Evergreen Podcast

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You are listening to the message series of Evergreen Covenant Church in Branch, MI.

Episodes

  • 1 Samuel 1:20-28 “Giving Back to God what God Gave to You”

    1 Samuel 1:20-28 “Giving Back to God what God Gave to You”

    11/01/2021

    Message:1 Samuel 1:20-28 “Giving Back to God what God Gave to You” Hannah receives a son after living a long time without being able to conceive. The shock is that she offers her son back to God. Samuel becomes a priest, prophet, and judge in Israel. God gives us incredible gifts, but the secret is that gifts from God are meant to be returned to him in love and service for the purposes of the Kingdom of God.    

  • Matthew 2:1-12 “The Glory of Christmas: The Wisemen”

    Matthew 2:1-12 “The Glory of Christmas: The Wisemen”

    20/12/2020

     Message: Matthew 2:1-12 “The Glory of Christmas: The Wisemen” This week we’ll watch as Tony, one of the wisemen in our play, sets himself aside to remember that it is Christ who is the center of the Christmas Story. In the same way, we remember that we are not the center of God’s Story, but Jesus is, and our attention and devotion turn toward him!

  • Luke 2:8-15 “The Shepherd”

    Luke 2:8-15 “The Shepherd”

    14/12/2020

    Message: Luke 2:8-15 “The Shepherd” The announcement of the Good News that a Savior has been born was first proclaimed by Angels to shepherds tending flocks in a field. Shepherds were considered lowly compared to others. That God chose to reveal this Good News to them first was to demonstrate that this was Good News for all people. The Gospel and New Testament letters show how this message began with a few, but was always intended to be carried to the whole world. We have been entrusted with carrying this Good News forward to all who need it in our own day and age.  

  • Matthew 1:18-25 “Joseph”

    Matthew 1:18-25 “Joseph”

    06/12/2020

    Message: Matthew 1:18-25 “Joseph” It is a recurring theme in the Bible that God chooses the most unlikely people to play the most significant roles in HisStory. Joseph is no exception. We’ll see how Joseph had to work through his fairs and second thoughts about his own role in God’s story. Then we’ll move toward a better understanding of how God has uniquely shaped us to do what only we can do as we take our place in HisStory. 

  • Luke 1:26-38 “The Glory of Christmas: Mary”

    Luke 1:26-38 “The Glory of Christmas: Mary”

    29/11/2020

    Message: Luke 1:26-38 “The Glory of Christmas: Mary” Advent begins this week and so we begin a new Advent message series. This first message will focus on a truth we can learn from the life of Mary. Mary’s plans changed that day the angel of the Lord encountered her with a new set of plans leading to the glory of that first Christmas in a Bethlehem stable. She could tarry and worry, or she could trust and wait on the Lord over the next nine months to fulfill His plans and carry her into motherhood. Mary chose to trust and wait. She chose to let God carry her through upcoming days of uncertainty, questions from society about her character, hardships on her husband who also would need some time to process this new change of plans. Our God knows the plans He has for all of us. As crazy as those plans may seem at times, they are plans for our welfare and not for our evil. They are plans to give us hope and a future. And that future includes a capacity to experience and enjoy the glory of Christmas. &nbs

  • Romans 7 7-25 “Faults  Faith”

    Romans 7 7-25 “Faults & Faith”

    23/11/2020

    Message: Romans 7 7-25 “Faults & Faith” In this final message we’ll take a look at how Torah wasn’t prescribed to fix our faults, but rather to reveal them. Since Torah, or the Law, which is rules and regulations, can’t fix us, the Gospel turns us toward the solution, which is the Grace of God in Jesus Christ and the power of the Spirit at work in our lives. We’ll see how facing our faults is a mark of the mature believer. 

