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Expansion vs Multiplication 
Sunday, May 9, 2010, 06:20 AM - Sermon, Podcast
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Jeremiah 29:4-7 and
Matthew 8:18-22


Multiplying God's love instead of expanding our organization.







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Hunting for Jesus 
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 10:56 AM - Extra Christy, Easter
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I've Been Looking for You!

The Saturday before Easter we had a bunny breakfast and an egg hunt. Children ran to find plastic eggs with prizes and goodies after a pancake breakfast. (No bunnies were harmed in the making of this breakfast.) I struggled to find the way of faith in our familiar ways.

I'll never hear the phrase "You can count on him" the same way again.

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The Easter story has a story of hunting for Jesus. Mary wants to know where they had taken Jesus so she can go and get him. Strangely, not recognizing him, she asks Jesus where he has put Jesus. Both the angels and Jesus ask Mary about the quarry of her hunting trip. Jesus reveals himself, not by jumping up and shouting, "Surprise, you found me." but by calling Mary's name...as if he was hunting for her. The sought is revealed as the seeker. The one we call, is calling us.

So it is not that we are "Hunting Jesus" as if he is lost and we need to put him back where he belongs. Our savior can be thought as the "Hunting Jesus" who searches for us.

I hope Jesus finds you. He has been hunting for you. Listen for his calling of your name to ministry and mission. You will find he has been right in front of you all the time.

The First Easter Hunt

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' She said to them, 'They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.' When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?' Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, 'Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary!' - John 20:11-1

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Easter Message - Who Moved My Jesus? 
Sunday, April 4, 2010, 12:03 PM - Church, Sermon, Podcast
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John 20:1-18

We want to move Jesus into our lives while Christ calls us to move into His life.









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Choosing Not to Remember What We Cannot Forget 
Sunday, March 14, 2010, 08:00 AM - Church, Media
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From our Song and Service
A Light to the Heights worship
Sunday, March 14



Bible Reading:
Luke 15:1-3,11b-32

This week we look at the Godly task of forgiving without forgetting.

Videos:

“You Had Me At Hello”


from the film Jerry Maguire[/]




In Jesus' story the younger son didn't get a change to give his rehearsed speech of apology to his father. What is the reason for forgiveness in Jerry Maguire?

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“Potential” from The Christmas Wish





The Christmas Wish on WingClips



How is forgiveness made real in this story about how Will's grandfather, the previous owner of Martin Real Estate, treated Inead Cook?

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“I Forgive You”


From the film Pay it Forward




Helen Hunt's character Arlene McKinney “does something big” without forgetting or denying the offense. We only watched the first 4 or 5 minutes of this clip, stopping at the birthday party.
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Cause and Effect 
Sunday, March 7, 2010, 08:00 AM - Church, Sermon, Media
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From our Song and Service
A Light to the Heights worship
Sunday, March 7



Bible Reading:
Isaiah 55:1-9 and Luke 13:1-9

This week we put God "in the Dock" as C.S. Lewis would say. We consider the strange notion that we can "handle the truth" of God's thoughts.

Videos:

“I Choose to Believe”



The tension between the need for scientific proof and the experience of faith is captured in this exchange at a grocery check-out.

“As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.” Avram Noam Chomsky


Scene not available for embeding but here is the link to the clip at WingClips, (a new window will open).

Henry Poole is Here on WingClips


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“You Can't Handle the Truth” from A Few Good Men






Think of God Being “in the Dock” instead of Col. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) and we the people wanting to know “the truth”. There is some non-church language we omitted in the showing in worship.

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“Ramsey's Life is Ruined I Failed”


From the CBS TV show Joan of Arcadia


Clip not available on-line.

Joan knows that she failed because Steve Ramsey's life is ruined. How does God (the white haired lady) change Joan's opinion?

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