No Corrupting Talk
Every person needs an inner bouncer. Expel corrupting talk with a greater love.
October 02, 2022
Work with Integrity
We shouldn't be surprised that we feel fragmented and distracted in our work - but something can be done about it.
September 26, 2022
Help for both Sluggards and Ants (Proverbs)
God gives practical wisdom for both over-workers and those who struggle to work -- turns out they share the same mistake and the same solution.
September 18, 2022
Great Decisions in the Grey of Life (Proverbs 4:1-19)
Despite what you may have heard, the Bible isn't "black and white" about every issue in life. God knows life is complicated, nuanced, and often operates in the "grey." So He gave us the wisdom of Proverbs - to make great decisions in the Grey of Life. Proverbs 4:1-19
September 12, 2022
Act 4 of God's Story - PERFECT (Revelation 21:1-8)
Belinda Carlisle said it best, "Heaven is a place on earth." The truth that God will one day bring heaven to earth as His final place of rest and rule can do something remarkable in our lives now - make us much more tender than we would be otherwise toward the earth, toward cities, toward difference and toward suffering.
August 28, 2022
God's Story in Tension between New & Perfect (II Corinthians 4:7-5:10)
Why can't we go straight from grace to glory, from new to perfect, from trusting to Jesus to being with him forever? Instead, you and I live in this uncomfortable tension where we get new life *alongside* healthy doses of pain and suffering. Hear God's purpose behind this often uncomfortable part of His story.
August 22, 2022
Act 3: NEW (Luke 15:11-32)
Find yourself, Find the Father, and Find others through Jesus' parable of the prodigal son.
August 14, 2022
The interlude between BAD & GOOD (Jehoshaphat)
After man messed up, why did it take so long for God to send Jesus? We (mankind) had to realize how deep the mess-up goes. Pastor Ryan makes sense of the Bible from Genesis 3 to Jesus and what our role is in this part of God's story.
August 07, 2022
Act 1: Good (Genesis 1-2)
God has a story in which He's reserved a role for you. Find out how you can join in His Story beginning... at the beginning. Genesis 1-2.
July 25, 2022
Do you love me? (John 21:14-25)
Experience a counseling session with Jesus and learn how to become a wounded healer.
July 04, 2022
Do you need tangible proof? (John 20:19-29)
Even an unfeeling faith is enough.
June 26, 2022
Don't you know I have authority? (John 19:1-30)
Gaining true authority or influence requires service *and* security.
June 20, 2022
What is truth? (John 18:28-40)
For all of us who've grown cynical about what is true anymore, Jesus gives us a way forward to submit to truth and talk about it with our neighbor.
June 05, 2022
The God who is there (Matthew 2)
Matthew 2 chronicles targeted violence toward a group of children from which God did not exempt His own Son. Discover why you can trust that God is there amidst senseless violence.
May 29, 2022
Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? (John 18:1-14)
The American church, like Peter, seeks to win against competing kingdoms – whether secular or conservative-religious. Jesus, however, shows us a different way to win.
May 23, 2022
Do you now trust when life makes sense? (John 16:25-33)
Trust is refined through failures (a.k.a. scatterings) and tribulations - and Jesus gives us two wonderful resources for both.
May 16, 2022
How can we know the way when God feels absent? (John 13:36-14:14)
May 02, 2022
Why was this not sold and given to the poor? (John 12.1-8)
Jesus calls us to love both God and neighbor but most of us err strongly toward one or the other. Discover how to be someone who does both well.
April 24, 2022
Do you believe that some shall never die? (John 11:1-46)
Jesus is the portal between heaven and earth - dropping to us deposits of life that are a guarantee of perfection to come.
April 18, 2022
Couldn't Jesus prevent death? (John 11:1-38)
4 ways God uses the wicked reality of death to transform our lives for our good and His glory.
April 11, 2022
The Mission of PCC (Luke 4:16-22)
Jesus gives his inaugural address - sharing who is and what he's about.
April 04, 2022
Who's to blame for suffering? (John 9)
March 28, 2022
Who are you, Jesus? (John 8: 21-36)
Jesus wants to elevate us into a higher story through his full identity. Victor through voluntary suffering. That's our way also.
March 14, 2022
Have you also been deceived about Jesus?
Every person - even followers of Jesus - has an occasional doubt that seems to come out of nowhere and starts cycling through our minds. One man listening closely to Jesus gives some great advice about calming our doubts.
March 07, 2022
How do I please God? (John 6:22-40)
Jesus explodes the expectations of the Galilean Jews with a simple but liberating message.
February 27, 2022
Do you want to be healed? (John 5:1-18)
Do you want a little healing or the whole thing? A little Jesus who fits with your program or whole person renovation?
February 25, 2022
The Cost of Faithfulness (Luke 9:57-62)
Faithfulness does not come from an offering, but from a sacrifice. Guest Speaker Jim Jessup, Director of Church Relations at William Jessup University.
February 15, 2022
Where do I get that which always satisfies? (John 4:1-42)
Jesus crosses ethnic, social and religious boundaries to satisfy people who don't know they are looking for him.
February 07, 2022
How can a man be born again? (John 3: 1-8)
Jesus' teaching about new birth gives us a very practical way to initiate spiritual conversations with others.
January 31, 2022
What sign do you show us? (John 2:13-22)
How does something we merely love turn into something end up worshipping? Find out how and what Jesus does to help extricate us from slavery to an idol.
