Can you still trust God, even when you don’t understand what is happening or why? In this message, we return to the story of Lazarus once again to see how God works in all things for his glory and, at the same time, for the good and joy of his children.
The story of Lazarus challenges believers to remain loyal to Jesus even while facing death.
How would you describe what it means to be a Christian? Does the word “joyful” come to mind? If not, consider again the words of Jesus. He said that he came, and died and rose again, that we might have life and have it abundantly.
On this Memorial Day, we remember the sacrifices made for the freedom we enjoy. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to provide for us the ultimate freedom. Today we look at the two sides of freedom, that we are set free from but also set free to.
Because of sin, and apart from Christ, we live in darkness. The darkness of shame, the darkness of guilt, the darkness of self-loathing, the darkness of separation from God. But there’s good news: Jesus told He is the Light of the World, and that by following Him we can have new and eternal life.
What if I told you that no matter what circumstance you find yourself in, you can have confidence that the God of the Universe is personally caring for you? That’s exactly what Psalm 23 tells us. If you have trusted Jesus Christ with your life, the Lord is your Shepherd, and you need not want, but the Shepherd watches over your soul.
Jesus was a master at using physical things to illustrate spiritual truths. In John chapter 6, Jesus uses physical hunger and bread to teach us about eternal life. His point was that while bread can temporarily satisfy our physical hunger, only faith in Him can eternally satisfy our spiritual hunger. We were made to be in relationship with God, and it’s only through a relationship with Jesus that we find our satisfaction.
The brokenness, the barriers, and the pain that exists in the world today points to the fact that we have a worship problem. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the Messiah who breaks down the barriers of division and offers unity in one spirit and eternal satisfaction to those who believe in him.
Can you be moral enough, religious enough, disciplined enough, or good enough for God? According to Jesus, we all need to be “born again.” In this message, we explore the meaning of that often used phrase and how it is that we come to new life.
Who is Jesus? Who are you? These are some of life’s most important questions. In the gospel of John, we get a clear picture of who Jesus is through multiple “I Am” statements. In this message, we learn that Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away our sin.
The Gospel of John is a focus on who Jesus is and in this passage, John makes it clear that Jesus is the Word, the ultimate expression of God.
Nearing the end of his life, Jacob has one more tragic incident–the seeming loss of his beloved son, Joseph. In the end, Jacob receives Joseph “back from the dead” and discovers God was working triumph out of tragedy. In their story, we see a foreshadowing of the greatest story–when God the Father gave up his beloved Son Jesus to die for our sins, and then to raise Him to new life on the third day.
God has told Jacob to return home. But to do so, he has to face his older brother…the same brother who threatened to kill him 20 years before. The night before their encounter, Jacob “wrestles” with God and receives his blessing. His story is a reminder to all of us that what we ultimately need in this life are God’s blessing, presence, and love.
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, Mighty Counselor, Wonderful God. Jesus also said that he came to cast fire on the earth and bring not peace, but division. What do we do with that? In this message, we look at the reality that some will receive the good news of the Gospel, and some will not.
Is what you believe more important than what you do? Or the other way around? James, Jesus’ half-brother, asserts that you can’t separate the two. Faith without works is dead. In other words, our lives are the best reflection of what we truly believe.
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Why do you praise God? It’s a tendency of the human heart to praise God when things are going well and to question him when they aren’t. In this message, Psalm 145 calls us to praise God for who He is and for what He has done, not because of our current circumstances or feelings.
Psalm 90 teaches us that what we live for depends on whom we live for.
God reveals Himself through what He’s made.
Trusting God in seasons of struggle is an active trust, not a passive one.
Where is God in the hardest and darkest seasons of life? He’s there–growing and cultivating you for your good and His glory. Is suffering and discomfort in hard seasons fun? Absolutely not! But God regularly uses difficulty to draw us close. In the end, we often come to see that the trials we face are tools God uses to bring people around us into relationship with Him. If life is tough and it just doesn’t make sense, take a listen. In God’s providence and His timing, life’s greatest challenges resolve with a beautiful purpose.
Psalm 1 tells us there are two paths in life: the way of sinners and the way of the righteous. The Bible also tells us we all start off on the wrong path. By God’s grace, Jesus forgives, puts on the right path, and gives us His Word to lead us home.
Is it enough to say we are Christians, or does Jesus actually call us to be effective disciples who grow spiritually and make more disciples? In this message, we look at lukewarm Christianity, trying to find our identity and security outside of Christ, and Jesus’ ability to restore us.
As we look at the letter to the church in Philadelphia, we see that not only does Jesus have the Key, He is the Key.