Nov 15, 2015
It Is God’s Will
All Christians have a desire to know God's will.
However, we often attribute God's will to things that are not quite so clear, or are sometimes even antithetical to His will.
God does have a will, a plan, and a purpose for our lives. But it not found in the details of specific decisions. It is found in applying the principles of His will presented in the New Testament.
- Nov 15, 2015It Is God’s WillNov 15, 2015It Is God’s WillAll Christians have a desire to know God's will.However, we often attribute God's will to things that are not quite so clear, or are sometimes even antithetical to His will.God does have a will, a plan, and a purpose for our lives. But it not found in the details of specific decisions. It is found in applying the principles of His will presented in the New Testament.
- Nov 8, 2015God Must Be Punishing MeNov 8, 2015God Must Be Punishing MeBy: Gincy HartinWhen going through difficult times we may assume that the trials we are facing are God’s punishment of us. While that may be true on some occasions, it may also be true that we are experiencing the effects of being in a fallen world.
- Nov 1, 2015God Wants Me to Be Happy
- Oct 25, 2015All Sins Are The SameOct 25, 2015All Sins Are The SameSatan is the Father of lies, however, often his lies are not of the variety that makes us quickly dismiss them. Sometimes the lies are a subtle distortion of the truth. Satan's greatest victory may be getting us to believe these lies.The today's message is based on the statement "All sins are the same," and it's counterpart, "All sins are not the same."Which side is right? Are all sins the same as one side says. Or is the other side correct when they say, "All sins are not the same". Perhaps, it is not as simple as choosing one or the other. Perhaps, both are only partially true, and are a lie in their own subtle way. This message from October 25 exposes the truth behind the "All sin is the same" myths. Sins are the same, but they are also different, and it is those differences that make all the difference.
- Oct 18, 2015One HopeOct 18, 2015One HopePaul closes the book of Galatians with his own hand. In five verses, he warns the believers not to exchange their new life for the bondage of the old. Why would someone exchange life for that which is dead?This newly created life is a life that brings about transformation ... a life rooted in the one thing that really matters ... the life changing cross of Christ. In that cross we find we are ONE.
- Oct 11, 2015One ANOTHEROct 11, 2015One ANOTHERAs a Christian community of the Cross, the church is to be a place of oneness defined by love for one another. However, this love is not a generic feeling. Nor is it love as our world defines it.Love in this Christian community is a self-sacrificing demonstration of the Holy Spirit's presence. It seeks the redemption of those who are fallen, and offers support to those who are burdened.There is no room for viciousness or other actions that destroy one another within the community of the cross.
- Oct 4, 2015One PEOPLEOct 4, 2015One PEOPLEChrist makes us one by his sacrifice on the cross. However, division, discrimination, prejudice and racism still run rampant. Oneness in Christ destroys the walls of racial prejudice. Racism has not place in the heart of God. We sin when we rebuild or at least do not attempt to chip away at this walls.The ONE series is based on Galatians 3:28, and has a connection to the soon to be released movie Woodlawn.
- Sep 27, 2015One FAITHSep 27, 2015One FAITHWe live in a world with is craving "oneness", a sense of enduring community. However, oneness will not be experienced by humanistic tolerance. It is not a solid enough foundation to sustain harmony.However, in the book of Galatians, Paul shares a message of faith and hope in the ONE who is the sufficient foundation for experiencing oneness. Through the book of Galatians, Paul defines that truth in four components which unite us as his family loving one another.
- Sep 20, 2015Faithful Past – Hope-filled FutureSep 20, 2015Faithful Past – Hope-filled FutureSeries: AnniversaryOn the 130th Anniversary of First Christian Church of Chicago, the FCC family of Chicago reflected on Hebrews 12:1-2 as a hinge upon which the church would turn. With 130 years of witnesses for life transformation and faithful witness, the church stands at the juncture of doing something to continue the to fulfill the legacy that has been layed down for us.Often a churches own history can be its own downfall. History should push us on, not leave us there admiring the accomplishments of the past.
- Sep 13, 2015Prayer That WorksSep 13, 2015Prayer That WorksSeries: War RoomPrayer is not a kid's game. Prayer is essential for confronting the spiritual battles that we will face in our lives. In order for prayer to work, it needs to be approached correctly. While there is not magical formula for effective prayer, Jesus shares a variety of principles for prayer that works. Each of these principles addresses an issue of attitude that puts us in the proper position for prayer to be effective.This message comes from Matthew 6, the larger context of the Lord's Prayer.There is an associate between this message and the movie, The War Room.
- Sep 6, 2015Preparing For BattleSep 6, 2015Preparing For BattleSeries: War RoomAs Christians we are called to war ... a cosmic battle between good and evil, a battle with the Devil. This battle is real, and has the potential to claim the souls of many believers if they do not properly prepare to confront the deceitful schemes of the Devil. This message provides guidance for properly preparing for victory in that battle.Message adapted with clips from the movie War Room.
- Aug 23, 2015The Least ExpectedAug 23, 2015The Least ExpectedBy: John GrossoehmeSeries: B90 - Bible In 90 DaysPaul a former persecutor of the church is surely among the least likely people to be used by God as a missionary and spokesman for that same church.Paul's status change applies to us today in two ways:1) If God can use Paul, he can use us -- so allow yourself to be used.2) No one is so far gone that God cannot reach and use them -- so reach for the outcasts.