Here I Stand Against the Giants in My Life
November 12, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Samuel 17:1-53 & Ephesians 6:10-17
Series: Here I Stand
Duration: 47:42
Sometimes we find ourselves drawn into problems or facing challenges that we did not create or choose. What do you do? In this message, Pastor John looks at four truths you need to know if you are going to stand against the giants in your life.

Here I Stand on the Gospel
October 29, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 1:1-17
Series: Here I Stand
Duration: 45:55
What is the gospel? What is faith? In this message, Pastor John explores the good news of the gospel and the righteousness of faith.

Here I Stand at Peace with God
October 21, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Selected Scriptures
Series: Here I Stand
Duration: 43:10
How can I really be at peace with God? Does anything work? This is a real question for us all. In this message, Pastor John looks at the testimony of the psalmist as he cried for God's mercy to rescue him from a pit of despair, and the words of Jesus, the ultimate King who went into the pit for His subjects.

Saved to Serve
October 15, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Ephesians 2:20-0
Series: Houses Of Hope
Duration: 47:50
God did not save us to sit, but to serve. How do we do that? When it comes to serving, there isn't a better example than Jesus Christ. In this message, Pastor John will look at how we can demonstrate the attitude of Jesus when we serve.

Growing in Godliness
October 08, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Timothy 4:7-16
Series: Houses Of Hope
Duration: 42:03
The Christian life is not about rule-keeping and self-reliance. It's about living in a relationship with Jesus where you become more like Him. In this message, Pastor John looks at Paul's counsel to a young church leader and how we can G.R.O.W. in godliness.

Made For Mission
October 01, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 9:1-5
Series: Houses Of Hope
Duration: 44:49
When Jesus Christ walked on earth, He had a mission. Remarkably, towards the end of His time on earth, He passed that mission on to His followers. In today's dark, confusing, and conflicting days, is that mission still alive? In today's message, Pastor John looks at how Jesus' describes His ongoing mission of bringing light into a dark work just before He heals a man who had lived in darkness his entire life.

Wired For Worship
September 23, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 4:8 & John 4:16
Series: Houses Of Hope
Duration: 50:23
Maybe you don't consider yourself a "worshiping" kind of person, but the truth is that every person is wired for worship because we have been made in the image of God. When God calls us to the duty of worship, He is calling us to Himself.

Learning to Love
September 03, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 5:42
Series: Houses Of Hope
Duration: 44:28
God wants us to learn how to love because it makes us like Him and prepares us for eternity. In this message, Pastor John looks at four levels of love that are taught in the Bible to help us learn how to love.

When heroes have a crisis of identity
August 27, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 11:1-11
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 41:39
Discouragement can drive us to doubt ourselves, our friends, and even God Himself. When John the Baptist was stuck in a dungeon, he faced a time of doubt about his own work and the identity of Jesus. In this message, Pastor John looks at three things we can be sure that Jesus is doing when we are facing our own identity crisis.

The kind of hero you can count on
August 20, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 11:19-23 & Hebrews 13:8
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 34:54
In this message, Pastor John looks at life lessons from a man who was reliable and trustworthy to help us see how we can be the kinds of heroes and sheroes who can be counted on.

Every Hero Needs a Mentor
August 13, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Esther 2:1-17 & Hebrews 7:25
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 58:02
Almost all heroes have a mentor, a caretaker, or someone behind the scenes providing necessary support, encouragement, and guidance. In this message, Pastor John looks at how Mordecai the Jew served as a mentor to his adopted daughter Esther, enabling her to be transformed from a beauty queen to a shero.

Heroes lay their life on the line for a good cause
August 06, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 6:1-8:2 & Mark 10:45
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 48:15
Living courageously is the mark of many heroes and sheroes. But where does courage come from? In this message, Pastor John looks at the story of Stephen, whose historical reputation is as a follower of Jesus with great courage.

Every Day and Every Way Heroes Serve Their Fellow Man
July 30, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 8:1-3 & 2 Corinthians 8:9
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 44:09
God takes broken people and mends them so that His light can shine through them. In this message, Pastor John looks at how Jesus' ministry impacted the lives of three people who needed mending, and then worked through them as an example for us to follow.

