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Triple Threat - Solitude (Week 1)
Feb 10 • 38 min
February 9, 2020 | Doug MaussThe Bible teaches that we were designed for relationships. But before we are able to have healthy relationships, something needs to be oriented right inside of us, first.
2020 You - Grit (Week 5)
Feb 3 • 38 min
February 2, 2020 | Dion GarrettDoing good work is always met by resistance. Doing God’s work, even more so. But how do you know when it’s time to cut your losses (i.e. sunk costs), or to dig deep and persevere?
2020 You - Embracing Diversity (Week 4)
Jan 27 • 34 min
January 26, 2020 | Dion GarrettEveryone is talking about diversity these days, but we all have felt the pain of trying to work with people who are radically different from us. It’s hard to get anything done when you’re surrounded by people with…
2020 You - Integrity (Week 3)
Jan 20 • 38 min
January 19, 2020 | Doug MaussMany have derailed their dreams by a failure of integrity. But is that fair? Should someone who is a great at what they do be taken down simply because they don’t meet other people’s standards or obey other people’s rules?
2020 You - Self-Control (Week 2)
Jan 13 • 40 min
January 12, 2020 | Dion GarrettAre successful people those who ruthlessly go after what they want? That’s the narrative we’re fed through the stories of the world’s most successful people. Or is real success a function of learning to avoid the things…
2020 You - Empathy (Week 1)
Jan 6 • 39 min
January 5, 2020 | Doug MaussIt’s easier to judge the actions of someone than it is to try to experience life through their eyes. But the failure to see as others do is more detrimental to our own success than we think!
Christmas Eve 11pm
Dec 30, 2019 • 27 min
Christmas Eve 11am
Dec 30, 2019 • 11 min
Great Expectations - Recycling Bins and Return Lines (Week 5)
Dec 30, 2019 • 26 min
December 29, 2019 | Stephen HowerThe season of “peace and goodwill” is over, now we’re facing stale cookies, a new year’s diet, return lines, credit card bills, and the cold winter. When the holiday is over and we find ourselves no different, what’s…
Christmas Eve 3pm
Dec 30, 2019 • 22 min
Great Expectations - Christmas Traditions (Week 4)
Dec 23, 2019 • 28 min
December 22, 2019 | Doug MaussChristmas is a time of numerous traditions. But it’s funny how good traditions can become empty and bad ones can supplant truth. That’s not only a holiday problem, it’s a problem that has haunted people of faith for…
Great Expectations - Tinsel & Lights (Week 3)
Dec 17, 2019 • 36 min
December 15, 2019 | Doug MaussThe darkness of the season is made tolerable, even beautiful, by the lights, glitz and glimmer we bring into it with our decorations. Those things are meant to point to the greater glory God revealed in this season, but in…
Great Expectations - Holiday Travel (Week 2)
Dec 9, 2019 • 37 min
December 8, 2019 | Dion GarrettWhile we dream of being with our loved ones during this season, snowy roadways and jammed airports mean that’s not always a possibility for us. But in this season of travel, it’s also important to think about the bigger…
Great Expectations - The Perfect Gift (Week 1)
Dec 2, 2019 • 39 min
December 1, 2019 | Dion GarrettWhatever we mean when we say, “Merry Christmas,” our culture’s favorite season has arrived! As we try to find the perfect gifts for people in our lives, we acknowledge that God’s “perfect gift” of Jesus is actually…
Shook - Episode 09. (Mark 9:33-10:52)
Nov 25, 2019 • 39 min
November 24, 2019 | Doug MaussWe work hard in pursuit of the American dream, driven to accumulate the things we think will add value to our lives. Yet Jesus said that power and wealth were to be used in the service of others!I Love My Church |…
Shook - Episode 08. (Mark 8:22-9:32)
Nov 18, 2019 • 39 min
November 17, 2019 | Dion GarrettIt’s human nature to avoid suffering, and downright foolishness to embrace it. Yet, Jesus shockingly embraced a path that led to death on a cross.
Shook - Episode 07. (Mark 7:1-8:21)
Nov 11, 2019 • 42 min
November 10, 2019 | Doug MaussIt’s human nature to become complacent when we compare ourselves to people who have obvious problems—conversely, we feel inadequate compared to those we put on pedestals. Yet, Jesus destroyed this dynamic entirely, tearing…
Inspired 2019
Nov 4, 2019 • 25 min
November 3, 2019 | Dion GarrettShare your story | [email protected]
Shook - Episode 06. (Mark 6:7-56)
Oct 28, 2019 • 39 min
October 27, 2019 | Doug MaussWe expect an all-powerful god to use his might and divine power to achieve his will. Yet Jesus unexpectedly chose to include broken, imperfect human beings as a part of his divine saving work.
Shook - Episode 05. (Mark 4:35-6:6)
Oct 21, 2019 • 38 min
October 20, 2019 | Dion GarrettPeople try to limit Jesus by putting him in a box: a prophet, a moral teacher, a miracle-performer. But he blew away the box by declaring who he really was, the new foundation for a transformed life!
Shook - Episode 04. (Mark 4:1-34)
Oct 14, 2019 • 37 min
October 13, 2019 | Stephen HowerWe believe that most people are rational, and so we argue, share evidence, and try to persuade others to our own opinions. But Jesus didn’t waste time debating—he simply told mystifying stories that cut straight to the…
Shook - Episode 03. (Mark 2:13-3:35)
Oct 7, 2019 • 41 min
October 6, 2019 | Dion GarrettHumans naturally divide themselves into groups for protection and safety. Jesus shook up the status quo by inviting everyone into a new tribe, including lawbreakers and pariahs!
Shook - Episode 02. (Mark 1:29-2:12)
Sep 30, 2019 • 44 min
Everywhere you turn, there are promises of quick fixes or simple solutions to life’s complicated problems. While the leaders of the day were trying to heal symptoms, Jesus raised their ire by naming and healing the true cause of our problems.
In This House - We Invite Others In (Week 5)
Sep 23, 2019 • 37 min
Invitations are powerful. Few people discover great new things out of a trailblazing curiosity, most are invited to experience something that someone else has already found. We are ALL ambassadors in this house. It is not the job of a few to invite or…
Shook - Episode 01. (Mark 1:1-28)
Sep 23, 2019 • 37 min
We expect people to follow the rules, in order to have an orderly and fair society. The religious leaders of Jesus day expected the messiah to crack down and enforce the old rules. Instead, Jesus broke the mold by not just breaking the rules, but by…
We Invite Others In
Sep 9, 2019 • 35 min
Invitations are powerful. Few people discover great new things out of a trailblazing curiosity, most are invited to experience something that someone else has already found. We are ALL ambassadors in this house. It is not the job of a few to invite or…
We Love Our Neighbors
Sep 3, 2019 • 15 min
Neighborhood Walk Weekend
We Keep Taking Steps
Aug 26, 2019 • 38 min
Even though we’re given identity and belonging apart from ourselves, that doesn’t mean the work is done. We are called to keep moving forward in our journey. None of us will ever arrive, our growth is continual and our path is every unfolding. For us…
We All Pitch In
Aug 19, 2019 • 39 min
We all have gifts. And each of our gifts look different. But gifts aren’t meant to be kept to ourselves, ALL gifts are meant to be shared with the greater family. Standing in our way of becoming active contributors are many personal and cultural…
We All Belong
Aug 12, 2019 • 39 min
Tight-knit families are a sight to behold, the envy of others. But the very things that make a family tight-knit are what keeps a wall up between insiders and outsiders. At Pathfinder, we strive to be a community who is close-knit but not exclusive. The…
Sustainable Rhythms
Aug 5, 2019 • 39 min
So many priorities compete for our attention. Many of us live in the Urgent and Important quadrant, so it’s hard to carve out margin for the things that would truly bring us peace and joy.
Common Mission
Jul 29, 2019 • 30 min
Life is more fulfilling when we are committed to serving a purpose bigger than our own comfort. But just maintaining stability takes so much focus and effort. How can a household or community thrive when different people have different goals and…
Open Doors
Jul 22, 2019 • 30 min
It’s natural to see yourself or your household as a closed off unit. After all, nobody else is responsible for taking care of you. So we wall ourselves off, bunker down, and try to just get through the next thing. But while closing off leaves us feeling…
Intentional Play
Jul 15, 2019 • 31 min
In a “work hard, play hard” culture, sometimes you never get around to the “play” part. Worse, as Christians, ideas of being “holy” have long been associated with being a stick-in-the-mud. Most of us master the art of working together long before we…
Deeper Conversations
Jul 8, 2019 • 40 min
So often our conversations are limited to just getting through the day, week, or month. We focus on the urgent tasks or the disruptive news cycles. As a result, we are generally stressed and unfulfilled. Talking about bigger things may cause us to feel…
Archipelagos Are Better than Islands
Jul 5, 2019 • 41 min
In all of the scientific, medical and technological advancements of the last 100 years, you’d think we’d be super-human by now. But one thing has worked against greater health and prosperity more than anything else, disconnection. That’s because an…
Analysis Paralysis
Jun 24, 2019 • 37 min
In life, many things may frighten us… but one of the most prevalent sources of anxiety comes through all the choices we have! We want to be empowered, not controlled, yet being in the role of “decision-maker” and “master of our own destiny” can leave us…
Getting Out of Your Head
Jun 17, 2019 • 37 min
God’s Acceptance and Your Own
Jun 10, 2019 • 41 min
All Christian’s preach Grace, but few of us live by it. The mental torture and self-condemnation many of us live under suggest that our minds haven’t yet accepted God’s grace. But receiving God’s grace as the bedrock of your being (your true script) is…
State of the Mind
Jun 3, 2019 • 39 min
After ignoring the topic of mental health for a long time, maybe we’re finally ready to admit that it’s not working for us—our minds are not as healthy as they could be! Maybe it also explains the lack of true life-transformation for Christians, since…
To Sell is Human
May 28, 2019 • 35 min
Everyone is always selling something, whether we realize it or not…Audi, Nike, Apple… our favorite restaurant or vacation destinations. Few of us ever stop to ask whose interests we are advancing.Nations, brands, and companies will all pass away,…
Intrinsic vs. Market Value
May 19, 2019 • 38 min
In this world, where we are valued by what we do, our identity comes from what we accomplish. This hellish belief causes us to strive endlessly to live up to some external standard, or to gauge our self-worth by how well we compare to those around us….
Fighting Fence Sitting
May 13, 2019 • 38 min
It is tempting to give our allegiance to the things that promise us prosperity, protection, and security, like a family, a nation, or an economic system. And while we can straddle, being loyal to Christ AND _____, what happens when those values or…
Survival in a Call-Out Culture
May 5, 2019 • 37 min
In a “call-out culture” nobody is ever safe. Whether it’s moms who are on their iPhones too much, husbands who don’t help out enough around the house, or any public figure who has ever tweeted anything offensive—judgment is coming for us all. How can…
No Rules Just Right
Apr 28, 2019 • 37 min
We live in an age where everyone chooses for themselves what is right. We are all sensitive to being controlled by someone else, even a religious authority. So everyone is free to pursue their own truth based on whatever they think is best for…
Fighting Fire with Fire
Apr 21, 2019 • 27 min
The world today is marked by chaos, political turmoil, environmental crisis, factionalism and violence. Even worse, evil people prosper, and good, faithful people experience one setback after another. How do we respond to struggles, suffering, and…
Choose to Serve
Apr 14, 2019 • 38 min
As humble as we might try to be, we all have things that feel beneath our station. But like the obscure Macedonian nun taught us, in serving the lowliest in the forgotten parts of Calcutta, we somehow can become one of the most influential people of…
Dave’s Journey
Apr 10, 2019 • 21 min
The journey from one’s head to one’s heart is the most important journey a Christ-follower can make. In David’s journey we see that it’s not about right answers, or a model of perfection, but enjoying people like Jesus does and finding meaning in…
Choose to Give
Apr 7, 2019 • 43 min
Proverbs says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” but the demands of life can be so hectic that every new ask causes serious strategic scrutiny of our resources and priorities. But Jesus shows us that when we…
Pua’s Journey
Apr 3, 2019 • 28 min
From growing up as a military kid, constantly having to make new connections, to living in an extended period of singleness waiting for “the connection,” Pua was able to learn the deep, life-changing lessons of courage, trust, and development the…
Choose to Honor
Mar 31, 2019 • 36 min
Isn’t it nice to have the spotlight once in a while? Who doesn’t want to be noticed and appreciated? But in grabbing the spotlight for ourselves we can get accustomed to shoving people out of our way, or worse, trampling them underfoot. This is not…
Drew’s Journey
Mar 27, 2019 • 22 min
God can draw from not just our pain and our mistakes to draw him closer to us, but also our inborn passions. In Drew’s journey we see that God puts things in us, dreams and passions, that he then uses to draw us back to him.
