Teaching

Teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ is central to who we are at Trinity Church. Each week, Biblical truth is taught during our weekend worship services by our pastors, elders, and visiting speakers.

Trinity typically focuses on God's Word, challenging us to live fulfilled and meaningful lives patterned after the life of Jesus Christ. Our Teaching Ministry exists to express our love for Almighty God through an honest and relevant examination of the Bible.

We invite you to join us on Sundays at 10am Pacific time, if you can’t make it in person please join us online via our live stream

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SCARED STRAIGHT

Woven throughout the Bible, beginning in Genesis and continuing through Revelation, the scripture repeatedly instructs us to "fear the Lord". This holy fear is credited as being "the beginning of wisdom", and "the foundation of life". It turns us away from sin, and directs us toward the arms of our Heavenly Father. This series explores the purpose and nature of this healthy fear- a fear that ultimately results in peace. 

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SPIRITUAL LIFE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 The Sermon on the Mount concludes with a series of do’s and don’ts that focus on how we deal with material wealth and the subject of judgement.  Both these topics help us build a spiritual life that is in stark contrast to our former way of thinking and living.  In the new kingdom that Jesus is building his followers reflect a very different set of values when it comes to wealth and judgement.  In fact, both of these are a good barometer in how we are growing in becoming like Jesus as they both reflect an internal change of heart and mind towards this world and the people who live in it,

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MARCH TO THE CROSS

Jesus shocked the disciples when he affirmed their belief that he was the Christ and then began to teach them that as the Christ he had to suffer and die. Not only did Jesus challenge their view of the Messiah, but he  also challenged their view that following him was their path to happiness and success in this world.   This series follows Jesus as He purposely heads to the cross, and encourages us to be intentional about dying to the old self as well.

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SECRET RELIGION

Jesus recognizes the human reality that many do what is right because it is an opportunity to gain recognition and praise. However, Jesus is calling for complete heart change where our motives are not selfish.  So he teaches that we should do our good deeds quietly or in secret, with no thought of reward. Jesus says we should check our motives in three areas: generosity or almsgiving (6:4), prayer (6:6), and fasting (6:18). Those acts should not be self-centered, but God-centered, done not to make us look good but to make God look good.

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UP YOUR GAME

Following the Beatitudes and Jesus’ comment in Matthew 5:20, “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven”; the question most likely hung in people's minds, "How can we possibly be more righteous than the law-abiding Pharisees?" In the following verses, Jesus outlined some examples of the "how." Six times he will say, "You have heard that it was said . . . but I say to you". With these words he explained that his teaching went beyond what the Ten Commandments and the Torah said. Jesus showed the true intent of God's Law.

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THINK ABOUT IT

Message from Oscar Castro

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DARE TO HOPE

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).  This series is about how Christ coming into the world provides us a hope which is much needed in the world we live in.  This short series connects the hope laid out in the Hebrew Scriptures with the fulfillment in Matthew 1-2, and then connects that with the sure hope we can have in our everyday lives. We can be confident of our hope now because the Hope God gave in the past, came to fruition in Christ.

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STRETCHING YOUR FAITH

Faith Promise 2022

It's that time of the year again where we highlight what God is doing through our supported missionaries, local organizations and partners.  During the services, you will hear stories about how God has been stretching the faith of those that are sharing the Gospel and serving the needs of others.  Faith Promise is also a time where we ask you to pray to see if the Lord would want you to stretch your faith to support what He is doing.  For some that may mean something financial.  For others it could mean praying for these people on the front lines.  We pray that you hear from Him and will do what He asks.  Take some time to scroll through the booklet to get the latest uprdates.      

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THE ART OF NEIGHBORING

Good neighboring is an art.  The dictionary defines a neighbor as someone who is next to or very near another in location.  However, for healthy communities all across the world it is so much more.  Neighboring is the art of treating those in your community like family.  It requires us to nurture a welcoming spirit and a friendly demeanor even with folks we do not yet know very well.  Good neighbors introduce themselves, seek to make strangers friends, maintains relationships, and are themselves approachable. 

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HEALTHY BOUNDARIES

Is it better to have more freedom or less freedom? Trick question? 

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LESSON IN GALATIANS

False teaching brought to the Galatian churches by the Judaizers has been extremely difficult to root out even today. We must walk a fine line—on one hand, we do not want to fall into the legalism that the Galatians struggled with, but on the other, we cannot just live as if anything goes.

