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Gateway is a little tribe who gathers in Bridgeville, DE to worship God, pray, share, and be formed as a family gathered around Jesus.
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Lenses w/ Rusty and Linda
We all see the world through lenses - for good or ill. This talk is about some of the unhelpful lenses that Rusty and Linda have worn over the years that God has helped them remove, and what a difference it makes.
January 18, 2021
Fire, Water, Tv, Mirrors, Windows
A Wednesday Whiteboard talk.
January 14, 2021
The Unshakeable Kingdom
Jesus is Lord, not "minister of afterlife affairs." To follow him means not following the way of Barabbas, the way of the sword, the way of "power over" instead of the way of the cross. His kingdom isn't "of this world," but it is meant to manifest here, and when it does it looks and feels and smells and talks and acts and loves EXACTLY. LIKE. JESUS. Our "politic" is the way of servanthood and influence, not the "politic" of power over and control. We may face hardship, but because Jesus has overcome, we can overcome. We can love in the face of sin so that sin against us doesn't create sin in us. If our allegiance is to Him, then our agenda must be surrendered. Let's switch our thinking so we live here as missionaries. "We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken..." (Hebrews 12:28)
January 10, 2021
What is self-control? How does it form? How is it a fruit of the Spirit? Why can't I change?
January 5, 2021
New Year's Resolutions
Every year we do this...and I think that's great! Plus I talk about the one that I think should be at the top of all our lists for 2021.
January 3, 2021
When heroes fall
When those who taught us the faith end up being revealed to have been living in secret sin, it can be devastating. This is a talk all about that, hypocrisy, how our conduct reflects on God, the nature of sin, and some guidance in grace.
December 31, 2020
Jesus is the head of the table (Stan)
Giving Jesus his rightful place!
December 31, 2020
Peace on Earth - Mark Yoder
The image of peace is not a serene setting where all is in place. No. A peace dependent upon circumstances is a fragile peace indeed. The peace of God is more like being hidden in the cleft of a rock overlooking a mighty storm. When we allow God to deal with the biggest issues of our life, our past and our future, then the smaller issues can be in the mystery box. When we come to know God, we come to trust God, and when we trust God, surrender can bring peace.
December 22, 2020
A Good Shepherd
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (Isaiah 40:11)
December 20, 2020
Fascinating Baptism Connections
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2)
December 13, 2020
🧐Faithfulness 🎤 with 🎧 George King🥋
George and Tim discuss faithfulness, dietary myths, martial arts, biblical languages, God's calculator, and a few other things.
December 8, 2020
😳Circumcision🔪😲 of the Heart❤️
Wowsers. It's pretty awkward to talk about divinely required foreskin modification at church. But we did (though I nearly died of embarrassment) because that's what Colossians 2:11 is all about!
December 6, 2020
12 Quick Tips
1.) Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus!  2.) Don’t get distracted by diversionary tactics. 3.) Arrange your day around your life’s mission. How you spend your day is how you will have spent your life. 4.) Don’t get fooled by false evil reports. 5.) Don’t shoot the POW’s, shoot the bad guys. 6.) Don’t fight using worldly weapons. 7.) Fight the fight you’re actually in. 8.) CRUCIFY victim self-talk. 9.) Get a bigger perspective. 10.) Be an encouragement to others. 11. Rise to meet the challenges. 12.) Go on offense, not defense.
December 4, 2020
My dad can beat up your dad
SINCE demons tremble at Jesus' presence, and we believers are IN HIM, WHY do we still let the spiritual powers intimidate us? Colossians 2:10 "So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority."
November 29, 2020
On Gratitude (a thanksgiving talk)
In this message: jokes by Steven Wright everything's amazing and nobody's happy pilgrims survive the winter a country song Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp discuss what's Johnny Ringo's problem? we spill water on the floor we take a moment to practice gratitude Here's the powerpoint Here's Tim's notes
November 22, 2020
Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness
Three fruits of the Spirit are covered in this talk... 1) Kindness - a gracious attitude toward others whether they deserve it or not. 2) Goodness - benevolent activity for others, promoting their wellbeing in tangible and practical ways. 3) Gentleness - a strength that accommodates to other's weakness, showing consideration, friendliness, and meekness. Here's the powerpoint Here's my notes
November 17, 2020
Freer than you think
"What good is all that God stuff if boys don't even like me?" Our problem seems to be dual. We don't want what we need and we don't know what we have! In Colossians 2:9-10 Paul says two sorta shocking things: 1.) All the fullness of God dwells in Jesus, bodily. ALL that God is, somehow lives in him. 2.) All that fullness? Yeah. It's yours IN HIM. That's more than most of us dare to take instead we often go back to our familiar prisons instead of brave the unfamiliar freedom He has won for us.
November 15, 2020
All Truth is God's Truth
Wherever you find goodness, beauty, or truth, give God the credit and give thanks. This mindset frees us from the insecurity of having to defend against God's blessings scattered throughout the world outside of our little world. The culture war is a form of tribalism, and the gospel frees us to be calm and incarnate love across the boundaries we have set for ourselves, but God did not set.
