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Now You Know - June 13, 2021
It’s Worse Than You Thought - June 6, 2021
Now You Know - June 13, 2021We all want to do what’s right all the time, but we sometimes we end up doing what we don’t want to do. It seems unavoidable. If we can’t even live by our own standards, how are we supposed to live by God’s?
It’s Worse Than You Thought - June 6, 2021It’s difficult to solve a problem when you don’t understand what’s wrong to begin with. Many of us have been trying to solve the problem of “us” for a long time. Some of you have lost friends, family, or jobs because you couldn’t solve you. Some of you have paid someone good money to solve you. But what if the real problem is that you don’t know what the problem is?
Let’s Talk About: Divorce & Remarriage:
Let’s Talk About: Divorce and Remarriage - May 31, 2021
Let’s Talk About: Divorce and Remarriage - May 31, 2021All of us have been impacted by divorce, either our own or someone very close to us. It is most often painful and messy to the level of our soul. It’s an indication that what Jesus said was true, but what exactly did he say and how should it impact our view of divorce and remarriage?
Be Rich (Interview with Jennifer White) - May 23, 2021
God Just Wants My Money - May 16, 2021
The Steward - May 9, 2021
Be Rich (Interview with Jennifer White) - May 23, 2021Paul commands us to enjoy what God has provided and to be rich, but what does being rich look like?
God Just Wants My Money - May 16, 2021Jesus taught that there is a way to use money that creates a joy and reward that reaches beyond this life. But there is also a part of His teaching that seems a little ominous, and it is something we need to know.
The Steward - May 9, 2021Perspective is everything. How we “see” areas of our lives will determine our behavior and how much stress or joy we feel. This is especially true with how we see money. Maybe if we got a new perspective on who actually owns the money, it would change how we see it, use it and feel about it.
The Comparison Trap:
Two Bags Full - May 2, 2021
Looking Around - April 25, 2021
The Land of “er” - April 18, 2021
Two Bags Full - May 2, 2021Comparison is being caught in the trap of constantly asking, “Does she have more than me? Are they better off? Is he smarter, funnier, richer?” We preoccupy ourselves with these questions, but God has a better plan…and a better question…a question that will free us from the comparison trap once and for all.
Looking Around - April 25, 2021God is the creator of the universe. He’s big, smart and powerful. He orchestrates time and everything that happens in it. And he has told us to call him…Dad? God’s opinion of us may provide something we haven’t yet found comparing ourselves to others.
The Land of “er” - April 18, 2021We’ve all heard of a win-win outcome. Yet, we are daily engaging in a lose-lose activity, and we may not even realize how destructive it is. Being rich-er or smart-er or funny-er may feel like a short-term win, but for ourselves, our families, and our marriages, comparison is a game with no winners.
Why Do I:
Why Do I - April 11, 2021
Why Do I - April 11, 2021Do you ever feel you'd be on top if only you had what other people have? Whether you come out on top or come up lacking, there is simply no win in comparison. It’s a trap.
The Heroes of Easter - April 4, 2021
The Heroes of Easter - April 4, 2021The Easter story hinged on two unlikely characters who acted with boldness in the face of great personal risk. Their actions set the stage for us to have confidence that the biggest event in history did in fact happen. The event that changes everything.
Known Survivor - March 28, 2021
Remote Controlled - March 21, 2021
Known Survivor - March 28, 2021We all want to be friended, followed, linked, and mentioned. We all want to be recognized, admired, sought after, and envied. We hunger for approval. We want applause. We want to be known. But what do you do when there is no amount of “known” that will satisfy your appetite?
Remote Controlled - March 21, 2021There’s a sin that is so common to the human experience, it’s the gateway to all other sins. It promises to make us bigger, better, and more important, but only makes us smaller and meaner. It strips us of our capacity to connect with others. It stands between us and God. So, what is “it” and how do we kill it?
One Minute After You Die:
The Magnificence of Heaven - March 14, 2021
The Horrors of Hell - March 7, 2021
Life After Death - February 28, 2021
The Magnificence of Heaven - March 14, 2021What is Heaven like? Whatever you can imagine—Heaven is better. In Week 3 of One Minute After You Die, we expand on what Heaven is like and how what God has prepared for those who love Him is beyond anything we can imagine.
The Horrors of Hell - March 7, 2021Is Hell real? To not accept the reality of Hell is to miss the grandeur of the Gospel. What you believe about eternity determines how you live today. In this message, we explore the reality of Hell and its purpose.
Life After Death - February 28, 2021What you believe about eternity determines how you live today. In this message, we get a glimpse at life after death and what awaits one minute after you die.
Going Public - February 21, 2021
Going Public - February 21, 2021Originally, “baptism” wasn’t a religious concept. Yet over time, baptism has become an exclusively religious idea - one that even rouses deep emotion and controversy. In this message, we unpack baptism, from its birth with John the Baptist to its modern equivalent. If you’re a follower of Jesus and baptism is still on your “to-do” list, this message will clarify some important things that may be the nudge you need to finally go public.
