What is the measure of a church? What's the difference between a social club and a community of faith? Between a humanitarian non-profit organization and a group of people serving as the hands and feet of Jesus? Do these distinctions even matter? Check out this message as we explore these questions.
In this message, we reflect on the story of Zacchaeus and how Jesus helps us when we are "up a tree." We all have problems, but Jesus comes "to seek and save the lost," offering a salvation that not only brings radical transformation to us but also for all those in our circles of influence. Check out this message to see how.
Sometimes Christians make it harder to be a Christian. Some people claim the name of Christ but refuse to honor the values for which Jesus and lived and died. Others allow disagreement to lead to vicious infighting and division. It's no wonder why some people say, "If that's what it means to be a Christian, then I don't want any part of it!" But it doesn't have to be this way. Check out this message to see how turning to action can help.
"When the cat's away, the mice will play." This old saying reminds us that external rules only work by threat of punishment. But when no one is looking, we see it as an opportunity to be free from the rules and act contrary. In contrast, people with integrity act according to their own values because those values are constitutive of their identity and to act contrary is to betray themselves. Check out this message on Jeremiah 31:31-34 as we explore how God helps us to live with integrity by writing the divine law on our hearts.
Have you ever lost your passion? Whether it's in marriage, career, or even faith, we sometimes feel disconnected, disillusioned, and unmotivated. The good news is that we don't have to get stuck here. There are ways to reignite our hearts and rediscover our passion. Check out this message to see how.
One of the saddest things we can see is someone at the end of life who is tormented by regrets. But none of us have to live or die this way. God can help us align our values and actions to create a way of life that is without big regrets. Check out this message to see how.
It's difficult for many of us to get in touch with our own pain and experience the release of tears. But crying can be cleansing, healing, and empowering. Tears can be a key that unlocks the door of our heart so that God's grace can bring healing. This is not only true for individuals but also for the soul of a nation. Check out this message to see how.
Sometimes we feel like a failure. Sometimes we feel irredeemable. But the good news of Jesus is that no matter who you are or what you've done, God can set you free from guilt and transform your life into something beautiful. Check out this message to see how.
In this message, we conclude the series, "Fear of the Other," with a clarion call for the church to be an inclusive community of love engaged in the ministry of reconciliation. Pastor Mark explains that we cannot experience the fullness of salvation or be an authentic Christian church unless we are willing to embrace and love the Other as Christ has embraced and loved us. This is message 3 in the series, "Fear of the Other," based on the book by William Willimon.