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  • Sex: Guard Your Heart Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Mar 8, 2021

    Practical, positive message. WHY does God say this? 1} God loves us. 2) God loves other people. HOW do we keep this? 1) Guard your heart, 2) Control your environment, 3) Seek God's help.

    SEX: GUARD YOUR HEART—Exodus 20:14; Proverbs 5, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 I once saw a cartoon: Moses is coming down from the mountain, and he says to the people, “I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that I got him down to 10. The bad news is that #7 is still in there.” The more

  • Fulfilling God's Purpose For You Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Jan 15, 2021

    After a long night of healing at Peter's house, Jesus rose early to pray about his purpose and priorities. Our purpose is to a) embody the kingdom of God, and b) find our unique God-given purpose.

    FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOU—Mark 1:29-45 ***A man in Kanpur, India holds the Guinness World record for the longest ear hair. He had set the previous record of 5.2 inches, but 5 years later, he more than doubled his record with a length of 11 inches. One of his relatives praised his more

  • Jesus Calling Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Jan 8, 2021
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    Why did the four fishermen follow Jesus? They desired things to be made right in the kingdom of God, and they wanted their lives to count. How is God calling us? The time to respond is NOW.

    JESUS CALLING—Mark 1:14-20 ***Have you heard this riddle? “A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water. The bartender pulls out a gun and points it at the man with a menacing look. The man says, ‘Thank you,’ and walks out. What is going on?” It all makes sense, when you more

  • Going To Church With Jesus Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Jan 8, 2021
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    How is church relevant? Take Jesus to church. Confront Evil. Claim the Power of Jesus to transform. The authority and power of Jesus amazed everyone in the synagogue of Capernaum, and it makes church relevant today.

  • Jesus In Real Time Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Jan 1, 2021

    Jesus is not an idea or concept, but a man Peter knew, the Son of God through the Spirit, and the Messiah. Through Jesus, we are adopted as children of God, and filled with the Spirit as Jesus was.

    JESUS IN REAL TIME—Mark 1:1-13 Who is Jesus? The name “Jesus” evokes mental images about God, religion, ethics, or personal faith. Some of those images might be warm and fuzzy, while some might be dark and dreary. Some might be reflections of personal ideals and biases—a Jesus who supports the more

  • Daniel: The Wise Will Be All Right Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    God knows the future. Even if we don't know the future, we can be wise about how we live. At the end of God's future, we will be all right--ALL right--righteous in glory.

    THE WISE WILL BE ALL RIGHT—Daniel 10-12 ***The 2010 movie, “The Kids Are All Right,” was about two women who married, with each having children by the same sperm donor. They raised their kids together. The plot takes crazy twists and turns, as one of the women has an affair with the sperm donor, more

  • Daniel 9: This May Take A While Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    When hopes are delayed, turn to the Bible, pray, and look to the future. The final fulfillment is in Christ, (Daniel 9:24) " put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness..."

    THIS MAY TAKE A WHILE—Daniel 9 The family is on a road trip, when one of the kids starts the incessant refrain, “Are we almost there?” The parent replies, “Not yet; we have a ways to go.” Ten minutes later, the question and answer are the same. “Are we almost there? Are we at least making more

  • Daniel 6: Handling Change Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    Change comes to us all. Daniel handles change with 1) character, 2) commitment, and 3) faith.

    HANDLING CHANGE—Daniel 6 Look around at some of our senior citizens (Aren’t they great?), and imagine the changes they have seen in their lifetime: from life in the iconic 1950’s, through the turbulent 60’s, the 70’s and the Vietnam war, leisure suits in the 80’s, and ________ (you fill in the more

  • Daniel 5: Being A Person Of Substance Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    Belshazzar is "weighed in the balance and found wanting," while Daniel is strong in his faith in God. Our substance is found in the kingdom of God, as described in the Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount.

    BEING A PERSON OF SUBSTANCE—Daniel 5 ***A few years ago, a best-selling book was titled, “The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook.” It gave advice from experts in a variety of fields, all telling “How to”: How to…fend off a shark, deliver a baby in a taxicab, jump from a moving car, survive if a more

  • Daniel 4: Overcoming Pride Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    Self-focused pride 1) causes anxiety, 2) leads to a fall, 3) can be redeemed through God-focused humility. We can humble ourselves by 1) recognizing God as sovereign, 2) crediting God for our abilities, and 3) directing our gifts to the good of others.

    PUTTING PRIDE IN ITS PLACE—Daniel 4 PRIDE. One of the “Seven Deadly Sins,” along with greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. But is it always bad? There is a kind of healthy pride, which values one’s abilities, celebrates achievement, and motivates positive behavior. Paul refers to more

  • Daniel 3: Conquering Insecurity Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    1) Play to the right audience (God), 2) Trust God for lasting security, 3) Commit to what is right. Neb is insecure, while Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are secure in God!

    CONQUERING INSECURITY—Daniel 3 I wonder how many of us here this morning struggle with insecurity. Maybe you don’t feel good enough—attractive, competent, successful enough. Maybe you don’t feel that your opinions are valued—you are not respected, or you don’t have a lot of influence. Maybe you more

  • Daniel 2: When Life Seems Out Of Control Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    God is in control, even when the world seems chaotic. Daniel handles a situation beyond his control with WISDOM and FAITH.

    WHEN LIFE SEEMS OUT OF CONTROL—Daniel 2 Does it sometimes seem like your life is out of control? Coronavirus. The national debt. Politics. Natural disasters. As a parent committed to your kids, you try to protect them and control their environment, but you can’t control all the people and more

  • Daniel 1: Living In A Strange Land Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    How can we thrive in an ungodly environment? 1) Stand up for who we are, 2) Excel in what we do. In exile, Daniel was excelled, without losing his identity.

    LIVING IN A STRANGE LAND—Daniel 1, 1 Peter 2:9-12 Read Daniel 1:1-20. ***My first days in a college dorm were a rude awakening, for a guy who had led a pretty sheltered life. Bob Dylan was blasting out, “Lay, Lady, Lay” on the stereo down the hall. (Yes, I am ancient!) The Beatles were singing more

  • Daniel 7: Taming The Monsters Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020

    God has a plan for taking the monsters we face in the world and our personal lives. The SON OF MAN finds fulfillment in Jesus, who overcomes by the cross, resurrection, ascension, and return.

  • Daniel 8: He's Got This Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 3, 2020
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    Nothing is a surprise to God. God is in control.