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We are a gathering of imperfect people who have been and are being changed by the work of God in us. Most sermons in this podcast are preached by Pastor Paul Sausser, who is a lifelong learner, especially in the area of biblical literature and ancient biblical culture. He has a M.Div. degree from Calvin Theological Seminary and a D.Min. degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, and served at three other churches leading up to Discovery. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for m ...
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The role of the High Priest was to be the highest representative of God to His people, and God’s people to God. Because of this, the qualifications of the High Priest were high. Jesus fulfilled all the human qualifications of being a High Priest, but more than that, He was appointed as Father God. Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Watch the full service here: http…
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Guest preacher Rev. Matthew Wright joins us for this 4th installment of our Snapshots of Greatness series. Hebrews 4:12-16 The word of God cuts us to the core and lays us bare before our judge. But in Jesus Christ we have a great high priest who has brought our humanity into heaven and represents us before the Father, so we may approach his throne …
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In Christ we have a calling to persevere against unbelief. Throughout Israel’s history, the repetitive behavioral pattern of chasing after other gods and forgetting the promises of God is a prominent theme. Through Christ, our hearts of stone can become hearts of flesh—being in communion with Him, and in community with others, to press against the …
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All Christ has done for us took place because He became one of us to save from ourselves and transform us to be like Him. In Jesus, God is showing us what it is like to be fully human as Jesus wears our skin without our sin. Hebrews 2:9-18 Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/aHMeCD0VjAo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/pri…
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A new year brings a new series: Snapshots of Greatness, in which we'll explore many names and characteristics of Jesus as told in the book of Hebrews. The Living Jesus is all we need to find fulfillment in our lives. Jesus is Father God’s full and final picture of what He wants to reveal about Himself to us. In these opening verses, 9 snapshots of …
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The Bible is full of stories of men and women who had doubts and fears, yet trusted that God was bigger than those doubts and fears. Jesus’ final words were to a group of young men that doubted. Yet they obeyed and God used them to change the world. Will we trust God today in the midst of our own doubts and fears? Matthew 28:16-20 Ryan Waalkes is a…
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Christmas is here. We love love stories, and so we might think on this day of the love story between Joseph and Mary. But this day is not about their story, but His love story. Today is about God fulfilling promises to bring His love in His Son down to earth for us. Luke 2:1-20 Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VRc2QUt…
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Christmas is about God’s salvation for us. Strip everything else away from Christmas but this truth, and it will still be a great Christmas. John’s birth tells what this child will do—announce God’s plan of salvation. Zechariah’s song, his response to God’s goodness, is praising our Lord and also proclaiming God’s salvation. The central message of …
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God’s great plan of new life should be responded to by incredible joy—spontaneous joy. The ARRIVAL of Mary at Elizabeth’s place brings joy to their home. Jesus does that to people. Elizabeth is blessed by having this Child and being in a relationship to the mother of the Messiah. Mary breaks into ADORATION about her own happiness and the joy of new…
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God fulfills His promises in miraculous ways that mystify us. When we are confronted with God’s miraculous and mysterious ways, we need to be obedient and accept God’s coming to us—first, in receiving His Christmas gift of a Savior, and second, with a willingness to be used in His service. Luke 1:26-38 Watch the full service on our YouTube channel:…
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God is not quiet in working His plan to bring salvation and joy through His people to the world. This is the time that God is at work behind the scenes with Zechariah and Elizabeth. The priest Zechariah was placed in a spot to bear the news that God is at work to bring His joy and redemption to humanity. Zechariah’s silence (after he questioned God…
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After humanity’s fall in the Garden of Eden, God rescues humanity by focusing on one family to reach the world—Abraham’s family. Through Abraham’s line will come Jesus—the Messiah King. Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, recipient of that covenant, reaps what he sows, as his waywardness passes on to the next generation. Through it all, God shows that He us…
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When God give us direction of a direction—be it a moral choice, a command to obey, a place to live or work or go to school, or a new venture within the kingdom of God—when God gives direction of a specific direction to take, God accomplishes His purposes and God gives His blessing when we make that adjustment and choose to follow Him. Genesis 31:13…
