How We Purposefully Embrace Death

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg teaches the second week of our Back-to-School series, “The Final Bell,” in which we discuss the biblical significance of embracing death. Last week we discussed the need to embrace¬†the reality of death in order to allow Jesus’ victory to¬†sharpen our focus, clarify our purpose, and deepen our joy even in the loss and pain of physical death. …

Why We Must Embrace Death – Psalm 90:12-17

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg kicks off the first week of our Back-to-School series, “The Final Bell,” in a discussion about death. We know death is important (we talk about Jesus’ death). We know death is inevitable (we talk about how every person dies and faces judgment). But, still, we often keep it at an arms-length. We prefer not to deal with …

Forward – Assembly, Week 4

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg concludes our Back to School series, “Assembly.” Over the past three weeks we’ve discussed the focus, identity, and outpouring of the gathered church. But how does spending an hour a week in the physical presence of other believers help us fulfill the purpose the church? We step forward together to BE the church and accomplish our mission …

Outward – Assembly, Week 3

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg teaches week 3 of our current series, “Assembly,” in which we look at the biblical importance of gathering with the local church. Over the past two weeks we’ve talked about several theological truths that are reinforced by the act of gathering together with the church each week. But how does that shape the way we live our …

Upward – Assembly, Week 1

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg kicks off our 2022 edition of our Back-to-School series called, “The Assembly.” We live in a digital age where nearly every interaction we have can be managed without a personal touch. So why do we still need to physically gather as a church family? For the next few weeks we’ll look at 4 important aspects of the …

Evangelism IRL

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg teaches week 2 of our Back-to-School series. Last week we discussed how evangelism is the biblical call to the body of Christ. But what does that mean for us as individuals? This week we look at the why and the how of personal evangelism and see how this calling, scary as it may be to many of …

Evangelism 101 – various passages

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg begins our annual “Back to School” series. Some messages can’t wait until after class. That’s when you slip a note across the aisle while the teacher’s back is turned. A daring move, but worth it. But how many of those messages are REALLY important? We know how eternally important our message of faith is. Will we take …

How Should we Pray? – Matthew 6:9-13

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg leads us through the second week of our Back to School series on prayer, “All Call.” It’s much easier to know information than it is to put that information into action. Why? Because information is easily attained, but change takes planning and effort and it requires hard work. Last week we discussed what prayer is. This week …

What is Prayer? – Nehemiah 1:4-5

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg teaches the first week of our three-week Back-to-School series on prayer. If asked, “What is prayer?”, most of us would respond something to the effect of, “It’s talking to God.” That is true. But is that all it is? I talk to lots of people every day. Is prayer just another in a line of conversations? This …

Sabbath Diagnostics – Why We Reject Rest

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Pastor Jonathan Eckberg continues our back-to-school series on God’s Sabbath rest. Last week we discussed the gift of Sabbath and why it is valuable for our lives. But why then do we so often reject it? This week we will look at reasons we reject Sabbath, the idols that lie behind them, and how we can overcome them to embrace …