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Core Values Part 5: Christ-Centered Community

In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Sunday, June 27, 2021, marks Pr. Eric’s last service with us. His message focuses on our fifth core value of having a Christ-centered community. He explains the three things at war of a Christ-centered community include: individualism, isolation and consumerism. Instead Jesus calls us to build relationships, forgive each other and unite with each other in Christ to respond to other’s every day needs.

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An essential mission: sending followers of Jesus into the mission field

Summer brings with it new opportunities and something to look forward to. For some, it’s a new puppy, the end of the school year or a well-deserved vacation. For Omahans, it’s an end to the city-wide mask mandate. It’s fun to look forward to things. In May 23, 2021’s message, Pastor Eric likens that anticipation of what’s to come with God’s promise of a celebration of a different kind for all of his people and what it means to be sent out on a mission.

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An audacious vision – Jesus’ gift flows through us to other people

Water is refreshing, it is fun and life-giving. Water is also powerful. The water that Jesus speaks about knocks down sin in our life and destroys darkness. Through Jesus he gives living water and the promise of a bright, fresh new life.  On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Pastor Eric explores Jesus’ gift of new life unending flows into us. and what it means to have an audacious vision.

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An audacious vision – Jesus’ gift of new life

Words are powerful. But when they’re just on paper or spoken, they can still be empty. Sunday, April 11, 2021, Pastor Eric kicks off a new sermon series: An audacious vision – Jesus’ gift of new life.  Listen how Jesus shares his vision of love to a Samaritan woman. She, in turn,  shares it with everyone. Through Jesus, we can continue that woman’s witness and bring Jesus gift of new life unending to all. !

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The story of redemption-king Jesus

Sunday, March 28, 2021, marks Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode through Jerusalem on a donkey and a great crowd gathered ahead of him, taking palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel.”  Jesus is a king like no other; his humble strength saves us.

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Two of the Bible’s more understated people

One of Pr. Mark Rosenau’s favorite people in the Bible is Simeon. He only has 11 versus dedicated to his story but God chose him to make a big impact. Similarly,  Anna, who has three versus dedicated to her story, also happened to be at the temple the day Joseph and Mary brought Jesus for the first time as the law required. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020’s message is dedicated to these two most understated yet exemplary believers and what we can learn from them. 

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I’ve got good news

Countless lives, health, businesses, jobs and wages have been lost due to the pandemic. However, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2020, Pr. Mark Rosenau shares some good news. More than 2,000 years ago,  Jesus Christ was born in a lowly manger to be our Savior and save us from our sins. Pr Rosenau goes on to say God is is patient and faithful and promises that he is with us always and his love for us is perfect. What a joyful, merry Christmas!

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Why am i so favored?

Mary, upon learning she would be Jesus’ mother, asked the angel, “Why am I so favored?” Elizabeth asked the same question when she learned she too, was pregnant. During Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020’s message, Pr. Mark Rosenau explores the angel’s greeting to Mary and the Spirit prompted exclamation by Elizabeth are not for them alone, but they are God’s words of blessing and mercy to us and all people. 

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