The Real Saint Valentine

THE REAL SAINT VALENTINE

THE REAL SAINT VALENTINE

JAKE STIMPSON | SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY | SEX | MARRIAGE | MARTYRDOM | PERSECUTION | ROMANS 13

It’s a story of torture, martyrdom, civil disobedience, sexual immorality… and smacking women with dead animals – Oh yes, the shocking truth behind the real Saint Valentine! πŸ˜‰ Saint Valentine was martyred over 1700 years ago, but the lessons from his life are particularly relevant today. What’s the point of Biblical standards of sex and marriage? Is it ever right to disobey the government? How should we respond to suffering? Is there any hope in the darkness and confusion? What’s more valuable than your physical life?

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The Cornerstone Vision 1 – What Are We Doing?

THE CORNERSTONE VISION

THE CORNERSTONE VISION 1

JAKE STIMPSON | VISION | PREACHING THE GOSPEL | DISCIPLES | PLANTING CHURCHES | GREAT COMMISSION

Preaching the Gospel, making disciples, raising up leaders, and establishing churches until the whole earth is filled with the glory of the Lord. That just so happens to be our vision statement at Cornerstone, but it’s more than that. It’s what Jesus commissioned His people to do to spread His kingdom on the earth. It’s about seeing lives changed.

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Remember

REMEMBER

REMEMBER

JAKE STIMPSON | REMEMBER | DEUTERONOMY | TRADITION | FORGET | NEW YEARS EVE

“Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” (Deuteronomy 32:7) Throughout the Bible, God exhorts His people to remember, to not forget all He has done. Despite the constant exhortation, throughout every phase in their history, Israel continually forgot the works of God and opened themselves up to sin, discouragement, fear, and idolatry. As we finish up 2020, don’t be like Israel. Take time to turn to God and remember what He has done this year.

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Longing for a Savior

LONGING FOR A SAVIOR

LONGING FOR A SAVIOR

JAKE STIMPSON | LUKE 1 | GABRIEL | MESSIAH | BIRTH OF JESUS | NATIVITY | MARY

In his book The Desire of the Everlasting Hills, author Thomas Cahill wrote, “Beneath the surface differences of each culture… there beats in human hearts a hope beyond all hoping, the hope of the hopeless… the hope of those who… seem to be waiting in vain, a hope – not for an emperor… but for a Just One.” After 400 years of silence, in the midst of political oppression and religious stagnation, the angel Gabriel appeared to a young woman named Mary. As he began to speak, he unleashed the most important news the world had ever heard, that the long-awaited Savior was coming to make all things right.

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Your Identity In Christ 1

YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST

YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST 1

JAKE STIMPSON | IDENTITY | WHO ARE YOU | WORTH | VALUE | IN CHRIST | NEW CREATION | 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

Sociologists say your identity is made up of two basic components: your concept of who you are and your sense of worth. In the West, we tend to build our identity around the pursuit of our dreams, our work, our relationships, our talents, and our accomplishments. The end result in general is confusion, discouragement, stress, and anxiety, because our worth is determined by our performance. To this feeling of weight and pressure, Jesus offers a solution – your identity was never meant to be found in what you do or what you accomplish but in Him.

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The Woman at the Well

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

BRIAN SHULER | JOHN 4 | WOMAN AT THE WELL | SAMARITAN | EVANGELISM | WORSHIP | REVIVAL | SAMARIA

In John 4, Jesus and the disciples passed through Samaria, a region usually avoided by conscientious Jews. Hungry, thirsty, and tired from the road, they met a woman with a checkered past. An unlikely place to expect God to move? Perhaps. And yet… one thing led to another and before long, the whole region had encountered God. As His disciples struggled to take it all in, Jesus told them, “Lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest.” Do you need to lift up your eyes? Do you need to see the people around you who are hungry for God? Do you need to see the fields around you that are ripe for harvest?”

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You Must Be Born Again 1

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN 1

JAKE STIMPSON | BORN AGAIN | REBIRTH | NICODEMUS | JOHN 3 | SIN | REPENTANCE | THE LAW | ROMANS 7

What’s the problem with our world? Are things really as screwed up as they seem? Well, yes. Without God, we are fundamentally messed up on the inside, and no matter how much good we try to do, it is never enough. We need more than just new rules or new behaviors or new strategies. Something needs to change on the inside, or, as Jesus put it, we must be born again.

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Called to Faithfulness 1

“Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?” – Proverbs 20:6… It’s easy to find someone willing to talk about their loyalty and boast about their talents, but it’s hard to find people who simply do what needs to be done. In fact, our world encourages you to take care of yourself, do what’s best for you, and follow your own dreams to get the life you want to live. But is this really a Biblical attitude? Could there be a calling for those of us who follow Jesus that’s higher than just doing what is convenient, or easy, or best for you?

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Ten Books You Need to Read

TEN BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ

TEN BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ

JAKE STIMPSON | BOOKS | READING | LOVE GOD | EQUIPPING | BIOGRAPHIES

Jesus once told the Pharisees that the greatest commandment involves loving God with all of our minds. One way to do that is to read books. 😱 Some of you may be horrified at that thought, but life is more than binge-watching Netflix shows and consuming memes like an internet addict. At least that’s what we’ve been told… πŸ˜‰ Here is my list of “ten” books you need to read.

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How to Be an Ineffective Christian 1

HOW TO BE AN INEFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN

HOW TO BE AN INEFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN 1

BRIAN SHULER | VICTORY | EFFECTIVE | LORDSHIP | SUCCESS

Tired of having too much success and victory in your life? Frustrated by the constant barrage of God’s blessings? Looking to find a quick and easy route to becoming less effective as a Christian? You won’t want to miss this message!

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