CBC Weekly Word
By Calvary Baptist Church
CBC Weekly WordJun 01, 2023
Exodus, Wk 2 - B. Truax
Suppose you had an opportunity to talk with God. Would you ask questions? Would you tell Him what you thought He’d gotten wrong? Would you make suggestions? This week we look at just such a conversation between Moses and God and discover both how gracious God is, as well as learn of one thing that makes God angry.
Exodus, Wk 1 - B. Truax
We know that God's timing is always best, but how long are we willing to wait for God? An hour? A day? A month? How about 400 years? Join us as we begin a new sermon series on the book of Exodus and discover how God is often at work in our lives long before we realize it.
Mother's Day 2023 - B. Truax
Mother's Day is the annual holiday set aside to deliberately express our love and gratitude to our moms, something few of us do often enough. But what are we grateful for? This weekend we will look at just 3 of the most basic and important things moms give to us using Moses's mother as our role model.
The Groan Zone Part 2, B. Truax
Predestination. A big word that we don't use very often and only slightly comprehend. Even as Christians the meaning varies significantly depending on one's understanding of a few critical scripture passages. This weekend we will take a closer look at the concept of predestination, recognizing that a deeper understanding of this theological principle ultimately provides us a deeper understanding of God Himself.
The Groan Zone, B. Truax
Are you a groaner? ALL of us groan at least occasionally. In fact, even the earth groans! So how do we handle those "groan-able" days? If we can't completely avoid them (and we can't), what are we to do? Join us as the apostle Paul reveals to us how we can persevere, despite the groans, and maintain a life of peace and contentment in the midst of life's challenges.
John - Restoration, B. Truax
This weekend we conclude the Gospel of John sermon series with one final thought that - while not new - reminds us of a bedrock truth related to our relationship with God. That foundation principle is "Restoration!" Join us as we discover how Jesus made sure the lingering questions involving Peter get resolved, and how this truth still speaks hope to God's people these many years later.
John - Easter Sunday! B. Truax
When we think of the empty tomb on Easter we first think of Jesus. However, we also think of the others present that day like Peter and John. But what about Mary Magdalene? She was there throughout the passion story (crucifixion/burial/resurrection) but is often overlooked. Join us as we look at Mary's involvement in the Easter story and how her experience can - and should - help guide our lives as well.
John - People-Pleasing Pilot, B. Truax
In just one week we will celebrate the joyous and miraculous resurrection of Jesus. However, before the resurrection there was the crucifixion and the man who ultimately decided whether Jesus lived or died was the Roman Precept, Pontius Pilate. Surprisingly Pilate did NOT believe Jesus deserved death or even punishment. So why did he sentence Jesus to death on a cross? Join us as we look at why Pilate would make such a decision and what it teaches us about the influence we sometimes give others over our lives.
John - Community of Unity, B. Truax
“Unity!” An easy word to say but such a difficult concept to live. And yet, it was important enough that it was the focus of Jesus’ final prayer before His arrest and crucifixion. Join us this week as we look at the concept of unity and discover why it’s so important to the lives of God’s people and His church.
John - The Holy Spirit, B. Truax
The Holy Spirt is a part of Trinity, but often He seems relegated to a distant third place in our view of the Godhead. Join us this weekend as we look at the Holy Spirit - who He is, what are His roles, and how He is essential to our lives as individual Christians and as the Church.
John - Prayer, B. Truax
Jesus tells us that if we ask for anything in His name we will receive it. Yet there are many things we pray for that do not come to fruition. Why not? This weekend we'll be looking at this bold declaration of Christ and discover what it really means to "pray in Jesus' name."
John - A New Command, B. Truax
God’s Word says a lot about love - including the importance of loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:36-39). So what could be left for Jesus to discuss when issuing a “new command” related to love? Join us as we discover the new standard Jesus calls the apostles to follow and how our living this out enables others to know we are Christ’s disciples.
John - Light and Darkness, B. Truax
Darkness and Light:- few symbolic depictions are more telling than this comparison. In the light things are visible & warm. In the darkness things are hidden & cold. Join us this week as we discover how God utilizes this natural dichotomy to illustrate the differences between what is godly and what is evil, and are reminded of His desire that we join Him in the Light!
