Ready or Not?

~ We welcome back Andrew Wahlstrom to bring us our Sunday message.
 
Every year, when the weather turns nice, I think back to the days when I had a convertible. Years ago, I owned an MGB. It was a fun little car. I used to run around with the top down, drive it to the dunes or on a date. The car was in perfect shape. It was up on blocks every winter and never saw bad weather. There was only one flaw, the gas gauge didn’t work. But that wasn’t a problem, I had a system.

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No Regrets

~ We welcome back Mark Morris to bring us our Sunday message.
 
If you look around, this phrase is everywhere. I’ve seen it on t-shirts and tattoos. There have been multiple songs with this title, as well as a movie. It’s even what Ace Frehley, the former lead guitarist of the rock band “Kiss”, called his autobiography. (Really, Ace? You don’t regret that makeup…?)
 
Although it seems like a noble sentiment, I’m not sure that it’s a motto that should guide a

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A Father’s Love

The relationship we have with God often parallels the relationship we have or had with our dad.
We cannot experience the freedom our faith was meant to bring if we choose to be held captive by our past. To tell ourselves that we will never live life to the full because of

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Joining God In His Mission

~ We welcome Greg Stamm to bring us our Sunday service message 
Have you ever seen a church youth group come back from a mission trip on fire for God? I have seen this happen in youth groups many, many times and wondered why it took a mission trip for that fire to appear. I have also gone on many mission trips myself, personally, and noticed this same phenomenon in my spiritual life. Last February I went to Guatemala and built homes for refugees in the valley of an abandoned coffee plantation named San Ramone. When dedicating and giving the home to a

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Fruit Of The Spirit Game Changers

~ We welcome back Andrew Wahlstrom to bring us our Sunday message.
 
In the 1990’s, Chicago had the privilege of witnessing one of the greatest decades for any team in the history of sports. I wasn’t a true basketball fan before that but I admit to getting caught up in what was going on. The Chicago Bulls won 6 NBA

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What Does God Want?

The Bible says some incredible things about Christianity. Think about it:
Jesus said, “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) He was speaking after he had turned water into wine, fed 5,000 people with 5 small loaves and 2 fish, walked on water, miraculously healed people, and even raised the dead! And we’re supposed to do greater things?!?! Would you say that this has

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God’s Empowering Plan

~ Pastor Barry brings us our Sunday message.
There are three “mega-festivals” commemorated in the Christian calendar. The first two, Christmas and Easter, are well know to both believers and non-believers. But it’s possible that even Christians may not be as familiar with the third, the festival of

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True Stories

~ We welcome back to the pulpit Andy Wahlstrom.

I like stories. I really enjoy a good story. Stories can be very entertaining. They can take us to a place that we’ve never been or transport us to another time period. We can learn about history or just


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Take One For The Team

~ We welcome Sam Hamstra, Jr. to bring us the message today.
Indiana folk, who have been blessed with many great college basketball teams, may not have gotten too pumped up the Loyola Ramblers run to the Final Four, but Chicagoans like myself sure did. We haven’t had a nationally rank men’s college basketball team in decades. So when Sister Jean and the Ramblers caught fire, I was there each step of the way, all the way to San Antonio.
 
What amazed me about the Ramblers was the way they played the game. Some commented that they played the game the

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The Freedom Of Forgiveness

~ We welcome Dan Kuiper back to bring us the message today.
Forgive… not because others deserve it. But because you do. Dan gave us 3 keys to freedom and 4 questions to ask ourselves in his message this past Sunday.
 
3 Keys To Freedom~
1. We must choose to experience God’s forgiveness.
2. We must choose to forgive ourselves.

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