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ENDGAME: The Cost of Victory
 
 Victory always comes at a cost. Jesus had one mission. God’s favorite creation, humanity, was held captive by death and the Evil One. Victory could come only one way. Death wanted its prize. Jesus knew the endgame, and God would do anything to rescue us! Jesus takes on death and the resurrection proves his victory! Join us as we follow Jesus towards his ENDGAME, the quest to save us all!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“UnBELIEVEable: Creation”

UNBELIEVABLE
Message 1: The Beginning
 
Hasn’t science proven the bible wrong? Isn’t old fashioned Christianity narrow-minded and mean? Some of these “unbelievable” beliefs lay the foundation for faith. In our series UNBELIEVABLE, we take a look at how sometimes a leap of faith is the smartest thing to do. Some things are too good not to be true.
 
Key Points:
– What we BELIEVE about the beginning directs our other beliefs
– We BELIEVE there exists one present, personal, all-powerful God.
– Only a present, personal, all-powerful God can give value, meaning & hope.
– A present, personal God requires a present, personal response.
– The best news is that Good News begins with the God.
 
Further Conversation
1. What is one hope you have for this new year?
2. What are some of the common beliefs or theories concerning “the beginning” of all things?
3. Read Genesis 1:1-5 How would explain to someone what it means to believe there is a present, personal, all-powerful God?
4. What value does God give to us? What meaning? What hope?
5. Read Jeremiah 29:11-14 How important is it to you to believe that God has a plan and a purpose for your life? Why?
6. Read John 14:1-6. How important is it to you to believe that God has prepared a place for you for all eternity? Why?
7. A present, personal God requires a present, personal response. How are you responding to God presently?
8. Who do you know that really needs to hear some Good News about a God who loves them? When will you tell them?

Daily Devotion: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Nehemiah 6:1-9
I remember the great challenge of choosing to live out my faith in college and make wiser decisions. I had lived a wild lifestyle and ran with some crazy guys. When I decided I couldn’t live that way any more, they were not supportive. Oh, they didn’t purposefully seek to sabotage my choices. They simply kept asking me to join them. I loved those guys. But I knew I had to stay focused and live with purpose. I had to make hard decisions to avoid going with them. Just like Nehemiah, I had to keep myself away from those seeking to distract me from what I knew I must do. What purpose are you living for? What or who are the distractions in your life?
Pray: Almighty God, I want to live a life of purpose and engage in great work for you. Please give me clarity & strength to focus.
 
Tuesday – Romans 12:1-2
How do you decide what to wear? The days of making clothing are long gone for most of our society. Now, we must shop. But where do you shop? Why do you choose those places? Why those styles? Even the most frugal among us must recognize that popular opinion shapes our decisions. (I don’t see anyone wearing bell-bottoms or polyester leisure suits anymore). The world pushes hard to conform us into its mold, and it happens in many other ways than simply fashion. Paul reminds us that real worship is where we commit our entire selves to Christ and we are transformed into HIS likeness. What decisions are you making, and who is influencing you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, you know the pressure the world puts on me to conform to its ways. Today, I offer myself to you to be transformed.
 
Wednesday – Matthew 5:13-16
I noticed something odd in my living room the other day. We’ve used two large textbooks under a lamp to elevate a lamp… the lamp now sits higher. It all looks and works well sitting on an end table. What struck me is all the effort the writers must have put into crafting two books that simply sit under a lamp. What would they think of all their effort. I bet they were proud of the books. Would they be proud now? We were created for a purpose. Jesus saves us for a purpose. We are meant to be salt and light to a dark world desperate for healing. Yet many of us ignore or avoid our purpose. How about you? Are you living with purpose or are just decoration?
Pray: Creator God, I know I was created for a purpose. I know you have a desire for my life. Help me live into your purpose today.
 
Thursday – Matthew 6:19-33
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” This is a challenging statement. We have bills to pay. Many of us have families to feed. We have jobs to do. We have bosses to please. Each demand puts pressure on us and influences the decisions we make. If I don’t please the boss, will my family eat? Around and around we go. Yet Jesus paints a different picture. When pressure and worry mount, lean into the Jesus. Trust the LORD. Do the right, righteous, and good things that are pleasing to God. Do so, and God’s promise remains. God will take care of us. Where do you feel pressure and worry? What might God be calling you to do in these moments?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I want to trust you. I need to trust and obey you. When worry hits, help me focus my attention on your purpose.
 
