Message: “People. Truth. Gospel. Part 2.” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “People. Truth. Gospel..” In this three part series, we define the mission and vision of Bridges Community Church. With everything we do, we strive to show: people matter, truth matters, and the Gospel is our only hope. Each of the three weeks will unpack more of how we will fulfill this vision, and Lord willing, change the world.

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Message: “People. Truth. Gospel. Part 1” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “People. Truth. Gospel..” In this three-part series, we define the mission and vision of Bridges Community Church. In everything we do, we strive to show: people matter, truth matters, and the Gospel is our only hope. Each of the three weeks will unpack more of how we will fulfill this vision and, Lord willing, change the world.

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Message: “Kept From Losing Heart” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Kept From Losing Heart.” In a day when people are losing heart, a message of hope could be a timely and welcome relief. Especially if you’re on the verge of giving up, falling apart, or burning out — or you know someone who is. It may seem like our circumstances are unprecedented, but history says not. Case in point: the Apostle Paul. He could have lost heart in his crazy world but he didn’t. And his story still speaks into our story today.

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Message: “Alignment” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” Everything created by someone was made for a purpose. Kids’ toys, computer programs, cars, air purifiers…all have a specific reason they exist. But what about us? Were we also made with a purpose in mind? God says that we were. This week, we’ll examine what that purpose is, what’s at stake if we are out of alignment, and the One who can set us right again.

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Message: “Don’t Forget to Remember” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” Throughout the Bible we see that God is uniquely concerned about His people’s memory. Indeed, because we are so prone in the busyness of our lives to forget God — to forget His unchanging character, His faithfulness and provision in the past, His work in our lives today, His plans for our future, and our utter need for Him every moment of every day — Scripture repeatedly calls us to be intentional about stopping to remember.

The Bible’s exhortation for us to remember, however, is calling for something far deeper than mere mental recall. It is dealing with something far more transforming than just counting your blessings. In this week’s message, we’ll specifically discover why we need to remember, what we need to remember, and how we need to remember.
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Message: “Dealing with Our Doubts” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” In moments or seasons of suffering or discouragement, it’s tempting to allow yourself to doubt the existence, goodness, or wisdom of God. We reason with ourselves that somehow, some way, these moments of suffering or pain or injustice are evidence that God is less than who He has depicted Himself to be.

What are we to do with our doubts? Ignore them? Give into them? Punish ourselves for having them? The psalmist in today’s Scripture — Psalm 73 — dealt with these very questions himself and gives us valuable guidance that can help us whenever we’re faced with doubt.

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Message: “The Good King” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” We’ve all seen the benefit a good leader can bring to an organization and the harm a bad leader can cause–particularly if the leader is self-serving. The ancient Israelites made the same observation, except they also knew the ultimate leader they were waiting for wasn’t currently in their midst. The leader they hoped for was one who really would set all the wrongs right and heal every wounded heart in the world. This week, we’ll look at the identity of that leader and how we can enjoy His good reign.

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Message: “It’s All About Relationships” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” The cliche reminds us that none of us will say at the end of their our lives, “I wish I had spent more time at work.” We instinctively know that life is mostly about relationships. This week, we’ll discover that God intended it that way from the beginning. He ordered the world such that we are at our best when we are in relationship with Him and others, and when something is wrong in one of those relationships, we lose life itself.

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Message: “Wrestling with the Imprecatory Psalms” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” Many people turn to the Psalms for joy and encouragement, to sing praises to God, and to be reminded of His character and unfailing love. But every once in a while, we come across in the psalter what are known as the “imprecatory psalms,” which some people have not-so-affectionately come to call the “cursing psalms” or the “hate psalms.” That’s because the imprecatory psalms are those in which the author graphically calls down calamity, destruction, and God’s anger and judgment on his or her enemies.

What are we supposed to do with these types of psalms, particularly since they sound so unchristian and foreign to the spirit of Jesus on the surface? How can they help us to minister and to pray, and how do we apply them? We’ll explore these issues in this week’s message.

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Message: “Untouchable” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” Some video game characters have the ability to become invincible. If this “god-mode” is activated, nothing can harm them. They can walk straight through all kinds of dangers without getting a scratch. The Psalmist seems to claim that God has given him a similar ability. Snares, terrors, destructions, and enemies will have no hold on him because he takes refuge in the Lord. But is this true? And if so, how can we activate it? This week, we’ll look at the tremendous promises in this Psalm and how they are even better than they might appear at first glance.

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Message: “Path of Delight” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” Not all paths lead to the same place. Some lead to sorrow, while others lead to delight. In the end, therefore, what we pursue with our lives matters, and it matters a lot. This week, we will look at various paths we might be pursuing, where they lead, and what ultimately is the only path to delight.

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Message: “One Word That Heals or Erodes Relationships” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.”
All of us have a myriad of relationships. Whether it be with parents, children, friends, romantic interests, or co-workers, we are all connected to others in some way. Most of us understand that relationships, regardless of the type, take some work. This week, we’ll look at the one word that can make or break any relationship–including our relationship with God. With it, we will find intimacy. Without it, we will lose the relationship altogether.

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Message: “The Search for Happiness” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.” Everyone wants to experience happiness, true joy, and satisfaction in life, and most of us likely already have a picture in our minds of a certain set of circumstances that would help us to get there. But what if we arrive at what we think will make us happy, but then discover that we’re really not any happier or any more content?

The category of psalms in the Bible that are sometimes referred to as “wisdom psalms” have something important, profound, and practical to say to each of us about how the world works and about our pursuit of happiness. So, join us this week as we’ll take a closer look at one of these particular psalms in this week’s message.

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Message: “Praise, Glory, Majesty” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Summer in the Psalms.”
As we begin our summer series in the Psalms, we start with the goodness and greatness of God: His power, salvation, and rule. The Psalmist even seems to lack the words to describe the extent of God’s glory. As we study this Psalm, pray that God would similarly open all of our hearts to be properly awed by Him.

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Message: “God Sovereign in Relief” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Job: Uncertainty, Suffering, and a Sovereign God.” Relief. When suffering has ended and the weight is lifted. When times of sorrow are over. When the hope of a better tomorrow becomes today. At the conclusion of the book of Job, Job enters such a period of relief, but what can modern Christians learn from this part of the story? Will our troubles eventually fade away? Will we enter relief as well? Who decides? Do we play a role? This week, we’ll look at God’s sovereignty in relief and see that we have more in our future than even Job could imagine.

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Message: “Finding God During Pain and Suffering” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Job: Uncertainty, Suffering, and a Sovereign God.” We’ve probably all wanted God to show up and speak with us during a season of suffering. We’ve wanted answers or just a sense of His presence. This week, we’ll look at when God showed up and spoke with Job. While none of Job’s questions were answered, he did find all that he ever needed—and it changed everything.

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Message: “How NOT to be a Miserable Comforter” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Job: Uncertainty, Suffering, and a Sovereign God.” One of the reasons that the book of Job is in the Bible (not the primary reason, but an important reason nonetheless) is to explore the question of how to best relate to friends and loved ones who are hurting. So, how should we respond — and how should we not respond — when a Job inevitably comes across our path? That’s the focus of this week’s message.

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Message: “Responding to Suffering with Lament” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Job: Uncertainty, Suffering, and a Sovereign God.” All of us have known or will know great suffering. We come to learn through experience that sad situations don’t always get better, and life’s problems don’t always get solved. And when those moments inevitably arrive on our doorstep, and when explanations or quick solutions don’t seem to appear on the horizon, few things can be more freeing than to know that God understands, that our frustrations and questions and struggles and doubts do not fluster Him, and that He even invites us to come and to air our grievances before Him in trust.

Join us for this week’s message as we continue our sermon series from the life of Job, and discover the important role that biblical lament can play in helping us to process pain and walk through seasons of grief and sorrow.

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Message: “Responding to Suffering with Questions” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Job: Uncertainty, Suffering, and a Sovereign God.”
When life presses us, we’ve all asked the question, “Why?” We wonder: why me, why now, what did I do to deserve this, what purpose could this possibly serve, and how long will it last? Job had those exact same questions, and he posed them to God. As we study Job’s questions this week, we’ll see more of ourselves than we might expect, and we may learn a clue to the “why” behind our own suffering.

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Message: “Responding to Suffering with Worship” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Job: Uncertainty, Suffering, and a Sovereign God.”
We’ve all seen people handle difficulty and tragedy in ways that amazed and inspired us. We’ve also seen people respond in ways that made everything worse for everyone. What makes the difference? Why are some people refined by the fire and others spiral into chaos? This week, we’ll look at Job’s reaction to his suffering and learn how we can be among those who grow during our own seasons of despair.

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Message: “God Sovereign in Suffering” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Job: Uncertainty, Suffering, and a Sovereign God.” Few people seem to question or object whenever people suffer due to their own evil or foolish choices and decisions. If we do wrong, the reasoning goes, then we must pay the consequences. That’s just how it works. At the same time, though, we must admit that there are also times when there is often no correlation between the amount of wrong we commit and the amount of pain we suffer. In fact, often it is just the opposite. So, what do you do when you are doing everything (or most everything) right, and suddenly everything goes wrong? And why would a wise, good, and loving God allow such suffering to take place?

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Message: “God’s Life-Giving Story” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “God’s Life-Giving Story.” The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a book of stories that together tell one incredible story, that God wants everyone to know and be changed by. This life-giving story is our focus this Sunday. If you like pictures and stories that are grounded in God’s Word, this will be a Sunday to remember.

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Message: “Jesus is Greater” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Easter Sunday 2022.” The resurrection. Perhaps the most well known single event to ever take place in history. It meant death’s reign of terror was over. It meant God was intervening to restore a broken world. It meant we could live with hope instead of despair. This Easter, we’ll study how the wildest dreams of the ancient world became tangible reality – but in a way no one expected.

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Message: “Self Worth” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “A Better Story.” We all look to something to make us feel complete. Wealth, acceptance, recognition, achievement…something. But for some of us, we’ve also noticed a problem. The thing we hope will make us feel complete never quite does–at least not for long. This week, we’ll study the reason completeness often eludes us, how to find wholeness, and how to share it with others.

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Message: “Friendship” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “A Better Story.” Friendship is certainly not unique to Christianity. Every nation, tribe, and tongue enjoys the common grace of being close to others. However, Christianity does offer unique resources that enable us to develop deep relationships–even with people who we haven’t known that long. This week, we’ll see what Jesus says about friendship, how it improves our relationships, and how it shows Him as the better story.

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Message: “Justice” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “A Better Story.” We all want to spend our lives doing something that matters. None of us wants to feel like our efforts are pointless. Yet, when we think it through, we sense the futility of trying to create something that lasts beyond a brief moment. What are we to do with this disconnect? On the one hand, we want to matter. On the other, we know that we are but dust and to dust we will return. This week, we will see the eternal, significant purpose for which we were made, how it fills a true need in our souls, and how to share it with others.

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Message: “Purpose” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “A Better Story.” We all want to spend our lives doing something that matters. None of us wants to feel like our efforts are pointless. Yet, when we think it through, we sense the futility of trying to create something that lasts beyond a brief moment. What are we to do with this disconnect? On the one hand, we want to matter. On the other, we know that we are but dust and to dust we will return. This week, we will see the eternal, significant purpose for which we were made, how it fills a true need in our souls, and how to share it with others.

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Message: “The Vulnerable” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “A Better Story.” As big as God is, we might think He wouldn’t be concerned about people as small as us. Surely, He has more important matters to which He should give His attention. But time and time again in Scripture, we see God intimately involving Himself with the least and the lowly. Even the smallest or most insignificant of us get special attention from Him. This week, we’ll look at those without a voice in our world, God’s care for them, and the role we must play.

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Message: “Power” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “A Better Story.” Jesus possessed unlimited power and could order the world around Him however He wished. But what He did with that power was utterly new and unheard of in human history. This week, we’ll examine the godly use of power, how it meets our needs, and how we can speak about it in a way that can bring people to Christ.

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Message: “Kingdom Choices Part 2” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” Most of us don’t enjoy being told what to do. We’d rather keep our options open, make our own decisions, and shape our own future through our own choices. If you can relate at all to that feeling, then the Bible has some very good news for you: God does give us the ability to make our own choices and to decide certain things for ourselves. However, with that freedom also comes the timeless truth that our choices always have consequences – sometimes even long-term consequences – that must be taken into account. So, as we conclude our series on the Sermon on the Mount, we’ll finish looking at the inescapable choices that God puts before every person who has ever lived, all of which have life-altering ramifications. How will you choose?

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Message: “Kingdom Choices Part 1” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” Most of us don’t enjoy being told what to do. We’d rather keep our options open, make our own decisions, and shape our own future through our own choices. If you can relate at all to that feeling, then the Bible has some very good news for you: God does give us the ability to make our own choices and to decide certain things for ourselves. However, with that freedom also comes the timeless truth that our choices always have consequences – sometimes even long-term consequences – that must be taken into account. So, as we draw near to the conclusion of our series on the Sermon on the Mount, we’ll consider 4 unescapable choices that God puts before every person who has ever lived, all of which have life-altering ramifications. How will you choose?

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Message: “Ask, Seek, Find” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” We’re accustomed to asking God for all kinds of things. From health to prosperity to comfort, we have no problem with asking. Our question comes more so with “finding.” Our difficulty increases when Jesus claims that if we ask, we will receive, because that’s not always our experience. We don’t always receive. Are we missing something? If so, how can we cash in on Jesus’ guarantee that we will find? This week, we’ll look at Jesus’ promise, what we should ask for, and where we will find it.

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Message: “Making Sense of Judgment” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” One thing is for sure, we live in a culture of judgment. News headlines brag that one controversial figure was “destroyed” by another one, and people are canceled, roasted, or shamed in seemingly every arena of life. But Jesus calls His followers to something different. A place where people are lifted and nurtured rather than condemned. This week we’ll look at the “safe zone” Jesus builds. It’s a place where we will still be challenged, but in a way utterly unlike anything seen in the world.

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Message: “Not to Worry” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Jesus\’ Most Famous Sermon.” Most of us probably realize anxiety doesn’t help us. If we could shut it off, we would. The problem, of course, is we don’t know how to shut it off. We want to, but it seems to have more power over us than we have over it. In this passage, Jesus shows us both the cause of and solution to anxiety. It will cost us all we have, but it will free us more than we can imagine.

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Message: “Lasting Treasure” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” When you make an investment, you’re typically doing so for the long term. The daily ups and downs of the market may cause you lots of anxiety, but financial planners will almost always advise you to focus on what the investment will look like well into the future, not today or tomorrow. And when it comes to making spiritual investments, the goal should really be no different. Like any earthly situation, you’ll almost certainly want to invest in such a way that yields the greatest return on investment and sets you up well for your ultimate retirement in heaven. Join us for this week’s message from our continuing series in the Sermon on the Mount, as Jesus – who understands the temporary, earthly market and the eternal, heavenly market better than anyone – provides us with the greatest investment tip of all time.

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Message: “He Knows What You Need” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” The Lord’s Prayer. Many of us could recite it by heart, but how many of us actually pray the way that Jesus instructed? This week, rather than looking at the Lord’s Prayer as a rigid rubric that we recite in a specific order, we’ll look at the heart of the prayer, which may or may not be the defining mark of our petitions. But, as we will see, that heart can make all the difference in our lives.

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Message: “Why Do We Help? ” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” Jesus assumes everyone will help those in need. Good people. Bad people. Everyone. So the question isn’t if we will help, but why will we help. And the answer to that “why” question reveals more about us than we might like to know. However, as we will see this week, uncovering our motivations to help those in need can lead us to freedom that we never before imagined.

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Message: “3 Invitations for the New Year ” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “3 Invitations for the New Year.” A new year on the calendar is often accompanied by optimism, but it’s also often accompanied by a certain degree of uncertainty and fear. We want to know where the provision is going to come from. We want to know if things are going to turn out the way we hope or expect. We want the security of being able to control or to alter our circumstances if our best-made plans go awry.
The fact is that there will be times in 2022 when we won’t know how God will provide. Plans will fall through. People will disappoint us. Things will go wrong. There will be moments or even seasons of uncertainty. What then?
Join us for this week’s message as we look for practical encouragement and guidance from God’s Word to begin the new year.

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Message: “Eyes to See” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Eyes to See.” It’s common for two or more people to see the same thing, but not see the same thing. That could be due to our varying likes, dislikes, opinions, preferences, or feelings. Or it could be that we are fixated on lesser things that block our view of greater things. That occurred in the days after Jesus’ birth. And the same could happen in our day. But then again maybe not, if we take our cue from the Magi who saw Jesus for everything He was, and still is.

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Message: “Love of Enemies” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” Turn the other cheek. Go the extra mile. These phrases are so commonplace in our culture, we might forget their significance or who first spoke them. However, in Jesus’ day, these weren’t just trite cliches. These instructions were utterly shocking, and the people who heard Jesus say them were likely wondering how He could be so radical. This week, we’ll look at the wonder of this love and how it could change both the world and our lives.

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Message: “Rethinking Righteousness, Pt. 2” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” **This week’s message will be addressing some sensitive topics (particularly from Matthew 5:27-30). Parents of younger kids and teens should consider these topics before encouraging your child to listen.**

There is a lot more information (and misinformation) available today than ever before. And in this crush of information, the words of Jesus frequently get pushed aside, as he is no longer viewed by the larger culture as one with reliable or relevant or reasonable information and wisdom for our lives.

