Monday, March 19, 2012

How the Gospel Saves You from the "Kanye West" Within All of Us

Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" accurately sums up a fundamental flaw of humanity: there is a beast within all of us that will stop at nothing to get what it wants when it wants. Especially at the cost of hurting others and destroying relationships.
If you really look into your relationships, how much of it is motivated by selfishness? And by what you can get from that person? Are you just exploiting and taking advantage of that person to fill your own desires?
Love is the complete opposite. It sacrifices all present desires and needs for the sake of the other person. Who are you becoming today? How raging is that beast-like "Kanye" inside you? If you wish to kill it, as only Jesus and the gospel can, then listen in to this week's message to find out how.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Audacious Gospel: Whiners Prohibited.

This week, we witnessed a star being born. Third-string point guard Jeremy Lin went from obscure bench warmer to international NBA superstar. What made it possible for him, despite the pressure, to consistently score all-time highs to lead the Knicks to 5 straight victories?
Compare this with Lebron James, a man who needs no introduction. Why was he not able to pull the trigger in last year's NBA finals, ending up with another missed opportunity?
The answer to both questions is simple: character. Whereas one excelled in it and was able to stay focused and execute in the Garden, the other was not able to go for the kill despite his immense talent.
Pastor Sam tells us that, in the journey of our lives, if we want to make it to our destiny and be able to claim the God-given opportunity when it arises, the deciding factor will be our character, not our ability. Listen to find out how the gospel is confronting the depth of your character.