Gratitude with Anticipation

Today's sermon comes from our joint "Service of Thanksgiving" celebrated together with our friends at the First Congregational Church in downtown Oroville. Our gratitude is not just for that which has been, but is also a celebration of what is yet to come. The blessings of God that we now enjoy are just the appetizer for what God has in store for all of creation! 

Transformed by the Renewal of the Mind (Part 2 of 3) - Lesson 8 in our "After You Believe" Teaching Series

Paul identifies the renewal of the mind as key to the transformation of a Christian's inner person. In today's lesson we will continue from last week and look at the role of conscience in the life of the believer.  

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Transformed by the Renewal of the Mind (Part 1 of 3) - Lesson 7 in our "After You Believe" Teaching Series

Paul identifies the renewal of the mind as key to the transformation of a Christian's inner person. In today's lesson we will explore two key metaphors in how Paul understands this process of renewal: (1) being daylight people and (2) dressing for the occasion.

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The Kingdom Coming and the People Prepared (Part 2 of 2) - Lesson 6 in our "After You Believe" Teaching Series

Jesus identifies our real issue to be that of the heart. Diagnosing the condition however, is not the last word. Jesus also taught that his kingdom-project contains, at its core, a cure for this sickness of the heart. Jesus goal is that those who hear and accept his kingdom-announcement will have their hearts cleansed so that they might learn to live in the present as signs of the coming renewal of all creation. 

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A Season of Prayer and Fasting

If we are going to fulfill the great commission given by Jesus to His followers — the call to be disciples making disciples — then we must be people of prayer. As individuals, we need to pray more. As a church, we need to pray more. Not just more words, but more focus, more intensity, more passion, and more commitment. So for the next 30 days we will be uniting in focused prayer and fasting for our community, our families, and our church.

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The Kingdom Coming and the People Prepared (Part 1 of 2) - Lesson 5 in our "After You Believe" Teaching Series

 

The Beatitudes are neither a set of rules, nor a call to some existentialist or romantic inward follow-your-heart orientation to life. They are a radical call to anticipate in the present, the genuine human existence which God has always intended for humanity—which he has begun to bring about in and through Jesus—that will come to fulness at the great day of the Lord.

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