How to Face Storms — Grace Period, Part 3

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In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warned his followers there would be storms in their lives. So it’s worth watching and learning as Jesus goes through a storm of his own. Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 8:23–27 in “How to Face Storms,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Grace Period.”

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How to Make Decisions Better — Grace Period, Part 2

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Decision making is hard work. Following Jesus, or discipleship, is a useful way to avoid the hard work of decision-making. But frequently we have areas where we want to make our own decisions, and are reluctant to follow where Jesus leads. Eventually, however, he challenges us to decide whether we will be his disciples fully, or not. Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 8:18–22 in “How to Make Better Decisions,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Grace Period.”

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Grace Period (Part 1)

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After preaching the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus undertook a series of healings: a leper, a Roman officer’s servant, Peter’s mother-in-law, and others. They don’t have much in common–except one thing: they didn’t say no for Jesus. Do we do that? And if we do, how can we remember not to? Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 8:1–17 in “Grace Period,” the first message in a new series “Grace Period.”

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Sin, Part 1: the Diagnosis

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What is Sin? In the New Testament accounts, listeners of John the Baptist, Peter, and Paul seem willing to stipulate Sin. Today, people bristle at the word, and conversation gets hung up there before it can move on to grace and redemption. Is there a better, more productive, way for Christians to talk about “sin?” Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Samuel 11:2–4 in “Sin, Part 1: the Diagnosis,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Buzzwords.”

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Faith, Part 2: Where Faith Comes From, and How (Buzzwords, Part 2)

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Last time, we discussed what faith means to Christians, and why it’s so important. Today we talk about where faith comes from, and how. What if our faith is weak? What if we have doubts? Can our faith grow? What are we supposed to do with our faith? Pastor Luke looks at Ephesians 2:8 in “Faith, Part 2: Where Faith Comes From, and How,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Buzzwords.”

The accompanying message notes can be downloaded from here.

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Faith: Part 1: What It Is (Buzzwords, Part 1)

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People who talk in buzzwords can be really irritating. Christians have plenty of our own buzzwords. How can we avoid being irritating? One of the buzzwords that non-Christians find most irritating is “Faith.” What do we mean by it, and is there a way to get the same idea across without using buzzwords that irritate our listeners? Pastor Luke preaches from Hebrews 11:1 in “Faith: Part 1: What It Is,” the first message in a new series “Buzzwords.”

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How to Influence People — One Hit Wonders, Part 5

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Sometimes, people think Christians butt in where they have no business, and the Christians protest, no, we’re just trying to be helpful. The problem might not be what they’re doing as much as how they do it. Fortunately, the Apostle Paul models how Christians can influence the people around them. Pastor Luke looks at Philemon 1:1–25 in “How to Influence People,” the concluding message in his series “One Hit Wonders.”

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