Friday – Jeremiah 1:4-8
“Do or do not. There is no try.” This is a famous Yoda quote from the movie Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. If you can look past the puppet, the line presents a profound truth. So often we allow a fear of failure or our fear of incompetence to dissuade us from doing the things we know we can and should do. Therefore, we say we will “try.” What we really mean is that we will put forth minimal effort because we are convinced we will fail. Jeremiah feared what God was asking of him. God reminds him that he was created with purpose. You can have confidence that you can do what God has called you to do. Even in failure there is great lessons to learn. We can do the things God has asked. Do you have confidence in God? What holds you back from your purpose?
Pray: Holy Spirit, remind me today who and whose I am. I am yours. You have made me with purpose. I will DO your will today.
 
Saturday – Luke 4:18-20
Jesus knew his purpose. In the middle of the synagogue he boldly read these words from Isaiah. Everyone knew the implication. These words were written concerning the Messiah, the coming Savior of God. The people we astonished, dumbfounded, even angry. Who did Jesus think he was? Yet Jesus knew exactly who he was…and he wasn’t going to allow the crowd to dissuade him. Who has God called you to be? What is your purpose? What great work are you focused on completing? What pain must you work through? What distractions must you ignore? Live with purpose from God.
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, thank you for your love and work in my life this week. I want to live my life with purpose, pleasing You.

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“Christmas at the Movies: A Christmas Carol”


Christmas at the Movies
Message 4: Scrooge (1970)
 
It’s tradition. The Christmas movies we watch every year bring us back to the joy and hope and laughter we long for. This sermon series is about remembering the greatest story ever told through some great Christmas movie classics…
 
Key Points:
-What will it take to change my life?
-We have what we need, but we often ignore what we have.
-Nothing can change the human heart except surrender.
 
-I can not change anyone except myself
-I can surrender myself and influence others
 
Further Conversation
1. With all of the different versions and retellings of “A Christmas Carol,” which is your favorite? Why?
2. Why do you think Ebenezer Scrooge chose to live life differently at the end of the story? What changed his heart?
3. Why do you think it is so hard for people to change?
4. Read Luke 16:19-31 Why is the rich man suffering? How has suffering changed or not changed his heart?
5. Nothing can change the human heart except surrender. Do you agree with this statement? Why is surrender so difficult?
6. How does “humble surrender” change someone?
7. How can or does humility influence others? What kind of influence are you having on others?
8. What will change about you this coming year? How?

Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Genesis 1:26-31
My wife loves to watch HGTV, especially the show “Fixer Upper.” Chip and Joanna Gaines take run-down homes and make them beautiful. This couple has a unique ability to see what could be. Many of us struggle to see the beauty in people, especially ourselves. We know where we fall short. Yet, this was never our design. God made each and every one of us as an image-bearer of God. Sin has caused brokenness and damage. But Jesus makes broken people beautiful. Reread this passage. Allow God to remind you of your intended design and your original beauty. Will you let Jesus take your brokenness and make it beautiful again?
Pray: Creator God, I wish I saw myself and others as you do. Please help me see what could be and let Jesus make heal my brokenness.
 
Tuesday – Revelation 21:1-7
Happy New Year! People make all kinds of resolutions for a new year. Gym memberships increase. People start dieting. They begin new reading routines. People make all sorts of promises of living a better life at the beginning of every new year. What are some of your resolutions for the new year? How long do you think you’ll keep them? This passage prophesies of the moment God’s promise is fulfilled. Can you imagine that moment? God with us! From beginning to end, the Bible is an unfolding revelation of God’s desire and promise to be with us! And it is a promise God will keep. How can God’s promise shape your resolutions this new year?
Pray: Almighty God, you will keep your promises and one day this passage will come true. Help me live into your faithfulness in 2019.
 
