July 2017 Sermons

July 9, 2017

"How Difficult Is It To Say No?"                    Pastor Linda Baumheckel

Of all the words our language, one of the most difficult for many of us is "No". It too often runs contrary to our desires to say no so we struggle. In Romans 7:13-25, Paul talks about this very problem. We have struggles of the flesh and of the spirit. We resent, challenge, or just reject the laws that restrict our freedom. The decision to accept Jesus Christ in our lives requires us to say no to the other gods in our lives though. The surprise, however, is that in saying no we find true freedom.

July 2, 2017

"Beyond the Big, Black Door"                    Lay Pastor Bob Buck

We love our freedom and liberty as Americans but what are we willing to sacrifice for them? Back in 1776 many of the founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence paid with lives and property. They gave up a comfortable life to stand up for America's liberty. In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Paul says that even though he is free of the demands and expectations of everyone, he has voluntarily become a servant to any and all. He gave up his comfortable life to serve those who needed to know the love of Christ. Jesus showed us the way through his own sacrifice and our legacy is to show his love and grace to those who suffer from a hunger that can be both physical and spiritual. The question is whether we are willing to sacrifice our comfortable life to serve them. When we take on that commitment we are truly free because we have put our security in the hands of our loving Lord.

June 2017 Sermons

“No Prayer, No Power”

 

June 25, 2017

"God-Focused" Community Prayer              Lenny Dagg preaches

(Scripture: Acts 12:1-11) Praying together, or community prayer, is vital to a church but to make it successful the Bible tells us we need to pay attention to at least four principles: First, we need to be God-focused which means we need to know his will and follow his lead. Second, we need to be together and in one accord. We need a deep, authentic, loving, and trusting fellowship between us as we pray together. Third, we need to have a clean heart and be willing to acknowledge where we fall short as we seek forgiveness. Finally, we need to be of one accord--all on the same sheet of music. Unity of heart and desire seems simple but it takes all of the preceding three principles to achieve true unity. Our church is working on such unity and we invite you to be a part of it with us.


June 18, 2017

"The Power of Being God-Centered"         Pastor Linda Baumheckel

I will teach a principle in two parts that brings Holy Spirit power into Community Prayer and our lives. Preview the scripture reading:Acts 12:1-11. Awesome choral music this Sunday and the 11 Music Team will share a powerful praise with "In Christ Alone."


June 11, 2017

“You Do Not Have Because You Do Not Ask”        Lay Pastor Bob Buck

(Scripture: James 4:1-2) It takes no effort to read anywhere in the Bible and recognize that prayer is fundamental to our relationship with God. We have to find time to prayer--to make it a priority. Yet, for whatever reason, most of us find ourselves weak in actual practice. It may be because we have difficulty relating to God at times. We get distracted, even in the midst of our spiritual battles, and miss the fact that prayer is our first line of defense in troubled times. Or we think we can handle things ourselves. Whatever your reasoning, it may be that you do not have because you do not ask God. Give him a try.


June 4, 2017

"An Air Offensive"               Lay Pastor Lenny Dagg Preaches

The power of the Holy Spirit comes down and the church is birthed in the book of Acts. Acts also points us to how the first believers prayed. What could Lenny be teaching us this week about praying together? I assure you there is much to be gleaned. 

Preview the scripture reading: Acts 6:1-7 in the New Revised Standard Translation.

May 2017 Sermons

May 28, 2017                       Pastor Linda Preaches

Not Just Any Cup

When Jesus Christ ascended into heaven it wasn't the end--there is an epilogue. His disciples were filled with joy and worshipped him in the temple. Then, at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit filled Christ's followers, bringing God into our very being. Today, as his disciples, we should be spiritually alive with joy through the Holy Spirit for, as Christ promised, "I am with you always, even to the end of time." 

 


May 21, 2017                     

The Shack:       So You Just Let Him Get Away with It?

When we are hurt by others we want justice; but who is responsible for justice? Justice belongs to God for we are not blameless and, in truth, God loves us all equally and wants us all to repent. He wants us to extend mercy just as he extends mercy to us. The longer we hold on to anger, hatred and resentment the more it burns us up inside. So how do we forgive? It starts with understanding that God is a just God and knows best. We can turn our pain over to him. We don't need to go through this alone.


May 14, 2017                   

The Shack:  So You Want To Be The Judge

Because understanding what lies at God’s heart helps you to move beyond blame and anger and doubt and mistrust. The character, Mack Phillips in the movie The Shack, was able to understand this on his difficult journey. His story, and the message Sunday will help you understand and to trust God; which will give you new life in so many ways!

 


May 7, 2017         

The Shack: Trusting God’s Promise

(Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33)  Have you ever asked God, "Why are you doing this to me?" It's a natural response in times of painful struggle. But to receive God's healing we have to let go of our hurt and anger. That can be hard to do. We grow bitter and it consumes us. We can only climb out of this pit of darkness by putting our eyes on Jesus and trusting in his promise. He is our true source of healing. Our true source of peace.

Hebrews 12:2, nlt (New Living Translation); Psalm 46:1–3


April 2017 Sermons

Sunday, April 30, 2017

How Does God See Me?

(Scripture: Isaiah 55:8-11, John 15:1-4) Do you ever wonder how God sees you? In Genesis you are described as "Good" which is the same superlative given to all of God's creation. In the New Testament, Jesus describes you as precious. And he invites you to into a relationship with him through which he will help us handle even the tough times in our lives. He wants your life to be fruitful and in John 15, Jesus describes himself as the vine through which your strength comes. Are you ready to trust in him for your strength?


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Where Is God When I Need Him The Most?