Every Hero Lives by a Code
July 09, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 2 Samuel 11:1-12:7 & Romans 7:21-8:2
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 54:52
Every hero and shero lives by a code, a line that he or she won't cross. In this message, Pastor John looks that the story of an Old Testament hero named Uriah who's code of honor got in David's way. In this story of sin and God's redemption, we can learn some valuable lessons for us to overcome sin and temptation.

Heroes Aren't Afraid of a Fight
July 04, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Judges 4:1-22 & Genesis 3:15
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 50:25
There is an ongoing battle that we all have to fight - the internal battle within each of us to do what's right versus what is wrong. In this message that begins in OT book of Judges, we'll see in the stories of two sheroes, a picture of how our greatest enemy has been defeated.

Heroes Make Wise Decisions
June 24, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Samuel 25:1-35 & 1 Timothy 2:1-8
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 41:34
The Bible says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, and it will be given to him." All heroes need wisdom. In this message, we'll look at the wise example of a shero named Abigail who steps in as a mediator and gives us a picture of our true hero, Jesus.

In Search of a Hero
June 18, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 1:18-25 & Luke 2:41-52
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 48:13
When God is looking for a hero, what does He look for? In this message, Pastor John looks at the life of Joseph of Nazareth as one of the most famous dads in the Bible, but about whom surprisingly little is written. What emerges is a picture of a man who was comfortable living humbly and without public recognition.

Heroes Among Us
June 11, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 3:1-4:15
Series: Heros and Sheros
Duration: 46:24
The Bible is filled with stories of heroes and sheroes to encourage us to faith and action. As we begin this series, we will set the focus our attention on Jesus our Hero, the Son of God who stepped out of crowd to rescue us.

Transformed
May 20, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 11:1-44
Series: Fashioned For God
Duration: 48:42
The story of Lazarus is the story of transformation to the abundant life that Jesus promised. In this message, Pastor John looks at how the words of Jesus about Lazarus' condition call us out of the tomb of the untransformed.

Honored
May 14, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Mark 14:3-11
Series: Fashioned For God
Duration: 47:35
In the Bible God says, "Those who honor Me, I will honor." In this message, Pastor John looks at one of the most familiar instances of Jesus receiving honor from one of His devoted followers and how He rises up to show honor of His own.

Rested
May 07, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 10:38-42
Series: Fashioned For God
Duration: 56:52
God made you and is fashioning you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ. But we often miss out on what God offers to us because we are just too busy. In this message, Pastor John explores Jesus' call to REST.

Where are we headed?
April 30, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:58
Series: Alive
Duration: 51:09
There are 207 “therefore’s” in the New Testament. Some are uplifting, some are challenging, and some are calls to action. In this message, Pastor John looks at how the resurrection of Jesus leads to a tremendous “therefore” that calls for consistency and conduct in our lives today.

Life After Life After Death
April 23, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:35-49
Series: Alive
Duration: 40:15
Would you want to live for 100, 200, even 500 years? How about forever? Some scientists think we can engineer our way into immortality, but when Scripture talks about resurrection and immortality, it is more than just life without death. In this message Pastor John will explore what the Scriptures say about death, life after death, resurrection, and life after life after death.

The Door to the Kingdom is Open
April 15, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 & 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Series: Alive
Duration: 33:47
"Closed" is one of the most disappointing words there is. The good news of Easter is that the door to the kingdom of God is opened, plus 10 million other doors of hope for those who trust Christ. In this message we will see why we can trust that closed doors of disappointment can be OPENed to become gateways of glory.

What have we gained from Jesus' victory over death?
April 09, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Series: Alive
Duration: 46:13
When Jesus' first followers witnessed His resurrection, they knew that it changed everything. What if Easter had not happened? What if Jesus died and was buried, but hadn't come out of the grave? In this message we will unearth the six benefits of the Resurrection.

Make sure your life really matters.
April 03, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Series: Alive
Duration: 44:41
One of the worst things imaginable is to live your life and miss the purpose for which you were made. You can know that purpose! But you must know God, properly understand His grace, and let those two things change you. May God bless the preaching of His word as you listen to this message.

