2011 Sermons

The Wrestlers01/02/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Prayer, Conflict
  • God wants His people to wrestle with Him on the things that happen in their life. He wants His people to ask “Who are you, God?” Following the story of Jacob, we are called as Christ followers to struggle, strive, and seek to know who God is. We must also not be afraid of struggling with deep questions.

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The Faith to Doubt01/09/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Prayer, Blessings
  • Faith is sometimes understood as the lack of doubt. Doubt can be seen as the enemy of faith; however, doubt is not always the enemy. When wrestling with God, it is important not to doubt God’s character. We will always have doubt about questions on a broad range because we are human and finite, but God’s character need never be doubted.

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Losing the Faith Game01/16/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Marriage, Covenant
  • Faith is often understood in measurement terms. Some say people need amounts of faith to receive benefits from God. Faith, however, should be understood in relational terms and not “faithometer” terms. The illustration of a marriage best serves the idea of how faith in God works.

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I'm Not Who I Was01/23/11

  • Speaker – Jim Hobson
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Transformation, Power
  • The story of the Exodus (see the book of Exodus) is a story of God leading His people from bondage to freedom. In this week’s sermon, Jim Hobson asks the question “If Christ has set us free, why are so many Christians still in bondage?” Jim contends that to free ourselves from bondage, we must see ourselves as God sees us.

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Toppling the House of Cards01/30/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Defense of Christian Faith, Faith
  • Questions can sometimes topple faith like a house of cards. In this sermon, we introduce the idea that following Jesus is the central aspect of faith. This frees us to question and critique different aspects of our faith, without losing that faith.

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Imagine02/06/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Hope, Pain & Suffering
  • How does a person keep their faith when facing an unfixable situation? In this sermon, Greg speaks to the question by examining his family’s own struggle with having an adult son with autism. Knowing that he can’t fix the problem, Greg describes how his vision of the solution provides a solid foundation for faith.

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Integrated Faith02/13/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Prayer, Imagination
  • Our fallen world is full of dis-integration. This week, Greg takes the past topics of faith and applies them to this fallen world. In doing so, we are giving a way of integrating our faith in any situation.

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Trusting In God Knows What02/20/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Blessings, God's Will
  • When we lock our doors or buy insurance, are we trusting in God? In this sermon, Greg talks about what it looks like to trust God in a broken world. He also talks about what protection looks like when following Jesus. Greg also tries telling a joke. We apologize for that.

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Growing Our Faith02/27/11

  • Speaker – Seth McCoy
     
  • Topics – Community, Faith, Fear
  • Sometimes in life, Faith is an intellectual issue. However, sometimes faith comes after following Jesus. In this sermon, Seth talks to us about examples of people following Jesus and then having faith. He also talks about what it looks like for our faith to grow.

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Trusting a Killer God?03/06/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Sacrifice, God's Will
  • The Genesis passage of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac, raises questions about trusting in God. In this sermon, Greg honestly probes some of those questions about the passage. He also provides some thoughts on how we can replicate Abraham’s faith.

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[Suffering] Happens03/13/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Pain & Suffering, Problem of Evil, Power
  • In this world, there is a lot of suffering. Even as Christians, we sometimes ask “Is God even in control?” In this sermon, Greg addresses how we react to suffering and also how God is in control of the situation. He ends with some practical advice on how to follow God amidst suffering.

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[Feeling Insignificant] Happens03/20/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Pain & Suffering, Presence of God
  • Most of us grew up wanting to be a superstar of some kind, whether it was an athlete, performer, or war hero. However, as we grow older, we recognize that we might be more ordinary than we thought. Yet, God wants us to know exactly how significant we are.

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[Unanswered Prayer] Happens03/27/11

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – Pain & Suffering, Prayer, Presence of God
  • When we pray, we usually expect that our prayers will be answered. Sometimes, they are not. In this sermon, Shawna takes a look at what unanswered prayer looks like, and she provides insight into dealing with the pain of unanswered prayer.

