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May 14-June 18, 2017
People are beautiful, but when we get together, we sometimes have problems. Some of those problems are personal and some are interpersonal. This relationship series helps us turn problems into possibilities and leads us to understand each other better and live together more remarkably.
June 18 (Father’s Day) Being a dad is a great privilege and tremendous responsibility. Few dads really engage. Most don’t know how. This Father’s Day message inspires dads to follow Nehemiah’s example to win the battle for their families. Download the web guide right here: People Problems-Possibilities Web Guide 6-18
June 11 Love is wanting and working for the good of the one loved. But how do we love our gay friends? How can they thrive in our churches? This message guides us to offer them a community of love and a life that flourishes. Download the web guide right here:People Problems-Possibilities Web Guide 6-11
June 4 Homosexuality is woven into the fabric of our culture. Where it used to be taboo, it is not touted. Yet, same-sex attraction is an explosive topic and a confusing drive. This message gives clear guidance and kind grace with truth and love. Download the web guide right here:People Problems-Possibilities Web Guide 6-11
May 28 Singleness is awesome, unless you don’t want to be single. What do you do then? This message encourages and equips those who are single with some good truth and next steps. Download the web guide right here:People Web Guide 5-28
May 21 Marriage brings rich reds and difficult challenges. Sometimes the challenge is so arduous the desire is to quit. This message helps everyone at each stage in marriage develop and renew long lasting love.war Download the web guide right here: People Web Guide 5-21
May 14 (Mother’s Day) Being a mom is a great privilege and tremendous responsibility. Few moms feel worthy. Most reel from weakness. This Mother’s Day message inspires moms to let God turn their weaknesses into strengths. Download the web guide right here: People Web Guide 5-14
Listen Up: Learning to Hear the Still Small Voice of God
April 2–May 7, 2017
In order to flourish, we need God to communicate all sorts of things to us. Fortunately, he does, but we have to learn to listen. This series shows how our relationship with God is personal and conversational and it leads us to hear his voice. Listen up.
May 7 Since God speaks and we desperately need to hear so that our lives will flourish, we need to know what to do to hear better. This message gives practical steps without presenting a formula on how to cultivate a daily conversational relationship with God. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide…
April 30 When God speaks, we need to know it is him. It is possible to recognize God’s voice. This message guides us to discern between God’s voice and all other ones. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide 4-30
April 23 God wants to speak to us and we are able to hear him. However, we often don’t. This message shows us ways we clog the communication channel. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide 4-23
April 16 (EASTER) Our minds swirl in the midst of many voices with varying messages. Eventually we must choose who we trust. This Easter message leads us to the Great Shepherd who has proven his trustworthiness and who calls us to follow him. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide 4-16
April 9 God speaks when he wants and how he wants. Usually, however, there are four main ways he communicates his specific will to us. This message shows us those four speakers and teaches us to amplify them. Download the web guide right here: Listen Up Web Guide 4-9
April 2 There are some people who claim that God speaks to them continually. There are others who have never heard God’s voice and they believe he doesn’t speak. What is the truth? This message launches this series by helping us consider whether or not we should expect to hear God’s voice. Download the web…
New Year’s 2017–Life Giving
January 1–March 19, 2017
The best gifts make people smile and make them better. Would you like to be a Life Giver? This New Year’s teaching series will equip you each week to infuse life in others.
March 26 2 Corinthians 1:10b–11 (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18) There is something basic, familiar and yet often untapped that we can best to give life. This message looks at the idea of prayer, explains the power of it, and challenges us to become pray-ers. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 3-26
March 12 Genesis 32–33 (Genesis 25, 27; Colossians 3:13) It is a terrible state to be in the wrong and not admit it. It is worse to realize the wrong you have done to others and not be released from it. This message guides us to the arduous act of giving life by giving forgiveness….
March 5 Philippians 2:12–23 “Encouragement” is support that inspires confidence. It is breath and strength shared to foster life. This message shows how to encourage and who we need to be in order to do so. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 3-5
February 26 Exodus 18:1–27 Life gets stuck when we need something we don’t have. We can’t move forward until we get it. This message talks about the need to share resources and the types of resources we have to share. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 2-26
February 19 Ruth In our fast-paced and mobile world, it’s difficult to find people you can count on. But when you do, you find life. This message leads us to be loyal. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 2-19
February 12 1 Peter 3:13–18 Life really begins when we begin again with Jesus. Yet, no one can do that until they hear about Jesus and get their questions answered. This message challenges us to give life itself, Jesus, to people through salvation conversations. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 2-12
February 5 Galatians 6:1; 2:11–21 The most dangerous position is to be losing your life but not realize it. The most life-giving act for those in that position is to give something that is needed but not wanted. This message distills the delicate art of intervention as a life-giving act. Download the web guide right…
January 29 Galations 6:1–10 When people have loads that are too heavy, we can give life by relieving them with help to carry the load. This message helps us know when to help and when not, and it reminds us of how great relief is. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 1-29
January 22 Luke 14:28-30 Life giving costs, and sometimes it’s pretty pricey. This message assists us to consider the cost and make the commitment ahead of time. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 1-22
January 15 2 Timothy 3:16-17 We need knowledge to become better at anything, and we need wisdom to really live. That’s why the Bible is so important. It is a source of both and the guide for life. This message motives us to new habits with the Bible so we can know better how to…
December 4–December 24, 2016
We focus on Jesus in this Christmas series as we learn how better to live for him and with him. We celebrate his birth, and learn from his life. Join us this Jesusmas on a joyful and fruitful journey.
