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  • Sunday, February 14th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    The gospel writer of Luke reports that Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”. How completely consistent of Jesus to offer forgiveness to those who were responsible for his agonizing pain and shameful disposition. Yet, his offer stands at the heart of the gospel. The good news offered to men and women is an offer to be forgiven of all of their sins and transgressions. This offer is a prompt to us to confess our sins and enter a period of fasting as we consider the love and grace of God. It is also a prompt o us to offer forgiveness to those who have wronged us.

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  • Sunday, February 7th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    Similar to the calling of the first disciples (the fishermen), a tax collector is called by Jesus to follow, thus changing tax collector’s course of direction. Jesus came preaching repentance and the kingdom of God and the Tax collector’s new life served as the embodiment of Jesus’ ministry. In this final sermon, we explore the mark of being redirected toward kingdom shaped outcomes.

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  • Sunday, January 31st, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    This narrative in Mark is one of the most fascinating and touching stories. It reports the efforts of 4 friends who were determined to get their sick friend to Jesus. While the friend was eventually healed of his infirmity, he received a bigger blessing - the forgiveness of sins. His encounter with Jesus would ensure that his life would indeed be a better version of his former self. A follower of Jesus is destined for a life that is dramatically better than their life before their encounter with Jesus.

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  • Sunday, January 24th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    When Jesus comes on the scene, things happen. For a demon possessed man and a leper, Jesus represented liberation from evil and healing from an incurable disease. Being a disciple of Jesus can mean freedom from evil possession and from the throes of disease. Where evil and disease once claimed ownership, Jesus claims the once afflicted as his own.

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  • Sunday, January 17th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    In short, discipleship means to follow. The calling of the four fishermen in the gospel of Mark includes a prompt call by Jesus to follow and a prompt response by the fisherman to follow Jesus. These actions would put these men on course to fulfill a new assignment. That new assignment would shape the trajectory of the rest of their lives.

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  • Sunday, January 10th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    We begin our sermon series with focus on the baptism of Jesus. It is an appropriate place to begin a year of sermons. We will take a look at the baptism of Jesus and why baptism is a “mark” of discipleship.

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  • Thursday, December 24th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Strangely, of all the women in the genealogy of Jesus, we know less about Mary’s background than all the others. Nonetheless, Mary has been cemented in the collective memory of God’s people as she played a momentous role in the life of Jesus from birth to death. On this Christmas Eve, we will briefly explore Mary’s role in birthing Jesus, who would be the Hope of all humanity, the Peace on earth, the Joy of human’s desiring and the Love of God personified.

  • Tamar

    Love

    Sunday, December 20th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    If we believe the story of Bathsheba was most Scandalous, Tamar’s story might make the case for a close second or a tie for first. Tamar was a widow who sought care, security and well-being in a society that was hard on single women. She concocted a sordid scheme to meet her needs. Out of desperation, she secured what she wanted and what she needed. For her efforts, she too has been rewarded with being inextricably linked to the Messiah and included in his genealogy. In the season of waiting, how does Tamar’s story invoke the spirit of love and care?

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  • Ruth

    Joy

    Sunday, December 13th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Ruth receives the distinction of being 1 of only 2 women who have a book of the Bible named after her. She is a remarkable woman whose story is beautifully told in the book that bears her name. She is a woman of integrity, honor and loyalty. Her life brought joy to a situation that was bombarded with tragedy and bitterness. During the season of Advent, how can Ruth encourage us to embrace and share Joy?

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  • Rahab

    Peace

    Sunday, December 6th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    There is no coded language here. Rahab was a prostitute. She lived in a land that would eventually be conquered by the nomadic Israelites. She lived in the Promised Land given to Israel by God. Her actions proved to be beneficial to the eventual residents of the land. Not only is she mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy, she is mentioned in the book of Hebrews as a example of great faith. How does faith in God secure peace in a season of waiting?