Wednesday – Matthew 8:1-4
I’m not a fan of changing diapers. Is anyone? One diaper haunts my memory. The mess exploded out the diaper, up the back, and all over the place. I didn’t know if I could physically clean up my 3 month old son. I was so grossed out. Leprosy had that effect on people in Jesus’ day. People ran in horror from Lepers. They were ostracized and alone as the disease ran its course. Yet here, Jesus does something breathtakingly compassionate. He reaches out his hand to touch the man. My life can feel like a mess. This passage reminds me that I am never too far gone, never so broken, that Jesus would be unwilling to reach out to me. Will you let Jesus?
Pray: Jesus, help me experience your compassion and care. Let me feel your love, and know your healing. I need you today.
 
Thursday – Genesis 4:6-7
I watched the strangest show the other day. It was a documentary about people with crazy (and unhealthy) obsessions and addictions. One person obsessively ate mattresses (yes mattresses) for 20 years. Another slept with a running hair dryer. Another snorted baby powder. Each of these persons was doing immeasurable harm to their bodies. Why would they do these things? Even they didn’t have a good answer. All they knew is that they felt compelled to continue. Sin is much like this for us. We don’t know why, but we continually rebel against God. We want our way, even when it causes ourselves, others, or our soul great harm. Sin wants to devour us. We must be aware. How can you stay aware today?
Pray: Heavenly Father, you want the best for me. Yet I know sin is lurching, eager to grab me. Help me stay close to you and aware.
 
Friday – Psalm 139
God knows us. God knows us better than we know ourselves. God knows our thoughts and our desires. God knows our potential for good and our potential for evil. And God knows because God made us with and for all of this. How does it make you feel that God knows you that well? But here is a good question… if God knows we can and will choose evil, will voluntarily SIN, will make decisions based on our addiction to ourselves…why doesn’t he stop us? I believe it’s because in God’s love for us God hopes for our best. God loves us too much to control us. Instead God reaches out to us. Through Jesus God provided the way for our best. God knows, and lets us choose. What are you choosing and chasing this week?
Pray: Loving Father, you know all my sickness and sin. Yet in Jesus, you gave me hope and opportunity. Help me trust you today..
 
Saturday – Matthew 25:1-13
How long was your marriage engagement period? Some are short, some last years. For those who follow Jesus, we continue to wait. Jesus pledged to return for us. We are betrothed, promised in marriage to Jesus. Will we be ready, prepared, eager when he returns? Waiting can bred frustration, laziness, or even distain. How are you using this time of waiting for Jesus? What can we as a church do to make the most of this time? As we start this knew year right, preparing ourselves and sharing with our community that promised return of Jesus Christ?
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, thank you for your love and work in my life this week. Please help me trust and obey you, living for you, knowing that Jesus will return for His bride, The Church!

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“Christmas at the Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life”

Week 1: Its a Wonderful Life
 
It’s tradition. The Christmas movies we watch every year bring us back to the joy and hope and laughter we long for. This sermon series is about remembering the greatest story ever told through some great Christmas movie classics..
 
Key Points:
What if Jesus was never born?
Without Jesus, we are trying to please a more powerful Deity.
Without Jesus, we are trying to experience the unknown.
Without Jesus, we worry we are failures.
-When religion & spirituality were our only option, Jesus invites into a relationship with the living God.
Remember, no one is a failure who is a friend of Jesus.
 
Further Conversation
1. Have you ever watched “Its A Wonderful Life”? Why do you think we create family traditions around certain movies & stories? 2. Clarence gives George a glimpse at life as if he never existed. He calls it a “great gift.” Would you want it? What might you see? 3. What do you think your life would be like without Jesus? 4. What is hard in practicing Religion (trying to please God)? What is hard about seeking Spirituality (experiencing the unknown)? 5. Read Matthew 1:18-25 How does Jesus solve the problems of Religion & Spirituality? What does Jesus offer instead? 6. Read John 15:12-15 What is necessary in a relationship with Jesus? What is your relationship like with Jesus? 7. What steps do you need to take to better your relationship with Jesus? How can you share your friendship with Jesus with others?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Numbers 6:22-27
I remember laying on a gurney in the Emergency Room. I was in such pain, having significantly broken my ankle. Everything changed when my dad walked in. The pain didn’t go away. The ankle didn’t miraculously heal. But somehow, my dad’s presence, his compassionate smile, and his strong hand holding mine gave me peace and confidence. Its like he loaned me his strength. Not everyone has an earthly father like that. But this blessing in Numbers 6:24-26 reminds us that God is a Heavenly Father eager to provide the same presence, compassionate smile, and peace. May you know God’s blessing. May God smile on you. May you experience his favor and receive his peace this week and forever!
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for desiring to be truly present in our lives. May we welcome you, knowing and receiving your Peace.
 
