Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 28

January 14th, 2018

Josh walks us through the story of the confrontation with Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar. We see Jesus acknowledging there are kingdoms of this world, and there is a Kingdom of God -- and each has its place. Jesus puts them in their proper perspectives. We are called to place primary importance in the things of God, but Jesus isn't calling us to fight over the secondary things. Mark 12:13-17. Luke 20:20. Genesis 1:26-27. Matthew 6:31-34. Romans 12:1-2.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 27 + Location Update

January 7th, 2018

Josh shares an RCC location update and then reminds us that we need authority in our lives. Jesus shows us that successful authority sacrifices itself for those it is leading. When we have that kind of authority in our lives, it can challenge us. Instead of being irritated by it, we see that Jesus is actually fighting for us. Through that, we can experience safety, peace and freedom. Mark 11:27-12:12. Mark 1:22, 27. Matthew 9:6. Matthew 28:18. Isaiah 5:1-7. Psalm 68:5-6. 

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New Year’s Epiphany

December 31st, 2017

Kara notes how we are pulled by society to set new year's resolutions and goals to see how we can improve. And the Christian calendar calls us to rest, be still, and know that the Lord is pleased with us. Your identity is not tied up in the success or failure of your resolutions. What if we looked at our list of goals or resolutions, asking "is my list bringing me closer to wholeness in Christ," and went after that? Matthew 3:13-17. Revelation 4:9-11.

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Christmas Eve Service

December 24th, 2017

On Christmas Eve, we celebrate the perfect gift of Jesus. His birth and ultimate sacrifice bring us salvation and freedom. This Christmas, and over the coming weeks, may we treasure up Jesus deeply in our hearts. Luke 2:1-20. John 10:9-11. Psalm 96. Titus 2:11-14.

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Advent - JOY

December 17th, 2017

Looking at Isaiah again, Josh reminds us that it's not our job to produce joy, explaining that recognizing our brokenness and fostering a complete dependence on Jesus is the source of joy. Jesus looks at us and doesn't see the brokenness or the accusations we hurl at ourselves. Jesus sees the complete picture. He sees where we are and where we're headed. He doesn't see a sapling. He sees the oak of righteousness that Isaiah prophesied about. Isaiah 61:1-11. Luke 4:16-21. Psalm 126. 

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Advent - LOVE

December 10th, 2017

Sara walks us through the second week of Advent theme of Love, exploring the consolation of Jesus prophesied in Isaiah. Sara unpacks how we have a role to play in comforting those around us, reminding them of God's presence, the steadfastness of the Word of God, and the arm of the Lord that both conquers our hearts and holds us tightly in his love. Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13. Isaiah 40:1-11. Mark 1:1-8. 2 Peter 3:8-15.

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Advent - HOPE

December 3rd, 2017

Josh and Sara introduce the Advent season and the first theme of "Hope." Who are the Isaiahs in your life? Who are the people in your life who gave you hope when you felt hopeless? And who can you be Isaiah for -- to give them hope when they have no hope? The Advent season ushers in Jesus, Immanuel. Who are you proclaiming Jesus over? Isaiah 64:1-9. Matthew 1:18-23. 1 Timothy 1:1.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 26

November 26th, 2017

Jordan revisits the story of the fig tree and Jesus' reference to faith that moves mountains. There are fig trees in our lives that need to die, but we often ask the Lord to put fruit on them. Likewise, there are mountains in our lives that separate us from the Lord. Having faith isn't about praying harder to move the mountains. In seeking fidelity with Jesus, we come to find those mountains cast in the sea. Mark 11:20-25. Mark 1:14-15. Mark 11:12-19. Matthew 6:31-33.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 25

November 19th, 2017

Josh looks at the stories of Jesus' cursing of the fig tree and cleansing of the temple. From a distance, Jesus looks at both the tree and the temple looking for fruit. But when He stands next to the tree and enters the temple, He sees none. Josh reminds us that the tree doesn't represent us -- that is, Jesus doesn't view us as His enemies. His anger is directed at the enemy that feeds us lies that result in fruitlessness on a tree and in the temple. Mark 11:12-19. Galatians 5:22-23. James 2:17. Romans 13:10. Micah 6:8. James 1:27.

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Jesus: A Study in the Book of Mark Pt. 24

November 12th, 2017

Josh shares the story of Jesus' triumphal entry. Jesus comes into Jerusalem as the King of Peace -- not like King David. Will we take off our cloaks to follow a king who rides in on a donkey or demand he shower us with the blessings of a conquering king? Mark 11:1-11. Zechariah 9:9.

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