2010 Sermons

Out from Control01/03/10

  • Speaker – Scott Boren
     
  • Topics – Leadership, Power
  • Jesus shows us what godly leadership looks like in two ways. First by modeling it with his own life and second by confronting those who abuse the authority that comes with leadership.

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The Widow's Sacrifice01/10/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Generosity, Money, Sacrifice
  • In the story of the widow with her two small coins Jesus shows us that it is not the amount that we give that matters, but rather how much of a sacrifice that amount really is for us.

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Left My Worries Behind01/17/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – End Times, Fear, Identity in Christ
  • Jesus warned his disciples about the coming destruction of the temple. This prophecy was fulfilled in 70 AD. Yet there are timeless truths to be found in this text regarding what it means to prepare for what lies ahead of us.

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Stay Awake01/24/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Pain & Suffering, Simplicity, Creation Care
  • As Jesus was warning his disciples about the coming destruction of the temple he instructed them to be careful lest their hearts be weighed down in various ways. This warning applies not only to Jesus’ disciples at that time, but also to his disciples today.

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Communion in the Wilderness01/31/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Communion, Joy, Pain & Suffering
  • At the Passover meal just before Jesus was killed he instituted the practice of communion. When we take communion, we do so in the time between the initial experience of our faith and the final fulfillment of our unity with God and each other. This space “in-between” is like the wilderness the Jews experienced after leaving Egypt but before entering the promised land.

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Judas Christianity02/07/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Free Will
  • When reviewing Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, Greg had two questions in mind for us to consider: “Was Judas fated to betray Jesus?” And “Why did Judas betray Jesus?”

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Opting Out Of The "Who's The Greatest" Game02/14/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Heaven, Kingdom of God, Sacrifice, Power
  • Jesus came both to save us and to reveal the character of God to us. Rather than coming in great power God came and served. Jesus calls us to “opt out” of the worldly desire to be better than others and learn to love them even when we profoundly disagree with them.

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Shaken Not Stirred02/21/10

  • Speaker – Dwayne Polk
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Hope, Prayer
  • Despite Jesus clearly foretelling it, Peter didn’t think he would deny Jesus. But just as Jesus knew Peter would fall, he knew he’d get back up again too.

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Let it Go02/28/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Forgiveness, Kingdom of God, Non-Violence
  • Leave it to Jesus to challenge one of our most central cultural values – justifying violence by manipulating scripture. In this sermon, we discover what it means to practice non-violence both in our actions and our attitudes.

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Defying the Beast03/07/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Kingdom of God, Money
  • Matthew 6:24 tells us that we “cannot serve both God and mammon.” Instead, we can live out kingdom principles with our finances.

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In God We Trust03/14/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Faith, Money
  • In week two of our "Kingdom Economics" series, Greg answers three questions that were submitted by the congregation and podrishioners. 1) Does having a savings account show a lack of faith in God? 2) Does saving for retirement show a lack of trust in God? 3) Is declaring bankruptcy a sin?

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Panel Discussion03/21/10

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Mary Anderson, Guest Panelists
     
  • Money
  • During the series, many people have sent in questions about their personal finances. Today we heard from a panel of people from Woodland Hills who responded to those questions with Kingdom of God principles.

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Questionable Blessings03/28/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Money, Blessings
  • In the final week of our "Kingdom Economics" series, Greg answers four questions that were submitted by the congregation and podrishioners. 1) Why doesn’t WHC teach tithing? 2) I’m broke! Didn’t God promise me I’d reap what I’ve sown? 3) If misfortune isn’t a “curse” from God, why think good fortune is a “blessing” from God? 4) Is America “blessed”?

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Good Friday 201004/02/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Hope, Resurrection, Role of Women
  • For our Good Friday service, Greg looked at the life and death of Jesus using three different Marys. Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany and Mary Magdalene.

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Sehnsucht04/04/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Forgiveness, Repentance, Salvation
  • In the story of the Prodigal Son, the son leaves home and experiences intensely that something is missing. Eventually he comes to his senses and goes home to his father. Greg connected this desire that the son felt to the German word sehnsucht which is a powerful form of longing that we all feel at times in our lives.

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Love Is...04/11/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Sacrifice
  • It is impossible to fully grasp God's love because it is infinite! The best we can do is humbly recognize our limitations in this way and give ourselves over to the overwhelming love that God extends to us.

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God Is Love04/18/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Power
  • The love of God expressed in Christ on the cross was “foolishness to the Gentiles” and “a stumbling block to the Jews”. God’s love is scandalous to us all in different ways.

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Covenantal Love04/25/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Sacrifice, Covenant
  • The love of God expressed in Christ on the cross shows the radical lengths God is willing to go to restore us. This healing of our relationship with God takes the form of a covenant, not a contract.

