Topic: Jesus

Social Order

April 7, 2019
Jesus was a carpenter’s kid without education. He wasn't among the socially elite. Some were offended by him because he acted above his place in society. Who offends us if…
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Give Up: Part 3

April 7, 2019
In Part 3 of the Give Up series we ask, "What does it mean to recognize the Bible playing out around us? How does that awareness impact our decisions?
Person praying in anger towards God.

Moving Past Anger: Week 1

March 31, 2019
Jesus provoked people to anger; in fact, he might provoke the same feeling in us. Here's how to move past anger, both with Jesus and others.
Foxes keep us from doing our work. Photo of a Red fox in a field.

Doing the Work Today, and Tomorrow

March 16, 2019
We must continue doing our work. The evil of this world wants to exploit our differences...it's not the person sitting on the other side from you. We cannot believe the…
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Uncluttering

March 10, 2019
Uncluttering our lives is a major focus of Lent. Jesus said to 'get our house in order.' The example we set with our lives impacts others. Let's take stock and…
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Spirit-driven Disruption

February 24, 2019
Spirit-driven disruption can happen anywhere, anytime. If fact, it may be happening right now. Pastor Greg Weeks explains with a bowling parable.
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Gone Fishing

February 2, 2019
Remember the first time God seemed real? Really real? And came close? Or maybe too close? Yikes! The disciples know how you feel.
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WHAT Did He Say?

January 26, 2019
Stop and really think about this…the same Holy Spirit, so crucial in the life and work of Jesus, is available to YOU and ME. The very same one.

Sprinkle, Pour, or Dunk

January 19, 2019
Whether we sprinkle, pour, or dunk, the Sacrament of Baptism is “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” Learn more.
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A Light That Will Never Go Out

January 5, 2019
When do you seek Jesus...in times of crisis or when there's an illness or a loss? It's time to realize that the light of Jesus is with us always. We…
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The King of Fear & The King of Peace

December 30, 2018
We can't take seriously what the depth of redemption means until we take seriously the suffering of the world the King of Peace, and we, are born into. Learn why…
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Gifts With A Message

December 24, 2018
Reflect on God's gift to you while you unwrap the others this Christmas. What gift will you give back to God, and what will that message be?
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Christmas Grace

December 23, 2018
'Grace is the gift of God all around us everyday', says Pastor Greg Weeks. 'We only need open our eyes.' Learn how in this Christmastime message.
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Worthy of Love

December 22, 2018
"As children of God, we are worthy of love. No matter who we are, God knows us. God loves us intimately and deeply." -Rev. Stephanie Lendt.
Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King

November 24, 2018
In celebration of Christ the King Sunday, let's expand our understanding of the phrase 'Christ the King.' In doing so, we may become more aware of how to interact with…
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Seeking Courage

November 17, 2018
This has been an emotionally and spiritually exhausting time in our country. Look no further than the daily news. It is easy to despair. Seeking courage? Let’s do that together.
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Clickbait

Sometimes, we are 'clickbait.' We indulge in stuff online we wouldn’t do in public. Discover how to overcome that tendency.

More Than Meets the Eye

November 11, 2018
There's so much more than meets the eye in life. Jesus sets an example throughout the Gospels to pay attention. Life is happening all around us.

All Saints Sunday

November 4, 2018
All Saints Sunday is a special time that is set aside to reflect on all those who have passed before us. Let us honor and celebrate their lives and the…
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Generous God

October 27, 2018
To know God’s love is to overflow with God’s love. It all begins with God.
Acts 4 Church, sermon series, generosity

Common Possessions

October 21, 2018
The Acts 4 church held everything as common possessions. They demonstrated why we can’t separate the way we live from the one who claims our heart. If Jesus is the…
Acts 4 Church, sermon series, generosity

Common Purpose

October 7, 2018
You are where you are to fulfill a higher purpose. We as a church are where we are for a higher purpose. We need to see clearly why we are…

Generous People

October 6, 2018
Manchester UMC is full of generous people, says Pastor Stephanie. 'They are the most gracious, loving people I have ever known.' Many things may attract worshipers to this church, but…

It’s Not About Me

September 30, 2018
Does God exist to please me, or do I exist to please God? The answer makes all the difference in the journey we call life. Pastor Jim offers some insights.

What’s On The Inside?

