What do you do when troubles wakes up in the middle of the night? It is a given that we all would go through trouble, challenges and testing. It is not easy to have peace and joy when trouble wakes you up in the middle of the night. In Psalm 77 we see a person who is going through something very difficult and that is wrestling to find answers to his pain. Today's message inspires us to find rest by searching deep in our souls and by remembering what has done for us in the past.
Like with many other good things in life, prayer requires hard work and discipline. For many prayer can be something pointless, for others it is delightful. How do we enjoy prayer? Does it work? How can I maintain healthy rhythms when it comes to prayer? In today's message, the pastors encourages us to see prayer as a powerful gift that can transform and help us to grow as followers of Jesus.
What do you do when you open your garage and discover that it is a mess and that things aren't in their place. Life and our Christian faith is similar, we sometimes forget to keep certain things in order. The Spring Cleaning Series touches on key topics of our faith that tend "to store in the garage." Today's message offers biblical wisdom on dating.
How do we heal when we have been deeply wounded by others? Can forgiveness be solution to the pain and anger we feel towards those who have hurt us? Joseph's story in Genesis shows us that forgiveness heals the heart.
Imagine God giving you feedback about the worship that you bring to him and that at the end of the conversation you realize that it is not exactly what he asked of you. Romans 12:1-2 paints this picture of the worship that is pleasant to God. Today's message is a call to align our idea of worship with his to enjoy all the goodness that comes out of experiencing God's presence in our lives.
As the church seeks to make an impact in the community, we need to keep in mind that we are in a spiritual war. Sometimes we end up wounded and lose these battles because we tend to disregard the importance of a holy life. God STILL cares for the sacred. Today's story is from 1 Samuel 4:1-11, and it shows how Israel was experiencing defeats against their enemy because of their resistance to obey God's command.
For Small Groups to be encouraging, inspiring and disciple-making, we need to learn from Jesus' way of relating to people in different settings. Today's story is from Luke 7:36-50, and in it we find key principles for small groups. A pharisee that challenges everyone in the room, a loving leader, and a broken woman who understood how grace, love and truth work.
Small Groups are intended to be a place to rest, to connect and be part of what God is doing in others. However, we struggle to find small groups inspiring and encouraging because we tend to see them as another program or another thing in our calendar. This message encourages us to think of small groups as a family that is organically learning to love each other beyond the meetings.
This message includes three short messages on Jesus' birth: The role of the angels, the humility of God, and his love.
How is it that we are supposed to have Joy and sing "Joy to the World" when the world and life is painful? We all would want to have that sense of Joy in our hearts and in order to have that Joy we need to understand that JOY IS FOUND IN THE THINGS THAT WE DEPEND UPON. The Christmas story teaches us that Joy is possible!