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Baptism: What Stands in Our Way?

In a special baptism service, Pastor Doug has us consider the question asked of the apostle Phillip by the Ethiopian Eunuch: "Look, there is water! What is stopping me from being baptized?" There are many believers of Jesus Christ who have not yet been baptized because they feel as though something is preventing them from doing so. The truth is, that nothing is preventing those who have faith in Jesus Christ from being baptized and proclaiming to the world that they are a follower of Jesus. Pastor Doug remarks: "being baptized tells the world what team you are on; team Jesus!" If you hear this sermon, and have not been baptized, we encourage you to speak to your pastor about doing so.

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Wired For Worship: Making The Most of Our Gifts

In part 4/4 of the series "Wired For Worship," Pastor Doug asks: "how do we feel when we see a gift which we gave to someone, sitting unused, collecting dust?" It is not a great feeling, and so imagine how God feels when he blesses us with specific and marvelous gifts, but we sit on the sidelines of life never using our gifts. Being stewards of the grace of God means utilizing our gifts and talents for the Kingdom of God: to bless the Church, community, and the world. Regardless of the reasons why we sit on the sidelines, we must overcome and get involved. Our gifts are given to us with our name on them, but those gifts are best used when they are blessing others. So, consider your gifts and talents, and seek ways in which you can use your God given gifts to be a blessing to those around you--to demonstrate the love and grace of God to the world.

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Wired For Worship: Making The Most of Our Money

In part 3/4 of the series "Wired For Worship," Pastor J.J. analyzes Jesus' concise words regarding money; God; and the worship of both. Jesus pointedly states that a person cannot worship both God and money. If this is true, J.J. remarks, then Christians must analyze their lives and be sure that they are not making an idol of money. The problem, is that we often have the best intentions when it comes to our finances: we want to have enough money to pay bills, and care for ourselves and our families. Often, our strive for money begins with reasonable ends, but it becomes easy for us to become transfixed on our bank accounts--forgetting to find our joy in God, and trust that God will provide for our every need. Jesus says: "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also," and therefore we must find ways of disciplining our finances to ensure that our hearts are focused on heavenly things--kingdom minded things. From its inception, the Church has considered the spiritual discipline of tithing (giving 10% of one's income to the local church) to be a means by which Christians can: a) invest in the kingdom work being done in their community; and b) ensure their trust is in God and not in their bank account.

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Wired For Worship: Making The Most of Our Time

In part 2/4 of the series "Wired For Worship," Pastor Doug challenges us to consider how we spend our time. If what Paul tells the church in Ephesus is true--that we must be careful with how we spend our time, making the most of every opportunity--then we must ask ourselves: "is how we spend our time demonstrating to the world around us who we love and who we worship?" Is our time spent demonstrating our love for God above all else, or Is God and the work he has for us pushed to the margins of our busy lives? As Christians, we must guard ourselves against becoming "distracted disciples": pulled every way by worldly passions, desires, and habits. Jesus encourages us: "as long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work" (John 9:4)

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Wired For Worship: What Do You Hunger For?

In part 1/4 of the series "Wired For Worship," Pastor Doug asks the question: who or what do we hunger/thirst for? Pastor Doug encourages us to realize that we are wired to worship, and it is God's intention that we would worship Him. However, so many things and people battle for our devotion and adoration. To worship God is to put God on the throne of your life, allowing your love for other things and other people to be the result of a God centered life. The prophet Isaiah says to thirst and hunger for God, for only God can satisfy the desires of our heart. Jesus calls himself the bread of life, and the well that never runs dry. If you are looking for satisfaction in your life, begin by un-crossing your wires, and love God above all else.

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