Do you feel experiences of hurt and pain are like weights holding you down? If you've carried that weight for a long time, do you identify with that pain?
When you think about the ways you have been loyal to others, do you feel like your loyalty has sometimes not been repaid in kind? Would you even say your loyalty has sometimes been repaid with adversity?
During holiday seasons, do you typically find yourself surrounded by more people than normal? How would you describe the influences of those people? Healthy? Good? Annoying? Toxic? Sometimes, despite the best intentions, we find ourselves involved in relationships which negatively influence our lives. How do you avoid letting those people get to you? In today's message we'll see Jesus modeling a way for us to set up boundaries and guardrails in our own relationships. We'll be challenged to take a look at the people we have chosen to trust with our innermost vulnerabilities and reconsider what kind of access they should have to our hearts.
The holiday season is upon us. Do you feel out of balance? In today's message, we'll take a look a moment in the life of Nehemiah. We'll see that he was surrounded by dangerous circumstances and annoying distractions and had to say "no" to some things in order to stay focused on the "great work" he was engaged in. We'll also learn some practical tips on how to prevent busyness this season.
What does Christmas look like? Does it look like the hype of the perfect families portrayed in TV commercials? Or is there something else to it? In today's message, we'll consider some ideas that will challenge the way we approach the Christmas holiday. Ultimately we'll discover that our hope is not in the hype of the holidays but our hope is in something greater, and hope in that something greater does not involve a setback as we move into 2018.