Choose to Forgive
Mar 24, 2019 • 39 min
The deepest wounds we carry are those that leave no visible scars and therefore, often go ignored. But these wounds especially need healing. We eventually find ourselves asking, “Should I forgive?” Jesus reveals that there is no greater human need…
David’s Journey
Mar 20, 2019 • 21 min
Finding a right relationship with authority is challenging for many of us. In David’s story we hear about his journey through fierce independence, struggles with authority, and control to a deeper surrender to God and acceptance of why God limits us.
Choose to Ask
Mar 17, 2019 • 31 min
When confronted with people who are different, it’s easy to judge, throw up our hands, or simply avoid such people and situations. But Jesus shows us what happens when we choose to ask, instead of assuming. When we choose to ask and understand, we…
Julie’s Journey
Mar 13, 2019 • 20 min
When the unthinkable happens, how do you recover? How do you ever heal? In Julie’s struggle with infertility and loss we see an unlikely story of redemption and growth where finding a way to serve others with her pain was the path to healing and growth.
Ash Wednesday 2019
Mar 6, 2019 • 24 min
Jesus’ Temptation marks the beginning of his ministry, the journey that would change the world. When we find ourselves in temptation, or struggle, sin and addiction, we’re starting in the same place as Jesus… and yet in his sinlessness he joins us and…
The Path of Adventure
Mar 3, 2019 • 39 min
You’re full of energy, and a breath of fresh air for people around you. But rather than face your own inadequacy to deal with hard or dark things in life, you search for endless distractions as an escape route from the possibilities of boundless fear…
The Path of Loyalty
Feb 24, 2019 • 38 min
You have learned what it is to be a steadfast friend. You will do anything for the people you love, dutifully standing with your tribe through thick and thin. But that may be because you’re afraid, you feel unsafe, and you worry you won’t have the…
The Path of Knowledge
Feb 17, 2019 • 39 min
You have a gift for illuminating things that are murky. You notice the littlest things. You’re more awake to everything. Your “Ah ha” moments are insightful and prove to be true. Along the way you’ve learned not to take things at face value; there’s…
The Path of Originality
Feb 10, 2019 • 39 min
You see beauty around you, the kind that often goes overlooked or undervalued. You bring creativity, passion, and romance into a colorless world but you’ve often felt misunderstood. Everyone else seems to be special, competent, satisfied, and…
The Path of Accomplishment
Feb 3, 2019 • 38 min
Growing up, you learned how to shine & achieve. Over time, you felt rewarded only for what you did and how well you did it. So now, trophies, prestige, and accomplishments are where you find validation. As a result, you’ll play whatever role you…
The Path of Service
Jan 27, 2019 • 36 min
As a kid, you were great at helping others. It gave you a sense of value and love. Perhaps that’s because you only felt loved if you were meeting someone else’s needs; your own personal needs felt selfish. Now, you fear that you aren’t lovable for who…
The Path of Integrity
Jan 20, 2019 • 38 min
You have a natural knack for knowing how anything can be improved and you make the world around you better. But some of that is a defense against the heavy criticism and punishment others have put on your for not being good enough. As such, you’ve…
The Path of Harmony
Jan 13, 2019 • 35 min
You have an acute awareness of all sides of a situation and can see clearly what is needed to keep the peace. You believe that your needs (even purpose and identity) are less important than maintaining harmony among the people around you. Why can’t…
The Path of Strength
Jan 6, 2019 • 35 min
You fight for the little guy and provide refuge for those you love, but it comes at a cost. It feels like you’re always fighting against things—or people and if you let down your guard, you and those you love will be taken advantage of, so there is…
Jesus: Born to Shine in the Darkest Places
Dec 30, 2018 • 34 min
For all the lights of Christmas festivities and New Year’s balls, this often feels like a dark season. What is the remedy that will truly bring light and joy to our hearts?
Christmas Day
Dec 25, 2018 • 15 min
Christmas Eve
Dec 24, 2018 • 20 min
Family Christmas Eve
Dec 24, 2018 • 10 min
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion
Dec 24, 2018 • 16 min
John: Born to Become Less
Dec 23, 2018 • 37 min
Anyone who’s worked hard for something wants to see the reward for their labors. If we’ve built something, we want to see its legacy. And yet so many people who build great things end up bitter and miserable. Why is this?
Samuel: Born to Listen
Dec 16, 2018 • 37 min
Human beings are not very good listeners. It’s why counselors can charge so much money just for being good at listening. It’s hard enough with humans, and it’s even more difficult to listen to (and obey!) God. And yet we often feel the natural…
Protection & Security
Dec 12, 2018 • 12 min
Darkness is scary, you feel vulnerable, subject to attack. Even things that bring no fear in the light can cause terror in the darkness. And fear is a feeling we know too well as residents of the darkness. But the coming of Jesus reminds us that we…
Moses: Born to Rescue
Dec 9, 2018 • 37 min
Most of us want to solve our own problems ourselves. We don’t want to ask others for help or feel beholden to anyone else. So what do we do when we are finally find ourselves completely out of our depth?
Isaac: Born to Spare Us
Dec 2, 2018 • 34 min
We believe in virtues of fairness. It’s common to say that people should get what they deserve. But does God’s understanding of fairness match ours?
Desensitized by the Dark
Nov 28, 2018 • 21 min
To prepare for the coming of Christ, we need to start with an acknowledgement of our lives lived in darkness and what living that way has cost us. We have become desensitized so that promise of light brings both some initial pain and also the promise…
Falling Upward
Nov 25, 2018 • 35 min
Success is not an upward climb to the top, the journey of the truly successful always looks radically different than we might expect, which is why we needlessly fear failure rather than embracing it.
Thanksgiving: Your Story Needs a Frame
Nov 20, 2018 • 26 min
There are many possible interpretations for any one story. In our own lives, we have to decide who are the heroes and the villains. Surprisingly, this is not as clear cut as we might think. Any given set of circumstances can be perceived as either a…
Steering into the Skid
Nov 18, 2018 • 34 min
When changes happen, especially changes that make us uncomfortable because they threaten our peace, it’s normal to grab on to whatever we can control and resist. But by resisting, things only get worse for us and the peace we long for gets further out…
Turning Yourself In
Nov 11, 2018 • 37 min
We keep secrets because we fear certain things revealed and what that would do. But when we lock things away to protect ourselves, that’s when we become true prisoners.
Gaining by Losing
Nov 4, 2018 • 34 min
Acquisition often keeps you focused on how you have less. Giving helps you feel full. Most of us fear that if we truly gave ourselves over to generosity, we’d end up with nothing left for ourselves. But Jesus promises that giving ourselves over to…
Dying to Live
Oct 28, 2018 • 28 min
We all fear death. Even the most faith-filled people struggle and fight against its inevitability. But in surrendering to the call to die, we discover a life that is full, rich, and absent of fear.
State of the Mission
Oct 21, 2018 • 41 min
How much are lost things worth?
Inspired: 2018
Oct 14, 2018 • 21 min
This weekend we’ll share undeniable stories of life change that are happening to people here in our church, reaffirming that God is alive, active, and that life change is possible for all of us.
The Forgotten God
Oct 7, 2018 • 35 min
Scripture reveals a “Triune” God, made of three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But while the roles of the first two persons are fairly straightforward (Creator and Rescuer), the Holy Spirit remains a mystery. How does having an…
The Heavenly Heavies
Sep 30, 2018 • 35 min
If angels are real, what connection do they have with us? (The Bible teaches that angels are God’s messengers who communicate his saving message to us, but also serve and protect us, defending us in the spiritual realm. And ultimately, they reveal a…
Evil, Part 2: The Unseen Battle
Sep 23, 2018 • 39 min
Jean-Paul Sartre famously believed that “hell is other people.” And other people often do make our lives harder. But if the devil is the real enemy, then the people around us are actually casualties in a larger, unseen war! How do we recognize the…
Evil, Part 1: The Devil Made Me Do It
Sep 16, 2018 • 37 min
When it comes to dealing with the devil, there are two extremes people can fall into: giving him too much blame or not enough recognition. How can we tell whether evil in our lives is from an outside antagonist, or simply from the evil impulses inside…
A Glimpse of Heaven
Sep 9, 2018 • 35 min
It’s obvious that humans are physical creatures, but not always clear that we are spiritual beings as well. Witnessing a person’s death often serves to open our eyes to spiritual reality. Are there people in heaven or hell, and what impact does that…
Being Joyful
Aug 26, 2018 • 34 min
The X factor of hospitality isn’t only attending to people’s safety and anticipating their needs…we’ve all experienced being taken care of but still not feeling cared for…it’s doing everything with a strong sense of joy for being able to communicate…
Anticipating Needs
Aug 19, 2018 • 31 min
While we may have different visions of what specific acts make for good hospitality, the irreducible principle of transformative hospitality is being so focused on the others, what they must be thinking and feeling, that you can address—even…
Ensuring Safety
Aug 12, 2018 • 39 min
There is nothing worse than being mistreated while you’re dependent on the care of someone else, on their turf, at their mercy. While hospitality has many facets, the baseline is that we will keep those entrusted to us safe, no matter what… even…
Living Forever
Aug 5, 2018 • 37 min
Planted deep within all humans is a desire to live forever because that’s what we were created to do! But ever since we were thrown out of the Garden, we’ve had to face the unkind reality of death. But now tech advances have changed that and…
Connecting in a Digital Age
Jul 29, 2018 • 38 min
What does it truly mean to connect with another person? Can it happen on a FaceTime screen? What about by following each other’s newsfeeds? Is a 90 day snapchat streak a surefire sign of a real connection? In a world where people are considered…
Restoring Our Rhythms
Jul 22, 2018 • 38 min
The natural world used to give us our cues of when to work and rest. They were provided in the rising and the setting of the sun, rain, sun, and the various seasons. The order of creation almost guaranteed a balance of work-play-rest for people (and…
Finding Our Place Again
Jul 15, 2018 • 35 min
Over time, people have defined what it means to be human in different ways (rationality, creativity, ethics and morals). For Christians, we have looked to the Book of Genesis to understand the place of honor we’re given in and over creation. But in a…
Is God’s Voice Even a Voice?
Jul 8, 2018 • 34 min
Balaam was a prophet, someone trained to hear divine truth. But it took a donkey to reveal God’s Word for him in a particular moment.
Did I Hear That Right?
Jul 1, 2018 • 37 min
Samson repeatedly made wrong choices, but God still used Samson to perform a mighty work.
How Can I “Tap In” to God?
Jun 24, 2018 • 42 min
David delighted in the Lord’s law and the Lord’s presence—so much that he danced for joy in the streets.
Does God Have More For Me?
