Heart Prep for Sunday, August 25th, 2019

This is the final week in our summer Stewardship series. The text is 1st Peter 4:7-11, and the focus is on being good stewards of the multi-faceted grace that God has poured out on us. The worship theme, based on the last verse of the text, is “That God May Be Glorified,” and the visual theme is chapels in the mountains, which captures both God’s surpassing glory and our stewardship.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190825 Heart Prep

1 Peter 4:10-11 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.

Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Psalm 105:1-3 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 2Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 3  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Rejoice – Dustin Kensrue

Crown Him with Many Crowns – #234

Be Magnified

Yet not I, but Through Christ in Me

Preparation for Prayer:
Glory Will Cover the Earth

Closing Worship:
Look Ye Saints

Bonus: We’ll be watching a bit of this great video from the EFCA about the work of Crossover Bible Church. Can you guess the connection?

Scripture for Meditation
Ephesians 1:3-14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.


Fall 2019 in Luke: The Journey to Jerusalem

The Gospel of Luke

We began to study the Gospel of Luke during Christmas 2018 and we are continuing into 2019. It’s been 25 years since we walked through this wonderful Gospel, so it’s time.

Part 1: The Beginning of the Gospel (Christmas, 2018)
Part 2: The Ministry of the Messiah (January to June 2019)
Part 3: The Journey to Jerusalem (August to November, 2019)
Part 4: The Climax of the Cross (January to Easter, 2020)

Here’s the calendar for the next eight weeks of Part 3: The Journey to Jerusalem

We have a devotional Bible Study Booklet to accompany the messages: Luke Study – 2019 Early Fall Booklet

Date: September 1, 2019
Title: Gracious Father
Text: Luke 11:1-13
Key Sentence: God is a gracious father who gives us what we need.
I. Our father is able (Luke 11:1-4)
II. Our father is willing (Luke 11:5-8)
III. Our father is ready (Luke 11:9-13)

Date: September 8, 2019
Title: One Greater is Here
Text: Luke 11:14-32
Key Sentence: We have great confidence in the greatness of Jesus
Introduction (Luke 11:14-16)
I. He overcomes great evil (Luke 11:17-22)
II. He offers great purpose (Luke 11:23-28)
III. He provides great assurance (Luke 11:29-32)

Date: September 15, 2019
Title: Inside Out
Text: Luke 11:33-54
Key Sentence: Does my heart match my words and behavior?
I. Light, not darkness (Luke 11:33-36)
II. Reality, not pretense (Luke 11:37-44)
III. Faith, not legalism (Luke 11:45-54)

Date: September 22, 2019
Title: What Are You Worried About?
Text: Luke 12:1-34
Key Sentence: The believer worries – about the right things.
I. Worry about fearing God not man (Luke 12:1-12)
II. Worry about foolish priorities (Luke 12:13-21)
III. Worry about needless worry (Luke 12: 22-34)

Date: September 29, 2019
Title: Be Prepared
Text: Luke 12:35-59
Key Sentence: Be prepared for the return of the Lord
I. Watchfulness (12:35-40)
II. Diligence (12:41-48)
III. Understanding the times (12:49-59)

Date: October 6, 2019
Title: The Kingdom of Wing-Gatherers
Text: Luke 13:1-35
Key Sentence: The whole kingdom gathers for rescue under the care of Jesus
I. Not personal righteousness but fruitful repentence (Luke 13:1-9)
II. Not rule keeping, but compassion (Luke 13:10-21)
III. Not focused on few or many, but on wing-gathering (Luke 13:22-35)

Date: October 13, 2019
Title: The Banquet
Text: Luke 14:1-35
Key Sentence: There is only one banquet for those who give up self fulfillment
I. The banquet is for the humble (Luke 14:1-14)
II. The banquet is for those too hungry to make excuses (Luke 14:15-24)
III. The banquet is for those willing to count the cost (Luke 14:25-35)

Date: October 20, 2019
Title: The Seeking God and the Repentant Sinner
Text: Luke 15:1-32
I. Seeking the lost (and repenting) (Luke 15:1-10)
II. The heart of the seeker and the repentant (Luke 15:11-24)
III. The heart of the self-righteous (Luke 15:25-32)

Heart Prep for Sunday, August 4th, 2019

The main text this week is Deuteronomy 4:1-10, and the main focus is on teaching our children well so that God’s truth will be passed to the next generation. The visual theme will be families teaching, and the worship theme will be God as our father, the model for our parenting.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190804 Heart Prep
O Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down

God of our Fathers

Great Are You Lord

Build Your Kingdom Here

Preparation for Communion:
Is He Worthy?

Closing Worship:
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad

Bonus – New Lyric Video
What Love, My God by CityAlight

Scriptures for Meditation

Deuteronomy 4:1-10

“And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you. Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at Baal-peor, for the Lord your God destroyed from among you all the men who followed the Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to the Lord your God are all alive today. See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’  For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?  And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?  “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children— how on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.’