When all else fails.
March 12, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Selected Scriptures
Series: Overcoming Conflict
Duration: 38:56
When you've tried to take the steps to resolve conflict but it's still there, what do you do? What do you do when all else fails? In this message, Pastor John looks at what Scripture has to say about moving ahead and leaving the conflict in the past.

We can work it out.
March 05, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Philemon
Series: Overcoming Conflict
Duration: 44:15
Usually, conflict can be resolved through personal peacemaking - a one-on-one conversation between you and the other person resolves it. But, there are times when more help is needed. In this message, Pastor John looks at the process of assisted peacemaking as it is modeled for us in the New Testament letter of Philemon.

How to say you're sorry.
February 26, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Selected Scriptures
Series: Overcoming Conflict
Duration: 47:55
“I’m sorry.” Just two words, and sometimes very difficult to say. But if you’ve ever begun a conversation with those two words, there is a lot of promise in them too, because those words open the door to overcoming conflict. In this message we'll focus on learning how to say "I'm sorry" with some very practical words from Scripture.

How to Forgive
February 19, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Selected Scriptures
Series: Overcoming Conflict
Duration: 42:33
The Christian life is harder than the non-Christian life because people will hurt you and you don't get to turn around and treat them the same way. Instead, followers of Jesus are to forgive and reconcile. In this message, Pastor John walks us through the steps to get to the place of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Don't find fault. Find a remedy.
February 12, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 18:15-20
Series: Overcoming Conflict
Duration: 45:46
Conflict brings both bad opportunities and good. The bad side is when we try to escape conflict or attach others in response to it. The good side is when we use the peacemaking steps that Jesus gave us in Matthew 18:15-20. In today's message, Pastor John addresses the first practical steps of peacemaking.

Conflict is Inevitable
February 05, 2017
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Selected Scriptures
Series: Overcoming Conflict
Duration: 41:50
There is a great deal of conflict in our world right now, but this is not really anything new. Conflict is an inevitable fact of life in this world. God's aim is not for us to be completely free of conflict, but to resolve our conflicts using the wisdom and ways that He has provided. In this message, Pastor John reviews responses to conflict that are peace faking and peace breaking, before we see God's great peace making response.

When you've been waiting a long time, Jesus is enough.
December 23, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 2:25-35
Series: Jesus Is Enough
Duration: 26:53
Waiting can be one of the most irritating experiences we face, and no day exemplifies waiting perhaps more than Christmas. In today's message from Luke 2, Pastor John looks at the brief story of a man named Simeon who's life teaches us some important truths of how to process waiting, and the dawning realization that Jesus is enough.

When you're looking for answers, Jesus is enough
December 18, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 2:1-12
Series: Jesus Is Enough
Duration: 45:22
Google and other online search engines process nearly 100,000 searches per second every day! Remarkably, upwards of 20% of all those searches are questions that have never been asked before. So, we're not just asking the same old questions, but new questions are coming up. In this message, Pastor John looks at the story of the magi's visit to Bethlehem to help us understand how to find the answers to life's most important question.

When God messes up your plans, Jesus is enough
December 10, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 1:18-25
Series: Jesus Is Enough
Duration: 47:50
What do you say when God messes up your plans? The Christmas story is about God invading earth and messing up the plans of some pretty good people. In this message, Pastor John looks at Joseph's story to help us see that when God messes up your plans, Jesus is enough.

When you feel too young or inexperienced, Jesus is enough.
December 03, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 1:26-38
Series: Jesus Is Enough
Duration: 42:17
God has never made anything without a purpose, and yet sometimes we feel incapable of fulfilling the purpose for which He made us. In this message, Pastor John looks at God's message to a young teenage girl named Mary. She might have felt too young and inexperienced to fulfill God's purpose, except that she believed Jesus was enough.

When your best isn't good enough, Jesus is enough
November 26, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Galatians 4:1-7
Series: Jesus Is Enough
Duration: 42:15
Christmas is a holiday that, according to statistics, makes 72% of the population cranky! Maybe that isn't quite true, but there are many things about the holiday season, and life in general, that cause many to feel inadequate, that their best efforts just aren't good enough. In this message, Pastor John explores three reasons why we can be hopeful that when our best isn't good enough, Jesus is enough.

