Christmas is a season of lights, rightfully giving this time of year a celebratory and distinctive feel. But is there more to light than we can “see”? The Christmas story is about "light" coming into a dark world- What does that mean? What difference does it make in our day-to-day lives? How can we live out the meaning of Christmas now? This Advent we are exploring how Christ lights up our lives.
Whether in fiction or real life, one’s dying words to family and friends rightly receive special attention. What might someone want those closest to them to remember and to live? We have such an account in the life of Jesus - an extended farewell address where he effectively says goodbye to his closest followers. In this Lenten season we will look at the upper room discourse, Chapters13-17 of the Gospel of John.
We've all had them. Interactions around hot topics and sensitive issues that take a wrong turn. It's easy to get entangled or lost and come away discouraged when a relationship is negatively affected. God has wisdom for us on ways to navigate those conversations. Join us in our lead-up to Thanksgiving as we look at this timely topic.
Society is crumbling and chaos reigns- welcome to the world of the book of Judges! After hundreds of years of waiting and hoping, Israel finally enters the Promised Land... only to undergo repeated cycles of failure and spiritual indifference, where “each person did what was right in his own eyes.” How does God work in such times, not unlike our own? We will journey through Judges to see how God works redemptively, even in the worst of times.
All too often and all too easily, our focus drifts to ourselves, our friends and families, our church. It’s a kind of gravitational pull that makes us the center of the universe. But Jesus and the gospel call us to an outward focus, to reach and impact others. We need to look “Beyond” ourselves to serve and love those who don’t know Christ.
What the world wouldn't give for a little wisdom right now! We have no end of "experts" but very few "sages." Wisdom is the capacity that goes beyond formulas and equations to chart a course through the complexities of life ... so that we can live well. The classic book on wisdom in the Bible is Proverbs. We will take an in-depth look at the issues and challenges of flourishing in the Real World.
Everyone encounters them, but not everyone gets through them well. Storms can make us feel like our lives are somehow "off-course" but they may be the time of God's greatest work in our lives. We are going to look at some of the greatest storms recorded in the Bible for insights that may help us navigate those stormy times that come to us all.
A. W. Tozer once said that "what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." There is certainly nothing "higher" about which we can think than God, and it is crucial that we learn to think about him the way he really is and not just now we wish he was. How else can we trust him if we do not really understand him? We are taking a penetrating look into the mystery of the One from whom all life and blessings flow.
Christians do not just “join” a movement. They are spiritually re-born through Jesus Christ with the life of the coming new creation. With that comes certain privileges and “birthrights.” Do you know yours? Do you thank and praise God for them? Claim your inheritance by joining us for this next series of messages that will open your eyes to rich treasures that you did not even know you had.