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Traveling Companions
Road trips are better when others come along for the ride. The same is true as we travel down the road of life.
36:45
July 25, 2021
New Dawn
Have you ever had a day that couldn't end soon enough? Sometimes what we need more than anything is the reminder that tomorrow is a new day with new beginning.
29:05
July 18, 2021
Fork in the Road
The road of life often forks with one path looking like it will satisfy us, and the other looking like it will satisfy God. Which is truly the happy trail?
32:25
July 11, 2021
Justice Together
Silence is comfortable, safe, and non-confrontational, but when good people remain silent in the face of injustice, we risk losing something precious.
32:48
June 27, 2021
The Voice of Justice
Silence is comfortable, safe, and non-confrontational, but when good people remain silent in the face of injustice, we risk losing something precious.
31:24
June 20, 2021
Justice and Worship
Is social justice something that the Church should even care about? Can't we just live a good life and worship the Lord? Isn't that what God really wants? Spoiler: No.
40:27
June 13, 2021
The Journey of Justice
God calls his people to live justly and work for justice, but where are we to begin?
39:19
June 6, 2021
What is Justice?
Talk of justice abounds in our cultural conversations today, but what is justice? How does God define it, and is it the same as social justice work happening today?
39:47
May 30, 2021
The Work
Why does the Holy Spirit work in our lives, and what does He accomplish? How do I know that He really is with me? How do I even know that I am really saved? These are all questions that people of faith ask at one time or another, and each of them can be answered confidently when we understand the work of the Holy Spirit.
31:33
May 23, 2021
The Ghost: The Wrestling
Why is it often easy to do the wrong thing, but so challenging to do what's right?
55:05
May 16, 2021
The Ghost: The Wailing
What do you say when you don't know what to say? Sometimes life leaves us speechless, and not in a good way. In those times, we need someone who just gets it, and whose understanding surpasses words.
29:33
May 9, 2021
The Ghost: The Work
 Have you ever wanted to be a part of something bigger than yourself? What if you could be involved in literally changing the world? That's exactly what happens when we begin to work in partnership with the Holy Spirit.
29:36
May 2, 2021
The Ghost: The Word
Does God speak to us today? If so, how, and how can we know for sure it is Him?
41:46
April 25, 2021
The Warrant
Guilt can make us feel sick, feel ashamed, and feel generally down. But could guilt actually work for our advantage? Is it possible for guilt to accomplish something big in our lives?
32:00
April 18, 2021
Never Abandoned
 
36:19
April 4, 2021
Never Ignored
Whether it is a government, a sports team, or a business, everybody wants to be led well. Through good leaders may seem rare, Palm Sunday is the reminder that God has not ignored our hopes for someone worth following.
33:23
March 28, 2021
Never Left Searching
The world seems to be changing faster than ever today. So many different opinions, movements, ideas, and voices clamour together to create a cultural confusion that is difficult to navigate.
36:33
March 21, 2021
Never Forgotten
Special Guest Speaker Jarod Walker
23:51
March 14, 2021
Never Unloved
Pursuit keeps the relationship alive. That's true not only of people, but also of our relationship to God. If you feel like your faith is in a funk, or it just doesn't "feel" the same, you won't want to miss the beginning of our new sermon series, "Not Even Once."
25:19
March 7, 2021
A Frank Discussion
 
33:32
February 28, 2021
Counter-intuition
Sometimes our gut leads us in the wrong direction. Maybe we bet big when we should have played it safe, or turned left when we should have turned right. Hunches can easily lead us astray. This holds true in our relationships as well.
31:30
February 21, 2021
Backwards is Forward
Bad relationship advice abounds. If you are looking to tank your marriage, Google is a great resource, but if you are looking for a way forward towards a stronger, healthier relationship, join us this Sunday in person @ 9am or in person and online @ 10:30 for part 1 of our sermon series, "The Backwards Race."
35:40
February 14, 2021
Filled to Fill
"Why does God fill our lives with good?" That may seem like a simple question, but the answer is filled with surprising depth that impacts both your life, and the lives of those around you.
