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Sunday, January 07, 2018


At the start of every year many of us make a resolution of some sort: eat less, exercise more, start a daily Bible reading regimen, whatever. These are all attempts to make ourselves better people in one way or another.

It's also an acknowledgement of the human condition: we are all weak in some areas, broken in others.

The Bible describes the human condition quite accurately in both the Old and New Testaments:

Psalm 14:3: "All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one."

Ecclesiastes 7:20: "Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,
    no one who does what is right and never sins."

Romans 3:22a-23: "There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

And the "answer" provided by every religion except Christianity is some variation of the same theme: "Be a better person and you'll find yourself in heaven."

But in Christianity God says, "The only way these creatures are going to get better is if I do it myself."

He knows we were born with a sinful nature, so he accepts us as we are: with all of our weaknesses and imperfections, our bad attitudes, our fears, and our insecurities.

Thankfully, he is also in the restoration business. He takes what is broken and makes it whole again. You see, he loves us as we are, but loves us too much to let us stay that way. He will make us like Christ (Romans 8:29).

For the audio of today's sermon, click here.

For a copy of the sermon notes, click here.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017


"Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
" (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)

Dr. Carl Wilson joined us again to help us close out 2017...actually to help us "sweep 2017 out the door" so God can do a new thing in our lives in 2018.

He helps us learn to forgive, forget, and let go of past hurts and disappointments so we can live more, give more, and be everything God wants us to be.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017


The Incarnation: God becoming flesh.

Jews and Muslims don't accept Christianity largely because to them, the idea that God would become man is blasphemy.

But this concept is the very center of God's plan, the pivot point where renewal begins in this fallen world.

Someone had to do something. Death, a common experience of all who walk the earth, is the result of a broken relationship with the Source of Life.

And since humans broke this relationship, a human had to fix it.

In the Incarnation, the Maker becomes what he has made. This is a difficult concept to comprehend, and through the years terms like "hypostatic union" and "kenosis" have been developed to represent the inconceivable: God with us, Emmanuel, Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man.

Inconceivable for us, true: but God's thoughts are much different than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

As a man, Jesus emptied himself ot the attributes of Deity (Philippians 2:6-7): he experienced emotions like grief and fear. He was tempted in every way we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:14-16). 

As a result, he understands temptations far better than we do. We usually give in well before we experience the full strength of a given temptation.

And as a man, he died. But then he did the impossible: he rose from the dead.

Jesus has pased through death and into life! And he promised that those who follow him will do the same. (See John 20:31.)

For the audio of today's sermon, click here.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017


Today we completed our review of our vision as Grace Bible Church:

Our Action Statement is Inviting Your World to Experience God's Grace.

How to we do that?

Through Growth + Relationship + Authenticity + Community + Expression = GRACE.


The focus of today's sermon is on the final component of our vision: Expression.

Expression = To communicate the life-changing gospel through word and deed as individuals and as a church. 

This is demonstrated by believers expressing the transforming love of God by actively serving others and speaking truth in love (Eph. 4:15).

If you are a Christ-follower, your life-story has the power of God flowing through it!


To download the audio of today's sermon, click here.

To download a copy of the small group study notes, click here.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017


Today we continued our review of our vision as Grace Bible Church:

Our Action Statement is Inviting Your World to Experience God's Grace.

How to we do that?

Through Growth + Relationship + Authenticity + Community + Expression = GRACE.

The focus of today's sermon is on the two more components of our vision: Authenticity & Community.

Authenticity = To seek a life where our actions match our words, free from pretense, hypocrisy or deceit. 

Living a life of Authenticity means being honest about our struggles... because we all have them.


Community = To extend ourselves eyond personal relationships into broader interactive community; the body of Christ, united by the gospel.

"True community is not something that is discovered, it's something that is built." Author James A. White

Community demands intentional commitment.

One of the main things God desires is that we learn to take our focus off of ourselves and turn it towards others.

To download the audio of today's sermon, click here.

