The Problem With Church: People

I ask you, ‘What is the point of Church?’  That is the series we are in.  I want to share 10 things about church.  Then I want to talk about what makes church messy.  Church can feel messy because it’s filled with, wait for it, messy people. Point 1.  Church is God’s body [Ephesians 1:21-23, 1 Corinthians 12]. That means, church is God’s only strategy to offer hope, healing, and forgiveness to the local community.  To prove my . . . Read More »

What “Community” Is & Isn’t, & Why It Is Such A Challenge At Church

This fall we have started an important conversation with you, one that I think we could describe as a journey.  It’s a journey to find answers to life’s biggest and most important questions.   Questions that we all wonder about, that can weigh on us in the deepest parts of our hearts and minds.  Questions like why am I alive?  Does my life matter?  Why is life so hard?  What is the meaning of my life or what is . . . Read More »

Four Things That Are True About Everyone You Meet

If God has touched our hearts in any real way, it will show up in our relationships.  What does it mean when I say ‘If God has touched our hearts’?  That means we are aware that we are a mess, and we can’t do anything about it.  We know we can’t live out who we want to be.  We know there is sin in us, and we can’t do anything about it.  We are stuck. And yet, in . . . Read More »

Is It Possible To Be Of One Mind & Purpose?

When you walk into a room full of people…how do you see it?  How do you view and interpret what is happening around you?  How do you see people as you walk through life?  What is shaping how you view and interpret what is going on, how people are acting, and what you are experiencing?  Have you ever really stopped and thought about that?  Maybe we could call it our perspective or world view, but one of the . . . Read More »

Success Series Intro – 5 Reasons Why Our Christianity Doesn’t Seem To Be Working.

Have you ever heard someone who doesn’t go to church talk about Christians as hypocrites?  Have you ever heard someone say they would never go to church or be a Christian because Christians are so judgmental and act like they are perfect while the rest of us just aren’t living up to their lofty standards?  You probably have heard something like that, and I don’t know about you, but it’s easy to hear the hurt in someone saying . . . Read More »

Colossians – Choosing To Put On Love and Honor Christ In All We Do

Last week Ken really challenged us, didn’t he?  Now, to be fair, he told you going in that it was going to be something we have come to call a “no-hug” Sunday around here, so you were warned that it was going to be a challenging Sunday!  But that really has me thinking as I listened to his talk last week, as he worked his way through some of the practical choices Paul wants us to make as . . . Read More »

Redeemed & Forgiven – Elijah! Just Answer The Question!

Welcome back everyone to the big fall discussion we are in talking about what it could look like for us to live out a life that is Redeemed and Forgiven.  I think by now you can understand just how important this conversation really is, and just how relevant it is to the lives we are living today.  I mean can we just say it, life is so hard.  The world seems to push against us more and more . . . Read More »