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5/15/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
Love Covers All

Paul is coming to a close in his description of Agape Love and he starts his conclusion with a repetitive use of a Greek adjective. Four times we have the same word used with a different verb. This section reminds us that God’s kind of love is all inclusive…is your love able to cover another’s faults?

5/8/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
Love Distances Itself From Sin, But Welcomes Truth

One of the difficult things to do is to confront someone we love who is living a life of sin. Avoidance, denial, even tacit approval are not biblical or loving responses; yet it is what most of us do. Most of us do not welcome nor enjoy conflict, but if we truly love someone we will not stand by as they follow an ungodly life path...

5/1/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
Love is not Angered nor Retaliatory

This aspect of God’s love (Agape) is difficult. God expects us to react to wrongs in the same way He reacts to wrongs—long fuse, intentional oversight. At times it would be easier for God to ask us to drain the ocean with a straw; or at least it feels that way. Do you deal with disappointments, even offenses, with God’s reaction; or are you more self-focused?

4/24/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

John 3

Easter
God’s Love so Clearly Demonstrated

Resurrection Sunday is a date we celebrate Jesus return from the dead. It is the culmination of the passion week, a week filled with highs and lows; from the joy of Palm Sunday to the fear of betrayal to the melancholy of death. Why did it happen? What is the meaning of all of it? John tells us so that God could show His love for us…

4/24/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Philippians 3

Easter
The Power of the Resurrection

Probably all of us in this room have experienced death. One of the most often asked questions, 'Will I see them again?' It can be a favorite cat or Grandma or a friend. Where does this come from? It runs counter to the evolutionary design scheme of survival of the fittest. Why long for something/someone that was weak and inferior; death is just the natural way of the universe...

4/10/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
Love is not Rude nor is it Self-Serving

We all have a problem, and the problem is almost always us! Oh we blame it on others ineptness or being born in a sin-cursed fallen society; but the truth is we are the source of our angst. We want what we want and will not take NO for an answer...

4/3/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
Love Does Not Brag Nor is it Arrogant

We live in a society of self important, self promoters. Even in the church, we have allowed a culture of braggadocios blowhards that care only about what others think of them. God says though that those who love like He loves have a correct view about themselves and their accomplishments...

3/27/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
Love is Not Envious

One of the downsides to new, immature love is a tendency towards envy or jealousy. God’s kind of love is different though. He says that envy or jealousy is not a character of true love. Envy is what makes marketing happen and the great capitalist system begins to fall apart without envy. How do we learn to love as God wants us to without succumbing to the world’s definitions?

3/20/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
Love is Kind

Paul continued his list of Agape characteristics and tells us that love is kind. Kindness is a positive attribute that certainly brings thoughts of love or at least friendship with another. The opposite- being unkind- is universally recognized as unloving behavior. So how kind are you, in other words, how much do you love?

3/13/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
Love is Patient

Why did Paul have to start with patience? If you are making a list of what love looks like, most of us probably move patience to at best the middle of the list; but not Paul! To be patient is certainly a character of love, so how patient are you?

3/6/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Loving as God Loves
God is Love, Love is God

We are going to consider over the next several weeks the concept of God’s love for us and how we are to reflect that kind of love in our own lives. We are going to look in depth at I Corinthians 13:4-8, but before we do that we must explore what the concept of love. Today we are going to examine God’s love from a biblical theology point of view. If God is love, and we are to be like God, what should our love look like?

2/27/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Spiritual Disciplines
Saying "No" to Self and the World

As we wrap up our series on spiritual Disciplines, we have by no means exhausted the study. We are prone to wander from God and live meaningless lives. Practicing disciplines in our lives reminds us that we are on a mission, our lives have a purpose; we are bought to serve not to be served. Let us conclude our study today thinking about why we need to discipline ourselves and remind ourselves that this world is illusionary at best…

2/20/2011

Pastor Greg Olson

Romans 12

Spiritual Disciplines
Church Attendance

Anyone can sit in a building and warm a chair, but how many of us will actually discipline ourselves to attend church? This takes humble and active participation in the Body of Christ putting others before ourselves and preparing the Gospel to go out into the world.

2/13/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Spiritual Disciplines
Giving: The Gospel, Time, Talent & Money

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day, a day dedicated to giving love to one another in some tangible form. It may be a card, a kind word, dinner and flowers or some other act of showing your valentine your love. God showed His love for us in many tangible actions. He is a kind and generous giver who expects us to give as well. Giving is an essential character of His, and it should be of us as well…

2/6/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Spiritual Disciplines
Prayer and Fasting

Continuing in our study of basic spiritual disciplines, we come to prayer and fasting. For many of us, we recognize the need to pray, we just struggle with praying more. For most of us, the thought of fasting (other than some crazy diet fad) is foreign and archaic. Both of these disciplines though can be a means of drawing us closer to God and more in-tune with understanding His will for our lives...

1/30/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Spiritual Disciplines
Memorization of God's Word

When it comes to memorizing God's Word, some of us are better at it than others. For some, memory work began early in either Sunday School or AWANA or school assignments. We grumbled and complained. We were rewarded and sometimes shamed into repeating words that didn't always make sense. For others, the thought of memorizing something still instills fear and trepidation. What is the value in it, should we be practicing this discipline today in an age of rapid information?

1/23/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Spiritual Disciplines
Personal Daily Study of God's Word

What is so important about the Bible? Should I read it every day? Why? It is hard to understand and at times it feels outdated and irrelevant; so does God still expect me to study it? Is it really that important? I hope that these questions and more will be answered today...

1/16/2011

Missionary Family Josh & Heidi Ausfahl

Genesis 12-25

Missionaries
Addressing Everyday Questions to Deepen Your Faith

1/9/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

1Corinthians 9

Spiritual Disciplines
Spiritual Disciplines: What are they and why do they matter?

We will spend the next couple of weeks thinking about spiritual disciplines. At the beginning of a new year, we like to take an inventory of our lives. Where have we been, where are we going, what needs to be kept, what needs to be discarded. We often neglect the most important part of that inventory process- who am I before God? Let us challenge each other to becoming closer to Him in 2011 through saying 'NO!' to self and 'YES!' to God.

1/2/2011

Pastor Phil Perry

Communion
Communion Service

God's Plan of Salvation