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Apr 28, 2013
“What’s All the Excitement About?”
Series: Easter 2013
What do you get excited about? We have all heard the expression, "I'm like a kid in a candy store!" Think about what gets you excited...the next edition in a movie, TV, or book series, perhaps. Maybe it's the introduction of something always wondered about, but not yet experienced? In today's message Pastor Aaron talks about how the St. John related the Revelation. Here we have the tour guide whisking the group along staying on a schedule and the guided wanting more time to experience. How excited are you about the New Heaven and the New Earth? There is a whole bunch of voices offering the newest form of distraction, claiming that it will revolutionize your life. You know what, as Christians we really don't need a revolution because we have Redemption! Redemption and justification through Faith and gift of God's eternal grace. We invite you to listen and be filled with vigor to know God's Word.
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  • Apr 28, 2013“What’s All the Excitement About?”
    Apr 28, 2013
    “What’s All the Excitement About?”
    Series: Easter 2013
    What do you get excited about? We have all heard the expression, "I'm like a kid in a candy store!" Think about what gets you excited...the next edition in a movie, TV, or book series, perhaps. Maybe it's the introduction of something always wondered about, but not yet experienced? In today's message Pastor Aaron talks about how the St. John related the Revelation. Here we have the tour guide whisking the group along staying on a schedule and the guided wanting more time to experience. How excited are you about the New Heaven and the New Earth? There is a whole bunch of voices offering the newest form of distraction, claiming that it will revolutionize your life. You know what, as Christians we really don't need a revolution because we have Redemption! Redemption and justification through Faith and gift of God's eternal grace. We invite you to listen and be filled with vigor to know God's Word.
  • Apr 21, 2013“Safe in the Shepherd’s Care”
    Apr 21, 2013
    “Safe in the Shepherd’s Care”
    Series: Easter 2013
    "27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:27-28, ESV) Can you hear those words being spoken to you...can you, really? Above the constant drone of ads and plethora of other voices that call for your attention and favor. In today's sermon Pastor Rick has prepared a message that speaks to His voice and His care. The cries of the Jews then sound much like the disdain from some now..."Just tell us plainly if you are the Son of God!" He has told everyone and just like His words proclaim "My sheep hear my voice,..." We invite you to listen and hope and pray that the Lord's voice penetrates the barrier of noise in your life and you hear the sweet voice of our Great Shepherd!
  • Apr 14, 2013“Worthy is the Lamb.”
    Apr 14, 2013
    “Worthy is the Lamb.”
    Series: Easter 2013
    "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God." The ramifications that have come, and continue to, from Christ's perfect sacrifice can leave us paralyzed from bewilderment. The only one who by Himself can be called and is "Worthy!" The Greeks thought their wisdom was enough and only the spirit need be clean (what defiles the body defiles the soul, sorry Plato). The Romans thought Caesar the only one worthy and that their gods would keep them and their military might superior (Et tu, Brute?!) No wonder followers of "The Way" were persecuted as non-believers and idolaters. Here they were proclaiming a crucified Jewish criminal as "Worthy", and rightly so they/we should unabashedly make that proclamation. He is worthy to be glorified, He is worthy to deliver us justified, He is Worthy to reign with the Father and the Spirit, One God, now and forever, Amen! We invite you to listen.
  • Apr 7, 2013“Believe and Proclaim: Its Not that Hard.”
    Apr 7, 2013
    “Believe and Proclaim: Its Not that Hard.”
    Series: Easter 2013
    HE is Risen! HE is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia! We say it so that must mean we believe it...we must easily believe that someone who died, rose from the grave, a full bodily resurrection. That is easy to believe, right? If we believe then why do we often remain locked in our faith, locked in our proclamation of the good news that is meant for ALL people. We invite you to listen the this message prepared by Pastor Aaron and hear the good news and the Peace that has been given us by our Risen Lord, Amen!
  • Mar 31, 2013“A Time To Be Born”
    Mar 31, 2013
    “A Time To Be Born”
    Series: Easter 2013
  • Mar 29, 2013“A Time to Speak”
    Mar 29, 2013
    “A Time to Speak”
    Series: Lent 2013
    Silence is golden, speech is silver...and that depends on who is saying it. Jesus, though, always had a judicious approach with His words, especially at the end. So to keep with the simplicity and power of His message, we invite you to listen to this Good Friday message and take strength in...."Tetelestai!"?"it is finished!"?"Paid in Full!"
