Feeling grumpy, discouraged, disappointed or just plain grouchy? Perhaps you need a dose of gratitude. Paul tells to give thanks in everything. I’m not feeling it. But being joyful and grateful has nothing to do with feelings. I chatted with an 88-yr-old retired pastor yesterday. He had health problems out the wazoo. However, he wisely said, “You can choose to be...
Author: Julie Barrier
Recently, I moved to "limbo land." Do you know how to find that address? Maybe, it is where you have encountered something serious and the doctors have used that dreaded word cancer over your life. Or, maybe moving to limbo land is something good like having raised your children, but then grandchildren are only a distant promise. Maybe, you have been laid off from work or...
Author: Jan Shrader
There's no limit to the good thoughts God wants us to have. So, why do we waste so much time preoccupied with our doubts and fears? How are we supposed to handle these thoughts? Pastor Steven teaches us how to be brave in our faith by developing a courageous state of mind, holding onto the thoughts that come from God, and demolishing the thoughts that take hold of us. ...
Speaker: Steven Furtick
Topic: Emotional Health
What motivated the early church to press on under threat of rejection, persecution, and death? It’s the same thing we need to overcome our fear of sharing the gospel with our neighbors—gospel courage. I have a dear friend who has a beautiful wife, one very precocious little girl, and one little boy who’s the mellowest kid I’ve ever seen in my life. My friend loves his...
Author: Matt Chandler
In the early days of our marriage, Grace and I had a relationship that was functional but not much fun. We were planting Mars Hill Church, and I was working a lot as the only paid staff member. Grace was working full-time, and then after having our first child, stayed at home to take care of the home and our family. We worked on most everything else first, and tried to work...
Author: Mark Driscoll
Trials are unpreventable and necessary for building our faith. Perseverance in the midst of trials demonstrates the Lord's work in our lives. Even in our weakness, God gives us wisdom generously -- when we believe.
Speaker: Justin Beadles
Scripture: James 1:1-12
King David doubts God because his life is falling apart. He doesn't think God cares. Asaph doubts God because his world is falling apart. He doesn't think God is fair. But when life is slipping away, David and Asaph run to Almighty God to sort out their doubts and anger. We all have unique life-journeys, and God is always ready to meet us at the point of our doubts.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Psalm 10, Psalm 11, Psalm 73
"Conversations" is an honest dialogue about life, faith and the human existence. God is not afraid of our questions. We can approach Him and freely bring our doubts, our fears and our futures. He is waiting to receive us.
What is a believer supposed to do in these tumultuous times? We are supposed to wrestle with God--engage with Him and ask the hard questions. Habakkuk's name means "to wrestle." If the Christian faith is true, then no amount of scrutiny will overturn it. Our faith grows when we hang on to God during hard times.
Scripture: Habakkuk 1 - 3
When bad things happen, where do you turn? Who is available to look toward? Is there someone? God is still in the rescue business. We want to lean into how God's rescuing...