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.

Something to Show for It

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 that time of year when we become painfully aware of where we are not, who we are not, and what we need to do differently. Traditionally, the new year is a season of self-absorption. We wonder how to get out of debt. We wonder how to become better people. If you really want to become a better person, do something this year to make the world a better place. But how do you determine what you should do?

The Better Question

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 that time of year when we become painfully aware of where we are not, who we are not, and what we need to do differently. Traditionally, the new year is a season of self-absorption. It's all about what we can do to make ourselves better people. The result is that churches, health clubs, debt counselors, and vitamin shops do a booming business. But we tend to forget that the people we respect the most didn't devote their lives to becoming the best version of themselves. They devoted their lives to making a difference in the world or in someone's world.

It's Personal

Series: The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year. But not because of all the things associated with the season.

Today: God knows what you need. He sent Jesus into the world for you, to meet your greatest need. The Christmas story is personal. Here's how to make it your story.

Toddler King

Series: The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year. But not because of all the things associated with the season.

Today: There's a light that can cut through your doubt, anger, sin, shame, and disappointment with God. Here's what you need to do to find it.

Most Wonderful

Series: The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year. But not because of all the things associated with the season.

Today: For many, the Christmas Season is complicated. It's a reminder of broken relationships, unmet expectations, and missed loved ones. But no matter your circumstances, Christmas can also be a reminder of the light that overcomes the darkness.

Comfort Zone

Series: What do you do when there's nothing you can do? What do you do when you have a problem that seems to have no solution? Your job, your marriage, or your life is stuck. You're miles from ideal with no good options. What do you do?

Today: When we're in the midst of pain and suffering, it can feel like we'll never be happy again, nothing good can come from our circumstances, and there's no reason to continue living. But those are lies. God can redeem, use, and work through our pain. And when He does, we eventually have the opportunity to comfort others. There is a "Fellowship of Suffering." People who've suffered are uniquely equipped and qualified to comfort people who are suffering.

Believe It Or Not

Series: What do you do when there's nothing you can do? What do you do when you have a problem that seems to have no solution? Your job, your marriage, or your life is stuck. You're miles from ideal with no good options. What do you do?

Today: Jesus told his followers that unavoidable trials aren't aberrations; they are expectations. They can actually serve a beneficial purpose. Why? Because God can redeem, use, or work through the undeserved, unavoidable, circumstantial trials in our lives. But in order for that to happen, we have the believe and persevere.

Yes, You Can

Series: What do you do when there's nothing you can do? What do you do when you have a problem that seems to have no solution? Your job, your marriage, or your life is stuck. You're miles from ideal with no good options. What do you do?

Today: What do you do when there's nothing you can do? Relationally, financially, professionally, physically, or academically, it just is what it is. There's nothing you can do to change your situation. Challenging circumstances can make you jealous or resentful. They can make you angry with God. They can breed discontentment. But the problem with discontentment is that it can drive you in self-destructive directions that will eventually leave you with regret. So, what is the secret of finding contentment even when the times are tough?

The New Normal

Series: What do you do when there's nothing you can do? What do you do when you have a problem that seems to have no solution? Your job, your marriage, or your life is stuck. You're miles from ideal with no good options. What do you do?

Today: What do we do when our circumstances are so challenging there's no way forward and no way out? We have problems for which there seems to be no solutions. We have questions without answers. During times like these, we're tempted to run or give up. We're tempted to give in to jealousy, resentment, and anger...especially anger toward God. That's because when life gets hard, it feels like God is absent, apathetic, or angry. But what if He isn't? Is it possible to hang on to joy, hope and patience in the meantime?

A Fish and A Worm

Often times our problems can seem hopeless. But what if we were able to see our story through the eyes of a loving Father? What if our problem really is our provision? In life sometimes perspective will only come with reflection. Today we will look at the story of Jonah. We have all heard of Jonah and the great fish, but what about the worm?

Once Upon A Time

Series: Uncertainty is unavoidable. Being fearful is an option.

Today: Once upon a time, Jesus stood against the injustice of the Roman Empire and the hypocrisy of religious leaders. He changed the course of human history. What will our Once upon a time... story be?

Fix Your Eyes

Series: Uncertainty is unavoidable. Being fearful is optional.

Today: What if our faith was characterized by fearlessness, humility, confidence in Jesus, and love of others? Imagine how that would change the world around us.

In The Beginning

Series: Uncertainty is unavoidable. Being fearful is optional.

Today: 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.

Messy-er

When you have a mess to address, first options aren't usually the best options. First options often make messes- messier. In this message, we'll explore an approach that can take the -er out of your messier situations.

Inside Out

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.