Jesus’ ministry was predicated upon accepting people. He erased the artificial boundaries of culture and status, looked beyond people’s sin, and accepted them. He touched lepers, ate with sinners, visited the homes of tax collectors, and washed the feet of the betrayer. Through countless loving acts, Jesus made a clear statement: “I will never withhold my love from you;...
Author: Don McMinn
Driven to the sea, overwhelmed by a fish, and motivated to finally obey, Jonah has done what God asked. But now, Jonah is Fueled by Anger at God's compassion and keeps running. When you encounter God's extravagant love, how do you respond? Psalm 103:8 says The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. We love that verse when it applies to us but...
Speaker: Dave Stone
Scripture: Jonah 4, Psalm 103:8
Like Jonah, we often struggle with our enemies, trying to understand their pain and struggles, trying to show compassion. Even though God gives Jonah clear instructions, Jonah runs from God, allowing his disobedience to affect others. God’s Word is clear to us as well. We only have to access it and respond obediently.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: Jonah 1:1-17, Psalm 139:7-12, Matthew 12:39-40, Luke 11:29-32, 2 Timothy 3:16
Elijah, the Tishbite, undergoes a season of construction to become a transformed man of God. As he matures in his faith, Elijah becomes more like Christ and more useful to God. Surrender in our darkest moments is not easy, but it can shape our character into the person God desires.
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: 1 Kings 17:1-21, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 1:6
Topic: Process of Spiritual Growth
Do you pack a prayer punch? Can you really change God’s mind? When do you go to the mat and contend for the victory? Should you ever face plant, belly-down, call the match and take your lumps? Or do you stick out your chest, put up your dukes and war to win? Paul juxtaposes two prayer principles in Ephesians 6:13 and 18. "Take up the whole armor of God…praying always…" NIV ...
Author: Julie Barrier
It is a profound truth about human beings that our first area of freedom concerns where we will place our mind. Until solitude and silence have had their effects, our minds will very likely continue to be focused on the wrong things, or on good things in an anxious attitude of trying to dominate them. But as we, through relocating our bodies into solitude, escape and change...
Author: Dallas Willard
If you grew up in a conservative evangelical church like I did, it is possible there is a story from the Bible that was repeatedly used to teach you about sex – the story of David and Bathsheba in 2nd Samuel chapters 11 and 12. While our teachers’ intentions were good, the way the story was taught has planted seeds in our minds that have grown into weeds we must now deal with...
Author: Jeff Elkins
The fog of the broken heart. It’s a dark fog that slyly imprisons the soul and refuses easy escape. It’s a heavy cloud that honors no hour and respects no person. Depression, discouragement, disappointment, doubt…all are companions of this dreaded presence. The fog of the broken heart disorients our life. It makes it hard to see the road. Dim your lights. Wipe off the...
Author: Max Lucado
Breakthroughs often follow breakdowns. All of us love breakthroughs right? We love spiritual breakthroughs when God answers a prayer or some miracle happens. We love breakthroughs, but in my experience, those are typically preceded by breakdowns. In the Old Testament, the Lord often didn’t deliver Israel until the people were broken down. What did they need to break down? In...
Author: Mark Batterson
A young teenage boy died in a hotel room after an overdose of drugs. The partiers around him didn’t even know he was in trouble until it was too late. Sadly, that story is all too common. This story is different, though, because the partiers weren’t peers or friends. They were his mother and grandmother. This man’s mother, who didn’t have full custody, told police she had...
Author: Russell Moore