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Just One

Jesus places lots of value on the “one” (lost sheep, lost coin, etc.). Followers of Christ continue to be challenged by scripture to notice and engage with the people God has placed in our lives whether that is our neighbor, coworker or the waitress at a restaurant. All of these people matter to God.

March 18: “Lead One”

Acts 20:7-12

Passing faith to the next generation is vital for the survival of the Church, but we often have a hard time communicating with each other. Hear a unique story and pick up some tips on how to “Lead One” towards the Kingdom.

Corey Johnsrud

March 11: “Be the One”

Acts 10:9-48

Peter was led into a situation that was very uncomfortable for him and yet obeyed. Where are we being asked to step into unfamiliar territory? This Sunday we will look into how we can prepare ourselves to follow.

Corey Johnsrud

March 4: “Notice One”

Luke 10:25-37

God notices your life. He sees you. There are days that is easy to believe and there are days that is hard to believe. Since God “pays attention” to us part of our joy is to notice others and give them our attention. This is grace.

Nate Powell

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Key to Life

In John 6, Jesus began to make claims that caused many disciples to stop following him. Jesus asks Simon Peter, “are you going to leave?” Peter responds with a deeply profound and spiritual answer, “…to whom else would we go? We know you have the words of eternal life.” It’s our hope that through this series we could all realize that Jesus is the only true place we can go to find answers and hope to needs in our lives. Jesus puts all things in life in order, He makes everything fit in to place.

February 18: “Life On Purpose”

Judges 6:1-17

Have you ever felt a little lost? Like maybe there should be more to life, but you just don’t feel equipped or able to grab onto it? Come and hear what it looks like to live life on purpose!

Corey Johnsrud

February 11: “Hope for Anxiety?”

Matthew 6:24-34

When we are anxious we can easily lose sight of God’s strength and presence in our lives. If God is who He says He is and He loves us the way He says He does then we can have a peaceful heart instead of an anxious one.

Corey Johnsrud

February 4: “Where do I go with this Pain?”

Matthew 11:25-30

Pain is deeply personal and unique to each individual. All of us consider where to look for relief to our pain. Most of us search for things to help us cope with these feelings. This week we will consider if God is really all we need to journey through our pain.

Joel Adams

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Following Jesus is a decision that many people make in their life. It seems we can often get lost in our way of following Jesus. Our lives can become this odd combination of valuing things that don’t glorify God and making behavior changes motivated by our faith. In this series we want to explore how remarkable the call to following Christ can change our influence when we live and look like Jesus. We will talk about what it looks like to breakthrough the Christian stereotype, going beyond a surface faith, making God part of every aspect of your life, and breaking through self-centeredness that can often make our lives look very different than Jesus. Jesus told a parable of seed being planted on different types of soil. Only one kind of soil was able to produce the New Life found in Jesus that illustrated the Kingdom of God. We are praying for this kind of NEW life breaking through in our lives this year.

January 28: “Basic”

Luke 19:1-9

What is our most basic desire? It is to be seen and known. Zaccheaus was driven to not only see Jesus, but be seen by him. What lengths do we have to take to get our most basic needs fulfilled?

Corey Johnsrud

January 21: “The Stereotype”

John 4:3-30

We often think that we know more about people than we do, especially those people who are different than us. Many of us also have from time to time found ourselves “stereotyped” by the assumptions of those around us, which can make us feel trapped. Come see how Jesus destroys both our stereotypes and the stereotypes placed on us, so that we might experience true life.

Corey Johnsrud

January 14: “It’s All About Me”

Matthew 19:16-28

When we think of ourselves first and create our own truth we actually slow down our growth and miss the truth God is invited us to embrace.

Corey Johnsrud

January 7: “The Surface”

Ephesians 3:14-21

As we move deeper in faith, in love, and in understanding we can move past surface-level living into a boundless experience of God’s amazing love.

Nate Powell

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Reflective New Year

December 31: “Reflective New Year”

Isaiah 40:26-31

As we begin 2018 lets take time to think back on all that God has walked us through. Lets also take time to look ahead to the promises that God has given us as we face a year filled with unknown dark valleys and bright mountain tops. He will be with us!

Rebecca Jacobson

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Advent Conspiracy

Christmas is not our local shopping mall’s story to tell. Christmas is the Church’s story to tell. So in 2006, 5 pastors decided to do Christmas differently. They called it the Advent Conspiracy, and came up with four tenets—Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All—to guide themselves, their families, and congregations through their season of preparation for Christmas.

November 26: “Worship Fully”

Luke 1:26-35; 46-55

Mary’s reaction to the shocking news that she would give birth to God’s son was one of worship. In the craziness of the Christmas season, how can we too, respond this way to God and the call he has for us?

Rebecca Jacobson

December 3: “Spend Less”

Matthew 6:19-29

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount he speaks to God’s propensity to provide for and take care of things of the earth. If God is concerned about the well being of the earth he is also deeply concerned about our well being. We are invited to consider, this holiday season, to make space for God by eliminating our need to accumulate things in our attempt to find meaning and happiness. Trust God to fill your longings and use your resources to impact the world around you.

Corey Johnsrud

December 10: “Give More”

Matthew 1:18-25

The Christmas story is full of real life, much grittier than the sanitized version that we often think of. The story is also filled with generosity that serves as a great example to us. Come find out how the generosity of that first Christmas can intersect with your life.

Corey Johnsrud

December 17: “Love All”

Luke 2:8-18

The good news of Christmas is good news for everyone – no exceptions. How do we receive and pass on that good news? Join us as we explore what that might look like for us.

Corey Johnsrud

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Thank You Notes

Saying “Thank You” is important. So often we feel thankful for the way someone has helped us, but we forget to say it. When we don’t say thanks we appear entitled and ingrateful. Luke 17 gives us some clues about how people who have been changed by God’s grace can respond with a grateful heart.

November 19: “Thank You Notes”

Luke 17:11-19

Nate Powell

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We often think that “mission or missions” is something that happens over there or somewhere else – not where we are. But we serve a God on a mission and that mission includes us. God demonstrates this mission over and over again in the story of God and His people in the Old Testament and in His relationship to us. We are not only the objects of that mission, but participants in it too.

October 22: “The Mission of God”

Genesis 12: 1-5

Abram was never meant to be the end of God’s blessing. He was invited to be a conduit of God’s blessing to the rest of the world. He was told to go and share this blessing with those who did not know God yet. We are invited into the same mission, the same call. It is a wonderful opportunity to live a life that matters for people around you.

Pastor Corey

October 29: “The Mission of Jesus”

Mark 1:15; Matthew 28:19-20

The incarnation is a demonstration of God’s missionary nature. In order for us to join the mission of Jesus, we first have to hear his call to us. Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

Pastor Corey

November 5: “The Bridge to Nowhere”

Acts 17:15-32

Jesus equipped us with the Holy Spirit so we might join God at work in the world, but what do we do when the times are confusing and overwhelming? The story of Paul in Athens provides us a glimpse into mission in unfamiliar settings.