November 12, 2020
Don't look at the waves - look at Jesus! (Stan)
We had church outdoors today! It was a beautiful, low 70's day, with clear blue skies. We sat next to a ripe, brown soybean field, under the shade of that beautiful old oak tree by the basketball court, and sang. Stan brought this word "in season" which was what God began to stir in his heart over the course of the last several weeks. Be at peace, my friends. Jesus is king. Happy listening.
November 8, 2020
Patience (Bob Banning DTS Session)
Bob shared from his heart about patience, what hinders it, what forms it, and the critical importance of growing to maturity in Christ, which is a process and takes time. An emphasis of his talk was on the importance of deeply ingesting God's Scriptures.
November 3, 2020
Avoiding Deception
There is a demonic element to what often passes for wisdom within culture, the church, and personally. How do we unmask deception and stay free now that Jesus has set us free? "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
November 1, 2020
Teach Us To Pray
A conversational teaching on Luke 11:1-11 where the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray... --On our part: tenacious, bold persistence. --On God's part: gracious and generous love. And Jesus also gives us a clue as to not just HOW to pray, but WHAT our goal in prayer is to be...
October 29, 2020
the way IN is the way ON
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV)
October 25, 2020
JOY (dts session)
Here's the video if you prefer: 1. What is joy? 2. What are some examples of pure joy? 3. How is joy a byproduct of living by the Spirit? (Gal 5:22) 4. Neh 8:9-10 says that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” What is the opposite of that truth? 5. Does the phrase, “the joy of the Lord,” mean:      a.)It is the Lord’s own joy      b.) The joy that comes from the Lord      c.) Both? 6. True or False: “God is the most joyful Person of all.” 7. How do we receive the joy of the Lord? 8. 1 Thess 5:16 says to “be joyful always.” To live that, should we...      a.) Feel joyful always      b.) Act joyful always (regardless of feelings)      c.) Look at the verse’s context for clues 9. What does it mean to “rejoice?” And what would it then mean to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4-8) 10. If you were a demon, what would be your go-to strategy to steal a christian’s joy? 11. If you were someone’s spiritual coach, what would be your go-to strategy to help them cultivate joy? 12. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones drew a strong connection between joy and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Do you agree? Why? 13. Agape (love), and kara (joy) were secular words when the apostles used them, but now we think of them as exclusively sacred words. Is this helpful or harmful? 14 “Joy” is an emotional state, but “rejoicing” is an action.      a.) How can God command feelings?      b.) What’s the relationship between joy and rejoicing?      c.) Which comes first, chicken, or egg? 15. Who is someone you know personally who exudes joy? 16. Is the devil ever joyful? Are people ever joyful about the pleasures of sin? 17. Since the kingdom of God consists of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17), why do people often think of godliness as dreary, boring, joyless, and dutiful? 18. The root word for joy (chara) is connected with gift (charisma), grace (chari), and gratitude/giving thanks (euchariste). Therefore:      a.) Thanksgiving and gratitude sow seeds that produce joy.      b.) Negativity, fault-finding, nit-picking, grumbling, and complaining choke out joy.
October 20, 2020
Called, Given, Sent (11 minute version)
Luke 9:1-2 but as if it applied to us. Cuz it does.
October 17, 2020
Show and Tell
Tell people about the kingdom, and heal the sick. That's what Jesus sent his disciples to do (Luke 9:1-2). What does that have to do with US?
October 15, 2020
The Accuser and The Advocate (6 Minute Version)
Regret, shame, guilt, low self-esteem, despair, condemnation, and accusation. These are the primary work of "the accuser of the brethren," satan. What are we to do?
October 12, 2020
With You In Spirit
We use this expression to mean we support somebody. Paul used it literally. Some thoughts on Col 2:5
October 11, 2020
Fall DTS Week One - LOVE
The fruit of the Spirit is LOVE!
October 6, 2020
Agonizing work for those you never met
Paul worked his tail off for folk he never even met face to face. Why? And how was he gripped with such intensity and purpose? Am I? Am I working to succeed in the actual fight I'm in, or am I caught up in loser thinking, wasting valuable time and prioritizing my ease and comfort at the expense of my purpose? Just something to think about...
October 4, 2020
The Accuser and The Advocate
There is a dynamic of shame, regret, condemnation, and mental anguish that is a direct result of satan's activities in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. The short word to describe this ministry is "accusation." What do we do? Where do we turn? What are our resources for help? The Advocate (1 Jn 2:1).
October 1, 2020
Warning, Teaching, Striving
Col 1:28-29
September 27, 2020
Speaking in Tongues
Assorted thoughts  and stories on the subject of tongues in the New Testament and today...
September 24, 2020
Our gospel is a PERSON
"HIM we proclaim..." (Colossians 1:28)
September 20, 2020
The Mystery: Christ IN You!
The good news about Jesus is both beautiful and a secret and plot twist of divine history. What we have available right now in Christ, the saints of old LONGED to see, and the angels have been peering from heaven with surprise and wonder like, "Are you serious, right now???"
