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We believe real life only happens in a relationship with Jesus.  

 

The best decision we ever made was to follow Jesus.  We’re regular people moved by God’s extraordinary grace.  

We are a church eager to experience passionate worship, authentic connection, and to grow in our love of God.  

We love our local community and want to help every person take a NEXT STEP with Jesus.

 
 
 
 
 
our PURPOSE
 
 
WORSHIP GOD
We are made for this!
When so much competes for our attention, worshiping God
refocuses us.
Renewed, we’re ready for a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
Life is better together.
Where life separates and isolates, Christ connects. Life change happens best in relationship.
We take our
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
SERVE TOGETHER
Our world is bigger than just us. Love listens and acts.
ServeTeams partner with local and global ministries
to love and take a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
REACH OUR WORLD
We have amazing news to share. Jesus opened the door to relationship with God. We were made for this! We can’t wait to
help others take a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
 
new SERIES
 
Relational Vampires:
 
There are some people that just seem to suck the life out of us. Some are endlessly needy; others complain. Some you can’t trust because they’re manipulative, or just hypocrites. We know we’re supposed to love them, but honestly, sometimes it’s just plain difficult. In this series, we’ll be putting a name to this type of person: Relational Vampires. We’ll recognize that these people are all around us draining our energy, and that it’s easy to fall under their spell and become vampires ourselves. Instead of running from or fighting with these vampires, though, we will learn how God can use us to bring love into their lives.
Sunday’s message- “Needy People:”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Family at its Best… Trust God with the Results

Week #3: Trust God With the Results
 
Key Points:
-Conflict is normal because selfishness is natural.
-Conflict is common except where selflessness is chosen
-Conflict is intimidating BUT GOD is bigger.
 
BIG IDEA: Family at its best trusts God with the results
-I can trust God… because God knows me.
-I can trust God… because God loves me.
-I can trust God… because God trusts me.
 
 
Further Conversation:
1. How intense was the social pressure when you were in high school? How is it different for you today? Why?
2. Read Genesis 37:18-27 Why were the brothers so angry with Joseph? Have you ever been bitterly angry with someone? How did you act towards them? How did you talk about them?
3. Conflict is intimidating BUT GOD is bigger. What does this statement mean to you? How is conflict intimidating?
4. Read Genesis 50:19-21 Because of the brother’s actions, what does Scripture tell Joseph endured? Why do you think he could respond this way? What was his attitude like before success?
5. Read Romans 8:31b-32 How would Joseph respond to the question “If God is for us, who can ever stand against us?” Do you think God is “for you”? Why?
6. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What actions do you need to take? How can you begin to trust God this week?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Matthew 19:16-30
Who can be saved? What a great question. This story can be a little discouraging. How would I respond if Jesus asked me to sell everything? I believe the other disciples started to wonder the same thing. Peter blurts out, “Well, who can be saved?” I love Jesus’ response. Its impossible for a person to push themselves into salvation. But with God…what great words…but with God, everything is possible. The real question is, “am I with God?” God promises to be with me. But am I with God? Do I make myself available? Do I listen for God’s voice? Do I want God?
Pray: Almighty God, because you are the author and maker of all things…all things are only and truly possible with you. Help me draw near, and be with you.
 
Tuesday – Psalm 73
What do I want? In our world today, I can have almost anything with the click on the internet or the swipe of a credit card. Debt is out of control because we want so much and can seemingly have it all. We grow jealous of the rich. We grow envious of the spoiled. This Psalm reminds us that envy creates bitterness. It also reminds us of God’s great love and faithfulness. We may feel like we have nothing. We may feel as if we are wasting away. We may feel as if we are losing at life, falling behind those who cheat and deny God. “But God remains the strength of my heart.” What do i want? Can I trust God? Will I trust God when its hard?
Pray: Loving LORD, you promise to hold me close, to be my strength forever. Help me trust in you and stand firm even when times are challenging and I experience struggle. I will trust you!
 
