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Reset Your Relationships

January 11, 2015 | Ephesians 4:25-32 | beginnings, family

Pastor Gary Combs continued the “Reset” sermon series with this message from Ephesians 4:25-32 entitled “Reset Your Relationships.” Do you struggle with how to handle conflict? Uncontrolled anger? Do you have an unreconciled relationship? This message addresses how to find and grant forgiveness, how to handle anger and conflict, and how to reconcile.

Tattoos, tribes and true community

October 3, 2014 | God, fellowship, Gary Combs, jesus, Christ, church, community, family

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42 (ESV) What makes a true community? People use the word community to describe all sorts of social groups. But what constitutes a “true” (real, authentic, fully realized) community? If we are born into the same race or family, does… Read more »

Behaving as God’s Household

March 9, 2014 | 1 Timothy 3:1-16 | exposition, family

As we continue through the book of 1 Timothy, Pastor Gary helps us understand the qualifications of those who lead the church. Paul gave instructions to those who oversee, serve and support the church.

Honoring Fathers

June 16, 2013 | Ephesians 6:1-8 | fatherhood, family

Pastor Stephen Combs concludes our HONOR sermon series by helping us understand how to honor God as our Father and how to honor our earthly fathers in turn.

Passing On a Godly Legacy

May 31, 2009 | 1 Thessalonians 2:6-13 | family, parenting

At the end of the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, they park a big bus in front of the new house and have the family standing there in anticipation to see what their new home looks like. They are encouraged to shout, “Move that bus!” The family is always overwhelmed when they see the beauty and blessing of their new home.

How can we experience the beauty and blessing of a godly family? Is there a way to pass on a godly legacy?

In the book of 1 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul told them that he had treated them like a mother and a father as he shared the gospel and his life with them. He was thankful that they had believed and he challenged them to be witnesses and to be his “glory and joy” (1 Thess. 2:20). In other words, Paul said you are my spiritual legacy. We can learn from Paul’s example to leave a Godly legacy to our family.

Making Room for Singleness

May 24, 2009 | 1 Corinthians 7 | family, singleness

In the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, after they show us how bad the family’s living conditions are, they interview the family to discover what they love and design a house that expresses their passion, then they start building the house, being careful to make a room for every member of the family.

Sometimes, in the church, we don’t do a very good job of “making room” for every member of God’s family. Singles often feel left out. It reminds me of the old country song: “Sleepin single in a double bed.” We often make singles feel as if they’re living single in a couple’s world.

But the truth is there is nothing “odd” about being single. Elijah, John the Baptist, Paul, and Jesus lived as singles. We all begin life single and many of us will experience singleness again later in life.

Is it possible to live life as a fulfilled single? I believe that God’s Word offers the help that we need for living a fulfilled life and responding to life’s problems. In his letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul gave some very specific instructions for singles and how they could live a fulfilled life by being devoted to God. We can follow God’s instructions for fulfillment by our undivided devotion to the Lord.

Resolving Family Conflict

May 17, 2009 | Ephesians 4:25-32 | family, conflict

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians that they could turn conflict into communication and understanding through the power of Christ’s forgiveness and love. We can resolve the conflicts in our relationships and turn them into quality communication and understanding through Christ’s power of love and forgiveness.

Raising Great Kids

May 10, 2009 | Ephesians 6:1-4 | parenting, family

In the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, after they show us how bad the family’s living conditions are, they interview the family to discover what they love and design a house the expresses their passion, then they start raising the house…

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians how to raise their children according to God’s design. As Christians, we can follow God’s Word in the discipline of our children and raise them up to maturity according to God’s intent. The text gives four steps to raising great kids:

Following God’s Family Blueprint

May 3, 2009 | Ephesians 5:21-6:4 | family

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians that their family relationships could be restored to God’s intent by submitting first of all to the Spirit and then to one another becoming the family that God designed. We can follow four steps to God’s blueprint for the family and experience the blessing of oneness and being a light to this world for Christ.