Pastor Corey

November 12: “What’s So Great About the Great Commission?”

Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus called us to GO and MAKE disciples every where we find ourselves. We call this His Great Commission. What makes it great? Why would you want to give your life to going and making?

Dr. Al Tizon

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Shalom – A series about wholeness

September 3: “Full Life”

John 19:41; John 20:11-18

Jesus declared in John 10:10 that God desired that His children would have life to the full, so how do we begin to reframe our categories in life around the promise in John 10:10?

Pastor Corey

September 10: “Sharing Faith on the Road of Life”

Luke 24:13-38

This week we will see the power of community. Two friends of Jesus have an unexpected meeting with Him that moves them towards shalom and a more full life.  It’s interesting to note the fruit of their encounter–their hearts burned, they gained courage and they recognized Jesus in that moment.

Tiger McLuen

September 17: “Even the Parts We Cannot See”

Psalm 139: 1-16

One of the hardest places to find peace is inside our own hearts and minds.  This can be really difficult when we struggle with mental illness.  What is God doing when we are in the dark places of life?

Pastor Corey

September 24: “Unconditional”

Romans 14, Colossians 3

Finding peace and wholeness in our families can be difficult.  The expectations we place on our parents, on our kids, and on our siblings can set us up for pain and anger.  Let’s find shalom in our families this weekend.

Pastor Nate

October 1: “It’s Mutual I’m Sure”

Ephesians 5:21-30

God created marriage so that two can become one – and that is a mystery. As each submit to one another, love one another, and find mutual respect God’s nature is reflected to the world.

Pastor Corey

October 8: “Abundance or Scarcity?”

Psalm 50:1-15

As we continue our study of Shalom we look at a promise from God to provide for all our needs. As we look at our possessions and finances it is clear that most of us feel the stress of trying to gain more and hold on to what we have. God offers a better way to view what we have been given and how we can trust Him with what we have in our lives.

Pastor Corey

October 15: “What our bodies are meant for”

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

As we continue our study of Shalom we look at a promise from God to provide for all our needs. As we look at our possessions and finances it is clear that most of us feel the stress of trying to gain more and hold on to what we have. God offers a better way to view what we have been given and how we can trust Him with what we have in our lives.

Pastor Corey

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King David

The story of David in the Bible is the story of a real life. A complicated, messy, and oftentimes broken life, but real life nonetheless. In the midst of that real life, we learn of David’s real faith. Faith that engages that messy, broken life head on. David teaches us that real life requires real faith. This is the kind of real faith we need in the midst of our own real lives.

July 9: “The Little Things”

1 Samuel 16: 1-13

David was tending sheep when God told Samuel to anoint him as Israel’s next king. David had every reason to leave the menial task of taking care of sheep but he did not. It’s in this dedication to the little things that God was forming David for what was to come in his life. It’s in these moments that we find David developed a strong faith in God. David’s commitment to the “little things” enabled him to face much larger and complicated situations in his life.

Pastor Corey

July 16: “Be Prepared”

1 Samuel 17: 12-16; 32-50

David learned he could trust God while he was a shepherd. He was prepared for something bigger. Because he was prepared he approached the situation with Goliath with outstanding clarity. He saw something that King Saul could not see. His confidence was in God.

Pastor Corey

July 23: “When Things Unravel”

1 Samuel 21

David’s life gets difficult and he is forced to trust in God or trust in his own ability. He loses sight of God’s faithfulness and he abandons many of his beliefs in an effort to gain control. David’s failures show us how quickly we can spiral out of control when we forgot that God is faithful.

Joel Adams

July 30: “Abigail’s Way”

1 Samuel 25:23-31

As David continues down a path of harmful decisions, he is interrupted by Abigail, who offers some much needed perspective. Abigail reminds David that getting even, or righting a wrong by doing wrong, is not the way of the Lord. As David relents, he learns a valuable lesson that is valuable for all of us today.

Pastor Corey

August 6: “Generosity Explained”

1 Samuel 30:1-25

It is easy to be generous with those who meet our expectations, but more difficult to be generous toward those who don’t meet those expectations. This week, we will be exploring what it means to truly have our hearts aligned with God, and to imitate His generosity. What if we lived life with fewer expectations and more generosity?

Pastor Corey

August 13: “Undignified”

2 Samuel 6:1-23

Worship is more than songs we sing or hands we lift to God.  Worship is an invitation to God to change us and change our world. One of David’s stories shows us there is a right way to worship God and a wrong way.

Pastor Nate

August 20: “This Is Not What I Had Planned”

2 Samuel 12:1-10

As we look at the final years of David’s rule as king it is safe to assume that he did not envision his rule to be marked by so much dysfunction and failure. What do you do when you find yourself in a situation that is not at all what you would have planned? How would you respond?

Pastor Corey

August 27: “The Son of David”

Matthew 12:9-23

Jesus is often called the Son of David in the gospels. The David story helps us to understand what it means that God became flesh. Jesus wants for us to have a real faith for a real life. Join us to see what that might look like in our real lives.

Pastor Corey



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This Changes Everything • The Book of Ephesians

Help us welcome our new Transition Pastor, Corey Johnsrud, as he kicks off several weeks reflecting on Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus.

May 7: “Where It All Begins”

Ephesians 1

In the first chapter, Paul writes about the origins of our faith and explains what God has done in Christ.

Pastor Corey

May 14: “Dead or Alive?”

Ephesians 2:1-10

Paul reminds those early followers of Jesus that their lives are dead to sin and alive in Christ. What does it mean to die to sin and embrace a life that finds its existence in Jesus?

Pastor Corey

May 21: “Bridge Builders”

Ephesians 2:11-22

Jesus brings people together, into the family of God.  He calls all people and unites them together for one mission, to love God and love those God created. Jesus brings peace and allows us to call one another brothers and sisters.

Pastor Corey

May 28: “We’re On A Mission From God”

Ephesians 3:14-21

God has a mission for the world and He has brought together a group of world-changers – you and me. As we encounter God’s amazing love, we are transformed and God’s Spirit calls us to express love to others.

Pastor Corey

June 4: “Called Together”

Ephesians 4:1-7

The Apostle Paul urges us to be unified as we follow Christ together. Unity was as difficult to achieve then as it seems to us now. Come learn what it really takes to be unified in Christ.

Pastor Corey


June 11: “Politics, Road Rage, and Speaking Peace”

Ephesians 4:25-32

Anger seems to be an ever-present companion in our lives these days. We scream at one another in our cars and belittle each others’ beliefs. Why are we so angry? What do we do about it? Come join us as we learn together what it means to speak peace to one another.

Pastor Corey

June 18: “How Goes Your Walk?”

Ephesians 5:1-20

Daily life, everyday choices, moment-by-moment conversations – these things matter.  They define how we walk through life; the kind of existence we live. Paul calls us to walk in love and live in the light.

