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“The Fall of the Cancel Culture”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Daniel 1:3-16 | For thousands of years, many have tried to cancel God, His Word and His people—but they only grow more memorable in the fray. Here’s why the ‘cancel culture’ has always failed…

“The Coming Christian Catastrophe”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Daniel 1:1-2 | The events that brought disaster upon Judah in Daniel’s time are being repeated today—and Daniel’s Book stands as a warning—perhaps an indictment—of the 21st century church…

“Another Fine Mess” (Book of Daniel Introduction)

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Deut. 28, 2 Kings 24-25 | The tragic story of a disaster that led to a tremendous cure for God’s people…

“Jesus Did WHAT??” (A Resurrection Revelation)

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pinnacle of a vast, eternal story that’s more wonderful than we ever imagined. Feel far from God? This message may solve that issue…

Palm Sunday: “The Day When the Rocks Cry Out”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | John 11:55-12:19 | As He rode into Jerusalem, Jesus told the Jewish leaders that should His disciples silence their rejoicing, the rocks themselves would cry out. His disciples continued shouting so the rocks stayed quiet, but a day is coming when they will cry out—and it will be greater than anything-anyone-anywhere has ever known. Here’s what’s coming…

 

“Therefore—What Are You Here For?”

 

Pastor Brit Grim | Galatians 6:1-16 | You gotta hear this one…

“The Church in the Rearview Mirror” (Acts, Conclusion)

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 28:11-31 | Today’s church looks ahead to a shining new direction tempered by great uncertainty about its future. Perhaps we should be looking in the rearview mirror at the newborn church, who knew exactly what they were and why…

“When God Gives You Snakes with Your Shipwreck”

 

God made Paul endure a shipwreck then let a viper bite him—was this God’s will? Definitely. And here’s why it was so good… (Acts 28:1-10)

“For Those Who Can’t Walk on Water”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 27 | Paul got shipwrecked three times yet never once walked on water. What about that—and why can’t we when our ships go down?

“Standing in a Kneeling World”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 27:1-20 | The Apostle Paul was a prisoner, headed to Rome on a hurricane-driven ship. But why was he really on that ship? The answer will surprise—and change you.

“Can’t Buy Me Love…” (Pastor Jim Milne)

 

What does God’s love look like in practice? Here are a few thoughts from Pastor Jim Milne for Valentine’s Day. Sweeten someone’s day. (1 Cor. 13)

“The Most Excellent Way…” (Manny Chaves)

 

Some great thoughts on God’s love by church Elder Manny Chaves (while Pastor Jay quarantines this week). Love one another! (1 Cor. 13)

“Almost a Christian” Part 2

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 26 | Almost a Christian? There’s no such thing—as King Agrippa learned when he put Paul on trial… [Note: “My mouth occasionally moves faster than my brian. At one point I referred to ‘Festus’ as ‘king of the Jews’ when I meant to say ‘Agrippa’ (but you likely figured that out already).” —Jay]

“Almost a Christian” Part 1

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 25-26 | Paul was a prisoner on trial—which also gave him a captive audience—Roman Dignitaries all. The battle for souls was engaged…

“An Inconvenient Salvation”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 24 | The Apostle Paul was on trial before Roman Governor Felix—but it was really the other way around. A sermon for those times when life gets too real…

End Times Prophecy Update 2021: Part 2 “History on the Brink”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | End Times Prophecies have brought us to the brink of history—and the church must step up to the plate. Hold on tight…

“Through Jewish Eyes: Seeing the Old Testament in the New” | Jacob Cohen

 

Special Guest Speaker Jacob Cohen | Jan. 3, 2021

End Times Prophecy Update 2020: “Have You Been Deceived?”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Matthew 24:1-28 | When Jesus talked about the End Times, He repeated one huge warning. Here it is again…

“The Greatest Words Ever Spoken”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | John 3:16 | A Christmas Sermon—and a dare—to overstate the meaning of Christmas. Just try…

“Called to Do the Dishes”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 23:12-35 | Paul was in big trouble with a lot of dangerous people, but he was unstoppable—God was just beginning the biggest part of his ministry. What doe this have to do with washing dishes? You’ll find out…

“Where Was Jesus When I Needed Him?”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 23:11 | The question we all want answered…

“Why Our Wonder is Fleeting”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | In all the tainted history of the church, where did it go wrong? The answer lies in terse exchange between the Apostle Paul and a very corrupt high priest. (Acts 22:22-23:10)

“Paul’s Plays His Trump Cards”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 21:27-22:22 | As he faced murder by a rioting mob, Paul played every card in his hand to win their souls. The question now is, what ‘cards’ are we playing in the battle for souls? This is no game…

“What to Do When There’s No Way Out”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 21:17-22:1

“Prophecy and ‘The People of the Book'”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 21: 1-17 (Part 2)

“Is the World Out of Control?” (Bob Clark)

 

Bob Clark | Psalm 2:1-12 | Well, IS it? Listen to this…

“The Greatest Honor in the World”

 

Acts 21:1016 | Pastor Jay McCarl | How much does God love you? More than you ever guessed, and all His honor hangs on it. If you struggle with God’s love, this may be the cure.

