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Persistent Praying

Published October 2, 2016

Date: 10/2/2016 Title: Persistent Praying Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12 In our world of on-demand, fast downloads, and overnight shipping we often come to God expecting an immediate answer to our prayers. Yet, God is not beholden to our seeming need of instant gratification. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus calls us not only to pray, but to pray with persistence, trusting God to answer in His own timing and in His own way.

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You Judging Me?

Published September 25, 2016

Date: 9/25/2016 Title: You Judging Me? Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6 It seems that the most popular verse today is Matthew 7:1: “Judge not.” Unfortunately, this verse is usually taken out of context in order to avoid any type of criticism of our beliefs or behaviors no matter what they may be. Is this what Jesus means? On the contrary, here in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus calls us to judge rightly without, yet without any self-righteous condemnation.

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A Call to Battle

Published September 18, 2016

Date: 9/18/2016 Title: A Call to Battle Speaker: Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20 When we became believers, we were not called to frolic until the Lord returns. Rather, we were called to battle. In Ephesians Paul calls us to put on the full armor of God and to make a stand for God.

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Overcoming Anxiety

Published September 11, 2016

Date: 9/11/2016 Title: Overcoming Anxiety Speaker: Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34 Anxiety, worry and fear. They are something that eventually grips us all at one time or another. For others, they can be a controlling force in their life. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus offers us the solution to all our anxiety: faith.

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Overcoming Controlling Consumerism

Published August 14, 2016

Date: 8/14/2016 Title: Overcoming Controlling Consumerism Speaker: Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24 Play Sermon Our materialistic and consumerist culture shouts to us that the acquisition of goods and services in ever-increasing amounts provides security and satisfaction. The struggle and pull of materialism and consumerism is not something new. In fact, this was also a prevalent issue in the world and culture of Jesus day. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus attacks this head on. He believers to not be controlled by the rampant materialism and controlling consumerism of our day, but to be freed from its tendrils in […]

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Fasting from the Inside Out

Published August 7, 2016

Date: 8/7/2016 Title: Fasting from the Inside Out Speaker: Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18 Play Sermon We live in a culture of great abundance that emphasizes indulgence and comfort. In such a culture, fasting is a foreign concept around which there is much confusion. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls believers to fast so that it is not only a reflection of a heart that is hungry and thirsty for God, but also will increase that hunger and thirst.

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How God Feels About the Lost

Published August 5, 2016

Date: 7/31/2016 Title: How God Feels About the Lost Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Acts 1:8 Play Sermon The busyness of our lives often results in our forgetting that believers are surrounded by the lost. It is too easy to adopt an unintentional complacancy and apathy for the lost. God calls us to adopt how He feels about the lost.

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Praying from the Inside Out

Published July 24, 2016

Date: 7/24/2016 Title: Praying from the Inside Out Speaker: Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15 Play Sermon It is too easy to turn prayer into a time of wish fulfillment or as an opportunity to exalt our own oratory skill. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls believers to a deeper level of prayer. He calls us to prayer that brings us into closer communion with God and transforms not just our circumstances, but our hearts as well.

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Giving from the Inside Out

Published July 17, 2016

Date: 7/17/2016 Title: Giving from the Inside Out Speaker: Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 6:1-4 Play Sermon Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has been emphasizing a transformed life that results from a transformed heart. This is also true when it comes to giving. Jesus tells us that the giving God honors is the giving that comes as the outflow of a heart that has been transformed into the image of our generous and giving God.

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Doing the Impossible

Published July 10, 2016

Date: 7/10/2016 Title: Doing the Impossible Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48 Play Sermon We live in what is often described as a “dog eat dog world,” where from an early age we are taught that if we are hit to hit back harder. Jesus calls believers to something radically different. In fact, he calls us to do the impossible: to love and be a blessing to those who often hurt us.

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