Pastor Nate

June 25: “Suit Up and Stand”

Ephesians 6:10-18

Life can be tough. Sometimes life can be really tough. Standing up under the pressures and losses we experience takes a toll on our spirits. In daily battles, God invites us to gear up spiritually. This Sunday we will finish up our study of the book of Ephesians and focus on the defensive and offensive spiritual armor.

Pastor Nate

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Love Will Cost You

If you want to love like Jesus it will cost you.  His kind of love is not cheap or easy to dismiss. He made himself nothing so that we might have something, a life of power, purpose, and love.

April 30: “Love Will Cost You”

John 13:3-15 / Philippians 2:6-8

Pastor Nate

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Final Thoughts

Pastor John finishes up his ministry at ACC.  John has spent almost 4 decades leading churches and pastoring communities. As he moves into this new season of life, we get to celebrate with him and release him as God continues to call him to impact lives.

April 23: “Final Thoughts”

Luke 19:10

Pastor John

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April 16: “Not What We Expected”

Luke 24:13-35

When is the last time you felt your heart “burning within you”?  We all want to live lives that count, that have passion and focus. Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that a passionate life starts with His passion.

Pastor John

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Our new series is about the future, and about change, and all of the responses we are prone to have when we find ourselves in uncharted areas of life. We look at several examples of people who followed God into situations where the outcome was unknown and all they had to rely on was the promises of God. Join us as we begin a discussion about how to trust God when it seems like life doesn’t make sense and you are unsure about what lies ahead.

March 5: “Strong and Loving”

Ecclesiastes 3:1, Psalm 62:8-12

We can tell when the seasons are going to change. The sun sets earlier, the wind blows chillier, the leaves look browner… and we know something is about to change. When the season of your life shifts, God is strong and loving.  He knows the way through uncharted territory.

Pastor Nate

March 12: “Afraid of Giants”

Joshua 1

When we move into uncharted territory we don’t know what to expect. We know something is going to change but we don’t know what. The fear of this unknown can keep us from growing. God promises to be with us in the face of that giant.

Pastor John

March 19: “The Courage To Ask”

2 Kings 2:1-12

The next season of your life may be uncharted but God knows it completely.  That’s why it makes sense to ask Him to give you what you need to make it through. Take courage! Your Father cares and will respond to your request for His presence and power.

Pastor John

March 26: “Looking Forward”

1 Chronicles 22:11-16, John 14:12-14, Deuteronomy 31:7-8

Scripture is filled with people that pursued God’s calling on their life and handed that calling on to others. Some of them didn’t even realize their dreams but entrusted them to the next generation. Maybe the greater things God wants to do through your life will come through those you inspire.

Pastor Nate

April 2: “Fulfill Your Ministry”

2 Timothy 4:1-5

Paul encouraged his friend Timothy to stay committed to the mission of the people of God, the Church. The Word of God, the people of God, and the world He created continue to call us to love and sacrifice so that people may see God’s love and grace.

Pastor John

April 9: “A Change To Your Plans”

John 16:4-11

That small band of followers had a plan for Jesus.  He was going to be the new king over Israel to establish a new Israel and new kingdom.  Jesus had a plan to be a different kind of King.  God’s plans for our lives don’t always fit neatly into our own plans.  Whose will you follow?

Pastor John

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The (UN)Qualified

We are launching into an 8 week adventure known as the Community Bible Experience. Our small groups and sermon series will align around this resource. It’s an exercise Covenant churches are doing across the country. We will be reading through the entire New Testament in a version of the Bible that has removed all the study aids that were added long after the books were written, such as chapters and verses. We will be reading Paul’s letters, for example, in a format that feels much more like a letter, and less like a textbook for a class.

We decided that we would look at the authors of these books we will be reading, and get a window into their lives.

And here’s what’s interesting: every single one of them had something in their life or an aspect of their character that led them to be less than adequate to the task. That their qualification for being a contributing author to the most influential book in the history of the planet came not from their innate adequacy, but from God’s empowerment.

And my prayer is that if we don’t learn anything else in these 8 weeks, we will learn that we ARE qualified, because it is GOD HIMSELF who makes us so.

January 8: “A Gentile”

Luke 1:1-4

Our first author, Luke, was not a Jew but a Gentile.  This alone might have caused him to be eliminated from being included in the writings of the New Testament.  However, we end up reading much of Luke’s writing in the New Testament – almost 1/3 of it was written by this “unqualified” Gentile.  He also was not an eyewitness to Jesus.  He was a relative late comer.  However, because of his faith, God used him in mighty ways.

Pastor John

January 15: “The Killer”

1 Corinthians 15:9-11

The Bible’s authors were far from perfect – and Paul was no exception. Even though he was well-educated, intelligent, and had the ability to straddle both the Roman and Jewish worlds, he was a murderer. But God, in His infinite grace, turned Paul around and made this unQualified man into one of the most influential people in history.

Pastor John

January 29: “A Slave Owner”


Our series continues this week with a story of a slave and a slave owner. Neither was what we would normally think of as a “saint”, however, through the grace of God, both were able to go beyond their normal human nature and practice forgiveness, sacrifice, and blessing.

Pastor John

February 5: “A Tax Collector”

Luke 5:27-32

Matthew was a tax collector who was a Jew.  Romans didn’t like him because they didn’t trust the Jews – Jews didn’t like him because he collected money from them for the hated empire.  Matthew illustrates how we sometimes believe we are unqualified for God because of what other people believe (or say) about us.  Jesus gave Matthew a new identity – his “qualification”.  Who are you today?  This story illustrates the Lord’s call on our lives and the possibility for NEW identity in him.  Grab hold and see where it leads.

Pastor Nate

February 12: “A Deserter”

Acts 15:36-41

This week, our story starts out with the premise that we all fail. The Bible includes many stories of failure. The good news is that the redeeming grace of Jesus takes us beyond our failures. The key is in allowing God to pick you up, brush you off and restore you to His calling.

Pastor John

February 19: “A Coward”

Luke 22:54-62

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the willingness to push through it and do what needs to be done. Peter’s impulsive spirit, and his susceptibility to fear, were tamed and redirected by the empowering love of Jesus Christ in his life.

Pastor John

February 26: “An Ordinary Follower”

Matthew 4:18-22

It is easy to assume that God only uses extraordinary people for the work of His Kingdom. We forget that the Kingdom is most often advanced through ordinary people doing small acts of obedience on a day to day basis. John was an ordinary blue collar fisherman with a sensitive personality who was used in mighty ways to help launch the Church of Jesus Christ.

Pastor John

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New Years

January 1: “Be Here”

Isaiah 43:16-19

We often feel like time is flying by, and even though we are busy, we are not satisfied. The God that created and formed us invites us to forget the past and be here; be in this moment, be present, and perceive what He is doing.

