"faith" Tagged Sermons

House of Cards

On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as the cathedral at Netre Dame burned. Estimates for rebuilding the cathedral are now approaching 2 billion dollars. The secular French government has committed to its reconstruction, “no matter the cost.” For many, Notre Dame and buildings like it stand as a representation of their religious traditions. For others, it is more about national pride and the cathedral’s history, art, and architecture. The deconstruction of such buildings is a tragedy affecting…

Bad Religion

The word “religion” stirs all kinds of emotions in us. They may be positive emotions associated with faith, traditions, and our connection with God. Or, they could be negative memories of manipulation, hypocrisy, or abuse. You might expect the Bible to offer a purely positive definition of “religion,” but in reality, the Bible offers more warnings about the dangers of religion than a positive defense of it. Join us for part three of Losing My Religion where we explore the…

The Holy Hand Grenade

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. It is considered by many to be the foundation of two major world religions. It has been used by all kinds of people to justify all kinds of good and bad things done in the name of religion. But what if the Bible is not primarily a religious text, but a record of the failure of religion? What if the Bible is not the treasure, but merely the map pointing us…

Licking Cups

Recent surveys have revealed that a growing number of people no longer identify with any religion. They do not claim to be protestant or catholic, they are not affiliated with Islam or Hinduism, they simply claim no religious affiliation. They have come to be known as “nons.” If this group were its own religion, it would be the fastest growing in America. Jesus was a friend to the irreligious. He attracted the sinners and the tax collectors while the religious…

Andy Finds Lunch

When we think about becoming fishers of people, we can become overwhelmed by the need. There are literally billions of people on the planet and the task of sharing the good news with all of them seems impossible. Jesus’ first disciples faced a similarly overwhelming situation when Jesus told them to feed a crowd of more than 5,000 people. Philip became overwhelmed, but Andrew focused on one small child and through that child, Jesus provided for everyone. Join us for…

Walking Buddies

Road trips are always more fun when you travel with people you love. For three years, Jesus and His followers traveled together throughout the Judean countryside. Along the way, the disciples learned a lot about each other and God’s Kingdom. Throughout the New Testament, believers worked together to serve the church and accomplish God’s will. It is in community that God reveals His plans and purpose. In part four of Walk This Way, we look at the importance of community in…

Steps of Faith

It’s one thing to know God’s will and another to do it! One of Jesus earliest disciples said, “I know the good I ought to do, but don’t do it. And the evil I shouldn’t do? Well, I just keep on doing it!” Can you relate? In part three of Walk This Way, we will explore the challenge and rewards of obedience, and how we can walk in it. Passage (READ THEM) “Whoever claims to live in him, must walk…

The Dust of the Rabbi

The ancient Hebrews taught that you should learn from your rabbi by “covering yourself in his dust.” This phrase might not mean as much in our world of concrete and asphalt, but to the ancient Jewish mind, it was a clear call to stick closely to the teachings of the rabbi you chose to follow. Join us for part two of Walk This Way where we will explore how to understand the Bible the way Jesus did. Passage (READ THEM)…

Follow Me

What if finding God’s purpose was as simple as taking a step? Most of us complicate our search for God’s purpose by attempting to answer all of life’s most difficult questions before taking that first step. But as the saying goes, “it’s hard to steer a parked car!” Join us for the first part of Walk This Way, where Pastor Gary Webber explores Jesus’ teaching about our ultimate purpose. Passage (READ THEM) “Whoever claims to live in him, must walk as…

Forever

In Chemistry, the periodic table is made up of 118 elements, everything from oxygen to Protactinim. While certain elements are essential to life in an abundant supply others are non-essential and are so rare they have only recently been discovered. Understanding the Christian faith can sometimes be compared to the periodic table; there are essential and non-essential elements. There are common beliefs held by a wide variety of Christians and there are those obscure interpretations that many Christians debate. Listen…

Grace and Faith

In Chemistry, the periodic table is made up of 118 elements, everything from oxygen to Protactinim. While certain elements are essential to life in an abundant supply others are non-essential and are so rare they have only recently been discovered. Understanding the Christian faith can sometimes be compared to the periodic table; there are essential and non-essential elements. There are common beliefs held by a wide variety of Christians and there are those obscure interpretations that many Christians debate. Listen…

The Church

In Chemistry, the periodic table is made up of 118 elements, everything from oxygen to Protactinim. While certain elements are essential to life in an abundant supply others are non-essential and are so rare they have only recently been discovered. Understanding the Christian faith can sometimes be compared to the periodic table; there are essential and non-essential elements. There are common beliefs held by a wide variety of Christians and there are those obscure interpretations that many Christians debate. Listen…
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