Release it - February 7, 2021
Rethink it - January 31, 2021
Own it - January 24, 2021
Three Myths - January 17, 2021
One Thing - January 10, 2021
Release it - February 7, 2021We all have mistakes in our pasts—financial, professional, academic, relational. Unfortunately, we tend to learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least and repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Sometimes that’s because we avoid owning our part of a mistake. It’s easier to blame others. But once you’ve taken ownership of your part of a mistake, what do you do with the part owned by others? How do you get past the stuff other people have done to turn your life upside down?
Rethink it - January 31, 2021We learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least. We repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Too often, we look at our pasts and our decisions don’t even make sense to us. We end up asking, “What was I thinking?” But how do we restart and avoid getting stuck in cycles of repeated mistakes that take our lives down the wrong paths?
Own it - January 24, 2021One reason history repeats itself is that we don’t own our parts of our history. And the reason you don’t own it is there’s nothing to own—it wasn’t your fault! But to truly restart, you must look back and own your part in order to move ahead. Your best bet for a successful future is to own your share of the past.
Three Myths - January 17, 2021Many of us don’t like to follow directions. But there’s a price to pay for rushing into a situation without knowing what we’re doing. We get things wrong, and by the time we work to undo everything we messed up to redo it correctly, we’ve wasted more time than if we’d just followed the directions to begin with.
One Thing - January 10, 2021There are a lot of things you need to do this year. There are lots of things you can and will do. But what’s one thing you must do? It’s different for everybody.
The Thrill of Hope:
The Thrill of Hope - December 24, 2020
The Thrill of Hope - December 20, 2020
The Thrill of Hope - December 13, 2020
The Thrill of Hope - December 24, 2020Even if surrounded by incredibly difficult circumstances (which we are), Christmas is a reminder that we can find hope in difficulty, and we have something to celebrate.
The Thrill of Hope - December 20, 2020The offer of Christmas is even better than we imagine, and sometimes, we miss or forget what's really being offered.
The Thrill of Hope - December 13, 2020Christmas is a reminder that God is active in our world, that he keep his promises, and neither your faithfulness nor your hope in God is in vain.
The Giving App - December 6, 2020
The Encouragement App - November 22, 2020
The Trust App - November 15, 2020
The Rest App - November 1, 2020
The Confession App - October 25, 2020
The Focus App - October 18, 2020
The Forgiveness App - October 11, 2020
Application is Everything - October 4, 2020
The Giving App - December 6, 2020
The Encouragement App - November 22, 2020When was the last time you said something encouraging to a co-worker? Your spouse? Your family? When was the last time someone said something encouraging to you? Which comments are you most likely to remember?
The Trust App - November 15, 2020Do you tend to be trusting or suspicious of people? Do you assume the best or worst about people? How do you respond when what people promise is different from what people deliver? How do you respond to those gaps? One of the Bible’s most famous verses states that “love always trusts.” Always??!! Really??!! What do I do with all my suspicions?
The Rest App - November 1, 2020What kind of person do you become when you don’t get enough rest? Are you more or less productive? Taking a nap can be one of the most spiritual things you do today!
The Confession App - October 25, 2020The concept of “confession” conjures images of a veiled priest sitting in a confession booth ready to absolve you of your sins. Protestants have it a little easier; they can go directly to God and ask for forgiveness without involving a middleman. Regardless of the religious system, the outcome tends to be the same - a relieved conscience. However, “confession” doesn’t necessarily result in life-change. What happens if “confession” simply provides a license to sin again?
The Focus App - October 18, 2020There's something in us all that longs for certainty, but only one thing is certain: uncertainty! But, what and who we focus on can make all the difference!
The Forgiveness App - October 11, 2020Holding a grudge is a guilty pleasure. We all love to think about how we would have just the right words to say at just the right time to make our enemies feel small in front of all the right people. But what if holding a grudge is more sinister than we think? What if the grudge is less about the other person and more about us? What if there is a better way to handle these kinds of situations?
Application is Everything - October 4, 2020Your doctor can prescribe you the best medicine, but it does no good if you don’t take it. You can own the top-rated running shoes, but they do nothing if you don’t exercise. You can gather all the nutritional information regarding the foods you eat, but it does no good if you don’t adjust your diet. Application is the only thing that makes a difference.
Pray That Actually Works:
Pray That Actually Works - September 27, 2020
Pray That Actually Works - September 27, 2020Have you ever wondered: “Does prayer work? Am I doing it right? Is it making a difference?” You’re not alone. This is the prayer that works and will make a difference...every...time.
The Trap of Autonomy:
The Trap of Autonomy - September 20, 2020
The Trap of Autonomy - September 20, 2020There is something in us, especially men, that drifts toward isolation, independence, and autonomy. In many ways, we see it as a life goal, but if we attain it, it has the potential to destroy everything we love and hope for the most.
Talking Points: The Perfect Blend Of Politics & Religion
August 30, 2020: One Is the Win
September 6, 2020: Choosing Sides
September 13, 2020: Kingdom First
Choosing To Cheat:
Choosing To Cheat - August 23, 2020
Choosing To Cheat - August 23, 2020Work. Family. Hobbies. Fitness. Housekeeping. Socializing. Sleep. Church. With only 24 hours in each day, we simply can’t fit everything in. There’s not enough of you to go around and what we choose to “cheat” matters more than we know. There is a solution, and strangely enough, the solution is similar to the problem.
