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Finding Peace in a Pressured World
I’m hurting, wounded and tired. The things I’ve counted on are beginning to fall apart and I’m wondering what I should do next. Is there any way to Find Peace In My Pressured World? The answer is yes! Absolutely, positively YES! This is a six week series looking at Psalm 23.

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2017 
Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Because He’s Worth It!
November 6 – 26, 2016
As November arrives we are reminded that 2016 is slipping away and 2017 is just around the corner. In a few short weeks we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Learning how to better praise our Heavenly Father for who He is, what He has done for us and what He is about to do seems so fitting for those who truly know Him. 

Touching the Invisible
September 18 – October 30, 2016
Have you ever wondered if your prayers are really getting through? Though God is invisible to our human eyes, He is very much present. So how can we reach out and touch God through prayer? Jesus taught us how to open the door into God’s heart, “Touching The Invisible”. During this series Pastor Mark will examine the most powerful principles for connecting to God and how they apply to us.  

Live for a CHANGE
July 31 – September 4, 2016
How would you describe the spiritual journey that you are on? Are you growing closer to God and how do you know for sure? Pastor Mark is excited about this new message series, “Live for a C-H-A-N-G-E”, where we will begin to understand and explore where we stand in our walk with God and where He wants us to be. Begin to truly soar in your walk with God.

Living with the End in Mind
May 22 – July 17, 2016
Many people just live day to day with very little thought about the end goal of their lives. Jesus told us there are two paths of life to take but only one ends well. He taught us to live our lives with the end in mind because it will help us make sure we are always headed in the right direction. 

Inside Out: Living Life on a Deeper Level
April 3 – May 15, 2016
We often try to solve life issues by dealing with the symptoms on the outside without ever dealing with the cause on the inside. This leads to persistent conflicts, unresolved tensions, and broken relationships. However, Jesus addresses the heart and soul of life’s major issues so that we overcome them inside out. Don’t miss this message series!  

Wise Up, Making Better Decisions
January 10 – March 13, 2016
Making good decisions is one of the most important skills we can develop. It affects everything. Getting good information is critical but even more important is gaining the wisdom to be able to know what to do with the information we get. So, where can I get the wisdom I need to make better decisions? That is what this series by Pastor Mark is all about. It can affect every area of your life for good. Whatever you do, wise up! This is part 1 of the Wise Up series.

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2016
Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Know That You Know
September 6 – November 15, 2015
Pastor Mark’s 2015 Fall message series, Know That You Know, focuses on the first book of John. This book of love and joy explains the fellowship we have with others and with Jesus Christ. Join us as we discover what it means to have a relationship with the Lord, to truly understand and know that He is present in our lives.

All In
August 2 – 23, 2015
Part of God’s plan to improve our lives is to change us, to make us better. But as we are changing, He wants to use us to help others change, too. The past couple of weeks we have talked about the importance of Worshipping and Connecting with other Christ followers during our spiritual journey. Pastor Mark explains what the Bible says about how to partner with God and Serve others. Discover how you can fulfill God’s command to serve Him and those in need. And how serving helps us be ‘All In’ for Christ.

What Would Jesus Say?
April 12 – May 31, 2015
Pastor Mark Hartman walks us through the Parables, answering some of life’s most intriguing questions; “How Can I Hear God?”, “Does Praying Actually Work?” and “What Happens After I Die?” Join us as we discover together how Jesus would have answered!

We Are Jonah
March 1 – March 31, 2015
Most Christians know the story of Jonah but most of the time, our main focus is the whale. However, this book has a great message for all believers, “that God wants us to have His heart for those far away from Him and be obedient to His call to go.” through his series, we will discover that We Are Jonah.

Home Builders
January 11 – February 22, 2015 
This 7 week message series Pastor Mark explores the foundations of building a healthy family. Health comes when a family lives by core values, all the way from balanced living to respect, integrity, patience and more.