Jesus calls his followers, however, to not only hear what he has to say, but to base our entire view of the world and to build our very lives upon his words. In this week’s message, we’ll continue our sermon series from Jesus’ most famous sermon and consider what he has to say about sexual desire, marriage, divorce, and personal integrity, and ultimately, why we do what we do. And as we hear Jesus’ words, we will be reminded that he has the absolute-best information on some of the most important and challenging subjects of life.

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Message: “Rethinking Righteousness” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” Throughout Jesus’ ministry, there was never any shortage of controversies, accusations, and objections. This was due, in large part, to the radical and revolutionary nature of Jesus’ teachings, particularly those found in the Sermon on the Mount, because they introduce us to a totally new paradigm, upending all of our expectations and calling for a complete reversal of our old habits of living and thinking. In that same vein, this week’s Scripture text will highlight the surprising message of what Jesus has to say about who is and who is not righteous before God, about the relationship between the Old Testament law and Jesus’ own teaching in the New Testament, and why these things matter for us today.

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Message: “Salt & Light” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” In a dark world that lacks goodness, Jesus says “you” are the answer. He commissions us to be salt and light, desiring for us to contribute to our communities in specific ways. This week, we’ll study our place in the world, the risks of that mission, and how we will accomplish it.

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Message: “Thanksgiving Every Day” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Thanksgiving Every Day.” This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in America. And while Thanksgiving is a day specifically dedicated to gratitude, the fact is that giving thanks each and every day ought to be a way of life for the people of God, not just a once-a-year occurrence.

Whether you’re in a season where giving thanks to God has been easy and consistent, or whether you’ve been finding that your “gratitude tank” has been running pretty low lately, this week’s Scripture reading and message will remind us how giving thanks to God daily — even in the most challenging of circumstances — can transform our lives and draw us closer to Him.

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Message: “Them, Us, and Jesus ” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” If you hadn’t noticed, our world is pretty divided. Tensions. Clashing between ideologies, families, and friends. Jesus came into a similar world–a world divided into “us and them.” But the message that Jesus spoke began to change that world, and something entirely new was formed. This week, as we study more of Jesus’ most famous sermon, we’ll see how His words might help us make a similar change today.

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Message: “Life in the Kingdom of God” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon.” Just about everyone has some type of personal agenda. People have plans, programs, things they want to accomplish, and specific ways they want to accomplish them. So they make lists, set goals, and try to reach them.
God is no stranger to agendas. In fact, He has a personal agenda, too; something He wants to accomplish in His way, in His world, and in His people. Scripture calls this agenda “the kingdom of God.” And the advancement of God’s kingdom is, in fact, the central unifying theme of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
So what is the kingdom of God? Why did Jesus spend so much time talking about it? What does it mean to be a citizen of God’s kingdom? And what is the kingdom of God’s relevance to our everyday lives?

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Message: “Devoted to Fellowship” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Show Others How Much They Matter.” Devoted. The word brings to mind serious effort over the long haul. We can be devoted to a diet, a career, a sports team, or our family, among other possibilities. But what about fellowship? What would it look like to be devoted to fellowship? And can we truthfully claim that fellowship is among our various devotions? This week, we’ll see how the early church devoted themselves to fellowship and the difference it made in the world.

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Message: “The Toughest One-Another” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Show Others How Much They Matter.” Acceptance. If we’re honest, we all need it. We need to be seen, wanted, and included as part of the group. To our astonishment, God Himself, through Christ, has fully accepted us. Even when we deserved rejection, Christ paid for our sin, bore our exile, and brought us home. And now, He instructs us to accept one another as we have been accepted by Him. While that sounds marvelous, there is a catch. Acceptance requires something of us, and many of us are too nervous to step out into it. This week, we’ll look at both the gift and the cost of acceptance, and find without the cost, we can never have the gift.

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Message: “Forgiveness or Accountability?” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Show Others How Much They Matter.” Everyone would love to be part of a forgiving community. But no one would want to be part of a community where members acted in whatever way they wished with no accountability. So which should we choose? Forgiveness or accountability? This week, we see that both forgiveness and accountability must be part of any Christian community, and how Scripture bridges the two seemingly incompatible requirements.

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Message: “Love One Another” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Show Others How Much They Matter.” Acceptance, affection, appreciation, approval, attention, comfort, encouragement, amity, respect, and support. How often do we receive these gifts from others out in the world? What if there were a place we could experience all of these in abundance? It almost sounds too good to be true, and yet, it is exactly what we should experience in the church. This week, we look at various one-another commands in Scripture, which if we actually followed them, would create a little paradise on earth.

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Message: “The Crisis” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Show Others How Much They Matter.” We need each other. Not in some squishy romantic sense or in unhealthy codependency, but humans were not meant to live in isolation. Modern medical research has determined how detrimental loneliness is to our wellbeing, and after the last 18 months, many of us are feeling the effects of being disconnected from others. So perhaps now, more than ever, is the perfect time to study and apply God’s solution to loneliness. For the next 5 weeks, we will dive into God’s Word and find that the answer to our relational woes has been in front of us the whole time.

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Message: “The Main Thing” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” As we begin another year of ministry at Bridges Community Church, now is a perfect time to remind ourselves of our mission as a church. What are we about? What is most important? As we ask those questions this week, we’ll see that our mission isn’t any different from the mission of the earliest church. Their priorities are our priorities. This week, we will study how we are simply the next generation of a grand tradition that dates all the way back to the first century.

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Message: “3 Unexpected Encounters, 3 Transformed Lives” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” Many contemporary observers and social commentators are of the opinion that, because we live in a postmodern era when Christianity is no longer the baseline around the world for cultural identity and discourse, the Christian faith and message are personally and culturally irrelevant and out-of-touch with modern sensibilities and needs.
Is that true? Is the gospel message still personally and culturally relevant in the 21st century? If so, what bearing does it have on people’s lives today?

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Message: “Holy Spirit” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” Many Christ-followers could probably come up with a quick and fairly accurate description of God the Father and of Jesus. But what about the Holy Spirit? Is the Holy Spirit your conscience? Is it karma? Is it like the force in the Star Wars movies? Is it those goosebumps you get while hearing a good song or hearing a stirring message? Why do some churches seem to be obsessed with the Holy Spirit while other churches virtually ignore the subject? And why was the Holy Spirit so important to the earliest Christians in the book of Acts? Just who is the Holy Spirit anyway, and what role does he play in the world today?

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Message: “When You’re in a Shipwreck” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” Sometimes life can make it difficult or even painful for us to get where we need to go. Sometimes it’s because people are conspiring against us, and other times it just seems like unfortunate circumstances keep piling up. But what if all of those difficulties weren’t preventing the plan at all? What if each one was another step toward the destination God has prepared for us? This week, we’ll see the security and rest we can find in God’s guiding hand and the critical role we need to play.

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Message: “Every Need Met” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” Many of us have heard how the earliest church in Acts financially supported those within its community to such an extent that “no one had need.” We probably also remember Ananias and Sapphira, who both dropped dead when they acted deceitfully regarding their own generosity. But wouldn’t some people take advantage of such a system? Should we live like this today? And doesn’t it sound a little communist? This week, we’ll see the radical support the earliest church offered its members and what we can learn from them.

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Message: “Government, Gatherings, and Women” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” Government, gatherings, and women. All three can be points of contention among Christians today. How should Christians interact with the government? What should our corporate gatherings look like? What role do women play in the church? As controversial as these questions might be in some churches today, they didn’t appear to cause much concern in the earliest church. This week, we’ll explore each of these topics and what the earliest church can teach us about our setting today.

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Message: “Salvation” from Nate Schofield

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” We’ve heard the story of Saul’s conversion. It is possibly the most famous salvation in the history of the Christian church. While most of us won’t experience a blinding light on the road to Damascus, this week we’ll look at Acts 9 and see what we can expect from our own conversion experiences.

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Message: “Prayer” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” Prayer. For some of us, it comes as naturally as breathing. For some of us, it seems intimidating and daunting. We wonder if we are doing it right or if anyone is actually listening. But how did Jesus’ earliest followers pray? What did they pray for? What was the result? This week, we examine one of the few recorded prayers of Jesus’ earliest followers and how we can apply their example to our lives.

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Message: “The Happiest Place on Earth” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “In the Earliest Church.” Everyone is looking for happiness and joy, in increasing measure. That quest could lead to a better future. But then again, maybe not. That will depend on the source one looks to for happiness, which may be a lot closer than Anaheim, CA.

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Message: “The Source of Satisfaction” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “The Source of Satisfaction.” Looking back over our lives, we probably all have some decisions we’d change if we could. At the same time, we all have ideas about how to get the most satisfaction right now. The question is: when we went wrong before, could it have been avoided? And what makes us so sure we’re on the right path now? This week, we’ll look at the source of satisfaction and how to live with no regrets ever again.

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Message: “A New Beginning” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” Every four years American voters have to weigh and evaluate a new array of grandiose promises made by candidates aspiring to the office of President. Those with a sense of history will be familiar with some of the broken promises made in these campaigns, but the larger question is: Why do we continue to believe these promises in the first place?

Throughout history people have sought the perfect society and the perfect government to rule it. The yearning for this explains why people so consistently believe new promises of a grand vision for the government or for society. But the amazing promises found in the book of Isaiah about the future for God’s people are far more amazing, and certainly more eternal, than all of the governmental promises in history.

Join us this week as we conclude our message series in Isaiah and examine some of these promises for our future more closely, as well as the difference they make for our present lives.

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Message: “Calling for Justice in an Unjust World” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” The subject of justice has been hotly debated over the past few years, especially in the face of such great suffering and outcry around the world. It is a word that many use, but few define. In terms of the Christian Church, some see a renewed emphasis on justice for the poor and vulnerable as nothing less than a rediscovery of the whole gospel, while others view the subject of justice with a measure of skepticism or concern that it’s a loaded term and that it distracts Christians from other equally important matters in our world.

Nevertheless, the concept of justice is one that is frequently addressed in Scripture, and it is a particularly prominent theme in the book of Isaiah. So, join us for this week’s message as we seek to gain greater clarity around the biblical notion of justice, as well as its social manifestation and implications for our lives as Christ-followers.

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Message: “God Includes” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” We all tend to draw circles which include some and exclude others. Even if we say we include everyone, we tend to exclude those who we perceive aren’t as inclusive as us. But is God like us? Does God draw circles and say some are in while others are out? This week we’ll see how uniquely inclusive God is, but also, how He offers it on His own terms.

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Message: “God Arrives” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” Occasionally, we will elevate a superstar to divine status. We talk about sports gods, music gods, and even tech gods. But when we bestow that grand superlative, we never mean someone is truly God. However, Jesus’ earliest followers understood Him to be nothing short of the fully divine God who created heaven and earth. This week, we’ll see several ways they voiced that shocking belief, how they were convinced, and what it means for us today.

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Message: “The Chains Are Off” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” To the weary, to the broken, to the bound, to the poor, to the captive, to the faint–Jesus is coming. God has not forgotten you. God sees our distress and sends rescue. When we needed salvation, that’s exactly what God provided. If the Christian faith has ever felt like a burden instead of a relief, this week, we see how the chains can fall off.

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Message: “Savior Needed” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” Geppetto wished upon a star. Gotham needed Batman. Fictional stories often look to an outside power to provide salvation. But are these just stories? Or do they reflect a real need shared by all of humanity? This week, we’ll discover why we write so many hero stories, and just how deep our need runs.

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Message: “Why We Need a God of Judgment” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” There are few theological concepts as challenging and troubling to modern minds as the subject of God’s divine judgment. It raises so many questions for us: Why does God always appear to be so angry with people in the Old Testament? How can a supposedly loving God judge others? Is this the same God who loves the world so much that He sent His one and only Son? And why would anybody want to worship a God who seems so ready and eager to punish people?

Join us for this week’s message as we take a fresh look at questions like these and seek to better understand who, why, and how God judges, and why we actually need God to judge.

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Message: “A Complex, Awe-Inspiring Paradox” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” There are times when we long for the compassion and tenderness of God. Then there are other times we hope that God will rise up and fight, particularly if we have been wronged in some way. The God we find in Scripture both forgives the worst offenders and treats even minor discretions with severity. He’s complex to say the least. But what we will see this week is that the God who refuses to be put into any box is exactly the God we need.

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Message: “Godless Religion” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.”
It’s pretty obvious that many people are into religion — all around the world. There seems to be something within human beings that causes them to create religious systems that define what they need to do to please God. Of course, not all religions are created equal, especially when it comes to connecting with the One true God. Many religions are actually Godless. Yet even within Christianity, a person can go to church every Sunday, offer frequent prayers, give abundant offerings, and practice a myriad of other religious rites, thinking that they are pleasing God, when they are not. Isaiah tells us that there are times when all those religious activities mean nothing to God. This week we’ll be looking at how that can happen.

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Message: “Unrivaled Peace, Joy, and Comfort” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Seeing His Glory.” Dealing with uncertainty or challenging circumstances that are beyond our ability to control can be so difficult. We want to know where the provision is going to come from. We want to know if things are going to turn out the way we hope or expect. We want to know if God is going to come through.

The fact is that there will be times when we don’t know how God will provide. Plans will fall through. People will disappoint us. Things will go wrong. There will be seasons of uncertainty. What then?

Fortunately, the uncertainty we face is only apparent uncertainty. Even if things seem uncertain to us, our future and the reason for our hope are absolutely certain to God. You can experience an unrivaled sense of peace, joy, and comfort, even in the darkest of times.

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Message: “The Dawn of Isaiah” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “The Dawn of Isaiah.” Isaiah’s ministry spanned 60 years. He saw the fall of the northern kingdom and survived the siege of the southern kingdom. He spoke about creation, judgment, grace, justice, and the renewal of the world. Even though he lived 700 years before Jesus, Isaiah gives such a clear picture of Christ and His work, that some have referred to the book of Isaiah as the 5th Gospel. What could we, as modern people, learn from this ancient text? Maybe just everything.

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Message: “Reset” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Reset.” In some ways, it’s currently a bit difficult to define where we are as a culture, society, or world. We don’t really know when “normal” will return. Some of us feel pretty beaten up after the last year, while others of us feel pretty rested. Many of us now wrestle with questions regarding if we should keep doing what we’ve always done or if we should make major changes. In these days of upheaval, perhaps this is the perfect time to be reminded of God’s glorious vision for the church. This week, we’ll see how being part of the church gives us all the purpose, hope, and security we could ever need.

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Message: “Inching Away from Spiritual Revival” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Let\’s Build It Again.” Spiritual decline is often like a flat tire. Most flat tires occur because air leaks out over time. Gradually. Imperceptibly. We’re usually not even aware that there is a problem until the car becomes too difficult to steer or a worse problem arises.

The decline of one’s spiritual life, the loss of one’s vitality and first love for the things of God, can be quite similar. It happens gradually and imperceptibly — and it’s what we see taking place in the nation of Israel in the final chapter of the book of Nehemiah. After having experienced such great spiritual renewal earlier in the book, what went so wrong for Israel in Nehemiah 13? And what can we learn from their story that can help us to maintain our spiritual fervor for God and prevent us from making the same mistakes?

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Message: “Finding and Keeping Joy” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” Joy: the kind of joy that seems to overwhelm you, that almost lifts you off the ground, that makes you feel whole. We could all use that kind of joy. But how do we get it? Where does it come from? Is there a way we can make it appear in our lives or is it mostly out of our control? This week, as we study one of the most joyous celebrations in all of Scripture, we will see four ingredients for the type of joy we all want and all need.

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Message: “Nothing Overlooked” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” At times, all of us can feel unimportant, unnoticed, or unappreciated. We wonder if we matter or if our work makes any difference in the world. Sometimes our questions lead to a downward spiral of doubt and darkness. But the truth is, God cherishes each individual on the planet, uses all of our efforts, and has a marvelous plan for our future. No one is unimportant, unnoticed, or unappreciated. Instead, all of us, each one of us, plays a critical role in the world. This week, we will see how we matter to God, how we matter to the world, and what God still has in store us.

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Message: “Death is Defeated” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Easter 2021.” Easter is the event that changed everything. Disciples went from doubters to believers. Death suffered its first defeat. Jesus was vindicated as God who came to save us, and we are given a confidence that can overcome any trouble. This year, as we look at the familiar Easter story, we’ll see the surprise of Easter, the uniqueness of Easter, and the hope of Easter.

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Message: “A Covenant Commitment” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” Each of us has experienced times when we realize we need to make some serious changes in our lives. So we vow to do things differently. We resolve to improve. We make promises and set new priorities.

The Israelites, whom we find gathered in Jerusalem in the book of Nehemiah, could certainly relate. They and their ancestors had broken their promises to God countless times before. But now, after having spent 70 years in exile, God was stirring up spiritual revival in their hearts, and they were bound and determined for things to be different this time around.

Join us for this week’s message as we take a closer look at the specific steps they took to renew their commitment to God, and seek to understand not only why they took them, but why it matters to us today.

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Message: “Good News, Bad News, Now What?” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” What do you do when you know you’ve messed up? In Israel’s case, what do you do when you know you’ve messed up for about 1000 years? At least equally important, what does God do? Will He be gracious? Or will He levy justice? This week in Nehemiah, we’ll see how Israel’s leaders talked about their past, what they hoped for their future, and how God’s response informs our lives today.