Jun 17, 2018 • 37 min
Gideon was a quietly faithful man. He kept his nose clean, honored God privately, and tried not to upset the status quo. His life was fine, if not great. But God had victories in mind for Gideon, and showed him what it looked like to truly rely on…
The Commitment Trap
Jun 10, 2018 • 37 min
Commitment is limiting, it means you’re saying no to all the other good options out there. For this reason, committing to another person can be downright scary. But committing to someone for life, that can be so terrifying that we’ll only think of…
The Rules of Engagement
Jun 3, 2018 • 36 min
In life we long for a sense of control and autonomy (power). But relationships can only thrive where there is mutual dependency and vulnerability. These opposite pulls cause a very unhealthy relationship with power (unilateral action, patriarchy, the…
The Cost of Doing Business
May 27, 2018 • 31 min
The most costly part of doing relationships is the requirement of continual, undeserved, complete forgiveness. While we may fear letting the other person off the hook and enabling hurtful or even abuse behavior, the other extreme is to be hard hearted…
The Problem with Mind Reading
May 20, 2018 • 33 min
When we embark on new relationships, we bring along hopes, dreams, baggage from previous relationships, fears and insecurities with us. We also bring a truckload of expectations. While some expectations are good, many of them (1) go unexpressed (why…
The Conundrum
May 13, 2018 • 31 min
People are gregarious by nature—we’re created for relationships. And while relationships are good, fulfilling, and transformative they’re also really difficult, perhaps the MOST difficult part of life. As a result some of us have said, “No thank you!”…
We Celebrate the Friction
May 6, 2018 • 42 min
Instead of seeing people who have differing views and experiences (even related to God and the Bible) as threats to our values, stability, or way of life, Jesus teaches us to see them as gifts. In the Body of Christ, we are called to see the challenge…
We Do Courageous Things
Apr 29, 2018 • 38 min
The divides that exist in our world seem so deep and wide that it’s easy to assume they are inevitable and unfixable. Even Jesus tells us “The poor you’ll always have with you,” So doesn’t that mean it’s naïve to hope for anything better? No. Jesus…
We Resist Stances
Apr 22, 2018 • 38 min
One of the other barriers that prevents us from coming together, even after we’ve gotten near and freed people from their scripts, is the belief that faithfulness requires us to take stances for what we believe is right and true. But, Jesus had a…
We Change the Script
Apr 15, 2018 • 42 min
We all wear labels. Worse, each of those labels come along with a fully written script for a part we are expected to play. Jesus, however, sees people not labels. People who are free to pursue the unique path he’s got for them. When we live like Jesus…
We Get Near
Apr 8, 2018 • 40 min
Let’s face it, we all like to be around people who are like us. But when we only surround ourselves with people who are like us, it makes it easy to get (at best) complacent or (at worst) jaded about the struggles of those who are not like us. But the…
The Bridge Builder
Apr 1, 2018 • 32 min
Jesus is great for many reasons, but more than anyone, Jesus made a life out of crossing any and all divides. From the moment he crossed into our world at his birth, Jesus never stopped crossing the divides that kept people from each other and…
Road to Redemption
Mar 25, 2018 • 36 min
Within a week’s time we’ll see Jesus go from the glory of his triumphal entry with palms and praise, to the glory of his resurrection from the grave. But in between are some of the most important—and tragic—events in all of human history. By walking…
The Bread of Life
Mar 21, 2018 • 23 min
Why is it that the people who have the most in life are so often the least satisfied? Yet we think if we just had one more pay-raise, or a slightly bigger house, life would be better. Jesus claims to be the one thing we actually need in life. While we…
Becoming a Standout
Mar 18, 2018 • 37 min
What do you do when you discover that who you’ve come to be known as, is not true of you or it no longer fits the purposes God has in your next chapter? You take control of your reputation! The Scriptures show us that God is always ready to give a new…
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Mar 14, 2018 • 16 min
Objective truth feels like an ancient relic from the modern age. Oprah reflects our culture’s values when she says, “telling your truth” is the most powerful weapon we have. But, how can a person function in a society with no truth consensus? How are…
God-Directed Journey
Mar 11, 2018 • 39 min
In modern life, there is great pressure to stay in line, not stand out. Friends, media outlets, experts (even pastors), bombard us with how they think we should live, act, and believe, even though their advice just leaves us following the crowd. But…
The Light of the World
Mar 7, 2018 • 19 min
We live in a time of darkness and confusion. Christians seem to defend sexual predators, while Hollywood is holding abusers morally accountable. How do we see clearly what is going on around us? We have to follow Jesus’ guiding light. We can’t rely on…
Inspiring Connections
Mar 4, 2018 • 41 min
Many believe life is about achievements, but it’s really all about connections. Connection is the basis of everything good that happens in faith and life. Therefore, the measure of a life-well-lived has more to do with the part you play in inspiring…
Before Abraham was, I AM
Feb 28, 2018 • 22 min
Are we willing to trust the person who calls out our imprisonment and offers us a way out? The cumulative force of Jesus’ “I am” statements leads us to the inescapable conclusion: He is the one true God, and the only one powerful enough to set us free…
True-to-Life Approach
Feb 25, 2018 • 32 min
Sometimes the deeper people go into Christianity, the more pious, churchy, and detached they become from the world. They become (as the old saying goes), “So heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good!” Contrast that to Jesus, who being as…
The Good Shepherd
Feb 21, 2018 • 29 min
Who is “in” and who is “out”? As we struggle with the doubts of our own faith and the reality that we fall short in our attempts to follow Jesus, how do we know that we are actually part of God’s “in-crowd”? How do we have any surety of our own…
Unconditional Acceptance
Feb 18, 2018 • 39 min
It’s impossible to watch Jesus and see him demonstrate anything but unconditional acceptance, even with the most unlikely people. But Christians are usually a different case. While the world is hungry for a sense of belonging, too easily we assume we…
The Resurrection and the Life
Feb 14, 2018 • 25 min
In life, it’s tempting to settle for less than God’s ideal, as long as we can keep limping along with our current situation. Our marriage pattern may not be great, but it’s good enough. I may not be the worker I want to be or at the job I’d crave, but…
Greater Things: Celebrating the Ministry Pastor Hower
Feb 11, 2018 • 37 min
Remembering that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things not only gives you courage to attempt big things, but it also becomes the fuel for your heartfelt awe and worship AFTER God has done what he promised. A life that understand…
You will live forever.
Feb 3, 2018 • 31 min
For many, the purpose of faith is to get you into heaven someday, which is only a portion of the promise God of eternal life God makes to us. Life begins in the here and now and it’s so rich that it goes on forever. Many of us have claimed the promise…
It’s not all on you.
Jan 27, 2018 • 33 min
When you’re a child, you look to someone bigger than you to provide, strength, courage and refuge. When you get older, you still long for someone who can combat your anxieties and fears in life but you start to feel like it’s is all on (up to) you…
I will provide all you really need.
Jan 20, 2018 • 35 min
When we think of provision, our minds often go to the material stuff of life. While God promises to give us our “daily bread” he also promises to provide us with the other important things we really need. While many us would settle for a life that is…
You are not your past.
Jan 14, 2018 • 28 min
Like the stuff in our storage room that we move from house to house, we carry the baggage of our sins and pasts from one year to the next. More than the guilt that comes with them, we begin to see ourselves through the lens of those failures. Instead…
I will not waste your struggles.
Jan 7, 2018 • 40 min
Too many of us believe the never-made promise that with God, life will be easy, victorious, and prosperous. God actually promises that life will be difficult, but then he promises something even richer. He says that none of the struggles, hardships…
I love you, no matter what.
Dec 31, 2017 • 36 min
Many of us live under the sense that God is out to get us, or at least is our greatest critic. But God has promised unshakable, unconditional love, for all who are in Christ, which means he is always FOR us and always WITH us. Claiming this promise…
Christmas Morning
Dec 25, 2017 • 22 min
Celebrate the birth of our Savior!
A Christmas Eve Celebration
Dec 23, 2017 • 20 min
Throughout human history, God has been telling His story, interwoven through the stories of His people. When the perfect time had come, He sent His Son into the world; the final story that unites and brings meaning to all our other stories. Watch…
A Family Christmas Eve
Dec 23, 2017 • 19 min
Throughout human history, God has been telling His story, interwoven through the stories of His people. When the perfect time had come, He sent His Son into the world; the final story that unites and brings meaning to all our other stories. Watch…
Learn to Love the Now
Dec 17, 2017 • 25 min
In waiting for the next thing, we risk missing all that’s amazing about the now. And learning to love the “now” has the benefit of making the wait a little easier to…
Remember the Bigger Picture
Dec 10, 2017 • 34 min
Sometimes I take my waiting too personally. When I remember that I’m not the center of the universe and God is doing something bigger in the world around me—in the lives of people all around me— I can begin to see that by waiting willingly, I can…
Take It Personally
Dec 3, 2017 • 37 min
Waiting is one of the sharpest tools God uses to refine us. Focusing on the growth that needs to happen in your life can help you wait well. Growth happens when we take the time to lean into the lessons God is teaching us.
Step Four
Nov 26, 2017 • 30 min
Grateful people are willing to try more and by sheer probability (plus the Lord’s blessing) they achieve more success. For some, success is a dirty word; it’s the Devil’s word. It’s a word that leads to pride. But, God desires us to have success in…
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Nov 21, 2017 • 32 min
Step Three
Nov 19, 2017 • 37 min
Grateful people act courageously. Courage is the ability to rise above fear and scarcity to act with boldness. You’ll go after big things when you know that God is with you and for you and that his grace covers you. You’ll try things you would never…
Step Two
Nov 12, 2017 • 37 min
Grateful people view the future with optimism, or what the bible calls, “hope.” Hope is not naiveté; it is rooted in our trust in the faithfulness of God, no matter what may come.
Step One
Nov 5, 2017 • 31 min
Grateful people choose to see the good things in their lives, their relationships, and their pasts, so their eyes are opened to seeing even more good things. In life, you tend to find what you’re looking for. If you want to become more grateful, begin…
The Church is Failing
Oct 29, 2017 • 35 min
There’s a difference between the Church failing and God failing. But for many people, those two ideas are linked. Does the decline of American Christianity mean that God is irrelevant, or is there a more powerful reality going on? Just as God created…
Life Is Good?
Oct 22, 2017 • 39 min
C.S. Lewis says that God whispers to us in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain. When things are going well, do we forget God? Do we only need God when we are suffering? True security only comes when we attribute our blessings rightly to the Lord…
I Fall Short?
Oct 15, 2017 • 41 min
When disobedience, weakness, brokenness, or even busyness get in the way, we often think God’s given up on us. Instead, he relentlessly pursues us and invites us to confess. Owning up to our failures shifts our posture, acknowledges his disposition of…
Evil Wins
Oct 8, 2017 • 39 min
When people walk away from the faith, when bad people prosper, when the righteous suffer, where is God in that? This question will never have a satisfactory answer unless we align ourselves with a divine perspective: “When I tried to understand all…
I’m At The End Of My Rope?
Oct 1, 2017 • 36 min
It’s hardest for those who have had spiritual highs to now feel as though they’re muddling through in their own strength and striving. You don’t know how you can press forward because your soul is downcast and you can’t seem to kick-start it to a…
He Seems Absent?
Sep 24, 2017 • 35 min
Sometimes we feel isolated in our lives. Times when we would like God to speak or intervene, but he is distant or unresponsive. Even if God seems absent in our present struggles, we take heart from his past rescues (Ps 13:5-6), and his history of…
Inspired: Stories of Life Change
Sep 17, 2017 • 21 min
This weekend we’ll share undeniable stories of life change that are happening to people here in our church, reaffirming that God is alive, active, and that life change is possible for all of us.
Death by Comparison
Sep 10, 2017 • 34 min
Living under grace doesn’t mean we no longer evaluate the rightness of our actions (that leads us to ignoring things that could potentially devour us), but it does mean we no longer have to live under the weight of comparing ourselves to others or…
Neighborhood Walk Weekend
Sep 2, 2017 • 10 min
The Figment of Freedom
Aug 27, 2017 • 35 min
The ultimate goal of our faith is freedom, something God longs to give freely and completely. But true freedom is much more complex than we think. Much of what we call freedom is more like anarchy and it’s not really freeing.
Misguided Zeal
Aug 20, 2017 • 39 min
The things that most threaten our abundance in Jesus are things that appear to be good, maybe even godly. When we allow our pet causes and concerns to overshadow or worse, supplant the Gospel, we are in serious danger, our faith is robbed of its power…
Empty Promises
Aug 13, 2017 • 35 min
430 years before God gave the law, he made a promise and the substance of that promise was simple, “I am going to bless you and you will be a blessing.” For some reason, we don’t feel as though believing that promise is enough and so we wear God out…
Hollow Actions
Aug 6, 2017 • 34 min
Since none of us are able to actually live a good life, it’s tempting to pretend like we do. Unfortunately pretending is a complete waste of time; it only leaves us worn and weary. Being “good people” is not God’s standard. Jesus came not to make bad…
Wasted Struggles
Jul 30, 2017 • 35 min
Like classified documents, when it comes to sharing our stories we present highly redacted scripts, with our most unflattering and painful moments blacked out. By doing so our stories become hollow and have no real power to connect with or help…
A Secure Destiny
Jul 23, 2017 • 30 min
Although we’re all trying to live “happily ever after”, Jesus is the only guarantee you’ll ultimately have a good ending to your story. No matter how well you fight and plan, life doesn’t promise you a good ending. Too often we see good people’s lives…
Purpose
Jul 16, 2017 • 35 min
Lots of people can give you advice on what they think you’d be great at, or what makes for a good life, or a lucrative salary, but only Jesus knows you well enough (you were made through him) to be able to speak into your life a sense of calling that…
Real Help
Jul 9, 2017 • 32 min
There is no shortage of people, books, pills and methods that promise us help but they seldom deliver; they are no real help. Jesus, on the other hand, is the unique combination of compassion and power. Lots of leaders have been powerful but lacked…
True Satisfaction
Jul 2, 2017 • 35 min
Some people begin looking into Jesus because they’re looking for truth or morality. One often neglected aspect of Jesus is that only Jesus can make you full. Nothing else in life can fill us in a lasting way as Jesus can, even though we try to make…
Lasting Success
Jun 25, 2017 • 34 min
We as people love to align ourselves with a winner. We watch as polls swing elections, playoff sports bring out bandwagon fans, and a bull market draws out new investors. While people and teams may be successful for a season, Jesus has launched the…
Families that Stay Together
Jun 11, 2017 • 33 min
It has been said that families who pray together stay together. But maintaining life-long bonds in a family requires more than prayer alone. Through a lesser-known OT prophet, God gives a simple formula for how his people, Israel, can find blessing…
It Takes a Village
Jun 4, 2017 • 38 min
Even as families we feel increasingly isolated, overwhelmed, and alone. That’s because the present structure of “nuclear family” is not the full picture of family. It not only “takes a village” to raise a child, it also “takes a village” to make for a…
The World’s Toughest Job
May 28, 2017 • 39 min
In our desire to love and nurture our kids, we sometimes fall into the trap of indulging their every desire rather than leading them. The happiest, most successful kids aren’t those who get everything they want, but they grow in environments where…
The First Relationship
May 21, 2017 • 34 min
All families, no matter how large, began with a relationship between two people. Over the course of time, as kids and grandkids come into the picture, the primacy of that relationship can get lost. But a family is only as strong as the relationship…
Surrendering Control
May 14, 2017 • 27 min
Planning, decision making, and goal-setting are good, but they can easily become an unhealthy obsession. When we live like our level of blessing depends on our level of planning, then we’re headed down a destructive path. Jesus frees us to live…
Crushing Potential
May 6, 2017 • 32 min
Potential is God-given, but we often struggle under the weight of imagining that to be worthy, we must live up to it (our potential). Jesus has freed us to be loved for who we are (in Him) apart from anything we do or don’t do.
