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His Way: Places Of Honor
Mar 29 • 33 min
All too often, we find our worth in what others think and say about us. When we’re thrust into a group, we quickly answer questions about our value that may not be truthful. This week, we’ll hear from Jesus where our value and worth ultimately comes…
His Way: Who is He?
Mar 15 • 25 min
One of the biggest challenges Jesus faced was (and still is) getting His followers to understand who He is and what He is doing. The disciples had certain ideas of what “The Chosen One” would do and how that person would act. We do too. But Jesus…
His Way: Confrontation
Mar 8 • 33 min
John 2:13-22Jesus is kind and full of grace. But at least one time He got angry – angry enough to take up a whip and drive people out of the temple. Why? What was Jesus trying to prove? What was Jesus trying to say? This morning we’ll look at this…
His Way: Facing Temptation
Mar 1 • 37 min
Matthew 4:1-11
How to share my faith with anyone, anywhere, anytime
Feb 23 • 31 min
John 4:4-10; 28-42Ever feel anxious or unprepared to share your faith? Jesus show us something simple yet powerful in our text. He goes into Samaria - enemy territory - and starts a casual discussion with a woman, a Samaritan. Join us this Sunday as we…
Ways of Discipleship: Serve: Rest
Feb 16 • 30 min
We’ve been talking about the joy of serving others. We’ve said that we’re created to do that and find fulfillment in serving others. But we also need to recognize that God not only calls us to serve, He also calls us to rest. If we do this, we might…
Ways of Discipleship - We are Parts and Pieces
Feb 9 • 30 min
I Corinthians 12:12-26God Calls us to serve on our own at times. There is a need we can meet so we meet it. But often God calls us to serve in community. The Bible teaches us that God created us with different abilities and the Holy Spirit has given us…
Ways of Discipleship - Secret Service
Feb 2 • 23 min
Matthew 6:1-4
Ways of Discipleship - Humble Service
Jan 26 • 36 min
Philippians 2:3-8Last week we began our sermon series on service as it relates to our life and journey as a disciple. We learned that God is by nature a servant, thus so should we! But what defines a servant? Our text from Paul this morning tells us…
Ways of Discipleship: Serve
Jan 19 • 27 min
We all want to have a great life. We were created to have joy. But how do we get there? What does the good life look like? This morning we’ll see that the Bible gives us a very unusual path if we want to find deep joy. Text: Acts 20:35Message by…
Ways of Discipleship: Praying Together
Jan 12 • 42 min
Acts 1:14One of the things that can get many of us nervous is when we are in a group of Christians and it comes to prayer time. We might be scared about having to pray out loud ourselves or about what we’re supposed to be doing while someone else is pra…
Tank Fillers
Jan 5 • 34 min
One of the key commandments for God’s people in the New Testament is that we encourage one another. This morning we’ll take a look at one person who did a great job of this and think about how we can grow in our ability to encourage others around…
God with Us: In Our Waiting
Dec 29, 2019 • 29 min
We spend a lot of time waiting. We wait for something to happen. We wait for test results. We wait for our turn. And we also wait for God. This morning we’ll think about HOW we wait for God and how God is with us in our waiting.Text: Habakkuk 2:1-4
God With Us: In Our Weakness
Dec 22, 2019 • 36 min
Ever feel weak and inadequate before God and you aren’t sure why? The Annunciation of the Lord is one of the most well known Advent stories. Angel Gabriel says to Mary: Greetings, you who are highly favored!” Mary feels unworthy to be the mother of…
God With Us: In Our Failures
Dec 15, 2019 • 27 min
God With Us: In Our Failures
God with Us: In the Storms
Dec 8, 2019 • 28 min
As we approach Christmas we think about one of the most beautiful names for Jesus: He is Immanuel—God with Us. We dare to believe that when Jesus was born He was not just a special baby—He was (and is) God Himself, in the flesh. He came to be with us. A…
God with Us: In Our Confusion
Dec 1, 2019 • 35 min
December 1, 2019 - God with Us: In Our Confusion
Maximum Impact 2: How God Builds
Nov 24, 2019 • 30 min
We live in a very practical world. All that matters to many people are the results. In our workplaces we might be told—I don’t care how, just get the job done. And it can be tempting to do that in the church. We might be tempted to say, “We know what…
Maximum Impact 2 | What Are We Like? // prt II
Nov 17, 2019 • 28 min
1 Corinthians 9:19-23We’ve talked about what God is doing and how He has gifted us. This morning we’ll turn to another question: Where has God placed us? If we are to make a Maximum Impact we need to think about how to connect with the people in our …
Maximum Impact 2 | What Are We Like?
Nov 10, 2019 • 32 min
I Corithians 12:12; 18-20We said last week that we are Living Stones. We said that God is using us as He is rebuilding everything – He is making everything new. This week we’re going to ask another question: What kind of Living Stones are we? As individ…
Maximum Impact 2: Living Stones
Nov 3, 2019 • 36 min
We kick-off our Maximum Impact 2 campaign this Sunday morning. We’ll spend time thinking and praying about what God is calling us to do and to be as a church. This morning we’ll start with the big picture of what God is doing and we’ll begin to think ab…
The Ways of Discipleship: Parables for Prayer
Oct 27, 2019 • 33 min
We just recently wrapped up a series on prayer as it relates to discipleship. This morning we’re going to continue to see what scripture has to say about prayer. Specifically, we’ll take a look at two parables Jesus tells his audience. How do Jesus’s…
The Ways of Discipleship: Does Prayer Make a Difference?
Oct 20, 2019 • 33 min
We know that God commands us to pray. We know praying is good for us. But does prayer actually change anything? And if so, what does prayer change? This morning we’ll focus on these important questions.
The Ways of Discipleship - Listening to God
Oct 13, 2019 • 36 min
John 16:13We’ve said that prayer is both talking to God and listening to God. Most of us have an idea of how to talk to God. But how do we listen for God in prayer? Is hearing from God something that is reserved only for a select few or is it something…
The Ways of Discipleship - Prayer 2
Oct 6, 2019 • 28 min
Ephesians 6:18Last week we said prayer is communication with God. This morning we’ll take a look at one part of this communication - talking to God. We’ll take a look at some of the ways that we can bring our hearts and lives to God.
The Ways of Discipleship - Prayer 1
Sep 29, 2019 • 33 min
Matthew 6:9If we want to grow in our relationship with God one of the main things we can do is pray. But that’s not always as easy as it sounds. We know we should pray, but we’re just not sure how to do it. This morning we’ll begin to think about what p…
The Ways of Discipleship
Sep 22, 2019 • 26 min
II Peter 3:18Last week we saw that if Christ is alive in us, we should be growing and changing - we should be more loving and kind and obedient in our lives. The Holy Spirit should be at work in us. But we also recognized the it doesn’t always feel…
The Ways of Discipleship
Sep 15, 2019 • 35 min
When we’re younger, we think about growing a lot. We want to grow—taller, stronger, faster, smarter. While there is a time when most of us will stop growing bigger physically (okay, weight might continue to grow), the Bible makes clear that we are neve…
Will My Children Have Faith?
Sep 8, 2019 • 28 min
Acts 16:22-34Will our children have faith? How many times have you asked that question? Parents and grandparents alike are worried about the faith of the next generation. This Sunday we’re going to have the “Blessing of the Backpacks” and we’ll ask…
Upside Down: Are you Shrewd Enough?
Sep 1, 2019 • 32 min
Luke 16: 1-13When we think of the kind of people God wants us to be, most of us think of things like kind, loving, serving, patient, and generous. But this morning Jesus invites us to add a surprising characteristic to the list: Shrewd. This morning…
Upside Down: Are You for Real?
Aug 25, 2019 • 26 min
Matthew 21:28-32One of the major charges that non-Christians make against Christians is that many Christians are hypocrites. Many believe that those of us who claim to follow God talk a good game but don’t actually live the way God wants us to. It’s one…
Upside Down: Who Gets Invited?
Aug 18, 2019 • 28 min
One of the pictures the Bible gives us of heaven is that it’s like a great feast, a banquet, a huge celebration. The Bible promises that there will be plenty of food and drink and a great time will be had by all. But who gets to go? Who gets invited to …
Upside Down | Investing
Aug 11, 2019 • 41 min
We all have a certain amount of resources (time, talent, treasures, etc.) in our lives. The question we have to ask ourselves every day is where we will invest those resources. What are we going to do with what God has given us? Jesus tells us a story t…
Upside Down | How God Works
Aug 4, 2019 • 24 min
When Jesus came, one of the main things he talked about was the Kingdom of God. He described it as a place that was wonderful but also weird. In so many ways, the Kingdom was different—upside down. For the next several weeks we’ll be taking a look at…
How Can I Upgrade My Outreach Skills?
Jul 28, 2019 • 43 min
Sunday July 28, 2019
Unlocking God’s Promises
Jul 21, 2019 • 32 min
Unlocking God’s Promises
God’s Response to Jonah
Jul 14, 2019 • 34 min
Last week we saw Jonah do his best to run from God and his call on Jonah’s life. Because God is so big, mighty and powerful Jonah’s attempt failed. This week, Jonah will face God and the call God placed on his life. What will Jonah’s interaction…
Responding to God’s Call
Jul 7, 2019 • 35 min
Jonah is one of the more popular prophets in the Old Testament. God called him to a task and his response was less than ideal. Even when Jonah rebelled, God continued to call him and fulfill his purposes. How might God be calling out to you? What might…
On the Way
Jun 30, 2019 • 23 min
On the WayGod has rescued his people out of Egypt, but they aren’t yet to the Promised Land. They, like we, are on the way—no longer slaves, but not yet to their new home. As we look at this story we’ll learn some important lessons about how we live whi…
Remember Who You Are
Jun 23, 2019 • 23 min
This Sunday we celebrate the Profession of Faith of a number of young people. As we hear their declaration about who they are—that they belong to Jesus Christ—it gives all of us an opportunity to reflect on who we are. Text: I John 3:1-3 Message by…
What’s Jesus Up to Now? Acts 1:7-8
Jun 9, 2019 • 30 min
We’ve been looking at what Jesus has been doing since He rose from the dead. This morning we’ll look at one of the most important things He did—He sent the Holy Spirit. We’ll think about what Jesus is doing through the Holy Spirit in our world and in…
What’s Jesus Up to Now?
Jun 2, 2019 • 28 min
After Jesus rose from the dead He spent 40 days on earth and then ascended into heaven. This morning we’ll look at what happened next: Jesus sat down at the right hand of God the Father. That’s where he is right now. But what is He doing? Resting? Takin…
What’s Jesus Up to Now? Acts 1:9-11
May 26, 2019 • 34 min
Sunday May 26, 2019
What’s Jesus Up to Now?
May 19, 2019 • 24 min
Acts 1:1-3We believe that Jesus rose form the dead on Easter Sunday morning and that His resurrection changes everything. But what happened next? Where did Jesus go? How long did He hang around on earth? What’s He doing now? This morning we’re begi…
What’s Going to Last?