December 18 Luke 2:8–20 Merry Jesusmas. God’s first words about Jesus after his birth are meant for us too. This message prompts us to listen to the angelic announcement the shepherds heard, watch their obedience, and see who Jesus really is. Download the web guide right here: Jesusmas Web Guide 12-18
December 11 Philippians 2:12–13 Many have tried Christianity, failed, and walked away. Who can blame them? But what if they never really lived Christianly? Christianity is not about trying to be better for Jesus; it is about Jesus being better in and through us. This message shows us how to live from the Jesus-Center. Download the…
December 4 Romans 1 Christmas is a fabulous time of year that contrasts our greatest hope and our biggest struggle. The stuff of Christmas can replace the Christ of Christmas. This message guides us to put Jesus back into the center of everything. Download the web guide right here: Jesusmas-Web-Guide-12-4
The Beginnings: Genesis 1–11
September 11–November 27, 2016
The first eleven chapters of Genesis ground the meaning of our existence. The stories of creation and corruption, grief and grace, destruction and recreation intrigue and inform us. This teaching series will tie the beginnings to our nows.
November 27 Genesis 10–11 When the tower of Babel went up, the view of God went down. We all tend to corrupt the concept of God and, when we do, we move away from God. This message helps us correct our corrupted concepts. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-Web-Guide-11-27
November 20 Genesis 9 A rainbow reminds us of something wonderful and powerful. In the midst of our sin cycles, there is hope and help from our unchanging God. This message shows how God provides the stability to society, ecology and us. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-Web-Guide-11-20
November 13 Genesis 6:8–8:22 If you think about it, God made a big ask of Noah. Noah’s faithfulness paved the way, however, to an amazing ride and an unbelievable experience with God. This message gives you the path to your own God-experience and prepares you to accept his big ask. Download the web guide right…
November 6 Genesis 5:1–6:8 There are clouds brewing and the first rains are coming. At this point in Genesis, the Great Flood is about to change the world. But before that happens, the pain of God was seen. This message shows how heart-broken God was with people before The Flood and what causes his heart…
October 30 Genesis 4 Fortunately for all people, the story of sin is potentially swallowed by the story of grace. The first children on the planet, Cain & Abel, developed their inherited propensity to sin in an outrageous event, but God offered grace. For no other reason than love, God still makes the offer. This…
October 23 Genesis 3 Genesis 3 is the first and best suspense story ever told. There is a talking serpent, an enchanting fruit, lies, deception, and certain death. That story invades our story. This message demonstrates how sin is in all our lives and how sin separates us from our lives. Download the web guide…
October 16 Genesis 2:8-15 The earth and people were not created perfect. There is still work to be done, and joining God in that work is one of the most fulfilling processes there is. This message sparks our creativity and frees us to leverage it. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-Web-Guide-10-16
October 9 Guest Speaker: Chris Lash
October 2 Genesis 2:1-3 God made the earth in six days and then he rested on the seventh. He made that day holy, and he has commanded that we too have a holy day. This message considers the theology of Sabbath, and it challenges our me-centered church expectations. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-Web-Guide-10-2
September 25 Genesis 1-2 Only inventors know the purpose of their inventions and how they function best. It is only by revelation from the Creator not speculation by the creature that we know our purpose and plan. This message explains who we are and why we are here. Download the web guide right here: Beginnings-web-guide-9-25
Savvy Summer: a look at Proverbs
July 3-September 4, 2016
Knowledge is about facts. Wisdom is applying those facts to life. Without wisdom, our knowledge is useless. Proverbs is a book in the Bible written by the wisest man who ever lived. He dispels his wisdom in common sense sayings and poetic warnings. This series looks at one savvy saying a message and leads us to really live with practical guidance.
September 4 Proverbs 3:5-6 (16:3, 9; 14:12; 29:18) We can’t know the future, but we can make sure the future is clear. The secret is to have a good travel agent. This message gives savvy advice about planning our lives and making sure our plans work out. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web…
August 28 (Proverbs 27:17; 13:30; 12:26) We are not meant to be alone. We are designed to have good friends. The choice of those friends will dramatically change our lives. This message gives savvy advice on how to choose and loose friends. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 8-28
August 21 (Proverbs 15:16; 22:7; 3:9-10) It is a materialistic world, and God is the one that made it. However, we don’t have to be consumed by materialism. This message gives savvy advice on how to handle our money so we enjoy it and use it honorably. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web…
August 14 (Proverbs 3:24) Anxiety and stress are a normal part of many people’s lives. Yet, there is a way to have sweet sleep without medication. This message gives savvy advice on how to overcome worry and a troubled mind. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 8-14
August 7 (Proverbs 20:23) We must work to live, and that work encompasses a lot of our lives. This message gives savvy advice about the best way to work in a competitive marketplace without being consumed by it but instead blessing others in it. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 8-7
July 31 (Proverbs 12:25) We long to make a mark in the world, and here is a way to do it each day. It’s not difficult, and it is tied to our words. This message gives savvy advice about how to daily make a radical and refreshing difference in other’s lives. Download the web guide…
July 24 (Proverbs 13:24) Parenting is rigorous and critical, and there are lots of opinion-sharers and advice-givers who want to “help.” When it comes to discipline, what is right? This message gives savvy advice about if and how discipline should be given. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 7-24
July 17 (Proverbs 14:31) Jesus himself said we can’t eliminate poverty, but he also expected us to be a blessing. This message gives savvy advice about how to be kind and helpful to the poor and marginalized. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer webguide 7-17
July 10 (Proverbs 4:23) There is a source to everything. For people, it’s our hearts, our seat of intentions, thoughts and emotions. This message gives savvy advice to protect our hearts, keeping wrong things out and right things in. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 7-10
July 3 (Proverbs 1) There are three types of people in the world, and only one of them can really live. We need to figure out which we are and adjust if needed. This message gives savvy advice about finding and following wisdom. Download the web guide right here: Savvy Summer web guide 7-3
Faith in the Unseen
March 27-May 1
Faith requires action, even when God and the future are unseen. Each message in this series looks at a different biblical character mentioned in Hebrews 11 and applies their faith to our situation. Without faith like these people had, we can’t please God or really live.
