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Sermons by Doug Newton

Choosing or Wandering?

John 12:1-13   Human choice is huge in a relationship with Christ. Some are wandering and yet not choosing.  When Jesus entered Jerusalem crowds of people were welcoming Him as a King praising Him. And that same crowd just a few days later were shouting, “Crucify Him!” They were wandering looking for a King, not seeing…

Upward: Willingness Brings Power

John 13:34  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”   How can we love as Christ did? We can’t. But we can with the power He gives us, rather than depending on our human power. Still it is on us to show Jesus’…

Upward: Unworthy ≠ Worthless

(sermon begins at 16:20) Matthew 25:31-46.  To feel unworthy in God’s matchless grace is not the same as being worthless. Being open to God’s correction is His intention when we feel sorrow or disappointment in ourselves. Are we ready to respond to His invitation to live a new life and walking in HIs ways, not…

Inward: The Grand Chiasm

(message begins 31:00) Faith and beleif are cousins, but not identical. Do you struggle with believing? Believing in God’s care for me? In His provision? His guidance? His forgiveness? A lot of believing Christians are working out these truths deep down in the personal heart. Can God really change me? In our world today it’s…

When Seeing Isn’t Believing

(message begins 30:15)  Luke 16:25, John 8:31-32 Many people find it hard to believe. In anything. Some find it hard to believe because of the illusion of intellectual certainty. What is truth is a huge challenge in today’s world. It has gotten to be where we have a psychological hunger to know, to be sure. …

Onward: Being Called Out, Finding Peace

(message begins at 29:30) James 1:22-25, James 2    The world is overwhelmed with instant information, instant knowledge. Anxiety and hopelessness abounds. Seeking fixes, finding more control to handle all of it seems chaotic. We try to make things right, tweaking here, tinkering there. Where does help come from? Which cure do we accept? Look…

Upward: We Have Hope, We Have Purpose

Colossians 1:27  “For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.”  An incredible statement coming from someone who at one time wanted to kill Christians. The actions of all…

Seek First

Have you often wondered what Jesus meant when He commanded us, His followers, to seek God’s Kingdom–to seek it first in our lives? Pastor Doug digs down into what this joyful command can mean for each of us. SEEK: Looking hard enough until you actually find. KINGDOM: recognize we are loved by a THE KING.…

Onward: Jesus is About Onward

A Christmas Eve worship with carols, stories, scripture, testimonies, and a video depiction of that night–a night that changed the world forever.  God took off His royal robes and came to be one of us. The reason He came to find entrance into every single human heart. He had to fix the problem of the…

Outward: The Pursuit of Joy

(this video is the full worship service; just the message from Pastor Doug, Advent One, can be found here.) As Americans we are very blessed–“All men are created equal…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  To preserve this truth we are bound to protect it even though how others…