HOW TO PRAY
September 17, 24
They had grown up in praying homes. Prayer was a part of their congregational worship times. Very much a part of their daily routines. But, upon watching and experiencing Jesus praying to the Father, they saw something so different from what they had grown up believing prayer to be. It was an amazing thing; in fact, so amazing they couldn’t help but ask Jesus to teach them how to pray like that. Out of that conversation came what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” For the next several weeks we will be examining that model prayer together as a church family.
DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?
Change is hard, especially when it’s a change to improve our situation. In fact, psychologists say that people change when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Is there a painful change that’s needed in your life today?
We often find ourselves in search of “just the right thing” to solve our problems, mend our broken hearts, or even make us feel whole. We search for this thing in our culture, through our peers, or through deep introspection. Jesus tells us that He is that thing… and although He was and still is cast aside by many, it does not change the truth that He is the cornerstone of all that we seek and hope.
Today, we’re going to dive into Malachi and talk about loving God with our whole heart. The question we need to ask ourselves is this: Are we giving our whole heart to God, or just the leftovers?
THE VOICE OF THE ONE CALLING IN THE WILDERNESS
With Baptism Sunday approaching, I thought it appropriate that this week we dive into the life of one of the most interesting characters of the bible…John the Baptist. We’ll look at his life’s purpose, who he said Jesus was, and who Jesus said John the Baptist was.
GOD’S DESIGN FOR MARRIAGE
Defined roles in a business will always make it flow so much better. It’s not that one role is better than another, they are just different. In marriage neither one of the roles is better than the others, they are just different. When we fulfill these roles, that’s when we see God’s true design for marriage.
40 DAYS: THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
What if I told you, you were going on a 40 day quest into the wilderness? What feelings are aroused when you hear that? Now what if I told you that you would spend those 40 days in complete solitude? We’re going to dive into what lessons we can learn by the Temptation of Christ, as he spent 40 days alone in the desert.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
What is prayer? When the disciples heard Jesus pray, there was something different about the way he prayed. So, they asked him to teach them. And he told them a few surprising things…things like talking to your Father in secret, not babbling on, the importance of forgiveness and that God already knew what they needed. Let’s talk about what we call, “The Lord’s Prayer.”
PUTTING FAITH INTO PRACTICE
When I was in basketball in high school, my coach would always tell me, “practice as if it’s game time.” That way, when game time actually comes, you’re ready! Putting our faith into practice daily enables us to be ready for whatever life or the enemy throws at us.
The hearts of the people are easily swayed by culture, trends, pride, prejudice, fears, and goals. The call of our Lord is that the hearts of His people are not easily swayed, but steadfast in commitment to Him. In that devotion, He will guide our hearts in whatever direction that pleases HIm. This then is the chief end of man, to be so guided by the will of the Father.
LIVE ON PURPOSE
June 18, 25
Do you know your purpose? Do you know God’s will for your life? Is your life marked by the passionate pursuit to fulfill your calling? Living up to our full potential can only be achieved by following God’s will for our lives.
ARE YOU THE ONE?
June 4, 11
In a world often swayed by the winds of opinions, fads and ‘influencers’, it is easy to question what we once thought of as truth. The one who came to prepare the way for the Messiah had these questions as well. Those questions were not left unanswered then, and the truth proclaimed nearly 2,000 years ago holds fast today.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
As we celebrate Memorial Day, we reflect on how our American Soldiers embody the example Christ set for us. John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
SUIT UP SAINTS
May 21, July 9
Family outings are always fun, but if we don’t plan accordingly, it can turn bad really quick. If we get caught out in the rain with no rain gear, out good time will turn into a miserable time in a hurry. God wants us to be prepared for this life so we’re not caught off guard. So instead of scrambling in the rain once it’s too late, he calls us to suit up.
ARE YOU SURE?
April 30, May 7
We’re going to go through the book of 1 John in this series. John deals a lot with the issue of how tenuous our relationship with God feels when we are not dealing in a loving way with those who are around us. Let’s dig in and get some insights from John as we deal with the issue of “Are You Sure?”
WISE OR WOKE
March 19, April 2, 9 (Easter Message), 16, 23
Are you confused over the public conversations going on presently? What is this “woke” that is being referred to so often? What does it have to do with sexuality, racism, etc… Maybe more to the point for us as Christians, what should I believe regarding these things? What does the Bible have to say about it…if it says anything? The purpose of our new study is to help us sort out and answer those questions. Join us as we answer the question – Wise or Woke?
THE HOLY WHAT?
January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
The scriptures tell us that there is one God. Just one. But that God is made up of three persons – The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is what church doctrine has called “The Trinity.” When it comes to the Holy Spirit there often seems to be two extremes. Either he is almost completely ignored…consequently very little is known about him, or, he is so over emphasized that in the church the beliefs that surround him become confusing, consuming…even dangerous. In this message series we aim to take a very close look at what the Bible, the scriptures, actually tell us about God the Spirit. His significance. His power. How he works in our lives and what place in our worship he should hold. Join us in this important study.
WHAT WE ARE MADE OF
I love to hear people’s stories. How did you two meet? Where did you grow up? How’d you get that scar? True North has a story. Part of our story is wrapped up in how we got started. Part of our story revolves around what we have decided is important. Our priorities . . . our Core Values
Assumptions are simply a part of our daily living. We crank that thermostat and assume the heat will come on. We push that remote start button (if we are lucky enough to have one) and assume the car will start and begin warming things up. We go to the grocery store and assume there will be food on the shelves. That’s just the way life is. No big deal. Yet, the scriptures warn us about being too casual about assuming things. A good thing to think through as we begin a New Year.