How to Maintain Hope When the World Seems Hopelessly Broken:
Hope - August 16, 2020
Until the Peace - August 9, 2020
Nothing New - August 2, 2020
Hope - August 16, 2020Every one of us will wrestle/are wrestling at some level with this dilemma. If you have ever had something you placed your hope in come crashing down around you, you know: Pandemic, marriage, career, wealth, health, engagement, academic, athletics. If you have ever thought, “Why even try? What’s the use? What’s the point?” then you know this dilemma.
Until the Peace - August 9, 2020Uncertainty is God’s favorite environment. It seems that’s when he gets the most accomplished.
Nothing New - August 2, 2020Here’s the question we must each answer for ourselves as we face our personal, national and global uncertainty: Is it possible that God is still active, still accomplishing his purposes when there is no indication of his activity? Active in your world and the world? When everything seems to be going backwards? Dark?
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What Does Love Require of Me:
What Does Love Require of Me - June 7, 2020
What Does Love Require of Me - June 7, 2020How do we respond to the unrest and injustice around us? Why aren't we further along? It's no surprise that Jesus set the example for us. Because this is a time to build a better tomorrow and not tear it down. It all starts with you and me.
Hold My Hand - June 21, 2020
Edged Out - June 14, 2020
Time Over Time - May 31, 2020
Musical Chairs - May 24, 2020
Question Everything - May 17, 2020
Hold My Hand - June 21, 2020You always have something working against you when making personal decisions: you. Personal decisions are emotional, yet emotionally charged environments aren’t ideal for decision-making. When it comes to making decisions, we have a real problem: It’s next to impossible to hear the voice of wisdom when emotions are raging.
Edged Out - June 14, 2020When it comes to temptation and decision-making, we all look for loopholes. We ask, “Is there anything wrong with this? Is it illegal? Will it hurt anyone?” But it’s a bad idea to assume that if something is not wrong, it’s right. In no area is this more important than decisions related to our sexual expression. There’s no area where we’re more prone to self-deception.
Time Over Time - May 31, 2020Scripture says God has determined the number of your days. You can make more money and you can make more friends, but you can’t make more time. You can count your money and your friends, but you can’t count your time. In light of that truth, knowing what to do with your time matters. It’s vital that you use your time wisely.
Musical Chairs - May 24, 2020Solomon, the third king of Israel, wrote more about wisdom than any other biblical writer. In his writing, he laid out three kinds of people who lack wisdom. Eventually, people in each of these categories need wisdom . . . but they may not find it.
Question Everything - May 17, 2020Every day brings new questions. Should I stay? Should I go? Buy it? Sell it? Start it? Stop it? Did you know there's a question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all the other questions? It's true. All you have to do is ask it!
I Love Jesus, But I Cuss A Little:
I Love Jesus, But I Cuss A Little - May 10, 2020
I Love Jesus, But I Cuss A Little - May 10, 2020You're not perfect and God knows that. Spoiler alert: He wants a relationship with you anyway. And it's not just Heaven someday when you die, it's so much better than that!
Boyfriend God - May 3, 2020
On-Demand God - April 26, 2020
Bodyguard God - April 19, 2020
Boyfriend God - May 3, 2020Boyfriend god, the god whose presence is always felt…a god that is so close, you feel him all the time. So, when you don’t feel him, you assume he’s not there or doesn’t care. That god does not exist.
On-Demand God - April 26, 2020On-Demand God, the God who responds to fair and selfless requests the way we would; like a genie in a bottle, does not exist. While we have permission to ask God to ask God for anything, God has the right to say “no” to our requests. God my not give us what we ask for, but he will give us what we need: sustaining grace.
Bodyguard God - April 19, 2020Body-guard God…the God who doesn't allow bad things to happen to good people…the God that will protect you from all things harmful, does not exist. Your personal circumstances do not (necessarily) coincide with God’s feelings about you. God’s apparent inactivity in your life is not a reflection of his existence, presence or activity in the world…or your world.
Easter - April 12, 2020
Easter - April 12, 2020We all have problems. Problems we know of, and an ultimate problem we may not. What if God offers the solution to it all?
How Not To Be Your Own Worst Enemy:
March 22, 2020: Pay Attention!
March 29, 2020: Pay Attention to Your Narratives
April 5, 2020: Listen
Love, Dates and Heartbreaks:
February 9, 2020: The Right Person Myth
February 16, 2020: The Fine Print
February 23, 2020: Grownup Love
March 1, 2020: Five Rules for Dating
March 8, 2020: Groundhog Date
March 15, 2020: When Dreams Can’t Come True
February 2, 2020: Compelled
Tough as Nails:
Once Upon a Time - January 26, 2020
Fix your eyes - January 19, 2020
In the Beginning - January 12, 2020
Once Upon a Time - January 26, 2020There was once a version of Christianity that was awe-inspiring. Once upon a time . . . Jesus stood against the injustice of an empire and the hypocrisy of the temple. He introduced God as Father. He taught his followers to love their enemies and forgive everyone. Jesus never wrote a word or traveled farther than he could walk. But he taught a way of thinking, believing, and behaving that, though it was foreign and seemingly impractical, changed the world forever. Jesus isn’t finished changing the world.