Tuesday – Isaiah 54:10
What does trust look like to you? My children take bigger risks in my presence. They trust I will help them. I know my confidence soars when my wife is beside me because I trust her. Trust ultimately creates confidence and inserts peace. Anxiety always flows from our desire to control. When we trust, we don’t feel the need to control. Do you trust God? Don’t just give it a passing thought, but let the thought go deep. Difficult times and bad things happen. Have those circumstances challenged your trust in God? Is it time for a heart to heart with God? Maybe peace is only a prayer away.
Pray: Almighty God, your Word says you are always faithful. Help me trust in you and draw near to you. Help me experience Peace.
 
Wednesday – Isaiah 11:6-10
My cat hates our dog. Our little dog is desperate to play, so she runs up to and around the cat, pawing at her and barking. As you can imagine, the cat does not find this amusing. The cat’s instinct it protection. In the wild, a dog might eat a cat. Look at the nature of our world. There is an instinct of violence, of danger, of kill or be killed. We see this in the animal world. We see this in the human world. Yet Isaiah prophesies of a time when the wolf and the lamb will live together in peace, when a child can place his hand in a pit of vipers and be safe. What brings this peace? Isaiah says it is a king from the linage of David. Preparing for Christmas this year, don’t miss the peace Jesus, the heir of David, promises to bring.
Pray: LORD Jesus, I confess that I often try to let the world and things satisfy me. Forgive me. Please fill me and satisfy my heart.
 
Thursday – Matthew 10:34-42
How can Jesus be the Prince of Peace and say these words? How can the angels proclaim God’s peace of earth at the birth of Jesus when Jesus says that because of him there will be enemies in our own household? How can all this be? So often we confuse peace with the absence of conflict. But real peace, God’s peace, is so much more. Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of Jesus. Peace is a person. And the truth is that not everyone wants to know Jesus. In some countries, a family member that decides to follow Jesus will be disowned. In some places, following Jesus can get you killed. Why would anyone risk such a thing? The answer is simple. Only Jesus brings real peace. What price are you willing to pay to know the Peace that is Jesus Christ today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, you alone are truth, peace, and life. I know it will cost me to follow you. May I take that bold step with you today.
 
Friday – Philippians 4:5-9
Are you an anxious person? When do you experience anxiety? Or when do you get nervous? Think about those times for a moment. In every case, isn’t anxiety or nervousness always a question of control? “I don’t know what will happen.” Isn’t that a confession that I can’t control the outcome. People fearful of public speaking are encouraged to imagine everyone in their underwear. Why? Because that visual suggests the audience is just as vulnerable and powerless as the speaker feels. Its about power and control. Yet the peace of Christ comes miraculously through trust and obedience. Paul reminds us to not be anxious but give control over to Christ. He urges us to fix our thoughts, not on our ability, but on our obedience and trust in Christ. How are you feeling today? Might this day’s peace hinge on who you think deserves control?
Pray: Holy Spirit, help me make the choice to surrender control to Christ. May I rejoice that Jesus is Lord. And my my actions prove it.
 
Saturday – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“The Lord be with you.” What does that statement mean to you? As Paul closes this letter to the church in Thessalonica, he offers a blessing that Jesus, who is peace, be with them. As you close out a week that focused on peace, what did you experience? Have you taken the time to draw near to Jesus? How has Jesus shown that He is near you? So much of our joy and peace and hope as followers of Jesus has little to do with our circumstances but everything to do with who is with us. May the LORD be with you!
Pray: Jesus, may I draw near to you this day, knowing you love me and desire to be near me. You are my Peace, my Hope, my Joy!

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