Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about the difference between maintenance and mission for followers of Jesus. Plus, a conversation with men and women from The Hope Collective who are growing in relationship with God as they take up their Kingdom responsibility.
Jesus made one thing clear about following him: it wasn't for the faint of heart. It was a life of difficulty, sacrifice, and self-denial for the love of God and good of others. When we settle for security and ease, we settle for something less than the revolution Jesus was starting. If we want to join Jesus on his mission to bring hope, we'll need to choose between pursuing comfort or picking up a cross.
There is something new that God wants to do: in the world, in the church, and in each of our hearts. In his life and teachings, Jesus called out the one thing that would keep his people from embracing this new thing that God had in store. Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd about patching old clothes, pouring new wine, and what it means to live with an openness to the new things of God.
There is a lie that humanity has been buying since the first pages of Scripture: that we can be like God and call the shots for our own lives. When we buy into this lie, we think of ourselves as the center of the universe and expect our families, society, and God himself to meet our demands. This is what John calls “the pride of life”. God loves us too much to let us ruin our lives by thinking this way. Check out the final part of Alpine Chapel’s discussion on 1 John 2:16 and what it means to move from a self-referenced life to a life filled with the joy and love of letting God have the ultimate say.
Worldliness can creep into our lives and our communities without us even realizing it. Not only will it keep us from experiencing God's love in our lives but it keeps us from showing God's love to others. How can we avoid the pitfalls of what John calls "the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes" and open ourselves to more of God's love? Join Alpine Chapel for a round table discussion about 1 John 2:16 and what it looks like to live out our loves in the way that God makes possible in Jesus.
We are living on the cutting edge of history. There is something new that God wants to do in and through his church but there is one thing that will keep us from bringing the HOPE of Jesus to the world around us. It’s putting more hope in the world that Jesus came to save than in Jesus, himself. Listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd sheds light on the disease of worldliness that threatens to kill our life with God and encourages us not to give us the fight to keep our first love.
The way relationships start isn't always the way relationships stay. In order for things to grow, they have to change. Many people associate God's presence as being in one place and available to one person. While our relationship with God may have started with this way of thinking, God's desire has always been for the one to become the many.
Check out Part Three of Alpine Chapel's series, "From Here to There" and listen as Spiritual Formation Pastor Alex Gowler talks about what it looks like to think about God's presence being available to many people in many places and what that means for us as individuals and as a collective.
Jesus spent much of his life around tables. Whether it was with his followers, those who were curious, or the ones society called "the wrong kind of people", Jesus knew that an invitation to the table was an invitation to relationship. It's the same invitation that God gives us today and that we can give to others.
Check out Part Two of Alpine Chapel's series, "From Here to There" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about the power of the table in all its messiness, honesty, and opportunity for transformation.
One thing we can all agree on is that the pandemic has revealed things about us: our priorities, our struggles, and the things that keep us back from what God wants to do in our lives. We've had to come face to face with our captivity. Throughout history, God has proven himself to be a God that brings freedom to the captive. How can we experience the freedom He offers and bring that freedom to others?
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message titled, "From Captivity to Freedom", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about what God has in store for Alpine this Fall and beyond.
Not all questions are created equal. In fact, every question you're asked comes from a different place and requires a different response. Giving a good answer doesn't mean having the right response. It means taking the time to figure out where each question is coming from and what the person asking really want.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Four of our series "Asking For a Friend" and listen as Spiritual Formation Pastor Alex Gowler shares a framework for understanding where questions come from, then uses that framework to respond to a big question: are we living in the "end times"?
There's a famous line in Scripture that we seem to be getting backward. It instructs us to be "quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry." Instead, every one of us is tempted to be slow to listen, quick to talk back, and get angry in an instant. So what does it mean to listen, really? And why should we listen in the first place?
Check out Part Four of Alpine Chapel's series, "Asking for a Friend", and listen as Prof. Jeremy Pettitt unpacks a powerful truth: you cannot truly love your neighbor unless you listen to them.
We all like it when God allows the good things in our life, but what about the difficult things? What about those weaknesses that slow us down, hold us up, and keep us from doing everything we feel like we should be doing? The apostle Paul wasn't afraid to ask God these questions or share what he learned with the church in Corith. While Paul didn't get the response he wanted, he did get a response that's helpful for us as we think about these question today.
Check out Part Two of Alpine Chapel's series "Asking for a Friend" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd responds to a little question with big implications: what was Paul's "thorn in the flesh"?
