The Shocking Realization

"You don't want to leave me too, do you?"  Some of the shocking statements of Jesus made being His follower challenging.  Today we'll hear a statement that those gathered to hear Jesus simply didn't understand.  But maybe, more important than the statement, was the reaction of His disciples.  In the face of trial - temptation or transition - do we want to leave Jesus too?

What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?

How many of us, if we were honest, could explain what it means to someone who doesn't know?  If a friend, co-worker, neighbor asked, "What does it mean to be born again?" How would you respond? When the phrase first left Jesus' mouth it was something yet completely unheard of; it was astounding to his listeners. So while we may have heard this phrase a hundred times, do we really understand what it means?

The Clear Line Between Love and Hate

There can be a thin line between love and hate... like when your child screams, "I hate you!", then a few hours later snuggles up to you for TV and a bowl of ice cream. But as today's shocking statement reveals, Jesus drew a very clear line between love and hate - one profound enough to be a prerequisite for true discipleship.

The Fine Print

During His time on earth Jesus invited people to follow Him-and you and I are invited to follow Him as well...but there is something that you need to know about following Jesus. It will cost you something eventually... it may cost you money, career advancement or relationships.  That's because Jesus offers us the choice of denying ourselves now, or losing ourselves later. But you will find that when you pay the price of following Jesus, you'll be glad you did.

Fearless

We want to follow Jesus - but where is He leading? What is the payoff for following Him? Is it being a better person? Is it a life in heaven after we die? Is it a pain-free life? If you follow Jesus, you will be a better person - you will go to heaven... but that's okay because Jesus offers much more - a faith so strong it frees us from fear...

When God Seems Late

"Why didn't God do something?" Sometimes, despite our most fervent prayers, God doesn't show up the way we want Him to... the cancer isn't cured - the company fails - the foreclosure goes through.  Today we'll talk about what to look for when it feels like God forgot to show up.

When God Seems Inattentive

Is God's silence a sign of His absence? Or does it mean something else? Today we'll jump into the story of a man Jesus said was the greatest man who ever lived...and yet, even this man struggled with God's inattentiveness...The message Jesus sends him in the middle of his doubt contains a secret reassurance for us 2,000 years later.

Life Free in Christ

What does living your life free in Christ really look like?  The Apostle Paul tells his spiritual "son in the faith," Timothy, to pursue righteousness. But what does righteousness look like? It starts with understanding that righteousness is a gift that we have received, not earned. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

Lawless

All religions point to three things: you ought to - you don't - you're toast. Religion is all about following the rules, but Jesus had something different in mind. He calls us to follow Him.

It's Worse Than You Thought

It's difficult to solve a problem when you don't understand what's wrong to begin with. Many of us have been trying to solve the problem of "us" for a long time. Some of you have lost friends, family, or jobs because you couldn't solve you. Some of you have paid someone good money to solve you. But what if the real problem is that you don't know what the problem is?