“What matters most, what marks your existence, the really deep reason why human life matters so much, is because of this tiny, fragile, vulnerable, precious thing about you called your soul. You are not just a self; you are a soul You are a soul made by God, made for God, and made to need God, made to run on God. Which means that you are not made to be self-sufficient”Read More
What is a generous life? It has to be more noble than a life lived for the sake of me. The bold prayer, “Here am I Lord send me.” can be the beginning of a movement. It can cause us to rise, in our place and in our time to give ourselves away for the sake of the gospel in our city and for the sake of the people who live here. Our lives can be part of bringing more love, and joy, and peace. Anything’s possible.Read More
Finding significance and purpose comes when we discover the character trait of humility. Recognizing that we are made strong. We have been created with purpose and strength to contribute to human flourishing in the city we live. And at the same time we recognize that we are weak. We walk in vulnerability, allowing people to influence and affect us. Building a counter-cultural community that contributes to the common good brings our christian community and our work together. Nobody’s Perfect.Read More
Humans were designed to have to eat. God provided daily “life” through a tree. When sin broke our relationship to God. we were cut off from our source of “life.” We had to find life in something and we chose to find life in idols. Jesus gives us the kind of food we deeply need, but we have to stop feeding off idols to receive it. Common idols we have in our culture are Power, Approval, Comfort, and Control.Read More
Human flourishing begins with acceptance/love. We are longing for home, for connection, for belonging. Everybody is welcome to find their way back home to God.Read More
As Christians we are meant to create culture.
Pastor Seth begins our 5 week series, Flourish.
Pastor Seth takes some time to reflect on the life and times of Nehemiah. We all have stained the sofa, what do we do now?Read More
Zach Hummer, Pastor of Creative Arts & Worship, brings the last chapter of the book of Nehemiah. We take a look at how well the Israelites are doing after Nehemiah leaves for 12 years. Spoiler alert... it isn't pretty.Read More
Pastor Seth examines Joy - What it is, and what it isn't - in our summer series on the life and times of Nehemiah: One Brick at a Time.Read More
Doug Beimler, Elder at Church of Emmanuel, discusses the need for Revival in the life of every believer as we continue our series, One Brick at a Time.Read More
Do you love God's Word? Enough to listen to it read for 6 hours? The people of Nehemiah's day sit and listen to Ezra read the Word from sun up till noon. That seems so weird to us... or are we the weird ones?Read More
Nehemiah feels pressure from both sides in Chapters 5-6. How do we deal with opposition in our lives? Are we willing to have the difficult conversations to mend the rifts in our relationships? Jesus was willing to do anything to mend the rift that we had caused in our relationships with God.Read More
Nehemiah 3 & 4 we see everyone working together to build the walls of Jerusalem. Today our task is larger and more important. It's gonna take all of us to build God's house of living stone. Are you ready?Read More