Rio Vista Community Church

Rio Vista Community Church

Sinopse

From its base in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Rio Vista Community Church serves to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. These are our weekly messages.

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Episódios

  • Unsinkable 1
    Unsinkable 1
    Duração: 33min | 01/12/2019

    There is such a thing as truth, and it is not from inside you (no matter what pop culture may say). Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, is Truth incarnate! The Bible tells his story on every page and is, therefore, our source of truth.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 14
    Upside Down Kingdom 14
    Duração: 26min | 24/11/2019

    The Sermon on the Mount concludes: Jesus says anyone who hears his words and does them is like a wise builder who constructs a house on a strong foundation. Those who hear his words and do not do them build on the sand, where the storm destroys the house.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 13
    Upside Down Kingdom 13
    Duração: 30min | 17/11/2019

    While it is true that you are saved by grace through faith, and not because of what you do (whether good or bad), it is also true that claiming to be a Christian doesn’t make you one. Real faith (that results in salvation) is evidenced by a fruitful life.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 12
    Upside Down Kingdom 12
    Duração: 26min | 10/11/2019

    What is authentic faith? It is something more than just agreeing with a set of facts. Genuine faith is visible; it shows up in what we say or do. You can know someone by the fruit they produce, and whether that fruit is good or bad.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 11
    Upside Down Kingdom 11
    Duração: 34min | 03/11/2019

    The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus called it the essence and upholding of the Law and the Prophets. Pastor Matt looks at the kind of love Jesus was talking about and how we find the capacity for it in our lives.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 10
    Upside Down Kingdom 10
    Duração: 28min | 27/10/2019

    All of life is about God and His purposes, which is the foundation of effective prayer. My prayers are hindered to the extent they are about me and my purposes instead of God’s. If my prayers are about loving Him and seeking wisdom, my prayers come alive!

  • Upside Down Kingdom 09
    Upside Down Kingdom 09
    Duração: 38min | 20/10/2019

    We all experience judgment; others judge us, or we judge others. Either way, Jesus gives a warning. Judgment is God's, and however we apply it, that's how we experience it. But through the lens of the gospel, we can rightly appraise ourselves and others.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 08
    Upside Down Kingdom 08
    Duração: 41min | 13/10/2019

    Money is a matter of the heart! Either your heart trusts in God or money. It can’t trust in both. One leads to peace, for it leads you to a Heavenly Father who loves you and who knows your needs and promises to meet them. The other leads to anxiety.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 07
    Upside Down Kingdom 07
    Duração: 44min | 06/10/2019

    What is prayer? Why (and how) should we pray? Prayer is communication with God, and Jesus assumes we will pray since communication is vital to a relationship. It is also through prayer that we both access and wield the power of God, to the glory of God.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 06
    Upside Down Kingdom 06
    Duração: 35min | 29/09/2019

    Through the gospel, God gives us a new heart that enables a new kind of love: one that loves the needy and doesn't look for credit from man! If we fail to do that, the applause from our fellow humans is the only reward we will ever receive.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 05
    Upside Down Kingdom 05
    Duração: 29min | 22/09/2019

    How are we to treat our enemies? Not from self-vindication or hatred, but with a readiness to serve and seek the good of those who deserve the opposite. Let go of bitterness and respond after setting our eyes on Jesus, who patterned his life the same way.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 04
    Upside Down Kingdom 04
    Duração: 24min | 15/09/2019

    In the gospel, God gives a new heart to enable new obedience to his law. We must obey from the inside, not just the outside. And there is a positive attached to the negative. Thou shalt not lie, also means thou shalt pursue and promote truthfulness.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 03
    Upside Down Kingdom 03
    Duração: 29min | 08/09/2019

    God’s law has various purposes. It reveals the holiness of God, reveals our sinfulness (to drive us to Jesus), holds before us a moral behavior and life that is pleasing to God, and more. Jesus rescued us by keeping the law perfectly in our place.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 02
    Upside Down Kingdom 02
    Duração: 32min | 01/09/2019

    Jesus says we are Salt and Light to the world. These are not character awards; they are job descriptions. Jobs that are both powered by the gospel. Ruling Elder and Session member Mark Lautenschlager brings us God's word this week.

  • Upside Down Kingdom 01
    Upside Down Kingdom 01
    Duração: 28min | 25/08/2019

    Matt Lomenick launches this series of messages based on the Sermon on the Mount. He gives us an overview of the series that encourages us to "have an encounter with Jesus and let him challenge your kingdom." Matt takes us through the beatitudes this week.

  • All in
    All in
    Duração: 36min | 18/08/2019

    Sometimes it feels comfortable to compartmentalize our lives: work, family, friends, hobbies, church. The Bible, however, tells us to live EVERY aspect of our lives as ambassadors (in the name of) the Lord Jesus Christ. God calls us to go "all in!"

  • Lost Your First Love
    Lost Your First Love
    Duração: 42min | 11/08/2019

    Bishop Clarence Glover from Mount Bethel Baptist Church brings us the message from Revelation about the church at Ephesus. Jesus praised them for their works but cautioned that they had "lost their first love." What is your "first" love?

  • Voice of Reason 08
    Voice of Reason 08
    Duração: 36min | 04/08/2019

    God's Word does not call us to deny our differences to achieve uniformity, nor does it call us to deny our convictions in the name of unity. Instead, it commands the children of God to submit to God's work of creating one new humanity. (Ephesians 2:15)

  • Voice of Reason 07
    Voice of Reason 07
    Duração: 30min | 28/07/2019

    God is the Author and Creator of the Great Feast. He made you for it, and your appetites are the part of you that makes this divine celebration come to life. It’s all about what you do with those appetites and what you let them do to you.

  • Voice of Reason 06
    Voice of Reason 06
    Duração: 34min | 21/07/2019

    Real wealth is the riches that are ours in Christ. There is a path that leads to our souls being satisfied, and our work having meaning and honor. This week, we will see what Wisdom has to say about how we conduct our business and professional lives.

  • Voice of Reason 05
    Voice of Reason 05
    Duração: 39min | 14/07/2019

    There is no place where wisdom is more important, and each of us feels less wise than parenting our children. Compassion, training, discipline, teaching God’s truth—the Bible says a lot about the role of parents and its outcome in the lives of children.

  • Voice of Reason 04
    Voice of Reason 04
    Duração: 41min | 07/07/2019

    Justice and Mercy are necessary if we want to live as skillfully as Proverbs sets before us. Followers of Jesus must not ignore one for the other; both are integral parts of His nature and should be for us as God conforms us to the image of His Son.

  • Voice of Reason 03
    Voice of Reason 03
    Duração: 34min | 30/06/2019

    Work is a more substantial part of our identity than we’d perhaps like to admit. Finding the balance between work and rest becomes all-important. This week, we find out what Wisdom has to say about it as Pastor Sam Kastensmidt preaches.

  • Voice of Reason 02
    Voice of Reason 02
    Duração: 40min | 23/06/2019

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That phrase, from the Book of Proverbs, is as challenging to understand as anything we find in the entire book. What kind of fear is this? Pastor Matt Lomenick explains how fear and wisdom are connected.