33:43
January 31, 2021
No Shortcuts
How do we experience God's fullest good for our lives? Do we have to jump through hoops, or can we cut a few corners to make things easier?
34:57
January 24, 2021
Help Yourself
"God helps those who help themselves," sounds like something from the Bible, but is it? How does God take care of us if we also have to help ourselves?
34:38
January 17, 2021
More Than Lucky
Why do good things happen to people? That's a question we seldom ask, but one worth meditating on. Is it merely luck, or something more purposeful?
33:22
January 10, 2021
Unseen Fullness
If God is good all the time, why can we have such a hard time seeing it?
35:07
January 3, 2021
A Joyful End
Sometimes an end is scary. Other times, an end is welcomed. Regardless of the emotions involved, the end is always an opportunity for a new beginning, and in that we can rejoice.
32:30
December 27, 2020
A Joyful Mess
This year was marked by disease, unrest, scandal, and more. 2020 left the world as we know it in kind of rough shape.  Even still, there is good news that produces a joy that can't be stopped, even by the messiest year in recent history.
25:10
December 20, 2020
A Joyful Injustice
The World isn't fair. Sometimes we taste its injustices personally, while other times we see them in the lives of loved ones. How can we dare to be joyful when the world seems to be so out of whack?
29:27
December 14, 2020
A Joyful Trial
2020 has stunk.  Let's be honest.  Even still, there is reason to celebrate the season and everyday after with a genuine joy that refuses to quit.
34:55
December 10, 2020
Home is Where the Treasure is
We are pilgrims passing through this world on our way to our forever home, but sometimes that's not the story our checkbook tells.
30:20
November 22, 2020
Treasure is God's
Everything we have is on loan from God. He owns it all. Once we realize that, we are set free to become the generous people he calls us to be.
31:24
November 15, 2020
Treasure is Good
Sometimes people get the impression that God doesn't want people to have treasure. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Jesus encourages us to store up treasure for ourselves. Where we store that treasure up, however, makes all the difference between blessing and true poverty.
37:22
November 8, 2020
Lead Our Nation
We aren't supposed to mix politics and religion, but Christianity has been entangled with politics  since its beginning. We need to figure out what a healthy relationship between these two topics looks like in our cultural context.
39:11
November 1, 2020
Lead Our Community
In today's world, local leaders are often quick to receive critique, and slow to receive praise. These men and women play an important role in God's intentions for life and society.
31:03
October 26, 2020
Lead Our Church
The local church may seem small, but it is crucial to God's plans for leading his people and proclaiming freedom and healing through the power of the Gospel. This important group requires capable leaders who follow Jesus' lead. 
47:31
October 20, 2020
Lead Our Family
We often want God to "fix things" in our community, our nation, and the world, but how can we expect God to lead the world forward if we neglect to let him lead our homes?
44:05
October 11, 2020
"You Get What You Deserve," and Other Fake News
Maybe we cheated on our diet. Maybe we said something insensitive. We all feel guilty about something. How we handle that guilt today makes all the difference in how guilt is handled in the future.
32:13
October 4, 2020
"You Won't Have Bad Days," and Other Imagined Promises
When life throws a curveball, we can sometimes feel like God let us down, but Jesus never suggested that the Christian faith would make things easier.
29:48
September 27, 2020
"Do Whatever Makes You Happy" and Other Bad Ideas
"God wants me to be happy," could be one of the most common and most misleading beliefs today, but it is so tempting to live by.
30:55
September 21, 2020
"You Don't Need to Forgive People," and Other Nonsense
The future is inevitable. We can waste time fighting against change, or proactively work to shape what tomorrow brings.
30:32
September 13, 2020
Shaping Tomorrow
The future is inevitable. We can waste time fighting against change, or proactively work to shape what tomorrow brings.
34:49
September 6, 2020
Family Faith
Before there were church buildings, congregations, Sunday school classes, or youth ministries--even before there were temples, tabernacles, or priests--there was the family, God's original plan for passing on faith.