Pastor Nate

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Christmas 2016 – Christmas Eve services

Christmas services at ACC were wonderful. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

December 24: “The Scandal of This Night”

John 1:14

The claim of the Gospel that God chose to become human and put on flesh is both wonderful and scandalous. Scandalous because the notion that the spiritual or divine would actually defile itself with the human experience is something that many religions simply cannot believe. And yet, here in this notion is the wonder of Christmas. That God DID become like us in every way, and share in our every experience in order to fully redeem us is what makes this claim of the Gospel so life altering. What would make the Divine do something so outrageous? Scriptures are clear that this was all done because of the supernatural love that God has toward humanity.

Pastor John

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Do you remember that feeling of wonder? The first time you held your newborn child. Or the first time you soared above the clouds in a plane. Or maybe it was that moment you felt how grand the universe truly is and how intricately life is held together. Wonder connects to the depths of our soul. But something odd happens in most of our lives. Things that once might have stopped us in our tracks or taken our breath away are now pushed aside by the next item on our “to-do” list or other more important “adult” things. Most of us aren’t filled with wonder very often anymore. Then there is Christmas. “God with us”…a baby born in a manger, God becoming man for the salvation of ALL. An act motivated by pure love. Christmas is truly filled with wonder. Join us as we journey through advent together, reawakening our sense of wonder this Christmas season.

November 27: “Free To Wonder”

Matthew 2:1-18

While many of us have the capacity to experience wonder, we also have the tendency to want to eliminate wonder altogether. There is something risky about something filled with wonder. Wonder can pose a threat to our capabilities, our control, our securities. We all find ourselves in this struggle of how to respond to the wonder of “God with us.”

Pastor John

December 4: “Finding Wonder”

Luke 1:26-34; 2:19

When you believe something, when you are intimate with something or someone, there is no need for wonder.  You don’t wonder about things you know about intimately. In this way, the longer we pursue God and walk with Jesus, the harder it is to hold on to wonder.

Pastor Nate

December 11: “Starting at the Bottom”

Luke 2:8-20

When something needs to change, people usually start at the top and work their way down.  Instead, God started at the bottom, the shepherds. Their humility allowed them to wonder.

Pastor John

December 18: “A View From The Choir”

1 Peter 1:10-12

Our point of view of Christmas is very different from the point of view of the angels.  They wonder about Christmas just like we do.  They wonder what redemption feels like in the human soul.

Pastor John

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We Can’t Stay Here


What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Church”?  It doesn’t mean what it used to.  In our changing culture and community we are still called by God to love and live life with our neighbors and friends. God is looking for a church to join Him in His mission on earth.  Are we up for the challenge?

November 6: “We Can’t Stay Here”

Luke 19:10

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Church”?  It doesn’t mean what it used to.  In our changing culture and community we are still called by God to love and live life with our neighbors and friends. God is looking for a church to join Him in His mission on earth.  Are we up for the challenge?

Pastor John

November 13: “Show Up”

Matthew 26:36-39

Are we willing to do whatever it takes, whatever is within our ability to reach the next generation for Christ? Our church can commit itself to being a powerful influence in our students’ and children’s lives in order to see them engage with the Gospel message and be influencers for this community and the kingdom of God.

Stacee Eggers & Rebecca Jacobson

November 20: “Love Without Limits”

John 4:4-10; Matthew 21:28-32

God loves people that are different than you. God loves people that don’t believe the way you do and do things that you don’t do. Can we be the kind of people known for our love, even when those we love don’t become followers of Jesus?

Pastor John & Pastor Nate

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Alaska College Mission Sunday

We were so fortunate to have Dr. Keith Hamilton with us to share the story of Alaska Christian College and the way that God is using this school and ministry to change many lives in Alaska through the Gospel of Jesus. If you would like more information about how to support Alaska Christian College please contact the church office.

October  30: “Is He After You?”

Jonah 1

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Thessalonians: No Tomorrow

There was a time when early followers of Jesus modeled for the world that people who lived as though “tomorrow” wasn’t guaranteed, lived more passionate, committed lives of sharing the Gospel with the world around them. Join us for this series as we study the books of Thessalonians and dare to ask the question: how could our lives change if we completely surrendered to what God wants to do in and through us TODAY.

September 4: “The Kids Are Watching”

1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Acts 17:2-5

Paul’s letters to his friends in Thessalonica remind us to live with urgent passion for the way of Jesus. If we commit to living each day as though tomorrow wasn’t promised we could live with more focus.

Pastor Nate

September 11: “Entrusted”

1 Thessalonians 2:1-20

God changes lives every day and usually He uses someone just like you. When you invest yourself into the lives of those around you, you experience something divine and beautiful – joy.

Pastor Nate

September 18: “Our Daily Ambition”

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

As we look at how Paul leads his friends, we are challenged to embrace the few things that Paul says should be a priority in the daily lives of those who follow Christ.

Pastor John

September 25: “Our Hope”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Death has caused pain and questions and doubt throughout history. Paul listens to his friends wrestling with death and grief and re-frames their fear of death. He points to a hope in Jesus Christ that is much larger than this life.

Pastor John

October 2: “Live Differently”

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28

Paul asks an important question, “Are you awake spiritually or have you drifted off to sleep?” He then gives a list of ways to check your spiritual blood pressure. It is good news that we can join God in His work of transformation all around the world.

Pastor John

October 9: “Is It Worth It?”

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

There is a cost for following Jesus with your life. Paul reminds us that it is worth it. We don’t need to worry about what we lose or what we gain. Whatever happens on the scales of life God is trustworthy and able to use it for His Kingdom and our good.

Pastor John

October 16: “Anchored”

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

Paul’s friends in Thessalonica were unsettled about the return of Jesus. Their misunderstandings led to anxious days and sleepless nights. When we know and embrace the truth of life we can find an anchor that will hold us in the storms.

Pastor Nate

October 23: “The Called Out”

2 Thessalonians 3

Those who follow Jesus are called out to live a different way with a different goal in life. Paul reminds this young church in the ancient world to live like Jesus did come and will come again.

Joel Adams

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This Functional Family

Have you ever wondered where you learned to respond to conflict in the manner you do? What about how you formed your ability to communicate to people around you? In this series about families and relationships we will consider how influential our family dynamics can be in the formation of our identities. Our hope is that God’s Word will inform the way we live and connect in our families and in our relationships. And that as a community of faith we might join together to consider that God can redeem the way we interact in our homes and change our hearts in our relationships.

August 7: Competition – Living in a “zero-sum” reality

Genesis 37:1-11

We see very early on in Joseph’s family that things were not going according to the system. Joseph was selected as the favorite son, which sent their family into competition mode. Brothers became jealous of each other and plotted how to ruin one another. Many of the same dynamics are still at work in our hearts today. Let’s learn from scripture how God changes our inherent value so that we no longer need to live threatened in our relationships.

Pastor John

August 14: Conflict

Genesis 37:12-36;   James 4: 1-3

Conflict happens every day.  Sometimes it is good and it draws us closer together.  Sometimes it is bad and it pushes us further apart.  Joseph and his brothers had some “conflict”; they wanted to kill him. What can we do when our families don’t know how to fight fair?