Fix your eyes - January 19, 2020Is our version…your version of Christianity worth the price paid for it? What does that version look like? The New Testament records that early Christians didn’t fear loss or even death. They were humble because their confidence wasn’t in themselves; it was in Jesus. That faith in who Jesus was and what he had done for them freed them to boldly love others. Does our faith look like that?
In the Beginning - January 12, 2020With danger and uncertainty in the world…with division, violence, terrorism and mainstream and social media filled with stories that feed fear…in an election year with a nation that is utterly divided, filled with anger and angst and divisive rhetoric, it’s difficult not to be anxious and afraid, to take sides and to operate out of fear. But Jesus offers us another option.
Wishful Thinking - January 5, 2020
Wishful Thinking - January 5, 2020We all have wish lists. But there are some wishes that, if we keep them front and center, they will make our lives better, our relationships richer and our faith journeys more exciting.
The greatest promise never to be broken - December 22, 2019
Grandma was from the red-light district - December 15, 2019
Inviting the Unqualified - December 8, 2019
The greatest promise never to be broken - December 22, 2019Making a promise is easy. Keeping a promise is much harder. Yet, despite our sin, God keeps his promise…a promise that the door will always be open to a relationship with him. So, what’s keeping you from taking God up on his promise?
Grandma was from the red-light district - December 15, 2019In life, we tend to experience labels. Many times we battle internal labels, but some of us get public labels that we hate. One of the most significant people in the lineage of Jesus had a label that she carried for the rest of her life, and in spite of that, we discover that regardless of what our labels, our pasts or our reputations might suggest, God is able to do something big through us all, if we are willing.
Inviting the Unqualified - December 8, 2019Do you have any famous ancestors in your family tree? Do you have a few questionable characters in your family tree? Are you one of them? The great news is, Jesus family tree is full of them! If you’ve ever felt you could never be good enough to be good with God, you’re right! But we learn from the lineage of Jesus that has never been based on our merits, but Gods!
When Life Sucks:
When Life Sucks - December 1, 2019
When Life Sucks - December 1, 2019The most wonderful time of the year? Maybe it isn't. Maybe life just sucks. We get it and you're not alone.
The Bible for Grown-Ups:
November 3, 2019: Last Things First
November 10, 2019: In the Beginning
November 17, 2019: The Old Testament
November 24, 2019: For the World
Working It Out - October 27,2019
Loopholes - October 20, 2019
Religious and angry - October 13, 2019
The Collision of Grace and Truth - October 6, 2019
Showing Up - September 29, 2019
Insiders Outsiders - September 22, 2019
Quitters - September 15, 2019
Brand Recognition - September 8, 2019
Working It Out - October 27,2019Jesus never called his followers “Christians.” He called them to something far simpler yet more demanding that centers on one question.
Loopholes - October 20, 2019We all try to get around rules. Loophole Christians ask, “How close can I get to sin without actually sinning?” But Jesus didn’t mean for his followers to game the system. He intended something far better.
Religious and angry - October 13, 2019Wherever Jesus went, he was followed by tax collectors and sinners- all the worst people in his society. The religious leaders complained. They assumed he condoned their sin. But Jesus never worried about being found guilty by association. Instead, he fully embodied God’s truth and God’s grace. Christians should too.
The Collision of Grace and Truth - October 6, 2019Jesus calls his followers to love the way he loved. But there’s a tension in the way he loved - it was messy, inconsistent, unfair, and confusing. So, what does it look like to love like Jesus?
Showing Up - September 29, 2019By the third century, despite incredible persecution and “religious cleansing” by Rome, Christianity had grown into the official religion of Rome. How did such a hated, powerless people become so influential?
Insiders Outsiders - September 22, 2019When we judge nonbelievers, we lose our influence. Can you imagine where we’d be if we’d never abandoned love as our primary influence? Let’s decide together that we’re going to work to love one another better and we’re going to stop judging outsiders.
Quitters - September 15, 2019The idea that Christians can be quarrelsome, hostile, and disputatious isn’t surprising. How is it that people—people devoted to Jesus—sometimes feel driven from Christianity? Why are there Christians on all sides of cultural and political issues, arguing with non-believers and fellow Christians alike? Is this really what Jesus intended for his disciples?
Brand Recognition - September 8, 2019Are we going to be content just being Christians, or are we going to be disciples (followers)? Can you imagine what your workplace and community would be like if you loved the way Jesus calls us to love? Can you imagine what would happen in our nation—in our world—if Christians everywhere began living like disciples? What if for the next three to six months, Christians (you!) committed to love the people around them like Jesus?
