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An Intervention

Published April 12, 2018

Date: 3/25/2018 Title: An Intervention Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20 When a fellow Christian sins we have a tenancy to not involve ourselves, believing we are to “mind our own business”. And if a fellow Christian sins against us, we have a tenancy to just stay away from that person believing that “avoidance is better than confrontation”. These practices may sound good, but that is not to what Jesus calls us. In Matthew 18 Jesus calls us to intervene in order to bring about the restoration of the brother or sister.

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Loose Rocks Ahead!

Published March 25, 2018

Date: 3/18/2018 Title: Loose Rocks Ahead! Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 18:7-14   When hiking it is not uncommon to come to a warning sign cautioning of loose rocks ahead. If not heeded, the hiker may find themselves stumbling down the side of the trail. Likewise, in Matthew 18 Jesus warns us of the inevitability of stumbling blocks in our walks with Christ. Warnings if not heed can result in us finding ourselves in our spiritual lives stubbing our toes, slipping off gravely slopes, or worse yet being buried alive.

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Greatness in Humility

Published March 25, 2018

Date: 3/11/2018 Title: Greatness in Humility Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 18:1-6   Greatness. It is something to which our culture holds in high regard. Greatness is something to which we all aspire, or at least told we are to aspire. A greatness founded in our self effort, our achievements, and our self promotion. In Matthew 18 Jesus challenged this view of greatness by showing the way to greatness in His kingdom is found in humility.

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Freedom

Published March 25, 2018

Date: 3/4/2018 Title: Freedom Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 17:22-27   In Matthew 17 Peter commits himself and Jesus to paying the Temple tax in accordance to the religious traditions of men. Here, Jesus reminds Peter and us that in Christ were are free from such regulations. But, he also reminds us not to use that freedom as a stumbling block for others.

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Little Faith vs. Great Faith

Published March 25, 2018

  Date: 2/25/2018 Title: Little Faith vs. Great Faith Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 17:14-20 In Matthew 17 the disciples find themselves unable to deliver a demon possessed boy. Jesus rebukes his disciples telling them that it is their lack of faith that prevented them, reminding them that faith like a grain of mustard seed could move mountains. Likewise, faith is central to God moving in our lives.

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Jesus Only

Published February 25, 2018

Date: 2/18/2018 Title: Jesus Only Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 17:1-13   In Matthew 17 Jesus is transfigured with Moses and Elijah appearing with him. Peter responds with a desire to build three tents to honor them. Peter was still speaking about this, a voice broke through declaring Jesus alone to be God’s Son. Upon lifting up their eyes, Peter, James and John saw Jesus only. Likewise, we need to move past our preconceptions and see Jesus only.

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The Cross Over Comfort

Published February 25, 2018

Date: 2/11/2018 Title: The Cross Over Comfort Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 16:21-27 Somehow, we have bought into the belief that God’s primary desire is for us to be comfortable, to be happy, to achieve all our dreams, and to have everything we want. We have bought into the lie that states the since God is love, if you have enough faith you will never experience discomfort, sadness, suffering, loss, sickness, or defeat. And because of this, when the realities of life come crashing down we start doubting God and blame him for not fulfilling these false promises […]

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The Only Question That Really Matters

Published February 25, 2018

Date: 2/4/2018 Title: The Only Question That Really Matters Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20   Questions. Life is full of them; however, not all questions are equal. Some questions are not really that important at all. Other questions are more vital and important. Questions like: Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose? Why does a universe exist? Is there an absolute truth, and if so what is it? The answers to these questions are very important, as they shape our lives, our views, our behaviors, our families, our neighborhoods, our cities, our […]

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Beware!

Published February 25, 2018

Date: 1/28/2018 Title: Beware! Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 16:1-12 With so many conflicting teachings surrounding Christianity, often from supposed experts, charismatic teachers, and those with a massive twitter following, it is too easy to believe a false teaching without realizing it and without understanding how that can affect the whole of your Christian understanding and practice. In Matthew 16 Jesus warns us: Beware!

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Compassion at Work

Published February 25, 2018

Date: 1/21/2018 Title: Compassion at Work Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 15:29-39, Mark 7 Compassion. It is more than just a feeling. It is being moved to doing something about the suffering we see. In Matthew 15 Jesus takes time in his ministry to express compassion in meeting people in the midst of their pain with a compassion that works. Jesus calls us to the same compassion.

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