great expectations

Message Monday 02/09/15 – Great Expectations: Prayer

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

Yesterday we wrapped up our Great Expectations series talking about prayer. I’ll admit – even being brought up in a Christian home and church, I’ve struggled with prayer at times. At different times prayer has been boring, amazing, tiring, energizing, frustrating, a pleasure, hard, easy, done out of obligation, done with great enthusiasm, moving, and a host of other emotions.

But I’ve grown a lot in prayer over the years, and here are some of my favorite resources and tools. (more…)

Message Monday 02/02/15 – Great Expectations: Community

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figured out why.” According to the Bible, all of God’s Children were created for community—doing a new kind of life together. Our reconciliation to each other is proof that we have been reconciled to God. This teaching of Christianity is unique in our world.  (more…)

Message Monday 01/26/15 – Great Expectations: Serve

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

There’s really no mistaking that the characteristic mark of all Followers of Jesus is to be love, and love is demonstrated only through action, i.e. serving others. Please let me know if you think I’ve missed the point here or if you think that statement is too strong. But before you do, check out these passages: Matthew 5:14-16; 20:17-28; Galatians 5:13-14; Ephesians 2:8-10; 4:11-16; Titus 2:11-14; I Peter 4:10; I John 3:16-18.  (more…)

Message Monday 01/19/15 – Great Expecations: Give

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

As a Christian, giving of ourselves, possessions and money to the work of God in the world is not a tactical strategy to receive more back for ourselves. Although giving or tithing is often taught from that angle, giving of our resources, as taught in scripture, is a matter of the heart. “God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:7)  That’s probably because when we do something cheerfully, we do it willingly. That’s what makes our gift acceptable to God. (2 Cor. 8:12) That’s what makes him delight in giving us all we need. Fathers love to help and bless generous children. When we give, we give because it’s the right thing to do. Our generosity makes a difference in our world full of needy, hurting people who need help and hope.  (more…)

Message Monday 01/11/15 – Great Expectations: Follow

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

John chapter 6 is an incredible study in human fickleness and also in the relationship Jesus of Nazareth calls us into with himself. Interestingly, when he had the crowds in the palm of his hand, when he could easily have been made their king, he instead refused to give them what they wanted or to tell them what they wanted to hear. He risked his relationship with his public audience in order to tell them the truth. His teaching and the ask he was making of them was just too hard for them to hear. And so they bailed on him. You can just picture the next scene, when he turned to the Twelve and asked, “What about you guys? You don’t want to leave too do you?” And Peter speaks up, as if articulating the consensus of the group, and says, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”  (more…)