St. Marcus MKE Sermons (James Hein Sermon)

This week we'll be studying Judges 4:1-24 - under the theme "The Bravery of Deborah." God, who designed humans as male and female, has always had a better way of perceiving gender and sexuality than the fallen world. Cultures tend to vacillate between overly restrictive traditionalist viewpoints to progressive viewpoints that contain no guidance or parameters. But everything that is created has design and intention. And God created us male and female. The narrative of Deborah, Barak, and Jael are something of a brilliant microcosm of Scripture's teaching about gender roles, spiritual gifts, and faithfulness.

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SERIES SUMMARY: The Book of Judges bridges the period between the exodus of the Israelites in Egypt and wandering in the wilderness, to the time of the Kingdom of Israel. God's people have settled in Canaan, but they didn't drive out all the people's God commanded them to. As a result, they continually fell into worshipping foreign gods (i.e. idols). To chastise them, God would allow one of these neighboring nations to oppress them. The Israelites would cry to God for help. And God would then send them a deliverer, a savior, a "judge" to deliver them militarily. When peace were restored, things went well, Israel got spiritually lazy, and the cycle would repeat. In this book, we find a recurring metaphor for apathy in God's people, and yet, God's zealous love for his people seems to increase even as our failures remain. 

This week we'll be studying Judges 3:12-20 -  under the theme "The Dirty Work of Ehud." Ehud is an unlikely hero, an apparently disabled man, whom God uses to shame the proud King Eglon of Moab. The victory always belongs to the Lord. The question is whether we're willing to go the dirty places and do the messy work that God calls us to. 

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In this, our final week of the series, we'll be studying 1 Peter 5:5-7 -  under the theme "HUMILITY (in Conversation) - RULE 9 - "Assume the person you're listening to might know something you don't." Jordan Peterson, as a clinical psychologist, knows that psychotherapy is more than just giving professional advice. It's engaged conversation, with an emphasis on listening. Humans need to be listened to in order to survive, but that requires humility on the part of the listener - a willingness to care about someone, and even reconsider your position based on their input. Listening is HARD. But it's a powerful expression of grace that can actually provide healing to the hurting. 

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This week we'll be studying Acts 5:1-11 -  under the theme "HONESTY - RULE 8 - "Tell the truth - or, at least, don't lie." Honesty is the best policy...or so they say. "Best" in what regard? Honesty can certainly get us into trouble. It can certainly hurt feelings. Honesty can condemn. But it's also the only way forward. Whether we're talking about "telling lies" or "living lies" (i.e. denial), truth alone can set people free. Truth can create order, whereas deception breeds chaos. In our text this week, God establishes very early in the Church that he would not tolerate his people pretending to be something they were not. 

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This week we'll be studying Romans 12:1-  under the theme "SACRIFICE - RULE 7 - "Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)." Modern people often look at the ancients, and their practice of things like "sacrifices" as primitive and unscientific. Jordan Peterson, however, would argue that the concept of sacrificing something good in the present in order to bless the future in an even more substantial way is the single most important revelation in human history. The Bible, too, says a great deal about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and how we are to offer our lives as "living sacrifices" in response. 

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This week we'll be studying James 4:11-12 under the theme "CRITICISM - RULE 6 - "Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world." While creating something meaningful is hard work, tearing something down takes very little effort. This is perhaps most evident in our words. And while there are many ways to cause destruction with our words, stander/criticism might be THE most difficult for many of us Christians to resist. This week, we'll find out how criticism from our mouths is directly related to forgetting the gospel in our heads and hearts. 

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This week we'll be studying Hebrews 12:7-11 under the theme "PARENTING - RULE 5 - "Don't let kids do anything that makes you dislike them." The fact that God uses the term "Father" as a way for us to describe his relationship with us is fascinating and fairly unique to Christianity. As a loving father, however, the assumption of the writer to the Hebrews is that this means God will discipline us through hardship in life. Many Christians don't like to hear this, just like many parents don't like to hear the necessity of discipline for the development of their child. But God designed us. He loves us and knows what we need for human flourishing. This includes discipline. 

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This week we'll be studying 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 under the theme "COMPARISON - RULE 4 - "Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today." If you don't find your identity in the gift of Christ's righteousness, you're going to look for it comparing some aspect of your life against the lives of others, just the way the rest of the world establishes identity. This week, Paul teaches us something about self-image as he contrasts his ministry with that of a group who considered themselves "Super Apostles."