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Message: “Sanctity of Life Sunday” from Valerie Hill

A message from the series “Sanctity of Life Sunday.” Guest Speaker: Valerie Hill, CEO of RealOptions Pregnancy Center/
Every life is precious to God, and each one of us was knit together by Him while we were still in the womb. This Sunday, we draw attention to the importance of valuing lives in the womb, and use our voices to speak for those who don’t yet have one.

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Message: “The Key to Spiritual Renewal” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” Why do some people seem to get so much enjoyment and encouragement out of reading a passage of Scripture or hearing God’s Word taught, while others who read the exact same passage or hear the exact same sermon as the other group are minimally affected by it? Why do some people seem to leave church or a worship service each week uplifted and comforted, while others are largely unmoved? Why is it that some people can sit through a 2-hour movie with rapt attention and yet fidget after only a few minutes of reading the Bible? What is the secret? Join us for this week’s message as we discover the answer.

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Message: “Mission Accomplished?” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” After we complete a big project, it’s easy to slide into coast mode, and our alertness can drop from high to relaxed. But this would be a mistake. Completing a project doesn’t mean the mission is over, it only means our effort must be redeployed in a different direction. This week we’ll see Nehemiah maintain diligence after a huge success, who he wanted close to him, and what they were ultimately building toward.

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Message: “Turning Fear on Its Head” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” We may as well admit it: We all have fears from time to time. In most cases, our fears are only a minor nuisance, but occasionally they can be crippling. Either way, we’d rather live with steady confidence than be hindered by our fears. This week, as we continue our study of the ancient book of Nehemiah, we’ll look at 3 significant fears that he faced, and what enabled him to navigate them without stumbling.

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Message: “Dealing with an Internal Threat” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” Fires generally start from a small spark, and when sparks of conflict between people are ignored or left to smolder over a period of time, they quite often erupt into a firestorm that seemingly consumes everything in its path. And when infighting and deep rifts among Christ-followers are permitted to fester, it too can turn into a wildfire, destroying the unity of the church, slowing ministry momentum by taking focus away from more important matters, and even worse, causing people outside the church to want nothing to do with Christianity.

Here’s what we can bank on: Whenever God wants to do a special work in and through the church, our Enemy will be ready to pounce in an effort to stop God from accomplishing what He wants to do. We’ll see that firsthand this week as we take a closer look at the fifth chapter of Nehemiah, but we’ll also find that there are steps we can take to prevent conflict in the church and in our relationships to keep it from spiraling out of control.

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Message: “Wrestling with Opposition” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” We’ve probably all experienced it. Just when we get a good thing going, something comes along and tries to derail us. Sometimes it’s people, sometimes it’s circumstances, and sometimes it’s a little bit of both, but many times we feel like we’re up against a powerful force doing its best to defeat us. This week in Nehemiah, we’ll see someone who dealt with such opposition, what we can learn from his example, and even what to do with our thirst for vengeance.

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Message: “The Power of Team” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” We’ve all been part of collaborative efforts. Sometimes we experience the joy of working with others who faithfully contribute to the mission, and other times we feel the frustration of compensating for those who aren’t pulling their weight. You might have noticed the church isn’t much different. There are workers and there are bystanders. But what if all of us were all in? What could we accomplish then? This week, we’ll look at the amazing results that we can experience when our corporate body works as one.

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Message: “3 Guarantees” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” When we saw Nehemiah last week, he was ready to begin again. He had a God-sized dream, plenty of passion, and a willing spirit. But like all of us, he had a number of constraints in his life restricting what he could do. In order to fulfill his dream, doors that only God could open would need to open. And right on cue, they do. This week, we’ll see that God has each of us ideally placed to fulfill the mission He has set for us, and as we follow His leading, everything we need will fall into place.

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Message: “Restarting Right” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Let’s Build It Again.” All of us are facing some type of restart in 2021. As a church, we’re launching in a new direction after our Lead Pastor transition. As individuals, we see the horizon of returning to in-person life, whether it be work or simply relationships. We are beginning again, and for that, we praise God. But at the same time, we want to restart right. Now is not the time for a misstep. Fortunately for us, God has tucked away timeless wisdom regarding new beginnings in the ancient book of Nehemiah. Numerous modern authors have mined Nehemiah in order to learn how to lead well, particularly through change, and this week, we’ll look at where to begin when we’re beginning again.

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Message: “Installation Sunday” from Dr. Robert Smith, Jr.

A message from the series “Installation Sunday.” Robert Smith, Jr. holds the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School where he teaches Christian Preaching. Previously he served as the Carl E. Bates Associate Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. A popular teacher and preacher, he received Southern’s 1996 Findley B. Edge Award for Teaching Excellence. An ordained Baptist minister, he served as pastor of the New Mission Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH for twenty years. He earned his Ph.D. while serving as pastor. He is a contributing editor for a study of Christian ministry in the African American church, Preparing for Christian Ministry, and co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey. In addition, he has served as an editor of Our Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor (Mercer University Press, Macon Georgia: 2010). He has written the book, Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life (B&H Publishing Group, Nashville: 2008), which was selected as the winner of the 2008 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Preaching magazine and 2009 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Christianity Today’s preaching.com. In 2010, Preaching magazine named Doctrine That Dances one of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. His book, The Oasis of God: From Mourning to Morning—Biblical Insights from Psalms 42 and 43 was published in the spring of 2015. He has spoken at more than 100 universities, colleges, and seminaries in the United States, Great Britain, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. His research interests include the place of passion in preaching, the literary history of African American preaching, Christological preaching, and theologies of preaching. At Beeson, Smith teaches Christian Preaching and other electives in homiletics. He received Beeson Divinity School’s “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2005. He and his wife, Dr. Wanda Taylor-Smith, Ph.D., are the parents of four adult children (one in heaven).

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Message: “Be a Barnabas” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Be a Barnabas.” Everyone needs encouragement. Especially now in the midst of these difficult times. We need the courage and hope that a Barnabas-like person can bring. What that means in us and through us is our message focus this week. What we learn could make a big difference in how we live in 2021.

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Message: “The End of 2020” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “The End of 2020.” Not many of us will be sad to flip the calendar past 2020. It’s been a bit of a challenging year to say the least. While this kind of season may be new for us, it is nothing new for the people of God we read about in Scripture. They were accustomed to the ebbs and flows of joys and sorrows, gains and losses. This week, we look at how God coached them as they were beginning a long stretch of sorrow, and we’ll find He could be coaching us in the exact same way.

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Message: “A Name for Every Need” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Un-Ruining Christmas.” Names matter. When you say the name of a person, you are speaking of their identity. That’s why expectant parents today usually invest a good deal of time thinking through what to name their children. That was certainly also the case in biblical times, when names were frequently given at the earliest possible moment in an effort by the parents to define the hopes and dreams they had for their child. Their goal was to select a name to reflect what the child was destined to become.

In the same way, the various names and titles for Jesus found throughout Scripture are significant, because they enable us to know Him and to understand why He came to the earth. They also help us to understand the numerous ways that He is able to work both in and through our lives. So today, as we reflect upon the message and meaning of Christmas, we will consider four descriptive names of Jesus that were specifically given to communicate how He is precisely the Deliverer and Redeemer that we all need – now more than ever.

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Message: “Thank God” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Thank God.” Paul was thankful for the Philippian church in much the same way that we are thankful for Pastor Dave Gudgel. Every time Paul thought of the Philippians, he prayed with thanksgiving and joy. As we celebrate Dave’s service to Bridges Community Church, let’s join together in one voice to express our gratefulness to God for Dave’s long tenure of excellent leadership.

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Message: “To God be the Glory” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “To God be the Glory.” Everyone has a story. Everyone is unique, unlike anyone else. That is certainly the case for Dave Gudgel, who refers to his Lead Pastor ministry as a forty-year surprise party. If you like stories, you’re sure to like this one. And better yet, perhaps you’ll learn from a few of the things that have come Dave’s way over his past forty 40 years of ministry.

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Message: “Always Thankful” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Thanksgiving 2020.” There are a lot of things that we always do: sleep, eat, brush our teeth, take showers or baths, check email and voicemail and social media, buy things (still happening, even though most of it is online now!), fill up the car with gas (that’s got to be on the always list or else AAA will need to be on your favorites). How about giving thanks? Is that on your always list? And not just giving thanks when things are good, but always? This Sunday we’ll discover how it’s even possible to do that.

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Message: “For Such a Time as This” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “For Such a Time as This.” 2020 has been a year unlike any other in our lives. And it’s not an accident that you are living at this moment in time, in this particular place in the world. God has placed you here for such a time as this. Like Esther in her day, God wants to use you right here, right now. Our message this Sunday will help you understand what it will take for you to fulfill your part in His plan.

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Message: “More of Him, Less of Us” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “More of Him, Less of Us.” No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, no matter how gifted you are, and no matter how much biblical knowledge or theological training you may have attained, there’s one thing you can be sure of: God will frequently confuse you. There will be countless moments in your life that will make no sense, when things won’t turn out the way you expected or hoped, when you will question God’s timing, or when you simply won’t understand what is going on around you.

Maybe you’re in the midst of one of those moments right now. (It certainly seems like many in our country are feeling that way, on the heels of a divisive election and as we near the end of a tumultuous year.) When those moments come, our natural tendency would be to focus on ourselves, our pain, and our disappointment. But God calls us as Christ-followers to take a different approach and to adopt a different perspective in those moments, as we’ll learn in this week’s message.

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Message: “More Faith” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Facing Uncertainty.” We are currently living in a world that is filled with troubles and uncertainty. So many things are out of our control. But in the midst of all that, God tells us to not be afraid. This week we will see that the key to living without fear is found in the depth of our faith.

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Message: “Fear Not” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Facing Uncertainty.” In our world that is filled with pain and problems and uncertainty, fear can get the best of us. Panic can replace peace. Chaos can push away calm. But in the midst of all that, God tells us: FEAR NOT. This week’s message will teach us how that is possible.

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Message: “Word & Deed, Part 2” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Word & Deed.” Some churches emphasize truth and doctrine. Other churches emphasize service to the community, the marginalized, and the world. The fully biblical church will be passionately committed to both. Neither can be minimized for the sake of the other. And while BCC certainly has room to grow, perhaps we will discover the most significant growth must first happen in our own hearts. Join us this Sunday for the conclusion of this 2-part series.

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Message: “Word & Deed, Part 1” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Word & Deed.” Some churches emphasize truth and doctrine. Other churches emphasize service to the community, the marginalized, and the world. The fully biblical church will be passionately committed to both. Neither can be minimized for the sake of the other. And while BCC certainly has room to grow, perhaps we will discover the most significant growth must first happen in our own hearts.

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Message: “Your Will, Not Mine” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Your Will, Not Mine.” “Have it your way” is more than just a nice jingle when you want Burger King to hold the pickles and the lettuce. They know that if you don’t get it your way, you could end up taking your business elsewhere.

Could the same be said about your relationship with God? Are you committed to seeing His will, or your will, be done? “I guess that all depends,” you say. And you’d be right! This Sunday we’ll see why, as we look at three factors that are necessary if you want to have it God’s way – which is better every time.

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Message: “The Perfect Advocate” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “The Perfect Advocate.” Have you ever gone through some type of trial or period of suffering and been greeted by well-intentioned people who want to help but seem unable to relate to what you’re going through or don’t really know how to provide what you need? If so, the specific words of Hebrews 4:14-16 offer great reassurance and comfort. They remind us that, even when others are unable to relate or to understand your circumstance, Jesus understands exactly what you are going through. He knows it, because he went through it as well. And because he went through it, he also knows what you need most, at the precise time that you need it.

So join us for this week’s message, as we seek to better understand how and why Jesus is the perfect Advocate, and the difference that makes for your life.

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Message: “This is the Church” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “God\’s Family.” What does the term “the church” mean to you? A place? A service on Sunday mornings? Your answer to that question can have a profound impact on your life, and also on your walk with God and with other believers. If you see the church as just another thing on your “to do” list, you are missing out on one of the most important things that can bring your life ultimate meaning and joy. This Sunday we’ll be looking at some of the powerful things the Bible says the church really is.

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Message: “The End of Hostility” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “God\’s Family.” The Christian community should not feel divided. While disagreements among Christians can (and will!) occur, and no Christian is immune to the need for correction, these ought to happen within the context of an unbreakable allegiance of spirit.

In the first century, such unity developed between the most unlikely groups: Israelites and Gentiles. Neither of these had a natural affinity toward the other, and in some ways, each were taught to despise the other. Yet, they became family. This week, we’ll look at what brought them together, and how it can unite us as well.

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Message: “Brought Near” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “God’s Family.” “Why do I need to be part of a church? I don’t need to be with other people in order to worship God. A person’s relationship with God should be a personal and private matter.”

Maybe you’ve heard statements like these before. And maybe you’ve thought or said the same things yourself. The fact is that many people today view the Christian faith primarily in terms of individual or small-group activities, and think of being part of a church as an optional extra. The New Testament, though, gives us a radically different picture of church.

What is God’s vision for the church, and why does it matter – not only to us, but to the world? Join us as we seek to answer these questions and more in a new sermon series that begins this week.

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Message: “Responding to Your Questions” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Future Hope.” Everyone has questions, and this Sunday Pastors Dave, Steve, and Dan will be responding to ours. Sometimes the best learnings come from biblical answers to relevant questions. Much of Jesus’ teaching was in response to people’s questions. Questions like: What must I do to inherit eternal life? Who is my neighbor? Are you the King of the Jews? What will be the sign of your coming? After our summer-long Future Hope message series, you may already have a good answer to that last question. But if not, hopefully you will after this Sunday’s special Q & A message.

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Message: “The Best is Yet to Come” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Future Hope.” Knowing the best is yet to come can make a significant difference in what we think, feel, and do when life in this world is hard. Like it is right now. Thankfully the Bible tells us that what’s on the other side of the worst this fallen world can throw at us, will be better than we can even imagine. And not just for a day or two, but forever.

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Message: “The Lake of Fire” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Future Hope.” Nearly all of us have heard of hell. We’ve seen depictions of it in movies or works of art, and we’ve heard other people reference it either casually or zealously in conversation. For many of us, we’d like to abandon the idea of hell altogether. We can’t see how it fits with an all-loving God, so we doubt or reject its existence. But Scripture won’t let us do that. The Bible, and Jesus Himself, teach about the reality of hell. This week, we’ll talk about it. What is hell, how long does it last, and maybe even how can it display God’s love for us?

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Message: “Thy Kingdom Come” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Future Hope.” It’s the time of year when teachers, parents, and students are thinking about the coming school year. And with the start of school just hours away, last minute preparations are a must. But with uncertainty in the air, knowing what preparations to make are somewhat of a guess – at best.

Blame it on COVID. No one – not Dr. Fauci, Governor Newsom, teachers, or anyone – can tell you for sure what’s ahead. So everyone is doing their best to prepare for “who knows what.” It’s a strange way to live.

Fortunately, we don’t have to live with uncertainty about God’s coming Kingdom. And the certainties of what’s ahead can lift our spirits and energize our efforts in today’s difficult times.

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Message: “The Final Showdown” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Future Hope.” Have you ever watched a TV show where almost every single episode ended in a cliffhanger, and left you wondering if the main character would be able to get out of a particularly tight spot or would survive another week? The tension can be enormous. That is, unless, you already know how the whole TV series ends. You would then be able to rest more easily, knowing that each episode is not the end of the story.

One of the most helpful aspects of the Bible is that it enables us to fast-forward to the future, leaving no doubt as to how the cosmic battle between God and the forces of evil – that has been playing out since eternity past – will ultimately conclude. And because we already know the end of the story – namely, that God has already won the battle – those who put their trust in Jesus can rest more easily and live with hope.

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Message: “One Big Happy Wedding” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Future Hope.” Every wedding is usually a happy occasion. At least it should be. If it’s not, something’s messed up. And in those cases, it would probably be really good if someone hit the brakes and asked, “What’s up?”

If you’re into happy weddings, like God is, you could be in for the wedding of a lifetime. One that is guaranteed to bring an unstoppable smile to your face and to everyone else who attends – and for more reasons than just the wine (which by the way will be really good!). We’ll find out more about this upcoming wedding, and who will be attending, in this Sunday’s message.

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Message: “The Wrath We Love” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Future Hope.”

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Message: “More Than Just ‘Well Done'” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Future Hope.” Ignorance isn’t bliss when it’s concerning Jesus’ upcoming return to earth. Not knowing the calorie count or the ingredients in your next Baskin-Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge double scoop of ice cream could be bliss. But when it comes to Jesus’ coming, you want to be “in the know.”

Did you know that when Jesus comes, He will be bringing rewards? Do you know why? And do you know who those rewards will be for? That’s our focus in this week’s message. Trust me… this is something you will want to know about! Because in knowing, your life will be better for it, both now and forever.

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Message: “Eternal Victory” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Future Hope.” For the most part, the past decade has been quite good for followers of Bay Area professional sports teams. But as powerful and intoxicating as the joy of winning can be for many, it is a short-lived joy. We all quit celebrating at some point and go back to our lives, the victory parades come to an end, and the championship T-shirt eventually finds its way to the bottom of the drawer.

For joy to last, it must be rooted in something lasting. Something sturdy. Something that doesn’t evaporate in the face of defeat or hardship. Something eternal. For the Christ-follower, eternity not only reminds us that this world is not all there is, but it also assures and comforts us as we celebrate and place our hope in the truth that God will win – which means that, because of His grace, we will ultimately win – and that every dark thing will be defeated. Because of Him, eternal victory is certain.