Distinctively Free: Letting go of Legalism
October 30, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 15:1-11 & Galatians 2:11-16
Series: Distinctives
Duration: 52:53
In the history of the church there have been many instances of reform. In this message by Pastor John, we look at the first area of reform in the church - letting go of legalism - and discover three practices that will sustain us as reformers in the church and in our own lives.

Distinctively Free: Waging War Against Sin
October 23, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Peter 2:11 & 1 Peter 4:1-11
Series: Distinctives
Duration: 49:15
As we prepare to enter the 500th year of the Reformation, we will spend two weekends looking at personal and corporate reformation within the church. In this message, we will look at how to do battle with sin that wages war against the soul.

Distinctively Tested
October 15, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Peter 4:12-5:11
Series: Distinctives
Duration: 48:01
Peter wrote to a suffering church, but not a joyless church. In this message, Pastor John looks at Peter's encouraging words to followers of Christ who are undergoing trials, and unearths ten surprises that are a reason for joy for suffering Christians.

Distinctively Slandered
October 09, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Peter 3:8-22
Series: Distinctives
Duration: 46:51
For two thousand years, Christians have accepted ridicule and insults because of their connection to Jesus. In this message, Pastor John looks at a relevant passage of Scripture written to followers of Christ who were slandered to understand how to bless those who curse us in practical ways, with an outlook to share in a greater blessing and gain victory over slanderous words.

Distinctively Connected
October 02, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-3:7 & 1 Peter 4:7-11
Series: Distinctives
Duration: 50:19
When we break the ties that bind us to our community, co-workers, and family, through faith in Jesus Christ and allegiance to Him, we end up with a new family, a new way to use our talents, and a new citizenship in Heaven. In this message, we will see how Peter says our connection to three community structures is transformed to bring God glory.

Distinctively Biblical
September 25, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Peter 1:10-12 & 2 Peter 1:20-21
Series: Distinctives
Duration: 49:40
Christians sometimes come under fire for their devotion to the Bible as the Word of God. Where did the Bible come from and what is it for? In this message, we'll take an in-depth look at Peter's words to followers of Christ that show us the treasure that has been hidden, and revealed!

Distinctively God-Focused
September 21, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-2:12
Series: Distinctives
Duration: 45:06
True Christian faith is not a passive faith. It is an active faith, driven by a mind that is focused on God. In this message from 1 Peter, we will see three images come into focus that will guide followers of Christ into hope.

Distinctively Saved
September 10, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-9
Series: Distinctives
Duration: 55:44
Stories of rescue are all around us on a regular basis. We need reminders of rescues and saviors because the world is filled with danger, risk, and the possibility of death. In the opening words of Peter's letter to followers of Christ who were living in a world that was treating them unfairly, he reminds them that they have been rescued by God, and all that implies.

We can't feed all these people... that would only create dependency," said Jesus - never.
August 14, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 6:1-15
Series: Things Jesus Never Said
Duration: 50:43
It was common to see crowds surrounding Jesus as He taught them, healed them, and cared for them. But the crowds didn't always see Jesus with eyes of faith for who He really is. In this message, Pastor John explores Jesus' miraculous feeding of an enormous crowd for insights on how we can step out of the crowd by faith and learn how to depend on Jesus.

"If you love me, you will share that Facebook post," said Jesus - never.
August 07, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 28:18-20 & John 14:15-24
Series: Things Jesus Never Said
Duration: 49:28
These days, we want to know if people are the “real deal.” Likewise, you and I should be very concerned that people know that we are the “real deal” when it comes to being a follower of Jesus. In this message, Pastor John looks at what Jesus has to say about how we can demonstrate our love for Him - and His love for the world.

"I have come that you might have your best life now," said Jesus - never.
July 30, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 10
Series: Things Jesus Never Said
Duration: 47:56
One of the most broadly-accepted teachings in some churches today is Faith theology. But is it safe, or dangerous? In this message, Pastor John explores the history and background of the Faith movement and offers seven cautions, concerns, and objections.

