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Death and resurrection sit at the very center of the Christ story. The iconic image of a man on the cross has pierced our collective consciousness for thousands of years. What does it mean? What does it reveal? Did Jesus die for our sin? There seems to be a mystery at the heart of this provocative image. Mystery is not something you can’t understan…
 
Just as a branch receives life from the vine, so our life source is derived from Jesus. Only in connection to him can we expect a plentiful harvest. What might that harvest look like in your life? Throughout this Lent series, we invite you to pay attention to God in new ways. The Breathe prayer resource, provided by the Covenant Church, is a good p…
 
The Easter story is proof that what Jesus said about himself is true: “I am the resurrection and the life.” But we can’t experience the great joy of Easter without first feeling the pain. As we stand with His friend Martha at the grave of a loved one, Jesus’ words are power and promise. John 11:17-27 Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus 17 On his …
 
Jesus tells us very clearly he is the way, truth, and life. Yet on this side of heaven we get caught up trying to find or make our own way in life. Together, let’s explore the fullness of this statement from the great I AM. Throughout this Lent series, we invite you to pay attention to God in new ways. The Breathe prayer resource, provided by the C…
 
Death and resurrection sit at the very center of the Christ story. The iconic image of a man on the cross has pierced our collective consciousness for thousands of years. What does it mean? What does it reveal? Did Jesus die for our sin? There seems to be a mystery at the heart of this provocative image. Mystery is not something you can’t understan…
 
Death and resurrection sit at the very center of the Christ story. The iconic image of a man on the cross has pierced our collective consciousness for thousands of years. What does it mean? What does it reveal? Did Jesus die for our sin? There seems to be a mystery at the heart of this provocative image. Mystery is not something you can’t understan…
 
In a contrast between good and bad leaders, Jesus identifies himself as Good Shepherd. This is much more than a moral statement to affirm. It is an invitation to relationship, to know and be fully known by Him. Throughout this Lent series, we invite you to pay attention to God in new ways. The Breathe prayer resource, provided by the Covenant Churc…
 
Death and resurrection sit at the very center of the Christ story. The iconic image of a man on the cross has pierced our collective consciousness for thousands of years. What does it mean? What does it reveal? Did Jesus die for our sin? There seems to be a mystery at the heart of this provocative image. Mystery is not something you can’t understan…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
Unless you are a rancher or farmer, you may not fully appreciate the value of a livestock gate. A gate protects, defines and provides entrance. What might Jesus be saying to us about his position as divine gatekeeper? Throughout this Lent series, we invite you to pay attention to God in new ways. The Breathe prayer resource, provided by the Covenan…
 
As the hours of daylight increase, we find ourselves inspired and energized by increased light. Jesus points to himself as the light of the world, inviting us to move out of darkness into life-giving hope. We receive the light and then we share the light. That’s the way of Jesus. Throughout this Lent series, we invite you to pay attention to God in…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
When you hear the name “Jesus,” what images come to mind? As we enter the season of Lent, we will go back to the source to remember how Jesus described himself. This week, He uses an everyday item to extend an extraordinary invitation to all who choose to receive Him. Throughout this Lent series, we invite you to pay attention to God in new ways. T…
 
Valentine’s Day sparks joy and love for some, and for others it’s a painful reminder of past hurt & brokenness. Yet relationships are so much more than flowers and chocolate for a lover, or a homemade card for a friend. As Christians we hold fast to a hope that God has great intentions for each relationship in our lives, so this week we turn to the…
 
This week, we have the honor of welcoming Greg Yee, Superintendent of the PacNW Conference. Greg shares insights about PLCC’s journey forward as we continue the search for our next lead pastor.​​​​​​​ Joshua 1:1-9 Joshua 1:1-9 / New International Version (NIV) Joshua Installed as Leader 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord s…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
The astounding assertion of the gospel is that God invites us to join His family! This kind of love is lavish, undeserved—and available to all. This is news we can’t keep to ourselves. 1 John 3:1-3; 4:10 1 John 3:1-3; 4:10 / New International Version (NIV) 1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God…
 
Welcome! Join us here for our service at 10AM on Sunday, 1/24. Watch through FacebookWatch through YouTube The incredible message of the Christian faith is that love and suffering come together to bring life. God is not only for us in hard times, but is with us as a suffering God. This kind of love allows us to say “all is well.” Isaiah 53:1-10 Isa…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
In these abnormal days it’s become easy to point fingers, cast blame, or focus on differences. Yet God shows us his merciful love, fresh mercy that meets us in our sin and painful situations. How might his mercy show us how to love others? Lamentations 3:19-26 Lamentations 3:19-26 / New International Version (NIV) 19 I remember my affliction and my…
 
Have you ever found yourself disillusioned with God? We all warm to the thought of being loved by God, but are tempted to reduce this love to simply meeting our personal needs. Jeremiah reminds us that power and love are both in the hands of our sovereign God. Jeremiah 32:17-23; 26-27 Jeremiah 32:17-23; 26-27 / New International Version (NIV) 17 “A…
 
As we wait for an end to pandemic suffering in this new year, we hold fast to the reality of God’s love. Jeremiah’s prophecy reminds us that we can expect love from the God who never wavers in his commitments. Jeremiah 31:1-6 Jeremiah 31:1-6 / New International Version (NIV) 1 “At that time,” declares the Lord, “I will be the God of all the familie…
 
We conclude our Advent series, In Their Own Words, with a look at the Christmas story through the lens of Simeon—a story of God’s love and faithfulness that brings hope for the new year. Luke 2:21-35 Luke 2:21-35 / New International Version (NIV) 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel …
 