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2015
Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

When Jesus Comes Back
October 19 – November 23, 2014
This six week series will give you a solid understanding of what the Bible teaches about the world conditions and events that will accompany the return of Jesus Christ.

Dollars and Sense
September 21 – October 12, 2014
The Bible has a lot to say about freedom. Some of what it says is about being financially free. For the next few weeks, Pastor Mark walks us through practical steps in managing our money, getting out of debt and finding contentment in our finances.
 

Get Connected Colossians: A Life Worth Living 

Series 3 Get Connected: Building Relationships 

Hebrews 11 is called, “The Faith Chapter.” Through the stories of this great chapter we will learn what faith really is, how to discern the will of God, how to hear His voice, how to better understand the grace and mercy of God demonstrated in our lives. Our goal in the series is to take some new steps in lining up our lives with God so we can live the most productive and fulfilling life possible.

Where is God in My Pain? Learning How to Trust God
February 16 – June 22, 2014

 

Hebrews 11 is called, “The Faith Chapter.” Through the stories of this great chapter we will learn what faith really is, how to discern the will of God, how to hear His voice, how to better understand the grace and mercy of God demonstrated in our lives. Our goal in the series is to take some new steps in lining up our lives with God so we can live the most productive and fulfilling life possible.

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Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Where is God in My Pain? Where is God in My Pain?
January 12 – February 9, 2014

At various times in our lives, all of us experience suffering. The cause and intensity of our pain will vary, but the dampening impact upon our spirit is just as real. It’s in these dark times – when we feel so lonely – that we wonder if we are fighting our battle alone. The good news is that God is always with us, even when we may not feel His Presence. Pastor Mark Hartman continues this message series entitled Where Is God In My Pain? We invite you to join us as we gain help from God’s Word about suffering, endurance, and rescue.

Live Your LIfe Well 9 Habits for Healthy Relationships
September 15 – November 10, 2013

Relationships are one of the most precious, enduring things in our lives. Money and possessions bring temporary satisfaction. But our relationships are timeless. Healthy relationships with family and friends make good times more joyful and strengthen us during challenging times. So, how do we strengthen those connections which mean the most to us? How do healthy friendships grow even more vibrant? How do we overcome those pesky relationship roadblocks that seem to emerge from time to time? The Bible has practical, relevant answers how to grow relationships that last a lifetime!

Live Your LIfe Well Colossians: A Life Worth Living
Live Your Life Well
August 4 – September 8, 2013

In June we began a journey through one of the most unusual and yet powerful books of the Bible, the Book of Colossians.  Chapter 1 was all about Coming Back to Right Thinking about ourselves, about our purpose, about Jesus and what He did for us.  God knows that people will only change their actions if they change their thinking. Now, Chapter 2 & 3 is about getting our straightened out and focused.  It is about how to “Live Your Life Well“  You have only one life to live.  You want to live it well but how do you do it?

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Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Coming Back to Right Thinking Colossians: A Life Worth Living
Coming Back to Right Thinking
June 1 – June 23, 2013

We become what we think. We won’t live right unless we we think right. Instead of Paul going right to the problems to be fixed in this little church, he first took the time to remind them and us of what is true in his letter to the Colossians.

Parenting in the Real World Parenting in the Real World
April 7 – May 12, 2013

 

Every parent wants to do a great job raising their children.   It begins simple enough with sleepless nights and changing dirty diapers.  With each passing year your child thrills you with what he or she learns and can do.   Soon, however, you begin to realize there is battle of wills emerging and more difficult challenges coming.   Each birthday welcomes new problems to solve and skills to learn.  You are faced with the exhilarating task of growing a child into an adult.You want help!  But, not just any kind of help.  You need the timeless help of God’s Word.   That is where we are turning in our series, “Parenting in the Real World”.   This series is for parents, grandparents and parents-to-be.  Let’s learn together what God has to say to us in accomplishing the most rewarding and challenging job of our lives – the raising of a new generation.