John - Loving Christ, B. Truax
A number of years ago country singer Clint Black recorded a great song about love entitled "Something that We Do." While saying "I love you" is important, we also need to support our words with actions. This week we will discover how we can tangibly demonstrate our love for God by following wonderful examples given us by Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.
Super Sunday! B. Truax
This weekend the eyes of our nation will be turned towards the big game, Super Bowl LVII. Yet, surprisingly, there are some significant similarities between playing football and being a disciple of Jesus. Join us as we discover these similarities and how they can help us in our lives as followers of Christ.
John - Death, Taxes & Jesus! B. Truax
Have you ever wondered why God delays answering your prayers? Well, you are in good company. This weekend we'll look at the story of Jesus' delayed response to Mary and Martha's appeal to Jesus to heal their brother, and how this delay revealed that God had something even better in store.
Wisdom Literature - Ecclesiastes, T. Mann
Ever wish you had more wisdom? The bible has multiple books that are referred to as "wisdom literature", and Rev. Tom is going to walk us through one of those books today!
John - Who is Jesus? B. Truax
In Matthew 16:15 Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Even today people still ask, "Who is Jesus?" This weekend we will be addressing this very question "Who IS Jesus" and discover that the same answer that was for those in the first century is true today.
Renewed Direction, Wk 2 - B. Truax
Wouldn't be nice if we could be told something, or taught something, or shown something one time and then the lesson or truth never had to be shared again? Nice yes, but not a reality for most of us. This week we continue our annual review of the foundational principles that guide us as a congregation. Whether you are new to Calvary Baptist or have attended for many years, this is a sermon you need to hear as we persevere in our quest to be the discipling church God has called us to be.
Renewed Direction - B. Truax
A new year means a new beginning in many areas of our life, but there are some things we need to carry over from previous years. This week we are revisiting our Calvary Baptist Vision Statement as a reminder of the unique call God has placed upon our lives as those He has led to connect with Calvary Baptist Church.
New Year New You - T. Mann
New Year's resolutions. Some folks think they're great, others, not so much. As true followers of Christ, however, there must be a fundamental change in us if we are to serve Christ. Join us as Rev. Tom walks us through how to become new in Christ in 2023!
Christmas Day - B. Truax
Everyone wishes for the perfect Christmas but truthfully, who has ever actually experienced the perfect Christmas? Not to worry - even the very first Christmas wasn't perfect, but just maybe that was part of God's plan! Join us for our Christmas Day service as we are reminded of the one thing - the only thing - that needs to be perfect... Jesus!
3rd Sunday in Advent; Joy - B. Truax
Christmas is a season of many things - hope, peace, love - but it's also a season of joy! And not just any kind of joy, but the "Joy of the Lord." Join us as we look at an incident in the life of Jeremiah that reminds us that unlike happiness, joy is independent of life's circumstances, and that Joy of the Lord can be experienced despite life's circumstances because it is rooted solely in our relationship with God.
2nd Sunday in Advent; Love - B. Truax
For a lot of folks when we hear the word "Christmas" a variety of thoughts come to mind - brightly decorated trees and homes, buying/getting gifts, a jolly guy in a big red suit. But do you ever think of Christmas in terms of a "love story?" This week we will look at Christmas from a perspective rarely noticed by the world, but which best describes God's reason for sending His one and only son on that first Christmas day long ago.
1st Sunday in Advent; Hope - B. Truax
We put our trust in many things today: our finances, our looks and health, our leaders, our economy, etc., but inevitably these all fall short. In the end, the only One we can put our trust in is God. This week we begin the season of advent by being reminded of the ultimate and eternal hope that God revealed through His Son.
A Time to Give Thanks - B. Truax
We know that we’re suppose to thank God for the blessings we enjoy, but what specifically are those blessings? Join us as we think outside-the-box on what we can be grateful for during this season of gratitude and appreciation towards God.
