Forgotten Verses of Famous Carols
Every year we hear again a familiar message about God becoming human in Jesus Christ. We sing carols, buy gifts, decorate our homes, and yet, often get a bit inattentive to the core of Christmas because of its over-familiarity. We love to sing our favorite carols, but few of us have really thought about the 2nd to 4th verse of those carols. This year we will let those familiar carols give us a new outlook on the meaning of Christmas.
|12/27/09||Unresolved Grace||Rev. Eliot Winks||2 Corinthians 5:17-21||Read transcript||Listen|
|12/24/09||Joy to the World||Rev. John Schmidt||Isaiah 49:5-7
|12/13/09||O Holy Night||Rev. George Antonakos||Galations 4:1-7||Read transcript||Listen|
|12/6/09||O Little Town of Bethlehem||Rev. John Schmidt||Luke 2:1-7||Read transcript||Listen|
|11/29/09||O Come, O Come Emmanuel||Rev. George Antonakos||Psalm 137||Read transcript||Listen|
We are in an exciting time in our history when the front lines of missionary work have come to our doorstep. If all the unchurched people in America were a nation of their own, they would be the eleventh largest nation on earth. Many of these people have never been to church, nor have they heard anything but the most extreme or trivial presentations of the gospel. Our mission field is at the doorstep. We can no longer pretend that the real work of missions is elsewhere!
|11/22/09||Perspective thru Partnership||Rev. Ben Abell - Grace Fellowship||Philippians 1:3-11||Read transcript||Listen|
|11/15/09||Eye to Eye||Rev. John Schmidt||John 5:16-30;20:21||Read transcript||Listen|
|11/8/09||Adjusting Our Vision||Rev. John Schmidt||Exodus 34:1-7||Read transcript||Listen|
What Keeps You Up At Night?
Anxiety is as common as breathing for every human being. God knows how prone we are to fears of not being able to cope with the pressures of living and the depth of our vulnerability. There are so many .do not be afraid. verses in the Bible for this very reason. This series will attempt to encourage a calm trust in God no matter what we are facing in life so that we will be able to sleep well.
|11/1/09||The Anxiety of Loss||Rev. Laura Crihfield||Psalm 23||Read transcript||Listen|
|10/25/09||Anxiety Over Money||Rev. John Schmidt||Matthew 6:19-34||Read transcript||Listen|
|10/18/09||Anxiety of Choosing||Rev. George Antonakos||Acts 1:15-17,21-26||Read transcript||Listen|
|10/11/09||Anxiety of Failure||Rev. George Antonakos||Acts 16:25-34||Read transcript||Listen|
Reframing Our Perspective on Jesus
We are kicking off this series with Kick Off Sunday, a special Sunday designed with our friends in mind. There will be special considerations in our worship that day, as well as with the hospitality in the concourse.
This series is intended to give seekers some information on Jesus that will help them “move toward Christ.”
|10/4/09||Windows of Opportunity||Rev. George Antonakos||Luke 5:1-11||Read Transcript||Listen|
|9/27/09||Broken Windows||Rev. John Schmidt||Luke 4:31-44||Read Transcript||Listen|
|9/20/09||Outside Looking In||Rev. John Schmidt||Luke 4:22-30||Listen|
|9/13/09||Stained Glass Jesus||Rev. John Schmidt||1 Thessalonians 2:1-16||Listen|
Strangers Welcome Here
This series focuses on three aspects of being a welcoming community: serving the body here so we can welcome and serve others, moving past our fears to invest in people's lives and invite others to encounter Jesus, and being a community that helps others grow in Christ in relationship with other people.
|9/6/09||Growing Together||Rev. John Schmidt||Acts 2:42-47||Listen|
|8/30/09||Crossing the Fear Barrier||Rev. George Antonakos||Acts 10:34-43||Listen|
|8/23/09||You Do It||Rev. John Schmidt||Matthew 14:13-21||Read Transcript||Listen|
Stone Tablets in a Wireless World
We live in a society that is moving away from God, which brings with it the seeds of its own judgment and dissolution. People are already being deeply wounded in life because they (and others) don’t live by the basic rules that God wrote into the fabric of life. Although Christians know they are accepted by God apart from any obedience to the Law, at the same time we have always recognized the fact that the 10 Commandments describe the kind of moral life God’s Spirit calls us to. Love fulfills these kinds of demands. However much we seek the motive and power for a holy life from God, through the Spirit, in love, it will always look something like what these commands present to us, both in what they avoid, and what they aspire to.