Pastor Nate

August 21: Communication

Genesis 44:1-27

Was Joseph being manipulative when, instead of being straight up with his brothers about his identity and his plan for them, he hid a cup in Benjamin’s sack and falsely accused him of stealing? While that may have been to a good end in this story, open, transparent communication is almost always preferable to deceit and manipulation.

Pastor John

August 28:Connections

Genesis 45:1-15; 50:15-21

At the end of the day, what matters most? To be right, or to be in relationship? Joseph put his own pain, and the years of conflict, behind him in the name of mutual reconciliation.

Pastor Nate

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Storytellers: Living Your Life to Tell God’s Story

Each one of us tells a story to the world around us based on how we live. The stories we are telling are largely influenced by what we give value to in this life. We believe Jesus offers the best set of beliefs and values that we can build our life upon. When our lives are transformed by God we begin to tell a story that more clearly shows the world who He is. Join us for our “Storytellers” series and learn about the kind of story Jesus invites you to live.

June 05: Building on a Solid Foundation

Ephesians 4:17-24; Romans 12:1-2

Jesus transformed the world when he introduced a new way, a perspective from Heaven, to look at the world around us. The beliefs and values that he established created a NEW LIFE that transformed people, communities and countries throughout history. His worldview continues to have the power to change our lives and our world. We want to be a church that embraces God’s life for us in order to best tell God’s story in our world.

Pastor John

June 12: Fully Alive

Acts 4:23-31

Jesus’ gospel ignited a passionate movement of followers giving their lives for the values and beliefs Jesus initiated. This is what the Good News does in people. It gives them a new purpose. As we allow God’s Spirit to invade our hearts we will find passion and purpose for things that make the world a better place. 

Pastor John

June 19: Playing It Safe

Matthew 14:22-33

There is an inward struggle within all of us to either give in to the notion of achieving safety and security in our lives or to live in the sometimes risky mission of Jesus. “When you say yes to God, incredible things happen. On the other hand, nothing much happens to people who always say no. You want adventure? You want a sense of purpose? Say yes, and then hang on for the ride of your life.”

Pastor John

June 26: The Invitation

John 15:1-9

Jesus invites you and me into His family and into God’s Kingdom adventure. It is not just a general calling to all creation. It is personal, intimate, and for you. Have you responded?

Joel Adams

July 10: You Matter

Mark 2:1-12

Friends make a difference in our lives. The story of the friends of a paralyzed man made it onto the pages of the New Testament to show us that God’s sovereignty and human initiative intersect and change lives every day.

Pastor John

July 17: Come and See

Psalm 63, John 1:43-46

When people are passionate about something, they become witnesses; when they are hungry for change, they become ambassadors for that change. Maybe the question is not, “How do I share my faith with my friend?” Instead, we should ask, “How do I create a hunger in my life for Jesus and His Kingdom?”

Pastor Nate

July 24: When We Get It Right

Acts 2:42-47

The sad truth is that the American church is in decline. And another sad truth is that too often the church does not live up to either its calling or to its potential. People state many varying reasons for being fed up with the Church. The interesting thing is when you compare the early Church’s characteristics and modern churches’ characteristics, there can be very drastic differences. Join us this morning as we look to the compelling image of what beliefs motivated the early Church to become a force in our world.

Pastor John

July 31: They Had Been With Jesus

Acts 3-4

When we become so motivated by what God wants to do in and through us it will change our families, neighborhoods, schools, work environments and our communities. Join us as we challenge each other to wake up to what our faith might be if we surrendered everything to God.

Pastor Bill

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The Limits to my Obedience

May 29: The Limits to my Obedience

Mark 12:28-31; Galatians 5:13-14

The local church has the unique ability to influence the consciousness of our city and our country. We at ACC are uniquely positioned to impact our community and remind each other of the one mandate from Jesus that has the power to change everything.

Joel Adams

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A Tale of Two Masters

May 22: A Tale of Two Masters

Matthew 6:24

Money has a way of taking over our lives. No matter how much money we have in our lives we could always use a bit more. At least it seems that way. Jesus encourages us to not allow money to master us and, instead, master it. That is where freedom is found.

Pastor John

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The End of Me

April 03: Broken To Be Whole

Matthew 5:3

Jesus’ teaching calls us to live a different kind of life. When we come to the end of ourselves, we find that Jesus meets us there and offers us real life in Him.

Pastor John

April 10: Mourn To Be Happy

Matthew 5 and various texts

When we are hurting and feeling pain our natural response is to duck and cover. Ironically, comfort from our sadness is often found in community. It is found as we share our stories and allow people to speak words of hope and healing into our lives.

Pastor John

April 17: Taken Down To Be Built Up

Genesis 11:1-9; Matthew 5:5; Philippians 2

As Jesus continues his message he says, “Blessed are those who are free of pride.” Have you wondered how to live with humility when it is so easy to indulge your pride? There was a group of people that once tried to build a tower to heaven so they could take God’s place. We can learn from that story and take down the pride in our lives.

Pastor Nate

April 24: Yearn To Be Full

Matthew 5:5

When you reach the end of yourself, you understand that you are not good enough for God. We are not even good enough for each other. But when we pursue God’s way, He will fill us up.

Pastor John

May 1: Shown Mercy To Be Compassionate

Matthew 5:7

We find over and over again in God’s story His divine acts of mercy toward humanity. Jesus invites us to come to the “end of me,” to understand the fullness we find when we let mercy and compassion become our posture toward the humanity around us.

Stacee Eggers

May 8: Made Clean To See God

Matthew 5:8

The Bible’s promise to you is that as your heart becomes pure, you will receive the most incredible blessing: you will see God. The real you will know the real Him. The relationship will not be based on performance and pretense but will be authentic. I can’t think of a greater blessing than seeing God.

Pastor John

May 15: Pursuit of Peace

Matthew 5:9-10

Our lives so often seem to be missing peace. We are busy, our relationships can be at odds, and often our hearts are divided. Jesus says it is a good thing to be someone who creates peace in the world. How do we do that?

Pastor John

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Easter at ACC – “Rediscovering Hope”

We CELEBRATE that Calvary changes everything! And we REJOICE that through Christ’s victory over death we not only receive forgiveness for sin, but if that were not enough, we also receive peace with God. This Easter we will REDISCOVER HOPE together.

March 27: Rediscovering Hope

John 20: 11-20

Easter starts at a grave, with a woman softly weeping alone. Her hope, her friend, her deliverer is gone. And then in a moment, because of Jesus’ Resurrection, her hope and our hope is restored. We can advance in life with hope because Jesus has conquered the grave.