May 12, 2019 • 33 min
1 Corinthians 3:10-15. We’re all building something with our lives. By the way we use our time, our talent and our treasures, we are building a life - leaving a legacy. We’re tempted to build so that our lives look good now, but Paul warns us that there…
Encounters with Jesus: The Community Leader
May 5, 2019 • 34 min
John 3:1-15Ever feel that something is missing in your life and you just can’t figure it out? As Jesus meets with Nicodemus, the Savior is telling him exactly what’s missing. Jesus said, “No one can see the Kingdom of God unless one is born again.” W…
Encounters with Jesus: The Emmaus Road
Apr 28, 2019 • 25 min
Luke 24:13-35How long do you keep working with someone when they just don’t seem to get it? At what point do you cut your losses and move on? The Good News for us this morning is that Jesus doesn’t give up on us – even when we’re struggling to trust in…
Encounters with Jesus: The Women at the Tomb
Apr 21, 2019 • 27 min
Today is Easter! It’s a day of great joy and celebration. We sing and declare that Jesus is risen. But what does that mean? How does His resurrection make a difference in my life? This morning we’ll join the women who go to the tomb and discover that it…
Encounters with Jesus: The Crowd
Apr 14, 2019 • 28 min
2019 Lenten Series: Encounters with Jesus (4.14.19)
Encounters with Jesus: Jesus, The Centurion and the Widow
Mar 31, 2019 • 30 min
Luke 7: 1-17We will all come to a moment where we feel that we’re out of options. That moment is usually full of desperation and questions. It’s not uncommon for us to turn to God in these moments. Two questions we may feel when we turn to God in…
Encounters with Jesus: The Cultural Christian Encounters Jesus
Mar 24, 2019 • 31 min
How sure are you of your salvation? Feeling something is still missing in your life? This Sunday we will talk about the rich young ruler and his quest for eternal life. What stopped him from going all in with Jesus? What stops you from truly following…
Encounters with Jesus | The Pharisees
Mar 17, 2019 • 33 min
Mark 2:23 - 3:6. Jesus was full of compassion. He was kind. He was gentle. But there are times when it seems like Jesus goes out of His way to upset people. He deliberately makes them angry. Why? We know Jesus was never petty so why would He intentional…
Encounters with Jesus
Mar 10, 2019 • 29 min
When people met Jesus, something happened. It wasn’t always the same thing, but it was always something. To have an encounter with Jesus was to be changed. This morning we’ll start to take a look at what happened when people encountered Jesus and…
God’s Blessed-up Messed-up Family: Living By Grace
Mar 3, 2019 • 30 min
We have seen Jacob struggle throughout his life. Last week we talked about a breakthrough when Jacob surrendered to God. This week, we’ll jump to the end of Jacob’s life and look at how much he has been shaped by God’s grace over the years.
God’s Blessed-up Messed-up Family | What Goes Around - Comes Around
Feb 17, 2019 • 28 min
Genesis 29: You’ve heard it many times, but have you ever wondered if this saying is true? What goes around comes around? Is the Bible really saying that ‘What a person plants, he will harvest?’ This Sunday we look at the great trickster, Jacob, meeting…
God’s Blessed-up Messed-up Family | An Undeserved Gift
Feb 10, 2019 • 28 min
Genesis 28:10-22We all have a sense of fairness. If we have worked hard for something, we deserve it. If we put in the hours, we deserve to get paid. This morning we’ll look at a story where Jacob didn’t get what he deserved – he got something so much b…
God’s Blessed-up Messed-up Family: Too Smart for Their Own Good
Feb 3, 2019 • 35 min
Trusting in God’s way of doing things is not easy. When we’re not sure God is going to do something, sometimes we feel like we need to take matters into our own hands. This morning we’ll look at how several of our faith-ancestors made a mess of things…
God’s Blessed-up Messed-up Family: When God has No Good Choices
Jan 27, 2019 • 31 min
Genesis 25:21-34We all have family stories – stories about grandpas and grandmas or about uncles and aunts. Some of them are funny. Some of them are sad. But they help us know more about ourselves – where we came and who we are. This morning we’ll begin…
Living with Critics
Jan 20, 2019 • 33 min
Living with Critics 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
A Wish Before Dying
Jan 13, 2019 • 36 min
Luke 2:25-38What would you like to see before dying? At the end of the Christmas story, Luke - the historian - introduces us to two intriguing characters, Anna and Simeon. One of them had a dying wish that was fulfilled when Jesus’ parents arrived at…
Who Deserve Your Heart?
Jan 6, 2019 • 27 min
II Samuel 23:13-17Most of us have people in our lives who have helped us in great ways and made a huge impact on us. When people do that for us, we commit ourselves to them. we want to honor them and make them proud of us. We are devoted to them. …
At the Potter’s House
Dec 30, 2018 • 24 min
Jeremiah 18:1-10When we’re honest we don’t always like what we see when we look at ourselves. We see that we’re cracked and broken and not all that useful. The good news this morning is that God has a special way with broken stuff - He doesn’t throw it,…
What Child is This? Prince of Peace
Dec 23, 2018 • 39 min
Ever feel you are grasping for peace but you aren’t sure why you can’t get it? Jesus comes to us as God’s best gift to the world, the Prince of Peace! In a divisive culture we are going to wrap up our Advent season unpacking God’s path for joy and PEACE.
What Childs is This? Everlasting Father
Dec 16, 2018 • 26 min
Isaiah 9:6When we think of earthly fathers, some of us have great thoughts - our dads were good dads. Others of us don’t have those thoughts - our dads were not the kind of dads they should have been. This morning Isaiah tells us that Jesus will be…
What Child is This? The Mighty God
Dec 9, 2018 • 35 min
Isaiah 9:6Last week we talked about how great it is that Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor – that He is smart enough to know what’s wrong and to know what to do about it. This week Isaiah wants us to know something else about Jesus – He is strong enough…
What Child is This? The Wonderful Counselor
Dec 2, 2018 • 33 min
What Child is This? The Wonderful Counselor Text: Isaiah 9:1-7 Message by Pastor Ron Kool
Live By Faith | Learning to See
Nov 25, 2018 • 33 min
How do we as Christians learn to see God moving in our lives? In times of distress and confusion, often times we feel like God is absent and we are all alone. Where is God in times of trouble? Elisha’s servant asked a similar question in a moment of…
Thanksgiving service
Nov 22, 2018 • 24 min
It is good for us to give thanks.
Live By Faith | Learning to Count
Nov 18, 2018 • 28 min
Judges 6 & 7One of the questions that we often ask ourselves is this: Do I have enough? Do I have enough food to feed everyone? Do I have enough money to pay the bills? Do I have enough patience to deal with all the people in my life? We do the…
Live By Faith | Learning to Listen
Nov 11, 2018 • 34 min
Samuel 3:1-10What do you do when someone shares that God told them to do something? Do you cringe? Celebrate? Wonder why God didn’t tell you to do something? This morning we’ll talk about what it means to listen for God’s leadings as we live by faith.
Set Free | Living with Confidence
Oct 28, 2018 • 39 min
Galatians 6:11-18As Paul closes out his letter to the Galatians, he wants us to know where he gets his confidence, his strength, and his identity. He ends up where he began - at the cross.
Set Free | Do Good
Oct 21, 2018 • 26 min
Galations 6:7-10
Set Free | Care for One Another
Oct 14, 2018 • 35 min
Galatians 6:1-6Ever feel like a tattle-tale? What do you do when your best friend is living dangerously? The Spirit Teaches us something radical. While you must rescue your friend, you better watch out so you don’t end up in the same sin. What??? This S…
Set Free | Live by the Spirit
Oct 7, 2018 • 30 min
October 7, 2018 Ron Kool Galatians 5:16-26
Set Free | Refuse to Return to Slavery
Sep 30, 2018 • 35 min
Galatians 5: 13-15 What does it mean that you are “called to freedom?” Are Christians expected to live without regard to precepts and laws? This Sunday we’ll explore what the Bible says authoritatively about Christian freedom in relation to…
Set Free | Refuse to Return
Sep 23, 2018 • 30 min
Galatians 5:5 The Bible teaches that we are saved (brought into Graceland) by Jesus and Jesus alone – not by what we do. But how do we live in Graceland? Can we do whatever we want? Paul gives us some guidelines about how we live in God’s grace and the…
Set Free | Guidelines for Graceland
Sep 16, 2018 • 29 min
As we’ve worked our way through Galations, we’ve learned that we are set free by Christ alone - not by anything we’ve done. Now we have to ask the next question: How do we live free? How do we live without the rules and masters of Slaveland? This…
Set Free | It’s Not What We Do!
Sep 9, 2018 • 29 min
Galatians 4:21-31 What makes someone a Christian? Is it a political position? A set of values? Going to church? This morning we’ll see what Paul has to say about what makes someone a Christian
To Seek and Save the Lost
Sep 2, 2018 • 39 min
Hillside Community Church sermon Sept. 2, 2018
Set Free: Free to Serve
Aug 26, 2018 • 32 min
Galatians 4:8-20 What does a good leader look like? More specifically, what does a good Christian leader look like? Given some of the scandals in churches today, it’s important that we think about what it means to be a leader in our churches and in our…
Set Free: Sons and Daughters - NOT Slaves!
Aug 19, 2018 • 29 min
Galatians 3:26-4:7
Set Free: Why the Law?
Aug 12, 2018 • 31 min
As we’ve gone through the first half of Galatians, we’ve noticed that the Apostle Paul has had some harsh words and descriptions for the Law that the Jews cherished and followed. Paul even went so far as to say that those who were following the Law were…
Set Free | Don’t Let Anything Keep You From Jesus
Aug 5, 2018 • 31 min
We believe that Jesus brings life and hope and peace. He brings the forgiveness of our sins and strength for us to live by. This morning we’ll see that we must not let anything, even God’s word, keep us from Jesus. Text: Galatians 3:10-18 Message by…
Set Free | Faith! Faith! Faith!
Jul 29, 2018 • 32 min
Galatians 3:1-9 We live in a time when the church and our human society is under the attacks of the enemy. The devil is trying to fool us. He is trying to bewitch us to believe that Christianity is just like any other religion: you work hard and you…
Set Free | Does that Mean We Can Sin as Much as we Want?
Jul 22, 2018 • 29 min
Hillside Community Church sermon on July 22, 2018
Set Free: The Importance of Eating Together
Jul 15, 2018 • 29 min
Galatians 2:11-16 One time in Antioch Paul got right tin Peter’s face and chewed him out. Paul was sure of one thing: Peter needed to be straightened out! And Paul didn’t back down. So what had Peter done that was so terrible? What made Paul confro…
Set Free | Can We Trust this Preacher?