So this summer we will look at this guide to avoiding the things that tear life apart, and that show us how to live life as it was created to be lived.
|8/16/09||Some More Stuff About Stuff||Janice McWilliams||Exodus 20:17||Read Transcript||Listen|
|8/9/09||Stop Snitchin'||Rev. Laura Crihfield||Exodus 20:16||Read Transcript||Listen|
|8/2/09||Some Stuff About Stuff||Charles Bailey||Exodus 20:15||Read Transcript||Listen|
|7/26/09||Til Death||Rev. John Schmidt||Exodus 20:14||Read Transcript||Listen|
|7/19/09||The Power of Love||Rev. John Schmidt||Romans 8:38-39||Read Transcript||Listen|
|7/12/09||Baltimore Homicide||Andy Gathman||Exodus 20:13
|7/5/09||An Honorable Weight||Ken Zeigler||Exodus 20:12||Read Transcript||Listen|
|6/28/09||Freedom of the Day||Bart Houseman||Exodus 20:8-11
|6/21/09||What's in a Name||Rev. John Schmidt||Exodus 20:7||Read Transcript||Listen|
|6/14/09||American Idols||Rev. George Antonakos||Exodus 20:4-6||Read Transcript||Listen|
|6/7/2009||In Gods We Trust||Rev. George Antonakos||Exodus 20:1-3||Read Transcript||Listen|
|5/31/09||People of the Spirit||Rev. John Schmidt||Acts 2:14-21||Read Transcript||Listen|
People expect Christianity to be pretty meaningless in day-to-day life. Many Christians seem to be living a mundane version of Christianity that doesn't seem up to facing the biggest issues in life. It just doesn't seem that our lives are that different. The early church didn't suffer from any lack of relevance or authenticity. The believers in Thessalonica experienced a deep life change that was evident even to people in other countries. The old life was transformed, and they enthusiastically pursued their new life as they awaited the full expression of God's kingdom. We can learn from these authentic people as we study the book of 1 Thessalonians.
|5/24/09||Authentic Community||Rev. John Schmidt||1 Thessalonians 5:12-28||Read Transcript||Listen|
|5/17/09||Authentic Hope||Rev. Laura Crihfield||1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11||Read Transcript||Listen|
|5/10/09||Authentic Lives||Rev. George Antonakos||1 Thessalonians 4:1-12||Read Transcript||Listen|
|5/3/09||Authentic Love||Rev. George Antonakos||1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13||Read Transcript||Listen|
|4/26/09||Authentic Evangelism||Rev. Laura Crihfield||1 Thessalonians 2:1-16||Read Transcript||Listen|
|4/19/09||Authentic Faith||Rev. John Schmidt||1 Thessalonians 1:1-10||Read Transcript||Listen|
The Way of the Cross
We struggle with suffering. We can accept that the world is full of dangers. What is harder to accept is that our belief in God and prayer do not totally protect us from those dangers—and from the suffering they bring! “Perfect religion should protect us perfectly!” In Mark we see that life is not as simple as that. Suffering comes. Not only does our faith not protect us, sometimes God works in the suffering.
|4/12/09||Resurrection Matters Now||Rev. John Schmidt||Matthew 28:1-20||Read Transcript||Listen|
|4/5/09||This is For You||Rev. John Schmidt||Mark 14:12-26||Listen|
|3/29/09||Too Much||Rev. George Antonakos||Mark 14:1-9||Listen|
|3/22/09||Pain in the Offering||Rev. George Antonakos||Mark 10:35-45||Listen|
|3/15/09||Security Blankets||Rev. John Schmidt||Mark 10:17-31||Listen|
|3/8/09||Down from the Mountaintop||Rev. John Schmidt||Mark 9:2-13||Listen|
|3/1/09||Who is Your Jesus?||Rev. John Schmidt||Mark 8:27-9:1||Read Transcript||Listen|
Everyone is enamored with “originals”, whether it happens to be an original autograph, painting or automobile. We value being original when we pour ourselves into our work or hobbies. And in a similar manner we like to be thought of personally as original or unique, one of a kind.In a world where we can easily be reduced to a function – consumer, voter, client, resource, etc. we need to be reminded of God’s original intention for us especially in terms of how we relate to God, ourselves, and others.
|2/22/09||Pure Sex||Rev. George Antonakos||Genesis 2:18-25
|2/15/09||I'm a Soul Man||Rev. George Antonakos||Genesis 2:4-7
|2/8/09||Before the Beginning||Rev. George Antonakos||Genesis 1:1
Set Your Watch
Baltimore is a broken place. "Deserted by God" or "Desolate" seem better suited for the city than "Delighted in her". We Christians are part of the problem: our church falls short of what it could be, and we each have wounded and broken lives that fall short of God's best intention for us. Are God's intentions for us powerful enough for us to rely on them as a real plan for our future-as individuals, a church, and even a city? We need to have a vision rooted in scripture with a clear sense of what our priorities must be.
|2/1/09||Build Up The Highway!||Rev. John Schmidt||Isaiah 62:1-12||Read Transcript||Listen|
|1/25/09||Do Not Let Him Rest||Rev. John Schmidt||Isaiah 62:6-7||Read Transcript||Listen|
|1/18/09||The Two Jesus' of Scripture||Paul Borden||John 17:1-5||Read Transcript||Listen|
|1/11/09||God Will Not Be Silent||Rev. John Schmidt||Isaiah 62:1-12
|1/4/09||New Year's Resoluteness||Rev. George Antonakos||John 1:35-42||Read Transcript||Listen|