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Entitlement Trap, with Pastor Pete James

"Entitlement" is one of the biggest buzzwords surrounding people these days. The idea that they deserve goods, services and other benefits based on who they are or who they've been. Our scripture reading in Acts looks at one of the Apostles, Peter, who has been imprisoned and set to be executed but is rescued by an angel of the Lord. Was Peter entitled to this treatment, being a man of God and paragon of the early church? Does his standing in the world make him a higher priority than James, who was executed before him, in the eyes of God?

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The Barnabas Effect, with Pastor Pete James

The second fiddle. The idiom has gained somewhat of a negative connotation over time; everyone wants to be the leader, number one. The second fiddle however is an important role in any orchestra, they provide the harmony to the music. Barnabas is known for being second fiddle to Paul in the book of Acts and throughout the book he constantly lives up to the meaning of his name, the son of encouragement.

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Playing Favorites, with Pastor Pete James

This week's chapter of Acts takes us to Peter on a rooftop, who is experiencing a recurring vision. In this vision he is presented a mixture of clean and unclean animals, as determined by Jewish law, and told to eat freely. He refuses time and time again and struggles to find the meaning of what he sees. He is then escorted from his home by Roman soldiers to the home of their Centurion, who as it turns out is believer who was commanded by an Angel to meet with Peter. The meaning behind the vision is cleared up in an instant, it wasn't about animals and eating but rather that God doesn't distinguish between Jew and Gentile, that He doesn't play favorites with the people of the world and neither should we.

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Swift Kick or Gentle Nudge, with Pastor Peter James

When it comes to redemption stories few are as drastic and abrupt as Saul's conversion into Paul. Saul is on his way to persecute, and possibly execute, Christians when BAM! God knocks him off his horse, blinds him, and sends him to meet His followers. Sometimes life is like that, but for a lot of us there isn't some divine moment, or "horror story" that lead to our conversion. It's important to understand that not having the same kind of grand epiphany doesn't cheapen or lessen the quality of your faith.

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Good News, with Pastor Glenda Simpkins Hoffman

The sermon for today challenges us to consider what we really believe. You can listen here). In summary, Philip was a person who truly believed the good news that Jesus is Lord, Scripture is our authority, and everyone is called to follow Jesus. His beliefs were translated into action in sharing the good news. Before we will share the good news, we have to believe it is good news—not only for us but for others. Our beliefs can be translated into action as we engage in sharing the good news through a simple and memorable model: prayer, care, share, dare. Here are some links to that provide simple and short gospel presentations that might be helpful.

The Bridge Illustration. https://athletesinaction.org/resources/pdf/NavTool-The-Bridge-To-Life.pdf

Would you like to know God personally?https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html

Five-minute video on the gospel: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/3-2-1-the-story-of-god-the-world-and-you-a-simple-gospel-explanation/

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Body Building, with Pastor David Jordan-Haas

This is the fifth week of our sermon series on Acts, All In. This week we're looking at the start of chapter six, and get a look at some of the "growing pains" the early church went through. The new Christians have complaints with the distribution of food, but the Apostles can't be tied down to one place in order to properly help them. Instead, they work with the people to appoint leaders among them according to their strengths. This is the important detail: everyone has strengths and weaknesses and have different ways that they can help support the Body of Christ. VPC is offering SHAPE, a tool used to help you identify those strengths at https://viennapres.org/shape/.

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Power Struggle, with Pastor Peter James

This Sunday continues our Acts sermon series, All In. We're looking at Acts chapter 4:1-13 this Sunday, where Peter and John are taken captive by the priests and the temple guard. They are question by the Sadducees, a group of Jewish men who upheld the written law set by the Torah, demending to know, "By what power or what name do you do this?" Peter wastes no time in explaining whom he is a witness to.

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Fully Devoted, with Pastor Peter James

This Sunday continues our sermon series on Acts, All In. We're continuing in chapter 2 of Acts, and looking at the beginnings of the early church and how that relates to the state of the modern church. The Apostles were fully devoted to the work of God and the people of God, going as far as to sell all of their possessions to spread what they had to those who needed it. They worshiped and broke bread with any and all, regardless of wealth or standing, which was a radical idea for the time.

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Inaugural Sermon, with Pastor Peter James

This week continues our new sermon series, All In, which covers the book of Acts. We're looking into the first Sermon of Peter, disciple of Jesus, and his proclamation that Jesus is Lord. This is a grand turn around for Peter, a complete 180 from the Peter who denied knowing Jesus before the crucifixion.

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All In with Pastor Peter James

Last week marked the end of our summer sermon series "Pressure Points", so this week starts the beginning of our next titled "All In". "All In" is a follow up to our series on Luke last year and is a look into the book of Acts. Chapter 1 covers Jesus' final moments on Earth and His great commission to his followers to spread the gospel to all ends of the earth.

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