I Was Blind But Now I See - B. Truax
Have you ever been searching for a misplaced item, only to find it in a place where you had already looked? Join us this weekend as we discover that the thing we've been earnestly searching for has always been right in front of us.
John - Truth Decay, B. Truax
What is truth? It’s a question we’ve been wrestling with since the time of Jesus and Pontus Pilate (John 18:38a). Yet, along with the question, we’ve also been given the answer (John 8:31-32). Join us as we look at the importance of truth in an age when we cannot even agree that authentic truth exists.
Show and Tell - B. Truax
Everyone loves a good story! This is especially true if the story is factual and includes a lesson that can be learned. Join us this weekend as we hear the stories behind some our favorite hymns of the faith and discover how we, too, have our own faith story to be told.
John - God's Amazing Grace, B. Truax
We've all heard of the song "Amazing Grace", but do we truly appreciate just how amazing God's grace really is? Join us this week as we see how Jesus not only taught about grace, but lived it out in an extraordinary way.
John - The Holy Spirit, B. Truax
We know about God the Father, and about God the Son, but what about God the Holy Spirit? In the lives of too many Christians we have either been uninformed or misinformed when it comes to the person and roles of the Spirit. Join us this weekend as we look at how Jesus uses an old practice (the Feast of the Tabernacles) to introduce a new moving by the Holy Spirit that awaits Jesus's followers.
What Will Be Your Legacy? B. Truax
Almost everyone who leaves this life wants to leave a part of themselves here on earth, a legacy. Yet little of what this world values (wealth, power, titles, etc.) lasts beyond our lives. So how can we ensure that our legacy survives? Join us as we address this question and discover how our legacy can have earthly and eternal foundations.
John - Bread of Life, B. Truax
You've probably heard Jesus' words "I am the bread of life." What exactly does this mean? And why has it caused such confusion for so many? Join us this week as Pastor Bret guides us through this portion of scripture to provide some clarity on this important topic.
Breath of God - T. Scheler
How do we hear the voice of God? When does God speak to us? Join us this week as Pastor Tod talks about how we can best hear God's voice in our lives.
John - Why Me?! B. Truax
Join us this week as, using the story of the disable man at the Pool of Bethesda, we wrestle with the question of "How does God choose whom He will bless?"
John - Looking for Love, B. Truax
Have you ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle only to find at the end there’s a piece missing? It doesn’t matter if the puzzle is 20 or 2,500 pieces, if one is missing, it just feels incomplete. Join us this weekend as we discover how we can become complete, as well as identify some of the things in this life that, rather than complete us, only leave a hole in our lives.
John - Born Again, B. Truax
Have you ever had an occasion when you wish you could just start over? Maybe you wish you could start the day over, or the relationship over, or perhaps you wish you could start your entire life over. Join us this weekend as we talk about being “born again” and discover how we actually can start life anew with Jesus.
John - The Best is Yet to Come, B. Truax
If you were like most kids, the favorite part of dinner was dessert. Dinner could be delicious, but your focus was on what came after dinner because you knew the best was yet to come! Join us this weekend as we talk about what follows this earthly existence and how we can find strength and encouragement in this life knowing what awaits us in heaven.
John - Identity Check - B. Truax
So who was Jesus? We don't have any photos of him or audio recordings or video clips, so how can we know who Jesus truly was and is? One of the most powerful ways is to examine how God describes Himself through the writings of the Apostle John. Join us this week as we begin a new sermon series on John's Gospel and focus on discovering the identity of this One who came to save the world from its sins.
Go Fly A Kite - C. Freeman
Ever fly a kite? How do you know it will fly? Join us this week as Pastor Clay shares about faith; what it is, why it is important, and how we always need to be growing in our faith.
Real Life, Real Struggles, Real Answers, Wk 7 - B. Truax
People search for many things in their lives - health, wealth, significance. However one of the most elusive yet sought after elements is "peace of mind." This week join us as we discover, through the life of Moses, how we can experience that sense of inner-peace, even when the circumstances of life seem to be conspiring against us.