38:32
August 30, 2020
Community Presence
What would our community be like if FCC Monmouth left town tomorrow? Would it suffer, or would people barely notice?
27:39
August 23, 2020
Spiritual Growth
The journey of life never stops moving forward, and never stops requiring wisdom to navigate. Fortunately, God has provided ear relevant wisdom for us to grow in.
32:08
August 16, 2020
Evangelism
Everybody has a message, and nobody is afraid to share it boldly. It could be political, social, or even comical. But what about the Gospel? Who are we sharing that message with the same boldness?
30:47
August 9, 2020
Connection
 They say one is the loneliest number. That's why we believe at our core that connection and relationships with others is so crucial for a rich life and faith.
30:59
August 2, 2020
Biblical Truth
At Our Core, we stand on the foundation of God's word, but this isn't always easy in the rapidly changing culture of today's world.
32:43
July 26, 2020
Power and Glory
Everyone holds to unique values that help make them who they are. A church is no different.
28:16
July 19, 2020
End Goals and Extras
The Christian life is lived in one direction with one goal in mind, but we often veer off-course chasing after the extras and bonus-blessings that faith brings.
32:40
July 12, 2020
Guest Speaker: David Upchurch
Listen to our Guest Speaker David Upchurch from Lincoln Christian University.
29:12
July 5, 2020
Sabbath
"Sabbath" is a really old, really funny word with a really important message for our busy lives today.
29:21
June 28, 2020
The Magic Word
What if you could speak one word that would free up the time, energy, and focus needed to find rest in the frantic pace of your life? What an amazing gift that would be.
31:07
June 21, 2020
Unplug
Life is busy. Too busy. Take some time to learn about the need and practice of rest as we begin a new sermon series called, "Staycation." We can't always take a vacation from life, but we can learn to build rest into our routines right where we are.
30:55
June 14, 2020
Whisper
"Why didn't God show up? Why didn't he step in? Where did he go?" Sometimes we expect God to manifest in big ways, and when he doesn't, we feel abandoned. But what if God didn't go anywhere? What if he simply showed up in an unexpected way?
22:23
June 7, 2020
Thunder Through Tears
What happens when we take a step of faith, only to be disappointed by God. Did He fail? Did we mess up somewhere? What do we do when the Thunder doesn't come? Listen to part 3 of our series, "Blood and Thunder," where we will wrestle with the very real struggle of a faith that seems overlooked.
29:48
March 8, 2020
Thunder Through Sweat
We all want to feel the thunder and witness God’s work in our lives. But sometimes the biggest obstacle to his work is our own resistance. Listen to part 2 of our sermon series, “Blood and Thunder!”
31:23
March 1, 2020
Thunder Through Blood
What does it take to see a work of God take place in our lives? Do we sit and wait, or are we invited to be a part of something huge? Listen as we kick off a new sermon series called, “Blood & Thunder.”
29:46
February 23, 2020
Fighting with Focus
The difference between productive and destructive conflict often lies in objectives and goals. This is doubly true when it comes to marriage. Listen to the conclusion of our series, "Fighting Fair," where we will talk about focusing our fights in healthy directions.
33:23
February 16, 2020
Fighting with Clarity
Listen to part two of our series, "Fighting Fair." Every couple fights. But this week we will see how fighting in healthy, God-honoring ways requires a clear head and self-control.
29:39
February 9, 2020
Fighting with Fair Words
We all fight in marriage. It is normal, but there are healthy and destructive ways of fighting with our spouse. Listen as we kick off a new sermon series, “Fighting Fair.” We will be learning how to honor both God and our spouse in our marital conflicts.
35:53
February 2, 2020
Be The Priesthood
Listen as we wrap up our series, "Stop Going to Church," exploring what it means for the Church to be a priesthood. Collars and vestments not required.
25:52
January 26, 2020
Be The Family
One of the ways God helps us understand the Church is through different metaphors. Listen to this Sunday's sermon as we talk about the image of family and what it means for the church to be the Family of God!