Jul 8, 2018 • 39 min
Galatians 1:10 – 2:10 Preachers want us to believe what they say. They want us to trust them? But how do we know what a trustworthy preacher looks like? What does a trustworthy preacher do? This morning we’ll take a look as Paul tells us why the Galati…
Set Free | A Study in Galatians
Jun 24, 2018 • 36 min
This morning we’re going to begin a study of one of Paul’s letters - the letter to the Galatians. This is one of Paul’s most passionate letters - he’s actually pretty angry as he writes it! We’ll begin by trying to figure out what the problem was - why …
A Witness in Exile
Jun 17, 2018 • 30 min
Hillside Community Church sermon on June 17, 2018
The Greatest Commandment
Jun 10, 2018 • 65 min
Profession of Faith service
Lessons from Little Guys
May 27, 2018 • 32 min
As summer approaches, many of us will begin to spend more time outdoors. One of the things that means is that we’ll see more animals, from ants to zebras. The Bible tells us that we can learn some very important life lessons from these animals. Join us…
What Would you Want Someone to Pray for You?
May 6, 2018 • 35 min
Your friend asks you, “What shall I pray for you?” What would you say? furthermore, when you pray for others, what do you want God to do for them? Paul is praying for you and for me in this text. What do you think Paul is asking God on your behalf? Or, …
When we feel like we need to do something
Apr 22, 2018 • 30 min
Text: John 21:1-4 We all have times when we’re not sure what to do. Should we jump in with both feet? Or should we look before we leap? Sometimes we have that as followers of Jesus - we’re just not sure what we should be doing. This morning we’ll se…
Can I Believe?
Apr 8, 2018 • 31 min
John 20:24-29 - Can I believe?
I Am The Resurrection and The Life
Apr 1, 2018 • 32 min
The death and resurrection of Lazarus.
I Am The Vine
Mar 25, 2018 • 29 min
I am the vine. You are the branches.
I Am The Way, The Truth, The Life
Mar 18, 2018 • 28 min
John 14:1-14
I Am The Good Shepherd
Mar 11, 2018 • 33 min
The Good Shepherd
I Am the Gate
Mar 4, 2018 • 14 min
John 10:1-15 People believe all roads lead to heaven. All faiths are equal. But is Jesus then unique? Is he the only way? How exclusive is Jesus’ statement? Let’s explore this statement this Sunday.
I Am the Light of the World
Feb 25, 2018 • 30 min
John 8: 12-20 Whether we admit it or not, we’re all at least a little bit afraid of the dark. You can’t see in the dark and you don’t know what’s out there. We get lost in the dark and we feel really vulnerable. This morning we’ll take a look at a w…
In Christ: The Old is Gone, the New has Come
Feb 11, 2018 • 36 min
2 Corinthians 5:17 The apostle Paul tells us that those who are “in Christ” are new creations. What does this newness look like? What does it mean to be in Christ? We’ll explore these questions this morning.
Taking the Word to Heart: How to Chew
Feb 4, 2018 • 33 min
Joshua 1:8 The Bible talks a lot about meditating on, pondering on, and considering God’s Word. But how do we do that? How would we chew on God’s Word? This morning we’ll talk about some of the ways we can do that.
Taking the Word to Heart: Some Challenges We Need to Overcome
Jan 28, 2018 • 34 min
Psalm 1:1-2 We’ve been talking about getting into God’s Word and about getting God’s Word into us. Getting into God’s Word is a great thing to do, but it’s not always easy to do it. This morning we’ll look at some of the challenges we face if we are…
Life is Like a Jigsaw Puzzle
Jan 14, 2018 • 36 min
Psalm 148 Life is like a toy store! God is the Creative owner who has many games and toys for us. As we solve puzzles and play with God’s toys and games we discover his personality and character. Let’s allow God’s wonder to captivate our creativity and…
Advent: A Season to Wait
Dec 17, 2017 • 27 min
Micah 7:7 One of the most difficult things for many of us to do is to wait. Whether we’re waiting in the doctor’s office or in a line at a store or in a traffic jam that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, we don’t like to wait. It’s tough to wait for…
Advent: A Season To Hope
Dec 10, 2017 • 26 min
Jeremiah 32
Advent: A Season To Want
Dec 3, 2017 • 32 min
Revelation 12 As we step into the season of Advent, we enter into a time of waiting, we are getting in touch with our wants. There is a lot of stuff we might want for Christmas: an action figure, a new car, a winter coat, or a ticket to a new vacatio…
Spinning Plates
Nov 26, 2017 • 32 min
Luke 10: 38-42
What’s God calling us to do for the 1%?
Nov 19, 2017 • 30 min
Luke 15:1-7 Last Sunday we finished the sermon series on “one another.” We looked at God’s will to love, forgive, or pray for one another. You can think of these “one another” as being 99% of people who are part of our circle, of our bubble. This…
Speak The Truth To One Another (Ephesians 4:25)
Nov 12, 2017 • 35 min
This morning we’ll take a look at one of the most challenging of the One Anothers. We like to get along and we don’t like to confront anyone—or have anyone confront us. Bu the Bible says that if we love one another, we’ll speak the truth to one another!
One Another // Wash One Another’s Feet
Nov 5, 2017 • 26 min
This morning we’ll take a look at one of the most radical “one anothers” in the Bible-the call to serve one another. While most of us try to find ways to get other to do things for us, jesus calls us to lean to seek ways to do things for others-He…
The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing
Oct 29, 2017 • 29 min
The Main Thing
One Another // Encourage One Another
Oct 22, 2017 • 29 min
I Thessalonians 5:11 Sometimes we my feel like there isn’t a lot we can do for someone when he or she is struggling. We can’t fix the problem or take away the pain. But we can encourage that person. With our words and deeds we can try to inspire…
Forgive One Another // Carry Each Other’s Burdens
Oct 15, 2017 • 32 min
Some among us treat everything as a load and do not share with anyone their troubles and temptations. But others threat everything as a burden and are anxious about everything. This Sunday we will learn the different between caring our own load and…
Forgive One Another // Part II
Oct 8, 2017 • 30 min
Hillside Community Church sermon on October 8, 2017.
Forgive One Another
Oct 1, 2017 • 34 min
Colossians 3:13 While doing what God calls us to do is often difficult, this morning we’re going to begin to talk about doing one of the most difficult things God calls us to do - something that goes against our natural instincts in many way. We’re go…
Accept One Another
Sep 24, 2017 • 33 min
We all want to feel like we have a place, like we belong. This morning we’ll take a look at how the Bible calls Hillside to be a place where everyone who belongs to Jesus Christ is accepted as belonging with us. Text Romans 15:7 Message by Pastor Ro…
Pray for One Another
Sep 17, 2017 • 33 min
James 5:16 We’re taking a look at what the Bible says about how we are supposed to treat each other as Christians. This morning we’ll take a look at one of the most important things we can do for each other – even though it doesn’t always feel like…
Love One Another
Sep 10, 2017 • 30 min
John 13:34-35 Did you know that there are fifty-nine “one another” commands in the New Testament? Time and time again Jesus and the Apostles call us to “love one another” or “pray for one another” or “submit to one another.” They knew that the way we…
Bringing Our Lives to God: In Search of Happiness
Sep 3, 2017 • 29 min
Psalm 1 The American dream promises us “the pursuit of happiness,” yet the current state of the country proves that the world cannot offer us true happiness. Christians claim that God wants us to be happy or blessed, but how can we attain happiness?…
Bringing Our Lives to God: Seeking God’s Strength in Trouble
Aug 27, 2017 • 37 min
Psalms 50:15, Joshua 1:7-9 A lot of us go through a time of transition. Students may attend a new school, families seal with sickness, or we face the death of a loved one. How is the Lord encouraging us? Who will give us strength to face the tomor…
Bringing Our Lives to God: When We Need to Find Our Place
Aug 20, 2017 • 22 min
Psalm 131 We all want to find our place in this world. We want to know where we fit, where we belong. This morning we’ll take a look at a short Psalm that helps us find where we belong – at rest in the hands of God.
Bringing Our Lives to God: God is Our Refuge
Aug 13, 2017 • 32 min
Psalm 46 Sometimes in our faith journey we find ourselves needing a safe place to rest, a safe place from danger. Where do we go to find that place? One theme we constantly see pop up in the Psalms is the fact that God is our refuge. We’ll unpack…
Bringing Our Lives to God: When We’ve Tasted God’s Goodness
Aug 6, 2017 • 27 min
Psalm 30 When we’re in trouble many of us have learned to turn to God for help. We’ve learned that we need to cry out to Him, tell him our problems, lean on his strength. But we might forget to turn to God when things are going well. In Psalm 30 David …
Bringing Our Lives to God: When We’ve Blown It
Jul 30, 2017 • 30 min
Psalm 130 We’ve seen how the Psalms teach us to bring our lives to God when we are sad and scared and when life is unfair. This morning we’re going to look at how we bring our lives to God when we’ve blown it, when we’ve sinned against God and other…
Bringing Our Lives to God: When we are Afraid
Jul 16, 2017 • 29 min
We live in a broken world that is full of threats and dangers. Our lives can get turned upside down in an instant. It would be nice if faith in God means that nothing bad happens to us but that’s not the case. Sometimes we’re in pretty scary…
Bringing Our Lives to God: When We’ve Been Slandered
Jul 9, 2017 • 30 min
Ever have anyone talk about you behind your back? Tell a story that wasn’t completely true (or that shouldn’t have been told?) Ver had anyone try to smear your good name? If you have, then you can relate to David. This morning we’ll look at Psalm 7…
Bringing Our Lives to God: God’s Songs in a Culture Out of Tune
Jul 2, 2017 • 35 min
Many Christians today feel that our culture is regressing, that as a western society we are losing our soul. But this is not a totally new feeling. David felt many times that his world was crumbling. What do you do when the foundations of your world are…
Bringing Our Lives to God: When We Can’t Get to Sleep
Jun 25, 2017 • 34 min
Psalm 4 Have you ever laid in bed at night, knowing that you need sleep, but you just can’t turn your mind off? If you’ve ever experienced that, you’re not alone. In Psalm 4 David shares with us what he would do when he was lying in bed and couldn’t…
God’s Plan for your Pain
Jun 11, 2017 • 38 min
Sooner or later we all experience pain, all of us have troubles. This Sunday we’ll look at God’s work in the life of Naaman, the Syrian army leader, who suffers with an incurable illness. We’ll discover how God is using Naaman’s pain to fulfill His…
Better Off?
Jun 4, 2017 • 28 min
John 16:5-15 Jesus said a number of things that were confusing to the disciples. But at the Last Supper He said something that really had them wondering. He said, “It is for your good that I am going away.” They had to be thinking, “Really?” Have…
Life After Easter: Do Everything in the Name of Jesus
May 28, 2017 • 32 min
Motivation. What was the motivation behind the words? Intentions. What was the intention behind this deed? In our politically charged climate, we scrutinize every word or deed of public people, trying to define intention and motivation behind these….