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Genesis 32:22-32 Jacob wrestled and struggled during his life, first in the womb with Esau and later with God. His conniving was seeking something that only God can give, which God gives freely. God blesses Jacob, gives him a new identity, and through Jacob God’s blessing reaches out to the world through Jacob’s descendant—King Jesus. Verse: Then t…
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Genesis 28:10-22 At an insignificant place, Jacob encounters God directly in a dream. God promises to fulfill His covenantal promise to Abraham by working through Jacob, and, God promises to care for Jacob wherever he goes. Jacob is assured that he has God’s watchful eye and listening ear not only where he had the vision, which Jacob named Bethel, …
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Genesis 25:29-34; 27:5-10 After humanity’s fall in the Garden of Eden, God chose to rescue humanity by focusing on one family to reach the world—the family that would come through Abraham. Through Abraham’s line will come Jesus—the Messiah King. Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, has a role to play in this. He is a conniver who steals the family birthright…
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This week begins a new series on the story of Jacob. Genesis 25:20-34 Genesis begins with humanity deciding to rebel against God through sin. God chooses to rescue and redeem fallen humanity by focusing on one family through whom He will bring hope and salvation—Abraham. Jacob, a grandson of Abraham, is part of that plan. An imperfect Jacob will re…
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Luke 9:57-62 “To grow is to change.” The call of Jesus to follow Him demands change on our part. His call is more radical than we want it to be because the change He asks for takes control of our life out of our hands and completely into His hands. Key Verses: As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you g…
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This week's talk comes from guest preacher Rev. Laura Osborne, chaplain at West Michigan University. Colossians 3:1-11 Paul speaks positively of the Colossian Christians’ faith, love, and hope (1:4-5) and acknowledges that the Good News is bearing fruit and growing in them (1:6). However, Epaphras has apparently brought Paul news of serious problem…
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Mark 4:2-9, 13-20 What Jesus offers far exceeds our wildest expectations. The condition of one’s heart (responding or refusing the gospel of grace) determines the growth of the spiritual seed and the success or failure of the harvest. Key Verses: Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some six…
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We celebrate our discipleship emphasis over the past 9 months. Our Bible passage says that following God with all our heart is like eating at the best banquet ever. And the banquet is not only for us, but for all who would come and see. Isaiah 55:1-5 Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/BOZZhiLRVwk Hosted on Acast. See ac…
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Matthew 22:37-40 We were meant to know and love, to be known and be loved. That’s the life to which He has called us—this is what we desperately need. When we shift from just fellowshipping to the risk of being known, we learn to truly love each other. Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/h_kgyYA9Vfs Hosted on Acast. See …
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Some churches hold that all they need to be is friendly to others. While good, what the church needs to practice is true love. Love is concerned with all aspects of another person, while being friendly keeps interaction at the surface. Loving others, individually and as a community, is a core sign of spiritual maturity. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 Watch t…
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Bonus episode! Our Fourth Sundays in 2023 usually involve a simple intro from Pastor Paul and a video or podcast from The Bible Project before breaking into small group discussion, so there's not been much to share on this podcast. But not this month! Instead of a video, Pastor Paul taught us how to share our story of faith with others. While we ma…
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Pastor Paul spoke from Acts 2:42-47 on the topic of Fellowshift. The church, the brainchild of God, is intended to do more than inspire people—it is to grow people and help people grow people. In following the methods of Jesus, the early church focused on fellowship, on being together, as the primary way we care for and build each other up. The chu…
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1 Peter 5:12-13; Matthew 4:19 We believe that Jesus’ mission led him to die on the cross for our sins. That’s a big part of His mission, but it isn’t just that. His mission includes making disciples who, by being together, live out his teachings and tell the gospel story. What good is this truly fantastic real story if no one knows about it? Key Ve…
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2 Peter 1:3-11 Living a Christian life is not a matter of willpower and self-effort, but it is tied to being connected to the Holy Spirit. We radically invest in what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives, and when we do, He turns us into people who radically love. View the full service on our YouTube channel. Preached by Pastor Paul Sausser. Hoste…