Healing Shame
Apr 30, 2017 • 36 min
Shame is ugly, and sometimes religion is guiltier of shaming us, more than anything else. But not Jesus. He came to free us from shame by allowing us the freedom to acknowledge our guilt, insecurities, and mistakes, knowing they can’t change how he…
Overwhelming Reason
Apr 23, 2017 • 35 min
It’s good to have a reasoned faith but if you demand to understand everything before embracing it, you’re left in a bad place. Jesus’ death and resurrection allows us to embrace the joy and wonder of things that might not make sense to us.
Fighting Hopelessness
Apr 16, 2017 • 29 min
It’s hard to imagine a feeling more devastating than hopelessness. It happens when you feel trapped, as though there’s no way out or no possible happy ending. But now, because of Jesus, there’s hope. His death and resurrection has ensured us that…
Baptism
Apr 9, 2017 • 40 min
Across Christianity, there are many differences in doctrine and practice, yet Baptism is an essential guidepost for ALL Christians. But far from being a New Testament invention, Baptism is rooted in God’s long-established pattern of rescue throughout…
Abandoned
Apr 5, 2017 • 16 min
During one of his hours of greatest need, Jesus friend’s fail to comply with his simple request to watch and pray.
Communion
Apr 2, 2017 • 37 min
This week we’ll remember one of Jesus’ final acts before his crucifixion that culminates, not surprisingly, during the Hebrew Passover. In the Passover, the Jewish people celebrated their rescue from the slavery and plagues of Egypt by God’s mighty…
Grieved
Mar 29, 2017 • 12 min
Jesus’ seals his fate by raising his good friend, Lazarus from the dead. He could have distanced himself from Lazarus’ miracle, but instead chooses to face Lazarus’ pain in person and gets a glimpse into his own future.
Trinity
Mar 26, 2017 • 30 min
Over the course of history, God reveals more of his being and character to us. Although his action and character are clearly seen early in Scripture, his nature (being) is revealed much more slowly. As God finally reveals himself as Trinitarian, three…
Pressured
Mar 22, 2017 • 13 min
Jesus’ every move was watched and scrutinized by the religious leaders of the day. Not only was he constantly pressed for help by his followers, his enemies relentlessly tried to trap him.
Prayer
Mar 19, 2017 • 37 min
Prayer is often described as an unscripted conversation with God. And while that can be true, our conversation can often become shallow, repetitive, and one-sided. Jesus, seeing that people needed guidance, offered a prayer that people could not just…
Disrespected
Mar 15, 2017 • 24 min
Since the people of Jesus’ day did not show respect God’s house, they would be unlikely to show respect for His son. Instead of giving up, Jesus demonstrates his zeal for his father’s house in an uncharacteristic clearing of the temple with great…
Law
Mar 12, 2017 • 35 min
Many of us know the 10 Commandments, even if we can’t recite them in order. We understand they were a significant part of our scriptural, moral foundation. But what many of us don’t understand is the WHY behind them. From their inception they were…
Rejected
Mar 8, 2017 • 28 min
Even though Jesus’ ministry was well underway, and he’d began to acquire a reputation for his miraculous acts, he was rejected by his own home town.
Confession
Mar 5, 2017 • 38 min
Lent has begun, a season of contemplation, growth, and repentance. But what really is the purpose of confession? At moments in history, the practice of confession has been abused to keep people trapped in shame and/or to reinforce a works-righteous…
Tempted
Mar 1, 2017 • 25 min
Jesus’ ministry could have ended before it began. Instead, he chose to endure a grueling temptation in the desert.
The Lure of False Connection
Feb 26, 2017 • 35 min
There is a difference between being soothed and satisfied. When it comes to relationships we often settle for the former. There are endless opportunities to soothe our boredom and loneliness by passing the time with others, but not actually connecting…
Fighting for Connection (Instead of Just Fighting)
Feb 19, 2017 • 39 min
Relationships, like everything else in life, inevitably fall apart. It’s tempting, when things do go south, to either pick up and move on –or- to get entangled in messy, bitter conflict. But God’s desire is neither that we fight nor flee when things…
Seeing Differences Differently
Feb 12, 2017 • 40 min
When it comes to relationships, differences can be seen as sources of frustration or as a source of enjoyment, depth, and growth. We not only benefit from surrounding ourselves with people who are different than we are, but we were also made for…
Created for Connection
Feb 5, 2017 • 33 min
The need for people isn’t a weakness, it’s part of how we were created. We all desire to be seen, known, and loved as we are… and none of us can do that for ourselves. Many of our modern day problems are not the result of pathologies or diseases as…
Refocus Your Attitude
Jan 29, 2017 • 35 min
Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Much of what weighs us down in life is related to how we view life—our attitude. If there’s one thing you can do, above everything else, to change…
Simplify Your Surroundings
Jan 22, 2017 • 36 min
More is not always better. Although material possessions can be a blessing they can also become a burden (so are all the monthly payments, maintenance, and cleaning that comes with them). Sometimes by having less, we can enjoy the things we have even…
Decelerate Your Mind
Jan 15, 2017 • 42 min
For many of us, life is lived not only in a constant state of momentum, but a constant state of acceleration. The key to slowing down isn’t necessarily slowing down the world around you (sometimes you can’t!) but it’s learning to slow down your…
Clarify Your Priorities
Jan 8, 2017 • 32 min
Most of us feel “the squeeze” of too much to do and too little time. But while time management allows you to squeeze more chaos into limited hours, what we really need is something more significant than that. We need to reestablish a clear sense of…
Clean Slate
Jan 1, 2017 • 31 min
There’s nothing like a new year to make you feel like you get a fresh start. But the reality is that every day is a chance to start fresh before the Father who forgives us and has compassion for us each and every morning. This weekend we’ll leave…
Christmas: 10am Christmas Morning Service
Dec 25, 2016 • 28 min
Christmas: 5pm Christmas Eve Service
Dec 24, 2016 • 23 min
The Old Testament prophets and even John the Baptist, talked about Jesus not just as Light, but as one coming with FIRE. Fire brings light, warmth, and protection, it purifies and refines. And while the gods of other mythologies withheld fire from…
Christmas: 11pm Christmas Eve Service
Dec 24, 2016 • 25 min
The Old Testament prophets and even John the Baptist, talked about Jesus not just as Light, but as one coming with FIRE. Fire brings light, warmth, and protection, it purifies and refines. And while the gods of other mythologies withheld fire from…
Christmas: 3pm Christmas Eve Service
Dec 24, 2016 • 13 min
The Old Testament prophets and even John the Baptist, talked about Jesus not just as Light, but as one coming with FIRE. Fire brings light, warmth, and protection, it purifies and refines. And while the gods of other mythologies withheld fire from…
Bethlehem: The Apathetic.
Dec 18, 2016 • 35 min
Maybe obscurity does it to you after a while, you just stop caring. Or maybe distraction was to blame. But when a very pregnant woman arrived in Bethlehem in need of shelter, the town looked the other way. But instead of moving on to the next town up…
Joseph: The Skeptic.
Dec 11, 2016 • 34 min
Hearing Mary’s story and assuming she was lying, Joseph gave into to cynicism, a judgmental spirit, and had in mind to cast her off, gently, but definitively. Yet, God in his mercy appears to Joseph and gives him another chance to do the RIGHT thing…
Mary: The Disgraced.
Dec 4, 2016 • 29 min
To be the focus of everyone’s gossip, that’s a difficult place to be. We often hear there’s more to the story, but this time there really is. Still, that God would choose such a scandalous start to his plan to redeem the world? It seems unwise…
Zecheriah and Elizabeth: The Passed Over
Nov 27, 2016 • 35 min
Sometimes it feels like life moves on for everyone else but forgets about you. Childless and never advancing in his position as priest, Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth must’ve felt passed-over, forgotten by God. But God visits this overlooked couple…
Thanksgiving Eve Service 2016
Nov 22, 2016 • 28 min
Prayer of Gratitude Lord, open my eyes to the gifts You lay before me every day. Help me to understand that despite misfortune and tragedy I sometimes face, blessings are everywhere, and challenges are often gifts in disguise. May I learn to…
NEXT Is Now
Nov 20, 2016 • 29 min
After a season of “leaning in,” now is the time to step up. God is allowing us to do something that few people get to be a part of, something few churches are healthy enough to do. The sacred opportunity is before us, now it’s time to take hold of it.
Generosity’s Best Kept Secret
Nov 13, 2016 • 33 min
Generosity is necessary to make our vision a reality, but the real benefit of your generosity isn’t only in seeing our vision filled. Financial generosity also is the key to taking hold of “life that is truly life,” discovering deeper blessings, and…
Take Our Campus to the Next Level
Nov 6, 2016 • 34 min
While campus improvements may sound superficial, they are actually extremely important. Throughout all the scriptures there has always been a high standard for Hospitality. To treat well those entrusted to you is a sacred responsibility in the…
Mobilize the Next Generation of World Changers
Oct 30, 2016 • 36 min
The need for helping children grow in their faith is well established in the Bible and in most churches. But at STJ, we believe the Next Generation is our great hope. The challenges of the world that may seem too big for us can be conquered by a…
Pursue People Like Never Before
Oct 23, 2016 • 35 min
When the culture moves away from God, it’s pretty clear where the responsibility lies. It’s always the responsibility of those who know God to pursue those who don’t know him. This week we’ll explore what it means to own that responsibility and what…
Why We Can’t Stay Here
Oct 16, 2016 • 30 min
Although STJ has had a great history and has been a very successful church, the needs of our present world demand that we sacrifice our comfort to keep moving forward. That’s why, even though things are going well for us, we’re being invited to Lean…
Inspired
Oct 9, 2016 • 10 min
There’s no doubt God is at work at St. John. We‘ve prayed for it, and He has been faithful. The evidence of life change is all around us. So we’re taking a pause to stop, reflect and celebrate the work He’s been doing. Join us and be inspired as we…
Naaman’s Servant Girl: Using Adversity for Good
Oct 2, 2016 • 30 min
The Aramite Commander, Naaman is obscure enough, but even more obscure is the captured servant-girl of his wife. Although she was a nameless victim of human trafficking, she used her position to influence her master to trust in the God of Israel, the…
Jehoshaphat: A Truth Seeker
Sep 25, 2016 • 32 min
Not all of us are capable at handling the truth; sometimes it’s just too hard to hear. While Ahab of Israel had made a habit of shutting his ears to any unfavorable reports, Jehoshaphat of Judah had another approach, seek the truth at all costs…
Barnabas: The Value of Friendship
Sep 18, 2016 • 32 min
Who hasn’t experienced a season in life where you really needed a friend and someone stepped in? But in order for you to have had a friend, someone had to be willing to BE a friend. Barnabas stepped up and was willing to be a friend to Saul when he…
Abigail: The Art of Intervention
Sep 11, 2016 • 37 min
There’s a fine line between intervening and meddling. While meddling usually makes a mess of things, interventions save lives. Just as Abigail, the wife of rich and foolish Nabal, spared two hot-headed men from disaster by her courage and quick…
Play
Sep 4, 2016 • 42 min
Machines are built only for the sake of productivity and efficiency, people are not. While work is a part of our God-given identity, we too easily let it become the measure of our existence. But while work is what makes things happen, play is what…
Flaws
Aug 28, 2016 • 34 min
Different than failure, our flaws are at the root of who we are, not just in what we do. They cause us pain, they wound people around us. Because of that, most of us are tempted to hide our messy-but-true selves from the world. To be truly human isn’t…
Connectedness
Aug 21, 2016 • 37 min
While it’s good to stand out, it’s not good to stand alone. Too often we confuse the two. We end up living life independently, believing that to be successful, we must distance ourselves from others. True humanity is found in needing each other…
Uniqueness
Aug 14, 2016 • 34 min
One of the oddest things we do is we take people who have been crafted individually, uniquely, diversely by our creator God and we try to make them all the same. There is nothing more dehumanizing than that. While conformity is an important part of…
Failure
Aug 7, 2016 • 37 min
Failure is not only a part of everyone’s experience, it’s a tremendous teacher. But failure is painful to experience and to admit. Too often we’re tempted to avoid failure by living with an abundance of caution, avoiding all risks, or even quitting…
Catalyst Four: Pluralism
Jul 31, 2016 • 34 min
America is still a “Christian nation” but no one knows for how long. Birthrates among historically “Christian” populations are way, way down while birthrates of some other religious groups remain very high. Not only is the face of America changing…
Catalyst Three: Human Suffering
Jul 24, 2016 • 33 min
The world is hurting. Through technology and globalization it’s now possible to see the true state of the world. Everywhere you look there is hunger, disease, poverty, and victimization. Sometimes it seems like the challenges are too great, or that…
Catalyst Two: Persecution
Jul 17, 2016 • 42 min
Religious intolerance. Threats of imprisonment. Beatings. This is the sad reality of many Christians worldwide. Even in our own country, we fear the rise of persecution and what it will do to the future of the Church. But when we study Acts we see, in…
Catalyst One: The Holy Spirit
Jul 10, 2016 • 40 min
Jesus’ death and resurrection didn’t actually change much, at least not right away. 40 days after his resurrection he only had a few hundred followers at best. And yet, everything changed when the Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost. An…
Judgment
Jul 3, 2016 • 34 min
Judgment is what keeps us trapped in secrecy and silence. Either we have already felt judgment or we fear judgment if people knew the full story on us. And yet, we still have a hard time stopping ourselves from judging others. The solution to both our…
Silence
Jun 26, 2016 • 33 min
If shame is a prison, silence is the warden. Silence over our past, our pain, or our sin keeps us stuck in shame. But when it’s doused in empathy, shame can’t survive. The problem with empathy is that it doesn’t come cheaply, the price is…
Secrecy
Jun 19, 2016 • 37 min
Shame is the secret cause behind many forms of brokenness that are rampant in our world. Every one of us has parts of ourselves and our stories that we are terrified of being discovered, so we hide them away and do whatever it takes to avoid any…
A Legacy Worth Leaving
Jun 12, 2016 • 38 min
Although estate plans are important, your job is bigger than planning for who gets your earthly possessions. The greatest blessing to leave the next generation is a love for God and an understanding of how to manage what he’s entrusted to you. These…
Helping Without Hurting
Jun 5, 2016 • 35 min
Sometimes in trying to bless others, we can end up hurting (even enslaving) those we’re trying to help. How can we use our abundance to help people with needs, but ultimately encouraging them to become God-reliant and self-sufficient?
