Welcome to the sermon podcast of The Porch, a young adult ministry of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. The Porch is a gathering of 3,000+ young adults who meet every Tuesday night at 7 PM CST. Each week we address challenges that face twenty and thirty-somethings and what The Bible has to say about them. For more information, visit www.theporch.live or download The Porch app: https://apple.co/2MlYc1P.
Here's the Latest Episode from The Porch:
“My body, my choice,” right? One of the biggest controversies in our culture today is the debate of pro-life vs. pro-choice, so it’s important we know how to think through it with a biblical perspective. In this message, we test three common arguments for abortion against what God’s Word has to say about it.
Our culture has increasingly become more and more politicized. But as Christians, we should look at the issues around us through the filter of faith—not politics. In this message, we discuss the foundation that our nation was built on in order to learn how we can make America godly again.
The purpose of life often feels unclear, leaving many of us confused and wanting more. Do you even know what you’re living for? In this message, guest speaker Drew Worsham walks us through Acts 4 to find out what the secret to life really is.
Many of us don’t get to experience true love without experiencing hurt and heartbreak. Breaking up is hard, but a broken heart today is better than a broken marriage in the future. In this message, we learn when you should break up and how to heal when your breakup breaks you.
When you get married, you’re not just saying “yes” to a wedding, but you’re agreeing to a whole lot more. Marriages too often end up failing because many miss the point and purpose of marriage as God created it for. In this message, we learn 8 principles that can save your marriage before it even begins.
When finding your match, it’s crucial that you know how to date well—God's way. The end goal is not to play for fun, but to play for keeps. In this message, we look at what God’s word has to say about who, when, and how to date in order to build a solid foundation for marriage.
Many of us are searching for the right match, but our sights are often off target. Are you searching for all the wrong things in a relationship? In this message, we address our past "search history" in a way that will impact our future search for love.
When it comes to the decision of marriage, there’s a lot at stake. It’s easy to focus on who you want to marry, but it’s essential to first focus on who you are. In this message, we talk about love and decision making through a biblical perspective so we can learn how to build the right “profile” for our own life.
Sharing your faith can seem intimidating or awkward, but it’s a lot simpler than most of us may think. We tend to put pressure on ourselves without realizing that it’s only our job to share, and we leave the saving up to God. In this message, we learn three practical steps that can help us to become bolder when sharing our faith.
Talking about depression can often feel taboo, which causes many to struggle and suffer in silence. There’s no complete “cure” for it, but God has given us certain tools to help find healing. In this final therapy session, we learn a practical and biblical approach to depression by recognizing what it is, what causes it, and how to combat it.
Sin is poisonous and can cause shame that leads to anxiety. The longer we hide sin, the harder it becomes to heal from it and experience peace. In this message, we learn how important it is to reveal what’s hidden so we can experience healing in the light.
Your thoughts can take you to destinations of anxiety and in directions away from peace. It’s impossible to live a peaceful life with anxious thoughts, so how can we experience real peace? In this message, we learn how to replace the anxious thoughts that result in our anxious feelings with truth from God’s word.
Life is filled with chaos, yet God still wants us to live a life marked by calmness. We tend to look anywhere in the world around us to find relief, but our temporary solutions are just a bandaid. In this message, we learn from Philippians how to experience peace in the midst of anxiety by making our requests known to God.
There’s a direct relationship between the size of our worry and the size of our faith. Many of us say that God is good, so why do we struggle to think he cares for our basic needs? In this message, we have a second conversation about anxiety and look at Matthew 6 for one of the most important truths that can help us in the midst of our worries.
We all experience fear and anxiety, even though no one wants to. Anxiety makes us reach for anything that might give us relief, but God’s word has a lot of practical truths that can help us fight this battle instead. In this message, we cover the first step to finding freedom from your anxiety—recognize it.
You’ve probably heard that "comparison is the thief of joy.” As cliche as it sounds, it’s true. Jealousy robs us of life when we compare our lives to others, so we end up missing out. In this message, we look at Matthew 20 to learn where the deeper problem of jealousy comes from so we can put an end to it before it becomes deadly.
Culture introduced us to sex before we even knew how to handle it. Sexual sin and lust are the source of pain and regret for many of us, so it’s important to know the deadly dangers it can lead to. In this message, we talk about the cause of lust, what is costs us, and how we can cure it.
Greed works in secret and often disguises itself so we don’t even know it’s there. God gives us good gifts, but what we do with them says a lot about us. In this message, we unpack what Jesus has to say in Luke 12 about how to fight the deadly sin of greed.
Anger actually isn’t always a bad thing, but sinful anger can be as destructive as a fire. It doesn’t start from the outside but begins from inside of us, and we may not even realize it. In this message, we learn where anger comes from, what it leads to, and how to heal from it.
Self-indulgence is a silent killer that shows up subtly in our lives through laziness and gluttony. Whether we tend to avoid responsibilities, lack effort at work, or overindulge on the weekends, it will affect our career, relationships, and future. In this message, we talk about how to identify the ways we self-indulge and learn how we can change it.
Every sin is deadly, but pride is the one at the root of them all. It’s not always clear if someone struggles with pride, yet we all have it. If you don’t think this applies to you, it might be exactly what you need to hear. In this message, we look at Philippians 2 to see what pride is, what it leads to, and how we can cure it.
Did you know there was something called the “seven deadly sins”? Does that mean sins can actually kill you? In this message, we are uncovering what sin is, what it costs us, and why it doesn’t disqualify us, but rather makes us the perfect candidate for the love of God.
Many of us wear masks in order to cover up our pain, struggles, and mistakes. We hide who we are from people out of fear, and are only left with feelings of loneliness and shame. In this message, we talk about how we can take off the mask when we have authentic community with people who know us fully.
One question many people have is "How can a loving God send people to Hell?” If you’re going to reject Christianity because of this, at least learn the truth about what Hell is and who will be there. In this message, we explain how it's true that God is love and people still go to Hell.
It’s been said that science contradicts Christianity. Many think embracing science will unravel their faith, but we’re confidently making the claim that this isn’t true. In this message, we fact check this statement to show how science points us to God, not away from Him.
Many say that all religions lead to God and you’re narrow-minded if you think otherwise. If this is true, how can we claim that Christianity is the only true religion? In this message, we examine that Christianity is not just a way but THE way.
Some say the Bible is outdated and unreliable, yet we as Christians claim it’s the foundation we build our lives upon. So how can we know for sure that it's trustworthy? We’re putting it to the test. In this message, we present the facts that support the Bible being the true words of God.
It’s common to wonder, how can God be good when so many bad things happen in the world? Questions like this can chip away at us over time and lead to doubt, so it’s important to answer this for ourselves. In this message, we learn how Christianity explains how bad things happen and actually points to the fact that God is still good.
In this season of quarantine, being single and not able to mingle is a struggle for many. We all want to go back to normalcy, but we shouldn’t waste the time we have and miss what God is trying to teach us. In this message, we learn two ways that we can succeed in this unique season of singleness if we choose to use our circumstances for a greater purpose.
You simply can’t win the game if you don’t know the rules. In this message, we look at chapters 7 through 10 of Esther and see how to live a successful life full of purpose - even when things seem chaotic. Although you can’t always see it, God is moving the pieces of life together for good.
Many of us have embraced false ideas related to faith. Do you have a fairy-tale faith or true faith in Christ? In this message, we look at chapters 5 and 6 of Esther to learn about three ideas that we tend to falsely believe.
As our world faces the pandemic of COVID-19, it’s easy to feel anxious and fearful in the midst of uncertainty. The chaos has made it clear that many of us have imperfect peace instead of a peace that surpasses all understanding. In this message, we look at how the Bible says we should respond to anxiety and how we can find peace - even if it’s imperfect.
I bet you didn't realize that the book of Esther has something in common with the show "Making a Murderer." In this message, we introduce the villain of the story in chapters 3-4 and talk about our purpose. Are you missing it or are you embracing the significant purpose God has given you?
The story of Esther is often misunderstood, but it actually describes an imperfect woman that God used despite her brokenness. Think about all the messiness and drama of "The Bachelor" meshed with “The Princess Diaries,” and you get Esther. In this message, we look at the first two chapters to see how God is at work in the details and tragedies of life. Even when it looks like He is hidden, we can be assured that God is always there.
It’s easy to think that your 20s don’t really matter, but the truth is that what you do today will matter tomorrow. In this message, we learn how to own our faith now and impact the next decade of our lives. The decision is yours: Will you go through life just getting by or choose to go all in with Christ?
One of the most common problems is that many of us search for an escape from pain through different coping methods. We’ve chosen to numb what we feel, and have not learned the right way to deal with our pain. In this message, we learn three steps that can help us to stop numbing and start healing during this defining decade.
In this decade of decisions, one of the biggest choices we are faced with is who to marry. None of us want to ruin our love life, but things don’t always go as expected. Who doesn’t want that all-the-feels-Rom-Com kind of love that will last a lifetime?! In this message, we look to the Bible for advice and talk about 10 things to avoid when looking for a love that lasts.
Money impacts everyone, but many of us don’t have the right view on how to use it. We can either let money define us or decide to see it the way God does. In this message, we learn three must-do money moves that will impact our lives for years to come.
The truth is your friends are affecting your future whether you realize it or not. Do you have the right people in your life to point you in the right direction? In this message, we look at how to have real community with friends that are committed to Christ.
Each of us are headed down a path with the decisions we make today. The question we must ask ourselves is “Where is this path going to take me?” In this message, we look at Galatians 6 to learn how to “sow good seeds” so we can reap the benefits in the decade to come.
