Among the many paradoxes of scripture, Matthew 23:12 tells us that those who exalt themselves will be humbled. Darrell explores the idea that real freedom is found when we let go of the need to be honored
Darrell considers four paradoxes that Jesus taught: Gain by losing, rise by lowering, get by giving, and live by dying. Whereas self-centeredness pervades the thinking of our culture, Jesus shows us a different way and a better way.
In each of the opportunities that God calls us into, victory comes only when our eyes are on Him. When we become overcome by the “Giants” in our lives, our focus turns away from the only One who can deliver us. In this message, Daniel encourages us to stop focusing on our “Giants” and instead, focus on the living God.
What do you live for? What makes you feel God’s pleasure? These are fundamental to the spiritual race that we are all running. Darrell highlights the life of one of his hero’s, Eric Liddell, and from that context exhorts each of us to do what we were created to do.
After 40 years of devotion and service to the LDS Church, Glenn was no longer able to ignore certain truths that were slowly coming to light in his life. He began an earnest study of the religious organization he thought he knew, which led to his exit from Mormonism. The son of convert parents, he was the first of his generation to be "born in the covenant". Later, he would become the first in his family to be "born again" and become a believing disciple of Jesus.
Moni shares a brief word from Luke 5:4. In this passage, Jesus tells Simon Peter to cast his nets out into the deep water after a long night of having caught nothing. Peters many years of experience produces nothing, but his obedience leads him to a miracle.
God brought Israel out of captivity after may miraculous events. When Moses met God on Mt. Sinai, he received the Ten Commandments, and in Ex 20:12, we are commanded to honor our mothers and fathers that we might live long upon the earth. On this special Mother’s day, Darrell encourages us with some important details of how we can take seriously this promise and so honor our mothers.
How can we join Jesus in His mission of redemption? Jacob reminds us that following Jesus is more than just knowing and doing the right things. It is a journey of moving toward Jesus that begins as God draws people to Himself. Our role is to come along side and share our story.
In a recent survey, 83% of Americans say that they consider themselves to be a Christian. In this message, Darrell explores what people are expressing when they use the term Christian. In doing so, he answers the question, "What is the difference between being a cultural Christian and a true disciple of Christ?"=
How seriously do we take the command to love our neighbors as ourselves? So, as asked in Luke 10:29, “Who is our neighbor?” Daniel challenges us to take seriously the neighbor who is difficult to love and the neighbor who actually lives next door.
Darrell describes his life in a commune filled with people who love Jesus. He learned to live with people of different backgrounds and learned to appreciate God's kids. We are called to reconcile people to God and to each other.
We all have stories that describe our personal journey of reconciliation with God—the mending of what was broken. In being reconciled to our Father, He further calls us to be reconciled to others and to build relationships. In this message, Monira highlights the basic need of relationships and the challenges they present.
Darrell explains how Easter is about various forms of reconciliation, notably between God and people.
The Last Supper was the Passover meal Jesus ate with his disciples just before his crucifixion. Darrell describes this meal and meaning of the Lord's Supper, known as Communion.
It is difficult to move forward in relationships without trust, and wounds that result from failed trust are hard to overcome. In Christ we find One who is worthy and entirely trustworthy, and because of this we are able to follow the radical example of the disciples in following Him.
We live in a world that is struggling with despair and desperate for hope. As the hands and feet of Jesus, it is our calling to bring that to those around us. Listen in as Daniel tells us what this might look like.
As we serve people in and around our church community, we find that the love of Christ is seen in us. It is this love that binds us together and displays our unity to the world. As Jesus says of us in John 17:21, "that all of them may be one, Father... so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” In this message, Darrell exhorts us to ask ourselves what changes we should make so that this important work of Christ increases daily in us.
Through his own life’s experience, Casey gives us a stirring look at how families in the church can fill in the gap for children who are at risk. If adoption is our model, each one of us can look no further than our own salvation experience where we were adopted in Christ Jesus.
Darrell reminds us that Jesus prayed in John 17 for us to all be ONE. This is our common call, that we would be a community that builds each other up on a foundation of love. We are better together.