34:03
January 19, 2020
Be The Body
The Church is not a destination. Rather, the Bible gives us many images that better describe what it means to be the Church. Listen for part 2 of our series, "Stop Going to Church," as we explore the Church as a body, and what that means for our lives.
25:19
January 12, 2020
Stop Going to Church
STOP GOING  TO CHURCH  Church was never meant to be a destination. Rather, it is an identity, a calling, and a family. Listen as we begin the new year worshiping, growing, and learning not just at the church, but as the Church.
30:25
January 5, 2020
God Leads Us
We wrap up our series, "God With Us," talking about the pattern of life that God models for us in the incarnation of Christ.
29:55
December 29, 2019
God Revealed to Us
What is the difference in knowing about God, and truly knowing Him. More importantly, how can we truly know Him? Listen to part 3 of our current series, "God With Us," as we continue to explore the Incarnation and why it matters for our lives.
27:40
December 22, 2019
God Knows Us
The incarnation means that God was with us in Jesus Christ. In church, we often talk about how this experience benefited us, but this week we will look at the other side of the coin. Listen to part 2 of our series, "God with Us," as we explore what God gained through the incarnation.
29:02
December 15, 2019
God Loves Us
Listen to the first week of our series God With Us!
29:48
December 8, 2019
Persecuted
The nail that sticks out get's hammered. If we seek to build Christ-centered homes, we will look odd in this world. We wrap up our series, "Bless this Home," as we talk about ways our families can embrace and thrive in the midst of societal push back to our faith.
31:05
December 1, 2019
Peacemakers
Tired of constant friction in your family? What if there was a way to feel peace in your home? Listen to part 3 of our series, "Bless this Home," where we will be delving into the art of peacemaking.
32:60
November 24, 2019
Pure in Heart
Bless this Home Week 2 - This week we discus the relationship between God's blessing and a family culture of pure hearts. 
33:50
November 17, 2019
Guest Speaker John Plunkett
Guest Speaker John Plunkett preaches today on Evangelism
28:56
November 10, 2019
Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
We begin a new sermon series, "Bless this Home." Over the next four weeks we will be learning from God how to cultivate a family culture that benefits and experiences from his blessing.
32:27
November 3, 2019
Out of Sync
On every page of the Bible, God seems to have some sort of rule. Why do things like sin and holiness even matter? 
27:37
October 27, 2019
Circles
Do you ever feel like Go's instructions don't make sense? You aren't alone.
24:43
October 20, 2019
Called to Lead
Ready or not, God has called you to lead. It may be your children, your students, your coworkers, or someone else entirely, but rest assured, someone is following the footsteps you leave behind.
31:33
October 13, 2019
What Happens When I Die?
What happens after our final breath? What will the afterlife be like? These are a few of the questions we will be tackling this Sunday morning.
36:02
October 6, 2019
How Can A Good God Allow Suffering?
Pervasive evil hangs over our world and touches every human life. We see it both our own suffering, and in the injustices that people face all over the world. How could a good God allow this to happen?
31:04
October 1, 2019
Do All Roads Lead to Heaven?
Why are there so many different religions? Surely God would not allow so many people to believe so many different things if they weren't all valid. But what if they are not? 
36:54
September 22, 2019
Resting in God
Learn more about what it means to truly rest in God.
34:14
September 15, 2019
Is the Bible True?
The Bible is really old and seems difficult to read. There are so many versions, and people always seem to have different interpretations on what it says, so how can we trust it?
39:32
September 8, 2019
Is God Real?
We all have big questions. Maybe the biggest is, "Is God real?" Join us as we explore this, and many other big questions in our brand new sermon series, "The God Questions," beginning this Sunday!
30:44
September 1, 2019
Crosses and Checked Boxes
No one runs a race focused on what is behind. We look toward what is in front of us. Faith should be lived out the same way.
24:53
August 25, 2019
Wisdom & Work
Sometimes we just need some practical advice on how to follow God and his intentions for us.  Join us for the conclusion of our series, "Thank God It's Monday," with some practical wisdom for finding God's will for our work.