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  • Bathsheba

    Hope

    Sunday, November 29th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    In this introductory sermon we will explore the genealogy of Jesus. We will highlight the unique inclusion of women in a Jewish genealogy. Not only is it uncommon to include women, the women who are included all possess scandalous narratives. Bathsheba’s story might be the most scandalous. How does Bathsheba’s story invoke feelings of Hope in a season of waiting?

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  • Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Connecting to purpose is much to do about the act of discovering who God created you to be. As such, there are so many tools and resources that have been developed to help this process. The church (the community of faith) has also offered itself to be a resource. This is why we have committed to partner with God to help men, women and children connect to their purpose and connect to God’s bigger purposes. In this final sermon, we will share resources and the blessing of being involved in God’s church as a way to discern your purpose.

  • Sunday, November 15th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Some have achieved the goal of identifying their purpose, yet few spend time creating spaces to feed and host their purpose. A “Rule of Life” is a crafted list of items to start doing, to continue doing or stop doing. Someone described a “Rule of Life” a trellis that helps us abide in Christ and become more fruitful spiritually. It is an intentional, conscious plan to keep God at the center of everything we do.” Again, following Jesus’ lead, we will explore how creating a rule of life will help us connect to purpose.

  • Sunday, November 8th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Author Simon Sinek encourages individuals and businesses to “start with why”. His belief is that our productivity and effectiveness improve significantly when we do things knowing why we are doing them. In attempting to connect to purpose, it is vital to see our inseparable link to Jesus and the blueprint he left us. We explore Jesus who knew his why and invites us to live in concert with him as he leaned into his purpose on earth.

  • Sunday, November 1st, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    The end of Chronicles ends with a decree from the King of Persia. He prompts all those interested to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. This last line leads many to believe that the book of Chronicles was written as a text to encourage those who were working on rebuilding Jerusalem. We have considered the wretched histories of Israel and Judah during the monarchal period. There was some good, a lot of bad and a great deal of ugly. One constant good was Yahweh, the one true God. His consistent love and care for his people, despite their rebellion remains a constant for us today. God is good… All the time!

  • Sunday, October 25th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    We have explored the good, bad and ugly of Israel’s monarchy. This week we will focus in on perhaps the most despicable of all of Judah’s kings. The details of Manasseh’s reign are shocking and his actions may have sealed the tragic fate of Judah. Yet, in the face of this ugly episode, God’s character really takes center stage. Manasseh’s evil might be outshined by his confession and repentance. In that space God forgave and restored. It wasn’t too late for Manasseh.

  • Sunday, October 18th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    One could argue that the collective history of Israel and Judah’s kings is completely evil. However, there were some kings that stand out for their righteous and God-fearing behavior and policies. Josiah and Hezekiah are standouts for their efforts in trying to lead in a way that harmonized with God’s way and will. We will take a brief look at these two kings.

  • Sunday, October 11th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    One of the most fascinating features of Israel’s history is the division between the 10 northern tribes (Israel) and the 2 southern tribes (Judah). This division essentially created two separate nations who shared a common heritage and origin but would often fight against one another as well as adhere to different religious sensibilities. The division would put both nations on a sordid history of chaos, convent breaking and eventual downfall. We will highlight the hazard of disunity in the plight of following God’s way.

  • Sunday, October 4th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    David’s dynasty was secured by the promise and word of the Lord. The throne would always be occupied by someone from the bloodline of David. Solomon, David’s son, would serve as David’s first successor. Solomon was wise, he was wealthy, and he was wild! Solomon’s extravagance could be seen in his elaborate plans to build a temple for God and a palace for himself. The contrast of what Solomon did for God and what he did for himself serves as a window into Solomon’s complicated biography.

  • Sunday, September 27th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Israel’s Greatest King was David! He was a shepherd, a musician, a great warrior and a passionate worshipper of God. And, he also committed some of the most horrific acts toward others. David’s story is a complicated tale. His life seemed to embody fully the title of this sermon series. Hence, we will consider the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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