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Teaching on Video

Halloween Grace

On a Halloween long ago, Martin Luther started a movement to reclaim the Gospel of grace, yet Christians still slip into self-righteousness. It’s scary to consider of what God could do with Gospel-centered lives.

10/24/21

Talking Tough Issues

Biblically-based guidance for how Jesus-followers can discuss political differences without damaging their relationships, team-taught by two friends with divergent views.

17-Oct

A Plea For Conflict Resolution

As Paul urged two women (and their church) to resolve their conflict, let us make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit.

10/10/21

Jesus-Joined Unity

Ephesians 4:1-6 reminds us that while we are one in Christ, to please Jesus we must pursue unity.

10/3/21

Our Peacemaking Potential

Inspired by the radical reconciliatio portrayed in Ephesians 2:14-18, Lynn, John, & Michael role-play conflict resolution in an office setting.

9/19/21

Becoming a Non-Anxious Presence

Rabbi Edwin Freedom described all too well the Vicious Cycle of Anxiety—it’s all around us (and sometimes within us). With help from the teacher of Pastor John Mark Comer, Pastor Michael Carey offers a beautiful alternative—The Way of Jesus—which equips his disciples to disrupt the cycle of anxiety and conflict.

9/12/21

Pathway to Peace (& Prosperity!)

Though obedience doesn't guarantee a healthy and wealthy life, according to Proverbs 3, faithful choices will yield our best life.

9/5/21

Jeremiah 29:11 Plans

Jeremiah 29:11 assures us that God “plans to prosper you and harm you…give you a hope and a future.” This incredible verse is even more relevant when we discover its context. God is still forming people who can “seek the peace and prosperity of our community.

8/29/21

Water-Walking Peace

In Matthew 14, Peter declared his readiness to join Jesus in water-walking, and Jesus invited him to get out of the boat. There also comes a point when we’re ready for a faith adventure that will require us to climb out of our secure place. Keeping our eyes on Jesus will sustain our peace of mind even as we take courageous steps.

8/22/21

No-Matter-What Contentment

Regardless of circumstance, knowing Jesus personally provides a deep source of personal peace, for as Nehemiah declared, “the joy of the Lord is my strength.”

8/8/21

Claim God's Peace

In Philippians 4:4-9, Paul encouraged us to claim God’s gift of peace by making use of three ongoing practices.

8/1/21

Peace for Troubled Hearts

God’s gift of peace starts with God making peace with us.

7/25/21

In the Same (Sinking) Boat

Acts 27 tells the dramatic saga of the apostles shipwreck survival, not only to assure disciples of God’s provision while on His mission. Luke wants to remind believers that enduring life’s storms “in the same boat” with unbelievers gives us the opportunity to bear witness to Him who gives us calmness and confidence in storms.

7/18/21

Spirit Openings

The Lord opened Lydia’s heart and home, and in the process started a micro-church movement of diverse disciples, a fascinating example of church in the wild (Acts 16:11-15).

6/20/21

Boundary Reset

Pastor Michael engages participants in recalling Cornelius and Peter’s Divine Appointment, then offers five “take-aways” for disciples as we strive to discern which boundaries to change and which to preserve.

6/6/21

Disrupted Disciples & Divine Appointments

Pastor Michael Carey’s reflections after meditating upon Acts 6:8-8:40

5/30/21

Pentecost Aftershocks

Pastor Michael Carey highlights the amazing insights we can learn from the “Pentecost Aftershocks” in Acts 3:1-6:7.

5/23/21

Wild Devotion

Acts 2:37-47 provides a vivid glimpse of how the early church continued Jesus' pattern of 3-dimensional discipleship, so often missing from church life today.

5/16/21

Ready to Respond

Acts 2:14-41 tells how Peter spoke persuasively in the power of the Spirit. We can be used powerfully by the Spirit if we search the scriptures mind-full of questions.

5/9/21

Spirit-Powered Persuation

On the Jewish Festival of Pentecost that followed Jesus’ Resurrection, the the Father anointed the Son’s disciples with the Holy Spirit. Since then Jesus-followers engage in Spirit-powered persuasion (Note: the beginning of the message is missing and the audio-visual tech forgot to follow the pastor with the camera ; nonetheless the audio comes thru fine).

5/2/21

Wise Waiting

In Acts 1:12-16, we get a glimpse of how the first disciples waited prayerful to be baptized in the power of the Holy Spirit. We no longer wait for the Spirit, we wait on the Spirit’s leading. As with new technologies, our lives are far more mpacrful when we learn how to utilize the Spirit’s leadings and develop habits that enable us to hear these leadings.

4/25/21

Promise of Power

The Lord wants to use our waiting for the pandemic’s end to prepare us to bear witness to the Risen Lord in the power of the Spirit.

4/18/21

Easter Grace

Though the Resurrection is primarily about new life, Jesus' pursuit of Peter reverberates with grace.

4/4/21

Jesus names “What’s Going On”

Centuries before Marvin Gaye’s classic tune explained “What’s Going On?”, Jesus’ Parable of the Wicked Tenants foretold his crucifixion. The story also reminds us of God’s disappointment when spiritual leaders and institutions fail to yield justice and righteousness.

3/28/21

Gazing on History's Vista

While warning the Twelve about imminent destruction, Jesus challenged every disciple to watch out for distractions that keep us from being and sharing Good News.

3/21/21

Jesus OK with Pagan Rule?

In the last days of his earthly life, the religious establishment tried to trick Jesus into opposing the Roman Empire or being co-opted by it. His brilliant non-answer to their question guides us as to how we relate to government, even though our situation is radically different.

3/14/21

Re-Think Rich

The grace of Jesus challenges us and empowers us to de-throne Money!

3/7/21

Forever Young!

According to Jesus, childlike-news is necessary to enter God’s Kingdom and great are those who hang out with children. Good thing for me that this garden is a magnet the neighborhood kids! How might you cultivate childlike-ness?

2/28/21

Ants in Pants Faith

(Ok, he didn't actually use those words;-)

2/21/21

Listen to Him!

Like Peter, we’re tempted to think that we “got it” when we don’t! As the iconic RCA dog positioned himself to the phonograph, let’s be attentive to scripture, so we too can hear Our Master’s voice.

2/14/21

Let Go of Ego

Ironically, on the day that many Americans watch the greatest sports contest," Mark's Gospel highlights the "Super Bowl" of personal battles.

2/7/21

Dogged Faith!

Mark 7:24-30 tells us that Jesus initially resisted a pagan woman who begged him to free her daughter from evil. Comparing her to a dog was rude and exclusive, unless Jesus had a larger, loving purpose. This story helps us to see how Jesus provokes healing, liberating faith in us.

1/31/21

Heart of the Matter

Our re-discovery of how Jesus inaugurated God's Kingdom on earth brings us to Mark 7. As we overhear Jesus confronting empty religious traditions, we'll have the opportunity to gain deeper awareness of the transforming power that catalyzes genuine life-change.

His mercies are new every morning!

1/24/21

Calmed in the Wind

You may feel as if you’re up against strong winds. Mark 6:45-52 reminds us that Jesus shows up supernaturally to calm his disciples, so we can make a positive impact on the stormy world around us.

1/17/21

Stewards of Abundance

So far 2021 seems like 2020 on steroids! COVID kills more people every day. Divisions within our country have reached a crisis. What can we do?

We will follow Jesus! We will BE the church! Our worship provides the opportunity to declare allegiance to God's Kingdom and grow deeper as disciples by resuming our study of Mark's Gospel.

1/10/21

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