Real Life, Real Struggles, Real Answers, Wk 6 - B. Truax
Life is messy! Each of us has gotten caught up in the messiness on occasion. Join us this week as we look at the lives of Samson & Joseph and see that God can - and will - help us through (and even how to minimize the messiness of) life's challenges.
Real Life, Real Struggles, Real Answers, Wk 5 - B. Truax
Listen as Pastor Bret shows us where scripture guides us and can help us find our way out of loneliness.
Love Your Neighbor - T. Mann
Join us as we examine how to apply the command to love our neighbor as ourselves when it's difficult to love ourselves.
Real Life, Real Struggles, Real Answers, Wk 4 - B. Truax
Ever struggle with depression? You're not alone! Join us as we explore an event in the life of Elijah that can give us important insights into what God says about how to handle depression.
Real Life, Real Struggles, Real Answers, Wk 3 - B. Truax
Only two verses consisting of five sentences, and yet God had a reason for including something about Jabez in the Bible. Join us as we discover, through these brief comments, how we can fulfill the unspoken desire of almost everyone which is to be "above average."
Real Life, Real Struggles, Real Answers, Wk 2 - B. Truax
Feel like a failure? Well hopefully not today, but the odds are pretty good that you have sometime in your life. This weekend we are looking at how the God of hope helps us in those moments or seasons of despair and reminds us that failure is something we do, not someone we are.
Dads Matter - B. Truax
Happy Father's Day! Join us as we celebrate Dads and see what God has to say about dads and to dads!
Jesus According to John - T. Scheler
Pentecost - T. Mann
Join us this week as Pastor Tom shares about why the history of Pentecost is so important to the Christian faith today.
Real Life, Real Struggles, Real Answers, Wk 1 - B. Truax
As Christians, we all look forward to what awaits in heaven - a perfect life in a perfect place. However, until we arrive in heaven, we have to continue to live imperfect lives in a very imperfect world. Join us as we begin a new sermon series that focuses on how to utilize God's insights and guidance as we confront day-to-day challenges. This week we begin by looking at the never-far-off challenge of stress.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 13 - B. Truax
As Christians we are often encouraged to pray for others, but did you know that under specific circumstances we are called NOT to pray for other believers! Join us this weekend as we wrap up our series on the book of 1 John and discover some spiritual truths that just might be new to you!
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 12 - B. Truax
As Christians we typically think of "testimony" as someone telling others how much better their life has been since they've come to know Jesus. But there are other ways, and other things, that testify about Christ as well. This week we will discover how baptism, the shed blood of Christ, and the Holy Spirit all - in their own unique way - declare the value and importance of a relationship with Jesus.
Mother's Day 2022 B. Truax
Often on Mother's Day the sermon focuses on comparing moms and dads. But what happens if we compare moms with moms? Join us as we look at the lives of two key mothers found in the Bible and discover how being a good mom is not something that just happens automatically, but takes deliberate effort.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 11 - B. Truax
Most of us have old things we have difficulty parting ways with - an old, well broken in article of clothing, a favorite fishing pole, a cherished cooking utensil, etc. However, most of the time there comes a moment when we can't repair or refurbish the item even one more time and we have to replace it. This week the Apostle John teaches us the importance of newness in our spiritual lives as we look at the concepts of new beliefs, new birth, and new behavior.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 10 - B. Truax
Tests! Few of us grow up enjoying tests, but they are important in our lives. They inspire us to study what we've been taught. They also measure what we've actually learned. Join us this week as the Apostle John encourages us to "test the spirits" given the large amounts of misleading and just plain wrong information in our world regarding who God is, what He does, and who He desires to be in our lives.
Easter Changes Everything! B. Truax
Easter is a HUGE event, but what difference did it really make? Join us this weekend as we discover how Easter potentially changed everything in our lives - our past, present, and future!
In The Clouds - T. Scheler
Most of us make the connection between Palm Sunday and Jesus pretty quickly. But what about Palm Sunday, Jesus and...clouds? Join us this week as Pastor Tod talks about how these three things are linked. You may never look at clouds the same way again!