The Dark Side of Blessing
May 29, 2016 • 33 min
The greatest danger of being blessed is that we can become not only self-sufficient but self-reliant! Many of us live lives that are so full that we seem to fall in love with the world and worse, grow beyond our need for God. How do we stay reliant on…
Freedom to Enjoy
May 22, 2016 • 37 min
One of the greatest tragedies in life is that our good and generous God gives us blessings that we don’t feel free to enjoy. So we miss out entirely, resigning ourselves only to suffering and sacrifice. Or we indulge ourselves but then feel guilty. Or…
The Steward Concept
May 15, 2016 • 37 min
The loss of the word “steward” in our vocabulary signals a loss of an important concept, namely, we are not owners. Stewards recognize that everything in their lives is not theirs, but it’s all a gift from God (not earnings, not rewards) and…
Counting Every Blessing
May 8, 2016 • 32 min
“Blessed” is a confusing word in our culture. Some use it to convey that they’re prosperous, others use it to convey they’re lucky. But when God speaks about blessings, he speaks differently than we do. Truth is, we’re all blessed, not identically…
Wildcard Week
May 1, 2016 • 42 min
This week we’ll take the question that’s asked most throughout the rest of the series and we’ll do our best to answer it. So you get to pick the topic and we’ll teach directly to it!
Should Christians update their attitudes about sex to the 21st century?
Apr 24, 2016 • 37 min
For years people who were divorced, experienced same-sex attraction, or became pregnant out of wedlock were driven to the outskirts of society, shunned and shamed. So in spite of what the Bible might say about sexuality, isn’t acceptance of new norms…
Why does God hate on some behaviors and not others?
Apr 17, 2016 • 37 min
The idea of “sin” is confusing. Some things the Bible calls sin certainly seem sinful while others are harder to understand. Are the things God calls “sin” simply his arbitrary opinions we are forced to honor because he’s all powerful? Or is there…
Rich vs. poor: whose side is God on?
Apr 10, 2016 • 36 min
It seems unfair and confusing that God would allow some people to be born into safe, prosperous, loving families while others are born into hell on earth. How can a God who is loving treat his creation so differently?
Should Christians really peacefully coexist with other religions who are anything but peaceful?
Apr 3, 2016 • 37 min
Some might argue that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, but the escalating tension between Christians and Muslims says otherwise. In a world where Boko Haram, ISIS, al-Qaeda threaten the stability and welfare of the world’s citizens, how…
Is the Christian view of “life after death” merely wishful thinking?
Mar 27, 2016 • 33 min
In spite of what science indicates about our mortality, most religions teach about some type of “life after death” but is that just wishful thinking? How can we know for sure?
Mutual Affection & Love
Mar 20, 2016 • 34 min
We usually acquaint the final week of Jesus’ life with sacrifice, but it was his LOVE for our broken, sinful world (and US in it) that fueled his willingness to sacrifice himself. Compassion and its stronger form, LOVE, are the foundation of so many…
Heartbroken
Mar 16, 2016 • 20 min
At the temple, Jesus is overcome with grief for Jerusalem, lamenting their hardness of heart, their ignorance and their impending destruction. He remembers the things that might have been if not for mankind’s rebellious ways. Jesus causes us to…
Godliness
Mar 13, 2016 • 41 min
Being godly is often mistaken for being goodly, or we think of all the things that God is and assume that be godly means we are also all those things. But godliness is actually summed up in a deep desire for God; a devotion to him. When you desire God…
The Face of the Masses
Mar 9, 2016 • 23 min
As Jesus passes through many nameless villages, He is overwhelmed by the number of people in need but to Jesus, they were anything but faceless. He compares them to a ripe harvest, commenting that there is more work than workers. He pleads with His…
Perseverance
Mar 6, 2016 • 41 min
There’s a lot of lament about people’s lack of commitment these days. But perhaps it’s less about weak commitment and more about the inability to persevere. Perseverance is the ability to endure, to keep your commitments, to follow through, and to not…
Wax Fruit
Mar 2, 2016 • 19 min
Traveling back to Jerusalem, a hungry and seemingly irritable Jesus, curses a fruitless fig tree that had the appearance of fruitfulness but was empty. Jesus reminds us to stop being so concerned with outward appearances and rededicate ourselves to an…
Self-Control
Feb 28, 2016 • 34 min
Pop magazines and self-help books constantly talk about self-control. Just a little bit more of it and you can be healthier, happier, thinner & wealthier. But how do we actually get more self-control to resist all that entices us? To live with…
The Last One Chosen
Feb 24, 2016 • 21 min
As Jesus heads toward Jericho, He encounters Zacchaeus the tax collector, the last guy any Rabbi would choose to get to know better. The gospel writer is not only careful to note Zacchaeus’ immediate response to God’s call but also the zeal with which…
Knowledge
Feb 21, 2016 • 36 min
For many Christians, learning as many bible facts as possible is the equivalent of being a mature Christian. But to live with the mark of “knowledge,” means more than knowing Bible facts, verses and doctrines. It’s about living life, exemplifying a…
A Greater Healing
Feb 17, 2016 • 21 min
As Jesus moves through the countryside, a woman who had been chronically sick brushes up against the hem of Jesus’ robe and was immediately healed. After meeting her felt need, Jesus turns and addresses the real need of this woman. Jesus calls us to…
Goodness
Feb 14, 2016 • 35 min
The word “good” isn’t always good when it’s applied to people. “Goody two-shoes” or “goody goody” are names applied to people who are prudish, snobbish, and annoying. But the Greek word translated “goodness,” agathosune, is defined as…
Getting Clean
Feb 10, 2016 • 20 min
Fresh from a mountaintop experience, still beaming from His time of worship and fellowship with believers, Jesus is confronted by a desperate and unclean leper. He does the unthinkable and touches the untouchable, not only healing him but restoring…
Satisfying Purpose
Feb 7, 2016 • 35 min
Having a sense of “calling” is not only for those who enter into ministry, it’s something that’s true of all of us. To be whole we must recognize the specific calling God has on each of our lives and devote ourselves to it fully.
Purposeful Finances
Jan 31, 2016 • 34 min
“It’s only money” is something that Jesus never said because he understood more than we do that money has great power in our lives. Financial struggle brings great distress into our total existence and financial peace brings peace and purpose.
Rewarding Relationships
Jan 24, 2016 • 35 min
Our relationships with each other can bring excessive joy or incredible pain. When we learn how to maintain deep and lasting relationships with each other, the gifts of wholeness are innumerable.
A Whole Spirit
Jan 17, 2016 • 31 min
A relationship with God is the source of all life and wholeness, even though God cares for more than our spirits. Through our invisible connection with him, he nourishes and forms every part of life, not just the “spiritual” parts.
A Strong Mind
Jan 10, 2016 • 29 min
For too many of us, learning stops when we finish our formal education. But God intended us to be life-long learners. Curiosity about the world and a desire to keep learning not only staves off numerous diseases and ailments, it also adds to our…
A Healthy Body
Jan 3, 2016 • 36 min
Most of us have an unhealthy relationship with food and fitness. Either we don’t eat well and don’t exercise, or we obsessively monitor our intake and output. We miss God’s big-picture intention, that our bodies would be healthy and strong and serve…
The Impact of Goodwill
Dec 27, 2015 • 27 min
What Jesus brought into the world reaches far beyond the contributions of light, love, joy, peace, and hope he makes to us personally. He also has invited us to live these out with one another bringing “good will” to the world around us.
The Fullness of Peace
Dec 20, 2015 • 28 min
Peace is often seen as the absence of distress or violence, but real peace is all about what is present, it’s fullness. Jesus’s presence does not only bring an absence to our maladies, but he brings us true abundance and wholeness.
The Refreshment of Joy
Dec 13, 2015 • 33 min
Life isn’t easy. Daily living reminds of the toil and hardship that accompany earthly life. Yet, regardless of our circumstances, Jesus brings joy to living. Joy is a defiant emotion, it can exist in the most hostile of circumstances. Not only that…
The Wonder of Love
Dec 6, 2015 • 34 min
To be loved is one of the most wonderful things a person can experience. But in a culture where love is cheapened, it’s easy to lose sight of what true love looks like. The kind of love we need is more than a sentiment, more than an attraction, more…
The Promise of Light
Nov 29, 2015 • 34 min
In a time of year when the days increasingly grow dark, we all start to long for more light. Light is warm, safe, inspiring and yet light can also be threatening and exposing. The attractive and fearful quality of Jesus is that he brings light into…
Living in the Moment
Nov 22, 2015 • 34 min
With so much to do and so much to think about in our complex lives, we fail to take in the simple goodness of each moment of life. While playing re-runs of our day or wishing for (or dreading) tomorrow, we end up restless and unfilled. Ultimately we…
Leveraging Generosity
Nov 15, 2015 • 38 min
For most of us, generosity is something we feel like we should do, but in our calculations, we always imagine that we will run out of resources and so we withhold. But Jesus reassures us that it’s stingy people who run out of resources, not the…
Discovering the Genius of Gratitude
Nov 8, 2015 • 37 min
Let’s be honest, material things are valuable. Even though there are MORE valuable things to chase than possessions, they still matter. God is not opposed to our need for physical things. Instead he provides them and encourages us to appreciate them…
Dumping Materialism
Nov 1, 2015 • 38 min
Over the last 40 years of rising incomes, bigger homes, fancier cars, we are no happier. Instead, many of us are frustrated and disillusioned. That’s because having an abundance of possessions is not the way to be happy, but relationships are.
Getting Right with Ambition
Oct 25, 2015 • 24 min
Contentment is not apathy. It’s not a lack of drive to achieve or succeed in life. In order to find satisfaction, you need to have goals and purpose, you need something to go after. But WHAT we go after makes all the difference between finding…
Inspired: Celebrating Stories of Life Change
Oct 18, 2015 • 30 min
There’s no doubt God is at work at St. John. We‘ve prayed for it, and He has been faithful. The evidence of life change is all around us. So we’re taking a pause to stop, reflect and celebrate the work He’s been doing. Join us and be inspired as we…
It’s a Small World
Oct 11, 2015 • 30 min
No one before Jesus ever talked about all people being a part of one community; even God’s own people prided themselves on being separate. Jesus redefined for us who our neighbor truly is.
The Power of Forgiveness
Oct 4, 2015 • 33 min
By commanding forgiveness for our enemies, Jesus gives us the key to freedom from hurt, anger and resentment.
The Good Life vs. The Good Person
Sep 27, 2015 • 33 min
Jesus saved his strongest words of condemnation for those inside the church not out.
Greatness Redefined
Sep 20, 2015 • 35 min
Jesus’ description of what actually makes a man great shattered all preconceived ideas of true greatness.