To download a copy of the small group study notes, click here.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017


Today we begin a 3-week review of our vision as Grace Bible Church:

Our Action Statement is Inviting Your World to Experience God's Grace.

How to we do that?

Through Growth + Relationship + Authenticity + Community + Expression = GRACE.

The focus of today's sermon is on the first two components of our vision: Growth & Relationship.

Growth = To live a life increasingly characterized by faith, hope, and love. 

In other words, living a life of Growth is the same as being called to become a disciple of Jesus.

A disciple is one who is committed to learning. Jesus' 12 disciples spent years with him, learning from the greatest example of love, wisdom, and godliness who ever walked the earth.

Relationship = To build genuine and meaningful relationships with God and others.

Godly love is not a feeling: it is based on action.

Loving God: There is one definition throughout the Bible of love for God, and that is obedience. Jesus said "If you love me you will obey my commands." (Jn. 14:15)

Loving your neighbor (friend, family member, co-worker, even your enemies): Spend time with them. Jesus didn't just serve as a mentor to his disciples; he shared life with them.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017


Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV)

Our guest speaker, Pastor Dennis Larkin, gave us a sobering reminder that our children are watching us 24/7: "You can teach what you know, but you can only reproduce what you are."

He also gave us many great suggestions of how to impress the character of Christ on our children. Among them:

- Talk openly with your children: be authentic.

- Let your sons and daughters know you're crazy in love with them, no matter what they do or how they behave.

- Discipline in love.

- Expose your kids to godly people. And take them with you to do ministry: serving the poor, the hurting, etc. (See "authenticity" above!)

One more:

- Major on the majors, not the minors. Focus on character, not fashion.

"Your greatest accomplishment may not be what you do, but someone you raise." -- Andy Stanley

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Sunday, October 01, 2017


Oscar Wilde famously said, "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."

And as a result of following his own philosophy, he died at age 46 from the ravages of an STD, a penniless alcoholic.

When God gives us boundaries and limitations in how we live, it's for our own benefit: to help save us from lives filled with drama and trauma.

We may not always understand those boundaries, but it's really no different than a child who doesn't understand why s/he can't have candy for every meal.

What God wants for us is greater than happiness; he wants us to live lives marked by joy. Happiness is situational; joy is not.

Joy is a result of spiritual maturity. It is evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives:

"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Gal. 5:22-23).

God wants us to pursue holiness more than happiness. Because when we delight ourselves in the Lord, happiness will pursue us! (See Psalms 37:4, 23:6).

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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)

A high-profile murder trial is currently underway, and it involves people who had previously attended our church. These are people who claimed to be Christians, at times convincingly so. And yet they became caught up in an adulterous affair that led to the murder of the woman's spouse.

This has caused many people to wonder, "How did this happen?" 

Pastor Dave's answer: slowly and gradually. They had an opportunity every day to change the path they were on, to stop toying with ideas the Bible clearly states are wrong.

But how does anyone keep themselves from gradually falling away from God and into a trap like this? How do we steer clear of "the sin that so easily entangles"?

The Bible gives us an answer to that as well:

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

Jesus is the Great Untangler. It's our job to stay close to him and to lead others to him also, so he can untangle them from their sins too. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017


"If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." - Jesus, in his parable "Lazarus and the Rich Man" (Luke 16:31 NIV)

Some people will not be convinced, no matter how strong the evidence for Christianity is.

When someone doesn't want to believe, they will grasp onto almost anything that makes them feel justified in their disbelief. Even theories that have been long abandoned by scholars will be dredged up, such as the theory that Jesus never existed.

But even skeptical scholars now admit there is a mountain of historical evidence for the existence of Jesus.

And there are similar mountains of evidence for the existence of God and for the reliability of the Bible.

Pastor Dave takes us through the second half of this series by focusing on one particular proof of the reliability of the Bible: fulfilled prophecies.

Since these things are true, what should we do about it?

"Jesus told them, 'This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.'" (John 6:29 NLT)

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