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  • April 2 2022

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: April 3, 2022

    Philippians 3:7-14
    “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
    What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
    I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
    I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
    Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
    But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

    Oscar the Grouch is a furry, green Grouch who lives in a trash can on Sesame Street. In fact, he loves trash so much that he’s rarely seen outside of his trash can. His trademark song, explaining his passion for refuse, is “I Love Trash.”

    Like all Grouches, Oscar’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can — invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task — Oscar greets them with a snarl. He complains that he wants to be left alone, although when he’s left entirely to himself, he’s dissatisfied — there isn’t anybody around to irritate or complain to.

    While Oscar has had many pets, his closest companion is his worm, Slimey. He also gathers other garbage loving people around him.

    Quotes
    Oh, I love trash! Anything dirty or dingy or dusty. Anything ragged or rotten or rusty. Yes, I love trash!
    [Asked why he lives in a trash can] Well, the rent is cheap and I love trash, so I figured I would be close to it if I lived in a trash can myself.

  • March 26 2022

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: March 27, 2022

    2 Corinthians 5:16-21
    “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

    Almighty and ever living God, you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your passion journey. May this time be one of inward refreshment and outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore. Help us live a Lent focused on grace, mercy, compassion, generosity, and encounter. Give us hearts hungry to serve you and those who hunger for what we have to give. In Jesus name. Amen.

  • March 19 2022

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: March 20, 2022

    Lamentations 3:17-26
    “I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, ‘My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.’ I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to min and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

    Matthew 24:1-8, 14
    “Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. ‘Do you see all these things?’ he asked. ‘Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.’ As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.'”

  • March 12 2022

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: March 13, 2022

    Philippians 4:1
    “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”

    Luke 13:31-32
    “At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.’ He replied, ‘Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.””

  • March 5 2022

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: March 6, 2022

    Luke 4:1-13
    “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.”

    Matthew 6:13
    “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”

    Hebrews 2:18
    “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

  • March 20 2021

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: March 21, 2021

    The basis for the teaching is in 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (Message Version)
    Additional scriptures: Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13​; James 1:2-4; Acts 14:22​; Romans 8:18​, 28

  • March 13 2021

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: March 14, 2021

    The journey of life has a destiny and destination for you!
    Read Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14​-15; Hebrews 11:1, 10

    SOLI DEO GLORIA

  • March 6 2021

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: March 7, 2021

    Are you a person of God or a person of the world?

    “Nowhere Man” by John Lennon (1965) (a few of the lyrics)

    He’s a real nowhere man
    Sitting in his nowhere land
    Making all his nowhere plans for nobody
    Doesn’t have a point of view
    Knows not where he’s going to
    Isn’t he a bit like you and me?

  • February 27 2021

    Series: Lent

    Pastor: Pastor Mike

    Sermon Date: February 28, 2021

    The Lesson: Mark 8:27​-38

    Who Do People Say Jesus Is Today?
    Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
    Who Does Jesus Say You Are?
    Does It Matter What People Think Of You?