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Victorious Love05/02/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Sacrifice, Power
  • God’s love is victorious! But perhaps not in the way that you’d expect. We often associate victory with our ability to control or defeat others but God’s victory encourages our freedom rather than squelches it. (We love discovering art that connects us to God in unique ways. Thank you to Dale Johnson for incorporating his art into this weekend's sermon.)

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Burning Love05/09/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Pain & Suffering
  • God’s desire for us is that we become all that God created us to be. Life is the process in which we can resist or yield to God’s desire for us. When we yield we sense God’s burning love as warm and liberating. When we resist we experience God’s burning love as pain and wrath.

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Returning Love05/16/10

  • Speaker – Scott Boren
     
  • Topics – Love, Transformation
  • God's love for us is overwhelming! But that's not the whole story. As we receive God's love we are able to return that love to God and others.

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Empowering Love05/23/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Love
  • We, as Jesus followers, are called to reflect God’s love in this world. We are to live lives of love, as imitators of God. We are to do everything in love and live in the unity of love with other Christ followers.

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Prodigal God05/30/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Forgiveness, Love
  • Typically, we call the famous parable by Jesus “The Prodigal Son,” but that title is actually a bit misleading. The point of the parable is not the younger (Prodigal) son’s recklessly extravagant living. Instead, it’s about God’s recklessly extravagant love.

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Brotherly Loathe06/06/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Judgment, Love, Covenant
  • In the story of the prodigal son, the focus is typically on the younger son who runs away and squanders his father’s wealth frivolously. His sin is as obvious as his disobedience. The elder son is also relating badly to his father, but in a more subtle way.

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Breaking From Greenspan06/13/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Love
  • In the parable of the lost coin, the woman calls her friends and neighbors together to rejoice with her when she finds it. Greg explores why she was so excited to recover a single coin of seemingly limited value.

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The Lost Party06/20/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Joy, Love
  • In the parables of the lost sheep, the lost son, and the lost coin, it becomes clear that it is we who are lost and God who seeks to find us. Those in the position of danger are the ones who presume upon their relationships with God.

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Transforming Love06/27/10

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – Love, Prayer
  • Ephesians 3:14-19 is perhaps one of the most powerful descriptions of love we find in Paul’s writings. The love Paul speaks of is so great he is forced to press the boundaries of language to express it.

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The Rorschach Test07/04/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Psychologists use Rorschach tests to reflect what is inside a person. How we see the world and even how we read Scripture works in a similar way.

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Futile the Fig Leaf07/11/10

  • Speaker – Kevin Johnson
     
  • Topics – Grace, Love, Repentance
  • As children, we learn to play “hide-and-seek” with our siblings, parents and friends. Many of us continue to play this game with God as adults. Kevin Johnson challenges us to turn to God with our whole heart and receive God’s mercy and grace.

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The Betrothal Ceremony07/18/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Baptism, Discipleship, Covenant
  • Jesus orders us to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is the betrothal (similar to “engagement”) ceremony in our relationship to Christ.

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Who Wants to Pray... Honestly?07/25/10

  • Speaker – Scott Boren
     
  • Topics – Holy Spirit, Prayer
  • We often pray most honestly and faithfully when we are facing difficulties of some kind. The challenge is to pray like this in our daily lives.

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The Gospel of Suffering08/01/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Pain & Suffering, Sacrifice
  • Hebrews 5:8-9 says that Jesus “learned obedience through what he suffered” and “was made perfect”. If this was necessary for Jesus then followers of Jesus should expect the same.

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Why Jesus?08/08/10

  • Speaker – Bruxy Cavey
     
  • Topics – Kingdom of God, Love, Sin, Peace
  • Bruxy Cavey, our guest speaker from The Meeting House church in Canda, preached that gospel is the good news that God has come to us! God has done this to show God's love, save us from sin, set up the Kingdom of God and shut down religion.

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Living In God's Peace08/15/10

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Old Peter / New Peter08/22/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Fear, Love, Non-Violence
  • The Apostle Peter had to learn the hard way how to follow Jesus. His three denials of Christ—and then three affirmations of love—marked the major turning point away from fear and toward imitating Christ.

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God Wants To Talk08/29/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Presence of God
  • In the Bible, prophecy refers to much more than simply foretelling events of the future. According to 2 Peter 1:21 any time the Holy Spirit uses a person to speak the truth it is considered prophecy.

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Discomforted by the Silent Christ09/05/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Justice
  • Jesus’ silence before his accusers surprised everyone. Rather than defend himself, he suffered unjustly for the sake of the Kingdom of God. By doing this, he demonstrated faith in a higher court that would ultimately judge all.

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The Great Exchange09/12/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Evangelism, Forgiveness, Repentance, Covenant
  • Jesus was innocent but he died the death of the guilty. He stood in our place, taking on our life so that we might have his. There is no greater act in all of history.

