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.
How many of us have things in our lives that are not the way they should be? How many of us desperately want those things to be made right? Today's message is all about restoration as we continue to look at the life of king David. In this message we'll hear the joy in David's heart as he responds to God restoring him. We'll discover that this same joy, hope, strength, and contentment can be experienced in our own lives as we learn to rely on God in the middle of our own challenges.
If your life and circumstances have changed over time, do you remember the way you used to be? How did you get from the way you were to the way you are now? Today's message will give us some practical encouragement when we find ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. We'll hear another story about King David's past struggles and future ambitions, and find encouragement as he remembers how God has brought him so far.
What do you do when you get caught or exposed doing something you're not supposed to? Do you continue to argue, or do you own up to your decisions and the consequences? In today's message, we'll see how King David handled a similar situation. Ultimately we'll learn that he didn't argue or try to justify his actions. Instead, he faced the mirror, took ownership of his decisions, and admitted "I'm the man!"
How have you been reacting enjoying this series so far? Hopefully you've been finding encouragement as well as ideas for how to engage challenging circumstances. In today's message we'll hear some raw emotion from one of the Bible's most familiar characters. David was a man after God's own heart, and yet he still experienced a lot of adversity. From his story we'll learn that it's okay to not be okay, but it's not okay to stay that way, because Jesus wants something greater for each of us.
Are there times in your life when you've had opportunities to make compromises to get ahead, but not making those compromises continues to hold you back? What are the consequences one way or another? In today's message we'll revisit some stories from the Old Testament about David, being chased around the country by king Saul, and the opportunities he had to make compromises. We'll see how he exercised patience, faith, and honor amid his desperate circumstances and find encouragement applying these qualities in our own lives.
Do you have any relationship in life, either with people or things (maybe work), which you depend on for benefits and/or sustenance? Do those relationships also sometimes come with a lot of drama and trouble? In today's message we'll look at a character in a similar situation and consider some questions we can ask to help get us through tough times. Next time you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, ask yourself: "Based on my past experiences, my current circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?"
Do you feel trapped between difficult choices? Today we will be kicking off a new series titled, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" where we will begin to discover what to do when life gives us trouble.
What’s the stage or platform you’re living on? Is it your kids and comparing your family to others? Is it your likes on social media? Maybe work? Maybe the dance floor at the club? In today's message we'll take a look at ourselves and consider the platform we're living out our lives on. We'll consider that a life lived on a platform driven by performance leads to emptiness and loneliness. Ultimately we'll be challenged to consider the idea that God does not simply want to be entertained by us, but desires intimacy with us.
Can the church make a difference in someone's life? What are the reasons we should be inviting others to church? In today's message, we'll take a look a the story of Saul and see how his story can be applied to our lives.
Have you ever experienced a relationship where it feels like the other person, or people, are not pulling their weight? If life is supposed to be better together then why do so many relationships feel empty, lonely, and disappointing? Maybe it's a group project where you care more about it than your teammates. Maybe it's at work. Maybe it's at home. These are all very difficult scenarios to work through, but in today's message, we'll hear about the a way God created people to live in relationship with one another. In particular, we'll hear about how God has created everyone with different abilities, to contribute to one another and live in harmony.
If everyone loves you, is it possible to still be lonely? In today's message, we'll take a look at the definition of the original word for "church" and see how that can inform our relationships with other people.
What is one basic fact about growing people? They change! What is the center of the universe? Depends on what century you ask the question. In today's message, we'll consider these two themes as we again focus our attention on some things to remember. Today we'll notice four practical ways to grow in our relationships with God.
When life gets busy or stressful, how do you remember the things that are most important and reset your focus? In todays message we'll see an old idea of remembering important life experiences applied in some familiar ways. Ultimately we'll be reminded of some of the great things God has already done in our lives, and that resetting our focus on Him can change our present circumstances.
Do the supernatural events recorded in the Bible make it difficult to believe in Jesus? If so, you're in good company. As we'll see in today's message, all of Jesus' closest companions experienced some unbelievable things which sometimes confused and frightened them. Ultimately we can find comfort in trusting that, though we may struggle to clearly explain everything going on, God is still compassionate toward us and has our best interest in mind.
We are all passionate about specific things, but have you ever been so focused on details that you miss the big picture? In today's message, we'll hear a story of a time when Jesus defied the customs of his day to bring hope to a group of people desperate for healing.
Have you ever had family drama? Like the kind of drama where you celebrate holidays in two different households so that certain people don't have to be in the same room? How about a sharp disagreement between friends or neighbors? When the people around you and the people you care about don't seem capable of reconciliation, how do you speak into those tensions and bring some kind of unity, instead of division? In today's message we'll encounter the story of a family dispute that lasted over 1,000 years, and how Jesus entered into it to bring reconciliation and unity.
In today's message we will see how Jesus went against cultral norms to reach people who other religious leaders ignored. How can we apply Jesus' message of truth and grace in our lives?
How do we view Jesus? Who is Jesus? In today's message we begin a new series called The Defiant One where we will see how our perspective on who Jesus is shapes our perspective on life.