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Message: “The Meetup of Meetups” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Future Hope.” Life before Covid was filled with opportunities to meet up with others – for work, school, church, friends, neighborhoods, family events… Now, getting together in person with others is rare, if it’s happening at all. And in our strange new world of face masks and social distancing, it’s definitely not the same as it used to be.

In what seemed like an instant, our world filled with meetings changed as Covid and sheltering-in-place became a thing. And now we are only slowly beginning to move back to some kind of normal as we come out of this time. And eventual our meet ups will begin again.

But one day in the future, in an instant, things will change again. And this time for good. At the perfect time, in the perfect location, with perfect conditions, with the perfect people, for a perfect reason. It’s going to be the meetup of all meetups. We’ll learn what Jesus has to say about it this week.

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Message: “A Promise, A Warning, and An Invitation” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Future Hope.” With all of the unexpected trouble of 2020, some people have stopped to ask: Could these events signal the end of the world might be near? While no one could know the answer to that question, we do know that Jesus promised He would return. But what type of return should we expect? Will He usher in a new reign of peace, joy, and harmony, or will He come to the earth with the fire of judgment? The answer, it turns out, is both.

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Message: “The Hope of His Appearing” from David Brickner

A message from the series “Future Hope.” We are happy to announce that David Brickner will be teaching this coming Sunday’s message in our Future Hope series. David oversees the worldwide Jews for Jesus ministry from its headquarters in San Francisco. Although this time David will be speaking to us online by way of video, we anticipate that the Lord will use him to encourage and challenge us like he has in the past when he has preached at BCC. Now that you know David will be joining us to speak about Jesus’ coming, please spread the word!

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Message: “Hope for Troubled Hearts” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Future Hope.” If you were afraid of the dark when you were little, you likely wanted someone older to be with you in those moments in order to reassure you that everything would be okay. And like little children, we too need the reassuring words of our heavenly Father to give us proper perspective and to help us in times of trouble.

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). He didn’t say that to depress his followers, but to prepare them. Because no matter where you live, how much money you have in the bank, or how much you plan, you’ll never be able to create a trouble-free life. However, while there are reasons to be troubled, we’re going to see in this week’s message that there is a greater reason not to be.

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Message: “I Can Hardly Wait” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Future Hope.” The words “I can hardly wait” convey our anticipation and excitement for something that we look forward to. Like unsheltering-in-place for those living in Santa Clara County. We hope that one day soon we’ll get the okay to re-assemble for worship, and school, and sporting events, and country western concerts at Shoreline, and coffee shop appointments, and play dates at the park. “I can hardly wait” feelings bring hope, joy, incentive, wisdom, and much more.

Of the myriad of things that we could be “hardly waiting for,” our focus this Sunday is something that seems to have lost the priority place that God wants it to have in our lives. It’s something that could give us a whole new outlook on life now and forever.

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Message: “A Tale of Four People – Proverbs 18:21; 1 Samuel 25” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “When Life Hurts.” Our words toward others can be life-giving or life-taking. We know that by experience. Who hasn’t been comforted and encouraged by the words of another? We treasure the memory of their words. And who hasn’t been wounded by something someone said? That hurt can go deep and the pain can linger a life-time.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue.

This week, through the lives of three people, we will be digging into a Bible passage that speaks about speaking. It’s something we do all the time – for better or worse.

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Message: “How to Uplift Your Soul” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “When Life Hurts.” Frustration, mental fatigue, and weariness are all part of life, especially now. While we may not be able to change our circumstances just yet, many of us would like to change the way we feel during these circumstances, if that could be possible. The ancient people who lived during biblical times were no different. They experienced all the same ups and downs that we do, but they learned how to coach themselves through those emotions. The wisdom they learned might just help us today to uplift our souls.

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Message: “Loving Well in a Broken World – Romans 12:15” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “When Life Hurts.” Loving your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40) would be easy if your neighbors” were all people you already understood. People you already agreed with. People like you.

But what about your highly opinionated relative who votes differently than you and rubs it in your face every time you’re together? The annoying person who keeps posting about how bad they have it during this pandemic? The colleague who continually blames and curses God for
the mess the world is in right now? Are those the “neighbors” that Jesus expects us to love as well?

Yep. Every one of them. But how?

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Message: “A Sorrowful Yet Joyful Life – 2 Corinthians 6:10” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “When Life Hurts.” Sometimes life hurts. We wish it didn’t. We’d like it to always be the best of times, and never the worst of times. We’d like life to be happy and pleasant and peaceful and fulfilling, all of the time. But it’s not.

The Bible tells us that while we are living in this fallen world, sometimes life will hurt. And all of us together are in one of those times right now, as we wait for the world to be done with the coronavirus and for life to get back to some kind of normal.

But thankfully, the Bible also tells us that when we are living in a time of sorrow, and waiting for that time to end, it’s possible to live with joy – deep, abiding, seemingly inconceivable joy. For everyone who could use a good dose of that joy right now, our message from God’s Word this Sunday will remind us where it’s found.

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Message: “Sadness, Sovereignty, and Salvation – John 11:1-44 ” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “When Life Hurts.” In times of crises, we often wonder, where is God? Is He coming to our rescue? Does our pain matter to Him at all? Is there some kind of plan or is God waiting to find out what’s next just like the rest of us? This week, as we look at the famous account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, we’ll see how deeply our plight moves the heart of God, His sovereign response, and the bright future we share with Lazarus.

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Message: “– Things Happen for a Reason – Lamentations 3” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “When Life Hurts.” The Bible makes it clear that God is sovereign over everything that happens in this world and in our lives. He is in control. Though we may plan our steps, God directs our path. His plans will be accomplished. And everything – even things that aren’t so good – will somehow work out for good.

If we really do believe the Bible, we know that those things are true. Which means that there is a reason for everything that God allows to touch our lives. Including what’s going on in our world right now.

This Sunday we will be looking at one of the things that God is wanting to accomplish in our lives during this time as we have pushed pause on life as we’ve known it.

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Message: “The Best Way to Face an Uncertain Future – Matthew 6:25-34” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “When Life Hurts.” It doesn’t take living in this world very long to feel the weight of its brokenness. We know the world is not as it should be, and so we groan (Romans 8:18-23). We grieve. We grumble. And, if we were to be completely honest, we may even be tempted to wonder, “Where is God in all of this?”, “Is He in control right now?” and, “Can I actually trust Him?”

Fortunately, God is not dismissive of or intimidated by such questions. We can come boldly and honestly to Him with our pain and our worry, knowing and trusting that, rather than turning us away or offering us simple platitudes, our heavenly Father will amply supply the grace, the perspective, and the compassionate comfort we so desperately need when life hurts.

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Message: “Some Really Good News – 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Easter Sunday.” All around the world, people are looking for good news. Especially now. We all want to hear that the curve is flattening and that it won’t be long before COVID-19 is history.

We hope. We pray.

And we come to Easter. The celebration that offers the greatest hope of all. The best news ever, which all of us could use right now.

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Message: “Coronation of the King” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Coronation of the King.” When a new king is crowned, we expect a certain amount of ceremony and celebration. There are festivities of all sorts as the people anticipate a bright new future. But when Jesus approaches Jerusalem for the final time, we see His coronation is far from normal. Once again, Jesus turns all of our expectations upside down…and then surpasses them.

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Message: ““I’d love to, but . . . – Luke 9:23, 57-62” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Biblical Hospitality.” The Bible is clear from beginning to end. God wants Christ-followers to consistently and sacrificially love, serve, welcome, and demonstrate compassion – not only to fellow believers, but particularly to strangers and outsiders – through generous acts of warm hospitality in Jesus’ name. However, the journey to becoming a more hospitable and loving person is not as simple as one might hope.

The greatest barrier to biblical hospitality? Quite frankly, it’s ourselves. We frequently seem to have a litany of excuses at the ready as to why we intentionally avoid or ignore altogether the opportunities we have each day to step out in faith and to live out our God-ordained calling to welcome the strangers around us.

What about you? What’s holding you back?

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Message: “Attitude Check – Genesis 18:1-8” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Biblical Hospitality.” A couple times a year our Los Altos Christian Schools kids and families have the opportunity to spend a few hours personally with a teacher, coach, or staff member. Our kids respond to this opportunity with eager excitement. The thought of spending time with someone they respect and enjoy is viewed as a privilege. An honor.

Just imagine if the opportunity came your way to spend time with an angel. Believe it or not, it could happen. That’s what the writer of Hebrews said. “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Unlikely to happen, you say? That’s true. Especially if you don’t show hospitality to strangers. And you’d miss out on the joy that could have been yours if you eagerly practiced hospitality. How Abraham and Sarah discovered that joy will be the focus of today’s message.

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Message: “A Seat at the Table- 2 Samuel 9:1-13” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Biblical Hospitality.”

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Being on the receiving end of an unexpected act of kindness or hospitality can be jarring, particularly when you consider that we live in a world that is all too frequently marked by unkindness and inhospitality.

But living in that world also means that we have unlimited opportunities to practice unexpected kindness and hospitality towards others — the type of kindness and hospitality we see depicted in today’s Scripture reading. And more importantly, the type of kindness and hospitality that God lavishes upon us every moment of every day.

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Message: “The Hospitable God” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Biblical Hospitality.” Last week during the first session of this series, we saw that we all have a need to be accepted, included, and invited.
We need to feel welcomed, received, and remembered. In short, we need someone to be hospitable to us—someone
to celebrate us as a friend even when we are a stranger. Today we’ll see that God provides exactly that. When we are strangers, He welcomes us. When we are foreigners, He gives us citizenship. When we are unworthy, He brings us home.

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Message: “From Stranger to Friend” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Biblical Hospitality.” Hospitality might seem intimidating or unnecessary to some of us. We might not feel like we have the needed resources or skills to serve strangers in the same way that we serve friends. However, as we will see this week, we all know how isolating it feels when people are inhospitable to us, and, at the same time, we know how wonderful it is when we are included as friends. Hospitality, it turns out, might just revolutionize our world.

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Message: “Need to Know – 1 John 5:13-21” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” Some people seem to know everything. Or at least a lot more than the average person knows. It’s baffling! Does the name Ken Jennings ring a bell? Does just asking that question cause you to think, “Should I have known that?” Just so you’re not left wondering who Ken Jennings is, he recently won the three-day GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Tournament on Jeopardy. The stuff Ken knows is beyond most of us. And maybe for good reason.

Not everything that comes our way is something we need to know. Some things are simply “could knows” or “don’t need to knows.” And there are even some things we know that we wish we didn’t know! But some things that come our way are things we really need to know. They’re that important! They might even have life-changing ramifications. Today our final message in the book of 1 John focuses on five certainties that everyone needs to know. For sure.

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Message: “Better Than Yelp – 1 John 5:6-12” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” Yelp is just one of the many online review sites that make a nice chunk of change from telling people what other people think. It seems that everyone has an opinion and given the opportunity to share it, they will. And people like us will read and even take to heart what others say about a restaurant, theater, hotel, stylist, mechanic, or even a church.

Reviews, evaluations, opinions, references, testimonies… they all shape what we say, do, and believe. And if you’re a business owner, what others say could impact your livelihood in significant ways. But of all the testimonies we will ever read and act on, the one in focus today could have the greatest impact on one’s life ever.

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Message: “Vital Signs – 1 John 5:1-5 ” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Sure.” If you’ve ever found yourself in the ER or Urgent Care at a hospital, you know that the doctor or medical professional attending to you will likely start by assessing four primary vital signs: your heart rate, your respiratory rate, your blood pressure, and your body temperature. Why? So that they can compare your vital signs with the standard and know what next-steps they will need to take in order to best address your needs.

As important as it is to have a good understanding of your physical wellbeing, it is infinitely more important to know where you stand from a spiritual perspective. What would God’s assessment be of your current spiritual condition? What are the key vital signs that indicate whether or not you are, in fact, spiritually alive?

There are eternal ramifications to such questions, but as we move towards the conclusion of our study in the book of 1 John, the apostle John is going to help us by summarizing the specific vital signs that God is looking for in your life.

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Message: “Love Conquers All – 1 John 4:13-21 ” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Sure.” Fear. Hate. Doubt. We usually don’t want to admit that we experience any of these, let alone all three. And yet, at least occasionally, they can slip into our lives. Today we’ll see there is a revelation bright enough to drive away even the darkest fear, the strongest hate, and the deepest doubt.

It’s God love.

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Message: “Loved to Love – 1 John 4:7-12” from Dave Gudgel

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The church is the one place a person should be able to count on for experiencing love. In large measure. In ways that make others stand up and take notice, and long to experience the same love in their own lives.

Sadly, this is not always the case. Too often the church is more about rules and judgement, or social causes, or
having our own needs met, than it is about simply living a life of love together. What’s up with that? It’s certainly not reflective of God’s plan or desire for the church.

If only the church loved like God intends. In ways that show the world the glory and heart of our Maker and Creator. In ways that make others long for what the church has. Our study in I John today will help us see what it means to live out that kind of love, and how we can make it a greater reality here at Bridges Community Church.

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Message: “You Want to Be an Overcomer – 1 John 4:1-6 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” If you believe everything you hear, you’re headed for big problems. Especially when it comes to your spiritual beliefs. Be warned – lies and errors can and will show up, even within the church. It’s no wonder it’s important to God that His children be wise and discerning, not gullible.

God wants us to be overcomers. Like victorious athletes or warriors, an overcomer pleases God now, and one day will be generously rewarded by the Lord in Heaven. While we are not guaranteed victory over the enemy in every situation as long as we are in this world, the probability of victory will increase if we take to heart today’s “overcomer challenge” based on the biblical teaching found in 1 John 4.

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Message: “Rest for the Restless Heart – 1 John 3:19-24” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” This is the time of year when most of us could really use a break. Some much-needed extra rest after the busyness of the holidays, and before the new year kicks in and life gets busy again.

We know what to do when our bodies need rest: a nap, a good night of sleep, a healthier diet, maybe getting lost in a good book or binge watching a movie series or television show. All of those could do wonders for our physical needs. But what do we do when our souls are weary?

Jesus had a thing or two to say about that. Like the time He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus offers rest for your heart and soul—something we all need. Today we will see what God’s Word has to teach us about finding the rest that God offers for our souls.

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Message: “Not This Year, Satan! – Luke 22 ” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Not This Year, Satan!.” Peter says that our adversary roams around like a lion looking for someone to devour.

Judas got more than he bargained for when he conspired with evil.

But is this someone we really need to pay attention to today? What would he want to attack in our lives? And how does Jesus tell us to stop him?

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Message: “Behold – Luke 22” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Behold.” Christmas tends to be a time that we’re either filled with more hope or more despair. Either way, the birth of the Savior promises a future in which all of our hopes will be fulfilled and all of our despairs will be healed. Behold, the Lamb of God who comes to take away the sins of the world.

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Message: “In the Christmas Spirit – Luke 2:19” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “In the Christmas Spirit.” The story of Jesus’ birth, pondered and treasured, can fill our hearts with love, joy, peace, thankfulness, and so
much more. We’d be so much better off if these warm, wonderful feelings that make up the Christmas spirit were ours in abundance throughout the Christmas season and the year that follows.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The craziness of this time of year can put us in a Christmas funk, and we can find ourselves stressed out and exhausted. Which is the opposite of what Mary and the others who were there to experience that first Christmas felt. We’ll see today that their Christmas spirit can be ours, too.

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Message: “Love That Passes the Test – 1 John 3:10-18 ” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Sure.” Love is harder than we think. Of course we love our kids and grandkids and close friends and those who treat us well. We love nice people. But Jesus says everybody naturally does that anyway (Matthew 5:47). That’s not hard. People love people who love them.

The real question is, will we also love those who harm us? Will we keep on loving even when it means bearing burdens we would rather not be bothered with? Will we love when the people we love do not love us in return? Will we love those who are unlovely, undeserving, or ungrateful?

Loving others is challenging. God does not make it easy, but He does make it possible. And He shows us how it’s done.

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Message: “Why He Came – 1 John 3:4-10 ” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Sure.” Christmas is a wonderful reminder that God came and lived among us (John 1:14). It’s a reminder of how God came: born of a virgin in Bethlehem, as prophesied hundreds of years beforehand. It’s a reminder of when God came to the earth: Jesus appeared at just the right moment in human history “in the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4). But as important as these truths are, if we don’t also understand why God sent His Son—in other words, what Jesus’ purpose and mission was—then we risk missing the entire point of the Christmas story.

The apostle John, though, knew why Jesus came. He knew because Jesus had explained it to him when they spent three years of ministry together. And thankfully we have John’s words to help us remember why Jesus came and why it matters to us today.

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Message: “With Much Thanks” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Thanksgiving.” We know Thanksgiving is good for the body. At least that’s what we tell ourselves when we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a meal that we’ve looked forward to since last Thanksgiving. There’s nothing like digging into roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie. With a menu like that, it’s not surprising that in the United States we eat more on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year! And we love it.

If Thanksgiving is good for the body, it’s even better for the soul—that part of us that needs healthy doses of gratitude for our attitude. Especially when the world around us is filled with so much negativity and complaining, and we can easily find ourselves infected with unhappiness and discontentment. Thanksgiving can make a world of difference! We’ll experience that today as we gather for worship and see why it’s good to give thanks to the Lord.

Food for the body; food for the soul. We definitely need both.

