The apostle Paul was not afraid of death and shows us how God brings new life during times of sacrifice and suffering. In this message we see how endings can strengthen our faith and bring us closer to God.
Some religious people spiritualize everything. The transformation they seek involves escaping all the trappings of our bodies in pursuit of a purely spiritual realm. But this is contrary to the teachings of the Bible where God creates our bodies, calls them good, and shows us that life in a body is constitutive of what it means to be a human being. There is no experience of God, no salvation, no transformation for human beings that's not mediated through a physical body. In this message, Pastor Mark walks us through Romans 12:1-8 to explain how real transformation and spiritual growth requires the full participation of our bodies. God calls us to be all in, not only in mind and spirit, but also in body!
There are plenty of bad things that we would like to go back in time and change — in world history and in our own personal histories. But God can transform those bad things into good. He did it with Joseph and his brothers. He did it with Jesus on the cross. He did it with Paul, who moved from a persecutor to an apostle. In this message we focus on accepting the past and trusting God to transform our future!
Often, when we think about how God works in the world, we gravitate toward the spectacular and miraculous. But this can prevent us from seeing how God is constantly at work in everyday happenings. In this message, Pastor Mark challenges us to be more attentive to God's more subtle activity all around us.
Source: Stan Purdum, Melanie Silva and Carl Wilton, "The Real Story," Homiletics Online, 2 August 2020
Every day, somewhere, something happens that warrants an immediate response in the media. Programming stops or a news flash runs across the bottom of our screens that breaks an important announcement. In this message we see how Jesus had world-shattering news to share too, but unlike much breaking news today, his message was exceedingly good!
Have you ever experienced the pain of being unfinished? You are grateful for all the ways God has changed you, but your spirit groans for something more: more healing, more freedom, more peace, more joy. A longing that is intensified by the realization that you continue to struggle with old thoughts, feelings, and patterns that hold you back. Living between what God has already done and what God has yet to do can be challenging. How do we persevere without getting defeated or discouraged? How do we move through the pain in ways that lead to greater joy? Check out this message for inspiration and hope.
Jesus says in Matthew 10: "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household." Does Jesus condone violence? Does he encourage conflict in the family? Or is there something else going on here? Check out this message to find out.