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37 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
What did Jesus come to do?
Jesus had resolve. He held unflinchingly tight to the plans and purposes of the Father. He was intentional and mission-focused. What about you? What are you here to do in this life? What mission did Jesus model for us? And what would happen if we, too, became like Jesus—intentional and mission-focused?
33 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
The Way of Jesus
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) If we want to become like Jesus, we need to spend time with Jesus. We need to study His life, His rhythms, His passions, His words, and His ways. We do this because Jesus is the Way, and His way is not our natural way. Let’s be transformed into the way of Jesus.
16 minutes | Jan 2, 2022
Three Words To Live By
January 2, 2022 / Ephesians 5:15-16 Everyday each of us is given an amazing gift, the gift of “time”. But how do we spend our time? How should we spend our time? We will look into three words that will help you make the most of the time you’ve been given.
21 minutes | Dec 26, 2021
37 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
I'm Not Done Yet
While all of our attention is focused on Jesus’ birth (His first coming that is often referred to as the Advent season), Jesus pressed His disciples to focus on His second coming. Throughout the Gospels, we continually hear the words of Jesus – “BE READY!” Jesus uses a variety of stories and illustrations to motivate His disciples to be prepared for His second advent – His second coming. The words to His disciples need to ring true to us. Be ready!
33 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
In times of turbulence, it’s easy to ask, “Is anyone in charge?” In this time of global disruption, people are wondering if this is the end of the world. Is it all coming to an end? What’s going on? When everything seems to be coming apart at the seams, it’s important to know the one that holds all things together. The entrance of Jesus fulfilled prophecies from yesterday. It also provides us everything we need to live for today.
36 minutes | Dec 5, 2021
Jesus is the Fulfillment of the Past
Augustine once said, “The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed.” The Scriptures are not isolated, disconnected thoughts or stories. Everything in human history has been pointing to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Everything has been fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Do you have eyes to see?
37 minutes | Nov 28, 2021
Everybody wants to know the secret. What’s the secret to wealth, fitness, financial success, or a happy family? So what’s the secret to contentment, a joy-filled life, and soul satisfaction? The apostle Paul declares that he has found the secret (Phil. 4:12). So, just what is that secret? Will it really work?
34 minutes | Nov 21, 2021
"More Than Enough" People
Paul again begins the third chapter of Philippians by calling the churches to rejoice, to express the deep, soul-satisfied joy that they possess. Again, we ask the question, “What might hinder the experience and the expression of joy in my life?” Paul clearly lays out two different ways of living—one that leads to the fullest experience and expression of joy and the other that leads to destruction. Which way are you living?
34 minutes | Nov 14, 2021
How to Get Joy From Where You're At
It’s a dead end street! The paths that we think lead us to joy often leave us disappointed and unfulfilled. While those paths can provide moments of pleasure, they only give us temporary happiness. They can take our mind off of our troubles, yet fail to deliver true, deep joy. Amidst brutal circumstances, the apostle Paul outlines a clear path towards deep, abiding joy. Walking that path is counter-cultural and counter-intuitive. In spite of that, God’s path leads us to a deep, abiding peace. It’s the way to live with joy in the journey.
35 minutes | Nov 7, 2021
What Has Happened?
Philippians is a power-packed letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the churches in Philippi. It offers us the opportunity to see that there is joy in the journey. Paul’s life and letter preach this message loudly, "Rejoice! Life is full of mountain highs and valley lows," and we can often ask the question: "What just happened?" We may be unsure of how to respond to our circumstances. We may be unsure of how to feel, emotionally, about our circumstances. Through it all, Paul makes the case that it is possible for the believer to experience joy.
36 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
The Bride of Christ
October 31,2021 / Heb 10:23-25, Rev 19:6-9, 1 Pet 2:1-11, Mat 5:14-16 Weddings are beautiful moments of celebration. The union of a man and woman becoming one is an incredible symbol of hope for the Church. We eagerly await the wedding of the Lamb that is depicted in the second coming of Christ, the union of Christ and His bride. Christ loves His bride. Do we? What if we loved Christ's bride in the same way He does? The results could be special.
37 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
How to Resolve Conflict
Conflict is something we all face. Many times we experience conflict in our families, our friendships, our places of work, and even places of worship. We want to help. We want to give you the inspiration and information you need to reconcile and resolve your conflicts.
37 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
In a time of strong opinions, harsh rhetoric, and polarizing ideas, the gospel cries out for us to do “one another” with intentionality and excellence. It’s not an option. Consistently and clearly we are called to do “one another” as Jesus did. Walking "with" Jesus means that as brothers and sisters, we learn to walk "with" one another. Isolation and self-protection aren’t an option. Walking "with" one another well is the desired outcome of truly walking "with" Him.
35 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
Life With God...Yeah, But How?
It is one thing to know something, but it is a whole different thing to put that knowledge into practice. We now know that doing life WITH God is the better way to relate to God, but how do we practically live out that knowledge? The Word of God lays out a very simple path to the posture of WITHNESS, but one that takes a high level of intentionality.
36 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
Life For God
Life for God sounds like a great posture to take in our relationship with God, but is it the best? Could it be that in such a posture our motivations may be distorted, as well-intentioned as they may be? A life for God posture can quickly place the mission over the Master, significance over salvation and performance over presence. May we reorient our hearts to choose what is better, like Mary did in the presence of Jesus.
33 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
Life From God
Could it be that sometimes we have the tendency to view our relationship with God similarly to the way we view our relationship with a vending machine? God becomes someone that we get things FROM. Consumerism is a ME-focused universe where everything’s value is determined by its usefulness to me, even when it comes to God. What if we traded building the “Kingdom of My” with the “Kingdom of Thy”?
35 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Life Over God
So just who is in charge? Our natural tendency is to want to be in control. We tend to minimize God and maximize ourselves. We want a relationship with God, but we want one where we are in control. We find ourselves trusting more in the natural than the supernatural. Life WITH God is the only way to complete joy and fulfillment.
37 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Life Under God
Living life under God seems like a proper way to relate with God, right? We ought to live under God’s authority, but what happens when this posture gets distorted and the motivations muddled? Living under God can quickly become a means to manipulate God through obedience to secure blessings and avoid calamities. What if we traded the posture of life under God for a posture of life with God?
37 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
One of the mega-themes of the Bible is the very idea of God with us. God never abandoned His creation. He does not dwell in the heavens apathetic and uninvolved in the affairs of humanity. He is God with us, manifested most powerfully through the incarnation of Jesus Christ—Emmanuel. Here’s the catch though: God, in his infinite goodness and greatness, has chosen to do life with us, but have we reciprocated? Or have we chosen a potentially more manipulative relationship with God, driven by fear and control?
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