Respond: A Season to Magnify

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By Jenn Fountain - December 2, 2018

The power and significance of Christmas invites a response from us, just as it did from the people present at the time. The first response we see is from Mary, who responded by saying, "My soul magnifies the Lord." We magnify what we focus on. What are you magnifying in your life this Christmas?

Big News! We've Got Our Eyes on Rwanda

"A simple sailboat does not bring glory to itself, but to the power of an unseen force propelling it along. It is dead in the water unless the wind blows."

- Daniel Henderson


I love this image. It's been rolling around in my head for a few weeks, because I tend to want to be a powerboat or at least have 6 oars in the water. But the simplicity of a sailboat is that it moves in response to the wind. It functions with its power. It moves, propelled by a greater force.

This has been our goal as a church, as we grow and expand mission and ministry - we seek, as a church, to go where the Spirit (literally, the wind of God) moves us. Always.

And now it feels like the wind is starting to pick up!

This last Sunday, we were so excited to introduce Jake and Kathryn Otterman, who are discerning and following a call to long-term, global missions beginning in Rwanda, East Africa!

We've always wanted to be a sending church. Much of that is local...through Young Life, Family Promise, in our schools and neighborhoods and workplaces. Jesus reminded his disciples that they were sent in the same way He was. As we've grown, we've discerned God's movement beyond our back yard. Guatemala was our first trip out onto the water. Now, we're discerning what it looks like to be engaged with global missions as an equipping and sending church! Jake and Kathryn feel like a gift from God in that regard!

As we sail out into these uncharted waters, part of our goal is to walk with the Ottermans as they continue to discern their calling. We want to encourage, support, and equip them to trust and be propelled by the Spirit. What that means for us is pretty awesome: we get to love and encourage them, as well as become a training ground for them to gain tools for mission and ministry. They'll be serving with us in a variety of capacities, everything from kids ministry to music (Jake is a gifted musician) to serving the needy in Family Promise. They'll be taking courses in global missions and being prepare for the rigors of the mission field. And they'll be raising support for Rwanda Missions as they go. 

This is an incredible season and blessing for us as a church - we are following Jesus' call to go and make disciples, even to the ends of the earth! Not only do we get to participate in what God is doing around the world, but we get to walk with an amazing young couple as they learn to trust the wind!

So please be praying for Jake and Kathryn. And pray for our church as we walk with them in this process. As someone said at one of our recent meetings, "What if Jake and Kathryn are the first in a long line of young couples we get to equip and send to the ends of the earth?" 

What if, indeed!

Becoming Love: Real Unity

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By Mike Massey - October 7, 2018

Living in true unity with our Christian family is hard. We all come from such different points of view. But our unity is the way others will know Jesus came to rescue them and set them free. Unity means setting aside our rights and getting on our knees side by side to call upon the name of The good good Father.

Devoted to Prayer

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By Matt Fleenor - September 2, 2018

Even though prayer has many forms, Paul encourages us to have 3 activities in our prayer so that we may see God clearly and experience God fully. First, we must look with thankfulness at life's circumstances rather than carefulness.  Next, our prayer must speak with God, our community, and our individual person as participants.  Last, the answer to prayer involves actions that are full of grace.

The Soundtrack of Your Life

By Josh Yerton - August 19, 2018

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Music makes all the difference in a good movie and decides the mood of a scene. In life, the stuff beneath the surface sets the tone for how we live. We get choose what the soundtrack of our life is going to be. Josh explores Colossians 3 in this sermon as he fleshes out letting the musical notes be from our earthly natures or from our identity as God's chosen ones. 

Set Your Mind Above

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By Jenn Fountain - August 5, 2018

With all the noise around us today it is easy to get distracted from what really matters. In Colossians 3:1-4 Paul reminds us of our identity in Christ and that, as people who have received new life through Jesus, our calling is to look up from temporary concerns to things that have eternal importance.

Halacha

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By Neil Strickland - July 22, 2018

In continuation of our Colossians series, Neil teaches on how Paul encouraged the church of Colossae to keep their practices Christ centered.  Even though our "practices" may look different today, our focus should still be living Christ centered lives.