Life After Easter: Nurture Peace
May 21, 2017 • 25 min
We live in a world where storms can strike out of nowhere. Some are small storms. Some are huge. But when those storms strike it can feel like we are being tossed around by waves that push us in all sorts of different directions. In that kind of…
Life After Easter: Put on the New
May 14, 2017 • 37 min
Colossians 3:12-14 Baseball players wear baseball uniforms. Soccer players wear soccer uniforms. The Apostle Paul tells us that if we are Christians we have a “uniform” as well – we are to dress ourselves with compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility…
Life After Easter: Put to Death the Old Ways
May 7, 2017 • 26 min
Colossians 3:5-11 For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about learning to live in the power of the risen Jesus. This morning Paul calls us to do something really difficult - He calls us to take out a contract on our old ways. We need to be…
Life After Easter: Set Your Hearts and Minds
Apr 30, 2017 • 31 min
Colossians 3:1-4 One of the most amazing things the Bible teaches us is that Jesus is alive in us and we can live by His power. But how do we do that? How do we learn to live in the power of the risen Jesus? This morning we’ll see what Paul calls us…
Life After Easter: A New Outlook
Apr 23, 2017 • 33 min
Colossians 3: 1-4 Last week we had a big celebration – Easter. We celebrated that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive in us today. But what does that mean? What kind of an impact does that have on my day-to-day life? This Sunday we’re going to…
Questions of the Last Week: Who Will Roll the Stone Away?
Apr 16, 2017 • 31 min
One of the lessons some of us have learned as we’ve gone through life is that we should be really careful when we get our hopes up. We shouldn’t let ourselves dream too big because then we’ll be disappointed. We shouldn’t ask for too much because we’ll…
Questions of the Last Week: Who is this?
Apr 9, 2017 • 30 min
Matthew 21 This question was spoken on the first day of the week as Jesus entered Jerusalem. We try so hard to put Jesus in a box so that we can understand Him easily. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us…
Questions of the Last Week: Who is it You Want?
Apr 2, 2017 • 36 min
John 18:1-10 Whether you’ve been going to church for your entire life or you just swung by in the last few months, Jesus is asking us a basic question today: What are you looking for? or Who do we want? On the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas in…
Questions of the Last Week: Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?
Mar 26, 2017 • 30 min
Matthew 26: 20-25 Many of us try to be good people. We try to be kind and caring, compassionate and giving. We try to tell the truth and keep our promises. We want to believe that there are some things that we would never do - some people might, but …
Questions of the Last Week: Are You Asleep?
Mar 19, 2017 • 29 min
Matthew 26:36-46 In the worst moment of your life, to whom do you turn for help? In the greatest crisis, who do you ask for help? Jesus is facing the greatest crisis of his life when he is in the Garden of Gethsemane. Let’s take a look this Sunday at…
Questions of the Last Week: Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Mar 12, 2017 • 21 min
Questions of the Last Week: Why This Waste?
Mar 5, 2017 • 28 min
Matthew 26:6-13 This morning is the first Sunday of Lent, a time in the church year that leads us to two of the most important days of the year - Good Friday (when Jesus dies) and Easter (when Jesus rose from the dead). This is often a time where…
Meeting Our God: Lovers of Jesus, Love One Another
Feb 26, 2017 • 30 min
Matthew 25:31-46, 28:19-20 Many non-Christians and Christians alike are disgruntled today. There are some things that we can;t stand: abuse, racism, human trafficking, crooked politicians, persecution of Christians, generational poverty, friends…
Meeting Our God: God Speaks in Holy Moments
Feb 19, 2017 • 32 min
Matthew 28:19-20 and Luke 22:19-20 We’re finishing up our series on worship. We’ve looked at what we say to God in worship and we’ve considered how God speaks to us through His Word and the sermon. We finish up with two more ways God speaks to us –…
Meeting Our God: How Does God Speak to Us?
Feb 12, 2017 • 29 min
II Timothy 3:16 We’ve been looking at the things we say to God in a worship. We’ve talked about how we say, “You are awesome” or “Please forgive us” or “We need You” to God. Now we’re going to take a look at what God is saying to us during a worship …
Meeting Our God: Giving Our Lives to God
Feb 5, 2017 • 33 min
Psalm 119:11 We’ve been looking at things we say to God in a worship service. We’ve talked about saying, “We love You”, “We’re sorry”, and “We need You”. This morning we’re going to touch on one more thing we say to God – “We give ourselves to You”. P…
Meeting Our God: Bring Our Needs to God
Jan 29, 2017 • 34 min
Psalm 102:1-2 Most of us like to think that we’re pretty independent. We don’t like to ask for help - whether it’s asking for money or directions. We want to take care of things on our own. But this morning we’ll recognize that part of what we do …
Meeting Our God: Confession
Jan 22, 2017 • 30 min
Psalm 51 One of the important phrases we teach children to say is, “I’m sorry.” We want them to learn to admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. We want them to learn this because we know that this is the way to freedom and healthy relationships….
Meeting Our God: We Praise
Jan 15, 2017 • 23 min
Psalm 145 Some things call for a response. When we see a great football play or a beautiful sunset, when we read a great book or hear an awesome song, it stops us. We enjoy it and need to do something - clap or smile or tell someone about it. We…
What Do I Say?
Oct 23, 2016 • 34 min
Imagine you’ve been praying for someone who doesn’t know Jesus. You’ve tried to live out your Christian faith and you’ve shown them hospitality. Then it happens. They actually say, “Tell me about your Christian faith. How might I become a Christian?” Wh…
Showing Hospitality
Oct 16, 2016 • 35 min
We’ve been talking about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who don’t know Him. We’ve talked about praying and about living a life that is weird and wonderful. This morning we talk about another part of sharing the Good News—showing…
Being Weird and Wonderful
Oct 9, 2016 • 29 min
When people we love don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have a desire for them to experience God’s amazing grace and peace. But how can we help people come to know Jesus? Last week we said that the first thing we can do is to pray for them, that God…
Prayer
Oct 2, 2016 • 29 min
God is the One who opens people’s hearts and minds to the gospel. He is the One who saves. So prayer is a key and powerful tool for outreach and evangelism! It’s like the spiritual artillery that “softens the ground” before the troops move in. Without p…
The Final Exam
Sep 25, 2016 • 29 min
Genesis 22 We come to the end of our study of Abraham this morning. We’ve seen Abraham’s ups and downs, but this morning we’re going to see the ultimate test of whether Abraham trusts God with all that he has. As we look at Abraham we’ll have to ask…
Beginnings: A Surprise from God
Sep 18, 2016 • 27 min
Genesis 20 One of the dangers we face as we go through life is making assumptions. We think we know what people are like. We think we know who is good and who is bad. And sometimes we even think we know who God likes and does not like. As we turn again…
Beginnings: Leaving Sodom
Sep 11, 2016 • 38 min
Genesis 19 Two weeks ago we saw that the sins of Sodom were so great that God decided to bring judgment to the city. You’d think it would be easy for everyone who knows that to just leave, right? This morning we’ll see that even though sin destroys u…
Christ & Culture: The 3 M’s of Cultural Transformation
Sep 4, 2016 • 32 min
Luke 10: 1-20 Have you ever felt fully satisfied in Christ? Can you think of a time when you fully and physically alive? Abundant living is not only a goal for you, but it’s a place where Jesus wants us to be in order to be used by Him in…
Abraham: When God says Enough
Aug 28, 2016 • 40 min
The Bible clearly teaches that God is full of grace and mercy and love. But the Bible also says that there are times when God says, “Enough!” There are times when God says that judgment needs to come. This morning we’ll look at what Abraham learned…
Beginnings: Sarah Laughs
Aug 21, 2016 • 26 min
Genesis 18:1-15 Have you ever felt like you deeply wanted something but didn’t dare get your hopes up? You don’t want to let yourself believe that something good could happen because you “know” that once you start to hope, you’re going to be deeply…
Abraham: What About the Outsider?
Aug 14, 2016 • 33 min
Genesis 18:15-27 We’ve seen that God makes it clear to Abraham that He is going to work through Isaac, the son not yet even born to Abraham. That’s great, but it also raises a question: What about Ishmael? What about the one who is not “The One?” What…
Abraham: Our Identity in the Contemporary World
Aug 7, 2016 • 39 min
How do you identify yourself to your peers? Who determines your identity? This morning – in the story of Abram – God dispels the cultural illusion that we can decide for ourselves our own identity. Let’s take a look at how God establishes our identity.
Abraham: What to Do?
Jul 31, 2016 • 38 min
Genesis 16 Last week we saw Abraham meet God in such a way that strengthened his belief and faith in God’s promise. Some might say he quite literally had a mountain top spiritual experience. When Abraham returns home he’s faced with reality and a…
Beginnings: Stars & Stews
Jul 24, 2016 • 36 min
Genesis 15 Waiting is not easy. Especially when we’re waiting for something really important. This morning we’ll look at two gifts that God gives Abram that helped him (and can help us) while we’re waiting for God to work in our lives.
Abraham: In the Heat of Battle
Jul 17, 2016 • 30 min
Each one of us has life struggles. We’re engaged in various battles. This Sunday we will look at the war Abraham led in order to rescue his nephew, Lot. Was Abraham successful? Was Abraham alone in waging this war?
Abraham: Trusting is Tough Work
Jul 10, 2016 • 31 min
Genesis 13 Last week we sam that, when Abram was faced with a tough situation, he compromised on his commitment to God and God needed to rescue Abram. This week we’ll see Abram in another tough situation and we’ll take a look at whether he does any…
Beginnings: (Not so) Full of Faith
Jul 3, 2016 • 33 min
Genesis 12:10-20 Last week we saw Abram make an amazing leap of faith, leaving behind his old security and old identity and trusting God to go wherever God took him. God has promised to bless Abram and bless the whole world through Abram. Abram was…
Beginnings: Abraham
Jun 26, 2016 • 35 min
Whenever God comes into our lives, He invites us, encourages us, calls us into a relationship with Him. And the call that God places on our lives is very similar to the call He made to Abram several thousand years ago. This morning we’ll think about…
Beginnings: Abraham
Jun 19, 2016 • 30 min
Romans 4:16; James 2:23 We’re going to begin a new series this morning where we will take a look at a key element in the Christian story - the Old Testament story of Abraham. Abraham is an amazing character who played an essential part in what God w…
The Gospel Through the Eyes of Rahab
Jun 12, 2016 • 29 min
Joshua 2 We live in a world that loves to label everything. We label our foods, our stuff, and we even label people. Rahab was a woman who spent her life dealing with the labels of this world; Foreigner, Prostitute, Harlot. This morning we’ll take a…
Keep on Keepin’ On
Jun 5, 2016 • 26 min
Hebrews 12: 1-3 Following Jesus is not always easy. Sometime we get tired and discouraged and we feel like throwing in the towel. This morning we’ll look at Hebrews 12 to see how we can keep running even when it feels like we want to quit.
Remembering God’s Heroes
May 29, 2016 • 39 min
On this Memorial Day weekend Hebrews 11 reminds us of the essential qualities of the heroes in God’s everlasting kingdom. In this sense we’ll look at our Lord as our Commander-in-Chief – not only the author but also the perfecter of our faith.
