Prairie Hills Covenant Church

Prairie Hills Covenant Church

www.prairiehills.org
We sing together, pray together, grow in faith together, and encourage each other. We are an intergenerational church with thriving ministries for children, youth, adults, and seniors.


Dry Bones 9.8.19
Sep 12 • 44 min
Walk Humbly with your God
Sep 12 • 42 min
Prepare for a Miracle 8.25.19
Sep 12 • 54 min
Stones That Keep Us From Coming to Jesus 4.21.19
Jun 6 • 24 min
Easter Sunday
Too Good To Be True 4.28.19
Jun 6 • 25 min
How Could You, Judas? 4.19.19
Jun 6 • 23 min
Good Friday service
Standing in the Way - Believing Prayer
Apr 15 • 30 min
Standing in the Gap
Apr 8 • 21 min
Search Me, O God
Apr 8 • 28 min
Standing in the Need of Prayer 3.24.19
Mar 25 • 30 min
With My Face to the Rising Sun 3.17.19
Mar 18 • 32 min
Be Still
Mar 14 • 31 min
Teach Us to Pray 3.10.19
Mar 7 • 26 min
It is no surprise that the disciples wanted to learn how to pray like Jesus. When Jesus prayed, things happened: people were healed; demons fled; and God acted. Our text this week does not inspire us to ask, “how should we pray” a…
Real Prayer 2.17.19
Feb 21 • 25 min
This week, we are going to explore an example of real prayer in Daniel 9. Throughout the Bible, we see examples of real prayer lifted up in every imaginable circumstance by all kinds of different people. Real prayers that cut to t…
The Prayer Closet 2.10.19
Feb 14 • 29 min
On Sunday, we begin a sermon series on Prayer that we are titling, “The Bridge.” Prayer is that amazing bridge between humanity and the Divine. It is far more than just asking God to do things we need help with. It is, as we learned las…
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself 1.27.19
Jan 29 • 31 min
This week we are exploring the amazing, wonderful gift of human friendship through the lens of the life of King David. Godly friends are essential to our spiritual growth and our journey of faith. Our challenge today is to commit ourselves to deep, …
Tis the Season 1.6.18
Jan 10 • 27 min
How They Grow 12.30.18
Jan 3 • 23 min
Believe 12.23.18
Jan 3 • 26 min
When we look at the similarities and contrasts between the stories of Mary, the mother of Jesus and the couple, Zechariah and Elizabeth, we can’t help but come to a profound conclusion, “Nothing is impossible with God!” On this fourth Sunday …
Fire and Soap 12.9.18
Dec 14, 2018 • 30 min
The Prophet Malachi provides creative imagery and direct teaching about the necessity of being pure before the Lord. In this second week of Advent, let’s prepare our hearts and minds to meet God.
The ABCs of Effective Prayer 12.2.18
Dec 14, 2018 • 17 min
It is one thing to say that we pray and another to be changed, challenged and recharged when we pray. One of the ways we learn to pray is to read and pray the prayers of scripture. Psalm 25 is a wonderful prayer that helps us learn the A…
When Does God Weep?
Nov 26, 2018 • 32 min
There are some very big questions that humanity wants to ask God. These questions are at the center of why some people refuse to believe that God is good and loves them. The penetrating question we are going to as we ponder the reality o…
The Second Thanksgiving
Nov 26, 2018 • 16 min
Message from our Thanksgiving Eve Service
A Real-Life Mulligan
Nov 13, 2018 • 37 min
There are many examples in scripture of God giving people a second chance. The story of Peter’s do-over with Jesus after the resurrection gives of great hope that God is merciful and forgiving of our sins and worst thoughts and actions. …
What Do You Want?
