Paul & Peace (The Apostle: Week 4)
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For Paul, the resurrection of Jesus brought peace between God and people. The pursuit of peace becomes an important one, then, for Paul, who repeatedly encourages believers to live at peace with one another. In this sermon we look at the connections between the resurrection and peace and a story in which Paul looks to bring peace to a real-life situation.  

Scriptures: I Corinthians 15, Colossians 1:19-20, Philemon

Series Description: Many of our thoughts about faith, church and Jesus come from the writings of Paul. What do we know about Paul the person that can help us understand what he wrote? And what threads and themes do we find over the course of his writings that give us insight into the things Paul valued and prioritized? We’ll think about these questions and others in this four-week series. 

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Paul and the Old Testament (The Apostle: Week 3)
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Paul quotes, references and alludes to the “Old Testament” (that’s not what Paul would call it) quite a bit. For Paul, Jesus was the key that unlocked the message and overarching narrative of Scripture. In this lesson we look at how Paul now looks back on Scripture in light of his new life in Christ and think about the implications for our lives, our approach to Scripture and more. 

Scriptures: I Corinthians 10:1-4, 15:3-4

Series Description: Many of our thoughts about faith, church and Jesus come from the writings of Paul. What do we know about Paul the person that can help us understand what he wrote? And what threads and themes do we find over the course of his writings that give us insight into the things Paul valued and prioritized? We’ll think about these questions and others in this four-week series. 

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What Counts Now? (The Apostle: Week 2)
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Summary: Not too long after we are introduced to Paul, he undergoes a transformation and goes from someone who zealously persecuted the church to someone who proclaimed Christ with boldness and tenacity. To Paul, being in Christ - not perfectly keeping the law - means everything. He now has a new perspective regarding what “counts.” 

Scripture: Galatians

Series Description: Many of our thoughts about faith, church and Jesus come from the writings of Paul. What do we know about Paul the person that can help us understand what he wrote? And what threads and themes do we find over the course of his writings that give us insight into the things Paul valued and prioritized? We’ll think about these questions and others in this four-week series. 

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Can He Say That? (The Apostle: Week 1)
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Today Warren begins a series about the Apostle Paul

The Apostle: A Series about Paul and the Man Behind the Words

Many of our thoughts about faith, church and Jesus come from the writings of Paul. What do we know about Paul the person that can help us understand what he wrote? And what threads and themes do we find over the course of his writings that give us insight into the things Paul valued and prioritized? We’ll think about these questions and others in this four-week series. 

Week 1: At times Paul uses some “colorful” and strong language to drive home his points, including language and phrasing that we may be surprised to find within our Bible. What leads Paul to write this way? And what can we learn from taking an honest look at his words and why he chose them?    

Scriptures: Philippians 3:1-8, Galatians 5

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God's Concern for Your Life: The Essentials
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For a second week, we have a guest preacher while Warren is out. This week, Lyle Burwell will deliver the message. Lyle grew up on a farm near Red Cloud, NE and graduated from Ozark Bible College, Joplin, MO, May, 1977. Over the years, he has held ministries in Arkansas, Montana, Kansas and Wyoming. We are blessed that he and his wife, Linda, are current members at The Vine.

Ephesians 2 tells us where we were, dead in our sins. Christ made us alive. Jesus explains how he made us alive and for what reason and for what our purpose is for now. Jesus said, I come that you may have life and have it more abundantly. God is concerned about your life, the essentials.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

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The Faith of a Step
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While Warren is on vacation, we are blessed to hear the Word brought to us from Katy Ann Herring, the Family Life Resident at The Vine. While working at The Vine Church, she is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary and is a 2018 graduate of Abilene Christian University.

Peter was bold enough to step out on the water knowing that only Jesus could defy all of nature and help him walk on water. Even though, Peter lets the waves that are crashing against him, and he starts to drown. Yet, he cries out for Jesus to save him. Peter expresses extreme faith along with extreme doubt.

Scripture: Matthew 14:22-34

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Jesus and Jonah (Jonah Week 4)
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There are numerous allusions to Jesus and his ministry in the book of Jonah, but Jonah the person looks strikingly different than Jesus. As followers of Christ, our challenge is to leave behind our Jonah-like tendencies and begin to look more and more like Jesus.   

Scriptures: Jonah 1 & 4, Matthew 12:38-41

Series Description: The book of Jonah is a fascinating, beautifully crafted look at a terrifically flawed and seemingly unloving prophet of God. But more importantly, it’s a book about a God who is patient, loving and extravagantly gracious. The narrative contains encouraging insight into the nature of God and challenging insight into the nature of people. It’s a book that invites many questions — questions about the narrative itself and questions about our own lives, faith and journeys.

