Sermons by Pastor Shawn Barden

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FINDING FREEDOM – PART 9 – GALATIANS 5:1-15

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Welcome to Mountainside. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey or what season of life you are in, you are welcome here. Today we hope your heart is encouraged, your mind is engaged and your soul is stirred by the gospel of Jesus Christ – because it really is all about Jesus. Join […]

FINDING FREEDOM : PART 3 : DYING TO LOVE : GAL 2:1-14

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Good morning!  While you grab your seat and glance through the bulletin as you wait for the service to start, I hope that you will remember that you are not the audience. There is only One Audience here this morning. All of us together make up the cast in a display of His grace and a […]

FINDING FREEDOM : INTRO – THE BOOK OF GALATIANS

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We have the great privilege to gather together this morning to esteem God. Someone new to church might mistakenly assume that we do all this church stuff- the music, the praying, the sermon- in an attempt to call God down; to get his attention and entice him to come in close to us. But that is […]

TRUE FRIENDS FORGIVE

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(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 […]

Christmas Eve 2018

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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.

ADVENT – WEEK 3 – PREPARE HIM ROOM : SEEING LIFE, AFTER LIFE

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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 […]

ADVENT – WEEK 1 : PREPARE HIM ROOM – LUKE 1: 26-38

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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 […]

MIND FIELDS – WEEK 5 : “DOES CHRISTIANITY TAKE THE JOY OUT OF LIFE?” – JOHN : 2

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“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 […]