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More often than not, the idols we give our hearts to are good things meant to be enjoyed and appreciated. The problem is that, because our hearts are little “idol factories,” we tend to make a “good thing” into an ultimate thing. We think that they will satisfy our souls, but in turn, leave us empty. But the good news of the gospel is that God alwa…
 
In 1 Kings 18 we see the stark reality of the allegiance of God’s people being pulled in several different directions. While their social identity was being known as the People of Yahweh (the one true God) their spiritual allegiances had shift to the false gods Baal and Asherah. The one true God has no room for split allegiances and Elijah calls al…
 
What you want makes you who you are and what you want most is what shapes you most. For most of us we don’t think about what desires are driving our life and if we’re not careful we can be enticed to want things that can cause great harm. In Philippians 3 Paul highlights how important it is to want the right thing because only one thing can make us…
 
As the threat of sickness spread throughout our world last year the one thing we were told we could do was create a bubble to keep ourselves, our families, and others safe. It’s not long before bubbles become barriers and barriers become walls meant to keep others away and to keep us safe. The problem with these walls is what you do with them after…
 
Everyone agrees that our world is more divided than ever. But if you ask them why you’ll find there’s little to no agreement. Though, the one thing we can all agree on is it’s somebody else’s fault! In week 3 we explore the core element of what divides us, what role we each play in that division and the steps we can take to end the division.…
 
You don’t go through challenging times without picking up some baggage. The circumstances you fight through, the losses you suffer, the relationships that come to an end, the opportunities missed - all of these are bags we carry through from our last mess to the next one. In week 3 we work through how to appropriately unpack the baggage we’ve been …
 
When tensions are high relationships are fragile. In the last year, it has felt like so much is riding on every single moment. In moments like these, we can either inflict or receive the most pain from the people we’re closest to. Most of the time we can name the hurt, identify the culprit, analyze the circumstances and address the pain but none of…
 
Your story is uniquely yours! Just because it’s your story doesn’t mean it’s only meant for you. God wants to use your story to help others with similar stories understand how they fit in God’s big story. In the final week of our series Finding Your Place, we talk about what it looks like to tell your story in a way that introduces others to God!…
 
Our God’s on a mission. He is working to restore all that was lost at the fall. Paul tells us that if you are in Christ you’ve been made new but he also says that Jesus has give the ministry of reconciliation to us. We have been given the charge to join God on His mission! The mission of Jesus is more than just service projects and good deeds, it’s…
 
There's an obvious spiritual impact that comes from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but it goes far beyond the personal implications that we often focus on. There has been a spiritual battle raging throughout human history but Jesus’ resurrection results in the ultimate victory. In week 3 of our series we talk through this cosmic battle …
 
In Philipians 3 Paul talks about a desire to know Jesus, but he talks about knowing him in a way we most often don’t think about. Paul doesn’t just want to know the resurrection power of Jesus but he wants to participate with Jesus in His suffering and death. Through the Lenten season we are reminded of the intense physical suffering that Jesus end…
 
The Christian's practice of eating the “Lord’s Supper” dates back to the night of the last supper. We were given this meal as a way to remember, or to focus our attention on, the body and blood of Jesus. In the first week of Lent, we will speak of its importance, how participating in it together can usher us into communion with Him and why beholdin…
 
One of the most powerful statements that Jesus makes in the gospels is "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me." The strength of this statement is stunning for those of us living in a "post-truth" society.In week 3 of our Bridging the Gap series, we talk about how we got here, the toll a lack of truth…
 
When we live with the end in mind it makes us think through every decision we make along the way. Peter is inviting us to live our daily lives with a focus on eternity because he believes it will transform the way we live our lives and encourage us to invite others into God’s family. In week 2 of our Bridging the Gap series, we take a look at how t…
 
Far too often we miss the point and purpose of life. The good news is that your purpose in life is connected to God’s purpose in this world and when we can see where we fit it helps us see how we should live our lives. Peter tells us that Jesus is coming back but before He does God wants to save as many people as possible! In week one of our Bridge…
 
2020 has shaken us in many ways. Normal life, whatever that means, is gone. Many things look completely different than they did in 2019. Our relationships, our jobs, our world, even our faith. We are going to take a look at the Book of Haggai to explore what it looks like to rebuild our lives when our lives and the world are in disorder.…
 
In the beginning of Haggai we see a people finally released from exile and returning back to their homeland. For decades they have longed for the chance to return to the Temple and experience communion with God again but when they get home they turn their attention to rebuilding their own homes instead. Haggai asks them what’s more important, their…
 
Christmas Eve is the day we focus on the birth of Jesus. The idea that God would put on flesh and blood and move into the neighborhood should blow our minds. He wants to move in with us? This Christmas Eve we’ll tackle all the reasons our hearts say Jesus shouldn’t want to make His home with us and we’ll talk about how His presence deals with each …
 
If you’re like me when my house is messy my heart feels messy. Sometimes I’ve made the mess but most of the time it’s someone else and we all just wait to see who will make the first move to clean things up so our house can be a comforting place to live. In week 3 of our Home for Christmas series we’ll talk about how we clean up the mess of our liv…
 
Most of us have mental snapshots of a moment in our lives where we felt like we were right where we belonged. The embrace of a parent, the smile of a sibling, the laughter around the table. It’s how we know we belong. Christmas reminds us that God has invited us to join his family and he embraces us as his children. In week 2 we talk about what it …
 
There’s something comforting about coming home. You’re supposed to feel safe, loved, cared for, rested and happy at home. When we face the tough times and the hard days we have a longing to get back home. That longing is about more than a physical location or a heart full of memories, that longing was built into us by God and we’re longing to be at…
 
We live in complex times which creates a need to find answers to complex questions. There is no shortage of people who are willing to direct our steps but the question is what do Christians do when we have big questions in our life? In this weeks teaching we discuss how seeking and knowing Jesus can help us filter things through his heart and teach…
 
Have you ever thought about what the core of your worry or anxiety is? We generally can identify the symptoms but often we don't dig deep enough to find the cause which is almost always that we lack the ability to control what is happening in our world. In this week's teaching we discuss what Christians do with worry and anxiety and we learn what i…
 
Every four years we get the opportunity to choose who we want to lead our country. This blessing seems to have turned into a curse lately as there is more division and dissension in our nation than at any time in recent memory. In our final look at “What Christians Do” with politics we take a look at how Jesus responded when “forced to choose” poli…
 
These days our world is full of rumors and rumblings about all sorts of things. When we let our hearts be captured by these rumors and rumblings we can be lead into all sorts of interesting conclusions and allegiances. Our hearts are easily captured by these theories or ideas and we can find ourselves living from a place of fear, suspicion or even …
 
Part of loving God is trusting God with what God has entrusted to us. This is easier said than done. We most often live with a mindset that we need all we have and most often we need more! Whenever Jesus talked about money he works to redirect our focus from provisions to provider but it takes more than thinking about money the right way. What Chri…
 
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