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God Never Runs Out

God Never Runs Out 1 Kings 17:8-16 PROBLEM Some of us worry about how much longer we have, especially when things are beginning to look bleak.  In these situations, all of us ask ourselves, “how long do I have before I die, how long can I live until I run out of money…”  As those fears increase, some people can become competitive about it.  They feel like it makes them a loser or that they lived life wrong. So they…

Less Is More

The narrative of Gideon and the battle with the Midianites is an aspirational story that exemplifies how “less is more.” Judges 6:11-16 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon…

Start With The Past

START WITH THE  PAST PROBLEM Isaiah prophesies about 700 years before the arrival of Jesus. The people of Israel had broken God’s covenant. Isaiah prophesies that the people will be captured and carried away into Babylonian exile and Jerusalem will be destroyed. But the hope for the people is not over and God’s plan to save the world and draw people to him has not been thwarted. Hope is being pictured. Rather than trusting and obeying God, they had become…

Becoming A Mustard Seed

Becoming A Mustard Seed PROBLEM – DISCOURAGEMENT OF THE TIMES Have you heard the old adage that all you need is a “mustard seed faith”? We are in an age of disorientation, confusion. Our Political judicial systems are contradictory and hypocritical New year reflections are filled with loss and gain which lead to a less hopeful future. GOD – YOU ARE GOD’S SEED Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which…

Everything Changed

WAITING Waiting is always hard. Easy – Birth of a child Hard – Airports are horrible places to wait. OUR PLANS The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9 that in our heart we plan our course but the Lord ultimately determines our steps.  EXPECTATIONS Maybe, like Mary, you don’t want a baby in a manger, either.  COVID, MONEY PROBLEMS, RELATIONSHIPS, PROBLEM BOSS VERSE Galatians 4:4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman……

Jesus Came To Bring New Life

And she will bring forth a Son, You are to give him the name Jesus because he will forgive his people of their sins. Jesus came to bring new life. Our History Our Hurts Our Habits “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:12 Live carefree before God: He is most careful with you. 1 Peter 5:12 (MSG) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may…

Sent as Jesus Was

SENT AS JESUS WAS PROBLEM LAST WEEK Last week, we said Jesus actually frees us from sin’s power.  QUESTIONS What we’re trying to do in this series is not simply tell the Christmas story. We’re trying to figure why Jesus was sent and what in the world does that mean for us today? GOD Matthew 1:18-24 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came…

Delivery Notification: Hope

And she will bring forth a Son, You are to give him the name Jesus because he will forgive his people of their sins. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:17 Jesus came to deliver us from the power of sin.  “Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to…

007 Christian

Student Pastor Victor Garcia Good morning, Introduction…. A few years ago I tried putting together events with other Youthgroups and was shot down time after time. Well a few weeks ago we did a youth event withanother church, East Valley Church. That night I had 2 major realizations: the kids didn’t realizethat some of the people they knew and associated with at school were Christians and attendedchurch. How many of you know if the people you associate daily with are…

Start in the Right Place

START IN THE RIGHT PLACE MATTHEW 7:24-27“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man…