Leave Different Than You Came - T. Mann
Ever thought about how Sunday morning worship should affect you? After all, why are you in worship? Join us as Pastor Tom challenges us to leave worship "different than you came".
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 9 - B. Truax
We've all heard the saying, "There's no such thing as a dumb question." However, there is one question that comes not from an inquisitive mind, but from the whispers of the Evil One - that question being, are we truly born again? Join us this week as we discover the Apostle John's affirmation that, as disciples, we really can have absolute certainty regarding our eternity with God.
Faith Without Works Is Dead - M. Maerzluft
Join us this week as Mike Maerzluft, CBC Director of Children & Youth, dives into the book of James and challenges us to live out our faith!
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 8 - B. Truax
Christianity is sometimes described as a religion of rules. In fact, we experience more freedom than anyone alive. However, there are some teachings given by God designed to provide direction, increase our joy, and minimize our pain. Join us this week as we look at some of the "Do's" and "Do Not's" that help to enhance rather than limit our lives.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 7 - B. Truax
What's in a name? William Shakespeare wrote about it but so did the Apostle John. Join us this weekend as we discover the blessing of sharing Christ's name and in being God's sons and daughters.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 6 - B. Truax
What do antichrists, a last hour, and being God’s anointed have in common? Join us as we discover the answer in our continued study of the book of 1 John, this week focusing on chapter 2 verses 18-29.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 5 - B. Truax
As Christians we often hear that we are to be "in" the world, not "of" the world. But what does this really mean and who is "the world"? Join us this week as the Apostle John helps us better understand the meaning behind this phrase and why it is such an important truth when it comes to living our lives as disciples.
Love - B. Truax
In this season of Valentine's Day, the secret to true love isn't found in flowers, candy or cards. Rather, true love is found in the One who is both the author and essence of love - God Himself. Join us this weekend as we look at 1 John 4 and discover what real love is all about.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 4 - B. Truax
This week we're looking at the issue of "maturity" - not emotional maturity, but spiritual maturity. Join us as we examine the Apostle John's three levels of spiritual development as well as his challenge to constantly strive to grow more in our spiritual walks as followers of Jesus.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 3 - B. Truax
Light, love, and obedience. We generally think of these as three distinct concepts, but did you know that biblically they are interconnected? Join us this week as we see how all three work together to help shape us into the authentic disciples God calls us to be.
1 John - Walking in the Light, Wk 2 - B. Truax
Most people are already aware of the everyday perks of a day filled with light, but did you know there are also spiritual advantages as well? Join us in our continuing series in 1 John as we discover the eternal joys and benefits of being people who live in the light!
1 John - Walking in the Light, B. Truax
Join us this weekend as we begin a study of the book of 1 John and hear the Apostle John reflect back on his life and share some final thoughts on what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus.
Off to a Great S.T.A.R.T. - B. Truax
As we begin a new year, we know that it's important to have goals and to have SMART goals. However, it won't matter how Smart the goals if we don't START the goals! This week we will be looking at taking the steps that help ensure we actually begin working on the goals we believe God has laid upon our hearts for 2022.
What's New, B. Truax
It's a new year, but beyond the date, is there anything new in your life? This weekend we discuss how we can be deliberate about experiencing a new dimension to our walk with Jesus - how we can be productive and effective, how we can thrive in the midst of any circumstances in life. Join us as we discover practical steps to making 2022 something extraordinary!
Who Is Like Our God? T. Scheler
Christ is born - Emmanuel - God is with us! Join us this week as Pastor Tod speaks about what it truly means to have God WITH us.
Fourth Advent Sunday - Peace, B. Truax
We know that Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. However, is there something God desires to teach us through the actual journey itself from Nazareth to Bethlehem? This week we will look at the journey and discover how Mary and Joseph used the "unseen" to help them find peace in the midst of the "seen: which - from a human perspective - was pretty discouraging.
Third Sunday in Advent - Joy, B. Truax
Joseph was in crisis. He'd heard news that he wanted to believe but which was contrary to everything he knew about life. What was he to do? Join us this weekend as we learn from Joseph's conversation with Mary and with an angel, and how these encounters can guide us when we face our own crisis of faith.