"Just pray this prayer and invite me into your heart," said Jesus - never.
July 22, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 14:25-35
Series: Things Jesus Never Said
Duration: 45:43
The call of discipleship is a call to trust Jesus enough to do what He says. In this message, Pastor John looks at the three terms of discipleship that Jesus gives to anyone who would follow Him.

"As long as you're sincere, I don't think it matters what you believe," said Jesus - never.
July 17, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 14:6
Series: Things Jesus Never Said
Duration: 29:49
The world depends on standards of all sorts, like calendars, clocks, and tape measures. There is one other standard that is often ignored - the standard of Jesus Christ and His words. In this message, Pastor John talks about the objections to and implications of one of the most important things Jesus ever said.

"Preach the Gospel at all times, but only use words if you have to," said Jesus - never.
July 10, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 14:15-24
Series: Things Jesus Never Said
Duration: 51:56
The "fake commission" says we can be witnesses for Jesus without ever saying a word about the gospel. The Great Commission says that we are to actively use words in bringing others to Christ. Which are you practicing? In this message, Pastor John describes how we can be the kind of people who introduce men and women to Jesus as faithful witnesses.

Our Dad is Gracious
June 20, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 6:12-13
Series: Our Father
Duration: 52:01
In our final look at the Lord's Prayer, we come to the last two petitions that are perhaps the most challenging to understand and to live out, but they are also two petitions that should dominate the prayers of fathers. In this message, Pastor John speaks "dad-to-dad" to encourage fathers because our Dad is gracious!

Our Dad is Generous
June 12, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 6:1-4 & Matthew 6:11
Series: Our Father
Duration: 45:30
It's a father's calling to provide for his family. Our Father in heaven is the best provider there is! And when He provides, He provides enough for us to live on and enough for us to give to others. In this message, we will see that as we live generous lives that provide for the health and well-being of others, our Father promises a reward of blessing.

Our Dad is the Greatest
June 05, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 6:9-10
Series: Our Father
Duration: 44:43
There are more than 650 prayers in the Bible, but the most famous and well-known is almost certainly the prayer given to us by Jesus Himself - the Lord's Prayer, or the "Our Father". Today, Pastor John looks at the opening lines of this prayer that helps us understand the greatness of our Dad in heaven.

God Knows
May 22, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Exodus 2:23-25
Series: Beautiful People
Duration: 47:59
As the people of Israel languished in slavery, we read in the Exodus 2 words that are meant to fill men and women with hope: "God knew." The Biblical view is that God troubles and longings are often meant to draw us to a God who knows.

Liberated for Love
May 15, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Exodus 2:11-22
Series: Beautiful People
Duration: 52:08
The Bible says that God sets the lonely in families, but how can we have the kind of beautiful relationships God made us to have with each other? In this message, Pastor John will share three Biblical principles for relationships that are beautiful.

The Opportunity of Weakness
May 08, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Exodus 2:1-10
Series: Beautiful People
Duration: 56:39
Who are the beautiful people? The world may look at who is in the spotlight, but God often looks at who is in the shadows. In this message, Pastor John looks at the story of the deliverance of baby Moses and how God shows His power in protecting the least in the world.

You've gotta serve somebody
April 17, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 6:15-23
Series: New Life in Christ
Duration: 49:40
God's goal for followers of Jesus Christ is for us to become more and more like His Son in our actual lives. In this message, Pastor John explores the issue, choices, and strategies for us to have success in our sanctification in Jesus Christ.

Does it really matter how I live? - pt. ii: "Three steps to victory"
April 10, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 6:1-14
Series: New Life in Christ
Duration: 44:58
We have a choice about how we will live in the world, but it can feel overwhelming when we think of the corruption around us and in us. In this message, we continue to look at how Paul encourages us to see our lives in Christ and to gain spiritual victory.

Does How I Live Really Matter?
April 03, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 6:1-14
Series: New Life in Christ
Duration: 42:28
Once Jesus forgives your sins and you are saved and bound for heaven, does it really matter how you live the rest of your life on earth? Some followers of Jesus remarkably say, "No. It doesn't matter at all." In Romans 6, Paul answers the question in a way that is sure to cause us to realize the true blessing of grace.

