The greatest gift to unwrap at Christmas is the gift of love. Join Pastor Ron Edmondson as he helps us consider three ways we unwrap this gift at Christmas. 

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Scriptures and Keywords:   John 3:16, Ephesians 3:19, 1 John 4:7-8, Love, Jesus, Christmas

Direct download: GCC20111225.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:00pm CST

Hope may be the most unrecognizable of the gifts God gave us on the first Christmas. Join us as we unwrap the gift of hope and discover how having hope is really a choice to be made.

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Scriptures and Keywords:   Luke 2:1-38, Romans 8:18-25, Hope, Jesus, Christmas, Bethlehem, Joseph, Mary, Anna, Simeon

Direct download: GCC20111218.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

At the birth of Jesus, it was announced that peace had come to earth.  Really?  Then why aren’t things more peaceful?  Listen as we unwrap God’s gift of peace.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Luke 2:13-14, Matthew 10:34-39, Romans 12:17-19, Colossians 3:13-15, Peace, Forgiveness, Christmas, Reconciliation, Forgive, Forget

Direct download: GCC20111211.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Joy, for the believer, is a command and not an option. Join Pastor Ron Edmondson as he shares how we can obey that command this Christmas.

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Scriptures and Keywords:   Joy, Christmas, Jesus, Gift, Contentment, Perspective

Direct download: GCC20111204.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

When we live by the performance trap, we never feel like we measure up to the standard. Join Ron Edmondson as he challenges us to live out of an identity of who we are in Christ. 


Scriptures and Keywords:   Ephesians 1-2, Identity, Performance, Affirmation, Correction, Challenge, Praise, Jesus

Direct download: GCC20111127.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

God calls believers to trust Him with everything. Join Ron Edmondson as he examines the faith of a widow woman who had to trust God with not only her possessions, but her life. 


Scriptures and Keywords:   1 Kings 17, Psalm 20:7, John 14:1, Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 56:3, Trust, Faith, God, Giving, Tithe, Malachi, Elijah

Direct download: GCC20111120.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

What happens when the Spirit of God decides to make our hearts His home? Is it something to fear or embrace?  We'll search for answers to these questions and more as we close out our Ghost Chasers series.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Acts 15:8, Romans 8:9, Romans 15:13, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Corinthians 5:5, Holy Spirit, Salvation, Holy Ghost, Salvation, Heaven

Direct download: GCC20111113.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

In a culture that is fascinated by the paranormal, it is easy to be blind to the supernatural.  God is still at work.  He has given us signs and evidence.  Have you noticed the signs of life?


Scriptures and Keywords:   Acts 2:1-21, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, Spirit of God, Pentecost, Spiritual Gifts, Power of God

Direct download: GCC20111106.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Understanding what we cannot see is a challenge...even for the strongest faith.  In this message, we chase down the true identity and the purpose of the Holy Spirit. 


Scriptures and Keywords:   Genesis 1:2, Judges 15:14, 1 Samuel 10:10, Matthew 3:16, John 14:16-26, John 16:7-14, John 3:5,  Relationships, Messiness, Awkward, Difficult, People

Direct download: GCC20111030.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

The Bible commands us to love one another. It doesn't give us the right to exclude the people we find hard to love. Join Ron Edmondson, Kent Hughes and Shera Thiele as they consider ways we can deal with some of the difficult relationships in our life. 


Scriptures and Keywords:   Matthew 5:44, John 15:12, Luke 6:27, Luke 6:35,  Relationships, Messiness, Awkward, Difficult, People

Direct download: GCC20111023.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Relationships often require conflict to keep them healthy and make them better. Join Ron Edmondson, Dr. Kent Hughes and Dr. Shera Thiele as they bring some Biblical understanding to the area of conflict in our life. 


Scriptures and Keywords:   Philippians 2:14, Acts 15:36-41, Acts 13:9-10Conflict, Arguing, Complaining, Resolution, Healthy Relationships

Direct download: GCC20111016.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST


Relationships are often built in a natural way.  But if we fail to impose boundaries, those natural relationships will become unhealthy.  What are appropriate boundaries in a relationship and what do you do if those boundaries are crossed?


