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Conversations with Jesus: Peter - Dealing with Failure


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Failure. That word has such a negative ring to it, doesn’t it? Perhaps no one in Scripture failed so stupendously than the disciple Peter. Yet, Jesus makes a point before he ascends back to his Father to restore Peter. He isn’t finished with him yet. What a great reminder for us who fail God all the time. Yet God, in his grace, stands ready to forgive and to restore.

Conversations with Jesus: Thomas


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Doubt – each of us has most likely faced, are facing, or will face this affliction. Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, is a case study for doubt; he’s a good example of a reflective Christian. How do you deal with your doubts? Here are some suggestions to help you deal with this affliction.

Conversations with Jesus: Mary & Martha


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: What do you do when tragedy strikes? When your world is turned upside down? When grief settles in because of loss? We see Mary & Martha dealing with the tragedy of the illness and death of their brother, a beloved friend of Jesus. In this experience they see the power of God demonstrated and the glory of God displayed. How should we deal with tragedy and loss as followers of Jesus in the 21st century?

Conversations with Jesus-A Woman Of Samaria


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: How do you fill the emptiness of a soul? When you have tried all sorts of things and find them lacking, what do you do? Such is the experience of a woman of Samaria who encountered Jesus at Jacob’s well. In their conversation, Jesus bridges from the physical to the spiritual, from the known to the unknown, from the natural to the supernatural. And this woman, searching to fill the emptiness in her life through many men, finds living water that would quench her thirst.

Conversations with Jesus-Nicodemus


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: In Nicodemus, Jesus comes up against the best that religion has to offer. In his conversations with this learned scholar, Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, Jesus explains that entrance into the kingdom of God is through a spiritual birth. This necessity of being born again, or born from above, is at the heart of the required response to the Gospel today as well. Jesus did and does what religion cannot do.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Loving our neighbor brings some cautions, some things that are important to put into the mix. Watch out for assumptions. What is our motive for good neighboring? Set boundaries. Forgive when forgiveness is called for. So, love God; love your neighbor. This is the Great Commandment; this is what pleases God.

Obstacles to Neighboring: Time


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: One of the major obstacles we encounter in being a better neighbor is Time. Progress has brought many time-saving features, yet we seem more busy, more hurried, and consequently, more stressed. Here are some questions to consider: How did we get here? How does it affect us? How do we get out of here? For most of us, to love our actual neighbor means we will have to deal with the time issue.

Obstacles to Neighboring: Fear


Speaker: Chris Mendez

Summary: Fear. It’s something we all face on one level or another. Sometimes fear can be good, as it can keep us from dangerous situations. However, if we let fear control the way that we live we will miss out on God’s best for our lives. Jesus asked us to love our neighbors, and sometimes that can be intimidating. In this message, Pastor Chris will deal with the topic of fear in the context of loving our neighbors. It turns out there is a very good reason why we don’t have to live in fear, but instead can boldly follow Jesus into the life he’s invited us into.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Jesus was asked, “Which is the greatest commandment.” He replied that the whole law was fulfilled when we love God and we love our neighbor. What if Jesus wants us to love our actual neighbor? People at Knollwood are being challenged to develop a mindset, a commitment, to being a better neighbor by learning and using their neighbor’s names and beginning to pray for them by name.

Painfully Exposed For The Sake Of Grace


Speaker: Elijah Hearin

Passage: Isaiah 1:1–1:20

Summary: "The message of the book of Isaiah is one of judgement and salvation. In Isaiah 1:1-20 we find a summary of this message in its entirety as the prophet Isaiah calls the nation of Judah to bring their sinful heart out of hiding and into the hands of the Lord. The relevancy and need for this message is not to be confined to the 8th century, when it was first spoken. Rather, Isaiah’s message is to be heeded to today, for all men and women being out of alignment with God tend to hide themselves from Him, yet there is no reason to do so. God wants our hearts, and if we would only turn to Him, He will bring us into the joy unending of being brought back into alignment with Him."