Margin: Making Room for God to Move

So many of us live lives that are overstretched, extra busy, and overwhelming. In the midst of this chaos, God and church can seem like one more thing on top of a huge pile that is already crushing us. Join Pastor Tim as he looks at how to carve out some margin in our lives so that God can move in our lives.

Sermons in this Series:

Summer Bible Reading Challenge

I want to invite you to participate in something new that we are trying at Plattsville Church this summer. We are starting a Plattsville Church Bible reading group on YouVersion Bible App. Come and join us on the Bible app as we journey together through the book of Proverbs together. The best part about it is you can be a part of this community wherever you are. Watch a short video below to see some of the features available through the app.

Join the Proverbs Bible Reading Plan

Join the Proverbs Bible Reading Plan

 

The Gospels in 40 days

Join us this summer as we read through the four gospels in 40 days. It will take some commitment, but you can totally do it!

Those of us who call ourselves “Christians” or “Jesus Followers” believe that we should live like Jesus. But to live like Jesus, we must know how Jesus lived. Join us this summer for a 40-day reading challenge as we look at the life of Jesus in the gospels. Wherever this summer takes you, at home, at work, or on vacation, commit yourself to learning who Jesus was and how he chose to live his life.

Download your reading guide here.

Last Sunday

mic-1-1570690-1920x1440Sunday will be my last official Sunday here at Plattsville as the Lead Pastor. I’ll be transitioning to Bethany Community Church in the next few weeks, to be their teaching pastor, leading into being the lead pastor.

So Sunday will be a bit of a difficult Sunday for me, and also for many of you I suspect as well. All change is hard to process through, and this type of change is particularly difficult at times. It’s difficult because while I feel called to Bethany, I also love this church.

So on Sunday what I want to do is simply this: I want to affirm in this church why every time I think of you I am grateful. I want to affirm and share with you what you as a a church have done in my life in the past 4+ years. I want to share with you as Paul says, “You will always have a special place in my heart.”

So if you can join us on Sunday, please do. To not only say goodbye, but also to celebrate why Plattsville was, is, and will be a wonderful place for years to come.

Sermons From the Vault

safe-1240163-1280x1920Okay so here is a good question to think about:

What are the top few lessons God has taught you in the past 5 years?

Take a moment and think about it. Because I believe that often what God teaches us in the past, is what is preparing us for his future. But the truth is this: we are quick to forget the lessons we learn. I know this is true of me, and I’m sure it’s probably true for you as well. That we learn something important, or really impactful but a few months go by and we forget or stop living that important truth out.

So here is what we want to do on Sunday. We are going to be looking back in our past for some of the key lessons God has taught us, so we can look forward into the future God has for us.

But before Sunday comes why not spend some time and think and pray about what God has taught you? Because remembering the lessons God teaches isn’t a waste of time, it’s how we grow.

60th Anniversary!!

I hope you can make it on Sunday, as it is our 60th anniversary celebration. We will be having a free BBQ, cake, bouncy castles, rides, and lots lots more. So you don’t want to miss it. Oh and I’ll be speaking too – but don’t forget about the BBQ. So bring a lawn chair, come out to church, hear about our future, and celebrate in the park afterwards. All the details are below. Hope you can make it!

60th Annivseary

3 Strands of DNA

diversity-1-1184126-1598x1024On Sunday we are looking at another value we have here at church. We are looking at how we hold to unity in diversity. And at first glance that statement looks well…innocuous. Like who cares?

But I would say this: that value is one of the most counter-cultural values today.

That value is one of the most needed values today.

That value is one that is most missing in our current Evangelical Christian sub-culture. We are quick to divide. Quick to call out people. We are quick to call our “heresy”

But in the process we have made an idol out of our own theological perfection. In doing this we have not only moved into dangerous territory, but unbiblical territory. And yes, I see the irony of saying “heresy hunters” are heretical…but my point is actually larger than calling out “heresy hunters”.

My point is that in Evangelical and Western Christianity we have forgotten how to hold onto unity in the midst of difference. We haven’t practiced well what the Bible calls us to be: one in love.

So on Sunday we are going to unpack this value, and most importantly, unpack how to practice it.

3 Strands of DNA

On Sunday we are starting a brand new series here called: Our DNA: Three Strands ~ Grace, Transformation, and Harmony. We are going to be exploring some of what makes us – “us”. We want to be looking inward and to really examine some of our core values.

Because the truth is if you don’t know what you value, you can drift or lose them.

Holding onto who we are isn’t just important, it’s imperative, because just like how you were designed – I believe God has designed our church in a certain way. We all are unique with unique gifts to the world. And I believe the same is true of our church.

So that’s what we are starting on Sunday looking at the first of our values: grace. It might not be a surprise but it certainly does matter. Hope you can join us.

3 Strands of DNA

Mystics, Wide-Eyed Dreamers, and the Book of John

mystic-1189958On Sunday we are going to be really diving deeply into the book of John. And in many ways I think that this is a book that is really needed for our day and age. In general we as a Christian culture I think are much more comfortable with tame, reasonable, and expected interactions with Jesus. We are less comfortable with things that seem…mystical…mysterious…or beyond us.

But John is all about connecting with Jesus in mystical ways. He is all about breaking the box we put the Spirit in, and saying you can fully connect with Jesus. John uses images of water, vines, new birth, bread, and resurrection to remind us of something that is amazing – you can connect fully with Jesus.

So this is the theme we are going to look at on Sunday. We are really going to explore this topic and maybe push us past our comfort zones a bit. Because John wants to move past what is comforting and normal into something that is life changing and transforming.

So we are going to explore the mystical and deeply personal book of John and how you might connect with Jesus through this book. I hope you can join us.

The Gospel of Luke and Baptisms

water-baptism-1431326I’m really looking forward to Sunday, because on Sunday we are doing some baptisms. So for me this is a real highlight of the year because we will hear testimonies of what God is doing in people’s lives, we will hear people share about Jesus, and we will watch them take a big step in obedience.

Oh and I’ll have some things to say about the gospel of Luke and what it’s all about, but the real message will be in and through the baptisms.

So come on Sunday and join us celebrating people walking in obedience, to hear stories of transformation, and to maybe even be transformed yourself. 🙂