June 19 Father’s Day (Hebrews 11:20) All children long for the blessing of their dads. Isaac gave it to his twins and you should give it to your children. This message explains the value of the blessing and challenges dads to give it. Download the web guide right here: Faith in the Unseen web guide 6-19
June 12 (Hebrews 11:35b–39) Faith is not a tool to receive an easy life. Many people throughout history have faithfully served God and been tortured and killed. This message encourages us to be faithful no matter what. Download the web guide right here: Faith in the Unseen web guide 6-12
June 5 (Hebrews 11:29) There is a lot of pressure to believe that all people are loved by God and going to heaven. Reality is different. God protected the Israelites as they walked through the Red Sea, but they saw God use that same Sea to devour the Egyptians. This message empowers us to accept…
May 29 (Hebrews 11:31) Knowing right from wrong is sometimes difficult. Doing right when wrong is more convenient is even more challenging. Rahab risked death to save God’s leaders. This message drives us to do the right thing all the time. Download the web guide right here: Faith in the Unseen web guide 5-29
May 22 (Hebrews 11:7) It is easy to go along with the crowd, and it is difficult to be in the minority. Noah was chosen by God to live through the flood, but he had to build an ark against the pressures of peers and the jeers of the crowd. This message challenges us to…
May 15 (Hebrews 11:8) We long to know exactly what God has planned for our lives, and we often get stuck waiting for certainty. Abraham modeled faith by moving on what he knew even though there was much he didn’t know. This message spurs us to go to unfamiliar places with uncertain plans whenever God…
May 8 (Hebrews 11:23) Mothers have one of the most critical roles on the planet, and one critical part of mothering comes when your kids are at risk. Moses’ mother went to great risks to save his life and prepare him for life. This message encourages mom’s to do what you instinctually feel, to courageously…
We are all broken. Some of our cracks came because of others’ carelessness, and some are our own doing. Some were intentionally done to us, and some we wish we had not done to ourselves. What if our brokenness could be restored and could become our greatest asset? It can.
May 1 (Exodus 1-3) Dreams are the driver of life. God gives us dreams. Life often steals them. But they can come back. God can restore your dreams. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki web guide 5-1
April 24 (2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Ephesians 5:18) Addictions come as we seek our own remedies to our pain. Freedom from addictions comes as we seek the one who can restore our pain. God can restore us from our addictions. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki web guide 4-24
April 17, 2016 (Genesis 32:22-32) Poor decisions often produce disappointing results. We compile debt, forfeit opportunities, hurt people, and waste time. Jacob made misjudgments and yet was used greatly by God. God can restore our misjudgments too. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki webguide 4-17
April 10, 2016 (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; John 8:1-11) We are sexual beings. God made us that way, and he created sex for our pleasure and his purposes. Yet, sexual mistakes are rampant and the resulting problems are real. God can restore our sexual brokenness. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki web guide 4-10
April 3, 2016 (Romans 5:3-4; 8:28) We are social, designed to love and be loved. That is why the pain is so deep and so lasting when our relationships break. God can restore our broken relationships. Download the web guide right here: Kintsuki web guide 4-3
March 27, 2016 (1 Peter 2:24-25) We are all broken. Some of our cracks are due to our choices and others are caused by others’ choices. But God is in the business of mending our brokenness in a way that makes us more valuable and beautiful. This Easter message shows the way to God’s Kintsugi….
The most important and confusing decision a person can make is whether or not to become a Christ-follower. Conversations about salvation are critical to help people understand and choose. In this series, we invite you to learn how to sit, chill and talk about Jesus in a way that is welcomed and useful.
March 20th, 2016 Acts 8:26-40 (Acts 8:1-5) The ultimate goal of learning to have salvation conversations is to lead people across the line of faith so that they become Christians. This message shows us how that will naturally happen often to those who are ready and engaged. Download the web guide right here: Salvation webguide 3-20
March 13th, 2016 (Acts 17:16-34 , Isaiah 1:18) Love meets people where they are. If someone holds a worldview contrary to Christianity, then we must thoughtfully and logically use reason and rhetoric to help them believe the truth about Jesus and the life he offers. This message reveals how to do that. Download the web guide…
March 6th, 2016 (Genesis 1; John 20:24-31) Many people think science and theology are in conflict, but they are not. Some think that science has disproven Christianity, but it hasn’t. This message demonstrates the value of science and theology and helps us talk to people who see science as king. Download the web guide right here: Salvation…
February 28th, 2016 (1 Peter 3:15-16) Salvation Conversations don’t have to be confrontational debates. They shouldn’t be. This message guides us to seek truth together in conversation and to do so with gentleness and respect. Download the Web Guide here. Salvation webguide 2-28
February 21st, 2016 (Luke 10:1-16; John 6:44, 65) We sometimes feel the pressure to persuade everyone, but everyone is not open to be persuaded. This message guides us to spend our time with people who are open to listening and how to know who they are. Download the web guide right here: Salvation webguide 2-21
February 14th, 2016 (John 3:1-21) Salvation conversations eventually need to explain salvation and call a person to a decision. This message shows Jesus doing that and equips us to do the same. Follow along with the message with our Web Guide right here: Salvation webguide 2-14
February 7th, 2016, Your Conversations’ Power (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Romans 1:16) What if you were given a task that you knew you were not skilled enough to do? Well, we have been, but our success is not based on our abilities. This message shows where the real power is in our salvation conversations. Download the Web…
January 31st (Acts 17:17; 1 Peter 3:15; James 1:19) Relativism rules the day. To spark thoughtful conversations in a culture hostile to our message, we must do some things to get ready. This message calls us to do four things. Download the Web Guide Here: Salvation webguide 1-31
January 24th, 2016 (Matthew 5:13-16; 28:18-20) People often shutter at the thought of a salvation conversation and then they shy away from them. If we see the benefits, we will be more motivated and obligated to talk to people about Jesus. This message shows those benefits. Download the Web Guide here: Salvation webguide 1-24
GO! Three Steps to a Significant and Satisfying Year
The New Year is the time to GO! more intentionally into the mission God has planned for you. This series unpacks three simple steps that can lead you quickly into God’s plan for a more significant and satisfying year.