26:08
July 28, 2019
Guest Speaker-July 21, 2019
David Butler
24:40
July 24, 2019
Worship & Work
Does God care about your work? Absolutely! In fact, our work plays a huge part in how we worship. Join us for part 3 of our series, "Thank God it's Monday," as we explore this relationship between our labor and our devotion.
26:03
July 14, 2019
Design & Work
Work is good. It may not always feel that way, but ever since the beginning, work has been a necessary and integral part of our lives.  Part 2 of our sermon series, "Thank God it's Monday," talking about God's intentions for work in our lives.
28:24
July 7, 2019
Meaning & Work
Work, separate from God, is meaningless and toilsome, but when we realize that God cares about every aspect of life, and every aspect finds greatest meaning and fulfillment when God is a part of it, we come to see that God cares about our work and that it means most when we include Him.
25:45
July 1, 2019
Greater Relationships
Greater relationships are not found in pursuing some imaginary, greater person within us, but in us transformed by pursuing Christ.
31:36
June 23, 2019
Greater Freedom
Life isn't meant to be lived under the burden of judgment.  A greater life means a greater freedom that comes through Christ.
29:03
June 16, 2019
Greater Paradigm
The Gospel is more than a story of forgiveness.  It is the truth of how God is making all things new, and we get to be a part of it.  That truth has the potential to change how we understand ourselves and the world around us.
28:26
June 9, 2019
Greater Life
Have you ever asked yourself, "Is this it?"  Maybe life isn't bad, but it may not seem great either.  God intends for life to be better than, "okay."  A greater life is possible when we pursue someone greater than ourselves.
34:20
May 26, 2019
Moral Margin
"I didn't think it would happen to me." Nobody ever does, but the reality often proves otherwise.
30:25
May 19, 2019
Scheduling Margin
Do you ever feel like there is too much to do and not enough time to do it in? If so, the problem might not be with the clock so much as our schedules.
30:59
May 12, 2019
Financial Margin
Ever feel like there is never enough money to get ahead? Are you tired of unexpected expenses?
25:49
May 5, 2019
We Need Margin
Are you stretched too thin? Does it always seem like you are trying to keep up with your own life?
30:49
April 28, 2019
What If It's True?
Easter Sunday is day when millions of people around the globe celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  It’s a wild, unbelievable claim, but what if it’s true?  Can we really believe this, and what does that mean for us?  Join us this Sunday for the celebration!
37:02
April 21, 2019
Conformity
"We've always done it that way," is never satisfying or true. Change is a part of every story, and that includes the Church.
28:01
April 14, 2019
Circles
Circles are great, unless you are on the outside.
31:24
April 7, 2019
Comfort
Our faith was meant to spread, but sometimes our pursuit of comfort gets in the way. 
31:39
March 31, 2019
Inaction
The message of Jesus is meant to spread across the world, but sometimes obstacles hold back the Church from her calling.
38:13
March 24, 2019
More Than Fear
Fear drains and steals the joy from life, but what if we could find a boldness bigger than our fears?
34:44
March 17, 2019
More Than Sin
Let's be honest. Life is really confusing, especially when there are so many voices telling us conflicting things.
40:56
March 10, 2019
More Than Weakness
What do you do when life hits hard and you don't have enough to stand strong?
32:10
March 3, 2019
More Than You Know
It's time to stop settling for "good" when God is offering "great."
32:34
February 25, 2019
Grateful in the Grind
Every day, good or bad, is a day to live for something beyond ourselves.
25:23
February 18, 2019
Extravagant in Generosity
Gaining can feel so good, but giving is so good for us.
33:48
February 10, 2019
Faithful In Service
We all want to be great, but there is nothing great about living with a "me" focus.
30:25
February 3, 2019
Bold In Witness
Life is lived best when focus is on our self less.
32:10
January 27, 2019
More Than Meals
What does fellowship really mean?  Is it just potlucks and warm words, or is there more to it?  Join us this Sunday for the conclusion of our series, "Together," as we learn what real biblical fellowship consists of.
