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4 ways to be intentional about relationship building

March 16, 2018 | relationships, fellowship, hospitality, friendship

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) We want to be a church that is intentional about relationship building. It is one of the three major focuses of our purpose statement, which states that we exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ

The Word of Care

March 12, 2017 | John 19:16-27 | relationships, crucifixion, jesus

Have you ever wondered whether God cares? Especially asking, “Does God care for me?” I’ve heard some say, “I’m sure God has better things to do than care about my little problems. Shouldn’t He be busy solving world hunger or peace on earth?” What do you think? Does God care for the details of your little life? Or is He too busy running the universe? In this third word from the cross, we will realize how much God cares for us. He cares for the big stuff and He cares for the little stuff too. There’s no detail too small for His loving care. In the third saying of Jesus from the cross found in the gospel of John, Jesus revealed the loving care that He had for His mother. We can know the loving care that Jesus has for us.

Fresh Relationships

January 17, 2016 | Philippians 2:1-5 | relationships, family, beginnings

It can be difficult to have good lifelong relationships with family, with co-workers, and even with friends. Many of our relationships end in quarrel or just dissolve in indifference. God shows us through the cross that His relationship to us is selfless, unconditionally loving, and full of mercy and grace. He commissions us to do the same with others.

In the apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, he taught them that they could experience the joy of right relationships through knowing Christ. This is the secret. We need Jesus to give us peace within, before we can have peace with others. We can experience the joy of right relationships with others through Christ.

What do Muslims think of us?

January 15, 2016 | Muslim, love, relationships, Spirit, community, Christian, attitude, jesus, God

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind… Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:1-2, 5 ESV).

Is reconciliation required?

January 16, 2015 | reconcile, reconciliation, peace, relationships, fellowship, jesus, forgiveness, Christ, forgive, harmony, God, Gary Combs

What do we do when a relationship is fractured by an offense? How do we find forgiveness and reconciliation? And what do we do when we are faced with the problem of the unrepentant offender that will not or has not reconciled to us. We might even question God, saying, “Do I have to forgive them?

The worth of having nothing

August 8, 2014 | worth, plenty, missions, lack, relationships, joy, simplicity, comfort, Christ, God, Gary Combs

“Those things were important to me, but now I think they are worth nothing because of Christ. Not only those things, but I think that all things are worth nothing compared with the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:7-8 NCV). We just returned from ten days in Guatemala. Ten days of having no

Are You Growing in Loving and Forgiving?

May 11, 2014 | 1 John 4:7-21 | relationships, discipleship

Pastor Gary Combs continued the sermon series “Diagnosing Your Spiritual Health” with this message from 1 John. This sermon discussed the importance of examining your spiritual heart. Does it beat with the love and forgiveness that comes from God? This sermon was preached on Mother’s Day.

Honoring Others

June 9, 2013 | Romans 12:10-18 | relationships

Justin Norden continues our HONOR sermon series by talking about how to HONOR other believers and those around you.

Restore My Relationships

April 18, 2010 | Romans 5:6-11 | relationships

Pastor Gary Combs continues the “RE” series. This message focuses on the authority and power that Christ’s resurrection gives to restore our relationship with God, with others, and to be ambassadors of reconciliation to the world.

Unmade beds and unreconciled relationships

May 15, 2009 | relationships, reconciliation, communication, forgiveness, anger

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:26, 32 NIV). Slam…stomp, stomp, stomp… slam! “What in the world?” I asked my wife, after hearing what sounded