Pastor Paul

The View from the Back of the Line

November 25th, 2018

Pastor Paul is preaching.

Matthew 20:1-16

“I’d love my community if it weren’t for all the people.”  Have you ever heard someone utter a statement to this effect?  Between God’s call to live in community with other believers and to serve and witness to all, following Jesus is going to inevitably require us to figure out how to work with other people.

In fact, Jesus doesn’t simply want us to “play well with others”, He models a ministry that includes a radical welcome, embracing, advocating for, and nurturing of all people, especially the ones we would otherwise struggle with.  Matthew’s parable of the workers in the vineyard is a prime example.  The Grinch’s heart grew three sizes as his attitude towards others was transformed by the Christmas spirit.  What’s in store for our hearts this Christmas?

October 2017 Sermon Series

Whirlwind... God In The Midst of It

In light of the recent events in our world and in our country, I feel as though God is trying to speak louder to a hurting world than he has ever done before. My mind, heart and soul are all racing about hurricanes, kneeling and not kneeling, and Las Vegas and how we find God in the midst of it all. As a church we cannot just bury our heads in the sand and act like we are an isolated bubble not called to speak the word of God to a broken world. The word of God can and should be a word that draws people together for a common outcome that lines up with God’s will. This sermon series is not a political stance one way or another. It is a sermon series of a God who is right in the midst of the whirlwind of our world right here and now. The whirlwind may never go away so it is now more important than ever to find God in the midst of it.

October 8th: "A Force to be Reckoned With"

October 15th: "God, It Just Doesn't Make Sense"

October 22nd: "So What Do I Do Now?"

If You Just Believe

"Double Portion" Series

August 20th, 2017 - 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Pastor Paul is preaching.

James 1:1-8

Our ability to claim a double portion of God’s Spirit in our lives requires more than just solidifying the nature of our request, it requires a heart that expects to obtain it. 

Of course an expectant and faithful heart is not gifted us without effort on our parts.  The Apostle James call us to just “believe and not doubt” and we’ll receive the greatest of gifts from above.  If only it were as easy as he and Walt Disney make it sound.  But that must not prevent us from striving towards it.  Besides, there’s no less joy in the journey than in the destination.

"Everything Happens For A Reason"

"Half-Truths" Series

July 2nd, 2017 - 4th Sunday after Pentecost

Pastor Paul is preaching.

Jonah 4

Theologians barely allowed Jesus time to ascend from the earth before they took up the debate, and it continues to rage even to this day: How active truly is God in our world? 

Is He the absentee landlord who created us and promptly plopped us down here before jetting off on an eternal holiday?  Or is He the direct author of every moment of our lives, responsible for every occurrence, good and bad, that occurs throughout time?  By the time the prophet Jonah completed his now biblically documented journey, from storm-tossed, to the belly of a great fish, to sun-stroked outside the city of Nineveh, to He had seen a God of both extremes.  Perhaps the truth is that our holy and merciful God operates somewhere in between. 

Fast Freedom

May 28th, 2017

Pastor Paul is preaching.
Luke 14:25-35

May we, as children of a merciful God and residents of this great nation, be ever on guard against taking our freedoms for granted.

The price at which they were obtained is far too great. Equally important, however, is that we understand and live into the gift of freedom as God intended. In Luke 14, Jesus flips traditional thought on its head, reminding us that freedom is not only obtained at a cost, but maintained and enjoyed at a cost as well. Freedom in Christ is known only by those who are constantly vigilant against the sneaky shackles of this world.

Mission Accomplished

"John: Gospel of Light and Life" Series

April 2nd, 2017

Pastor Paul is preaching.
John 18:1-11

So in case you’re just tuning into this sermon series, John’s Gospel is DIFFERENT. 

And the portrait he provides us of Jesus in his final hours on earth stays true to this expectation.  While no less depictive of a loving and sacrificial Savior, John’s Jesus is a great deal closer to a roaring lion than a gentle lamb.  Through John, we see Jesus on a mission, fully composed and in perfect control every step along the way.  And if Jesus’ mission is to rescue humanity, then our role is simple.  We need to acknowledge our need for rescue and be ready and willing to receive it.  A simple task, one would think.  Or is it?