Pastor John

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Half Truths

We’ve all experienced those moments in life when we have screamed out ‘why?’ Maybe it was an unforeseen loss, a slow journey into pain, or a moment when our security was suddenly shaken. These moments are something we all share as humans. And this question, ‘why?’ sends us on a search for hope, and for answers. We often face difficult questions as we try to understand this new reality. In an effort to help us cope we are told things like, “Everything happens for a reason,” or “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” These sayings begin to shape our perspective on God. But are we missing something? Have our views of God become so misguided that our ‘why?’ moments begin to push us away from Him? In this series, “Half Truths” we want to find a more complete view of God from the Bible which can provide us freedom from the anger and pain of our circumstances.

February 14: Everything Happens For A Reason

Deuteronomy 30:11-20

“Everything happens for a reason” is a half truth. God does bring good out of the tough stuff we face and He is with us through it, but He doesn’t cause everything that happens in our lives. He never wants to crush us. He wants to give new life to us…

Pastor John

February 21: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

1 Corinthians 10:11-14

Life can be difficult. Every day we encounter people and circumstances that we can’t control or change.  Our own choices and habits hurt us and those around us.  As we struggle, people may tell us, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  But that rings hollow when you can no longer hang on.  It certainly feels like more than we can handle.

Pastor John

February 28: You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself

Luke 15:11-32

Shame confines us and builds walls around our lives. Jesus came to set us free and release us from useless shame and pointless guilt. We are all prodigals that He is waiting to welcome home.

Guest Speaker Jay Pathak - Pastor, Mile High Vineyard

March 6: This Is A Cross You Must Bear

Matthew 16:24-26

Jesus once said to His followers, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” What did He mean when He said that? Are the challenges we face in life “the cross” we are called to carry?

Pastor John

March 13: Time Heals All Wounds

Psalm 13 and 40:1-3

Nobody likes to wait. When you sit in the waiting room of life it is easy to get frustrated especially when someone says, “Hey, don’t worry. Time heals all wounds.”  Really! It doesn’t feel that way. Does time really bring hope and healing?

Pastor Nate

March 20: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Matthew 20:1-16

The phrase God helps those who help themselves reveals our struggle to accept grace. We tend to believe grace is earned when we do good things. When others don’t do good things they don’t get or deserve grace. It seems fair to claim grace as God’s reward to me because I’m so good and I do such good things. I want to be rewarded not restored. And I expect others to earn their own rewards. The truth is God helps all of us by offering grace. Grace is a freeway that we travel toward God’s Kingdom.

Pastor Nate

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The Road to Becoming

Many of us don’t enjoy change. We enjoy routines and over time these routines create grooves in the framework of our lives. These grooves carve out habits and slowly become our accepted way of interacting with the world around us. The sum of these “grooves” is who we become. When a person takes inventory of their life there are qualities of who we have become that we want to change. For instance maybe we want to learn a new instrument or run a marathon. We experience the urge to change, to BECOME DIFFERENT. The first step to becoming someone who runs a marathon is to go for a run. The first step to becoming someone who has learned the guitar is to play a guitar. These initial steps are what set us up on the “road to becoming” someone we want to be. Many of us get stuck because we never take the “first step” on the road to becoming. In this series, we turn to the book of James to find commands of NEW “grooves” in the life of a Christ Follower. “Do not merely hear the Word but also DO what it says,” or “believers in Jesus must not show favoritism” are NEW habits that James declares a “first step” on the “road to becoming.” You might dread the process on the road to becoming, as you experience change, but remind yourself of WHO you are becoming.

January 3: Hear and Now

James 1:22-25

Most of us are prone to hear but hearing does not move us to action. James encourages us to not only hear but to put into action what we hear from the Gospel of Christ.

Pastor John

January 10: Finding Worth In Everyone

James 2:1-13

James writes, “My brothers and sisters, you are believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. So treat everyone the same.” Every person you meet and see has value and is created by a God that loves them with His whole heart. Treat people as those bearing the image of God.

Pastor John

January 17: Gaining Control

James 3:1-12

The words that come out of our mouth are powerful: for good and for evil. James uses some great word pictures to capture the incredible ability our words have to direct, strengthen, and destroy lives around us. How is your control when it comes to your mouth?

Pastor Nate

January 24: What You Need Today

James 4:13-15

One of the biggest challenges on the “road to becoming” is the promise of tomorrow. We can recognize things we want to become different and then convince ourselves that we will begin “tomorrow.” We plan and strategize about our futures and if we aren’t careful we can miss out on what God is doing in our “today.” And when you miss out on your “today” you can end up with a future that wasn’t what you had hoped.

Pastor John

January 31: In The Waiting Room

James 5:7-12

One of the hardest things about change is the “process.” Being patient is something most of us don’t do very well. The time for habits to change and new results to take hold can feel like an eternity. Most of us have learned that this “waiting” is not worth it. But for the few that are willing to endure, to persevere, there is a very powerful lesson to be learned. Both about ourselves and about God.

Pastor John

February 7: When We Pray

James 5:13-20

Prayer is difficult – because sometimes our motives are selfish or our prayers have gone unanswered. The truth is, in prayer we have an opportunity to experience God’s presence and to have a conversation with Him. Prayer changes our lives because conversation with God changes us.

Pastor Nate

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One Of Us

One of the most radical claims of Christianity is that the Divine would become man and live and walk among us. In John’s Gospel he claims “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This Christmas season we want to understand a few key reasons why God would become One of Us. In this series, we will see that Jesus not only brought about salvation for all but He also revealed a few key attributes of the Father. Join us for this great 5 week discussion called “One of Us.”

November 29: Watch Me

John 14:1-14

Why did God choose to become one of us? Why did God choose to be born into human form?  Answer: to communicate and demonstrate what God is like.  Jesus didn’t claim to HAVE the best explanation of God, Jesus claimed to BE the best explanation of God.  You and I will never get a better clue as to what the Father is like than through His Son, Jesus.   Look to Jesus – come to know the Father through the Son.

Pastor John

December 6: Displayed in Him

John 9:1-38

If living out your faith hurts other people, you are doing it wrong. That seems to have been what was happening when Jesus challenged religious people in His day. Jesus wants to bring our understanding and practice of faith closer together in a way that shows mercy and grace for ALL people.

Pastor John

December 13: The Approach

Hebrews 4:14-16

Jesus reveals things about God that we can’t find anywhere else. He is able to understand the hardships, joy, struggles, and hopes of our lives because he experienced them as well. We can approach God with confidence.

Pastor Nate

December 20: The Problem With Religion

Mark 2:23-28

God created people and God created rules, but the rules were created second to serve the people.  Jesus came to put religion in its place, which is ALWAYS second place to people.

Pastor John

December 27: Run Strong

Hebrews 11:23-28 & 12:1-2; Exodus 5:1-9

Jesus came to show us that everything is spiritual. What we touch, what we see, who we talk to, how we treat them – it all has spiritual implications. You are constantly investing in spiritual realities and things that may or may not travel with you into eternity. Let’s allow 2016 to be a year when we join God in the work He is doing all around us, if we would open our spiritual eyes and see it.