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This week we'll be studying 1 Samuel 18:1-4 & 2 Samuel 1:26 under the theme "FRIENDSHIP - RULE 3 - Make friends with people who want the best for you." In the middle of paradise, God said that it was not good for man to be alone. If humans cannot survive Eden without friends, why would we think we can survive this place without believing friends? We'll take a look at the relationship between David and Jonathan to see what genuine friendship looks like, and how it is ultimately born out of friendship with Jesus. 

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This week we'll be studying Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16 under the theme "STEWARDSHIP OF SELF - RULE 2 - Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping." An apparent problem with modern western culture is the narcissistic obsession with self. With the rise of social media in the 2010s, every youth became a brand ambassador. It's killing self-image, community, expectations, and healthy relationships. There is an opposing danger that Christians might be less aware of though - poor self-care, i.e. a lack of stewarding self. This week, we'll look at the idea of treating ourselves the way God treats us.  

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This week we'll be studying 2 Kings 6:8-23 under the theme "CONFIDENCE - RULE 1 "Stand up straight with your shoulders back." Humans, like animals, all fit into an invisible social structure called a dominance hierarchy that impacts our health, wealth, and and overall wellness. Much of this is based on confidence and aptitude. But is there a way to find healthy confidence without slipping into arrogance? Is there a way to be strong without dominating others? The promises of a gracious God offer exactly that. 

 

SERIES SUMMARY: Once a year we build a worship series around my favorite book, Christian or secular, from the past year :) This year we're structuring that series around Jordan B. Peterson's "12 RULES FOR LIFE: An Antidote to Chaos." Peterson has been labeled by NY Times as "The most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now." Though not a Christian himself, he is a clinical psychologist who certainly challenges many of the secular assumptions of modern America. We'll deconstruct some of his points, find how many of them have Scriptural roots, and demonstrate how an even greater wisdom and beauty is offered in the person of Christ. 

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 6:10-24 under the theme "Spiritual Warfare." As a deceiver and accuser, Satan's primary methodology is to trick us into think something that's not the real problem is the real problem. He convinces us to believe that our struggle in life is against flesh & blood - people, organizations, ideologies. In reality, the real struggle is spiritual. And if we don't demonize the actual demons, then we'll demonize others. Paul reminds us that Jesus won the cosmic war with an ultimate victory at the cross. This encourages to get up and fight the (right) battles daily.

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 6:1-9 under the theme "The Ministry of Authority." Americans have an interesting, sometimes unfortunate history with authority. We're a nation born out of revolution. While authorities do, in fact, need to be held accountable, they are nonetheless an establishment of God to bring peace and protection into our lives. Whether we're talking about parent/child relationships, or employer/employee relationships, or others, this lesson gives us unique resources to navigate admittedly flawed institutional authorities.

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 5:21-33 under the theme "The Ministry of Marriage." The first human relationship, and the most fundamental relationship for society, by God's design, is marriage. When it's ungodly, there's arguably nothing on earth closer to hell. When it's godly, there's perhaps nothing on earth closer to heaven. God ministers to us powerfully through marriage partners. And every believer, as the Bride of Christ (Church), will ultimately be married to Christ. This lesson therefore teaches each of us something important about our relationships. 

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 5:3-20 under the theme "Guided by the Spirit." Paul is starting to get very specific in his applications of the gospel in the lives of believers. This week, he addresses two major issues for believers - sexual immorality and drunkenness. For instance "How far is too far?" in our dating relationships?  What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit rather than being filled with alcohol? Where do we find the motivation to resist common pleasure outlets in a fallen world? Paul will tells us how the Spirit guides us.

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 4:17-5:2 under the theme "The Christian Lifestyle." After the Apostle Paul told us the basis of our salvation by God's grace in chapters 1-3, he's now giving us the details of what it looks like to apply that salvation to our daily lives. In this text, he tells us to "put off the old self" that consists of worldly values, and "put on the new self" by aiming for honesty, calm, hard work, positive talk, and forgiveness. These new behaviors do not contribute to a new status, but flow out of the new status that has been gifted to us, as "dearly loved children of God." 

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 4:1-16 under the theme "A Gifted Body: Principles of the Christian Walk." This week, we shift into the second half of Ephesians, which gives us careful instruction for our walk with Christ in this life. Specifically, we'll be looking at God's desire for unity amongst Christians, the reality of the Church's giftedness, and our capacity to mature, transform, and develop as his body. 

