Apocalypse Soon (Natalia Terfa 11/18/18)

November 19, 2018

Jesus gives a warning to his disciples today, and it can seem kind of grim. In fact, it can make us think of nothing but our own anxieties and despair. But Jesus’ point was not nihilism, but to remind us that this kind of warning is ultimately about hope despite all the reasons we might have to do the opposite. Feels fitting these days doesn’t it? “Christ makes a way where there is no way.”

Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25; Mark 13:1-8

Song: "No Longer Slaves" written by B. Johnson, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Look Over There! (Chad Brekke 11/11/18)

November 13, 2018

There comes a moment, when the grace and mercy of God becomes personal. When reflecting that grace through faithful, even courageous living, looks almost reckless to some. Surrounded by power, authority and magnificent structures, Jesus wants us to notice something else today. Something easy to miss.

Scripture: 1 Kings 17:8-16; Mark 12:38-44

Song: "Reckless Love" written by C. Culver, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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For All The Saints (Natalia Terfa 11/4/18)

November 5, 2018

On this All Saints Sunday we take time to remember the Saints who have gone before us. But what does this mean exactly? What is this day for? What do the promises we have received mean on this day?

Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; John 11:32-44

Song: "Beautiful Things" written by L. & M. Gungor; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Calling Jesus (Chad Brekke 10/28/18)

October 29, 2018

Things are happening. Everything is in motion. Crowds are on the move following Jesus into the next town. Except for Bart, as usual, he’s not going anywhere. He can’t even see the parade that is passing him by. Maybe you have felt this way, like the world is moving on without you. But then Jesus stopped everything and stood still. That’s when everything turned around.

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Mark 10:46-52

Song: "40" inspired by Psalm 40, written by U2; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Left Or Right? (Nate Bergengren 10/21/18)

October 22, 2018

The excitement around Jesus is growing. The disciples’ visions of grandeur is growing as well. A few of them are feeling pretty good about their prospects, so one day they decide to let Jesus know their big plans, and score a little something for themselves while they’re at it. Seems like a good idea, right? Maybe not. Jesus immediately sets them straight, and sets himself, the disciples and the rest of us in a different direction...

Scripture: Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

Song: "God of Justice" written by Tim Hughes; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Impossible Salvation (Natalia Terfa 10/14/18)

October 22, 2018

Oh the lies we tell ourselves! Pr Chad preached on Hebrews 4 at our Rally Day, reminding us that sometimes Scripture cuts as it brings good news. And today we have some of these very verses - where Jesus’ words push right up against the things we hold dear - money, power, and position. How difficult it is to hear these words!

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Song: "I Will Follow" written by C. Tomlin, J. Ingram, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Laying Down The Law (Chad Brekke 10/7/18)

October 8, 2018

Each of us has been affected by divorce in one way or another, either directly or indirectly. I have heard many sad and troubling stories over the years from people who felt tossed aside by the church after experiencing divorce. Can we find some grace in what sound like harsh words from Jesus about divorce in this passage?

Scripture: Genesis 2:18-24; Mark 10:2-16

Song: "You've Set Me Free" written by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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My Way (Natalia Terfa 9/30/18)

October 1, 2018

Oooh boy can we relate to the disciples today. We too have an idea of the way things are “supposed to be” and we have a hard time when something goes outside of this idea. But what if we are working in different ways but for the same outcome? Does it matter how this work gets done? Let’s see together.

Scripture: Numbers 11:16, 24-29; Mark 9:38-50

Song: "For Your Glory" written by Leeland Mooring; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Afraid To Ask (Chad Brekke 9/23/18)

September 24, 2018

Ever had a burning question about something that you were afraid to ask? In today’s gospel reading the disciples really don’t get what Jesus is talking about but after the public scolding Peter just received, they all just bite their tongues. Turns out that asking their questions would have been a good idea after all.

Scripture: Psalm 1:1-6; Mark 9:30-37

Song: "There Is A Light" written by U2; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Great Expectations (Natalia Terfa 9/16/18)

September 17, 2018

Jesus speaks so harshly to Peter today, right on the heels of Peter making a huge public statement about who God is. What is it that Peter is expecting, and why does it matter for us today?

Scripture: Psalm 116:1-9; Mark 8:27-38

Song: "White Flag" written by C. Tomlin, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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