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March 26, 2020  

Lent Prayer 4

Pastor Ben and Pastor Erik continue their series, Lent Prayer, with a conversation about deepening our prayer lives. 

March 23, 2020  

Sermon, Greatest Stories Ever Told 4

 Pastor Ben continues our sermon series, Greatest Stories ever Told, with a sermon about small things and big things. 

Text: Matthew 13:31-32

31 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

March 19, 2020  

COVID-19 Response and Update

Pastor Ben and Pastor Erik are joined by Pastor Jason and Pastor Myles from Harvest Time Bible Church as they discuss their church's response to the COVID-19 crisis and how to love each other well during this time. 

March 16, 2020  

Sermon, Greatest Stories Ever Told 3

Pastor Ben continues our sermon series, Greatest Stories Ever Told, with a parable about salt, light, and their purpose. 

Text: Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

March 12, 2020  

Lent Prayer 3, Learning to Pray

Pastor Ben, Pastor Erik, and Pastor Phil discuss how to learn to pray and what to expect from prayer.

March 12, 2020  

Sermon, Midweek Lent 2

Pastor Erik continues our teaching on the Lord's Prayer, looking at the second and third parts: Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.

Text: Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

March 9, 2020  

Sermon, Greatest Stories Ever Told 2

Pastor Ben continues our series, Greatest Stories Ever Told, with a teaching on the man who made bigger barns. 

Text: Luke 12:13-21

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

March 5, 2020  

Lent Prayer 2

Pastor Ben and Pastor Erik continue their discussion on the Biblical foundation for prayer. 

March 4, 2020  

Sermon, Lent Midweek 1

Pastor Erik continues our Lenten focus on prayer with a teaching, Praying in the Name.

Text: Matthew 6:5-9

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.“Pray then in this way:Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name."

March 4, 2020  

Sermon, Ash Wednesday

Pastor Erik begins our midweek Lent series, Praying with Jesus, with a sermon on Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane

Text: Matthew 26:36-45

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. 38 Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” 39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” 40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.