Wednesday – Romans 5:6-8
I love these words! These are some of my favorite verses in all the bible…especially the first two words of verse 8: BUT GOD. If you were to sum up all the bible in two words…BUT GOD. The Good News of Jesus Christ is “BUT GOD.” Every time you feel ashamed or unworthy of God’s love, remember…BUT GOD. I was lost, BUT GOD loved me and found me. I was addicted, BUT GOD… What do you need to hear today? Hear your “BUT GOD!”
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, I was trapped in my sin BUT GOD rescued me through you! Thank you!!!
 
Thursday – Genesis 8:1-5
Some seasons in our lives seem to last forever. I remember the fear that I would never escape my loneliness. I recall another time where I was certain I would be trapped in debt forever. Or there were months on end when I had no job. Noah had been floating in a boat for 150 days…5 months. Almost everything he knew was gone. BUT GOD… Again, what great words. “But God remembered Noah…” God is never early, nor is God ever late. But oh my, is it hard to wait on God. It is hard to trust in God’s timing and believe God remembers you. When you are in the middle of a difficult season, remember these words…BUT GOD.
Pray: Holy Spirit, there are times my faith is so weak. Please remember me. Empower and encourage me. I am yours.
 
Friday – 1 Samuel 23:13-14
I am not a county music fan. If you are, please don’t take offense. I share that to tell you one of my favorite songs is a country song by Garth Brooks called Unanswered Prayers. I encourage you to listen to the words. How often do we grow frustrated or bitter with God because God does not answer our prayers the way we want. In this passage, God keeps David safe. BUT GOD… didn’t let Saul find him. I read those words and I wonder why God didn’t “BUT GOD” me when I really wanted something? Then I wonder where God has protected me and provided for me and I missed it. I was so busy looking for one thing I missed what God was really doing. BUT GOD is a faith statement, a trust booster. Do you believe God loves you and wants the best for you? Is God for you? Trust God today.
Pray: Heavenly Father, forgive me when I fail to trust and see all you do to provide for me. Thank you! I want to trust you today.
 
Saturday – Psalm 49
BUT GOD… what great words! These words change everything. This Psalm captures the frustration of watching the rich and ungodly flaunt their wealth. It is a reminder that death will come for everyone, wealth can not save us.…BUT GOD…but God can. God will redeem my life. Who do you trust? Do you trust fully in God to have and hold you for eternity. What do you want?
Pray: LORD Jesus, You gave yourself for me now I give myself for you. Help me trust God with the results as I simply love and obey

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Family at its Best…Let Others Win

Week #2: Family at its best gives others the win
 
Key Points:
-Conflict is normal because selfishness is natural.
-Conflict is common except where selflessness is chosen
 
BIG IDEA: Family at its best gives others the win
-I can give others the win… because Jesus won.
-I can give others the win… because Jesus has me.
-I can give others the win… because they might see Jesus.
 
Further Conversation:
1. Are you competitive? Share your favorite or biggest “win” in life? How did it happen? What did it take? Who did you beat?
2. Read Genesis 25:21-22 Have you ever asked God, “Why is this happening to me?” How do you think Isaac & Rebekah felt?
3. Read Ephesians 5:21-6:4 Do any of Paul’s words “rub you wrong”? Why? Why are people afraid submit to others?
4. Conflict is common except where selflessness is chosen. Why does selflessness defuse every conflict?
5. Read Ephesians 1:18-20 Why can Jesus-followers act selflessly? What are some ways to increase our confidence in Jesus?
6. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. Which of the reasons we can “give others the win” encourages you the most?
7. Who do you know that needs a win today? How can you intentionally serve them?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Ephesians 2:1-10
“Its a dog eat dog world.” This cliche captures the selfish back-biting competitive nature of humanity. People will do almost anything to get what they want. Paul remind’s us that we too were “just like the rest of the world”. He describes this way of life as dead. Something dead is lost and unable to change. Yet Paul reminds us that God, “rich in mercy,” gave us life in Christ Jesus. Where everyone else seems to fight and brawl to get what they hope might give them life, God freely and graciously gives us full and lasting life in Jesus. It is a gift. We can’t earn it. We can only surrender to God and receive it. Are you still fighting, trying to find fulfillment? Or, are you living into the great gift of love from God?
Pray: Loving Lord, you gave me life in Jesus Christ. May I find security in you, knowing I have all I ever need because of Jesus.
 