January 17: Run (Hebrews 12:1-3) Once we have untangled ourselves from all that holds us back, we need to figure out the goal and determine to go after it. This message sparks your thoughts about worthy goals and challenges you to run after them. Download the Web Guide Here: Go webguide 1-17
January 10 (Vision Sunday): Own (Hebrews 10:19-25) When the untangling is done and the race is on, the members of the local church must take responsibility for the church’s mission. This message clarifies a piece of the church’s vision for 2016 and invites you to own it. Download the Web Guide Here: Go webguide 1-10
January 3: Untangle (Hebrews 12:1-3) It’s good to start a New Year with reflection on the old year. This message guides you to determine the things that tangle your life and get untangled. Download the web guide here: Go webguide 1-3
What’s In a Name? Series
What’s In a Name? is a Christmas series about Jesus’s character as found in four of his different names. His character calls us to cheerful responses.
December 20th, 2015 (Matthew 1:23) Immanuel means, “God with us.” This message considers what it means that God became a person and calls us to worship him and yet wonder in the mystery of all that. Download the Web Guide here what’s in a name webguide 12-20
December 13th, 2015 (Luke 2:11) Jesus came as the Christ, or, Messiah. This message guides us to see what people expected from the Messiah and how Jesus redefined that role. It then offers the salvation he bought. Download the Web Guide Here: what’s in a name webguide 12-13
December 6th, 2015 (Matthew 2:5-6; Psalm 23) Everyone who lived around sheep knew what a shepherd was and did. This message unpacks the meaning of a shepherd and invites us to gladly follow the Good Shepherd. Download the Web Guide Here. what’s in a name 12-6 webguide
November 29th, 2015 (Luke 1:32-33) When Jesus was called the “Son of the Most High,” the angel proclaimed Jesus’ deity. This message explores what that means and challenges us to trust Jesus because he is fully God. Download the Web Guide Here: What’s In a Name? 11-29 webguide
October- November 2015
Overflow is not a teaching series. It is an invitation. To relax. To be refreshed. To enjoy God. To understand. To be freed. To toss aside silly and stifling versions of church and religion and fashion instead a natural, flourishing life. In this series we stir conversations that spur us to finally move into the easy, challenging and overflowing life Christ promised. You’re invited.
November 22nd, 2015 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 4:20-24; 5:1 Ultimately, a Christ-follower becomes more and more like Christ, having been apprenticed by him. Christ revealed what life could be like, and that life becomes ours as we overflow. This message reminds us of the goal and possibility of a happy and helpful life. Download the web guide…
November 15: James 2:1-4; Romans 5:1-5; 8:28 One beautiful thing about an overflowing is that it flows. Jesus called us to an easy and natural life with him. As we walk with him in our everyday stuff, he grows us. This message reveals how our everyday life can be a transforming life. Download the Web Guide…
November 8th, 2015 Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Timothy 4:7-8 Some people believe that once you become a Christ-follower, you automatically become like Christ. Others think you have to try real hard and you can be changed. This message reveals the real secrets to radical transformation that produces overflow. Download the web guide here: Overflow 11-8 webguide
November 1: Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8; Galatians 5:16, 22-23 Spiritual growth is a spiritual thing. It takes a power beyond ours to be transformed. This message introduces us to the Holy Spirit and guides us to interact with him for life-change. Download the web guide here: Overflow 11-1 webguide
October 25: Romans 12:1-2 (James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-5) Transformation that leads to overflow involves three moving pieces: the Holy Spirit, training, and all sorts of every day stuff. This message explains those pieces, how we can be intentional with them, and it sets us up to see each in the following three messages. Download the web…
October 18th, 2015 Romans 7:14-25; 8:29 Water can’t flow through a pipe with a clog, and God’s life can’t overflow from us until we are transformed. This message shows what transformation is and why we need it. Download the web guide here: Overflow 10-18 webguide
October 11th, 2015 John 15 At the heart of Christian overflow is connection to Christ. It seems logically obvious that something must be coming in if something is going to go out, but the obvious is often ignored. This message invites us to abide, while working and resting, so that fruit will be produced. Download…
October 4th, 2015 The distinctive characteristic of a Christ-follower is love. It naturally overflows. This message shows us what love looks like and from where it comes. Pastor Rodney mentions his experience skydiving, You can watch that skydiving video here: Download the web guide here: Overflow 10-4 web guide
September 27th, 2015 Jesus once said, “The first will be last, and the last will be first,” and with those words revealed a reversal. Our thinking about life has been tainted. This message challenges us to think in reverse and get what is right. Download the Web Guide here: Overflow 9-27 web guide
September 20th, 2015 God has creatively revealed bits and pieces of himself. He is too big and wonderful to be fully known, but what we do know intensifies our confidence. This message stokes our desire to connect to God by highlighting who he is. Download the Web Guide here: Overflow 9-20 WEB GUIDE
June- September 2015
The Bible is a systematic collection of stories about God and his work with people. Those stories are not just real, but they are relevant to our lives. Each message in this series looks at a different biblical character and reveals one life principle and a few ways to apply it immediately.