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[Unfairness] Happens04/03/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Blessings, Justice, God's Will
  • Sometimes life appears to be completely random and arbitrary, especially when it comes to fairness. It can be bad things happening to good people or good things happening to bad people. In this sermon, Greg shows us that even though crap isn’t a part of God’s perfect plan doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a perfect plan for crap.

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[Sin] Happens04/10/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Problem of Evil, Sin
  • We all have habitual sins that seem to plague us around every turn. Whether it’s gossip, lust, greed, or envy, we all falter in one place or another. Instead of wishing for deliverance, God asks us to work at our sins in order to become the people he created us to be.

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[Church] Happens04/17/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Defense of Christian Faith, Kingdom of God, Humility
  • Jesus’ Church has done a lot of bad things throughout history. Whether it was wars or various forms of torture, people have misused the idea of Church. In this sermon, Greg speaks about the different issues surrounding the Church’s history, and he submits a few ideas about how to deal with this type of crap happening.

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Good Friday 201104/22/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • For our Good Friday service, Greg looked at the life and death of Jesus using three different people who responded positively to Jesus. The criminal on the cross, a centurion and Joseph of Arimathia.

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Defiant Flower04/24/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Heaven, Kingdom of God, Resurrection
  • In Minnesota, snow can feel evil. Like a flower that yearns to break through the snow, we should yearn to break free from the old order of things and live the Kingdom now. In this sermon, Greg walks us through what the Resurrection of Jesus means to our lives today.

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How Not To Be A Wuss05/01/11

  • Speaker – Christena Cleveland
     
  • Topics – Fear, Identity in Christ, Power
  • We’re called to partner with God in the breaking in of the new Kingdom. This empowers us to be aggressive. Not aggressive towards other people, but against the powers and principalities in the world and in our own hearts.

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Virtuous Ambiguity05/08/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Role of Women, Blessings, God's Will, Presence of God
  • God can be ambiguous at times. We seek clarity during those times; however, it may not be readily given to us. In this sermon, Greg talks about how to respond to God’s ambiguity by going up to God, out to others, and in for fellowship.

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The Fact of the Matter05/15/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Heaven, Resurrection, Creation Care
  • When Jesus was resurrected, he was not in some far away place. In fact, Jesus kept pointing out to his disciples that he was flesh and blood. He ate with his disciples and let them touch his hands and feet. In the same way, our resurrection happens here on Earth, and God cares about the matter in the Universe.

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God With/In05/22/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Heaven, Holy Spirit, Presence of God
  • When Jesus ascended to Heaven, he sent another advocate to us, namely the Holy Spirit. In this sermon, Greg describes why Jesus went “up” to heaven, and also why another advocate had to be indwelt within the body of believers.

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In Christ Our Permanent Residence05/29/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Kingdom of God, Nationalism
  • As we start our new sermon series in Colossians, it is important to remember the foundations on which the early Church stood. Living in Christ, for the early Church, was the same as living at an address, and it had large implications for how they viewed themselves. In this sermon, Greg points out some of these implications and also gives a little history behind Paul’s letter to Colossae.

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Breathing Hope06/05/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Fear, Hope, Pain & Suffering
  • Hope can be a difficult thing to hang onto in this world. It seems that our future is destined for some tragic end with every new newspaper. In this sermon, Greg talks about how hope drives us and is foundational for life.

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thx a lot : )06/13/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Hope, Blessings, Gratitude
  • It can be difficult to be thankful in life. Whether it’s a phone that stops working or a tragic accident that changes our plans, we have trouble being thankful during tough times. In this sermon, Greg gives us three ways to remain thankful despite what’s going on in this world.

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God's Will Hunting06/19/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, God's Will, Peace
  • It can be difficult to understand God’s will. In this sermon, Greg talks about the foundations of understanding God’s will. When understanding God’s will, it is important to understand the gift of who God made us and live out of that understanding. It is important to realize that God is the center of our being and not a consultant or retainer.

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God’s Will in God’s Word06/26/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Relationships, God's Will
  • When searching for God’s will, the first place we should start is the Bible. It contains much of what God wants done in the world. Greg also talks about the difference between God’s ideal will and His accommodating will, prompting many questions about the way God moves in this world.

