From There To Here

Jesus claimed he came to help humans live life to the full. A lot of us fill our lives with a lot of things, but don’t necessarily feel like we’re living a full life. What does that even mean? What would that even look like?  The Apostle Paul believed knowing how to live stems from knowing who you are. He believed discovering your true self doesn’t happen instantaneously, but incrementally, as you move from one way of living to another, as you follow Jesus from there to here. 

Reception - Learning (How) To Listen

Learning to hear God's Voice involves being shaped by God's Word.  The more we know The Scriptures, the more our ability to hear and interpret God's Voice increases.  But, for many of us, we try to hear and understand what God might be saying through our own listening ability and devices, which leads us into confusing and frustrating seasons of life.  However, when we discover how to listen, then hearing God's Voice becomes loud and clear for our lives.

Reception - The Choice To Hear God's Voice

Ever feel like you just can’t get through to God?  Like you’re asking, seeking, knocking; but not hearing a whole lot back?  Ever wondered if you’re doing it right, or if the connection’s bad, or if there’s even anyone on the other end?  What does the Bible mean when it says things like “the voice of God”?  Is that a thing?  Does God talk to people? How?  If you’ve ever wondered any of these things, buckle up, because we’re going there.

Overcome: Now Or Later?

In life, we have unavoidable mountains to climb and overcome.  But, there are also unnecessary mountains we often find ourselves having to climb and overcome.  We make a certain financial purchase that creates an unnecessary burden.  Or, our relational decisions leave us in an all-too-familiar place.  What if we could avoid these unnecessary mountains altogether?  The path will require us to walk wisely.  Tune in to to discover how we can do just that.

Overcome: When You Just Can't Even

What do you do when there's nothing you can do?  The relationship isn't going as planned.  You're financial dreams keep slipping out of reach.  The doctor's report is seriously going to impact your life.  There are seasons and circumstances in life that feel like there is no way forward and no way out.  So, what do you do when there's nothing you can do?  The good news is...the stories and characters from scripture were not absent of adversity in their lives.  This week we will discover some helpful ways to deal with these difficult seasons.  

Overcome: The Secret Weapon

Ever feel like you’re stuck, in a holding pattern, like you just can’t move on or move forward?
The obstacle between you & your dreams seems absolutely insurmountable. You feel option-less, powerless, paralyzed. It could be a person, a prejudice, a past hurt, or a present handicap; but overcoming it feels as impossible as moving a mountain with your mind. But what if your story isn’t doomed? Scripture tells us the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us, today. What does that even mean? And how might understanding it unlock a better tomorrow?

Easter 2018: A New Day Dawning

The Resurrection should be obvious, right?  And, easy to believe?  Well, not always...and not to everyone, which can be challenging.  Anytime we realize something is more difficult than imagined, it can be discouraging.  The good news is...the first followers of Jesus didn't believe, at first.  So, don't be discouraged if you're challenged by The Resurrection.  Rather, discover it for yourself.  It could be a new day dawning in your life, too.

Dinner Parties - Go & Make Preparations

There are some moments that are just more significant than others.  But, we often don't recognize what's happening until it's passed.  The same is true when it comes to our faith.  When God is doing some important stuff in our lives, we often miss these moments.  In Jesus' story, the disciples were no different.  God was doing huge things but many were slow to realize it.  Check out this week's podcast for some great insights to help us grab our moment...

Dinner Parties - It's Worth The Effort

Ever notice how some small efforts can have significant effects on our lives?  Like the time someone remembered your birthday, or invited you to lunch, or just took the time to call?  When someone makes an effort on our behalf, it really means a lot.  But, what about when it comes to faith?  Or, someone else's faith?  Can just a little bit of effort really make a difference?  It did in one of Jesus' stories...  

Dinner Parties - Let's Party (Pastor Chris Sonksen)

Part of God’s grand scheme to save the world was…dinner parties? Jesus spent a lot of time eating with the wrong kinds of people—misfits, rejects, outcasts, liars, thieves & prostitutes. Interestingly enough, these meals were less about preaching to them and more about being present with them. Of all the ways a Savior could spend His limited life, why dinner parties? And how should the way He invested His time influence the way we invest ours?

Mouthy - Best Pep Talk, Ever

Words have the power to inspire us to no end.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved us to dream of a new America.  William Wallace in Braveheart filled us with courage to fight!  And, (on a lighter note) who could forget Dwight Schrute's speech at the regional salesmen of the year conference?  Although the words of others inspire us, what about the words we say to ourselves?  Uplifting?  Or, something else?  Tune in as we discover some tools to pep talk ourselves.

Subtraction - Hammers & Swords

Ever see a video or read an article that was helpful?  Like, a helpful workout video or an article on raising kids?  But, then you scroll down and read the comments and realize not everyone "liked" what you thought was helpful.  It seems like whenever you or someone attempts to pursue something positive, there's always opposition.  So, what can we learn from it?  And, how do we overcome it?  Tune in to discover some great insight from Nehemiah 4...

 

Ever scroll down and read the comments on a video or an article?  Most of it is usually positive.  But, there's always someone "disliking"