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Message: “Now and Then – 1 John 2:28-3:3 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” Now and Then is more than a new television show, a movie, or a media presentation at a high school reunion that compares how we look now to how we used to look way back then.

John tells us that we need to be people of now and people of then. But he’s not talking about the past and present. He’s talking about the present and the future. Now, and then. He tells us that we are at our best when we act and think in light of both the here & now and the not yet & then.

Our world is big on the hedonistic “You only live once, so get everything you can now, while you can.” Yes, one could do that, but it would be sad. There is so much more to live for when we live in light of now…and then. We’ll see how to do that in today’s message in 1 John.

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Message: “Ex-Christian? – 1 John 2:18-27” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Sure.” Most of us have changed our beliefs about something at some point in our lives. Which economic system is best? How closely do we need to watch our diet? Should we buy a foreign or domestic car? Or no car at all? Maybe we were passionate about something in college that just doesn’t seem like that big of deal anymore.

But can that happen with our faith as well? Today we’ll examine how to understand people who were once
dedicated to Christ but aren’t any longer.

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Message: “Who You Gonna Love? – 1 John 2:15-17 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” You have to admit, living on planet earth is pretty incredible. It sure beats life on the Moon or Mars. There is so much to love about the world, in comparison. Food, water, air, shelter. Autumn leaves, wildflowers, mountains, waterfalls. Yes, we are very thankful God created earth and made it habitable. And lovable, too. Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset or a stroll along the beach?

That’s all well and good, until you get to a Bible passage like the one before us this Sunday. The one that says,
“Do not love the world!” Huh? Did I hear that right? Do not love the world that God lovingly created for people like us to enjoy? That sounds at odds with God’s original design intent. What John means by “the world” in this passage is our focus today.

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Message: “Measuring Spiritual Growth – 1 John 2:12-14 ” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Sure.” All living things grow. It might seem slow and incremental at times, but growth is a normal expression of life. Whether we think of people, animals, or plants, we expect them to grow until they reach maturity. So when something or someone doesn’t grow, we begin to wonder what’s wrong.

Growth should also be a normal expression of the life of a Christ-follower, but it too can seem slow and incremental. Nevertheless, the New Testament writers assumed spiritual growth and constantly urged us to pursue it. And moreover, contrary to how growth works in the physical realm, Christ-followers should never stop growing.

But what, exactly, does spiritual growth look like? And how do you know if you are actually growing spiritually?

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Message: “What the World Needs Now – 1 John 2:7-11” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” When you look around, what do you see? It depends on what you’re looking for, right? If you’re looking for it, you’ll see that there’s a lot of good in the midst of this fallen world. Thank God for every glimpse of heaven that we see and experience here on earth. Not only does that bring
happiness to our hearts, it brings glory to God. It’s what God wants for His world – light in the midst of darkness.

God is at work every day in a multitude of ways, bringing light into this dark world. And He wants to use His followers to help do it. How that happens is our focus today in our continuing series in the book of 1 John.

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Message: “So You Say You’re a Christian – 1 John 2:3-6” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” In America, many people call themselves Christians. Some are churchgoers, other aren’t. Some read their Bibles, others don’t. Some make prayer a regular habit in their life, others hardly ever give it a thought. Regardless of their practices or lifestyle, about three out of four people in America claim to be Christians.

That might not seem like a big deal, but it is. Especially when you consider Jesus’ clear warning to a “religious” crowd, who thought for sure that heaven was in their future. Jesus gave them pause to think again. That could be us. But hopefully not. Especially if we take to heart the focus of today’s message in our continuing series in the book of 1 John.

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Message: “Saved From Sin – 1 John 2:1-2” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” We have God’s Word on it: the day is coming when there will be no more sin. Now that’s something to look forward to and to live in light of. When that days comes, suffering, tears, tragedy, grief, and death—all the things that sin brings into this world—will be a thing of the past.

If only that was our experience right now. But it’s not. We battle with sin every day. We continue to suffer from its deadly consequences. But even in this fallen world, God’s will for us is to have victory over sin. Before God creates the new heavens and the new earth, He wants us to experience more and more of His Kingdom on earth now. Today we’ll see how.

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Message: “Confess Your Mess – 1 John 1:8-10” from Dan Stockum

A message from the series “Sure.” There might not be anything more frightening in Christian practice. On the other hand, there might not be anything more helpful. Confession. Opening up to another person about our real struggles. Our real secrets. Our real sins.

Today we will look at how God wants us to step into one of our biggest fears, and the freedom we’ll find on the other side.

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Message: “The Benefits of Walking in the Light – 1 John 1:5-7” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Sure.” A little bit of light can make a huge difference. Especially when you’d like to keep from tripping and falling while
walking up or down steps that are in dark, unfamiliar places. When all is dark, a tiny candle changes everything.

Jesus said He is the light of the world, and He calls us to walk in the light with Him. As we walk through this fallen world, every day we make choices to either walk in the darkness or the light. Today’s message, based on the book of I John, will help us see how important that choice is.

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Message: “This is Life – 1 John 1:1-4” from Steve Durand

A message from the series “Sure.” There are a lot of areas in life where it’s ok to lack certainty. However, when it comes to our relationship with God and our eternal destiny, we should want to know for certain where we stand.

Thankfully, the book of 1 John is all about certainty, and the basis of that certainty. It also addresses and answers other important assurance-related questions, such as: How can I know that what I believe is true? How can I be assured of God’s love and control in my life? And how can I maintain certainty in the midst of disappointment and opposition?

If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, you’re not alone. Our hope and prayer is that God will use the new message series that we’re starting today to help you to become more certain than ever of your eternal future.

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Message: “Bloom Where You’re Planted – Jeremiah 29:5-11” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the series “Bloom Where You’re Planted.” Life is filled with endings and beginnings; times of celebration and times of anticipation. Today is focused on both, from our Annual Ministry Meeting at 9:00 through our potluck at 12:00 noon. It’s time to give thanks and to party.

Sandwiched between these two special events is what you’re here for now: our Combined Annual Celebration Worship Service. We’re so thankful you’re here to join us in praising God for the abundant blessings He poured out on His Bridges Community Church family this past year, and also as we look to the Scriptures that speak to the matter of beginnings—how to make the most of them and what that looks like in our lives in the places God has us
strategically located.

We have much to give thanks for and to look forward to. We praise God for the good things He has done and is yet to do.

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Message: “Do You See What I See? – 2 Kings 6:8-23” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Miracles.” When you look at your circumstances today, what do you see? You may be overwhelmed by debt, discouraged by demands you can’t seem to fulfill, or facing an impossible situation.

Whatever your circumstances may be, the prophet, Elisha, had a servant who could relate to what you’re feeling. The servant woke up early one morning and, when he went outside, he looked up and saw an enemy army with horses and chariots surrounding him, and he cried out to Elisha in response, “Oh no! What shall we do?” But while the servant was panicking, Elisha remained completely calm, despite facing the exact same imminent threat.

How can two people experience the same set of circumstances, but one person looks at it with dread while the other faces it with confident peace? The story behind the miracle we’ll look at today gives us the answer.

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Message: “It’s So Like God – Judges 6-8” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Miracles.” Story after story in the Bible tells of God’s awesome work in the lives of people who found themselves facing a seemingly impossible task. Take Gideon for example: God tapped him on the shoulder for a job that was above his pay grade. From a human perspective, Gideon had no chance of succeeding.

But isn’t that just like God? Isn’t that often His way of creating in us more awe, love, dependence, and more in the relationship God wants to share with us? For His glory and the greater good. That certainly happened in and through Gideon’s life, like it could in ours.

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Message: “Why Wait? – Genesis 17, 18, 21” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Miracles.” We’ve all waited on something big. Something important. Something we were pretty sure we couldn’t live without. Maybe even something we believed we deserved. But for whatever reason, it didn’t come. It didn’t happen. We wonder if God forgot about us. If He’s still there. If He cares.

Today we’ll study the life of a woman who likely wrestled with all of those questions, and how God responded.

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Message: “Kept Alive – Jonah 1:17-2:10” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Miracles.” In over our heads. Overwhelmed. Buried. This isn’t the usual description of a miracle, but in the story of Jonah, it’s exactly what we see. So perhaps in our lives, when we’re surrounded by darkness and despair clouds out all light, God might still be present. Perhaps, like Jonah, we’re living in the epicenter of the miraculous.

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Message: “A Divine Interruption – Numbers 22:21-35” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Miracles.” This blurb may have interrupted something you’re trying to do. But now you’re reading about the very thing that you’d like to minimize. Interruptions. We live in a world where we are constantly being interrupted. A world where both the urgent and the trivial often interfere with the important. An incoming phone call intrudes on the in-person conversation that was scheduled weeks ago, but now, in this moment, that conversation will have to wait.

Of course, not all interruptions are created equal. Some can wait, while others need our immediate attention. Especially when the one seeking our attention is our Heavenly Father. It makes sense that when He “interrupts” our plans, whenever and wherever, we should drop whatever we’re doing and give Him our undivided
attention. That’s what we will be looking at in our message today. A miraculous, divine interruption.

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Message: “From Disappointment to Divine Appointment – 2 Kings 5:1-19” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Miracles.” Life often looks very different than we hope or expect. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, while others shatter us completely and shake our faith. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness or the wisdom of His plan for our lives.

Today’s message will take a look at the biblical account of Naaman, a wealthy and highly decorated warrior who was used to receiving accolades and deference from others around him. But Naaman, as with so many of us, found himself in the midst of a God-sized problem that he could neither understand nor do anything to resolve on his own. And that’s when Naaman began to discover that our life disappointments can often be the divine appointments our souls desperately need in order to radically encounter God.

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Message: “Duel on the Mountain – I Kings 18” from Phil Tuttle

A message from the sermon “Miracles.” Put yourself in Elijah’s sandals. It’s you against 450 prophets who have something to prove. Each one is ready to put an end to you and your faith, once and for all. Obviously, 450 to 1 are terrible odds. If you’re the one against the 450, you might want to be thinking about hightailing it out of town…pronto!

Unless you’ve taken a lesson or two from Elijah the Tishbite of Gilead. A worshipper of Almighty God. The one true God. The One who is ready to show the world what He can do through a person who is fully sold out to Him. And today we’ll see that what God did for Elijah, can translate into our world in miraculous ways even now.

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Message: “Wake Up to God’s Presence – Exodus 13:21-22” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Miracles.” Today we begin a new message series focused on Old Testament miracles. Call them God stories or divine intervention—all of them teach us something about God’s unlimited power, unimaginable creativity, and unparalleled work in the world and in the lives of imperfect people who desperately need His help.

For example, the pillars of cloud by day and fire by night that led the Children of Israel for forty years! You’d think that amazing, long-term miracle would have been more than enough to convince them that their first choice should always be to trust God! To make their relationship with Him their top priority. Well…it did, and it didn’t. Which is why this “that’s incredible” part of God’s story is as relevant today as it was in Moses’ day. We’ll see why today.

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Message: “Baptism – Romans 6:3-4” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Baptism.” Followers of Jesus have been baptized since the beginning of Christianity. But why? What does this ancient practice accomplish? Is it still relevant for us today? Perhaps for some of us, this is the next step God would like for us to take in our journey toward Him. There is much water. Is anything preventing you from being baptized?

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Message: “Still Running Strong – 2 Timothy 4:9-22” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” Finishing what we start isn’t easy in a world that is filled with conflict, push back, boredom, and hardship in
abundant measure. Comparatively speaking, starting a new project, book, job, or relationship is easy. But
keeping a commitment, a promise, a contract, a vow—for the duration of the pledge—is when things get tough.

Somewhere along the way we hit a wall, and the thought of abandoning the race begins a battle in our minds. The proof of how often we lose that battle can be seen in divorces, abandoned diets, job changes, and even half-read books.

Don’t you love the feeling when you finish something you started? And we love to see others finish what they start. Running strong to the very end. If ever someone displayed that kind of fortitude, especially when it came to matters of faith, it was the Apostle Paul. He finished strong. Today we’ll see why, and hopefully gain insight into how we can do the same.

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Message: “Always in Season – 2 Timothy 4:1-8” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” Let’s admit it. Most of us are fair-weather people. We prefer moderate weather—not too hot and not too cold. Sunshine and blue skies, maybe a few fluffy white clouds, 72 degrees, with a cool breeze describes another perfect Bay Area day. And we love it.

We’d also like life in general to follow that same fair-weather pattern. A job with just enough challenge to keep us from getting bored, but not so much that we are frustrated or miserable. Relationships that are calm and energizing and fun, not stressful or strained.

As Christians, that same desire for fair-weather conditions can impact the proclamation of the Gospel. In our increasingly post-Christian culture, we face a Timothy-like dilemma. Will we go underground with our faith? Will we stay true to God’s Word?

It’s a danger that 1st century churches faced, and it’s a danger that 21st century churches face, too. Which is why Paul’s words to Timothy, that we will be looking at today, are important for us to hear and apply.

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Message: “The Word Works – 2 Timothy 3:14-17” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” Bookstores carry an ample supply of books with advice that promise to make you happier, smarter, thinner, stronger, richer, more proficient at something, or better overall than you currently are. Skeptics inevitably ask two primary questions when we come across such a book:

1) Is the advice in this book reliable? In other words, can I trust what the author is saying?
2) Is the advice in this book useful? In other words, will it actually help me?

Amazingly, God has given us a book—the Bible—not only filled with divine wisdom, but completely reliable and useful for every person, in every country, no matter his or her situation or stage in life. Yet even if we’re convinced of its potency, many of us neglect it or only turn to it when we’re at church or in desperate circumstances.

The real question we should be asking, however, is how can we afford not to be in it more often?

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Message: “A Charge to Dads – 2 Timothy 3:10-15” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” As we celebrate Father’s Day’s this weekend, we recognize that many Christ-following dads embrace the fact that their greatest calling in life is to pass along a legacy of faith to their children. For many of us, though, we’re just not sure how to go about it. Consequently, we tend to parent by circumstance and by chance. We experiment. We react and overreact. And at times we inevitably grow weary and lose heart.

The good news is that, although it was not written specifically as a parenting manual, the Bible is filled with truth and wisdom that any dad (or mom!) can take advantage of in order to develop a practical plan that will give them the best shot at building a legacy of faith with their children. Today’s passage of Scripture will help us to do just that.

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Message: “Why We’re Messed Up – 2 Timothy 3:1-9” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” We’d rather not admit that we’re messed up, but we need to. In fact, we need to do more than just admit we have issues. We need to take corrective action.

That was Paul’s take on the charge he gave Timothy. The first church in Ephesus needed to deal with some of their own who were messed up. And if things had continued on the same path, the whole church could have become infected. So Paul spoke up.

Today we will look at what Paul had to say to them… and to us. Because we also have issues—in our own lives and in the church—that we need to deal with.

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Message: “When Opposition Comes – 2 Timothy 2:23-26” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” When someone is in the wrong—when someone’s thinking and actions related to God’s Word are messed up—you could be the person that leads them out of the mess they’re in and toward a preferred future. But the possibility of you helping them escape what has them deceived and trapped will depend on a couple of significant things related to how you approach them in your attempt to bring them back in line with God’s truth. That’s what we’ll be looking at today as we continue our study in 2 Timothy.

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Message: “Forever Significance – 2 Timothy 2:20-22” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” Some of us want nothing more than to be used by God for some great purpose. And some of us don’t want
anything to do with God—that is, if He even exists.

Today we will see that whatever camp we are in, God has plans for our lives. The only question that remains is: how will He use our lives? As it turns out, that answer is partly up to us.

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Message: “Handling Heresy – 2 Timothy 2:14-19” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” Let’s face it. There are many conflicting ideas about God circling around the world and even inside the church. Believe it or not, this is not a new phenomenon. The early church faced perhaps an even wider assortment of beliefs that needed to be evaluated and corrected.

This morning, we’ll see how they maintained orthodoxy during conflict and how it can help us today.

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Message: “Living on the Sunny Side – 2 Timothy 2:8-13 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” Here in Silicon Valley, more often than not, our weather is wonderful. Clear blue skies, in the 70’s, a gentle breeze, not a hint of rain (at least in the last seven days or so). We love it that way. And it’s easy to echo King David’s familiar words, “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

If only the rest of life was always sunny and “perfect.” We will all face days, or weeks, or even years that are far from the perfect, peaceful life we long for. Even spiritual giants like David and Paul had their share of dark days. That was even true when David wrote the above words. Yet even in those dark days, he was choosing to live on the sunny side. Paul did the same, even while chained and imprisoned in Rome. How that sunny disposition is possible, even on dark days, will be our focus today as we dive again into the book of 2 Timothy.

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Message: “The Unspoken Fine Print – 2 Timothy 2:1-7 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” Most of us don’t read the fine print. For various reasons. Some of us can’t see it. Or we don’t want to be bothered so we just scroll through it all and click on “I agree.” Or, could it be that we’d rather not know what we’d rather not know? Especially if it touches on the unwanted?

The Apostle Paul could have done what many do. He could have painted the Christian life as an unbroken string of happiness and success. “Everyone hop aboard for the ride of a lifetime! Let the fun and games begin!” Many people—especially in America—assume that’s what God promises us. A happy, easy, carefree life.

We’ll see that’s not what Paul told Timothy, his protégé. He told him the truth. The fine print. He told him what he needed to know. And it’s what we need to know if we truly want to follow Jesus in such a time as this.

