**Please note this sermon is an audio file only (no video) Following Jesus outside the faith community into the world can be difficult at times. What makes it even more difficult is when we forget that Jesus is already there. He’s gone ahead of us – it’s his world, and he’s making sure his mission […]
When the Messiah came, God promised he would baptize his people with the Holy Spirit, so that ‘rivers of living water would flow from their hearts.’ The Messiah has come. We live in the time where God has come through on his promise. Now that Jesus has risen from the dead, the Holy Spirit has […]
(We apologize that the beginning of the sermon is missing we were having technical issues) The apostle Peter failed as a friend, but thankfully Jesus is the friend who forgave. Jesus is a friend who promises to forgive us, every time we ask, every time we need it. And because Jesus has forgiven us so […]
Welcome to Mountainside. We’re so pleased you are able to join us today as we celebrate our Savior’s birth. We hope you will be blessed today. We are discussing thin places. Merry Christmas. Pastor Shawn.
What would the world be like without Christmas? No Christmas trees, not lights, not presents, no turkey dinner parties……hmm, well we’d probably be ok without that stuff wouldn’t we? But what about the work without Jesus? How would our world be if Jesus didn’t come on that first Christmas? We could spend a while thinking […]
Christmas comes loaded with expectation for most of us, and as such there is lots of pressure around Christmas. Pressure to buy the right gifts; pressure to attend all the festivities that jam up the calendar, pressure to have a memorable family experience. The problem is that our reality often falls short of our expectations, with Christmas […]
Sometimes I wish Jesus would be a lot more obvious about himself. But he isn’t obvious about himself. He’s subtle. He sends us quiet messages. He leaves clues. And we have to go looking for him, like the wise men did. But here’s the good news: he wants to be found. He wants us to […]
When we want to capture attention, we do it big. Big budget. Big flash. In your face, $200 million movies. Put it on Facebook. Mass Market. Get dressed up. A limousine cavalcade through the streets. F-18 fighter jet air support for the special forces ground invasion. Un-missable. You would think when God wanted to capture […]
“Christianity is all about restraining and constraining life.” “Religion is like a straight jacket that limits and hinders me from really enjoying myself.” I’ve heard that sentiment, that following Jesus requires us to give up enjoying life now in order to have a life after we die. It leads some to think, “I’ll turn to Jesus last moment […]
“Science has made faith obsolete because scientific knowledge is based on evidence whereas faith is blind.” There are many people who think this way. And it is patently false thinking. Today we will see why!