  • Voice of Reason 01
    Voice of Reason 01
    Duração: 29min | 16/06/2019

    As we launch our new series from the Book of Proverbs, Co-Director of Student Ministries Will Buschmann opens with a look at Solomon and his legendary wisdom. Will explores the contrast between wisdom and foolishness.

  • What He Gave Us part 07
    What He Gave Us part 07
    Duração: 33min | 09/06/2019

    Our series on what Jesus gave us concludes with Pastor Matt explaining that Jesus gave us each other. Jesus built his Church on the rock of Peter’s confession that he (Jesus) is the Christ, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

  • What He Gave Us part 06
    What He Gave Us part 06
    Duração: 32min | 02/06/2019

    Our series examining the gifts God gave us after Jesus ascended continues with Pastor Sam Kastensmidt addressing the Word. God gave us his Word, and our Bibles contain this supernatural power for living.

  • What He Gave Us part 05
    What He Gave Us part 05
    Duração: 34min | 26/05/2019

    Our look at prayer continues as Pastor Tom Hendrikse examines HOW to pray. Jesus gave us an example designed for precisely that. If you're uncomfortable with the thought of praying, not being sure what to say, this message is definitely for you!

  • What He Gave Us part 04
    What He Gave Us part 04
    Duração: 29min | 19/05/2019

    Scott Carson, our Director of Renewal, considers the next element God gave us to accomplish his mission: prayer. More specifically, WHY do we pray? Prayer is communicating personally with God, showing that we are convinced of his wisdom and power.

  • What He Gave Us part 03
    What He Gave Us part 03
    Duração: 24min | 12/05/2019

    God sent his Holy Spirit to comfort us and guide us, but that's not all; the Spirit also empowers us. Pastor Tom Hendrikse says the gifts of the Spirit still operate today, and we shouldn't shy away from the miraculous and the supernatural. That's God!

  • What He Gave Us part 02
    What He Gave Us part 02
    Duração: 32min | 05/05/2019

    Jesus told his disciples that after he ascended to heaven, he would send the Holy Spirit to live inside all who become his followers by faith, to comfort us and teach us. Pastor Tom Hendrikse examines what it means to have the presence of the Holy Spirit.

  • What He Gave Us part 01
    What He Gave Us part 01
    Duração: 28min | 28/04/2019

    Winston Miller, our Pastor-in-residence of Community Formation, kicks off our new message series, What He Gave Us, with a look at the Great Commission. Go, and as you do so, make disciples of all nations! This command from Jesus gives us our purpose.

  • 21 Questions part 20
    21 Questions part 20
    Duração: 23min | 21/04/2019

    The 21 Questions series reaches its conclusion with this Resurrection Sunday message answering the question "Why is Jesus Unlike Other Religious Leaders?" Pastor Tom Hendrikse explains that Jesus defeated death and made it possible for us to do the same.

  • 21 Questions part 19
    21 Questions part 19
    Duração: 33min | 14/04/2019

    Last week, Pastor Sam Kastensmidt considered Job, who suffered because of extreme loss. Now he looks at Solomon, who suffers because of extreme gain and finding it meaningless. The rise in depression, anxiety, and suicides show how real this suffering is.

  • 21 Questions part 18
    21 Questions part 18
    Duração: 40min | 07/04/2019

    We continue with week two of three on the subject of suffering. How Can a Good God Allow Suffering? Our pastor of Spiritual Formation, Sam Kastensmidt, opens the Book of Job and gives us a fresh perspective on one of the Bible's most unusual stories.

  • 21 Questions part 17
    21 Questions part 17
    Duração: 33min | 31/03/2019

    If God is supposed to be good, why am I suffering? Starting this week and continuing over the next two weeks, 21 Questions addresses the hard question of suffering. Pastor Tom Hendrikse leads off with a powerful message: suffering is not always bad.

  • 21 Questions part 16
    21 Questions part 16
    Duração: 37min | 17/03/2019

    Christian hypocrisy is one of the most oft-cited reasons people don't believe in God. The church says one thing, but its members live another. Why? What is the root cause of hypocrisy? Dave Richardson answers this from the story of David and Bathsheba.

  • 21 Questions part 15
    21 Questions part 15
    Duração: 25min | 10/03/2019

    Each of us is familiar with temptation; it's a shared human experience. Shared also by our champion Jesus, who faced a series of them when he was at his most vulnerable. In his example, we can find the keys to unlocking our own defense against temptation.

  • 21 Questions part 14
    21 Questions part 14
    Duração: 27min | 03/03/2019

    Pastor Tom Hendrikse offers a thoughtful, compassionate response to the question of why God tells us who we can and can't love. Why is a person's sexual identity any business of the church? Find out where the church has been right (and wrong!) in this.

  • 21 Questions part 13
    21 Questions part 13
    Duração: 28min | 24/02/2019

    Marriage is an institution that's under siege today, from those who wish to redefine it, to those who want to ignore it altogether. What IS marriage, anyway? Why do we defend it and declare its importance? Pastor Tom has the answer in this week's message.

  • 21 Questions part 12
    21 Questions part 12
    Duração: 31min | 17/02/2019

    Not just our country, but the entire world is sharply divided over politics. Families have split up, lifelong friendships dissolved, all because two people identify with different political parties. So what's a Christian to do? Tom Hendrikse answers that.

  • 21 Questions part 11
    21 Questions part 11
    Duração: 28min | 10/02/2019

    How can we forgive those who have hurt us beyond all measure, especially those who continue to do so? Director of Renewal Scott Carson brings us the word from God this week that the power to forgive is one that no one can take from you.

  • 21 Questions part 10
    21 Questions part 10
    Duração: 29min | 03/02/2019

    Why is there so much hate in the world? With only the most narrow of exceptions, hate is evil. Pastor Tom Hendrikse walks us through why evil exists, where it came from, and what God offers us to deal with the evil inside of ourselves.

  • 21 Questions part 9
    21 Questions part 9
    Duração: 35min | 27/01/2019

    What happens to me when I die? That is a simple question with what most assume to be a complicated answer. Pastor Matt Lomenick, however, has a straightforward answer for us: we get what we want. Check out this week's message to find out the how and why.

  • 21 Questions part 8
    21 Questions part 8
    Duração: 33min | 20/01/2019

    We examine another of life's difficult questions as asked by our congregation. "Why am I here?" Tom Hendrikse says understanding why we are here begins with asking ourselves why anything exists at all. He has a practical answer to an existential question.

  • 21 Questions part 7
    21 Questions part 7
    Duração: 28min | 13/01/2019

    The third and final question to come out from our Student Ministries, "What do I do with my shame?" To answer this, Tom Hendrikse examines the connection between guilt and shame, working through the story of the woman caught in adultery.

  • 21 Questions part 6
    21 Questions part 6
    Duração: 31min | 06/01/2019

    This week's question once again comes from the students in our high school and middle school ministries, and it is "Where do I find my worth?" Matt Lomenick explains how finding our worth begins with understanding the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.

