2013 Sermons

Does God Play Favorites?01/06/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Fear, Power, God's Will
  • What does it mean to be one of God’s chosen people? Some people think back to middle school gym class and how they might have been last-picked for the team. In this sermon, Greg talks about the idea of being chosen by God and how being chosen isn’t the same as predestination.

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He Choo-Choo-Chooses You01/13/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Joy, Blessings, Gratitude
  • We are God’s chosen people, predestined to be holy and blameless. But does God create and choose those who will be blameless and those he will blame? In this sermon, Greg shows how God does choose us but we also have the ability to choose him and get on board the predestined train.

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Evangelism Reimagined01/20/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Evangelism, Blessings, Calling
  • The ancient Israelites were called to be a chosen people who bless the entire world. But, like the Church today, they often made their chosen status a blessing only for themselves. In this sermon, Greg calls us to become evangelists by living a Kingdom life.

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The God of How Much More01/27/13

  • Speaker – Nick Cunningham
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Fear, Gratitude
  • It is extremely difficult to not worry in this life. In this sermon our guest speaker, Nick Cunningham, shows us how to deal with worry in this life. Through setting our priorities in order, being aware of God’s goodness and participating in that goodness, we find that we have much less to worry about than we thought.

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Reframing the Sun02/03/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Joy, Conflict
  • How we respond to misfortunes and tragedies depends on how we frame them. In Colossians 3, Paul writes that Christ is all and is in all. When we frame our life within this understanding, we begin to see how we can live through misfortunes and tragedies.

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Got Bread?02/10/13

  • Speaker – Laurel Bunker
     
  • Topics – Communion, Holy Spirit, Joy
  • Got Bread? In this sermon, Laurel Bunker shares with us the all too common desire of humans to want more from God than Jesus. We all want to never be hungry, but we first have to realize that Jesus is the true source and nothing else will satisfy.

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Ana-What?02/17/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Nationalism, Calling
  • Throughout Scripture, we see a strong emphasis on positive traditions in the Church. In both the Old and New Testament, God repeatedly calls his people to be anchored with a sense of history. In this sermon, Greg explains why the Anabaptist tradition is closest to Woodland Hills.

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The Twist02/24/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Non-Violence, Nationalism, Conflict
  • When you read a book with a twist ending, the ending reframes the entire story. The Bible is no different. In this sermon, Greg shows how Jesus’ message reframes how we are to understand the Bible, and he shows us why the Anabaptists shared this belief.

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We The Church03/03/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Role of Women, Power
  • The Anabaptists saw that the building is not the Church. God wants to dwell on this Earth, but it is not in a building. It is in his people. In this sermon, Greg shows how we are to demonstrate the beauty of the Church in our lives.

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Blood and Water03/10/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Communion, Baptism, Covenant
  • Baptism and Communion are important sacraments to the Christian community. In this sermon, Greg shows us how the Anabaptists understood these sacraments and how Woodland Hills performs these today.

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What Do You Have to Offer?03/17/13

  • Speaker – Steve Wiens
     
  • Topics – Hope, Identity in Christ, Power
  • We often define ourselves according to what we have to offer this world. But what happens when what we have to offer isn’t enough? In this sermon, Steve Wiens shows us how our wounds and inability to offer something can actually be used by God in glorious ways.

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Seeking Shalom03/24/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Relationships, Creation Care, Conflict
  • All of us seek for peace in our lives, but peace is just a small part of God’s shalom. Shalom is right relatedness between us and God, each other, and creation. In this sermon, Greg shows how the Anabaptists seek after shalom in every part of their lives and how we can seek after shalom as well.

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Good Friday 201303/29/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Good Friday is the day where we remember Jesus’ work on the Cross. In his death, Jesus showed us what love looks like. The radiance and power of the Cross is the center of who God is and who we are called to be in his image.

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Crazy Love03/31/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Resurrection, Gratitude
  • Christ’s death and resurrection changed EVERYTHING! When we see this emerge from the story of God, it revolutionizes the way we view God, ourselves, others, and creation.

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Get Real04/07/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Faith, Repentance
  • Putting off immoral behavior can seem a lot like legalism. So, how do we reconcile that we were saved by grace not works and that we need to put off immoral behavior? In this sermon, Greg shows that we need to trust in God’s reality instead of how we define our own reality.

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Waking From Oz04/14/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Identity in Christ, Transformation
  • In the movie, Wizard of Oz, the characters are all looking for something they think they need. As Christians, we do the same. Whether it’s a new job, a marriage, a lack of a marriage or some other change that we’re looking for, we all look for something else that we think we need. In this sermon, Greg shows us that we have all we need for joy, and we just need to activate it through faith.

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Keeping the Valve Open04/21/13

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Vanessa Williams
     
  • Topics – Creation, Faith, Forgiveness
  • God’s design for creation is beautiful. But, sometimes, we don’t follow God’s design for our life. In this sermon, Greg and Vanessa Williams address the battlefield in our mind and how to keep God’s goodness flowing to us. In addition, Greg gives a Kingdom response to the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Two Kinds of Life04/28/13

  • Speaker – Shane Hipps
     
  • Topics – Hope, Love, Peace
  • Jesus tells us to hate our life in order to keep it, and if we love our life, we’ll lose it. Guest speaker Shane Hipps shares with us what life Jesus wants for us. He also talks about his personal experience with the Anabaptist tradition.

