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He Builds Stories (Colossians 4:7-18)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Dec 08, 2013

In our "Firstborn" series finale, Pastor Mitch helps us see how God uses our lives and relationships as a means of building the Kingdom and creating a loving community. Even though our lives are a mist, that does not mean they are unnoticed or meaningless. God sees each one and weaves them all into his great story.

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The Best Use of the Time (Colossians 4:5-6)

Speaker: John Meyer  Date: Dec 01, 2013

We are to make the best use of our time, walking in spiritual maturity, as ones who are aware of our influence – and its importance. Our speech reflects our focus. And just as we can fill our conversations with empty talk, we can fill our days with empty pursuits.

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Therefore ... Work (Colossians 3:22-4:1)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Nov 24, 2013

In the Bible, we see that work is lifted up and also that work is limited. So often when we come upon this topic we're looking for clear, definitive answers to our questions about dream jobs, résumés and work-life balance. But Colossians 3 reminds us to place Jesus at the core of our work. He's the best boss and we can work hard for him.

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Therefore ... Parenting (Colossians 3:20-21)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Nov 17, 2013

Every child wants to hear from their father, "I'm well-pleased!" But when authority is fallen and obedience isn't from the heart, the parent-child relationship can be wrought with hurt and confusion. The heart of the child is at stake. And so we're faced with two questions from this section in Colossians: What causes a loss of heart, and what changes the heart of children?

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A Wardrobe Bought With Gratitude (Colossians 3:12-17)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Nov 03, 2013

Just as we may put on a puffy down coat in the deep of winter to stay warm outside or flip-flops and sunscreen for a hot day at the lake, so Paul reminds the Colossians to put on virtues that are consistent with their identity as Christians.

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Execute (Colossians 3:1-11)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Oct 27, 2013

Noise. We're overcome by it. We're a bunch of Marthas, distracted by less important and earthly things. How do we "put to death" the anti-gospel tendencies of our flesh? How do we set our minds on things above? And why is the "setting of our minds" the best way to execute the sin in our lives?

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Religion (Colossians 2:16-23)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Oct 20, 2013

Self-made religion destroys. In this powerful exposition of Colossians 2 and Romans 14, Pastor Mitch examines the subtle and divisive power of self-made religion – what it is and how to avoid it. No sacred cows allowed.

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Disarmament (Colossians 2:10-15)

Speaker: Travis Swan  Date: Oct 13, 2013

We, like the Colossians, are sinners rightfully condemned. But in an act of mercy, God through Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for all of our sins – past, present and future. Jesus, the firstborn of resurrected life, has removed the power that death and Satan had over us. With Christ we share in the resurrection.

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All the Treasures (Colossians 2:1-10)

Speaker: John Meyer  Date: Oct 06, 2013

The deepest parts of our longing are satisfied in Jesus – because the gospel is for both justification and sanctification. In Christ, you are perfectly in your proper place in the presence of God. And it's a lifelong process of seeking the "hidden treasures" that are only found in Christ. God wants those decisions to seek him to be motivated by love for him and his son – because Jesus is enough. 

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Suffering for Your Sake (Colossians 1:24-29)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Sep 29, 2013

The gospel is not what we preach; the gospel is whom we preach. Jesus Christ is the gospel. He is eternal life. Christians will suffer to the extent that they identify themselves with Christ for the proclamation of the gospel.

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"If" (Colossians 1:21-23)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Sep 22, 2013

What do you do when you are "prone to wander"? What do you do with your faltering? Remember that you've been given a gift you don't deserve. Receive it afresh. Let the thematic material of the gospel change our hearts and our affections. This is a beauty contest.

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The Greatest (Colossians 1:15-20)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Sep 15, 2013

If Jesus is small in our hearts, then our lives and our joy will be small, as well. But when we realize the greatness of Jesus, when we realize his power, his deity and his control over everything – from water molecules to kings – then we can have true hope. Because Jesus is, others are not. Because Jesus is, I am not. And that's good news.

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How, Then, Shall We Pray? (Colossians 1:9-14)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Sep 08, 2013

There are at least two reasons to pray. Firstly, it has an effect. The second is that it cultivates relationship with God. And the first should serve the second. There is a core of prayers that should mark our prayer life, and the Apostle Paul shows us what that core is in his opening to the Colossians.

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The Gospel Has Come to You (Colossians 1:1-8)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Sep 01, 2013

Many people place their hope in people or in things that cannot bring lasting happiness. Once the polish has worn off the new toy or a conflict arises in the new relationship, we're often left disillusioned and dissatisfied. But there is one person, Jesus Christ, in whom we can and should place our hope.

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From Colossae to Fort Collins (Colossians 1:1-2)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Aug 25, 2013

In Fort Collins, salvation is possible through our discipline or through our experiences. These two paths promise triumph over our weaknesses. But these human traditions are empty. Only in Jesus do we have true salvation and therefore true freedom – because we don't need anything else. We must hold on to Jesus as the source of all beauty, truth and wisdom.

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Vision 2013: Part I

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Jan 13, 2013

If Marvin the Martian asked you what the church is, how would you answer him? What is the church? What is its mission? Its function? Our ability to joyfully and clearly answer these questions is of utmost importance.

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