The Christmas story isn’t all peace and light. When Jesus was born, the forces of darkness railed against him. While King Herod schemed for his destruction, the Magi sought to find him. Their responses reveal much about our own choices: What we will do with Jesus? Matthew 2:1-8 Matthew 2:1-8 / New International Version (NIV) The Magi Visit the Mess…
 
We continue our Advent series, In Their Own Words, and look at the Christmas story through the lens of Joseph—a man who is often forgotten but played an incredible role in the birth of Jesus. Let’s learn from his story together! Matthew 1:18-25 Matthew 1:18-25 / New International Version (NIV) Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son 18 This is how the birt…
 
We continue this Advent series ‘In Their Own Words’ by exploring the life of Elizabeth as recorded in the gospel of Luke, and together ask the question ‘what’s my role in the Kingdom Of God?’ Luke 1:39-45 Luke 1:39-45 / New International Version (NIV) Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of …
 
Have you ever faced the disappointment of an unrealized dream? In the story of Zechariah, we see a faithful but childless man, surprised when God shows up to usher in a new way. God continues to show up in our stories as well, teaching us even through difficult times. Luke 1:5-24; 18 Luke 1:5-14; 18 / New International Version (NIV) The Birth of Jo…
 
We wrap up our sermon series by looking at one of the most surprising and shocking images of Jesus we see in Scripture. Let’s dive deep and look at the one who makes us say, “No other King.” Revelation 19:11-16 Revelation 19:11-16 / New International Version (NIV) The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast 11 I saw heaven standing open and there before…
 
Jesus’ message of the kingdom assumes there is a king. Yet he confounded most notions of kingship in his time. What does it mean for us today to honor Him as king? John 18:33-37; 19:12-16 John 18:33-37; 19:12-16 / New International Version (NIV) 18 / 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the …
 
In the story of ancient Israel’s demand for a king, we will see their rejection of God’s rule. Our own demands for security or prosperity shape our loyalties as well. Are we seeking another kind of king ourselves? 1 Samuel 8:1-10; 19-22 1 Samuel 8:1-10; 19-22 / New International Version (NIV) Israel Asks for a King 1 When Samuel grew old, he appoin…
 
Religion both heals and hurts. At its best, it feeds, clothes, and comforts those in need. At its worst, it steals, kills, and destroys in the name of God. After centuries of internalizing damning messages, toxic theologies, and scriptural abuse, wounded bodies have walked away from religion altogether. Some became bitter, while others remained, co…
 
No matter what leader is in office or which party is in control, Jesus remains King. So the call for Christians is not to withdraw, but to engage culture with a kingdom mindset. This week we look at the amazing way in which Jesus responds to a political dispute. Mark 12:13-17 Mark 12:13-17 / New International Version (NIV) Paying the Imperial Tax t…
 
Two visions, two men, two people groups. When the Spirit speaks, past prejudices are erased and a whole new view of community is birthed. Today the Spirit continues to break down false barriers and invite us into the blessed community God always intended. Acts 10:1-20; 34-35 Acts 10:1-20; 34-35 / New International Version (NIV) Cornelius Calls for …
 
As the early church began to scatter through Judea and Samaria, God was already at work setting up his divine appointments. We’ll hear about one of these instances that occurred on a desert road as we consider how the Holy Spirit is disrupting our routines and urging us to say yes to divine appointments. Acts 8:26-39 Acts 8:26-39 / New Internationa…
 
Religion both heals and hurts. At its best, it feeds, clothes, and comforts those in need. At its worst, it steals, kills, and destroys in the name of God. After centuries of internalizing damning messages, toxic theologies, and scriptural abuse, wounded bodies have walked away from religion altogether. Some became bitter, while others remained, co…
 
The Early Church was growing and finding momentum until tragedy hit their community in a shocking and profound way. It altered their everyday reality and the movement of their community. What can we learn from this as we continue to navigate the realities we find ourselves in? Acts 7:54-8:4 Acts 7:54-8:4 / New International Version (NIV) The Stonin…
 
Religion both heals and hurts. At its best, it feeds, clothes, and comforts those in need. At its worst, it steals, kills, and destroys in the name of God. After centuries of internalizing damning messages, toxic theologies, and scriptural abuse, wounded bodies have walked away from religion altogether. Some became bitter, while others remained, co…
 
When ethnic tensions arise in the early church, the community must work out a way to honor and care for all. Even in conflict, the Spirit reshapes God’s people and extends their witness to a broken world. Acts 6:1-7 Acts 6:1-7 / New International Version (NIV) The Choosing of the Seven 1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, th…
 
Religion both heals and hurts. At its best, it feeds, clothes, and comforts those in need. At its worst, it steals, kills, and destroys in the name of God. After centuries of internalizing damning messages, toxic theologies, and scriptural abuse, wounded bodies have walked away from religion altogether. Some became bitter, while others remained, co…
 
After Pentecost, the early followers of Jesus find their perspectives shifting in profound ways. At a routine encounter outside the temple gates, a powerful healing takes place, and more than one life is forever changed. How is the Spirit shifting our own routines so that healing might come? Acts 3:1-12 Acts 3:1-12 / New International Version (NIV)…
 
There is a world of difference between shining your light and letting your light shine. Jesus says to let your light shine “in such a way.” What does this crucial difference look like in today’s time and space? Matthew 5:14-16 Matthew 5:14-16 / New International Version (NIV) 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidde…
 
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