29:42
January 20, 2019
Together We Grow
Often we rely on Bible study, prayer, and sermons for spiritual growth, but a lot of times we overlook one of the best tools for development, each other!
32:15
January 13, 2019
We Need Together
Our faith was never meant to be experienced or lived alone.
26:35
January 6, 2019
Forging A Legacy
Leaving the right legacy requires action today. 
37:33
December 30, 2018
God Can Work In Messy Families Too
There is no telling how God might work in our families if we just have the courage to let him.
22:50
December 24, 2018
Grace Amidst the Friction
Family members can change for the better, and healing family friction means allowing them to do so.
27:01
December 16, 2018
Healing Family Friction
Blame is easy, but reality isn't always so easy to swallow.
28:42
December 9, 2018
Break the Cycle
Join us this Sunday as we begin a new sermon series called, “Family Friction.” The holidays are often a season of stress. Few things stoke the fires of frustration quite like family issues, but God’s grace can go a long way in helping us survive hard holidays.
29:57
December 2, 2018
It's Never Too Late For God To Work
Sometimes life seems hopeless, but that doesn't mean God can't step in and work something impossible.
29:02
November 25, 2018
It's Never Too Late To Change
We all have changes we out to make, but excuses are too easy to come by.
28:48
November 18, 2018
It's Never Too Late To Forgive
We all need forgiveness, but we also need to forgive. The second part can be a tough pill to swallow.
26:11
November 11, 2018
It's Never Too Late To Come Home
Listen to the first part of our new sermon series It's Never Too Late!
36:11
November 4, 2018
Thanatophobia (Fear of Death)
The fear of death influences so much of our behavior and so many of our motivations in life, but did God really intend for us to spend our whole life trying to outrun the grave?
23:47
October 28, 2018
Sickness
Despite our advance in medicine, sickness and pain are inevitable part of life for all of us. It's normal to just wish God would take it away, but that's not always the way it works.
33:25
October 21, 2018
Supernatural World
The second part in our series "Bump in the Night." Thinking about spiritual things can be scary for a lot of reasons. Heaven and hell, angels and demons, God and Satan--it's heavy stuff.
36:11
October 14, 2018
Agoraphobia: Fear of the Outside World
Walking out your front door can be scary business, but we worship a God who is bigger than this crazy world.
27:12
October 7, 2018
Love Does - Follow Me
What was the last fight you were involved in? Was it worth it? We're wrapping up our sermon series, "Love Does," by talking about the fights that do matter, and that God calls us to take up.
28:19
September 30, 2018
Love Does - Audacious Love
September 16, 2018 God's love is for every person, everywhere, without exception. A love that big can be challenging and uncomfortable, but it also can teach us to love so much deeper. Join us this Sunday as we encounter this bold love in our series, "Love Does."
31:56
September 16, 2018
Love Does - Free To Fail
Love Does - Week 2 What has been your biggest failure, and what did you learn from it? Join us this week as we continue our series, "Love Does," and learn how God can turn our failures into more important successes.
30:28
September 9, 2018
Love Does - I'm With You
Love Does - Week 1 Loving people isn't always a clean and tidy endeavor. Sometimes it can get messy, and that's okay. Join us this week as we kick off a brand new sermon series, "Love Does." Don't miss out!
25:08
September 2, 2018
One Hit Wonders - Do Something
Chose to not stay in your comfort zone but to be active in doing what Christ desires of us.
27:37
August 27, 2018
Earn All You Can
In life we will either manage money, or money will manage us. Join us this week as we begin a new series that will equip us to take control of wealth and use it the way God intends us to.
31:17
June 9, 2018
Protecting the Awe in Awesome
Celebrating 500 steps toward God!
36:05
May 27, 2018
Prayer: When God Says "No"
When God says, "No" there is reason and purpose to why he does so.
34:26
May 20, 2018
Prayer: When God Says, "Not Yet."
May 13, 2018 Sometimes a, "No," is really just a, "Not Yet."
32:24
May 13, 2018
Prayer: When God Says, "Yes".
There are things God wants us to pray for, because he wants to say, "Yes."
33:13
May 13, 2018