September 6th, 2015 Mark 10:46-52 Bartimaeus was blind, but spiritually, he could see a lot. When asked by Jesus what he wanted, the blind man told him, and Jesus gave it. This message challenges us to boldly ask and sincerely bow to Jesus. Download the web guide here: 2015-9-6WebGuide
August 30th, 2015 Luke 23:50-51 (John 19:38; Mathew 27:57-60) Buildings are made of small bricks. Journeys are made of single steps. Sometimes all we have to offer is something small. Joseph only had a tomb, but he gave, and we are all still talking about what happened there. This message prompts us to do what we…
August 23rd, 2015 Exodus 18:13-27 Everyone has blind spots, even Moses. Jethro spotted what his son-in-law couldn’t see and changed his life dramatically. This message encourages us to do abundant good by helping others see what they’re missing. Download the web guide here. 2015-8-23WebGuide
August 16th, 2015 2 Kings 6:17 (Ephesians 6:10-13) Elisha’s servant was afraid because he thought the only resources were human ones. God opened his eyes and stilled his fears. This message shows us there is more to this world than we can see so that we can feel secure. Download the web guide here 2015-8-16WebGuide
August 9th, 2015 (Luke 23:32-43) At the cross of Jesus two thieves hung on either side of him. They represented the world’s two options of response to Jesus. This message reminds us that it’s never too late for salvation, unless it is. Download the web guide here 2015-8-9WebGuide
August 2nd, 2015 Psalm 20:1-9; esp. vs. 7 When we stepped out in faith to serve God on our latest mission trip to Haiti, we encountered obstacles. We realized that we must partner with others, but we are not dependent upon them. We sought God, and he was faithful. This Sunday, we hear some of those…
July 26th, 2015 2 Kings 4:1-7 A lady asked for help, and God used Elisha to do a miracle. But the miracle was less than it could have been, and it was the Jar Lady’s fault. This message prods us to trust God without reservation so we can experience God without limitation. You can take notes…
July 19th, 2015 1 Kings 17 (Proverbs 16:9) God asked a poor dying widow to give away her last meal to Elijah. She did, and then God showed her more love than she ever imagined. This message reveals a bit about God’s ways and challenges us to follow him along his ways. You can take…
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July 5th, 2015 John 20:24-29; 11:16 The apostle Thomas got a nickname, and like most nicknames, it stuck. But Doubting Thomas was more than his name revealed. This message helps us deal with doubt and be more than a doubter. You can take notes with our Web Guide right here:
What Is Christianity?
April – May 2015
“Christianity” is defined as, “a religion founded on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.” People who follow Jesus are called Christians. But what is a Christian and what does it mean to be in that religion? This series clarifies the answer and offers a simple way to become and live Christianity.
May 3rd, 2015 How Do We Become Christians? (Ephesians 2:1-10; James 2:20-26; Luke 9:23) What does it take to become a Christian? Some say we are saved by grace, while others say we are saved by our good deeds. This message clarifies the truth. It reassures Christians and paves the way for others to…
April 26th, 2015 (Romans 1:16-17; 1 Corinthians 1:21-25) How do people ever choose to accept the good news as good and give their lives to Christ? It is only by the power that comes with the gospel. This message reveals that power and invites us to taste and see. Download the Web Guide Here; 2015-4-26WebGuide
April 19th, 2015. (Isaiah 53, 1 Peter 1:3) A lot of folks have been sold a sour box of goods, which has led them to miss Christianity or reject it. This message explains some of those false stories and brings light on the reality of what a Christian is and what Christ has done….
April 12: (Psalm 37:4; Matthew 13:44) God speaks to us through dreams, and dreams guide us to the life God wants us to live. This message helps us eliminate wrong dreams and capture right dreams and chase them with confidence. Download the Web Guide Here: 2015-4-12WebGuide
April 5 (Easter) 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Many people misunderstand the good news of Easter, and that misunderstanding confuses and devalues the reality of what actually happened. This message explains the gospel and the meaning of Easter and clears the way for us to get in on it. Download the Web Guide here; 2015-4-5WebGuide
Eating Elephants: Bite-sized Victories for Your Eight Biggest Goals
January 4th – March 22nd 2015:
You know how to eat an elephant, and this is the year to conquer eight massive ones. Each week we consider a practical area of our lives (faith, fitness, family, financial freedom, financial generosity, friends, future, and fun), determine a God-sized goal, and then take just one next step with God’s help. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or not done. It’s what you do next that counts.
March 22nd, 2015 This is the final message of our New Year’s series, Eating Elephants: Bite-sized Victories for Your Eight Biggest Goals. God will regularly give you truth and inspire you to change and take action toward specific goals or elephants. This message reviews the series and equips you to take the next one bite…
March 15th (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20; Joshua 24:1-15) Does God want you to enjoy life? Is it OK to spend money on extravagant vacations or to take time to laugh and play and relax? This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your fun.
March 8th (Proverbs 29:18; Jeremiah 29:11) What will you do this year about your career and God’s big dream for your life? He has plans for you, and they will lead you toward risk and reward, blessing and adventure. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with…
March 1st, 2015 (2 Corinthians 9:6) Many people spend their lives chasing money. But there is something much more beautiful and healthy that happens when you become a giver instead of a getter. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your financial generosity. Download the…
February 22nd, 2015 (1 Samuel 17-20) It is said that if a person finds just a few good friends in life, they are blessed. But finding and being a good friend is not that natural or easy. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your friends….
