Sunday, December 18, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Beating The Blues Part 2

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Beating The Blues Part 2" by Greg Sidders

Beating The Blues Part 2

Listen to "Beating The Blues Part 2" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 12-18-16

'Twas a week before Christmas, and all around town
Every creature was stirring from dawn to sundown
So much to do, so little time
Let us give thanks for Amazon Prime
We might check every box on our "to do" list
But where is the joy? What have we missed?
"I'd love to slow down, but just tell me when!"
You can find out in this week's sermon
Sit for an hour, sing, pray and hear
How to have a Christmas more merry and a happier new year!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Beating The Blues Part 1

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Beating The Blues Part 1" by Greg Sidders

Beating The Blues Part 1

Listen to "Beating The Blues" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 12-11-16

It's the most wonderful time of the year, the song says, but is that true for you?

Contrary to appearances, the holiday season is actually the most difficult time of the year for many of us. If you are not as hap-happy as you would like to be right now, I hope you'll join us at White Pine for the next two Sundays. We're going to be discovering biblical secrets to beating the blues so that we can experience the fullness of joy that God wants us to have this Christmas.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's Christmas Time

Listen to "It's Christmas Time" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 12-04-16

I know the stores have been advertising it for months, but it's not until the calendar says "December" that it hits us with full force. Here. It. Comes.
Your pace has probably already increased to keep up with the ever-growing pre-Christmas "to do" list, but I hope this Sunday's service at White Pine will help you to pause long enough to remember the reason for the season.  Our goal is to help adults and children alike celebrate the love that was born on Christmas Day.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving Service

Thanksgiving Service 11/27/2016

Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Changeless: Thanksgiving Is Not Enough

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Changeless: Thanksgiving Is Not Enough" by Greg Sidders

Changeless: Thanksgiving Is Not Enough

Listen to "Changeless: Thanksgiving Is not Enough" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 11-20-16

What if you could know that, no matter what changes in your life, you will never lack basic provisions like food, clothing and shelter? What if God promised to give you every necessity every day for the rest of your life?

And what if you were to say to God, "OK, but what do You want in return?"

In the final message of our Changeless series, we find four biblical answers to that question. My hope is that they will lead to a life of thanksgiving that delights the heart of our faithful heavenly Provider.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Changeless: When Bad Things Happen

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Changeless: When Bad Things Happen" by Greg Sidders

Changeless: When Bad Things Happen

Listen to "Changeless: When Bad Things Happen" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 11-13-16

What changes when life turns dark?
Not God. And not His promises.
That's easy to say in theory. But how do you maintain trust in God and in His word when the circumstances of your life argue that it does no good?
This Sunday at White Pine, we are going to see how two members of our church family responded to trials that would test anybody's faith. My hope and prayer is that God will use their stories to massage His truth into your heart ... and mine.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Changeless: Who Will Win?

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Changeless: Who Will Win?" by Greg Sidders

Changeless: Who Will Win?

Election day is next Tuesday, and the question has changed from Who should win? to Who will win? The future of our country will be determined by the votes of the American people.
Or will it? What if I told you that the winner has already been determined? And what if I could tell you who the winner will be?
This Sunday at White Pine, we'll take a look at the Presidential election from a perspective that has been ignored by the news media, even though it is the most accurate lens through which to observe and interpret what will happen on November 8.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Changeless: When Right and Wrong Change Places

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Changeless: When Right and Wrong Change Places" by Greg Sidders

Changeless: When Right and Wrong Change Places

Listen to "Changeless: When Right and Wrong Change Places" By Greg Sidders, Sunday, 10/30/16

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it," wrote Flannery O'Connor--but we live in a world that disagrees.  In the years you and I have been on this planet, right and wrong have switched places. 

