Was It Even Worth It?

Week One: When we compare our unfiltered lives to a world cropped and edited where everything is perfect, we’re left with thoughts of misery and frustration. The struggle to know who we are in the world without compromising who we are in Christ is a battle we all struggle with. Today we’ll discover how finding our identity in Christ can save us from the greatest obstacle standing in our way – us.

Freedom

On Memorial Day, we remember those who sacrificed all to defend our freedom. Throughout his letters, the Apostle Paul fought hard to defend our freedom in Christ. Today, we will learn about what it means to be free in Christ and how not to fall back into bondage.

Release It

Series: What do you do when it all falls apart? Your career, your marriage, your dream... How do you pick up the pieces and begin again?

Today: We all have mistakes in our past---financial, professional, academic, and relational. Unfortunately, we tend to learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least and repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Sometimes that's because we avoid owning our part of a mistake. It's easier to blame others. But once you've taken ownership of your part of a mistake, what do you do with the part owned by others? How do you get past the stuff other people have done to turn your life upside down?

Rethink It

Series: What do you do when it all falls apart? Your career, your marriage, your dream... How do you pick up the pieces and begin again?

Today: We learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least. We repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Too often, we look at our past and our decisions don't even make sense to us. We end up asking, "What was I thinking?" How do we avoid getting stuck in cycles of repeated mistakes that take our lives down the wrong path?

Own It

Series: What do you do when it all falls apart? Your career, your marriage, your dream... How do you pick up the pieces and begin again?

Today: One reason history repeats itself is that we don't own our part of history. And the reason we don't own it is there's nothing to own---it wasn't our fault! But if something important has come to an end and you are starting over, you must look back and own your part in order to move ahead. Your best bet for a successful future is to own your share of the past.

Three Myths

Series: What do you do when it all falls apart? Your career, your marriage, your dream... How do you pick up the pieces and begin again?

Today: Many of us don't like to follow directions. But there's a price to pay for rushing into a situation without knowing what we're doing. We get things wrong. And by the time we go back, undo everything we messed up, and do it correctly, we've wasted more time than if we'd just followed the directions to begin with. The consequences are usually mild when we ignore the directions for repairing a computer or assembling a child's toy. But the price of rushing into a life situation can be steep. What if there were directions for the choices we make in life? What if we could avoid repeating past mistakes when we find ourselves having to- begin again?

The Tough Decisions

Who should I marry? What career should I pursue? What ministry am I called to? Should I buy that home? These are all tough decisions that can have a significant impact on our future. Even when we honestly seek God's will, it can be challenging to navigate such decisions. Today, we are going to learn some ways to navigate life's tough decisions, plus discover the one biblical tool that gives us the best chance at success.

Twelve Feet Of Separation

Series: In the days and weeks preceding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, three men found their way into the story. Each refused to abandon his quest for control and surrender to the Savior of the world. How can we avoid the mistakes they made?

 

Today: If you were taught to believe in a personal God who is all-knowing and all powerful, how can you not turn your frustration on him when life gets difficult?

The Pretender

Series: In the days and weeks preceding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, three men found their way into the story. Each refused to abandon his quest for control and surrender to the Savior of the world. How can we avoid the mistakes they made?

Today: In the Easter story, Judas tried to get Jesus to do what he wanted, without regard for Jesus' ministry and mission. That may seem ridiculous, but there's a little Judas in all of us.

My Private Nation

Series: In the days and weeks preceding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, three men found their way into the story. Each refused to abandon his quest for control and surrender to the Savior of the world. How can we avoid the mistakes they made?

Today: In the days and weeks preceding the first Easter, the high priest Caiaphas stood in the presence of Jesus, the Savior of the world. But he refused to abandon his quest for control and surrender to his Creator. It's easy to dismiss Caiaphas as a fool, but what have we put in the place of God?

Put Yourself In Your Place

After Moses had died, God called Joshua to a big task. Lead the children of Israel into the land God had promised. God has a plan and a purpose for our lives, but often times fear and discouragement get in the way. What have you talked yourself out of that God is trying to bring you into?

Good God

Series: Are you ever afraid someone will ask you why you believe what you believe? Do you fear someone might question what you believe? Responding to people's questions and challenges can get complicated. But what if you were confident you had the answer to the most important question about your faith?

Today: There's one question about God that elicits the most emotion, but has no emotionally satisfying answer. If God is good, why is there so much suffering in the world? If God were all-powerful, he could eliminate suffering. If God was loving, he would eliminate suffering. So, is He unable or unwilling?

Reliable Witness

Series: Are you ever afraid someone will ask you why you believe what you believe? Do you fear someone might question what you believe? Responding to people's questions and challenges can get complicated. But what if you were confident you had the answer to the most important question about your faith?

Today: If you're a Christian, be prepared to defend your decision to follow Christ. Be prepared to defend your hope or confidence in Christ. You believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the grave. That's amazing! But you don't have to believe it just because the Bible says so. It's better than that...

Hope On The Ropes

Series: Are you ever afraid someone will ask you why you believe what you believe? Do you fear someone might question what you believe? Responding to people's questions and challenges can get complicated. But what if you were confident you had the answer to the most important question about your faith?

Today: One of the most frustrating things about being a Christian is when someone asks you a question about what you believe. If you had fifteen minutes of undivided attention, you could answer. But what are you supposed to say in just a few seconds? How do you defend your faith without losing your mind?

Choosing to Cheat

Series: Ever feel like you can't catch your breath? Ever feel like there are more things to do then there is time to do them? Life has become a bit, cluttered?

Today: At some point in our attempts to get the most out of life, we lose control of our lives. We try to force one more thing in to our already busy lives and we reach a breaking point. Too much pressure causes an emotional breakdown. Too much debt causes a financial breakdown. Or maybe you’re on the verge of a breakdown in your relationships. What do you do when your work life is so full you don’t have time for the people who matter most?

Dollars and Sense

Series: Ever feel like you can't catch your breath? Ever feel like there are more things to do then there is time to do them? Life has become a bit, cluttered?

Today: We live in a culture that continually tells us to pursue a higher standard of living in order to improve our quality of life. But "standard of living" and "quality of life" aren't the same thing. One has to do with the stuff we accumulate. The other is about the peace we experience regardless of our circumstances. What if your pursuit of a standard of living is undermining your quality of life?

Time

Series: Ever feel like you can't catch your breath? Ever feel like there are more things to do then there is time to do them? Life has become a bit, cluttered?

Today: We're all busy. Our schedules are packed with career, family, friends, church, and other responsibilities. Sometimes our days are so full that we don't enjoy anything because we're trying to do everything. Our relationship with God and with others benefits when we create margin in our schedules. But where do we start?

Ex-Squeeze Yourself

Series: Ever feel like you can't catch your breath? Ever feel like there are more things to do then there is time to do them? Life has become a bit, cluttered?

Today: Our lives are busy and fast-paced. The lack of margin increases our stress and shortens our tempers. It can distract us from the most important things in our lives...and our relationships suffer. It can even affect our relationship with God because there's a connection between our willingness to create margin and our faith. Life is better with breathing room.

Pro-Motion

Series: For all intents and purposes, January is the month for self-improvement. It's a time to reflect, refocus, and restart. Let's talk about it...

Today: This is the season of self-improvement. We challenge ourselves to get slimmer, stronger, and smarter. But if you want to become a better person, focus less on yourself and more on doing something to make the world a better place. The challenge is that making the world a better place requires giving up some part of our lives---time, money, or opportunities. It will cost you some life. We don't want to give up some life. We want to preserve our lives. But Jesus said the only way to live a life of purpose and meaning is to give our lives away.