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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.
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  • 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!
  • Mar 13, 2013“The Right Way to Pray”
    Mar 13, 2013
    “The Right Way to Pray”
    Series: Lent 2013
    Have you ever used room service? I'll have a little of this and a little of that. Magically, it shows up at your door or maybe is was as convenient as opening the small fridge. Many people view prayer in this way, as a 24 hour convenience store where we can stop in for refreshment, entertainment, or maybe rest up a bit. All we have to do is leave some green. It can be said that we have turned God into a spiritual bellhop. All we have to do is ring the bell and poof there is our request. The disciples had a simple answer to not understanding, they asked the divine teacher for the answer/example. Pastor Rick tonight discusses the model that was put forth by our Lord. Who to pray to! Pray in the right way! Pray for the right thing (hint: it's not your will)! Pray for the blessings that our Father in heaven generously gives to the faithful. We invite you to listen as we learn to "Pray the Right Way!"
  • Mar 10, 2013“Love for the Lost”
    Mar 10, 2013
    “Love for the Lost”
    Series: Lent 2013
    Jesus commonly had run-ins with the "Religious gentry" during his ministry. In today's Gospel lesson from Luke, the law abiding leaders were standing off, looking down their noses at Jesus, this man who dared to associate with the likes of prostitutes, drunkards, swindlers, the lowly and defiled of the population. Walk with Pastor Rick as he explores the everlasting presence of The Loving Father. The Loving Father that awaits for the lost to crest the hill so He can run and embrace us, rejoicing that which was dead is alive again and restored to Him. We can find ourselves today hard pressed to offer the love that Christ has shown to those we feel are unworthy, but there is the sin of the oldest son and our sin. All are precious to The Father and as much as we long for the reconciliation of this world to Him, we forget our call to deliver the gospel to EVERYONE, for all our precious in His sight, Amen!
  • Mar 6, 2013“The Journey Ahead”
    Mar 6, 2013
    “The Journey Ahead”
    Series: Lent 2013
  • Mar 3, 2013“A New Lease on Life”
    Mar 3, 2013
    “A New Lease on Life”
    Series: Lent 2013
    Not a place in time, since The Fall, have we not seen man made, natural, or endured personal disasters. We were created to enjoy an eternal righteous relationship with God, but we brought sin into a perfect world and created a divide. The result of our fall was we brought a final disaster upon ourselves, Death! Physical and spiritual death! Some leaders in the church have fallen into a trap that Jesus warned us about in the gospel of Luke. Those that died, are they really more sinful than you and I? All are guilty, none are blameless, but wait I'm a "good" person. The Bible tells that there is only one truly good person and the rest of us our sinners. The question is not "why do bad things happen to good people, but why do good things happen to us sinners at all?" As the Spirit brings us to the knowledge of our need for repentance, this knowledge blossoms faith in us that believes in the One who provides growth into eternal life. We are blessed daily through Christ's act of perfect love on the cross, to receive forgiveness and salvation daily! We invite you to listen to Pastor Rick as he guides us through "A New Lease on Life." Amen!
  • Feb 27, 2013“Awake at Night”
    Feb 27, 2013
    “Awake at Night”
    Series: Lent 2013
    What keeps you up at night? Or, are you blessed to be able to sleep through anything? For some of us the reasons may be too numerous to spell out; job, finances, relationships, non-confessed transgressions, the list could be endless. As we continue to look at our Lord in prayer this Lenten season, Pastor Rick talks about what kept Jesus up at night in the gospel of Luke chapter 6. Who is the one that hears all our prayers, who is the one that can shoulder our burdens. Jesus asked his Father this night to intercede in the choosing of apostles. Those that would be sent to proclaim the good news. Jesus would come back again to intercede for the apostles the night before his death and Jesus continues to intercede for us now. We invite you to listen with us as we continue to learn from our Lord's example, what it means to pray. Hear God's word and take comfort: "1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore." - Psalm 121, ESV
  • Feb 24, 2013“Return to Christ’ Path”
    Feb 24, 2013
    “Return to Christ’ Path”
    Series: Lent 2013
    In last weeks sermon Pastor Aaron talked about our "Two Most Loyal Companions." and this week he continues along that path using Jeremiah 26:8-15. What if you don't feel in the faith? What if we, the church, are happy walking in the false comfort of Satan's false promises? The prophet Jeremiah was telling the church to repent, confess, and return to Christ. The congregations reaction at that time, "Let's kill him!" Do we find ourselves now comfortable in our sin because on the earthly scale it isn't any one of the "Big Sins"? We have a loving God and Savior who yearns to be our hearts desire. Among our many transgressions, large or small it does not matter, God gives grace and mercy even when we deserve death. We invite you to listen to today's sermon and "Return to Christ' Path." Amen!
  • Feb 20, 2013“Alone in a Crowd”
    Feb 20, 2013
    “Alone in a Crowd”
    Series: Lent 2013
    In this sermon Pastor Aaron looks at the Gospel lesson and after Jesus healed the leper, others approached to be healed, Jesus faced with much to do....withdrew and Prayed! Martin Luther would pray 3 to 4 hours a day, but when he had even more to do that day he did not pray less, he prayed more. We invite you to listen to his sermon and walk with our Lord Jesus to dark Gethsemane and spend a bitter hour learning to pray as our Savior prays! Father let your name be glorified, Amen!