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Words Leap Off the Page

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Did you know that there are more than 40 ways to pray? If it seems like you’re just wasting your time when you pray, it could be that you’re trying to pray in a way that isn’t right for you.

This week, we’ll look at the ancient practice of lectio divina — praying the scriptures. This prayer method challenges you to engage your heart, not just your head, when reading the Bible. It may be just the thing you need to make a real connection to God.

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Destination Imagination

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Did you know that there are more than 40 ways to pray? If it seems like you’re just spinning your wheels — or wasting your time — when you pray, it could be that you’re trying to pray in a way that isn’t right for you.

Join us this Sunday as we begin a new, practical series on prayer. One of the many methods of prayer we examine may be just the thing you need to make a real connection to God.

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Grace That Flows Like a River

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

What is “grace”? The Bible says without it we cannot be saved.

This sermon cuts through all the theological mumbo jumbo and gain new insight that could. . . well, save us — in any number of ways.

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The Rest of the Story

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

“Jesus died, was buried, and rose again.”

We know the “death” part of the story well. And we know the “rose again” part of the story. But few Christians know the “buried” part well.

The New Testament teaches that, after his death and before his resurrection, Jesus descended into Hell. In this Easter Sunday sermon, we explore the significance of that part of the passion story and, from it, draw two powerful practical conclusions.

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Misfits Wanted

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Have you seen the classic Christmas program, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer? If so, you’re familiar with the Island of Misfit Toys, home of the ostrich-riding cowboy and the train with square wheels.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and we’re taking a look at a little-examined character from the familiar palm-procession story: the donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem. He was a “misfit” too, but was needed by Jesus at this crucial time.

Listen or watch as we look at how we can find our purpose and mission — how we can be needed by God, misfits though we are.

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Angels Watchin’ Over Me

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Do you have a guardian angel? It’s a nice idea, but what should thoughtful people believe? What does the Bible say?

And maybe even more importantly, why should I care? What does this possibility mean for me? Listen or watch for a message that’s both thought-provoking, and full of practical encouragement.

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Life’s Excellent Adventure

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

You’ve probably heard it before. All the self-help gurus — life coaches, motivational speakers, and even preachers — exhort us to live with “excellence.”

But what does that really mean — and does it really make any difference? This week we’ll wrap up our sermon series based on Joel Osteen’s book Your Best Life Now by exploring how far we should — and shouldn’t — take this notion of “excellence” if we want to live well.

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When the Chips Are Down

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Often life’s most important decisions are made quickly, when the pressure is on — and can reverberate through our lives for years.

When the heat is on, will you make the right decision? This sermon continues to explore Your Best Life Now.

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Learning Happiness

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Did you know that happiness is a learned skill? We don’t often think of it that way, but it is.

Listen or watch to learn a practical, time-tested spiritual “formula” for cultivating greater happiness in life. This sermon is another installment in our series based on Joel Osteen’s book, Your Best Life Now.

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Giants in the Land

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

This sermon is Pastor Jeff’s annual “State of the Church” address. 2007 was a roller coaster ride for Jesus MCC with great highs and lows — but Jeff shares with us a vision he has for 2008 and beyond.

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Shaping My Destiny

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

This sermon looks at the principle of “sowing and reaping.”

Some Christians say we have the power to shape our own future to be anything we want it to be just by what we do — give love, get love back, give money, get money in return. Is it that simple?

To what extent do my actions now affect the shape of my life to come?

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The Rescuing Hug

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

It would be difficult to imagine a bird that was happy without being able to fly, or a dolphin that was happy without being able to swim. Birds were created to fly; dolphins to swim. Take that away and they’ve lost their essence.

So what about us humans? What is the characteristic action that defines us, without which we cannot be happy? Jesus says most people live and die without ever figuring that out. Listen or watch as explore Jesus’ answer. It’s not what you think!

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Singing in the Rain

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

No doubt, someone has told you, “Don’t let the hard times get you down!”, or words to that effect.

But the same jokers who spout cliches like that don’t tell you how to not let the bad stuff get you down.

In this sermon, as we look at Joel Osteen’s fifth principle from Your Best Life Now, we’ll dig into some practical ways to triumph while you’re in the midst of hard times. Listen for something more than a cliche.

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