Posts tagged 2019
The Measure of Generosity
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How do we learn to live with open hands in a world that tells us to hold on to what we have; especially when what is in our hand seems small and insufficient? What if the key to unlocking generosity in your life was in your pocket? In this message, Pastor Tony introduces and preaches on the undeniable and unescapable principle of sowing and reaping. To the same measure we sow we not only reap, but we reap more. What we keep in our hands is all we have. What we sow is what God multiplies.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
The Metric of Generosity
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If the Earth is the Lords and everything in and He owns it all, why is it so hard for us to not appreciate the 90% we get to keep? Why do only 6% of Christians in America tithe? Why do majority of people live close handed when it comes to money and possessions? In Part 2 of our Generous series, Pastor Tony encourages us to change our approach and fix our perspective. When it comes to giving, it’s not something we have to do. It’s something we get to do.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
The Motivation of Generosity
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What does it mean to be generous? Is generosity for everyone? In walking through this series, our focus is possessing generous hearts and identifying what it looks like for our actions and attitudes to be bent towards giving. One of the things that should distinctly mark the people of God is our generosity. However, you don’t have to be a Christian to be generous. What sets God's people apart is our motive of generosity. In this sermon Pastor Tony shares with us how and why our generosity is motivated by God’s goodness and generosity toward us.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
The Greatest Oxymoron
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What would Jesus undo? Im the final message of this series, Fruit Snack Faith, Pastor Tony shares with us the greatest oxymoron and the biggest thing Jesus would seek to undo: spiritual indifference and lukewarm faith. We learned that it’s possible to be at church that makes Jesus sick. Spiritual difference in lukewarm Faith not only break His heart but it turns his stomach. In this message we learn God’s heart to be a church with a zeal who’s lives are burning for Jesus.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
Jesus > Religion
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Did you know that one of the most dangerous and deadly diseases is not psychological, hereditary or Infectious? Every church has it. People become infected by it. Religiously transmitted diseases has the power to destroy and make faith anemic. It’s entirely possible to be set free yet not exercise or live in freedom. In this message, Pastor Tony reminds us of the simple Gospel, the power of authentic faith , and the false comfort that religion provides.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
Fruit Snacks
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Have you noticed how everything around us is artificial? From artificial flavoring to artificial intelligence to artificial turf, it’s hard to be authentic in an age of synthetic and fake. It’s very possible to have artificial church and artificial faith and be an artificial Christian that leaves us with dead religion. In this message Pastor Tony shares how God doesn’t want our salvation or faith to be artificially flavored. He's an authentic God that longs for intimate relationship.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
Third Place
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We live in a world of connection and have more access to people than another generation in the history of humanity. Yet the truth is that more lonely than ever. Why are so many believers inflicted with this epidemic? What is the remedy to our loneliness? In this message, Pastor Tony talks about the necessity of community and the power of surrounding ourselves with the right people.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
Open Up Your Eyes
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Do you see what God sees? When God looks at your city, what does He see? Perspective is everything. Its something you have to protect. In this special vision message, Pastor Tony calls us to lean into Jesus' words to "open up our eyes" to see the harvest around us. Like the disciples, we often miss our mission because our mind is focused on our meal. When we see as God see's we will reap what God has sown.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
Who Needs Church?
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Why do we need church and who is church for? It’s easier now than ever before to not go to church. It’s messy, it’s costly, and it’s a battle. So, why church? In this message, Pastor Tony challenges our perspective and helps us understand three realizes about church. If Jesus shed His blood to buy it, we should give our lives to build it.

2019Tony Calabrese2019, Andrew
From Victory Not For Victory
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Is our world restricted to what we can see? What if there was another dimension? What if the battle we are fighting in front of us in the wrong battle to fight? In this final sermon of our series in Ephesians, Pastor Tony preached a powerful word on the need to open our eyes and see the unseen. There is something dynamic of the power of God and the fight that we are called to fight and the faith we are to have and the victory that we are to stand in!

Be Being Filled
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Why are more of us not experiencing the supernatural? How come we struggle controlling sin in our life? In this message, Pastor Tony preaches from Ephesians 5 on the power of being filled with the Spirit. Unless the Spirit is filling, the super natural will not be seen. God will manifest Himself to us and His Church to the degree that we are filled. The result of being filled leads to a powerful and beautiful sound.

Heavenly Living and Holy Language
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How do we build one another up in a culture filled with negativity and criticism thats constantly tearing us down? Every family, tribe and community has language they use to encourage and cultivate relationship. In the family of God, theres a way we are to talk to one another. It’s easy and convenient to believe God in our minds and hearts, but seldom it’s hard to display God with our mouth. In this message, Pastor Tony brings a challenging message on the power of kindness and how our words create worlds for others to live in.

Building Together
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Why do fish travel in school? Why do birds fly in formation? Why do cattle move in herds? Why do wolves and hyenas travel in packs? Because they understand they cannot reach their maximum potential outside the group. In this message, Pastor Tony dives into Ephesians 4 and the importance of growing up and building the Church Jesus died for. In light of the Gospel and goodness of Jesus, it should not only change how we live, but what we receive.

At Home Jesus
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Why is life often dictated by circumstances and adverse situations? How do we get in position to receive the power we need to flourish on earth? It all comes down to intimacy and authority. In this message, Pastor Tony dives into Paul’s prayer in Ephesians chapter 3 and the vital necessity to let Jesus make his home in us.

The Church in 3G
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When you look at the church what do you see? What does the Church look like when it’s in alignment with the truth of Jesus? In Ephesians 2 we get a preview of the 20/20 vision of the Church.  In this message, Pastor Tony reminds us about the power of a growing, gathering and giving Church and the cost of community.

Tear Down The Walls
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In a world that thrives on dividing walls between race, culture, class and gender, it’s easy to identify the things that divide us and that which we don’t have in common. Yet, the horizontal bar of the cross brings together humanity and erases and eradicates any line or wall that would divide us. In this powerful message on unity, Pastor Tony shares how the  Church is to operate on Earth as a preview of what Heaven is to look like.

Why Baptism?
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Baptism has been watered down. It has been reduced to a tradition and stripped of its meaning. Baptism is what Jesus ushered in and calls everyone to follow in His footsteps. Baptism is about an action that identifies with what we believe. Baptism is about the deed that expresses what we believe. It’s not just a symbolic act but a prophetic act where the believer enters the waters with a cross but exits with a crown. In this message, Pastor Tony shares 3 powerful reasons why baptism is essential.