It’s not about just knowing the right things, or believing the right things. Faithfulness flows from faith—wisdom is faith in action.Read More
We love a grudge. We love to think about getting even. We’re pretty sure what Jesus actually meant was, “Do unto others before they do something to you.” But then we…Read More
Jesus wants us to be people who keep the vows we make. To live in the truth and let our yes be yes and our no be no. If we, the people of God, can’t show each other that we mean what we say, then when we proclaim His promises—they’re gonna sound pretty hollow. We need to show this world, all the people who need hope, that God’s promises are true. That’s why it’s so important for us to follow through on the things we say—because it’s a testimony to the promises that God has given to us.Read More
Ever wish you could just start all over? There have definitely been times when I wished I could start over. Get a redo, hit the delete button, but some things can’t be undone. Like when I say something andRead More
What are your biggest disappointments? The difference between whether you’re gonna be disappointed or not depends on if what you’re hoping for is true or not. Are you building up your hopes to be disappointed in God? Matthew 21:1-11
When things get hard, that’s when we have to trust what we know. We have to trust our training. Trusting God means trusting what He’s told us—trusting His promises. Trusting the things we read in the Bible.
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Life is awkward. It’s full of gross and embarrassing moments. We all have a story, and when we’re in the middle of it, it’s pretty hard to see where it’s going. It’s pretty hard to know where we are. The thing is, God has a really great story for you to live. But, sometimesRead More
What is marriage? When is divorce okay? Who gets to decide gender?
Where does Jesus answer these questions?
We live in a society that seems to be unable to agree about any of those ideas. As we continue in our message series "The Teaching of Jesus," we are going to find that He solved these "riddles" a long time ago.Read More
America’s favorite pastime—it’s not baseball, or football, or Nascar. It’s not movies or TV or music. It seems to be porn. Jesus says if you look at a person with lust then you have already committed adultery in your heart. The 6th Commandment. God doesn’t tell us what to do and what not to do to make us miserable—He’s protecting us from ourselves.Read More
Anger’s a really important emotion. We’re not supposed to ignore it, but we’re also not supposed to let it control us. We're to be Slow to speak. Quick to listen. Slow to anger. The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Anger needs to point us in the direction of resolving conflict, not escalating it, not ignoring it. Jesus says trying to harm people with words is as bad as murder. Matthew 5:21-26Read More
So how does Jesus relate to the Old Testament? And what about us? Now that we have the New Testament, what are we supposed to think about it? God didn’t send Jesus into the world so we wouldn’t do what He wants. He sent Jesus into the world so it would be possible for us to do the right things for the right reasons. God still wants us to live good lives, do good things, live holy lives. Matthew 5:17-20Read More
We have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for, we also have some serious challenges we’re facing. We know that God has led us here and He will see us through. He’s not done with us, He hasn’t abandoned us, He’s gonna finish what He started. God is faithful. God is good, and God is in control.Read More
We all want to change the world but we don’t want to change. Jesus says you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. You know all those things you think are wrong with the world? Draw a circle around your feet and start making those changes inside the circle. Let your good works shine to lead people through the darkness—so that they will praise your heavenly Father. To salt the earth—live the extraordinary lives of normal people, uncorrupted by all the impurities of the world. You've got to be the difference you want to see in the world.Read More
Jesus takes an interesting turn on the last Beatitude—in the previous eight blessings He said “Blessed are the poor, the meek, the pure in heart—for THEY shall see God, THEY shall be called the sons of God, for THEIRS is the kingdom of heaven. They. Theirs. The ninth Beatitude is different—This just got personal.Read More
The Beatitudes are the doorway to understanding Jesus’ teaching. If we get them wrong, we get everything wrong. It’s a question of how we see the world: Are we trying to do something so God will bless us? Or are we responding to God’s blessing in how we live our lives?Read More
The Gospel isn’t supposed to be an unused gift card.
We’re not supposed to put the gift in a drawer and forget about it.
We gotta go straight to awkward. Not to prove anything but to …Read More
Several years ago I was listening to the author Leonard Sweet talk about how the modern church has forgotten what it means to be the people of God. The first thing he said when he walked on stage was, “Good morning sinners.” He waited a moment and said…Read More
We can’t survive without something to believe in. We can’t live without hope,
and we can’t create our own meaning,
Thanks be to God He’s already given us what we need:
something to believe in, something to do with our life,
and a bunch of great people to do it with.