January 24, 2022
What are you Seeking? (John 1:35-51)
It's okay to not even know exactly what you are seeking in life. If you hang around Jesus, He promises to show you in time.
January 17, 2022
Who are you? (John 1:19-34)
Exploring the question of identity & purpose from a question presented to the most immediately influential figure of Jesus' day - John the Baptist.
January 10, 2022
Asking the Right Questions (John 20:30-31)
John's Gospel Asks Questions that Raise Questions.
January 03, 2022
The Author Writes Himself In (John 1:18)
Perhaps what we want isn't so much an 'airtight' argument for Christianity but an 'airtight' person. Christmas Eve Devotional.
December 28, 2021
Something New (John 1:10-17)
You can know God face-to-face because Jesus set for you a place at the Father's table.
December 20, 2021
Something Old (John 1:1-9)
John's Christmas tale starts way earlier than shepherds and a manger. John's Christmas points our longings to a time we suspect we were intended for...and beauty we suspect was intended for us.
December 13, 2021
29/30 Trust/Obey (Acts 27:18-28:16)
The call, the challenges, and the resources to trust and obey God with something hard.
December 06, 2021
27/28 Risk/Testify (Acts ch 26)
Your story can set Jesus apart when moral and religious talk blurs together. Learn how to organize and share your story from the story of the Apostle Paul.
November 23, 2021
25/26 Mess Up/Step Up (Acts 21:1-16)
God still speaks to individuals today - just not usually for oneself but for others. Seven realities for passing along something God puts on your heart for others.
November 14, 2021
23/24 Watch/Think (Acts 17:16-34)
Some are curious to hear more about Jesus while others are outspoken skeptics. However, what do you say to people already occupied with life, having never given God a passing thought?
November 07, 2021
21/22 Lose/Gain (Acts 16:11-24)
As we see through the lives of Lydia, Paul, and some slaveowners, the good news about Jesus challenges us to take temporary losses for a far greater gain.
October 31, 2021
Leaving Church (1 Thess 2, Acts 15, 1 John 2)
The reality is you or someone you care about will one day leave a local church. Wise reasons for leaving a local church. Also, some wisdom both for how to leave the family of God better off than you found it and for how to leave well.
October 24, 2021
After-words (Hebrews 10: 19-25)
The most prepared we can possibly be for the best possible conversation we may ever have is after that last song on Sunday. >> How to prepare our hearts & make the most of opening up on Sundays.
October 17, 2021
Before Walking In (Hebrews 12:18-24)
When we gather together on Sundays, what is it that we are walking into and how might we practically prepare for it.
October 11, 2021
Be Gracious To Me (Psalm 6)
Guest Speaker: Kelly Graham God graciously forgives us and helps us even when our own sins cause our circumstances.
October 04, 2021
19/20 Insist/Flex (Acts 15:1-21)
The importance of clarifying for not-yet and new believers what is most important as a follower of Jesus. Important not just for their lives but for our hearts - in the ongoing fight against the deadly doctrine of legalism.
September 26, 2021
17/18 Sent/Win (Acts 13:1-12)
Sometimes the unchurched and irreligious remind the church who we're supposed to be. Sent (not just gather) to win hearts (not culture wars) with truth and power (not just one or the other).
September 20, 2021
15/16 Include/Exclude (Acts 11:1-26; 5:12-13)
Because of our fallen world and fallen nature, our hearts cling toward 'sameness' (ie. people who look, talk, and think like me). The early church witnessed how radical inclusivity of those very different from them needed: Jesus, repetition, and pioneers.
September 12, 2021
Sharing Good News on Napkins (II Corinthians 5:10-21)
Training for sharing the good news about Jesus with friends, neighbors, co-workers and family.
September 05, 2021
13/14 Listen/Repent (Acts 9:1-31)
Listen in a way you can hear in order to change in a way that will stick.
August 29, 2021
11/12 Serve/Speak (Acts 6:1-7)
Our cities will take the church seriously when the good news is both spoken and served – through acts of mercy and justice. Acts 6:1-7
August 22, 2021
9/10 Endure/Pray (Acts 4)
Sharing one's faith is hard enough, but then to get mocked, rejected, shunned for doing so...the worst. This episode we explore: What is genuine persecution? Once we experience it, how do we get up off the mat and keep going?
August 16, 2021
7/8 Heal/Share (Acts 3)
Two of the hardest acts as a follower of Jesus are sharing one's faith & asking a sick person if you can pray for them for healing. But when done in tandem, it can be a powerful force.
August 09, 2021
5/6 Gather/Go (Acts 2)
From the pattern set by the first responders to Jesus, we too can adopt the most fulfilling life rhythm of them all - Gather & Go.
August 03, 2021
3/4 Experience/Explain (Acts 2)
From Peter's example, we can learn to explain how a radical experience of God connects to the person & work of Jesus in a way that makes sense to people in our time and culture.
July 25, 2021
1/2 Wait/Work (Acts 1)
The Book of Acts is the history of first responders to Jesus and His good news. Each week we take a look at two connected actions that these first responders make in response the person and message of Jesus. In doing so, we can glean some principles of how the church ought to respond to Jesus in our particular time and culture. This week: Wait and Work. Speaker: Ryan Oelschlager
July 19, 2021