Letters Part 3

Social Media seems to be full of controversy anymore. Posts dealing with politics or unpopular opinions only add fuel to the fires of personal choice, preference, party, or pride. There was plenty of this social unrest and dissension within the early church as well, especially as Jews and Gentiles tried to figure out the “rules” and which ones should be enforced. These divisions even led to some painful assumptions and hurting people. We won’t spoil the ending, but the way we deal with people, especially those we should have love for, is never something we should take lightly. Tune in this week, to catch the way God addresses the things that divide us, and the bigger plan he has for us all.

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Unconditional Love

Do you have some people in your life that you just tolerate? Who grate on your nerves and don’t leave a lot of room to be loved? Sure we are supposed to love everyone, but people don’t make it easy sometimes. Have you ever felt like you were on the other end of that stick? Just tolerated? The truth is, we all filter the ideals and practicalities of WHAT love is, through the lens of personal experience. This often leaves us with a very shallow view of what love, much less the kind God gives, can be. But God’s love is unconditional. He chooses us, and chooses to love us through our brokenness and humanity. This week we talk about what being chosen means, and how it can change the way you see and interact with the world.

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Peace With God

Circumstances can often feel like they dictate our futures. Or our Potential. Maybe even our sense of worth. Others may take extreme steps to alter their life’s direction. No matter where we fall in this spectrum, it is easy to see that adding relationship with God into this very personal dynamic can get “sticky”. How do we overcome the tension of our plans versus God’s? This week we look through the eyes of Jacob, and the transformation in his life after letting God lead his steps.

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Peace In Expectations

Sometimes it seems that everyone you know wants something from you, like your time, money, or attention. Even deeper expectations may come from the bosses, teachers, parents, and leaders. Since life is built on relationships, these can be hard to ignore; but striving to live up to the expectations of all these groups, can be downright overwhelming. So where is the balance? What takes priority? How do we deal with the expectations we can’t meet? And how does God fit into all of this? In our final message for this series, we dig into all of these things, with some simple principles to help make living life to the fullest a little more attainable.

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Peace In The Storms

It is amazing that the water that brings life to the earth, can also well up and bring emergency and fear. Sometimes the storms of life seem so overwhelming: threatening to wash our feet out from under us in the power of the waves. Whether literal or figurative, In many of those times, we can’t help but feel alone, abandoned, forsaken. How do we pursue peace in the midst of life’s downpours? Why does it always seem like God is so far away during these times of struggle? This week, we speak to the storms and give away the secret to finding strength when life is throwing everything it can.

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Peace In The Chaos

Remember when there was dial up, answering machines, newspapers, and Encyclopedias? When the instantaneous access to the world’s information was barely even a dream? When life just seemed to move more slowly? When there just simply wasn’t as much noise to keep us constantly distracted? In the overwhelming stress and anxiety of everyday life, how do we make time to pause? WHEN could we, even if it sounded like an amazing idea? This week we get real about how important peace is, to living a fulfilling life, and some simple and practical applications.

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Hope No Matter What


If you have found yourself drowning in the noise of life, feeling weighed down and exhausted by the heaps of information and emotion that never seem to end, then you might be: Overwhelmed. We all deal with it. Suffer from it. Sometimes it feels like being stuck on a treadmill, where progress never seems attainable. How do we get above the heap? Where is the peace we are all struggling to identify? As we kick off this new series, we set out to tackle some hard internal and external truths, all designed to help you cope. This word should not define us. We were created for more.

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Send Me

So many of our prayers are repetitions we have heard since childhood. “Now I lay me down to sleep” has its place, but so many of us never move on to more challenging conversations with God. True relational growth pushes us out side of our comfort zone, and grows in ways we hardly ever expect. The same should be true of our relationship with God. This week, we turn to some of the last words Jesus ever spoke: words that challenged his followers, and continue to do so now. Be careful though, taking these words to heart could change everything.

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Search Me

Have you ever asked a question you actually didn’t want the answer to? Sometimes the answer can rock the boat. Or take away our ability to ignore something. Today we look at one very dangerous prayer. If you pray it your life can’t stay the same. It might cost you everything. But it will also take you places you never imagined possible.

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Hollow Worship

Worship: what is it? this word has been adopted by the church, but has been used for centuries. People worship all kinds of things, though they may not realize it. Is it celebrity, fashion, power, influence, or just shiny new stuff? Many people have a different image in their heads of what this word really even means. What are we worshipping? What about the kind of worship that could change us for the better? In part two of this series, we dive into the most excellent type of worship that most of us don’t even take time to think about.

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What Would Jesus Undo?

Life moves so quickly. Work, job, kids, appointments, friends, chores, and more always begging to be the most important thing. It can seem overwhelming. With all of these other things dominating our attention and filling our momentary needs, where is the time to be purposeful about investing in our spiritual piggy bank? The simple truth is, today’s needs won’t mean much in Eternity, but there are so many distractions to blind us from this fact. How do we balance the now and the eternal, and find the abundance of life that God promises? This week, we begin opening the door of the life God wants for us.

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Hypocritical People

Hypocrites are some of the hardest people to deal with. It certainly doesn’t help that the church seems to be full of them! We can all do better in the way we deal with them, but how? What practical ways can we address to make these confrontations better for everyone involved? This week, we drag these relational vampires into the light, once and for all.

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Needy People

In every group of people you know, there is someone who is SOOOO needy! Whether Emotionally or even just demanding of your time, these people always seem to find a way to dominate the conversation, and your sanity. How do we move beyond the want of their requests, and start addressing the actual problem? How do we stay sane and draw strength in the midst of these conversations? This week we root out the ways you can manage the needs of those around you and still keep your sanity.

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Critical People

Critical people are the worst! They are also unavoidable. How do we defeat these relational vampires and keep them from draining our sanity? And how do we overcome our own internal disposition towards criticism? This week we dig into what it takes to rise above these life-suckers and move towards a more satisfying life.

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Controlling People

It seems that we all know some vampires. No, not the sparkly, teenage, heartthrob type. More like the needy, controlling, critical type, who are always ready with an epic guilt trip. That’s right: we are talking about Relational Vampires. How do we let ourselves get sucked into these dramatic and emotionally exhausting situations? Is there a way to overcome, without having to start wearing cloves of garlic around our necks? Join us as we address these vampires and the holds they can take in our life.

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Fundamental 3

Sticks and Stones may break our bones, but words can cut even deeper… The childhood phrases we learned paint a picture of strength against the words of others, but in fact, words can have a more profound effect on us than bruises and scrapes ever could. Especially when those words come from someone we are close to. This week we discuss how the words we immerse ourselves in can shape our year for the better.

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Fundamental 2

In this happy new year, what are you doing to make it your best year yet? Not just the same old resolutions, but actual changes you would make to be closer to God and grow as a person this year? This week we are talking about the relational changes in your life that could help make huge strides towards a better life.

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People

Chestnuts roasting by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, too many people in the stores, and awkward family you are obligated to spend the holiday with! Sounds stressful, right? Who doesn’t have at least one person they would love to avoid this holiday season? While there is no antidote available to make people more bearable this time of year, there ARE some biblical principles that can help us maintain our sanity and grace. This week, we explore how to deal with people when we just don’t want to.

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Busyness

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or that is what all the signs tell us. For some, it is a season of stress, anxiety, too many obligations, and no control of where the time goes. How do we make it through the season with our sanity intact? This week, we explore how to deal with the plague of busy-ness and focus on relieving the stress of the holidays.

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