We all have labels that we think define us, but there is a way to get rid of these labels and redefine who we are. In this message, we look at Jesus’ family tree to see the people that He came from. As we go through Matthew 1, we learn that Jesus came from sinners and for sinners in order to bring salvation to broken people.
We all make mistakes, but they don’t have to define us. What matters most when we fail is how we respond. In this message, we look at 2 Samuel to see how God used David despite his failure and learn how we can respond in the midst of our mistakes.
One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is ”What does it mean to trust God?”. Trusting God and having faith takes practice, which doesn’t always come naturally. As we look at the life of Abraham in Genesis 12 through 22, we see what it means to have true faith and how to trust God with everything, even what we want most.
We all have a bloodline that tells us about who we are and where we came from. In Genesis 1 through 3, we dive into the life of Adam at the start of creation. Throughout this message, we see how we were created, what made us the way we are, and where we can find restoration.
Marriage is a gift from God and it’s a gift that He takes seriously. The good news is, He gives us instructions for a marriage made in heaven within His Word. In Song of Solomon chapter eight, we look at two key components that every marriage should have.
Falling in love can be easy, but staying in love takes intentionality. People talk about falling out of love like it’s something that happens at random, but realistically we play a bigger part than we think. In this message, we talk about what it takes to stay in love by looking at Song of Solomon chapters 6 through 8.
In any relationship, the “honeymoon phase” eventually comes to an end and conflict is inevitable. Having a successful marriage has a lot to do with the ability to work through conflict in a healthy way. In this message, we look at Song of Solomon chapters 5 and 6 to see an example of a relationship that is unbreakable.
Maybe you’ve heard that sex is for marriage, but is that outdated? In this message, we open the Bible to Song of Solomon chapters 3-5 to learn about God’s design for sex and how it’s still relevant today.
People call marriage “tying the knot.” The truth is tying the knot starts when you’re dating, long before the wedding day. In this message, we discuss Song of Solomon chapters 2 and 3 to see an example of how to date in a way that sets you up for a marriage that will last.
Things are getting heated, and we don’t mean #bachelorinparadise. In this message, we open up God’s Word to the first two chapters of Song of Solomon. We learn from a spicy biblical romance what we should do and what we should look out for when we’re all up in our feels.
When it comes to pursuing what we’re passionate about, we’re here for it. But what happens when all our dreams come true and we still want more? In this message, we talk about the dangers of living by the mantra “Follow Your Dreams” and see what it could look like to #livethedream by chasing what God says really satisfies.
The popular mantra “love is love” sounds loving, but is it biblical? After all, God IS love right?! In this message, we talk about how to love like God and about what is true and false about the saying “love is love.”
We can all rally around having a voice that matters. In some ways, the encouragement to “speak your truth” has it’s perks, but we often mistake what we feel, think and experience for what is true. In this message, we break down the difference and provide practical ways to #filter what God’s Word says we should always share and what’s worth keeping to ourselves.
We’ve all probably heard the popular mantra “good vibes only.” The idea of wanting to live a life that is primarily positive is not necessarily a bad thing, but tragically variations of this idea have entered into Christian teaching that are not biblical. In this message, we talk about three partial truths as it relates to “good vibes only” and what God’s Word has to say about them.
Oftentimes we can come up with our own idea of who Jesus is. But what if our perspective is skewed? In this message, we look at three stories of Jesus interacting with people when He walked the earth to see more of who He really is and how He views us.
What if future regrets in life could be avoided by improving your ability to recognize temptation? Temptation isn’t a sin, but your response to it might be. In this message, we look back in Matthew 4 to when Jesus walked the earth to learn practical ways to beat temptation.
In our broken world it’s inevitable that bad things will happen. From mass shootings to personal suffering, it's easy to wonder why God would allow bad things to occur and if he’s really good. Where will you turn when tragedy occurs? In this message, we look at Luke 13 to see what Jesus said about tragedy when he walked the earth, and how it relates to us today.
When it comes to your relationship with God, needy is a good thing. What if we don’t have to be hesitant to approach God, regardless of our past? In this message, we learn from Luke 18 about how our weakness becomes our advantage because of Jesus.
We often feel confident about trusting God with our salvation, but are not as willing to trust him with our daily lives. Do we actually believe God’s way is better than our way? In this message, we look at Mark 10 to see what it takes to go all-in with Jesus and live the better way.
Jesus performed many miracles while He walked the Earth, and He’s still working miracles every day. We all have things in our life that we need to heal from, the question is, do you want to get well? In this message, we look at John 5:1-18 to see how Jesus is the One who heals.
Before we approach God, we can feel like we need to clean ourselves up or do enough good works. We tend to put ourselves on the "sin scale" and hope the good outweighs the bad, but that’s not how salvation works. In this message, we look at Luke 19 and the story of Zacchaeus to see how Jesus is a friend of sinners.
Everyone fears something, but what do we do when that fear starts to direct our steps? In this message we see how God can take us from fearful to fearing less.
Despite the fact that our generation is more connected than any other before it, we’re the most lonely. Why is that and how do we stop feeling lonely? In this message, we talk about how to battle loneliness.
Although anger itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are good and bad ways to handle your anger. Anger doesn’t always look like outbursts of rage, it can often reveal itself through more subtle self-destructive behaviors. In this message, we discuss the source of anger, it’s side effects, and ways to overcome it.
Being grateful is a mood changer. It’s been proven that increasing your gratefulness increases your happiness, but often we don’t realize how having a lack of gratefulness affects our lives. In this message, we take a look at what the Bible has to say about being grateful and how we can make it our mood.
Shame is one of those emotions that affects all of us but it’s hard to identify. If we don't recognize shame and move past it, it will lead to other negative emotions and take us out. In this message, we discover the path off of the shame cycle.
Being anxious is a common human experience. Simply between trying to decide what to do with the rest of your life and just trying to balance what’s already on your plate, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this message, we talk about how to handle the feeling of anxiety and what The Bible has to say about it.
People often spend their lives looking for happiness and joy. Are you looking for it in the right places? In this message, we uncover the source of joy and how to access it.
Feelings don't always tell you what’s true, but they do tell you what's true about you. Being emotionally intelligent will help you in all areas of life - relationships, work, friendships, etc. In this message, we discuss emotions, how to view them, and their purpose in our lives.
You reap what you sow, and the decisions you make today will shape your future. In this message, we look to the Proverbs for wisdom instead of learning things the hard way.
A lot of us have extra weight we’re carrying around, but it’s not necessarily physical, it’s spiritual. We carry around past hurts, regrets, and hidden sins that can cause anxiety and affect our lives. In this week’s message, we talk about how to lose that “soul weight” and live in freedom.
Love stories are all around us. From romantic comedies, to love songs, and our Instagram feeds, we are told what to look for when it comes to love - but is that realistic? In this message, we look to a true love story that took place in the era of Judges to learn what to look for when it comes to real love.
Often times in dating relationships it’s easy to follow our feelings and ignore red flags. In the book of Judges, the story of Sampson is an example of what happens when we do what FEELS right instead of what IS right. Spoiler alert: it never ends well. In this message, we talk about the warning signs for when you should exit a relationship.
When Jesus started the church, he had something specific in mind. But if we aren’t careful, we can drift toward something else entirely. In this message, we take on a few things that the church has to keep...at least if it still wants to be the church.
Being comfortable in your own skin is a nice concept, but most of us either don’t feel that way or are confident for the wrong reasons. Insecurity will rob us from all that God wants us to become and hinder us from living out our purpose. In this message, we see how Gideon fought insecurity and how we can have confidence that comes from God.
In some ways, not much has changed since the days of Judges. When evil is around you, are you ready to speak truth in love and stand up for what is right? In this message, we look to the historical story of Deborah to see what it looks like to be a strong woman and stand for truth in a chaotic culture.
Throughout history, governments were put into place to attempt to bring law and order to society. What happens when there is no objective truth and everyone does what seems right to them? In this message, we open up the book of Judges and see what happens when people become the King of their own hearts.
There are so many things fighting for our attention. As we're hustling through life, we can feel drained and in need of self-care, but how do we recharge in a way that actually works? In this message, we talk about the things that drain us and how to overcome them.
Your habits are shaping who you are. What habits are you forming and how do you make sure you’re becoming who you want to be? In this message, we talk about the ways we can care for ourselves through small decisions every day.
Our bodies were built for worship, not to be worshiped, so how do we navigate the complexities of stewarding our bodies well without getting caught up in the comparison game? Join us this week as we take a biblical look at Self Care for the body.
Do you see your faith as a finished product or a work in progress? In this message, we discuss what it looks like to have an active faith that will persevere through life’s ups and downs.
Our minds are powerful and we can hop on trains of thought that take us places - for good or for bad. You can’t live a positive life with negative thoughts, so what are you dwelling on? In the message, we talk about how to care for our minds.
Sometimes self-care involves detoxing your life – mind, body, and soul. Do you have hurts, habits, or hang-ups that you’ve been carrying into your future that should stay in your past? In this message, we talk about what it looks like to reveal what could be holding you back, release the burdens of your past, and recognize how to move forward and help others do the same.
The decisions we make today affect our future and can change the trajectory of our lives… no pressure. We’re all becoming our future selves. Are you becoming all that God desires for you to be? In this message, we look at 7 principles informed by The Bible that will help you be the best you.
It seems as though there are infinite ways to practice self care, but what is the ultimate way to treat yourself? In this message, we look at John 4 and start with self care 101.
Holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but also a time when many will end up taking a holiday from their faith. In this message, we talk through how to avoid the biggest pitfalls that young adults face over the holidays.
