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Sermons on Lifestyle

The Dream Redeemed

What the gospel says to racism – and what we hope CCF will be like.  Stories of Jesus welcoming the “outsider” (Greeks who “want to see Jesus”).  Stories of how the Kingdom of God brings races together in the same church family (Ephesians), and sows the seeds of the end of class and ethnic value-categories…

Healing Prayer

We serve a Healer!  Using Acts stories, demonstrate how the Jesus message is often a “show and tell” gospel – that the message of “I make all things new” can apply to our emotions and bodies here and now. What would our witness be like if we prayed for healing for people in Red Square?…

The Stress of Seeking Security

Our priority is seeking the Kingdom — this simplifies our life.  Anchored in our knowledge that there is a Father in Heaven who takes care of us… we don’t need to rush to consume.  Busy-ness is rooted in the drive for the things we think will make us secure.  Learn to pray the prayer “I…

The Stress of Relational Conflict

The gospel and the Spirit of God help us in conflict.  To be a believer is to sign up for conflict.  Natural tendencies are fight or flight.  The gospel is raising conflict (appropriately) and reconciliation/restoration.  Peace-makers work hard for reconciliation.

The Stress of Running Your Life

We’re too busy NOT to pray! But we often feel too busy to pause and hear God’s voice; we try to run our days instead of bringing them to the Father. The counter-intuitive response is that the greater the demand on our schedule, the more pressing the need to fight for sacred space with God…

The Stress of Distraction

So much distraction comes from input and a constant stream of social media. We need to unplug; drive back the forces that clamor for our attention over God and learn to hear God in silence — to pause and let stress melt away in silence and solitude before Jesus.  A call to sacred space —…

Give to Caesar & Give to God

Luke 20:20-26 The Pharisees tried to trap Jesus with a politically volatile question, but he gave an unexpected answer!  In his answer, we find help in figuring out how to be Christians at election time.  Jesus calls us to participate in the political culture appropriately (vote your values!), but to not put all our hope…

Fake Sex

Our culture ascribes to a number of myths about sex. In this sermon we seek to address each lie with truth: Lie:  it’s the most important thing in life vs. Truth:  It’s not – Jesus never had sex, and was the most fully-realized human being ever. Lie:  sexual desire/preference is “an identity” – same-sex, opposite-sex, “are…