29
Nov
2015

Advent: The Gift of Expectancy

Pastor Chris Garrison begins the Advent season with the first sermon in his series, The Gifts of Christmas. This  first Sunday of Advent is the Sunday of HOPE. In Luke 2:8-16 we find the shepherds engaged in a "treasure hunt," leading them to the greatest gift anyone could ever receive. Their terror of the dark night soon turned to expectancy, and their hope ignited their search for Jesus, the perfect gift of light. You, too can have hope of finding Jesus, even if you have been lost in darkness.

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8
Nov
2015

The Fruit of Reverence

You were made to revere something. What amazes you? What astounds you? What puts you in a state of awe? Pastor Chris Garrison is preaching from Nehemiah 5:14-19 where Nehemiah shares what became the heart of his reverence as he sought after his desires as a leader. He shows us that the heart of all reverence is to make God your reference.

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1
Nov
2015

Debts

In this sermon from Nehemiah 5:6-13, Pastor Chris Garrison continues teaching lessons from Nehemiah. The Jews have used all of their livelihood as collateral to rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem and are deep in debt. In order to continue to have money to live on, they are selling their sons and daughters into slavery. The mission was to rebuild the wall to protect them form the bondage they have escaped, yet they were selling themselves back into slavery. Nehemiah rebukes this practice and demands that the rulers repay the Jews. Today our "business practices" as Christians don't always follow the patter of God's redemption. We have experienced the radical grace and forgiveness from Christ. How should we show forgive for those debts --grudges, bitterness, etc --- in our lives?

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