We all have something in common; the desire to be pursued. We love hearing stories of reckless, illogical, relentless love. What if the very thing you’ve always wanted you already have? In this message, we look to the book of Hosea to see a glimpse of God’s love for us, but specifically for you.
Anxiety is a common experience for all of us, but no one wants it. The good news is Jesus offers us a path towards experiencing freedom from anxiety. In this message, we look to Matthew 6:24-34 and the teachings of releasing our anxiety.
We all have an idea of what we think marriage will be like, but what if our expectations aren’t exactly realistic? In this message, we look at Ephesians 5 for an accurate depiction of what marriage is for and what it should be like.
Ladies, do you have a checklist of qualities that you’d like your future husband to have? Often times, even if you have a set standard in mind it’s tempting to follow your heart rather than wait for the right guy. In this message, we look at 1 Timothy 3 as a way to identify the biblical qualities that make a man husband material.
Guys, when you think of the perfect girl what is she like? Before you go out looking for her you may want make sure the traits and qualities you have in mind are biblical and not just personal preference. What if the girl you’re looking for is just a fantasy that will turn into a nightmare? In this message, we look to Proverbs 31 as a framework for what to look for in a wife.
We all desire real love, but in a world full of unrealistic expectations, social media highlight reels, online dating profiles, and “reality” TV shows, it can be hard to know what real love is. In this message, we look to God’s Word and biblical principles to discover what real love is and how you can find it.
This is one of those “lies” we all want to find out for ourselves is actually a lie. Music, movies, and the world tell us that with more money comes more opportunity, more freedom, and more fun, but is that true? In this message, we see what Jesus has to say about money and how to break free from those golden handcuffs.
Have you ever paid attention to what that song with the sickest beat is actually saying about women and sex? It's probably worse than you thought. But it’s just a song, what harm could it really do? In this message, we look at the effects of those songs on the world around us and how we can fight the lies and replace them with truth.
Sex, drugs, and rock n roll is supposed to be the epitome of fun, but is that really the case? Does living the rockstar lifestyle mean living your best life? Believe it or not, The Bible speaks specifically to this topic and we look to King Solomon, the wisest rockstar to ever live, for insight.
Many songs that are well-known and loved all have a similar message: you’re perfect just the way you are. It’s an encouraging message, but is it true? Are we really perfect? Were we born perfect? Is there anything we should change? In this message, we decipher the truths from the lies and look to God’s Word to see if the lyrics line up with Scripture.
Ever had a situation where you really needed God’s help, but it seemed like he no-showed you? In this message, learn what you need to know when you feel like you got ghosted...by God.
Young adulthood is hard. It’s a time where some of the most important decisions we will ever make take place. How we spend these years lays the foundation for the rest of our lives. How can we set ourselves up to experience God’s best for us? How are we supposed to prepare for what comes next when we don't know what's coming? In this message, we learn about 10 pieces of wisdom from Proverbs to train us up for what tomorrow may hold.
What is a woman’s role in the church? What about out of the church? Women, has the fear of coming across too strong caused you to hold back your God-given gifts? In this message, Jonathan Pokluda and guest speaker Jennie Allen talk about what it looks like to be a strong woman in the church and how to live out your purpose. Guys, this message isn’t just for the ladies! Listen in to learn more about how you can support and encourage the women around you for the benefit of the Kingdom.
Do you ever wonder what God’s plan is for your life? What’s next? What career path should you take? Who should you date and marry? Should you move cities? In this message, we look at both the revealed and secret will of God and how to navigate the grey areas.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how sure are you that you're going to heaven? Can anyone really ever be sure? Don’t all religions lead to God? In this message, we look at John 14 and what The Bible has to say about the path to heaven.
Has the Bible been changed over time? Is it historically accurate? Are we sure we can trust it? In this message we discuss the validity of The Bible and why it even matters.
With so many differing opinions out there, it's hard to know what the Bible actually says about homosexuality. Is it wrong? Isn’t love, love? Is the Church simply behind the times? Judge not, right? In this message, we unpack the truth of Scripture on the matter and how the Church should respond to it.
When it comes to sex, we have a lot of questions. Does the Bible say sex before marriage is wrong? How far is too far? What do I do if I’ve already gone too far? Let’s talk about sex, baby, and what the Bible has to say about it.
When unexpected events occur the first question is usually, "what are my options?" When it comes to an unplanned pregnancy, the answer can seem a bit more complicated. This week we learn from King David the hard truths of how to keep one mistake from leading to another.
As followers of Christ, we are all prone to experience doubts. Does having doubts mean our faith is not real? What should we do with our doubts? Is it possible to conquer our doubts and grow our faith? In this message, we address those questions and look to the three stories of people doubting in the Bible for answers.
No book in history has ever been attacked, debated, or banned as much as the Bible…yet it’s still the bestselling book of all time. In this message we look at why the people of God are so devoted to Scripture, no matter how strong the opposition gets.
Conflict is inevitable and it's part of every healthy relationship. Unfortunately, conflict resolution is not something that is commonly taught and many people do not know how to do it well. For those who make up the people of God, resolving conflict is not an option but it is an opportunity to honor God, strengthen relationships, and grow. In this message, we discuss how The Remnant resolves conflict.
Certain qualities have always marked The Remnant. In this message, we explore the courageous willingness they have to speak when others won’t, fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, stand for truth no matter the cost, and to give their lives for the good of others, our world, and the cause of Christ.
The Remnant has access to communicate with the One true God as their Heavenly Father. As remarkable as that is, we do not pray as if that is reality. Why? What keeps us from praying more? What are we believing or not believing about our Heavenly Father, about ourselves, or about prayer? In this message, we discuss prayer and why it’s so crucial to daily our lives.
Would you consider yourself a generous person? The Remnant has always been generous with not just their resources but their lives. What is it about The Remnant that makes them so generous? In this message, we look at the meaning of true generosity and how we can respond to God’s generosity towards us.
Throughout history, The Remnant has always stood out by the way they love others. Not in a romantic "all the feels" kind of way but in an extraordinary “agapao” kind of way. What does that kind of love look like and how can we live it out? In this week's message, we uncover how The Remnant should love, and it may not be what you expect.
We live in a world where we’re told truth is subjective. It’s widely accepted that each person can define what is true for them and what is right and wrong based on their own standards. God's people have always held to the fact that there is absolute truth defined by God which is laid out in His Word. In this message, we look at John 8:31-45 to see the role truth plays in our lives.
What would it look like if you removed the Christian presence from history? What does it mean to be Salt & Light? Join us as we dig into Matthew 5:13-16 to discover the answers to those questions and uncover the purpose of the Remnant.
Do you ever feel unwanted, unworthy, or wonder if you’re enough? The world tells us to look to job titles, possessions and relationships for our value, but God tells us to look to Him. Check out this week's message as we unpack Ephesians 2:10 to discover that our ultimate value is determined by the Artist… and you are His Masterpiece.
In a world with so many evils, how are people supposed to know that God is good? That's where we come in. In this message, we hear from Gary Haugen about modern-day slavery and how we can seek justice until all are free. It’s very clear throughout the Bible that God is passionate about justice. The question is, are we passionate about what God is passionate about?
We all want to prepare for the future, but how far ahead are you thinking? In this message, we take a look at what Jesus has to say about Heaven and how we should prepare for eternity in paradise. Are you storing up your treasures here on earth, or are you investing in forever where the implications and rewards are eternal?
So, you believe the afterlife is real, but now what? This week, we take a look at what King Solomon had to say in Ecclesiastes about living a significant life here on earth. No Regrets. No turning back.
In life we often look forward to the next thing and dream of the day we achieve true happiness. We all have things we want, but what if everything we’ve ever longed for was actually a longing for Heaven and to be with God. In this message, we look at Revelation 21 and 22 to see what the apostle John revealed to us about Heaven. What will heaven be like? Better than you can even imagine.
Is Hell even real? Who goes there? How bad could it be? In this message, we look at Luke 16:19-31 and talk through this place called Hell, what it would be like to spend eternity apart from God, and how you don’t have to.”
When we run from God we become our own worst enemy. In the midst of our rebellion, we can lose sight of God’s goodness and start to think we know better. In chapter 4, the final chapter of Jonah, we see what happens when we follow our rebellious heart and how to course correct back to God’s best for our lives.
We’re not perfect. We’ve all messed up. We’ve all made bad choices. In Jonah chapter 3, we see that God is a God of second chances and your past is no problem for his grace, instead, it's a platform for His purpose.
Life is an adventure, but it definitely has its ups and downs. When you’re in those low moments it can feel like you are stuck in a pit or that life just hasn’t gone your way. In this message, we look at Jonah chapter 2 and learn from Jonah’s prayer to God when he was in a pit and a definite low point... like the bottom of the ocean low. The good news: there’s a way out, and the best is yet to come.
The way we run from God may not look as obvious as the way Jonah ran from God, but make no mistake, we are all Runaways. Whether you are chasing after things the world has to offer or it’s a slow drift one little decision at a time, you’re running. Are you exhausted yet? This week in Jonah 1, we see how far God is willing to go to bring us through our storms and back to Him, no matter what we’ve done.
Are you living for the weekend? Is a glass of wine or a cold beer your go-to after a rough day? It's time to consider the why behind the drink. This week's message navigates the vice of drunkenness and the freedom found in the virtue of soberness.
This just in… gossip destroys relationships. Ok, maybe you already knew that. The problem is, gossip is so common that you may not even notice that you, or people around you, are doing it. Why is it so damaging to yourself and others and what is the solution? We discuss the vice of gossip and the benefits of the virtue of restraint in this week’s message.