  • 21 Questions part 5
    21 Questions part 5
    Duração: 31min | 30/12/2018

    Our series answering life’s hardest questions continues with Will Buschmann, Director of Middle School Student ministries, covering “What’s the big deal about sex?” Will presents a balanced, considered view of Biblical sexuality.

  • Christmas Eve 2018
    Christmas Eve 2018
    Duração: 17min | 25/12/2018

    Senior Pastor Tom Hendrikse brings us the message from God’s word on Christmas Eve.

  • 21 Questions part 4
    21 Questions part 4
    Duração: 24min | 23/12/2018

    If God exists, and if he speaks, how can we find what he wants us to do? Is that even possible? Our series on 21 Questions continues with a practical guide to understanding God’s direction for our lives, no matter what the situation.

  • 21 Questions part 3
    21 Questions part 3
    Duração: 29min | 16/12/2018

    Our series continues with Pastor Matt Lomenick answering the question "Why is Christianity so exclusive?" Which raises the question of whether it IS exclusive. What does it mean for those who choose not to worship the God of the Bible?

  • 21 Questions part 2
    21 Questions part 2
    Duração: 27min | 09/12/2018

    Is Christianity in conflict with science? Our 21 Questions series continues by examining the connection between faith and reason. It's more substantial than you might realize. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

  • 21 Questions part 1
    21 Questions part 1
    Duração: 31min | 02/12/2018

    Any discussion of life's difficult questions from a Christian perspective will refer to the Bible as its source. Which in turn raises the question of "What does an ancient Bible offer today?" Tom Hendrikse answers that in this week's message.

  • God Is With Us In The Storm
    God Is With Us In The Storm
    Duração: 34min | 25/11/2018

    When we are hanging out on the beach, God is all around us. The sun, the shore, the waves - they all remind us of Him. But when we are right in the middle of a storm, and we hear Him call us to come and move out in faith, where can we find Him then?

  • What Do You Pray For?
    What Do You Pray For?
    Duração: 35min | 18/11/2018

    Prayer is a vital part of our lives as followers of Jesus. And while it isn't wrong to pray for our physical needs or those of others, we should realize that the best use of prayer lies somewhere else. This week we examine what Paul prayed for, and why?

  • What Moves You: People (Part 10)
    What Moves You: People (Part 10)
    Duração: 25min | 11/11/2018

    In the series conclusion, Tom Hendrikse looks back over our ten-week exploration of the process of moving from spectator to fan, and from fan to player. In the end, we all must be moved to take the gospel to the whole world.

  • What Moves You: People (Part 9)
    What Moves You: People (Part 9)
    Duração: 33min | 04/11/2018

    In the penultimate message from this series, Tom Hendrikse tackles the question of how Christians should love and serve the city where they live. We feature our connection with Fort Lauderdale High School as Priscilla Ribeiro joins Scott Carson on stage.

  • What Moves You: People (Part 8)
    What Moves You: People (Part 8)
    Duração: 31min | 28/10/2018

    Between our families and the rest of the world, there exists another layer of people: our neighbors. How does Jesus define a neighbor, and what should our response to them be? Tom Hendrikse answers those questions this week as "What Moves You?" continues.

  • What Moves You: People (Part 7)
    What Moves You: People (Part 7)
    Duração: 26min | 21/10/2018

    Our exploration of what moves us shifts from worship to people. This week we talk about moving toward your family, including those friends who are as close as family, which, biblically, looks like loving God and leading them to do likewise.

  • What Moves You: Community (Part 6)
    What Moves You: Community (Part 6)
    Duração: 35min | 14/10/2018

    God has planted this church and its body of believers in a vast and beautiful city where his mission is both vital and challenging. Multicultural, multigenerational, and fast-growing, we are ground zero where the postmodern world meets the gospel.

  • What Moves You: Community (Part 5)
    What Moves You: Community (Part 5)
    Duração: 38min | 07/10/2018

    This week starts a conversation about Community that Moves You. The first part of which is what makes a true friend. Jesus prayed that God would give us unity, and also said the world would know we are his followers when they saw how we loved one another.

  • What Moves You: Worship (Part 4)
    What Moves You: Worship (Part 4)
    Duração: 19min | 30/09/2018

    A vital part of worship is the Sacraments. We observe two, Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Communion). Tom explores the meaning of these sacraments and why they are important to the life of the church. The message concludes with two believer's baptisms.

  • What Moves You: Worship (Part 3)
    What Moves You: Worship (Part 3)
    Duração: 49min | 23/09/2018

    Worship's setting is not fixed. We're an ever-changing people who worship a never-changing God. From one generation to the next, the people of God express their worship in different ways. Ryan Brasington teaches from history to explain why change is good.

  • What Moves You: Worship (Part 2)
    What Moves You: Worship (Part 2)
    Duração: 28min | 16/09/2018

    Worship tells God's story, but just what story is that? Pastor Tom Hendrikse explores that question in this week's message and uses illustrations from classic novels and movies to show how humanity longs to be a part of such an epic tale.

  • What Moves You: Worship (Part 1)
    What Moves You: Worship (Part 1)
    Duração: 23min | 09/09/2018

    Our series on What Moves You in Worship, Community, and Renewal begins with John's vision of heaven from Revelation chapters 4 and 5. Through his eyes, we see the genuinely unfettered worship of an indescribably glorious God. Worship is about God!

  • Joshua Part 3
    Joshua Part 3
    Duração: 31min | 02/09/2018

    Our series in Exodus, from Bondage to Freedom, moves into Joshua for a few weeks so we can see what happens in Israel after Moses, arguably their greatest leader, is gone. Joshua takes over and is engulfed immediately in a battle against fear and anxiety.

  • Joshua Part 2
    Joshua Part 2
    Duração: 28min | 26/08/2018

    Our series in Exodus, from Bondage to Freedom, moves into Joshua for a few weeks so we can see what happens in Israel after Moses, arguably their greatest leader, is gone. Joshua takes over and is engulfed immediately in a battle against fear and anxiety.

  • Joshua Part 1
    Joshua Part 1
    Duração: 25min | 19/08/2018

    Our series in Exodus, from Bondage to Freedom, moves into Joshua for a few weeks so we can see what happens in Israel after Moses, arguably their greatest leader, is gone. Joshua takes over and is engulfed immediately in a battle against fear and anxiety.

  • Someone who understands
    Someone who understands
    Duração: 41min | 12/08/2018

    "Sometimes, you need a God who understands." The words of Bishop Clarence Glover, Senior Pastor at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, who preached on the story of the woman caught in adultery from John chapter eight. An inspirational message for each of us.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 35
    The Story of Exodus Part 35
    Duração: 24min | 05/08/2018

    Will Buschmann wraps up our series in Exodus by looking back at the big picture that we are freed from a life of bondage by God. In the end, he asks if we are living a life of worship that is all consuming, or do we withhold parts of our lives from God?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 34
    The Story of Exodus Part 34
    Duração: 37min | 29/07/2018

    Both Moses and David wrote of their desire to know God and to see his glory. It was the one thing they asked of him. In the New Testament, Jesus also has one thing he asked of the father, that we might be with him and see his glory. We're his "One Thing!"