Scriptures and Keywords:   Matthew 18:8, Matthew 16:4, Mark 8:11Boundaries, Relationships, Abuse, Jesus, Disciples

Direct download: GCC20111009.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

All relationships require hard work. In part one of our series Necessary Roughness, join Ron Edmondson, Dr. Kent Hughes, and Dr. Shera Thiele as we discover ways we can improve communication in all our relationships.


Scriptures and Keywords:   1 Thessalonians 5:11, Proverbs 18:13, James 1:19-20, Proverbs 18:2Communication, Marriage, Relationships, Friendships, Listening

Direct download: GCC20111002.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

It is difficult to feel free when we we carry with us the burden of addiction and destructive habits.  How did we get here and is it possible to break free?


Scriptures and Keywords:   Hebrews 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:27, James 1:13-15, Romans 6:6-8, Luke 4:17-19Addiction, Sin, Freedom, Jesus, Temptation, Desire

Direct download: GCC20110925.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

It is easier to find the things we don’t like about ourselves than the things we do like.  When all we see is our flaws, we become a slave to insecurity.  How do we break free?


Scriptures and Keywords:   Jeremiah 1:6-19God, Insecurity, Self-confidence, Trust, Jeremiah, Limitations

Direct download: GCC20110918.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Death and loss is a part of the Christian experience, as it is for the world, but the Bible says we are to grieve differently. What does that mean? How do we break free from the grip of grief that comes from death or loss? Join Ron Edmondson as we explore a story of grief in a familiar Bible passage.


Scriptures and Keywords:   John 11Grief, Pain, Suffering, Death, Loss

Direct download: GCC20110911.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

No matter who we are we have faced failure in our lives. Join Michael Bayne as he shows how failure unites all of us and frustrates us at the same time. The question we have to ask is will we allow failure to define our future?


Scriptures and Keywords:   John 21:15-19Freedom, Hope, Failure, Mistakes

Direct download: GCC20110904.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

God has gifted everyone with talents, passions, and opportunities.  But is it only for our personal enjoyment?  Is there a bigger reason?  In this message, we will discover the true purpose behind our unique abilities and gifts.


Scriptures and Keywords:   1 Peter 4:10, 2 Corinthians 1:4-7, Esther 4:14Talents, Abilities, Opportunities, Passions, Gifts, Spiritual Gifts, Esther

Direct download: GCC20110828.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Connecting with others in community is vital to our faith.  If we want to maintain a closeness with God, maintaining healthy relationships with others is something that we cannot neglect. character, our personality, and our culture.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Deuteronomy 6:4-6, Hebrews 3:12-13, Community, Small Groups, Love

Direct download: GCC20110821.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Weekend gatherings are not a part of our core values simply because we enjoy them.  God created us to gather together and worship Him.  Yet, He gave us the freedom to do so in a way that it reflects our character, our personality, and our culture.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Exodus 33, Exodus 35, Psalm 22:22, Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 14Worship, Assembly, Gathering, Church, Glory, Moses, Pentecost

Direct download: GCC20110814.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

As we conclude the Mark series, join Pastor Ron Edmondson as he looks at the concluding thoughts from this book. Warning: It may challenge you a bit, but it's part of being a growing follower of Christ. 


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 14:50-52, Mark 16:1-8 Jesus, Mark, Disciple, Surrender, Obedience, Faith

Direct download: GCC20110807.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

On what should have been a night of celebration, Jesus chose to have his most sobering conversation with His followers.  It became a defining moment for them.  And every time we remember that night, it has the power to become a defining moment for us.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 14:13-26, Lord's Supper, Communion, Passover, Jesus, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Coventant, Judas

Direct download: GCC20110731.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

We place price tags on things, people, and goals.  But what if God has a different pricing system?  What if God places great value on the things we label “cheap?”  And what if God labels “cheap” the things we value the most?


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 14:1-11, Value, Cost, Jesus, Alabaster, Serve, Passover

Direct download: GCC20110724.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

What we see on the outside is not always what is most important in life. God wants to transform us from the inside out. Our next step might not be something anyone will see.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 11:12-25, discipleship, faith, spiritual growth

Direct download: GCC20110717.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

A key to developing a sincere, growing faith in Jesus is to discover what holds our heart more than Christ. Join Ron Edmondson as he looks at a familiar passage illustrating that point.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 10:17-30, Jesus, Ruler, Jew, Royalty, Wealth, Rich, Faith

Direct download: GCC20110710.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Learning to trust Jesus is a daily process for the believer. Join Pastor Ron Edmondson as he discusses the struggle many of us have to trust a God in whom we say we have faith.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 8:1-10, Jesus, Crowds, Multitudes, Feeding, Miracle, Trust, Faith

Direct download: GCC20110703.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

What do we do when we realize that our traditions have become as important to us as our faith?  When our rituals are more important than our worship?  When religion gets in the way of God?


