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Judas wasn’t always known as the man who betrayed Jesus. But sin that is allowed to grow can change our identity without us realizing. In observing his betrayal, we are given two truths that can lead us from a path of our own destruction and we see the faithfulness of Jesus to always offer a way to redemption.
What caused David, the man after God’s own heart, to commit adultery and murder? In this message we follow the small compromises that lead to David’s demise and establish three truths to help counteract the same mistakes in our own lives.
As we follow the life of Samson, we see how his small compromises lead to big mistakes. But God is faithful to redeem a humble heart. No one is ever too far gone. Our greatest days can come after our greatest failures.
In Genesis 4 we see someone who could have killed the baby monsters in his life while they were still small, but didn’t. Huge horrible deeds come from tiny seeds - if we’re not victors over our sin we’ll become victims of it.
In this interview, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie shares about his faith and entrepreneurial spirit launching a company that has given away over 88 million pairs of shoes to those in need. The foundation of TOMS is made possible by the mentality to live as the head and not the tail, something we can all learn from.
Christmas is complicated. From Eden to Bethlehem and beyond, Satan’s mission has been to crush the head of Christ, but Jesus freely gave His life for us. We must choose if we’ll remain on our own throne or recognize His.
It’s clear in the scriptures that children are a priority to Jesus, and He advises us to follow their example in how we live out our faith. In this message we explore what it means to live with the heart of a child.
This all too familiar movement of #adulting poses the question of what it means to enter adulthood. There's more to being an adult than age. It's time to rise up and allow the love of God to change us from within.
Everyone has questioned the meaning of life. In this teaching we discover the truth that a world without God has no meaning at all. But with Jesus, we have something strong enough to bear the weight of our souls and we can live out our ever-fleeting lives with confidence.
In this teaching, we are reminded that although we will face circumstances that are just not fair, we also have a God who loves us and offers us grace that we don’t deserve. And that makes Him worthy of praise.
In this message, Pastor Carl Lentz reminds us of who we are and how we are meant to live as Christ-followers. We should be leading the way in loving others better than anyone else, following in the ways of Jesus.
In this message, we join Carlos Whittaker as he highlights the main theme of his new book “Kill the Spider.” We learn that cleaning up cobwebs in our lives is a temporary solution preventing ultimate joy and peace. We need courage and the Holy Spirit’s guidance to hunt down the spiders and kill the lies lurking in our souls.
In this special Father's Day message, Pastor Craig Groeschel gives us practical things we can do as Fathers and as the Church to raise a generation of Christ centered, biblically anchored, world changers.
When you have nowhere to go but up, it’s essential to look to God for revelation during your tribulation. God wants you walking in power, postured with a humble heart and the spirit of a volunteer, to carry out His perfect plan to save the world.
How many times have you wondered if God was sleeping through your darkest hours? We look into Abraham’s life to see that faith requires uncertainty, but our God is holding up His end of the bargain and ours as well.
All of us are always at one of three points in our lives: the beginning, the middle, or the end. Though the middle is the longest, the most straining, and often the most difficult, it’s also in the middle where our Savior does His best work.
As Christians, we must influence our cities while not allowing our cities to influence us. We've been commissioned to seek the favor of our cities, and in doing so, to unleash the love of Christ right where we live.
It's rather shocking to examine the history of Jesus' family tree- a lineage of prostitutes, scandal, adultery, murder, and idolatry-- but all to prove that it doesn't matter who you are; Christmas is for everyone.
The life we are born to live means to be fresh and flourishing, planted in the house of the Lord, bearing fruit in old age, blooming where we're planted, shaking up the freshness, and being shakable and unshaken.
There is no bigger determining factor to how much God can do through you than how you respond to those who are in authority over you. Learn to be under God given authority and then you can be over what God has set under you.
In the final installment of Our Glory and Joy, Paul closes out his letter to the Thessalonians with practical application: knowing that Jesus could return at any time, how should we live our lives between now and then?
The Thessalonian church was doing so many things well, leading so many to Christ. But a growing church meant there were also people-issues to correct, and Paul addresses the same things that we can learn from in the church today.
We see in the life of Paul and the Thessalonians that when you have a purpose for doing something it changes how you respond to obstacles. Knowing your purpose not only changes your perspective but also gives you power.
Even though he was not with them, Paul heard the word on the Thessalonian's faith and what Jesus had done in their lives. They continued to imitate their leader, with the gospel sounding forth from them.
Paper tigers can harden into strongholds if they aren't dealt with properly. We must identify these areas in our lives and keep them from gaining the high ground. We'll never experience what God intends for our lives by living with strongholds.
Pastor Skip Heitzig challenges us to defy normal by exercising self-control, living out our faith in all situations, acting with humility, and standing by biblical principles to rise to new levels of the Christian experience.
