Gathered Around the Manger- The Shepherds

For about 30+ years this place where you are sitting was a bar. In fact, on a stage in this very area, bands like Foghat and .38 Special played to a packed room. So it was no surprise when, about a month ago, someone from outside the area checked-in to the church on Facebook, tagged […]

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Gathered Around the Manger-Joseph

This morning, we are continuing our message series called Gathered Around the Manger by looking at rarely talked about member of the group…Joseph. It is one of the few times in Scripture, or all of history really, where the primary male figure has such a hidden and unspoken role…and yet his decisions and his influence […]

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Gathered Around the Manger-Zechariah

Remember when you were a kid…how much you looked forward to Christmas? It probably looked something like this…Elf Clip. I remember laying awake, trying to make myself go to sleep so Christmas morning would get here quicker…only to be unable to fall asleep because I was so excited about the presents! I looked forward to […]

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Jonah-Why We Hate Grace

Show video clip of Instant Karma Does anyone else want to cheer when they watch that? I’ve told the story before of how I drove about 5 miles out of my way just to watch a guy, who was speeding, get pulled over by the cop he blew past and didn’t see. We love to […]

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Jonah-Those Far From God

There are a lot of people who struggle with the reality of Jonah. A man is thrown overboard, swallowed by a large fish, lives in this fish for three days, and is eventually vomited onto dry land. What an incredibly, unbelievable story. This is the stuff of fairy tales and legends. It is difficult, if […]

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Jonah-Taking Others Along for the Ride

DiscoverMagazine.com recently reported on a really cool study that seems to indicate the experiences of our ancestors have more impact on than previously thought. Whenever we suffer a traumatic experience or face hardships…these molecules attach themselves to our DNA, and then get passed on to our children. “According to the new insights of behavioral epigenetics, […]

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Jonah-Running Made Easy

Have you ever had that person you just couldn’t get away from? When I first started in ministry, I worked as a youth pastor as a medium sized church in North Central Ohio. There was this old guy there who, for the first couple of weeks at least, was humorous…but then he just got annoying […]

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We Are Vineyard- Everyone Gets to Play

At the school where I work the kids love to play basketball. Every lunch is one long game of basketball. Every break is a game of basketball. Some of the kids are really pretty good. Some are really bad. And most think they are God’s gift to basketball…but aren’t. There are two guys in particular […]

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