Nov 4, 2018 • 26 min
When Jesus met Nathanial he asked him, “What do you want?” Jesus was not asking Nathanial to make a Christmas list, he was asking him to identify the core of what he was looking for in life and more specifically, what he wanted from God. …
Hope in the Midst of Trials
Oct 28, 2018 • 33 min
Rev. Tyler Menssen serves as Director of Solid Rock School of Discipleship. Tyler is Ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and holds a Masters of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary. When not overseeing t…
The Path of Most Resistance
Oct 21, 2018 • 30 min
As we wrap up our sermon series in the book of Acts, chapter 21 is a critical point in Paul’s journey. What happens here determines how the rest of his life is going to go. And from his friends vantage point, the path he chooses to go is…
Last Words
Oct 14, 2018 • 32 min
Think about the importance of what you say to people, the advice you give, the respect you show, and the love you convey. In Acts 20, the Apostle Paul was very aware that he didn’t know what was going to happen as he made his way back t…
Joy in Jail
Sep 30, 2018 • 30 min
The story of Paul and Silas encounter with the Philippian Jailer is a study in opposites and the counter-intuitive. How is it possible to have joy in jail? This story helps us to better understand the will and purpose of God. We might not want to go …
The Invitation
Sep 23, 2018 • 28 min
This is the first of a two part sermon on the adventures of Paul in the city of Philippi. This Sunday, we are introduced to an extraordinary woman by the name of Lydia. She is one of those women whose leadership and sacrifices were critical to the spre…
Building a Legacy of Faith
Sep 16, 2018 • 35 min
This week our continuing study in the book of Acts introduces us to Timothy, the young protege of Paul. The message in this study is especially for children and youth but is particularly significant for parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who ca…
The Body of Christ at it’s Best
Aug 19, 2018 • 29 min
Barnabas is a hero. Earlier in the sermon series, we learned that he stood up for Saul before the church leaders in Jerusalem when no one believed that Saul was a changed. This Sunday we are going to dig deeper into the history and impact of Barnabas…
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Aug 12, 2018 • 29 min
In this second part of Peter and Cornelius’ story, God did a miraculous thing and sent the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles. The impact of this event changed the world. The change impacts who is on our guest list for the great feast of heaven. The table …
The Splendid Table
Aug 5, 2018 • 29 min
This Sunday is the first of a 2-part sermon. The text describes two elaborate visions by two people that historically would not associate with each other, the Apostle Peter and the Centurion, Cornelius. Even though we may not know much about Jewish f…
If You Say Go
Jul 29, 2018 • 25 min
Sometimes obediently doing what God says to do does not make sense. It may not be logical, efficient, cost effective, or even safe. Sometimes responding to God is not even just a test. Rather, our obedience is an essential part of God’s plan, even i…
180 Degrees
Jul 22, 2018 • 31 min
His story of conversion is one of the most dramatic in history. For Saul, the Persecutor of Christians, to turn 180 degrees to become Paul, the Apostle of Jesus, could only happen by the transforming power of God. This Sunday, we are going to take a …
Do You Get It?
Jul 8, 2018 • 29 min
The question is, how do we show the love of Christ to people who are not like us; people whose backgrounds, thinking and lifestyle are completely outside of our understanding and experience? This subject is potentially the most important question we n…
A Countenance of Peace
Jul 1, 2018 • 24 min
Stephen was the first recorded martyr as a follower of Jesus. His story sets the stage for the Tsunami of persecution that is about to envelop the first century church. We will explore how these giant waves can still be felt today.
The Folly of Foolishness
Jun 24, 2018 • 25 min
The integrity of what we say and what we do are important to God. As we explore the foolishness of Ananias and Sapphira, we will also test the integrity of our own words and actions.
Doing Church!
Jun 10, 2018 • 21 min
Outside Looking In
Jun 3, 2018 • 27 min
We are confronted this week with a powerful word picture of God’s transforming work in our lives. The East Gate into Jerusalem has profound significance in both history and prophecy. When Peter and John encounter a lame beggar at the gate, something …
Standing on the Wrong Side of History
May 27, 2018 • 31 min
The Apostle Peter is known for being a bold, quick to action, prone to putting his foot in his mouth kind of guy. Today we are going to ponder the sermon he gave right after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Peter is true to form and calls us to get…
What Does This Mean?