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Message: “The Ministry of Refreshment – 2 Timothy 1:15-18” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” In his brief letter to Philemon, the apostle Paul commended his friend for having “refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people” (Philemon 1:7).

Do you know anybody like that? Do you have people in your life who “refresh” you spiritually? When you’re down, they’re able to lift your soul back up and to cause you to walk away feeling encouraged, hopeful, spiritually stimulated, and grateful for the time you spent together.

Spiritually refreshing people are like an oasis in the midst of a desert. When we find them, we tend not to let them go – and for good reason!

But if we value this trait so much in others, shouldn’t we then consider how we can offer a similar ministry of refreshment to those around us?

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Message: “Good Friday” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Resurrected (just as He said).”

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Message: “Resurrected (just as He said) – Matthew 28:1-6” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Resurrected (just as He said).” History tells us that Jesus the Nazarene died by crucifixion, but then three days later He did the unthinkable: He came back to life. He resurrected. He beat death. And then He proved it by appearing to a variety of different people over a 40-day period of time.

People were changed in every unexpected encounter with the risen Jesus. Their feelings of despondency, hopelessness, unbelief, and shame were replaced with zeal, hope, belief, and freedom.

Jesus did what no one else had done before or has done since. He conquered death and came back to a new life that will never die again. And in so doing, He made a way for everyone to live now and forever. If that sounds too good to be true, it’s not. We’ll see why today.

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Message: “Jumping the Hurdle – 2 Timothy 1:6-14” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” Talking about our faith isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it can feel like a hurdle that we just can’t get past. Fortunately for us, we aren’t the first people to feel this way, and we can learn from those who have gone before us. This week, we’ll see when the early Christians seemed to struggle with sharing their faith and how they coached themselves to improve.

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Message: “Always On My Mind – 2 Timothy 1:1-5” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Rock Solid.” If you pay attention to what a person talks about and prays about, you can get a pretty good read on what’s on their mind.

And there are a lot of things that can be on a person’s mind. From fun to work. From happy thoughts to sad thoughts. From conflict and stress to peace. From God’s words to worldly wisdom. From anger and bitterness to love. From despair to hope. From “What college should I go to?” to “What’s for dinner?” You get the idea.

So what does this have to do with you? A lot. The things that are always on your mind are indicators of what’s most important to you in your life. And while there are a lot of things in life that are important in their own way, only a few are most important. Two of those most
important things that should always be on our minds as believers, will come into focus as we begin our study today in the book of 2 Timothy. They are two matters that were on the Apostle Paul’s mind, that made him the amazing person he was, even to his dying day.

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Message: “Great Expectations – James 5:17-18” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Only by Prayer.” It’s been said that “If you expect nothing, you’ll never be disappointed.” As much as we’d like to think differently, the same applies to prayer.

In our times of prayer with God, great expectations precede great results. Even beyond what you could have thought or wished for.

Sure, your day-to-day life may be a lot easier if you lower your expectations, but it will also be a lot less than it could be. And with prayer, you may never see what God could and would do if your expectations were equivalent to the Lord’s. Today, through the life of Elijah, we’ll see what God-sized expectations entailed in his life, and the practical impact similar expectations could have in ours.

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Message: “The Struggle is Real – Genesis 32:22-32” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Only by Prayer.” Wait for it…..keep waiting…..still no answer…..

Have you been there? What were your prayers like during those seasons? For many of us, our prayers were persistent. They were constant. Ongoing. Frequently repeated.

What might be surprising to us is that we are exactly where God wants us to be when we are praying this way. And in fact, we may need to travel through persistence to find a breakthrough.

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Message: “Why Bother? – 1 Samuel 1:1-20” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Only by Prayer.” We all go through seasons in which our passion for certain activities decreases. Maybe we simply lose interest over time. Or we get busy doing other things. We encounter some crisis or resistance that shakes our confidence. We begin to question if it’s worth the time and energy we’re investing. We lose heart.

The same can happen in our prayer lives. If we’re not careful, we can lose our motivation and, before we know it, either stop praying altogether or fall into patterns of puny, formulaic prayers in which we hastily come before God and mindlessly and superficially run through a list of things we’d like Him to do in our lives.

God doesn’t ever want you to forget who you’re talking to in prayer. Nor does He want you to be satisfied with a half-hearted prayer life. He wants you to earnestly and boldly seek Him with your whole heart (Jeremiah 29:12-13) and to trust that He is able to move mountains.

Never underestimate the influence of an ordinary person who comes before an extraordinary God in prayer.

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Message: “In Over Your Head” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Only by Prayer.” Committed. Generous. Gifted. Loving. Selfless.
Encouraging. A student of God’s Word. Full of faith.

Most followers of Christ would love to be described by others in any of these ways. But what if someone were
to describe you as desperate?

When we think about someone who is desperate, we likely think about someone who is needy. Incapable. Weak. Helpless. Hopeless.

Who wants to be thought of like that? We’d rather
people see us as self-sufficient and capable, not
desperate. Is it possible, though, that you are actually more desperate and helpless than you realize? And what if God is simply waiting for you to fully embrace your desperate condition and stop leaning on your own understanding and self-sufficiency, so that He can finally bring about the breakthrough in your life for which you’ve been waiting and hoping?

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Message: “Banking on Mercy – Psalm 51” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Only by Prayer.” Sometimes the way forward is to reverse. Sometimes we need to review what has gone wrong in order to see what is right. Sometimes we need to stop pretending and covering and making excuses and, instead, take an honest look at ourselves.

As you prepare for today’s service, ask God to help you pray, “Have mercy on me, oh God, a sinner.”

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Message: “I Can’t, But God Can – Mark 9:14-29” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Only by Prayer.” God can break through without your prayers, but then again, a breakthrough may not come until you pray, in more than just a superficial way. What if God is waiting for you to come to Him in dependent prayer and ask for His help before He brings a much-needed breakthrough your way?

Today we begin a 40-day all-church focus on prayers that see breakthrough results. Over the next six weeks we will be learning from a number of Bible passages and stories where God broke through. What we learn could help us all experience God-sized breakthroughs in our own lives.

Today our Only by Prayer series begins by looking at the importance of truly relying on God. We will see that God can do what we can’t do, if we will rely on Him in prayer.

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Message: “Called Out to Call ‘Em In! – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21” from Doug Valenzuela

A message from the sermon “Called Out to Call ‘Em In!.” Oftentimes we as believers think that only a “special few” can be involved in God’s amazing plan of world evangelism.

We limit ourselves due to our lack of biblical understanding of what God’s complete salvation includes.

Our lives really do count, not only for eternity, but also for the here and now! God has not only “given” you salvation rich and free, but he has “given you a ministry,” that is, something to do with this great salvation.

The apostle Paul in 2 Cor. 5:16-21 brings this truth to our hearts as we discover “anyone in Christ” can be a true ambassador for the Kingdom.

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Message: “Warning to the Secure – 1 Timothy 6:20-21” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Does it matter what we believe? If so, does it only matter initially or do we need to continue in certain beliefs? If we don’t continue with our beliefs, what are the consequences?

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Message: “High Yield Investments – 1 Timothy 6:17-19” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” We think about money, a lot. Probably every day. Throughout the day. We think about how much we have. How much we wish we had. How to acquire more. Where to get the best deals. Should we give some of it away? What can we do to save more?

This week, as our study in 1 Timothy is nearing a close, our focus is on a passage that speaks to the “rich.” Don’t even think that’s not you. It’s all of us in close proximity to Bridges Community Church.

The thing is, people with money need wisdom for making the best high yield investments possible. That’s to say, not all investments are created equal. Some are better than others. Especially the ones we’re focused on today.

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Message: “Living Against the Grain – 1 Timothy 6:11-16” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” The Bible tells us that those who seek to follow Christ are to live and walk by faith. That doesn’t mean the Christian life is easy or effortless. On the contrary, it often takes significant effort, determination, and commitment to stay strong and obey God in a world frequently indifferent or even hostile towards Christianity. That’s why, in the face of temptation, persecution, or difficult choices, it’s always much easier to just give up or give in and conform to the standards and values of the world.

Timothy, the young protégé of the apostle Paul, faced similar challenges in his day. Feeling alone in the midst of a challenging culture and a frustrating ministry setting, Timothy needed some encouragement to keep going and “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12). Maybe you could use that same encouragement in your own life.

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Message: “What Do You Want? – 1 Timothy 6:6-10” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Today in our continuing message series in the book of 1 Timothy, we’ll be considering a question that everyone would do well to ask: What do you really want out of life?

The number of things that a person could have on their “want” list could go on and on: good health, meaning, happiness, a home of your own, a dream vacation, a spouse, a couple kids, a new job, good friends, money… You get the idea.

How about just the basics? You know, like food and clothing. Would you be content with that? Would that
satisfy you? Would that fill your heart with what your heart longs for? And if it wouldn’t, is it wrong to want more? That’s what we’ll be looking at today.

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Message: “Polar Opposite People – 1 Timothy 6:3-5” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” You’d like to think that the church is a safe place. One big happy family focused on truth-telling, uplifting and loving relationships, with no sign of greed or self-interest.

We’d like that to be true. We long for that to be true. God longs for that to be true. More godliness and less ugliness.

This Sunday our continuing study in 1 Timothy will help us take another step toward becoming the people—and the church—that the Lord wants His children to be.

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Message: “One Rule for Everyone—No Exceptions – 1 Timothy 6:1-2” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” It is the traditional time for resolutions. Many of those can sound like, “Improve myself. Get ahead. Accomplish something.” What if God were to write your resolution? Would it sound the same as yours?

What if, as crazy as it might sound to our modern ears, God wrote a resolution for a slave? What would that say? And what might that mean for us in our lives?

Today we will look at God’s desire for all of us—whether we are a slave, a slave owner, or just an average person in 2019.

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Message: “Receive Your King – Christmas Eve” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Just What We Need.”

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Message: “Living a Meaningful Life – John 17:4” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Living A Meaningful Life.” If you’re looking for a life of meaning, welcome to the crowd! Everywhere you go you’ll find others on the same search.
We long for meaning. Jesus called it abundance – a life of purpose. One that satisfies the cravings of our souls.
This Sunday, before the New Year begins, our focus on the meaningful life could make all the difference in the kind of life you live in 2019.

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Message: “Just What We Need – Luke 2:8-16,20” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Just What We Need.” Hearing a loved one at Christmas say “It’s just what I need” is music to the giver’s ears. It sure beats a quizzical look followed by what could be a hurtful “What is it?” or “Seriously?” question. After thinking carefully about what to buy, where to buy it, and how much to spend – a less than enthusiastic response isn’t your idea of Christmas cheer.
One thing is for sure: when God gives, His gifts are “just what we need” every time. Especially when it came to Jesus’ birth. After years of planning and preparation, the gift God gave to the world is what the world needed then and still needs now. It can change our lives now and forever.
This Sunday we’ll see why. The answer is in the forefront of the Christmas story, which has “just what I need” written all over it. It’s beneficial, amazing, undeserved, life-changing, and more.

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Message: “It Will All Come Out – 1 Timothy 5:17-25” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” For as long as there have been people, there has always been scandal and, at the same time, there have always been others who strive to remain faithful—which means there have always been church leaders in both groups. Since the church will have seasons of each, how are we to respond biblically, compassionately, and helpfully to all of those involved?

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Message: “Religion at Its Best – 1 Timothy 5:3-16” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Religion continues to have a bad reputation in the world today. That’s not hard to understand, especially when professed faith often plays out as a form of religion rather than a changed life. It makes sense that people would question the legitimacy of professed faith when it’s simply a list of do’s and don’ts, or something you do on Sunday mornings.

Even Jesus wasn’t always big on religion. In fact, some of His strongest words and actions were directed at religiosity, and how it stood in the way of God’s true work in the lives of people He loved and longed to see live lives of love toward God and others.

Today in our continuing series in 1 Timothy, we come to the topic of religion. And it’s a good thing to consider. Especially in light of the bad reputation religion has in our world. The passage we’ll be studying will help us see what can be done about that problem.

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Message: “Your Next Hard Conversation – 1 Timothy 5:1-2” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” If you’re like most, you’d like to avoid hard conversations. If given the choice, we’d like someone else to step in and give whatever counsel, caution, or correction is needed in others’ lives.

The fact is, at some point everyone will face the need for a difficult, heart-to-heart conversation with someone. That’s life in every family, including God’s.

If you could benefit from some godly counsel that can help you the next time you are called into a hard
conversation, today’s message might be just for you.

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Message: “Thankfulness – Colossians 3:15-17” from Gabe Pethtel

A message from the sermon “Thankfulness.” Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae was written around AD 60-61. His letter was written in response to a growing type of false teaching in the church which led people to believe Jesus Christ was not divine, so not equal to God the Father.

The particular verses we’ll look at today from Colossians chapter 3 allow Paul to call the church not to extended argument and fighting, but to peace, membership in one body, thankfulness, encouragement, admonishment, singing to one another and God, and to give thanks to God in all things.

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Message: “Worth Your Best Effort – 1 Timothy 4:9-16” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Some things in life are too important for half-hearted effort. Doing things without much effort or without much interest in school, on the job, or in your home will most likely keep you from reaching your God-given potential; and therefore from seeing your life have maximum spiritual impact.

There are a lot of things in life that call for our best efforts. Academic pursuits, family life, diet and exercise, a chosen career, and even a hobby. The matter we come to this week in our continuing series in 1 Timothy might be off the radar of many, which is sad, because today’s focus is worth our best efforts.

That includes all of us. Everyone together giving their best for the sake of a matter that everyone should care deeply about.

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Message: “Decontaminate – 1 Timothy 4:1-8” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Is there a right way to think about God? Are there wrong ways? How can we know that the way we think about God is the right way? What is at stake if we think about Him wrongly?

Perhaps surprisingly, these questions are not new. People have been searching for and discussing answers to them for as long as there have been people. Today we will look at how the first Christians understood these matters and what they did to stay on the true path.

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Message: “Who, Not What – 1 Timothy 3:14-16” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Church, like many words, means different things to different people. Some think of a building. Others might think of a particular denomination, a recognizable pastor on TV, or perhaps something else entirely.

But even if you were able to get a group of people to agree upon one common definition of church, the next challenge is to see if you can get everyone on the same page on other related and relevant questions: What is the purpose of the church? Why go to church? Does the church actually matter?

These questions are far more complex—and certainly more divisive—than you might think. And when you add in the myriad ways in which the culture influences and shapes much of Christianity today, these questions are more pressing than ever. Thankfully, God’s Word has the answers.

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Message: “Worthy Of Respect – 1 Timothy 3:8-13” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” It would appear that respect, here and around the world, has taken a nosedive. That’s sad to see, but not hard to understand. Many would say it’s because fewer and fewer people are worthy of respect.

This week we come to a Bible passage in our study through the book of 1 Timothy that focuses on being a person worthy of respect. What that looks like, and how that plays out, will be our focus. But we’ll also do some thinking about how and why we should show respect to those who are not worthy of respect.

Any way you look at it, the Lord wants His church to lead the way in showing others respect. Hopefully today’s focus will make a world of difference in seeing that become a reality in our lives.

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Message: “It’s Like Being a Dad – 1 Timothy 3:1-7” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” What do elders do, exactly?

What kind of character do they need to fulfill these responsibilities?

As we’ll see today, the answers look quite similar to what we expect from a good dad. But like being a good dad, to become a qualified elder is a process of grace, which happens through reliance on Christ.

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Message: “The Best Because – 1 Timothy 2:9-15” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Since childhood we’ve asked the “why” question. Usually when someone said “no” to something we wanted or something we wanted to do. More often than not, our why question was answered with a because.

And not “just because.” But a convincing because. An authoritative because. One that we had to accept, even if we didn’t like it or it didn’t make sense to us.

Sunday, we’ll come face-to-face with what could be “the best because.” First, because it came from God. Second, because it answers a tough question. One that many people were asking then, and many are still asking today.

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Message: “How Prayer Changes the World – 1 Timothy 2:1-8” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Our culture says that you can believe whatever you want…just as long as you don’t impose your beliefs on
others. This sentiment is especially true when it comes to spiritual beliefs, which can make it highly uncomfortable for us as Christ-followers to share with others that there is only one path to heaven and only one way to be made right with God: through Jesus (Acts 4:12).

Nevertheless, even though our message is exclusive, our Christian witness should not be. The absolute and exclusive claims of the gospel message are to be made known to everyone, because God’s desire is for all people to come to know Him. And God wants and calls you to be part of helping those in your life, and even those around the world whom you may never meet, to know about this message of salvation through Jesus.

So, as a follower of Christ, what should you do? How can one person make a difference? And what if you’re an introvert? Where are you supposed to start?

Today’s message reminds us that the first step to changing the world is much easier than you might think.

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Message: “I Don’t Deserve This – 1 Timothy 1:12-17” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Chances are you’re getting more than you deserve. Much more. And not just because you’re living in America. But especially if you’re a Christ-follower. As Christians we are getting way more than we deserve.

That is a concept with which Paul, AKA Saul of Tarsus, was very familiar. He had been a bounty hunter seeking out Christians and even having them killed. He considered himself the worst of sinners.

Yet in spite of all that, he was amazed at all that God had given him that he didn’t deserve. But then again, isn’t that the case with everyone who connects with God through Jesus Christ? Today we’ll see why.

