Confidence in God
So many Jesus followers react with GREAT OFFENSE and DEFENSE when the "non-Jesus" world wrongs or offends them. However, this is the exact OPPOSITE of what Jesus invites us to do. Today, we learn that if we have confidence that GOD IS IN CONTROL, we will be freed up to REACT with uncanny love...and ultimately be more effective in the mission that Jesus has given us.
If the general population heard that church people were showing up to something in their daily lives, would that be good news or bad news? The Early Church demonstrated that Jesus was GOOD NEWS for every part of life. And this is still the mission of our church today.
In "Season 2" of our "Make it Make Sense" series, we are beginning with Jesus' stories: the parables. When we lose heart, we don't need to be convinced of anything. We need to be woken up. And Jesus does just that through his stories. He wakes us up to receive his promises and live in fullness of life.
The most moving stories happen in the context of some kind of pain. Although we tend to avoid suffering, the Book of Esther shows us that God SHOWS UP in the midst of suffering writes stories we would have never imagined. The most amazing stories in our lives will happen not through us FORCING an outcome, but through us being FAITHFUL to the mission.
New Year Message: Hope & Transformation
Happy New Year! 🎆 As we allow our staff and volunteers to have a break this weekend, we want to offer you some encouragement. In this video message Pastors Mike and Paul lead us in a couple of questions to help us look back on the past year, and ahead to the year to come.