October 30, 2017

I mentioned during worship last week, we are at times marked by the sins of our loved ones. Not counted as sin against us but as sin that effects our lives.  This was apparent in the early life of David.  He wrote “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalms 51:5 (ESV). 

According to an ancient Talmudic tradition, there were lots of questions surrounding David’s birth. This is the history taught in that Jewish tradition, and while you...

October 2, 2017

We recently finished our Messy Grace series and Darryl ended by talking about knowing our identity, that is our identity in Christ.  Losing site of that is one of the quickest ways for your worship life to dry up.

There are so many things battling for our attention all the time that this can happen easily.  We get caught up in what we do, the hobby we have, that political positions we’re passionate about and suddenly the core of our identity is wrapped up in these things. While having passion for...

September 27, 2017

              An advertisement on the side of a plumber's van in South Africa read:  There is no place too deep, too dark or too dirty for us to handle.  

              I don’t know about you, but that would be one of the most challenging jobs to have.  Most of us don’t want depth, dark or dirt at all, let alone to the extent to which this plumber was willing to go.  You talk about Messy!...

September 15, 2017

           We have been looking at, in our current sermon series, a biblical response to sin.  Sin makes relationships messy and it is only through grace and truth that we can love others through the messiness. 

          Last week we focused specifically on truth and one of the things that I was strongly convinced that needed to be a part of the message was that: we can’t offer what we won’t accept. 

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August 30, 2017

          I don’t like messy things!  I tend to lean towards a “neat freak” mindset.  Now that is according to my definition of course.  To another “neat freak”, my stuff might be unorganized and cluttered, but to me, it’s neat and orderly. 

          I like my office clean and orderly.  I like our home clean and orderly (although kids are the unraveling of that many times).  I like my clothes and shoes clean and orderly.  I don’t like messy things!...

July 28, 2017

Have you ever extended grace to someone living in sexual sin and you felt like you gave approval of the sin but didn’t mean to?  Or, have you ever been determined to speak the truth in love to someone living in sexual sin and felt like you ripped apart your relationship but didn’t mean to?  Is it possible to be a Christian in our culture today and accept people but not approve of the choices they make?

If you look at the Gospels and the people Jesus interacted with, He was always showing lov...

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