The Most Interesting Man in the World
March 27, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 5:14-21
Series: New Life in Christ
Duration: 31:20
The two most influential individuals in human history are Adam and Jesus Christ. In this message, Pastor John shares four important truths about Jesus that make Him truly "the most interesting man in the world."

God Keeps His Promises
March 20, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 5:12-14
Series: New Life in Christ
Duration: 43:48
Mankind has a horrible record when it comes to keeping promises. God, however, is faithful and good. In this message, Pastor John explores how the broken promise of Adam brought sin and death into the world. But good news! Jesus Christ came to keep the promise in our place.

Spectacular Sinners and the Love of God
March 13, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 5:6-11
Series: New Life in Christ
Duration: 44:25
History and the Bible are full of stories of spectacular sinners. Fortunately, the Bible also contains the story of the spectacular love of God that shines bright against the darkness of the world's most spectacular sinners. In this message, Pastor John looks at one of the most familiar passages in Romans which gives us confidence and hope in God's love for us.

The Most Hoped For Things in the World
March 06, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 5:1-5
Series: New Life in Christ
Duration: 41:37
What are the most hoped for things in the world? We could look and look, but Scripture tells us that what we really need and have is available to us through the gospel. In this message, we will look at five things the gospel provides to all believers.

I am here to tell
February 13, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 4:1-42
Series: Why Am I Here?
Duration: 52:40
Who will be in heaven because of you? God has given us a mission in the world to share His Good News with others. In this message, we will look at some practical ways to tell others the greatest news in the history of the world.

I am here to help
February 07, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Mark 10:35-45
Series: Why Am I Here?
Duration: 47:25
Not everyone has done great things by the world’s standards, but many have served God’s purposes in the unique ways that He created them, simply by helping another person. In this message, Pastor John helps us see what Jesus says about service in the body of Christ.

I am here to grow
January 31, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Mark 10:17-22
Series: Why Am I Here?
Duration: 46:04
It's good to have a plan for growth and what you want to become. God has a good plan for your growth that comes from following His Son Jesus Christ.

I am here to love
January 24, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Ruth
Series: Why Am I Here?
Duration: 50:41
God has given us a mission in the world, and at the very center of Crosswinds' mission is love. In this message, Pastor John explores how we were made to build strong relationships in God's family through the power of LOVE.

I am here to sing
January 19, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Selected Scriptures
Series: Why Am I Here?
Duration: 47:41
When you hear the word worship, it may bring all sorts of ideas to mind. Singing, rituals, Sunday mornings. But worship is more than that, and it is not supposed to be just a part of our lives. It is to be a lifestyle. In this message, Pastor John spells out what it means to have a lifestyle of worship that SINGs.

I am here for a purpose
January 10, 2016
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Ecclesiastes
Series: Why Am I Here?
Duration: 47:13
Many men and women have been perplexed by one of the most basic, fundamental questions of human existence: Why am I here? What are we meant for? What is the purpose and meaning of life? The good news is: God intends to give our lives meaning! In this message, Pastor John unpacks the teaching of Solomon to help us understand God's eternal purposes.

Something for Everyone
December 24, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 1:14 & John 1:16
Series: Socks & Underwear
Duration: 27:32
As we get ready to "wrap up" all the gift buying and gift getting and gift giving for another Christmas season, let's look at God's word and unwrap the best gift of all. The gift of God's grace.

"I'll have a blue Christmas without You."
December 13, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 3:22-36 & Matthew 11:2-11
Series: Socks & Underwear
Duration: 38:29
While Christmas is a time of many celebrations, not everyone feels bright and cheery. Some are having a "blue Christmas," perhaps because of a recent loss, an illness, or some anxiety. Through his life, John the Baptist teaches us some "lessons in the wilderness" to encourage us.

