and our house is in foreclosure, but I am not worried about it”, exclaimed his friend. “No, I’ve ...read more

  • I Can See Clearly Now Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 3,753 views

    When we lay aside a critical spirit, our vision becomes clearer helping us see God’s plan for us and for those around us.

    I Can See Clearly Now… Matthew 7:1-5 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no ...read more

  • The Dog-Life Is Gone! Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 2,025 views

    God’s kingdom will come, but it can only be received by willing hearts. Let’s look at some thoughts about how we can make God’s kingdom more accessible to those around us.

    The Dog-Life is Gone! Matthew 7:6-12 Intro: In the Peanuts comic strip, we find Snoopy thinking to himself: "Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Ohh…there’s so little hope for advancement." Well, there is hope for those who ...read more

  • Staying The Right Course Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
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     | 2,623 views

    Jesus give us directions on how to choose the right path; He gives us a warning concerning who we follow and allow to influence our lives and decisions; and He gives the means by which we can evaluate the leadership of those whom we follow.

    Staying the Right Course Matthew 7:13-20 Intro: Last week we talked about the fact that every human has a free will and cannot be forced (nor can we force others) to accept God’s way of life that He offers freely. When someone tries to force someone to follow a certain path, through ...read more

  • Clean Hands And Pure Hearts Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 3,812 views

    What kind of people will be allowed to enter heaven? Those whose hearts are right with God! Those who have been changed on the inside by their encounters with the living God! Those whose lives reflect the character of Jesus!

    Clean Hands and Pure Hearts Context: Jesus has just warned of false teachers/prophets whose hearts would be revealed by the fruit in their lives. He spoke about the inward life as opposed to outward appearance. 1 Samuel 16:7: “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People ...read more

  • Doing What He Said Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 1,761 views

    Wrap up of Sermon on the Mount series from Matt. 7:24. “…everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Summary of 16 messages from Matthew 5 - 7.

    Doing What He Said Matthew 5-7 – Sermon on the Mount – Living from the Heart Matthew 7:24-29 24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the ...read more

  • Overcoming Spiritual Amnesia

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 2,350 views

    Consider what Jesus did for you on the cross and give Him praise and gratitude for the sacrifice He made for you! And realize that His death was enough to take away your sins and give you life.

    Overcoming Spiritual Amnesia 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." ...read more

  • Dads And Discipline

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 2,122 views

    God is the best Father there ever was or will be! Yet He too disciplines His children whom He loves. What is this discipline all about from our heavenly Father? we can learn how to respond correctly and grow effectively in our love and respect for Him!

    Dads and Discipline Hebrews 12:5-13 5 … you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he ...read more

  • Everyone A Missionary

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 4,767 views

    * Personal Prayer: Speaking to God about others (verses 2-4) * Public Proclamation: Speaking to others about God (verses 5-6)

    Everyone a Missionary Colossians 4:2-6 [Mission Impossible Theme Song] Mission: Impossible began as a television series in the late 60’s that chronicled the missions of a team of secret agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). A hallmark of the series shows the team leader ...read more

  • Every Member A Minister

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 9, 2015
     | 3,507 views

    When pastors do what they must do, and people do what they are called to do, according to verses 12-16, our gifts lead to growth in at least six ways as we work as a team.

    Every Member a Minister Ephesians 4:11-16 There was a lady who was visiting a church one Sunday. The sermon seemed to go on forever, and many in the congregation fell asleep. She liked to meet new people so after the service she walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman, extended her hand ...read more

  • Perfect Love Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Oct 1, 2015
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     | 2,614 views

    Jesus is talking about the way we love others. We can only love perfectly when we have been changed by God’s perfect love.

    Perfect Love Matthew 5:43-48 43 ”You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, ...read more

  • Learning To Pray Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Oct 1, 2015
     | 1,997 views

    Everyone can and should learn to pray as Jesus taught. We will take a look at what Jesus taught about prayer and apply those truths to our own relationship with God.

    Learning to Pray Matthew 6:7-15 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in ...read more

  • Rewards And Treasures Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Oct 1, 2015
     | 1,913 views

    Treasure God, not temporary things! We’ve already talked about prayer in this chapter. Well, fasting goes along with prayer and is an investment that brings spiritual dividends. Let’s look at some thoughts on hunger, reward, and treasure.

    Rewards and Treasures Matthew 6:19-21 19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. ...read more

  • Reversal Of Fortunes Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Oct 1, 2015
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     | 1,395 views

    These words of Jesus were caring words of understanding. He was saying to these people, “I know your struggles. I understand what you are going through and I care.” The beatitudes may be prescriptive, but on one level may be descriptive. We will see both.

    Reversal of Fortunes Matthew 5:1-12 1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will ...read more

  • Right Side Up In An Upside Down World Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Oct 1, 2015
     | 1,733 views

    Rather than giving a list of ideals to strive for, Jesus was showing the people how widely available God’s kingdom was – even for ordinary, poor, ignorant, imperfect, despised people. The beatitudes describe their struggle & grace to thrive in adversity.

    Right Side Up in an Upside Down World Intro: The more I study the Sermon on the Mount, esp. the Beatitudes, the less prescriptive and the more descriptive they become to me. Here is what I mean by that. Last week as I shared them, I introduced the first one (poor in spirit) as a requirement for ...read more