It seems so unbelievable that a person could have actually done everything the Bible says Jesus did. So, it might make sense that He was made up... maybe from stories of other gods... maybe? But, then again, when we put together what the Bible and other historical documents say about Jesus and these other god stories, it becomes clear that the Biblical account is shockingly the most reasonable.
"How can a good God allow evil and suffering?" is one of the oldest questions. It's a very real question, and its a very personal question. How does Christianity answer this question? How does it stack up against other worldviews? Is it possible to find any meaning in my pain?
Any discussion about Hell is... well... uncomfortable. However, it is an important topic that needs to be worked out before this life ends. If you have questions about why a good God would send good people to Hell, take a listen.
Jesus said He was the only way to God... that sounds just a little narrow-minded. How does His claim stack up to other faith claims, and how can they all be right at the same time... or can they?
Whether you are talking about the horrible things Christians have been accused of in the past or the annoying Christian that you know, there is a very real problem with hypocrisy. Good news: there is a known root to the problem and a known solution for it. Check out this message. We think it will be a help to you.
If we have any hope of teaming together for maximum impact for the Kingdom, we will need to be united. Sounds nice, so what is dangerous about that? Take a listen to see the obstacles that tend to stand in our way as we seek unity.
"Send Me" are two dangerous words when placed next to each other! Funny thing is, God has already sent you into your life... by praying this prayer we get to widen our perspective on what God is doing in the people and situations around us.
No one likes being searched, but if we step into the danger zone and pray "Search Me" we have God's help to get past what we trip over in our lives.
It's a very American thing to want to do life on your own strength; to not ask for help. However, when we get real with God and as for His strength, we get more than just help - we get the opportunity to change our status quo.
Of all the dangerous prayers you could pray, "Break Me" seems like the most dangerous. What does it mean for God to break us and why would He want us to pray it?
More than belief, more than knowledge, it turns out that serving in the Kingdom is of very high value. What is God's take on serving? What are the benefits we may miss?
Getting together with other Christ-followers on a regular basis to worship God is a really good thing. So good, Jesus tells us to do it. But what is involved in worship at church? And why is it so important to God?
We were designed by God for connection with others. Yet in this age of cell-phones, social media, and email we seem to be more and more disconnected from each other.
What are the benefits of connection? Why do we crave it so much? Listen as Pastor Matt Sturdevant details what the Bible says about our need for connection and how to get re-engaged with others.
You can't do what you don't know. In this second message in the series, you'll see not only why actively learning will help you grow spiritually, but also the tools God has provided for better learning from His angle.
As we launch a brand new year, sometimes its good to remind ourselves - get re-oriented - to what and why we do what we do. For anyone who wants to grow spiritually, getting in-step with Jesus is the first step to take.
Thad Lanthripe, the Executive Pastor of Church in the Valley (Ontario Ranch, CA), give some encouragement from the Bible of some reasonable expectations we can take into 2019 and how to move forward confidently in the Lord's provision.
The whole message of the Bible is that through Jesus you don't have to stay the way you are. But what to all of His titles mean (Savior, Christ, and Lord)? Check out this message from our 2018 Family Christmas Celebration!
The message followed the production of the Hope arts Ministry presentation of The Christmas Visitor and talks about some helpful ways we can spread the light of Christ during the hectic Christmas season.
Christmas comes with a lot of baggage and, like Clark Griswold, it is easy to get our expectations, priorities, and focus out of whack. What wisdom does the Bible have on how to get things back into whack?
The plight of George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life" reveals a truth of reality - our wills will not make our dreams happen! But why does God allow the days of small things into our lives, and what are we to get from them?
The Christmas season is here and there are all kinds of things we might hope for. But what exactly is hope? Is it merely a wish or something more?
As we take time this week to celebrate together and give thanks to God for all His great blessings to us, there is an attitude commanded in the Bible that, in good times and hard time, will be a continual blessing.
Today we launch the 2018 Christmas Offering. Our goal is to pull together $150,000 before January 31, 2019. These resources will be sent to our ministry partners around the world. But why should we even try to do something like this? Shouldn't that much money be used other ways? Check out this message to hear the reasons why we do the offering, and the benefits have brought our partners over the years.
Christian Williams, the Senior Pastor of The Grove Church in Gladstone, Missouri, speaks about the power a greeting can have on a person's life as well as how greetings between churches make a difference in individual lives.