The Leadership of a Godly Dad

June 19, 2018

The Leadership of a Godly Dad 
June 17, 2018

This Sunday is Father’s Day. For many of us this day often brings up memories of our own dads as we think of what to write in our Father’s Day card. This is easier for some because they have a loving and healthy relationship with their dad. For others this tradition is entirely absent because their dad was, and perhaps still is, entirely absent. And for many, this day brings back painful memories of abuse or neglect.  Regardless of which of these reflect your own experience, God, our heavenly Father, has created all fathers for a significant and special role in the lives of their children.  Whether your own father embodied God’s purpose for his fatherhood or not, God has entrusted all fathers with the significant work of leading their families to know and love Jesus. Fatherhood is an incredible gift and responsibility that has limitless opportunities for blessing our children as we lead them toward Christ. This weekend we will explore the leadership of a godly Dad as God designed fatherhood to be.  

In His Grace,

Kap Otten

"God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

 

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Reaching the Lost

June 10, 2018

Reaching the Lost
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
June 10, 2018

Reach: to stretch or extend so as to touch or meet; to establish communication with; to succeed in making contact with, influencing.

These are just a few of the definitions of the word reach you’ll find on dictionary.com. All of us are reaching for something. We reach because we have a desire. We reach for a cup of coffee or the hand of someone we love; we set a goal and push ourselves until we reach it. What are you reaching for? We are in week 6 of our 7-week series, To the Core. We’ve been taking a look at the values that define who we are as a church and unpacking what it means to intentionally live out those values. This week we're focusing on our value for reaching out to those who don’t know Jesus. We know it’s important. Jesus told us to do it! But it can be challenging, even difficult. And though we may want to, sometimes we just don’t know how. In this message we look at what it means to live out this value in simple, but significant ways that God can use to change the lives and eternities of those around us.

-Pastor Chris

 

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Xlentz

June 5, 2018

Xlentz
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
June 3, 2018

Seems there’s a ratings system for everything these days. Whether it’s 4 out of 5 stars for something on Amazon, a restaurant on Yelp, or a movie on IMDb, we’re all about evaluating and ranking products, places, and services. But what does it really mean to be excellent? My scale is probably different from yours. So how do we know what excellence really is? This Sunday, we’re taking a look at the value of Excellence. We are in the middle of our series To The Core, and we’re digging deep as we explore the values that define who we are at Dayspring. 

-Pastor Chris

 

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Serving Others

May 29, 2018

Serving Others
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
May 27, 2018

This year has flown by so fast that Memorial Day weekend is already here.  Memorial Day tends to mark the coming of summer activity and provides the first summer camping trip for many.  Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country. I recently read about the tradition of wearing red poppy flowers on Memorial Day. This tradition began shortly after WWI.  The seed of the red poppy flower is scattered by the wind and then lays dormant until something disturbs the ground.  When the ground is disturbed, the red poppy seed germinates and grows into a large deep red flower. In the war-torn battle fields of France and Belgium, the first sign of new life to bloom after the war was the red poppy flowers. Because of the heavy fighting in these fields, the red poppy seeds germinated at a higher rate than normal. In the fields where terrible loss of life had occurred, now bloomed a blanket of vibrant red flowers.  In this beautiful display of new life in these war-torn fields, the red poppy became a symbol of both the fallen soldiers and new life.                      

As I read about and imagined these fields, it occurred to me that God had designed the red poppy in such a way that it would produce this heart warming and inspiring picture for us.  While it might seem like a small comfort in comparison to the loss of life, I am certain God intended this flower and event as an encouragement and comfort to all who lost loved ones in those fields. Imagine it: In a place where God had scattered the seeds of this beautiful flower, the most destructive war up to that point in human history unfolded. This caused the germination of these beautiful flowers to begin and eventually bloom as a reminder that God can produce new life from destruction. It’s like He planned it, letting the red poppy seed lay dormant until it was time to remind us of His goodness.                                                      

God has been working on our behalf in small and big ways since before the beginning of time. In fact, in Mark 10:45 Jesus explained His mission was to die for us so that we would have new life. Speaking of Himself, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” During His ministry on earth, Jesus served many people through healing, feeding, comforting, and teaching them as He lived a life of sacrificial service.                                                 

This weekend we are continuing our sermon series on the core values we share at Dayspring.  It seems incredibly fitting to me to be teaching on the value of Serving Others on a weekend when we remember those who served and gave all in their service.

