Are you a control freak? It's easy to do, whether you are a leader of a large organization or the mother of small children. It’s amazing to me how many leaders I know tell me they struggle with control. I come by the subject honestly because I, too, am a recovering control freak. Most people have a love-hate relationship with control. Control freaks love it when they’re in...
Author: Carey Nieuwhof
Dear Roger, I’ve heard and read so much about Rob Bell’s new book, “Love Wins.” He has come under withering fire from multiple directions in Christendom—especially the evangelical camp. He has made it clear in the emerging church movement that he feels a “new wind blowing” about a fresh change that he sees coming in defining what it means to be a Christian. There seems no...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Come as you are. Jesus meets you at the point of your fear, anxiety and hurt. These stories in the New Testament remind us of how accepting, empowering and unconditional God's love is.
Atrocity and loss cause us to feel fearful, helpless and vulnerable in the face of an uncertain future. How can we help the poor, the refugee, the victim? What can one person do? You may not be Mark Zuckerberg, giving 99% of his Facebook shares (valued at $45 billion!!!) to charitable causes. But you can give your prayers, yourself and your wealth. Do not be...
Author: Julie Barrier
Whereas Isaac was entirely God’s doing, Ishmael was the result of Abraham’s doing. Where Isaac was a gift according to grace, Ishmael was a work of the flesh The contrast between self-reliance and God-dependence for our relational standing with Him These represent the 2 different ways of relating to God: law versus grace, flesh versus Spirit. Ishmael people see God as mere...
Speaker: Britt Merrick
Scripture: Galatians 4:21-31, Genesis 21:8-9, Genesis 17:18-18
So it’s Saturday morning and your 7th grade daughter comes running in your room and says, “Mom/Dad, Brian just called and asked me to go to the show this afternoon. P-L-E-A-S-E! Can I go?” You’re caught off guard and you pause momentarily to consider the question – to which your daughter interjects, “All my friends get to go to the show with their boyfriends. . . Oh...
Author: Marilyn Morris
The “ready” position is the stance that an athlete takes to be prepared to take on any challenge. If you're ready, you are not afraid. Don't be afraid of tyrants, financial ruin, life or death. Fear God and you don't have to fear anything else.
Scripture: Luke 12:49-56
Dear Roger, Let’s be honest. I’m a Christian and I’m scared. It seems like the globalization of our world teeters on the brink of collapse. I worry about recessions. I worry about our retirement funds. I worry about the future of our children. I can’t believe it, but I’m scared to go to the mall. Is it safe? I hate to admit this, but I’ve even gone into fast food...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
This compelling message reassures us that God's goodness will pursue us relentlessly throughout our lives. Psalm 139 said He has every day formed in advance. It is His sovereignty and power that decides our future. Because He is a Good Shepherd, we need not fear death. We can truly be fearless. Preached at Reality Church, Santa Barbara, Britt Merrick, Pastor. WATCH...
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: Psalm 23, Psalm 139
Pornography is not new, but the digital age has made it more ubiquitous and accessible than ever before. The technological realities of smartphones and high-speed internet have fundamentally changed the landscape of pornography, and ushered it into the cultural mainstream where it enjoys increasingly widespread acceptance. In Barna’s landmark study, The Porn Phenomenon ...
Author: David Kinnaman