Jul 26, 2015
“Teach Us to Pray” – By: Patrick Barber
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"Teahc Us to Pray"
By: Patrick Barber
Scripture 1 Chronicles 29:10-22
When You Need To Talk
Part of my ministry involves pastoral counseling, which gives me the opportunity to listen to people as they talk about all sorts of problems, challenges, and heartaches. In my training, I was taught to avoid the urge to give too much advice. Instead, I was told to focus on being a good listener. I'll admit that sometimes it's hard to just listen. On occasion, there seems to be such an obvious path forward for people that I want desperately to interrupt them and say, "Well why don't you just...?" But that approach typically only provides short-term relief--for them and for me. And none of us are really satisfied with short-term relief; we want to experience long-term progress and full recovery. We can usually find those things if we're willing to work for it, and the beginning of the process involves admitting our needs and talking to someone who can help. I am available if you ever need to talk, but there is another who you cannot get well without, and He is the one we all need to talk to.
7.26.2015
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  • Jul 26, 2015“Teach Us to Pray” – By: Patrick Barber
    Jul 26, 2015
    “Teach Us to Pray” – By: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
    "Teahc Us to Pray"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture 1 Chronicles 29:10-22
    When You Need To Talk
    Part of my ministry involves pastoral counseling, which gives me the opportunity to listen to people as they talk about all sorts of problems, challenges, and heartaches. In my training, I was taught to avoid the urge to give too much advice. Instead, I was told to focus on being a good listener. I'll admit that sometimes it's hard to just listen. On occasion, there seems to be such an obvious path forward for people that I want desperately to interrupt them and say, "Well why don't you just...?" But that approach typically only provides short-term relief--for them and for me. And none of us are really satisfied with short-term relief; we want to experience long-term progress and full recovery. We can usually find those things if we're willing to work for it, and the beginning of the process involves admitting our needs and talking to someone who can help. I am available if you ever need to talk, but there is another who you cannot get well without, and He is the one we all need to talk to.
    7.26.2015
  • Jul 19, 2015“How to Persevere for the Long Run” – Speaker: Bob Rives
    Jul 19, 2015
    “How to Persevere for the Long Run” – Speaker: Bob Rives
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    "How to Persevere for the Long Run"
    By: Bob Rives
    Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
    This September, there will again be a 5 kilometer (about 3.1 miles) race to benefit the Zimbabwe Orphans Project. Running races like these has become so popular that the City of Wichita now has to “ration” them because they result in street closings and require other support from the city. We’re fortunate to be among those permitted to have a race. For runners, distance races are always a study in perseverance. Winners are not only the swift but those conditioned well enough to keep running even when the body seems to say there might be something more fun to do. The word for that is perseverance, sticking to it, in other words. The longer the race the greater the need for perseverance. Sometimes just to be sure the runners are thoroughly tested a few obstacles are added on top of the distance. There is a race in Death Valley and another up and down Pike’s Peak, for example. These demand even more perseverance. For the Christian facing a long and sometimes difficult life, persevering means continuing to follow God’s word even when there are deserts or mountains in the road. Jeremiah, the ancient prophet who was sometimes called “the weeping prophet”, was one of many who did that. No matter how often he was knocked down by the officials of Jerusalem some 2,600 years ago, he continued to preach God’s word and to follow Him with his life. Today his willingness to stick to his tsk in the face of persecution is remembered by Jews, Muslims and Christians alike—a stout presence who showed the rest of us how to persevere.
  • Jul 16, 2015“Sharpen Your Saw” – By: Patrick Barber
    Jul 16, 2015
    “Sharpen Your Saw” – By: Patrick Barber
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    "Sharpen Your Saw"
    Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
    By: Patrick Barber
    When in Africa back in May, I made the mistake of only taking one shaving razor with me, and I was there for three weeks. Ouch. If it had been a straight razor, I could have sharpened it, but it wasn't. It was just the cheap disposable kind. My mistake was just not thinking about taking extra razors. I wasn't trying to be cheap or save packing space; I just didn't think about it. And that's how we usually put ourselves in rough spots, we just don't think about it. I doubt that any generation before us could claim a busier, more frenetic lifestyle than the one we live. I don't mean that we work harder or accomplish more than previous generations--in fact I think that we don't do either of those things. But we are busy all the time. We're running here and there with a phone in one hand and an energy drink in the other looking like the man in the circus trying to keep a dozen plates spinning atop their poles all at the same time. Eventually, the plates will fall and we will crash. When that happens, shaving with a dull razor is the least of our concerns. But it happens for the same reason that I spent two weeks with a dull razor--we just get so busy with today that we don't prepare for tomorrow. We try to run so far and so fast that we don't slow down to refuel, and then we end up empty. But it doesn't have to be like that. Jesus teaches us that there's a better way, if we'll slow down long enough to listen. We'll talk about that in today's sermon.
  • Jul 5, 2015“Freedom in Christ” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Jul 5, 2015
    “Freedom in Christ” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "Freedom In Christ"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Galatians 5: 13-14
    I hope you've had a great Fourth of July weekend. Whether you spent time at the lake or at home, whether you shared the holiday with friends or alone, I imagine you saved some time to thank God for the blessings we have. Our political and religious freedom is a tremendous blessing.  Living in a free society isn't essential for our faith--because we obey God rather than man and would worship God even if the state forbade it--but it makes life much more comfortable. Freedom, though, is a double-edged sword. As we talked about last week, freedom from all constraints can lead to people simply following their own desires, and that is dangerous (see for yourself what Scripture says about that: Proverbs 12:15; 14:12; 30:12). If we think we're as wise as God and don't need his counsel, then we're fools--free fools, but fools nonetheless. And that's why freedom can be treacherous. The Apostle Paul taught the early church that Christ had set them free for freedom (Galatians 5:1), and that's great news, but it was a teaching that was often misunderstood and misapplied to daily living. Paul knew that could happen, so he tried to help the church understand that their freedom was not absolute. When Christ rescued us from sin and death, he freed us, but that doesn't mean we have no master. It means that our master now is God rather than sin. It doesn't mean that we live according to our own rules. It means that we now live according to the Spirit.  And this is freedom in Christ.