  • The Story of Exodus Part 33
    The Story of Exodus Part 33
    Duração: 26min | 22/07/2018

    After the golden calf, God expresses his displeasure with Israel, saying that he won’t go with them to the promised land. Moses intercedes and tells God that if he won’t go with them, there is no point in going. We need God himself, not just his benefits.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 32
    The Story of Exodus Part 32
    Duração: 28min | 15/07/2018

    A mountain covered in cloud for 40 days and nights, a disappearing leader, a pile of gold, and a roaring fire. It sounds like the setting for an adventure story, but it’s the setting for this week’s message concerning patience and waiting on the Lord.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 31
    The Story of Exodus Part 31
    Duração: 29min | 08/07/2018

    The description of the Tabernacle is a bewildering collection of details until you understand that the specific elements of its construction are depicting our path back to God. He came to live (tabernacle) among us so we might be able to live with him.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 30
    The Story of Exodus Part 30
    Duração: 31min | 01/07/2018

    Today our Exodus story begins God's instructions for building the Tabernacle and within it the Ark of the Covenant. The rich imagery surrounding the Ark tells us a great deal about our heavenly father and the kind of relationship he desires us to have.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 29
    The Story of Exodus Part 29
    Duração: 31min | 24/06/2018

    The tenth commandment prohibits us from coveting our neighbor's possessions. It is unique among the commandments as it doesn't forbid an action (such as do not kill, commit adultery, or steal), but concerns how we are on the inside. Are we content?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 28
    The Story of Exodus Part 28
    Duração: 33min | 17/06/2018

    The ninth commandment deals with truthfulness. Do not bear false witness against your neighbor. That goes beyond simply not telling a lie about someone, and extends as far as protecting their character. Not by lying, but by speaking the truth.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 27
    The Story of Exodus Part 27
    Duração: 25min | 10/06/2018

    You shall not steal, on its face, a reasonably straightforward mandate to follow. All you have to do is avoid taking something that doesn't belong to you. What if this commandment reached beyond tangible property, though? What else might we be stealing?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 26
    The Story of Exodus Part 26
    Duração: 27min | 03/06/2018

    Our series on the Ten Commandments continues with "you shall not commit adultery." As with all of the commandments, the purpose is to preserve something. You shall not murder protects life, for example. You shall not commit adultery protects marriage.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 25
    The Story of Exodus Part 25
    Duração: 40min | 27/05/2018

    You shall not murder; this seems like the easiest commandment for most of us to keep, doesn't it? Very few of us want to be a killer, but what if we understood this to mean you shall not dehumanize another person? Are we as comfortable then?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 24
    The Story of Exodus Part 24
    Duração: 33min | 20/05/2018

    The first four commandments concerned our relationship with God. After the 5th commandment, the focus is on our relationships with each other. What does it mean to honor your parents? What if they have done dishonorable things to you? Listen and find out.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 23
    The Story of Exodus Part 23
    Duração: 28min | 13/05/2018

    Sabbath keeping means different things to different people. Is it Saturday or Sunday, and are you permitted to do anything at all? Tom Hendrikse explains it's not what this commandment prevents you from doing, it's what it frees you from that matters.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 22
    The Story of Exodus Part 22
    Duração: 24min | 06/05/2018

    What's in a name? In God's case, his name represents his character. As the people of God, we should portray his name well and bring honor to it. We don't do that, though. Maybe we should stop and consider how seriously God takes the handling of his name?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 21
    The Story of Exodus Part 21
    Duração: 24min | 29/04/2018

    You must not make any idols seems like a very easy commandment to keep because we don't carve idols in our 21st-century lives--except that we do. We fashion for ourselves an image of God in our hearts; the question is how accurate an image do we make?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 20
    The Story of Exodus Part 20
    Duração: 29min | 22/04/2018

    We begin our look at the Ten Commandments with Director of Student Ministries Mason Brown preaching on "You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me." You might be surprised at just how many we find. Serious self-examination is dead ahead!

  • The Story of Exodus Part 19
    The Story of Exodus Part 19
    Duração: 25min | 15/04/2018

    Israel comes to the foot of Mt. Sinai, where God will give them his law. God's law reveals his nature, leads us to his forgiveness, and shows us how to live for him. It is not there to make us feel guilty or like failures. Quite the opposite, in fact!

  • The Story of Exodus Part 18
    The Story of Exodus Part 18
    Duração: 26min | 08/04/2018

    Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, comes to bring his daughter and grandchildren back to their husband and father. He observes life among the Israelites and, after seeing a problem, offers Moses some wise advice. God wants us to have mentors and friends.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 17
    The Story of Exodus Part 17
    Duração: 20min | 01/04/2018

    God led the people of Israel to a place in the wilderness where there was no water to drink, and the people quarreled with Moses, accusing him of deliberately trying to kill them. God gave them water to show that He is the only way to quench our thirst.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 16
    The Story of Exodus Part 16
    Duração: 23min | 25/03/2018

    The best-known story about miraculous bread is in this week's passage, where God provided manna (a word meaning "what is it?"). It was delicious and nutritious, but wouldn't last. Hunger can only be satisfied forever when we find the bread of life: Jesus.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 15
    The Story of Exodus Part 15
    Duração: 33min | 18/03/2018

    What makes you bitter? For almost all of us, that's quite a long list. In our story from Exodus this week, Israel had to confront their bitterness, literally and figuratively. The Lord shows us the way out is forgiveness, through a tree (i.e., the cross).

  • The Story of Exodus Part 14
    The Story of Exodus Part 14
    Duração: 46min | 11/03/2018

    Worship pastor Ryan Brasington teaches about the Song of Moses and the unique power that music has to influence our minds, and our relationship with God.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 13
    The Story of Exodus Part 13
    Duração: 33min | 04/03/2018

    God told the people to camp in a location that would trap them between Pharoah's army and the Red Sea. Then he fought for them and delivered them. God knows us and our battles, for they are his battles also. In this life or the next, he will deliver us.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 12
    The Story of Exodus Part 12
    Duração: 31min | 25/02/2018

    The Passover was the moment of deliverance for Israel that brought freedom to its people; freedom from slavery to the Egyptians. Our Passover Lamb was Jesus, who brings us freedom from slavery to sin. What will we do with that freedom?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 11
    The Story of Exodus Part 11
    Duração: 31min | 18/02/2018

    What does it mean to be safe? Is it even possible? The story of the final plague, when the Destroyer came and killed all the firstborn, is an uncomfortable one. God brings judgment, BUT he also brings deliverance through the Lamb’s blood.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 10
    The Story of Exodus Part 10
    Duração: 30min | 11/02/2018

    In our story from Exodus this week, Pharaoh refuses to acknowledge God’s message, despite a series of plagues that afflict Egypt. God demonstrated that he was greater by far than little gods made by human hands, and the only one to whom we should listen.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 9
    The Story of Exodus Part 9
    Duração: 32min | 04/02/2018