 

The Christian’s commitment to Christ is based on the free gift of grace through faith, but as Paul articulated at the end of Galatians, it also results in a life of walking by the Spirit.

 

Use Paul’s words in Galatians as an encouragement to pursue a life of holiness, not in your own strength but in the knowledge of God’s empowering grace in your life.

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JONAH

The story of Jonah and the big fish is one of the most famous in the Bible.

It’s a story about storms and sailors, rebellion, and rescue, preaching and protest. And it’s a story about one reluctant person's experience of speaking to people who knew nothing about God. 

Jonah’s story will encourage believers who find themselves ill-equipped to share God’s message with colleagues, friends and family: and it deeply challenges our priorities in life.

But most of all this is a story about God. The book of Jonah reveals to us the depths of God’s grace, both to “outsiders” and to “insiders”. It shows us God’s compassion for those that don't know Him and patience with His wayward people.

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BELIEF AND DISCERNMENT

So you say you  "believe in God.....but do you believe God?".  

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OPEN HEART

Scripture tells us to guard our hearts because out of it flows the issues of life.  God says that we look at the outward appearance but He looks at the heart.  The condition of our hearts are central to everything we do from loving God, loving our neighbor and living a life that brings glory to Him.  

 

This three week series will challenge us to look inside and encourage us to Open our Hearts to allow God to transform us.  It will show us how God does that through His word and that His desire is to bring us to a place where we develop new habits so that our hearts are wholly focused on Him.  

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FLIP

The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most famous of Jesus’ sermons or “discourses.”  The first part of that discourse is often referred to as the beatitudes.  These spiritual axioms aren’t just a list of things you get blessed for, but rather they speak to the good news of who the kingdom of God is for.  In essence, Jesus “flips the script” and sheds light on a new kind of kingdom with a new kind of kingdom citizen.  This series highlights those characteristics and how God’s people can live right side up in an upside down world.

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THIS IS US

Trinity Church is a family of ordinary people who are in process of being transformed by an extraordinary God.  This is the latest in the series that highlights some of our personal stories of how God's Son, Jesus, has changed our lives.

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SPIRITUAL CITIZENS

A message by Pastor Malcolm Mackinnon from Ephesians 1:3-14.

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GOD, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Henry Blackaby states that prayer is “God’s invitation to enter His throne room so He can lay HIS AGENDA over our hearts.”    The habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian.  If you look at the lives of many eminent Christians who have been on earth since the Bible days.  You will see that some of them were rich, and some poor, some were learned, and some unlearned. Some of them were Baptists, Methodists, Charismatics, Catholics and other such names. But one thing they all had in common. They have all been men and women of prayer.

This series seeks to deeper our understanding of prayer, increase our time in it, and see it become more rich and beneficial.

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A TROUBLED WORLD

This special message was in response to the chaos created by the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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THE GIFT

When we consider the Christmas story we see that there is no mountain too high, no valley too low, no river too wide to keep God's love from reaching us.  No one is excluded from receiving God’s gift of salvation. And wen we understand the magnitude of this Gift, the result is true humility.

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HOPE FOR THE NATIONS

Jesus is the only hope for the nations.  He is worthy of putting our hope in, and He is the one who can get us through challenging times.  Trinity Church not only celebrates this hope but we have set this time aside to celebrate many the stories of 2020 of how we have seen people both locally and globally find hope in Christ.

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VANTAGE POINT

One of the most critical and important events in history was the death and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus.  This series takes a look at this event from different vantage points.  Whether it is Simon of Cyrene who carried the cross of Jesus, the religious leaders who instigated the event, the thieves crucified with Jesus, or the Centurion soldier who watched over the crucifixion; they each have a unique perspective on this life changing event.

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GOD MADE A FARMER

A message by Pastor Cory Rosenke

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SEIZE THE DAY

A message by Pastor Cory Rosenke

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HOPE IN TIMES OF TROUBLE

With all that is going on in our world today, God's people are in need of hope.  Elisha is a key figure in Bible history, and his life can provide some inspiration in a time where much is needed.  Living in a time of spiritual evil, particularly regarding organized Baal worship, Elisha's ministry sought to turn the people back to God through signs and wonders, and to convince the people that only the true God was worth serving.  Best of all, God's work through Elisha shows us that in the midst of trouble times God's people can not only survive, bur can actually thrive.

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IT'S A MATTER OF THE HEART

With so many challenges going on in the world, we take some time to look at our own hearts.  Are we reflecting the love and trust of Christ or are we overwhelmed like everyone else at the uncertainty of the times?