September 13, 2020
Head AND Heart
"Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God." (Matthew 22:29) Don't know the Book of God? You blow up. Don't know the God of the Book? You dry up. Know both? You grow up.
September 10, 2020
What shall we do with the church?
Many of us have given up on the church...but Jesus hasn't.
September 6, 2020
Guard Your Heart
Grace in a broken world...
September 4, 2020
Meaningful Suffering (for Jesus' Church)
I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. (Colossians 1:24)
September 1, 2020
Make it YOUR Bible (Psalm 1)
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1, ESV)
August 27, 2020
A return to Awe and Gratitude
God, worshiped as Creator and Redeemer from Revelation 4 and 5...
August 23, 2020
"Prayer doesn't fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work." Oswald Chambers
August 20, 2020
Jethro's Advice
You can work harder or you can work smarter. In this little chat, we looked at Exodus 18 and Acts 6 together, seeing the origins of the New Testament way of organizing church leadership into Elders and Deacons...
August 16, 2020
Big Picture Pastoral Update
This is a kind of 2020 state of the union address.
August 9, 2020
Ideas have people
Our culture is are some off the cuff thoughts about how to be faithful in the current climate...
August 9, 2020
Blind Spots
1234 Treasure Principle (Luke 12:34). Heart follows actions Ben Franklin’s insight. It wasn’t me being nice to him that made him stop hating me. It was him doing me a kindness. Dostoevsky’s insight. “He’s never done me any wrong. I did him a bad turn, and I’ve hated him ever since.” Catharsis is a lie. In the 70’s psychologists thought expressing the rage would diminish it. The studies reveal the opposite. Grievances expressed deepened into resentments when mulled over. Mean Interviewer Experiment. He insulted their mom. The control sample wasn’t given an opportunity to complain to his manager and harm his career. The test sample was. The blood pressure, the resentment, and the view of the interviewer all shifted for the worst with those who acted on their offense. The offense of those who didn’t air their grievances diminished. “Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.” Prov 29:11 The mind justifies what the heart has chosen. (How can you believe when you seek the praise of each other instead of the praise of God? John 5:44) Our fragile view of self must be protected. Our identities are core to our emotional well-being...and we hate the inner stress and tension — dissonance... Cognitive Dissonance. Two notes that played together sound horrible and we cannot abide it. That’s the thing with cognitive dissonance. Two beliefs that contradict. “I am an honest person — I just told a lie.” or “I am a loving man — I did not care that I hurt so and so.” Little Steps How resentment grows by little steps... How pain held onto rewrites our story…until our view of the past bears no resemblance to reality... How self-justification grows the more committed we are to maintaining our self-image… Self-Justified or Justified w God? Luke 18 - two men at prayer… Some cures? A more humble (realistic) view of self - I have strengths and weaknesses. I have blind spots. A better grasp of grace and Christ’s righteousness Doing Jesus’ Sayings (Jesus, Genius) Love your enemies Do good to those who hurt you Give to those who need or try to take advantage Turn your other cheek to a slap Repay insults with kindness Pray kind things over those who wish you evil You have enemies. “Love your enemies” sounds dramatic. But everyone has enemies they need to love and forgive. Even if it’s your friends and family. Who hurt me? That’s who I need to forgive. Everybody serves somebody. If we don’t forgive, then the person who hurt us becomes a kind of lord or master who shapes and forms us. “Forgiveness is hard.” No. Bitterness and resentment and hatred are hard. Forgiveness makes life so much easier. Stop drinking poison. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.
July 30, 2020
What has God been saying lately? (DTS sharing)
The Discipleship Training School has been doing a semester on listening prayer and friendship with God so we thought it would be good to share some things God's been saying with the rest of the church. :) In this audio, pastor Tim, Carolyn, Tim Freed, Stan, and Katie share...
July 26, 2020
Multiplying the Image
Who is God? What are humans? What is the original intent of God for humanity? In this talk Darren Peachey goes after painting an answer to those sorts of questions.
July 23, 2020
Servant of the Gospel
What a curious expression Paul uses to refer to himself at the end of Colossians 1:23. A servant or slave of the gospel. How can a person be servant to a particular message? And does this have any applications for us? Maybe. Let's talk about it.
July 12, 2020
Don't Switch Scripts
"if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard" (Colossians 1:23) All of us construct a story about our lives from which we derive meaning. We think of that story as "truth" but in actuality it is a script thrown together the best we can. The gospel is a different script that God has authored for us which, to be believed, must be exchanged for the script we authored...
July 5, 2020
The Blood (Stan Snyder)
Stan talks about how the same blood (of Jesus' cross) that was shed for our forgiveness was also for our healing and wholeness in every way.
July 5, 2020
He has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. (Col 1:22)
June 21, 2020
The Fullness
Jesus in daily life, not just the afterlife.
June 14, 2020
Firstborn from the Dead
If Jesus wasn't the first person raised from the dead, how come he's called the firstborn from the dead? That and some thoughts on living as citizens of heaven...
