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Jesus’ Mission & Message

Published June 13, 2016

Date: 6/12/2016 Title: Jesus’ Mission & Message Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:17-20 Play Sermon His mission: Jesus says that He came to fulfill the Old Testament rather than destroy it. He not only fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament, but obeyed it perfectly where we could and can not. His message: entrance into the kingdom of heaven requires a righteousness greater than that of the Pharisees, who were “experts” at keeping the letter of the law. This righteousness can only come through Christ.

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Saltshakers and Flashlights

Published June 5, 2016

Date: 6/5/2016 Title: Saltshakers and Flashlights Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 Play Sermon The world around us can often seem to be decaying and dark. It is in such a world that Jesus calls believers to be the salt and light of the world in contrast to its decay and darkness.

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The World’s Reaction

Published May 29, 2016

Date: 5/29/2016 Title: The World’s Reaction Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:10-11 Play Sermon In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls us to live a life that is radically different than that of the rest of the world, resulting on one reaction: persecution. It is when we are persecuted for our faith that Jesus calls us blessed.

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A Heart in Action (Part 3)

Published May 22, 2016

Date: 5/22/2016 Title: A Heart in Action (Part 3) Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:9 Play Sermon We live in a world that often seeks to address conflict through peacekeeping; that is through avoiding conflict at all costs. Jesus calls us to be more. He calls us to be peacemakers; that is to be a person that seeks a resolution to conflict, both between God and man and among mankind itself, through a ministry of reconciliation.

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A Heart in Action (Part 2)

Published May 15, 2016

Date: 5/15/2016 Title: A Heart in Action (Part 2) Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:8 Play Sermon One of the most difficult challenges for the believer is serving an invisible God. Despite God being invisible, Jesus promises, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”. Here Jesus tells us how we can see the invisible God.

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A Heart in Action (Part 1)

Published May 8, 2016

Date: 5/8/2016 Title: A Heart in Action (Part 1) Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:7 Play Sermon A true heart response to God results in a heart in action. Jesus continues his Sermon on the Mount by declaring, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” His call for us is to reflect God’s mercy in Christ to all those we meet in an often merciless world.

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A Heart Response (Part 2)

Published May 1, 2016

Date: 5/1/2016 Title: A Heart Response (Part 2) Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:6 Play Sermon We are what we eat, and we eat that for which we have an appetite. Although this axiom refers to food and our physical bodies, it is also true of our souls. Jesus makes this point in the Sermon on the Mount when he declares “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

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A Heart Response (Part 1)

Published April 24, 2016

Date: 4/24/2016 Title: A Heart Response (Part 1) Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:4-5; Numbers 12     Play Sermon Jesus continues the Sermon on the Mount by declaring “blessed” are those who mourn and those who are meek. Everyone experiences sad and tragic losses at some time or another, often of those we love. Yet, Jesus describes another type of mourning that is deeper: the mourning over our personal sin before a holy God. This mourning, should in turn spur us onto meekness. This is not to be confused as weakness, as the world often presents it. Rather, […]

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The Importance of Being Poor in Spirit

Published April 18, 2016

Date: 4/17/2016 Title: The Importance of Being Poor in Spirit Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:1-3; Psalm 51       Play Sermon We live in a world that exalts self and prizes self-sufficiency. Yet, this is not the way to enter the kingdom of heaven. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus marks out a different way to the kingdom of heaven: being poor in spirit.

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The True Ministry of Jesus

Published April 10, 2016

  Date: 4/10/2016 Title: The True Ministry of Jesus Speaker: Darryl Stalter Scripture: Matthew 4:12-25       Play Sermon In our world of competing and conflicting messages, it is often confusing to know which one to listen too. Unfortunately, this is also true concerning the true nature of the message and ministry of Christ. With so many competing views to choose from, how is one supposed to make a decision? Fortunately for us, Jesus clearly defines his ministry and message in the Bible.  

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