Second Sunday in Advent - Love, B. Truax
How Christmas looks is often time determined by one's perspective - as parent, child, store owner, retail worker, etc. But imagine what Christmas looked like through the eyes of one who was there! This weekend we will be viewing Christmas through the eyes of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the hope that this will give us a better understanding of Mary, ourselves, and God.
First Sunday in Advent - Hope, B. Truax
When we think about Christmas we typically remember Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the angels, the shepherds, and the wise men, but what about John the Baptist? As we begin the advent season, we will be looking at an often forgotten character in the Christmas narrative and discover that what John would later say about Jesus the adult Messiah, also applies as we gaze upon Jesus the new born Savior.
Be Grateful, B. Truax
At Thanksgiving we often reflect on what we’re thankful for, but do we remember to reflect on the other, maybe even more important question - Who are we grateful to? Join us this weekend as we discover together the answer to both these questions as a part of our weekend worship.
The Five Fingers of Faith
The holidays are upon us and we’ve probably started going through our “To-Do” list to prepare - purchase food, get clothes ready, clean the house (if you’re hosting), etc. But what about preparing ourselves spiritually? This weekend we will look at how to be ready to share about the “Guest of Honor” at both Thanksgiving and Christmas (i.e. God) and that it can be as easy as 1,2,3,4,5!
Steadfast Faith - B. Truax
It’s easy to have faith when everything is going well. But what about when things aren’t going well or - at any given moment - have the potential to become tragic. Join us this weekend as we focus on the modern day persecuted church and seek to discover how to have the kind of steadfast faith they model, even in the midst of ongoing adversity and trials.
Tricked or Treat? B. Truax
It’s Halloween weekend and though, as Christians, we have nothing to fear from the Evil One, that is not to say we should ignore him. Join us this week as we look to scripture for guidance so that we neither empower Satan, nor neglect his presence and influence to the detriment of a vulnerable world.
From Survive to Thrive, Wk 4 B. Truax
One of the hardest experiences we face is being confronted by a difficult situation or decision and feeling like we have to deal with it all by ourselves. Fortunately, as Christians, this is never true. This week we will be reminded that we are never alone and that life can always be a partnership if we’ll invite and allow God to join us.
From Survive to Thrive, Wk 3 B. Truax
We live in a world that is heavily reliant on power. However, the power we need most isn't fueled by power plants or refineries. Join us this weekend as we look at the greatest power - God's power - and how it can transform our lives and through us, the lives of others.
From Survive to Thrive, Wk 2 B. Truax
It's said that "where your mind goes your body follows." This is true physically AND spiritually. Join us this week as we discover the importance of making both good and godly choices in life.
From Survive to Thrive, Wk 1 B. Truax
For many in this "COVID Era" we have come to a place where our goal has become to just make it to the next day, to survive. But God has SO much more in store for us. Join us this weekend as we begin to discover how we can - as overcomers - move from "survive" to "thrive" and more fully experience and embrace the life desires for His followers.
Living the Dream, Wk 19 B. Truax
Of all the resources God has given us, the most useful and indispensable is His word, the Bible! Join us this week as we discover some of what makes the Bible so extraordinary.
Living the Dream, Wk 18 B. Truax
Is the glass half empty, or half full? Discover how our outlook can help us more fully experience and enjoy the life God desires for us.
Living the Dream, Wk 17 B. Truax
This week, listen as Pastor Bret speaks about one of the "fruits of the spirit" that often gets very little press - self control. The harsh reality is, a lack of self-control almost always leads to sin, but God has given us scripture and the Holy Spirit to help us!
Living the Dream, Wk 16 B. Truax
Our worship is something that God not only desires, it is something He deserves. Join us this week as we look at some of the foundational pillars that undergird the concept of worship with the hope that these will inspire us to worship God more.
Living the Dream, Wk 15 B. Truax
Spiritual self-examination (i.e. doing a self-check to see how one's walk with God is going) is similar to watching a video of yourself doing a presentation - it can be difficult to view but it’s essential if you want to improve. This week we'll look at the discipline of self-examination and discover how God uses this practice to deepen and invigorate our relationship with Him.
