Grace: An In-tensional Walk-video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

11/16/14

Description:There’s a dynamic we face as part of this journey we’re walking together; a paradoxical relationship between law and compassion. Wouldn’t it be easier to just lean into law and make everything black and white? Sure, but what an oppressive environment. Okay then, what if we lean into compassion and say “anything goes”? That wouldn’t work either.The word we’re looking for is grace… Grace delivers us from the judgment we truly deserve, yet delivers to us a mercy we don’t deserve. Grace sets us free from the oppression of legalism, but doesn’t give us permission to do as we please. Grace gives us freedom, but holds us responsible for what is done with that freedom. Grace offers the healing message that there’s nothing we can do to make God love us less, but also reinforces the humbling message that there’s nothing we can do to make God love us more. Grace is amazing…but if we’re honest, grace makes relationships complicated.What do we need to understand about waking in grace?

Arms Wide Open - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn-Sr. Pastor

11/9/14

Description:A common question I'm asked is, "What does it mean to really be the church?"My answer is to walk as Jesus walked – with arms wide open.What does that look like? The Apostle Paul addressed a letter to a group of followers with the same question. They were positioned in the most influential place in their world. To reach their world, they had to address how they understood each other and how they understood their mission.Open arms require minds devoted to unity and hearts devoted to hospitality. How do we get there?

Citizenship Two-Step - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn-Sr. Pastor

11/2/14

Description:Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation is inspiring. It’s because of that great generation, and those before and after them that you and I enjoy the rights and freedoms of life in the United States.I’m inspired by the constant stories of courage, sacrifice, wisdom, creativity, and selflessness from previous present, and emerging generations. Like every generation before or since, there are problems. The solution to those problems are the stuff of debate, disagreement, and even division between citizens united in their love for country, yet with differing perspectives on how that country should be governed. It gets tricky when those differences occur between citizens with common faith in Jesus.Followers of Jesus are at the same time citizens of God’s Kingdom and citizens of this country. That can often be a difficult line to walk.As we face an election this week, what steps can keep us on track as citizens of Kingdom and country?

One Foot In - One Foot Out - Audio

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

10/26/14

Description:The return of Jesus Christ and the end of the world is a topic that brings out a wide range of opinions and emotions. It’s a subject written into novels, made into movies, and is a hotly debated issue in some Christian groups. I think we can cool it down and keep it real if we hold a few important ideas in mind.

One Foot In-One Foot Out-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn-Sr. Pastor

10/26/14

Description:The return of Jesus Christ and the end of the world is a topic that brings out a wide range of opinions and emotions. It’s a subject written into novels, made into movies, and is a hotly debated issue in some Christian groups. I think we can cool it down and keep it real if we hold a few important ideas in mind.

One Foot In-One Foot Out-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn-Sr. Pastor

10/26/14

Description:The return of Jesus Christ and the end of the world is a topic that brings out a wide range of opinions and emotions. It’s a subject written into novels, made into movies, and is a hotly debated issue in some Christian groups. I think we can cool it down and keep it real if we hold a few important ideas in mind.

Dollars and Sense

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

9/28/14

Description:Last week we began a conversation about stewardship. We learned that stewards are not owners; they handle and manage resources in a way consistent with the character, interests, and values of their superior. Therefore, as stewards of resources provided by God, we are to practice stewardship in a way that reflects the radical grace, and redemptive generosity of God’s heart. Stewardship leads to responsible generosity, but what do we need in order to walk the walk of stewardship in a way that is both generous and responsible? This message explores five principles of money management. So, whether you have a little or a lot by our society's standards, you and I need a rich helping of God’s wisdom in order to handle those dollars with sense.

What's In Your Wallet? - audio

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

9/21/14

Description:How does your walk impact your wallet?

