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Context is Everything with Pastor Peter James

This Sunday we look at Luke 19, and the story of the Nobleman and his three servants. At first glance this can be a rough passage to swallow; it appears that the Nobleman, and by extension God, rewards His servants based on their works rather than their faith and it finishes off with God commanding all the non-believers be brought before Him and slaughtered! Having looked at the rest of Luke up to this point we know that isn't inline with the rest of Jesus' teachings. It's important to understand the context of the passage, and the objective of the parable. Join us as we take a deep look into this passage and clarify the meaning behind it.

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Let the Children Come to Me, with Pastor Peter James

Even in today's context this is a heart warming passage. The disciples try to block the parents from bringing their children to see Jesus but He rebukes them saying, "Let the children come to me... for the Kingdom of God belongs to the likes of these... anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Join as we explore the meaning behind these words and what it means to receive the kingdom of God like a child.

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My Kingdom; God’s Kingdom, with Pastor Peter James

Join us as we look into Luke chapter 17. Jesus is approached by the pharisees with another question, they desired to know when the kingdom of God is coming. Jesus answers that the kingdom of God is among you. He encourages His disciples to not seek out, or try to pin down the time of His second coming but rather to always be prepared and be ready for the kingdom of God.

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Two Masters? Choose One, with Pastor David Jordan-Haas

"No one can serve two masters, for he will either hate one or love the other or serve one and despise the other. One cannot serve both God and mammon." Our passage this week is from Luke 16 and is one of the most difficult things Jesus pitches to us. Especially in our modern world, where success is measured in your monetary value, where wealth is proof of your value to this world and others around you. The idea of forsaking it all to serve God is comparable to severing a limb in the minds of most people; to throw away all of the security they've built up for themselves on the promise of something more. Join us as we delve into this passage and bring to light God's promise for us.

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A Tale of Two Sons, with Pastor Pete James

The story of the prodigal son is one of the most popular depictions on God's love in the entire Bible. The younger of two sons demands his inheritance and leaves home to squander it on a life of worldly pleasures. The money runs out and he's left poor and starving. He thinks back to his father's servants, and that they never wanted for food and decides to return, not as the son of the household but as a lowly servant. The father, seeing his son returning runs out to greet him and throws a grand party because his son who he thought was lost had returned home. A heart warming story, but what of the other son? The one who stayed home and worked, who did what he was supposed to? Join us as we look into Luke chapter 15 and learn more of this tale of two sons.

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Making Excuses, with Pastor Peter James

Luke 14 tells of Jesus at another dinner party thrown by a pharisee. One of the rich guests stands and makes a toast, "Blessed are those who will seat at the feast in the kingdom of God!" Jesus responds to this with a parable; a wealthy ruler is throwing a dinner party and sends for his invited guests. One after another though, returns with regrets that they will not be able to attend due to assorted reasons. "I just bought land... I just bought five oxen... I've just been married." Frustrated, the ruler tells his servant to go out into the streets and open the party to the poor, the helpless, and the needy. The story finishes with a grim proclamation, "None of those whom I invited will taste of my feast."

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What Difference Does the Resurrection Make in My Life?, with Pastor Glenda Simpkins Hoffman

After skipping ahead in celebration of Easter, we continue from where we left off with Luke chapter 13. Jesus tells a parable here of a wealthy land owner who is trying to grow figs. One of his plants however, hasn't provided and he is growing frustrated, he decides to cut it down. The Gardner steps in however, and persuades the owner to wait one more year that he may tend to it more before making the decision. The Gardner digs around the tree and lay manure, and in time the tree thrives. Our lives are like the fig, unable to provide what is expected of us, but God is the Gardner, and He will work in our lives. Manure is slow to work, and frankly can stink a times, but it is working towards a grand purpose.

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The Difference Easter Makes, with Pastor Peter James

Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! This Sunday is Easter Sunday marking the resurrection of Jesus. But what does all of this mean? People all around the church are certainly excited but does Easter mean, what difference does this make? Join us as Pastor Pete James dives into this question and we celebrate what Easter is all about.

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Donkey King, with Pastor Peter James

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the time from Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem to his resurrection from the dead. When Jesus traveled to Jerusalem however it wasn't as people expected. The Jewish people were being oppressed by the Romans they wanted a warrior king to arrive to do battle with the empire. Instead Jesus arrives on a donkey, a showing of peace for kings and rulers, and rides through as His disciples sing his praises.

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Leave a Legacy with Pastor Stan Ott

This week we look at Luke 12 and another of Jesus' parables. A man approaches Jesus asking that He command the man's brother to split an inheritance with him. Jesus responds that He is not here to judge, and instead warns the man to be wary of all types of greed. He launches into a story about a man who has had a good year of crops, so much so that he plans to tear down his barns in exchange for larger ones and take it easy while he lives off the surplus. God steps in and shouts, "You fool! This very night you life is being demanded of you! Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?" This verse puts a lot of people on the defensive: the man worked hard and had a good crop, why is God calling him out for wanting to take it easy? The verse covers more than that however, this passage is about leaving a christian legacy. God calls him out for investing in the material, which is meaningless in the end, instead of invest in his soul, the immaterial, which is eternal.

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