How do we live with equilibrium and influence in a morally fluid society? That's the question we'll be tackling in Part 2 of Changeless. Whether you think our culture is improving or decaying, I hope to share some biblically-based thoughts that will change your life for the better.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Changeless: How to Get Tiggerized

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Changeless: How to Get Tiggerized" by Greg Sidders

Changeless: How to Get Tiggerized

We live in a world that is constantly changing--and not always for the better. If our roots are not buried deep in that which doesn't change, we are vulnerable to being blown around like a leaf in a windstorm.  So for the next five weeks at White Pine, we are going to anchor ourselves to changeless truth that will give us peace, stability and joy no matter what kind of changes we find ourselves caught up in.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - All Roads Lead

Notes and Discussion Questions, "All Roads Lead" by Greg Sidders

Where All Roads Lead

Church is one place people come to from all over.  And I don't mean geographically.

What I mean is that we come with diverse issues, needs and questions.  And we hope that one sermon will somehow speak to every person, telling them exactly where to go to get what they want most from God.

Is that possible? Yes. In fact, I am confident that, this Sunday at White Pine, you will find what you are looking for--and so will everyone else--because, despite our differences, we're all looking for the same thing.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Greatness That Lasts

We live in a time of "greatness" -- great innovations, great athletic abilities, great schools, great businesses, great careers -- and much is sacrificed in order to attain it.  We continually push and train our kids in the hope that they will reach it.
But what if "greatness" isn't all that great?  Why do so many "great" people have lives and endings that are far from desirable?
This Sunday we look at two ancient examples of greatness (one of whom was so great that you have benefitted from his accomplishments) and discover how to achieve the life and ending that is -- well, the best.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Seeking God

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Seeking God" by Greg Sidders

Seeking God

If there is anything we've learned in the first three weeks of our search for the invisible God, it's that He is findable. In fact, He wants to be found.

So why is He hiding?
If you ever ask yourself that question, this Sunday at White Pine you'll get answers. And here's a hint: It may have more to do with you than Him.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Touching God

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Touching God" by Greg Sidders

Touching God

Is it possible to touch God--and survive?
I know how hard it is to imagine touching a God who is intangible, but there are many passages of Scripture in which physical contact between God and humans does occur. How is that possible? What does a touch from God feel like? What are the lingering results? We'll find answers to these questions and more this Sunday at White Pine.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Hearing God

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Hearing God" by Greg Sidders

Hearing God

The fact that God is invisible is hard enough. Does he have to be inaudible too?
Some would say, "Inaudible? Hardly! He speaks to me regularly." But many of us either have never heard His voice, or haven't heard it for so long that we wonder if we would still recognize it.
In this Sunday's service at White Pine, we find out whether our experience of hearing--or not hearing--God is normal or abnormal, and we'll see whether we need to hear His voice in order to live the life He created us to live.can

Monday, September 12, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Finding God

Finding God

How can you have a relationship with an invisible, inaudible, untouchable God?  How can you even know He exists?  Listen to this Sunday's service as we search for answers to life's deepest questions.


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - The Heart Of God

Notes and Discussion Questions, "The Heart Of God" by Greg Sidders

The Heart Of God

Listen to "The Heart Of God" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 09-04-16

If you want to know what God is like, listen to the stories Jesus tells.
This Sunday, we're going to do exactly that. We're going to study three stories that Jesus told in one sitting that all teach the very same thing about God. By the time we're done, you will love God more, and you will have a clearer picture of how He wants to use you in the lives of others. I hope you will listen to this encouraging glimpse into the heart of God.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - False Confidence

Notes and Discussion Questions, "False Confidence" by Greg Sidders

False Confidence

Listen to "False Confidence" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 08-21-16

It's possible to be sure you're going to heaven but to end up, um, somewhere else.

But that tragedy can be avoided by heeding the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.  In the last 15 verses of His Sermon (Matthew 7:13-27), Jesus tells us how to make sure we are on the narrow road that leads to life rather than the broad road that leads to destruction.