February 15th, 2015 The One Next Bite toward my FINANCIAL FREEDOM Goal (Proverbs 22:7; Matthew 6:23) Money matters. Its presence gives you opportunities. Its absence creates burdens and desires, which can lead to the terrible bondage of debt. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your…
February 8th, 2015 (Proverbs 24:3-4) Family is the centerpiece of life. God gives us family to enrich and inspire life, but if you aren’t careful, your family will erode and steal your life. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your family. Download the Web Guide…
February 1st, 2015 It was a Bona Fide Blizzard in Northern Illinois today and we knew that most of our regular attenders wouldn’t be able to make it to our worship experience. So we used this snow emergency on Super Bowl Sunday as a chance for Pastor Rodney to tell us what God has been…
January 25th, 2015 It’s Vision and Commitment Sunday at River Valley, and we are glad you are a part of it. Next week we get back into our New Year’s teaching series, Eating Elephants: Bite-sized Victories for Your Eight Biggest Goals. But today Pastor Rodney will give a brief message that reminds us of our mission. He will…
January 18th, 2015 (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) Food is good, and everything good can be misused for something bad. Our bodies are tools for us to do good, and yet we must maintain them or it’ll be bad. This message helps you analyze where you are and what you need to do next with your…
To Me from Me: Three Extravagant Christmas Gifts to Give Yourself
December 7 – 21, 2014
A “To Me from Me” gift is one that you secretly buy for yourself, wrap, place under the tree, write your name on it, and then open on Christmas day as the perfect gift, exactly what you wanted and needed. God has made available to you this Christmas three extravagant gifts. Each Sunday, we will unwrap one, but it will be up to you to take it and make it yours.
December 21st, 2014 (Philippians 2:6-13) There are so many decisions and so much pressure in life. It’s hard to be in charge. This message unwraps the gift you need to find lasting relief and peace every day. Get the Web Guide here:2014-12-21WebGuide
December 14th, 2014 (Philippians 2:3-5) There are friends a family members whom we love and want to help, but they seem impossible unreachable. This message unwraps the gift you need to positively influence others in ways you never imagined. Get the Web Guide here:2014-12-14WebGuide
December 7th, 2014 Philippians 2:1-2 Everyone needs to know who he or she really is and live accordingly. This message unwraps the gift you need to find confidence and courage. Get the Web Guide here: 2014-12-7WebGuide
Ancient Texts: Messages from the Book of Revelation
September 7 – November 30, 2014
Some churches are remarkable and relevant, and that’s God’s plan. Some Christians are amazing and effective, and that’s God’s purpose. In the last book of the Bible, God gave a revelation about his plans and purposes. This series reveals the secrets of seven ancient texts for amazing Christians who comprise remarkable churches.
November 30th, 2104 Revelation 4-5 When we become completely aware of our separation from Christ because of sin, we feel hopeless. And we are. This message moves us into the magnificent, mysterious vision of Revelation and it reveals how our hopelessness is dispelled and how a beautiful day is offered. Download the web guide here; 2014-11-30WebGuide
November 23rd, 2014 Revelation 3:14-22 No one longs to be average, normal, in the middle. But that is where some Christians live. This message shows how appalled Christ was with lukewarmness in Laodicea and guides us to become hot (or, cold). Download the Web Guide here; 2014-11-23WebGuide
November 16th, 2014 Revelation 3:7-13 God constantly places opportunities before us. They’re gifts and they possess potential for impact and blessing. This message explains how the church at Philadelphia had an open door of opportunity and how we can recognize and go through ours. Download the Web guide here; 2014-11-16WebGuide
November 9th, 2014 Revelation 3:1-6 When you live in a world that promotes ease and convenience, it is natural to expect a church that is quite comfortable. The problem is too much comfort means too much compromise. This message shows the danger of a comfortable church like the one at Sardis and how to escape….
November 2nd, 2014 Revelation 2:18-29 Behavior usually follows belief, and if proposed truth is not truth then behavior will be skewed too. The church at Thyatira was deeply misled by false teachers. This message reveals how the poison got in their system and how we can keep it from ours. Download the Web Guide Here; 2014-11-2WebGuide
October 26th, 2014 Revelation 2:12-17 It is normal to become like the people around you. The people in the church at Pergamum loved Jesus and they lived like the world, and that’s never good. This message explains the danger of cultural compromise and how to avoid it. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-10-26WebGuide
October 5th, 2014 Revelation 2:8-11 Persecution is a reality for some and a distant idea to others. God reminds us it will probably be our fate. This message demonstrates how the church at Smyrna was radically pleasing God and raucously persecuted and guides us to consider our course. Download the web guide here; 2014-10-5WebGuide
September 28th 2014 Revelation 2:1-7 Priorities are important and living them out is often slippery. Churches and Christians know our number one priority: to love God and to love people. This message shows us how the church at Ephesus lost its love and challenges us to not do the same. Download our Webguide here 2014-9-28WebGuide
September 21: Revelation 1:9-20 The climax of history is the crowning of Christ as King. There will be a day when everyone sees the reality that already exists: Jesus is the Christ, the supreme King. This message helps us see that now and live in relationship with our King. We’re Sorry, due to a technical…
September 14th 2014 Revelation 1:4-8 The church is God’s invention. He nurtures each local church like his bride. Sometimes we devalue what God values. This message reminds us of the value and mission of the local church and invites us to be a prevailing church. Download our Webguide here 2014-9-14WebGuide
Nah, I’m Good!: Why Your Friends Won’t Come to Church
June 22 – August 24, 2014
There are reasons why people don’t come to church or consider Christ. Those reasons are usually based upon experience and belief. This series investigates 10 objections to Christianity, finding answers in Jesus’ words in John 14-16 for your friends and for your faith.
August 24th 2014 (John 16:16-32) If I don’t see Christians living any better than me, why would I want to become a Christian? If Christianity is all about sacrifice and goody-goody, why wouldn’t I just stay as I am? This message reveals the enticement of the deeply joyful and peaceful life that Jesus truly offers….
