“If there is a meaning in life at all,” wrote Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl, “then there must be a meaning in suffering.” It’s easy to question or accuse God when we’re in pain, but what if Frankl was right? What if our suffering, just like our lives, has a purpose?
How should we respond to questions from people more interested in antagonism than understanding? Is there anything we can present to our skeptical culture that’s undeniable?
In this message, Jake reminds us that as Christians, the Lord has unified all of us through himself and the Lord also has urged us to put every effort towards fostering unity among the body. A timely message for today as we are barraged by workings in our world which attempt to divide and to isolate us from one another. Thank God, we are stuck together as the body of Christ and called to grow together!
As Christians, we have a tendency to think being a follower of Christ is about toughing it out with clenched fists as we try to be perfect and keep the dark powers at bay. A life driven by fear. What if I told you there was another way? What if I told you these dark powers and our desire for perfection has been nailed to the cross? In this message, Randy Harris reminds us of Paul's words to the Colossians which speak truth for us today. We are called to give up fear and to play along to the music of God's grace knowing the victory is won!
What if we strove to think the way Jesus thought? This message explores the beautiful, upside down nature of the Gospel. A radically inclusive Gospel about a crucified Messiah who empties himself by taking the form of a slave in order to unify all people. Even more, this Messiah invites us to spend our life becoming who he has pronounced us to be: citizens of another world, the Kingdom of God.
In this message, Randy Harris explores Paul's simplest explanation of the Gospel which is by no means eloquent. In view of Paul's own experience of failure on his missionary journeys across Asia, Paul shares news to the Corinthians that is Good for the sum of us who feel incompetent in this life. With two words, Paul reminds us of our need to rely not on ourselves but on the God who raises the dead.
God loves giving money to those who spend it wisely. But what does that mean? In this message, we’ll examine a story Jesus told to those who were tempted to love money--and we’ll find out what wisdom in the area of our finances looks like.
One of our greatest struggles with money and stuff is a constant thirst for more. It shackles us and keeps money squarely in the “curse” category for us. The solution, although difficult to pursue, is straightforward and entirely achievable: contentment. In this message, we’ll explore the nature of contentment and some practical ways to cultivate it in our lives.
We look to money for a lot of things: security, status, purpose. But there’s a problem with that: those are things only God can provide. Want to stop loving your money? Stop expecting so much from it.
Whether money is a blessing or a curse for you comes down to one profoundly important question. In this message, we'll explore what that question is, and how to (accurately) answer it.
Out of everything that substantiated Jesus' claim to be King, there's one thing that stood (and continues to stand) above the rest: his resurrection. But can we trust that it happened? And what does that event 2000 years ago mean for us today?
What kind of king comes to the throne destined to die a common criminal's death? And embraces that destiny? Our King. Here's why that matters, why it had to be that way, and what it means for us.
Ever wanted a little credit for being better than other people? I mean, you're not the greatest person alive, but at least you're not like ________. If you've ever felt this way (and most of us have), Jesus has a story for you.
When Jesus tells a story, it reveals something about life in his Kingdom. In this message, guest speaker Logan Owens explores a story Jesus told about a Jewish wedding—you may not ever go to a Jewish wedding, but you'll want to hear what this one has to do with you.
Beto. Trump. Capitalism. Affluence. Family. Ourselves. We love choosing kings. We're just bad at doing it. In this message, we'll explore the way our deepest needs are poorly met by the kings we often choose—and the way the're perfectly satisfied by only one monarch: Jesus.
What are your expectations of Jesus? No matter who you are or how much you’ve actually interacted with him, you probably have some. Maybe you expect him to heal you. Maybe you expect him to make you give all your money away. Or make you richer. Maybe you expect him to make you a better husband. Or less anxious. Maybe you expect him to act like Mr. Rogers. Or who knows—maybe you expect him to act more like President Trump. As we begin this series, we’ll find that Jesus has a way of defying our expectations, whatever they may be. And we’ll find that our response to that dissonance makes all the difference.
Ever had questions about reading the Bible? We all have.
In this super-practical message, Justin answers some of the most frequently asked questions he’s heard over the years as people have talked to him about how to read the Bible well.
So when you pick up a Bible, what exactly are you holding? Are all of the 'books' of the Bible the same as one another? If not, how are they different? Is there some over-arching story? If so, what is it?
In this message, we'll explore those questions and more.
If you're like most people, new to church or experienced, reading the Bible can be, well, complicated. People say it's important to do, but doing it brings up so many questions.
- What is it, exactly?
- What's the deal with all the different parts?
- Why does it matter whether or not we read it?
- Isn't it old and out of touch?
- What do I do if I can't understand it?
- It seems boring. Am I reading it wrong?
These are all legitimate questions. Join us for this series as we seek out some helpful answers.