Recent Sermons

April 26, 2015: Space Invaders (physical intimacy)
Pastor John • 28:37
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God designed physical intimacy to track with relational intimacy. Distortions occur in any and every relationship when the former doesn't track with the latter. Degrees of physical intimacy (touch) show up in casual friendships, pastoral care, deep friendships, dating relationships, and marriage. While the focus of Paul's thrust in our text is on sexual intimacy, healthy sexual intimacy is (and should be) preceded by early stages of relational intimacy and touch that build up and lead to marital intimacy. Paul highlights a unique feature of sexual sin in its ability to affect us personally and emotionally in a way most other sin does not.


April 19, 2015: Why Can't We Be Friends?
Joel Adams • 19:49
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Friendships should be the most natural thing within the body of Christ, even though that is not always the case. Paul provides some great pointers about how to foster deeper relationships with those around you.


April 12, 2015: Connecting with Your Neighbors
Pastor John • 23:06
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April 5, 2015: This is Living
Pastor John • 22:59
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April 3, 2015: Good Friday Communion Service
The dramatic presentation of "The Last Days".
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March 29, 2015: Our Own Worst Enemy
Pastor John • 32:11
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What happens when we can't forgive ourselves? Both Peter and Judas failed miserably and were guilty of a horrible sin when they betrayed Jesus, but one of them found their way into the future, while the other did not. What was the difference? One found the ability to forgive himself even as Jesus had forgiven him, and the other did not. So often in this life, the biggest challenge isn't believing that God forgives us, but in the willingness to forgive ourselves.


March 22, 2015: Not So Sweet Revenge
Pastor John • 25:22
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The desire to get back at those who hurt us is primal, powerful, and instinctive. Yet whenever we succumb to the voice of retaliation, the results are only further pain, cycles of violence, and unsatisfying closure. Don't repay evil with evil, rather repay evil with good. Forgive, as you have been forgiven.


March 15, 2015: . . . As We Forgive Others
Kurt Gewinner • 23:35
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Jesus seems to link our forgiveness with the willingness to forgive others. But rather than making forgiveness seem conditional, Jesus targets the real change that happens in our hearts when the reality of forgiveness truly sinks in.


March 8, 2015: Arrested Development
Pastor John • 24:48
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Jesus’ ability to ask His father to forgive the people who were nailing Him to the cross is profound, but it is also deeply insightful. It not only revealed His incredibly gracious heart, but it also set a pattern of the role of forgiveness. People who are victims of trauma or abuse often get stuck, or fixate, at that state of emotional development. The ability to get ‘unstuck’ and move forward in life presumes the ability to face the pain and forgive the perpetrator. That is why we often say that forgiveness is as much for the victim as it is for the violator.


March 1, 2015: Happiness from Hope: What Matters Most
Judy Peterson, Campus Pastor, North Park University • Time Length • 31:17
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The world can be incredibly dehumanizing; from the automated answering system to the honk from behind when a light just turned green, from the life of a child in a refugee camp to the a statistics that predict incarceration as more likely than graduation. The world is hard on humans and it has been from the beginning. Let's join Jesus in bringing God's kingdom to earth as it is in heaven.


February 22, 2015: Services Cancelled Due to Weather

February 15, 2015: Happiness from Hope: What Matters Most
Joel Adams, Co-Director of Student Ministry • Time Length • 24:43
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We look at a few famous words from Paul where he expresses one of the biggest transformations in the human heart. Paul talks about the shift from all the things he used to value and what he has found matters most in his life.

February 8, 2015: Happiness From Hope - Who's Following You?
Pastor John • Time Length • 23:34
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Paul explains how everything he has ever done for this community of people is important to him. He starts reflecting on his “legacy” and the joy that he will have because of what this group of people is doing, no matter what happens to him.

February 1, 2015: Happiness from Hope: But What does it Matter
Pastor John • Time Length • 25:59
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Paul is imprisoned, in chains, beaten up and is still able to rejoice in his situation. Philippians 1 undoes the notion that happiness is only based on the good times in our lives.

January 25, 2015: 50/50 Congo Initiative
Donn Engebretson, Fred Kasongo, Dr. Eric Gunnoe • Time Length • 39:10
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January 18, 2015: The GOOD Stuff - Live Outside Difference
Pastor Nate • Time Length • 31:23
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January 11, 2015: The GOOD Stuff - Live Valuing People
Stacee Eggers (Children's Ministry Director) • Time Length • 36:58
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January 4, 2015: The GOOD Stuff - Live on Mission
Pastor John • Time Length • 25:36
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