Pastor Nate

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Who Do You Think You Are?

It is very easy to forget who we are. There are so many voices and influences in our lives that attempt to tell us who to become. For most of us our past mistakes try to convince us that we will never change. In this series, we will look to the letter of Ephesians, and Paul’s writings about the nature of God and the identity that Jesus makes possible for us today.

October 25th: I AM in Christ

Ephesians 1:3-13
Being IN CHRIST gives us a new identity, and when our identity is IN CHRIST, we can count on Jesus’ strength through the circumstances of life.

Pastor John

November 1st: Then and Now

Ephesians 2:11-13
When we remember our “then” moments, we have a lot more grace and love for someone else’s “then” moments. No matter who you are, there was a “past” where we were far from God, but Jesus brought us back! Imagine if we approached people in their “then” moments with the love and grace God gave US…

Kurt Gewinner

November 8th: Deep and Wide

Ephesians 3:14-21
When you and I ground our very life and identity in the love of Jesus Christ, we can withstand all that life will throw at us.  There’s only one thing deep enough and wide enough to endure, and that is the love of God that has been made known to us through His son.

Pastor John

November 15th: Regaining the Fullness

Ephesians 4:11-13
Trying to follow Jesus without truly letting Him change you is dangerous!  Jesus brought about a new way to be human – He called us to join Him in death SO THAT we can join Him in resurrection.

Joel Adams

November 22nd: Stand Firm

Ephesians 6:10-20
Life here on earth is a wrestling match – a battle for the hearts and minds of people.   Scripture reminds us, though, that this is not a battle fought against other people.  Rather, we must put on the full armor of God and stay alert through prayer in order to STAND FIRM in the face of the spiritual forces that are constantly trying to pull us away from who we are in Christ.

Pastor John

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We have partnered with an organization called Q Place to produce this series called “WhoCares?” Many of us would love to have an opportunity to share the Hope we have in Jesus but feel paralyzed by not knowing where to begin.  Q Place has developed a very simple but profound study on how to begin communicating  – engaging the community to share the love of God.  It is our hope that throughout this series you might find yourself responding to the question of Who cares? Join us in the journey of learning how to connect with those around you and how to develop powerful relationships.

September 6th, 2015: WhoCares? – Pay Attention

Matthew 9:36-38 / Luke 7:11-13
Do we, as followers of Christ, care about and value others as equally important, or less important than ourselves? Let’s ask ourselves this hard question, then take the action needed in our daily lives to really notice others, and pay attention!

Pastor John


September 13th, 2015: WhoCares? – Go Deep

Ephesians 1:15-19
The human heart can be a hard place.  We are dependent on God to work in people’s lives.  When we pray TO God FOR people, we are trusting that He will move US into a greater place of caring about others.

Pastor Nate

September 20th, 2015: WhoCares? – Listen Up

James 1: 19-27
Listening is an act of love.  It communicates God’s love to people in profoundly real ways and opens up opportunities for connection.

Pastor Nate

September 27th, 2015: WhoCares? – Ask Questions

Philippians 2:3-5 / John 4
Asking questions helps us look not ONLY to our own interests, but to the interests of others.  ENGAGE people – be curious…

Pastor John

October 4th, 2015: WhoCares? – You Are Welcome

Luke 15:1-2/1Peter 4: 7-10
Jesus was recognized as a “friend of sinners.” He welcomed people with His FACE, with His SPACE, and with His PLACE. If we are going to impact the world with the HOPE of Jesus Christ, it will be through a welcoming LOVE!

Pastor John

October 11th, 2015: WhoCares? – Loving The Stranger

It was a privilege to host Georges Houssney, Founder and President of Horizons International.  Mr. Houssney is passionately proclaiming the gospel and discipling the nations, especially the Muslim world.  It was an inspiration to hear about the work that God is doing around the world and as a church we are invited to actively take part in the advancement of the Gospel happening in the Muslim community.

Georges Houssney

October 18th, 2015: WhoCares? – Do Something

The serving OF others and WITH others can help all of us experience God’s love and truth in action, can deepen relationships, and can open up vibrant discussions about life and God.  Jesus asks, “Will you care?” and we believe that when we care, we will DO something.

Pastor Nate

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MemoryMakers – Volunteer Celebration

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “THEY should do something about that”?  This message invites us to move to the thought, “WE are THEY”.  What can we do to further God’s kingdom?  Don’t wait!  Jesus can work through YOU!

August 30th: MemoryMakers – Volunteer Celebration


Pastor John

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Come Together – Small Group Sunday

Loving God includes loving people.  We’ve got to love both!  Small groups invite us to come together to experience a greater love in our lives and to express a deeper love to our world.

August 23rd: Come Together For:

1 John 4: 7-21

Come Together is our theme for the 2015-2016 Small Group Season

Pastor Nate

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The Art of Battling Giants

Have you heard the voice of Fear whisper into your heart? “Who do YOU think you are to attempt that?” Have you ever felt that moment right after your anger has ruined another conversation or relationship? There are very powerful emotions that can easily derail us from the life we believe God desires for all of us. Real or imagined: Fear, Anger, Regret, Cynicism, Discontent, Other’s opinions, or Greed can be overwhelming emotions. These are major “GIANTS” looming in all of us. God’s plan is to help us battle these emotional “giants.” Join us in this new series as we teach; “The Art of Battling Giants!”

July 5th: Battling Giants- Fear

Mark 4:35-41
Jesus’ closest friends experienced FEAR. They had very real moments when their life was threatened. Do you know what Jesus asked them? “Why are you afraid?” In a world where it seems like we are encouraged to be more and more afraid, God’s voice asks, “why are you afraid?” When the Disciples experienced a Risen Christ their response to moments of fear were very different than before. When you know the One who has conquered your greatest fear, DEATH, it seems to change things. Our hope is we could learn from Jesus’ friends and begin to trust more and more in the One who has conquered death.

Pastor John

July 12th: Battling Giants – Other’s opinions

Proverbs 29:25
We are so prone to measure our worth based on other’s opinions of us. Most of the time, living to please others doesn’t seem to be hurting us, but deep down we know the effects it has on our hearts and souls. Will you ever be able to please everyone? What happens when people’s opinions change and what once worked no longer benefits you. What happens when you have used other’s opinions to define you and you don’t like who you have become? God has so much more for you and I. What would happen if we learned to embrace who God says we are?

Pastor Nate

July 19th: Battling Giants – Discontent

God is the most generous being that has ever or will ever exist. So why do we think He will be stingy with us? You can’t out give the Creator and generosity is the best way to live life. So give!

Joel Adams

July 26th: Battling Giants – Cynicism

Every day, the spirit of cynicism can act like a slow leak in the tire of our faith, but our God is the God of new beginnings and new possibilities.  God IS (present tense) making all things new!

Pastor John

August 2nd: Battling Giants – Anger

We all get angry.  The question is, what do we do with it?  Should a person who follows Jesus react differently when they are angry?