June 7, 2020
Pentecost 2020
The baptism of the Spirit is a baptism of love.
May 31, 2020
Tim asks questions and Brian tells stories!
How did you meet Jesus? What was the value of an English degree and a Counselling degree if now you're a bearded Harley driving weight lifting shouting revivalist prophet? How did you meet Nicole? What happened to your little youth group after you were baptized in the Holy Spirit...and other such questions.
March 16, 2020
When All Is Stripped Away (Brian Connolly with Michael, Noah, Rachel)
We're getting back to the heart of worshiping Jesus. Knowing Jesus. Serving Jesus. Learning the attitudes of Jesus. Giving away Jesus. Savoring Jesus. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
March 16, 2020
The Normal Christian Life is Passion (Brian Connolly)
It really matters if we keep our hearts close to Jesus. It really matters if we keep our ears tuned to Jesus. It really matters if we live intimately with Jesus. He WILL direct and guide us if we give him our full and abiding attention...
March 16, 2020
Hey So You Know Jesus Made All This Stuff, Right?
The truth of Jesus as Creator has a lot of practical importance! What practical importance, you ask? Well, for starters, that sense of awe and wonder and joy you feel at the creation? Yeah, that's a totally correct intuition. And that sense you have that beauty, goodness, and truth matter? Same. And that sense that the whole universe is full of mystery and wonderment? Yep. And that sense that something is wrong with windowless churches whose theology can be summarized as, "If it feels good, STOP IT,"? Yeah, that's heretical, in fact, demonic...
March 1, 2020
The Firstborn of Many
The life of Jesus in eternity past is deeply significant in understanding the nature of the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And the relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is deeply significant for understanding the nature of the gospel. Much of the time we have been presented with a vision of the gospel that seems to make salvation a matter of "where you go after you die," but doesn't necessarily offer an entirely different way of being while you are alive. The way Jesus lived in the Father, and the Father in him, in eternity how he continued to live on earth as a normal human. He was in constant, unbroken communion with the Father, and lived each moment aware of the Father's presence and voice. Jesus said that he was not capable of doing anything of kingdom significance except by his union with the Father. My argument is this: The way Jesus was connected to the Father before the cross is the way WE are connected to the Father THROUGH HIM after the cross. The eternal relationship of the Trinity is a gospel of overflowing love and joy issuing in creation. We have been invited into that co-indwelling, us in Christ, Christ in us, and we have been invited into a life of abiding in ceaseless, unbroken communion with Jesus, where it is possible to live in a perpetual encounter with God. This is not the property of a few elite mystical monks and nuns in a corner. This is the very nature of the normal Christian life, because Jesus is the original "Christian," and he's the norm, the standard.
February 24, 2020
A Song To A Way Huge Jesus
Sometimes we can lose sight of Reality and get so focused on threats and problems that we live in fear or self-directed projects (spiritual or otherwise) designed to stave off fear. Colossians 1:15ff are actually lyrics to a very early Christian worship song, entirely about Jesus. Jesus existing before everything. Jesus being the agent of creation. Jesus holding all things together. Jesus being the Head of the Church. Jesus being the first person to rise from the dead and live in the New Creation beyond the reach of decay. Jesus as the One who, through the cross, re-aligned the entire universe with God the Father. That's a pretty big Jesus! Puts things in perspective, doesn't it? Sounds like pretty good news if our Savior is absurdly bigger than any of our problems. Well, it does IF we actually get in on what He has with the Father...
February 16, 2020
How do we live as God's friends?
In this talk Mark Yoder shares stories on the theme of friendship and closeness with God. There's a lot in his words that hints at the mystery and miracle of grace. There are some warnings as well that if we aren't careful our hearts can get very deceived by life and we can lose our way. But Jesus. But Jesus. Here are a few of my paraphrases of things Mark shared that impacted me: "A lot of my friends thought when we were young that they had to choose between Jesus and fun, and they chose fun, and they're still wondering when the fun is going to begin. I chose Jesus, and can tell you that serving him has been an incredibly fun adventure." "When I experienced God's grace I thought I'd never have a bad day again. But after that I've had bad years. We sometimes go through some things as a Christian!" "Jesus asked the Father three times, 'If there's any other way, let this cup pass from me.' But then he got up and drank the cup, knowing it was the way. Can I just plead with you today, if you're there right now. Can you get up and drink the cup?"
