Thanks, Instagram. Social media trains us to measure our relational life by how many friends or followers we have. But Jesus never measured his friendships this way--he had 12 close friends and was mostly concerned with one test of their friendship: would they bail when things got tough?
Ever heard of Onesiphorus? Probably not, but he's one friend everyone should know about. ...And emulate.
No matter how careful you are, you can’t guard yourself from every bad thing in life. But you can certainly avoid a lot of difficulty by pursuing one thing. In this message, the writer of Ecclesiastes will give us perspective on how to live the best life possible.
Is there any lasting meaning to be found in money? ...That depends. In this message, we explore what Ecclesiastes has to say about making our finances fruitful.
What should you do when life gets you down? Enjoy it. ...Sound ridiculous? In this message, we'll explore what we can do to make sure life isn't just absurd, but bearable.
When life doesn't go the way we think it should, we're reminded of one critical truth--and remembering it will do us a world of good.
It's good to be a part of this church. Here's why.
What can we learn about the God of the universe from a modular building? As it turns out, a lot. In this message, we'll take a look at the über-detailed blueprints God gave to the ancient Israelites for the construction of the Tabernacle, and we'll explore 3 important things this structure shows us about the God who designed it.
Ever read through the dietary restrictions God gave to ancient Israel? There's some...interesting stuff in there. But it may teach us some important things about our Heavenly Father—and about us as well.
Let's face it: often, we find ourselves interacting with others selfishly, impatiently, or judgmentally. When we walk around this way, we're essentially asking the question, "Who can I not love?" In this message, our student minister, Josh Jones, invites us to let Jesus challenge us to ask a better question.
Once the journey's complete, a hero returns home changed. In this message, we'll find out what that looks like in the life of a follower of Jesus: it's one thing that's not always easy to do, but makes all the sense in the world.
This is the hardest part in a character’s journey: The moment when they’re confronted with the reality that what they really want will cost them dearly. Jesus wants his followers to understand: the same is true for us in our story with him.
What are you looking for, really? The answer may surprise you. In this message, we explore God's ultimate goal in saving you (hint: it isn't about your sins).
Jesus calls every one of us into a new world--and then we have to learn to adapt through trials and training. It’s during this phase of our story that God shapes us in difficult, wonderful ways.
As we continue exploring the parallels between classic story structure and our journey as disciples of Jesus, we come to the "Go" moment--a character crossing the threshold between their previous reality and a new “world.” Again and again, Jesus calls us to follow him deeper into spiritual maturity--and again and again, we must decide whether or not to cross the threshold.
4/30/17 Speaker: Dan Burgess
Classic stories begin with a character who’s in a zone of comfort...but they want something. This desire disrupts their routine and eventually leads them on a transformative journey. This is exactly how our journey with Christ begins. Without Jesus, you are not what you were made to be, and only He can help you become that.
Life is hard. Suffering is real. But we don't have to suffer without hope. In this message, we focus on the one event that completely changes the way we navigate difficult things: the resurrection of Jesus.
So if we’re to be Feast People who gather regularly to celebrate the work and blessing of God, what does that look like and what are some ways we can do it on purpose?
Focusing on the stories of the Feast of Passover and the Last Supper, we’ll answer those questions.
Joy isn’t all fun and games. It’s essential to survival.
In this message, we’ll sit in on a moment in ancient Israel where people are challenged to put their grief aside and pursue joy by way of good food and sweet drinks.
God makes his people Feast People, who celebrate together the incredible blessing and work of God. In response to a gracious God, celebration says, “Thank you! I love it!!”