The Bible was never meant to be seen as a rule book, but there’s no denying it contains its fair share of them. And it all started with a list of ten that God gave to a guy named Moses on the side of a mountain. So what role are the original rules meant to play when it comes to following Jesus? And what are they really telling us we need to do, anyway?
Chris Henderson, July 16th 2017
What I Do Have, I Give You
Chris Henderson, July 9th 2017
I Never Said That
Just because you’ve heard it a thousand times or even believed it yourself doesn’t mean it’s true, especially when it comes to matters of faith. Yet many of us continually buy into spiritual urban legends and Sunday school myths that although sound good on the surface actually erode our faith and keep us from living the life God intended. Join us for our new series I Never Said That as we uncover the truth behind some of the most common yet faulty Christian clichés.
Who Am I?
Whether the thought of it makes us smile or cringe, the reality is that our personal story – the good, bad and ugly – greatly affects who we are and who we are becoming. But if we open our hearts to the possibility that God has a purpose for our story, we can begin to embrace the identity He has for us in Him and discover how He wants to use our story to make a profound difference in the world around us.
And the Truth Will Set You Free
Simple? Marriage is anything but simple. It’s complicated, messy and, quite frankly, a lot of really hard work. And yet God tells us it’s a gift He created for our enjoyment and to help us better understand His incredible love for all people. So how do we reconcile these two realities? Well even though marriage itself is far from simple, sometimes it’s still the smallest things in our marriages that can make the biggest difference toward true health and happiness.
Let’s talk about pain and loss
Although there’s much to celebrate and rejoice in here at I-90 these days, it’s also been a tough start to 2017 as we’ve had two beloved I-90er’s pass into eternity after long fights with cancer. So we decided on Sunday to take a break from our planned teaching schedule and talk about some of the truths to both wrestle with and cling to when it comes to the reality of pain and loss.
Walk right up to him
Pastor Chris Henderson
The Bible tells us there’s a person of the Trinity – the three representations of God – that lives with us and in us as we choose to follow Jesus. And that person is known as the Holy Spirit. We’re going to discover together who the Holy Spirit is, how he wants to work in our life, and what we can do to either experience or hinder the plans he has for us.
No matter how you would rate last year, wouldn't it be great if this year was different? Truly your best year yet? The truth is that regardless of what you're currently facing or will come to face in the months ahead, experiencing your best year yet in 2017 is absolutely, 100% possible. But here's the catch - it will have very little to do with things going "right" this year and almost everything to do with embracing a paradigm shift God has for your life with regards to what's truly most important. Join us on Jan 8th as we kick off the series, UNSTUCK.
More than ever our culture pushes us to have a Christmas season that’s all about “doing” (buying, cooking, hosting, partying, etc). But what if the Christmas season – the celebration of God breaking into our world – was more of an occasion for “being” rather than “doing”? Or to put it another way, what would happen if we allowed Christmas to actually change who we are rather than dictate what we do?
Fears, we all have them. Yet unlike other emotions that are actually good and healthy for us to embrace, fear is never part of God’s plan for our lives. And therefore God always has a plan for how we can conquer them. So what’s keeping you up at night?
Point of View
Have you ever thought about how we allow what we’re going through in life to determine the actual quality of our life? But could it be that the degree to which we experience joy, peace and healthy living (relationally, emotionally and spiritually) is in large part dependent on how we see things – i.e what our point of view is – rather than what we’re actually going through?
So no matter what you’re feeling about the current state of our world – scared, confused, hurt, offended, numb, or angry – the reality is nothing will get better until we talk about it.
So please join us as we begin to search for answers in the midst of the chaos, and learn together how we might respond to today’s ever-changing world with God’s unchanging truth and love.
The doubts, fears, and impulses of a man that followed Jesus. If you’ve ever felt like you just don’t “measure up” as a Christian, then Peter is your guy. Peter was about as messy and human as you can get, yet the Bible tells us he was one of Jesus’ best friends and closest followers.
The Good Dad
Parenting… it changes everything. But perhaps the greatest blessing from being a mom or dad to our own children is the new perspective it can give us on God’s role as a Father to all of us.
If we believe in God we believe He’s spiritual, that part’s obvious – i.e. we know don’t get to literally see Him with our own two eyes, not on this side of heaven anyway. But what else is going on around us that we can’t see? Besides the existence of God Himself, is there more we need to be concerned about or give attention to of a spiritual nature?
Whether we realize it or not, whether we accept it or not, the reality is every decision we make today has the potential to lead us down a path toward either tragedy or triumph tomorrow. It’s a principle that has been at work in people’s lives since the very beginning... and it’s at the heart of both mankind’s separation from God and His plan to bring us back.
The reality is whether we're playing the role of spouse, friend, parent, child, sibling, boss or employee (just to name a few), every relationship is complicated. Why? Because every relationship involves two imperfect people coming together. The GOOD NEWS is God knows a thing or two about how relationships are supposed to work, and the Bible is filled with time-tested principles that can help us navigate life's relationship complications.
Conversations with Jesus
If you could literally sit down with Jesus and ask him any question you wanted, what would it be? A little over 2,000 years ago some people actually had that chance, and the response they got (not to mention the questions Jesus often asked them in return) forever changed them as a result.
Odd Man Out
Whether it's because of our beliefs, background, personality, or season of life, all of us at some time or another find ourselves in a setting where we feel like the odd man out. There's a guy in the Bible named Daniel who certainly did. But instead of resigning himself to an undesirable, no-win situation, Daniel approached the situation as an opportunity to positively influence others and make a difference.