In God's kingdom there are followers and there are disciples. What's the difference? In Luke 14:25-35, we see that some followed Jesus, but it seems that Jesus wanted more from them and makes a shocking statement: hate your loved ones and you will be my disciples. What does it mean for Jesus to "hate our loved ones"?
What's the message of Christmas? We have a God who is in control of history. Zechariah's story shows us how the first Christmas began and what it meant for him to experience God's presence revealing his plans. Our God is in control and we are called to trust him with everything.
Today we are starting a new series of messages- Worship as a Response. How do you know that you are a true worshiper? Today's message is the story of the ten lepers that received healing, but only one turn back to praise and to worship Jesus. Every blessing that we receive from God should prompt our hearts to worship him.
In Genesis 3, we see how Adam and Eve use hiding to cope with their fears, guilt and shame. God continues to walk towards us to seek us out in our hiding places. At the center of any unhealthy coping mechanism there is the need to hide from facing the pain of our wounds, failures and sins. Today's message challenges us to face our fears and shame by letting God find us where we are at.
Pornography has the power to destroy your most precious relationships. There are three ugly truths that every christian should know about pornography. Today's message challenges us to view pornography as an evil that can damage your emotional and spiritual health.
Fear, exhaustion, isolation, and failure can push people to the edge of serious depression and suicide. In today's message we see how Elijah, a Bible hero, experiences these emotions and depression, and what we can learn from his story on the issue of suicide.
Jesus is not only interested in giving us a new heart, He is also interested in giving us a purpose. Every believer has a part in God's kingdom, and when we embrace our identity as salt and light we are connecting with people's spiritual and material needs, bringing purpose and meaning to our Christian faith. Connect with your purpose and you won't lose your faith.
Questions and doubts about God, church and faith in general are part of our walk as believers. The danger is to think that giving up is the best solution. One of the reasons why people quit believing has to do with the idea that we are like a tree, the stronger and deeper the roots, the more we are able to keep on believing. Today's message encourages us to keep on believing by growing stronger roots.
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.