August 12, 2018: Start With Why

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:46)

Why?  Why do you live the way you do?  Why do you do the things you do?  Why don’t you do what other people tell you you should do?  Why do you believe in Jesus?  Why were you born?

If you want to know your purpose for life, start with why.  When many people left Jesus, because of his controversial teaching, the twelve disciples stayed with him.  Jesus asked them why.  Peter, who later became known as the Apostle Peter, answered the why.  In essence Peter said, “Why would I go anywhere else?  You are the Son of the living God, there is no one else who gives life.” (John 6:66-69)  Peter knew who Jesus was and therefore, Peter knew where he needed to be and later Peter discovered why he was born.

Listen as Pastor Casey explains why is it important to ask “Why?”.

Scripture references: Matthew 16:13-20

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August 5, 2018: Momentum Down the Mountain

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:48)

In the Bible, some people met God on top of a mountain.  They had a mountain top experience with God.  In your own life, you will have experiences where you know you encountered God.  The experience will range from various circumstances for each person, but the one thing that remains the same is that you’ve encountered God in a new way and the experience impacts you enough to increase your faith and desire to serve and know God.  You could call this a “mountain top experience”.  What many people find is that after the event is over, the passion and zeal of the experience begins to fade.  They come off the mountain, back down into normal life and the passion that was stirred during the experience is lessened.  This is a normal process, but many wait for the passion or emotions to flare up again and become disappointed when they cannot recreate the feeling.  The important thing to remember is that the feeling was not the experience; meeting with God was the experience!  Instead of coming down from the mountain only to feel disappointed and tired, use the journey down the mountain to build momentum to continue the new path God has set you on.

Listen as Pastor Casey explains how you can accelerate down the mountain.

Scripture references: 1 Timothy; Acts 9

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July 29, 2018: Returning to Your Source

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:49)

God is the source of life.  Sin is a barrier that keeps you from that life.  When God deals with sin, it is never because he hates you.  Rather, it is always because he wants to remove what is keeping you from enjoying a friendship with him.  Listen as Casey encourages you how to stay connected to your only source of lasting joy and life.

Scripture references: Genesis 3

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July 22, 2018: Maybe He’s Making New Wine

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:54)

God is in the business of making things new.  He takes sorrow and turns them into joy.  He takes weariness and turns it into strength.  He’s takes death and turns it into life.  He takes old wine and turns it into new wine.  The process of Christian growth is compared to the process of making new wine.  The process of making new wine involves pressure and time.  The best tasting wine is made over a longer period of time with pressure applied.

In a similar way, the process of renewing your life into one that looks more and more like the life Jesus lived will involve tension under pressure.  Listen as Casey walks through this idea of growth under pressure.

Scripture references: James 1:1-12

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