  • Mar 28, 2013“A Time to Love”
    Mar 28, 2013
    “A Time to Love”
    Series: Lent 2013
    We all have close friends, friends that we invite over for dinner, friends that we share our joys and troubles with, and friends who we believe will be there till the end. What if, though, you learned of a plot, a gossip, a whisper amongst your friends that they were envious, jealous, felt betrayed because you had not done something they thought you would do; and as consequence one of them would hand you over to the authorities the next day. The rest would merely show false bravado, but in the end turn, run and deny they know you. You are thinking, no this could not happen to me, my friends and I know intimate details about each other we are blood brothers. Many have thought this in history: Germans hiding Jews or speaking against Das Fuhrer, Russians speaking against the "Dear Leader" or the politburo, Americans hiding runaway slaves...these are all terrible examples of the worst in man's heart and although many of these lost property and their lives, none of them suffered and anguished with foreknowledge of their apprehension. So, what would you do if you knew...distance yourself, get them first, what, if anything, could you do? The answer is quite simple and for us mere mortals darn near impossible....LOVE!  We invite you to listen to the example set by the only One who did, or even could, constantly, truly LOVE, Amen. All glory praise be to Christ our Lord, Savior, and the One we should immolate!
  • Mar 24, 2013“The Mind of Christ”
    Mar 24, 2013
    “The Mind of Christ”
    Series: Lent 2013
    In this mornings lesson Pastor Rick reflects on the Letter to the Philippians chapter 2. The mind of Christ...we should have the mind of Christ the scripture says, but what does that look like in our lives? Does it mean we will be all knowing? Not by any means and to think so would be wrong, but then we are born into sin and of sin. Pastor Rick tells us that it boils down to two elements: 1) Unity & 2) Humility. Unified in the message of Christ and humble in our own persons. We have seen that Jesus would often seclude himself to pray and prepare for what lied ahead and to intercede for us who...well just do not get it. We have the perfect model to immolate and the humble Master who sought the life of others and not his own life. Where we will always fail, we can cry out to Jesus who will never fail, Amen! We invite you to listen and pray that it feeds and builds your faith.
  • Mar 20, 2013” (Un)Finished Business”
    Mar 20, 2013
    ” (Un)Finished Business”
    Series: Lent 2013
    In tonights message Pastor Aaron reflects on a question that was asked at the beginning of the Lenten season. "What is the cup that Jesus is asking for the Father to remove from him?" Was it the beatings, the mocking, the betrayal, the neglect...or maybe Jesus was just done with it all. Done with the people who mugged him, but were still thinking more about themselves rather than the Father. Could it have been the constant naysaying of the Pharisees and other religious leaders or maybe still it was the fact that the 12 men he had spent three years teaching just did not get it, after all this time! Jesus prayed three more prayers upon the cross: 1) Father, forgive them...for they know not what they do. 2) Father, my God...why have you forsaken me. 3) Into Your hands, I commit my spirit. We invite you to listen to the business that was finished that day and the unfinished business left in our lives and the life of the Church.
  • Mar 17, 2013“Alien Righteousness”
    Mar 17, 2013
    “Alien Righteousness”
    Series: Lent 2013
    Pericopes have a great way of keeping us on track and making sure we do not fixate on what comes easy to talk about. The interesting thing about them is the can have a funny quirk, "What's the context?" We read the word "indeed" first and the next thought may be, " Indeed, what?" Indeed, we need to back track and understand the context of what we are reading today. Context has a funny way of defining and clarifying the message. This afternoon, Pastor Aaron shares the context for the answer that was read to us in Scripture (Phi 3:8-14). In the Law we had to obey diligently to belong, a price no human could pay. We may thump our chests about our accomplishments and morals compared to those around us, but St. Paul points out I was the bomb, if anyone had cause to thump it was I. All of this though is worthless for our deeds are but rags. Our stains are burned into us, but Christ has fulfilled the Law for us and healed the wounds. We invite you to listen as we learn of the "Alien Righteousness" that we can claim for our own. We can go to our brethren and openly say, "I am a sinner, like you, and I do not come to condemn, but to offer the righteousness of the One true clean individual. He freely gives, so that we may freely receive The Father's Love and Mercy." Amen!