    There are a seemingly endless number of voices competing for our attention. The world has no end of gods (with a little g) to tell us what to do. But there is only one God worth listening to, and this week in our study of Exodus, we see that made clear.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 8
    The Story of Exodus Part 8
    Duração: 37min | 28/01/2018

    This week, we find Moses caught in a moment of considerable doubt. God's response to Moses was to tell Moses who He was, and then make promises to him. When we're caught up in doubt, we must focus on who God is and what He has promised.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 7
    The Story of Exodus Part 7
    Duração: 42min | 21/01/2018

    The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt and conditions became worse after Moses demanded that Pharaoh let them go. Instead of being angry at their taskmasters, the people turned on Moses. We don't want freedom when the price is too high.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 6
    The Story of Exodus Part 6
    Duração: 39min | 14/01/2018

    At the burning bush, God answered every one of the objections Moses raised with basically the same answer: "I will do this." When Moses finally just asks God to send someone else, he is admitting his lack of faith and trust. How often do we do the same?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 5
    The Story of Exodus Part 5
    Duração: 31min | 07/01/2018

    God tells Moses to go to Egypt and free Israel. Moses offers excuses for why he shouldn't. God asked Moses what he had in his hand (a shepherd's rod), and showed him how it would authenticate his message. What's holding you back? What's in your hand?

  • The Story of Exodus Part 4
    The Story of Exodus Part 4
    Duração: 30min | 31/12/2017

    God reveals himself to Moses in a burning bush that doesn't get consumed by the fire. He gives Moses a mission and even more importantly, his previously undisclosed name: I Am. In this week's message, Will Buschmann explores what it means to say "God Is."

  • The Story of Exodus Part 3
    The Story of Exodus Part 3
    Duração: 25min | 17/12/2017

    Before Moses could deliver Israel, he had to be delivered himself. Pharaoh's daughter rescues an infant Moses from the river. Later, he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God over the passing pleasures of sin as a member of Pharaoh's household.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 2
    The Story of Exodus Part 2
    Duração: 36min | 10/12/2017

    The birth of Moses came after Israel spent 400 years in captivity. During Advent, we remember Jesus coming into the world after 400 years of silence after the last of the prophets. Jesus leads us out of slavery to sin like Moses led Israel out from Egypt.

  • The Story of Exodus Part 1
    The Story of Exodus Part 1
    Duração: 25min | 03/12/2017

    The story of Exodus is a journey from bondage to freedom, and we begin by looking back to Genesis. The way out is by finding the way into a relationship with God, and both of these are the same man: Jesus. This season of Advent, we remember his coming.

  • The Psalms Part 24
    The Psalms Part 24
    Duração: 25min | 26/11/2017

    Our series from the psalms concludes with the first of five consecutive psalms of praise. The psalmist praises God who dispenses both mercy and justice. If we honestly have faith in that same God, we will lead lives characterized by the same traits.

  • The Psalms Part 23
    The Psalms Part 23
    Duração: 28min | 19/11/2017

    God knows everything about you: everything you do, say and think. Despite knowing you better than anyone else ever could, he loves you and has declared you righteous. From before you existed, God has seen and ordained every day of your life.

  • The Psalms Part 22
    The Psalms Part 22
    Duração: 32min | 12/11/2017

    Martin Luther said this psalm was one of his favorites because the gospel was evident in it. He even wrote a hymn, "From Depths of Woe I Raise to Thee" based on Psalm 130. Pastor Sam Kastensmidt unveils God's tender love for us, expressed in this psalm.

  • The Psalms Part 21
    The Psalms Part 21
    Duração: 54min | 05/11/2017

    The psalmist praises God because he is an abundantly available help in time of trouble--both trouble from within and from without. Pastor Matt Lomenick addresses the tricky subject of mental health, with a panel discussion at the end.

  • The Psalms Part 20
    The Psalms Part 20
    Duração: 31min | 29/10/2017

    We don't ask questions when evil or careless people suffer. We see it as the consequence of their choices. But what about when GOOD people suffer? That's the setting for Psalm 44, and while the answer might not be what we want, it's likely what we need.

  • The Psalms Part 19
    The Psalms Part 19
    Duração: 25min | 22/10/2017

    What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist? When we are gone, will anyone remember our name? This psalm finds David asking these sorts of existential questions. The answer from God is that any life can have significant meaning if it is given over to Him.

  • The Psalms Part 18
    The Psalms Part 18
    Duração: 29min | 15/10/2017

    Psalm 38 finds David suffering; He knows why and never protests his innocence. He understands that he is experiencing the discipline and rebuke of the Lord. However, sometimes pain comes without that understanding. How can we bear up under either kind?

  • The Psalms Part 17
    The Psalms Part 17
    Duração: 24min | 08/10/2017

    David's distress drove him to God, and to publicly stake his fate on God before his family and a watching world. As a result, the peril was good, though he probably didn't call it such at the moment. Is it time to change a label on something in your life?

  • The Psalms Part 16
    The Psalms Part 16
    Duração: 35min | 01/10/2017

    Who are God's righteous ones? Those whom God has decided may live on his holy mountain, what is unique about them? This psalm describes many of the character elements that should mark the lives of these people. Pastor Matt Lomenick brings us the message.

  • The Psalms Part 15
    The Psalms Part 15
    Duração: 32min | 24/09/2017

    Praise is not optional; it's missional. We should not hide our praise from others because God has given it TO us, FOR them. It's good for them! Moreover, praise is good for our own soul. So why aren't we more open in our praise? The answer is right here.

  • The Psalms Part 14
    The Psalms Part 14
    Duração: 27min | 17/09/2017

    Probably the most famous of all the psalms, Psalm 23 is packed with metaphors that explain the care Jesus takes of his sheep. Who are these sheep? Those who recognize his voice and follow him when he calls. A message of comfort for those in the storm.

  • The Psalms Part 12
    The Psalms Part 12
    Duração: 37min | 27/08/2017

    About forgiveness, David writes that having your sins covered, and your iniquities remembered no more, makes one truly blessed. The opposite of which is the oppressive weight of unconfessed sin. But God is forever ready to surround us in steadfast love.

  • The Psalms Part 11
    The Psalms Part 11
    Duração: 34min | 20/08/2017

    Psalm 22 is the Psalm of the Cross. Jesus himself quotes verse one as he hung on the cross dying for our sins. The prophetic descriptions in this psalm are especially remarkable because they were made long before the invention of crucifixion.

  • The Psalms Part 10
    The Psalms Part 10
    Duração: 31min | 13/08/2017

    The psalms are Israel's book of worship. A collection of songs and poems with a central message that God alone can be trusted. They record the many ways in which we come under attack and how we cannot rely on ourselves or anyone but God for deliverance.

  • The Psalms Part 9
    The Psalms Part 9
    Duração: 30min | 06/08/2017

    Psalm 19 is a psalm of praise and perspective. Set against the backdrop of the universe, we are a speck living on a speck of a planet located in a speck of a galaxy. However, we are important enough to God that he sacrificed himself for us. How marvelous!

  • The Psalms Part 8
    The Psalms Part 8
    Duração: 32min | 30/07/2017

    Some psalms are praise psalms. They celebrate God's greatness and goodness, his lordship over the created order, and his commitment to saving his people in their mission to rule the earth. He does this so that his name would be majestic in all the earth.

