While Pastor Doug delivers several sermon series each year, some of his messages are stand-alone as well. You’ll find all of his non-series messages here. You will also find a wide variety of inspirational messages our guest speakers have brought to us. No matter what your interests or current situation, you’re sure to find something here that will speak to your heart.
When we set out to follow God and His Word, it is important that we’re headed in the right direction. Too often, though, we base our focus or efforts on common misunderstandings of who God is and what He wants in a relationship with us. In this series, we examine some of the ideas that we tend to get wrong, and learn the real truth that stands behind the myths, waiting to be discovered in God’s word.
As a new year gets underway, it is a great time to take on new challenges and overcome issues we have been dealing with in our lives. In our everyday world, people make New Year’s resolutions and promise themselves that they’ll do better than what they’ve done in the past. While there is not really anything wrong with trying to do better, we generally end up falling back into old patterns and might even feel more defeated than before we tried (again) to make change happen. There is a better way than self-reliance; it is to rely on God, instead. It’s not complicated, but it doesn’t seem to come naturally. In this series, we’ll learn how to deliberately and completely depend on God, and look to Him for the breakthroughs we need in every area of life.
Some sins are so big, while others are pretty little, right? On the contrary, the Bible is very clear on the idea that all sin separates us from God, yet God’s grace is sufficient to save us from any/all sin that we might commit. In other words, it is us – not God – who likes to put different sins on a scale, and then tell ourselves that the sin we commit really isn’t that big of a deal, compared to the sin we see others commit. But, no matter how innocent some sins might look to us, any sin in our lives takes us off of the course that God intended for us, distracting us from the plans He has for our lives. While we might tolerate things in our lives like (spiritual) apathy, fear, gluttony, worry, flattery, consumerism, and [the pursuit of] comfort, these “little” sins can lead to “big” problems if left unchecked and unaddressed. In this inspiring series, Pastor Doug challenges us to reflect on all things that would keep us from God’s best for our lives, with practical advice about how to deal with and overcome these pretty, but still deadly, sins.
The verse is a familiar one, often quoted: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (NKJV). The “challenge” comes in living like this is really true. In fact, the entire chapter of Romans 8 provides us with a blueprint for living our lives all out for God, without any doubt or fear, because God promises us that He has our back, that everything we are or will be is in His loving hands. In this 2-part series, Pastor Doug encourages us to embrace the truth of this inspiring chapter.
No matter what we are hoping for in life, all of us eventually face significant disappointment in one area or another – our careers, relationships, health, finances, or families. When we face challenges and setbacks, our tendency is to question where God is in all of it, and perhaps even become angry, discouraged, and bitter. In this series, Pastor Doug encourages us to look at disappointments in life in a completely different way. When our plans go wrong, this is exactly the time where God does what only He can do – turn those broken dreams into the pathway to His higher purpose for our lives.