May 20, 2018 • 21 min
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It is the remembrance of the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the followers of Jesus. What was once whispered in secret was now boldly preached in the streets. Those who before felt powerless now were power…
Pure Luck
Apr 23, 2018 • 30 min
This Sunday, we’re going to ask the question, “How do we know the will of God?” Our text is a strange story that takes place between the ascension of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. For anyone who has ever wondered about the mys…
Hour of Power
Mar 25, 2018 • 20 min
The Simple Truth about being saved - Sacrifice
Mar 18, 2018 • 25 min
There are a lot of subjects in the Bible that are difficult to understand. One of the most difficult is the necessity of a sacrifice for sin. This Sunday, we will unpack a tightly packed subject to better understand why God has such strict requiremen…
The Simple Truth about being saved - Grace
Mar 12, 2018 • 26 min
The subject of grace is the most powerful, most significant truth of God’s love for us. Grace is not earned nor deserved yet, we are given it while we are still sinners. Be here on Sunday to bathe in the Grace of God!
The Simple Truth about being saved.
Mar 4, 2018 • 20 min
We are going to talk about a subject this Sunday that our culture is doing everything it can to erase. It is not popular for a reason and unfortunately, the more we ignore it, the more we excuse it, the more we tolerate it, the further we wander from …
The Simple Truth - You Are Needed
Feb 25, 2018 • 33 min
There is a wrong assumption that going to church is like going to a movie or concert or sporting event. The truth is, going to church is very different from those activities. On Sunday, we will explore one of the core reasons you should come to church,…
The Simple Truth - You are Loved
Feb 11, 2018 • 34 min
On Sunday, we begin exploring the question, “Why should I go to church?” There are probably many answers to that question, however, we are going to look at the first of three motives that cannot be ignored. Make sure you catch the next three Sundays!
The Simple Truth - iServe
Feb 4, 2018 • 24 min
Jesus said that the reason he came was to “serve”. Think about it, he didn’t come to rule, judge, punish, debate, or anything else. This Sunday, we are going to take a hard look at what it means to serve like Jesus. Our conclusions may surprise you!
The Simple Truth - iFollow
Jan 28, 2018 • 23 min
To be a “Follower of Jesus” is foundational to the Christian life. Unfortunately, following the leader is not nearly as easy as people might think, especially if you insist on going your own way. Make sure you get the Simple Truth of what it means to…
The Simple Truth - iBelieve
Jan 14, 2018 • 27 min
Jesus’ foundational message to his followers is to believe. Maybe it would be better to say, “Believe the unbelievable,” or “believe something amazingly extraordinary.” Today we will challenge our own beliefs with the unbelievable and amazing truth o…
The Simple Truth
Jan 7, 2018 • 19 min
Sermon starts at 3:00.
Home by Another Way
Dec 31, 2017 • 24 min
Are You Listening?
Dec 24, 2017 • 11 min
Christmas Eve candlelight service
The Song of Zechariah
Dec 17, 2017 • 29 min
Zechariah was the dad of John the Baptist. His story is amazing! The question we have to answer is, “Do you believe God’s promises for you?”
The Song of Isaiah
Dec 3, 2017 • 42 min
There’s a New Shepherd in Town
Nov 26, 2017 • 28 min
A Thanksgiving to Remember
Nov 19, 2017 • 21 min
First Things First
Nov 12, 2017 • 27 min
The message brought to us by our Senior Pastor candidate, Pastor Rick Carlson.