Maximum Impact: Thankful for You
May 22, 2016 • 22 min
I Thessalonians 1:2&3 What inspires you? What gets you excited? Nature? Music? Sporting events? This morning we’ll take a look at one of the things that inspired the Apostle Paul and we’ll see if it can give us some inspiration and…
Salvation Comes to the City
May 15, 2016 • 31 min
Acts 2:14-21; 36-42 This Sunday we will explore what Pentecost means for us. What does it mean that we have the Spirit? What difference does it make in or family or in our workplace? Are we better husbands, wives, better kids? Are we better teachers,…
Maximum Impact: Leaving a Legacy
May 8, 2016 • 30 min
II Timothy 4: 6-8 We were created by God to be difference makers, to have an impact on our world. The question is this: What kind of impact will we make? What kind of legacy will we leave when our time on earth is done? This morning we’ll take a look…
When God Taps Us on the Shoulder
May 1, 2016 • 26 min
Exodus 3 & 4 It’s really exciting to think about and see what God is doing. We like to watch God at work. But God calls us to be more than watchers. He calls us to get into the game, to be part of what He is doing. This morning we’ll think about…
Maximum Impact: How does God work?
Apr 24, 2016 • 36 min
We saw last week that God is making all things new- He’s restoring everything to its right place. This week we’ll look at something really amazing: God chooses to so this through His church- That’s you and me!! This morning we’ll look at what Jesus has…
What is God Doing?
Apr 17, 2016 • 31 min
Colossians 1:19-20 As we begin to think about making a maximum impact as a church, it’s important that we start with making sure that we’re making an impact in the right area and the right way. We want to make an impact that God wants us to make. So…
The Gospel of the Nobodies: The Frightened
Apr 10, 2016 • 38 min
Luke 24: 36-49 What brings you peace? What calms your fears and anxieties? This morning we’re going to look at the last teaching moment of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. It’s a message that the resurrected Jesus has for his frightened disciples.
The Gospel of the Nobodies: When We Want to Give Up
Apr 3, 2016 • 34 min
Luke 24: 13-35 It happens to al of us. We get tired. we get discouraged. Life seems overwhelming. We just want to quit. We want to walk away from it all. This morning we’ll look at two of Jesus’ followers who were discouraged and who decided to go…
The Gospel of the Nobodies: The Worst Day is Not the Last Day
Mar 27, 2016 • 30 min
We’ve all had bad days. But for many of us, we have a few that stand out and maybe even one that we can name the Worst Day Ever. This morning we’ll take a look at Mary Magdalene as she deals with her worst day ever and discovers some amazing…
The Gospel of the Nobodies: At the End of the Day
Mar 20, 2016 • 24 min
We can be so inconsistent in our lives. Sometimes we do the right thing in a tough situation. Sometimes we fail when it isn’t that difficult. In the story we’re going to look at this morning, the Apostle Peter is at a huge moment in his life. Will h…
The Gospel of the Nobodies: Set Free
Mar 13, 2016 • 36 min
Luke 18: 18-28 Having money in the Bible is not always a bad thing. But it is always a dangerous thing - money is pretty powerful and can become too important in our lives. This morning we’ll take a look at a story that challenges us to think about…
The Gospel of the Nobodies: The Humble
Mar 6, 2016 • 34 min
Luke 18: 9-14 We all want to encounter God in church and in our private devotions. This morning we will look at a parable about prayer, told by Jesus, for those who were confident of their righteousness and were looking down on everyone else. The que…
The Gospel of the Nobodies: Jesus is for Everybody
Feb 28, 2016 • 36 min
Luke 8:40-56 We often put people into different categories: rich or poor; strong or weak; smart or foolish; male or female; somebody or nobody-the list could go on. Those differences can be real, but there is another sense in which all of us are the s…
The Gospel of the Nobodies: The Danger of Thinking We’re Somebodies
Feb 21, 2016 • 32 min
Luke 5:36-50 Jesus loves every one of us. That’s not the question. The question is whether we know we need His love and grace. Sometimes the biggest danger we face is thinking that we’re somebodies all on our own.
The Gospel of the Nobodies: The Sick
Feb 14, 2016 • 38 min
Luke 5:27-32 What’s so amazing about grace is that it’s unmerited and free. When was the last time you were overwhelmed by generosity or by someone’s kindness? This Sunday morning we’re going to discover the caring and loving side of Jesus in…
5 Great Questions: Why be Good?
Feb 7, 2016 • 32 min
Romans 6: 1-4 The Bible makes clear that we are saved by God’s grace, not by anything that we’ve done. And the Bible makes clear that even if we sin again, God is going to forgive us. That raises a great questions, Why be good? Why not just live howe…
5 Great Questions: What Happens When I Believe?
Jan 31, 2016 • 35 min
II Corinthians 5:21 Last week we talked about having true faith and truly believing in Jesus Christ. This week we move on to another great question: What happens next? What happens when I believe?
5 Great Questions: What is True Faith
Jan 24, 2016 • 32 min
Often our culture frowns when someone uses the label, “People of Faith.” If we hear that phrase, we immediately wonder whether the person comes from a Christian, Jewish, or Muslim background. However, Jesus is exclusive. He is radical in his claim,…
5 Great Questions: Is There Any Way We Can Get Out of This Mess?
Jan 17, 2016 • 30 min
Romans 5: 12-19 The Bible (and the Heidelberg Catechism) makes it clear that we are in a bad situation. We are dead in our sins and we deserve eternal punishment. It can be really hard to accept that. Isn’t there some way we can get out of this?…
5 Great Questions: What is My Only Comfort?
Jan 10, 2016 • 31 min
Hebrews 8:38-39 For any of us, storms can strike in an instant. The doctor calls with bad news. We lose our job. A tornado rips through our house. We are falsely accused of something. When those things happen, our worlds shake. And when those…
5 Great Questions: The Heidelberg Catechism
Jan 3, 2016 • 41 min
Hebrews 4:14 As we begin the new year we also begin a new sermon series. In this series we’re going to take a look at five questions and answers from the Heidelberg Catechism. This morning we’ll begin by asking why would we look at a 480-year-old…
Light in the Darkness: Who is this Child?
Dec 27, 2015 • 36 min
The story of Jesus’s birth is known by the vast majority of people. We are reminded of it every Christmas season and every time we see a nativity scene. But did you know that the gospels share different account of the story? Why does Matthew talk abo…
Light in the Darkness: The Word Became Flesh
Dec 24, 2015 • 26 min
Christmas Eve Service - Merry Christmas
Light in the Darkness: The Gifts of Jesus
Dec 20, 2015 • 28 min
John 1:14-17 For many of us, one of the hardest questions anyone can ask us is this: What do you want for Christmas? We loved the questions when we were younger, but it gets tougher as we get older. This morning we’ll take a look at the gifts Jesus…
Light in the Darkness: The Day the True Light Came
Dec 13, 2015 • 20 min
John 1:9-13 We all seem to use Christmas lights in our front yard or on the Christmas tree. But why do we do that? Why is John telling us that Jesus is the True Light? How would you explain this to an unbeliever? This morning we will learn what…
Light in the Darkness: You are NOT the Light
Dec 6, 2015 • 31 min
John 1:6-8; 16; 19-20 This is a time of the year where the stress can feel overwhelming. There are so many things to do and so many people who need us. And sometimes we can feel like we are supposed to take care of everyone. This morning we’re going to…
Light in the Darkness: In the Beginning
Nov 29, 2015 • 31 min
John 1: 1-5 We start that time of year when we begin to prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus. To help us do that this year, we’re going to study the beginning of the Gospel of John, the place where John tell us his “version” of the…
Everything is a Gift
Nov 26, 2015 • 25 min
Thanksgiving Service
What is Christ’s Vision for the End of the Story?
Nov 22, 2015 • 36 min
Revelation 21:1-9 Watching the news and looking at what’s happening in the world today our hearts are troubled. Uncertainty and fear can cripple us. This morning Christ has a powerful and hopeful message for us from Revelation 21. He wants us to grasp …
Finding Our Place: The Ending (Peace, Grace, and Love)
Nov 15, 2015 • 28 min
Ephesians 6:21-24 How do you end your letters or emails? Do you use something formal, like “Yours Truly?” Or, do you go for something more informal, like “See You Later?” This morning we’ll take a look at how Paul ends his letter to the Ephesians…
Finding Our Place: Prayer, the Christian’s Ultimate Weapon
Nov 8, 2015 • 37 min
*NOTE: RECORDING STARTED AFTER INTRODUCTORY VIDEO* After we put on the full armor of God one might ask, now what? Paul tells us, now fight! How? Pray! By the way, how is your prayer life? It’s great if you feel like it’s pretty strong. Do you…
Finding Our Place: In Battle (The Armor part 2)
Nov 1, 2015 • 31 min
Last week we started talking about the armor of God, the armor of God gives us tools so we can stand against the schemes of the devil. We talked about the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and the boots of readiness that comes from the gos…
Finding Our Place: In Battle (The Armor part 1)
Oct 25, 2015 • 37 min
Ephesians 6:13-15 We’ve been talking about the fact that Christians are engaged in spiritual warfare. This morning we begin to look at the main thing Paul wants to call us to do - to put on the armor of God. If we are going to stand firm in this…
Finding Our Place: In Battle - The Enemy II
Oct 18, 2015 • 31 min
Ephesians 6:10-13 Last week we began to talk about spiritual warfare. We talked about the fact that the devil and his minions are real and dangerous to us. This week we’ll take a look at how they fight – we’ll consider what Paul calls “the devil’s sche…
Finding Our Place: In Battle - The Enemy
Oct 11, 2015 • 35 min
In the final section of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he talks about the battle that all Christians are call to fight - the battle against the schemes of the devil. While parts of the world are very comfortable thinking about spiritual battles, many of…
Finding Our Place: At Work
Oct 4, 2015 • 34 min
We’ve been talking about the difference Jesus makes in our lives. We’ve talked about marriages and parenting and this morning we’re going to talk about another really important area of our lives – work. While being a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean we…
Finding Our Place: God’s Call to Children and Parents
Sep 27, 2015 • 36 min
Ephesians 6:1-4 What does it mean to honor our parents? Are we supposed to obey them all the time? What is the key role of the parents? Isn’t a child supposed to get education and training at church and school? The 5th commandment, “honor your…
Finding Our Place: Husbands and Wives
Sep 20, 2015 • 29 min
Ephesians 5:21-33 Paul continues to encourage us to live out the new life we have in Jesus Christ and now he starts to talk about what new life looks like in our relationships. This morning we’ll take a look at what Paul says to husbands and wives…
Finding Our Place: Living Carefully
Sep 13, 2015 • 32 min
Ephesians 5:15-20 Like the parent of a teenager, the Apostle Paul is worried about his brothers and sisters in Ephesus. He know that they live in a dangerous world and so he calls them (and us) to be very careful, then, how you live… This morning…
Finding Our Place: Incentives for Righteousness
Sep 6, 2015 • 39 min
Ephesian 5: 3-14 We all know that we’re supposed to be “good” Christians. But Why? Why do we choose to be righteous when sin is so tempting? Why do we choose to live for Christ when we would rather live for ourselves most days? This morning, we’ll…
Finding Our Place: Taking Off and Putting On (Part 2)
Aug 30, 2015 • 30 min
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Paul tells us that if we are trying to follow Christ we will constantly be engaged in taking off the old nature and putting on the new nature. Last week we saw that Paul called us to take off lying, stealing and trash talking and to…
Finding Our Place: Taking Off and Putting On
Aug 23, 2015 • 34 min
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 If we want to grow in Christ, Paul tells us, there is a constant challenge we have to face. He tells us there are certain behaviors, attitudes, and actions that we need to constantly be striving to develop. This morning we’ll look…
Finding Our Place: From Old Self to New Self
Aug 16, 2015 • 31 min
Ephesians 4:17-25 We all want to change. Yet how many times have you tried to change your life and it didn’t work? We all know how hard it is to even pick up a healthy habit once we’re set in our own old ways. We are born with a nature that needs to…
Finding Our Place: Unity Part 2
Aug 9, 2015 • 36 min
Ephesians 4:7-16 We often feel like it’s easiest to get along with people if they are a lot like us (though sometimes it’s a problem if they’re too much like us). Paul, however, tells us that we are to be united even though we are all different - we h…
Finding Our Place: Live it Out!