In today's society, we are told that lust and sex outside of God's design are harmless, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. In this message, we discuss the dire consequences that come with the vice of lust and bring to light the path to freedom gained by the virtue of self-control.
Are you struggling to let go of past hurts? If you think you aren’t, are you sure? Bitterness weighs us down and anger is unproductive. In this message, we discuss the dangers of the vice of anger and how to release it and discover the virtue of forgiveness. Forgiveness could be the bravest thing you do all year.
We often find ourselves storing up riches here on earth, but at what cost? Greed comes in many forms; many of which we don't expect. In this message, we discuss the vice of greed, how to identify it, overcome it, and change it to the virtue of generosity.
In our modern-day culture where our preferences are on demand (ie: Uber, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.), we can start to think we deserve certain privileges. Comparison and expectations can leave us feeling ripped off. Have we set our expectations socially instead of biblically? In this message, we discuss how to fight the vice of entitlement and live out the virtue of gratitude in our everyday lives.
Most of us dream of the day we can sit back, relax, and chill. In the pursuit of that dream, are we missing out on something far greater? In the midst of our business, are we actually being lazy? What if the life we’ve always dreamed of and Christ desires for us requires discipline? Listen and learn about the vice of laziness and virtue of discipline.
We don’t have to consciously try to be prideful, it just naturally occurs. The true test is overcoming this sin. In 1 Peter 5, God reveals to us that the source of anxiety is pride and humility is the solution.
In this message, we look at commandments 5-10 and see a common theme: it’s about out relationships to one another. God takes the way we treat each other seriously. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to God.
The fourth commandment calls us to remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy. But what does it look like to find rest in a world that pushes us to the edge? The answer lies in trusting God.
God’s commandments are meant to protect you from going down a path that leads to death and destruction. His Word and commandments are the most loving and life-giving wisdom we can receive.
A command is only as good as the context it comes from. When God gave the Ten Commandments, he did it with a good purpose in mind. Because nobody likes rules for no reason...not even God.
Summary: Every week at The Porch, we receive questions regarding anything and everything as it pertains to love and dating. Dating was not around when The Bible was written and therefore it’s hard to look to it for practical dating advice. However, there are biblical principles that can be applied to our love life. In this audio podcast, we talk through some of our top frequently asked questions and how it pertains to God’s Word.
We’ve been talking about First Comes Love, but what about dating? In a message unlike any other Porch message, we discuss what it looks like to date from the "ask out" to "the altar" in a way that honors God and is consistent with scripture. Listen and learn how to navigate the dating world.
Our world is full of examples of love. Every time you turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or go to the movies, “love” is on display. Sadly when we follow these examples we end up headed towards the same destination that many of the celebrity and entertainers end up, heartbreak. Listen and learn from God‘s word what it looks like to prepare well for the love life you’ve always wanted.
When it comes to sex, we need to get back to the basics and clear up some miscommunications. That all starts with understanding that sex is not the world’s idea, it’s God’s idea. Knowing that, we can trust the Designer and pursue purity with confidence.
We all have to wait on God sometimes, and if He takes too long it’s easy to wonder what He really wants. Does God want to give us what is good? Does God want to protect us from what is bad? Sometimes if you have to wait long enough, the answer doesn’t always seem so clear.
The person you marry isn’t going to be the most compatible for you, but you better be on the same page with your faith. In the book of Judges, Samson learns the hard way about pursuing women that aren’t part of God’s people. In his weakness and brokenness, God eventually turns Samson’s romantic tragedy into triumph.
Dating can be complicated and things aren’t always as they seem. Relationships can go well for a while, but how can you know if his love is real and if it will last? In 1 Corinthians 13, we see what it should look like when a man really loves a woman.
As it relates to dating, you can't trust your feelings. In this message, David gives us 5 things that should guide us through relationships over feelings, all of which are based on the principles and truths of God's word.
Before we get any relationship with a girl/guy right, we must have our relationship with God right. In 1 John 4, the foundation for that relationship is laid out in the simplest way: God loves you. And as much as we say that we know that, sometimes our actions betray what we really believe.
Adam Tarnow brings home #Launch17 with the 1 ingredient you need for the good life: Humility. Find out how it's the oil that keeps the good life running as he takes us through Philippians 2.
You won't find the good life unless you learn to love the Bible. Why? It's a love letter from a Father who loves you and wants to lead you to it. Dive in with Todd Wagner as he breaks down why the Bible is vital to our lives.
When the good life gets out of control, turn to God. David Marvin walks us through Mark 4 showing us how we can be confident in God's care, full of faith not fear, and focus on Christ in the midst of chaos.
What do you think the "good life" is? Jonathan Pokluda starts off #Launch17 with a look at how the Bible defines the good life--and just how good it is when we know who God is, who we are to Him, and all that we have in God.
As we wrap up The Unseen series we explore 7 lies from our enemy and the corresponding truths from our Savior.
We may not realize it, but we are in the middle of an unseen war. In Ephesians chapter 6, Paul lays out the types of armor that God has so graciously given us to defeat the enemy that so desperately seeks to destroy us.
The Bible tells us that there is an unseen spiritual realm impacting this world. Whether or not we realize it, all of us are being impacted by the forces of light and darkness within this unseen spiritual realm. Listen and learn what God’s Word has to say regarding the unseen realm, the reason for evil in our world, and the enemy within each of us.
The people we surround ourselves with have a tremendous impact on our lives - for better or for worse. Throughout the Bible, some of the wisest people to ever live talk about the friends we should keep, and the influence they have on us.
In our culture, we take a lot of things seriously: appearances, finances, careers, etc. But when it comes to our faith, it sometimes takes a backseat to everything else. In Revelation 3:14-22, Jesus tells us that we should treasure a relationship with Him above everything else.
Our culture preaches that there is no wrong way to go about finding truth, life and ultimately, God. In John 14, Jesus preached an entirely different message that the only way to the Father, was through him.
We’ve all heard it; “don’t impose your faith on people”. In this message, we explore why that is such bad advice as we examine Acts 17, where the Apostle Paul speaks at the meeting of the Areopagus in Athens and we get a glimpse into how we should share our faith and why.
Being married is good, but not better than being single. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul teaches us to use the gift of singleness to spread the gospel, and show the world that Jesus is enough.
Pursuing wealth is more natural to us than we think. In 1 Timothy 6, the Apostle Paul cautions us to not fall in love with money, but calls us to fall in love with the One who gives abundantly.
In a world that says it's perfectly acceptable to get all you can, while you can - God's word tells us a different story. Throughout Proverbs, Psalms and Ecclesiastes, it's made clear that we have a very short time to find wisdom, love and life through a relationship with God.
As Christians, if you are unwilling to speak truth or hear truth from other believers, you are not walking in obedience. In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul explains why judging someone is the most loving thing you can do.
Your body is not yours to give away. And it's for sure not yours to give away before marriage. God has a plan for it. In 1 Corinthians chapter 6, Paul explains to us that our bodies were not meant for sexual immorality but for honoring God, who bought your body for a price.
There is no universal consensus about what is 'good'. So, how good is good enough to get to Heaven? In Romans Chapter 3, Paul shows us that according to God's standard, there are no good people, and there is only one way to get to heaven.
All of us have followed our heart at some time or another. That's very normal nowadays, but scripture tells us something different. In Proverbs Chapter 4, we learn that guarding our heart is crucial to our walk with Christ.
As Todd brings 1 Peter to a close, he shares 7 things we need to know about an adversary who seeks to destroy us. This enemy is powerful but greater is He who is in us and gives us the ability to fight sin.
What are the essentials to growing in your faith? In the beginning of chapter 5, Peter gives us clear instructions on how spiritual growth is closely tied to trusting God and casting anxieties on Him - all while being plugged into a church.
What does it mean to live like time is running out? To the majority of the people, that might look something like a “bucket list”. In 1 Peter Chapter 4, Peter lays out the three things that Christians should do with their short time on this earth.
Followers of Christ have been invited into a relationship with a God who loves them, died for them, and calls them to follow Him into the abundant life. However, in order for this to happen we must learn to trust God and obey instructions. In this message we discover how we can grow in our obedience to Christ and experience true life.
We all drift away from God sometimes. It's just part of life. But how do we stop doing it? The author of Hebrews gives a surprising solution.
What do you hope in? 1 Peter 3:15-22 describes where we find hope in a world that can feel hopelessly broken, in what circumstances our hope is seen most clearly, and who we are to share our hope with.
God invented marriage to teach us something about Him and the unconditional love He has for us. The beginning of 1 Peter chapter 3 gives men and women a clear picture of what is truly important in choosing a spouse, the roles a husband and wife uniquely play, and what it means to pursue Christ together.
Life isn't fair. It's just a fact that everyone will eventually come to realize. Peter reminds us of this and a few more unfair facts of life as it pertains to Christians living under authority.
If you've given your life to Christ, this world is your temporary home. With that truth in mind, Peter gives us the do's and don'ts of living like foreigners in this world as we wage war against sinful desires.
It would be a huge letdown if we missed out on our purpose. Thankfully for us, Peter shares a few key components to discovering our true purpose in chapter 2. It requires us to mature in our faith, connect with other followers and ultimately proclaim the good news of Christ.
It's easy to go through this life having a faith that is different than what is revealed in God's Word. Peter describes the qualities of true faith and how we can ultimately strengthen it.
In the first few verses of 1 Peter, the Apostle Peter shares with fellow Christians facing persecution and hardship how they have nothing to fear because they've been chosen by God. This reassurance still rings true for us today as we face our own trials in a broken world.