Moving the World: An Old Challenge for a New Generation
Nov 5, 2017 • 27 min
Grace Alone but not Luther Alone
Oct 29, 2017 • 30 min
Amateurs
Oct 22, 2017 • 28 min
A Biblical Guide to Party Mistakes
Oct 15, 2017 • 21 min
Change Your Mind
Oct 1, 2017 • 10 min
Enjoying the Scenery on a Detour
Sep 24, 2017 • 32 min
Do Not Worry
Sep 17, 2017 • 25 min
God’s Good Work
Sep 10, 2017 • 29 min
God of Place or God of People
Sep 3, 2017 • 26 min
The Offense of Faith
Aug 27, 2017 • 21 min
How Big is your Kingdom
Aug 20, 2017 • 39 min
Your Feet are Dirty
Aug 13, 2017 • 18 min
Community - A Cast of Characters
Aug 6, 2017 • 34 min
Who Can Be Against Us
Jul 30, 2017 • 13 min
Word and Words
Jul 23, 2017 • 26 min
Ready to Rumble
Jul 16, 2017 • 20 min
Looking up to Zaccheus
Jun 25, 2017 • 31 min
Freely
Jun 18, 2017 • 19 min
Selah (Pause), Sabbath (Stop), and a Sovereign God (Trust)
Jun 11, 2017 • 27 min
Now Hold On
Jun 4, 2017 • 22 min
Blessings & Sufferings
May 28, 2017 • 16 min
It Ain’t Over Yet
May 7, 2017 • 21 min
So That You May Believe
Apr 23, 2017 • 18 min
What Easter Isn’t - and Is
Apr 16, 2017 • 27 min
And on the Other Hand
Apr 9, 2017 • 24 min
Our Children Need to Know
Apr 2, 2017 • 25 min
BLESS
Mar 19, 2017 • 38 min
This Sunday is Prayer & Evangelism Sunday. Pastor Jill will be preaching on BLESS (formerly ASK or Bring My World to Christ). BLESS is an Intentional Evangelism Initiative that focuses on 5 missional practices we can engage to naturally introduce peop…
Where Salvation Begins
Mar 12, 2017 • 21 min
Beware of Bright, Shiny Objects
Mar 5, 2017 • 31 min
Fear of the Lord
Feb 26, 2017 • 32 min
I’m Made New
Feb 19, 2017 • 15 min
Aren’t you thankful that you are not who you were 10 years ago? 20 years ago? In Middle School? I know I am so very thankful that I outgrew the frizzy tight perms and the horrendous multicolored shirt that I thought would be a good idea to wear to pi…
The Heart of God
Feb 12, 2017 • 19 min
We are excited to have as our pulpit supply this Sunday, Mary Hendricks Wilkens, who is Rita Cusick’s sister. Mary is an AIM, SAM. In addition to doing pulpit supply in different churches, she is presently serving as a synodically authorized minister …
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
Feb 5, 2017 • 16 min
Every so often Zoe asks if she can get the mail. I think she asks with the hope that there will be a letter for her. She loves getting mail, although in today’s culture the use of snail mail is becoming less and less. I would argue, that even though…
A Different Rhythm
Jan 29, 2017 • 25 min
What’s Your Path?
Jan 22, 2017 • 22 min
This week at staff meeting I had to have Crystal read our scripture for our devotions because the words were blurry. I’ve had to zoom my word documents to 130% so I can make out what I’m typing. I’ve come to the realization that I can’t see. I’m not…
What’s Your Priority?
Jan 15, 2017 • 30 min
New Year’s resolution. It is famously known as a set of goals that we get pumped to achieve for the new year, but it would last only for one or two months. I remember the gym I used to attend was usually full with people in January and February. All th…
Mystery Manifest
Jan 8, 2017 • 24 min
Phenomenal Cosmic Power, Itty Bitty Living Space
Dec 25, 2016 • 13 min
Christmas Traditions There is so much that miss about my childhood Christmas traditions, that I didn’t even know I liked when I was a child. Growing up in the Swedish Capital of Nebraska, in the Swedish Covenant Church, with a 100% Swedish father, an…
Peace on Earth?
