Sermons from 2018

Sermons from 2018

Nativity

His Story

The ‘power of the people’ can have an impact on whether something rises or falls. Whether it be the success of a restaurant or Santa’s sleigh in the Elf movie. Yet, the power of the people has no impact on whether the true impact of the Christmas story will rise or fall. It doesn’t matter whether 1 person or 7 billion people believe in the Christmas story – the truth and impact of it remains the same. Your response to…
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The Three Amigas

Our life context is different than others around us – yet we can find comfort in the same thing: that the God of all creation is with us. That’s the Christmas story. It comes to our broken lives. Immanuel, God with us. Luke 1:39-45
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Sour Milk and Stale Cookies

During the holiday season, it’s common to see the word “Believe” on tshirts, in store displays, on cards. Yet, it begs the question: “Believe what?” What do you believe in? This week, Pastor Vince steps back from his study in Matthew and takes us to Luke 2 when he speaks on the man Simeon who is an excellent example of the beauty of belief and of holding securely to what he believes during the testing of waiting and pain. “When…
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Vince and Dan, and the Condition of Man

In this week’s sermon, Pastor Vince begins his message about a fight he had with his brother, Dan, when they were kids. He explains how this fight is a great example of our sin nature and the pain it can cause others. He then moves into his study of Matthew in chapter 15 when Jesus is sitting on a mountainside, overlooking the crowds, pondering the condition of man as the crowds approach Him. Pastor Vince describes the beginning, the broken,…
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The Woman He Ignored; The Savior She Couldn’t

Do you remember the children’s game “Hot/Cold” where a child tries to find an item in a room and needs to be given directions on whether they are near (hot) or far (cold) from the item? In this week’s message, Pastor Vince references this game as he continues his teaching in Matthew Chapter 15. “Jesus has been and continues to mold and shape His disciples’ faith and in this scene, He allows them to see the contrast of cold, dead…
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Digestion 101

“This Thursday, it is possible that we may be putting Thanksgiving turkey and Thanksgiving stuffing in our mouths while we are digesting discontentment and grumbling in our hearts. Matthew 15 draws out that contrast of what’s coming out of our mouths but what’s really happening in our hearts – it’s a dangerous dichotomy when they are far apart.” Matthew 15:1-20  
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More Incredible than Helen Parr!

Are you familiar with Helen Parr? You may know her better by her other names – Mrs. Incredible or ElastiGirl?…Her stretching abilities may be incredible in animated film, but not as incredible as the real life stretching that we see from Jesus in today’s sermon. What stretching of Jesus could Pastor Vince be referring to? Click on the video to find out.
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Because the World Needed More Than a Grampa Stroehmann

Do you know the only miracle that Jesus performed that is mentioned in all four of the gospels? It is the one that Pastor Vince teaches on this week. “We are going to read a story where we are going to need to ask ourselves: Do I believe it? Do I really believe that Jesus performed this miracle?” Matthew 14:13-21
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Nothing Artificial Can Stay This Soft

Artificial ingredients can keep muffins soft, but not the heart, spiritually speaking. The human heart – our inner being – cannot be kept soft artificially. That’s only going to happen because of the very real presence of the love of Almighty God. As followers of Jesus, that is what has to happen…If there is one place that society has to be seeing genuineness and hearts that are not impacted by ugliness, it has to be in the followers of Jesus.…
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Matthew Chapter Thirteen Is My Source For World News

In today’s world, we are bombarded with constant sources of news – network, cable, internet – and all of this can leave us feeling anxious and fearful. Yet, Pastor Vince shares how the gospel can be the best top story that will remain the top story – and it is good news! Matthew 13
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Heed The Seed

This past Sunday, Pastor Vince taught on the parable of the sower in Matthew 13.  He encouraged us to “heed the seed” – to hear and understand the Word of God so that it will produce all that God desires to do in and through our lives. Matthew 13
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The Resemblance Can’t Be Seen In The Family Photo

Have you ever watched a TV show where the family members bear no resemblance to each other, though they want us to believe that they are biologically connected?  Pastor Vince uses this analogy in this week’s sermon: “Jesus points us to look at His family photo, but the resemblance is not visible in the photo; it can’t be seen.  Why? Because the resemblance is internal.” This week, Pastor Vince continues his study in Matthew and is in chapter 12.
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Make Your First Four Right Turns and You’ll Be There

In Matthew 11, John the Baptist is asking questions of Jesus. “John the Baptist is looking for direction, and as he is looking for directions, Jesus uses several statements to make it clear to him and to anyone else who is ever looking for the real answer in life. If you are looking for truth, for meaning, for purpose in life – Jesus will give you the same directions: Take your first four right turns because you know what that…
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Because Of You

Which version of the song “Because of You” comes to your mind when you hear the title? Do you think of the Tony Bennett version where he sings of a relationship where the person causes the sun to shine? Or perhaps you think of the Kelly Clarkson version where she sings of a relationship that causes her to hide in darkness? “There are clearly significant earthly relationships that can impact how we are in every other relationship. In this passage…
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There’s Only One Fear that Brings Fortitude

Have you ever been caught in the grip of fear? Fear of rejection, physical sickness, mounting financial debt, what might happen to your children, etc?  There are human reasons for fear, but there is one wonderful fear that can set us free from all other fears – the fear (awe) of God. This week, Pastor Vince continues in Matthew 10 and points out three reasons why we do not need to remain in the grips of human fear. Watch and…
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A Weightless Wonder

“The abiding presence of God is a weightless wonder…as a follower of Jesus Christ, the more you come to see and remember and understand and embrace the fact that the living Jesus is abiding in you – it won’t register on the scale in your bathroom – but it will register on your scale of wonder, your scale of peace and your scale of purpose. Everything you do in life takes on a whole new meaning.” Take some time to…

Mystery Revealed

This Sunday, guest pastor Erik Rebstock taught from Ephesians 3:1-13. “In Christ we develop true life…when we understand that true life occurs in Christ, we understand our true purpose in life.” Ephesians 3:1-13
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Perfect Love

Pastor Greg teaches from 1 John 4 and asks the question: “Do you know who you are? Most of us have an identity issue – we don’t really know who we are in Christ.” 1 John 4