Home Part 4 - Your relationship with your parents is foundational to every other relationship. We were born looking for their acceptance, love, and approval. The problem is that we can't receive those things unconditionally from any person. When we don't get what we need, we refuse to honor mom and dad. This impacts how we relate to others and God. In Jesus, we are invited to know a perfect Father who loves and accepts unconditionally because of the work of Christ. We are free to remove our parents as "god" in our lives, and begin honoring them.
Home Part 3 - Marriages start to breakdown when we fix our eyes on the behavior of our spouse. On your wedding day, you may have said a short two word sentence that over time has the potential to turn into a four word sentence, "I do -> I do, if you." These conditions kill commitment. If you are looking for something different than a condition driven marriage, consider God's view on marriage, conditions and commitments.
Home Part 2 - Your way of living shapes your home life. Home life impacts your quality of living and ability to share Jesus with others. The atmosphere of your home is shaped by the choices you make. The way you live creates your home life. Your home life impacts your quality of life and your ability to share Jesus and His love with others. What is your home life like? Is it pleasing to God? What if we all took a step towards a better home life by recognizing that only the power of God Himself can produce self-control that lasts in us for a better home life.
Home Part 1 - Imagine your home being filled with peace. Joy. Hope. Love. In order to have this, today, we are going to lay a foundation for the kind of love that Christians know and live out. If you aren’t a Christian, my hope is that you leave today wanting to know Jesus. Wanting this unique kind of love to be alive in your home. If you are a Christian, I know that you will be stirred with joy as we look at the rich love of Jesus and how it has now become our type of love.
Bring Part 3 - Beautiful Feet: Everyone has the right to pursue happiness. The story of society is to focus on you. That is best way to be happy. The problem is that we don't know many selfish, happy people. Even if we try focusing on others, we can still make the motivation to make us feel good. Today we discover a new story. The story of God registering our names in heaven because of the work of Jesus. This story is life changing. And it propels us to be bringers: people who bring people to Jesus. We see that the greatest way to pursue happiness is not found in focusing on us, but in bringing other people to Jesus.
Bring Part 2 - There is a lot of uncertainty connected to Jesus. Often we are unsure about bringing someone to church, because we do not know if they will say yes. Or maybe, we don't bring Jesus up in conversation, because we are uncertain if someone will ask us a hard question. But what if we took that uncertainty and moved it a better place. What if we were uncertain about the impact that someone will have for Jesus! Andrew, one of the first disciples, brought his brother Simon to Jesus and it completely changed his life. You never know the impact that someone will have for Jesus.
Bring Part 1 - When we consider the story of God, we use certain words to describe it. Love. Hope. Forgiveness. But what about scandal? The story of God is the most scandalous story humanity knows. It is the story of the broken, the dirty, the wrong, the abandoned, and the overlooked being invited along with all of humanity into a relationship with the Creator. When we realize how scandalous this story is, we discover it’s beauty and power. These truths propel us to be people who bring others the message, so they can have the opportunity to respond to God’s amazing invitation!
Unforgettable Christmas Part 4 - Everyone has a plan. For our marriages. For our children. For our health. For our finances. And everyone knows that life doesn't always go the way we plan for it to go. What do you do when life doesn't play nice? If you live for your plans, you will die for your plans, and you may even kill for your plans. But while every plan around us will expire, God's plan of love will not. Jesus died and came back to life to give us a plan to live for! Even if everything stops, we know that God's love won't!
Unforgettable Christmas Part 3 - From an early age, we are taught by personal experiences (positive or negative) and what we see in culture, that an unforgettable Christmas means getting what we want. Maybe you have a story of a Christmas where you didn’t get what you wanted, and you can remember how deflating that felt. Is it really safe to put our hopes and expectations of fulfillment on getting? Is that the best place to find purpose? What if an unforgettable Christmas could be made not by getting, but by giving? While you may not have control over what you receive, you certainly have the ability to control what you give. This Christmas, let’s make it unforgettable by using our time and money to impact people around us.