Easter at WCC

During Easter weekend, we take time to truly “behold” the empty tomb and contemplate how we can live without fear, tell others and be ready for Christ’s coming.

Your Best Life Now

April 8, 2021 | Romans 6:4-11 | easter

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Everyone wants to live the good life. Isn’t that the American dream? To live the good life? There’s only one problem. Once people achieve the so-called “good life,” they find it isn’t good enough.

Do you ever feel emptiness, exhaustion, or enslavement? Then, I’ve got good news for you today. There’s something better than the good life. There’s a better life, a new life found only in Jesus Christ! In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote that those who identify with Christ’s death and resurrection might live in newness of life. We can experience this new life by identifying with the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Palm Sunday

On this day, we remember the day of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the first day of Passion Week, so named because it was the week that ended with Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. Passion Week began with Christ’s triumphal entry on Sunday and ended with His terrible exit on Friday.

Worshiping Jesus

March 28, 2021 | Mark 11:1-11 | palm Sunday

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Did you know that your response to Jesus is the most important decision you’ll ever make? Some of you have grown up going to church, and you learned how to respond to Jesus from their teaching. Or maybe your parents taught you how to respond to Jesus, so your response to Him is based on theirs. Others may have grown up in a home that didn’t attend church. You know about Jesus, but you’re not sure how to respond to Him. Your opinions may have been formed by Hollywood, or social media, or what your friends and family say about Him.

Regardless of your background, it’s important to make a personal and well-considered decision about your response to Jesus for your self. You can follow the crowd, but crowds are fickle. Why not make a decision based on the witness of the Scriptures concerning Jesus and the testimony of those who follow Jesus?

Seeing the Sacred in the Secular

Have you ever been listening to a popular song on the radio and found yourself surprisingly moved by the truth in its lyrics? That’s because all truth is God’s truth and even those far from God can be inspired by God. As we examine popular music from today, we will learn how to see the sacred in the secular.

I’ll Stand By You

March 21, 2021 | Deuteronomy 31:1-8 |

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This week we’re inspired by the song, “I’ll Stand By You” by the Pretenders.

Does knowing that you have a friend that will stand by you help you face the difficulties and uncertainties of life? Maybe you’re facing a difficult situation or an uncertain future today? Maybe there’s someone here who’s facing a surgery. The outcome is uncertain. It causes fear and anxiety. Someone else is starting a new job. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure beset you. Someone is planning to move to this area. Feelings of loneliness and uncertainty about the changes worry you. Someone is getting married, the date is set, the dress and the tuxes are ordered, but are you sure doing the right thing?

In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses told the Israelites that could face the future without fear knowing the Lord Himself would always stand by them. We can face the future without fear knowing that the Lord always stands by us.

Dust in the Wind

March 14, 2021 | Psalm 90 |

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This week, we are inspired by the song, “Dust in the Wind,” by Kansas.

Do you ever feel the way these lyrics suggest, like dust in the wind? Like nothing lasts? Even those of us who had never thought about the brevity of life, had to have given it some serious thought this past year. 2020 – the year of COVID 19. The year when half a million Americans died from a worldwide pandemic. But COVID only brought into view that which has always been true–– we are mere mortals. We long to live forever, to live with some kind of purpose, to leave a lasting legacy, but we are like “dust in the wind.”

In Psalm 90, Moses prayed that God would teach His people to wisely spend their days living for Him. We can see how God teaches us to wisely spend our days living for Him.

Fix You

March 7, 2021 | 2 Kings 20:1-7 |

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This week, we’re inspired by the song, “Fix You,” by Coldplay.

Have you ever seen someone that you love going through such a difficult situation that you wished you could just fix them? Maybe they lost a loved one and were in deep despair and grief. You wish you could fix their pain? Perhaps they are struggling with an addiction and you wish you could take away their habit? Or maybe it’s you? Maybe you’ve had tears streaming down your face and wish somebody could fix what’s broken and hurting in you?

There was a man in the Old Testament named Hezekiah, he was the king of Judah, his city of Jerusalem was being besieged by an Assyrian army as he lay sick on his bed from a terminal disease. He had tears streaming down his face in sorrow. He needed someone to fix him.

From Now On

February 28, 2021 | 2 Kings 5:1-19 |

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This week, we’re inspired by the song, “From Now On,” from the movie, The Greatest Showman.

Have you ever made that kind of statement: “From now on… I’ll start spending my time with my family.” “From now on… I’ll stop losing my temper.” “From now on… I’ll stop drinking or drugging.” “From now on… I’ll start living for God and praying more.” “From now on…” How’s that working out? Do you find that you need help to make such a commitment? Do you see the need for God’s help in order to make real life change?

In today’s sermon, we’re going to look at a story about a man who was the general of the Syrian army, a great man and highly favored by his king. He had everything a man could want, but one thing he lacked… his health. He had leprosy. Yet, he encountered the living God in Israel and made the commitment: “From now on… I will only serve the LORD.”

Let Somebody Love You

February 21, 2021 | Luke 15:11-32 |

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This week we’re inspired by the song, “Desparado” by The Eagles.

Have you come to your senses? Or are you still out there hiding behind your fences? Have you opened the gate to let somebody love you? You might’ve been hurt and now you’re afraid to open up your heart again. Or you’ve been looking for the perfect relationship and so judgmental of others, that no one measures up. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus told a parable about a man who had two sons who had not yet understood their father’s gracious love for them.

Making Change

We’re spending 3 weeks talking about what the Bible says about your money and possessions and how “making a change” to manage your stuff God’s way, leads to financial freedom, joy and peace.

New Mission

January 24, 2021 | Matthew 6:19-34 | finances, financial stewardship

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What’s your mission in life? Is it to make more money and own more things? Wouldn’t you love to stop living for things? And to start really living the way God intended?

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus gave His followers a new mission to stop living things and to start living for God. We can follow Christ’s new mission to stop living for things and to start living for God.

New Management

January 17, 2021 | Luke 16:1-13 | finances, financial stewardship

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Do you run out of money before you run out of month? Do you get anxious about your debts, how you will pay them? As Ben Franklin said, “He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.” Are you experiencing the sorrow of out of control spending and indebtedness?

Wouldn’t you like to know how to manage your finances, so that you are able to get out of debt, meet your families needs and be more generous with God and others? In the book of Luke, Jesus taught his disciples a parable to illustrate how to wisely manage money and possessions with an eternal perspective. We can wisely manage our money and possessions with an eternal perspective.

A New Mindset

January 10, 2021 | Matthew 25:14-30 | finances, financial stewardship

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You already have a “mindset” about money. Everyone does. Some are spenders and some are savers. Some are givers and some are takers. What’s your mindset on money?