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Commun(ion)ication07/03/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Communion, Fear, God's Will
  • It is important to understand the framework that God works in before trying to understand God’s will. In this sermon, Greg focuses on how God wants to exist in covenant relationship as opposed to legal relationship. This is why communing with God and communicating with God is so important.

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Stick and String07/10/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Communion, Imagination, God's Will
  • God’s will is foremost about who we are and not what we do. God’s original design for us was to express his beauty to this world, but that requires us to receive who we are from him. In this sermon, Greg talks about his experiences as a little boy and how his interaction with God has shaped his understanding of who he is today.

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The Who and The Do07/18/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Communion, Identity in Christ, God's Will
  • God’s will for us is primarily about who we are and not what we do. When we realize who we are in God’s eyes, then it is much easier to find God’s will in our lives. In this sermon, Pastor Seuss shares with us some practical ways to open up to finding the Who portion of God’s will.

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OTW07/24/11

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – God's Will, Presence of God, Calling
  • Finding the will of God is much easier when we are walking daily with God. In this sermon, Shawna Boren lays out what it looks like to start and continue that journey with God. She also helps educate us on proper texting.

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Making a Difference07/31/11

  • Speaker – Scott Boren
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Kingdom of God, God's Will
  • Even though the Borens are leaving Woodland Hills this week, their messages will continue to live on. In this sermon, Scott says farewell but also has a message of making a difference in this world. By bearing good fruit, we leave a footprint in this world.

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The Chairman's Plan08/07/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, Free Will, God's Will
  • In the movie, The Adjustment Bureau, there is a chairman who has the master plan for the world and his agents adjust the world to make sure this plan happens. God works differently. In this sermon, Greg talks about God’s will and how we play a role in the creativity of this world.

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The Story of a Lifetime08/14/11

  • Speaker – Sandra Unger
     
  • Topics – Generosity, Hope, Poverty
  • Sandra Unger guest speaks this weekend and tells a story of poverty and how to make a difference. She tells an all too familiar story of hope lost and continuing the cycle of poverty. Walking us through the biblical commands, Sandra points out how important it is to help the poor, but with something more important than money.

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What's God Thinking?08/21/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Imagination, God's Will, Calling
  • Discerning God’s will can be difficult. In the final sermon of God Will Hunting, Greg offers some practical suggestions for knowing God’s will. He also tells stories that highlight how these suggestions work in the real world.

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Out of the Darkness08/28/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Grace, Kingdom of God, Nationalism
  • It’s impossible to live in this world and not see the evil that happens. This evil happens because of the free will of evil forces in creation. But there is hope in this darkness. In this sermon, Greg explains how we lived in the kingdom of darkness and have been brought into the Kingdom of God.

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FREEDOM!09/04/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In Christian circles, we hear a lot about having "freedom from bondage." Yet in our daily life, the bondage of sin can often feel more real than that freedom. While it may be something we receive as a gift, we're also called to have an ongoing active role in living out our freedom, allowing it to become the thing that defines us, over and above the world.

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Body Parts09/11/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Kingdom of God, Individualism
  • To belong to Christ is to belong to his body, which is the church. Just as any body part can not survive without the other body parts, a person cannot follow Jesus purely on their own. We all have a role to play in this body and no part is worthless. Finding your place and function is important to belonging to the body of Christ.

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The True Image09/18/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Non-Violence, Presence of God
  • Jesus is the image of the invisible God. This is one of the most foundational parts of Christianity and perhaps the single most important truth in the world. There are many deceptive pictures of God, but understanding and knowing Jesus is central to finding the true picture of God.

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God Look-Alikes09/25/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Love, Presence of God
  • We were created in God’s image, to represent Him on Earth. In ancient times, people would make statues to represent their gods, but we were commanded to represent God, not make statues. In this sermon, Greg talks about our value as God’s image and the role we play in this world.