The Marriage Matrix The Marriage Matrix
February 10 – March 3, 2013

 

Being married and staying married is one of the hardest tasks that many people will undertake in their lifetime. Do you sometimes feel like you managed to find the one person that is the complete the opposite of you? Is your relationship offering a new development at every turn? Are you looking for the one thing that can bind your hearts together for all time? The Marriage Matrix, a message series by Lead Pastor Mark Hartman will help us understand marriage and how to make it work.

Winning the War Within Winning the War Within
January 6 – February 3, 2013

 

It is sobering to realize that oftentimes the biggest enemy we face is ourselves.    From time to time all of us wrestle with negative habits, weaknesses and even deep wounds in our life.  How do we overcome these powerful barriers in our lives?  How do we get on the path to healing and restoration?   Over the next five weeks Pastor Mark will lead us step by step about how to find victory and peace within.

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Sunday at Sugar Creek 2012

Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

multicross-173 The Nativity Characters of Christmas
December 2 – 23, 2012

Christmas is the time of year that captures people’s hearts and imaginations in ways no other season of the year does. Much of that is related to family, friends, food, gifts, tinsel and lights, et al. How much is related to the Person and the Event at the core of Christmas? This series takes a deeper look into the moment in time when God came near, very near to us. Although His “nearness” came through a virgin and a manger in a cave in Bethlehem, Jesus is nearer, still. May His nearness become dearer, still.

Sundays at SCBC 2010 World Changers: A Study in Acts
Part 3 – The Unshakeable Church
September 9 – November 4, 2012

 

God hasn’t called us to be popular. He has called us to follow Him. This third part, The Unshakable Church, in a series of three from the book of Acts will take us through the travels and experiences of Paul. As we study, God will reveal how to respond to disappointment in our lives, how we can share our faith with others, and many more topics that are still extremely relevant in our modern day lives.

Sundays at SCBC 2010 Growing a Kinder Spirit
August 12 – September 3, 2012

 

As children, we all learn the golden rule: Treat others as we would like to be treated. Although it’s simple in theory, there are many times that we fail –in words or in actions –to live up to the statement. God’s word gives us a blueprint for our speech, our reactions, and how to “grow a kinder spirit”. Join us beginning on Sunday as Pastor Mark brings us this fantastic message series.

Sundays at SCBC 2010 World Changers: A Study in Acts
Part 2 – The Uncontainable Church
April 22 – June 17, 2012

 

The early church was a brilliant model in many ways, but they lacked one key feature – they didn’t go beyond their city walls. Jesus called us, then and now, to reach all nations and all people with the good news. This second series, The Uncontainable Church, covers the New Testament book of Acts (chapters 8-13). Hear the call of Christ, learn how and why it is so important to carry forth the mission of the church, and join with Sugar Creek as we love and lead all people to life change in Christ.

Sundays at SCBC 2010 GOD (also known as)
January 8 – March 11, 2012

 

God, The Father, is called many things in the Bible. These names have meanings: Provider, Companion, My Shepherd – just to name a few. The promises that are held within these names are a key to relying on God in all situations of life. Beginning January 8, Pastor Mark Hartman will bring to life God’s Old Testament names in a series entitled, “GOD (also known as)” and share the hope that comes from knowing and calling out to Him in all of life’s situations.

Sundays at SCBC 2010

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2011

Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Sundays at SCBC 2010 Building a Biblical Worldview
September 18 – November 6, 2011

 

How did a country with so many Christians and such a deep Christian heritage get so far off track morally? How did we get into a situation in which Christianity is so under attack in America, of all places? How do we insulate our children from a messed up culture? How do we defend our faith? The answers to these questions relates to Worldview. This new series will introduce you to the principles of Building a Biblical Worldview that will allow you to take a new look at what you believe and value and how that plays out in the decisions that mark your life.

