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Taking on the Giants

August 7, 2018 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Ph. 3.13b-14, NIV).   Fighting giants is, by definition, hard work. We don’t call them giants for nothing. The giants of fear and anger, bitternes... Keep Reading

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Killing Giants

July 30, 2018 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Giants are tough.  Even though they might be a long way off, you can hear them coming, can’t you? You might be able to run, but you cannot hide.  You might as well come out and fight. They cast a long shadow over everything we aspire to do, every dream we hope to pursue, every new land we seek to inhabit. Today we would ca... Keep Reading

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Faith Rooted in Fact

April 6, 2018 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

We are nearly 2000 years removed from Jesus’ resurrection. Given that significant gap in time and culture, it can be easy to lose touch with what it was like for early believers. We live in a world and culture where Jesus’ bodily resurrection is celebrated annually, where even those who don’t believe it are at least used to... Keep Reading

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A Passion for the Lost

January 31, 2018 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

There are a lot of titles that Jesus uses to describe himself: Bridegroom, Bread of Life, Cornerstone, Good Shepherd. But there is another one that stands out as completely different than all the rest: “friend of sinners” (Luke 7:34).  Jesus loved lost people. He loved spending time with them. He went to their parties and e... Keep Reading

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Working the Father's Blueprint

January 9, 2018 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Have you noticed? It is much easier to make a case for a commitment to Christ than a commitment to the church.  Christ is awesome, majestic, compelling.  But the church seems so human, so ordinary and too many times downright dull. Christ is pure, the church is deeply and tragically stained.  In Paul’s letter to the chu... Keep Reading

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Thankful in Every Circumstance

October 26, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Bert and John Jacobs are brothers who cofounded the $100 million “Life Is Good” T-shirt company.  They grew up the youngest of six children in a lower middle-class family in Boston. When the brothers were in elementary school, their parents were in a near-death car accident from which their mother managed to escape with just... Keep Reading

Above All

September 25, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

I love the the Acts of the Apostles. Once again I have been reading this New Testament story and I have been caught up in the expectant and vibrant faith of the early church.  Their zest for Christ and for sharing His good news, their sacrifice, and their ministry all draw me up short. The power of the Holy Spirit displayed every day i... Keep Reading

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You Are What You Celebrate

July 28, 2017 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

As I prepared to “be” Gideon for VBC, and then to preach about Gideon, my initial response to the story was the same as it has been for years: I was staggered by the foolishness of the Israelites, by their capacity to forget and abandon God. When you think about their history from Egypt up until the time of the Judges, it seems a... Keep Reading

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Ask for the Holy Spirit

May 30, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.”  (Galatians 5:22-23; ESV)   On Sunday mornings, we have been studying the fruit of the Spirit.  Some have asked, how can this fruit be ours?  How ca... Keep Reading

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Finishing the Story

May 9, 2017 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

When we think of the gospel, our minds tend to gravitate toward the surprising and dramatic reversal of the cross and resurrection. This is perhaps only natural, as together those two events represent the great turning point of the story, where the apparent defeat of Jesus by crucifixion is revealed to be the very means by which God wins His... Keep Reading

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