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Aug 14, 2022
Stumbling Over the Savior
Series: Romans
We've probably all seen people walking around, so focused on their phones, that they've stumbled into fountains, bushes, or even run into things.  When our attention is elsewhere, it's easy to get tripped up.
 
As Paul concludes chapter 9 of his letter to the Romans, he speaks of Christ as a stumbling stone for some people.  When it comes to receiving God's forgiveness and salvation, sometimes people get tripped up.  Paul's words highlight 3 stumbling stones people still trip over today: 1) We can stumble over our own sin; 2) We can stumble over our own service; 3) We can stumble over salvation’s simplicity.
 
Don’t get tripped up trying to earn salvation, simply trust in Christ.
 
 
Romans 9:30-33
Aug. 14, 2022
 
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  • Aug 14, 2022Stumbling Over the Savior
    Aug 14, 2022
    Stumbling Over the Savior
    Series: Romans
    We've probably all seen people walking around, so focused on their phones, that they've stumbled into fountains, bushes, or even run into things.  When our attention is elsewhere, it's easy to get tripped up.
     
    As Paul concludes chapter 9 of his letter to the Romans, he speaks of Christ as a stumbling stone for some people.  When it comes to receiving God's forgiveness and salvation, sometimes people get tripped up.  Paul's words highlight 3 stumbling stones people still trip over today: 1) We can stumble over our own sin; 2) We can stumble over our own service; 3) We can stumble over salvation’s simplicity.
     
    Don’t get tripped up trying to earn salvation, simply trust in Christ.
     
     
    Romans 9:30-33
    Aug. 14, 2022
     
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  • Aug 7, 2022The Problem With Presumption
    Aug 7, 2022
    The Problem With Presumption
    Series: Romans
    Have you ever jumped to a conclusion, or judged a book by its cover?  If you have, then you understand what it is to "presume" something.  Sometimes we may be right in our presumptions, other times we may be wrong.
     
    In Rom. 9:19, Paul suggests a presumption that his readers might have held – if God is in control of everything, then how is it fair for Him to blame us for sin?  In verses 20-29, Paul responds with 3 truths which reveal that most of our problems with God seeming unfair arise because our image or understanding of God is distorted by our own presumptions.
     
    The truth is: 1) God Has the Right to Deal with His World as He Wishes; 2) God Has Revealed His Patience & Purpose; 3) God Pre-Recorded His Plans through the Prophets.
     
    God shows us patient endurance rather than simply the powerful wrath we deserve.
     
     
    Romans 9:19-29
    Aug. 7, 2022
     
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  • Jul 31, 2022Is God Unjust?
    Jul 31, 2022
    Is God Unjust?
    Series: Romans
    From the time we were little, we developed a well honed sense of fairness.  It showed up at times like when our sibling got a larger helping of dessert than we did (even if it had to be measured in microns).  The thing is, the idea of fairness and justice can vary from person to person.  What seems fair to one person might seem unfair to another.
     
    This has led some to question God's fairness.  Is God unjust?  As we wrestle through what Paul has written in Romans 9 about God's choices, what we come to find out is that, far from being unjust, God is great in mercy.
     
    God's mercy exceeds the measure of our sin.
     
     
    Romans 9:14-18
    July 31, 2022
     
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  • Jul 24, 2022God’s Faithfulness & Your Family Tree
    Jul 24, 2022
    God’s Faithfulness & Your Family Tree
    Series: Romans
    There is a saying in Christianity that, "the ground is level at the foot of the cross."  What this means is that we are all on equal footing when it comes to our need for forgiveness and salvation.  No one is too good to need it, nor is anyone too sinful to receive it.  We don't come into it because of the family we grew up in, nor do we earn it through our own goodness.
     
    Salvation is a gift, offered freely by God who loves us.  He has made a way for us to be saved from the consequences of our sins, and has promised that He will save us, if we will accept His gift.  What Paul shows us in Rom. 9:6-13 is that: 1) Salvation is never based on natural advantages; 2) Salvation is always based on God's promises; 3) Salvation never takes any notice of whether we are good or bad.
     
    Salvation is not based on our pedigree or performance, but on God’s promises.
     