Dec 4, 2016 • 32 min
We are blessed on this 2nd Sunday of Advent to have a local pastor, Charlie Dial, from Harvest Church as our guest speaker. Charlie was raised in southern Oklahoma in a pastor’s home. After graduating from High School, he moved to Charleston, SC a…
Not What We Expected
Nov 27, 2016 • 25 min
Parable of the Tenants and Sons
Nov 20, 2016 • 18 min
In eight days the majority of the country will be stuffing their faces with turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious desserts. Some of us will watch football, some will prepare for their Black Friday Shopping, and some of us will be enjoying time with fa…
Jesus and Honor
Oct 23, 2016 • 26 min
The Gospel of Mark doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to Jesus’ Disciples. In works of fiction there is often a character that functions as a “foil.” A foil is a character that embodies the opposite character traits of the hero in order to highligh…
Children and the Rich
Oct 16, 2016 • 23 min
Mark intentionally placed these two stories next to each other. What do children and a rich man have in common, or what is different about them? Both came to Jesus seeking a blessing. The children likely brought by parents and the man of his own accord…
Jesus on Divorce
Oct 9, 2016 • 29 min
Having worked with both teenagers and adults I can testify that there are commonalities, but a whole lot of differences. Teenagers are stubborn, short-sited, hormonal, erratic, self-centered, and inconsiderate. Adults are all those things, but with mor…
Team Jesus
Oct 2, 2016 • 32 min
What’s the difference between a “Tattle Tale” and a “Whistle Blower?” A “Tattle Tale” tells a powerful figure about the minor offenses or negligence of a peer, with the hope that the offender will be punished and they will be rewarded. A “Whistle…
Jesus’ Right Hand
Sep 25, 2016 • 19 min
For years I worked at a summer camp in Nebraska. Camp is the best place on earth to be with daily worship and amazing speakers 2-3 times a day, 5 days a week for a summer. It was amazing, I highly recommend it. At meal time all the cabin groups woul…
The Transfiguration
Sep 11, 2016 • 25 min
I was waiting in line at a pharmacy counter and I overheard the gentleman in front of me speaking with the Pharmacist about getting a flu shot. (I try not to eaves drop, but sometimes you can’t help but hear other people’s conversations in public space…
Carrying a Cross
Sep 4, 2016 • 22 min
From time to time a meme will make the rounds on social media that goes something like this: “Click ‘Like’ if you believe God cares about the the smallest details of your life.” The phrase is usually accompanied by an intricate picture of a flower, or …
The One
Aug 28, 2016 • 31 min
What good would it be to be healed of blindness, only to walk around with your eyes closed? In this week’s scripture Jesus healed a blind man’s vision. The man who was blind, because of Jesus, was able to see. Shortly after this miracle Jesus asked …
Why Can’t We Just Get It?
Aug 21, 2016 • 26 min
When I was in Kindergarten my pastor was called to my small, home town church. (He really hasn’t been my pastor for about 18 years, but yet he will always be!) Not only is he my pastor, he is a second dad to me. He dropped me off at college, and sem…
Jesus Feeds 4000
Aug 14, 2016 • 23 min
In front of 4000 people, Jesus yet again shows a wondrous work, feeding all 4000 people with just few breads and fish. This miraculous work started with His loving heart, “I have compassion for them.” In contrary, Pharisees demand yet another signs fro…
Secrets
Aug 7, 2016 • 24 min
Secrets make for exciting and compelling entertainment. There are something like 24 films featuring James Bond working to reveal secret conspirators bent on world domination or destruction. Bond is just the tip of the espionage entertainment iceberg. A…
Crumbs
Jul 31, 2016 • 23 min
For the past forty plus years economists and academics have been arguing about an idea called the “Easterlin Paradox.” Developed by economist, Richard Easterlin, the paradox claims that there is not a direct link between a nation’s economic growth and …
Jesus Walks on Water
Jul 17, 2016 • 28 min
“[Jesus] saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.” Mark 6:48a I have been inundated lately with the observation that people who become extraordinary have faced great challenges in life. It seems that struggle produ…
Jesus Feeds the 5000
Jul 10, 2016 • 30 min
Atop the peak of one of the foothills of the southern range of the Rockies, on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, is a 20 foot concrete cross. The mile hike up the hill to this landmark was a staple for the student and adult leaders on the annual mission …
Disciples Sent Out
Jul 3, 2016 • 22 min
One evening, when I was in 7th grade, two crazy ladies, Deb and Sherri (who later became two of my ministry role models), showed up at my church and invited the few high school and middle school students who attended our small church to go on a mission…
Ruts and Rails
Jun 26, 2016 • 21 min
One of the ancient tales we call “Aesop’s Fables” tells the story of a fox and a lion. One day a fox happened upon a lion for the first time. He was terrified and ran and hid in the wood. The next day the fox stood at a distance and watched the lion…
Why Bother the Teacher?