What's in your wallet? - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

9/21/14

Description:There is an interesting story that surrounds the baptism of General Sam Houston. Houston, a leader in the struggle for Texas independence and during its early years as a state, was known as a tough man. In 1854, he decided to be baptized. At the baptism in a small stream, the minister suggested Houston remove his wallet so that it wouldn’t get wet. Houston replied that his wallet needed to be baptized too.Following his baptism, Houston was said to have paid half of the annual salary of his pastor as well as providing support to ministry students attending Baylor College.Perhaps you and I are not in the position to do what Sam Houston did for those students and for that pastor, but every one of us can take steps forward in our financial faithfulness by answering the call to be generous stewards of the resources God has loaned to us. In fact, I believe we all can become more generous than we ever imagined - especially when we understand where our resources come from in the first place.

Released: The Choice-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

8/17/14

Description:Relationships are meant to be life-giving, but we all bear the hurt of relationships that have taken life from us. Since hurting people hurt people, most of us also bear the guilt of what our hurtful words and actions have taken from someone else.Some of us are hurting because we haven’t forgiven and the hurt is still hurting us today. King David wrote, I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping- Psalm 6:6-8 God was not just laying a burden on us when he called on us to forgive; he had our best in mind. It is not only Christian, it is healthy.“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson MandelaThe hardest work you’ll ever do in a relationship is in the realm of forgiveness. Yet forgiveness is the only way to resolve the hurt done to us and caused by us. The process of forgiveness is a process of freedom for both offenders and victims.

Getting There and Staying There - audio

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

8/3/14

Description:This message wraps up our series by examining three principles necessary not just to survive in the land of promise, but to thrive.

A Productive Pause - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

7/20/14

Description:This year, for the first time in its history, the World Cup required teams to take water breaks. While this annoyed many fans who just wanted the game to roll on, the players and coaches seized these opportunities to learn, adjust, and refocus. One coach called them “very productive pauses.”I think there is wisdom in taking a breather along the path of our journey. We just might make progress by taking a break.There are times when the momentum of the journey can carry us too far too fast. Progress is made, victories are won, and if you’re not careful, it can be easy to just put life on cruise control and just roll on. It’s important to make stops along the way – deliberate pauses to reflect on where you’ve been, address directional errors, and make sure you’re focused on what’s happening around you.After the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, they expected to head to Jericho. They have spied out Jericho and are ready to take action, but first God has them pause momentarily to do some reflecting, renewing, and refocusing.Their productive pause reveals a few important practices for us to apply in our own journey. So slow down, take a breather, and experience your own productive pause.

Celebrate Your Problems - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

7/13/14

Description:The big problem with little problems is that we fail to see how we can benefit from them. Today’s message is intended to celebrate your inconveniences. I want us to learn to find opportunity in the obstacles, the way forward in the frustration, and the profit in the problem.Joshua 3 demonstrates how problems are often used by God to bring positive results into our lives.

Messy Grace - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

7/6/14

Description:For anyone and everyone courageous enough to put your foot down on the path of grace, you will find yourself in a beautiful mess. As survival expert Bear Grylls admits, [Faith,] it’s been a kinda wiggly, messy journey that is still continuing.” The land of grace is a land of misfits and ragamuffins Your path will be unconventional, and many experiences will be unsettling. It is at the same time undeniably messy and undeniably beautiful. Rahab’s story is a story of the unpredictable, unconventional, uncomfortable, unsettling and undeniably beautiful messiness of grace. Her story can teach us a few things about this journey.

Fear Factor - audio

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

6/29/14

Description:Today we'll talk about how to overcome this greatest of all opstacles to the life God wants for you. How do you overcome fear? You overcome it with courage.

Fear Factor - video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

6/29/14

Description:"If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost." – Lloyd DouglasMost of us will struggle with fear at some time. But as I reflect on my own experience and tap into the experience of wise and godly men and women, I find that while some fears are legitimate, most fears are unnecessary, and all fears can be faced in light of God’s promise of hope. Still, something is required of you and me ... courage.This fear can tempt us to bail out, bug out, freak out, and therefore, to miss out on opportunities to move forward. What if we learned instead to step out?Today we'll talk about how to overcome this greatest of all obstacles to the life God wants for you. How do you overcome fear? You overcome it with courage.