We are tempted every single day. To sin or not to sin? To do what God says is best or go our own way? In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the Apostle Paul tells us that although there is temptation all around us that there's always a way out if we choose Jesus.
Lt. Jim Downing, the second oldest living survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack at 103 years old, shares how getting acquainted with Jesus Christ early on in his life has proven to be the greatest relationship one could ever ask for.
Culture's dating model is flawed and broken. It's time to unlearn some things and return to God's original design for marriage. Through the story of Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 24, we learn that there are 3 things that we can do today to revolutionize the way we date.
In a world of extreme selfishness, we're called to be extraordinary servants. In Matthew chapter 20, Jesus uses the parable of a vineyard owner to show us that selfishness robs us of many things, and ultimately, true greatness.
Throughout the Bible, there are nearly 900 passages that relate to work/economics. Why? Because work is a form of worship, and our jobs are one of the most powerful tools we can use to promote the gospel. God designed us to work, and as Christians we must use it as an opportunity to represent who we serve.
Christianity is not an accessory to our lives, but a necessity. In Galatians 5, we see that dependence on God is our only hope in overcoming our sin nature that leads to self-destruction. Surrendering your life to God is truly revolutionary.
Many revolutions have start with the pursuit of freedom. We want to be free, but so often our pursuit of the freedom to sin traps us in a cycle and we become enslaved rather than free. How do we break free? Freedom comes from following the right leader. Who or what will you follow?
What makes you, you? Where do you find your identity? If it’s in your accomplishments, mistakes or earthly desires, you're looking in the wrong place. In Philippians chapter 3, The Apostle Paul shows us what it means to recognize our true identity.
Many people think that the moment you become a Christian, life is going to get easier. That's not always the case. The Apostle Paul outlines in Ephesians 4 how Christians become new creations day by day through God's truth.
Feelings and identities are important, and we've all got them both. The question is not whether feelings are powerful or whether identity is important. The question is, "Which one should come first?"
If you remember what you have in Christ, it changes everything. In 2 Corinthians, Paul reminds us that we are made anew when we surrender our lives to Jesus. Our views, status, and purpose all change for the better.
God, where are you going with this? It's a question we might ask during difficult circumstances. In Joshua 1-5, we see a nation under new leadership put their trust in God and overcome their own difficult circumstances to enter into the promise land.
Anyone who is close to you influences you, and anyone who influences you, at that moment at least, becomes your leader. We all choose leaders more often than we think, and a biblical way to choose is a must.
How did we get to this point as a nation? We overlooked God's clear instructions and misunderstood the consequences as it relates to one of the greatest desires of young adults, sex. We must return to God and know that He delights in forgiving us, no matter how far we've strayed personally and as a nation.
Jesus once healed a paralyzed man so the doubting audience around him could know that they could be forgiven, too. He does the same thing today - reaching skeptics by changing real lives with real love and healing...all so forgiveness would be available for anyone watching.
As a nation, how do we restore what has been removed? We return to the Christian moral foundation that led to America's success in the first place. In Romans 1, Paul tells us what ultimately happens when people run from that foundation.
David Marvin and Jonathan Pokluda sit down and take on some of the most commonly asked questions on dating. Questions ranging from online dating to cohabitation, to texting exes or when to break up, we can lean on the Bible to guide us to our ultimate #RelationshipGoals.
Have you ever had an “Oh, that’s what that’s for” moment? It’s that moment when you realize something’s purpose. We were created by God for a purpose. Your relationship status also serves a purpose, but it’s probably not what you think. In this message we look to 1 Corinthians 7 for some timeless wisdom from Paul regarding life, marriage, and singleness.
The Bible may not mention dating specifically, but it holds principles that we can filter our Christian relationships through. In this message, we explore 5 reasons for not moving forward in a relationship.
In the sex obsessed world we live in today, is purity even possible? If it’s possible, why should sexual purity even be a #RelationshipGoal? In 1 Corinthians 6:12-19, we are reminded that sex is powerful, it’s not just physical, and how we can live out sexual purity.
Do you know what you're looking for in dating? Paul's letter in 1 Timothy 4:12 gives us a great list to look for when trying to identify "the one".
You bring yourself into every relationship, but what baggage are you bringing with you? What past sins, hurts, or lies are you believing? If we don’t deal with our baggage, it creates a wake of destruction. Colossians 3 tells us there is a way to be set free. Will you take the first step?
Love. It’s a word that is thrown around a lot in today's culture, specifically dating, but how do we define it? To answer that question, we look to Ephesians 1:3-14 that describes how God perfectly loves us, and what it looks like to love others.
Have you ever considered that dating is a relatively new concept? Although dating is not in The Bible, the institution of marriage is - it’s God’s invention. Starting in Genesis 2, God begins to reveal to us His reasons for creating marriage and how it all centers around our relationship with Him.
Don't buy into the lie that you are outside the boundaries of God's acceptance. In Luke 19:1-10, Jesus seeks out a chief tax collector named Zacchaeus, whose dark past of sin made many wrongly believe he was not within the reach of Jesus' love.
Dealing with differences is a part of life. How we handle them will make all the difference. In John 4:4-24, Jesus offers a Samaritan woman, and us all, a way of thinking that we can apply to any kind of difference we face.
The world we live in is full of distractions. We are constantly being pulled in multiple directions and countless things are fighting for our attention. In Luke 10:38-42, we see the story of Jesus, Mary and Martha. The issue of being distracted from Jesus is not a new concept, but the question is how will we respond?
How do we find peace when chaos seems to be all around us? Scripture reminds us that Jesus came to not only save us from our sins but to overcome every bit of evil in this world. The sacrifice God made by sending his Son to die on the cross for our sins tells us that we can never be perfect on our own, but we must be born again. It is good to be passionately devoted to God, but passion alone will fade. Abiding deeply with Jesus and humbly obeying His Word will sustain in the middle of trials. When temptations come, will you be watchful, alert, and prayerful?
Jesus promised us that in this world we will have trouble. In other words we will face uncertainty, trials, and the various storms of life that come from living in a broken world. In this message we explore Jesus invitation to all of us to look at Him in the midst of the storm and in doing so find peace, strength, hope, and the ability to rise above the circumstances we are in.
Do you think you need to clean yourself up before you approach God? In Matthew 8, we see a story about a man with leprosy who knew his only hope was Jesus. He approached God in his unclean state with faith, and Jesus healed him. Like the leper, we all have an incurable disease - sin. It kills us from the inside out and isolates us from God and his people. Christ alone healed the leper, and Christ alone can heal us from our sin. Will you try to clean yourself before you come to Him, or will you accept His radical love?
Sometimes it may seem like there is a battle of good versus evil. We see in Mark 5 that evil is not a battle for Jesus, He is sovereign over it. The 2,000 demons that were in the Gerasene Demoniac were no match for Jesus and His power. When we are caught in sin, it can feel like we are absolutely trapped. However, no sin struggle of ours is impossible for Jesus to overcome. Jesus wants to set you free – will you take Him up on His offer?
What keeps you from going all in with God? As we dive into Luke 18, we see that self-relaiance, fear of losing what we have, and not realizing what we will gain are some of the most common reasons we foolishly choose temporary treasures on Earth over God’s glorious riches he promises us. Following Jesus will cost you something, but not following him will cost you everything. Are you ready to go all in?
Taking a look at Jonah, we see how not to react to God's grace and how we should react to grace as believers. Jonah tried to run from the presence of God even though he was given specific instructions from Him. How often do we decide that our way is better and fight against what God wants for us? Or decide, like the men on the boat with Jonah, that we can work our own way back to God? It only makes it harder for us. But when we trust in God, who gave His Son for us, we come to know His love. We then respond by sharing grace with everyone around us. How will you react?
We live in a time where Christians blend into culture rather than standing out. But what does real faith look like — the kind of faith that we act on, not just using it as a get out of jail free card? As we see from the example of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3, real faith is counter cultural, it's uncompromising, and it converts critics. As Christians, we are meant to stand out and go against the grain of what society says to bring God glory. We want people to ask us why we are different, and who Jesus is. Are you ready to stand out and go all in with Christ?
Where do you place your faith? In yourself? Your career? Your looks? As we go through the story of David, Goliath, and the Israelites, we see the difference between placing our faith in ourselves versus having faith in God. While misplaced faith leads to false confidence and fear, faith in God always prevails.
Every relationship requires trust. God has called us into a relationship with Him and the trust we can have in Him really defines our existence. Through the story of Abraham, we see examples of how to trust God with our destination, trust Him with our situation, and trust Him without reservation. It all points back to Jesus Christ because that's where life finds meaning.
Some of us have known this story since our childhood, but it's much more than a bed time story. It's a story of a man who faithfully served the Lord and completely trusted Him even though he was alone in his trust. Taking a look at the evidence of Noah's story, the significance of it, and the application, it all points to Christ. God saved the world through one man in a flood, and God saved the world through one man who was fully human and fully God, Christ, by washing away our sins through his death and resurrection. Will you put your complete trust in the Lord?
Starting the new BC series, Adam and Eve show us how we encounter and consider temptation daily just like they did. God gave them one rule out of love and knowing what’s best, "Don't eat from that tree”. However, they didn’t listen and we don’t typically either. When we choose to follow temptation, we don't trust a Father who knows what's best for us and follow our own desires. These choices lead us to death. The cure for this sin is Jesus who paid the debt of our sins for us. Luckily as believers we belong to a God who runs to save us in the midst of our sin and doesn't run away. Will you choose to trust Him?
