Prayer

Escape: "Jonah's Prayer"

Randy Christian

We pray at prearranged times.  We pray spontaneously.  But rarely do we pray when we are in the very act of rebellion against God.  Jonah did—and it was a good thing!  By turning to God and getting rid of any pretense, he was able to see God working in ways that were good.  God’s response was to set him back on the right track—albeit temporarily.

ESCAPE - Jonah's Prayer study guide

Community: "Communication"

Randy Christian

The very words “community” and “communication” tell you they are related.  Communication is the sharing of thoughts/feelings/etc. between two or more people.  For true community to exist, communication must be good.  Perhaps that's why the scripture is so full of guidance on communication.  When we are effective communicators, it not only builds community between us, it helps us to reach out to those who are not part of our community.

COMMUNITY - Communication study guide

Basics of Worship

Stephen Ulangca and Randy Christian

What is worship?  When we think about worship and when we think about coming to worship our Lord, we tend to think of it as the music of the church, the singing of the church.  But is it really?  What does the word “worship” even mean?  And does it equal music?  Let us come prepared to focus on the Lord together.  Let us be able to leave all the distractions behind us, so that there’s only one thing on our minds, because it’s all about our God and not about us. 

THERE IS NO STUDY GUIDE FOR THIS SERMON

Prayer: "Listening"

Randy Christian

Most of us pray by talking.  Some of us pray by singing.  But perhaps the hardest part of prayer for most people is being quiet and listening.  How do we do that?  What do we listen for?  How do we know the difference between God’s voice and our own thoughts and feelings?

PRAYER - Listening study guide

Prayer: "Memorial Day Weekend: Prayer Lab"

Randy Christian

Memorial Day in the US is a day to remember the sacrifice of others.  But for Christians, worship is about remembering Jesus’ sacrifice.  One of the ways to do that is to talk with him—about the sacrifice, about the life he has given us, about anything.  So, on this Memorial Day we will treat our time of worship together as a lab experience in prayer!

PRAYER Memorial Day Weekend Prayer Lab study guide

Prayer: "What Is Prayer?"

Randy Christian

Prayer is communicating with God.  There are a lot of preconceptions about how that is done, but the scripture gives us the guidance we need—to know what we communicate with God about, and what form we use to do that.  All this is given to us to allow us to turn to him.

PRAYER - What Is Prayer study guide

Parables of Jesus: "Persistence"

Randy Christian

Sometimes the easy thing is to just stop — stop trying, stop talking to God, stop asking for help. But for some reason God wants us to persist, and Jesus teaches us that the very persistence we want to avoid might be exactly what we are needing.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Persistence Study Guide

Thrive

Randy Christian

As we enter the New Year, we need to take stock of the most important — essential — parts of our lives. Join us as we review the essentials with a new guide to rating ourselves and understanding how we should respond to the results.

Thrive Study Guide

What's Going On? - Prayer Service

Staff and Elders

Concerned about the election and what the future holds? The one thing we can do about it, that no one can take away, is pray! We are commanded to pray for our leaders, for others, and for peace. All of us who belong to Jesus need to start and finish with prayer! Join us for a special prayer service in which we will pray together for the leaders of this country, and for the gospel to be furthered through this situation.

WHAT'S GOING ON? - Prayer Service Study Guide

Celebration of Ministry: Welcome, Callie! We will Miss You, Sheri!

Randy Christian

Join us as we pass the “baton” of Children’s Ministry from Sheri VanderKam to Callie Coe. We celebrate the exciting new adventures for Sheri as she is received by her new church, Hillside, and we will pray for both Sheri and Callie as they work to fulfill their new positions.

The Battle - I Don't Know and I Don't Care

Randy Christian

What’s the difference between apathy and ignorance? I don’t know and I don’t care. Of course, these don’t describe Christians, right? But how would we know? And what do we do about it if we find out these are present in our lives?

THE BATTLE - I Don't Know and I Don't Care Study Guide

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Worship

August 3, 2014Randy Christian

“Pious” isn’t a word most of us would like to have applied to us. It conjures up a picture of a “holier than thou” attitude. Yet the word just means to live according to our faith in God. So, what does “piety” really look like, and how can we have that piety without an attitude that makes it hypocritical?

WE ARE FAMILY: Prayer

February 16, 2014Randy Christian

If prayer is talking to God, what should we talk about? If we ask God to intervene in our lives, what should we ask for? Health? Safety? Protection? Success? Paul prayed for the people he wrote to, and told them what he prayed for. How does his prayer compare to ours? What does the Apostle see as important to pray for?

YOU GOT THIS: I Pray

November 3, 2013Randy Christian

What we pray about not only tells us how we see our relationship with God, it demonstrates what we think is important. Paul’s description of his prayer looks very different from the average Christian’s prayer. Why is that, and what should we do about it?

PRACTICING JESUS: Birth

March 18, 2012Randy Christian

When you finish a letter, you tend to make sure the things you wanted to say are said in the end. Join us as we see John’s wrap-up and its application in prayer, mutual accountability and by practicing the life of faith.

The Essentials

January 8, 2012Randy Christian

Spiritual growth is simple. There are things God has created us to have in our lives, and if we do, we grow. Simple. So why don’t we? Perhaps it is because we don’t understand that those things aren’t just “church things”—that they are related to our marriage and family life, our relationships with co-workers and success in our work, our emotions and how we handle them. No one who practices the essentials fails to grow—and no one who fails to practice them grows.