“Grace, Karma and the Pirate’s Code”

 

Nothing challenges modern Christians like a sermon on giving to the poor. The gauntlet has been thrown down… (Acts 20:34-35)

“What’s Love Got To Do With It?” (Church Leadership, Finale)

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 20: Revelation 2-3; Ephesians 3:14-21 | What is the one thing Jesus demands of His leaders? This is the big one, church leaders… (Church Leadership, Finale)

“Why the World Awaits You” (Lane Wettengel, CRI)

 

Psalm 67 | Guest Speaker Lane Wettengel (CRI) | The Lord Jesus didn’t tell His followers to invite people to church—He told them to go. He didn’t pour out His Spirit on His people to feel good about their church, He told them to go—and He hasn’t rescinded His command. Whether it’s our next door neighbor or someone on the other side of the world, people need Jesus. Near or far, His church was commissioned to take the Gospel to the lost and needy of the world and to encourage missionaries serving in field. And His church is us.

“Inside Attack!” (Church Leadership, Part 5)

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 20:30-31 | The most devastating attacks on the church often come from within—and the world is watching… (Church Leadership, Part 5)

“Dancing With Wolves” (Church Leadership, Part 4)

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 20:28-29 | Paul told church leaders their flocks would be attacked by ‘savage wolves’. He also told them what to expect and how to prepare in just a few words. A powerful message about taking care of God’s church. (Church Leadership, Part 4)

“Don’t Go Off Subject” (Church Leadership, Part 3)

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 20:25-28 | Church Leadership, Part 3: The answer to why the church is essential, including a provocation to the shepherds of God’s flock to never go off subject. ‘Nuff said.

“Racing Toward an Uncertain Future” (Church Leadership, Part 2)

 

Jay McCarl | Acts 20:22-24 | What could possibly be more valuable than a single human life? Paul attacks the question head-on and makes himself—and us—part of the equation. Especially for church leaders, elders, pastors, rectors, bishops, reverends and sheep.

“The Screaming of the Lambs” (Church Leadership, Part 1)

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 20:13-21 | Church leadership in 2020 is shifting under duress—from trendiness to ‘fish or cut bait’. The warnings of Paul were never more timely. Part 1.

“Rest, Unrest and All the Rest”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 20:1-12 | On which day should the church meet—Saturday or Sunday? More than that—what exactly is a day of rest really for? Take a break and get blessed.

“Compassion!” (Manny Chaves)

 

Manny Chaves—excellent Bible teacher, story-teller and Red Sox fan | 8-16-2020

 

“Beggars Who Bless”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 19:20-21; 20:1-6

“Something About that Violent Protest”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 19:21-20:1

[For the record—I misidentified the source and location of a very important verse I quoted: Peter, not Jesus, said “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God…” —1 Peter 2:12. Sorry for the confusion. —Jay]

“Grounded” (Brit Grim)

 

Pastor Brit Grim | Acts 2:36-41

“Magic Christians”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 19:1-20 | Jesus’ Name isn’t a magic word–here’s why.

“Are You A Victim of Distraction?” (Jim Milne)

A penetrating Sunday Sermon by Associate Pastor Jim Milne—prepare for a great punchline. Enjoy…!

 

“Women in Ministry?”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 18:18-28

“Oaths, Baptism and Other Controversies”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 18:18-19:7

“The Incomparable Book of Ruth”

 

Special Guest Speaker, Matthew Shepherd | The Book of Ruth
This will blow your mind and bless your heart.

“Shocking Transformations”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 18:12-17

“Powerful Words for Crazy Times”

 

Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 18:1-11 | History is packed with crazy times—so are our lives. Here’s what Jesus had to say about them…

“Real Empowerment in an Age of Self”

 

A powerful message for Pentecost Sunday. Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 2:42-43#

“The Plague and the Poet”

 

Paul’s address to the philosophers of Mars Hill gripped them like iron, yet they still mocked it. Their reasons persist to this day. A provocation to the modern world, Christian or otherwise. Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 17:16-34

“Working Off That Flabby Doctrine”

 

In the age of cable news and social media, even bad information can sound believable. When it comes to sound doctrine, Christians can be the same way. Here’s a provocation that might keep the train on the tracks.

Pastor jay McCarl | Acts 17:10-15