Every song tells a story It’s the story of how you fell in love It’s the story of how you didn’t give up It’s the story that explained what you were feeling in the most important moments of your life Sometimes we want to pray and we can’t find the words Sometimes we want to understand God and we feel lost in translation But what if the prayer, the words and the feeling you wanted to convey we’re all wrapped up in a song. Today we call them songs… The ancients called them Psalms…
Songs of the Kingdom: The Soundtrack of your Life (A Study of Psalms)
There’s a person you want to become… A person who’s more mature… A person who’s less materialistic… A person who’s inwardly at peace… A person who’s outwardly committed… You want to be a better parent… A better friend… A loving husband or wife… Guess what? There’s a person God wants you to become as well.. There’s a book in the Bible, written by a man who failed time and again. But he never gave up. He grew. He changed. He became who God wanted him to be. He is Simon Peter. Jesus’ most famous disciple. His book will teach us how to be transformed by the power of God the same way he was.
Becoming: The Road from Here to There (A Study of 1 Peter)
Have you ever seen someone walking through an airport with too much luggage? It slows them up… It weighs them down… It keeps them stuck… Hurts… Hangups… Disappointments…Grief… Wounds…Putdowns… Letdowns… It’s emotional baggage we carry with us. It keeps us living in the past… It prevents us from the future God has for us… But there’s a better way… A way to be free.. There’s a small book in the New Testament that’s the story of a man who was betrayed, abandoned, and hurt. But learned the power of Forgiveness and learned to be free. This can be your story as well.
Baggage: Experience the Power of Forgiveness.
In a phrase, it’s the end of a journey. Calvary has wandered like the children of Israel in various “temporary homes” over the last 12 years. Providentially, God has opened the door for us to stop wandering and have a place to call our own. Coming Home: The Best is Yet to Come.
A promise. It’s only as good as the person who makes it. A promise is a matter of trust. It’s a commitment that you’ll do something, say something or be something. We make promises all the time. In fact, we even break promises on occasion. God’s promises are different. God’s love. God’s grace. God’s mercy. These aren’t promises made to us. They’re much stronger. Because promises can be broken. But covenants… Those are everlasting… And covenants are the kind of promises God makes. Covenant: Promises made. Promises kept.
What’s your favorite song? You love it for more than the music and lyrics. It’s your favorite song because it reminds you of a moment in your life. That song helped you rejoice in the moment… That song helped you get through the moment… That song explained the moment in ways that nothing else could… When Mary heard the news that she was going to give birth to the Son of God, she sang a song. It’s a song that speaks of Christmas through her eyes. It’s the real Christmas story. It’s the song of Christmas… Magnificat: The Song of Christmas..
We live in a world of uncertainly. Economic Upheaval… Political Protests… Social Turmoil… It feels like our world is coming apart at the seems. Here’s a question to consider… What if our world is supposed to fall apart? What if humanity is incapable of holding it all together? What if God has planned this unraveling all along? The good news is that the Bible predicted this long ago. If fact, the Bible teaches these would be the conditions of the Earth when Jesus returned. So now you have to ask yourself, “Are you ready?” Do you want to be?
How to Prepare of the End of the World.
Synthetic… Artificial… Counterfeit… We live in a world of imitation… That’s why we long for sincerity… honesty… Authenticity… In a world of mirages, we all want something…
Real: Authentic Faith In A Fake World
Everyone is looking for it… Money can’t buy it… Experiences can’t manufacture it… Relationships can’t produce it… Everyone wants to be happy. But what is we’ve been looking in all the wrong places… What if.. Happiness is in the opposite places that we think they are? Happiness is a Person and not a state of being? Happiness is the byproduct of knowing God? Happiness is available. We just need to know where to look… The Contrarian’s Guide -The Beatitudes-
Have you ever run away? So far away that you think you’ve gone too far… You were chasing something. Desiring something. Only to find it wasn’t real. In one of Jesus’ most famous stories, He revealed God heart for us. A heart that will chase after us when we run away. A heart that will grow cold towards us. A heart that is always ready to forgive. All we have to do is come home… Prodigal: Finding your way home
How does it work? You know… relationships. How can something so wonderful end so badly sometimes? How do some people last a lifetime? And others… They end kinda like a Lifetime movie. Well, what if we erased everything we know… And went back to the beginning. I mean, all the way back. Back to relationships before culture distorted it. Back to where relationships weren’t so complicated Back to relationships the way God intended. Back to… Boy meets Girl
Everyone has a Goliath. He’s the Relationship that doesn’t work out. He’s the Career that won’t advance. He’s the financial problem that won’t go away. He’s the spiritual attack you’re feeling. We all have to face our Goliath some time. 5 stones and a sling. That’s all it takes to defeat him. But you have to step onto the battlefield.
Giant Killer: Slay Goliath. Embrace your Destiny.