September 1, 2019: Gently Used
Winning - August 25, 2019
You Need a Better Name - August 18, 2019
Get In The Boat - August 11, 2019
Winning - August 25, 2019We all want to win. After all, winning is better than not winning. In a game a win is defined, but life is not a game. And winning in the most important areas of our lives isn’t always clear. So, how do we win?
You Need a Better Name - August 18, 2019Names are powerful. We tend to think it’s just about identification, but we know that isn’t true. There’s something powerful that happens when we learn to carry the right name.
Get In The Boat - August 11, 2019Jesus invites us, He won’t force us, but we have no idea what we will miss out on if we don’t get in.
The N Commandments:
Doubt Not - August 4, 2019
Judge Not - July 28, 2019
Worry Not - July 21, 2019
Sin Not - July 14, 2019
Fear Not - July 7, 2019
Doubt Not - August 4, 2019Wouldn't it be great to have a faith without doubts? Yet most believers wrestle with doubt at some level. We face circumstances that don’t add up. We see suffering and injustice in the world. Doubt grabs our minds and emotions. We wonder if we’re just making excuses for a God who isn’t really there or, who isn’t there in the way we assumed. Jesus commanded: “Doubt not.” But when he said that, he didn’t mean for us to quit feeling doubtful. One question posed by Jesus has the power to help you move past your doubt.
Judge Not - July 28, 2019Perhaps the most popular commandment among those who don’t follow Jesus is “judge not.” It’s the command Christians are most often accused of violating. It’s also one of the most misunderstood of Jesus’ commands. People size each other up all the time. We all do it. This command from Jesus has the power to change all of your relationships.
Worry Not - July 21, 2019The future is uncertain and sometimes scary, and most of wish we could obey this command! Is it possible? It is. This one truth can help you to live free of worry.
Sin Not - July 14, 2019We assume that our sin makes God angry. But Jesus gave us a new reason not to sin, and it's better than fear or guilt. After the resurrection, the early church couldn’t go back to embrace a Temple Model: sacred men in sacred places with special interpretations of sacred texts. Instead, they now had one new commandment: love one another as Jesus had loved them. Jesus gave his followers another commandment related to the love one another command: sin no more. But how are we supposed to do that when we are so imperfect?
Fear Not - July 7, 2019Thou shalt not fear. We all want to keep that commandment, but too often it feels impossible. Life can be scary. Believe it or not, there's a way to live without fear . . . even when there's something to be afraid of.
I Said This, You Heard That:
June 30, 2019: I Said This, You Heard That
June 9, 2019: I Mean Well
June 16, 2019: Send Me Away
June 23, 2019: Keep Track
The Beginner’s Guide to Predicting Your Future:
May 12, 2019: Principle of the Path
May 19, 2019: Your Intention Please
May 26, 2019: Follow
June 2, 2019: Appealing is Revealing
Not Difficult - May 5, 2019
Mix ‘N Match - April 28, 2019
Stand Alone - April 21, 2019
Not Difficult - May 5, 2019While Christianity draws many roots from the Old Testament, the early days of the New Testament church were marked by radical decisions that would set it on a new trajectory. These decisions continue to shape and challenge the church today.
Mix ‘N Match - April 28, 2019Jesus was irresistible. People from all different backgrounds were drawn to him. But as the early church was forming, there was a tendency to go back to their familiar old religious traditions rather than live by Jesus’ new covenant. Sometimes we do the same.
Stand Alone - April 21, 2019Did you walk away from church or your faith because of something about the Bible? Were you raised on a version of Christianity that was eventually dismantled by academia or the realities of life? Maybe it’s time to consider a version of Christianity that relies on something entirely different...something far more reliable. Maybe you walked away unnecessarily. Maybe it’s time to reconsider Jesus.
Let’s Talk About It:
LGBT+ - April 14, 2019
Politics - April 7, 2019
LGBT+ - April 14, 2019The “church” has a painful history when it comes to the LGBT+ community. We intend to not repeat the same mistakes of the past.
Politics - April 7, 2019Politics is not an emotionally neutral topic. It has the power to divide us instead of bringing us together. What would it look like if Christians filtered their politics through their faith rather than filtering their faith through their politics?
Burst Your Bubble - March 31, 2019
Refusing to Die - March 24, 2019
Compelled - March 17, 2019
You’re Late - March 10, 2019
Burst Your Bubble - March 31, 2019We can’t change what we don’t understand. True Changemakers are learners first. Men and women who first seek to understand and then act on hard-gained knowledge.
Refusing to Die - March 24, 2019Life is a battle of wills: My will vs. God's will, and we never know what hangs in the balance of making the right choice.
Compelled - March 17, 2019Too often, the church doesn't feel like a safe place for people who are far from God. They experience judgment and rejection. But that's not what Jesus intended when he established his church. He meant for the church to be a magnet for the unchurched, a place where they could find reconciliation with God.
You’re Late - March 10, 2019This week guest speaker Thao P. Nguyen shares with us about how Jesus responded to his friend Lazarus’ death
It’s Only Physical - February 24, 2019
Facing Forward - February 17, 2019
All Is Not What It Seems - February 10, 2019
It’s Only Physical - February 24, 2019There is one twist of truth that is unique in its impact and implications. It erodes a person's capacity for intimacy and leaves scars on the soul. And yet, in its proper context, it provides a depth of relationship and a closeness that God intended for a husband and a wife. However, when it comes to sex, our culture has bought into the lie. And it is affecting us at the deepest levels.