Best. Gift. Ever.
December 08, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 1:1-5
Series: Socks & Underwear
Duration: 41:27
We tend to forget God's grace and His gifts and take them for granted. In this message to prepare us for Christmas, Pastor John reminds us to believe the Gift-Giver and receive His Gift.

my #persecutedbrother
November 08, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Hebrews 13:3
Series: #BROTHER
Duration: 44:08
The suffering in the world due to persecution is immense. In this message, Pastor John looks at our call embrace the cross and love our brothers who are suffering throughout the world.

a word to my #liberalbrother and to my #conservativebrother
October 31, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 22:34-40 & Romans 13:1-10
Series: #BROTHER
Duration: 54:18
The middle ground between liberal and conservative is shrinking, leading to more and more divisiveness in American society. How should we respond? Understanding that the Bible is not a political playbook, there are still some things we can learn about how God intends for His people to live and love in a political culture.

my #catholicbrother
October 25, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13
Series: #BROTHER
Duration: 51:25
There's all sorts of variety in Jesus' church, and sometimes it's not clear if those differences are good, bad, or biblical. In this message, Pastor John helps us diagnose the differences and understand how to show love to brothers in different churches with a three-part prescription.

my #sisterismybrother
October 18, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Timothy 2:8-15 & Galatians 3:26-28
Series: #BROTHER
Duration: 49:06
The world has been training you to think wrongly about gender and sexuality, but we are called to bring our thinking and our doing and our identity into line with Scripture. In this message, Pastor John looks at the apostle Paul's instruction to the church to show us how very different - and freeing and affirming - the Christian vision is from the world's.

my #brotherinneed
October 11, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: James 2:1-16
Series: #BROTHER
Duration: 48:32
The Bible paints a picture of the church where the gospel of Jesus is shared and needs are met in a way that people are drawn to Jesus and His community. In this message, Pastor John looks at James' letter to show us how to be that kind of church!

my #brotherfromanothermother
October 03, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Ephesians 2:8-22
Series: #BROTHER
Duration: 48:11
Racial division and racism come in many forms, but all are opposed to God's plan for humanity. In this message, Pastor John describes the work of Jesus in creating "one new man out of two" that calls us to strive for racial unity in the body of Christ.

#jesusismybrother
September 27, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Hebrews 2:8-11
Series: #BROTHER
Duration: 44:28
Is Jesus your brother? If He is, then that relationship impacts not only your relationship to God, but also your relationship to others.

#unsocialmedia
September 20, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 2 Corinthians 3
Series: #BROTHER
Duration: 42:04
We have seen enough that divides us on our streets, on the news, and on social media. In this message, Pastor John looks at how believers with the message of the gospel are God's status update to the world.

Time for Action: From Insight to Outsight
August 22, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: John 7
Series: aha!
Duration: 51:27
Whose voice do you listen to? Whose voice moves you to action? In this message, we look at Jesus' open invitation to anyone in the sound of His voice to receive the soul-satisfying Living Water of eternal life, and pass it on to others.

Time for Action: How to get into your right mind
August 15, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Romans 12:1-2
Series: aha!
Duration: 45:57
Research tells us that insight tends to come from the right side of the brain, but the reality is that no one is really in his or her right mind apart from the work of God in transforming our way of thinking. In this message, Pastor John looks at how we can get into our right mind through the insight of the Scriptures.

Time for Action: Someone to guide me
August 09, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Samuel 3:1-19
Series: aha!
Duration: 51:31
On our own, we seem wired to resist change and fight for what is in our own best interest. However, real turnaround sometimes happens when we can say, "I have someone to guide me." When God spoke to young Samuel, and when he speaks to little boys and grown-up men and women today, He is giving a call to action and the promise of His help.

Taking an honest look at others
August 02, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 15:25-32
Series: aha!
Duration: 54:02
Sometimes insights grow into discernment, which can grow into judgment. In this message, we look at the Father's interaction with judgmental, older brothers to see when judgment is right, when judgment is wrong, and the Father's wisdom to help us correct our judgment.

Taking an Honest Look at Myself
July 26, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: James 1:13-27
Series: aha!
Duration: 37:57
Prodigals can come up with all sorts of excuses for why they are in the pigpen, but none of those get us out. In this message, Pastor John looks at how we can get out of the pigpen, beginning with an honest look at ourselves.

Taking the First Steps Home
July 19, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 15
Series: aha!
Duration: 43:02
What do you think God thinks about when He has nothing to think about? While God never has nothing to do, and He has plenty to think about, one thing the Bible tells us is that God is concerned about those who have lost their way and He rejoices when they are found.