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Escaping the Twilight Zone God05/05/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Transformation, Imagination
  • In an episode of the Twilight Zone, a young boy gained omnipotent powers, and people were forced to accept his every decision as good—or else. In this sermon, Greg shows how many people view God this way, and he opens up another way to view God.

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Love: It's All About The Cross05/12/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, Love, Creation Care
  • God designed creation so that we would live in community with God and express God’s love towards each other and creation. However, sin disconnected us from God. In this sermon, Greg shows how we were created in the image of God to love others and creation and shows us how to reconnect with God.

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He Washes Our Feet05/19/13

  • Speaker – Jo Saxton
     
  • Topics – Leadership, Humility, Guilt
  • In life, we try to put our best foot forward. Whether it’s interacting with others or just convincing ourselves, we hide the dirt in our lives and the shame that we feel. In this sermon, Jo Saxton shares with us the meaning behind Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and what it means for us.

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Soak It Up05/26/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Love, Relationships
  • Love is not defined by warm and fuzzy feelings. As followers of Jesus, we look to the cross to understand love. In this sermon, Greg shares with us why our love for one another is so important.

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The Worst of Sinners06/02/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Judgment, Love, Sin
  • In this dog eat dog world, we’re programmed to judge others. But to love others with unsurpassable worth, we must ascribe worth to them at cost to ourselves. In this sermon, Greg talks about how to put on love and take off judgment.

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The Cross and The Tree06/09/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Judgment, Love, Covenant
  • In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were tempted to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They did this because they didn’t understand that God was protecting them. In this sermon, Greg shows us how the Cross has undone the effects of this original sin and how we are to act in light of the Cross.

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Summer Q&A (June 2013)06/16/13

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Paul Eddy
     
  • During our weekend services on June 22-23 we hosted Q&A sessions with Greg Boyd, our Senior Pastor, and Paul Eddy, our Teaching Pastor. We included all three services, so enjoy listening to ALL the answers.

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Let Love Lead06/23/13

  • Speaker – Bruxy Cavey
     
  • Topics – Love, Marriage, Relationships
  • How can love lead in our theology, relationships, and evangelism? Bruxy reflects back on Greg's latest series and challenges us to take the next step in living a life of love.

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Sociopath Religion06/30/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Judgment, Sin, Humility
  • A sociopath is a person who, for whatever reason, cannot feel emotions. They function by replicating behaviors in their life. In this sermon, Greg shows how religion can sometimes be sociopathic, and we are called to not judge others’ behaviors.

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A Community of Discernment07/07/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Judgment, Sin
  • In this week’s sermon, Greg contrasts the difference between judgment and discernment. He distinguishes the place, people, and purpose in which discernment, between helpful and un-helpful things, should occur for Kingdom people.

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The Jesus Tribe07/14/13

  • Speaker – Sandra Unger
     
  • Topics – Judgment, Kingdom of God, Transformation
  • Guest speaker Sandra Unger speaks about what it means to be part of the Jesus Tribe. She discusses the reasons people are prone to label people so quickly. She talks about the common place occurrence of tribalism within our culture, and how as Jesus people we can work to overcome such separations today. 

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God Needs Prayer07/21/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Prayer, Power
  • If God is all-powerful, does he need our prayers to change this world? And is it even worth praying if we can’t see the results? In this sermon, Greg addresses these questions as we begin a new series on prayer.

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Church At The Feet of Jesus07/28/13

  • Speaker – Mark Moore
     
  • Topics – Humility, Peace, Calling
  • As disciples of Jesus, we are to spend time with, know, and reflect Jesus and his life. Yet, we oftentimes replace Jesus with things of this world. In this sermon, Mark Moore tells us about waiting at the feet of Jesus.    

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Honest to God08/04/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Fear, Prayer, Relationships
  • In order to be in a relationship with another, we have to be honest with the other person. The same is true for our relationship with God. In this sermon, Greg shows how we need to be honest with God in our prayer.

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Summer Q&A (August 2013)08/11/13

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Paul Eddy
     
  • During our weekend services on August 10-11 we hosted Q&A sessions with Greg Boyd, our Senior Pastor, and Paul Eddy, our Teaching Pastor. We included all three services, so enjoy listening to ALL the answers.

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Imagining Prayer08/18/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Prayer, Imagination
  • Do you ever feel, during prayer, that you’re talking to the ceiling more than God? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this sermon, Greg explains how using our imagination is not only a time honored way of praying, but the way in which God speaks to us in this world.

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Valleyfair Prayer08/25/13

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Hope, Prayer
  • In life, our emotions can be on a roller coaster, and our prayer life can follow this same pattern. In this sermon, Shawna shows us how we can find rest and a safe place in prayer with God, no matter our circumstances.