August 17th 2014 (John 16:5-15) If I don’t feel the need to paint my house, will I paint it? And if I don’t feel the need for church or Christ, why would I seek either one? This message teaches a deep truth about how people become aware of their sins and interested in seeking Christ….
August 10th, 2014 (John 15:18-16:4) If the Christian message confronts a person’s beliefs and actions, they may listen. But if the message is delivered callously, shouldn’t the messenger be shunned, or worse? This message explains the challenge of testifying to people in opposition. Download the web guide Here; 2014-8-10WebGuide
August 3rd, 2014 (John 15:9-17) If I used to go to church but no longer do because of a bad experience, why should I come back? If churches hurt people, why do people go to churches? This message acknowledges that church pain is the worst but church love is the best, and it shows us how…
July 27th 2014 (John 15:1-8) If Christianity is about changing character and conduct but we fail at that, why would we come to church to be told to do more changing? If we want a great life, why can’t we just go get it? This message reveals the real secret to the easy accomplishment of…
July 20th, 2014 (John 14:15, 21, 23-24) If someone tries something and finds what people claim about it to be false, why would they keep trying? If people claim God speaks, but we explore Christianity and never hear him, why would we think it is true? This message reveals the secret to literally hearing God. Download…
July 13th, 2014 (John 14:17-18) If the church teaches rules and makes you do religious things, who would willingly participate? If God is not personal, then isn’t Christianity empty? This message introduces us to the concept that God is personal and invites us to know him personally. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-7-13WebGuide
July 6th, 2014 (John 1:8-13, 16-20) If we all worship the same God, why should anyone go to a church that claims to worship a different God? Aren’t all religions the same? This message reveals the biblical God as Trinity, and explains how important that is. Download the Web Guide Here; 2014-7-6WebGuide
June 29th, 2014 (John 1:4-7) If Jesus is simply a good teacher, why should we worship him? Is it logical that one who taught that he was God could be a respected coach if he were wrong? This message looks at Jesus’s own words and the evidence to support it to figure out who he…
June 22nd, 2014 (John 14:1-3) If this life is all there is, why wouldn’t we just do whatever seems best for us? But, what if there is more than this life? This message reminds us of the hope of heaven. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-6-22WebGuide
Identity Thieves: Things that Rob You from Being You (and what to do about them)
April 20-June 16, 2014
Are you confused about who you are? Have things stolen your true identity? You are uniquely you, and God made you that way, but you have also probably had your identity stolen from many things and many people. This series helps you get it back.
June 15th, 2014 Jeremiah 42:11-12 (1 John 4:18) Fear kills bravery, and without bravery, we will never be all we can be. Men are often afraid of all sorts of things. This message points out our fears and calls us to courage. Download the web guide here; 2014-6-15WebGuide
June 8th, 2014 Proverbs 13:20 (Proverbs 27:6) People are powerful, and friends are even more powerful. Our friends can be our greatest supporters or our most dangerous thieves. This message opens our eyes and equips us to find helpful friends. Download the web guide here; 2014-6-8WebGuide
June 1st, 2014 Matthew 25:14-30; Proverbs 6:6-11 Sometimes our desire to retreat turns into a lifestyle of laziness. And laziness feels good for a while, but it can ooze into a lingering thief that steals time and opportunity. This message flares a warning and shines a light to the path out to productivity and refreshment….
May 25th, 2014 Colossians 3:17, 23; 1 Corinthians 9:24 Fatigue, fear and other feelings cause us cling to safety. Safety and passion cannot exist together. Without passion, life is dull and often missed. This message will stir our passion and prod us to move. Download the web guide here; 2014-5-25WebGuide
May 18th, 2014 Ruth 1:16-2:1 (Ecclesiastes 4:12) No one is meant to do life alone. We are stronger together. We are better together. We need each other. This message encourages us to find some friends, and to live with them. Download Web Guide here; 2014-5-18WebGuide
May 11th, 2014 (Luke 8:42b-48; Matthew 3:17; 17:5) People pound on people, and many end up feeling insecure and insignificant. A lack of confidence hold us back from really living. This message infuses the insecure with value and significance. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-5-11WebGuide
May 4th, 2014 ( 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Romans 5:3-4) Life often hurts, and our hurts often take us out of life. But, they don’t have to. This message invites us to be healed from our wounds, or at least from their crippling potential Download the web guide here; 2014-5-4WebGuide
April 27th, 2014 (Luke 24) When we try to be good at many things, we can’t become great at anything. Balance is a bad goal. It steals our identity. This message challenges us to take back our desire to be great at what God expects us to be great at and to leave the balanced…
April 20th, 2014 Instruction manuals are useful but confining. No instructions are freeing but paralyzing. When it comes to our lives, what we want is guidance, assistance and the freedom to explore and expand. What we need is a King to clear the confusion. This message shows us the King. Download the Web Guide here; 2014-4-20WebGuide
Free Samples: Sharing an Enticing Introduction to Jesus
March 30-April 13, 2014
Whether it’s pastries, yogurt, or Chinese food, everyone loves to get a sample for free. And, if it is good, we long for more. Sharing Jesus with others often leaves a bad taste, but frees samples are better. This series equips us to make our witness for Jesus enticing and effective.
Better than the Barones
February 16-March 2, 2014
Everybody loves Raymond and his wife Deborah because we identify our honest struggles and hilarious foibles in theirs. This teaching series relates the Bible to the Barones and back to us so we can create harmony and zest in our marriages and relationships.
