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.
In this message, we explore how every human being is created in the image of God, how all people are of sacred worth and given a divine calling by their Creator. When we oppress or abuse others, we deny and deface that image, which is sinful in the eyes of God and rouses cries for justice. Against this backdrop, Pastor Mark addresses the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have emerged in its wake. In this moment, God calls Christians to stand together with the oppressed against all forms of racism and injustice.
The early Christians were part of a resistance movement that opposed the value system of the Roman Empire.Taking a stand for what was right in the face of hostility got them in trouble and led to various kinds of suffering.In this message, we reflect on how they understood this suffering in a way that kept them faithful and moving forward. Check it out and learn how to join the resistance!
How do we stay connected when we can't physically be together? Jesus helps us answer this question in his farewell conversation with his disciples, and it has something to do with an advocate. Check out this message to discover how unity is a gift we receive in obedient action!