How to Have a Better Worship Life — A Better Life, Part 2

In Puritan times, worship services went on for hours. Even today, many people have memories of tedious worship services. Is that just the way things work? Or can we have a better worship life? If we can, how? If we do, what will be the result? Pastor Luke teaches from John 4:23 in “How to Have a Better Worship Life,” part 2 of his 6-part series “A Better Life.”

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How to Have a Better Prayer Life — A Better Life, Part 1

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People have always wondered what makes for better life, and various schools of thought have answered this question differently. How have Christians answered it? And (more importantly) does Christianity offer us any help in actually attaining that better kind of life? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 6:5–13 in “How to Have a Better Prayer Life,” the first message in a new series “A Better Life.”

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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.”

The accompanying message notes can be downloaded from here.

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