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Living in Communication09/01/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Prayer, Presence of God
  • Jesus calls us to abide in him, and we will bear much fruit. Jesus wants us to be always present with him just as God is omnipresent. However, this requires us to allow God into our lives. In this sermon, Greg shows us how to be fully present with Jesus in every moment.

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Triumph by Testimony09/08/13

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His Song In Our Heart09/15/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Spiritual Warfare, Worship, Presence of God
  • Worship is important. However, worship isn’t just about singing. In this sermon, Greg shows how worship takes many forms and brings many benefits to the Kingdom.

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Creation09/22/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, Problem of Evil, Spiritual Warfare
  • The story of creation has interesting details. But getting lost in those details can make us miss the big picture. In the first week of our new sermon series, The Forest in the Trees, we take a look at creation and how the story of Adam and Eve fits into the big picture.

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Israel Part 109/29/13

  • Speaker – Mark Moore
     
  • In week two of The Forest In The Trees, we take a look at the early history of the Hebrew people and the formation of the nation of Israel. Throughout these stories, we see a constant message of keeping faith in God despite their circumstances in this world.

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Israel Part 210/06/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Kingdom of God, Nationalism, Calling
  • In week three of our sermon series, we’re diving into the tragic nature of not trusting God. The history of Israel is one of a people who have trouble trusting God to provide for them. However, the people of Israel are not the only ones with trust issues.

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Jesus10/13/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Salvation, Covenant
  • In week four of our sermon series, we discuss Jesus. Jesus is the center of everything in the life of a Christian. We see how God’s redeeming work in creation culminates with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This has many implications for our own lives.

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The Church10/20/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Identity in Christ, Kingdom of God
  • In week five of our sermon series, we look at the role of the Church. A universal Church was born out of the ministry of Jesus, and this Church is empowered to look like the Cross. In this sermon, Greg shows us why it’s so important, as the Church, to keep our eyes fixed on the cross.

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New Creation10/27/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – End Times, Non-Violence, Reconciliation
  • In our sixth week of our sermon series, we shed a new vision on the Book of Revelation. Greg empowers the church to interpret the text through the non-violent, self-sacrificial love of Jesus. There should be a joy found in the hearts of the church—the bride of Christ—as we look forward to the final consummation of Jesus and the church.

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The Forest in the Trees: Q&A11/03/13

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Paul Eddy
     
  • During our weekend services on November 2-3, we hosted Q&A sessions with Greg Boyd, our Senior Pastor, and Paul Eddy, our Teaching Pastor. We included all three services, so enjoy listening to ALL the answers.

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Lab Rats No Longer11/10/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Generosity, Money, Sacrifice
  • In American culture, we are constantly being told to buy products and be discontent with our current situation. Like lab rats, we are constantly stimulated and tested to change our situation. Greg speaks to how we are called to step out of this consumerism rat trap and find a different way of living.

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Consumer War11/17/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Spiritual Warfare, Simplicity, Conflict
  • We live in a warzone where there are powers trying to derail us from living a life like Jesus. One of these powers is consumerism. In this sermon, Greg shows us how consumerism is anti-Christ, and we should change our mindset in order to fight back.

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The Choke11/24/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Generosity, Greed, Simplicity
  • In America, we’ve been conditioned to always stretch our budget and time to get the next best thing. But God is calling us to a simpler lifestyle that will not choke our Kingdom purpose. In this sermon, Greg points out some practical tips to grow the Kingdom seed in our lives.

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Without Borders12/01/13

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – Generosity, Simplicity, God's Will
  • This week’s sermon includes practical ways we can live a more generous life. Our speaker, Shawna Boren, challenges us to explore the role God has for us in living a simple life and finding our true peace in him. She talks about some ways we can be more giving of our time, resources, money, and possessions. 

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Hope12/08/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Healing, Hope, Peace
  • We all have a song of hope in our hearts. During this advent season, it is important to remember that God is the one who we should look to write the words of that song. In this sermon, Greg shares how we sometimes get in the way of seeing God’s hope.

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Joy12/15/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Fear, Joy, Salvation
  • Why did Jesus come to earth? The most common answer is he came to save us. This week we discuss another answer to this question. Jesus came to show us the perfect joy of his Father and to give that joy to us. It is by knowing that the Father takes joy in each of us that we can begin to grow in the joy he desires for us.

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Peace12/22/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Non-Violence, Conflict, Peace
  • When people think of peace, they often think of the absence of conflict. But God’s peace is much more holistic and reaches far into our souls and not just our actions. This shalom of God is about restoring our unity with the Father. In the third sermon of our advent series, we look forward to peace.

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Love12/24/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Sacrifice, Power
  • This Christmas Eve, Greg reads us the story of a little lamb and how that lamb's love plays into the Christmas story. Instead of seeing a God who only works in power and looks a lot like humans, we see a unique beauty in the story of Jesus about a God of grace and gentleness.

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Shake Him Off12/29/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Forgiveness, Joy, Conflict
  • At the end of every year, it is good to look back on that year and resolve things that have been left unresolved. In this sermon, Greg shows how unresolved anger is pollution in our lives, and we should resolve it and shake off the devil.

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