  • Jun 28, 2015“When We Become Gods” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Jun 28, 2015
    “When We Become Gods” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "When We Become Gods"
    By: Patrick Berber
    Scripture: 2 Timothy 3: 1-17
    Have you ever spent any time thinking about the changes you would make to this world if you were God? Maybe you’d end poverty or fix the environment or help the Chiefs win a Super Bowl--things that seem impossible without divine intervention. Or maybe you’d be less altruistic and simply make things better for yourself. There are all sorts of things we’d do for ourselves if we were completely in charge. But we aren’t God, and we will never be completely in charge. We do know that, right?
    I’m not sure that we do. I think that we as a society have become wealthy enough that we believe we’ve earned the right to worship ourselves. Some in our culture do that and are completely unapologetic about it. They flaunt their wealth or privilege and don’t even pretend to mask their over-indulgence and condescension. Others, however, are less aware of their idolatry. But if we looked at their schedules, their checkbooks, and their general lifestyle, we’d find plenty of evidence of self-worship. It’s rampant. We ourselves might even be infected with the disease and not even know it. But here’s something we’d better get straight: we are not God. There’s only one, and the position is occupied.
  • Jun 21, 2015“Gratitude” – Speaker: John Langley
    Jun 21, 2015
    “Gratitude” – Speaker: John Langley
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    "Gratitude"
    By: John Langley
    Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
    “Let us reflect gratitude for our fathers. Father is ever willing to sacrifice his own comfort for that of his children. Daily he toils to provide necessities of life, never complaining, ever concerned for the well-being of his family. This love for children, this desire to see them well and happy, is a constant in time of change.” - Thomas S. Monson It is time to give honor to whom honor is due. Today we honor you if you are a father or if you will be someday. God has chosen to work with you in specific ways to bring about His purpose. Making you a man gives you both, Special Privilege, and Awesome Responsibility. My Prayer is that you embrace the challenges that come your way to fulfill God’s purpose. Search Scripture. Search your heart. Search the archives of time. What you will find is that Dads make a difference. Go and make a difference that will last for eternity. Be a Dad!
  • Jun 14, 2015“Home of Hope” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Jun 14, 2015
    “Home of Hope” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "Home of Hope"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Philippians 2:5 teaches us that our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.  We are created to have the same love, selflessness, unity, spirit and purpose that Jesus shares with God the father. The specific details of what that looks like will change from person to person.  No two lives are exactly alike.  But we know the shape all of our lives should take if they are modeled after Jesus.  The shape is the cross.  Jesus humbled himself and so God exalted him.  God works the same way with us.  When we humble ourselves, God exalts us.  We just have to stop thinking like the world.  We need to raise our own expectations and standards, because that’s what God does.  Wealth, fame, privilege, and power will all fade away in time.  The only way we’ll live forever is with God, and the only way we can look forward to that is if we live this life in the image of Christ.  So God would have us do today what he has always called us to do--indeed what he created us to do; God wants us to sacrifice and serve in ways that bring more people to  him.  At home, at work, at school, with our friends and neighbors, in the church, wherever we are and in whatever we do we live in ways that show the world what God is like. If we fail in this one thing, we have failed completely.  But if we are faithful in this one thing, then God himself will raise us up.
  • Jun 7, 2015“Untitled” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Jun 7, 2015
    “Untitled” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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  • May 31, 2015“Listen!” – Speaker: John Langley
    May 31, 2015
    “Listen!” – Speaker: John Langley
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     5.31.2015
    "Listen!"
    By: John Langley
    Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25
    Want your children, grandchildren and even those beyond to continue faithful to Jesus? If you have wondered what you can possibly do to help your children to become faithful followers of Jesus: Today’s lesson is about laying that foundation where your children can stand and stay faithful to God Almighty. Certainly, every page of the Bible has the capacity of helping us help our children’s faith. But, there are some things we can do beyond the pages of the Bible that will give a tremendous boost to that end. Come and see why Genesis chapter 23 is one of the top ten chapters in scripture. Also listen and find out how it shares the secret of multigenerational faith.
  • May 24, 2015“Drop the Anchor” – Speaker: Devin Schadegg
    May 24, 2015
    “Drop the Anchor” – Speaker: Devin Schadegg
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     5.24.2015
    "Drop the Anchor"
    By: Devin Schadegg
    Scripture: Romans 8:31-39
    So where is God when tragedy strikes? It's a question you can't help asking. Facing a tragedy, big or small, can shake anyone's faith. Suddenly, nothing is certain. Nothing feels safe. And we wonder where God is and whether He has abandoned us in the middle of a tragedy. As the confusion of tragedy swirls around us, we all need something to hold on to an anchor. In the words of the Apostle Paul, written from a place of fear and pain, we learn a truth that can steady us in times of tragedy. And if we hold on tight, we may find that it's just what we need to help us move forward. Why would Paul want us to hold on to an anchor? If you’re on a boat in the middle of a storm, an anchor can do everything from keeping your boat from rolling, to helping it steer in the right direction against wind, to reducing the distance that it can drift. Similarly, in the middle of tragedy, you need something to hold on to. Something solid, a phrase or an idea, that can provide a dose of hope when you’re feeling hopeless, peace when you are afraid, security when anxious. Always remember, nothing can pull you from the God who loves you.