Positively United

November 30th, 2020

In a year that's been filled with division, God's Word speaks of a different possibility, one where we're called to walk together in unity. And it's not that we're to all be the same or think the same — but when it comes to Jesus and his redemptive work, we're to be united.

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Positively Content

November 23rd, 2020

In todays message Positively Content, Pastor Gary Howse speaks to us about how we can be content as we run to the Father in every situation that we come across.

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Positively Thinking

November 18th, 2020

Today Pastor Kathy Howse spoke on Positively Thinking. Positively thinking will bring change to our minds by aligning our thoughts with God’s thoughts.

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Positively Peaceful

November 10th, 2020

Today Pastor Tim shares from one of the most powerful Scriptures about the peace of God. In Philippians 4, Paul wrote, "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." In that passage, Paul gives us four clues about how we can become people who experience God's peace.

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Positively Civil

November 2nd, 2020

We're in a year that can be described as absolutely UN-civil. People are cynical, angry, and even hostile. So why would God want his people to be civil? In Philippians 2, Paul answers that question and points to how we can be positively civil, even in times of real challenge and difficulty.

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Positively Humble

October 30th, 2020

What does it mean to be Positively Humble? It sounds so counter-cultural — because it is! It's the way of Jesus; the way God's people are called to live for others. Discover how to be humble by following the example of Jesus from Philippians 2:5-11. He chose to serve, to take on a new identity, and to be obedient to God's call. And we can too!

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Becoming the Church: A Fearless Community

October 27th, 2020

Pastor Gary Howse finishes our series in the book of Acts by journeying with the Apostle Paul into his final season of ministry. Paul had been called by the Lord to head to Jerusalem even though he was told time after time that hardship awaited him there. Paul's life teaches us that faithful obedience will bring about a fearlessness that can't be stopped! 

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Positively Selfless

October 27th, 2020

What does it mean to be Positively Selfless? It sounds so counter-cultural — because it is! It's the way of Jesus; the way God's people are called to live for others. Discover why selflessness is the greatest characteristic of strength, and how we can begin a more selfless lifestyle today.

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Positively Losing

October 27th, 2020

We're continuing our series in the book of Philippians, today in Chapter 3, where Paul talks about winning through losing. Everything he'd based his identity upon before he met Jesus had to be thrown out in order to gain something incredibly better!

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Positively Winning

October 27th, 2020

We started a new series today called, "Positively," that's through the letter of Philippians. In this letter, the Apostle Paul is writing to his friends about many things that the world views as negative, but God says are positive. Today we're taking a new look at what it means to win — and it may surprise you — because as God's people, we can win no matter what happens! 

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Becoming the Church: A Community that Follows God – Part2

September 26th, 2020

The decisions we make shape the outcome of our lives. So how can we know if we are making choices that are following where Jesus is leading? Often He leads us through a process of discernment — and in Acts 15 we find the church doing four things to discern the right answer to a difficult question — things we can do as well as individuals and as a church. 

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Becoming the Church: A Community that Follows God - Part 1

September 24th, 2020

If the church is nothing else, it must be a community that follows after God! But how does Jesus lead us? How do we know it’s God who is calling us to take a certain path? In this first of a two-part message, we're looking at two distinct ways God led the Apostle Paul: supernaturally (through God's voice) and naturally (through the voices of other people). We have much to learn through Paul's stories of following after God! 

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Becoming the Church: A Praying Community

September 24th, 2020

The story in Acts 12 is about a church coming together in prayer during a time of crisis. It’s about persecution and death — faith and breakthrough — and has some hilarious, very human moments sprinkled in. It shows both the natural and supernatural ways that prayer works together in our lives. 

Acts 12 also speaks to us in our moment of cultural history when many believe the church is in a season of persecution. Is that indeed what's happening, or is something else going on we can respond to in faith?

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Becoming the Church: A Ministering Community – Part 3

September 24th, 2020

The church is a community that both receives and gives ministry. And in Acts 10:36, Peter — in one powerful statement — gives us a deep understanding of what we're giving when we minister. He stated, "This is the message of Good News … that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all." Let's dive in together and discover how this three-part statement shows us how to effectively minister to others. 

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Becoming the Church: A Ministering Community - Part 2

August 23rd, 2020

When Peter and Cornelius meet up in Acts 10, they engage in an amazing conversation — one that helps us learn how to both receive ministry and give it away to others. Today we're focusing on three ways to prepare our lives to receive ministry (clue: they have to do with "presence and presents!"). 

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Becoming the Church: A Ministering Community - Part 1

August 16th, 2020

What do flying carpets and exploding dams have to do with becoming a ministering community? That's what Peter finds out in Acts 10. This is where he is confronted with the reality that life in Jesus would be radically different from the life in which he grew up — one where customs and traditions, mixed with some ethnic prejudice, had held him back from people who were different than him. But all that changed in Acts 10 — and we pray it changes for us as well. It's time to blow up some dams. 

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Becoming the Church: A Called-Out Community

August 8th, 2020

You have been chosen by God — uniquely called out to be part of His family! In Acts 9 we find the story of two men (one bad, one good) who were called out by God. Find out how their responses changed history forever and teach us about how we can respond to Jesus as well. 

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Becoming the Church: A Problem-Solving Community

August 7th, 2020

By Acts 6, as the church began to grow, problems emerged — not just from outside, but from inside as well. But they didn't sweep the issues under the rug. They dealt with them head-on, providing us with a model of faith-filled problem-solving!

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Becoming the Church: A Resilient Community

August 7th, 2020

We all go through hardship. Jesus said it would be that way, and our life experience has proved it over and over. So resiliency is critical! While we do get knocked around, getting knocked out doesn't have to be our story. Let's discover what roles hardship plays in our lives and how we can rely on Jesus to see us through.

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Becoming the Church: A Generous Community

July 18th, 2020

At the end of Acts 4 and the start of Chapter 5, we find three important truths about generosity and how it marked the early church — as well as two things that went terribly wrong! But through all this, we discover why the church was known as a community where, "No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, so they shared everything they had." 

For a deeper dive into the topic of generosity, follow this link to find the series, "Resurrecting Generosity" — https://sm4.org/series/res-gen  

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