February 10, 2020
Show Us the Father
There is a story about God in the world that is so common that many of us don't realize just how profoundly untrue it is. It asks a lot of questions like, "Where is God? Is he there? Where was he when that happened? Is he involved? Does he care?" In relationship to God, it tends to play the victim, making life more about putting God on trial with our hearts as the judge. It is a sneaky story, even creeping into the church, causing doubt and unbelief to be treated with dignity and even viewing faith as an act of heroism. Ultimately this worldview is built on sand and rooted in lies. The main question it asks is, "What will I get out of life?" The Bible, on the other hand, takes for granted that God is present, involved, close, full of love, faithful, completely good, trustworthy, very very talkative, easy to love, and easy to trust. It completely assumes that everyone can know God, even without a Bible, a missionary, or a church. And the questions the Bible asks are different. They are questions like, "Is humanity real? Are we present? Are we listening? Are we willing to really live while we're alive?" Faith, in the biblical parlance, is not doing God a favor, as though he's set this life up to be so incredibly broken, but "Bless that little saint's heart, look at him, he's still over there praying, poor thing." No! Faith is the only reasonable response to a God of beauty, goodness, and love like the One this universe has. The main question the Biblical perspective is asking isn't "What will I get out of life, but rather, "What will life get out of me?"* Enter Jesus. Jesus comes onto the scene and reveals exactly what God is like. He reveals a God who looks nothing like the lies we have believed. And he reveals a God who didn't make us for a secular/sacred split, but for a life of embodied communion with a God who is indwells our very beings so that we know, and are fully known by love. Homework: "God, you are easy to love, and easy to trust. Do I truly believe that? If not, why not? Let's talk about that..." *thanks to Jason Upton for the kernel of this insight
February 2, 2020
Redemption Now (Col 1:13-14)
Sometimes people have thought about redemption as God paying off the devil, like a good man who, in mercy, pays off the evil gang of thugs who have taken over the neighborhood. "Here you take my son, and you give me back these folk. Do we have a deal?" But is that what the cross is about? Paying off the devil? Around the year 1,100, others realized, "Hey, that can't be right," so they decided that redemption must be a blood payment made to the Father instead. So, wait, Jesus is saving us from the Father? Is that really the way the New Testament speaks? What in the world? Then there's the classical Christian gospel, which says that God the Father saved us from sin and death (and the devil along with them) by becoming weak, being rejected and crucified, but ultimately rising, victorious, over them: Christus Victor. The victory of self-giving love. In this little chat, I talk about this and a whole lot more...
January 26, 2020
Joy, Competence, Inheritance, Light (Col 1:12)
Joy and happiness are often described by believers are being entirely different realities, but sometimes I think we are simply trying to avoid admitting that we lack true joy. True joy will be a fruit of the Holy Spirit, not a rule to keep, but a byproduct of a life lived abiding in Christ. The word sometimes rendered "qualified" here is used by Paul in 1 Cor 3:6 where Paul said that God is the one who enabled him to proclaim and live out the new covenant in a manner worthy of the Lord. Our competence, our faithfulness, this whole walk, is done through God's empowering grace. The word, "inheritance," is so rich that it deserves its own prolonged study. For our purposes here I will say that an inheritance cuts against the grain of earning, and we protestants are prone to see that. But what I think is less clear to us is the idea that it is a family word. Inheritance is about belonging to a people, and receiving something from that family that marks our lives, gives us identity, shapes our destiny and our walk in the world. The phrase used is "share in the inheritance," which is a call back to the portions of the promised land that were given to each of the 12 tribes of Israel as their place of dwelling. The inheritance isn't just heaven when we die. It is a land we're meant to inhabit NOW! Light. Throughout Scripture we find the contrast of light and darkness signifying, righteousness vs sin, God's rule vs the demonic...We may fall alone, but we will only rise together. To walk in the light is a corporate reality. The saints in light.
January 19, 2020
Endurance and Patience (Colossians 1:11)
It's been too long since I got to preach! Back at it again, this time we spent some time in Col 1:11, and talked about the difference between endurance, which is our capacity or stamina to keep going, and patience, which is the inner attitude that is willing to pay the pain price and doesn't give way to entitlement, anger, self-pity, and complaints during the trial... As usual, God's interest is on the "inside job," Christ being formed in us and expressed through us, not in making sure life goes our way. God is good, my friends! His way of thinking and living (yoke) is easy and his burden is light (Matt 11)! Those who keep on seeking and trusting in God will renew their strength (Is 40), and the best advice God gave me for how to heal is to forget what's behind and press on toward the goal of knowing Jesus and discovering life in him, precisely through pain, not in spite of it (Phil 3). Bees don't presume to know their larger purpose and impact. All they know is that they like nectar. They don't know, or need to know, that God has them pollinating the flowers and fruit trees and benefiting the entire ecosystem. They have no idea. All they know is nectar is good. So what brings the nectar in your life? What activity, when you do it, brings the Spirit of God down? Do that, and be content, and happy. Let God worry about your larger impact on the world. When we worry too much about our "ministry" we give birth to Ishmael's and become embittered Martha's, making sandwiches Jesus didn't order, while mistreating the ones doing exactly what he wants. Become a Mary! Acquire a spirit of peace, and a thousand souls around you will be saved. grace and peace
January 12, 2020
4 Derek – Writing a Prayer
January 6, 2020
3 Derek – Examen
January 6, 2020
2 Derek – Buffaloes vs Cows
January 6, 2020
Stan preaches his heart out
December 29, 2019
Athanasius and the Incarnation
December 22, 2019
Pray for what’s working
9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All … Continue reading "Pray for what’s working"
December 8, 2019
Just a regular guy
You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. (Colossians 1:7-8 NLT)
December 1, 2019
Grace: This Is Our Story
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. (Colossians 1:6)
November 24, 2019
Evan Wennberg
November 17, 2019
We Always Pray (Colossians #2)
3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, 5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever … Continue reading "We Always Pray (Colossians #2)"
November 10, 2019
Grace and Peace (Colossians #1)
This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace. (Colossians 1:1-2)
November 3, 2019
Renewed Mind (Rusty and Linda)
October 27, 2019
Matthew 7:11 ” So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. “
October 6, 2019
The gospel of the kingdom
September 22, 2019
11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. 12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants … Continue reading "Seeds"
September 15, 2019
Listening Prayer Moment
September 9, 2019
Dale Mast Session #4
September 9, 2019
Dale Mast Session #3
September 9, 2019
Dale Mast Session #2
September 9, 2019
Dale Mast Session #1
September 9, 2019
The lights turned off in the middle of this one…
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. (1 Tim 1:5)
August 25, 2019
Interview w/ Eric Reeder
August 18, 2019
Play and Pray
August 11, 2019
Enemies To Test Them
Check your locus of control:
August 4, 2019
Face to Face
July 28, 2019
Communion in Community (Melissa Gonzalez)
David Fitch’s book that Melissa quoted is here.