The love of God cuts through all accusations, condemnation and separation to give you good without reservation. What does that mean? It means there is no accusation brought against you that will prevail. It means there is no condemnation sentenced to you that you will pay. It means there is no separation of you from God's love. It means God gives good to you without reservation. Find out how from Romans 8:31-39.
Comparison. Whenever we play that game, we lose. Why? At the root, it just means we aren't trusting God, and Saul stands as a reminder of that. Taking a look at him and David in 1 Samuel, we see how badly comparison can hurt us, and also how to avoid it. If we keep our focus on God instead of ourselves, we can enjoy what the Lord has given us now, and not play the comparison game.
God works out the bad for our good -- we know this. It's a foundational truth. And it's clear in Romans 8:28-30. Paul shows us that God works everything for our good, and that good is God's end goal for us. What is that good? He's conforming us to look more like Christ every day. And the best is yet to come. He has called us, justified us, and glorified us. In the midst of trials, we can have joy because of God's work in our lives. Glory is coming and that gives us hope.
Continuing through Romans 8:18-27, Paul shows us that creation longs to be restored from the curse of being disconnected from God. Our source of greatest hurt is sin, our broken relationship with God, but our source of greatest hope is the resurrection, restoration from Christ. And the day will come when Christ returns and this earth will be made new, but until then our greatest source of help is the Holy Spirit, who is waiting with us, guiding us through life until that day comes. God never leaves us; He is always by our side.
It changes everything if you know who you are according to God. Continuing the Romans series, we take a look at Romans 8:14-17 which shows us how our behavior points to whom we belong, that we're God's children not His slaves, and the benefits of being sons and daughters of God. If you embrace being a child of the King of Kings, nothing marks you more than that, we are heirs with Christ, and we have access to God as His children. His love is so great for us, we can trust Him, knowing everything He asks of us is for our benefit.
Who is in the driver's seat of your life? You or God? Studying Romans 8:5-13, Paul explains that there's a fight for the driver's seat of our minds - our flesh, our sinful nature, is fighting against the Holy Spirit in us if we believe in Christ. And whoever wins that fight, determines our destination. Sin leads to death, but fixing our minds on the things of God leads us to life and peace. It's up to us to designate a driver. If we choose to walk with the Spirit, and fill our minds with the things of God, we start to do the things of God and not the desires of our flesh. Who will you choose to drive your life?
Each year we tell ourselves, "This is going to be my year!" And each year we find ourselves saying "Next year is really going to be my year!" What is it in us that knows what is good and still doesn't do it when we set goals for ourselves? As we kick off the Romans 8 series, Walk by the Spirit, we see Paul explain that even though we know what is good, we are sinful by nature. We must depend on Christ moment by moment to do anything good. We can't do it on our own; only through Christ are we covered in righteousness. Join us on this journey as we start Romans 8 where Paul clearly outlines the Christian faith and Christian life.
In a time where the future of politics seems uncertain and our nation focuses less and less on Christ, more than ever we need to stand for what we believe in Christ. How do we do that in terms of the upcoming election? We don't panic and we start with prayer, we purify ourselves, and we proclaim. Through the message, Todd Wagner takes us through the Bible verses that show us how to respond. Will you stand for Christ and lead in righteousness?
Jesus knows we're going to get confused--confused about our privileges, thinking they are our rights. That's entitlement. Jesus clearly lays out what that looks like in Matthew 20 in the Parable of the Workers. God reminds us of what we actually deserve, that He distributes everything, and how comparison fuels entitlement. Ultimately our God is more than fair, giving us a life that we do not deserve. Don't let entitlement limit your joy; find it through God's gifts to us.
There's one thing we've all received bad advice about -- relationships. From "appearance trumps all" to "let your heart lead you," we've all fallen into the lies the world tells us. But God shows us in the Bible what we really need to be looking for as we follow Christ and become more like Him. Listen along to the 7 pieces of bad relationship advice and God's good advice.
We live in a culture that breeds discontentment. We're constantly exposed to the things we don't have and the world tells us that success and contentment only come from money. But money has nothing to do with contentment. We'll never feel satisfied by more, more, more. Discontentment is dangerous - being rich is a moving target. 1 Timothy 6 tells us that godliness is contentment with great gain and that the cure for discontentment is Christ. Christ is the true treasure that changes our hearts and cures our discontentment, transforming us as we learn to be more like Him.
As a Christian, we are called to be the church. Scripture shows us that we are meant to be the body of Christ, surrounding ourselves with God's people, lifting each other up, and walking through life together. We are meant to submit to godly leadership, who will give an account for us when we've committed to their authority. And we have gifts that we can use to serve God for His glory. We do all of that as a part of a church together. So let's stop sitting on the sidelines and start adulting by joining a local church!
Let's face it — our generation is scared of commitment. We're always feeling #FOMO and we barely keep small promises in fear of better options coming along. But as Christians, we're called to keep our commitments because it’s important to God as we see in Numbers 30 and Matthew 5. Christians should be marked by commitment. Adulting is making and keeping promises. If you think about it, everything great comes from a commitment. Are you willing to commit?
We hear it all the time, “Follow your passions.” So many of us have taken this advice, moving from job to job. That’s what the world says, when really God has you in a job right where He wants you. Luke 5 shows us how Jesus used Peter’s job as a fisherman to bring Him glory. We have to change our perspective, invite God in at work (He wants to go with us), and pursue greater passions — God’s passions. Then we’ll really be on our way to adulting!
The world says it's freedom to do what you want or finding happiness. But really, the best way to adult is to train to be godly. If we grow up on truth, train to be more like Christ, and set an example, we're on the right path. Come adult with us!
What if anxiety is really just an issue with our perspective? If we let ourselves be ruled by our desires we will be anxious, but if we let God rule us we can truly exhale. Psalm 16 shows us that with God as our Lord we delight in His people, find joy in His presence, and pursue His eternal pleasures. When we refocus our perspective to see life in terms of eternity with God because Jesus died for our sins, suddenly anxiety starts to fade.
How do we know if God is going to show up when we need him? Can we trust He'll be there? Psalm 118 shows us that we can completely trust God will come through for us and we can rest securely in Him, knowing that Jesus came to die for our sins and rose again to save us. Through this song, we see that God never stops loving us, His protection never fails, and God's victory is certain. No matter what happens in this life, if we're in Christ then we have victory — God is always there for us.
We're human; we fail. It's inevitable. But it's how we respond to failure that truly makes a difference, especially when it comes to sexual sin. Sexual sin creates shame in our conscious that takes hold unlike any other. It's important to respond like David does in Psalm 51: He acknowledges his sin fully, asks God to restore the joy of salvation, and allows God to use his story to teach others and bring them back to God. God loves us no matter our past, present, or future - Christ died for us already knowing all of that! Don't be ashamed of your story; share it to teach others that they can have a story of God's love too.
Could God know everything about us and still love us? Psalm 139 shows us that God knows us before we're even born, He knows our thoughts before we have them, and because He knows us so completely, He loves us with a love more full than we understand. Instead of being met with rejection, God draws closer to us. God specializes in bringing life and healing to us no matter what we've done - invite Him in.
What would life look like if you saw God as your provider? Your protector? Your guide? Listen and learn the invitation to experience God's care in your life in all of these ways and more as we study King David's most famous work, Psalm 23.
Sometimes it feels like life is fighting us, like God is fighting us, but He's not. God is actually fighting for us! Psalm 46 shows us that the protection of God is ever present, His power prevails, and that His protection and power give His people peace. In times of trouble, we have to learn not to rely on our own control but to lean on God's control.
In Psalm 63 David describes his thirst and longing for God. It's not something we have to try for -- our desire for God is already in our hearts whether we know it or not. And while some seek to fulfill that desire through money and success, ultimately God is the only one who can satisfy. When we find Him and grace through Jesus, that satisfaction pours out of us through praise and telling others. We have to allow ourselves to desperately cling to God who sustains and satisfies us.
Jonathan Pokluda (JP) and David Marvin tackle some of our biggest dating questions in a dating Q&A. Listen to how they answer everything from "Who should pay? Really?" to "Is it okay to use apps like Tinder?" and "When do I say I love you?" Use #DatingFAQ to look back at some of the live tweets from the message!
How can we as young adults prepare for marriage? We focus on advancing God's kingdom, being secure in the Lord, and preparing to be like Christ in a marriage -- this is our opportunity to model Christ for the world. We can mirror God's image in a way only marriage can, multiply a Godly heritage, manage our world (not letting it manage us), and mutually complete each other if God allows us to become husbands and wives. In preparing for marriage by focusing on the Lord, we become equipped to recognize a Godly man or woman and to love as Christ loves us.
Yes, you read that correctly. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul tells us singleness is a gift from God. Singleness is a gift to use for God's purpose. It allows your undivided attention to be on God, and we learn more of God's character through self-control in singleness. Instead of waiting to fulfill your purpose when you're married, start now when you can give God your full attention! There's no better time than when you are single to pick up and do whatever you can to fulfill God's purpose for you. Don't waste this gift. How will you use your singleness?
There are two calls: singleness or marriage. But today we get caught up in dating and have forgotten that this is just a means to marriage at the end. Specifically, women are prone to let fear, control, and desire leave them discontent. We see these examples through the stories of the women in Samson's life. But God doesn't want us stuck in dating - He sets the bar at a healthy marriage. Instead of being stuck or discontent, men and women alike should start pursuing the relationship that really matters - a relationship with God.
As we start our new series, Save the Date, we have to admit we might not be so good at dating. We might think we're going in the direction of marriage in a relationship, but then we make bad decisions that take us on detours. We see in Judges 14-16 through the story of Samson how pursuing the wrong people, giving into lust, and playing games only hurts us. Love is meant to be sincere. When we are fully surrendered to God, love can be a beautiful thing. Are you on the right path or have you taken detours?