  • Romans 6:11-23 “Everyone Serves Something or Someone”

    Romans 6:11-23 “Everyone Serves Something or Someone”

    15/11/2020

    Message: Romans 6:11-23 “Everyone Serves Something or Someone” Last week we talked about the two ways that are open to us. There is the Way of Adam and then there is the Way of Christ. This week we continue that discussion in more vivid detail. In Romans 6 Paul essentially says that everyone services something or someone, so who or what do you serve? We were made to serve God, which actually brings us greater freedom. Yet, we often choose to serve lesser beings or ideas, which ultimately place us in bondage and lead to death.     

  • Romans 5:12-21, 8:1-12 “There’s Another Way”

    Romans 5:12-21, 8:1-12 “There’s Another Way”

    09/11/2020

    Message: Romans 5:12-21, 8:1-12 “There’s Another Way” In these passages, Paul reveals the two ways that are open to humanity. One is the Way of Adam, which is the way of ‘men.’ That way leads to destruction. But a new way has been opened up, which is the Way of Christ. This is the Way of Grace, and is not brought about by anything we can do, but received by faith in what God has done for us. This is a faith requires incredible trust in God rather than taking situations into our own hands by means of control. It is a faith that extends grace to others. 

  • Romans 4:1-25 “Replacing the Law”

    Romans 4:1-25 “Replacing the Law”

    02/11/2020

    Message: Romans 4:1-25 “Replacing the Law” The Jewish people replaced Faith with the Torah (right practice). Christians replaced Faith with Theology (right belief). Both are a form of salvation by works. But Faith was never meant to be replaced by anything. Genuine faith ultimately leads to both sound beliefs and good works. Rather than replacing faith, they flow from faith. So the question is, why do we do what we do? Are we seeking to earn something, or does what we do simply flow out of our faith because our faith makes us who we are? Faith does not seek a reward because the life that flows from it is it’s own reward.   

  • Romans 3:27-31 “The Path of Descent”

    Romans 3:27-31 “The Path of Descent”

    25/10/2020

     Message: Romans 3:27-31 “The Path of Descent” This week we return to our previous series that was cut short by Covid, “Reading Romans Backwards.” In this week’s message we’ll be looking at how the Romans and Jews both thought they had the advantage. Each considered themselves better than the other. But this was based on a misunderstanding of both the intention of Torah and the meaning of being Chosen in Christ. Instead of finding ourselves ‘worthy,’ Jesus invites us to follow him on “The Path of Descent,” where we realize that the only thing we should be boasting about is the Goodness and Grace of God. 

  • 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 “Why Can’t I Forgive Myself?”

    2 Corinthians 7:8-10 “Why Can’t I Forgive Myself?”

    18/10/2020

    Message: 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 “Why Can’t I Forgive Myself?” In this final message in our series “The Grudge” we’ll be looking at the topic of forgiving ourselves. Sometimes the person that is hardest to forgive is ourselves. In this message we’ll look at the difference between two types of guilt: shame vs conviction. We’ll see how God applies conviction, but we often get trapped in shame. Once we understand the purpose of conviction, we’ll be more ready to forgive ourselves and move into the future God has for us. 

  • 1 Samuel 1:1-20 “Forgiving God?”

    1 Samuel 1:1-20 “Forgiving God?”

    12/10/2020

    Message: 1 Samuel 1:1-20 “Forgiving God?”In this week’s message, we continue our series “The Grudge.” We’ll be talking about those incredibly difficult things in our lives where God doesn’t seem to show up for us. The desperate prayers that seem to go unanswered. The times when we find ourselves thinking, “God, you could have done something. Why didn’t you?” We’ll see that God’s delays are not necessarily denials. And that though we don’t always get what we want, God always gives more than we knew to ask for. Our call is to trust God even when we don’t understand.

  • Psalms 119:1-8 “The Gospel of the Law”

    Psalms 119:1-8 “The Gospel of the Law”

    07/10/2020

     Message: Psalms 119:1-8 “The Gospel of the Law”Guest: Devon Scott

  • Luke 17:1, 3-5 “The Faith to Forgive”

    Luke 17:1, 3-5 “The Faith to Forgive”

    28/09/2020

     Message: Luke 17:1, 3-5 “The Faith to Forgive”In this Sunday’s message from the series “The Grudge” we’ll be looking at the why and how to forgive those that have hurt or betrayed us in significant ways. We’ll talk about what forgiveness is and what it is not. We’ll also talk about God’s forgiveness of us and how forgiving others frees us!