July 21, 2019
What in the world is holiness?
2 Tim 1:9 – God saved us and called us to a holy life… What is holiness? What is a holy life? Why would anyone want a holy life? How would a person get a holy life? 1. What is holiness? Ontological – only God is holy Consecration – set apart for sacred use Moral … Continue reading "What in the world is holiness?"
July 14, 2019
Q and A with Brian
July 8, 2019
A Bigger Jesus
In Christ lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col 2:3)
June 23, 2019
Called In Two Directions (Individuation and Connection)
God is always calling us in two directions, away from others to become the distinct person we’re created to be, and toward others to serve them in love. We’re always being separated from and sent to. Individuated, and connected. This is a communion mystery of being broken and given…The goal of this breaking is wholeness, … Continue reading "Called In Two Directions (Individuation and Connection)"
June 2, 2019
Stay Curious (Soul of the Artist #9)
Curiosity is better than duty. Sometimes I emphasize the importance of vocation, the importance of calling. Calling is deeply significant. And there are times when the thing we’re called to do becomes difficult and requires persistence. But there are levels of faithfulness. Paul said of his preaching assignment, If I preach voluntarily, I have a … Continue reading "Stay Curious (Soul of the Artist #9)"
May 26, 2019
Agreeing with Abba
May 5, 2019
Easter Sunday, 2019
April 21, 2019
Palm Sunday, John 12…
April 14, 2019
Jesus is what God is like
April 1, 2019
The Father’s Scandalous Love
‘…The overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. It chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the 99.” “Your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me… It overwhelms and satisfies my soul Higher than the mountains that I face stronger than the power of the grave constant through trial and the … Continue reading "The Father’s Scandalous Love"
March 27, 2019
Life, Edited (Soul of the artist #8)
mp3 Chris Traeger and Ben Wyatt. In Parks and Rec, Chris Traeger is enthusiastic and positive and loves every idea and every person. So the state of Indiana hired him because he’s an encouraging even when he disagrees. But they partnered him with Ben Wyatt, who is a numbers cruncher and shoots down any idea … Continue reading "Life, Edited (Soul of the artist #8)"
March 17, 2019
Showing Up (Soul of the Artist #7)
mp3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was … Continue reading "Showing Up (Soul of the Artist #7)"
March 10, 2019
Elder Firestorm Sharing
March 4, 2019
Rusty and Linda
February 25, 2019
Rest and Recovery (Soul of the Artist #6)
mp3 I have a friend who gets up every morning at 4:30am and writes. He’s a hip hop artist and he did it originally as an experiment to see what would happen if he wrote one song per day for a year. I asked him what he’s learned, and he said, “I’ve learned that writer’s … Continue reading "Rest and Recovery (Soul of the Artist #6)"
February 17, 2019
Jesus Loves You (Amber Schorr)
February 10, 2019
Finding Your Voice (Soul of the Artist #5)
mp3 video The reason I’m talking about this, the reason I care about this topic, is because I see people go into hiding, taking their God-given contribution, and covering it up because it isn’t good enough. Like Gideon hiding in a winepress, or Gideon making a statue to himself, both are from insecurity…When you know … Continue reading "Finding Your Voice (Soul of the Artist #5)"
February 3, 2019
Who is the work for? (Soul of the Artist #4)
mp3 Who is the work for? Of course the work is ultimately for others. But  it’s maker must first believe in it, and it must be an expression of the maker’s journey, the maker’s heart, the maker’s own best sense of what the work wants to be. In order for it to be worth giving away to … Continue reading "Who is the work for? (Soul of the Artist #4)"
January 27, 2019
Confrontation in a culture of honor (Tammi) mp3
January 20, 2019
Mind Your Own Business
January 6, 2019
Holly Holy – Carl Chupp
January 5, 2019
Mary, Zack, and Sim (Soul of the Artist #3)
January 1, 2019
Erica Aycoth!