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 7:1-23, Ritual, Ceremony, Tradition, Church, Eating, Drinking, Pharisees

Direct download: GCC20110626.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

The most difficult place to live out our faith is often in the places where people know us the best.  Even Jesus ran into this in his hometown.  One of the most unbelieving communities was His own.  Why is this true, and how should we respond?


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 6:1-6, Ministry, Evangelism, Faith, Family, Friends, Community, Stumbling Block

Direct download: 20111906.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30am CST

Jesus challenged His disciples, and sets the example for us today, that a growing faith and dependence on Him is part of being a follower of Christ. Join Ron Edmondson as he takes us to a familiar story with practical applications for today.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 4:35-41, Jesus, Faith, Storms, Disciples, Growth

Direct download: GCC20110612.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

The church is often associated with those who have life figured out...who have it altogether. The story of Jesus says the church is otherwise. Join Ron Edmondson as he looks at a story about what the church really is supposed to be and do.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Mark 2:13-17, Jesus, Mark, Sinner, Levi, Matthew, Tax Collector

Direct download: GCC20110605.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

he Bible has stood the test of time and remains the most popular book in literary history.  Yet, no book has been more neglected, abused, or misunderstood.  In this message, we’ll explore why it is such a vital part of being a follower of Jesus.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Nehemiah 8, 2 Timothy 3:16, James 1:23, Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17, Jeremiah 23:29, MBible, Scripture, God’s Word, Meditate, Ezra, Book of the Law, Inspired

Direct download: GCC20110529.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Even though we don't like to talk about it, giving is a CONCRETE foundational aspect of being a growing follower of Christ.Perhaps the tension of the subject comes, however, because we look at this issue from the wrong context. Join Ron Edmondson as he explains.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Malachi 3:10, Colossians 1:16, Haggai 2:8, Matthew 25:14-29, Money, Giving, Tithe

Direct download: GCC20110521.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Why is it so difficult to talk to others about Jesus?  Sharing faith is one of the most intimidating responsibilities that followers of Jesus have been given.  In this message, we’ll examine a most simple, yet profound, example of someone telling his story.


Scriptures and Keywords:   John 1:1-41, Evangelism, Salvation, Witness, Share your faith, Jesus, Siloam

Direct download: GCC20110515.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

For followers of Jesus, prayer is supposed to be a basic concept.  Yet it is perhaps the most neglected.  What is really supposed to happen when we fold our hands, close our eyes, and talk to God?


Scriptures and Keywords:   Numbers 11:2, 1 Samuel 1-3, 12, Prayer, Intercession, Intimacy, Communication, Samuel, Eli, Hannah

Direct download: GCC20110508.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

If one wants to mature as a Christ follower, he or she must learn to love the church. Join Ron Edmondson as he addresses what the church is and wasn't it isn't.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Ephesians 5:25-28, Matthew 16:18, Luke 4:16, Hebrews 10:24-25, Matthew 9:12, Church, Jesus, Faith, Missions

Direct download: GCC20110501.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

If Jesus is truly risen from the dead, then that should change everything in our life. Join Ron Edmondson as he shares how it changed one person's life when she realized Jesus was truly alive!


Scriptures and Keywords:   Jesus, Death, Burial, Resurrection, Mary Magdalene

Direct download: GCC20110424.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

God’s story of love and redemption is a great one.  But why did have to be so bloody and gruesome?  In this message, we will discover why death was a necessary part of giving life.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Leviticus 17:11, Isaiah 1:11, Luke 22:19-20, John 6:53-55, Hebrews 9:22, Sacrifice, Crucifixion, Jesus, Blood, Communion, Lord’s Supper, Lamb

Direct download: GCC20110417.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

What is the purpose of redemption?  Is it to make us moral and good?  Or is it something more?  As the Story series continues, we will uncover the real reason that redemption was necessary.