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 3:14-21 under the theme "The Experience of Christ." In this text, Paul offers his second lengthy prayer of the letter. He's asking here that the believers in Ephesus would experientially come to grips the dimensions of God's love. He's articulating the distinction between knowing about Jesus, and knowing Jesus personally. For some, this seems like an arbitrary distinction, but we'll discuss this week the importance as well as strategies to keeping the relationship.

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 3:1-13 under the theme "The Mystery of the Church." Paul has taught us in this letter that our salvation was God's plan executed by Jesus (Ch 1), and it's based on grace, which forms the basis of the Church (Ch 2). In Ch 3 he explains implications of grace in our relationships. Grace causes the Jew to love the Gentile and vice versa. Grace is an absolute "mystery" to the world and therefore the defining characteristic of Christ and his Church.

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 2:11-2 under the theme "Christian Unity." This lesson will clear up for so many of us why we see the divisions we see in the world. Spiritually speaking, sinful pride leads us to naturally create "dividing walls" that we deem lesser than us, to try to establish our own identity. But those of us who are "in Christ" are given unique resources to break down dividing walls of society as Jesus has broken down hostility for us. 

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 2:1-10 under the theme "The Work of God." I've said many times in the past that while John 3:16 might be still the most famous verse in the Bible, the reason I ended up theologically in the place I did is as much due to this section from Ephesians 2 as anything. Paul here counters anyone who wants to plagiarize credit from God by making their conversion, their salvation, or their life about anything other than God's undeserved goodness and love. Our old identity is dead. Our new identity rises, by grace, in Christ Jesus.

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This week we'll be studying Ephesians 1:1-14 as we worship under the theme "God's Divine Plan - A New Identity IN CHRIST." The Triune God had a plan for us before time even began. He knew us. He loved us. He chose us. And this was not because we were already holy, but to make us holy. This comes when we allow the Spirit to lead us to live, not for an identity, but from our new identity in Christ.

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This week we'll be studying Acts 28:1-10 as we worship under the theme "It Doesn't Get Easier. You Get Stronger." We've arrived at the end of the Book of Acts. And Paul gets bit by a poisonous snake. Why is life so tough on this missionary? And why is life so tough for us? The answer appears to be that God is not simply trying to make us comfortable. He's trying to make us great, instruments of divine strength that are useful to building his Kingdom. It's an honor to be redemptive agents that cary the truth and love of Jesus our Savior.

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This week we'll be studying Acts 27:1-44 as we worship under the theme "Paul Face Shipwreck." In one of the longest, most action-packed accounts of Paul's ministry, we learn the secret of finding calm in the middle of the storms of life. Paul's hopeful testimony is encouraging to everyone else in the boat. And we learn how Christians today can be a source of otherworldly optimism in a turbulent world.

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This week we'll be studying Acts 26:19-31 as we worship under the theme "Paul's Testimony to the Roman Leaders." In our 3rd and final week on Christian testimony, Paul teaches us the art of Christian persuasion. While the credit of conversion belongs entirely to the Spirit of God, he works through very human concepts like language, logic, and personal appeals to accomplish his work. Paul here gives us a great example of how we can improve those communication components of Christian witnessing.

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This week we'll be studying Acts 23:1-1 as we worship under the theme "Paul Upsets the Establishment." As we continue on in our several-week journey studying Paul's legal defense of the Christian gospel, this week we see Paul before the Jewish Sanhedrin. We learn the necessity of sometimes standing up to our earthly authorities, holding them accountable to their calling from God. 

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This week we'll be studying Acts 22:1-22 as we worship under the theme "Paul's Testimony to the Jews." For 3 weeks, we're going to study Paul sharing his story of God's grace to him with 3 different people groups. This week, we're going to dig especially into finding out how Paul finds the courage, confidence, and composure to lovingly, truthfully, and respectfully address people who even want to hurt him.

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Pastor Hein kicks off St. Marcus' examination of the early Christian church with a message based on Acts 20:7-12.

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Pastor Hein delivers a message based on Mark 15:42-46 and Caravaggio's The Entombment of Christ for Easter Saturday.

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This week we'll be studying Luke 12:35-46 as we worship under the theme "Ready For Christ." Palm Sunday weekend is typically associated with the start of Holy Week, which it is. But as Jesus is wrapping up his 1st Coming, the topic of much of his teaching during Holy Week is often actually about his 2nd Coming. He encourages watchfulness, faithfulness, and urgency - i.e.  READINESS. What does it mean to live this life ready for Jesus to return? 