Kurt Gewinner

August 9th: Battling Giants – Greed

Listen to this message dealing with greed in our lives.

Pastor John

August 16th: Battling Giants – Regret

Every one of us has regrets, but the good news is, our shackles of regret are shattered by the grace we find in Jesus. Let God put up a “no trespassing” sign on the memories of your past mistakes, and live into the grace of Christ.

Pastor John

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The Line

Lines are powerful. They are used to divide space. They are used to distinguish boundaries. Lines represent a choice. Jesus created figurative lines to invite people to experience true life through Him. He separated the empty, duty filled, self-righteous life from the life of a Christ follower. Jesus illustrates a very real transformation that occurs when we embrace the way of life He makes possible. He is concerned about who we are not just what we do.

June 21st, 2015: The Line – Hindsight is 20-20

Matthew 23:29-39
Things are always much clearer in retrospect. We like to think that we wouldn’t make the same mistakes our predecessors made. That we are wiser, smarter, more spiritually attuned. Yet over and over again, history keeps repeating itself. Jesus is calling all of us to humility of heart, a willingness to consider His claims, and the wisdom to know what we do not know.

Pastor John

June 14th, 2015: The Line – The Heart of the Problem

Matthew 23:25-28
If we humans spent half the time on our insides as we spend on our outsides the world would be a far better place. Jesus doesn’t really care what the outside looks like, as long as the heart is captured by the Kingdom of God. At one point does our pursuit of vanity lead to our eventual insanity?

Pastor John

June 7th, 2015: The Line – You Can’t Out Give…

God is the most generous being that has ever or will ever exist. So why do we think He will be stingy with us? You can’t out give the Creator and generosity is the best way to live life. So give!

Pastor John

May 31st, 2015: The Line – Jesus + _______?

Pastor John

May 24th, 2015: The Line – There Is More Room

Joel Adams

May 17th, 2015: The Line – Jesus vs Religion

Pastor John

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Scary Close

May 10, 2015 – Mothers Day: It’s A Family Affair

What happens when we can’t forgive ourselves? Both Peter and Judas failed miserably and were guilty of a horrible sin when they betrayed Jesus, but one of them found their way into the future, while the other did not. What was the difference? One found the ability to forgive himself even as Jesus had forgiven him, and the other did not. So often in this life, the biggest challenge isn’t believing that God forgives us, but in the willingness to forgive ourselves.

Pastor John

May 3, 2015: Walking With An Invisible God

Knowing and walking with an invisible God is not easy. Jesus calls us to “abide” in him but how do you do that when he cannot be seen or touched? What are the ways we can develop a friendship with God?

Pastor John

April 26, 2015: Space Invaders (physical intimacy)

Pastor John

April 19, 2015: Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Friendships should be the most natural thing within the body of Christ, even though that is not always the case. Paul provides some great pointers about how to foster deeper relationships with those around you.

Joel Adams

April 12, 2015: Connecting with Your Neighbors

Friendships should be the most natural thing within the body of Christ, even though that is not always the case. Paul provides some great pointers about how to foster deeper relationships with those around you.

Pastor John

April 5, 2015: This is Living

Friendships should be the most natural thing within the body of Christ, even though that is not always the case. Paul provides some great pointers about how to foster deeper relationships with those around you.

Pastor John

April 3, 2015: Good Friday Communion Service

The dramatic presentation of “The Last Days”.

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Moving Past The Pain

What happens when we can’t forgive ourselves? Both Peter and Judas failed miserably and were guilty of a horrible sin when they betrayed Jesus, but one of them found their way into the future, while the other did not. What was the difference? One found the ability to forgive himself even as Jesus had forgiven him, and the other did not. So often in this life, the biggest challenge isn’t believing that God forgives us, but in the willingness to forgive ourselves.

March 29, 2015: Our Own Worst Enemy

What happens when we can’t forgive ourselves? Both Peter and Judas failed miserably and were guilty of a horrible sin when they betrayed Jesus, but one of them found their way into the future, while the other did not. What was the difference? One found the ability to forgive himself even as Jesus had forgiven him, and the other did not. So often in this life, the biggest challenge isn’t believing that God forgives us, but in the willingness to forgive ourselves.

Pastor John

March 22, 2015: Not So Sweet Revenge

The desire to get back at those who hurt us is primal, powerful, and instinctive. Yet whenever we succumb to the voice of retaliation, the results are only further pain, cycles of violence, and unsatisfying closure. Don’t repay evil with evil, rather repay evil with good. Forgive, as you have been forgiven.

Pastor John

March 15, 2015: . . . As We Forgive Others

Jesus seems to link our forgiveness with the willingness to forgive others. But rather than making forgiveness seem conditional, Jesus targets the real change that happens in our hearts when the reality of forgiveness truly sinks in.

Kurt Gewinner

March 8, 2015: Arrested Development

Jesus’ ability to ask His father to forgive the people who were nailing Him to the cross is profound, but it is also deeply insightful. It not only revealed His incredibly gracious heart, but it also set a pattern of the role of forgiveness. People who are victims of trauma or abuse often get stuck, or fixate, at that state of emotional development. The ability to get ‘unstuck’ and move forward in life presumes the ability to face the pain and forgive the perpetrator. That is why we often say that forgiveness is as much for the victim as it is for the violator.

Pastor John

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Happiness From Hope

March 1, 2015: Happiness from Hope: What Matters Most

The world can be incredibly dehumanizing; from the automated answering system to the honk from behind when a light just turned green, from the life of a child in a refugee camp to the a statistics that predict incarceration as more likely than graduation. The world is hard on humans and it has been from the beginning. Let’s join Jesus in bringing God’s kingdom to earth as it is in heaven.

Judy Peterson, Campus Pastor, North Park University

February 22, 2015: Services Cancelled Due to Weather

February 15, 2015: Happiness From Hope: What Matters Most

We look at a few famous words from Paul where he expresses one of the biggest transformations in the human heart. Paul talks about the shift from all the things he used to value and what he has found matters most in his life.

Joel Adams

February 8, 2015: Happiness From Hope – Who’s Following You?

Paul explains how everything he has ever done for this community of people is important to him. He starts reflecting on his “legacy” and the joy that he will have because of what this group of people is doing, no matter what happens to him.

Pastor John

February 1, 2015: Happiness From Hope: But What does it Matter

Paul is imprisoned, in chains, beaten up and is still able to rejoice in his situation. Philippians 1 undoes the notion that happiness is only based on the good times in our lives.

Pastor John

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The GOOD Stuff

January 25, 2015: 50/50 Congo Initiative

Donn Engebretson, Fred Kasongo, Dr. Eric Gunnoe

January 18, 2015: The GOOD Stuff – Live Outside Difference

Pastor Nate

January 11, 2015: The GOOD Stuff – Live Valuing People

Stacee Eggers (Children's Ministry Director)

January 4, 2015: The GOOD Stuff – Live on Mission

Pastor John