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Message: “This Is Us – 1 Timothy 1:8-11” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Christians have a unique perspective on what standards of holiness are meant to do. Unlike other religions whose regulations can make us feel like we are in a never ending race to measure up, the law in Christianity is meant to point us to freedom. This means, if we feel burdened by the weight of our inadequacy, we might have missed something. We might not have yet reached where the law is intended to lead us. Today we’ll experience what Jesus means when He says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

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Message: “The Good Fight – 1 Timothy 1:3-7, 18-20” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Believers are called to be people of peace, but there are some things in life worth fighting for. Some of the obvious things would include our health and safety, our families, those who are poor and defenseless.

Though most of us aren’t the fighting type (and that’s good!), a willingness to fight for what’s right can be the right thing to do, especially when it comes to the matter we find in today’s message. And it’s as important today as it was when Paul gave this charge to Timothy, especially if we hope to be a light in this dark world.

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Message: “The Power of Two – 1 Timothy 1:1-2” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Think Biblically.” Rugged individualism is deadly. It could be your undoing. Especially when it comes to living the Christian life and impacting the secular world around us.

It would be good for every new Christian to receive the following alert: “Warning – Do not attempt to do this in your own strength. Do not attempt to do this alone.”

That will be our focus in I Timothy today at our Annual Celebration. It’s our hope that the passage we study will help you decide to never again try to live the Christian life on your own.

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Message: “Even If… – Habakkuk 3:16-19” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Even If….” Dealing with uncertainty can be difficult. We want to know where the provision is going to come from. We want to know if things are going to turn out the way we hope or expect. We want the security of being able to control or to alter our circumstances if our best-made plans go awry.

The fact is that there will be times when we don’t know how God will provide. Plans will fall through. People will disappoint us. Things will go wrong. There will be seasons of uncertainty. What then?

Fortunately, the uncertainty we face is only apparent uncertainty. Even if things seem uncertain to us, our future, our provision, and the reason for our hope are certain to God.

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Message: “What If? – Isaiah 26:3-4” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “What If?.” No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, and no matter how much biblical knowledge or theological training you may have attained, there’s one thing you can be sure of: God will frequently confuse you. There will be countless moments in your life that make no sense or when you simply won’t understand what is going on.

If your faith is based on your ability to fully understand the past, present, and future, then your moments of confusion will become moments of weakening faith.
But the reality is that we are not left with only two options—understand everything and rest in peace or understand little of what is going on around you and be tormented by anxiety.

The Bible tells us that there is a third way. A way to have sturdy, lasting peace that doesn’t rise and fall
with the circumstances of your life. A way to be able to face the unknown and the chaos in your world with joy and confidence.

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Message: “Peter’s Closing Briefing – 1 Peter 5:8-14” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” brief·ing (brēfiNG) noun – a meeting for giving information or instructions.

Most of us love briefings because they are usually short and to the point. It’s not a time for a lot of chit chat.
Important information is shared, and then you’re done. It’s time to go get to work.

As parents we often give briefings to our kids before they head out the door. It’s dangerous out there and we want them to be safe. We want them to make good choices.
So we figure another short reminder can’t hurt. Which is why we say things like: “Be careful” or “Don’t talk to strangers” or “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.”

Today we complete our study through the book of 1 Peter. But not without a final briefing from Peter that could make the difference in whether we will win or lose the war we are in. You know that we are in a war, right?
Danger is all around in this fallen world, and we need to be battle ready. Peter’s closing words will help us do that.

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Message: “The Care You Need – 1 Peter 5:1-7” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” God cares. He really does. He loves you and He cares about what’s happening in your life. All of it! Not just the big stuff, but the small things, too.

This week’s message in 1 Peter is a testament of God’s care. In it we will see both His direct and indirect plans for eagerly caring for His children.

That’s right, He eagerly cares for His children. And He wants His children to care for each other in the same way. We’ll see what that means today.

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Message: “Suffering and Glory – 1 Peter 4:12-19” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” We all want comfort, and why wouldn’t we? Anything else is, well, uncomfortable. But what if there could be something better than comfort and the only way to get there is going through something quite uncomfortable? What if we could experience glory?

Today we’ll look at Christ’s sufferings, how they are tied to ours, and what God is accomplishing through them.

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Message: “Godlike Relationships – 1 Peter 4:8-11” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” We’ve all been the recipient of love and service from time to time. And we’ve all experienced the loneliness and despair that can happen when we feel like someone is withholding much needed hospitality.

So perhaps we would instinctively reach out to others in these ways since we’ve felt the difference it can make in our lives. But do we?

When others think of us, do they consider us hospitable servants of love who speak with words of grace? Is that what they think of Christians in general?

Today we’re looking at what can empower us to be among the most hospitable and loving people in the world. For Christians, these behaviors aren’t a way to earn something from God; they are simply the result of knowing Him.

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Message: “From This Day Forward – 1 Peter 4:1-7” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” Commitments of any kind are only as good as what happens after the commitment is made. Will the commitment stick? Is it worth the effort? Was it just a nice idea or could it actually become reality?

We’ve all made commitments of many kinds: to a marriage, or a diet, or a new job, or a friend. “You can count on me,” we pledge. “Things are going to be
different from here on out,” we vow.

Of all the commitments a person could make, the one we’re looking at today is a big one. In fact, it’s one of the most important commitments a person can make in this present life. One that has “for better or worse” written all over it. It’s a commitment that God not only wants each of us to make, but also to follow through on!

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Message: “Greatness On Display – Psalm 92:4-5a” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Greatness On Display.” If you’re like most people, you’ve spent at least a little time in an art gallery. Maybe around this time of year while on vacation. You just had to see the work of Van Gogh, Monet, Michelangelo, Picasso, or Da Vinci. You wanted to see one of these famous artist’s masterpieces in person.

Every day there are opportunities all around us to see greatness on display. Especially when it comes to the greatest work of all.

Today we’ll be spending some time focusing on a work that everyone needs to see. More than once. In fact, as often as possible because of the impact it will have on your life.

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Message: “You Must Be Brought – 1 Peter 3:18-22” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” If you’re like the rest of us, your mom brought you into the world. How else, right? Actually, what began at birth continued. Before you were old enough to drive, you were brought to school, the movies, the doctor, even church. Do you remember the first time you were “brought on” at a job? Has anyone ever brought you to a members-only Country Club for an exclusive round of golf? Or
somewhere else that would be impossible for you to get into on your own?

You get the idea. Some things in life can’t happen unless you’re brought. In our self-made world, that may be hard to accept. We’d like to think that given enough time and resources, we can make things happen on our own. And sometimes, we can actually make that happen.

But it’s not going to happen when it comes to a relationship with God. The Bible just comes right out and says “you must be brought” to God. There’s no other way, as we’ll see today.

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Message: “A Winsome Witness, Part 2” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” If you are a Christ-follower and anyone were to ever ask you why you believe what you believe, would you feel very prepared to give an answer? If you stop to think about it, how is it even possible to be ready to defend something as profound as our faith, and to do so with the right amounts of conciseness, clarity, wisdom, and boldness? Where are you supposed to even begin?

On top of these concerns, what if no one ever asks why we believe what we believe? Is that an indictment on our Christian witness? And if no one ever asks, does that mean we’re off the hook or that people in our culture simply aren’t interested in Christianity?

This Sunday’s text will help us to find answers to these important questions.

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Message: “A Winsome Witness (part 1) – 1 Peter 3:8-12” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” In the 1744 edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”

While many of us might reasonably scratch our heads at that statement and wonder why in the world a person would ever want to attract flies to begin with, the point of his statement is simply this: The more kind or gracious you are or the more appealing and persuasive you are in your approach towards others (as opposed to being mean-spirited or argumentative), the more likely you are to be successful in winning the other person over and to achieving your goals.

The same principle holds true for Christ-followers. We live in a world that is often hostile towards Christianity. Therefore, if we are to enhance our Christian witness with those around us and improve our chances of being heard, we should absolutely be concerned with the approach we take towards others and how we conduct our lives on the stage of this world.

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Message: “Husbands, Give Attention to This – 1 Peter 3:7” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” Wherever you go these days, someone is talking about ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder. It’s a concern because it impacts so many people, both young and old. Those with ADD have a much harder time than the average person staying focused on one thing at a time.

The fact is, in our modern world that is filled with a myriad of distractions, even those of us without ADD struggle to some degree to stay focused on what matters most. Husbands and wives, moms and dads, boys and girls, friends and co-workers. It’s very easy to get distracted by all the other things that are trying to get our attention, and neglect the things that are truly important.

Lack of focus on things that are important can make life much harder. But it also can have other consequences that we might not readily see. Today we’ll be talking about one of those areas that could be standing in the way of God hearing your prayers.

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Message: “Won Without Words – 1 Peter 3:1-6” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” We’d like to think that with convincing facts, skillful persuasion, and just the right words and tone of voice,
we can talk someone into believing what we believe — whether it’s related to politics, a new diet plan, or spiritual beliefs. And often, even when they’re just not getting it, we still keep trying, conversation after conversation, year after year.

The fact is, most people aren’t going to be talked into believing what you want them to believe. Even when it’s something you really think everyone should believe. But that’s not a cause for despair. Though as we’ll see this Sunday in our continuing message series in the book of 1 Peter, it may be a signal for a change.

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Message: “We Can Do This – John 1:35-46” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “We Can Do This.” A few times a year, we as a church community gather in one worship service. Today is one of those days. We’re all together for a special time of celebration and anticipation as we kick off our summer ministries here at Bridges.

The past nine months of ministry were amazing, and as we anticipate what’s ahead in the coming months and
beyond, we sense there’s a lot to look forward to. The faith journey God has us on is amazing, isn’t it?
Impossible and possible at the same time. Let’s celebrate together as we move into this new season of following God’s leading.

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Message: “‘In His Steps’ Means This – 1 Peter 2:21-25” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” The book In His Steps has sold over 30 million copies. Even if you’ve never read it, you may have seen or owned a WWJD bracelet that’s based on the same Bible passage found in 1 Peter 2, which we’ll be looking at this Sunday.
Though you may be familiar with the “What Would Jesus Do?” question that this passage surfaces, you may be surprised by the context. We’ll see that it can move that question even deeper into our lives than we may have imagined.

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Message: “Compellingly Different – 1 Peter 2:11-20” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” Christians claim that God has begun a work in them and they are, therefore, being changed to look less and less like the rest of the world. Meaning, the hopes, dreams, and goals of a Christian should be different from those of the neighbors across the street. More deeply, the neighbors should notice this difference and be so captivated by the beauty of Christian faith, that they are drawn to it instead of repelled from it.

This week, we’ll look at what some of those differences are, and what has happened to Christians to make them so (supposedly) compellingly different.

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Message: “The Cornerstone – 1 Peter 2:4-10” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” We all build our lives around something. We all make sacrifices in order to achieve the goals that we value most. But what is actually worth sacrificing for? What is the best cornerstone on which to build our lives?

In today’s message, not only will we see Jesus as worthy of this position, but also as the only one who fills it without failing.

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Message: “You Need All, Not Just Some, of This” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” We all know that we need food to survive and to grow. And we also know there are some foods that are better for us than others. Yet we often gravitate toward the things we really like (Chocolate? Ice Cream?) instead of the things we really need (Broccoli? Apples?). And that can cause all kinds of problems for our bodies.

The passage in I Peter that we will be looking at today tells us about a food that we all need. And it’s not something we can just pick at. God wants us to devour it. All of it. Because it can fill our hearts and our souls. It can make us better at loving each other.

Find out what that amazing food is today.

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Message: “Flippant Faith Ends Here – 1 Peter 1:17-21” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” Our focus today will reveal if our faith is flippant or not.
Do we take God, and our relationship with Him, and our walk as a believer, seriously enough? Or are we too casual about it all? Maybe even to the point of being disrespectful? Possibly without even realizing it?
Flippant faith is a problem. Partly because there’s a chance it’s not even really faith at all! But also because our God, and our relationship with Him, are not things to be taken lightly. Our God is holy. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He is the One who deserves our love, honor, and deepest respect.
The passage we will be studying today in I Peter will help us make sure we have put an end to flippant faith.

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Message: “A Thing Of The Past – 1 Peter 1:14-16 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” Getting past our past can be a challenge. Call it our sinful nature, habits, preferences, or just our way of doing things – some things are harder to let go of than others.

“Yeah, I know I shouldn’t be drinking as much coffee as I do, but I just can’t stop myself.” “I know, I know…pizza and ice cream are not good for my cholesterol count, but I just can’t say no. You know?”

We know! We’ve been there. Some of us are there right now. It’s hard to say no to something when another part of us is saying yes. That’s reason enough to join us this Sunday, as we focus on getting past the things that need to be a thing of the past.

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Message: “The Greatness of Salvation – 1 Peter 1:10-13” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” Do you ever think about all the things you take for granted each day? Many of us tend to take for granted that we’ll be able to get up in the morning and have air to breathe, food to eat, and clean water to drink. We also take our time and our freedoms for granted. Moreover, we often take important relationships for granted, whether it be a spouse, a family member, or a friend.

If we’re not careful, we start taking something else with far greater eternal significance for granted: We forget
how needy and broken and hopeless we are apart from God’s mercy, and we equally forget the great lengths to which God has gone to demonstrate His faithfulness and provision and love to us, time and time again.

Sunday’s message will hopefully give us all a much-needed reminder of why we should never underestimate, underappreciate, or undervalue the greatness of the free gift of salvation that is available to all through Jesus Christ.

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Message: “Good Friday – Isaiah 53:5-6” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Easter.”

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Message: “A Pick Up for Down Days – 1 Peter 1:6-9” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Between 2 Worlds.” Though there are many things in this world that bring us joy, whether we like it or not, life in this world also includes a lot of pain, suffering, grief, and tears. It’s been that way ever since sin came into the world, and it will be that way until God creates a new heaven and earth.

When Jesus said “in this world you will have tribulation,” He wasn’t kidding. And when James said “when you encounter trials,” he was putting everyone on the alert. Trials will come. Be ready. Suffering will come, and when it does, we can use all the heavenly help we can get.

In this Sunday’s message, we’ll be looking at a much-needed perspective that can help the next time you’re in the midst of pain.

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Message: “I Have Hope – 1 Peter 1:3-5” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Easter.” We could use an infusion of hope. Would you agree? Every one of us. Large amounts of hope to ward off discouragement, disaster, and life’s difficulties. Hope in the midst of hopeless circumstances is a welcome friend.

For our world, and those living in it, Easter couldn’t come at a better time. For the mom or dad, husband or wife, teacher or student, healthy or sick, even a glimmer of hope could change our outlook on life.

Just like hope changed people in the 1st century in Jesus’ day, hope can do the same for us in the 21st century. Not an “I hope so” hope, but the kind of hope we’ll be looking at this Sunday that we find in the Easter story.

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Message: “Living as Exiles – 1 Peter 1:1-2” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Between2Worlds.” Whenever we hear the term exile, our minds often run to an image of someone separated from their homeland or family. This could take the form of a refugee or an immigrant, but we could also broaden the term to perhaps include the Christian teenager who doesn’t fit in, the Christ-follower who is undergoing opposition for their beliefs, the person who feels hopeless about their current circumstances, or anyone who feels like they are living outside of where they long to be.

Today, we as Christians are, in a sense, exiles. That’s because, as we’ll see in our new sermon series based on the book of 1 Peter, we are living between two worlds. Our current world is tainted by sin, suffering, hostility, and persecution, but our future home – the one we long for and look forward to – is one that ought to fill us with inexpressible joy and hope. So, no matter where you are experiencing exile, remember that you’re not home yet. God promises that there’s a better day coming for all who put their hope and trust in Him.

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Message: “We Are Family – Ephesians 2:19” from Multiple Speakers

A message from the sermon “Perfectly One.” This past week we as a church family wrapped up our Perfectly One 40-day focus on church unity. Now it’s time to celebrate and reflect on the good work God is doing among us.

This Sunday morning we’re planning to join together at 10am, as God’s family, and party!

We at Bridges Community Church have a lot of reasons why a celebration is in order, beginning with the fact that we are family. We’re members of God’s forever family. A family that we were adopted into by God Himself. A family that is open to all who are willing to come through Jesus. So let’s celebrate!

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Message: “Expecting God to show up – Acts 1-2” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Perfectly One.” We don’t like being told we can’t do something, especially in this area where there are more than the average number of high achievers. We like pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, making something of ourselves, and patting ourselves on the back when it’s all said and done.

But Jesus told His disciples to wait for the Spirit to arrive before they tried to do anything. He didn’t even want them to attempt to go out into the world until God’s Spirit came to do the work for them.

In this message, we’ll see that we have the same, if not a greater need, for God’s supernatural intervention in our lives.

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Message: “Unity in Diversity – Romans 14” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Perfectly One.” Have you ever noticed how easy it is to overlook your own personality quirks and habits? But then you get a roommate or get married and discover that other people’s quirks and habits conflict with your particular quirks and habits. And then you eventually have kids who somehow pick up your spouse’s most irritating quirks and habits. And then perhaps you decide to become part of a diverse church community made up of even more people who don’t quite have the same appreciation for your quirks and habits that you do. “If only everybody else could be just like I am,” you think to yourself, “things would sure go a lot more smoothly!”
We’ll be taking a look this week at how we as fellow believers in Christ – with such diverse personalities, backgrounds, preferences, and opinions – are to work through our problems and differences with one another. Which disagreements should we speak up and say something about, and which ones are less urgent or important in the grand scheme of things? How can we differentiate between what really matters and what doesn’t without compromising on that which is essential? How can we maintain unity in spite of our diversity?

