Message Archives 2016
Our Bible is split into two parts: The Old Testament and The New Testament. Since the Old Testament sounds…well…OLD, modern Christians tend to spend most of their time reading the New Testament because…well… it is NEWER! The only problem with that approach is the fact that the Old Testament words, themes and concepts are found throughout the New Testament. In order to fully understand the New, we need to have a better understanding how the Old is showing up in the New. Join us for a teaching series that will help us all discover the echoes of the Old Testament in the New Testament.
Leave It Better
God has called us not to simply accept the world as it is as we find it but to indeed make it better while we are here and leave it better when we leave.
Circles Are Better Than Rows
Rows are good. We like rows. But we think circles are better. For a lot of reasons. In particular, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 talks about how much better it is to be in a circle, a group, rather than alone because you have someone to help you when the going gets rough. When you’re in a circle, there is someone there to help you up when you stumble. When you’re in a circle, there are people there to help you avoid things that will make you stumble. When you’re in a circle, you have a relational bank account you can draw on when you need it. Imagine how much better our lives would be, and how much better our kids will have it, if we get out of rows and into circles.
September 18 – Circles Are Better Than Rows – Chris Jarrett
One of the deepest needs we have as human beings is that of belonging. And chances are, we have all experienced a time when we didn’t feel like we fit in, that we were truly a part of a group, a team, a class or even a family. There are times when we just didn’t feel like we belonged and was painful. Some people feel that way about church too. As much as they would like to be a part of it and to feel a connection with God, they just don’t feel like they belong. If you have ever felt that way, this message is for you!
Jesus told His disciples that they were to go into all the world and preach the good news of His Kingdom to every nation. The Kingdom Jesus came to establish was to be a limitless kingdom. This wasn’t a kingdom determined by ethnicity, geography, prosperity or property. It was a universal kingdom available to any and all who would respond to God’s call. As a church, we need to be engaged in this limitless work. This series will show us how.
August 7 – A City On A Hill – Ken Gilmore
We all have a story to tell and we are all a part of a story that God is writing right now! Your story is actually part of God’s story. And if you are drawing breath, He is not finished writing your story yet. Join us as we discover the story that God is writing through our lives and learn how we can share that story with those around us.
Have you ever been tempted? If you are human, the answer is, YES! All of us have experienced temptation. Another thing we have in common is that there are times we resist and even more times we have given into temptation. Jesus remains the one exception to the rule when it comes to temptation. He never gave in to temptation. Not once. In this series, we are going to learn how to face our common temptations in an uncommon way.
Who Do You Think You Are?
How do you see yourself? Are you a masterpiece or a mess? A survivor, a success or a struggler? Getting perspective on how God sees you will give you a new view of yourself.
He Is Risen – Easter Sunday
Easter can mean a lot of things for a lot of different people in our world. For some it is all bunnies, candies and easter eggs. But what should it mean for a Christian? Honestly, it means everything. Easter is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. It was a moment in history that changed the rest of history. If it didn’t happen, it changes everything. If it did happen, it changes everything. The argument over whether or not it happened has been going on for 2,000 years. But why did it happen? Watch, listen and learn.
Love Ran Red (Palm Sunday)
The first day of Holy Week is called Palm Sunday. It is the Sunday that commemorates the last time that Jesus entered Jerusalem before His crucifixion and eventual resurrection. In the scriptures it is often called The Triumphal Entry because it was that day that the people in and around Jerusalem formed a spontaneous parade that ushered Jesus into Jerusalem, lining His path with their cloaks and palm branches (hence the name Palm Sunday). These people were looking to Jesus as their Savior that would finally take the throne back from Rome. But Jesus knew that this week would unfold in a way that nobody expected, but Him.
Love Where You Live
Love Where You Live is a study to cultivate a richer understanding of what it means to live in God’s image, THE Gracious Giver, and to fulfill our calling to fruitfully serve others. It is not a study to inspire us to just feel loving feelings but to take loving actions.
Women’s Connection Eventhttp://keystonechurch.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/LWYL-Week-4-Let-It-Shine.mp3
Karen Parker Moeller of MOEFINEART.com shares her journey of faith and healing as explored through her art. Don’t miss this powerful presentation
January 30 – Guard Your Heart – Karen Moeller
Waiting can be difficult. Nobody likes a waiting room. No matter what may be playing on the TV or if the office has new magazines or even if we happen to have a smart phone to distract us, sitting in a waiting room is a dreaded experience. And the longer you wait the more frustrated you become. I always find it funny that after spending time in a waiting room at the doctors office the next thing they do is make you weigh your self and then they take your blood pressure! That is a recipe for hypertension if I ever heard of one. As frustrating as waiting for another human being can be, it is even more frustrating when we are waiting on God. The circumstances of our lives seem to be slipping out of control or turning upside-down and we keep hoping, praying and waiting for God to do something. We pray but our prayers just seem to bounce off the ceiling. The Bible tells us to be patient, have faith and keep hoping, which implies that the actions we seek don’t always come at the speed we would like. So what do we do while we wait? Is God out there? Is He paying attention? Why isn’t He doing something? Waiting is a part of life and there are some things that can be helpful to know and do while we wait.
God rested on the 7th day. But He didn’t rest because He was tired. He took up residence in the temple He had created in which to dwell with His creation. How do you rest? Is there ever a break from work, from business, from your phone, your email or your facebook? Do you maintain a pace that creates space for God to dwell? What would it look like if you took the next month and established a personal sabbath? We were wired for communion with God. What would it look like if you actually lived like you were created to live?