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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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Prayer for Dummies with Pastor Peter James

In Luke 11 the disciples approach Jesus with a very simple but deep and important question, "How do we pray?". The disciples knew that Jesus would disappear from time to time, leaving behind them or even entire crowds, to pray for sometimes an entire night. Jesus doesn't ask this of them though. He gives them a simple outline to follow, what we now know as the Lord's Prayer, and another parable. A story of a man who has unexpected guest is caught without the proper means to house them and goes to his neighbor to ask for assistance.

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Bad Samaritan with Pastor Peter James

A Lawyer asks Jesus the big question, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus points out to him that he already knows the answer to this question, "Love the Lord your God... Love your neighbor as your health." But being a Lawyer he has a keen eye for specific details, "But who is my neighbor?" he asks. Jesus goes into another of his famous parables, the story of the Good Samaritan. This stories defies reason for the people living in the time frame, a Samaritan was the worst kind of person to the Jews: unclean, sinful, and generally not someone you wanted to be associated with. But here he is, helping someone who should be his enemy regardless of either's beliefs.

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One of Seventy, with Pastor David Jordan-Haas

In Luke 10 Jesus gathers a group of disciples: 70 in total. He then pairs them up and sends them ahead to places Jesus planned to visit. "The harvest is great but the workers are few," Jesus tells them and sends them away with instructions to not take any money, luggage, or even a change of shoes. He wants his disciples to trust wholly in Him, wholly in God, while they are out doing the work of God. But this wasn't just to be a demonstration of the power of God, and the trust of His followers, the disciples were instructed to preach, to spread the word of God through act and speech.

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Good Followers, with Pastor Peter James

This week we come across another of one of Jesus' most famous lines: His command that, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." But what is your "cross" what does it mean to deny yourself? Join us as we take a deeper look into this passage and explore the meaning behind these words.

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