World Changers: A Study in Acts
Part 1 – The Unstoppable Church
May 1 – August 28, 2011

 

World Changers, a series through the Book of Acts, will cover the first 7 chapters of Acts. This first of a three part series is sub-titled, “The Unstoppable Church”. We have looked at the life and miracles of Jesus Christ. So, now what happens? After Christ rose from the grave, what happened next? That is where the Book of Acts comes in and where we begin with World Changers.This first section in the book of Acts, Jesus gives us great promises. Enjoy the first message of this series that will cover Acts in three parts.

JESUS – amazing stories, shocking claims and eyewitness accounts
January 9 – April 17, 2011

 

There was no Internet. No news cameras. No mass communication. And yet the things that one man said and did spread throughout the world and is as relevant today as it was two thousand years ago. Maybe you’ve heard the the shocking claims and eyewitnesses accounts from those who walked with Jesus. If you have, isn’t it time you heard it again? If you have never heard the amazing stories from those who walked with Jesus, maybe it’s time you heard it for yourself. Come walk with us in the steps of Jesus to learn how one man became the greatest person to ever live.

Sundays at SCBC 2010

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2010

Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

You Can Make A Difference – Life Lessones from Nehemiah
September 12 – November 14, 2010

 

God is calling everyone of us to be the kind of person who makes a difference. The book of Nehemiah will teach us how to improve our skills in making an impact – in being leaders in this church and out in the community. It will show us how to dream a dream – how to have a vision and see it become a reality. This is the greatest book on leadership in the Bible. Join Pastor Mark as he begins this new series – “You Can Make a Difference”.

The Power of C-H-A-N-G-E
August 1 – September 5, 2010

 

People want to make themselves better and most work toward that goal. You may have started the journey and gotten sidetracked. You might have become stuck. The goal is still in your heart, but you aren’t sure how to get back on the road. God wants to change us from the inside out to become the image of His Son, Jesus.
We can all change and get back on the path. You don’t have to lie in misery. You don’t have to fret over the mistakes you’ve made. God never intended anyone to live a life of hopelessness and despair. You CAN change.
You don’t have to stay the same as you are today.  It was never God’s intention for you.  You don’t have to live the rest of your life ignorant of the Bible.  You don’t have to live the rest of your life chained to bad habits or feeling defeated.  It was never God’s intention.  You aren’t locked in.  YOU CAN CHANGE!   If you need help standing again … If you want to grow deeper and go to the next level in your relationship with Christ … If you are on your way and just need affirmation, then you need “The Power of Change”.

Joseph – Finding Purpose in My Pain
June 6 – 27, 2010

 

Is there any purpose in my pain? If there is, how can I find it? In these four messages, Pastor Mark leads us as we explore the life of one of the greatest characters in the Bible – a man named Joseph. He understood the pain life can bring. He felt the hopelessness that circumstances can create. But, Joseph discovered how to find purpose in his pain and it brought him perspective, peace and ultimately success. Through his life we can learn about purpose and pain and how God can bring those two together. It is time to work through our pain from God’s perspective and Joseph is going to help us.

What Happens When We Die
April 11 – May 9, 2010

 

Emily Dickinson wrote “Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me.” If you think about it, death is the one thing we will all share. What happens when we die? Can we really know that? The answer is yes. Beginning April 11, Pastor Mark Hartman will begin a four-part series exploring this subject. The first message is entitled “The Evidence for Life After Death.”Would you join us as we examine the scientific and Biblical truth of life after death? You can’t afford to miss these intriguing messages.

Principles of Prayer Principles of Prayer That Work
March 21 and 27, 2010

 

Learning how to pray in harmony with God begins by understanding what He has taught us about prayer. The Bible tells us that there is a certain way to pray. Pastor Mark Hartman discusses these topics in his first message in the two part Praying For Results series.

The Love Challenge The Love Challenge
January 10 – March 14, 2010

 

You’ve heard all the songs about love, but what is love really?  How do you know it when you see it?  The Bible has a lot to say about love, but one chapter really defines what love is and isn’t. Sugar Creek Baptist Church invites you to take The Love Challenge; a ten-week interactive message series led by Pastor Mark Hartman through the love chapter: 1 Corinthians 13.  If you are looking to build more loving relationships with your family and friends and grow closer to God in the process, we dare you to take The Love Challenge.  Your life will never be the same.

