The Year in Review. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

Philippians 3: 13 – 4: 1

I. Introduction

II. Forgetting What is Behind

III. Strained Toward What is Ahead

IV. Stand Firm in the Lord

V. Conclusion


True Love or The Most Excellent Way, By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

1 Corinthians 13: 13Read:

 1 Corinthians 12: 31 – 1 Corinthians 13: 8 


II.The Importance of Love in Our Lives

III.What Love is Not

IV.What Love is

V.The Practice of Love in Our Everyday Lives


Christian Joy. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NIV)May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 (NIV)

I.       Introduction

II.     Experiencing Joy

III.   Why We Have Joy

IV.   Where Our Joy Comes From

V.    Conclusion

Peace With God. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

Luke 2: 14Philippians 4: 1-9 (NIV), Page 1829
Therefore, my brothers, you who I love and long for, my joy and crown,, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
2I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you, loyal yoke-fellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose name are in the book of life.
4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, what-ever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

I. Introduction
II. Stand Firm in the Lord (v. 1)
III. Be of the Same Mind in the Lord (v. 2)
IV. Rejoice in the Lord (v. 4)
V. Let Your Gentleness Be Evident to All (v. 5)
VI. In Every Situation Present Your Requests to God (v. 6)
VII. The Result (v. 7)
VIII. Think About Good Things (v. 8)
IX. Conclusion

The Gift of Hope. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

Isaiah 35:4Isaiah 9:1-7 New International Version (NIV)

9 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

                2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

New International Version (NIV)

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I.     Introduction
II.    Israel’s History
III.  Isaiah Offers Hope
IV.  The Reality of This Hope
V.   Conclusion