  • The Psalms Part 7
    The Psalms Part 7
    Duração: 31min | 23/07/2017

    David passionately appeals to God regarding those who falsely accuse him. When we face injustice in our own lives, how do we react? Do we seek vengeance, or do we find refuge in God? Our Director of Student Ministries, Mason Brown, brings us the message.

  • The Psalms Part 6
    The Psalms Part 6
    Duração: 29min | 16/07/2017

    In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon tells us plainly that there will be times of sorrow in our lives. Worship pastor Ryan Brasington brings us the message from Psalm 6 this week, exploring what role hope plays in sustaining us through stress and sorrow.

  • The Psalms Part 5
    The Psalms Part 5
    Duração: 28min | 09/07/2017

    A psalm of lament? What does that mean? Our Director of Renewal Scott Carson tells us it says that it's okay to be honest with your tears, your pain, and your fear. However, those things never replace calling out to God in prayer, forever praising him.

  • The Psalms Part 4
    The Psalms Part 4
    Duração: 55min | 02/07/2017

    All of us face pressure, that's part of life. But, for each of us, there comes a time when pressure feels extreme. David found himself in that position, and he recognized that while God was his deliverance, that might not be from pressure, but through it.

  • The Psalms Part 3
    The Psalms Part 3
    Duração: 31min | 25/06/2017

    David had lost control of his kingdom, and the usurper was his son, Absalom. A well-planned coup, executed over time, leaving David virtually alone. How David reacted, both spiritually and practically, give us a blueprint for our own stressful situations.

  • The Psalms Part 2
    The Psalms Part 2
    Duração: 30min | 18/06/2017

    Psalm 2 declares that the Lord will ultimately judge all, and there is no refuge from him. However, while we cannot find refuge FROM the king, we CAN find shelter IN him. The wise will kiss the son (submit to Christ) and find blessed refuge in the king.

  • The Psalms Part 1
    The Psalms Part 1
    Duração: 45min | 11/06/2017

    Ryan Brasington introduces our new series of messages covering the Psalms. (About the audio quality: The recorder at our sound table did not correctly record the message. We extracted audio from another source, but it has some echo in it. We apologize.)

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 29
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 29
    Duração: 36min | 04/06/2017

    The Day of Pentecost, where God poured out his Holy Spirit on the disciples and gave the church everything it needs to spread the gospel through the entire world. How does that happen and what does a Holy Spirit-filled life look like?

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 28
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 28
    Duração: 36min | 28/05/2017

    Jesus gathered with his disciples in the upper room, but the location wasn't important. What he said to them and what he prayed for them is what matters. Jesus wanted his disciples to have unity. The gospel changes our tendency toward petty divisions.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 27
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 27
    Duração: 31min | 21/05/2017

    When we love someone, there is no limit to what we do to please them. Jesus gives his disciples a very simple list--if they love him, keep his commandments. Simple, yet nearly impossible without help. Jesus promises we will have a Helper, the Holy Spirit.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 26
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 26
    Duração: 29min | 14/05/2017

    Most who know anything at all about the life of Jesus like him. Even if they don't believe he is God they think he was a good man. Jesus clearly claimed to be God, however, and this week we hear his polarizing declaration to be the exclusive path to God.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 25
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 25
    Duração: 37min | 07/05/2017

    "I am the good shepherd" is one of eight "I am" statements by Jesus. He explains the relationship between sheep and their shepherd to his disciples. Later Jesus tells Peter to shepherd his sheep, and so we also shepherd on his behalf until he comes again.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 24
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 24
    Duração: 42min | 30/04/2017

    In Luke 24, Jesus meets two of his disciples after the resurrection. Jesus conceals his identity and spends time teaching them before revealing who he was. Those disciples are then sent out to be witnesses to the risen Christ, just as he sends us today.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 23
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 23
    Duração: 46min | 22/04/2017

    The resurrection wasn't the end of Jesus' story; it began another chapter. He appeared to his disciples, and many others as well, overcoming all their skepticism about his return. Pastor Matt brings a great message about faith and the reasons for doubt.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 22
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 22
    Duração: 36min | 16/04/2017

    Easter Sunday message: The resurrection of Jesus is both a reasonable and highly controversial explanation for the empty tomb. Without the resurrection, there is no gospel, but you don't have to give up your brain to believe that it happened.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 21
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 21
    Duração: 38min | 09/04/2017

    Palm Sunday celebrates the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Jesus, however, wasn't there to conquer, he had come to die. He was, therefore, the unexpected king. Holy Week is an opportunity to introduce others to your King and tell them his story.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 20
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 20
    Duração: 34min | 02/04/2017

    A close friend of Jesus called Lazarus fell ill and, when Jesus didn't heal him, died. Jesus raised him from the dead, so those observing might believe. The Gospel changes how we think about death, while Jesus receives us even though we carry its stench.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 19
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 19
    Duração: 35min | 26/03/2017

    Jesus encounters a man who was born blind. First Jesus restores the man's physical sight, then later gives him spiritual sight so he could see Jesus was the Messiah. God can use dark and difficult things to bring spiritual light to us and those around us.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 18
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 18
    Duração: 36min | 19/03/2017

    Living water is another phrase commonly heard around churches, but what does it mean? Is it really water? Tom Hendrikse relates the story of Jesus and the woman at the well to answer those questions, and we learn that the Gospel changes what satisfies us.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 17
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 17
    Duração: 31min | 12/03/2017

    You must be born again. That is a popular phrase among evangelicals, but what exactly does it mean? Sam Lamerson, President of Knox Seminary, examines a conversation between Jesus and a religious leader named Nicodemus to provide us with the answer.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 16
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 16
    Duração: 36min | 05/03/2017

    All of us have faced temptation, and we will face it again in the future. How we prepare ourselves in advance for this happening will largely determine how successful we are in dealing with it. The gospel changes how we face temptation.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 15
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 15
    Duração: 33min | 26/02/2017

    Everyone suffers at some point, it is inevitable. Jesus promises us that it will happen, but he tells us that's okay because he has overcome the world by suffering himself. The gospel changes how we suffer by guaranteeing our suffering will end in glory.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 14
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 14
    Duração: 36min | 19/02/2017

    Our series on gospel living continues. Who is your neighbor? For most people, neighbors are others who look like them, think like them, and act like them. But God has a different definition for you. When you see someone in need, THAT is your neighbor.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 13
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 13
    Duração: 40min | 12/02/2017

    When it comes to living as the renewing agents of God, obedience matters. Why? Because the law of God reflects the nature and character of God. When we, in love, obey God's law, the character and worth of our invisible God is made visible to the world.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 12
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 12
    Duração: 41min | 05/02/2017

    We continue in the Sermon on the Mount and come to the part of Matthew chapter 5 where Jesus tells us we are "salt" and "light." What does he mean by those words? Answering that question is part of understanding how the Gospel changes everything.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 11
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 11
    Duração: 29min | 29/01/2017

    In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells his disciples that the change to come in the Kingdom begins today with a change in their hearts. The Beatitudes declare that the path to true and unending happiness starts when the Gospel changes everything.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 10
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 10
    Duração: 29min | 22/01/2017

    Living as the renewing agents of God requires us to surrender absolutely everything to God (in whom we gain absolutely everything). It's scary; something we have to do every day. But why is it scary for you? And what would it take for you to give it away?

