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Sermons

God of second chances
December 4, 2022
Advent 2022

A God of Second Chances

by Pastor Peter
While the bible contains lots of rules, at its heart, it's not a rulebook. It's about a relationship between God and his people, who happen to have a serious sin problem. If you were to read the Bible apart from this relationship, you might think that God is harsh, that he is perfectly willing to…
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Expect the Unexpected Artwork
November 27, 2022
Advent 2022

When Jesus Will Return is a Mystery

by Pastor Peter
The church starts out with a promise that Jesus will return on some unknown day in the future. Jesus doesn't tell them when that will be, but says that in the meantime, they must be his witnesses to people everywhere. But two thousand years later, Jesus hasn't returned. Some people seek to prove he'll come…
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using God's authority to lovingly serve
November 20, 2022

Using God’s Authority to Lovingly Serve

by Pastor Peter
When people are put in charge, they often use that authority to benefit themselves. But Jesus presents us with a different way of understanding authority. Jesus uses his authority to serve, giving himself on behalf of his people. As people who profess to follow Jesus, Christians need to imitate Jesus' example of using God's authority…
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Trusting in God Alone
November 13, 2022

Trusting in God Alone

by Pastor Peter
Jesus' followers hoped the temple would soon be theirs, so they hoped in it, but Jesus told them it wouldn't last long. Any time we put our hope in things that are not God, we set ourselves up for disappointment. The only way we avoid ultimate disappointment is by trusting in God alone. But when…
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Using Freedom in Love
November 6, 2022

Using Freedom in Love

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Christians have been set free from the rule-based system of Torah observance. Right and wrong aren't governed by a set of black-and-white rules for Christians. But this certainly doesn't mean that how we behave is unimportant. Instead, it means that under the guidance of the Spirit, we're intended to discern what is right and wrong…
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genuine repentance
October 30, 2022

Genuine Repentance

by Pastor Peter
Wherever religions allow for the forgiveness of sin, there are going to be people trying to game the system. In Old Testament Judaism, many of the people offered empty religious rituals, but the prophets called the people to genuine repentance. While there are no sacrifices to be offered in Christianity, God still demands that his…
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Mercy In Discipline
October 23, 2022

Mercy In Discipline

by Pastor Peter
Sometimes when we experience an unimaginable catastrophe, we're really encountering God's Mercy In Discipline. When things go well, we can lose touch with our dependence on God, and then God must use a challenging situation to bring us back to him. The Israelites encountered this sort of reversal when a swarm of locusts devoured their…
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The Work of the Holy Spirit
October 16, 2022
Jeremiah

The Work of the Holy Spirit

by Pastor Peter
Israel has a sin problem; No matter how many times God forgives them, they prove unable to be faithful to him. So when Jeremiah declares that God will remake Israel's heart so they can be faithful it's very good news. The New Covenant comes with Jesus. Who shows us what faithful fulfillment of the law…
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Working For the Good of Our Community
October 9, 2022
Jeremiah

Working For the Good of Our Community

by Pastor Peter
What does it mean to live as a faithful Christian in a pluralistic society? Jeremiah tells the Jews exiled in Babylon to work for the good of the community where they are located (even if they feel hostility towards it). As Christians who sometimes feel like spiritual exiles, we have to decide how to interact…
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holding on to hope
October 2, 2022
Jeremiah

Holding On To Hope

by Pastor Peter
When God disciplines us our instinct is often to run away from him. Indeed, that's what the survivors of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem would have felt when they were taken into captivity in Babylon. But the prophet Jeremiah shows them a way of holding on to hope in the face of tragedy. They can…
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Mercy for the Poor
September 25, 2022
Stewardship

Mercy for the Poor

by Pastor Peter
When running a race where you are at any particular time isn't important. It only matters where you end up. The same is true in the relationship between this life and the next. Do we live our lives for here and now, or do we live with the end in mind? Do we enjoy ease…
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September 18, 2022
Stewardship

How We Use Our Money

by Pastor Peter
What does money have to do with a Christian’s expectations of the age to come? Quite a bit, actually. The resources we have are a sacred trust from God. And while we can’t take them with us, how we use them in this life will have consequences in the life to come. In today’s sermon,…
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