March 23rd, 2014 (Genesis 2:18; Proverbs 3:10-11; Ephesians 5:25) Marriages often begin selfishly—he wants her, she wants him. Then the couple matures and each person serves the other. This message encourages us to go beyond that to real beauty, when we synergize and accomplish God’s dreams together. Download the web guide here; 2014.3.23WebGuide
March 16th, 2014 (Ecclesiastes 4:12; James 5:16) Marriage is a commitment to God and to our spouse. And while the strength of any couple can be amazing, the strength of a couple walking with Christ is exponentially better. This message challenges us and equips us to enjoy spiritual intimacy. Download the web guide here; 2014.3.16WebGuide
March 9th, 2014 (Genesis 1:27-28, 31; 2:24-25; Proverbs 5) Sinful sex is prominent, but healthy sex can be phenomenal. In fact, it can be better than sex. This message reveals God’s will about sexual intimacy and gives a few tips to experience it for a life time. Regretably, we do not have a recording of…
March 2nd, 2014 (Ephesians 4:25-32) Conflict is inevitable in marriage. Different expectations, backgrounds, personalities, and styles produce friction, and friction sparks fire. This message guides us to engage in fair fights that produce win-wins. Download the web guide here; 2014.3.2WebGuide
February 23rd, 2014 (Mark 8:17-19 (8:1-21)) Words spoken seem like communication, but often they are no better than a French speaker notifying a Chinese listener with a text. Without good communication, there can be no deep connection. This message guides us to a few secrets that will make our words flow and be heard. Download…
February 16th, 2014 (Romans 12:3-8; Ecclesiastes 4:9) Opposites attract and the attraction is apparently too strong to resist. Most couples consist of two opposites, in tastes, in styles, in personalities. This message demonstrates the beauty of our personalities and how we can thrive in our differences. Download the Web Guide here; 2014.2.16WebGuide
Shhhhhh: Quieting the Noise / Focusing the Life
January 5-February 10, 2014
The noise, the pace, and the pressure all around us is overwhelming, and another year of all that is not inviting. How about some fresh thoughts for a New Year, a year that has the space for you to really enjoy your life and make a difference? As 2014 begins, we will follow some of Jesus’ most keen concepts and we will do it by first becoming quiet and still. Shhhhhh. We are about to begin.
February 9th, 2014 (Matthew 7:21-29) There are fools in life, and there are wise people. You are one or the other, and which one you are determines how solid, calm and enjoyable your life will be. This message unlocks Jesus’s secret to a simple, significant and satisfying life. Download the web guide here; 2014.2.9WebGuide
December 1-22, 2013
Christmas slinks in and generates fond memories and new traditions, but it also triggers deeper issues that are often ignored. This series will tame and transform four of these practical Christmas Elephants that no one wants to talk about but everyone trips over.
Rugged Spirituality: Joining the Journey of Acts
February 10-June 23, September 8-November 10, 2013
What does it look like to be a Christian in the 21st century? It isn’t soft and cheesy. It shouldn’t be weird and wild either. It isn’t even going to look just like anything in the Bible, but it will look a little like the power-filled and inspiring stories found in the book of Acts. This teaching series through the book of Acts will give you the gear and the gusto to live a rugged spirituality that should be the norm.
September 29th, 2013 In Acts 15:1-35 the Jewish leaders consider if salvation requires works or is by grace alone. God told them grace was the answer. But then they asked the churches to teach the people to do certain things. The message reveals how God gives us salvation for free but often requires us to…
One Up Series
From time to time we do do something… well, Special (or at least we preach a sermon that doesn’t fit into another series) You’ll find those sermons here.
March 19 Matthew 25:31–46 Guest Speaker: Heather Dellameter “Strangers” are people without or with little world values, and what they do have can be taken away from them. We are to love them spiritually, physically, financially, and prayerfully. Download the web guide right here: Life Giving Web Guide 3-19
October 9 Guest Speaker: Chris Lash
June 21st, 2015 It is the most influential job on the planet. Dad’s are amazing. This message reminds us of their value and gives dads a challenge to live out their calling. (Galatians 2:11-13; Proverbs 3:11-12)n Here is the Web Guide: 2015-6-21WebGuide
June 14th, 2015 Every Sunday is supposed to be a worship experience, but what does that mean? What do we experience? This message presents the foundation of worship and calls you to an addictive experience. Pastor Rodney explains Worship from Isaiah 6 Download the Web Guide here: 2015-6-14WebGuide
June 7th, 2015 our guest speaker Tim Ramsden brings us a message from 2 Samuel chapter 23 and Matthew 26 entitled, “It’s Not a Waste”. Download the web guide here. 2015-6-7WebGuide
May 31st, 2-15 Guest Speaker—Tom Clinton, Director of First Love International Ministries will bring today’s message. He will teach us about What moved Jesus to compassion & how that compassionate feeling caused him to act. For more information on His ministry Click Here.
2015, May 24th. Jesus clearly and succinctly told us the greatest tasks of every human. But how do we do those? This message shows how relevant and possible it is to do what God wants us to do above all else. (Luke 10:27) Download the Web Guide Here. 2015-5-24WebGuide2
May 17th, 2015. Mark 12: 28-31 Today our guest teacher is Bill Allison, he is a disciplemaking missionary with Cadre Ministries and he will speak about The Life God Has Always Wanted You to Have. Bill is the founder and Executive Director of Cadre Ministries (www.cadreministries.com), a ministry that he says is obsessed with Jesus-like disciple…
May 10th, 2015 Moms, You’re Marvelous! It is the most valuable job on the planet. Moms are marvelous. This message reminds us of their value and gives moms a few tools to stay true to their calling. Download the web guide here: 2015-5-10WebGuide
March 29th, 2015, Often times people say, “Well, my God isn’t like that,” and what they mean is they don’t want God to be like that, so they refuse to accept it. This message looks at Jesus’s last week before his death and how he disrupted everyone’s vision of the expected Messiah or King. This…