Scriptures and Keywords:   Genesis 3:33-34, 2 Samuel 14:14, Isaiah 54:4-6, Ephesians 2:13, Psalm 130:7, Luke 1:68, Revelation 22:14, Redemption, Sin, Fall, Redeem, God, Man, Purpo

Direct download: GCC20110410.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

The story of redemption has one real star...and it's not us.  But to fully understand God's redemption we need to understand who we are and the role we play.  So what is man?  The answer is good, bad, and ugly.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Genesis 1:26-30, Isaiah 7:15-16, Romans 4:15, 5:12-13, 17-19, Galatians 3:10-12, 23, Creation, Nature of Man, Redemption, Sin, Original Sin, Fall, Adam, Jesus

Direct download: GCC20110403.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Direct download: GCC20110327.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Making marriage last takes hard work.  Join Ron Edmondson as we take a fresh look at some teaching of Jesus on the value and purpose of marriage.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Matthew 19:1-13, Marriage, Commitment, Jesus, Divorce

Direct download: GCC20110320.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Marriage requires a commitment that goes beyond the struggles within the marriage. Join Ron Edmondson as he looks at a great love story of commitment to marriage through difficult days.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Marriage, Commitment, Love, Hosea, Gomer

Direct download: GCC20110313.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Understanding the purpose  of something we do often improves the way we do it. Join Ron Edmondson as we discover God's purpose for marriage.

Direct download: GCC20110306.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:27pm CST

Perhaps even more mysterious than the existence of Heaven is how someone gets there.  Is it even possible to know for sure if we’ll go there?  In this message, we’ll expose the lie that betting on Heaven is a gamble.


Scriptures and Keywords:  1:13-14, 2 Corinthians 5:5, Luke 18:22, Ephesians 4:30, Revelation 5:9-10, Heaven, After-life, Death, Revelation, Paradise, Guarantee

Direct download: GCC20110227.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Far too many times, followers of Jesus are told that their lives should be characterized by health, wealth, and safety.  But is that true?  Is it really a promise God gives us?  Or is it a lie?


Scriptures and Keywords:  Daniel 3:17-18, John 6:60-69, Matthew 5:45, John 15:16, Blessing, Cost, Discipleship, Followers, Disciples

Direct download: GCC20110220.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

It's a lie to believe one quits sinning when he or she becomes a follower of Christ. Listen as Pastor Ron Edmondson explains why.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Romans 7:13-25, 1 Corinthian 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:13, hristian, Believer, Sin, Righteousness, Holiness

Direct download: GCC20110213.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Many people believe the lie that they are destined to repeat the mistakes of their parents. Listen to Ron Edmondson as he refutes that lie.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Judges 6-7, Gifts, Abilities, Purpose, Dreams, Gideon, Confidence

Direct download: GCC20110206a.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Many people believe the lie that they are destined to repeat the mistakes of their parents. Listen to Ron Edmondson as he refutes that lie.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Genesis 39, Joseph, Jacob, Lies, Truth

Direct download: GCC20110130a.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Becoming a follower of Jesus is just the beginning of the faith journey.  So what is the destination?  And how do we know when we're there?

 

Scriptures and Keywords:  Matthew 9:27-29, Faith, Horizon, Esther, Jesus

Direct download: GCC20110123.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Becoming a follower of Jesus is just the beginning of the faith journey.  So what is the destination?  And how do we know when we're there?


Scriptures and Keywords:  Mark 9:14-32, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 1:62, Discipleship, Growth, Evaluation, Progress, Journey, Destination

Direct download: GCC20110116.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

Leaving yesterday behind is what we want to do.  Preparing for tomorrow is something we need to do.  But what do we do with today?  In this message Chad Rowland will focus on the value of the moment and the danger of ignoring it.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Ephesians 5:15-17, Mark 10:14-15, Matthew 25:35, Hebrews 13:2, Today, Worry, Stress, Perspective, Temporary, Fleeting, Vapor

Direct download: GCC20110109.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

God wants to do something new in our life in 2011.  Join Ron Edmondson as he looks at change, our resistance to it, and what it can mean for us in the New Year.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Isaiah 43:18-19, Ecclesiastes 11:3, Change, New Year, Opportunities, Past, Present, Future

Direct download: GCC20110102.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm CST



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