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Message: “How to Forgive in Three Simple Words – Colossians 3:13” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Perfectly One.” Forgiveness doesn’t come easy. If someone has hurt, wounded, or abused you in some way, the last thing you’re thinking about is forgiving them. It’s more likely you’re thinking about punishing them and inflicting pain on them since they inflicted pain on you.

It’s a good thing Jesus doesn’t share that mindset. None of us would have a chance. We’d all be in big trouble.

We are all imperfect people. And imperfect people need a lot of forgiveness. On an ongoing basis. More often than we’d like to admit, we need forgiveness from God and from others. The implications of that are mind-boggling, and vital for us to come to grips with. We all need to be forgiven, which means we are all surrounded by people that we will need to forgive. This Sunday we’ll see what it takes for that to translate into reality.

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Message: “When Conflict Strikes – Joshua 22” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “Perfectly One.” Perhaps you’re familiar with the saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The truth, however, is that there is also a third certainty in this world: Conflict.
We’re surrounded by conflict, each and every day, whether at home, at work, at school, within families, among friends or coworkers, on the TV, on the news, and yes, even within churches. And while some of these conflicts are relatively minor and short-lived, others may start as small sparks but, if left unchecked, can ignite into firestorms that can devastate everything in their paths.
Fortunately, conflict doesn’t necessarily have to be destructive or painful. It doesn’t always have to ruin relationships or devastate the unity of a church body. This week will show us that, when approached biblically, conflict can turn even the most challenging relationships into peaceful ones.

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Message: “Finding joy and unity in humility – Mark 10:35-45” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Perfectly One.” We are taught that civilizations advanced through the survival of the fittest principle. The strong and talented rise to the top and crush all competitors. But Jesus taught a different way. He taught we are to be humble, counting others as more significant than ourselves.

While we might push against that out of fear of losing the best for ourselves, the reality is the opposite. Only by embracing humility will we find unity with other believers and joy for ourselves.

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Message: “One Big Happy Family – John 17:20-23” from Dave Gudgel

Relationships are sweet when two become one. And that possibility isn’t limited to marriage. It’s what we long for in every relationship, at least at some level. Harmony beats disharmony, anytime.

Jesus was all about oneness. Relational oneness. He wants His church to be one. Like God who is three and yet one. That may seem impossible, but it’s not.

Jesus intentionally prayed that all of His followers would be one – with each other, and with God. And not just one, but perfectly one. If that’s going to happen in us, we need to see unity from Jesus’ point of view. That’s what we will be looking at this Sunday as we begin our 40-day focus on unity in the church.

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Message: “Our Only Boast – Galatians 6:11-18” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “FREE.” We may not freely admit it, but all of us are adept at one thing: boasting. We boast every day, whether publicly or privately, about seemingly anything and everything: family, possessions, abilities, achievements, grades, social connections – you name it. You may even be inwardly boasting right now about the fact that you don’t boast as much as other people do!
The point is that we all boast about, or take pride in, something. And what we choose to boast about actually says a lot more than we realize about who we are at our core, about what we really value, what drives and defines us, what validates us and makes us feel more significant, and even what gives us hope.
There are lots of things – even legitimately good things – about which we can choose to boast. But can you say that you are daily boasting in the one thing that matters more than anything else in life?

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Message: “The Law of the Harvest – Galatians 6:6-10 ” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “FREE.” Some of us have heard “you reap what you sow” so frequently we may not realize the phrase comes from the Bible. While most of us don’t have fields that we sow, nearly all of us have goals–things we want to happen and things we don’t want to happen.

This week, we will see how this little ancient phrase about sowing and reaping can help us get to where we want to be and avoid where we don’t want to be.

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Message: “Doing Life Together – Galatians 5:26-6:5” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “FREE.” Relationally challenged. That’s us. And sadly there’s not a pill your doctor can prescribe that will make your relationships all better. There’s no quick relationship fix.

But before you give up and decide you’ll just shut people out, it would be good to take a long look at this week’s Bible focus found in Galatians 5:26-6:5. What you’ll see is relational hope and some much-needed, timeless counsel that can immediately be applied to the relationships you share with others.

If you’d like to make relational progress, and help others do the same, our message focus this Sunday is just what the doctor ordered.

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Message: “Intentionally Intentional – Luke 19:10” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Intentionally Intentional.” With 2017 behind us, it’s typical to begin the new year with good intentions. This year I intend to lose weight, read a book a month, and spend less time at work and more time with family. You get the idea…

Of course, seeing our good intentions translate into reality… well that’s another story! Many can’t seem to find our way out of the land of good intentions. But not Jesus. Jesus did everything He intended to do.

“Yes,” you say, “but He was God. And I’m not.” True. But all of us can learn from the One who lived an intentionally intentional life. Especially in the one area where we struggle most. We’ll see how, this Sunday.

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Message: “The Key to a Happy New Year – Lamentations 3:21-25 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “The Key to a Happy New Year .” The end of a calendar year naturally lends itself to reflection. Lists of newsworthy moments and significant events are everywhere, reminding us of the ups and downs from the past twelve months. For some, 2017 was a year to remember: new life, new friends, new loves, and new beginnings. For many, though, who’ve experienced some type of pain, disappointment, or loss, the year probably can’t seem to end soon enough.
Regardless of which way this past year went for you, you can face whatever lies ahead in 2018 with renewed faith and peace. This week’s message will tell you how.

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Message: “Here Is Our Hope – Luke 2:10-11” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Here Is Our Hope.” Ours is a world that could use an infusion of hope. A lot of hope. Let’s face it, with all that’s happening around us – in our cities, in our nation, and in our world – a large dose of hope is needed and welcome.

The story of Christmas is a story of hope. Genuine hope. Ginormous hope. Life-changing hope.

It’s not an “I hope so” kind of hope. It’s definite. Guaranteed. A sure reality. How that’s possible will be our focus this year on Christmas Eve.

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Message: “Here Is Our Hope – Luke 2:10-11 ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “Here Is Our Hope.” For Pastor Dan Stockum’s Sermon Click Here
Ours is a world that could use an infusion of hope. A lot of hope. Let’s face it, with all that’s happening around us – in our cities, in our nation, and in our world – a large dose of hope is needed and welcome.

The story of Christmas is a story of hope. Genuine hope. Ginormous hope. Life-changing hope.

It’s not an “I hope so” kind of hope. It’s definite. Guaranteed. A sure reality. How that’s possible will be our focus this year on Christmas Eve.

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Message: “The Great Light – Matthew 4:16” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “The Great Light.” “…people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

No matter how dark your Christmas may seem, at this time of year we celebrate the dawning of the Light. Rather than needing everything to be perfect to enjoy the holidays, Christians can rejoice because of the One who came into the world to set everything right.

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Message: “In Step with The Spirit – Gal 5:16,18,22-25” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “FREE.” One can only imagine what our lives would be like as believers if we were to actually become more and more like Christ every day as we walk through this fallen world. If we all became more loving, joyful, patient, kind, and gentle. If our default became to be at peace, no matter what circumstances rocked our world. If we intentionally and consciously walked step by step through our days with God, instead of sometimes losing control – whether from fear, or anger, or even from just living on auto-pilot.

I can only imagine how awesome that would be. But is it possible?

In our study this week in Galatians we will be looking at what God had done to make it possible, and what we are each responsible for if we want Him to do that work in us.

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Message: “The Flesh-Driven Life – Gal 5:13b-17, 19-21 ” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “FREE.” Let’s be honest: There’s not a day that goes by when either by thought, word, desires, or action we fail to demonstrate that we’re needy people. Maybe it’s an outburst of anger. Maybe it’s a flash of envy or selfishness. Maybe it’s an ugly moment of pride. Maybe it’s bending the truth to your own advantage. Or perhaps it’s an unwise moral decision that you hope no one will ever notice.
We’ve seen over the past several weeks of our current sermon series that one of the primary themes of the book of Galatians is that those who are in Christ have been set free from the law and from sin. But if we are free, why do so many of us continue to find ourselves feeling enslaved and stuck and powerless, making sinful choices and repeating the same selfish behaviors again and again? Why do we promise ourselves, “I’ll never do that again!” only to impulsively end up making the same foolish mistakes just a few days later?

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Message: “Cultivating a Grateful Heart – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24” from Dave Kellejian

This time of year we often talk about being thankful. We may even decorate our homes with items that call us to count our blessings, but is being thankful really part of the fiber of your being? Do you regularly set aside time to ponder God’s goodness in your life? Is your level of thankfulness dependent upon your circumstances and possessions? Is it possible to live a life that is characterized by joy and thankfulness, regardless of hardship and desires?

This week’s message will explore what the Scriptures have to say about having a grateful heart in all circumstances.

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Message: “Too Valuable to Lose – Galatians 5:1-13a ” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “FREE.” There are a lot of things in life that we can lose – keys, teeth, cell phones, hearing, job enthusiasm, health, friends, loved ones. Some of those things are more significant than others. Some can be replaced, while some can’t. But whichever they are, for the most part, we don’t like losing things.

This week, in our ongoing Galatians message series, we are focused on a spiritual matter that’s too valuable to lose. But unfortunately, the probability of losing it is high. Especially if one fails to do what Paul calls to his hearers’ attention in this letter.

This week we’ll see what we must do if we hope to hold on to and benefit from this thing that every believer needs, so we can live in the abundance of what the Lord wants for His children.

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Message: “The Awareness Factor” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “FREE.” Getting past one’s past is easier said than done. Especially when a person’s past is steeped in religious activity and works. It will be difficult to say good-bye for good to any “rules or regulations” that once were valued and dearly practiced.

For some, letting go of past rules and rituals may seem unimportant. Like, who cares? Why bother? As long as they don’t hurt me or others, so what? Well, to the Apostle Paul, “rules and rituals” are a big deal. Enough for Paul to call into play “the awareness factor.”

Just like awareness matters when it comes to how much gas is in your car, knowing the place of religious rules and regulations could be the difference between a powerless works-driven faith and a faith that works.

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Message: “At Wits’ End – Galatians 4:8-20” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “FREE.” When someone says, “I’m at my wits’ end,” their condition usually connects with someone or something that’s got them baffled. Perplexed.

That was the Apostle Paul’s reaction to the believers living in Galatia. They were loved ones who were dear to him. People he deeply cared about. But whose beliefs and behaviors had gone askew. They were messing up big time.

He could have said, “We’re done. See ya. Have a nice life.” But he didn’t. Instead, he did what we need to do the next time we find ourselves at wits’ end with a friend, family member, co-worker, schoolmate, and even fellow Christian. That’s what our message is about this Sunday.

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Message: “Inheritance -Galatians 3:26-4:7” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “FREE.” From rags to riches. The slave who becomes king, or the transformation of an outcast stepsister into Princess Cinderella. These stories captivate our attention and warm our hearts. But could they be our story? Can knowing God and trusting Christ change us into someone resembling royalty?

This week, we’ll look at God’s promised inheritance through Christ and the new status we have as a result.

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Message: “Scanned – Galatians 3:15-25” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “FREE.” If we are accepted by God through faith in what Christ did on the cross and not by behaving a certain way, then why are there “rules” in the Bible? If the ten commandments aren’t a check list to perform to gain favor or blessing from God, then what are they? If following the rules have absolutely no bearing on how God views us, then why are there so many of them?

At some point, every Christian ends up asking these questions. This week, we’ll look at the piece of Scripture which answers them.

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Message: “Live Like You Began – Galatians 3:1-14” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “FREE.” Getting past our past is one of the biggest challenges we will face in life. One that many people fail at. Addictions, habits, thoughts, sins, bitter feelings, or worries often continue to plague us. Even though we’d like to leave them in the past, for good!

You’d think once someone became a Christian they would be able to quickly and easily get past their past, with God’s help of course. Unfortunately that’s not always the case. Old habits die hard. Even Christ-followers can find themselves right back in that same ditch they’ve fallen in so many times before.

Thank God there’s help for anyone who would like to get past their past and move forward into a better life. The key to seeing that become a reality will be our focus this Sunday.

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Message: “A Hill Worth Dying On, Part 2 – Galatians 2:11-21” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “FREE.” Since the Garden of Eden, one of the constants in our world has been the reality of warfare. There have been big wars and small wars, lengthy wars and relatively brief wars. World wars, civil wars, wars of independence, religious wars, preemptive wars, undeclared wars, and cold wars.
But there has been a particular war or battle that has been raging for more than 2,000 years or so that has largely been overlooked. It’s a battle that, from its inception, had enormous implications for the early Christian church, and it’s a battle that continues to this day. This particular battle is not some trifling political debate, nor is it a mere disagreement or misunderstanding about preferences. And the stakes for this battle have never been higher.
What is this particular war, and why should it matter to us today?

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Message: “A Hill Worth Dying On, part 1 – Galatians 2:1-10” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “FREE.” Experienced leaders eventually learn that every hill is not worth dying on. Meaning, there will always be certain issues and conflicts and problems that will be brought to a leader’s attention throughout the course of a day, and that leader will need to quickly decide which battles are truly worth expending valuable time, energy, and resources to fight, and which battles to move on from or to ignore altogether.
Christ-followers must also do the same thing in an effort to grow in our faith as believers, to preserve our Christian unity and fellowship, and to spread God’s love and good news to the world around us. Some battles are worth fighting, and some aren’t. The problem for us today is that the one primary hill upon which all Christ-followers should be willing to battle and die, if necessary, is still left open to attack from enemies, both within and outside the church – just as it was when the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians. What is that particular hill, and why is it still worth dying on today?

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Message: “Called Into Question – Galatians 1:10-24” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “FREE.” It’s bound to happen. Someone is going to come along and question the why behind what you do. Teachers, parents, students, friends, spouses, and even pastors aren’t exempt. Someone will come along and make assumptions about your motives, methods, qualifications, and even character.

That certainly played out in Paul’s life and ministry. But what would you expect? His message was hard for some to swallow. Could they trust the message? Could they trust the messenger? I mean… this was Paul, who used to be Saul!

That’s the rub, isn’t it? There’s always someone ready to question what you’re saying and doing. And when they do, it would be easy to simply say “I don’t need this” and back off. Quit. But not Paul. He kept pressing on. What helped him can help us, as we’ll see this Sunday.

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Message: “Every Spiritual Parent’s Nightmare – Galatians 1:1-9” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “FREE.” There are a lot of things in life that you could walk away from. A career, a spouse, a college major, sweets, meat, sports, money, infomercials… And even faith!

Yes, faith. People do it all the time. They walk away from their once held spiritual beliefs and replace them – or add to them – with other beliefs or practices. That’s what was happening among the believers in Galatia.

If that’s you too, this Sunday’s message is worth considering. It will hopefully remind you of the importance of standing firm in the simple truth of the Gospel.

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Message: “20K – 2 Timothy 4:5” from Dave Gudgel

A message from the sermon “20k.” Each year at our Annual Celebration we focus on a ministry matter that we hope will impact our lives and ministries in significant ways in the year to come. This year, our focus will be on evangelism. Specifically, our commitment as individuals and as a church to do the work of evangelism.

In this message Pastor Dave shares his heart from a personal, biblical, and ministry perspective on something that our leadership prays will increase our evangelistic passion in the coming year. It’s our prayer that we as individuals, and as a church body, will intentionally love unbelievers in greater ways in the days ahead.

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Message: “The Friend at Midnight – Luke 11:5-13” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “The Stories Jesus Told.” Prayer. Simple enough for a child, yet necessary for all of us, Jesus’ followers requested, “Teach us Lord, to pray.”

Whether you’ve never prayed or you have daily conversations with God, Jesus’ response gives assurance all of our prayers are vital, welcomed, and answered.

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Message: “The Gravity of Greed – Luke 12:13-21” from Steve Durand

A message from the sermon “The Stories Jesus Told.” Printed across the back of a dollar bill are the words, “In God We Trust.” But is that motto really true? For many of us, we might say we trust in God, but in our everyday lives, we’re tempted to trust, serve, and worship the very money on which that slogan is printed.
Jesus spoke more about money than He did any other topic, except for the kingdom of God. Why? It’s because the way we think about and handle our earthly treasures reveals the true state of our hearts. In other words, what you do with your money shows what you really value and trust.
So, where have you been placing your trust lately?

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Message: “Passion for the Lost – Luke 15” from David Brickner

A message from the sermon “The Stories Jesus Told.” This Sunday at Bridges, we are talking about developing a passion for people who are lost in this world. In Luke 15, Jesus told three stories about lost things: a lost sheep, a lost coin, and two lost brothers. Each story reflects a different perspective on God’s love for lost people. How does our heart reflect the heart of God? A passion for the lost begins with a renewed understanding of God’s grace, mercy, and love towards us.

A passion for the lost is strengthened with renewed sense of urgency in the search, in the care and concern for those people who come across our path. A passion for the lost is further built upon an understanding of the true nature of repentance in light of the Father’s love and grace toward us. May we all develop a renewed sense of “A Passion for the Lost.”

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Message: “Man Up!” from Dan Stockum

A message from the sermon “Man Up.” Ever hear anyone say, “Why can’t I find a good man?” Ever wish one of the men in your life was more…manly? But what do we mean by that? What exactly makes a good man so good? And what does God have to say about all of this? What does God require men to be?

In this message, we will see the responsibility each man carries, his failure to uphold this calling, and what God plans to do about it.

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