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Debt Free09/19/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Forgiveness, Love, Reconciliation, Relationships, Repentance
  • When Jesus prayed from the cross, “Father, forgive them …” he was expressing the radical love of the Father that extends forgiveness to all the world. While such an expression of forgiveness is far from typical, it contains the ability to heal, transform hearts and release people to forgive others.

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The Real Proof09/26/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Non-Violence, Politics, Faithfulness
  • What is the real evidence of a disciple of Jesus? Too often today we are told that followers of Christ are marked by success, happiness and power. However, the Bible points to a different evidence, that of love that comes under others and serves.

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Church of the Scumbags10/03/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Heaven, Judgment, Repentance
  • Jesus never asked for background checks on people before he ministered to them. His life and death reflect an all inclusive love and grace toward all people. Through Christ, God gives a massive bear hug of love and forgiveness around humanity.

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Worship Like Ants10/10/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Worship, Presence of God
  • Praise and celebration are foundational and essential to being God’s people. However, many Christians today are missing out on the importance of doing this together. We emphasize information, but we often don’t see the power of encountering God and the impact that it can have on our lives.

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Ghost Behind The Wheel10/17/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Healing, Transformation, Simplicity
  • In this first sermon of our Undivided series, Greg explores why we seem to be drawn to the busy life that our culture offers. At the same time, it’s easy for us to forget or ignore the beauty that God wants to develop in our inner world.

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Listening to the Kids10/24/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Healing, Transformation, Imagination
  • Many of us have wounds, stresses, and cares in our lives. Like children, these things cry out to us, wanting us to pay attention. God wants us to listen to these “children” and find healing with God’s help.

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Punching Clocks10/31/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Transformation, Simplicity, Peace, Presence of God
  • All of us feel the stress of time on our lives. We feel tired, stressed and worn out over everything that needs to get done. God wants us to give up the idea of time as money so that we can gain the peace of eternity.

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Exorcism11/07/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Greed, Money, Transformation, Power, God's Will
  • One of the main spiritual strongholds that we deal with is “mine-ing” stuff. We want to acquire stuff, label it as ours and create divisions in our souls that separate us from God. God wants us to heal these divisions by renouncing the false god, Mammon. 

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Defragmenting Love11/14/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Fear, Relationships, Transformation, Simplicity, Individualism
  • All of us long for deep contact with God and with others. Yet, fear of judgment and having no space in our lives to develop deep contact hinder us when trying to find deep contact with others. God wants us to know that we need not fear judgment to make space in our lives for contact with Him and others.

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The Center of the Ride11/21/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Identity in Christ, Joy, Transformation, Peace, Presence of God
  • A central aspect of living as a Christian is lining up our life with the revealed Word of God. The battlefield of our living is actually waged in our soul, our mind. God wants us to understand exactly who we are in His eyes, so that our understanding will lead to right living according to the revealed Word of God.

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Celebrating a Subversive King11/28/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Generosity, Identity in Christ, Money, Politics, Sacrifice, Humility
  • Jesus was born a subversive King. He was born to show the world the true Kingdom and the True God, and in so doing, showed the world how the Roman kingdom was false. In the spirit of Jesus’ subversive intention, Greg shows us a way to be subversive with the Christmas culture of the western world.

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Subverting the Gospel of Being Comfortable12/05/10

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Subverting the Empire12/12/10

  • Speaker – Seth McCoy
     
  • Topics – Greed, Kingdom of God, Spiritual Warfare
  • Our culture is run by an empire built on the foundation of greed, selfishness, and consumerism. Jesus came to this world to subvert any empire other than the Kingdom of God. Jesus taught us the true meaning of freedom, peace, justice, and love, and He wants us to use these to subvert the empire.

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Empire of the Baby12/19/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Kingdom of God, Spiritual Warfare, Conflict
  • Christmas is a time of nostalgia when family and friends get together. Cute and serene can be words to describe this time, but Christmas and the birth of Jesus was anything but serene. The birth of Jesus was an act of war against the Empire of this world.

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Christmas Eve12/24/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, Love, Gratitude
  • Christmas is the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus and of God incarnate. For most of us, this day is celebrated in a fog of normalcy. The birth of Jesus has become old news that we’ve celebrated before. The greatest truth—a beautiful, profound, mysterious, and wonderful truth—is shrouded in the boredom of the same old story, and we lose the vision of the uniqueness of Jesus’ birth. God wants us to open our heart to the beauty of this universe, and He wants us to ask Him to keep us awake to the vibrant beauty of this story.

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Subverting the Subversion12/26/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Kingdom of God, Satan
  • The Devil has historically used a 1-2 punch to fight God. He usually starts by trying to snuff out the Kingdom of God, and if that doesn’t work, he tries to normalize the Kingdom of God. This normalization leads to a watered-down and mundane version of the Kingdom. God calls us to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.

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