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The Church in Bethesda (CiB) is a multi-denominational community of worship that offers a warm, inclusive welcome to everyone.  We seek to grow in faith and love with all people, no matter where they are on the journey of life and faith.

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Past Sermons

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FEBRUARY 4

RYAN PHIPPS

Mitzvah

No doubt, God commands us to do things.

 

If we don’t obey, will we be punished? And is that what ought to motivate us to obey?

 

The true meaning of the word, “mitzvah” helps bring clarity to all of this confusion. This is why the word is important.

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DECEMBER 10

RYAN PHIPPS

The Speed of Light

And if we are intellectually honest beings, with all that we know about the speed of light, and if the spiritual life is compared to embracing the Light of God when it reaches us, then this means something for us as people of faith that flies in the face of a culture where we strive for things to arrive more and more quickly so that we can consume them, discard them, and then move onto something else.

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DECEMBER 3

RYAN PHIPPS

Advent Illusions

We may think that Christ is coming into the world to invite us into a more thorough form of behavior modification so that we can finally be loved by God, when in reality, Christ arrives to change our thinking about God altogether, helping us to see that we were already loved in the first place.

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NOVEMBER 19

RYAN PHIPPS

What I Believe About Jesus...

As odd as it may sound, there’s probably no more controversial topic to discuss in the Christian Faith than the person of Jesus. It seems antithetical to say so, being a religion founded on his teachings, but it’s true. We change, so our faith also changes. And this doesn’t always sit well with everyone in our lives.

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NOVEMBER 12

RYAN PHIPPS

Quiet Down

We (often) live frantic, frazzled lives, racing from one fire to another. Sure, we'd like to hear the voice of God guiding us, leading us, and inspiring us, but it seems nearly impossible to hear. What can we do to make the voice of God more easy to hear?

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NOVEMBER 5

ROBB RYERSE

God Likes You

We're fond of saying that God loves us, but does God like us? After all, love may seem too lofty and abstract a concept to grasp.

OCTOBER 29

RYAN PHIPPS

Faith That Evolves

Faith is strange because we often put it in a category all by itself as if it has different rules than everything else in life. For many of us, our faith is like the great exception for all the rules that butt up against our tradition or dogma. Maybe we even think of faith as more superior to other things like work, relationships, learning, or going to grocery store.

 

But as shocking as it may sound to hear a pastor say it, it’s not. Faith is just “one of the things.” It doesn’t stand alone by itself, nor is it intended to.

SEPTEMBER 24

RYAN PHIPPS

Presence

The Kingdom of God is in our midst. Not over here. Not over there, but now. Like lightning that flashes in an instant and then is gone. That’s all we have. Flashes. And the key to Christian life is to live in the flashes.

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AUGUST 27

RYAN PHIPPS

Doorkeepers

Our goal is treat everyone who walks in our doors, even those of us who may not think we are sick. We also exist for those of us who cannot afford the treatment. No one gets turned away or pushed out.

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SEPTEMBER 3

RYAN PHIPPS

Dependent Origination

What if we started looking at our neighbors, our friends, and our community, not as distractions in our attempts to have experiences with God, but as necessities? What if God can only be found for ourselves if we look for God in others?

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SEPTEMBER 10

RYAN PHIPPS

The God of Unmet Expectations

What do we do when God doesn’t respond like we want? Behave like we want? Provide like we want? Click to watch the message from Sunday. 

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SEPTEMBER 17

RYAN PHIPPS

The Many-Faced-God

God just wants to be with his children. All else is commentary. I don’t want anything from my kids. I want things for them. They don’t have to perform for me. I just want to be with them, to walk with them, to sit with them, to laugh with them, and to put the band aids on and hold them when they get hurt.

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OCTOBER 1

RYAN PHIPPS

All Means All

It's commonplace for churches to say, "Everyone is welcome here." What does that mean, practically, though? Sure, everyone is welcome to enter the building, right? But once they get inside and decide they'd like to call that particular church community their home, just how welcome are they?

 

What if they're a non-believer or a follower of a different faith? What if they're not heterosexual? What if they have very strong opinions about things that are different from that of the majority of the people in the congregation?

 

Are they welcome, too?

OCTOBER 8

RYAN PHIPPS

Ways Change

Just because it’s always been done a certain way, doesn’t ever mean that the way can’t change. It just take courage. It takes standing up, and speaking up to power, demanding something better.

NOVEMBER 26

RYAN PHIPPS

The Meaning Of Life

Churches are fond of telling people what the meaning of life is.

 

“Put God at the center of your life and everything else will fall into place.” They say.

 

But guess what? It’s not true.

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DECEMBER 17

RYAN PHIPPS

Good Olde Things

I like old things. But they are slower. They are less advanced. They’re often a bit dirty or damaged. But when they go away, I sure do miss them because they always taught me a lesson.

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DECEMBER 24

RYAN PHIPPS

When Light Breaks

There are all kinds of things in our lives that we see or hear that inspire us. It might be a lecture, a film, a piece of music, a work of art, or even a passage of scripture. But does inspiration stay just that? In the realm of thoughts, dreams, or “maybe-somedays?”

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JANUARY 7

RYAN PHIPPS

When Light Breaks

Does God heal? If so, how? And of what? Some things? All things?

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JANUARY 14

RYAN PHIPPS

Teach Me To Pray

We all have different opinions about prayer. Some of us do it to calm ourselves. Some of us do it in moments of panic when the only thing that can fix our problems is a miracle. Some of us do it simply out of duty. Some of us do it because it makes us feel closer to God. For most of us, it’s a combination of all of the above. But what is the purpose of prayer, really?

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JANUARY 21

RYAN PHIPPS

What Is Sin?

What is sin? When is something wrong? What is displeasing to God? The answer to this question might seem like an easy one, but the more we think about it, the more complex it gets.

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JANUARY 28

RYAN PHIPPS

The Struggle Is Real

Why do we struggle? Why do we suffer? Did we miss something? Have we done something wrong? Is there any meaning to it all, or are we just cursed?

MAY 6

RYAN PHIPPS

Ghost Stories

Is faith a predisposition? Could a person who believes in God and spiritual things more easily than others be that way because it's wired into them? If so, what about those of us who aren't wired that way? Where is our place in all of this?