December 3, 2018
Renewed by the Work (Soul of the Artist #2)
Powerpoint Last time I said that we’re creative because we’re made in the image of the Creator. I said that we’re each here to bring order out of chaos. This time I want to add two more layers. The first is this: As we fulfill our calling to bring order to the disorder of the … Continue reading "Renewed by the Work (Soul of the Artist #2)"
December 3, 2018
Meaningful Work (Soul of the Artist # 1)
A Crisis of Purpose Sometimes people think faith is about answering the question, “Is there life after death?” I came to faith because I was wrestling with a different question, the one that drives the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “Is there life before death?” There has got to be more to life than the futility … Continue reading "Meaningful Work (Soul of the Artist # 1)"
November 18, 2018
Mary Stull Baptism
November 11, 2018
The Ugly Beauty of the Real Gospel
I Corinthians 1:18-31 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise … Continue reading "The Ugly Beauty of the Real Gospel"
November 4, 2018
Thirsty for Living Water
October 29, 2018
The Underdog Gospel
October 21, 2018
Theresa Jones shared about hearing God in the small things. Jane Duncan shared about how nice it is to be back.
October 21, 2018
We walk by faith
October 14, 2018
Exploit your pain (Tammi K)
September 29, 2018
Good Grief and Old Wounds
Good grief is distinct from the negative patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior we exhibit when old wounds are in play. Absent grief – is when we suppress our grief so that we don’t feel it. Delayed grief – is when we’ve got too much happening to cope so we allow ourselves to grieve later. Prolonged … Continue reading "Good Grief and Old Wounds"
September 9, 2018
Anchored in Hope
7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could … Continue reading "Anchored in Hope"
September 2, 2018
Joy! (Bryan and Jen)
Tim’s Notes Joy is a third of the kingdom from Romans 14. The kingdom is advancing and we are on offense, not defense. We face forward and upward not backward and downward. And joy is a choice. Many things in the kingdom are choices, not things we passively experience but that we actively lay hold … Continue reading "Joy! (Bryan and Jen)"
August 27, 2018
Idols of the Heart (Ethan Mast)
August 19, 2018
Stages of Grief mp3 Notes
July 29, 2018
Using the power under the hood (Tammi K) mp3
July 16, 2018
Filled with the Spirit (Like Jesus) mp3 Notes
July 8, 2018
Making disciples here and there (T & C ) mp3
July 1, 2018
Disrupting Culture (Tammi K) mp3
June 24, 2018
Gospel Fathering mp3 Notes
June 17, 2018
Choose Life, Not Right (Richard Showalter) mp3
June 11, 2018
A State of Grace (Carrying the Kingdom #2) mp3 Notes
June 3, 2018
Learning to live as Abba’s child (Carrying the Kingdom #1) mp3 Notes
May 27, 2018
Pentecost – “What does this mean?” mp3 Notes
May 20, 2018
Stuff Carolyn Taught Me (Mothers’ Day 2018) mp3 Notes
May 14, 2018
Bill Vanderbush – Session 6: The Aaronic Blessing mp3
May 8, 2018
Bill Vanderbush – Session 5: God in the box mp3
May 8, 2018
Bill Vanderbush – Session 4: Cleaned by Jesus’ word mp3
May 8, 2018
Bill Vanderbush – Session 3: Prophetic Ministry mp3
May 8, 2018
Bill Vanderbush – Session 2: Gospel Foundations mp3
May 8, 2018
Bill Vanderbush – Session 1: Introduction mp3
May 8, 2018
Called to be an Antioch mp3
May 3, 2018
Silver and Gold I Don’t Have… mp3
April 15, 2018
Building Together Side by Side (Tammi Kauffman) mp3
April 8, 2018
A Blown Power Transformer mp3 Notes
April 2, 2018
The Stone The Builders Rejected mp3 Notes
March 25, 2018
Worship Is More Than Music mp3
March 18, 2018
Distance and Connection: Relationship Skills 101 mp3 Notes Powerpoint
March 11, 2018
Powerful People (Tim Miller) mp3
March 4, 2018
Aubrianna and Jeremiah Schorr Dedication mp3
March 4, 2018
Gideon Testimony – Harvey Mast mp3
March 4, 2018
Letting Jesus Heal the Wound – Tammi K mp3
March 4, 2018
Trust the right guide – Linda Miller mp3
March 4, 2018
Gateway’s Prophetic History mp3
February 25, 2018
2 Secrets of Resilience
February 18, 2018
Loud Cries and Tears mp3 Notes
February 11, 2018
Commissioning Prayer – Brian Connolly mp3
January 30, 2018
Word for 2018 – Brian Connolly mp3