Aug 2, 2015 • 34 min
Ephesians 4:1-6 For the first half of the letter to the Ephesians Paul has been telling us who we are – we are in Christ, we are saved by grace, we are part of a new family. Now Paul starts to tell us what that means. How will our lives look if we real…
Finding Our Place: Authentic Christians
Jul 26, 2015 • 33 min
Ephesians 3: 14-21 Is it possible to know a lot about God but to have never experienced his love and power? What if we live spiritually poor when we are called to spiritual riches? Can it be that we are Christians who live with a degree of phoniness and…
Finding Our Place: You Won’t Believe What We Get To Do!
Jul 19, 2015 • 29 min
Being able to give someone good news is a great thing. Being able to say “You’re hired,” or “You got an A” or “You made the team” is a wonderful thing to be able to do. The Apostle Paul felt that way about tell people that God loves them-He couldn’t…
Finding Our Place: Together in Christ
Jul 12, 2015 • 34 min
Ephesians 2:11-22 You may have heard someone say it or you may have said it yourself: Jesus I like: his followers, not so much. I like to spend time with Jesus but sometimes I struggle spending time with other Christians. They can be so hard to get a…
Finding Our Place: Remember the Journey
Jul 5, 2015 • 34 min
Ephesians 2:1-10 There’s an old saying that goes like this: If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know that it didn’t get there on its own. I think Paul wants us to remember something like that. He wants us to remember that when we find ourselves ex…
Finding Our Place: I’ll Pray for You
Jun 28, 2015 • 35 min
Ephesians 1:15-23 Prayer is one of those things that most of us know we should do. The Bible tells us to pray. Our parents told us to pray. The pastor tells us to pray. But what do we pray for when we pray for others? What do we ask God to give…
Finding our Place: God’s Adopted Kids
Jun 21, 2015 • 26 min
Are all people God’s natural children? On the one side, God is the Creator of all people. On the other side, not everyone is a natural Child of God. The concept of being God’s adopted kids is unique to the Christian faith and it prompts us to proclaim…
Finding Our Place: In Christ
Jun 14, 2015 • 31 min
Ephesians 1:1-2 This morning we’re going to start a new sermon series that will take us through this summer. We’ll be looking at the book of Ephesians, a book that is written for people who are struggling with finding their place in this world. In a…
I Believe
Jun 7, 2015 • 11 min
This morning we’ll celebrate the professions of faith of nine of our young people here at Hillside. We thank God for what He has done in their lives and we look forward to what God is going to do. The words of Joshua 1:9 provide a challenge for each of…
Blowin’ in the Wind: How Do We Live by the Holy Spirit?
May 31, 2015 • 28 min
Galatians 5:16-26 The Bible says that the Holy Spirit wants to do some wonderful things in our lives – He wants to guide us and encourage us and empower us. That’s great. But how do we experience that in our lives? How do we learn to live by the…
Blown in the Wind: What Does the Holy Spirit do?
May 24, 2015 • 33 min
John 16: 5-16 Last week we talked about who the Holy Spirit is. This morning we’re going to take a look at what the Holy Spirit wants to do in our lives - How does the Holy Spirit help us as we make our way through this world?
Blowin’ in the Wind: Who is the Holy Spirit?
May 17, 2015 • 23 min
John 15:26 What do you think of when you hear the words “Holy Spirit”? A ghost? A fire? People jumping up and down or falling over? The Force? While we may feel comfortable talking about God the Father or God the Son, many of us struggle when we…
Naomi and Ruth: The Journey from Idols to Yahweh
May 10, 2015 • 37 min
Ruth 1:1-5; 4:13-17 This Sunday is a special time when we are reminded of our mothers. We’re going to look together at an Old Testament survival story of a Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi, and her Moabite daughter-in-law, Ruth. In their story God shows his…
He is Risen… What Difference Does It Make?
May 3, 2015 • 34 min
I Get a New Body - 1 Corinthians 15:25-44 Some of us love our bodies. Some of us hate our bodies. Some of us don’t think much about our bodies. The Bible says that because Jesus rose from the dead with a new body, we too will get new bodies one day….
Now a Word from Our Youth
Apr 26, 2015 • 35 min
Hillside has been blessed with a great group of Middle and High School Students! This morning we’re going to be challenged with the truths from the Bible that they’ve been studying as our Middle and High School Youth Directors - Kirk Kingsley and Arek…
He is Risen… What Difference Does It Make?
Apr 19, 2015 • 24 min
Romans 6:9-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17 Christians make a big deal out of Easter Sunday. We celebrate and sing and put out flowers and talk about new life. We declare that we have hope and joy. Easter is a great Sunday. But what difference does Easter…
He is Risen… What Difference Does it Make?
Apr 12, 2015 • 37 min
Now that Easter is over, what does it mean that my old nature is crucified with Christ? How do I personally experience the resurrecting power in my daily life? How is Christ alive in me? This Sunday we’re beginning a three week series on a sixteenth…
Responding to Easter
Apr 5, 2015 • 30 min
Mark 28: 1-10 One of the interesting parts of the Eater story is to see how everyone responded to the news that Jesus was alive. We might think that is was only a time of happiness and celebration, but it wasn’t. This morning we’ll take a look at how t…
24: The Burial
Apr 2, 2015 • 18 min
Maundy Thursday Sermon Part 2
24: The Temple Curtain Torn in Two
Apr 2, 2015 • 14 min
Maundy Thursday Sermon - part 1
24: Darkness
Mar 29, 2015 • 32 min
Mark 15: 33-34 We are told that Jesus was crucified at about 9:00 in the morning. For the first three hours the day was like every other day but at noon, things changed. We’re told that darkness covered the land for three hours. This morning we’ll t…
24: At the Cross
Mar 22, 2015 • 29 min
We’ve been following Jesus on His journey to the cross. We’ve focused on His interactions with others and how they responded to Jesus. This morning we’re going to take some time to look at one specific aspect of this 24 hours-the extreme physical…
24: The Road to Gogotha
Mar 15, 2015 • 26 min
Mark 15:20-22 As we continue to look at the 24 hours leading up to and including the death and burial of Jesus we are coming near the end of the journey. Jesus has been sentenced to die and is brought to the place where He will be crucified. This morni…
24: Pilate’s Fortress - Jesus or Barabbas?
Mar 8, 2015 • 35 min
Have you ever imagined how the perfect person would look like? What would his character be? What about his physical appearance? The journey to the cross takes us this morning in the presence of Pilate. He is debating with the Jews whether to release…
24: Before Pilate and Herod
Mar 1, 2015 • 22 min
Luke 23: 1-12 What do you want from Jesus? Both Pilate and Herod have things they want from Jesus - answers, miracle, signs. But Jesus does not give them what they want, because Jesus knows that what they want is not what they need. This morning…
24: When Good People Do Bad Things
Feb 22, 2015 • 35 min
One of the saddest parts of the final 24 hours of the life of Jesus is that much of this was driven by people who should have done better. It was religious leaders and those who were most passionate about God who played a key role in putting Jesus on…
24: Jesus’ Gethsemane Prayer
Feb 15, 2015 • 36 min
Matthew 26:36-46 What are your prayer habits? Do you usually pray before a meal with your family or do you prefer to pray alone? On Thursday evening Jesus finished the Lord’s Supper in the Upper Room. Then he took his disciples to the Garden of…
24: The Lord’s Supper
Feb 8, 2015 • 28 min
John 13:1-17 Does your family have any rituals? Do you always do the same things on Christmas or Thanksgiving? For Jewish people, celebrating the Passover was the most important ritual of the year. They would do the same things, say the same things…
24: Thursday at Sunset
Feb 1, 2015 • 38 min
This morning we’re beginning a new sermon series. We’re going to take a 10 week look at the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life, 24 hours that changed the world. We start this morning in an upper room at sunset on a Thursday evening in Jerusalem.
Boundaries of Community
Jan 25, 2015 • 41 min
Acts 15: 1-11 What does it take for one to belong to Christian community? We all have boundary markers, all have standards when deciding who is “in” and “out”. This morning we’ll take a look at what it takes to experience and build into genuine,…
Too Good to be True
Jan 18, 2015 • 29 min
2 Kings 7:3-16 We all go through times of crisis and challenges, life seasons when we feel threatened by life’s struggles. In these critical moments God speaks to us and we need to respond decisively. This morning we’ll look at an interesting story…
Isaiah - I saw the Lord: The One Who Makes All Things New
Jan 11, 2015 • 30 min
Isaiah 65:17-25 You’ve probably heard someone say, “It is what it is.” They’re saying that things just are the way they are. We may like the way things are or not like the way they are, but we can’t deny the way things are. It is what it is. But the…
Isaiah - I Saw the Lord: The One Who Does a New Thing
Jan 4, 2015 • 30 min
Most of the time the Bible tells us to remember—to remember what God has done, to remember who God is. But in Isaiah 43 God tells us to forget what He has done. This morning we’ll think about why God would tell us to forget the things of the past.
Isaiah - I saw the Lord: The One Who Uses Us
Dec 28, 2014 • 32 min
Isaiah 49: 1-6 One of the questions we ask ourselves as we close out this past year is: Did I make a difference? Did the things I did in 2014 make a difference? Will things I do in 2015 make a difference? This morning we have good news that God is a…
Isaiah - I saw the Lord: A Man Acquainted with Pain
Dec 21, 2014 • 31 min
Isaiah 53:1-7 As we move along the Advent journey toward the climax of Christmas Eve, we’re reminded not only that there is the paradox of having a child on whose shoulders rests the government of the world, but also that this child is going to…
Isaiah - I Saw the Lord: The Servant
Dec 14, 2014 • 35 min
Among all the things Isaiah saw about God, the one we’re looking at this morning might have been the most shocking to him. Ina world of power, Isaiah sees that God is a servant. It’s pretty amazing.
