Velcro love sticks and stays. God's HESED love causes us to act on commitment, not feelings first. Suffering is the context where true love begins. Christ's sacrifice is the embodiment of unselfish, unwavering love. Preached at Fellowship Church. Taken from creativepastors.com. Used by permission.
Speaker: Ed Young Jr.
Scripture: Ruth 1:8, Ruth 1:14, Ruth 2:20, Ruth 3:10, Galatians 2:20
Topic: Loving Others
Covenant marriage involves: personal commitment, public commitment, permanent commitment and private consummation. In Matthew 5, Jesus warns of the damage consumeristic sexuality has on our relationships with people and with God.The chaste show respect, reverence, patience and integrity. Preached at Reality Church, L.A. Used by permission.
Speaker: Tim Chaddick
Scripture: Matthew 5:27-37, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Genesis 2, Romans 8:31-39
I used to be an atheist. In my teenage years I didn’t believe in God. It all seemed rather strange to me and I saw no evidence for God, so I never gave him a serious thought. But later, after I came to Christ I discovered that God not only exists, but he is personable, approachable, and very real. In thinking about atheism it occurs to me that most atheists have never...
Author: Tom Terry
What does the Bible say about gun control? More specifically, are the guidelines for the use of defensive weapons the same in the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament? Gun control has become a hot topic again because of recent tragedies. Politically, both sides of the American political spectrum are making their cases for and against tighter gun...
Author: Tom Terry
Topic: Church and Culture
Why does God put us on the shelf? Let's look at Moses, Paul and Jesus and find out why... Just got home. Opened the frig. An odiferous gallon of sour milk reminds me that I should have pitched it days ago. Milk has a short shelf life. The rotten cow juice makes my Cheerios taste like poo. Avocados are the food of the gods, in my estimation. Especially if you pair them...
Author: Julie Barrier
“How was the night?” asked the nurse. The young man’s weary eyes answered the question before his lips could. It had been long and hard. Vigils always are. But even more so when they are with your own father. “He didn’t wake up.” The son sat by the bed and held the bony hand that had so often held his own. He was afraid to release it for fear that doing so might ...
Author: Max Lucado
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
The miracle of the talking donkey is about obedience to Christ. When Balaam refused to listen to God's commands, God used a donkey to prevent him from blessing God's enemies. Sometimes God's most amazing miracles are simply getting in the way of where we want to go. They feel like detours and we get frustrated. But God uses them to not just re-route us, but change us.
Speaker: Mark Batterson
Scripture: Numbers 22:18-35
Often we can skim over the surface of many things - but when we're ALL IN, we're invested, we're invited, we're experiencing connection on the deepest levels. ALL IN is the invitation for each of us to find the roots of life sinking in deeper to the story God is writing in us and through us as a community. Wisdom on handling our resources, finances, talents & giftings are...
Because of Jesus, we have been washed completely clean, set apart for God's purposes, and declared just before God. All of these blessings come at the huge price of Jesus' sacrifice. Paul admonishes the Corinthian Christians to stop sexual activity outside of marriage, worship of false gods, marital unfaithfulness, and homosexual behavior. We must put Jesus first in our...
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:1-20, Romans 13:1-4, Acts 25:10-11, Colossians 1:22, 1 John 3:1-10
God made both men and women in His image with equal worth and value. He also made them distinctive-equally different, and gave them the responsibility of ruling over creation. Gender differences are a Divine Gift to enhance our lives. The unique differences between a husband and wife can either push them apart or draw them together in their marriage. God intended them to...
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:1-6