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
Last year, 700,000 people attended the Super Bowl celebration parade in Philadelphia for the Eagles. But that is nothing compared to the nearly 3 million that flooded Boston when the Red Sox won the World Series. We love when our teams win. We feel a part of the team, like it is our victory. If we are followers of Jesus, if we have given ourselves fully to him, then we have the ultimate victory. When Jesus defeated death, he did it for all of us. When Jesus won, we won. Even though we may die, we will live because of Jesus! Think about that victory! How does this victory change how you live? How are you celebrating Jesus’ win?
Pray: Jesus, my Savior, you conquered death and won for us the victory! We will live because you live! All my praise is yours!
 
Wednesday – Genesis 27:1-45
Talk about family drama! Isaac is old and clueless. Rebekah conspires to rob her own son of his birthright. Esau wants to murder his brother. Wow! You think your family has issues. Who are these people? Ironically, this is the founding family of Israel. This is Jesus’ family tree. These ancestral stories remind us that God can take any brokenness and make it beautiful. There aren’t perfect families…only a perfect God who loves and restores.
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for your love that finds us broken but through your Son Jesus, makes us whole.
 
Thursday – Matthew 20:25-28
They are called “public servants”, but judging by the ranker in our political discourse, people do not generally believe their government leaders act like servants. The term “public servant” finds its source in this passage in Matthew. Jesus challenges leaders to be servants. A Jesus-follower takes the worst seat or the short straw so that others might have better. Jesus-followers help others win. Many don’t feel that way about their public leaders. But how do people feel about you? Its easy to abuse power and privilege to serve ourselves. Its hard to go against culture and give the best to the guest. Are you a servant to all?
Pray: Holy Spirit, help me see myself for how I really act. Help me see where I may abuse my power. Help me be a servant of all.
 
Friday – Romans 15:1-6
Compassion, real compassion, requires great strength. Many people pretend compassion but really only provide a weak uninvolved approval coated in syrupy language. We call it political correctness and tolerance. Instead, this passage suggests something must more difficult. We are called to love people as they are…but love them too much to stay as they are. We are to be sensitive, earning the privilege to speak truth and gently guide people to what is right. Some Christians like to display strength by clobbering people with the Bible. Instead, we should strength through love, relationship, and service. How strong is your faith? Are you showing weakness through unchallenged approval or challenge disapproval? Or strength through love and guidance?
Pray: Almighty God, you showed the full measure of your power Jesus Christ, who came to serve. Help me be similarly powerful.
 
Saturday – John 13:34-35
I make it pretty obvious I am a Steelers fan. I have Steelers t-shirts, cups, hats, a blanket. I’ve considered getting a Steelers tattoo! How do people know we follow Jesus? Its not the cross we where or the bible we carry. Jesus tells us that people will know we are his followers by how we love. When we offer others our best, when we let them win, we show others Jesus! Do people know you follow Jesus? Make it your goal to show others today!
Pray: LORD Jesus, You gave yourself for me now I give myself for you. Help me love others as you loved me..giving them the win!

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Family at its Best… Choose Love

Week #1: Love is a Choice
               Ever feel like you’re failing at “Family”? Someone out there convinced us that the perfect family never fights, eats its vegetables, is filled with warm feelings, and always has a clean house. This ideal simply isn’t real. But there is hope for creating great families and communities of every shape and size. In Family At Its Best, we discover how real people can not just survive but thrive together!
 
Key Points:
-Even our perfect Heavenly Father raised rebellious children.
-Conflict is the normal because selfishness is natural.
-God offers His best for our best …even when we are our worst.
-God chooses to love us. Because God does, we can!
 
BIG IDEA: Family at its best lets love be a choice …even when we don’t feel like it & they don’t deserve it.
 
