Sermon Series
  • 1. Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Contributed on Feb 11, 2016

    We all have reason to worry and lots to worry about. Christ tells us not to worry, but the key is not to allow ourselves to be consumed by worry and instead to "seek first God's kingdom and God's righteousness."

    As we launch our journey this morning to “[Find] Peace in an Anxious World,” we begin with this passage of Scripture that is really in no way obscure. We are probably all at least somewhat familiar with some parts of it, even if we hadn’t realized that it comes from the Bible. more

  • 2. Fresh Perspective, Fresh Outlook

    Contributed on Feb 18, 2016
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    Much of our anxiety and stress grows out of our attempts to live according to worldly standards. We will find peace when we are grounded in our God-given identity, Christ's new creation.

    There was a New York Times article making the rounds on social media this week called “Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me.” This article was written by Kate Bowler, who is a historian of the American Prosperity Gospel, and the author of the recent book, Blessed. To oversimplify it a more

  • 3. Keeping An Open Connection

    Contributed on Feb 26, 2016

    Experiencing peace in our lives means keeping an open connection with the God of all peace through prayer.

    What are some of the things that cause you worry and anxiety? I’m sure we’ve all been thinking about this over the last few weeks as we have worked to “Find Peace in an Anxious World.” Each of us deals with worry in big and small ways at various points in our lives and for more

  • 4. Fostering Community

    Contributed on Mar 14, 2016

    In a world of division and strife, finding peace means building healthy relationships and strong community based in Christ's love.

    As I prayed over and prepared this sermon this week, I kept thinking how ironic it is to be writing a sermon about fostering community in the wake of a very contentious Super Tuesday primary. If anything, for weeks, we have watched the breakdown of community played out right before our eyes on TV, more

  • 5. Pause

    Contributed on Mar 14, 2016

    Experiencing peace in our lives requires staying connected to the Holy Spirit, God's peaceful presence within us.

    Last Sunday afternoon, I left church and headed home. My plan was to get home, feed Owen some lunch, put him down for a nap, and then start working. Well, you know how the saying goes, “The best laid plans…” I pulled out of the parking lot and headed down East Brainerd Road more

  • 6. Facing Our Emotions

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2016

    A Palm Sunday message about the importance of dealing with our sorrows in order to more fully experience the peace and joy of Christ.

    Jesus has set his face toward Jerusalem. For three years he has been calling disciples, teaching crowds, healing the lame, welcoming outcasts, and dining with sinners. He has been teaching about God’s new covenant and the reality of God’s kingdom, even as he embodied it. Now, it is time more

  • 7. The Light Of Life

    Contributed on Apr 14, 2016

    An Easter sermon on the light of Christ that over powers all the darkness of this world!

    Darkness is a funny thing, isn't it? We have to have darkness; it helps us get better sleep. Sometimes in the midst of a headache or an especially sunny day, we long for a few moments of darkness. Darkness is good for a movie or a haunted house. But then again, too much darkness can be a bad thing more

  • 8. Got Peace?

    Contributed on Apr 14, 2016

    After his resurrection, Christ repeatedly offers peace to his disciples. Christ understands our need for true peace.

    So I want to start by taking a quick poll. We spent the six weeks of Lent searching for peace in an anxious world. And now I’m just curious…anybody feel like you’ve now achieved the greatest possible peace in your life? What about the disciples? Our Scripture reading from John more