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 9
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 9
    Duração: 30min | 15/01/2017

    The Bible calls Jesus the Lamb of God. Where does that come from and what does it mean? In the same way, as we have to know who we are not, for the Gospel to change everything, we must know who Jesus is.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 8
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 8
    Duração: 36min | 08/01/2017

    When we live for God's mission, we are his renewing agents in this world, bringing the Gospel to individuals for their personal renewal and renewing the world itself. One required attribute is humility: Knowing who we are and who we are NOT.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 7
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 7
    Duração: 25min | 31/12/2016

    From the murderous act of a savage tyrant, King Herod, it seems unlikely that we will find a word of comfort. Dr. Warren Gage examines the prophecy fulfilled by Herod's slaughtering children, and that trail leads us to the God of all comfort.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 6
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 6
    Duração: 25min | 25/12/2016

    John 3:16 is the best-known verse in the Bible; even unbelievers recognize it. The original Greek gives an indication what word the writer was emphasizing the most. It's the word "so," a word of measure, and God's measure is vaster than we can comprehend.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 5
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 5
    Duração: 21min | 24/12/2016

    An understanding of what Christmas is begins with sorting out what Christmas is not. Pastor Tom Hendrikse has one shining example of the latter, in the "fake vs. real" debate. This recording is from our Christmas Eve 2016 service.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 4
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 4
    Duração: 30min | 18/12/2016

    We marvel at Mary's willingness to be God's servant, and rightly so. What of Joseph, however? God's plan to save his people would cost Joseph everything as well. In the end, Joseph considered God's plan to be worth everything he had. And it was--and is.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 3
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 3
    Duração: 35min | 11/12/2016

    God is making everything new again, through Jesus Christ and his power in us as renewing agents. This renewal won't finish until the Second Coming, but this mission is worth our giving everything to it. This week we see a perfect example of this in Mary.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 2
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 2
    Duração: 40min | 04/12/2016

    John the Baptist is one of the most significant characters in the Bible. As we go through the season of Advent, the time of longing for our King to come, looking at John's ministry clearly shows how God brought all of prophecy together in Jesus Christ.

  • The Gospel Changes Everything Part 1
    The Gospel Changes Everything Part 1
    Duração: 36min | 27/11/2016

    Jesus told his disciples that he would return someday to make all of creation new again. Those who believe the gospel, who are already made new on the inside, should live expectantly, looking for his return to happen at any time. But do we? If not, why?

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 52
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 52
    Duração: 33min | 20/11/2016

    Thorn in the flesh is an evocative phrase. The emotional context is usually negative. You want to avoid a thorn in the flesh, or remove it, and get past it as fast as possible. Paul has a different perspective. Thorns are given to us by God for a purpose.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 51
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 51
    Duração: 44min | 13/11/2016

    You become like your gospel. While there is only one true gospel, there are any number of false ones. The true gospel of grace alone through faith alone because of the work of Christ alone is the only one that can produce a balanced life.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 50
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 50
    Duração: 24min | 06/11/2016

    What does the gospel inspire? We've seen it inspires generosity and makes us cheerful in giving. This week our study shows that the gospel anchors us to Christ and in doing so sets us free. When Christ is our home, we stop seeking the world's approval.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 49
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 49
    Duração: 36min | 30/10/2016

    Our discussion of generosity continues with 2 Corinthians chapter 9. Worship giving, or the tithe, puts your money in right relationship with God, while Missional or free will giving puts your money in right use for the Lord. Generosity exposes our heart.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 48
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 48
    Duração: 35min | 23/10/2016

    On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of our church, we take a look back at its rich history while looking ahead to the next 75 years. Paul's message from 2 Corinthians chapter 8 is that the gospel makes you generous. That's a hard word, but a good one.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 47
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 47
    Duração: 39min | 16/10/2016

    There are some hard words in scripture, and we don't mean hard to pronounce. Some words are just hard to hear, especially when we trust the canon of our culture more than the Bible. However, God brings those hard words so we might have freedom in life.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 46
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 46
    Duração: 36min | 09/10/2016

    Faced with false teachers trying to lure away the Corinthian believers, Paul responds with a blunt discussion of how he had suffered for the gospel. As hard as it is to hear, Christians should expect to suffer. But God will always bring life out of death.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 45
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 45
    Duração: 43min | 02/10/2016

    When it comes to the life of a Christian in this world, the goal is fruitfulness. Genuine faith will bear fruit. How do we get our minds off our condition and focused on bearing fruit for God? By seeing the Christ of the cross as the Christ on his throne.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 44
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 44
    Duração: 25min | 25/09/2016

    Does what we do matter? Yes, of course. If that makes us afraid, Pastor Matt Lomenick shares the following with us in this week's message: "The good news is, the God who made you will give you purpose in life and he will give you peace in death."

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 43
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 43
    Duração: 38min | 18/09/2016

    Weakness, sorrow, and suffering: three words that describe a lot of human existence. Our impulse is to do whatever we can to avoid or escape from them. Paul teaches us to focus on what remains when everything mortal falls away; The life of Christ in us.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 42
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 42
    Duração: 34min | 11/09/2016

    Obedience. That's a word to strike fear into the hearts of most churchgoers. We know it's important to obey God, but why? Understanding why we practice obedience frees us from fear of failure and doesn't contradict the gospel of grace.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 41
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 41
    Duração: 43min | 04/09/2016

    After pouring himself into starting the church at Corinth, Paul faced opposition from some of the very same people he loved so much. The only way to deal with that kind of heartache and stress is to have faith in a God who brings resurrection.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 40
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 40
    Duração: 38min | 28/08/2016

    At the very beginning of Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, he addresses an issue of truthfulness. Some had accused him of saying one thing and doing another. The Holy Spirit through Paul gives us answers about transparent living and accountability.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 39
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 39
    Duração: 33min | 21/08/2016

    At the start of his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul raises the issue of suffering. Tom Hendrikse asks and answers two questions many believers have when facing hard times. Why do we suffer? And where do we find hope in the midst of our suffering?

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 38
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 38
    Duração: 44min | 14/08/2016

    Paul's letter to the Corinthians ends with a few business matters and personal mentions of some who were vital to his ministry. Pastor Tom Hendrikse shares his story about the path that led him to our church and asks, who is in your Faith Hall of Fame?

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 37
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 37
    Duração: 37min | 07/08/2016

    The heart of the Christian faith is a promise. God promises that just as he brought Jesus back from the dead, so he will also resurrect you. Even better, Paul says that the bodies we pick back up will be infinitely better than the ones we lay down.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 36
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 36
    Duração: 44min | 31/07/2016

    We live in uncertain times in a scary world. The 24-hour news cycle delivers dark despair to our smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions. Is there hope? Yes! For what can the world take from us that God will not restore at the resurrection?