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RACE AND JUSTICE

With the current upheaval over racial tension, this series tries to help God's people respond in a way that we reflect Christ to a world in need.

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COVID LOVE

In the mist of the current crisis with COVID-19, what should the response of Christians be in deciding whether to stay home or get out?  And how do we respond to those who have a different conviction?

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THIS IS US

Trinity Church is a family of ordinary people who are in process of being transformed by an extraordinary God.  This series highlights some of our personal stories of how God's Son, Jesus, has changed our lives.

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CATCHING A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN

A message by Pastor Cory Rosenke

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A COUNTER CULTURAL COMMUNITY

A counterculture is a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores. The Church, like their cornerstone, is supposed to differ substantially from the mainstream of society.  Based on our faith in Christ and His sacrifice as a means of righteousness, Paul gives a picture in Romans 12-15 of the practical values and norms of followers of Jesus.  The end result is a people, set apart by God, which are counter-cultural to the world around them.

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THE ARRIVAL

This Series prepares our hearts for the true meaning behind Christmas as we explore Christmas story as recorded in Luke 1.

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HISTORY

This series is an overview of the Bible from the beginning to the end.  It is a summary story of the God’s relationship with the world, and it can simply be entitled “God loves you.”

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REAL LIFE: ANSWERS TO LIFE'S QUESTIONS

This series is focused on answering key questions plaguing the church.  Some questions the church is actually asking, but some are questions they might be too afraid or unaware to ask.  The hope is that we will help the church think through how to integrate God’s Word with the everyday lives they live in the Silicon Valley.

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WORSHIP 101

A sermon series by Pastor Cory Rosenke

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RESURRECTION: WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

In this series we will look at the importance of the resurrection.  We will answer questions like: did Jesus rise from the dead, what is God like, why does Jesus matter to me, does God really care about me, and what is the new life Christians are supposed to have?

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GOD SPACE

A message by Pastor Ernie Morales.

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WORDS OF LIFE

At times Jesus would teach truth that was hard for many to understand or follow.   At one point many of His followers decided to leave.  He asked the twelve disciples if they too wanted to leave.  Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” - John 6:64. This series explores the significance, the depth, and the means of experiencing God’s Words of Life.

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TURNED OVER TABLES

If someone were to ask you "What would Jesus do?"  Tell them that flipping over tables and chasing people with a whip is with in the possibility.  Pastor Cory challenges us through John 2.

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MOMENTUM

The church of Jesus Christ is meant to make a huge impact on the world.  Impact is determined by momentum. Thus we make the biggest impact when we are united heading in the same direction.  This series emphasizes what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and the impact His followers can have on the world around us.

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MOMENTS THAT MATTER

Often experiencing God's best in your life isn't experienced in large pivotal events, but several smaller moments in a season of life.  This two week series is a personal testimony of God's goodness and the pivotal moments that lead to such overwhelming blessing.

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O HOLY NIGHT

This Christmas series is based on the classic Christmas Carol "O Holy Night".  Join us as we see the season through fresh new eyes through the lens of a classic carol.

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BLINDSPOTS

A message by Pastor Cory Rosenke

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THE HOLY SPIRIT: UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES

It is impossible to do the Christian life apart from the Holy Spirit. And yet the Holy Spirit is often a mystery to us; misunderstood, neglected, or avoided altogether. And yet He still remains the essential Person, Presence, and Power for any and all transformation into the image of Jesus Christ. This series aims to unlock the mysteries that often surround the Holy Spirit

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LOVE, LIVE, GIVE JESUS

Jesus charged His disciples to go into the world and make disciples.  This series focuses on the stories of how the people of Trinity Church and those we support are striving to fulfill that charge to make disciples that love Jesus, live Jesus, and give Jesus to others.

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PIECING TOGETHER THE PARABLES

It has been said that a  parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. The Lord Jesus frequently used parables as a means of illustrating profound, divine truths. Stories such as these are easily remembered, the characters bold, and the symbolism rich in meaning. Parables were a common form of teaching in Judaism. This series covers many of the parables found in the book of Luke and tries to put together their meaning for us today.

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PILGRIMS IN PROCESS

Life is not about the destination but the journey.  We can easily become overwhelmed with life if we constantly are measuring how far we have to go rather than how far we have come.  This series explores the importance of striving for Christ like perfection, but measuring our progress towards that goal.  Based on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, we explore how important it is that we grow more and more in Christ.

