Archive for the 'Christian Life' Category

Jesus for President!

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Being a Christian affects every part of our lives, even how we see our nation and government.  So, what would Jesus do — if he were here today living as a citizen in America?

Watch or listen for a thought-provoking, nonpartisan examination of how our faith ought to affect our conduct as citizens.  This part of our discipleship matters as much as any other, so let’s give it careful thought.

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Sacred Pause

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

This sermon concludes the series on prayer.

We’ve talked for weeks now about all these different methods of praying.  Maybe you’ve experimented with some of them, but they haven’t “worked” or  seemed just OK.

This sermon explores how life can move to a sacred rhythm, where prayer — whatever form you use — will be deep and meaningful.

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When Words Fail

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Do you ever feel “stuck” in prayer?  Like you’re just saying the same words over and over?  Or maybe you’ve run completely out of words, and don’t even know what else to say.

This sermon looks at two ways to pray that are “beyond” words — one conventional, one unconventional.

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Stairway to Heaven

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

We’re continuing our series that looks at the many ways there are to pray.

Have you ever heard of people praying with icons? What’s that all about? Some swear by it, while others say it’s contrary to scripture.

Listen as we investigate yet another ancient form of prayer and assess its relevance to us today.

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Near, Far, Wherever You Are

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

We’re continuing our series that looks at the many ways there are to pray.

This sermon looks at praying with home altars. This may be something you’ve never considered before (or you’ve considered it with suspicion), but it can help break down the false division between sacred (church) and secular (home).

This ancient form of prayer may be just the thing that works for you!

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Patterns of Life

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

This sermon looks at Praying the Stations of the Cross. It’s an ancient practice that, in some traditions, may be looked on with suspicion — “vain repetition”, and all that.

But it’s in this repetition that we’re reminded of Christ’s life and the story of the Christian faith. This type of prayer allows those stories and principles to seep deep into our minds and hearts — letting us pattern our life after that of Jesus.

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Know Thyself

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

We’re in the midst of a sermon series on prayer, learning about some of the more than 40 ways there are to pray. Within those 40 ways, there’s bound to be a method of prayer that is a perfect match for you.

This sermon looks at Prayers of Examen. (No, that’s not a typo. It’s an old word that relates to deep introspection.) We’ll look at two specific techniques that will help you review your life — the big events, and the day to day — and hear from God about the direction you’re going.

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If I Could Write A Letter To Me

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

We continue our series on prayer, learning about some of the more than 40 ways there are to pray. Within those 40 ways, there’s bound to be a method of prayer that is a perfect match for you.

This sermon focuses on written prayers. We’ll look at two ways to communicate with God in writing: letters to God, and journaling.

Writing out your thoughts and impressions in prayer can be a great way to tap into the deep wisdom that God offers to us all.

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Body Language

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

We’re in the midst of a sermon series on prayer, learning about some of the more than 40 ways there are to pray. Within those 40 ways, there’s bound to be a method of prayer that is a perfect match for you.

This sermon’s focus: body prayer. Did you know you can pray without using words? Sound bizarre and impossible?

Listen or watch as we look at three ways to use your body and feelings (rather than your mind and words) to communicate with God.

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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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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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