Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Give Love Away - Part 5

Click here to Watch, "Give Love Away - Part 5" by Greg Sidders

Give Love Away Day is just 9 days away! On Sunday, October 23, we are canceling church to give love away in the communities of Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Freeport and Portland. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SIGNED UP TO BE PART OF A TEAM, YOU CAN DO SO RIGHT NOWlibrary.constantcontact.com/​download/​get/​file/​1102051926859-332/​Project+Summaries.pdf

But before we hit the streets, we need to finish up our study of what the Bible teaches about love. And we've saved the hardest for last:"Love your enemies." How does Jesus want us to give love away to those who dislike us and mistreat us? And what's in it for us? That's what we'll find out in this message.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Give Love Away, Part 4

Watch "Give Love Away, Part 4" Greg Sidders Sunday 10-09-11

"Love your neighbor as yourself," Jesus said--and I know you want to do that. But you are a finite human being with limited time and energy, so you can't love every neighbor all the time. Which neighbor does God want you to love first? // That may sound like an unanswerable question, but it's not. The Bible prioritizes the people to whom we are called to give love away. This Sunday at White Pine, we'll learn why and how to love ... guess who?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Give Love Away - Part 2

Watch Greg Sidders, "Give Love Away, Part 2"

When you think about giving love away, who do you think about giving it away to?  If you're anything like me, your thoughts instinctively go horizontal--toward other people. But Jesus taught us to think vertically first.  Remember the first and greatest commandment?  It's not to love our neighbor, is it?  It's to love the Lord our God.

But how do you know whether you love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength?  How do you measure something as intangible as love for someone as invisible as God?

In this message, you are going to learn how to diagnose the intensity of your love for God. And if, in that process, you find that you have lost your first love, you'll discover how to get it back.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Huddle Sunday 09-11-11

Watch Greg Sidders deliver his "Huddle Sunday" message from Sunday 09-11-11

This message is from Huddle Sunday, White Pine Community Church's once-a-year church family gathering in which we commit ourselves to the vision the Lord has given us for the coming 12 months. Listen as Greg asks the question, “What does God want us to be famous for?” His answer will shape everything we do for the next year. We hope you will listen and then help make White Pine "Famous."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Watch Greg Sidders deliver his message, "Hurting" // Sunday 09-04-11

There is nothing more disillusioning than pain.  

As Christians, we believe in a God who is full of compassion of abounding in love, yet we live in a world that is filled with suffering. Right now, you are hurting in some way,Suffering aren't you? And whether it's merely irritating or utterly debilitating, pain tests our faith. We can't help but wonder, What is God doing when I am hurting?

That's a good question. And the Bible answers it. In this episode, we are going to learn why our good, compassionate God allows us to suffer. It won't relieve the pain, but it will give you perspective that will help you to persevere. My prayer is that those of us who need to be encouraged, and those of us whom God wants to use as encouragers, will be transformed by the truth we learn together.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Will Truesdell, InterVarsity // White Pine Community Church

Watch Will Truesdell, from InterVarsity, from his message at White Pine Community Church. Sunday, 8-28-11

I had everything I needed for my cross-country flight neatly organized in my aluminum briefcase, but I also had a problem: Someone had rotated the dials of the three-digit combination lock, and I couldn't remember the combination. I was locked out of what I needed to survive the trek.

What I felt at that moment is what I have sometimes felt while reading what Jesus said in John15:5: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." There is so much power packed into those words, but how do I unlock that power? "Abide in me," Jesus says--but how do I do that? What combination of things must I do to abide in Christ?

In this episode we are going to learn how to abide in Christ from someone who, in my opinion, has figured out the combination. Will Truesdell is the director of InterVarsity Northern New England, a ministry to college students in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and the time we have spent together has given me great confidence that his teaching ministry will be very enriching to our church family.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Root Cellar

Watch Kurt Holmgren, Director of the Root Cellar as he speaks at White Pine Community Church // Sunday 08/14/11

I'll bet few of us feel wealthy, but riches are relative. We may have less than we'd like, yet, on average, those who live in the communities north of Portland possess more than the vast majority of Mainers. In light of all that the Bible teaches about caring for the poor, I'm sobered by that reality.