Jun 19, 2016 • 19 min
There is a scene in the film “The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers” that features the British actor, Bernard Hill as a king of a declining kingdom. He is standing among the earthen tombs of a cemetery. He is holding a white wild flower that grows ove…
Faith, Suffering, Peace
Jun 12, 2016 • 31 min
For roughly two centuries American churches and denominations were prolific in starting schools and churches. This explosion of growth was a function of the westward expansion of the United States across the North American continent, resulting in the c…
Sent Home
Jun 5, 2016 • 23 min
A deranged man, who had lived in small caves used as tombs, was the first to greet Jesus on the shores of the Gentile side of the lake. Jesus freed him from the demons that were the source of his madness, and he found peace. The local community was ter…
Jesus and Chaos
May 29, 2016 • 21 min
That one Saturday morning… There are no early children’s soccer games. No tee time to keep. No guests coming that require the house to be scrubbed and disinfected. No insurmountable to-do list to attack. There is nothing to keep you from sleeping in th…
Parable of the Growing Seed & Mustard Seed
May 22, 2016 • 31 min
In the first commercial break following Beyonce’s halftime show of the 2013 Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, Dodge debuted a Commercial featuring the narration of Paul Harvey. The commercial honors the hard work and comp…
It’s a Secret
May 15, 2016 • 16 min
Every Wednesday, Zoe gets to bring show and tell to school. Every single Wed, for the past 8 month Zoe has packed up her treasured items, careful to make sure they stay hidden in her backpack, away from her classmate’s eyes, until the big moment when s…
Parable of the Sower
May 1, 2016 • 27 min
Teachings in parables is Jesus’ spiritual lesson which we can relate to with stories based on our real lives. In this famous parable, the parable of the sower, Jesus teaches us a valuable lesson using the agricultural life that was intimately familiar…
Jesus and a Divided Family
Apr 24, 2016 • 31 min
Have you noticed that scripted television shows frequently focus on two relationship settings; the family and the workplace. Of course there are exceptions, but consistently there are shows being made about families and workplaces. Those shows get made…
Fasting & New Wine
Apr 10, 2016 • 29 min
A few years ago we were searching Netflix for a family friendly show to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I don’t remember the name of the show, but we settled on a reality show in which 8 or 10 “normal people” were dropped off in the middle of the Sou…
Friend of Sinners
Apr 3, 2016 • 19 min
Our scripture this week comes from Mark 2:13-17. In this passage we read these words from Jesus: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus says these words in response to the Pha…
Stunned
Mar 27, 2016 • 24 min
He is Risen! When I was growing up Easter seemed a little odd. I liked it, but it didn’t see how it was all that different from any other Sunday. We went to church every Sunday and talked about Jesus every Sunday. Easter was like every other Sunday,…
A Real Savior
Mar 20, 2016 • 18 min
Easter is a season we associate with fluffy bunnies, copious amounts of chocolate, neon bright flowers, beautiful dresses, and the joy of new life. Easter week begins with Palm Sunday. We wave bright green palm branches and celebrate that Jesus is our …
Healing
Mar 13, 2016 • 25 min
Long before Jesus began healing and teaching in Galilee there was a legend about how the city of Rome was founded. The story began with Princess Rhea, the daughter of a king who had been defeated and deposed by his brother. This new king forced Princes…
First Things
Mar 6, 2016 • 26 min
“Time is money.” Ben Franklin is credited with the quote, but the idea is everywhere. It seems our culture is super saturated with a moral conviction that busy-ness is next to godliness. We wear full calendars like a badge of honor. We humbly brag abou…
Good News from God
Feb 28, 2016 • 27 min
Timing is important. When Anne and I met we were in college, we were both single, and we were both open to being in a romantic relationship. We sometimes joke that had we met in high school we would not have dated. A few years in college had transforme…
Work of Faith
Feb 21, 2016 • 29 min
This Sunday is “Hope Sunday - 2” we are featuring our partner ministry, Covenant Kids Congo. Covenant Kids Congo is a ministry that builds on the long history in the Covenant of churches partnering together to support the hope and restoration of Christ…
The Beginning - John, Jesus & the Gospel
Feb 14, 2016 • 18 min
I can still remember my favorite class from high school. It was a Humanities class that was co-taught by a couple Social Studies teachers. It was a class only for Seniors, it required an application, and a minimum GPA. Those things were required becaus…