Jesus Serves!                                                          

-Kap Otten, Elder

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Grace Full

May 22, 2018

Grace Full
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
May 19 & 20, 2018

It’s a word we hear a lot around church, but do we really know what it means? What is grace? This week, we’re returning to our sermon series, To The Core. We’re taking a deeper look at the values that define who we are as a church. This week, we will unpack what it means to live out the value of grace. At Dayspring, we want every person to experience being loved and cared for in such a way that they feel accepted, know they are valued, and have a sense of belonging. So, what does that look like and how do we do it? In today's message we study God’s Word and deepen our understanding of what it means to live a life fully devoted to Christ.

-Pastor Chris

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The Legacy of a Godly Mom

May 13, 2018

The Legacy of a Godly Mom
Mother’s Day
May 12 & 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! We’re celebrating by taking a look at the qualities of a godly mother, through the lives of four moms in the Bible. God’s desire is that we would catch glimpses of His character, His heart, His deep love for us through the example of godly mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and mentors.

In this message we celebrate the gifts God gives us through the blessing of the godly women He has put in our lives.

-Pastor Chris

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Spiritual Truth… The Living and Enduring Word of God

May 9, 2018

May 5 & 6, 2018

Spiritual Truth...
The Living and Enduring Word of God

To the Core: Values that Drive Us
 

This week we continue in our series, "To the Core," by looking together at the value of spiritual growth expressed in 1 Peter 1:22-2:10. What I love about this passage is that it invites us to view spiritual growth not only through a personal lens, but a communal lens as well. Throughout it run themes of rebirth, identity, life, nourishment, and growth. It’s a passage that reminds us that spiritual growth is a dynamic, organic experience governed by the Word of truth and built upon the foundation of Christ as the cornerstone of our lives.
 
Come join us as we learn from the living and enduring Word of God. Let us come to Him together as a community to receive His goodness and life as He builds us up as His people. And let us proclaim of His mighty acts together in our homes, in our workplace, in our church, and in our community.

It truly is a gift to love the Lord and to love His people. 
 
In loving kindness,
Nathan

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Biblical Truth

May 7, 2018

April 28 & 29, 2018

Biblical Truth
To the Core: Values that Drive Us

This past week Spring has shifted into high gear. With all the sunny weather the grass is growing, the trees are blooming, and the weeds in my garden are growing to the size of Goliath.  I have been daydreaming about summer BBQs and hiking trips with family and friends.  It’s interesting how sunny weather seems to create a perfect setting for allowing our thoughts to wander and dream about the things we love the most.  In our heart, we always cherish time with family and friends over good food, but there is nothing like a sunny spring day to encourage our minds to wander as we relive the memories and daydream about summer plans. We can hardly help it; it’s what we love. 

Jesus spoke often about the things we value in our hearts.  In Luke 6, Jesus teaches that people, like trees, can be recognized by their fruit.  The same is true for churches.  It is easy to see what a church values by looking at how the people of that church handle the Word of God, worship, and serve.  In January, you might recall, a group of Dayspring leaders gathered to daydream and discern God’s plans for our future.  We evaluated the fruit of Dayspring to see what it says about our values.  We found many values in our review, but seven stood out as core to the life and ministry of our church. 

This weekend we are starting a seven-week sermon series that highlights these core values for our church.  Our topic this weekend is the core value Biblical Truth; looking at how God’s Truth in the Bible informs and shapes how we live our lives and serve in ministry.  Each week we will review another core value as we remember what we value most, and who God has created us to be as a church. 

- Kap Otten, Elder

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Ode to Joy

May 7, 2018

April 21 & 22, 2018

Ode to Joy
Everyday Joy - A Study of Philippians

Whether you listen to classical music or not, you’ve probably heard of Beethoven's Ode to Joy¸ the fourth and final movement of his Ninth Symphony. It was based loosely on a poem written by Friedrich Schiller, a German poet, playwright and historian.

The book of Philippians is the Apostle Paul’s Ode to Joy, and in this message we finish our study of this great work that encourages us to be joyful in any – and every – circumstance.

- Pastor Chris

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Losing My Religion

April 22, 2018

(Note: Due to a technical glitch, this message has been posted out of order.)

April 7 & 8, 2018

Losing My Religion
Everyday Joy - A Study of Philippians

We all do it…we fall into the trap of measuring our own worth, or that of others, by what we DO. But the apostle Paul reminds us that it’s not about our doing, but about our being that matters! This weekend we dive back into our series in Philippians, Everyday Joy. We’ll look at the difference between “good enough” and “grace enough." 

- Pastor Chris

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