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Blog Archives: January 2014 — December 2014

This Sunday (11/16) at Ascension: The Story of the Rich Fool

November 14, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give, and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. — C. S. Lewis Join us as Pastor Michael explores "The Story of the Rich Fool."

This Sunday (10/5) at Ascension: Jesus Deconstructs False Religion (4 of 4)

October 03, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM Grace is not looking for good men whom it may approve, for it is not grace but mere justice to approve goodness. [Rather] it is looking for condemned, guilty, speechless and helpless men whom it may save, sanctify and glorify. — C.I. Scofield Pastor Michael completes this 4-part series on Luke 11:37-12:1 in the sermon series "The Problem with Religion". Please join us!

This Sunday (10/26) at Ascension: Reformation Sunday

October 03, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where he is there I shall be also!” — Martin Luther Join us as we celebrate Reformation Sunday: Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be Glory) Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) Solus Christus (Christ Alone) Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Sola Fide (Faith Alone) ...

This Sunday (10/19) at Ascension: Controlled by the Opinions of Others?

October 03, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM By the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil; by the fear of man, they run themselves into evil. — John Flavel When we were in school, we called it “peer pressure.” Now as adults, we still recognize the desire to seek the approval of certain persons or groups. We also often sense anxiety around others whom we fear will see the “real me.” That possibility terrifies us because we fear being in a situation that will uncover some present inadequacy or deep seated shame from our past. Whatever terms we use, ...

This Sunday (9/28) at Ascension: Freedom to Fail Forward

September 26, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM Freedom to Fail Forward Do you know of anyone who is imperfect, even incorrigible and unfaithful? Would you believe that God's people were actually likened to such a spouse? Perhaps we routinely and dramatically fail to be that which we are created and called. What hope is there for us? Join us this Sunday as we consider the good news of the New Covenant from God's word in Jeremiah 31. Street Fair The Austin Street Fair is this Sunday.  Look for our booth between 71st Road and 72nd Avenue.  Come help us staff our ...

This Sunday (9/21) at Ascension: Jesus Deconstructs False Religion (3 of 4)

September 19, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. — Matthew 9:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. — John 8:36 Pastor Michael continues with part 3 of 4 sermons on Luke 11:37-12:1 in the sermon series "The Problem with Religion". Please join us!

This Sunday (9/14) at Ascension: Jesus Deconstructs False Religion

September 12, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM And what about the character of Christ—what is it like? Is Jesus really the meek and mild house pet Christians have made of Him? Was the Lion of Judah a kitten after all? God Forbid. — Michael Bauma Pastor Michael will be preaching on Luke 11:37-12:1 in the sermon series "The Problem with Religion". Please join us!

This Sunday (8/17) at Ascension: Jesus the Exorcist

August 15, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. — Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to ...

This Sunday (8/10) at Ascension: Personal Renewal

August 08, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works … Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves. — Augustine Pastor Michael will be preaching on Psalm 51. Please join us!

This Sunday (8/3) at Ascension: The Gospel Comforts the Disturbed

August 01, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM If we really knew the future glory for us, it would make the best times leaveable and the worst times bearable. — John Newton Pastor Michael will be preaching on 2 Corinthians 1:3-11.

This Sunday (7/27) at Ascension: Good News for your Disappointment

July 25, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM Hope is, in fact, anticipated joy. In anxiety, we anticipate coming terror. In hope we anticipate coming fullness of life. —  Jurgen Moltmann Pastor Michael will share a testimony of God’s grace in his recent bout with an eye condition. Now healed, Michael will present some key principles of God’s grace which can help anyone face setbacks and trials with hope and grace. This is an opportune time to invite a friend to hear a message relevant for anyone, regardless of their present commitment to the ...

This Sunday (7/20) at Ascension: Sign and Sight

July 18, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM Sign and Sight. Could it be that we are in danger because we are not seeing something of vital importance? Signs pointing to spiritual health are easily missed when we are preoccupied with other things we see as treasures. There’s much at stake when we consider the fact that, as our sight improves, we gain the ability to help others see better.  Come join us as we learn how enter into the joy of improved sight.

This Sunday (7/13) at Ascension: Spirit-Wrought Confidence

July 11, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM If the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives, if He is convicting us of sin, if He is giving us faith in Jesus Christ, if He is persuading us that the Bible is God’s Word, if He is enabling us to call God Father, if He is making us fruitful in ministry, if He is helping us grow in grace—if the Spirit is doing any of these things at all—then no matter how much we are struggling in the Christian life, we have God’s seal of our eternal salvation.” — Phillip Graham Ryken

This Sunday (7/6) at Ascension: The Hospitable Shepherd

July 04, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. — Revelation 7:17 We are also observing the Lord's Supper this Sunday.

This Sunday (6/29) at Ascension: Freedom of the Sheep

June 27, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. — Matthew 11:28-30

This Sunday (6/21) at Ascension: A Fascinating and Motivating Look at Prayer

June 20, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM This Sunday we welcome a very special guest to Ascension. Pastor John Smed comes to us from Vancouver, British Columbia and will be speaking to us about prayer. Pastor Michael counts John as one of his top three influences in the area of prayer and is very excited to have him come and talk to Ascension about this indispensable, joyous yet very-often-frustrating privilege we have been given by God. Pastor Smed brings an infectious joy and thought-provoking perspective to churches and leaders through his work with ...

This Sunday (6/15) at Ascension: Encountering the Shepherd of Our Souls

June 13, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM as Pastor Michael leads us through a teaching on the church's best loved Psalm. King David wrote this magnificent piece of inspired poetry and set it to music in order to communicate the myriad ways the Lord nurtures and protects His people. While there is no doubt that Psalm 23 sets forth comforting words about God's covenantal love, it also surprises with unconventional insight into the dynamics of His work in overcoming our resistances.

This Sunday (6/8) at Ascension: What Goes In Must Come Out

June 06, 2014
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Join us this Sunday @11AM Out of the abundance of the heart a person speaks, according to Jesus. He also said, "it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” So do we have to watch what we ingest? How can we ensure that our speech and our actions reflect well upon the One whom we worship? Does the word of Christ have anything to do with the peace of Christ governing our lives? How are all these things related? What does this imply about what we take in? Come join us this ...

This Sunday (6/1) at Ascension: Keeping God's Word that Makes Us Wise

May 30, 2014
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Our exploration of God's word and our well-being continues with a look at how the multi-faceted Scriptures keep unfolding for us the extent of our blessedness. Our thinking about the benefits of belonging to the Lord is often rather shallow -- we can be much happier people if we more whole-heartedly kept God's word. Come join us this Sunday as we explore how this could be true for you. We are also observing the Lord's Supper this Sunday. Come have your faith and resolve fortified by the Holy Spirit as we celebrate communion in faith. Also ...

This Sunday (5/25) at Ascension: God’s Word and our Well-Being

May 23, 2014
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How many ways are there in the end? Is there one way, two ways, or more? What does God's Word have to do with it? This Sunday we begin a series on God's Word and our well-being. We will consider the Scripture's role in our lives, especially when we are often inclined to pass over or give up on significant portions of it. Join us this Sunday @11AM as we consider Psalm 1. Also happening this Sunday: Youth 12+ Sunday School @9:30AM

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