Guest speaker, Tommy Nelson, walks us through the story of Jacob. Through Jacob's life, we see him constantly turning to himself to fix his problems when God had promised him a blessing. Jacob wasn't following God, he was seeking his own flesh. Just like Jacob, we try to take the reins and work around God's plan, and it doesn't go the way we want it too. If we trust in God, He will take care of us. When we ask Him for help, He's there. He is faithful to fulfill His promises and leads us in the right direction.
As socially unconventional as Jesus may have been on earth, one thing is undeniable: he did (and does) miraculous things and invites his followers not only to see and acknowledge them, but to participate in them. There is no amount of deadness that Jesus cannot revive...and no funeral he won't interrupt.
In Matthew 7:24-29, we take a look at what God says about having a solid foundation. The only way to have one is to follow and live out His instructions in the Bible. If you follow Jesus' instructions, you are promised that your foundation will stand. If not, you are promised your foundation will crumble and fall. You are becoming someone, so you must choose today what to build your foundation on and how to keep it firm when the promised storms come. Will you choose to trust Jesus and see how He is faithful in His strength and provision?
Jesus tells us at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that the gate to eternal life is narrow and the majority won't enter. God is begging us to take the narrow path; Christ wants to set us free. There's only one way to eternal life and that's actively believing that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. Although the things of this world may be enticing, God wants to give us His best — himself. God calls us stop thinking about ourselves, love others and live for Him. Will you take the narrow path?
Sometimes we turn away from God because we question His goodness. But God is a good Father and desires to give us good things. Jesus teaches us in the Sermon on the Mount to pray with persistence. When we pray to our perfect Father, He answers our prayers. His answer might be a yes, no, or not now; but it is always good, even if it isn't always what we want. Because God desires an authentic relationship with us, we have the freedom to honestly pray about what we want, seeking to understand if that’s what God wants too. And if it's not, He has something better planned.
God will bring you, body and soul, through life and death into full and everlasting pleasure if God is your safest refuge, sovereign Lord, your supreme treasure, and your trusted counselor.
The Bible, when taken out of context, leads us to a path of destruction. One of the verses taken out of context the most is from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7 when He says, "judge not, lest you be judged." But in the context of the passage, that does not mean we should sit silent when we see something that is wrong. We do, however, have to take a look at ourselves, know our struggles, let others know us, let them love us, and love others too. No one is any more righteous than the other; the only righteous thing about us is Christ in us.
In this world that we live in, it's a culture of more, more, more. We want the newest tech gadget, best car, biggest house, but money only creates an illusion of control. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shows us that we have to see money with an eternal perspective and a satisfied heart. Instead of wasting our lives being owners and letting money be our master, we can be stewards of our money serving God and building up eternal treasures to further His kingdom. Who will you serve?
Fake it until you make it, right? Not according to Jesus. He calls us not to practice our righteousness in front of others in Matthew 6:1-18. He tells us we shouldn't give, pray, or fast if we are just doing it impress people. That's fake faith. Fake faith gives to get noticed, performs prayers for people, and sacrifices to appear spiritual. In the end, fake faith doesn't hold up. Jesus didn't die on the cross to impress people; He died on the cross to reconcile us to God. Practice real faith by doing everything for God, focusing solely on Him.
When we feel wronged by someone, we want to hurt them back. Instead of an eye for an eye, Jesus calls us to extend forgiveness and seek reconciliation with that person. As Christians, our response should be to reconcile, to love those even if they hate us, and forgive like God has forgiven us. God has extended us reconciliation and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and as followers of Christ, we become more like God when we respond in love and pray for our enemies.
Every 20 or 30-something struggles with commitment. We want to keep our options open. But when we're flaky, we damage our reputation. In Matthew 5:33-37, we see that Jesus simply wants us to commit, not make soft commitments or back out, but give a yes or no answer. God is faithful and trustworthy and never breaks a commitment; as Christians, we are called to do the same and be salt and light to everyone around us.
A lot of us write off adultery because we think, "Oh I haven't cheated, I'm good”. However, Jesus redefines it in the Sermon on the Mount, saying even if we have looked at someone lustfully, we have committed adultery. Even though society is always pushing sexual sin in front of us, we have to remove it because it kills relationships – with God and the people we care about. We have to treat marriage as it was intended, a metaphor for Christ's love for the church. We have to remove the things that tempt us and follow Christ. When marriage gets hard, we must trust in the power of Jesus to save more than the power of sin. God loves us as we should strive to love in marriage — a lifelong pursuit — where He paid the price for us through Jesus Christ.
How we handle our anger matters to God. Jesus says in Matthew 5:21-26 that we are subject to judgment for being angry like those who murder are subject to judgment. But through anger, we have the opportunity to respond in such a way that we show we are God's children. We can own our part in conflict and ask for forgiveness to settle it quickly, pursuing a path of peace. Ultimately the big picture that saves us all from our anger is Jesus. He gave His life for our anger so that we don't have to be angry and face judgment for it when we believe in Him.
In Matthew 5:20, Jesus shockingly says that we will not be allowed into Heaven unless our righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law, meaning we'd have to be perfect. But luckily for us, it doesn't end there. Jesus fulfills the law: he clarified what it means, he lived a perfect life, and he fulfilled the law's demands for us. By accepting Jesus' free gift of paying our debt through the cross, we can rely on His righteousness, not our own, and spend eternity with Him. And until that time comes, we have God's unchanging moral laws guiding us toward a fulfilling life, seeking after Him here.
In the most famous sermon of all time, Jesus shows us in Matthew 5 what it looks like to seek God's righteousness and not our own in the Sermon on the Mount. God is calling us to Him and He can save us. He wants us to be supremely happy. If we look past ourselves and recognize that we fully rely on God, He will fully satisfy us. Jesus shows us what it looks like to be saved, what those who are saved do, and what they can expect through God. There is nothing greater than Him.
We come up with weird ideologies about sex and tune out what the Bible has to say we justify our actions. How far is too far? If we're asking, we've probably gone too far. But as believers, God's will for us is sanctification from sexual sin. His way is that we avoid sin through self control and God's warning is that there is no safe sex. God made sex -- it's intended to be good but within the boundaries of marriage. When we let sin warp our view of sex, we suffer the consequences of rejecting God. As believers, we are called to be set apart, to honor God with our bodies and to pursue character in Christ as encouraged by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4.
Like Nicodemus, some of us miss what Jesus, the Messiah, meant when He said we must be born again. But Jesus explains to Nicodemus that the Son of Man must be lifted up so that everyone who believes may have eternal life. Ultimately Nicodemus is born again when he sees Christ raised up on the cross and believes. It always has been and always will be about Jesus Christ. We've all sinned, but we can't achieve salvation- we have to trust in God. Because God so loved the world that He gave His only Son and if we believe in Him we have eternal life, no matter what our lives look like, and that is the picture of ultimate grace.
As we end Colossians, Paul shows us that there's no point where God stops chasing us, even when we run away. In his farewell speech to the Colossians, Paul mentions Onesimus â�� a slave who stole and ran from his master, just like we run from God. But God chased him. Onesimus believed in Jesus and God changed him from a mess into a missionary, making him the pastor of the largest church at that time in Ephesus. No matter what our past is, Jesus loves us, wants us as His, and uses our stories for His ministry.
A lot of us think that faith is just a private idea that should meet our individual needs, but God calls us to live our lives on mission for Him. In Colossians 4, Paul shows us what people who live on mission look like: they are devoted to prayer, have needs that matter, have opportunities that matter, and have conversations that matter eternally not just for this world. Ultimately God does the saving, but we are provided with opportunities to work for Him that may make an eternal difference in someone's life. Are you living on mission for God?
It's easy to be caught up in our past lives - our behaviors before Christ. But Paul shows us in Colossians 2:16-3:16 that, through Christ, we are given completely new lives. We have been resurrected with Christ and have been given a new life to "put on". How exactly do we "put on" this new life and live as the new creation we are? Listen and find out! You may be surprised at the how and the why behind our change in Christ.
Guest speaker, Francis Chan, shows us how we can get wrapped up in ourselves. We live in a world with false teaching, and we accumulate teachers that tell us what we want to hear. Taking a look at 2 Timothy we see that selfishness is the root of many problems: love of money, pride, disobedience. The church is not immune; in it some have the appearance of Godliness but deny its power. But the Holy Spirit can change that. Through Jesus Christ we are saved, and if we run towards Him and fight the good fight like Paul did, we can be satisfied that we achieved our mission of spreading the Gospel.
Simply said, when we put our faith in Christ, God no longer counts our sin against us. Paul explains to us in Colossians 2:12-15 that Jesus raised us from the dead, crossed out our debts, and disarmed the demons. Our sin was an eternal debt to God. However Jesus — perfect and eternal — paid 100% of our eternal debt — past, present, and future — through dying on the cross and being raised to life. He nailed our sins to that cross and covered us in His blood. Christ used Satan's momentum against him. Through Christ's death, He brought us forgiveness and life. It is finished — our debt has been paid!
This world offers a lot of distractions that can lead us away from God. But Paul reminds us in Colossians 2 that we have to get back to the basics of the Gospel when we lose our way. Jesus is the fullness of God and in Him we have access to the fullness of God. Jesus strengthens our stance against the distractions of this world and gives us a solid foundation. Jesus satisfies our searching and our identity is found in Him. Jesus severs our sin nature when we surrender so we can abide in Him. Ultimately God is the best master we could serve because He loves us and sets us free. All we need is need and to come to Him with those needs, surrendering our lives to God.
