Another Angel Gets Their Wings
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: Another Angel Gets Their Wings

Scripture: Genesis 1-3, Hebrews 12:1-2

Big Idea: There’s nowhere in the Bible that talks about us getting our wings when we die. Death is mysterious, so people tend to fill in the blanks between what we know and what we don’t, and they start to believe things that aren’t true but make them comfortable. We don’t know for sure that our loved ones aren’t looking down on us from heaven, but we do know that heaven is a place filled with the joy of God, and there’s no room for pain because God has vanquished it. We know that we get to spend time in the presence of God when we die, and we know that this world is full of pain. Maybe we do have loved ones looking down on us, but I hope not. I’d rather have them staring at Jesus, worshiping him, and celebrating their time with him until we get there too.

Pete Kopplin
God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:11-13

Big Idea: Many people believe God won’t give them more than they can handle–and that’s not entirely true. God won’t lead you to sin, or allow you to be overcome by temptation IF you are willing to let him lead you through whatever it is that you are facing. Your trial, your temptation, your test… nothing is too big for God to guide you through; but it does take faith. Without faith, we can surely be overwhelmed by this world and by sin; but through faith, we make God the source of our strength and our hope in the midst of tough and trying times.

Pete Kopplin
God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9

Big Idea: Hard work pays off. We see it when we challenge ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally… but what about spiritually? Is our relationship with all God all about working hard to earn joy or happiness, a blessing from God, or even an inheritance? The fact is, God appreciates out hard work; but we could never do enough to earn our way to heaven, because of our sin. Instead, we are thankful that God helps those who CAN’T help themselves, you and me. We can’t earn our way into a relationship with God or into heaven–and we don’t have to–thanks to God’s grace.

Pete Kopplin
Money Is The Root Of All Evil
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: Money Is The Root Of All Evil

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:2b-10

Big Idea: The Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil. It says that when we love our money, and pursue contentment through financial means over the contentment that God provides when we pursue him, we are disregarding the blessings God has in store for us. When we are generous, and hold loosely to things that bring about financial gain, God gives us true peace and contentment. It’s the only topic in the Bible where God challenges us to test him as we give and watch him return unfathomable returns on our investment. May we all be willing to set our financial pursuits aside for the exponential blessings promised by God!

Pete Kopplin
To Love And To Cherish
 
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Series: Let’s Talk About Sex

Title: To Love and to Cherish

Scripture: Mark 10:1-12

Big Idea: Jesus has harsh words for people who have been divorced. In fact, it would be easy to think that your divorce may be enough to separate you from God. And it does… but not any more than any other sin. God doesn’t want our marriages to end any more than he wants sin to separate us from him. So he has made a way–through Jesus–for us to experience freedom from our sin and our guilt and our shame, and to be restored to a right relationship with Him. In a sense, Jesus’ blood divorces us from our sin so that we can experience true redemption with God the Father.

Pete Kopplin
I'm New Here
 
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Series: All Things New

Title: I’m New Here

Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25

Big Idea: When we realize that Jesus has made us a new creation, we begin to live differently. We begin to see the things God has gifted us with, and we want to use them to help others experience God’s grace too. One of the best ways we can do that is to share the valuable gift of time that each of us has been given with others, to grow our understanding of God’s will for our lives together. When we spend time sharing our lives–the good, bad, and the ugly–with other people who share our goal of growing closer to Jesus, we are participating in a mentoring relationship. Mentoring strengthens us in Jesus, and "spurs us toward love" that can lead others into a new relationship with Jesus too.

Pete Kopplin
Doing Something New
 
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Series: All Things New

Title: Doing Something New

Scripture: Romans 12:1-8

Big Idea: When people experience something new it changes their perspective. When we realize we are new–new creations through the sacrifice of Jesus–we should be eager to live out our new identity in new ways, by using the gifts God has given us. We shouldn’t be enticed by the patterns of the past, living to serve an outdated image of who we once were. Our new identity and our new lives as people who belong to Jesus should guide us as we do new things for new reasons, living lives that please God and draw others in as we share his grace and love through our actions.

Pete Kopplin
New Creation
 
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Series: All Things New

Title: New Creation

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Big Idea: It’s a new year, which means new goals, new resolutions, new habits, and new routines. As good as it is to do new things and improve ourselves, if we are only trying to be a better version of what we already are, it’s just playing dress up. If we do that with our spiritual lives, we are trading the vibrancy of a relationship with Jesus for dusty old religion. As Christians, we are made new in Jesus–not just improved–we are entirely new creations! We should be growing our spiritual understanding of who God is and what he wants us to do because it’s almost inconceivable how much God loves us, and what he’s done to craft us anew in his own image.

Pete Kopplin