Desires Gone Bad (Oct. 19 Sermon)

The audio starts with Pastor Gary reflecting on the changes made to the building from the year the old District #11 school was purchased in 1930 up to the 2002 addition of the Family Life Center.

Sermon – Desires Gone Bad  (Romans 6:11, John 8:32)

Desire management:

Steps you have to take to go down the wrong road:

  1. __________ the Spirit
  2. __________ (John 3:20)
  3. __________ lines (Genesis 4:7)

The end of the road leads to ______________

You can come back!

  1. It starts with embarrassingly, honest _______________.
  2. Then I make a _________________ (Romans 6:11ff.)
  3. I begin to experience ________________ realignment.

The end of this road leads to ___________________ (John 8:32)

Envision what your life would be like if you were ________________


What, Me Worry? (Sermon Oct. 5)

What, Me Worry? (Philippians 4:6-7)

Anxiety is so spiritually toxic that the command to not be afraid or anxious or fearful is the most frequently repeated command in the Bible. Anxiety cuts us off from the flow of the Spirit like almost nothing else. It robs us of joy and paralyzes our ability to trust God. Biblical peace—what we experience when living in the flow of the Holy Spirit—is the settled conviction at the core of our being that God is with us in the midst of all we’re experiencing.

1. There is a difference between us feeling alarm, and living with anxiety.

2. We recognize that anxiety doesn’t give us any additional control over our world.  (1 Peter 5:7)




3. We can’t allow anxiety the power to keep us from saying yes to God’s callings and challenges on our lives.

I Resent That (Sept. 28 Sermon)

Scripture passages (Ephesians 4:22-32, Colossians 3:8-10, Romans 12:2, etc.)

Pastor Gary makes a couple of observations about this business of resentment

1. Jesus really does desire his followers to live lives increasingly free of resentment, contempt, ill will, and bitterness.

2. God’s desire is that you are able to see this happen in your life as a result of a renewed mind,



Voices (Sept. 21)

When you are trying to listen for God’s voice, how do you sift through the clutter of voices you hear around you all the time, so you hear the voice you really need to hear? Pastor Mark offers some ways to help us know when it is God’s voice we hear.

Key Biblical Characters: Joash and Jehoida

Key Scripture Passage: 2 Chronicles 23 & 24

Key Cross References: Proverbs 13:20, Psalm 16:3-4

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 24:2  “Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight throughout the lifetime of Jehoida the priest.”

Jehoida’s reliable voice:

  • Relationship – 
  • Respected –  
  • Reformer – 
  • Responsible – 
  • Righteous –  
  • Right motives – 
  • Resoluteness – 

When we have the right voices in our lives, it helps our souls to thrive!

Jehoida                                            Leaders of Judah

  1. Worshiped the True God            1.   Worshiped a false god.
  2. Courageous and steadfast          2.   Fickle
  3. Respected as a leader                3.   Lead through manipulation
  4. Had Joash’s back                       4.   They assassinated Joash
  5. Led the nation back to God         5.   Led the nation astray
  6. Spoke God’s truth                      6.   They rejected God’s truth
  7. Stood up against evil                  7.   They embraced & carried out evil

 Key questions for the “voices” in our lives:

  1. Do they know and love Jesus Christ?
  2. Are they dependable?
  3. Are they well-respected?
  4. Are they trust worthy?
  5. Do they help you obey God more?
  6. Are they rooted in the Bible and give you godly biblical advice?
  7. Do they hate evil?



A Beautiful Mind (Sept. 14)

A Beautiful Mind (Romans 8:5-8)

Let’s make some observations from what we see in Romans about the mind and how the Spirit intersects with our lives there.

First observation: Your mind is constantly at work.

Second observation: There are certain things about you (your character, your personality, etc.) that affect how you process your thoughts.

Third observation: Every thought has the power to move me into the flow and influence of the Holy Spirit or to close me off from it. (vv. 5-8)

Fourth observation: The natural tendency of the mind set apart from God is towards death, not life. (v. 7)

Fifth observation: The gift of the Holy Spirit means you can choose what thoughts you will listen to. (vv. 5-6)