The Man Who Won’t Go Away
Sep 13, 2015 • 31 min
How can a poor man of little renown or influence still be impacting our lives and culture to this day when most “great” rulers and kings are merely a sentence in a history book or entirely forgotten by history today.
The Necessity of Making a Commitment
Sep 6, 2015 • 33 min
People and churches who bring these three values together are the ones making a difference in the world. This week we’ll show you what it looks like when we get this right and challenge you to put aspirations into action and to commit to making a splash.
The Gift of Being Outwardly Focused
Aug 30, 2015 • 40 min
As obvious as it may seem, you can’t make an impact on the world around you if you’re focused on yourself. However, God has a way of blessing your life richly when you live as if it’s not all about you.
The Power of Being Biblically Sound
Aug 23, 2015 • 37 min
In an attempt to please people, sometimes churches and Christians lose their foundation. In so doing, they lose the source of their power. We know that the Gospel is the power of God for all people and we must remain firmly rooted in it in order to…
The Impact of Being Culturally Relevant
Aug 16, 2015 • 37 min
Some see being relevant as selling out but it’s the first step in making an impact in the world around you. You can’t influence a world that you’re not a part of. Even Jesus became one of us before forever changing the world.
Approaching Corporately
Aug 9, 2015 • 34 min
It’s been said that a “rising tide lifts all boats.” That’s questionable in economics but certainly true with God. Whole nations have benefited from the faithfulness of a few. When we’re a part of a community, we can ride the tide of God’s blessings…
Approaching Personally
Aug 2, 2015 • 42 min
When it comes to spending time with God, everyone does it differently and that’s okay. Just as every person is unique, the way we connect with God is unique. Discovering how you connect with God best and making time for that kind of connection is more…
Approaching Honestly
Jul 26, 2015 • 35 min
When you’re approaching someone important, you want to look, sound, and act your best. Unfortunately, that can mean acting like less than your true self. God invites us to connect with Him, but it is essential that we come honestly, sincerely, and…
Packing the Right Gear
Jul 19, 2015 • 29 min
As you’re attempting to surmount the next big thing in your life, you’re sure to encounter NEW obstacles that you’ve never encountered before. Still, even when you’re facing the unknown, having the right gear goes a long way to ensuring success. But…
Cultivating Fanatic Discipline
Jul 12, 2015 • 37 min
Most of the time the only thing between us and our goals is our lack of discipline. Either we go too hard and burn out, or we get tired and quit prematurely. God created the world with seasons that allow for rest, renewal and growth. By keeping focus…
Leveraging Your Past
Jul 5, 2015 • 33 min
It’s been said that life is too short to learn only from your own mistakes. Sadly, sometimes we don’t even learn from our own. In order to conquer what lies ahead of us, we have to become students of our and other’s past successes and failures so we…
Sr. Pastor Transition Service: Our Next Big Step
Jun 28, 2015 • 32 min
At St. John, we are passionate about helping people take the next step on their LIFEjourney. Now, we are doing that together, unified as a church. A “step” doesn’t diminish the past or elevate the future, but it celebrates the courage of the action.
Identifying Your Next Big Thing
Jun 21, 2015 • 33 min
The demands of life keep us busy—busy but not progressing. We may experience small successes in life but still lack joy. God created us to do big things, but most of us find ourselves stuck in the small and the monotonous. Much of our modern-day…
Dear Fallen
Jun 14, 2015 • 30 min
Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. What are your contingency plans for that moment when things go south? How will you survive the inevitable setbacks of life? Even the greatest heroes of the faith stumbled and so will we. The difference is how we…
Dear Up & Comer
Jun 7, 2015 • 31 min
We all have goals in life but we spend little time examining what drives us to do the things we do and strive for the goals we set. What’s really driving us to achieve in life? Is it something good or destructive?
Dear Family Man
May 31, 2015 • 32 min
Few of us really understand the power of family ties; the physical bonds of our earthly family or the spiritual bonds of our spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ. Although we often say blood is thicker than water, through our baptism, we are given…
Dear Well Intentioned
May 24, 2015 • 35 min
In romance, you should always dance with the girl you came in with. In racing, you shouldn’t switch horses in the middle of a race. In the LIFEjourney, too many will begin under the freedom of the gospel only to later migrate toward going through the…
Dear Haters
May 17, 2015 • 33 min
There are dangers that come with living the Christian life; some of the greatest threats come from those who are close to you, even other believers, who try to lead you away from true freedom in Christ. You can’t control what others do or say, but you…
Dear Picture Perfect
May 10, 2015 • 38 min
Everyone pretends to be better than we truly are, that’s especially true in matters of faith. In this, the first part of Paul’s letter from home, he shares his true, unflattering personal story as an encouragement to other believers who are struggling…
You Can’t Stay Where You Are
May 3, 2015 • 34 min
The mistake many of us make is to get “fixed” on who we are, even when part of who we are is taken away. This leads to feelings of irrelevance, depression & worthlessness. Although God’s opinion of us never changes and must remain the foundation…
Don’t Go It Alone
Apr 26, 2015 • 33 min
Too many of us try to create and live out our true identity on our own, but that’s foolish. On your own you’ll either believe you are better or worse than you actually are. The “true you” can only emerge while being a part of a community, which…
Character Counts
Apr 19, 2015 • 32 min
In the pursuit of goals and dreams, one of our great temptations is to get so caught up in where we are going that we fail to focus on who we are becoming. The world rewards success at all costs, but Jesus warns us that HOW we get there matters more…
Play to Your Strengths
Apr 12, 2015 • 40 min
Once we have listened to what God says about us, our journey toward a new identity can begin. The next step is to focus on what we’ve been given in life, our unique God-given skills, gifts, and passions. Too often we try to pursue a life that is…
Reject False Reality
Apr 5, 2015 • 38 min
Despite what Jesus had told them about his resurrection, the disciples accepted the false reality that he was dead and gone forever. Like them, we have bought into a false reality about who we are (based on our mistakes, our family of origin, what we…
Greatness not Goodness
Mar 29, 2015 • 35 min
Good is the enemy of great. We assume God wants to make us into good, polite, obedient, dutiful (IOW-“religious”) people, but God wants to make us great. Greatness is found where would never expect, however, by laying down our lives for the most…
Transformation not Teaching
Mar 22, 2015 • 29 min
We want to be taught, to learn, to be inspired, but that’s where we often stop. God’s desire isn’t to make us smarter but to change us into the people we long to be.
When the World Seems So Unfair
Mar 18, 2015 • 29 min
We see horrible situations all around us. Good people who struggle with illness, innocent children are mistreated, faithful workers are displaced. When we are overwhelmed by injustice, crying out to the God who loves them is the place we need to start.
Formation not Protection
Mar 15, 2015 • 48 min
We come to God seeking protection from so many things that we fear; we even call our churches, “sanctuaries.” But what we really need is formation. Sometimes our instinct for protection prohibits God’s work of using hardship to form us.
When People Have Hurt You
Mar 11, 2015 • 22 min
After using his life to care for widows and share Jesus with others, Stephen is viciously attacked. But in that moment of persecution, his prayer is dumfounding. He prays not for revenge but forgiveness.
Presence not Performance
Mar 8, 2015 • 37 min
Church can (and should) be entertaining; there’s nothing wrong with that. But how often do we come to church to take in the show and forget to engage God himself, who is present when we gather? God wants us to experience closeness with him as friends…
When You Don’t Like The Answer
Mar 4, 2015 • 18 min
t is said that prayer simply changes the prayer, but prayer changes circumstances & hearts, too. Sometimes we do not have, because we do not ask.
Comfort not Condemnation
Mar 1, 2015 • 30 min
Too often we want to be told what we, or especially other people, are doing wrong. We expect God to be our cosmic drill sergeant who will whip us into shape. But God doesn’t want to condemn us; he wants to comfort us with the reassurance of his…
When You Know Who’s Really in Your Corner
Feb 25, 2015 • 25 min
Sometimes we know we’re right but we’re still standing alone, as far as people go. But when God is in your corner, it gives you the ability to ask for help in bold ways.
Abundance not Subsistence
Feb 22, 2015 • 30 min
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” so contentment is clearly a good and Godly thing. But sometimes we imagine that God wants to give us “crumbs” when he really wants to give us abundance. Unfortunately we end up with what we…
When You Don’t Have all the Answers
Feb 18, 2015 • 29 min
Solomon was a guy who was well on his way to having everything and yet he asks God for something surprising…
When It Comes to God, Do We Actually Have a Choice?
Feb 15, 2015 • 36 min
We all know people who do bad things, but in the Bible there are people who do bad things because God seemingly forces their hand. Pharaoh, Judas, and Pilate all were given “dirty jobs” to do and even suffered consequences for them; but did they ever…
Why Do Christians Create Divisions Where God Does Not?
Feb 8, 2015 • 35 min
Christians teach that faith in Jesus is required to live forever in “Heaven.” And Heaven is also supposed to be a paradise where all of our mourning, sadness, sickness, pain and death are taken away. If that’s the case, then what can God do about the…
Can Heaven Be Good If the People We Love Most Aren’t With Us?
Feb 1, 2015 • 48 min
Sunday is still the most segregated day of the week. Christians divide themselves up by denomination, race and class. And even though women have gained status in broader culture, Christians seem to be lagging behind in showing equal value to women…
How Can God Take Issue with Two People Who Love Each Other?
Jan 25, 2015 • 44 min
It seems grossly unfair that God would create someone to love someone else and then condemn them for acting on it. Not only that, but there is a list of a whole bunch of other “sins” that Christians still talk about as bad that just seem out of touch…
Why Does Faith Matter So Much to God?
Jan 18, 2015 • 37 min
Why does God insist upon faith in Him? Why isn’t he good to everyone regardless of whether they believe or not? It seems imbalanced that in Christianity you can murder, exploit children, or commit genocide and be forgiven but if you don’t believe…
Where is God in the World Today?
Jan 11, 2015 • 33 min
If God loves us and if he’s good, then why does a sizable portion of the world live in poverty with starvation and disease? Why do disasters often strike in communities where people are already marginalized and suffering? Why is the state of affairs…
The Bible Seems Too Far Fetched to Be Taken Seriously
Jan 4, 2015 • 38 min
The Bible not only seems crazy in its insistence on all kinds of miraculous stuff (virgin birth, a guy living in the belly of a fish), but it also has many other parts that just seem too hard to accept (God condoning the death of a man who gathered…
A Tale of Two Kings
Dec 28, 2014 • 31 min
The world has seen a few good rulers and many really bad ones. But long before “King Jesus” came, God set a pattern for the kind of king Jesus would be. He would be a king in the manner of David. He would not be a dictator like other kings, but he…
The Prophet Like No Other
Dec 21, 2014 • 32 min
Prophets may sometimes foretell the future or read people’s minds but the majority of their job is to proclaim God’s truth. Moses, the great prophet who led God’s people to freedom and delivered the Law of God into their hands, set the stage for an…
The Temple of Hope
Dec 14, 2014 • 33 min
Before there were temples, God first dwelt in “the Tabernacle.” It was established because God wanted to provide a place where people could meet with him directly, make offerings, pray, and hear his instruction. But God had no intention to forever…
The Promised Heir
Dec 7, 2014 • 33 min
Heirs and lineage were important in ancient times, especially where wealth was concerned. Where there was no heir, there was little hope, which is why the very wealthy Abraham, took matters into his own hands to get an heir for his estate. But God…
Hanukah: A Prequel to Christmas
Dec 3, 2014 • 26 min
Each December Christians celebrate Christmas while their Jewish friends celebrate Hanukah. After all, Hanukah is Jewish and Christmas is Christian, right? But could Hanukah be a prequel to Christmas, first for the Jew then for the Gentile? Messianic…
A Peculiar Priest
Nov 30, 2014 • 30 min
Ancient societies had priests, sorcerers, and shamans, and Israel did as well—the Levites. But the Levites weren’t the kind of priesthood that God would use to establish the priestly work of Jesus. God established a different priest long before there…
The Genius of Success
Nov 23, 2014 • 33 min
For some, success is a dirty word; it’s the Devil’s word. It’s a word that leads to pride. But God desires us to have success in things that matter. Courageous people are willing to try more and by sheer probability (plus the Lord’s blessing) they…
The Genius of Courage
Nov 16, 2014 • 31 min
When you have an optimistic (hopeful) view of life, then you’ll begin to ACT differently. This is courage, the ability to rise above fear and scarcity to act with boldness. When you know that God is with you and for you and that his grace covers you…
The Genius of Optimism
Nov 9, 2014 • 30 min
When you begin to take note of the good things in your life, it shapes how you see the future. You’ll leave behind feelings of fear, failure, doom, and gloom and begin to view the future with optimism, or what the bible calls, “hope.” Hope is not a…
The Genius of Perspective
Nov 2, 2014 • 39 min
In life you tend to find what you’re looking for. Grateful people choose to see the good things in their lives, relationships, and pasts and through that awareness, their eyes are opened to seeing more good things. If you want to become more grateful…
Eternal Repercussions
Oct 26, 2014 • 23 min
Not only will there be people who spend eternity in the presence of God because of what we do/give, but we ourselves will find “treasure in heaven…” every time we take a loss for the sake of the gospel. Jesus says those who sacrifice won’t fail to…
The Tidal Wave
Oct 19, 2014 • 36 min
Jesus’ great sacrifice set off a tidal wave that swept through the world. His followers began following his example with great acts of sacrifice that changed the world in the most meaningful ways, showing us that sacrifice is not the same as empty…
The Myth of Sacrifice
Oct 12, 2014 • 29 min
The world is inspired by sacrifice, although it makes no sense for it to be. Sacrifice is an affront to all of our natural tendencies toward self-preservation and survival. Some wrongly understand sacrifice to be only about duty and obligation, pain…
Influence for Good
Oct 5, 2014 • 36 min
Life change happens in the context of relationships. Once you learn to Be SomeONE to another person, you are granted the power to influence them and they also have the power to influence you, opening the doorway to mutual growth and beneficial life…
Drop Your Guard
Sep 28, 2014 • 35 min
Most of us have plenty of relationships but it’s difficult to take our relationships to a deeper place because of how much intimacy, vulnerability and trust that requires. By dropping your guard and allowing yourself to be known by another person…
Know Yourself
Sep 21, 2014 • 37 min
You can’t Be SomeONE to someone else if you don’t know first who you are and what you have to give. Developing a healthy sense of self-awareness and discovering what you alone have to offer others is vital for cultivating lasting connections.