Deserted Hearts
Feb 10, 2016 • 9 min
Ash Wednesday service
Shift into Action
Feb 7, 2016 • 24 min
Apparently one of the criteria for becoming the subject of a story in the Bible is thinking that God possesses questionable judgement. In this week’s reading Peter has a vision that includes direct instruction from God, and he argues with God. Moses, A…
Shift Your Perspective on the World
Jan 31, 2016 • 20 min
Many things effect the way we view our world and our lives. This shapes our perspective. How we were raised, the decisions we made in the past, negative turning points in our lives, positive turning points in our lives, all of these things play a part …
Shift Your Ability to See Pain
Jan 24, 2016 • 38 min
When I served as a hospital chaplain I would sit in on continuity of care meetings. These were daily meetings in the nurse’s station of each area in the hospital. The meetings brought together hospital administrators, social workers, spiritual care wor…
Shift Your Idea of How God Can Use You
Jan 17, 2016 • 22 min
I remember bringing our first child home from the hospital. I was terrified. Anne and I were loaded down with gifts and supplies. We signed some forms and were shuffled out the hospital doors. The only thing the nurse insisted we prove before we left w…
Shift Your Relationship with People
Jan 10, 2016 • 19 min
“Please use caution when opening the overhead bins, as heavy articles may have shifted around during the flight.” This, or something similar to it, is the message we hear after our flight lands and we begin to gather our belongings. “Heavy articles m…
Shift Your Relationship with God
Jan 3, 2016 • 38 min
In this series we will be looking at things in our lives that need to be shifted. What needs to move? A shift isn’t a removal or relocation or a dramatic change. Rather a shift is a slight alteration. But a slight alteration to accomplish a specific go…
Peace
Dec 20, 2015 • 22 min
There is an old legend told by Abraham Cohen. A Rabbi was standing in a market-place and the prophet Elijah appeared to him. The Rabbi asked Elijah, “Is there anybody in this market-place who will have a share in the World to Come?” Elijah answered no;…
Love
Dec 6, 2015 • 17 min
What is God’s primary disposition toward you? We generally know, or have a strong sense of how people feel about us. You know if your boss doesn’t like you. You know that a teacher is gracious toward you. You know if your significant other appreciat…
Hope
Nov 29, 2015 • 12 min
It is often said that Martin Luther King Jr. followed in the tradition of the biblical prophets. He called a nation to repentance through reminding us all of God’s justice, and giving a vision of God’s good future. Many of us are familiar with his clos…
Fruitful Organizational Structures
Nov 22, 2015 • 25 min
The New Yorker recently featured an article that explored the proliferation of school shootings. The author, Malcolm Gladwell, examined how group dynamics influence individual decisions. Gladwell looked at the work of Stanford sociologist Mark Granovet…
Culture of Godly Leadership
Nov 15, 2015 • 28 min
I recently read that astronauts on the International Space Station are going to begin studying mounds of earth in Kazakhstan. While not readily recognizable when standing among the earthen mounds, the mounds form distinct artificial shapes and patterns…
Sacrificial and Generous Living and Giving
Nov 8, 2015 • 33 min
A few years ago there was a phone scam that received national attention. Scammers would call grandparents posing as the grandchildren of the targets. The scammers would tell a complicated story that typically involved being in jail or the hospital, and…
All Saints’ Sunday
Nov 1, 2015 • 25 min
This Sunday we will participate in an ancient practice of remembering. We will remember our brothers and sisters who have died awaiting the return of Christ. On Easter we celebrate the empty tomb; we confess our faith that Jesus has defeated death and …
Compelling Christian Community
Oct 4, 2015 • 21 min
10 Markers of a Healthy Missional Church - Marker #4 Pope Francis recently addressed the United States Congress. In his speech he referenced the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” While not explicitly Scripture, the Gold…
Transforming Communities through Active Compassion, Mercy & Justice Ministries
Sep 27, 2015 • 31 min
10 Markers of a Healthy Missional Church - Marker #3 Have you ever had someone come to your rescue? The opening scene of the classic novel The Outsiders depicted 14 year old, Ponyboy Curtis getting jumped as he walked home alone from a movie. H…
Intentional Evangelism
Sep 20, 2015 • 25 min
10 Markers of a Healthy Missional Church - Marker #2 We all have routines, habits, and patterns of behavior. Athletes are notorious for religious devotion to particular routines. There are great stories of athletes wearing the same article of cloth…