Further Conversation:
1. Growing up, how did your family handle conflict? Who won and why? How do you naturally respond to conflict in groups today?
2. Read Genesis 6:5-6 Why was God so disappointed? Is this a reasonable assessment of humanity? Why or why not?
3. Read James 4:1-2 What is the root cause of conflict?
4. Read Romans 5:8 What is the relationship like between God and humanity prior to God sending Christ? Why would God send Jesus? How do you respond to this gift of love from God?
6. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 What has God done for us? What does God desire to do through us?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. How is it possible to chose to love someone even when we don’t feel it?
8. Who has loved you when you least deserved it? Who do you need to love despite your feelings?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 13:34-35
I love my family, but some days they just make it so hard. They bicker and fight. Can I confess that I just don’t like them in those moments? Sometimes we’re just as childish and unlovable in the church. Some people we just don’t like. Luckily Jesus doesn’t tell us we have to like everyone. But he does tell us that we need to love them. In fact, people will know we follow Jesus by our love. How is love different than like? Who needs your love today?
Pray: Loving Jesus, you gave your life for us. Help me love you and show the world who you are by how I love others like you did!
 
Tuesday – John 3:16-17
Few verses in the Bible so succinctly capture a critical life-changing truth like John 3:16. “For God so loved the world…” Reading these words drives home the depth of God’s sacrificial love for us. In fact, these words might be the way God reached you with salvation through Jesus. But these words tell us more. They tell how God loves and how God wants us to love. Love is a choice God made. He gave his best, Jesus, so that we could have the best, eternal life with God. Love is a choice. We choose to receive it. Have you received Jesus? And we choose to give it. Who needs to know your love even though they don’t deserve it?
Pray: Almighty God, you showed me unconditional love. You invite me to show others that same love. Help me love others today.
 
Wednesday – Genesis 4:1-16
I love that the Bible tells the story of Cain and Abel. Little did Adam and Eve know that their son…the first born human, Cain…would brutally murder the second born human, Abel. This is how the bible introduces the idea of family. There is no fairytale portrait of the perfect family. The bible doesn’t set absurdly unrealistic standards for community. No, the Bible tells us that basically since the beginning we have experienced conflict, selfishness, and brokenness. I also love that the God doesn’t leave us there. John 3:16 begins, “For God so loved the world.” God responds to our brokenness with love. How do you respond to God? How is God’s love changing how your respond to others?Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for your love that finds me broken and through your Son Jesus, makes me whole.
 
Thursday – Luke 6:27-36
“But to those willing to listen.” I love how Jesus starts this teaching. You just know somethings radical and profound is about to flow from his lips. “Love your enemies!” Wow! We’ve heard this truth so many times that its impossible to appreciate the shock this must have caused. We hate enemies. We fight enemies. We don’t love enemies. Many people didn’t want to hear anything else that followed. Many today still are not willing to listen. Jesus calls us to a radical kind of love that challenges us to put aside the pain and hurt someone may have caused us. Jesus pushes us to give someone our best when they deserve it least. “Love your enemies.” Are you willing to really hear this teaching and live it out? How could you love this way today?
Pray: Holy Spirit, help me see who I need to love even though they may least deserve it. I want to be willing to listen and love.
 
Friday – Genesis 3:1-13
We know the blame game well in our home. It is always someone else’s fault. God gave Adam and Eve one simple instruction. Yet they couldn’t keep the command. Sure, the serpent gave them a push. But in the end, it was their choice. Confronted with the truth, both Adam and Eve seek to shift the blame and avert responsibility. Why? Why do we fear truth? Why do we put blame on someone else? We still do this today. We blame the other political party. We blame the rich…or the poor. We blame circumstances. But what might happen if we took the blame? We’re so afraid of judgment. But could there be grace? Maybe God is eager to show us grace if only we’d quit pointing fingers.
Pray: Loving Lord, I so quickly forget your love and instead fear your judgment. I blame instead of confess. Help me trust you.
 
Saturday – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
“Because God does, I can!” Its hard to imagine consistently loving my enemies. Judgement so quickly creeps back into my heart. But God has made me new. I’m not trapped in that old way of living. God showed me love and brought reconciliation. Now that I am new, I can bring that same love to others.
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, you are God, my God, maker of Heaven and Earth. I will trust you and be your ambassador of love and reconciliation through Jesus for the world!
 

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