But I'm also thankful that the White Pine family has taken that calling seriously. Your ongoing generosity to community food pantries, as well as our collective commitment to the Root Cellar in Portland, are Christlike expressions of compassion for those who have less than we do.

I think it's a healthy thing for us to know how our donations to the Root Cellar are being used, and to dream of new ways to partner with that strategic ministry. That's why I asked Kurt Holmgren, the director of the Root Cellar, to speak at White Pine this Sunday. (I will be speaking at a church in Southern Oregon before beginning a 10-day vacation.) Kurt is a passionate follower of Jesus who has a God-given vision for bringing "Shalom" to Portland. If you wonder what that means, don't miss church this Sunday.

I'll miss you, and I'll be praying for you as God speaks to you through Kurt.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Superheroes Part 4

Watch Greg Sidders in his message, Superheroes Part 4 from Sunday 08/07/11

Facing any giants these days?

I don't mean the flesh-and-blood kind.  I mean, are you facing any overwhelming challenges--at home, at work, at school, in your body, in your mind?  Is there anything in your life that is so big and so bad that it's scaring you to death?

If you'd like to know why has God allowed that giant to threaten you, and how you can slay it, don't miss this podcast.  You'll learn from a biblical boy wonder how to get a head of your giant!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Superheroes Part 3

"Watch Superheroes Part 3", by Greg Sidders

Don't you wish life always made sense?

I think we all want to believe that everything happens for a reason, but sometimes it feels like God is not quite as personally and purposefully involved in our lives as we'd hoped, doesn't it?

If you're feeling that way these days, I think you'll be encouraged by this message. We're going to look at the life of someone who thought she was far from God, only to find that she was smack dab in the center of His will--which just might be where you are right now. Listen and learn how to live a purpose-filled life even in the midst of seemingly purposeless circumstances.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Superheroes Part 2

Watch Greg Sidders in, Superheroes Part 2 / White Pine Community Church / 07/24/11

I had been a follower of Jesus for only a few months when I attended a retreat with this theme:Make a Mark That's Hard to Erase. The words were carved into wood--and into my heart, because they spoke to my deepest longing: to live the kind of life that, in some small way, would change the world for the better.

But I wondered (then, and many times since), Could God really use someone like me? I think that feeling of inadequacy is one of the most common barriers to a life of significance. We assume our ambitions exceed our abilities.

But the Bible is full of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things, and in this message we're going to learn from one of those biblical superheroes what it takes for an average Joe/Jane to make a mark that's hard to erase.

I believe God's plans for you are bigger than you can imagine, and I'm excited to share with you some nitty-gritty steps you can take to make His dream for your life come true.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Superheroes Part 1

Do you think your best days of serving God are a) behind you or b) ahead of you?

The older we get, the more likely we are to circle "a"--because with age comes the residue of past mistakes and the obstacle of deep ruts, both of which make many people stop dreaming and start settling.

In Part 1 of our summer series Superheroes, you will meet a man who thought he was past his prime right before God handpicked him to change the world.  If you've been wondering whether God can use someone with wrinkles and a regrettable track record, you're going to get a second wind in this message.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

In God We Trust

Watch Greg Sidders deliver his message, "In God We Trust"

It's stamped into every coin and printed on every dollar bill, but for how many of us is it really true?

"In God we trust."

There are vast differences in the extent to which we trust God, and the reason is simple: We all observe and experience a lot of things that make trusting Him hard. Why should we trust Him? What rational basis is there for believing that, when we draw near to God, He won't let us down.

In this message Greg uses three strands of biblical truth to braid a rope that we can use to strangle whatever doubts we may have about God's trustworthiness. If you have trust issues, this is one message you need to hear. Trust me :-)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Swimming Upstream

I don't know of a more powerful form of peer pressure in our society than the pressure to conform.  It's natural for us to want to fit in and lay low.  And there's nothing wrong with that--unless, in order to conform, we have to compromise our convictions.