January 30, 2018
Dealing with Offense – Brian Connolly mp3
January 30, 2018
The fear of the Lord – Brian Connolly mp3
January 30, 2018
Dealing with Ghosts – Brian Connolly mp3
January 27, 2018
A Warring Mindset mp3 Notes
January 14, 2018
Discipline, Focus, Routine, Priorities mp3 Notes
January 7, 2018
Tammi Kauffman – Facing the New Year mp3
December 31, 2017
Joy (Tim Miller) mp3 Notes
December 24, 2017
Willard Kauffman – Gratitude mp3
December 17, 2017
Hope in the Shadowlands mp3 Notes
December 3, 2017
#metoo mp3
November 26, 2017
Keep Pace with Jesus mp3
November 19, 2017
Lori Cardinale – Sunday Night mp3
November 16, 2017
Lori Cardinale – Sunday Morning mp3
November 12, 2017
Lori Cardinale – Saturday Night mp3
November 12, 2017
The Right Way to Read the Bible Notes Powerpoint
November 5, 2017
Robert Muncie – The Love/Community Reformation mp3
October 29, 2017
“I do not permit a woman to teach” mp3 Tim’s Notes
October 22, 2017
Men, Women, Bible mp3 PowerPoint Slides
October 15, 2017
Facing Ourselves, Facing God Here’s the video I showed:
October 1, 2017
Why Church? (Anthony Gehman) mp3
September 28, 2017
Get Understanding mp3 Notes
September 17, 2017
Earnestly I Search for You Notes
September 10, 2017
We (still) have a problem: Racism in America, 2017 mp3 Notes
August 27, 2017
When God’s Silence is Deafening (Tammi K) mp3
August 20, 2017
Obeying Jesus mp3 Notes
August 13, 2017
Rob and Ashley Member Cov. mp3
August 13, 2017
Acknowledging our losses mp3 Notes
August 6, 2017
Pursuing spiritual health mp3 Notes
July 30, 2017
A process of change mp3 Notes
July 23, 2017
The wrong questions mp3
July 16, 2017
On being a family (Tim Miller) mp3 notes
July 9, 2017
Garth Huffman Member Cov. mp3
July 9, 2017
Using your puzzle piece (Tammi K.) mp3
July 9, 2017
Grieving Together mp3 Notes
June 18, 2017
Building up the temple mp3 Notes
June 11, 2017
Body Parts Notes mp3
May 28, 2017
Receiving Each Other mp3
May 14, 2017
Wineskins and Fivefold intro mp3
April 30, 2017
Youth Sunday – Caitlin Greenlee and more: “Awaken” mp3
April 30, 2017
3 layers of Easter Hope mp3
April 16, 2017
Palm Sunday – The Love Gospel mp3
April 9, 2017
A Vision For Children’s Ministry – Part 2 (Deborah Greenlee) mp3
April 9, 2017
Eric Reeder – The Open Gate mp3
March 26, 2017
Manifesto mp3 Gen 1:28 Gen 12:1-3 Isaiah 6:3 Hab 2:14 Ex 19:4-6 Matt 5:14-16 John 3:17 1 Cor 5:12 Rom 12:2 Dan 1:20 Gen 40:8 Jer 29:7
March 19, 2017
Commissioning Burning Ones mp3
March 12, 2017
Aaron Sterling mp3
March 8, 2017
Richard and Jewel (our overseers) Sharing mp3
March 8, 2017
firestorm testimonies mp3
February 26, 2017
And the fragrance filled the house mp3 notes
February 19, 2017
Dream, then Do (Anthony Gehman) mp3
February 12, 2017
Love, friendship, and resurrection at Bethany mp3 notes 1. Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus 2. Raised out of death, not protected from it 3. Tears of sympathy 4. Human expectations did not direct Jesus 5. The forgotten beatitude 6. Freedom I’m indebted to Frank Viola’s book, “God’s Favorite Place on Earth,” for many of the insights contained in this … Continue reading "Love, friendship, and resurrection at Bethany"
February 5, 2017
Many Things or One Thing mp3
January 29, 2017
What is worship? (Michael McClanahan) mp3
January 22, 2017
A Vision for Children’s Ministry (Deborah Greenlee) mp3
January 17, 2017
How to change (New Year’s Talk, Tim Miller) mp3
January 1, 2017
Are you hungry? (Rusty and Linda Miller invite us into fasting) mp3
December 18, 2016
Radical Compassion – Nikki Gonzales mp3
December 11, 2016
Come to the Table – Steve Goss (2 minute testimony) mp3
December 11, 2016
Roots mp3
November 27, 2016
Eric Reeder – The Progress of Glory mp3
November 21, 2016
Eric Reeder – The Hope T-shirt Sermon mp3
November 21, 2016
Eric Reeder and Gateway Band – Saturday Night mp3
November 21, 2016
The Fire Must Be Kept Burning mp3
November 13, 2016
Stanley and Shawn Prophetic Words 11-13-2016 mp3
November 13, 2016
Teen Challenge with Ryan Brittingham mp3
November 6, 2016
Make Space (Tim Miller) mp3
October 30, 2016
Maple Miller Dedication
October 30, 2016
Seek First the Kingdom (Tim Miller) mp3 Notes
October 16, 2016
Relationship Advice In Turbulent Times (Tim Miller) mp3 Notes
October 9, 2016