Living the Dream, Wk 14 B. Truax
There's a lot of advice offered out there but is it good advice? More importantly, is it godly advice? This morning we are looking at the topic of heavenly wisdom as we seek to discover the kind of counsel that we can fully put our trust and faith in.
Do You Follow God or the Culture? M. Maerzluft
Guest speaker (and CBC Children's Education Director) Mike Maerzluft has a challenging and timely message as he speaks about ideology vs theology.
Living the Dream, Wk 13 B. Truax
"Deference" is a word few use in regular conversation, but it is a concept that lies at the heart of Christianity. Join us this weekend as we discover what the Bible says about this principle and how Jesus taught about, and dramatically modeled through His own life, a life of deference.
Living the Dream, Wk 12 B. Truax
The Bible tells us that we are to both love and fear (i.e. "the fear of the Lord") God. Can we do both and if so, how? This weekend we will be looking at what it means to embrace the fear of the Lord and how this actually deepens, rather than hinders, our relationship with the One true God.
Living the Dream, Wk 11 B. Truax
We've all seen the cartoon - an individual standing in front of St. Peter who consults a big book before deciding whether to let the person in through the Pearly Gates. But is this really how it works (hint - No!) and if not, what does happen when we approach our eternal future? Join us a we look at the topic of "Eternity" in today's sermon.
Living the Dream, Wk 10 B. Truax
Mediocrity - a standard the world is comfortable with but not what God has called us to. This week we will look at some of the causes and one of the cures to avoiding spiritual and general mediocrity in our lives as vibrant disciples.
True Freedom, T. Mann
Join us as Rev. Tom Mann speaks about how a Christ follower's true freedom is in Christ and Christ alone!
Living the Dream, Wk 9 B. Truax
We often think of good "stewardship" as wisely using our time, talents, and treasure, but is it really ours? This week we will discover why stewardship is an important component in spiritually "Living the Dream" as well as be reminded of who is the "owner" and who is the "steward" when it comes to the abundant blessings that we enjoy.
Living the Dream, Wk 8 B. Truax
Just as we cannot develop a relationship with others if we never talk to them, so too we cannot develop a relationship with God if we never (or seldom) talk to Him. This weekend we are looking at the importance of prayer as we pursue "living the dream" as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.
Where Are We in God's Timeline? C. Freeman
This week we are taking a break from our sermon series “Living the Dream” to hear from guest preacher, Clay Freeman. Clay will be helping us figure out “Where are We in God’s Timeline?”
Living the Dream, Wk 7 B. Truax
Moral Integrity. Separately these are two words we don't hear about much today, but together they create a concept that lies at the heart of our Judeo Christian faith. This weekend we will rediscover what this idea means and how we are commanded to live as a people obedient to God's teachings, regardless of the popular standards and social mores of the day.
Living the Dream, Wk 6 B. Truax
One of most potent emotions emerging in society today is "anger." Interestingly we are inclined to get overly angry when we shouldn't, and not angry enough when we should. Discover this week what scripture has to say about anger and how we can make it a beneficial rather than detrimental part of our lives as disciples.
Living the Dream, Wk 5 B. Truax
On this, Pentecost Sunday, it seems appropriate that our focus would be on the Holy Spirit. As we continue the series "Living the Dream", hear how the Holy Spirit can influence our lives - WANTS to influence our lives - as we continually seek the Lord's direction.
Living the Dream, Wk 4 B. Truax
We continue our "Living the Dream" series this week by looking at the idea of perseverance. What is it? What does the bible say about it? And why is it important in our faith journey?
Living the Dream, Wk 3 B. Truax
As we launch into the meat of our "Living the Dream" series, we begin with the concept of "faithfulness". God is always faithful with us. Discover what it means to be faithful towards Him as well as towards one another.
Die to Self - T. Mann
Dying to self is perhaps the most difficult thing we do as Christians but something each of us is commanded to do if we're going to follow Jesus. Want to know the secret to success in dying to yourself? Join us!