Facing Forward - February 17, 2019When we experience pain, we often ask, "Why?" In times of pain, we find ourselves desperately seeking for purpose. Tell me there is meaning in this. Tell me this happened for a reason. All too often when we look around at our present circumstances and look back to examine the past, we can't see how anything good can come out of the pain. This is because the purpose behind our pain is found by looking elsewhere.
All Is Not What It Seems - February 10, 2019There is more to this world than we can see. Beyond all that we are able to measure and understand is a spiritual world; a world that we can neither see nor touch, yet we feel its impact every day. We live in a world in which an evil influence exists that deceives us and desires to ultimately lead us on a path of destruction. In this session, we'll discuss how our lives have become twisted, and we’ll discover the source behind this deception.
Bridges Not Walls:
Bridges Not Walls - February 3, 2019
Bridges Not Walls - February 3, 2019Two years ago, New Life Wichita launched with a goal to make a lasting impact in our community. We believe our devotion to God is illustrated, demonstrated, and authenticated by our love for others. To follow Jesus means to build bridges not walls. It’s how we become a community of change makers.
Me & My Big Mouth:
January 6, 2019: Quick to Listen
January 13, 2019: Untamable
January 20, 2019: According to Code
January 27, 2019: Right Where You Want ‘Em
One Thing - December 30, 2018
One Thing - December 30, 2018You have no idea what hangs in the balance if you don't do this one thing.
Light of the World:
It’s Personal - December 23, 2018
Toddler King - December 16, 2018
Most Wonderful - December 9, 2018
It’s Personal - December 23, 2018First-centuries Jews expected the arrival of a messiah, a political and military leader. He would save their culture by driving out the Roman Empire and making Israel a feared military power in the region once again. But when God orchestrated Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, he was up to something much bigger . . . and much more personal to you and me.
Toddler King - December 16, 2018What are some things that cause people to drift away from God and the church? All of us have faced times when we felt distant from God. What were some of the factors that caused you to feel disconnected? If we’re honest, there’s a little King Herod in all of us. All of us can be tempted to focus on building our own “kingdom” rather than participating in God’s “kingdom”. But what do we do with all that?
Most Wonderful - December 9, 2018The Christmas season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But for many people, it’s complicated. What do you do when the magic and wonder of the Christmas season feels out of reach?
It’s Personal - December 2, 2018
It’s Personal - December 2, 2018How should we react daily when the God of the universe, instead of condemning us as we deserve, gives us grace and gives us new life? You take it personal.
How To Get What You Really Want:
Thinkin' It Through - November 25, 2018
Last Things First - November 18, 2018
Don't Be Deceived - November 11, 2018
Careful What You Want For - November 4, 2018
Thinkin' It Through - November 25, 2018It doesn’t take long to discover; this world won’t provide you with what you really want, and it will distract you from ultimately matters. Our culture that is fascinated with upgrades and experiences will rob you of what you value. But is there another option?
Last Things First - November 18, 2018What do you want…really? We’ll never get what we really want until we discover what is most valuable. In order to figure out what you really want, you first have to figure out what you value, but how do you do that?
Don't Be Deceived - November 11, 2018We’ll never get what we really want until we discover what is most valuable. But choosing what’s valuable isn’t natural. We’ve all had the experience of getting what we naturally want, only to discover it's not what we ultimately want. But how do we avoid sabotaging ourselves by our short-term desires?
Careful What You Want For - November 4, 2018Have you ever wanted something, got it and then regretted it later? Maybe it wasn’t a something, but a someone. Getting what we want can be tricky . . . and even dangerous. It usually leaves us wanting more. If what we want leads to a cycle of wanting more and more, maybe we want the wrong things.
What Happy Couples Know:
It’s A Choice - October 28, 2018
Sometimes You Have to Throw Things - October 21, 2018
It's Mutual - October 14, 2018
Nothing - October 7, 2018
It’s A Choice - October 28, 2018Happy couples decide they owe each other everything but are owed nothing in return. But that requires effort. Every married person makes a choice every day. That choice feels more like a reaction, so most people don’t think they have a choice at all. But they do.
Sometimes You Have to Throw Things - October 21, 2018As long as you think your spouse owes you, your marriage will be all about keeping score. That destroys intimacy. It destroys love. But what are we supposed to do about our hopes, dreams, and desires?
It's Mutual - October 14, 2018We all enter into marriage with hopes, dreams, and desires. They create expectations. But when you put those expectations onto your spouse, it turns your marriage into a debt/debtor relationship. Your relationship becomes marked by the belief that your spouse owes you something. So, how do you keep your hopes, dreams, and desires from becoming expectations?
Nothing - October 7, 2018A great relationship doesn’t happen by accident. It requires investment, care and regular maintenance. But sometimes we don’t want to make the effort. As long as it’s not broken, do we really need to talk about it?
