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  • No Stumbling Blocks

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 16, 2021

    Why do people disconnect from Christ and the church? We must not cause "these little ones" to stumble.

    NO STUMBLING BLOCKS—Mark 9:38-50 This morning, we face a troubling reality: Many Americans are moving away from Christ and the church. Some are high-profile influencers, who might say they are “done” with church, or “deconstructing” their faith. Others are ordinary people—maybe people we know—who more

  • The Master's Guide To Greatness

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Sep 9, 2021

    Greatness in the kingdom of God is found in serving. Everyone can be great!

  • The Master's Guide To Your Best Self

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Aug 31, 2021

    A unique, positive slant Jesus' challenge to deny self and take up one's cross. Specific stories about what that really means.

  • The Mystery Of (Un)answered Prayer

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Aug 23, 2021

    Two stories from Mark 7 illustrate the mystery of answered prayer: God adapts his glorious plan to the requests of ordinary people, even when granting the requests is greater than people can imagine.

    THE MYSTERY OF (UN)ANSWERED PRAYER—Mark 7:24-37 Many people have had the experience of praying—passionately, even desperately—and not receiving the answer they were seeking. That can be confusing, even troubling, and we naturally ask, “Why?” Was God not listening? Is he not able to do what we ask? more

  • The Heart Of Religion

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Aug 19, 2021

    Religious traditions and rules can be harmful, or they can provide a framework for a heart transformed. The heart is transformed by the Holy Spirit.

  • 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

  • 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.

    GOING TO CHURCH WITH JESUS—Mark 1:21-28 We live in a time of declining church attendance. One reason is busyness; Sunday mornings are consumed with youth sports, catching up on the laundry or the lawn, or just chilling out after a busy week. Another reason might be that going to church is not as 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 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
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    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 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.

    HE’S GOT THIS—Daniel 8 Do you sometimes feel like the world is spinning out of control? The safe and secure life some of us remember seems more chaotic, less innocent, and somewhat scary. Family and cultural values are changing—not always for the better. Religious freedom is under attack in many 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 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