Isaiah - I saw the Lord: The Comforter
Dec 7, 2014 • 34 min
Isaiah 36 - 40 Have you ever had a great success followed by a great failure? Have you ever “nailed it” but then failed it shortly after that? King Hezekiah was like the nation of Judah - a mixed bag. This morning we’ll look at what God does with pe…
Isaiah - I Saw the Lord: The King
Nov 30, 2014 • 29 min
We all have storms that enter our lives. We face a crisis with our health or our finances or our families. We lose a job or experience the loss of someone we love. And it feels like the bottom falls out. When the storms come, we have to ask…
Finding your “For”
Nov 27, 2014 • 21 min
Isaiah - I saw the Lord: The Judge
Nov 23, 2014 • 32 min
Isaiah 24 This morning we’re going to deal with one of the most challenging of all the images of God - that He is a judge. For some of us this makes us scared. For some of us this seems old-fashioned. For some of us we’re glad He’s going to get rid…
Isaiah - I saw the Lord: A Broken-Hearted Farmer
Nov 16, 2014 • 29 min
Isaiah 5 Last week we saw that one of the primary parts of Isaiah’s vision of God was his vision of God’s holiness - His otherness, His perfect purity. This week we’re going to look at a very different but still powerful picture that Isaiah gives us of…
Isaiah - I saw the Lord: The Holy One
Nov 9, 2014 • 40 min
Isaiah 6:1-8 Sometimes when people talk about what God is like, it can feel like, “yeah, that’s true, but what difference does it make? I need practical help. I’m trying to figure out how to pay my bills!” That wasn’t the case for Isaiah. When he saw…
What are you discussing together?
Nov 2, 2014 • 37 min
What do you think about abortion? What does the Bible saying about homosexuality? Do you think we should fight Islamic terrorism? What is God saying about poverty? Who are you supporting for the election? We all have questions and we like to discuss thi…
Fatal Attractions: Lust
Oct 26, 2014 • 37 min
Matthew 5:27-30 As we finish up our series on the Seven Deadly Sins, we think about one of the most challenging of the fatal attractions - lust. God created sex and sexual desire to be a good gift for us. But because of sin, this gift can be a real…
Fatal Attractions: Gluttony
Oct 19, 2014 • 29 min
Joshua 7:1, 19-25 If anger is the deadliest of the seven sins – as it leads to violence, murder, and wars – gluttony is the most paradoxical: it is one of the most easy to commit and one of the hardest to overcome. It is a perverted obsession with…
Fatal Attractions: Greed
Oct 12, 2014 • 37 min
I Timothy 6:6-10 For many of us, we know that we have all the “stuff” that we need. We know that we have more than most of the rest of the world and we know that we have every reason to be content with what we have. But we still struggle with the voice…
Fatal Attractions: Sloth
Oct 5, 2014 • 32 min
Ephesians 4: 22-24 Remember the old song from Sesame Street about One of these things is not like other, one of these things just doesn’t belong? That seems to fit when we get to this point in our study of the seven deadly sins. We know envy is deadl…
Fatal Attractions: Anger
Sep 28, 2014 • 35 min
Ephesians 4: 26-27 We all get angry! This is a reality we have to live with. But is there a difference between sinful and righteous anger? Our society has portrayed the God of the Bible as a very angry and raging God, who not only causes genocides…
Fatal Attractions: Envy
Sep 21, 2014 • 27 min
Proverbs 14:30 The Bible tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep. But that’s not always easy. Sometimes we find ourselves rejoicing when others weep and weeping when others rejoice. We take a secret joy in someone who…
Fatal Attractions: Vainglory
Sep 14, 2014 • 34 min
Mathew 6: 1-4 Little kids are obvious about it: “Look at me!” they say. ” I can make a big splash ! Look at me!” As we grow older we learn it’s not good to tell everyone to look at us. But that doesn’t mean we’re over our desire to have other people …
Fatal Attractions
Sep 7, 2014 • 34 min
Daniel 4 We’ve all done it. We’ve said to ourselves, “I know I’ll pay for this in the morning, but I’m still going to do it.” Or we’ve looked back at something we’ve done and asked ourselves, “What was I thinking?” The fact is that bad things someti…
Can You Run the Rat Race and Not be a Rat?
Aug 31, 2014 • 33 min
Proverbs 10:9 One of the pressures many of us face in our workplaces is the pressure to compromise our integrity in order to make a buck or get a promotion or keep a job. It’s hard to complete with people who seem to be able to cut corners whenever th…
Four Things God Never Does
Aug 24, 2014 • 29 min
Exodus 3:9-12 We all have patterns - Certain ways of doing things. When we look at the Bible, we see that God has some patterns as well - He tends to work in the same way over time. It’s helpful if we know these patterns and this morning we’ll look…
Teach Us To Pray: Ending Our Prayers
Aug 17, 2014 • 39 min
Matthew 6:14 The Text for this Sunday is not in the NIV version, but is in NASB (New American Standard), yet it is a text we all recite: “For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” You only go around once, so why not strive…
Teach Us to Pray: Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Aug 10, 2014 • 25 min
Matthew 6:13 This morning we come to the 6th and final petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” At first glance, we might ask, “does this petition suggest that God is the one who leads us to…
Teach Us to Pray: Forgive Us Our Debts
Aug 3, 2014 • 28 min
Matthew 6:12 Forgiveness is one of the most difficult words to translate into other languages. We often pray for the forgiveness of our sins, but do we grasp the depth of what it is we are truly asking for? When we ask God to forgive us our sins we are…
Teach Us To Pray: Our Daily Bread
Jul 27, 2014 • 32 min
In the first half of the Lord’s Prayer we’ve been praying some very high and lofty, world-changing things. We’ve asked God to hallow His name, to bring in His Kingdom and to have His will be done. These are clearly important and spiritual issues. But…
Teach Us to Pray: Your Will Be Done
Jul 20, 2014 • 26 min
Matthew 6:10 If you could have anything in this world, what would it be? If you could change one thing in this world, what would you change? For most of us when we think about these things we have some ideas that immediately come to our minds. We…
Teach Us To Pray: The Best Scenario
Jul 13, 2014 • 31 min
Matthew 6:10 - Your Kingdom Come When you pray the line “Your Kingdom Come” from the Lord’s Prayer, what comes to your mind? Living in a republic form of government, the concept of kingdom seems hard to relate to, yet it is an ancient concept that…
Teach Us to Pray: Hallowed Be Your Name
Jul 6, 2014 • 32 min
Matthew 6:9 When was the last time you’ve hallowed something? Not hallowed. Not hollered. But hallowed. Hallowed is not a word we use very much, but Jesus says that the first thing we ask for in our prayers is that God will hallow his name. This…
Teach Us to Pray: How to Begin
Jun 29, 2014 • 32 min
Matthew 6:8 Beginnings are really important. As Aristotle supposedly once said (and Mary Poppins as well), “Well begun is half-done.” It’s not always easy to know where to start, but once we do, we can get going. This morning we’ll take a look at what …
Teach Us To Pray: Rewards for Prayers
Jun 22, 2014 • 29 min
Matthew 6: 5-8 Jesus says that if we pray we’ll be rewarded. Is it true? Dr. Alexis Carrel, a Nobel Prize winner in medicine wrote a book in which he proved the therapeutic rewards of prayer. Prayer regularly, he wrote, and you will find your life i…
Teach Us to Pray: What Does God Think of Prayer?
Jun 15, 2014 • 28 min
Luke 11: 1-13 Prayer is one of those things we all are for - it’s a good thing to do and we know we ought to do it more. But it’s not always so easy to put that desire into action. It’s not always so easy to actually pray. As we begin our study of…
In Over Our Heads
Jun 1, 2014 • 29 min
I Kings 3:4-9 We’ve all been there. We take on a new task. It sounded fun and exciting. But now it’s time to take up the responsibilities. And we realize that there’s more involved here than we thought. The task is bigger and our skills our…
Riddle Me This
May 25, 2014 • 33 min
Psalm 49 Sometimes, if you want someone to really learn something, you make them work for it. If the other person earns the knowledge, it seems to go deeper. This morning we’ll take a look at a psalm where the writer wants us to try to figure out som…
Beginnings: Building the Kingdom of Man
May 18, 2014 • 25 min
Genesis 11:1-9 The Tower of Babel The German philosopher Karl Marx wrote in 1844 that “Religion is the opium of the people,” further advancing the idea that religion is a means of mass control and not a way to establish a relationship with the…
After The Flood
May 11, 2014 • 17 min
Genesis 8 & 9Last week we left Noah in the ark and the earth covered with water. We saw that this was a picture of God’s salvation. But what’s next? Does God leave Noah high and wet? This week we’ll look at the rest of the story.
Beginnings: The Flood
May 4, 2014 • 34 min
Genesis 6-8On of the worst things you can do in our world today is to judge someone - to say that someone did something wrong. That can sound nice and at one level none of us like judgmental people, but we also have something inside of us that…
When the Church Prays
Apr 27, 2014 • 27 min
Matthew 21:12-14We go to school to learn how the world works. We go to church to give praise and thanks to God and to listen to his Word. But where do we go to learn how to pray? This morning God’s Word will show us the the place of prayer in our…
New Life
Apr 20, 2014 • 31 min
Did you ever feel like something was “too good to be true?” It sounded great, but there had to be a catch—things just never actually work out that way. That’s what Mary was feeling like on her way to Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning—it had been great, but…
“Good” Friday
Apr 18, 2014 • 28 min
John 19:31-37Why is Good Friday “good?” What is good about the unjust trial, beating, and crucifixion of an innocent man? Tonight we look at the Gospel of John to find the good in the death of Jesus - a death that brings us hope.
The Jesus Way: The King Arrives
Apr 13, 2014 • 33 min
John 12: 12-19St Francis once said that we should “preach the Gospel at all times, and, when necessary, use words.” This morning we’ll look at a story in which Jesus preaches a really important sermon even though He doesn’t say a word.
The Jesus Way: Not Too Late
Apr 6, 2014 • 41 min
John 11We all have times where we feel like it’s too late. Maybe we could have changed things earlier, but now it’s too late. The marriage is over. The disease is progressed too far. My life is too big of a mess. It’s too late. But this morning we’re…
The Jesus Way: The Danger of Knowing Too Much
Mar 30, 2014 • 34 min
John 9Jesus ran into a lot of challenges in his life. He dealt with people who were blind or lepers, prostitutes or tax-collectors, angry or depressed. He didn’t seem to have too many problems with these challenges. Where he seemed to face his greatest …
The Jesus Way: Good News for the Outcast
Mar 23, 2014 • 32 min
John 4: 7-26Many of us struggle with evangelism. We want to tell others about Jesus, but most of the time we don’t know how. We feel embarrassed and it’s outside of our comfort zone. This morning we will learn from Jesus the why and the how of…
The Jesus Way: The Heart of the Matter
Mar 16, 2014 • 28 min
John 3:1-15Many of us know what it’s like to try to be good. We really want to be good, not just look good or feel good. But it’s really hard to be good. In fact the Bible says that we can’t be good on our own. This morning we’ll look at an essential…
The Jesus Way: Facing Temptation
Mar 9, 2014 • 38 min
Matthew 4: 1-11This morning we’re going to continue to think about what it means to live The Jesus Way, what it means to grow to be more and more like Jesus. As we do that, we’re going to learn a very important truth: if we try to follow The Jesus Way,…
The Jesus Way: Training for Godliness
Mar 2, 2014 • 36 min
1 Timothy 4:6-8As followers of Jesus we are not only supposed to believe in Him, but we are also supposed to live like Jesus. We are supposed to love and serve and give and put others first. But how do we do that? How do we grow to be more like Jesus?…
Beginnings: Further East of Eden
Feb 23, 2014 • 38 min
Genesis 4:17-6:8As we’ve worked our way through the first four chapters of Genesis, the stories we’ve looked at have been fairly familiar to some of us. But now we come to some material that most of us would simply choose to skip—lists of family names,…
Beginnings: Breaking Bad
Feb 16, 2014 • 31 min
Genesis 4: 1-16All of us have high expectations for our kids, especially when they are first born. But, what do you do when your first born is break bad? In Genesis 3:15, God promises Eve that her seed/son will be ‘the deliverer’. Can you imagine the…
Beginnings: Grace in a Broken World
Feb 9, 2014 • 32 min
Genesis 3:21-24Last Sunday we talked about how nothing works the way it’s supposed to work in our world anymore. We don’t do what we’re supposed to do, the world around us doesn’t work right—there’s cancer and pain and death, and our relationship with G…
Beginnings: It’s Broken
Feb 2, 2014 • 34 min
Genesis 3:8-19Last week we looked at how Adam and Eve decided not to trust God. We saw how they decided that they knew better than God and they did the one thing God said they couldn’t do - they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And we…
Beginnings: What’s Wrong?
