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Feb 11, 2018
Filled: Living the Spirit-Filled Life :: Trusting and Obeying
Last week, we learned about receiving the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus had promised. This week, our reading in Acts 5 brings us to hearing, trusting and obeying the Father who speaks through the Holy Spirit that is residing in us.
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  • Feb 11, 2018Filled: Living the Spirit-Filled Life :: Trusting and Obeying
    Feb 11, 2018
    Filled: Living the Spirit-Filled Life :: Trusting and Obeying
    Last week, we learned about receiving the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus had promised. This week, our reading in Acts 5 brings us to hearing, trusting and obeying the Father who speaks through the Holy Spirit that is residing in us.
  • Feb 4, 2018Filled: Living the Spirit-Filled Life :: Living with the Spirit
    Feb 4, 2018
    Filled: Living the Spirit-Filled Life :: Living with the Spirit
    We all know that the book of Acts is the story of the founding of the church. In it, we find the first sermons that were preached; the first congregations that were formed; the first model of Christian community; all the firsts upon which our present church is based. While all those things are important, the most important is the sending of the Holy Spirit to God's children, just as Jesus promised. It is the spirit that guides us, comforts us, gives us clarity in times of confusion, brings us closer to the Father. It is the underlying, but overarching, message in Acts. As Pastor Sam says: I cannot live the Christian life I've been called to without His Spirit within me.
  • Dec 31, 2017Reflections (Psalm 65)
    Dec 31, 2017
    Reflections (Psalm 65)
    Pastor Sam takes this last day of 2017 to reflect on the events that have happened during that year and also anticipating the events of the upcoming year of 2018. He continues, after a short video slideshow, with Psalm 65 - a song that is especially appropriate for the last Sunday of the year. It is not only a psalm of praise and thanksgiving, but also tells us of God's promises and blessings over all of us during the upcoming year.
  • Nov 26, 2017Generous Living: Creating Margins for God
    Nov 26, 2017
    Generous Living: Creating Margins for God
    Life is busy. It seems that everything and everyone wants our attention whether we are at work or driving down the highway. In this offering, Pastor Sam encourages us to look for the pauses, the slow-downs, the times in-between all that busy-ness and ask ourselves if we are getting out ahead of God. Are we seeing all the opportunities that God is giving us for generosity in relationship with those He loves (spoiler: everybody)? Are we taking the opportunity of a God-given pause to be thankful and to praise Him? Let's listen to Pastor Sam as he encourages us to be mindul of these precious moments of quietude. As he wraps up this series on Generous Living: Giving Ourselves to God and Others.
  • Nov 19, 2017Generous Living: A Time for Rest
    Nov 19, 2017
    Generous Living: A Time for Rest
    Life. It has a tendency, for all of us, to become over-whelming with things to do and people-to-see. In Mark 6:30 and following, we find that it was no different for Jesus and His disciples.  During His ministry one earth, it was a go-go world and finding time away from it all was a challenge in itself. This passage describes one of those times and when Jesus saw the need for rest and He took the twelve to an isolated spot. Join us in hearing Pastor Sam as he discusses dealing with the busy times and finding rest. 
  • Nov 12, 2017Generous Living: In the Light of God’s Mercy …
    Nov 12, 2017
    Generous Living: In the Light of God’s Mercy …
    At the beginning of Romans 12, Paul exhorts us "in view of God's mercies" to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, set apart for God. He continues by telling us what to avoid in life and what to pursue; to use the gifts God has given us; to be humble; and most of all, he describes the attitude we should have toward others.  But most importantly, it shows that God's mercy over-shadows our activities. Listen, now, as Pastor Sam leads us through this chapter and  shows us that heeding God's call to obedience must be done in the light of God's mercy.
  • Nov 5, 2017Generous Living: The Theology of Invitation
    Nov 5, 2017
    Generous Living: The Theology of Invitation
    This Sunday we were blessed to have Mike Mercer for Compassion First as our speaker. Mike is with Compassion First an organization in Indonesia that is an outreach to the girls and women who are victims of the sex trafficking trade. Their approach to giving aid and the success they have had with assisting these women have earned them the respect from the police forces in cities of Indonesia. The importance of "Invitation" is important in Christian life in our dealings with the people around us. It is no less important than our relationship with Jesus, who will "show up when invited and states where He is wanted." 
  • Oct 29, 2017Generous Living: How Do We Respond to God?
    Oct 29, 2017
    Generous Living: How Do We Respond to God?
    How do you respond to God and all His wondrous acts of power?  Mark 14:3-9 gives the account of how one woman responded to Jesus. Pastor Sam outlines her solution to this question and the significance of her acts of love toward Jesus. The Woman with the Alabaster Jar was enthusiastic about her gift to our Lord, but not in any outward show of excitement; her excitement was demonstrated in what the gift cost her and this was not lost on Jesus. Sam begins the service with testimonies from the congregation about God's wondrous acts of power in their lives and then brings us into the life of the woman who anoints Jesus at the home of Simon the Leper. You are sure to gain some revelations about the significance of her, maybe not-so-simple, act of love.  Enjoy.
  • Oct 22, 2017Psalms: Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul! (Psalm 103)
    Oct 22, 2017
    Psalms: Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul! (Psalm 103)

    This week’s recording diverges from the norm in that today, we begin with a sampling of the congregation’s declarations of what Pastor Sam has named God’s Wondrous Deeds; His Acts of Power. If you recall, Sam has urged us to take note of and give testimony to the ways God has blessed us during the week and to  voice them during the church service. Well, today we have included two in the recording so you can see how that works. Also, Shannon and Morey are moving from the area and they each give a short testimony of God’s work as well as expressing their appreciation to the congregation. Finally, Ethan Wright delivers his thoughts and reflections on Psalm 103, finishing the service. Enjoy.

  • Oct 15, 2017Psalms: Praise Him! (Psalm 150)
    Oct 15, 2017
    Psalms: Praise Him! (Psalm 150)

    This Sunday, Pastor Sam reveals what Psalm 150 tells us about praise and worship: the why, the when and the how.  What we discover is that we are to praise and worship God wherever we go and in whatever we do.  Jacob Flaherty joins the service as worship leader and leads a spontaneous worship using the scripture of Psalm 150 toward the end of the recording. Sorry to say, are unable to include that part of the service, however, because our sound system isn't configured to record music faithfully.  As a result there is a break in the flow of the service that you will notice. But that should not prevent you from gaining insight and knowledge from the message that Pastor Sam has for us. Please enjoy!