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This week we'll be studying Luke 12:13-21 as we worship under the theme "The Parable of the Rich Fool." We always instinctively think money will make our problems go away. In minor issues, it can. But it cannot solve the difficult issues of life. And it can also blind us to spiritual reality. Jesus teaches us here how foolish it can be to invest too much in this life.

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This week we'll be studying Luke 11:14-26 as we worship under the theme "Jesus, Lord Over Demons." While we understand certain supernatural elements to be requisite for Christianity - e.g. incarnation & resurrection - many of us operate without any substantial awareness of the spiritual forces of the world in our day-to-day lives. To what degree should we concern ourselves? This text addresses the necessity of spiritual awareness and the Spirit's occupancy in order to create lasting positive changes in life.

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This week we'll be studying Luke 10:25-37 as we worship under the theme "The Good Samaritan." Many of us have perhaps long perceived social compassion as an "optional" part of the Christian life, but this parable doesn't allow for that thought. It teaches that Gospel Neighboring is an essential complement to Gospel Messaging in Christian ministry. Furthermore, it doesn't merely teach us how we should love others, but, more importantly, how we've been loved by Jesus.

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This week we'll be studying Luke 9:57-62 as we worship under the theme "The Cost of Discipleship." There are some texts that just honestly make us feel more uncomfortable than others. Watching Jesus seemingly reject 3 candidates for discipleship is definitely one those. What's he communicating to us? Where's the grace in this? We'll learn that in the flesh, technically none of us is worthy of discipleship. But with God all things are possible.

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This week we'll be studying Luke 9:28-36 as we worship under the theme "The Transfiguration." This text is about glory - where it comes from, simplistic attempts at it, and how God's people are to approach the concept of glory in this lifetime. Additionally, we'll also use this opportunity to talk about the trans mindset of modern culture - i.e. the feeling of suppressing vs. embracing what exists inside our flesh. Jesus' approach to his temporal flesh is enlightening.

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This week we'll be studying Luke 7:36-50 as we worship under the theme "Jesus Anointed by A Sinful Woman." This account teaches such an important point - i.e. from God's perspective, the amount or nature of our sins is not nearly as spiritually important as an awareness of our sinfulness and dependence on Jesus alone for salvation. The Pharisee has committed far fewer sins, but this has actually blinded him to his need for a Savior. On the other hand, the woman who has sinned greatly is grateful. This text offers tremendous insights on the definition of sin and the attitude of a regenerate Christian vs. a simply religious person.

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This week we'll be studying Luke 6:1-11 as we worship under the theme "Jesus, Lord of Work & Rest." Watching the Pharisees accuse Jesus of sins on the Sabbath lead us to two very important thoughts: 1) the need for supernatural rest from this world, which only Jesus can provide, and 2) the prevalence of sinful self-righteous, controlling tendencies in humans (both religious and secular). As "Lord of the Sabbath," Jesus gives us freedom both from the controlling powers of humans, and freedom to find deep rest.
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This week we'll be studying Luke 5:1-11 as we worship under the theme "A Miraculous Catch of Fish." This text offers a look into the calling of multiple fishermen to serve as Jesus' disciples. Their reaction isn't perhaps what we'd expect. Peter demands that Jesus get away from him. Why is Jesus calling these guys and what does it mean for our call into discipleship?

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This week we'll be studying Luke 4:1-13 as we worship under the theme "Jesus Tested in the Wilderness." On the heels of his baptism, Jesus is immediately sent by the Spirit into the wilderness. Why? What can we learn about the nature of temptations and how to successfully battle them? And what can we learn here that's even more important than tips for defeating temptation? Ultimately, we find that Jesus is not primarily doing this for our example, but for our salvation.

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This week we'll be studying Luke 2:41-52 as we worship under the theme "Boy Jesus at the Temple." This is the ONLY incident recorded in the Gospels of Jesus' adolescence. So WHY this one? The way Jesus confuses even his own parents, and how they handle it, teaches us something

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This week we'll be studying Luke 1:1-4 as we worship under the theme "The Doctor's Gospel." As a man of science, Luke understood the necessity of careful, accurate research. In the opening verses of his Gospel, he provides information as to why his writing is not only reliable, but worthy of submitting your life to.

