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Jacob: A Messy Life - Act Three

08/18/19

Speaker: Chris Mendez

Series: Jacob: A Messy Life

Summary: This message concludes our series on the messy life of Jacob. Looking at the latter end of Jacob’s life we’ll see the danger of not confronting our own dysfunction and we’ll see how God is faithful to work in our mess to bring about his good purposes.

Jacob: A Messy Life - Act Two

08/11/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Jacob: A Messy Life

Summary: Jacob’s messy life follows him from Canaan (after he deceives his father into giving his blessing to him rather than Esau the firstborn) all the way to Haran where he is deceived by his uncle Laban. The family dysfunction continues but so does God’s faithfulness. In spite of his failings, his shortcomings, his deceptions, God honors the covenant promise he made to Abraham, Jacob’s grandfather.

Jacob: A Messy Life - Act One

08/04/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Jacob: A Messy Life

Summary: There is a theme that runs through the family of Abraham, recurring over and over again. It shows up in the focus of this message series in the person of Jacob. Here it is: “Life is messy; God is faithful.” There is a cycle of family dysfunction that we see early on in Jacob’s life. He is a man who deceives and manipulates at his mother’s insistence to achieve ends that God had already promised. Do we see anything of Jacob in the story of our lives?

Faith That Moves - Jairus’ Story

07/28/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Salvation and spiritual growth – all by God’s grace –are fueled, on the human level, by faith. The Gospel writer Mark shares an experience in the lives of two people, two very unlikely candidates for special attention from Jesus, two people from contrasting segments of society. What Jesus commends in both instances is the faith they have in his ability to meet a need no one else could.

Marriage: Aiming For Better, Not Worse - Dealing with Conflict

07/21/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Marriage: Aiming For Better, Not Worse

Summary: Learning to resolve conflict well is crucial if we are to maintain and sustain vital, growing, biblical relationships. This is especially true within marriage. Dr. Gary Rosberg, in his book Choosing To Love Again, gives an excellent model for resolving conflict with a goal of restoration and reconciliation.

Marriage: Aiming For Better, Not Worse - Communication

07/14/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Marriage: Aiming For Better, Not Worse

Summary: It probably goes without saying that relationships can barely exist, certainly not thrive, without communication. It is particularly needful in marriage. God gave us, in creation, the capacity to communicate. With that capacity comes the awesome power to encourage or discourage, to build up or tear down, to engage or ignore, to illuminate or intimidate, to soothe or irritate, to enhance or detract. Good communication is a skill we can learn and hone for better relationships.

Marriage: Aiming For Better, Not Worse - Teamwork

07/07/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Marriage: Aiming For Better, Not Worse

Summary: God created man; he created them in his likeness; he created them male and female. And he gave them complimentary roles to play in marriage that is a human picture of divine unity, equality, and differentiation of roles. Ephesians, chapter five, addresses the relationship of husband and wife in the covenant of marriage

Marriage: Aiming For Better, Not Worse - Intimacy

06/30/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Marriage: Aiming For Better, Not Worse

Summary: To understand God’s design and desire for marriage, we have to go back to the original intent when he created man. In this marvelous creation of male and female, God gives us the ideal for the marriage relationship. When we understand marriage from God’s perspective, it is a beautiful thing, a noble and honorable thing.

The Promises of God Stand

06/23/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Book of Esther

Summary: The Book of Esther demonstrates that God never forgot the covenant promises he made to Abraham and his descendants. The foundation that undergirds this book is the faithfulness of God. In Christ, we too have become recipients of God’s promises. Paul writes: “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:29). The assurance we have is predicated on the faithfulness of God to keep his promises.

Pride Before The Fall

06/16/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Book of Esther

Summary: Two main characters in the story of Esther are filled with pride which leads them to actions that undermine their futures and threaten the very survival of an entire race of people. The consequences of their pride includes their downfall. But pride isn’t just a problem facing these men in the Persian empire long ago; it is a problem we face today. The Scriptures provide guidance on how we are to deal with this deadly sin.