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The Word Alive
32 minutes | Jan 2, 2022
The Good Picture God is Painting
For our first service in AD 2022 Pastor Mark directs our attention to a portion of Romans 8. Consider with us the promise of good held in these verses, what they mean and don't mean, and God's role in it.
29 minutes | Dec 26, 2021
When God Calls
Today on the day after Christmas and the last sermon of AD 2021 Pastor Mark brings a message from Exodus around the calling of Moses in Egypt. Consider with us the 4 objections that Moses raised, God's responses to them, and how we often, too, bring the same manner of objections when God calls us.
31 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
The Gift of Love
Today in our limited series for Advent Pastor Mark engages us with a portion of John's first letter. Consider with us how love (ἀγάπη, agape) originates in God, is demonstrated in the giving of the Son, and is made complete in believers loving one another.
30 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
The Gift of Joy
Today in our limited series on Advent Pastor Mark brings our attention to this passage in Luke where the angel brought good news of great joy. Consider with us the joy given in Jesus: the Savior, Messiah, and Lord.
31 minutes | Dec 5, 2021
The Gift of Peace
In the continuation of the Advent limited series, today Pastor Mark engages us in considering peace at a cosmic (all-encompassing) level as presented in Colossians. Consider with us this peace in level encompassing all creation, that is a reconciling peace centered in Christ that we experience in part now but won't fully until Christ's return.
37 minutes | Nov 28, 2021
The Gift of Hope
Today Pastor Mark begins a limited series for this Advent season. Lamentations was written during a time of warfare, beseigement, cruelty, and great suffering, and the emotionally charged words of grief--of lament--are expected. Yet despite this there coexists a spirit of hope.
34 minutes | Nov 21, 2021
Peace in Troubled Times
Today as we continue our study of Philippians Pastor Mark brings us a sermon about peace in the midst of trouble while being there personally at that time. Consider with us the commands to rejoice (possibly as an act of defiance) in the midst of trouble, suffering, and pain; to be gentle, forbearing, meek, and mild to an extent that it is evident to any onlooker; and to pray with thanksgiving in the middle of anxiety.
34 minutes | Nov 7, 2021
A Call to Steadfastness and Unity
Today in our continuing study of Philippians Pastor Mark leads us through the first few verses of chapter 4. Consider again the calls to stand firm and be of the same mind, themes encountered earlier in our study.
29 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
Citizens of Heaven
Today in our continuing study of Philippians Pastor Mark engages us in considering how being citizens of heaven leads Christ followers to take the road less traveled.
37 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
Today in our study of Philippians chapter 3 Pastor Mark leads us through Paul's imagery of the Christian life as a long-distance race. Consider with us that which is left behind, that which lies ahead, and the endurance to win the prize.
31 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
The Greatest Thing
Today our study of Philippians reaches the most important point of the letter. Pastor Mark leads us in considering that knowing Christ is the greatest thing.
33 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
Warning against Works Righteousness
Today Pastor Mark leads us in our study of Philippians in the first verses of chapter 3. Consider the harsh warning Paul had for those practicing works righteousness in Philippi and what we must learn from it.
34 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Picturing the Life of Discipleship
Today Pastor Mark leads us through the last section of Philippians chapter 2. Consider with us the apparent stark shift from the previous verses to this section, on how they present two images of what disciples & discipleship looks like in the examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus.
36 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Shining Like Stars
Today Pastor Mark continues our study in Philippians in chapter 2. Today we are challenged to do everything without grumbling and arguing (or complaining) to the end of becoming blameless and pure by holding firmly to the word of life. Consider how we are to be in contrast to culture as stars shine in the dark sky.
32 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
Working out what God Works in
Today Pastor Mark continues his sermon series on Philippians by looking at the next two verses following that ancient hymn we considered in chapter 2. Join us in considering what it means to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
35 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
The Name above Every Name
Today Pastor Mark's sermon follows the exaltation half of the ancient hymn found in the second chapter. Last week we considered that Jesus poured himself out to death on a cross, but that wasn't the end of the story. Consider with us today the heights that he rose to after His resurrection and the name above all names given to Him.
33 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
Highest King, Humblest Descent
In our continuing study of Paul's letter to the Philippians, today Pastor Mark leads us in considering the first half of that ancient hymn found in chapter 2. Consider with us this week Christ's emptying of Himself, his humbling Himself from His rightful, divine position to the point of becoming a person dying a horrific death for the sake of us.
28 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
A Call to Unity
In our continuing series in Philippians we reach the beginning of chapter 2. Pastor Mark focuses our attention on being united in Christ. Consider how self-centeredness leads to empty glory whereas emptying ourselves (humble selflessness) leads to glory in Christ.
33 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
A Life Worthy of the Gospel
Today in our study of Philippians Pastor Mark leads us in the end of the first chapter wherein Paul challenges the Philippian church to live lives worthy of the gospel in the face of opposition. This lifestyle is marked by standing in unity; contending without being intimidated; and embracing suffering as a gift.
25 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
More than Enough
Today to align with the installation of new office bearers Pastor Mark takes a break from our study in Philippians to a section of Luke 9. The road of discipleship is a hard road on which one is pulled, pressed, and stretched; but consider with us how relying completely on God's providence resulted in more than what was needed in the miraculous feeding of the crowd of 5000.
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