love your neighbor

Message Monday 4/24/17 – Love Your Neighbor: The Woman At The Well

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Gender is the most basic distinction in all humanity, before race or nationality. We were created male and female. (Just look around.) Gender was intended to complete us not divide us. However, the stronger has dominated the weaker, resulting in oppression, exploitation and discrimination. But Jesus brought unity and mutual respect to the sexes. He elevated women to their rightful place of honor and dignity within the human race.  (more…)

Message Monday 4/17/17 – Love Your Neighbor: The Victory Of God

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Most of us have had plans and dreams for our lives—an agenda for how we’d like our life to be, however realistic or unrealistic it might be. If we believe in God, we hope he agrees with our personal agenda and would even like to have his blessing on it. It’s difficult for us to imagine that he would not be concerned about the same things we are. And so we pursue our plans and dreams expecting him to be right there in the middle of it all. If all goes as planned, we claim it’s because of his blessing and favor upon us. If our personal agenda takes a nose dive and goes straight south, we feel abandoned by God. It leaves us empty and bewildered and perhaps even bitter.  (more…)

Message Monday 4/3/17 – Love Your Neighbor: The Return Of The King, Part 1

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Jesus did not enter our world just to teach us how to be good enough so that he could whisk us off to heaven when we die. He came to bring heaven to earth—to inaugurate the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. That’s why he taught us to pray, “…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)  He taught us a different way to be the People of God on earth, regardless and often in spite of our national identity. He needs no nation’s own sovereignty to be sovereign himself and to accomplish his purposes for our world or to establish his kingdom in it. This very thought was inconceivable to Jesus’ contemporary countrymen.  (more…)

Message Monday 3/27/17 – Love Your Neighbor: The Return

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Edmund Burke Most Americans think we are in unique financial times, especially since the big crash of 2008. But Cicero, in 55 BC, had this to say about Rome: “The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of the officials should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”  (more…)

Message Monday 3/20/17 – Love Your Neighbor: The Investment

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

In a world that tells us we need more and more and creates a sense of discontent within us, we need to refocus on what God says is the way to be truly content and fulfilled. It’s when we invest in the Kingdom with our talents, our time and our treasure that we find we can say with Paul that we have learned the “secret of being content in any and every situation.”  (more…)

Message Monday 3/13/17 – Love Your Neighbor: The Treasure

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Generosity seems to be at the center of God’s heart. He’s looking for glimpses of his generosity in the hearts of his children as well, just as we do in ours. Think about how we delight when we see children learn to share all on their own. We know intuitively that parting with our treasure for the benefit of others is right and good, but nevertheless one of life’s greatest challenges. Selfless generosity is a level of maturity, completeness, wholeness and growth that not even the discipline of moral rule keeping can help us achieve. We see this shockingly true in the life of the rich man who came to Jesus one day…  (more…)

Message Monday 3/6/17 – Love Your Neighbor: The Giver

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

When we test and trust God with our money, he shows up to use and multiply what we give. He never scoffs at what we offer him either. In John 6 when Jesus was confronting his disciples with the tremendous need before them of 5000 hungry men, and probably some of their hungry family members who’d come along for the hike as well, he wasn’t put off by Philip’s skepticism and mention of the exorbitant cost of feeding such a crowd. And he didn’t laugh at Andrew’s offering of a measly 5 barely loaves and 2 fish. He accepted what seems like a ridiculous offering to us and used it to do what John tells us he already had in mind. (more…)

Message Monday 2/26/17 – Love Your Neighbor: Beauty Or Bitterness

Austin Willard – Guest Speaker

When we receive the gift of rebirth in Jesus Christ, our new hearts want to enjoy the beauty of God bursting through all areas of life, which He designed for all of us! However, we often allow an unseen parasite called bitterness to grow into a destructive lifestyle filled with overwhelming poison and inevitable bondage.

Message Monday 1/30/17 – Love Your Neighbor: Overcoming

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

You can just feel the love coming from the Apostle John to his readers, the people he refers to as his children, in what we have labeled his 1st letter. He’s the one from whom they first heard the message of Jesus and he has obviously become their spiritual father. Now he’s writing to them to help them through some rough spots in their discipleship. Not unlike our lives today even though we are over 2000 years removed from our first century Christian ancestors, the temptations all around them, the popular narrative of their culture and the contradicting message of false teachers is all closing in on them. John can see their demise if they give into pressure and believe a twisted truth. At times there is desperation in the tone of his writing. So he writes to both encourage them and warn them. What he says is as good for us as it was for them. And we can all use a good pep talk like this from time to time. Here’s what John has to say in this section of his letter:  (more…)