Jan 26, 2014 • 39 min
Genesis 3:1-7Some of the fundamental questions everyone asks at some point in their lives are, “Why are things the way they are? Why is there so much sickness and death and anger and attacking? Why is there so much pain? What’s wrong with the world?”…
Dr. John Perkins
Jan 19, 2014 • 34 min
Guest Speaker Dr. John Perkins from the Spencer Perkins Center in West Jackson, MS
Beginnings: Made For Relationships (With Each Other)
Jan 12, 2014 • 36 min
Genesis 2:18As we’ve gone through the opening chapters of Genesis, one of the things we’ve seen is that what God created was good. Seven times in Genesis 1 we read that God saw what He had made and it was good. But now we come to something really inte…
Beginnings: Made for Relationships (With Creation)
Jan 5, 2014 • 39 min
Genesis 1 and 2As we return to our study of the opening chapters of Genesis, we’ll see that God built us for relationships - with Him, with the world we live in, and with each other. This morning we’ll take a look at the relationship we have with…
Anticipation: Trusting
Dec 29, 2013 • 29 min
Matthew 1:18-25Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, has been called the forgotten man of Christmas. We never read a word he said in the Bible. There are no quotes from him. Like the father of the bride at the wedding, he seems to be there to pay the…
Anticipation: Grace Has Appeared
Dec 24, 2013 • 30 min
Titus 2:11-14
Anticipation: Jesus, I’m in trouble! Are you the one?
Dec 15, 2013 • 32 min
Matthew 11:1-15What do you do when you’re under attack? What is your reaction when your spouse criticizes you day and night, when going to your workplace seems like facing the firing squad every day? What do you do when your bothers and sisters in faith…
Anticipation: Preparing
Dec 8, 2013 • 28 min
Matthew 3:1-12Many of us have already put some time into getting our homes ready for Christmas. We’ve put up trees, or hung lights, or lit some candles or played some Christmas music. It can be fun to get our homes ready for Christmas. But how are we…
Jars of Clay
Dec 1, 2013 • 34 min
2 Corinthians 4:7-10As Christians, we have a light that dwells within us. This light is comparable to treasure, it is beyond comparison and immeasurably glorious. Unfortunately, we too often hide that light. We let our pride and fear of weakness contain…
Beginnings: Made For Relationships
Nov 24, 2013 • 32 min
Genesis 2:4-25We’ve been thinking about what Genesis 1 and 2 tell us about who God is, what the world is like and who we are and this morning we come to one of the really important things about us. We were created for community, created to live in rela…
Beginnings: Created to Rest
Nov 17, 2013 • 33 min
Genesis 2:1-4What do you do when you are sick or tired? When life is heavy? Where do you find rest? Is it in the newest organic diet? Is it in the membership in that country club? Is it in your new job? Is it in this or that toy? Is it in that…
Beginnings: In His Image
Nov 10, 2013 • 35 min
Genesis 1:26-31, 2:15 - Last week we talked about what Genesis 1 has to teach us about who God is. This morning we’re going to look at Genesis 1 and 2 and see what they have to teach us about who we are. Are we good or bad? Important or unimportant?…
Beginnings: In the Beginning God
Nov 3, 2013 • 31 min
Genesis 1 One of the really important things we learn as we look at Genesis 1 (the very 1st chapter in the whole Bible) is what God is like. As we watch God at work in creation, we learn some important lessons about who He is. This morning we’ll think…
Beginnings: In the Beginning God
Oct 27, 2013 • 40 min
Genesis 1. While we don’t always think about it, one of the most important things we do in our lives is to try to figure out our place in this world. Where do we fit? Are we important? Is this world safe? There are big questions and in order to think…
I Have A Friend Who: Is Afraid of Death
Oct 20, 2013 • 36 min
Luke 16:19-31Your friend makes plans for her 50th birthday or for her wedding, but why isn’t your friend making any plans for her death? In 1908 only 14% of all deaths occurred in an institution but by 2000 it is nearly 80%. The past century also led…
I Have a Friend Who: Believes in Psychics
Oct 13, 2013 • 33 min
Did you know that one out of every four people in the U.S. (including Christians) believe that they can learn about themselves and the future from the stars? Did you that three out of ten people in the U.S. (including Christians) believe that they have…
I Have a Friend Who: Is Thinking about Having an Abortion
Oct 6, 2013 • 38 min
Galatians 6:1-2, John 1:14Proverbs 17:17 says that “A friend loves at all times.” But what about when our friend is doing something we don’t think is wise? Or that we think is wrong? What do we do then? What does it mean to be a friend to someone who…
I Have A Friend Who: Is Being Eaten Up by Bitterness
Sep 29, 2013 • 29 min
We all have memories of the times when we’ve been hurt - someone lied to us or about us - someone betrayed us - someone cheated on us - someone abused us. Those memories can hurt us and they can also make us bitter. They can dominate our lives. Is…
I Have A Friend Who: Isn’t Sure He Can Trust the Bible
Sep 22, 2013 • 47 min
If you think about it, it really is a strange thing to do—to say that a book written more than 2,000 years ago is God’s Word—to say that this book is true and trustworthy. Yet many of us do just that. We trust it. We say it is God’s Word. But for some…
I Have A Friend Who: Isn’t Sure She’s Saved
Sep 15, 2013 • 32 min
We’re starting a new sermon series in which we’re going to look at some of the struggles we, and some of the people we love, go through in this world. We’re going to think about doubt and bitterness and unplanned pregnancies and several other difficult …
Under Pressure: We Follow With Humility
Sep 8, 2013 • 37 min
1 Peter 5:5-14
Under Pressure: We Lead With Love
Sep 1, 2013 • 34 min
1 Peter 5:1-4
Under Pressure: Judgement Day
Aug 25, 2013 • 35 min
1 Peter 4:12-19We’ve been talking this summer about living under pressure—under pressure to conform to the world around us and under pressure from the struggles of this world. Peter will tell us that when we feel this pressure it should remind us of…
Under Pressure: We Follow Jesus
Aug 18, 2013 • 42 min
Whether you’ve been a Christian your whole life, or just met Jesus last week, we all still struggle with sin. Yet Peter tells us that Christ Followers are “finished with sin.” Really? Is that possible? We will look into Peter’s own life to find an…
Under Pressure: We Serve No Matter What
Aug 11, 2013 • 32 min
1 Peter 3:13-22Do you ever get tired of trying to do the right thing? Do you ever feel like no one notices or, even worse, people make it more difficult for you? If you’ve ever been in those places, you know what it’s like to ask this question: “Why…
Under Pressure: Called to Inherit a Blessing
Aug 4, 2013 • 37 min
1 Peter 3:8-12We all are in search of love. We want to be loved and we want to be blessed. In a world that is full of violence, abuse, disrespect, where do we find a blessing? Peter tells us that there’s a solution. This coming Sunday we will explore…
Under Pressure: On The Home Front
Jul 28, 2013 • 27 min
1 Peter 3:1-7Does following Jesus make a difference in how we treat our spouses? Does it impact how we treat the people who are closest to us? This coming Sunday morning we’ll see that Peter says that being a Christian does make a difference in our…
Under Pressure: We Do What Jesus Did
Jul 21, 2013 • 35 min
1 Peter 2:11-25Life is all about relationships and Peter wants us to know how we’re supposed to live in relationships with others if we are followers of Jesus. Peter tells us how to relate to two important authorities in our lives—the government and our…
Under Pressure: We Serve As Priests
Jul 14, 2013 • 38 min
1 Peter 2:4-10When we think about who we are, there are a number of things that probably come to mind. We think, “I’m a dad (or a mom). I’m a daughter (or a son). I’m a teacher (or salesperson or firefighter or homemaker or…). I’m an American (or a…
Under Pressure: What Is In Your Drink?
Jul 7, 2013 • 33 min
1 Peter 1:13-2:3Hillsiders, God tells us again: “Be holy, because I am holy!” Who can measure against such a high moral standard? Can you really take off your mask and rid yourself of any pretense? Can you stop blackening someone’s name? Is it realistic…
Under Pressure: We Hold On To Hope
Jun 30, 2013 • 39 min
1 Peter 1:3-12
Father’s Day: Love
Jun 16, 2013 • 32 min
1 Corinthians 13
Jesus and a Fig Tree
Jun 2, 2013 • 26 min
Mark 11
Remember
May 26, 2013 • 29 min
Pentecost Sunday: Filled with the Spirit
May 19, 2013 • 24 min
Finding Our Place: How God Works
May 12, 2013 • 30 min
Finding Our Place: Where Are We
May 5, 2013 • 38 min
Acts 1:1-8
Finding Our Place: Who Are We
Apr 28, 2013 • 29 min
I Corinthians 12: 14-20
Find Our Place: What Is God Doing
Apr 21, 2013 • 40 min
Revelation 21:5
The First Words of Jesus: Go and Tell
Apr 14, 2013 • 68 min
Matthew 28
The First Words of Jesus: Feed My Sheed
Apr 7, 2013 • 33 min
John 21
Easter: It is Finished
Mar 24, 2013 • 35 min
John 19:30
Last Words of Jesus: Father Forgive Them
Mar 17, 2013 • 40 min
Luke 23:32-34
Last Words of Jesus: Why Have You Forsaken Me
Mar 10, 2013 • 42 min
Matthew 27:39-46
Last Words of Jesus: Your Mother Your Son
Mar 3, 2013 • 33 min
John 19:25-27
Last Words of Jesus: Today In Paradise
Feb 24, 2013 • 30 min
Luke 23:35-43
God Is Faithful
Feb 10, 2013 • 31 min
Lamentations 3:22-24
God Is Full of Grace
Feb 3, 2013 • 33 min
Psalm 103:7-12
God Is Righteous
Jan 27, 2013 • 35 min
Psalm 111:3.
God Is Always In Control
Jan 20, 2013 • 29 min