Focus on a Few
Sep 14, 2014 • 29 min
Each of us is uniquely positioned for relationships on the basis of where we live, work, and play; nobody else has the exact same connections we do. But you can’t Be SomeONE to everyone. By selecting the right people and focusing on those…
Stop Holding Back
Sep 7, 2014 • 30 min
We know that relationships are important but few of us have the intentionality to actually pursue them. Life gets busy, we doubt ourselves, we doubt the long term payoff, we don’t want to bother with the complications that relationships create and so…
We Are Rescued to Become Rescuers
Aug 31, 2014 • 34 min
Mark Twain once said that the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. God has an awesome plan for your story, even the painful parts. If we want to be truly free we need to capture a vision of how…
Labels Lie
Aug 24, 2014 • 36 min
Who are you? It’s an important question to ask ourselves. And how we answer that question determines whether we are living a free life or not. Many of us have our identity defined by a negative label (failures and mistakes) others put too much stock…
Holding On Keeps Us from Moving On
Aug 17, 2014 • 38 min
The journey to freedom must go through the door of forgiveness. Even though we go through life clenching our fists and crying out for justice for life’s unfairness and pain, true forgiveness means giving up our right to hurt others that have hurt us…
You Can’t Blame Your Way to Freedom
Aug 10, 2014 • 30 min
Living as a victim is easy. Living in freedom means I take personal responsibility for both the good and bad parts of my life both past and present. I don’t have to be afraid of admitting fault or making amends when I’ve wronged someone. When I can…
The Gift of Slowness
Aug 3, 2014 • 31 min
We live in a fast-paced noisy world. Often the speed of life keeps us form hearing the voice of God, especially when it comes to our pain and brokenness. Distraction and escapism keep us from dealing with the things that keep us in bondage. If we want…
Family Feud
Jul 27, 2014 • 33 min
Conflict isn’t bad, every family experiences conflict (from fighting parents to sibling rivalry). Many families also experience greater trauma that causes deep rifts. Ideal families avoid long standing feuds by learning to deal with conflict and hurt…
Family Ties
Jul 20, 2014 • 26 min
God calls us to be deeply committed to the members of our families through thick and thin and for all of our lives. It doesn’t always make sense and it’s never easy, but it makes the family powerful.
Who’s the Boss
Jul 13, 2014 • 33 min
Families that thrive learn how not only to share the work but to balance power, to submit to one another, and to do so by choice. Paul’s teaching on family was revolutionary in his day and still is, if we take it seriously.
All in the Family
Jul 6, 2014 • 29 min
Families are the building blocks of society but what made God decide that putting together a bunch of different personalities, ages, and hormone levels under a single roof is a good idea? Beyond biological reproduction, what is the purpose of a family…
In the world but not of the world
Jun 29, 2014 • 33 min
Being “not of the world” brings to mind many different, peculiar behaviors that Christians embody (a.k.a “piety”), some of which are Scriptural and some that aren’t. As Jesus coined this phrase, however, his focus was less on our behavior and more on…
Wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God
Jun 22, 2014 • 35 min
We know we’re all sinners, but some sinners are way worse than others. So bad that they are totally excluded from the possibility of salvation, right? Not only do we selectively point to only some of the people the Bible names as wrongdoers but we…
You need milk, not meat!
Jun 15, 2014 • 40 min
We have an obsession with dividing ourselves up into categories of immature and mature. “Mature” people even demand “more meat” from their churches and pastors. But true maturity isn’t demanding and it’s not all about “knowing.”
Money is the root of all evil
Jun 8, 2014 • 38 min
Christians are supposed to hate money, be poor, right? No! It’s not money, it’s the LOVE of money that is the problem. Whew, that’s good news, who would possibly love money? We all do! But by giving it away, we break its hold over us.
I know the plans I have for you
Jun 1, 2014 • 26 min
Although this is a statement of comfort, we often think about God’s “plans” (or his “will”) in a way that is very specific and restrictive—even fatalistic. God’s will is much more open than most of us think.
Prayers of Power
May 25, 2014 • 32 min
To most, prayer is seen as a Christian duty not as a tool that God has entrusted to us to enlist his power to change our circumstances.
The Darkside
May 18, 2014 • 36 min
We often think that challenges, stressors, and temptations are the result of the tangible things in life but perhaps there’s more going on than meets the eye.
Angels
May 11, 2014 • 36 min
They’re known as “ministering spirits” and according to Scripture they’re very real, intervening on our behalf even though we are usually unaware.
Miracles
May 4, 2014 • 35 min
Miracles, by definition, are acts that stand in defiance of the natural world. Jesus did miracles, but after his resurrection, supernatural healings (and other miracles) start happening through his followers!
Supernatural Abilities
Apr 27, 2014 • 35 min
Throughout time certain people have been given extraordinary gifts for God’s purposes. On the day called Pentecost, the Spirit of God is poured out on all Jesus-followers, giving supernatural gifts indiscriminately to them.
The Walking Dead
Apr 20, 2014 • 28 min
Easter sets into motion a world of the miraculous… where the impossible is now possible
Just Be Quiet!
Apr 13, 2014 • 31 min
Sometimes while we’re badgering God for answers, God speaks a message calling for our silence. There’s something God wants us to hear, even in the silence.
Don’t Give Up!
Apr 6, 2014 • 34 min
Sometimes when life is tough God doesn’t come in and solve our problems, instead he encourages us to keep going down a hard road.
You’re Going the Wrong Way
Mar 30, 2014 • 37 min
Sometimes God speaks to redirect us, to burden us, or to give us a conviction so that we’re moved to new action on his behalf.
Just Stop It
Mar 23, 2014 • 36 min
One of the most difficult words to hear is a word of rebuke. Perhaps that’s why God almost always has to speak them through another person. Yet these kinds of messages are necessary for our correction and our return to wholeness.
You Heard Me Right
Mar 16, 2014 • 34 min
Sometimes God speaks a message very clearly, but we resist it because it just doesn’t sound right (it’s counter-intuitive). Instead of questioning God or passively defying him, these are great moments to trust and do something difficult, even when it…
I Still Love You
Mar 9, 2014 • 42 min
One of the most important words from God is one that should be easy to receive but it’s not. It’s a call to return to him and find forgiveness, rest, solace, and reconciliation. In our shame, we often fight against these words, presuming that God will…
How to Gain Power Over Your Enemies
Mar 1, 2014 • 36 min
All of us desire to be powerful, especially when we feel oppressed or victimized. However, true power over enemies does not require brute force.
A Surefire Strategy to Get Rich
Feb 23, 2014 • 42 min
Wherever someone is promising the opportunity to “get rich” you’ll be sure to find a crowd of eager people. But riches don’t equal security. They can go as quickly as they come. To truly be rich is a little more nuanced.
The Keys to Lasting Happiness
Feb 16, 2014 • 32 min
Most of us imagine happiness is a product of the right kind of circumstances but happiness can be found in even the most undesirable circumstances.
A Guarantee for Long Life
Feb 9, 2014 • 28 min
The measure of a person’s life shouldn’t be years. Some people live into old age but stopped living well before their actual death and some people had life tragically cut short but lived the equivalent of 5 lifetimes.
The Rules of Attraction
Feb 2, 2014 • 33 min
Trying to stay attractive is costly & tiresome because pop culture is always redefining what “attractive” looks like. But there is a way to be timelessly & universally attractive regardless of cultural fads.
The Perfection Tension
Jan 26, 2014 • 31 min
God has a vision for our life that includes us living faithful and fruitful lives. But sometimes our pursuit of God’s vision for our lives turns into perfectionism, which is not what God intends. The key to finding lasting breathing room is living…
Strategic Disappointment
Jan 19, 2014 • 39 min
Part of what keeps our lives too full is the drive to keep everyone happy. But the truth of life is that you are always disappointing someone (if not your boss, then your family). To pursue your preferred reality, you have to get comfortable with…
Abandoning Individualism
Jan 12, 2014 • 31 min
Doing life on your own drains time/money/everything—Most of us would rather die than ask for help, and we’re well on our way to an early grave because of it. The key to long-term health, success, and joy in life is learning to lean on others.
Defining Your Future
Jan 5, 2014 • 32 min
Many of us are chasing multiple, competing visions of what we want our lives to look like and that’s the main reason we lack breathing room. The pursuit of more breathing room starts with creating a CLEAR, SINGULAR and GOD-CENTERED vision of what we…
Discovering That the Wait Is Worth It
Dec 29, 2013 • 27 min
Some things are better BECAUSE you waited. Waiting can make things sweeter once you finally get to take hold of them.
Enjoying the Present Moment
Dec 22, 2013 • 28 min
Even as we live in defiant hope (last week), it is possible to find contentment and even enjoyment in our unrealized hopes. Sometimes expectation is even better than fulfillment if we learn to enjoy it!
Resisting the Urge to Give Up
Dec 15, 2013 • 35 min
Sometimes when the wait is long, it’s easy to give up, to believe that what you long for will never happen. Being a Christian means to live in defiant hope of what God might yet do—even the miraculous!
When Waiting Isn’t about You
Dec 7, 2013 • 34 min
Sometimes waiting is about us. Sometimes it’s not about us at all; sometimes it’s about something (or someone) else entirely. Although this feels unjust, there’s an opportunity to trust in God’s love and favor while you wait on him to work something…
Getting Time on Your Side
Nov 30, 2013 • 33 min
People who are skilled in waiting come prepared for long spells in waiting rooms with something productive to do. If we’re wise, all of us can leverage our time spent waiting for the sake of our growth and formation.
The Folly of Forcing the Issue
Nov 24, 2013 • 32 min
All throughout time people have struggled with waiting. Just look at how early we celebrate Christmas! Especially in our “take charge” culture, waiting seems ridiculous. But sometimes “not having” at all is better than forcefully getting the wrong thing.
Step 5: Enlist Others
Nov 17, 2013 • 27 min
Even though sharing your faith is important for every individual, don’t try to do this alone. Bring your other Christians friends into the lives of your un-churched friends. When you do, the witness will be multiplied and the Gospel work will go on…
Step 4: Extend Invitations
Nov 10, 2013 • 40 min
You don’t have to be fluent in explaining the whole Gospel to people, nor do you need to have answers for every question. One of the best things you can do is to extend an invitation for your friends to JOIN you in a place where the Jesus is clearly…
Step 3: Start Conversations
Nov 3, 2013 • 38 min
When we begin sharing Jesus, we must remember that our job is not to win debates or arguments, nor is it to convert people. Our job is simply to start conversations with people, so that we may eventually (and naturally) have the opportunity to share…
Step 2: Focus on a Few
Oct 27, 2013 • 36 min
Sharing your faith is NOT standing on a street corner with a bullhorn, preaching to the masses. It’s committing to a short list of people we feel called to share and serve with the Gospel. Focusing on a few leads to deeper Gospel impact.
Step 1: Know What’s at Stake
Oct 20, 2013 • 36 min
In order to share your faith, your sense of urgency has to surpass your level of discomfort. The first step is to allow yourself to be ruined by the knowledge that people are living their lives needlessly trapped in the meaninglessness that Jesus…
The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For
Oct 13, 2013 • 27 min
A celebration of the moment we’ve been waiting for. Everything we’ve accomplished through the Launch campaign.