Psalm 78:1-7
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

See Also:  Deuteronomy 4:39,40 and Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Deuteronomy 7:9-11 and Deuteronomy 11:18-21 and Deuteronomy 12:28 and Deuteronomy 31:12&13 and Deuteronomy 31:19 and Deuteronomy 32:7 and Deuteronomy 32:46&47

Remembering Apollo – Video with Lee Norbraten

On July 21, 2019, during the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing we spent an evening with our good friend Lee Norbraten, who was a mission planner and technical manager at the Johnson Space Center from 1967 to his retirement in 2011. Lee saw it all, from the first Apollo flights to the moon landing to the Apollo 13 near tragedy, to Apollo 18 that never happened.

Lee’s talk focuses on the breakthroughs involved in building the flight plan for Apollo and the life stories of some of the people he knew who represent the success of the American Dream. In the Q&A time he tells us more about his own role.

Heart Prep for Sunday, July 28th, 2019

The text this week is 2nd Corinthians 9:1-15, where Paul talks about generous, willing and cheerful giving. The worship theme is “Thanks be to God,” because his gift of Jesus is the foundation of his grace. The visual theme is summer fruits because there is sowing and reaping metaphor in the text but it’s summertime, so we’re reaping beautiful summer fruits.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190728 Heart Prep

Jeremiah 33:10-11 “Thus says the Lord: In this place of which you say, ‘It is a waste without man or beast,’ in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man or inhabitant or beast, there shall be heard again 11  the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord: “‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!’ For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.

2 Corinthians 9:10-12 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

Give Thanks to the Lord (Forever)

Not to Us – Chris Tomlin
Len Tebe (Slovak version) with Darra’s Testimony

Here I Am to Worship

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Preparation for Prayer:
Good and Gracious King (new song by CityAlight)

Closing Worship:
Doxology – We do a rather unique blend of “The Doxology” and “Old Hundreth.” Doxology – the opening verse of our version, here sung by Nicole Nordeman
All People That on Earth Do Dwell – the rest of our version.

Scripture for Meditation

2 Corinthians 8:1-9 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 6Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 7But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. 8I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.



Heart Prep for Sunday, July 21st, 2019

The official text this week is Proverbs 3:9, but that’s just the opening to a lot of Scripture that will give us practical insights into stewardship – into the life management of one whose priority is serving God. The worship theme is “He is Exalted,” because one of our key texts, 1 Chronicles 29, starts with that truth. The visual theme is clouds on mountains, meant to visualize the exaltation of the Almighty.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190721 Heart Prep

1 Chronicles 29:11-14 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

10,000 Reasons

Great and Mighty

Immortal, Invisible

Only A Holy God

Preparation for Communion
To God Be the Glory

Closing Worship
We Will Glorify

Scripture for Meditation

 Luke 12:15-21 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

1 Timothy 6:6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”


Heart Prep for Sunday, July 14th, 2019

The texts this week focuses on the calling of a steward, to manage the King’s possessions. The worship will focus on praise of the King as creator and redeemer. The visual theme is “vineyards,” one of the many possessions of King David managed by his stewards.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190714 Heart Prep


Psalm 148:1-13 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! 2Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! 3Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! 4Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! 5Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. 6And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. 7Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, 8fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! 9Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! 10Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds! 11Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! 12Young men and maidens together, old men and children! 13Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.

Your Love Defends Me

How Great Thou Art

All Creatures of our God and Kingj

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Transition to Prayer
All Hail King Jesus


Matthew 25:14-30 “For it [the kingdom of heaven] will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Heart Prep for Sunday, June 30th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 10:25-42, which is all about love for God and others. The worship theme is “The Love of God,” and the visual theme is the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, which is the setting for Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan in this section.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190630 Heart Prep

Psalm 36:5-10 Your unfailing love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 6Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. 7How precious is your unfailing love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. 9For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. 10Oh, continue your unfailing love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!

1 John 4:9-11 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Ephesians 3:14-19 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

This is Amazing Grace

Before the Throne of God Above

Your Love Defends Me

Oh The Deep Deep Love Of Jesus

Preparation for Prayer
The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Closing Worship
The Love of God

Bonus Music:
O Happy Band of Pilgrims

Scripture for Meditation:

Matthew 22:35-40 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Galatians 5:13-14 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Romans 13:8-10 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Heart Prep for Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

The text this week is Luke 10:1-24, in which Christ sends out 72 of his followers to prepare the way for his Kingdom message, and receives them back with joy. The worship theme is joy in the Holy Spirit because of his work through Jesus and through us, and the visual theme is rivers flowing, representing the outpouring of the Spirit.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190623 Heart Prep

Isaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” 8The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion. 9Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

O Worship the King

The Joy of the Lord

Carry Your Love

O Happy Band of Pilgrims – thought I’d done a video for this, but I guess not. Coming soon

Preparation for Prayer:
Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Lauren Daigle

Closing Worship:
He is Exalted

Scripture for Meditation:

 Luke 10:8-9 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Look Up Colossians 3:1-4

Message preached on June 2, 2019 by Associate Pastor Todd Cobbs. This video is for non-profit educational purposes only. The brief use of images from copyright material is thought to be ‘fair use’ of the material.

Key Sentence: “We can be encouraged as we look up to Jesus every day and in every circumstance, because only by looking up can we have hope in this life!”

I. Salvation in Jesus (Colossians 3:1)
II. Seeking Jesus (Colossians 3:2)
III. Security in Jesus (Colossians 3:3)
IV. Glorified with Jesus (Colossians 3:4)

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