Many of us live our lives by flipping a coin to discover our next move. Paul writes that the one thing we should seek is to know Christ intimately and to love Him deeply. We live to honor Him.
Scripture: Philippians 1:8-12
Topic: Knowing God's Will
When we suffer, we are transformed. Job finds peace in the pain of his life, a pain that forces him beyond mere living to a unique peace. Faith must be tested before it can be trusted. Until we have experienced the sorrow of the Lord, we can't fully appreciate the joy of the Lord. Faith can also be personally costly, but our pain is nothing compared to the price Christ paid...
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Job 42:1-6, Job 13:15-16, Job 23:10, Hebrews 5:8, Genesis 17:7-19
Topic: Faith, Perseverance
Like Job, we face times when Satan seeks to destroy our community with God -- the loss of a job, death of a loved one, a fearful medical diagnosis, rejection by a grown child. Job understands that his faith is more than philosophy. It’s much greater than prosperity, power and good health. All of us long for a life story of real pursuit, enduring hope, heroic love and deep...
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Job 2:1-10, Genesis 1, John 1:1-3, Revelation 12:4, Isaiah 6:1-3
The scene: A bunker on the front lines. Artillery shells are exploding all around. Machine-guns lay down a blanket of tracer rounds overhead. The drone of enemy dive-bombers is increasing in pitch. A fully equipped soldier cowers, sniveling at the feet of his superior officer saying, “Captain, they keep shooting at me. Please make them stop!” Have you seen the movie?...
Author: Mark Marikos
Topic: Church and Culture, Discipleship
iPods, iPhones, text messaging, e-mail, social networking, video and audio input are all screaming for our attention. It’s funny how the absence of something in your life causes you to be more aware of its impact and value. The other day, all of my roommates were away from home and I was left in the still quiet of an empty house. I found myself purposely avoiding the...
Author: Matthew Lynn
Topic: Worship, Church and Culture, Discipleship
Are you clueless or savvy when you relate to others? You can develop great relationships with others if you learn to develop high social intelligence. What Does Social Intelligence Look Like? Decorum – propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance Etiquette – the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in...
Author: Don McMinn
King Solomon teaches many valuable lessons about love and romance in the marriage relationship. We learn from him that love is pure, love protects and love is passionate. In the marriage relationship, God portrays the intimacy that He wants to have with us. The divine romance is Christ laying down His life for His bride, the church.
Speaker: Julie Barrier, Roger Barrier
Scripture: Song of Solomon 4:1-7, Song of Solomon 5:10-16, Song of Solomon 8:5-12, Ephesians 5:25-29, Ruth 3:10-12
King David is called “the sweet psalmist of Israel” in 2 Samuel 23:1. On top of that, he is the most frequently mentioned individual in the psalm headings throughout the book of Psalms. David is also largely responsible for the Old Testament tradition of instrumental music in worship, which began as he ascended the throne of Israel, and extended to the time of Christ. Prior...
Author: Brian Hedrick
Desire is a very powerful force in our lives, and I am convinced it’s the root of why it’s so difficult for us to live intentionally. The reason we get into trouble is because our desires are not aligned with what God has for us. James 1:14-15 says, “Each one is tempted when, by this own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived it gives...
Author: Randy Carlson
What exactly did Jesus do the week before He died? As we enter into His suffering, we grow in our compassion and understanding of our Savior.
Speaker: Roger Barrier