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GOOD NEWS

This series comes in three parts.  The first focuses on the power of the Resurrection that empowers us to live an abundant life.  the second focuses on experiencing the peace of God, and the third focuses on how to experience the grace of God.

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ENTERING THE PROMISED LAND

This series is a study on the book of Exodus and part of Numbers.  It focuses on the Israelite's journey from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land.  At the heart of the series it deals with our own pursuit of God's best for our lives and the obstacles that trip us up.

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PREPARING YOUR MARRIAGE FOR 2018

An encouraging message for those who want to enrich their married life taken from 1 Peter 3:1-7.

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STARGAZING

This series takes a look at several popular Christmas Carols and how they highlight Jesus, the reason for the season.

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SEASONS

Because of Jesus the Christian has a new life.  This short series looks at the seasons of life and the quality of that new life.

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TAPESTRY

Faith Promise 2018

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LIFE TOGETHER

This series is about the church. What is it? What is its purpose? How do we keep it healthy? And what is my part in it?

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TREASURE HUNTER: LOST AND FOUND

A message on Luke 15 by Pastor Cory Rosenke

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A RIDICULOUS SAVIOR

Much of what we do as followers of Jesus looks ridiculous to the outside world because we follow a ridiculous savior.  This three week series looks at the counter-cultural aspects of Jesus that makes Him look so ridiculous to the outside world.

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LET IT SHINE

This series is a study on the book of Exodus and part of Numbers.  It focuses on the Israelite's journey from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land.  At the heart of the series it deals with our own pursuit of God's best for our lives and the obstacles that trip us up.

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INTENSITY

2 Peter - Last Will and Testament

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

This series takes an up close and very real look at some of the Bibles main characters like Rahab, Gideon, Moses, and Joseph.  What we find is that these are very real people, with very real challenges, that encounter a very real and good God. 

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BEHOLD THE LAMB

This series is based on Luke chapters 22 through 24 where we follow Jesus to the cross and examine his last words as he presents himself as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.  

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CITIZENSHIP: WHERE DO YOU BELONG?

This Series explores the idea of the Kingdom of Heaven and seeks to answer questions like: 

  • Who are its citizens and what are the requirements for citizenship?

  • What are their unique rights and protections of citizenship?

  • How does citizenship affect who we are and our interactions with those outside the kingdom?

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RED LETTERS: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

This series focuses on one of his most profound and challenging sermons Jesus ever gave.  When he is done the crowds were not only amazed at his teaching, but they were amazed that he seemed to teach as one who had the authority of God.  

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RED: THE WORDS OF CHRIST

This Series explores the direct teachings of Jesus.

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LIVING A LIFE OF VISION

This Series explores loving Jesus (upward), living Jesus (inward), and giving Jesus (outward).

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SCOUTING REPORT

This Series explores the different aspects of our enemy - Who is the enemy? - What is the condition of the enemy? - Where does the enemy attack? - What are the enemy’s tactics? - How do you counter the attacks of the enemy? - How do you successfully battle the enemy?

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VIVID: NEW SIGHT-NEW LIFE

When we receive new life in Christ, we should view the world differently. This 7-week sermon series explores what it looks like to see our new life through the spiritual lens of Christ.

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RELATIONSHIPS THAT THRIVE

This Series is on 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, and what love really is.

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NEW YEAR - NEW YOU

A message by Pastor Ernie Morales

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THE THRILL OF HOPE

This Series is about how Jesus’ birth fulfilled God’s promise of hope.

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THANK YOU NOTES

This two part series is on the challenge of happiness and the ultimate solution to that challenge.

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FINGERPRINTS

This is the 2015 Faith Promise series which asks us where we are leaving the fingerprints of God.

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DUSTY DISCIPLESHIP; THE DNA OF TRINITY

This Series explores the desired DNA of Trinity Church.  What are we about and what are we hoping God will do in us.

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EXTRA! EXTRA!

This Series is covers the many different topics that showed up in the headlines during the summer of 2015.  - The California Drought - Gay Marriage - Political Mudslinging - Sexual Assault - The Environment - Illegal Immigration

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THE POWER TO CHANGE

This series looks at the historical and Biblical origins of the twelve step programs and how each step relates to all of our lives.

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CHRISTIANESE

This series explores common Christian words and what they really mean.

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THE MISSING PIECE

This series is a celebration of what God is doing locally and globally.  What missing piece does the world need to experience God's peace, love, and blessing?  It's you and I.