We see daily news reports about violence and terrorism. The world can feel like a dangerous place. Surrounded by uncertainty, it's difficult not to be afraid. But Jesus offers us another option.
Our culture celebrates autonomy. Not needing to go to any more meetings. Not needing to answer the phone. Having enough money and enough health that you can do exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it. But what if your fulfillment is not found in isolation, but actually playing a part in something greater than yourself? What if there were a multitude of people waiting, hoping that you would play your part?
70% of people admit to being disengaged at work. That includes people who got their dream job, only to discover it was hardly a dream. Why is work so frustrating? And how can you spend your time and energy in ways that are far more fulfilling? God has something fairly radical to say about work that could completely change your attitude and your satisfaction.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what you should really be doing with your life. Other times the trajectory of your life can be clear but it doesn’t have the meaning you hoped for. What were you put on this earth to do? What if discovering more of who God made you to be, can help you discover more of His purposes for you?
So you probably think the angst you feel in life some days will get better if you were more gifted, or you had money or fame. Most people find just the opposite—the more you have, the less fulfilled you feel. Why is that? Why is it that some of the most gifted people are the most miserable. And where does your dis-satisfaction come from?
When you have a mess to address, first options aren’t usually the best options. First options often make messes messier. In this message, Andy explores an approach that can take the -er out of your messy situations.
Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. But that’s easier said than done. What are the limits of our responsibility to others? The answer may surprise you.
A common misperception is that the Christian life is all about avoiding messes and staying out of trouble. But following Jesus isn’t about avoiding something; it’s about becoming something.
I know a mess when I see one because I am a mess. When we acknowledge our messes, we're a baby step away from acknowledging God. Your mess has the potential to bring God near you.
Whether we’re religious or not, we’ve all been in, are in, or are only one decision away from a mess. But there’s a powerful connection between your messes and your relationship with God.
Every week you spend time with people who don’t know Jesus, and opportunities to have a conversation come up. How exactly do you have a good conversation with someone about your faith? How do you start and what do you even say? Jesus gives us a few examples of conversations he had with people on the journey to faith. Let’s look at his example of how to have a truth and grace filled conversation about faith.
In a culture where people are spiritually curious, they are looking for people who are willing to have open and honest conversations. At the same time, it can be difficult to understand someone’s journey to Jesus. When does God show up in someone’s life? How do we play a role in that? How do we trust God to show up? How do they trust us as a safe person to help them on their journey?
If you’ve ever met a Christian, you know that we aren’t always good at talking about what we believe. If you are a Christian, you may have experienced how talking about your relationship with Jesus can feel weird, scary, or just make you feel incompetent. What if you could change that? We’ll see how Jesus and early Christians had spiritual conversations in a culture where it was taboo, and how sharing your faith is easier than you think.
Maybe it started when we were kids, but most often find ourselves wanting just a little more. For most of us, that’s also true of money. The problem is more is it has no end point. If you don’t make your money serve God, you’ll make money god.
People who were not like Jesus liked Jesus, and he liked them back. Since the church is the body of Christ, people should be drawn to Jesus followers. Even if they don’t agree with the message of the church, they should like the church. So, why isn’t that true?
What do you do when people hurt you? Sometimes it seems impossible to forgive. Revenge is about what you want from someone. Forgiveness is about what you want for them-and ultimately for you. Few people show us how to practice forgiveness better than King David.
Family stirs up such mixed emotions. It’s often the source of our deepest joy and our deepest wounds. And the people closest to you seem to drive you the most crazy. Why is that? And what can you do about it?
How do you know you really love someone? Believe it or not, much of what masquerades as love in our culture is actually lust. How do you know the difference?
When your stress leads you to the end of your rope, what should you do? Simple. Change what’s at the end of your rope. Swap out your big fear for a big God. Today, we’ll show you how to do that.
You can practice everything we’ve talked about so far to help you lessen your worry, anxiety and stress. But sometimes that’s not enough. What if a large part of the problem with your stress is the source and frequency of the information pouring into your life. Has the rise of social media and 24/7 communication made it easier to be at peace, or more difficult? And what can you do about it?
Dealing with stress as an adult is one thing. But what about your kids? More and more teens seem to struggle with stress, worry, anxiety and depression than ever before. In this message, Carey not only looks at scripture, he interviews Dr. Rob Meeder, a pediatrician who specializes in treating teens and children for depression and anxiety. Together, they’ll share practical ways to help destress your kids and help them deal with anxiety.
Understanding the source of your stress is one thing. But what can you do about it? After all, so much of life feels out of control: work, how people respond to you, your family, the political situation. The question is...if God is in control, is there anything you can or even should do about these things. What’s your role? And what’s God’s role?
So you’re stressed, worried or even anxious. What’s going on? Well, if you dig a little deeper, it’s like your stress and anxiety are tied to a rope that has something at the end….often, something that’s hidden from you. What’s at the end of your rope can tell you a lot about why you worry and how to reduce your anxiety.
If you’re going to live your life with great purpose, one of the most important skills you can develop is learning how to say no. That’s a tough discipline to foster, especially if you want people to like you. We’ll look at biblical story that clearly explains the problems with saying yes to everything, and we’ll look at how you can learn to say no to the things that matter less...nicely.
What’s your life really all about? If you don’t know how to answer that question, it will be hard to figure out how to spend your time. Jesus knew precisely what his life was about, and knew there would be 1000 distractions that would try to keep from accomplishing it. We’ll look at why you don’t get the most important things in your life done and a very practical way to change that.