  •  Proverbs 19:11, 10:12, 17:9 Im Over It

    Proverbs 19:11, 10:12, 17:9 "I'm Over It"

    21/09/2020

    Message:  Proverbs 19:11, 10:12, 17:9 "I'm Over It"We're going to begin a new 4 part series this Sunday called The Grudge" and it is all about forgiveness.   We have a tendency to carry painful parts of our past with us: resentment against people who’ve hurt us, mistakes we’ve made, or even bitterness toward God. This series will show attenders how to recognize the grudges they’re carrying against others and themselves, and how the pain we hold on to weighs us down and keeps us from stepping into the freedom that God has for us. Each week of The Grudge will teach us how to let go of the past for good and embrace true forgiveness for the future.      This first week's message will be called "I'm Over It" and will talk about not being so easily offended.    

  • John 1:10-14 “The Practice of Embracing the Unknown”

    John 1:10-14 “The Practice of Embracing the Unknown”

    13/09/2020

    Message: John 1:10-14 “The Practice of Embracing the Unknown” In this final message in our “The Soul of a Pilgrim” series, we’ll be talking about accepting our place as newcomers to this strange thing called existence, humanity, and creation. We are a people who like to have all the answers, but there is so much we don’t know about God, who is bigger than all we can imagine. There is so much we don’t understand about life and what we go through. There is also a lot we don’t know about ourselves. Embracing the unknown is about trusting in God over ourselves. 

  • John 6:53-67 The Practice of Being Uncomfortable

    John 6:53-67 "The Practice of Being Uncomfortable"

    30/08/2020

    Message:John 6:53-67 The Practice of Being Uncomfortable This week we’ll be looking at “The Practice of Being Uncomfortable.”The root word of the word ‘pilgrim’ is peregrini which means ‘stranger.’ Being a pilgrim requires that we stretch, that we travel to wild edges, and risk being uncomfortable. It is in that discomfort that we encounter new dimensions of our own capacity and new faces of the sacred. When have you been tempted to ‘leave’ because it was the easier thing to do? What is God calling you to go ‘through’ so that you might be stretched, overcome, and grow? 

  • Luke 5:1-11 “The Practice of Making the Way by Walking”

    Luke 5:1-11 “The Practice of Making the Way by Walking”

    24/08/2020

    Message:Luke 5:1-11 “The Practice of Making the Way by Walking” When we are called to follow Jesus, as the disciples were, it isn’t only an invitation to take a step toward an unknown outer journey. It is also the invitation to step into an unknown inner journey, toward uncharted territory. Just as God has led us on unfamiliar paths in this physical world, he also invites us on a spiritual pilgrimage into unchartered territory. How do our outer and inner worlds overlap and intertwine?  

  • Matthew 6:19-24 “The Practice of Packing Lightly”

    Matthew 6:19-24 “The Practice of Packing Lightly”

    18/08/2020

     Message: Matthew 6:19-24 “The Practice of Packing Lightly” This week we will begin a new series called “The Soul of a Pilgrim.” It will introduce us to a number of practices from our eight week retreat based on the book by the same title. The first practice we will look at this week is “The Practice of Packing Lightly.” When a person sets out on a pilgrimage, they must pack only what they absolutely need so they won’t be weighed down on the journey. This week we’ll talk about what it is we are seeking on our spiritual pilgrimage. We’ll also take note of the things we must consider leaving behind so as not to be hindered as we make Christ our destination.    

  • Isaiah 49:8-16 Do I Really Matter

    Isaiah 49:8-16 "Do I Really Matter"

    12/08/2020

    Message:  Isaiah 49:8-16 "Do I Really Matter"Guest Pastor: Rev. Cal Compagner

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