Many of us are looking forward to great things happening in 2022. Some of us may be looking back at the past year with regret. It seems regret is something that's unavoidable in life – in our decisions, relationships, faith, and so many other areas. But what if regret was preventable?
It’s human to associate fear with authority figures — most of us don’t like getting in trouble. Somewhere along the way, we end up attaching that same fear to God. And if we are afraid of Him because of what we’ve done wrong, it becomes impossible to experience intimacy with Him. This is what makes the Christmas story such good news — because Jesus came, we no longer have to hide from God because of our sin.
Our life’s experiences and how we are made form our unique story. The same is true for everyone we meet. In order to love and care for others well, we need the humility to remember we are rarely fully aware of others’ stories — there are often parts we don’t know. This is why cultivating empathy for others is so important. Empathy is God’s tool to foster grace for ourselves and others.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a map for our faith journey like there is for hiking trails? What if there were mile markers along the way that help us to know what we could be feeling and experiencing at any given point? What if there were real life warning signs that helped protect us from dangers and death? The good news is there is a map of spiritual growth with mile markers that will help you in developing your relationship with God.
So often we think of generosity in terms of what we are giving away. The idea that generosity gives us something seems incredibly hard to believe. But this is the paradox of generosity — the more we give away, the more we gain all sorts of benefits.
What if we could remodel our life by remodeling our mind? What if we could take our life in a completely different direction just by changing our thought patterns? The good news is there is a simple process that enables us to do just that.
We all strive for the ideal, but this doesn’t mean we can avoid reality. What do we do when our carefully cultivated social media images don’t really reflect the fullness of our real lives? How do we manage that tension? Oftentimes, we try to filter it or change the ideal. But Jesus gives us another way.
How do you define the word “neighbor?” How does Jesus define it? Is it actually possible to love all our neighbors well, despite differences, hurts, and discomforts? This week, we’re talking about the one thing that empowers us to do just that.
The Twelve Disciples were some of the most influencial people in history, changing the world with their lives and ministry in only a few short years. What's incredible is that they were teenagers at the time. So how can we empower the next generation to be world changers today?
You've Got a Friend in Me: 5 Keys to Great Relationships
We have never been more connected in this world, while at the same time, we have never been more disconnected. Many of us lack the intimate friendships that we need to bring us joy and real satisfaction in life. Developing truly intimate relationships across the board — within our families and friendships — takes time and effort. How can we unlock the power of relationships in our life?
There is power in a story. The story you write with your life can have a powerful impact on the people around you. But the legacy you leave is profoundly impacted by the decisions you make when the unexpected happens. The good news is that we don’t have to navigate these decisions on our own. We have a God who wants to guide us so our lives will be a story worth telling instead of a story we hope no one remembers.
What happens after we die? What is Heaven really like? Does an after-life give us meaning in this life? Chances are, these are questions you have thought about before. We all do. It can be tough to answer them, but the answers we choose can have enormous implications on how we live our lives each and every day. We are going to be tackling these difficult questions in Welcome Home: A Conversation About Eternity.
Research would suggest that we were perhaps the most anxious generation that has ever lived even before 2020 began. But with so many people struggling with their mental health, why is there such a stigma associated with anxiety, depression, isolation, loneliness, emptiness, and more? Could it be that you are way more normal than you think and relief could be closer than you realize?
What if in 2021, you could look back and say this was a year that you focused more and more on something that really changed your life? What if you discovered something that could make 2021 a year of growth and insight for you? Join us as we launch a new series to find out how shifting our focus can change things for the better.
How do we choose to hope even when our circumstances paint a bleak picture? When God doesn’t act the way we want Him to in the timing we want Him to, how can we continue to pursue faithfulness? If we want to find real hope this Holiday season, we need to start by remembering the past.
The holidays can be stressful during the best of times, and Thanksgiving 2020 is sure to have challenges all its own. So how can we live at peace with those around us and successfully navigate this holiday season?
Leadership is all about influence, which means every single one of us is a leader in some area of our life. In Brick by Brick, we'll take a look at the story of Nehemiah, and find out what his life and leadership can teach us about how we can be wise, sensible leaders.
When times are difficult and we're out of our normal routines, it's easy to feel the pull towards the wrong things. We can let our fears and loss of confidence lead us to a resistible version of our faith. But there's a way to overcome our fears and fulfill the destiny God has for each of us.
Red & Blue: The Way Forward with Politics & Religion
Politics and Religion are two topics people tend to avoid because they can be uncomfortable, but Jesus actually had a lot to say about them. In this series, we'll spend a few weeks taking a look at how we can navigate this election season and the role that faith plays in it for each of us.
Why are we so bad at listening? And how much could we improve our lives, our relationships, and our faith if we could learn to tune out all of the noise that distracts us and really begin to listen – to each other and to God?
We wish making a fresh start was as simple as pushing a button. But it's not that easy. So what does a fresh start look like in our lives — in our relationships, in our parenting, at work, or even as a culture? What are the practical steps we can take to experience something better — a genuine fresh start?
“I can’t believe I said that. Where did that come from?” If we’re not careful, our emotions can shape our actions much more than we want them to. But monitoring our behavior isn't enough. We need to monitor our hearts and tell our emotions, “You’re not the boss of me.” The good news? God's ready and willing to help us with this process.
We all want to write a great story with our lives — to get to the other side of those important and sometimes difficult seasons — and see that our faith has deepened, our relationships strengthened, and lives have been productive. Starting this Sunday, we will learn what steps to take in order to be able to tell the story we want to tell on the other side.
While believing in Jesus gives hope, Christianity is not based on hope or blind faith. It's based on evidence. As an eyewitness to many of Jesus' miracles, the apostle John reminds us that the supernatural feats of Jesus are not just random acts of kindness meant to help and inspire people. They are signs that give evidence for who Jesus is.
Who doesn't want this year to be better than last year? But even though we start off with good intentions and making a commitment to improve, we often end up not following through. There’s got to be a better way, right? A perfect year may be impossible. But a better year is possible.
Is there really such a thing as a solution to everything? There is and we can sum it up in one word — grace. It’s the undeserved, unmerited, unearnable favor that Jesus came to offer us. So why wouldn’t we want Christianity to be true if this is a gift we can both receive and pass onto others?
Many of us grow up hearing Bible stories, but when we grow up we wonder: Can these really be true? And even if they are, what does this have to do with me now? To find answers to these questions, we can't look at individual stories. Instead, we dig into the story of the Bible.
So many people spend a third of their life at a job they dislike. In this series, we’ll look at what God says about work, what we can do to discover our purpose, and ultimately answer the question, "Is it possible to find my dream job?"
Whether you’ve been around church for a while or you’re new, you’ve probably heard of baptism. But what is it? What’s the purpose? Should it be something confusing, or perhaps something simple, personal, and beautiful? This one off message brings refreshing clarity to the conversation!
According to Wikipedia, a life hack is "any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency." Would you believe us if we told you that there are life hacks that are thousands of years old that can make your life better and make you better at life?
Whether you're a parent or not, whether your relationship with your parents is amazing or not-so-close, the great news is that we can all receive a blessing from our Heavenly Father that has the power to change everything – for us and for those that come after us.
Jesus’ ministry only lasted a few years, but shaped the history of humanity like no one before or after him. In this 6-part series, take a journey through the life of Jesus and look at significant places and events along the way.
Open mouth, insert foot. Is there anyone who can say they've never been there? (We don't think so!) Our big mouths can get us into big trouble, especially when it comes to our relationships with the people who matter most.