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.

No God No Peace, Know God Know Peace

Everyone has burdens that make us worry and bring fear and anxiety. Some of us are huge worry warts, some of us avoid worries, and some of us are worry warriors and try to take control over every single issue. Wouldn't it be great if we could always wake up just feeling peace despite our struggles?
This week Pastor Joe preaches about how we can fall apart and put our burdens on God. How can the gospel give us a transcending, everlasting peace in the midst of all the worries in our lives? Listen in and find out.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Releasing a Community of Practical Faith: How Does Faith Progress?

Any photojournalist will tell you that the greater the risk and danger involved, the greater the picture captured. This is no different in the way we live out our own faith.
If last week was about increasing our vision of God, this week is about taking action. It's not enough to believe, we actually have to get our feet wet and step out in full confidence that God can do the impossible!
If you want to challenge your own faith to see God move in incredible ways in your life, tune in to this week's message on YouTube.

Fighting the Right Battles (Spiritual Warfare)

In our spiritual journey, we tend to give our problems the wrong diagnosis. When we struggle, we often attribute it to a fleshly matter and say that we're simply tired or restless. The truth is, just as the Apostle Paul says, our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
How can we stop expending all our energy and effort into the wrong places, and start fighting the right battles with preparation, strategy, and intelligence so that we can successfully overcome the evil one and his attacks? Listen in as Pastor Joe teaches us how.