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Moses - Face to Face

In one of the most popular passages in the bible, Moses encounters God in the form of the burning bush in Exodus 3. After Moses tries to wiggle his way out of God’s calling, we see how easy it can be to make excuses for what God has called us to do. Ryan Alsheimer finishes our Face to Face series with this story, and talks about how this story was just the beginning of a face to face friendship between God and Moses, and how that friendship is still available to everybody today.

The Canaanite Woman - Face to Face

Despite facing many obstacles and barriers, this mother approached Jesus with a great need of having her daughter healed. In this story we see Jesus test her faith in order to build it, and how this woman held on to Jesus in faith that He alone could heal her daughter. Ryan Alsheimer talks about how we still face some of these same obstacles today, and the importance of faith in Christ to see us through these obstacles. 

Gideon - Face to Face

Gideon, God’s ‘mighty man of valor’, wasn’t always so mighty. When God showed up in a moment of weakness, Gideon wouldn’t have ever dreamed that God would ask him to lead the nation of Israel to victory over their oppressors. God is still looking for this generation to respond to Him, saying “we can’t do it God, but you can!” Ryan Alsheimer talks about Gideon’s encounter with God, how it changed him, and why it still matters.

Jacob - Face to Face

There is power in a name. All of his life, Jacob was marked by the meaning of his name: “deceiver”. However, after a face to face wrestling match with God, Jacob is given a new name to live by: “Israel”. Ryan Alsheimer talks about the significance of this face to face encounter, and how the same interaction with God is still available today.

The Jerusalem Crowds - Face to Face

On Palm Sunday the crowds in Jerusalem were expectant for the coming King Jesus, shouting praises and filled with excitement to be with Him. But, did they miss the point? How could it be that the same crowds shouting praises were shouting “crucify him!” a mere 5 days later. Ryan Alsheimer shares about the significance of Palm Sunday, and how God still forgives our similarly flippant hearts today.

Lazarus - Face to Face

As a preview of what was to come, Jesus miraculously raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. Through this story, Jesus had interactions with close friends and crowds, showing great emotion and identifying with their feelings. Ryan Alsheimer talks about the significance of this face to face interaction then, and what it means to us today.

Abraham - Face to Face

Abraham had a series of face to face encounters with God, all culminating in a final test of his faith, in which Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac as an offering to God. In this bizarre and difficult story, Ryan Alsheimer talks about the hope that we have because of this, and how this story has a lot more meaning than what appears at surface level in Genesis 22

John the Baptist - Face to Face

According to Jesus, John the Baptist was the greatest man to ever live, but why? John had a radical face to face encounter with Jesus in which he got to baptize God Himself. It left John changed, and he also left a lasting impression on Jesus. Ryan Alsheimer talks about this encounter, and why it still matters today.

The Word of God - Face to Face

Many people throughout history have met Face to Face with God by simply reading His word, the Bible. Amy Kropp shares a message about a few individuals who have had these life-changing encounters, and how important it is for us to pick up the Bible and read.

The Two Thieves - Face to Face

The life of Jesus was a mission of love and His death on the cross was the culmination of that love. Two thieves were crucified along with Jesus and in this sermon Will Negron talks about how each thief responded to this face to face encounter with Jesus. He asks that we consider what our own response to Jesus sacraficial gift should be.

Peter - Face to Face

Peter was one of Christ's first followers. He was enthusiastic, strong-willed, impulsive, and brash. It was Peter who first confessed Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” but for all his strengths, Peter had several failings in his life. Julie Dostal shares that in spite of these failings his encounters with the Lord continued to mold him into exactly who Jesus intended Peter to be.

Paul - Face to Face

One of the most influential people in all of history, the Apostle Paul found himself face to face with the resurrected Lord Jesus. After a life devoted to religious study and time spent murdering and persecuting Christians, Paul's perception of God was rocked when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Ryan Alsheimer preaches about what this encounter reveals about God, and why it still matters today

The Rich Ruler - Face to Face

What would happen if you were faced with the opportunity to follow Jesus, but you had to give up everything you loved? The rich ruler came face to face with Jesus and was confronted with this choice; to give up his wealth, or to follow Jesus. Ryan Alsheimer preaches about this encounter and why it’s still relevant today.

Nicodemus - Face to Face

Nicodemus, one of the religious leaders of Jesus’ time, secretly approached Jesus to question him about his teachings. Jesus’ answers changed Nicodemus’ life for eternity. Chris Cleveland preaches about how Jesus responded to Nicodemus, why it changed his life, and how it’s still changing lives today.

Adam & Eve - Face to Face

Few stories are as important as the encounters that Adam & Eve have with God before and after they rebelled against him. Their face to face interactions with him explain so much about who we are today, and why this world is so broken. Ryan Alsheimer talks about the history of sin entering the world, and the redemption that God offers despite our rebellion.

The Leper - Face to Face

After he preached his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus came down from the mountain and ran into a leper asking for healing. The leper came face to face with Jesus, and left changed forever. Why does this matter, and what implications does this story have on us today? Pastor Ryan kicks off our brand new sermon series by looking at this story found in Matthew 8.