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This week we'll be studying Exodus 33:12-34:8 as we worship under the theme "The Glory of the Lord." After the Israelites sin by worshipping the glory of this world in the form of a Golden Calf, God, via Moses, teaches what true glory is. True glory is known only by being in his holy & gracious presence.

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Music and readings will paint the picture of that first Christmas Night - the Nativity. "Christmas for the Isolated" is tonight's message theme as we address the question "How we should we respond to the birth of Jesus Christ?"

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This week we'll be studying Exodus 20:1-6 as we worship under the theme "The Ten Commandments." Specifically, we'll look at the overarching command, i.e. the First, which talks about having no other gods BEFORE God. We'll see how this is more a principle of God's Love and desire for human flourishing than a Law. And we'll also see what God does if/when we've broken this basic command.

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This week we'll be studying Exodus 14:10-31 as we worship under the theme "The Crossing of the Red Sea." This is undoubtedly the grandest "salvation event" of the Old Testament, and the Apostle Paul actually compares it to Baptism in the New Testament. We'll see why, as well as talk through few practical points on how to no longer serve our old slave masters

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This week we'll be studying Exodus 12:1-13, 21-23 as we worship under the theme "The Passover Lamb." The Ten Plagues culminated with a special meal, called the Passover. The Israelites slaughtered a young lamb without defect, consumed the meal in haste, and took the blood from the lamb and smeared it on the doorframes of their homes. Every movement that evening was symbolic and foreshadowing. The story of "The Lamb" is arguably the main image in all of Scripture. We'll explain that this week and see how the Christian faith applies the same principles still today.

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Pastor Hein's message on the 'secret of contentment' is based on Philippians 4:10-13.

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This week we'll be studying Exodus 7:14-24 as we worship under the theme "Plagues Upon Egypt." The Ten Plagues, tend to invoke 2 common reactions: APPROVAL or ANGER. Both can be a bit knee jerk. In reality, God is doing something remarkably natural and redemptive in the plagues. And it's extraordinarily helpful in understanding how God continues to operate in the world today.

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This week we'll be studying Exodus 3:1-15 as we worship under the theme "Moses and the Burning Bush (PART II)" Last week, we talked about the concept of the "burning bush" and "THE Angel of the Lord." This week, we'll be tackling some additional major life concepts regarding how we know God, how we approach God, and who God reveals himself to be.

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This week we'll be studying Exodus 3:1-15 as we worship under the theme "Moses and the Burning Bush (PART I)" We're actually going to spend 2 weeks on this famous text from Exodus. The first week we'll place special emphasis on 1) what the "burning bush" means in our lives today, as well as 2) how the Angel of the Lord mediates for us even as he did for Moses.

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In this week of our series we'll be studying Exodus 2:1-14 as we worship under the theme "The Birth of Moses." This survey of the first 40 years of Moses' life teaches us a great deal about the topics of civil disobedience, God's sovereignty, and how God generally operates to carry out his purposes.

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In this final week of our series we'll be studying Hebrews 6:13-20 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from A HOPEFUL & SECURE FUTURE." What you believe is coming to you in the future absolutely impacts your perception of your present circumstances. Those who struggle with depression often have difficulty envisioning a positive future. But what if a sacrifice was made in the past that guarantees your future, no matter what may come in the present? How could/should that change your attitude? This week we'll learn that is precisely the story of Jesus, our Great High Priest.

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This week we'll be studying Job 12:7-12 and 28:20-28 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from the NATURAL WORLD." God created humanity from the dust of the earth. We are natural creatures. What happens if we get so lost in digital, so immersed in screens, and disconnect from the natural world? Most research says it's not good. And, in fact, the Bible says there are theological reasons as well why it's good to stand in awe of the natural world. Job will help us see the connection between wisdom and nature this week, and how a right understanding helps manage anxiety and depression.

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This week we'll be studying Isaiah 58:6-11 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from STATUS & RESPECT."  The God who created us in his image gave humanity special dignity and dominion within his creation. The more humans generate divisions amongst themselves though, i.e. gaps in status, the more disconnected we become from the honor God gave to us. Furthermore, repeatedly in Scripture God tells his people to fight for the dignity of the marginalized in society. So, how did God close the status gap for us? And what would God have us do in modern times for others?