Answering Tough Questions Answering Tough Questions from 1 Peter
November 8 – December 6, 2009

 

As Christians, we know that the Bible holds the key to any question we might have. Big or small, the answer is provided for us within the scripture. However, that doesn’t mean that the solutions jump off of the page or that we don’t get bogged down in trying to get to the root of what God is telling us.The series “Answering Tough Questions from 1 Peter” will tackle issues that come to light in this book of the Bible – issues that are still causing us to scratch our heads today. You won’t want to miss a single Sunday as Pastor Mark Hartman guides us to the answers on subject we’ve often pondered. .

Daniel Great Marriages Don’t Just Happen
October 18 – November 1, 2009

Great marriages don’t just happen. One look at today’s divorce statistics shows a grim picture of what our society is facing. However, there are things that are proven facts, such as “men and women receive love and give love differently”. Recognizing these contrasts and learning how to approach partners from a Biblical standpoint will make these Godly relationship flourish like never before.

Daniel What to Do When You’re Under Attack
September 13 – October 11, 2009

 

Whether you are under attack by another person, organization, or just life itself, all of us face attacks from time to time. The world that surrounds us is not for the faint of heart. Trials, struggles and hardships come to everyone without discrimination. We have a choice in how we respond. The Bible is clear in how we should address our attacker. Learn, in this series, how to keep yourself strong in the face of adversity.

The Bible The Bible
August 30 – September 6, 2009

 

The Bible is the word of God and we are told throughout our lives to follow it as the guide to living our life. But, it was written thousands of years ago. And when you do pick up the Bible do you even know where to start? Is the thought of it overwhelming to you? Pastor Mark Hartman speaks on the authenticity of the Bible and how to use this incredible resource to your advantage!

Daniel Daniel – Back to the Future
March 29 – July, 2009

 

This fourteen week series, entitled “Daniel: Back to the Future” will follow Daniel through some very exciting experiences, as well as the amazing prophecies the Lord gave to him of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. This book is one of the most powerful in the Bible.

   
Sundays at Sugar Creek 2009

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2009

Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Gorwing Deeper with Your Friendlist Growing Deeper with Your Friendslist
January 11 – 25, 2009

 

“Growing Deeper With Your Friend List” captures the basics from the Bible that will help you enhance the most meaningful relationships of your life. It will help you focus and strengthen the friendships that matter the most to you.

Sundays at Sugar Creek 2008

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2008

Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Getting the Most From Your Career
(Book of Ephesians – Series 6)
November 2- 23, 2008

 

Do you hate the daily grind of your job or do you greet each morning as a new and exciting opportunity? Do you do what you have to in order to get by or are you setting new standards in productivity? We all suffer with negativity in the workplace and we all go through times where we are unsatisfied with ourselves and with our career choice. There’s no timesheet or evaluation at the end, just good Biblical advice for making the most of your job.

Family Survival Guide
(Book of Ephesians – Series 5)
September 7 – October 27  2008

 

Do you ever feel like no matter how full your backpack is, you never have all the survival tools that you need to keep your family in one piece? Join us as Pastor Mark Hartman shares his new message series to help you equip your family to survive the wilderness that engulfs today’s moms, dads, and kids.

Life Changing Worship Life Changing Worship
(Book of Ephesians – Series 4)
August 3 – 31, 2008

 

Who is in control of your life? That is a question that, in our culture today, is increasingly hard to answer. With things and people pulling us every imaginable direction, it’s hard to not only let God take control, but know HOW to let him take control. Pastor Mark Hartman begins a three-part series intitled “LIfe Changing Worship”. Please join us as he speaks on how to know who is fueling your life.

