A Beautiful Mess

February 20, 2018

February 17 & 18, 2018
A Beautiful Mess
CrossFit – Part 7

As we continue into the month of February, we move from practices of solitude to more communal disciplines to engage in together as a church family. Like any family, we are at times a beautiful mess. And what I mean by that is we together are a beautiful mess of hurt and grace, honesty and love, disappointment and accountability. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we seek to love one another unconditionally; but we can’t. We at times expect one another to be perfect, but we aren’t. So what do we do with that? What do we do with hurt or disappointment or conflict within the family of God?

In a recent article I read by Henri Nouwen, he exclaims that “community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives.” I love the honesty and hope that shapes the heart behind that quote.

In this message we seek to develop the practices of truth-telling, confession, and forgiveness to learn what it means to live by grace and to walk together in the light of the Lord’s forgiveness. 

After the message, Pastor Chris continues our discussion of Dayspring's strategic plan, including our new mission statement.

-  Pastor Nathan

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Live Love

February 13, 2018

February 10 & 11, 2018
Live Love
CrossFit – Part 6

Over the last few weeks we’ve been learning together about spiritual disciplines that help us deepen our connection to God. But there is another facet of our lives as believers that can be enriched and strengthened by practicing spiritual disciplines - our connection to one another. This week we shift our focus to “horizontal” disciplines, habits of life that help us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other and to the world around us. Join us as we begin to explore what it looks like to live out the love of Christ in our daily lives.

At the end of our message, we continue reviewing the strategic planning that our leaders engaged in last month.

--Pastor Chris

 
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His RESTorative Purpose

February 7, 2018

February 3 & 4, 2018
His RESTorative Purpose
CrossFit – Part 5

I’m tired. These pasts several weeks have been particularly challenging for me. I have found myself in some challenging meetings at work. The need to meet expectations and resolve issues has also meant I need to spend extra hours there. One week I worked nearly 60 hours and another I spent 50 hours at work or working on my "weekend." Thankfully, this week was shorter. Still, I am exhausted. My emotional and physical tanks are running on "E." Added to this is the irony that I am preaching on the spiritual disciplines of "Rest and Retreat" this weekend. It’s funny how rest can take so much work sometimes.

God has truly ministered to my heart in the past weeks as He has strengthened me in the hustle of an overflowing schedule. He has also begun to fill my tank as I have studied and reflected on His Word in preparation for this weekend. As I read about Jesus’ teaching and practice of Sabbath rest, I find my desire for truly restorative rest growing. You see, I often don’t rest well (confession). Sabbath rest is both my favorite discipline as well as my most poorly practiced discipline. I regularly long for rest. But too often, I find "healthy" distractions during my day off that fail to fully refill me. In my study this week, I have discovered that God has always had a plan and practice for His people to experience His truly restorative work. In this message we discover together God’s RESTorative Purpose for rest in our lives.

Following the message, Pastor Chris continues our walk through Dayspring's StratOp.

- Kap Otten

 

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Be With Me

January 31, 2018

January 27 & 28, 2018
 Be With Me
CrossFit – Part 3

God invites us to experience deep relational connection with Him. And though most of us have probably heard the phrase, “practicing the presence of God,” do we really know what it means? How do we "practice" God’s presence? Join us this weekend as we unpack that phrase and discover ways that we can be more aware of God’s activity in our daily lives.

Following the message, Kap Otten continues our walk through Dayspring's StratOp.

- Pastor Chris

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Dayspring’s StratOp

January 30, 2018

Following the January 21, 2018 sermon, Pastor Chris presented an introduction to Dayspring's StratOp--its strategic preparation for future momentum.

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Talk With Me

January 21, 2018

January 20 & 21, 2018
Talk With Me
CrossFit – Part 3

Martin Luther once said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” We breathe instinctively. Do we really pray that way?

This weekend we’ll look at the spiritual discipline of prayer as we continue our series, CrossFit. Is prayer just a way for you to get something you want from God? Or, is it a way for Him to get something from you? 

- Pastor Chris

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An Appetite for the Word

January 19, 2018

January 13 & 14, 2018
An Appetite for the Word
CrossFit - Part 2

As Pastor Nathan reminded us last week, the new year is the time tens of thousands are motivated to change their diet or exercise more to get in better shape. Physical fitness - and all that goes along with it - has become a billion-dollar business. Experts will also tell you something else: physical fitness doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and effort. The best results come from a personalized regular routine and perseverance. This is all good stuff, but what about our spiritual health? In 1 Timothy 4:7-8, Paul was inspired to write: “train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” In this message, we discuss one of the most important spiritual disciplines (habits) we can develop for spiritual health and mature faith…a healthy appetite for God’s Word.

 
- Pastor John

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Practices to Cultivate New Patterns in Our Lives

January 7, 2018

January 6 & 7, 2018
Practices to Cultivate New Patterns in Our Lives
CrossFit – Part 1

The start of a new year often brings with it the desire for this year to be different than the last. Many of us set lofty goals driven by the desire to get in shape physically and spiritually. We often start out strong as we enter into the new year, but as the months go by our motivation and discipline begin to fade leaving us defeated. 
 
I believe strongly that the Lord wants to shape something new in each of us this year, as individuals and as a church. I’m encouraged by this truth each time I read Isaiah 43:18-19 which states, “Remember not the former things nor consider things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
 
For some, the lives we lead spiritually are that desert place discussed in the passage. We have a genuine desire for things to change, but if we are honest we don’t really know how or where to begin. We’ve tried reading our Bible, we’ve tried prayer, but we’ve never truly developed a discipline to cultivate new patterns in our lives that would allow for sustainable change.

If this is you, you are not alone. In fact, we are devoting the next eight weeks as a church to learn about the various spiritual disciplines so that we may grow through the revelation of God’s Word and the leading of the Spirit together.
 
This weekend we begin our series, “CrossFit.” The purpose of this series is simple. We are embracing new practices and structures in our lives which provide the space for us to more fully experience God’s grace and presence. I don’t know about you, but I need that this year. And as we seek to invest in these disciplines personally and communally, I’m excited to witness the transformation that will take place in our midst.
 
God Bless You,
Pastor Nathan

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Hope for the New Year

January 1, 2018

December 30 & 31, 2017

Hope for the New Year

Most of us spend December anticipating Christmas. But the week that follows finds us in a no man’s land of sorts, poised between what was and what will become. Too often we find ourselves stuck, holding on to the past and afraid of the future, both working to steal our joy in the present! This weekend we will learn to enjoy His presence in the present, while looking back in gratitude for what God has done in our lives and looking forward with hope. Happy New Year!

- Pastor Chris

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Invisible Dad

December 30, 2017

December 23 & 24, 2017

Invisible Dad
What Child is This?  - Part 4
 

What Child is this, who laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping? 

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
 
Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here,
The silent Word is pleading.
 
Nails, spears shall pierce Him through,
The cross He bore for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
 
So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of Kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
 
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary. 

These lyrics of the famous Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?” were written in 1865 by Englishman William Chatterton Dix. Throughout the various stanzas, the song poses an important question, well worth our pondering: who is this baby in the Bethlehem manger?
 
It is interesting to note the characters mentioned overtly such as the Christ child, His mother, Mary, shepherds, angels and even two forms of feeding livestock. While not specifically named, the recognizable actions of the wise men are referenced as the ones who brought their well-known gifts of incense, gold, and myrrh. All the characters normally present in a Nativity are accounted for and in place, except one.
 
Do you notice who is missing from the stable scene roll call, either by name or by referenced action?
 
In this message we learn about the invisible dad, Joseph, and his role in Jesus’ story.

- Pastor Chris

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