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Saving Jonah (Jonah Week 3)
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Jonah’s reluctant message to Nineveh is received in overwhelmingly positive ways. But instead of finding joy in this result, Jonah is just angry. After saving Nineveh, God now goes about the work of saving Jonah.

Scripture: Jonah 3-4

The book of Jonah is a fascinating, beautifully crafted look at a terrifically flawed and seemingly unloving prophet of God. But more importantly, it’s a book about a God who is patient, loving and extravagantly gracious. The narrative contains encouraging insight into the nature of God and challenging insight into the nature of people. It’s a book that invites many questions — questions about the narrative itself and questions about our own lives, faith and journeys.

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Rock-Bottom Prayers (Jonah Week 2)
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Jonah has been on a downward descent up to this point in the story, and now he’s at rock bottom. How will he respond? And what can we learn from Jonah’s “belly-of-the-fish" prayer? 

Scriptures: Jonah 2; Various Psalms

Series Description: This is week 2 of a study of Jonah. The book of Jonah is a fascinating, beautifully crafted look at a terrifically flawed and seemingly unloving prophet of God. But more importantly, it’s a book about a God who is patient, loving and extravagantly gracious. The narrative contains encouraging insight into the nature of God and challenging insight into the nature of people. It’s a book that invites many questions — questions about the narrative itself and questions about our own lives, faith and journeys. 

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Jonah: A Story about God's Extravagant Grace
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Jonah: A Story about God's Extravagant Grace

The book of Jonah is a fascinating, beautifully crafted look at a terrifically flawed and seemingly unloving prophet of God. But more importantly, it’s a book about a God who is patient, loving and extravagantly gracious. The narrative contains encouraging insight into the nature of God and challenging insight into the nature of people. It’s a book that invites many questions — questions about the narrative itself and questions about our own lives, faith and journeys.

In this first episode, Jonah begins running from God early in the book. He ends up on a boat in a raging storm when the other sailors pepper him with questions, all of which point toward one central idea: “Who is Jonah?” This lesson is an introduction to Jonah — the person and the book — and looks at how Jonah’s answer to the sailors’ questions gives insight into his identity and decision to run.  

Scriptures: Jonah 1

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Love with All Your Strength (Week 6: FIRST)
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As people striving to love God with all that we have and all that we are, we are called to love God with all our strength — with what we have much of and with those things that we value and cherish most. Loving God with all our strength means loving him with our “muchness" and using whatever resources are at our disposal to serve him. It also involves learning to rely on his strength in moments of inevitable weakness.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 12; Isaiah 40

At one point in his ministry, Jesus is asked the question “Which is the most important command?” Another way to read that would be: “Of the more than 600 commands in the Jewish text, which is first?” Jesus answers, “The most important one is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” (Mark 12:30) This series digs into that command piece by piece as we examine what it looks like for believers today to live out this “first” command. 

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The God Who Sees
The God Who Sees

The God Who Sees

At one point in the Old Testament, an angel of God finds a vulnerable slave girl in the desert, alone and out of options, and communicates God's care and concern for her by asking a simple question. This lesson looks at the impact one question had on Hagar while thinking about its implications for God’s care and concern for all people and our call to embody God’s empathy toward others.

Genesis 16

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Love God with All Your Heart
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[Due to a technical problem, the entire sermon was not recorded. This episode picks up about t7 or 8 minutes into the sermon. Sorry for the inconvenience.]

At one point in his ministry, Jesus is asked the question “Which is the most important command?” Another way to read that would be: “Of the more than 600 commands in the Jewish text, which is first?” Jesus answers, “The most important one is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” (Mark 12:30) This series digs into that command piece by piece as we examine what it looks like for believers today to live out this “first” command.

The first sermon in this series looks at the heart. Loving God with all of our hearts has a lot to do with a recognition of the gift available to us in Jesus Christ. When our hearts are turned to Christ, a veil is removed that allows us to clearly see, understand and comprehend the glory of God. This lesson looks at Paul’s imagery of the veil of our hearts being removed in Christ and looks back to a story in the Old Testament from which Paul borrows the imagery of a veil or covering.

Scriptures: Exodus 34:27-35, 2 Corinthians 3

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Gazing at the Tomb
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Today we welcome back beloved friend and former interim minister, Michael Van Huis. In today’s sermon, Michael reminds us that the body of Christ is comprised of those who gaze at the tomb in reverence or reluctance.

Mark 16:1-8

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