Week 1: Love

Series: Jesus said: John 13:34-35 “ A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” This new command would become the overarching ethic for His new movement, us the church. This new command would become the identifier, the thing that marks His followers, as His followers. This new command would become so much of a priority that the new Testament writers wouldn’t give us a bunch of rules and regulations, but they would give us a bunch of applications, or how we are to apply this new command to all the one another’s in our lives. That’s what we are going to talk about.

Today: Sometimes, if we’re not careful, we think God is more concerned about what we know rather than what we do…we think God is impressed by devotion that doesn’t have any motion…but love requires us to put some motion to our devotion.


Father's Day

There are many challenges I’ve taken on in life. Yet maybe the greatest challenge I’ve ever faced was how to be a good father. It was not because of my children or my circumstances. Instead, it was the high standards that I - and we, as dads, - often place upon ourselves that make parenting difficult. Today, I want to share some things that can help with the pressure to be a better father.

Appealing is Revealing

Series: Better First the bad news. Most personal problems can't be fixed. We can learn to cope with them, we can overcome them, or we can just move on from them, but the past is the past. Now the good news. We can learn to avoid what can be avoided so there's less to cope with later. We can learn to choose, Better.

Week 4: The best way to predict your future is to pay attention to where you’re headed. But sometimes it’s easy to get distracted by what’s on the path. The appeal of money, acceptance, or security can lower your defenses and lead you away from the path you want to be on. So is there a way back? How do we change course when we realize that we’ve chosen a path that leads us to what’s appealing instead of what’s ultimately satisfying?

 

Follow

Series: Better First the bad news. Most personal problems can't be fixed. We can learn to cope with them, we can overcome them, or we can just move on from them, but the past is the past. Now the good news. We can learn to avoid what can be avoided so there's less to cope with later. We can learn to choose, Better.

Week 3: We all start out life with great intentions. But our intentions aren’t good indicators of our destinations. In fact, our direction trumps our intention every time. That’s why we all need to follow someone we trust. Someone who can make our lives better and make us better at life. So we all have a decision to make. If not Jesus, then who? And if not Christianity, then what?

Your Intention Please

Series: Better First the bad news. Most personal problems can't be fixed. We can learn to cope with them, we can overcome them, or we can just move on from them, but the past is the past. Now the good news. We can learn to avoid what can be avoided so there's less to cope with later. We can learn to choose, Better.

Week 2: Nobody gets lost on purpose. But we often find ourselves in places we never intended. If there’s a disconnect between what you hope to be true in the future and the direction you’re headed now, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at your path. Our direction, not our intention, will determine our destination.

Principle of the Path

Series: Better First the bad news. Most personal problems can't be fixed. We can learn to cope with them, we can overcome them, or we can just move on from them, but the past is the past. Now the good news. We can learn to avoid what can be avoided so there's less to cope with later. We can learn to choose, Better.

 Week 1: We’re all going to end up somewhere in life, but often there’s a disconnect between where we want to end up and the path we choose. So how can we avoid choosing a path that’s guaranteed to get us where we don’t want to be?

A New Point of View

Have you ever noticed that you can have two people with the same experience yet have two completely different results or perspectives? Our perspective on the events we experience changes everything. Coming off of Easter Sunday it’s important we have the right perspective of the resurrection. That it isn’t just an event we celebrate one Sunday but an experience that we see our life in the view of.

Easter Matters

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 13: Easter Matters If you think Jesus was a great leader and teacher, but find it hard to believe in his resurrection, you’re in good company. Even his disciples were skeptical. But those same followers were the ones who would later become the spokesmen of a new movement: the church. They would maintain faith in the midst of incredible suffering. Many died still claiming that Jesus was their Savior. So what do we make of this defining event—the one that became the foundation of their faith...and of ours?

The Pilate Chronicles

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 12: The Pilate Chronicles At Passover, Jesus gathered his followers and spelled out a new relational arrangement between God and humankind: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” But Jesus wasn’t celebratory. He seemed troubled. Initiating this new covenant with God would require sacrifice. What came next would confuse his followers and send them scattering.

 

The One Commandment

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 11: The One Commandment Jesus didn’t come to initiate Judaism 2.0. He came to offer something entirely new to the world: a new covenant that would forever change humankind’s relationship with God. And with that new covenant came a new ethic—one that insisted that the greatest choose the back of the line.

The New Covenant

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 10: The New Covenant The words “unlimited” and “unconditional” make us suspicious. Whether those words describe an insurance policy, cell phone agreement, or meal plan for a college student, we assume unlimited is really limited and unconditional has some conditions. That suspicion extends to our relationship with God. Unconditional love? Unlimited forgiveness? There must be a catch. But what if there isn’t?

Redefining Greatness

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 9: Redefining Greatness We all have a working definition of what it means to be great. It probably includes power, prosperity, or popularity. As we journey through the life of Jesus, we can't help but stop and look at how he redefined greatness.

Nic at Night

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 8: Nic at Night Jesus claimed to be greater than the temple. He made the temple obsolete. Most of his followers assumed his end game was to declare himself king. The more discerning among them sensed something else was going on. Jesus spoke with authority but refused to take charge. He wielded extraordinary power, but never for himself. What was he up to?

 

Mercy Amnesia

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb We’re on a journey, following the life of Christ from the time he stepped onto the pages of history as an adult, to the time he gave his life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead of the third day...

Week 7: Mercy Amnesia When we consider how much Jesus has forgiven us, it should be easy to extend such forgiveness to others. But we often experience what may be called “mercy amnesia” – forgetting the debt we owe to God while struggling to forgive those indebted to us. Today, we will see the level of Christ’s forgiveness to us, while looking for the cure for “mercy amnesia”.

Jesus and the Marginalized

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 6: Jesus and the Marginalized Some people feel marginalized in society - on the outside looking in. Unfortunately, this can be the case even in the church. Jesus was never afraid to invite the marginalized into relationship with Him. In fact, many of Jesus' "peeps" were those on the outside looking in. Today, we are going to look at how Jesus ministers to the marginalized, and how the church needs to do the same.

Greater Indeed

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 5: Greater Indeed Something in us is tempted to believe God loves his Law more than his people. We’re tempted to prioritize rules over people. Maybe you left church because somebody prioritized the Bible over your divorced mother or gay brother. But Jesus came to offer us a life greater than keeping religious rules.

New World Order

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 4: New World Order If you aren’t religious or you gave up religion, you probably had good reason to walk away or stay away. You’re a reasonable person, and there are plenty of good reasons to reject religion. But reconsider Jesus. He wasn’t an extension of the old religion. He came to introduce something brand new.

Fish Tricks

Series: Journey to the Empty Tomb It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.          

Week 3: Fish Tricks When you read the Gospels, two things are abundantly clear. Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus. And being an unbeliever doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus. So, what does that mean for you?