Personal Ministry - September 30, 2018
Pivotal Circumstances - September 23, 2018
Providential Relationships - September 16, 2018
Private Disciplines - September 9, 2018
Practical Teaching - September 2, 2018
Big Faith - August 26, 2018
Personal Ministry - September 30, 2018If you have ever volunteered to do something for which you felt totally unqualified, then you already know what an experience like that can do for your faith. One of the primary ways God grows our faith is through personal ministry.
Pivotal Circumstances - September 23, 2018Life is full of surprises—some good, some not so good. But each unexpected event that comes our way is actually a divine opportunity.
Providential Relationships - September 16, 2018If you are like most people, you can't tell your life story without referencing people who played significant roles along the way. The same is true of your faith story. Providential relationships play a big role in the development of our faith.
Private Disciplines - September 9, 2018What role do private spiritual disciplines play in the development of our faith? Drawing from Jesus' teaching, we see how God leverages systematic prayer and generosity to grow our confidence in him.
Practical Teaching - September 2, 2018When our acts of faith intersect with God's faithfulness, our faith grows. From Jesus' parable of the wise and foolish builders, we discover that hearing and learning are not enough. The value is in the application. Because in the end, it's obedience that makes all the difference.
Big Faith - August 26, 2018Our personal faith is so important, but what can we do to help us grow a Big Faith? Mike Snow joins us to provide an overview of the five things God uses to mature our faith.
Good God? - August 19, 2018
Reliable Witness - August 12, 2018
Hope on the Ropes - August 5, 2018
Good God? - August 19, 2018There’s one question about God that elicits the most emotion, but has no emotionally satisfying answer. If God is good, why is there so much suffering in the world? If God were all-powerful, he could eliminate suffering. If God was loving, he would eliminate suffering. So, is he unable or unwilling?
Reliable Witness - August 12, 2018You believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the grave. That’s amazing! But you don’t have to believe it because the Bible says so. It’s better than that . . . .
Hope on the Ropes - August 5, 2018One of the most frustrating things about being a Christian is when someone asks you a question about what you believe. If you had fifteen minutes of undivided attention, you could answer. But what are you supposed to say in just a few seconds? How do you defend your faith without losing your mind?
When God Is Late - July 29, 2018
When God Is Uncooperative - July 22, 2018
When God Is Inattentive - July 15, 2018
When God Is Late - July 29, 2018Why didn't God do something? Sometimes, despite our most fervent prayers, God doesn't show up the way we want him to. The cancer isn't cured. The company fails. The foreclosure goes through. In this message, we discover what to look for when it feels like God forgot to show up.
When God Is Uncooperative - July 22, 2018We've all seen athletes point to heaven after touchdowns or home runs. And we've heard actors thank God during their acceptance speeches. We know God can be glorified in our moments of success. But what about moments of weakness? How do we keep going when our circumstances are crippling and God seems to be saying, "No"?
When God Is Inattentive - July 15, 2018Is God's silence a sign of his absence? Or does it mean something else? In this message, we look at the story of a man Jesus said was the greatest who ever lived. And yet, even this man struggled with God's inattentiveness. The message Jesus sends him in the middle of his doubt contains a secret reassurance for us 2,000 years later.
Thao’s Story - July 8, 2018
Unfollow - July 1, 2018
What I Want to Want - June 24, 2018
The Fine Print - June 17, 2018
Follow Wear - June 10, 2018
Fearless - June 3, 2018
Next Steps - May 20, 2018
Jesus Says - May 13, 2018
Thao’s Story - July 8, 2018If you or someone close to you has ever struggled with God because He's seemed indifferent or unaware, or because of very difficult, painful circumstances, listen to Thao’s Story. Her story is one of illogical hope, healing, peace and passion in spite of facing circumstances that should crush the human soul & spirit.
Unfollow - July 1, 2018Following Jesus results in overwhelming faith, but at times it can also be inconvenient, costly, and even embarrassing. It can cause us to miss opportunities, lose business, or stand out in the crowd when we'd rather fit in. Even Jesus' earliest followers restled with this tension, but one of his disciples asked a question that put everything in perspective; to whom shall I go?
What I Want to Want - June 24, 2018Most of us don't become Christians with the intent of following Jesus. We become Christians because we are told obedience pays and disobedience doesn't. We become Christians hoping that spirituality will fill the holes in our souls. We become Christians hoping God will fix us. Eventually, our agendas clash with Jesus' agenda, and we have to decide whether we'll abandon him or follow.
The Fine Print - June 17, 2018During his time on earth, Jesus invited misbehavers and unbelievers to follow him. We are all invited to follow him. You are invited to follow him, but there's something you need to know about following Jesus. It will cost you something eventually.
Follow Wear - June 10, 2018Everyone is invited to follow Jesus. But what do people who follow Jesus look like? What do they wear?
Fearless - June 3, 2018We want to follow Jesus, but where is he leading? What is the payoff for following him? Is it being a better person? Is it life in heaven after we die? If you follow him, you won't have a pain-free life. But that's okay, because Jesus offers much more—a faith so strong it frees us from fear.
