It’s been said that movies are modern day parables because of their ability to convey moral or religious principles. Meaning that not only can movies move us to tears and make us laugh, but they can even teach us larger truths. This Advent and Christmas season we’ll be looking at some Christmas movies that will get us thinking and point us to the larger truth of Christmas.
We’re taught from an early age to share, and nothing is more important for us to share than the Gospel. In this short 2-week series, we’ll talk about that very thing: sharing the Gospel. Sharing it where we are and sharing what we know.
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Is that true? If it is, then what’s the point? Why should we even bother getting up in the morning? The Teacher answers these questions (and more) in the book of Ecclesiastes.
The Gospel is the power that transform lives. It’s one thing to proclaim this truth; it’s another to actually live it out. That’s what Philemon, a follow-up companion to Colossians, is all about. What does it look like and what impact does the Gospel have in our everyday lives and relationships?
Jesus is the answer for everything. He is supreme. He is sufficient. He is the one who has saved us from sin and makes into His new creations. Now, how do we live this out for the glory of of His name? Pauls’ letter to the Colossians shows us how!
Finding Jesus: “an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind.” We have a habit of obsessing over things we believe will make us happy, when all we really need is the One who offers true and eternal joy.
Obsession: “an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind.” We have a habit of obsessing over things we believe will make us happy, when all we really need is the One who offers true and eternal joy.
When we talk about being generous in the church the conversation always turns…AWKWARD. But why? Generosity is at the heart of who Jesus is and reflects His character. If we’re going to be His disciples we not only need to talk about it we need to live it!
The Ten Commandments are often seen as rules to be followed to stay on God’s good side. Yet the truth is, these commands stem from God’s great grace and amazing love for us. In this series we’ll not only be looking at these commands, but the grace and love behind them.
"The Bible certainly has some strange stories for us. But what do we do with the really strange ones? The ones we don’t talk about in Sunday School or hear in sermons? Perhaps now, in the stranger times we’re living in, we need to hear these stories and how our God is with us and works through even the strangest of times.”
These are unprecedented times we are living in. Yet, this isn’t a time to mourn what we’re missing. It’s a time to embrace our calling. May these stained-glass stories remind us of what it means to be the church. Not what it means to be at “the church.”
The most important question you will ever answer is, “What will you do with Jesus?” Regardless of your answer, it will change your life today and in the world to come. So, what is your answer to life’s most important question?
“A Tale of Two Cities” is a famous book by Charles Dickens. It is also where we find ourselves as Christians: in the tale of two cities. One city is God’s kingdom, and the other is the kingdom of this world. Our series looks at how we faithfully live in these two cities. How do we stand firm in a shaky world?
One of the favorite parts of the Christmas season are all the Christmas lights. There are Christmas lights on homes and in malls. But for all the peace and serenity Christmas lights may communicate, the Christmas season can feel anything but peaceful and serene. It can feel overwhelming and burdening! In this series, we look at how to make Christmas light – cutting through the clutter of the season and getting back to what matters most.