Come and See-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn-Sr. Pastor

4/5/15

Description:Everyone has beliefs. Yet those beliefs differ between individuals. Religious belief is a source of both great curiosity and conflict between people of like faith, differing faiths, and no faith. Indeed, beliefs create conflicts within one’s self as those beliefs intersect with life. Christianity exists as a voice among a chorus of beliefs.Christianity is unique among those religious voices. This is primarily because Christianity is essentially a relational voice, not a religious one. If Jesus did anything, it was to overturn the religiosity of his day in exchange for what God has been after all along; a relationship with you. That makes your decision about Jesus pretty important.But there are plenty of important questions, issues, problems, difficulties and obstacles between Jesus’ call and our decision. What do we do with those?“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” – Matthew 28:5-6This series is about addressing the obstacles to belief. We’ll begin with what it means to take Jesus’ invitation seriously.

God Forsaken-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn-Sr. Pastor

3/29/15

Description:Could you imagine the Lord of the Rings without the death of Gandalf? What about the Shawshank Redemption without any difficulty for Andy Dufrense? What if someone omitted the valley of the shadow of death from Psalm 23? Most of us would admit that death is the way through which life emerges, but in the story of Jesus, we too often desire to merely glance at Golgotha and gaze on the Garden tomb.Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann put it this way, "We cannot leap from Palm Sunday to Easter. We have to go day by day through the week of denial and betrayal to the Last Supper to arrest and trial and execution. That is the only road to Easter, and that is our work this week."Brueggemann is exactly right. You don’t get the whole story of Jesus without an unflinching focus on the isolation, the darkness, and the decent into absolute abandonment endured by the God forsaken Son of God.This message puts us at Golgotha, the place of the skull, as we face the crucified Son and focus on some of the most powerful words he ever spoke.

Counterfeit Sexuality- Audio

Anthony Ochoa

3/15/15

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Counterfeit Sexuality- Video

Anthony Ochoa

3/15/15

Description:Resources:Statistics: josh.org/resources/researchAcountability Software:x3watch.comcovenanteyes.com

Pursue Pure Passion-Video

Dr. Kevin D Glenn-Sr. Pastor

3/8/15

Description:There’s no denying that sexuality is a significant component in a healthy marriage. In fact, sex is a major component in just about every area of life. Sex is used to compel you to buy everything from burgers to cat food. Sex is promoted in every medium and pushed at every moment. Even the American Psychological Association published a report revealing the ways sex is used to market products to children as young as 4 years of age.For people seeking to pursue lives of purity within marriage, prior to marriage, or outside of marriage (as singles), where can a productive conversation begin?There is a lot of information about sex in scripture, but the approach may surprise you. The Bible’s attitude toward sex is neither cavalier, nor taboo. Instead, God’s word provides a very high, very balanced and ultimately holistic view of sex that guides us to be neither players, nor prudes.

Keep Your Promises-Video

Dr. Kevin D Glenn-Sr. Pastor

3/1/15

Description:The secret to a successful marriage is the ardent conviction that marriage is a sacred covenant. It is a promise before God to be faithful to another; a promise not lightly entered and not lightly broken. As such, even when the relationship gets ugly, we resolve to restore it. With that resolve we seek to learn skills, develop techniques and use relational tools to address the issues that arise. These can be useful, but techniques, skills, and tools are always secondary to the true bedrock of marital health – the security that comes from a promise made and a promise kept.“Security is the unsung need, the overlooked ingredient that can make your marriage the best it can be. Security underscores every facet of your relationship. Security makes your marriage the safest place on earth, the place where you want to live, and grow, and love.” – Dr. Gary SmalleyThis message strives to bring clarity to this essential element, and help us commit to the security that comes from the promises we make and keep to each other.

Fight Fair-VIDEO

Dr. Kevin D Glenn-Sr. Pastor

2/22/15

Description:One of the best pieces of marital advice I ever received was from a gentleman who told me just before my wedding, “learn how to argue with each other.” Of course, in my young, idealistic naiveté I just grinned, nodded, and thought, “Serena and I won’t argue enough to need to learn how.” Boy, was I in for a surprise! I learned quickly that conflict and friction are unavoidable realities in marriage.The question is not if you’ll fight, it’s how you’ll fight.Want to learn how to make fights fair and conflicts constructive?This message focuses on the right attitude and actions necessary for couples to keep conflict healthy and productive.

Seek God First-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn-Sr. Pastor

2/15/15

Description:This series is about what you can do to work toward a fail-proof, lasting, meaningful, honorable, sexy, and satisfying marriage. Over the next few weeks we’ll examine how God leads us toward commitments that make marriages healthy, happy, and holy.In this message, we begin with the foundation upon which a good and godly marriage is built.

