In this message, I reflect on how God's choosing of Joseph to be Jesus' earthly father reveals important values for those seeking abundant life. If you want to find real joy this Christmas season, you have to learn how to forget yourself on purpose. (This is the first message in a four-week Advent series.)
We have so much to be thankful for, but take so much for granted. In this message, Pastor Mark explains that if we are intentional about cultivating an attitude of gratitude that our life will drift into negativity, entitlement, and greed. Then he offers four practices that can lead to a conversion of the heart.
True spirituality gives us a balanced and honest view of ourselves. This is the real meaning of humility, and when we practice this virtue it helps us see that we are all a mixed bag of strength and weakness, success and failure, virtue and vice. We are no better and no worse than others because we are all imperfect human beings. Once we get this, we become less judgmental and more compassionate, to ourselves and others.
In this message, Pastor Mark talks about how we become enslaved to various feelings, thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors, and how true spirituality leads to an experience of release. What blocks release is a willful demand for absolute security and uninterrupted satisfaction, both of which make it impossible for us to surrender control of our lives. At the end, he provides spiritual resources that can prepare us to receive the gift of freedom.
True spirituality teaches that there are people who can see but are still blind, people who can hear but are still deaf, and people who are smart but still foolish. It also provides a path from distorted illusion to enlightened perception. Check out this message to see how.
When we pursue a perfection that is unattainable for human beings, we create unnecessary anguish in our lives and get stuck. In contrast, the way to freedom, healing, and peace begins with honesty and acceptance. As we honestly acknowledge and accept our imperfections, and as we honestly acknowledge and confess our sin, something incredible happens--compassion. We become more gracious, loving, and compassionate towards others and ourselves. Check out this message to see how honesty leads to compassion.
In this message, Pastor Mark explores how true spirituality points us beyond the ordinary—beyond what we can see, possess, control, and understand. In addition, he raises the question: What blocks our access to spiritual reality and what opens the door? Check out message two in the series, "A Spirituality of Imperfection."
In this message, Pastor Mark launches a new series that will help you distinguish between life-giving spirituality and death-dealing religion. True spirituality is not about life after death, but life before death! It's not about escaping our humanity, but being honest about our doubts, limitations, and imperfections and finding ways to live an authentic life by accepting them. Do you have the courage to accept your own humanity?