Living the Dream, Wk 2 B. Truax
Join us as Pastor Bret continues his "Living the Dream" series, where we can discover how we can live out who God wants us to be while were are on this planet.
Purpose For Your Pain - T. Mann
Wondering why God has allowed so much pain in your life? Rev. Tom will talk about the Purpose for Your Pain and how it can lead to your greatest ministry.
Living the Dream, Wk 1 B. Truax
Are you "living the dream" or just "dreaming the dream?" This week we begin a new sermon series where we'll discover how we can live out who God has called us to be - and who we desire to be - as vibrant disciples of Jesus.
Easter Sunday - B. Truax
Easter is about a risen Savior, an empty tomb, and the victory we can now share in over the penalty of sin and the power of death. Join us for our Easter Sunday sermon!
Almost - B. Truax
Have you ever had one of those "almost" moments in your life? Listen as Pastor Bret shares about some "almost" events that happened leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of our Savior.
Peter - B. Truax
The Easter story is about Jesus and how his death and resurrection brought about our salvation, but there were many other interesting characters - Pilot, Judas, Mary Magdalene. Listen today as Pastor Bret tells us about Peter, one of the 12 disciples.
What on Earth Am I Here For? Wk 6 B. Truax
We are to "go" into all the world with the gospel (Mark 16:15), but what does that mean? This weekend we will discover how we can be better prepared to share the Good News and how we can respond to God's call right now!
What on Earth Am I Here For? Wk 5 B. Truax
In part 5 of the series "What On Earth Am I Here For?", Pastor Bret encourages us to consider that we are here to SERVE. And not just serve each other, but most importantly, to serve God.
What On Earth Am I Here For? Wk 4 B. Truax
As disciples of Jesus we are works in process and thus are always "becoming" who God desires us to be. But what does "becoming" look like? Join us today as we seek to answer this question in our time of worship together.
What On Earth Am I Here For? Wk 3 B. Truax
At some point in our lives we all wonder "Why does God have me here?" Truth is, God has a unique plan for our lives. Join us as we discover what it means to belong, and why we should specifically belong to God's family.
What on Earth Am I Here For? Wk 2 B. Truax
Join us as Pastor Bret explores the reasons we are here on this earth - with a bent toward love on this Valentine's Day.
What on Earth Am I Here For? Wk 1, B. Truax
We are beginning a new sermon series this week that continues our year-long emphasis on discipleship. Join us we explore the many ways God desires to use us during our time here on earth. 1/31/2021 Speaker: Bret Truax
Goal Setting Part 3, B. Truax
Listen as Pastor Bret concludes his "Goal Setting" series. This week hear about setting goals in your finances and in FUN! 1/24/2021 Speaker: Bret Truax
Goal Setting Part 2, B. Truax
Continuing on in our sermon series "Goal Setting", listen as Pastor Bret shares about how we can set goals in faith, family and fitness. January 17, 21 Speaker: Pastor Bret Truax
If My People, B. Truax
As we struggle to cope with the issues that are afflicting our country, may we as a nation recognize that without including God in the restoration process, all of our efforts will fall short. Sunday, 1/3/2021. Speaker: Pastor Bret Truax.
Goal Setting Part 1, B. Truax
What are you aiming for in this new year? Will it be better, worse, or about the same as 2020? This Sunday marks the beginning of a three week sermon series focusing on goal setting. We CAN be deliberate about doing what is within our power to experience a more God-honoring and joy-filled life! Sunday, January 3, 2021. Speaker: Pastor Bret Truax.
Love Is... T. Mann
What IS Love? Many are familiar with the 1 Corinthians 13 verses that we often hear at weddings, but what do those verses really mean? December 27, 2020. Speaker: Tom Mann
Christmas - A Time of Peace, B. Truax
As the angels announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds, part of their proclamation included "and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." So where is this peace? Join us as we discover that the peace we yearn for between one another is only possible if we have first experienced "peace with God" as well as the "peace of God." Dec. 20, 2020, Speaker: Bret Truax