Full Circle Change-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn-Sr. Pastor

2/8/15

Description:Moses and the Hebrew people are on their way. The distance from Goshen to the Jordan is estimated to be between 200-300 miles. So, when Moses finally led the Hebrew nation out of Egypt, the change in geography should have been just a hop, skip and jump from the northeastern tip of Africa to the Land of Promise, right? Well, yes and no. Just do a Google search for Exodus route and you’ll see that despite direct caravan and trade routes from Egypt to Canaan, the journey taken by the Hebrews looks like a route chosen by throwing spaghetti noodles at a map. Most scholars estimate the direct journey could have been accomplished in a matter of months. Instead, the journey of change for the Hebrew people took 40 years!As we strive to make and keep necessary changes in our lives, part of the way forward may involve a route that circles back, winds, rewinds, and takes demands far more time and repetition than you thought. •Keeping change in our lives is often accomplished through indirect progress; keeping the journey in motion, but at a pace and direction that allow us to heal, to get stronger, to become confident, to get our bearings, and gain the maturity necessary for the remaining changes to be successful.•Another facet of this idea is found in the reality that big change is sustained more through seemingly small and consistent choices, than through drastic and sporadic ones. In that space between abandoning an old way and adopting a new way, which way should we go?

From Bad to Worse-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

1/25/15

Description:One of the most overlooked challenges to keeping change are the unintended and unexpected consequences that force one to clarify why such a change is necessary.When God chose Moses to be the catalyst and communicator for the massive changes coming to the Hebrew nation, little did Moses and his people understand what was coming. While you and I have the advantage of knowing how the story ends (they make it to the Promised Land … eventually), let yourself slip into their sandals.Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” 2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” – Exodus 5:1-2Not only has Pharaoh refused to let them go, but things are about to get much worse …What can we learn when our own efforts at change result in unexpected difficulty?

Nativity of John the Baptist-Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

12/7/14

Description:Have you ever heard of “The Nativity of St. John the Baptist?” When I first read about this celebration years ago the terms “Nativity” and “John the Baptist” really threw me for a loop. The Nativity of John the Baptist is a feast held on June 24 commemorating the birth of John the Baptist to the previously barren Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah, a priest. It turns out that John the Baptist has a big part in the way Mark’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus. Mark’s “Nativity story” begins with John the Baptist. Mark sees John’s ministry as the place to begin. For earth to receive her King, his arrival must be announced, and the people must be prepared. The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:“I will send my messenger ahead of you,who will prepare your way”3“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,‘Prepare the way for the Lord,make straight paths for him.’John carried out his calling in a way that got the attention of Kings and commoners. He drew a crowd, gained followers, and influenced an entire region. We’re talking about John all these years later because of who he was and how he lived. Keep in mind, John might have been wild, but in the end, he is a messenger – a person like you and me. He pointed the way, proclaimed the way, and got out of the way. The text reveals at least four qualities of his life and message that we all can apply to our own lives.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

11/30/14

Description:For many, the “most wonderful time of the year” is a time of weariness. Songs of peace on earth echo as conflict escalates. The celebration of God with us, amplifies our sense of loneliness. For some, the holidays are a time to survive. Jesus entry into time and space brought a message of peace, hope, and light into a world of violence, oppression, and darkness. He called his followers to be very much aware of the world’s condition, but to embrace a vision of a kingdom existing within, alongside, and in contrast to the powers of this world. God’s people serve as bearers of hope, beacons of light, ambassadors of peace, agents of justice, and catalysts of change.You may think that the world is spinning out of control, but God has not forgotten us. He's still in control. In his time, he will intervene again in history, until then – we are his hands and feet.Today’s scripture offers simple, but powerful reminders of how God is with us and works through us in difficult times.

Blessed are the Odd - Video

Dr. Kevin D. Glenn - Sr. Pastor

11/23/14

Description:I love the Thanksgiving holiday because of what it stands for: A grateful heart. The longer I live, the more I realize that gratitude is among humanity’s greatest assets, and it's the greatest protection against adversity.I know a lot of people who are perpetually happy and a lot of people who are perpetually unhappy. The difference in is not their lot in life, their income, their wealth, their number of friends, their geographical location, or the amount of spare time they enjoy. The most outstanding people I know are people who are simply grateful. This also makes them some of the oddest people I know. In Luke 17, Jesus and his disciples are traveling together, on their way to Jerusalem when a group of lepers call out for Jesus’ help. Jesus heals them all. He then orders them to show themselves to the priest. This would allow them to return to society. Jesus’ healing was far more than physical; it was emotional and even social. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.” – Luke 17:12-14So our story is already uncommon, but it’s about to get downright odd. Ten of them were healed, but only one of them returned to thank Jesus. Weird, huh? I think we can learn some outstanding things about gratitude from this grateful guy.

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.