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Lessons From Karly10/02/11

  • Speaker – Jeff Lexvold
     
  • Topics – Joy, Gratitude, Faithfulness
  • Being joyful can be difficult during hard times. In this sermon, Jeff Lexvold shows us an inspirational tale of finding God in the darkest places. He also talks to us about how to pray continuously during these times. Finally, he shows us how to give thanks no matter the circumstances.

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Creator of the Little10/09/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, Creation Care, Presence of God
  • In Jesus, all things were created and are being sustained by him. Whether you think the world was created billions of years ago or 4,000 years ago, the only thing that matters is the sustaining breath of God. In this sermon, Greg tackles some of the ways in which we can view the interaction of science and faith. He also shows the beauty of a God who sustains the smallest things in this world.

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A Family Affair10/16/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Identity in Christ, Relationships, Family
  • We’ve all dealt with issues in our families. In this sermon, Greg sets up the framework of understanding biblical family. This framework will help us understand how God wants us to relate to our families over the next five weeks of study. This sermon will make you go "hmmm".

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Honoring Your Mom, Dad and Your Father10/23/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Forgiveness, Parenting, Relationships, Family
  • Honoring your father and mother is an ancient command found in nearly every religion. Yet, families vary from person to person, and it can be difficult to honor some parents. In this sermon, Greg talks about how to honor your parents by forgiving them and assessing the reality of the relationship. By doing these two things, people can honor their parents in healthy ways.

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Solo Mojo10/30/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Relationships
  • Singleness is a topic that isn't discussed very often. In this sermon, Greg talks about the stigma that is attached to single people, especially in churches. He also brings to light how the early church viewed singleness and provides three implications of being single in today's world.

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Say Yes to Arranged Marriages11/06/11

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Christena Cleveland
     
  • Topics – Love, Marriage, Family
  • In ancient times, fathers would arrange marriages for their sons and daughters. In modern times, it is the individuals who broker their own marriage deals. We live in a consumerist dating era where people can pick their own mate. In this sermon, Greg and Christina Cleveland give a few guiding principles on how to date in the modern world, and they also give insight into who should really be brokering our marriage deals.

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Reverse The Curse11/13/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Marriage, Family
  • Marriage is a complicated endeavor. Whether we have allegiances to certain models of doing marriage or we follow in our parents footsteps, we all do marriage differently. In week 5 of the relatively speaking sermon series, we will learn about what the Bible says about marriage, and we'll hear what Greg has to say about beautiful submission to one another.

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When Marriages Go Bad11/20/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Divorce, Marriage
  • Divorce happens. In this sermon, Greg speaks on when marriages go wrong. With divorce rates nearly the same inside as outside of the church, it is important to have a Kingdom understanding of divorce and remarriage, and how to answer the question: "When is it ok to divorce?"

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Abba and Abasi11/27/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Parenting, Family
  • It takes a community to raise a child. Yet, in our modern world, we've set the standard that parenting should only be done by the biological parents. This separation of family from community is a tactic of the devil. In this sermon, Greg gives some principles of parenting in today's world.

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Christmas Beyond the Pattern12/04/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Generosity, Sacrifice
  • The pattern of Christmas is to buy gifts for people that usually are not needed items. In this sermon, we look at the book of James and how faith must be found in our actions to the poorest of the poor, and an alternative to the usual pattern of Christmas is given.

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Occupy The Kingdom12/11/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Generosity, Greed, Money
  • With all of the unrest around the economy, it can be easy to preach against the rich. In this sermon, Greg takes a look at the book of James to see what he says about wealth, and he finds that there is more to the story than fairness.

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The Gift That You Are12/18/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Grace, Salvation, Blessings
  • Christmas is a time of gift giving. In this sermon, Greg takes about the greatest gift that we’ve received, and he also shows how we can give back. Put on your thinking cap for this one.

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The Advantage of the Disadvantaged12/24/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Power, Blessings
  • In our world, we all strive to gain advantages to have a better life. However, the truth of the Kingdom is captured in the story of a crippled lamb. Greg shows us how, in the Kingdom, having advantages can be a disadvantage, and having a disadvantage can be an advantage.

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