Nothing so influences life as your ability to control your spirit in the midst of volatile feelings. When we take on the tiger that is moodiness there are six things that will give us stability and keep us from a point of no return.
We're no match for the terrors that come by night but they're no match for God. It's time to identify what holds us back from living the life were meant to and rise up to all Christ has given us in his Holy Spirit.
Is your gift a Nazareth gift or a Capernaum gift? Does it involve faith? God does not measure our gifts by their size but by the faith it takes to give them. We should never offer anything to God that costs us nothing.
In this final installment of The Fourth Wall, we find out how an awareness of God's presence can impact how we deal with suffering. As Pastor Levi shows from God's word, The Lord is never closer than when He feels far away.
Perhaps the biggest question we all ask is a fundamental one: "Who Am I?" Where do we find our worth and identity? In this special teaching from Jefferson Bethke, we find that God designed and created all of us to find true satisfaction through our identity in Jesus Christ.
We often turn our backs to the things that cause us fear or stress. Jobs, school, relationships, sin... There are things that we run from. What if these fears were the roars in our lives that we ran toward and brought increased faith to our lives?
In the final message from the book of Galatians we study the unifying principle to govern our behavior. The law of Christ is to love - in falling and helping, sowing and reaping, waiting and believing and finally in bragging and suffering.
Paul gives the Galatians a sobering message about the fine line we walk with the powerful freedom of grace. Liberty is not an opportunity for the flesh, there's a balance in the grace we've been given.
In the beginning of Galatians 5 Paul is combatting the lie that circumcision was necessary to be saved. The Galatians were turning from the Savior back to a system, forgetting to stand in the freedom of Christ.
In the fifth installment of this series we're reminded that the same grace that saves us is also what's going to sustain us. There is life, maturity, adoption and inheritance in Christ. If we have Jesus, we have everything we need.
In Galatians 2:1-21 Paul reprimands Peter for perpetuating the injustice of separation between Jews and Gentiles when in the presence of Jewish leaders. Paul reminds everyone that true righteousness comes from Christ alone, not the law.
Paul was unleashed from both the chain of sin and the chain of legalism. The gospel came to him through the revelation of Jesus Christ, and he uses his story to speak correctively to the deceived Galatians.
In His third statement from the cross, Jesus speaks to His mother Mary, and one of His disciples John. We study truths in this scripture about honor, faithfulness, suffering, excellence, presence, and substitution.
In this teaching we learn about the second statement of Jesus on the cross - an answer to prayer. Being crucified with two thieves, Jesus gives a powerful promise, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
In part one of Let It Be, we learn that great power is unlocked through great faith. We should never be satisfied with what we've seen God do, but always believe for greater things. Nothing is impossible with God.
Man vs. Himself is about winning the war within. As we begin to study the life of Moses, we see the importance of finding our identity in Christ. Only when we understand who we are, will we know what we're supposed to do.
In part two of Hug It Out, Pastor Levi teaches on what has been called the key to understanding all of God's dealings with men. God's timing may seem slow to us, but it is perfect and His judgement sure. And even if things get worse, if we are a child of God, we can know that He will use it to heal us.
Do you ever look around at the world -- or at your own life -- and wonder why God isn't stepping in? The prophet Habakkuk wondered the same thing, and Pastor Levi shows how we don't have to understand what God is doing because He is for us, we can trust Him.
The fourth teaching in the "Six Ships" series is about the fishermen Jesus called to abandon everything in Luke 5. When Jesus tells you to do something, you say "Okay", then you obey. Our destinies are rerouted when we follow Him.
As we work hard to be obedient to God, we sometimes aren't able to see any progress, and we might wonder if God is even paying attention. But Pastor Steven Furtick uses this story from Joshua 6 to show us that God's promise and victory may be closer than we think.
This special teaching from Pastor Steven Furtick reminds us how comparison kills contentment. If we put on a veil to keep others from knowing what we're really like or how we're struggling, we aren't able to contemplate all God has done for us.
The third teaching in the "Six Ships" series takes a deeper look into the familiar story of Jonah. We can never flee the presence of the Lord. He loves us enough to discipline us in our disobedience and help us remember the grace we've been shown.
In the series, Six Ships, Pastor Levi Lusko focuses on six different stories throughout scripture involving ships. We set sail in this message, The Lifeboat, by exploring Noah's life as he lives by faith in the midst of the unbelievable.
Sometimes knowing God's will for our lives can seem as elusive as going somewhere without the use of a map. But as Pastor Levi shows, there are certain things in God's will that always apply to all of us.
In the series finale of "A Controlled Burn" we learn how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We receive Him upon salvation but must have a desire to be filled each day. Our relationship with the Him is ongoing, not a one time thing.
In the first teaching of "A Controlled Burn" we begin to learn about the Holy Spirit in our lives. A Christian, in the simplest definition, is a person in whom the Holy spirit dwells. Too often we settle for less than God wants to give us - there's not enough fire in our hearts.