     
    Romans 9:6-13
    July 24, 2022
     
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  • Jul 17, 2022Love Those Who Are Lost
    Jul 17, 2022
    Love Those Who Are Lost
    Series: Romans
    Being lost in an unfamiliar area can be very stressful - not knowing which way to turn, or how to get to where you want to go.  Before you realize that you are lost, you can continue on in blissful ignorance, enjoying the journey.  But, once you discover that you don't know where you are or where you are going, panic starts to set in.
     
    The Bible tells us that we are spiritually lost apart from Christ.  Some don't realize they are lost yet. Others may sense they are lost, but don’t know what to do about it. Still others have found salvation and forgiveness through faith in Christ. Those who have found the way to be saved need to lovingly reach out to those who are still lost seeking to lead them to Christ.
     
    In Romans 9 we see from Paul’s example that we need to have a powerful love for the lost. That love should be marked by at least 5 things: Sincerity, Sorrow, Sacrifice, Insight, and a focus on the Savior.
     
    We need to have a powerful love for the lost, leading us to share God’s love with them.
     
     
    Romans 9:1-5
    July 17, 2022
     
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  • Jul 10, 2022Avoiding Spiritual Amnesia
    Jul 10, 2022
    Avoiding Spiritual Amnesia
    Series: Psalm 119
    Forgetting things is an unfortunate aspect of daily life for most of us.  From time to time, things slip our minds - we forget to stop at the store on the way home, we forget an appointment we made some months earlier, etc.  Regrettably, we can also find ourselves forgetful when it comes to the Bible.  You may be reading a portion of Scripture you know you've read before, but there is a verse that stands out so much, you wonder how you could have forgotten it. 
     
    So, how do we keep from forgetting God’s Word?  3 words – repetition, repetition, repetition.  The more time we spend focused on God’s Word, the easier time we have remembering it.  The psalmist shows us in this final section of Psalm 119 just how focused he is on the word of God – it is 1) the subject of his prayer, it is 2) a matter of praise, 3) he depends on it, and 4) he knows deliverance through it.
     
    Make God’s Word the focus of your prayer, praise, dependence & deliverance.
     
     
    Psalm 119:169-176
    July 10, 2022
     
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  • Jul 3, 2022What Distracts Your Devotion?
    Jul 3, 2022
    What Distracts Your Devotion?
    Series: Psalm 119
    Our world is full of distractions.  No matter where you are, you will find that there are dozens of things that can draw your attention away from whatever it is you are trying to focus on.  This happens too in our praise and worship of God. 
     
    In this message we'll ask the question, “What Hinders our Praise?” The answer to this will reveal some of the distractions we face in our faith.  The more we are able to identify these distractions, the more we can learn to get around them and strive for obedience.
     
    Let’s show our love for God & His Word by making it our purpose to praise Him and obey Him in everything.
     
     
    Psalm 119:161-168
    July 3, 2022
     
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  • Jun 26, 2022Spiritually Dialing 911
    Jun 26, 2022
    Spiritually Dialing 911
    Series: Psalm 119
    You know what phone number to call in an emergency, right?  911.  That number is plastered on virtually every fire truck, police car and ambulance you see.  It is the number to call when you need help.
     
    There are some remarkable similarities between calling 911 and prayer.  Just as you can dial 911 from any phone and get help, you can pray no matter where you are and God will hear you.  In Psalm 119:153-160 we see that: 1) God encourages us to pray in our Affliction; 2) He wants us to pray about our Adversaries; and 3) He certainly appreciates our prayers of Affection.
     
    God is able to sustain us even when others stand against us.
     
     
    Psalm 119:153-160
    June 26, 2022
     
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  • Jun 19, 2022Yearning for Some Learning
    Jun 19, 2022
    Yearning for Some Learning
    Series: Father's Day
    We learn so many things from others – often times simply by observing their lives.  In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he reflects on his love for them and his desire to teach them as a "Father."  Here he highlights 3 ways to learn from someone’s life: 1) We can learn by examining one’s character; 2) we can learn by observing one’s conduct; and 3) we can learn by understanding one’s goals.
     
    Live a life that leads others to walk worthy of God's calling.
     
     
    1 Thess. 2:9-12
    June 19, 2022
     
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  • Jun 12, 2022For Such a Time as This
    Jun 12, 2022
    For Such a Time as This
    Series: Missions
    Join us as we study God's Word and hear a ministry update from Rich and Jo Ann Davis, missionaries to Moldova.
     
    To learn more about Rich & Jo Ann and their ministry, visit their website, The Moldovian Connection.
     
     
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