Even if you think you don't need a spiritual reality check, I hope you'll submit to this one. Too much is at stake to assume you are safe rather than putting your faith to the test.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - A More Perfect You

Notes and Discussion Questions, "A More Perfect You" by Greg Sidders

A More Perfect You

Listen to "A More Perfect You" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 08-14-16

In God's eyes, we already look like Jesus. But in real life, we're playing catch-up.

The Sermon on the Mount shows us what nitty-gritty Christlikeness looks like, and challenges us to pursue that ideal. This Sunday, as we study the first 12 verses of Matthew 7, we'll discover three very practical ways to become more like Jesus in our relationships--with God and with other people. I really hope you'll let the Spirit of God make you a little more like the Son of God.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Help Needed

Listen to "Help Needed" by Josh Siebert, Sunday, 08-07-16

Look you see it too?  People everywhere desperately need Jesus, but their needs are so extreme that our efforts to help hardly make a dent.  We push ourselves to try to help more and -- let's be honest -- we tend to get frustrated at others who don't.  This problem causes many of us anxiety and can even put a strain on our friendships.
So how can we help without causing damage?

Jesus witnessed that same problem, and He tells us exactly what to do.  Listen to this Sunday's sermon to learn how we can put it into practice!

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Power of Grace

Listen to "The Power of Grace" by Randy Reynolds, Sunday, 07-31-16

Have you ever wondered how some people can survive difficult times and circumstances?  How some people can forgive what seems unforgivable?  How some people remain content and joyful with what they have and where they are?  How some folks just seem so confident about where they are and their future?  Some call it grace.  Listen to this Sunday's service as we discuss the power of grace and the impact it can have on our lives.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Post-Materialism

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Post-Materialism" by Greg Sidders


Listen to "Post-Materialism" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 07-24-16

When it comes to money, which of these two statements best fits you?

a) "I worry about not having enough."

b) "I have more than enough, and I know how I'm going to spend it."

Actually, there is a third option. Jesus advocated a "none of the above" mindset about money in the Matthew 6:19-34, and those rare few who adopt it find peace and joy that eludes most people in our materialistic world. I hope you'll join us this Sunday as we allow the Sermon on the Mount to purify our perspective on money.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - How Good Is Good Enough

Notes and Discussion Questions, "How Good Is Good Enough" by Greg Sidders

How Good Is Good Enough

Listen to "How Good Is Good Enough" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 07-10-16

The more sermons you hear, the harder it is to discern where God's word stops and human interpretation begins.

But the Sermon on the Mount was different. In it, Jesus stripped layers of human commentary off of God's word to restore it to its original condition. By doing so, he showed us exactly what it takes to get to heaven, and what it looks to live like someone who is headed there.

I hope that by listening to this Sunday's sermon your soul will be detoxified as you hear the unaltered voice of Jesus.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Kind of People Who Change the World

Listen to "The Kind of People Who Change the World" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 07-03-16

What kind of people please God? What kind of people have the brightest future to look forward to? What kind of people change the world?

The eightfold answer to those questions is found in the famous words with which Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount.  They're called the Beatitudes, and we study them together this Sunday at White Pine.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - Big Shoes to Fill

Notes and Discussion Questions, "Big Shoes to Fill" by Greg Sidders

Big Shoes to Fill

Listen to "Big Shoes to Fill" by Greg Sidders, Sunday, 06-19-16

Men, this one's for you.

At White Pine this Sunday, we share a message that is guaranteed to encourage you rather than put you under the pile. And we do it in half an hour! It's our way of honoring you for the significant role you play in the lives of those you love.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Notes and Discussion Questions - God Is Good

Notes and Discussion Questions, "God Is Good" by Josh Siebert

God Is Good

Listen to "God Is Good" by Josh Siebert, Sunday, 06-12-16

God is good. You already knew that, but when was the last time you specified the reasons why He is good? Sometimes we just need to reflect and be reminded of how many ways God is good to us. 

This weekend is White Pine's Youth Sunday and Step-Up Day. Many of our students led us in worship and shard their personal answers to the question: Why is God good? Together, let's remember what God has done for us and praise Him for being good! I hope you will join us.