We too often rely on ourselves to get through life; we make our own decisions, we try to take control, and we seek too many things to fulfill us. But Paul shows us in Colossians 1:24-2:6 that Christ is our focal point and that we are complete in Christ. He loves us so much that even in the moments when we feel like we've failed, Christ draws us back to Him. Jesus wants us to depend on Him -- moment by moment. When we do depend on Him, we live an abundant life with God.
It's a question asked throughout Scripture. A question that easily divides us. But from Scripture and Paul's description in Colossians 1:15-23 we see that Jesus is God, Jesus is our Savior, Jesus is our Lord, and we won't truly experience life without Him as our Master. How do you define your relationship with Jesus?
Can someone really change? The short answer is yes, but how do they change? As we kick off Colossians, we look at Paul's letter to the church at Colossae and discover that God's grace is the source of change, the source of grace is God, and our role is to be filled with joy and thankfulness in response to this grace. That grace is the most powerful force of change because we do not deserve it. That grace is freely given to us by God who pulled us out of darkness just because He loves us. When we accept that grace and live for His will and understanding, He gives us a new identity in Him.
The Cross has become a familiar symbol of Christianity. So familiar, that we are missing out on the real and tangible event that happened there. We miss that it anchors in history, defeats all sin, and ends all fear. Sometimes we feel like sin has the ultimate power over us â�� that we will never shake it. But our sin is nailed to the cross when we believe in Jesus Christ. God's act of perfect love â�� sacrificing His perfect Son â�� defeats all fear. He shows us that He is just and that He justifies us in Christ who took on all our imperfections. There's more at the cross than what we thought. In God's eyes, it is finished. We are valuable and we are worthy of His love.
We all ask: Why is this happening to me? How long is this going to go on for? Why is the world so bad when God is good? But while God is always good, this world does not always obey God and things go awry. In a world full of anxiety, we can cry out to God and lean on Him, knowing that He has a plan for us that will prosper us. If we listen, we won't miss out on God calling us back to Him. Instead of being anxious that God isn't going to work it out, or being depressed that He already hasn't, we have to trust in the Word of God and quietly listen. If we seek God with all our hearts, we will find Him.
Without question anxiety and worry are real struggles for individuals in our country. The good news is we are not the first group to struggle with this issue; 2,000 year ago when Jesus decided to give a message he decided to address these issues and offer a solution remedy to our worries. Listen and discover from Jesus, who is called the Prince of Peace, how you can experience peace and freedom from anxiety and worry.
If you could go anywhere and do anything, where would you go, and what would you do? What's stopping you? On the same note, what's holding you back from the adventure of life that Christ is calling us to? We all get wrapped up in our idols: what we have and what we want to have. It's hard to see a need for God when we have all that we could ask for. We think we are giving up life and adventure to follow God when it's actually the opposite -- He gives us life. All we need for a full life is need -- a need for a Savior who is Christ. In Him, we gain everything, and our life starts with belief in God. Don't miss out on this real adventure.
We all fall under two camps: some of us are happy to be alone and don't want a relationship, while some of us are just wishing and waiting for the right guy or girl to come along any minute. But, all of us are missing out on true love. That true love always involves God because God is true love. When we feel unlovable, God sees us as being worthy. He seeks our own best and He bears all thing. He made the first move, making a way for us to experience the fullness of His love through Christ dying for us while we were still sinners. We may feel like we can't be loved and want to resist it, but no matter what we've done, we can never outrun God's true love for us.
We all struggle with a fear of commitment because we've lost sight of the pursuit of permanence in the pursuit of pleasure. We see life through a broken lens of sin, not how God fully intended it to be. In a world where we have endless information, we are met with growing dissatisfaction. But the most beautiful things come from fully committing. When we truly commit to life in Christ, we won't be missing out on anything; being redeemed by God's love is the ultimate satisfaction.
The Porch kicks off 2015 with our new series #MissingOut! Each of us has a purpose that we don't want to miss out on -- living for God. We are meant to know God and to make Him known. When we place our God-given desires with the right perspective, they can drive us to His purpose. When we don’t, we waste time seeking power, money or knowledge. Jesus takes whatever we have done and makes it into to our testimony. He saves us so we can live out our purpose by representing God, multiplying His people and caring for His things.
As we end the Game of Thrones series, we look to the one true king, Jesus Christ, for our hope. Regardless of who, what, or where you came from; regardless of what you've done; regardless of what's been done to you, Jesus gives us hope. Matthew uses the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 to show us that the King of Kings came from sinners just like us, but unlike us, Jesus as God took on humanity and conquered sin, sacrificing Himself to save us.
We've all experienced that nagging feeling inside- jealousy- the desire to want what other people have and be better than them. But jealousy has the power to corrupt your life. It starts with an interest, leads to a false future, and ends in unhealthy obsession. Continuing the Game of Thrones series, we look at King Saul's life in 1 Samuel and see how his jealousy of David eventually led to his demise. But if we admit our jealousy and accept that God has the best laid plans for our life down to the smallest details, we don't have to let jealousy take over our lives.
Continuing the Game of Thrones series, we look at the final three kings of Judah --- Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah --- who were the ultimate rebels. Even after hearing God say rebellion would only cause destruction and pain, they still didn't want to listen. Each of us share similarities with them; we may hear God speaking, but we just don't want to listen. Instead, we want to be the kings of our own lives. But what happens when we wave that white flag, surrender to God, and let go of controlling our own lives? God delivers us from our own shackles and gives us freedom in Him.
In today's culture of social media, we are hyper-aware of what our friends have, what we could have, and most of all, what things or people lie just out of our reach. Continuing the Game of Thrones series, we look at 1 Kings 21 and how King Ahab lost everything when he let his discontentment consume him. Through Ahab we see the power, danger and cost of discontentment, but we also see the secret to being fully satisfied --- following Christ. What are you seeking first?
Kicking off the Game of Thrones series, we take a look at how much your friends influence your life. When you need counsel, who do you go to? Are you seeking advice or affirmation? Listen as we discuss the importance of surrounding yourself with wise friends who will give you advice in line with God's word, evidenced by the story of Rehoboam in 1 Kings 12: 1-19.
The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 is that of an underdog who ultimately prevails, isn't it? Not quite. When we look at an underdog, we often miss the "who is really involved"? Why did a shepherd have so much courage to defeat a giant warrior? The answer lies behind the ultimate "Who"- His courage was fueled by faith in the almighty and living God. In the end, we already know who the winner is- God. As Christians with faith in God, we can courageously fight for Him, knowing we are already on the winning team.
In this message we are given insight from Jesus into what our Heavenly Father is like. We explore what God celebrates, how He views us, and what He wants for us. Listen and learn. You may be surprised as the Heavenly Father Jesus describes who He's like.
In this message we discuss Romans 10:8-18 which commissions us as Christ followers to reach the unreached people - those who haven't heard the Good News. We are also commissioned to share that Gospel to the ends of the earth. In three points we see what this looks like: 1) the method of salvation is the message, 2) they won't hear it unless you share it, and 3) success in missions is measured by sharing.
In this message we explore what it looks like to live on mission in the city we live in. Dallas and Fort Worth both face extreme poverty rates, crime, and increasing darkness. God has placed us in these cities to shine light in the darkest areas. The church is not a building, it is a cure. Listen and learn exactly how and why.
Why are you here? What is your purpose? What does it look like to follow Christ where you work and live? In this message we explore the idea that Christ has a specific purpose for those who follow him. They are to be salt and light in the places they live, work, and even families they are a part of. Listen and learn exactly what that means and looks like for you.
In this message we tackle the hit song "Same Love." We explore the difficult topic of homosexuality, examining what God has to say about it, where the church has missed God's instructions on how to approach it, and where we all must change and conform more fully to Christ's embodiment of grace and truth.
As followers of Christ we are called to live lives that reflect the God we love and are in relationship with. While we will never cease growing in godliness in this life, we have all that we need to continue growing in relationship with him. In order to do so, we must identify where we are, where we must grow, and who God is. Listen and learn what it looks like to grow in godliness.
This week we tackle the hit song "Drunk in Love". In few arenas of life are mistakes made as painful as those in the category of love, dating, and sexuality. Listen and learn exactly what God has to say about these topics and his instructions intended to give us life not rip us off.
In this message we explore the songs "the good life", "Roar", and "Fancy". We discover the truth about what is the "good life", where it comes from, what it looks like, and how we best represent it. The God of the universe has big plans for your future, listen and learn exactly what they are.
In this message we explore the hit song "The Monster" by Eminem. This song portrays a reality that all people experience in life, there is a monster inside of me that pushes me to do the things I don't want to do, and keeps me from doing what I want to do. Why is this? The bible tells us that we in fact do have "a monster" inside us called sin. But the bad news is met with the good news that Christ came to give us a remedy for the penalty of our sins, and the power of them over us in life. Listen and learn exactly how.
Music is powerful. It sends a message, captures the mind, and influences the way we live. In this message we explore the Hit song "Royals" by Lorde and the message it sends, a message the bible contrasts sharply. Listen and learn what it means to be a "Royal", who can make you one, and why it's crucial for followers of Christ to understand.
Are Christians Hypocrites? In this message we explore one of the biggest obstacles to the Christian faith for non-christians. Listen and hear about what the remedy for Christian hypocrites who don't always act in line with their stated beliefs.
Has Science disproved Christianity? What has it proved? How does this line up with what God has revealed to us in scripture? What about evolution and creation? In this message we explore how all science is God's science and it points us ultimately to a creator. Christianity is not a crutch, but a cure for a world desperately in need.