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Pastor Paul is back to preaching! 2 Peter 1:3-11 Living a Christian life is not a matter of willpower and self-effort, but it is tied to being connected to the Holy Spirit. He brings the radical change in all areas of our life that we need. Key Verse: His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who…
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This week we welcomed Pastor Robert Kennedy from Comunidad Cristiano Internacional. Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus calls us to shine His light through our good works. Let people know by word and deed that we belong to Jesus. His light through us doesn’t bring glory to us but glory to Him. Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/i6xJZ…
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This week's talk comes from Pastor Mary. Jesus Christ invites us all to join Him in the exciting and powerful ministry of healing and miracles. We are encouraged to faith in the God who expresses His inexhaustible love and compassion through healing. We will learn about Jesus’ model for healing and explore the theological framework for healing. Fol…
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Ryan Waalkes (Bridge Street Ministries) is back to guest preach while Pastor Paul continues to recover from surgery. Acts 2:42-47 We will continue the theme of the work of the Holy Spirit in forming a welcoming and restorative community. Two weeks ago we looked at the unifying work of the Holy Spirit in the Ephesian church. This week we will step b…
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2 Peter 1:3-11 Living a Christian life is not a matter of willpower and self-effort. Because of the Holy Spirit in us, there is the potential for radical character change—from selfishness to unselfishness, from enslavement to freedom. Pastor Mary filled in for Pastor Paul, who is sick this week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more infor…
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1 Corinthians 12:12-27 Father God has created each person with gifts and passions to serve others, and with areas where each person needs to be helped and cared for. Jesus created the church so that all the people work together and fit as a united whole—where strengths and hurting areas come together. The great joy comes when we serve together as c…
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Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus was an outsider, and he knew it. He also knew that having Jesus would change his life. In Jesus’ encounter with him, we see the Savior’s love for the outcast which begins with seeing him. To follow in Jesus’ steps, we also must see those that are considered forgotten or those mistreated, affirm their value with the giving of …
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The family table is the place where we feel we all belong. Jesus’ guest list is quite startling. Those who might be deemed worthy of an invite reject it. Those whom others pass over on the invitation list are compelled to come to His table. Those who are the most vulnerable should be ones Jesus’ followers show radical hospitality and offer a compel…
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The family table is the place where we feel we all belong. The risk in welcoming people to the table is that they will be different than us, and even a bit messy. Yet, the genuine longing that people have (because it was placed in all of us by God), is to belong to God and to His family. We must follow this calling as a church because this is how F…
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John 20:1-18Jesus came to bring us new life through faith in Him. The evidence is there to show the belief in the resurrection is the most reasonable answer to the events of that day. The resurrection is not an abstract idea, but a personal invitation to come and know this Man who loves us and wants us to love Him.Watch the full Easter service on o…
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Jesus came to bring us new life through faith in Him. Our journey with Jesus is not just about the end—eternal life--but just as much about the now. How we live, following the values that shape us, and the glory of God that we seek to bring Him is what Kingdom life is about. We experience God’s new abundant life through the unfiltered abundant love…
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Today's talk comes from Pastor Mary.Luke records in the book of the Acts of the Apostles the story of the first ever Revival in the New Testament Church. The revival birthed the Church 2000 years ago and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. Since then God has sent Revival and Spiritual Awakening to revive His people about …
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Acts 1:1-11In between the time of Jesus' departure and His returning, we are called to all be witnesses. God Himself, empowers us for that mission. May we not get distracted by the things of this world and remember what we have been called to do.Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/eriMwMkrI0k Hosted on Acast. See acast.c…
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John 5:1-13Jesus responds to a need of a person with a weakness, but it is not at the person’s request. Out of the compassion of His heart, Jesus gives life to one who is truly hopeless. Sin has so ruined the human heart that we’ve become grumbling, ungrateful creatures. Jesus came to restore the human heart, to give us a new nature and restore us …
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