September 8, 2018
It's what's on the inside that counts, not outward appearances. We can't take ourselves so seriously that we begin to think we are superior and stop learning from others. Our…

A Kingdom Book, Not A Political Book

The Bible is a kingdom book. It clearly says three things about politics and government. Find out what they are, and how you can stay on track in the political…

Living In The Present

September 1, 2018
God lives in the present, and so should we. In fact, we are always in the presence of God, says Pastor Stephanie Lendt. But, we are often distracted and unaware.…

A Love Book, Not A Law Book

The Bible is a love book that reflects God’s love for us, then God’s requirements of us. And, those are for our own good and for God’s kingdom.

Embracing the Future

August 25, 2018
It’s your future. Where do you want to be 5-years from now? It’s good to have a plan, but what about those opportunities we never imagined would come along? Often,…

Honoring the Past

August 18, 2018
Where do you spend most of your time: the past, the future, or in the here and now? God lives in the present, says Pastor Stephanie. Here's why you should…

Choosing Healthy Boundaries

August 5, 2018
Setting boundaries is important. But, how do you do it without fear of how people will react, or keeping yourself from feeling guilty. Pastor Jim explores why setting boundaries might…

“…forever and always, Amen”

There's a God spark in all of us says Pastor Stephanie in her new sermon. But how do we kindle it and experience God's love more fully? Listen as she…

Everyone Has A Backstory

What's your backstory? For many of us, there are some things we’d just rather leave in the past. Yet, when we come to understand the power of our backstory, we…

Generosity of Heart

June 30, 2018
Merriam-Webster defines 'Generous' as: One characterized by a noble or kindly spirit. As in a ‘generous heart.’ What's that all about?

Abiding in Patient Hope

We get impatient when we don’t see progress in ourselves, in other Christians, and in the world. But patience and hope are inextricably tied together.

Grace in Vain

June 24, 2018
Perhaps the standard of what 'success' looks like in the world is not what it looks like to God. Maybe the way we’ve done things before, is not the way…

Loving the Oppressor

The church should embody a heart of peace, even for those viewed as oppressors. How is this even possible? Sr. Pastor Greg Weeks explores some thoughts.

Who’s In Charge Here?

June 16, 2018
Who really is in charge? We strive to master our lives and our world, but there are some things only God can make happen. Here are some inspiring thoughts.

You Want Me To Do What?

June 9, 2018
We are all sent to share with those we meet. You never know how much impact you'll have, if you only go.

Breaking Glass Walls

Christ has broken down ALL human distinctions. Will you embody this by caring for others who are unlike you in age, race, sexuality, gender, wealth, education, etc.? Find out how.

Following the Rules

June 2, 2018
Jesus’ ministry is full of examples of how practicing Sabbath would benefit us all. Rest is holy. Renewal is essential. Whew! What are we waiting for?

Things Are Just Plain Wrong

Jesus’ simple 'love your neighbor as yourself' is a clear way of determining right from wrong. Your neighbor, by definition, may have differing experiences, background, views, but they are still…

Love and Other Heavenly Things

May 27, 2018
Why do we try to take love, and other heavenly things, and explain them, tame them, make them bow to us? Are we so fearful of wonder, awe, and the…

Are We Crazy Enough?

May 20, 2018
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended and the Church of Jesus Christ was born. Since then, Christians have been the craziest, most counter cultural people in the world. But, are…

Who’s In Your Circle

May 20, 2018
'Who's In Your Circle,' is based on the scripture Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Acts 11:1-18.

Sighs Too Deep For Words

May 19, 2018
In Romans 8:22-27 we read '...the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs…

Love Never Fails

May 12, 2018
"Love is patient, love is kind." Imagine if everyone would naturally extend grace to the generation that came before, as well as the generation that follows.” Don't miss this Mother's…

Plug Into Jesus

May 6, 2018
Have you ever found yourself frustrated because your mobile phone battery is almost drained? Here's how we can “Plug into Jesus” so that our spiritual battery stayes charged.

The Church Isn’t What You Think It Is

April 29, 2018
The church is where Jesus comes alive through the power of story. This is where you know, in your heart, that there is a God who loves you and has…

Jesus Isn’t Who You Think He Is

April 22, 2018
Jesus is our link to God. Through Him, we experience God’s presence and desire for our lives. It’s NOT rational, but spiritual, which is what makes Jesus so amazing.