(Scripture: Psalm 139:1-18; Romans 8:26-27) All of us have probably wondered at some time where God is when we are suffering. Even King David cried out to God in Psalm 22 with pain and frustration. The Bible gives us a framework to understand and answer this question. In it's pages we find that God is with us always--even when we feel alone. He invites us to go with him and experience his comfort. How will you answer? 


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Because He Lives

 

(Scripture: John 20:19-31) What does Easter mean to you? What difference does it make to your life? Whether you have been following Christ for years or are still exploring His claims, you will find that Jesus changes everything. Our values, our traditions, our "true north" on our moral compass, were all impacted by his life--and still are. Because Jesus lives you can have peace, wholeness, and life. Eternal life.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Lay Down Your Coats

Mark 11:1-11 records the story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem as the people laid down branches and their cloaks on the ground to honor him as he rode in on a donkey colt. These people were looking for someone to come in and deliver them from the oppression of Roman rule, restoring Israel to greatness. But a powerful military leader was not on that colt but a different kind of leader and king. This is a different person from what they expected and perhaps he is still puzzling to some of us today. We yell and wave palm branches on Palm Sunday but we're not sure about who he is for our lives. If you are still seeking answers please come and join us this week as we explore this wonderful but puzzling Messiah. He came so that you and I can have eternal life--real life. 


March 2017 Sermons

Different Pictures

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Paul explains to us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 the when we are in Christ we are new creations. He's saying our lives are more than one snapshot. If we step backward to gain a larger perspective we see a new and bigger picture. Life as a follower of Jesus gives us that perspective--a new vision that continually changes from shattered to saved as we grow in faith. 

Living Water Stories

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Whether you live in Palestine or Detroit, water is life. In the story of the woman at the well, Jesus opens a conversation with a Samaritan woman and, in that encounter, explains to her that he is the "living water" -- the water of life. He is offering water that will quench her thirst and her emptiness like nothing she has ever known. He is offering himself. Today we can experience that same relationship when we quench our thirst by receiving Christ's offer. Are you thirsty?

Treasure

Sunday, March 12, 2017

In Psalm 139, we learn about how David comes to recognize God's true nature. He realizes that God knows him intimately and, despite, his faults and sinful nature, loves him. He is overwhelmed by knowing this. So what about us? God is summoning us into a deeper commitment, a closer relationship. Can you accept his invitation?

Safekeeping

Sunday, March 5, 2017

As Christians, we look to our Lord Jesus Christ just as sheep look to their shepherd. When we are broken by misfortune or mistakes in our lives, we trust Jesus to find us in our lostness, to heal and restore us. We just need to go to him.


February 2017 Sermons

If I Am A Butterfly, Why Am I Still Crawling?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

(Ephesians 4:17-24) When we shower and make ourselves clean we don't want to put on our old, dirty clothes. We want clean clothes. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he advises new Christians seeking a better life to put on a new self and, in doing so, tells us we will change from the inside out. We just have to keep our eyes on the goal, Jesus Christ, and we will indeed be renewed.

 

The Power to Change

Sunday, February 19, 2017

(Ephesians 4:7-16) Every year we make resolutions and 97% of us fail. So what about Christians? When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are we willing to make the changes Jesus commands us to make as his disciples? Can we actually change from the inside out?

 

What Are We Becoming?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

(Ephesians 4:1-7) We are in the process of change our entire lives. For those who follow Jesus, we are transformed from the inside out as we cast off the baggage of our past lives and trust our Lord to work in us. We grow in humility, gentleness, and patience and, in doing so, being to see a whole new picture of what life is all about. This, in turn, enables us to overcome our frustrations and disappointments and learn to bear one another in love. May Christ live in you and bring you a peace beyond anything you've ever known. 

Seeing the Family Resemblance

Sunday, February 5, 2017

(Ephesians 4:1-7) Family resemblance is familiar to all of us as we determine which parent a child looks most like. We have a spiritual DNA as well that gives us a family resemblance to our savior, Jesus Christ. We gain this resemblance through our faith as we seek to follow him in our lives. To do this, we learn we have to realize that life is not about us but about serving our Lord. That means putting others ahead of our own self interest. As we grow in our faith we grow in our service and thus we inevitably grow in our resemblance to Jesus. The best part is that we become real. We become the person God created us to be.


January 2017 Sermons

Salt and Light

Sunday, January 29, 2017 

(Matthew 5:1-16) To most Christians the Beatitudes are familiar verses. They introduce what we know as the Sermon on the Mount--but do we really know what Jesus is saying here? The popular Bible paraphrase known as The Message suggests that the farther we are from worldly contentment the close we become to God. He is the true light and our real happiness.

 

We Are Wired to Love the Light

Sunday, January 22, 2017 

(Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 John 1:1-5, Genesis 1:1-5) We must have light to survive and our light, as Christians, is Jesus Christ. In him there is no darkness.

 

How Can I Use My Time Wisely?

Sunday, January 15, 2017 

Ecclesiastes 3) As the saying goes, Life is short. We are the most frantic generation and also the most entertained. Circumstances often control us. But no matter your circumstances you can redirect your attitude. Use each day as a gift from God and not a burden. Commit your time to God. Set a time for God and for others. And take time for your own needs.

 

Why Was I Baptized?

Sunday, January 8, 2017 

Why baptism? It's a sign of God's grace that commissions us to his service. In Matthew 3: 13-17, Jesus asks John to baptize him and this was the point where the Holy Spirit filled him and his ministry began. Baptism is the beginning of our struggle to become his followers. It is a commitment to love others and then one another. To speak truth, offer grace, and share the love of Christ with the lost, the least, and the lonely.

 

Why I Never Give Up

Sunday, January 1, 2017 

Though we go through difficult times in our lives, Paul (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) tells us to never give up because God's presence is in everything we experience. He is bigger than our perils and he is with us when we bend our knees to pray