Famous: Bringing It All Together (9/25/16)

September 26, 2016
Most people outside the church see the people inside the church as hypocrites. They’re seen as people who talk a good game but don’t really walk the talk. Unfortunately, that perception isn’t always wrong and that’s a huge problem because it reflects poorly on God’s reputation. We don’t think about it much, but our lack of integration, or infusing our faith into every part of our lives, actually turns people away from God. There’s a whole new generation on the planet that cares a great deal about genuineness and conviction. We cannot continue to have a church compartment…we need to live an integrated Christian life; people of integrity.
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Famous: I’m Thinking (9/18/16)

September 19, 2016
Do and don’t. That’s where we always start isn’t it? Change or modify behavior so that real growth can happen. Somehow though, we always come back to the same old hangups. Maybe we aren’t getting to the root of the issue. And maybe that’s why people find Christianity so unapproachable. Maybe that’s why we have such a hard time connecting with our unchurched friends. Maybe we need to change how we think about this…maybe we need to change the way we think, period.
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Famous: Fanatical Commitment (9/11/16)

September 13, 2016

Everywhere you look, you’ll find someone trying to be famous. Social media seems to have created an insatiable appetite in us for being known. The trouble is that many of us

actually pull it off; often for the wrong reasons. Which is not all that different from God; it
seems like, at least in our day and age, God is famous for wrong reasons. Those wrong
reasons? His followers. That needs to change. But how do we make God famous for
right reasons? Well, it might not be what you think.
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Your Work Matters (9/4/16)

September 12, 2016

Have you ever rolled out of bed on Monday morning as you begin a new work week and thought to yourself, "Why do I work so hard at my job again? Are my 9-5 hours making any difference in this world? Does God even care about the work I'm doing?" This Monday is Labor Day so what a great time to talk about the important topic of our work and why it matters not just to us and those who benefit from our work, but also why our work matters to God. 

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Playlist Theology: Lay Me Down (8/21/16)

September 9, 2016

So many people spend so much time trying to figure out what God wants them to do with their lives. Who should they marry? What job should they have? Where should they live? It’s difficult to figure out because God’s not always as blatant about that sort of direction as we’d like Him to be. Unless, that is, we’re asking the wrong question and focusing on the wrong parts of what makes Him, Him, and us, us. What if, what God wants us our lives to be defined by is less about “what” and more about “who?” 

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Playlist Theology: All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name (8/14/16)

September 9, 2016

A while back there were two popular sayings on t-shirts and bumperstickers: 1) Jesus is my co- pilot, and 2) Jesus is my homeboy. They were everywhere. Depending on who you talked to, those were enlightened statements, or expressions of a very limited understanding of who Jesus is. Which is right? Is Jesus a friend? Yes. Is Jesus the king? Yes. Have we even begun to understand the fullness of who he is? Not. Even. Close. 

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Playlist Theology: Be Thou My Vision (8/07/16)

September 9, 2016

Vision. It’s something that gets talked about all the time; in churches, in businesses, even in families. We love to talk about our desired future and what we’re chasing after. We think about it often because it excites us and helps us get out of bed in the morning. It’s why someone came up with the idea of the “American Dream.” We work and save and plan and scheme to realize our vision. Have we ever paused long enough though, to consider whether or not our vision is the right vision? Is the thing we’re chasing worth chasing? 

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Playlist Theology: Blessed Assurance (7/31/16)

September 9, 2016
Have you ever been worried about something only to find out later that you had no need to fear? Have you ever been confident of something that in the end you really should have been more concerned about? When it comes to our salvation, God doesn't want us to live our lives needlessly in fear of losing our salvation, nor does he want us to be confident in the wrong things. It's a blessing that we can have assurance of our salvation, but it needs to be assurance based on the right things.

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Playlist Theology: The Stand (7/24/16)

September 9, 2016

This life isn't about what you think it's about. It's easy for people––especially Christians––to slip into thinking that Jesus is lucky to have us. We're so talented and generous that we believe He probably couldn't do all He does without us on the team. We forget that we aren't the point; Jesus is. He made us and saved us and somehow we allow ourselves to think there's something about this life that's meant to celebrate us. But when we rightly understand the enormity of God's power and love, we realize we're nothing more than showcases of His glory. 

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Creed: Singing With My Life (7/17/16)

July 18, 2016
15 minutes a week. That's the portion of our lives that most of us devote to worship. It's the 15 minutes when someone sings songs about Jesus in front of a church and we do our best to sing along. We spend more time every week in the bathroom. That being said, are those 15 minutes really enough for the all-powerful, creator God that we say we love? Is worship really supposed to just be a few songs every week, or is it something more? What if you spent 24 hours a day worshipping God? Sound impossible? Not when you understand what worship is, and by the way, it's more than singing. 

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