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 35
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 35
    Duração: 44min | 24/07/2016

    The resurrection of Christ is the heart of the gospel. If Jesus did not return from the dead, we are doomed to a pitiable life of self-denial culminating in a meaningless death. Can you be sure of the resurrection? Absolutely. This week we explain how.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 34
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 34
    Duração: 36min | 17/07/2016

    A discussion of gender roles is vital for the church, but gender roles have so often been abused that we're afraid to have it. Because this week's passage has been part of the controversy, Pastor Matt gives a thoughtful, thorough answer from God's word.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 33
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 33
    Duração: 30min | 09/07/2016

    Paul continues with his instruction to pursue love, specifically that we would be unified in our diversity through love for each other and for God. A message about not letting our gifts and differences divide us, that we would always build each other up.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 32
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 32
    Duração: 43min | 02/07/2016

    You could perform the greatest deeds imaginable, demonstrate every possible gift, but if you do not have love, you are empty and your deeds are meaningless as far as God is concerned. This part of Paul's letter isn't just for weddings--it's for all of us!

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 30
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 30
    Duração: 34min | 19/06/2016

    In this week's passage from his letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul deals with issues of respect and gender roles in public worship. And we find ourselves dealing with the sensitive issue of gender identification. A moving and heartfelt message.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 29
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 29
    Duração: 37min | 12/06/2016

    Who or what is your greatest desire? Will it result in a temporary crown in this life or an imperishable one in eternity? This week, Paul explains how gaining control over ourselves--which is a fruit of the Spirit--is vital to reaching that eternal prize.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 28
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 28
    Duração: 39min | 05/06/2016

    There's no question that we love our sense of entitlement. Looking out for ourselves is baked into our humanity. This week, the Apostle Paul tells us that life isn't about what's good for us, it's about what's good for the gospel. Live to share it!

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 27
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 27
    Duração: 31min | 29/05/2016

    Paul takes on the topic of meat that was offered to idols. Now before you go check this one off the list, you should realize that the principles being taught are timeless and apply to things other than meat and idols. Strengths and weaknesses abound.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 26
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 26
    Duração: 39min | 22/05/2016

    What sexual ethic does the Bible teach? What is permitted, and what is not? And what about same sex attraction? What does God ask of those who are gay? Marriage, singleness, and celibacy are all part of this week's message. Not graphic, but adult themes.

  • The Better Place
    The Better Place
    Duração: 29min | 15/05/2016

    It shouldn't take much to make the case that the world around us is broken. Sickness, death, sorrow, and pain are all a part of our everyday reality. There is a better place: heaven. What makes it better, though? Dr. Sam Lamerson answers that question.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 25
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 25
    Duração: 26min | 08/05/2016

    God's sexual ethic versus the sexual ethic of the world around us. One leads to freedom and the other to bondage. Is it true that sex is just an appetite, like hunger? How do we recover from our past and safeguard our future?

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 24
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 24
    Duração: 36min | 01/05/2016

    Real faith shows up in real ways in our real lives. This week, Tom Hendrikse explores how we ought to live differently when it comes to disputes and lawsuits. The wisdom of the world is once again diametrically opposed to the wisdom of God.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 23
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 23
    Duração: 32min | 24/04/2016

    What is the value of community? In this week's text from 1st Corinthians, Paul writes about the community of faith protecting itself. From what? From the dangers of hypocrisy. If we allow it to remain without opposition, it will eventually poison us all.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 22
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 22
    Duração: 29min | 17/04/2016

    The wisdom of the world says to be proud of yourself and your accomplishments. This wisdom of God says to be humble and not more proud of yourself than you ought to be. Pastor Tom Hendrikse explains why we should right-size our egos--and how to do that.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 21
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 21
    Duração: 36min | 10/04/2016

    Foolishness and wisdom, it's easy to tell them apart, right? Maybe not. Paul declares that the ability to discern between foolishness and wisdom comes from the Spirit of God. So the question is, are we listening to Him or are we deciding for ourselves?

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 20
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 20
    Duração: 41min | 03/04/2016

    The message of the cross seems foolish, to those who are perishing. Paul's letter to the Corinthian church declares this, even as it makes clear to us that this same message is our only source of power. God's wisdom can only be found through the gospel.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 19
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 19
    Duração: 29min | 27/03/2016

    Believers at Corinth were divided by which prominent teacher they chose to follow. Paul chastised them for this disunity. He declared Jesus had sent him to preach the gospel, but not with eloquent speech lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 18
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 18
    Duração: 42min | 20/03/2016

    Corinth was a wealthy, liberal port city much like Fort Lauderdale. Paul's letter opens by sharing how thankful he was for the church there, and reminding them that they would find their true security in their relationship with God.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 17
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 17
    Duração: 33min | 13/03/2016

    In the story of finding a wife for Isaac, Abraham's son, you have a father, his son, the father's servant, and the son's bride. The church is both the bride and the servant in this story, and we are each asked a question: Will you go?

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 16
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 16
    Duração: 27min | 06/03/2016

    Ownership is a word that provokes feelings of pride and responsibility. Determining who owns something is a cornerstone of our legal system. Who owns what we have: our time, talents, and treasure? Here's a hint: it's not us.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 15
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 15
    Duração: 39min | 28/02/2016

    Money is a topic often avoided around churches, but Jesus had no such reluctance. He tells us quite plainly why we shouldn't invest in the temporary things of this world and why we SHOULD invest in the kingdom of heaven--then explains why we often don't.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 14
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 14
    Duração: 34min | 21/02/2016

    What is the value of the kingdom of God? For that matter just what IS the kingdom of God? Pastor Tom Hendrikse answers the second question but Jesus answers the first. Because only the man from heaven could accurately say what the kingdom of God is worth.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 13
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 13
    Duração: 31min | 14/02/2016

    We wrap up looking at the new heavens and the new earth with a message about the new city. John's vision is a picture that delivers a powerful message: the new city isn't a place, it's people. People with their God not far off, but at their center.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 12
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 12
    Duração: 43min | 07/02/2016

    The description of the heavenly city communicates more than its appearance. It tells us that the city is made up of living stones, those are the church--the bride of Christ. It is also the fulfilled promise of the perfection that was lost back in Eden.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 11
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 11
    Duração: 40min | 31/01/2016

    Life in the new heavens and the new earth is described poetically in the book of Revelation, but practically and comforting as well. Looking ahead to the world that will be should give us strong motivation to share the Gospel with those who are thirsty.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 10
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 10
    Duração: 41min | 24/01/2016

    The world that was, the one created in Genesis chapter one, ended in a great flood of judgment. The world that is, the one we live in, will also end in judgment one day. We should be waiting for, and hastening, that great and singular day of the Lord.

  • Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 9
    Living in the Rhythm of Grace Part 9
    Duração: 39min | 17/01/2016

    Noah and the ark. What is that story about? God's judgment and salvation? True, but it's also about a man who valued, loved, and trusted God enough to be faithful and patient, no matter what. He is our example of how to live in a world bound for judgment.

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