No person of conviction can make it through life without at some point making waves, because what God calls us to do is often at odds with the prevailing winds. But, as hard as it is to choose non-conformity, it does have its benefits.  This Sunday at White Pine, we're going to see the good that comes from living out our convictions in the face of the pressure to conform.  I pray your resolve will be strengthened by the biblical encouragement you will receive!

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Friendship Test

Watch, "The Friendship Test", by Greg Sidders, Part 4 of Greg's series, "Beyond Facebook." White Pine Community Church // Sunday 06-05-11

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Never Defriended // Beyond Facebook Part 3

Watch Greg Sidders as he delivers his message, "Never Defriended" the third part of a four part series titled, "Beyond Facebook."

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Blessing Zone

Watch Greg Sidders deliver his message, "The Blessing Zone" in part 2 of his series, "Beyond Facebook."

In this podcast you are going to discover the most powerful secret to better relationships.

I know, that sounds like hype. "Secret" is a word so often used as a tease--a promise of some kind of previously-hidden nugget of revelation that will make what you thought was a complex problem surprisingly simple to solve. Too often those who say they know "the secret" over-promise and under-deliver.

That's not the kind of secret I'm talking about. I'm talking about a biblical principle that that is obscured by the fact that it is rarely stated explicitly. It's an implicit principle--the skeletal frame underneath the skin of so many of the Bible's relational commands. Supporting all those passages about how to forge better relationships is a ... well, a secret ... and when you discover it, it won't make all your relational challenges magically disappear, but it will light the path to a more satisfying social network. I promise.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Survivor Motherhood

Watch Survivor Motherhood, by Greg Sidders, Pastor, White Pine Community Church

I don't know of any job with a more lopsided rewards-to-labor ratio than that of motherhood. In what other profession do you get paid nothing for work that's never done? If anyone deserves a special day of recognition, it's moms. This Sunday at White Pine, I will be sharing a message designed to give those who have embraced the holy calling of motherhood a glimpse of God's perspective on their work.

If you are a mom, watch and be encouraged.

If you love someone who is a mom, invite her to watch with you and echo God's words of affirmation to her.

Then take her out to lunch!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Christianity Light

Watch Christianity Light By Greg Sidders, Pastor, White Pine Community Church

(For those who wish to watch on their PC or iPad, you might want to watch this video which is the same content, just at a higher resolution

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Why Jesus Died

Click here to watch the video: Last fall at White Pine we invested 12 weeks studying the life of Jesus, but we suspended our study right before the most significant three-day period of His life, the days spanning His death and His resurrection.  This Sunday and next, we will finish our Jesus Encounter, not just by watching Him die and rise again, but by seeking answers to the question Why?  This Sunday we will be reminded of both the meaning of and the motivation behind His death on the cross.  I trust that, as we eat the bread and drink the juice of the Lord's Supper, we will do so with hearts full of gratitude for the body and blood they represent.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Soul Scan // 03-27-11

Soul Scan, by Greg Sidders, Pastor, White Pine Community Church // In this podcast we will conclude our study of the Book of Philippians. In the last 12 weeks we have learned that the life we were created to live has Jesus at the center of it, and that the more we get into Him, the more we will get out of life. // But is there any way to detect whether we are any more Christocentric today than we were three months ago? Is there anything visible we can look at that will help us to diagnose the condition of our relationship with Jesus Christ, invisible as that relationship is? // Yes, there is. The last major section of this book teaches us a very practical way to gauge our spiritual health.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In The Eye of the Storm

In The Eye of the Storm, by Greg Sidders, Pastor, White Pine Community Church // Some people's emotional state is like a rubber life raft in the ocean of their circumstances; there is as much turbulence inside them as there is all around them. Others live in the eye of the storm, at peace in the center of the cyclone that swirls around them. //  Which are you? Which would you like to be? // In this video podcast we are going to learn how our soul can be an island of calm even when our circumstances are an ocean of chaos.