Sermons by Richard Kidger

gods AT WAR

gods AT WAR: Power

Have you ever had to compete for someone’s attention or affection? You are together, but it feels like they are a million miles away. They may even look like they are listening to you but you sense that they are somewhere else. It’s easy to do these days. Watch people in a restaurant surrounded by TV screens and it is hard to keep your focus on the people you are with! Our hearts have a tendency to be captivated by something. Sometimes these affections or distractions can be all consuming and it can feel like a battleground in our hearts and minds. We’re going to talk about the root of such things in a 4-part series called “gods AT WAR.” Join us for this discussion. It might make all the difference between a well balanced life, and one that can feel out of control.

The Art Of Rest

The Art Of Rest: Rest Restores Relationship

People take a vacation for many reasons. Sometimes you don’t need a real reason. It’s just a good idea. One movie showed couples taking a vacation at a retreat to help mend and restore their relationships.  Newlyweds take a honeymoon not only because it’s tradition but it allows them to reconnect and relax in each other’s presence after what could be months of intense preparations and activities. Counselors suggest times away to rest to get back in touch with what matters in your life. Sometimes even a leisurely walk on a sunny day clears the mind, or gives you a chance to have more meaningful conversation with those who are close to you. In the ebbs and flow of life, and the many pressures we face, relationships can suffer – especially the most important ones. But how do we draw close again?  It’s worth talking about. Learn more about how Rest Restores Relationship.

Summer in Psalms

Summer in Psalms: Psalms with Benefits

A Disney animated film Inside Out is the story of a young girl depicted through the five emotions that live inside her mind, and how each emotion fights for control over how she perceives the world around her and how they color her memories of the past.  What better time of the year than summertime to explore… our emotions.  We’ll spend the month of July in the Book of Psalms.  The Psalms were actually written to be songs, and like songs today, they contain a wide variety of emotional expression, everything from happiness and rejoicing to sorrow and despair.

Do you want to know about love? Maybe take a bit of time to detox your soul? Have you been looking at your life lately and wondering, hey, what’s in it for me these days? Well, a lot. Join us this July for a look at how the Bible actually encourages us to pour out our hearts and find what we’re really looking for.

Summer in Psalms

Summer in Psalms: Soul Detox

A Disney animated film Inside Out is the story of a young girl depicted through the five emotions that live inside her mind, and how each emotion fights for control over how she perceives the world around her and how they color her memories of the past.  What better time of the year than summertime to explore… our emotions.  We’ll spend the month of July in the Book of Psalms.  The Psalms were actually written to be songs, and like songs today, they contain a wide variety of emotional expression, everything from happiness and rejoicing to sorrow and despair.

Do you want to know about love? Maybe take a bit of time to detox your soul? Have you been looking at your life lately and wondering, hey, what’s in it for me these days? Well, a lot. Join us this July for a look at how the Bible actually encourages us to pour out our hearts and find what we’re really looking for.

Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark – Part 15

Have you ever felt misunderstood…a time when others misinterpreted your intentions or motivations? Maybe it’s something you had said, or done, but it was not received well. Did you wonder “How could they think that about me? That’s not what I meant at all!” In our time, people think all kinds of things about Jesus. They may have their own versions about who he is, why he came to earth or why he died on a cross. They may not like some of the things he said or did, or debate at length whether he is the only religious figure to follow. We have been spending some time in the book of Mark to examine a report of what Jesus did and taught and said about his purpose. As a storyteller, Mark is  straightforward and blunt. He provokes us to look at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and respond to him accordingly. Join us throughout June as we draw the Gospel of Mark series to a conclusion.

Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark – Part 13

Have you ever felt misunderstood…a time when others misinterpreted your intentions or motivations? Maybe it’s something you had said, or done, but it was not received well. Did you wonder “How could they think that about me? That’s not what I meant at all!” In our time, people think all kinds of things about Jesus. They may have their own versions about who he is, why he came to earth or why he died on a cross. They may not like some of the things he said or did, or debate at length whether he is the only religious figure to follow. We have been spending some time in the book of Mark to examine a report of what Jesus did and taught and said about his purpose. As a storyteller, Mark is  straightforward and blunt. He provokes us to look at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and respond to him accordingly. Join us throughout June as we draw the Gospel of Mark series to a conclusion.