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.
Do you have moments in your life where you wondered whether or not you belonged, and how has that made a difference in your life? In today's message we're going to hear a story about Jesus addressing different groups of people where he makes clear that everyone has a place to belong. We'll also hear from three new guest speakers describing how Element has been a place of grace and truth, where they've had the freedom to not be okay while they figure out different areas of life.
Being a follower isn't always a bad thing, so how being a good follower help us in our daily lives? In today's message we'll encounter a story of God leading his people through difficult times out of dangerous situations and learn some tips about how to be a great follower. We'll see how the things we remember influence our attitudes toward personal growth, and how refreshing our memories can help us deal with discouragement.
What's your story? How is yours connected to others around you? In today's message we'll hear how Jesus engaged the stories of people around him to bring healing and light to places of hurt and darkness. From Jesus' example we'll see that love engages, and we'll be challenged to learn to understand--and care for--the people around us.
Would you play soccer without a ball? Why or why not? Probably because it's fake, right? In our world today, authenticity is very compelling. We are drawn to it like never before, and appalled by insincerity like never before. In today's message we'll engage an altercation between the religious elites and the common people during Jesus' time on earth. Ultimately we'll see that action authenticates faith, and we'll be encouraged to take next steps to live authentically in our own lives.
So far in this series we've explored ideas about trusting and following God when life is stressful and confusing, but what happens when life hurts or feels unfair? Sometimes the story of our lives is exactly opposite of what we would hope and expect, and those experiences challenge the idea that God is kind and just. In today's message we'll hear some very personal stories about enduring some of life's most difficult storms by chasing the "why".
Have you ever started packed for a trip by first unpacking from the last one? Have you come back from a trip, procrastinated unpacking, and when the next one comes around you discover 31 pairs of socks you forgot you had…and all the associated fragrances? In today's message we'll connect with some funny and honest truths about what can happen when we're unwilling to deal with our baggage.
What if faith were like… pie? What kind of perspective can we gain from looking at our life like that? In today's message we'll hear a personal story about transitioning from resentment and struggling with faith, to discovering peace. We'll see that taking God seriously adds structure to life, and structure allows something as fragile as pie to endure great pressure.
Have you ever put someone on a pedestal, discovered something about them, and then wondered if you're following the right person? Everyone needs a role model to follow, someone who has traveled the road ahead of us and can provide good guidance. But it's important to make sure the people we follow are positive influences instead of negative ones. In today's message we'll hear some strong words from Paul, the author of the book of Philippians, to guide us as we decide whom to follow.
What happens when a parent picks favorites, and then plays favorites? Evidence suggests that people get hurt. In a few weeks we'll take another look at this topic, but in today's message we'll hear about a family where just such a thing happened. This story will demonstrate some lessons about dealing with betrayal and help us take next steps in the area of forgiveness.
How can the story of Jonah, a grumpy and disagreeable character, help me understand where God is in my storm? In today's message we'll discover some interesting new insights from this old and familiar tale, specifically giving us new perspective on how to pray.
Can you relate to doing your best to make good decisions, but everything still seems to be going wrong? In today's message we'll take a look at a story of three characters who were trying to do what they believed to be right, but found themselves in a tense situation where things got, shall we say, heated. Though their obedience lead to a seemingly worse situation, we'll ultimately find strength remembering that faithful obedience is our responsibility while the outcome is God's.
How do you decide what you're going to spend your time on? Do you always have too much time, always get everything done early, and never seem to be busy? In today's message we are cautioned and coached to make the most of our time and opportunities. We'll work through ideas about how to discern the will of God and ultimately live for our purposes.
When life feels out of balance do we typically look for ways to cut our losses, or ways to be generous? We've been focusing on the idea that living with balance isn't the goal; living with purpose is. To help us with that idea, we'll visit some stories in the Bible where God called people to make life decisions with an open-handed mindset, and consider practical next steps for our own lives. We'll also hear about life-change happening in Laurel because the people of Element have been generous.
Have you ever felt like life is out of balance? It seems like any time we pick up something new, or something changes, things go out of balance. In today's message we'll challenge the idea of "life balance" by considering that the goal of life isn't balance, it's purpose.
How do you feel about some of your closest friends? Is there a lot of trust and certainty between you? Or are there aspects of betrayal as well? In today's message, we'll take a look at the relationship between Jesus and Peter. We'll meet Peter at a time of guilt and shame, having denied that he even knew one of his closest friends, and find hope in the way Jesus restores him.
How do you respond to growth and change in yourself and others? Do you celebrate change or are threatened by it? In today's message we'll hear about an instance when Jesus healed a paralyzed man but the people around him responded negatively to the things he did. Ultimately we'll discover that God is not scared of our deficiencies nor defines us by our accomplishments.