I want to clarify niceness is not kindness. There’s a big difference. By kindness, I’m not talking about when you buy a stranger coffee or when you bring in your neighbor’s trash cans or when you tell someone they have food in their teeth. These are nice random acts. But kindness is not a random act. It’s a radical life. Kindness is not limited to grandmothers or Boy Scouts....
Author: Frank Viola
I never learned much about racial discrimination. As a child raised in the South, I was unaware of the stigma of separate bathrooms, swimming pools, or back seats on the bus. I am profoundly sorry for such ignorance. But this is why I never noticed. The black women in my life were my deepest, most cherished friends and mentors. I want to take a moment and introduce you to...
Author: Julie Barrier
Mark 9 allows us an eyewitness account of a mountain top experience Jesus has with some of his early followers. It’s known as the ‘transfiguration’ – which is a fancy name to communicate that Jesus reveals more of who He really is to them. There are some lessons here for us. Life is only lived in one direction – forward. God moments are just that, moments. Enjoy them, but keep...
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: Mark 9:1-7, Exodus 14:12-18, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Malachi 4:5-6
Over the last two weeks, we announced that the U.S. now has at least 8,000 multisite churches (by the broadest definition) and also 5 trends in how multisites launch and grow . On March 11, we’ll release an illustrated report covering over 25 major findings. It’s titled the Leadership Network/ Generis Multisite Church Scorecard —you can sign up at the bottom of...
Author: Warren Bird
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Me. Myself. And I. The three people we tend to care about the most in western civilization. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the sickness of self-absorption has infected all of humanity, but it has particularly affected segments of the population that have adopted cultural values that revolve around the preservation of personal happiness. We are narcissists. In their book, ...
Author: Brandon Cox
Is Jesus' command "Judge not, lest you be judged" mean that we should not have moral judgments and accountability for others? Pastor Tim Chaddick teaches from Matthew 7:1-12 and explains how we are to live lives full of truth and grace. Preached at Reality LA. Used by permission.
Speaker: Tim Chaddick
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-12
Topic: Conflict Resolution
Encouraging love is patient. Patience is the ability to be wronged and wronged again, and to have the power to retaliate, but refuse to strike back. Kindness gives to one's enemies. Encouraging love catches people doing right and makes a big deal out of it. It shelters others from the storms of life, and always gives the benefit of the doubt. Love perseveres, never withers,...
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Matthew 5:38-39, 1 Peter 4:8, Colossians 1:27, John 20:28
After a discussion with my daughter recently about the subject of spiritual gifts, I’d thought I’d post an evaluation form used to help others discover their area of gifting. I developed this simple tool and find it relevant and helpful. The objective of the tool is to act as an indicator for which gift, or grouping of gifts a person might have. After printing out the text,...
Author: Tom Terry
Topic: Tongues and Spiritual Gifts
Perhaps you’ve heard a story like this before. Jason is 19-years old. He wants to take a year-long break from school before going to college so that he can backpack Europe and go find himself. He asks for money from his parents and away he goes, seeing sites, meeting women, perhaps bedding a few, maybe a little experimentation with drugs, and the odd job here or there, maybe...
Author: Tom Terry
For decades Kathy and I have profited immensely from the pastoral wisdom of the converted slave trader John Newton. As an 18th century Anglican minister, Newton was a good preacher, but it was as a pastor, counselor, and advisor that he excelled. His pastoral letters are a treasure chest. In one of his letters (entitled “Some Blemishes on Christian Character”) Newton points...
Author: Tim Keller
Topic: Church Growth