Jon Taylor

Message Monday 1/4/16 – Finding Financial Freedom: Attitude

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

Financial guru Dave Ramsey says there are only three things you can do with money: spend it, save it, or give it. Most people who have financial struggles, worry, stress and anxiety most often have a problem with the first of those – how they spend their money. And, they don’t do enough of the second and third items, saving and giving.

Unfortunately, most Americans, Christians included, are very poor money managers. They don’t have a plan of how to spend their money and they don’t know where they’re spending their money, and they live paycheck to paycheck as a result.  (more…)

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Message Monday 11/09/15 – The Sacraments – Confession

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

Oh, the games we play in our own hearts and minds. We think we can sin and get away with it. Or that God might not have seen that one. Or at least it wasn’t as bad as someone else’s sin. Or we just can’t admit that we sin.

We need to learn the discipline of acknowledging our sins and confessing them to God and to a trusted friend. To learn to say like the psalmist in Psalm 41:4 – “O Lord, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

Our big idea for this week was this: confession is sharing your deepest weaknesses and failures with God and others you trust, so that you may enter God’s grace and mercy and experience His ready forgiveness and healing.

God convicts us of sin through His Word, through the Holy Spirit, and through other people. Witness David when confronted by Nathan in 2 Samuel 12. When confronted with his sin, he has the only appropriate response for any of us: “I have sinned against the Lord.”

When we confess sin, we are back in right relationship with God, and we can deal with the physical and relational consequences that we experience with unconfessed sin.

I want to challenge you and encourage you to confess sin to God and to a trusted friend so you can experience forgiveness, healing, mercy, grace and cleansing.

(See Psalm 51; Psalm 32:5; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9)

Message Monday 07/27/15 – Kenya Update: Good News For The Poor

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

When Jesus began his ministry, he got his personal mission statement from a passage in Isaiah which was written about him centuries earlier.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  (Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-21) (more…)

Message Monday 07/05/15 – Freedom

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

I hope you had a good time this last weekend celebrating our nation’s independence and freedom. I’m so thankful for the blessings and freedoms we enjoy in the US. There is something deep inside all of us that longs for freedom and to live unencumbered lives. Freedom was also a big part of the writings of the apostle Paul, but he wrote about spiritual freedom.

In Galatians 5:1 he writes, “It is for freedom that Christ sets us free.” What are we free from, and what are we free to do?  (more…)

Message Monday 04/27/15 – Kingdom Come: God’s Unshakeable Kingdom

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

This message, taken from Coram Deo course material from Disciple Nations Alliance, is one of my favorites because of the clarity it brings to how we can all advance God’s Kingdom – here and now!

The Kingdom advancement is an inside-out advancement. It starts with one’s heart being regenerated, which leads to a renewed mind, which leads to the formation of Christ-like character, which leads to a transformed family, and is then lived out in every sphere of society. Whatever your role/job, you can live this out and advance the Kingdom!  (more…)

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…)