Eurekanomics - The Cost-Benefit of Direct Conversations
July 12, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 2 Kings 5:1-15
Series: aha!
Duration: 51:22
No one knows everything, and no one is perfect. So we need counsel and correction sometimes. In this message, Pastor John uses God's word to show how to engage in a conversation with another person in a way that can open our eyes to insight.

Eurekanomics - The Cost-Benefit of Deserved Consequences
July 05, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Jonah
Series: aha!
Duration: 49:58
God uses the consequences of your sin not as an end to hurt you, but as His means to get your attention and direct you back to Him in repentance so you can receive His mercy.

Eurekanomics - The Cost-Benefit of Difficult Circumstances
June 28, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 15:14 & James 1:1-12
Series: aha!
Duration: 44:15
Wisdom and insight come to us in many ways. In this message, we look at how God uses difficult circumstances to benefit our lives with insight.

Embracing the Father's Wisdom
June 21, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Kings 3:1-15
Series: aha!
Duration: 48:41
It's not always easy being a dad. There are many reasons for this, but having wisdom and insight makes it easier. In this message, Pastor John looks at Solomon's prayer for wisdom to help us learn how to get wisdom.

Embracing the Benifits of Insight
June 14, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 15:11-20
Series: aha!
Duration: 48:49
We make many good decisions after we have analyzed all the facts, but we generally experience transformation after we have had an insight. In this message, Pastor John looks at the "aha moment" described in the parable of the prodigal son and how we can be transformed in the same way.

I am a Different Person Because of the Empty Tomb
May 17, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 26:1-29
Series: Empty Promises
Duration: 47:12
Being a follower of Jesus is not just about believing. It's also about becoming. It's about becoming who God has made you to really be. In this message, Pastor John examines the transformation of the Apostle Paul from persecutor to Christian that gives us some insight on what God wants His people to become.

I am Accountable to God Because of the Empty Tomb
May 10, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 17:16-34
Series: Empty Promises
Duration: 50:34
Accountability is not something we like. We say things like, "You can't tell me what to do." "I don't have to listen to you." "You're not the boss of me!" But by His resurrection from death, Jesus shows that He is the final judge of every person and all are accountable to Him.

I am Free Because of the Empty Tomb
May 03, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 13:38-39
Series: Empty Promises
Duration: 49:20
Two things come to those who believe by Jesus' death and resurrection - forgiveness and freedom. In this message, Pastor John looks at what it is that Jesus frees us from and how to live it out in our lives.

I am Able to Accept Others Because of the Empty Tomb
April 26, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 10:1-11:18
Series: Empty Promises
Duration: 53:14
Wouldn’t it be great to belong to a community where people didn’t rank you by status, race, class, wealth, beauty, or education? That's what the church is supposed to be like! In this message, Pastor John looks at the conversion of a Roman centurion and what it teaches us about accepting others.

I am Able to Forgive Others Because of the Empty Tomb
April 19, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 6-7
Series: Empty Promises
Duration: 45:30
The followers of Jesus are facing persecution, martyrdom, and attack every day. How will we respond? In this message, the death of Stephen and his vision of the risen Jesus show us how to withstand persecution and forgive those who have wronged us over and over and over.

I Am Healed Because of the Empty Tomb
April 12, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 3:1-26
Series: Empty Promises
Duration: 46:23
The number one human anxiety is illness and death, but the resurrection of Jesus shows us that God is able to reverse those things. In this message, Pastor John looks at how the healing of a man at the Temple exalts the name of Jesus and gives us hope for healing that lasts into eternity.

I am Restored Because of the Empty Tomb
April 05, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 2:1-41
Series: Empty Promises
Duration: 43:28
There are a million wrong ways to deal with guilt, but only one right way that leads to restoration. In this message, Pastor John looks at how Jesus eradicates our guilt and proves it by His resurrection.

I am a Confident Witness Because of the Empty Tomb
March 27, 2015
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 1:1-26
Series: Empty Promises
Duration: 51:40
Each year at Easter, Christians everywhere observe the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But the resurrection of Jesus is more than just an historical event. It is a continual reality. In this sermon series, we will see how the empty tomb of Jesus guarantees for us the promises of God.