Dare You To Move - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

6/22/14

Description:Have you ever had a destination in sight, but just couldn’t get there? Serena and I had such an experience recently in Portland, Oregon. We wanted to take a ride on a sky tram to get a view of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. From several points in the city, you could clearly see the Tram. It was huge, but it seemed every street led us away from the tram! It was infuriating, disheartening, and more than once, I wanted to just say “forget it!”Life can be a lot like that experience. While we understand that life has troubles, turbulence, and trials, we also understand that God promises a life of peace, hope, joy, satisfaction, blessing, and contentment.But that life can often seem out of reach; a land of promise within sight, within earshot, just over the next hill or around the bend, yet a world away. In our pursuit of such a life, the wrong turns and misdirection seem to increase the distance between here and there making it easy to just quit.This series is for people on that journey. It’s for those of us who desire to make progress in journey with God, our families, our neighbors, and within ourselves, we need direction. Leadership consultant, Cary Nieuwhof writes, “A progressive vision of the future has a trajectory of hope.” This series taps into that hope.To find out how to get there from here, we’ll learn from people who’ve already been there. What did they do? How did they do it? What kept them going? How did they get from their wandering, through the obstacles, and to that place of contentment?

Graduation Is Just The Beginning-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr.Pastor

6/8/14

Description:Graduation is the celebration of the end of a season of education, but is it the end of learning?I think graduation is just the beginning.But lifelong learning doesn’t just happen. We can’t just “expect” to learn. We need must “intend” to. How do we pursue a life of learning? Proverbs 4:13 helps us learn."Pomp and Circumstance" performed by Classical Pops Orchestra"Life Nuggets" performed by The Skit Guys, Eddie James and Tommy Woodward

When Jesus Breaks The Rules-video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr Pastor

5/25/14

Description:Rules are a part of life. They can be oppressive or liberating, depending on the character of the one giving them. It’s easy to allow the letter of the law to overshadow the spirit of the law. What if there were more to rules than paper, ink and letters? What’s the story behind the rules? Do the rules point to something or someone else? Rules, when misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misapplied have caused many people to walk away from Jesus, especially religious people. For them, Jesus simply broke too many rules.In fact, during Jesus’ ministry it was often the most religious, pious, meticulous, law abiding people that chose to walk away from Jesus. So where does that leave some of us who want to live by the rules of life set forth in the Scriptures? The drive to obey God’s rules can alienate us from God if we make our religious observances more important than our actual relationship with God. So how can we get realigned with the rules? Jesus encounters a broken man and a broken system. From this incident, we’ll see how breaking the rules can mend our relationship with God.

When Jesus Disrupts the Familiar-video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

5/18/14

Description:A study on the effects of familiarity found in summary, “What is familiar becomes predictable and what is predictable is preferable, even if it is not necessarily profitable. Such application is consistent among people, places, things, and ideas.” So when the familiar is disrupted, it can bring out strong reactions. I think this is a big reason people walk away from Jesus. There are moments when the Jesus we are familiar with is revealed to be a Jesus we realize we never really knew. There are seasons when Jesus leads us off the predictable path into places that are altogether unexplored, untamed, and unpredictable. There are realizations that the Jesus we relegated to a convenient and controlled place in the back of our minds suddenly and without our consent rocks our world, rattles our cage, and disrupts our comfort. When Jesus goes back to his hometown of Nazareth, he is met by people that have lived in the same place, thinking the same thoughts, and doing the same things for years; even generations. They watched Jesus grow up. They were familiar with Jesus, but they were about to experience a Jesus that disrupted their familiarity…so they tried to throw him off a cliff.This encounter raises questions on how we might respond when Jesus disrupts the familiar.