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This week we'll be studying 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 as we worship under the theme "(Inability to) Disconnect from CHILDHOOD TRAUMA."  In the text we're examining this week, the Apostle Paul gives us a remarkable insight into how he dealt with his famous "thorn in the flesh."

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This week we'll be studying Philippians 4:4-9 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from MEANINGFUL VALUES."  Americans, heavily marketed to since birth, become addicted quite early to the belief that greater money, more/better things, and more prominent status will make us happier. The research doesn't indicate that. And Jesus himself said that "life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." (Luke 12:15) But our actions suggest we don't believe that. We're constantly chasing things we think might fill our emptiness. And we're making ourselves miserable in the process. This week, we'll hear the Apostle Paul teach us how we can rejoice in any circumstance. Anxiety can almost never be cured by external circumstances, but it can be healed by reframing the internal mindset. The gospel gives us a basis to do exactly that. 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:59am CST

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 4:25-32 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from OTHER PEOPLE." In an unapologetically individualistic society, it's important to note that not only is depression prevalent, but our impulses to overcome depression (which are inherently individualistic) only exacerbate the problem. To be cured, we need to stop being ourselves, and start immersing ourselves in the lives of others. Theologically speaking, this is the doctrine of "The Church." God designed us for one another, and here also teaches us how to live constructively with one another.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:08am CST

This week Pastor Hein will be studying Colossians 3:22-25 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from MEANINGFUL WORK." On Labor Day weekend, it's worth taking a moment and reflecting on the theological purposes of labor. So many Christians struggle, as does the world, with finding meaning in daily efforts, beyond simply a paycheck. But from the Garden of Eden onward, God infused work with meaning when he told humanity, created in his image, to "subdue the earth." In this lesson we will see how daily work is meaningful, what the goal of work for a Christian should be, and how to find fulfillment in doing "whatever" to the glory of God.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 8:00pm CST

This week we'll be studying 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 as we worship under the theme "My Impending Resurrection".

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 8:00pm CST

A Sermon from James Hein:This week we'll be studying 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 as we worship under the theme "My Love".  Most tend to forget that when Paul penned this text, which is read at virtually every wedding, Paul was never just asked "What is Love?" and then provided some sentimental musings. No, he's writing it after 12 other chapters addressing the spiritual pride of the Corinthian Church. This group believed their identity was wrapped up in their giftedness. And as Paul defines love, he's offering a critique of the way many religious people view Christianity, a critique of the way the modern world views love, and teaching us that love is actually much more a person than a concept.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CST

A Sermon from James Hein: This Saturday we'll be studying 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 as we worship under the theme "My Gifts". Many Christians have thought vary little about the purpose of their spiritual gifting. They know their StrengthsFinder assessment, their Enneagram profile, and certainly their personal preferences; but their spiritual gifting remains something more mysterious. EVERY believer is uniquely gifted. And the purpose of that gifting is to glorify God by loving and serving others ahead of self. But what is your gift? Where should you plug in? If only half a body works, it's generally considered "disabled." Christ gifts his entire body to accomplish his extraordinary purposes. The Apostle Paul teaches us how to think about that this week.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:30pm CST

A Sermon by James Hein: This Saturday we'll be studying 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 as we worship under the theme "The Meal of Fellowship". Much of the debate over the years surrounding the Lord's Supper, and this text in particular, pertains to what is or is not truly present in Holy Communion.  Deservedly so. Significantly less time, however, has unfortunately been given to the context. The Corinthians are so worldly that Paul goes to the extent of saying they're not even celebrating the Lord's Supper, though they think they are. Their lifestyle and interactions with one another are so contradictory to what God designed them to be, that they're doing more harm than good. So...what lifestyle IS the Lord's Supper designed to promote and celebrate? We'll get to the bottom of it.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CST

This week we'll be studying 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 as we worship under the theme "Understanding Sex & Marriage." There is not a single more candid, practical section in the Bible for addressing human sexuality, temptation, romantic relationships, and what to do about all of it. While these conversations sometimes make me highly uncomfortable, they always tend to bear so much fruit. God's design for human sexuality, as well as the way he talks about intimacy with Him, its amazing!

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 2:00am CST

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 Christianity is nothing if it isn't forgiveness. So what would does it say to the world if two Christians cannot resolve their conflicts without taken it to a secular court? Christians are not necessarily the most talented, most beautiful, or most intelligent, but we  should absolutely be leading the world in skills of conflict resolution - patience, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 2:00am CST

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