A Life Transforming Walk with Jesus
Sep 13, 2015 • 21 min
10 Markers of a Healthy Missional Church - Marker #1 Like so many other parents, I posted photos to social media of my children on their first day of school. One of my aunts made a great comment on the post about the blisters she was getting from c…
A Healthy & Missional Church
Sep 6, 2015 • 25 min
There are so many ways to define success. In business, success can be determined by profits, but can also be measured by customer satisfaction, employee well-being, or social impact. In parenting, success can be navigating a meltdown, or negotiating pe…
The Gospel and Our Gospeling
Aug 30, 2015 • 19 min
What’s Good About the Gospel? At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done w…
The Gospel and The Church
Aug 23, 2015 • 25 min
What’s Good About the Gospel? At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done w…
God’s Got This
Aug 16, 2015 • 15 min
What’s Good About the Gospel? At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done w…
The Gospel and Creation
Aug 9, 2015 • 31 min
What’s Good About the Gospel? At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done w…
The Gospel and Co-Crucifixion
Aug 2, 2015 • 28 min
What’s Good About the Gospel? At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done w…
The Gospel and Faith
Jul 26, 2015 • 35 min
At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done well in building a church of bri…
The Gospel and Violence
Jul 19, 2015 • 30 min
At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done well in building a church of bri…
The Gospel and the Least
Jul 12, 2015 • 30 min
At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done well in building a church of bri…
The Gospel and Radical Hospitality
Jul 5, 2015 • 29 min
What’s Good About the Gospel? At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done…
The Good News of Foolishness
Jun 21, 2015 • 18 min
What’s Good About the Gospel? At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done w…
The Gospel: News, Not Advice
Jun 14, 2015 • 30 min
At our Easter service, we were encouraged and challenged by the words of Rev. Vernon Anderson from a letter of congratulations to our church upon the consecration of our former building on April 26, 1961, “You have done well in building a church of bri…
What’s Good About the Gospel? - Mementos
Jun 7, 2015 • 37 min
This summer, our sermon series is asking the question, “What’s Good About the Gospel?” In modern churches all too often the term “Gospel” has been used only to describe a plan of personal salvation. While individual salvation is certainly part of “The…
“Resuscitation or Resurrection?”
May 31, 2015 • 23 min
John 11:1-45 “A Present God” When John wrote his version of the story of Jesus, he described Jesus performing seven miracles. He references that there were many more, but he focused his attention on those seven. Each miracle is an unique and intent…
Wet foot, dry foot
May 17, 2015 • 23 min
“A Present God” When John wrote his version of the story of Jesus, he described Jesus performing seven miracles. He references that there were many more, but he focused his attention on those seven. Each miracle is an unique and intentional story of…
Lunch
May 10, 2015 • 25 min
John 6:1-15 “A Present God” When John wrote his version of the story of Jesus, he described Jesus performing seven miracles. He references that there were many more, but he focused his attention on those seven. Each miracle is an unique and intenti…
Red-Handed
May 3, 2015 • 32 min
John 5:1-15 “A Present God” When John wrote his version of the story of Jesus, he described Jesus performing seven miracles. He references that there were many more, but he focused his attention on those seven. Each miracle is an unique and intenti…
Surly Jesus
Apr 19, 2015 • 30 min
“A Present God” When John wrote his version of the story of Jesus, he described Jesus performing seven miracles. He references that there were many more, but he focused his attention on those seven. Each miracle is an unique and intentional story of…
Extraordinary from the Ordinary
Apr 12, 2015 • 17 min
“A Present God” When John wrote his version of the story of Jesus, he described Jesus performing seven miracles. He references that there were many more, but he focused his attention on those seven. Each miracle is an unique and intentional story of…
Your Even Greater Task
Apr 5, 2015 • 29 min
HE IS RISEN! (this is where you respond, “HE IS RISEN INDEED!”) A Sunday morning became the most important moment in time, when a tomb where an executed Jewish peasant/teacher had been buried, came to be unexpectedly empty. The entirety of the Ch…
A Good Story - Palm Sunday
Mar 29, 2015 • 26 min
Pastor Isaiah Allen preaches on the Parable of the Great Banquet.