May 1, 2016
Is Jesus Enough
When Jesus closed the buffet, and began passing out hard to swallow teaching, the fans fell away.
What if the only thing God had to offer you was Jesus? Would that be enough? If life had your back against the wall and all that was offered was Jesus, would he be sufficient? What if lost everything that you hold dear, and Jesus is the only thing left, would you be satisfied?
All of the things you have accomplished, accumulated, built and dreamed of are not enough without Christ.
- May 1, 2016Is Jesus EnoughMay 1, 2016Is Jesus EnoughWhen Jesus closed the buffet, and began passing out hard to swallow teaching, the fans fell away.What if the only thing God had to offer you was Jesus? Would that be enough? If life had your back against the wall and all that was offered was Jesus, would he be sufficient? What if lost everything that you hold dear, and Jesus is the only thing left, would you be satisfied?All of the things you have accomplished, accumulated, built and dreamed of are not enough without Christ.
- Apr 24, 2016More Than RulesApr 24, 2016More Than RulesReligion regards rules over relationship. Christianity recognizes relationship results in regard for rules.In this encounter, Jesus is confronted by rule-followers over what to do with a rule-breaker. In pointing out our inability to live up to the rules, he calls us to follower, not rules, but Him.
- Apr 17, 2016A Comfortable CrossApr 17, 2016A Comfortable CrossAmericans have become creatures of comfort, as has the church in America. We have even made the cross into a comfortable object.However, the cross in the first century would have been seen as an instrument of torture and death ... the ultimate emblem of weakness.Yet, God took that emblem of weakness and transformed it into a source of strength, the power of God for salvation.As we take up our cross, we ask for God to do what he did in the cross within us.
Adapted from Not A Fan by Kyle Idelman
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- Apr 3, 2016Open InvitationApr 3, 2016Open InvitationWe have learned to be skeptical we told a deal is available for "anyone." But when Jesus invites "anyone" to follow Him, anyone means everyone. There are no exceptions, no excuses. However, following Him will cost you everything.This message is based on the discipleship call of Jesus in Luke 9:23.
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- Mar 6, 2016Rekindle RomanceMar 6, 2016Rekindle RomanceGod created us for an intimate relationship. The most divine relationship we may ever have with someone on this earth may be found in marriage because marriage allows us to become more like Jesus.Over time an untended relationship can grow stale. It doesn't have to be that way. You can rekindle the love you had at first. But it takes learning some new habits.
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