Red is one of the dominate colors that we see during the Christmas season... We see it in things from-Christmas wrapping paper- to Christmas clothes... But unfortunately red can represent things like---anxiety- stress and anger- especially as we try to navigate through the holiday season...but the angel told the shepherds on that first Christmas morning- 'I bring you- good news- that will cause great joy for all the people...' So how do we find the joy this Christmas?
For a lot of people if they had to pick one color to describe their feelings towards the Christmas season- they would probably pick the color blue...and most likely they wished they didn't feel that way--and all they really want- is just to be hopeful- joyful- full of good cheer...yet the only reason we have hope is because of Immanuel- God with us--the presence of God is with us--and that's what we celebrate- that's what we cling to through every blue season of life.
When Jesus was born- over 2,000 years ago- an angel choir sang a tune to some shepherds- listen to the words of this promise: "Peace on earth- good will toward men..." Ok that brings up a good question--where is this peace that the angels promised?
Psalms 116:17 says "I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving...: A sacrifice of thanksgiving- is finding your self in a place or situation- where you don't feel like being thankful and giving thanks- is really an act of your faith...
We have a tendency to compare our situation with everyone else's...this can lead to a stingy attitude of envy and entitlement-
keeping us from recognizing we've been blessed by God...
It's important to give thanks in all things - especially for who we are (fabulously flawed) - what we have - and what we get to do...
In sports, a " game changer" is a player whose efforts can make the difference between a win or a loss. In relationships, forgiveness can be a game changer on whether a relationship ends well or not. Today's life app focuses on the power of forgiveness to change the game in our relationships.
When someone lets you down- can you choose to believe the best or are you for forced to assume the worst? In this message- we’re reminded that we have the power to choose our reaction – and the response we choose may make all the difference in our relationships.
At some point in time- confession became a private practice used only to relieve our conscience... but that may not be the way confession is presented in the Bible... In this message- we want to look at confession- and what the bible says about us- confessing to others - not just to God...
What good is hearing if you aren't doing? God's standards for our lives aren't for judging others- but for applying to our own life... in this message- we'll hear that application is everything...
All children - that's you and me - long for the approval of their parents ... especially their fathers. It's a longing that never goes away. It gets buried or transferred to other relationships, but it's there. And we underestimate its power. Every parent wants to be approved by his or her child - to be a hero, to hear, "when I grow up I want to be just like you." As that desire grows, so does a parent's insecurity. Buried beneath the hurt, disappointment, distance, or silence is a desire to be connected to our children and our fathers. It lasts a lifetime.
When it comes to family, the only thing we all have in common is conflict. Family conflict is like no other because when you win an argument in your family, you don't really win anything. The conflict is never fully resolved. What if there was a way to resolve family conflict by dealing with it at its source?
When we begin our parenting journey - often times we have lofty goals for ourselves and our kids while we never lose sight of the ideal - reality can bring us to a frightening realization - nobody in our family is perfect - including me - now what do I do?
In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul drew from Jesus' use of power what is perhaps the most powerful relational teaching of all - an instruction that changes everything in family dynamics. It all comes down to asking a simple question: What can I do to help?
When the ideal is hard to attain, it's tempting to just lower the bar and redefine the ideal. This can be especially true when it comes to Jesus' teachings about family, which many of us have already fallen short of. Today we want to look at, why aiming for God's ideal is still worth it, even when our reality makes reaching it impossible.
Have you ever seen someone give the "evil eye." You know, it's that look that says, "I'm not thinking happy thoughts right now." Jesus let us know that the most evil eye can be the one you're looking through right now! In today's message, we will examine Jesus' shocking statement about how we need to deal with our "evil eye."
Why would Jesus, a rabbi, call a fisherman? Especially one that He knew would deny Him, turn his back on Him. And why would Jesus, after all of this, redeem this fisherman and still choose to use him to build His church?
In Jesus' time, being rich was seen as a sign of God's favor and blessing. A rich man felt assured of his place in God's kingdom. Jesus shocked everyone when he said, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." This morning, we'll take a look at exactly what Jesus meant when he said this and how we can apply it to our lives today.
As a criminal dying on a cross, taking his last breaths on earth, Jesus looks at the man and says some of the most shocking, grace-filled words in all of history: "Today, you will be with me in Paradise." Really?! He deserves to die and receive his due penalty for his sins, doesn't he?
We believe the goal of marriage is "oneness." God says, in fact, the result of marriage is "oneness." Today we'll explore Jesus' shocking statements about marriage, divorce and remarriage... and He explains why trying to "un-one" what God has joined may just be harder than we think...