Coaching Like Mom - audio

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

5/11/14

Description:Coaching and parenting are very similar. Both require sacrifice, belief, patience, integrity and honesty. Do you want to become a better influnce? Coach like mom.

Coaching Like Mom - video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

5/11/14

Description:Why is it when an athlete succeeds, they thank their mom? What about their trainers, their agents, their teammates; what about their coaches? Why is mom from and center? Because everything a good coach does is taken from a good mom’s playbook.Coaching and parenting are very similar. Both require sacrifice, belief, patience, integrity and honesty. When these qualities are present, the person on the receiving end of instruction knows they are being encouraged, challenged, praised, comforted, confronted, praised and pushed by someone who loves them unconditionally. The key to coaching and parenting is bound up in the word “Influence.” Do you want to choose better influences? Find a coach like mom.Do you want to become better influence? Coach like mom.In today’s message, we’ll examine a passage of scripture written by a man who chose to coach like a mom. What can we learn from him about being more like her?

Pilate Interrogates Jesus - audio

Anthony Ochoa

5/4/14

Description:Pontius Pilate is rarely mentioned as a witness to understanding Christ, and yet all fore of the gospels make mention of him in great detail. What can we take away from this relatively unknown Roman governor?

When God Disappoints - audio

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

4/20/14

Description:It's exciting to read about Peter, Matthew, Mary Magdelene, and others who left everything to follow Jesus, but there is another side to consider. The Gospels reveal many people who encountered Jesus chose to walk away. This series is for anyone and everyone on the verge of walking. We’ll take a walk with the doubters, the dropouts, the disillusioned, the discouraged, and the disappointed. What can we learn about following Jesus from the people who walked away? Today we join two very disappointed disciples. They were devoted followers of Jesus whose journey with him brought hope and meaning to their lives. Now they were leaving Jerusalem having witnessed Jesus’ death. Everything they thought they believed in was now in question and their world had been turned up-side down.As these followers walk away, their story raises questions for others disappointed with God.(This series was inspired and informed by the book, Unfollowers: Lessons on faith from those who doubted Jesus, by Drek Cooper and Ed Cyzewski)

When God Disappoints - video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

4/20/14

Description:It's exciting to read about Peter, Matthew, Mary Magdelene, and others who left everything to follow Jesus, but there is another side to consider. The Gospels reveal many people who encountered Jesus chose to walk away. This series is for anyone and everyone on the verge of walking. We’ll take a walk with the doubters, the dropouts, the disillusioned, the discouraged, and the disappointed. What can we learn about following Jesus from the people who walked away? Today we join two very disappointed disciples. They were devoted followers of Jesus whose journey with him brought hope and meaning to their lives. Now they were leaving Jerusalem having witnessed Jesus’ death. Everything they thought they believed in was now in question and their world had been turned up-side down.As these followers walk away, their story raises questions for others disappointed with God.(This series was inspired and informed by the book, Unfollowers: Lessons on faith from those who doubted Jesus, by Drek Cooper and Ed Cyzewski)

Making Peace - audio

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

4/13/14

Description:This message wraps up the Ancient Tweets series. The book of Philemon shows us there will be times when we have the opportunity -- and even the obligation -- to stand in the gap between opposing parties as an instrument of peace.Whether you’re the “middleman” in a conflict or trying to reconcile with someone yourself, Philemon offers great insight into the work of peacemaking.

Making Peace - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

4/13/14

Description:This message wraps up the Ancient Tweets series. The book of Philemon shows us there will be times when we have the opportunity -- and even the obligation -- to stand in the gap between opposing parties as an instrument of peace.Whether you’re the “middleman” in a conflict or trying to reconcile with someone yourself, Philemon offers great insight into the work of peacemaking.

Walking Wisely - audio

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

4/6/14

Description:Influence is profoundly important to our walk with Christ and each other. This ancient tweet, known as 3 John, talks about the need to choose with great care those who have the power to shape our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.