Next Steps - May 20, 2018Religion says, Change and you can join us. Jesus says, Join us and you will change. There's a huge difference. Jesus doesn't expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to follow him. Being a sinner doesn't disqualify you from following him. Being an unbeliever doesn't disqualify you from following him. In fact, following almost always begins with taking one small step.
Jesus Says - May 13, 2018Jesus says to pray. Jesus says not to look over there. Jesus says to be nice. Jesus says to get up early and read your Bible. Lots of people think Christianity is all about doing what Jesus says. But what if doing what Jesus says isn't what Jesus says to do at all? Regardless of what you believe. Regardless of how you behave. Jesus invites you to follow him.
When Dreams Can’t Come True - May 6, 2018
The Great King - April 29, 2018
The Abigail Way - April 22, 2018
Killer Giants - April 15, 2018
Reluctant Hero - April 8, 2018
When Dreams Can’t Come True - May 6, 2018Plans are great. Reality is greater. Reality wins. Things don’t always go as planned. Some dreams don’t come true. So what do you do when you discover your dream can’t come true?
The Great King - April 29, 2018Few things are as repulsive as a leader, parent, boss, or politician who leverages influence for his or her benefit to the neglect of those he or she is responsible for. Few things are as inspiring as a leader who says no to himself or herself in order to say yes to those for whom he or she is responsible. So how can we lead well when authority is placed in our hands?
The Abigail Way - April 22, 2018The way of God isn't appealing when we have been wronged by someone else. Our natural urge is to try to get even. We want to wrong the people who wrong us as a way of getting payback. That seems just. It seems fair. But does it solve anything? Maybe there’s a better way.
Killer Giants - April 15, 2018The way of God is most unappealing when we are angry, isolated, or afraid. That’s when we consider things we would never otherwise consider. It's when we feel compelled to do something . . . anything. But maybe there's a better way.
Reluctant Hero - April 8, 2018David went from humble shepherd to national hero to great king. But he wasn't great because of his reputation or military prowess. He was great because of where he'd learned to place his hope.
Easter - April 1, 2018
Easter - April 1, 2018Walked away from church? Walked away from Jesus? You're not alone. After the crucifixion, everyone walked away. So, what happened?
Redefining Terms - March 25, 2018
What Love Requires - March 18, 2018
Recycled - March 11, 2018
Apoplectic - March 4, 2018
Letting Go - February 25, 2018
Redefining Terms - March 25, 2018Don't like the church? Is that your fault or the church's?
What Love Requires - March 18, 2018Want to know the one thing Jesus said you can’t avoid with loopholes, shortcuts, or workarounds?
Recycled - March 11, 2018Religion is powerful—so powerful it can shape the way we view ourselves and treat others.
Apoplectic - March 4, 2018Jesus stepped into a world where religion was characterized by the Temple Model and initiated something entirely new.
Letting Go - February 25, 2018The arrival of Jesus signaled the end of the Temple Model and the beginning of something entirely new!
Why New Life Wichita?:
Why New Life Wichita? - February 18, 2018
Why New Life Wichita? - February 18, 2018You may have heard about us. You may have driven by our building. You may have seen our signs. Who are we? Are we just another group of "christians"? Join us and discover what makes us unique...different.
A Different Season - February 11, 2018
A Different Time - February 4, 2018
A Different Season - February 11, 2018Fasting is the word we use for intentional denial. Far from responsibility, these fasts give us opportunities to pursue greater communion with Jesus by emptying our lives of commotion, clutter and noise, we hope to find greater room to hear Jesus’ voice.
A Different Time - February 4, 2018Lent is a period to empty ourselves of lesser things so that we might be filled with the greater things of Jesus’ good and unshakable kingdom. Ultimately, it's a pilgrimage towards Easter joy!
Choosing to Cheat - January 28, 2018
Time - January 21, 2018
Dollars and Sense - January 14, 2018
Ex-Squeeze Yourself - January 7, 2018
Choosing to Cheat - January 28, 2018At some point in our attempts to get the most out of life, we lose control of our lives. We try to force one more thing in to our already busy lives and we reach a breaking point.
Time - January 21, 2018We're all busy. Our schedules are packed with career, family, friends, church, and other responsibilities. Sometimes our days are so full that we don't enjoy anything because we're trying to do everything.
Dollars and Sense - January 14, 2018We live in a culture that continually tells us to pursue a higher standard of living in order to improve our quality of life. But "standard of living" and "quality of life" aren't the same thing. One has to do with the stuff we accumulate. The other is about the peace we experience regardless of our circumstances.
Ex-Squeeze Yourself - January 7, 2018Our lives are busy and fast-paced. The lack of margin increases our stress and shortens our tempers. It can distract us from the most important things in our lives . . . and our relationships suffer.
Who Needs Christmas?:
We Do - December 24, 2017
God Did - December 17, 2017
The World Did - December 10, 2017
We Do - December 24, 2017Who needs Christmas? Well, as it turns out, we all do. But it might not be for the reasons you think.
God Did - December 17, 2017As you know, love must be shown to be known. Right? If you don’t show it, nobody knows it. And that is the message of Christmas.