Samson: The Flawed
Oct 6, 2013 • 36 min
We all worry that our weaknesses will disqualify us from being useful to God, but it’s simply not true. Although our sins and weaknesses can make for a more complicated and painful life, Samson—a very strong but weak man—shows us that courage is…
Jephthah: The Black Sheep
Sep 29, 2013 • 34 min
When you’ve been rejected by others, the last thing you want to do is to come to their aid. But Jephthah has the courage to rise above. Through Jephthah we learn that courage is never believing/owning what your detractors heap upon you and not…
Gideon: The Coward
Sep 22, 2013 • 28 min
Gideon was chronically fearful and timid. He fought God at every point through his story. Ironically, God used him for some incredible war-victories showing us that courage is believing God when he calls us by names we would never ascribe to ourselves.
Deborah: The Reluctant
Sep 15, 2013 • 34 min
Sometimes even though you don’t aspire to lead, there’s a vacuum that requires you to courageously step in anyway. From Deborah we learn that courage is trusting God to use the available (the willing) no matter their gifts or position.
Ehud: The Non-Conformist
Sep 8, 2013 • 37 min
Ehud, the “left-handed” warrior from a “right-handed tribe” was not like the rest of his tribesmen. But he shows us that courage is trusting God to leverage your uniqueness, instead of trying to fit in.
No One Will Love You For Who You Are
Sep 1, 2013 • 40 min
We believe that we must be perfect to be loved, valued, and accepted. The truth is that God loves us as we are, we’re accepted on account of Christ, and people will value us when we’re real and transparent in our imperfections.
You Can’t Escape Your Past
Aug 25, 2013 • 38 min
Many of us believe the lie that our pasts define us and that our futures are tainted by our former mistakes. The truth is that God entrusts us with a new day to make the best decisions we can, to fail, to experience his grace, to learn and to start over.
It’s All Up To You
Aug 18, 2013 • 35 min
The lie of self-reliance keeps us both prideful of our successes as well as needlessly burdened by life’s challenges. God’s truth is that not only is he always with us, but he’s given us one another to thrive, not just survive.
The Pursuit Of Happiness Will Make You Happy
Aug 11, 2013 • 36 min
We all hope to be happy in life but when we try to pursue happiness for happiness’s sake, we crash and burn. Happiness is found in pursuing Jesus and aspiring to the life that God has put before us.
Your Mission
Aug 4, 2013 • 35 min
Romans 12:3-8
What We Do Best Apart
Jul 28, 2013 • 33 min
The final part of our model is to encourage/equip Christians to live out their lives intentionally during the week. For us, that means focusing on the 1.1.15.6 catalysts so that the best ministry happens outside of “church.”
What We Do Best Together
Jul 21, 2013 • 39 min
The role of the corporate church gets confused with the role of individual Christians. It’s the primary job of the corporate church to communicate the gospel to everyone (Christian and not) especially in a way that unchurched people can take hold of…
Why We Can’t Stay Here
Jul 14, 2013 • 42 min
The world has changed in a lot of ways, but the biggest shift is that we’re now living in a post-Christian world. Instead of being afraid of or angry about how our world is changing, we should respond to the world like the NT church did in similar…
Why We Exist
Jul 7, 2013 • 38 min
Our recent worship survey showed that everyone is not clear on our primary role and while some may know our mission statement, we all need to be clear on why we exist as a local church. The church is not the mission. It’s established by God to…
Finish Strong
Jun 30, 2013 • 32 min
There’s nothing worse than reading a book that “ends” with a 100 pages left to go. Don’t let your story resolve or end prematurely. When you reach one pinnacle, go after another. Make sure your final page is nothing short of spectacular.
Finish Strong
Jun 30, 2013 • 34 min
There’s nothing worse than reading a book that “ends” with a 100 pages left to go. Don’t let your story resolve or end prematurely. When you reach one pinnacle, go after another. Make sure your final page is nothing short of spectacular.
Enjoy the Plot Twists
Jun 23, 2013 • 26 min
As you start living a better story, be prepared. Interruptions, challenges, tragedies will come along the way. But instead of worrying about these things when they come, realize these are the things that make for a great story.
Enjoy the Plot Twists
Jun 23, 2013 • 34 min
As you start living a better story, be prepared. Interruptions, challenges, tragedies will come along the way. But instead of worrying about these things when they come, realize these are the things that make for a great story.
Write an Epic
Jun 16, 2013 • 37 min
Begin dreaming about where you’d like your story to go. How big do you want this story to be? God wants to use your life for something great, and it starts with asking God for the right things.
Read the Reviews
Jun 9, 2013 • 31 min
What kind of story are you living? If an expert book reviewer came in to write a review on your life story, what would he/she say? Would it be a best seller or destined for the bargain bin? If you don’t like the reviews of your present story, it’s…
Read the Reviews
Jun 9, 2013 • 40 min
What kind of story are you living? If an expert book reviewer came in to write a review on your life story, what would he/she say? Would it be a best seller or destined for the bargain bin? If you don’t like the reviews of your present story, it’s…
What God Wishes You Knew
Jun 2, 2013 • 35 min
Sex has become such a cloudy, confused issue in our culture. This final week we want to talk about God’s view of sex and set the record straight. (no panel this week, questions texted in though?)
What Your Future Spouse Wishes You Knew
May 26, 2013 • 42 min
Many people are still searching for the “right” person. While s/he may be still be unknown to you, there are some things you can learn about them that will make it a lot easier to look in the right places. This week we’ll look at scriptures that…
What Men Wish You Knew
May 19, 2013 • 39 min
We’ll continue “the talk” this week by looking at what the scriptures have to say about how men are built and run that through our panel of male “experts”
What Women Wish You Knew
May 12, 2013 • 37 min
Although the Scriptures aren’t a study in gender-studies, they provide a lot of information on how men and women are built starting at a heart/spirit level. This weekend we’ll start “the talk” by looking at what the scriptures have to say about…
Great Influence
May 5, 2013 • 28 min
No matter how great other Living Legends are, their greatness is always limited to what they are able to do as one person. Jesus was greater than any person who ever lived and yet he demonstrated the importance of influence by empowering his…
Great Influence
May 5, 2013 • 32 min
No matter how great other Living Legends are, their greatness is always limited to what they are able to do as one person. Jesus was greater than any person who ever lived and yet he demonstrated the importance of influence by empowering his…
Great Humility
Apr 28, 2013 • 30 min
There are few things more inspiring than a great leader who is willing to bow down and serve. Not only is Jesus an example of humility, he’s one of the first to ever model it.
Great Humility
Apr 28, 2013 • 34 min
There are few things more inspiring than a great leader who is willing to bow down and serve. Not only is Jesus an example of humility, he’s one of the first to ever model it.
Great Compassion
Apr 21, 2013 • 29 min
It’s easy to show kindness to those who can benefit you in return but in Jesus’ ministry, He showed concern for all people, especially those who could do nothing to benefit Him in return, even to those who could damage His credibility.
Great Compassion
Apr 21, 2013 • 25 min
It’s easy to show kindness to those who can benefit you in return but in Jesus’ ministry, He showed concern for all people, especially those who could do nothing to benefit Him in return, even to those who could damage His credibility.
Great Focus
Apr 14, 2013 • 34 min
Jesus’ ability to resist temptation sets Him apart from other “great” people.
Great Focus
Apr 14, 2013 • 26 min
Jesus’ ability to resist temptation sets Him apart from other “great” people.
Acts of Greatness
Apr 7, 2013 • 35 min
Jesus’ ability to do amazing things wins Him admiration and popularity, so much so that the people are ready to crown him their king-whether He likes it or not.
Acts of Greatness
Apr 6, 2013 • 32 min
Jesus’ ability to do amazing things wins Him admiration and popularity, so much so that the people are ready to crown him their king-whether He likes it or not.
Easter: Living Legend
Mar 31, 2013 • 29 min
The foundation of Jesus’ status as THE living legend is that’s He’s living, not dead.
Easter: Living Legend
Mar 31, 2013 • 36 min
The foundation of Jesus’ status as THE living legend is that He’s living, not dead.
Holy Week Experience
Mar 29, 2013 • 16 min
Generosity’s Endless Impact
Mar 24, 2013 • 34 min
In the Early Church, imperfect and incredibly generous Jesus-followers met the physical and spiritual needs of people in unprecedented ways. It not only fuel radical growth in their day, but their impact continues today. Today’s church is resourced…
Generosity’s Endless Impact
Mar 24, 2013 • 31 min
In the Early Church, imperfect and incredibly generous Jesus-followers met the physical and spiritual needs of people in unprecedented ways. It not only fuel radical growth in their day, but their impact continues today. Today’s church is resourced…
Cultivating Generous Action
Mar 17, 2013 • 30 min
We sometimes wait for our hearts to feel like being generous before we start living generous lives, but a generous heart is formed through action. When we begin to act on each Spirit-led impulse toward generosity, then we’ll see that generous action…
Cultivating Generous Action
Mar 17, 2013 • 40 min
We sometimes wait for our hearts to feel like being generous before we start living generous lives, but a generous heart is formed through action. When we begin to act on each Spirit-led impulse toward generosity, then we’ll see that generous action…
The Dangers of Debt
Mar 10, 2013 • 38 min
In “keeping up with the Joneses,” lots of us find ourselves saddled with debt. While some debt may be necessary, there’s no question that all debt is burdensome and excessive debt is crippling. God wants us to be free from every burden we carry, even…
The Dangers of Debt
Mar 10, 2013 • 36 min
In “keeping up with the Joneses,” lots of us find ourselves saddled with debt. While some debt may be necessary, there’s no question that all debt is burdensome and excessive debt is crippling. God wants us to be free from every burden we carry, even…
Uncovering God’s Inverted Economy
Mar 3, 2013 • 36 min
While capitalism may be a good economic system for worldly kingdoms, God’s kingdom runs on an entirely different economy. World economies are driven by scarcity (supply and demand), God’s economy is based on abundance. In God’s economy, God meets…
Uncovering God’s Inverted Economy
Mar 3, 2013 • 30 min
While capitalism may be a good economic system for worldly kingdoms, God’s kingdom runs on an entirely different economy. World economies are driven by scarcity (supply and demand), God’s economy is based on abundance. In God’s economy, God meets…
Searching for Value
Feb 24, 2013 • 31 min
In our culture, it’s easy to base our value on what we have. We are the brands we wear, the neighborhoods we live in, the cars we drive. But if we’d look to God, he could give us a greater sense of value than we could imagine, and it’s FREE.
Searching for Value
Feb 24, 2013 • 41 min
In our culture, it’s easy to base our value on what we have. We are the brands we wear, the neighborhoods we live in, the cars we drive. But if we’d look to God, he could give us a greater sense of value than we could imagine, and it’s FREE.
Endless Appetites
Feb 17, 2013 • 29 min
Money and possessions can be blessings but God warns us that pursuing them won’t make us happy. The more we pursue things, the less content we are, the hungrier we feel, & the more insecure we feel about life. We’re richer than any other country…
Endless Appetites
Feb 17, 2013 • 34 min
How can I know what God wants me to do?
Feb 10, 2013 • 39 min
Does God care where we work or what school we attend? Do we really have a soul mate? Can we step outside of God’s plan for our life and if we do, what then?
How can I know what God wants me to do?
Feb 10, 2013 • 33 min
Does God care where we work or what school we attend? Do we really have a soul mate? Can we step outside of God’s plan for our life and if we do, what then?
Does God play favorites?
Feb 3, 2013 • 31 min
Do some people have a better connection to God than others? Why are some people miraculously healed, yet others seem to have their prayers go unanswered? Why don’t “acts of God” revisit the same people?
Does God play favorites?
Feb 3, 2013 • 34 min
Do some people have a better connection to God than others? Why are some people miraculously healed, yet others seem to have their prayers go unanswered? Why don’t “acts of God” revisit the same people?
Isn’t sin an outdated idea?
Jan 27, 2013 • 37 min
What is sin? Is it more than breaking rules? What rules? Is it relative? Do the Ten Commandments still apply to us today?
Isnt’ sin an outdated idea?
Jan 27, 2013 • 35 min
What is sin? Is it more than breaking rules? What rules? Is it relative? Do the Ten Commandments still apply to us today?
Do I have to believe everything in the Bible?
Jan 20, 2013 • 33 min
Isn’t it enough to learn the lessons from the stories in the Bible? Are Christians required to believe that they happened? What makes the Bible credible? It’s written by sinful men over hundreds of years!
Do all religions point to God?
Jan 13, 2013 • 33 min
What am I supposed to think about people all around me who come to different conclusions about God and life? Are they going to hell?
Do all religions point to God?
Jan 13, 2013 • 32 min
What am I supposed to think about people all around me who come to different conclusions about God and life? Are they going to hell?
What happens when I die?
Jan 6, 2013 • 34 min
How can anyone speak definitively about life after death? What about Judgment/Heaven/Hell?
What happens when I die?
Jan 6, 2013 • 34 min
How can anyone speak definitively about life after death? What about Judgment/Heaven/Hell?