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Sunday Messages Podcast


The Bible for Grown-ups, part 3: The Old Testament
Oct 18 • 36 min
The Old Testament chronicles God’s redemptive, sequential activity in history. It’s a fabulous, gritty, epic history of the Hebrew people in which, over and over, Israel is reminded that they are a divine means to an end. So, maybe instead of seeing the…
The Bible for Grown-ups, part 2: In The Beginning
Oct 11 • 35 min
“In the beginning… .” can be a loaded phrase—one that forces us into debate and doubt. But maybe we’re missing the point of Genesis 1:1—a point Moses made to a world where the violence and injustice of the gods justified and legitimized the violence and…
The Bible for Grown-ups, part 1: Last Things First
Oct 4 • 37 min
Most of us know some Bible stories, but very few of us know the story of the Bible. And it may be surprising to discover it’s a story that doesn’t actually begin in the beginning. It begins with the accounts of a few men who sat down to record the death…
Future Family, part 3: Common Cause
Sep 27 • 44 min
When it comes to family, the only thing we all have in common is conflict. Family conflict is like no other because when you win an argument in your family, you don’t really win anything. The conflict is never fully resolved.What if there was a way to…
Future Family, part 2: Power Down
Sep 20 • 36 min
In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul drew from Jesus’ use of power what is perhaps the most powerful relational teaching of all – an instruction that changes everything in family dynamics. It all comes down to asking a simple question:What can…
Future Family, part 1: Ideally Speaking
Sep 13 • 31 min
When the ideal is hard to attain, it’s tempting to just lower the bar and redefine the ideal. This can be especially true when it comes to Jesus’ teachings about family, which many of us have already fallen short of. In this message, Rich Barrett explains…
The Beginner’s Guide to Predicting Your Future: Appealing Is Revealing
Sep 6 • 41 min
The best way to predict your future is to pay attention to where you’re headed. But sometimes it’s easy to get distracted by what’s on the path. The appeal of money, acceptance, or security can lower your defenses and lead you away from the path you want…
The Beginner’s Guide to Predicting Your Future: Follow
Aug 30 • 36 min
We all start out life with great intentions. But our intentions aren’t good indicators of our destinations. In fact, our direction trumps our intention every time. That’s why we all need to follow someone we trust. Someone who can make our lives better…
The Beginner’s Guide to Predicting Your Future: Your Intention Please
Aug 23 • 34 min
Nobody gets lost on purpose. But we often find ourselves in places we never intended. If there’s a disconnect between what you hope to be true in the future and the direction you’re headed now, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at your path. Our…
The Beginner’s Guide to Predicting Your Future: Principle of the Path
Aug 16 • 39 min
We’re all going to end up somewhere in life, but often there’s a disconnect between where we want to end up and the path we choose. So how can we avoid choosing a path that’s guaranteed to get us where we don’t want to be? Wise people understand that life…
Talking Points, Part 3: Kingdom First
Aug 9 • 32 min
The unity and diversity of the early church shocked and intrigued the ancient world. Ours should as well. August 9, 2020
Talking Points, Part 2: Choose Sides
Aug 2 • 21 min
Our political views are shaped by a number of variables: our backgrounds, education, and personal experiences to name a few. It’s easy to feel like our view is the right one, but the person beside you is more precious to God than your political view.…
Talking Points, Part 1: One Is The Win
Jul 26 • 28 min
Your favorite candidate will win or lose based on how our country votes this November. However, the church will win or lose based on our behavior between now and then. Listen to Talking Points, Part 1: One Is The Win with Rich Barrett.
Good Grief: Focusing On Our Feelings
Jul 19 • 21 min
When we experience a loss, we often experience a loss of hope as well. But hope is a feeling, and we can regain that feeling if we fix our hearts and eyes on something other than what has been lost. July 19, 2020
Good Grief: Loving Other Losers
Jul 12 • 19 min
When we experience a loss, we are tempted to minimize it and push past it without truly dealing with the pain. This same temptation is equally present in those around us. They are tempted to minimize their losses, and we’re tempted to support their…
Good Grief: Rest In Peace
Jul 5 • 26 min
When we experience a loss, we often don’t know how to respond. Ultimately, there are only two choices. And our choice will determine what we experience—not just in the present, but for the rest of our lives. We don’t choose what we lose, but we can choose…
What Now?
Jun 28 • 21 min
The season of social distancing and quarantine has given us an unprecedented opportunity. What can we do with this season that will make the “normal” seasons of our life what God wants them to be? June 28, 2020
The Blessing
Jun 21 • 21 min
There is something in all of us that desires affirmation from our dads. If we don’t receive it, we often go looking for it … sometimes in all the wrong places. Some of us received this blessing. Some of us didn’t. For some of us, the voice of our fathers…
This Human Race
Jun 14 • 28 min
Perhaps nothing characterized the life of Jesus more than his pursuit of people whose lives and lifestyles did not look like his. If we fail to listen to people who don’t experience the world the way we do, we will never bear their burden. June 14, 2020
Me and My Big Mouth: Who’s My Neighbor
Jun 7 • 29 min
In recent weeks, we’ve had our hearts broken. Precious human lives have been taken right before our eyes. What is our hope for the human race? What is our responsibility as followers of Jesus to bring this hope to the world? And how should it play out in…
Me and My Big Mouth: Untamable
May 31 • 22 min
Like a small spark that has the potential to scorch an entire green forest, our tongues are untamable, with the power to control our whole bodies. We have a tool that can be used to build up those around us or tear them down in just a few words. What do…
Me and My Big Mouth: Quick To Listen
May 24 • 19 min
We all know what it’s like to be hurt by someone who just couldn’t listen long enough to understand us. Maybe in their attempt to be right, they damaged a relationship that could have been saved with a little patience and curiosity. You’ve probably been…
He’s Still Got The Whole World In His Hands: What Can Separate Us?
May 17 • 22 min
Remember when you discovered that your unlimited data plan had limits? When the all-you-can-eat buffet fell short? Disappointing, right? Consequently, we’re skeptical of words like “unlimited” and “unconditional.” They usually appear right above the fine…
He’s Still Got The Whole World In His Hands: Where Can I Find Hope?
May 10 • 20 min
How are we supposed to remain hopeful in a hopelessly broken world? We want to be hopeful, but when relationships sour, stock prices tumble, dreams disappear, and plans crumble, hope can be hard to come by. In a world without guarantees, hope can be a…
He’s Still Got The Whole World In His Hands: Nothing New
May 3 • 17 min
Uncertainty. As a society, we live in a world of uncertainty. Uncertain social conditions. Uncertain economic times. Uncertain global developments. Yet uncertainty is nothing new. The characters in the Bible experienced wildly fluctuating levels of…
He’s Still Got the Whole World In His Hands: Pray Until The Peace Comes
Apr 26 • 17 min
In the previous session, we said that God is at work even in uncertain times. It is good to know that he is working, but what should we be doing? How should we live in the midst of uncertainty? How can we keep from being overwhelmed by the fears and…