The Laws of Attraction: Forming Healthy Relationships
(Book of Ephesians – Series 3)
June 1 – July 27  2008

 

How To Get More Done In Less Time

The Basics That Bring Us Together
(Book of Ephesians – Series 2)
March 30 – May 18, 2008

 

We are all great builders of walls and barriers. Our mortar of words and actions can seal years of hurt, anger, and feelings that can stunt our spiritual growth. However, God has given us the keys to great relations with others, and they are found in the basics-the foundation that is common to us all. You won’t want to miss any of Pastor Mark Hartman’s messages. You will hear and learn about all that Ephesians has to share about this great topic.

Seeing God Through New Eyes
(Book of Ephesians – Series 1)
February 3 – March 16, 2008

 

God said, “I want you to see yourselves the way I see you … If you could see yourself from my point of view, you’d think differently about how you see yourself and you would live differently than you are living right now.” Are you living from your own perspective of yourself, or from God’s prospective of you? This study of the book of Ephesians will provide some great insight in how to begin looking at yourself through God’s eyes.

Taming the Money Monster
January 13 – 27, 2008

 

Join us for this exciting and informative look at the topic of debt and money management from a biblical perspective. Pastor Mark Hartman will share three insightful messages that will help you start the new year off on a more stress-free note! In addition to the sermon series message each week, special financial seminars featuring top advisors will be held on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM beginning on January 20. Sugar Creek will also be offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University on our campus beginning in February. Don’t let debt, rising credit card bills, and the stress that they bring ruin your 2008.

Home Builders: Foundations for a Strong Family
(The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20)
September 9 – November 11, 2007

 

Is your family built on a solid foundation? Are you wired to function normally? Or is your home in need of repair? Come any way you are and enter the construction zone at Sugar Creek! Here at our church, we believe that families are important—and we want to encourage yours to be as healthy as possible! Join us for a unique, all-church experience as Dr. Mark Hartman begins this new series and teaches your family how to get back to the basics as he puts a fresh, new twist on several classic, timeless truths taken from the Ten Commandments found in the Bible.

What Would Jesus Say?
(The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7; Series 4)
June 17 – July 29, 2007

 

A recent poll showed that more than 60 percent of adults in America agreed there is no such thing as absolute truth. And more than 50 percent of Christians think that truth is only relative. What do you believe? Do you believe only in what you’ve been taught in school? Or maybe what you’ve seen on television your entire life? In this series, Pastor Mark Hartman will venture through the last part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to teach you exactly how Jesus would address these issues and more.

The Journey Within

A Study of Matthew, Chapter 5 – The Sermon on the Mount.

Some people find happiness in money, intelligence, beauty or material items while others look for it in religion, philosophy, mysticism and elsewhere. But believe it or not – lasting happiness doesn’t come from any of these things. These are just temporary fixes that quickly send you spiraling back to where you came from. This series covers principles in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that will lead you on an incredible journey toward finding happiness that lasts.

The Journey Together
Removing Relationship Roadblocks
January 14 – February 11, 2007

Jesus spent a good amount of time teaching about relationships between people.  He urged us to be mature in our relationships and cultivate healthy interactions.  This is a direct witness of God’s love  operating in us and it directly affects blessings we receive from our Father in Heaven. This 4 part series takes you on a journey through the latter parts of Matthew Chapter 5, on the subject of relationship roadblocks.

Trusting God for the Impossible
August 06 – September 10, 2006

The power of expectation and living by faith is strong. We are urged to conduct our lives by believing God, in every area. Doing this produces a sense of well-being and peace that we all want. What is faith? How can we find it? The answers to these questions and more, are in this 6 part seres.

Connecting with God

Most people believe in prayer and pray on a daily basis, but most don’t know how to truly connect with God.In this series, Pastor Mark shows what works in prayer, what doesn’t work and how to get in touch with God one-on-one. By following His instructions found in Matthew 6, learn how your can relate to God intimately, receive the gifts that He offers, and respond to Him when He speaks.