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!!”
What happens when Jesus is interrupted amidst a crowd of followers by a man with the feared disease of leprosy? He does the unthinkable. In this message, we'll watch Jesus demonstrate what he's able to do for us--it's something we desperately need.
Have you ever felt sorry for someone? Jesus sure did and as a result, he took action. In this message, we continue our Signs series by looking at a miracle that points to what Jesus feels when we struggle and the response the he has for us when we call out to him.
Walking on water, healing the sick, feeding thousands with one kid's lunch, raising the dead--Jesus' miracles were amazing...but why did he do them? In this message, we kick off the Signs series by looking at a pair of miracles that point to one huge truth about Jesus.
Sometimes we worship because God is close. But sometimes we worship because God seems far away.
Many of the Psalms include frustrated questions voiced by human beings who are flummoxed by the ways of a God they can’t see and whose ways they often can’t anticipate. In those times, we must remember that God doesn’t prize conceit or convention in worship, but instead always welcomes honesty.
Ever been so angry, you actually wished pain and suffering on the person who wronged you? If so, you’re not alone.
In this message, we’ll explore a Psalm that communicates some startlingly vengeful thoughts and find that it has much to teach us about ourselves, our relationships with other people, and our relationship with God.
The Psalms show us a wide variety of expression, but at the core of each of them lies a love for God that drives a deep desire for relationship and a devotion to the communication that’s integral to meaningful connection. In this message, we’ll zero in on how praise and thanksgiving are communicated through the Psalms, and what we can learn from that example.
The Bible says love "always trusts" and "always hopes." Always? ...Really?
In this message, we explore what God says about how love acts and ask ourselves if it's realistic--or even healthy--to behave that way.
What do you do when your spouse doesn't do what you want? In this message, we explore what God says about how love responds to the inherent imperfection of human beings. (It's both really difficult and really good.)
Ever try to get your spouse to give in and do the dishes before you do? Always pushing for the kinds of movies you like? Ever made up an excuse to get out of cleaning the litter box or changing a diaper?
If so, you're selfish! But take heart--you're not alone. And this message is for you.
If you're single and you might be married someday, you're shaping your marriage already. In this message, we explore what you need to do now if you want your future marriage to be good.
Garrett East, whose missionary work in Tanzania we support, shares a message about a precursor of Jesus named John--and one key way we should emulate him.
Shepherds--we're so used to seeing them in our nativity scenes, we forget how crazy it is that the Big Announcement of Christ's arrival was given exclusively to them. In this message, we'll explore how God turns the expectations of ‘who’s invited’ upside down, inviting the least and least likely, and then calling them to invite others.
God called for Joseph to do the opposite of normal and receive Mary--to trust Him and respond in a way that didn’t seem to be warranted by the circumstances. As followers of Jesus, we’re called by God to join Joseph and flip the script on how we treat others.*
If you've lived with God for a while, you may have noticed: God so often upends our expectations, defying convention and predictability. And nowhere is that more evident than in the coming of Jesus.
In this series, we’ll use the birth narrative as a lens through which to explore God’s delightfully subversive habit of surprising the world with grace, mercy and generosity. And we’ll see that he calls us to do the same.