Tough questions are being addressed by culture that need to be addressed by the church, too. The problem is that we seem to have lost the ability to "agree to disagree", both inside and outside the community of faith. As the church, we can lead the way in talking about things that matter to us knowing that the way we talk matters to God. We may not always agree, but we will always be family.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part One of our brand new series, "Asking for a Friend". Listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd lays the "ground rules" for our conversation using Romans 14 as a model and these words as a motto: "In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity."
There are only two types of desires that we experience in life: those that come from the Holy Spirit and those that don't. When we follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us new desires that we still have the choice to act on or not. These Holy Spirit desires always take the shape of the answer to this question: what does love require?
Check out Part Five of Alpine Chapel's series on Community DNA and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd invites us to ask ourselves the question "what does love require?" until it's no longer a question: it's a way of life.
The heart of God has always been to enjoy a relationship with us. It's why he seeks us out, draws us back, and pulls out all the stops to put his love on display towards us. It's only by experiencing this love through Jesus that we become the people of love that God created us to be.
Join Alpine Chapel for a special Father's Day message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd all about seeing, believing, receiving, and feeding the love of God the Father towards us.
The Holy Spirit isn't a tool or a technique that we leverage for our advantage. The Holy Spirit is a person that leads us to join God's mission of reconciliation. When we're led by him, we develop a deep hatred for sin, both the bad things we do and the good things we leave undone. When a community is led by the Holy Spirit, it becomes a place where we can confess those sins to one another and experience God's forgiveness and healing through the love of others.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Five of our series on Community DNA and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about the power of a Spirit-led community to help people experience the wholeness and healing that Jesus makes possible.
For too long, "accountability" in community has meant giving people a report on your bad behavior. This idea of accountability falls far short of what Jesus had in mind. Accountability doesn't mean focusing on what we're doing wrong. It means helping one another hear and respond to God's voice in our life.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Four of our series on Community DNA and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares a timely message on the power of community to help us find and do the good that God is calling us into by looking up, looking in, and looking out.
People grow best in environments where they can feel safe and be seen. The problem is that our experiences trusting people can make us feel anything but safe, so we hide from others and stunt our own growth as people. The family that Jesus invites us into is one where we aren't afraid to be seen because we know that we're safe. That's the power of community.
Check out Part Three of Alpine Chapel's series about Community DNA and listen as Pastor Alex Gowler talks about the role of trust and transparency in helping us be who we are while becoming the people God created us to be.
God gave us each other so that we could care for one another in times like this, but it's hard to care for one another when you don't know one another. That's why when it comes to community, the conversation starts with knowing and being known: letting people see the real you and embracing people as the real them. We have the power to do this because God does it for us.
Check out Part Two of Alpine's series on biblical community and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about what it means to be seen, known, and fully loved as we share our stories and experiences with each other.
Jesus is the one who changes and grows us, but more often than not he uses people to bring that growth about. In biblical community, we are for one another what Jesus was for his disciples: a powerful force of invitation and challenge that helps us become the people God created us to be.
Join Alpine Chapel for a timely series all about community, beginning with a message called, "Why We Need Each Other". Listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares a story about what invitation and challenge can do in someone's life, followed by a teaching on how we see this relationship between Jesus and Peter.
This Mother's Day is unlike anything that anyone was expecting or wanting. Some people feel disappointed, others feel broken, and still others feel shattered. It's easy to think about just giving up when we look at the dust of our disappointments. When God sees dust, though, He sees the opportunity to breathe life into something new.
Join Alpine Chapel for a special Mother's Day message from Natalie Mudd and Robbyn Blick that's all about seeing our disappointments as moments that God can use to bring beauty and goodness into the world.
Talking about the "will of God" is tricky. We want to know what it is, but we don't always know where to go to find it. Here's the thing: knowing God's will is less about information and more about transformation. It's less about knowing the specific details of God's plan and more about becoming the kind of person that does what Jesus would do.
Listen as Alpine's Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us unpack the will of God in a message called, "What Does God Want?" You'll hear about the two different meanings of "God's will" and three ways that you can grow into the kind of person that does what Jesus would do: drowning in God's Word, discerning its role in your life, and delighting in the fruit of a life well-lived.
All the information and perspectives we're taking in these days makes it harder than ever to have the mindset we really need: the mindset of Jesus. Without the mind of Jesus, our actions start to look just like those of the broken world that Jesus is on a mission to rescue. Our response can only be on thing: to do whatever it takes to be with Jesus so that we can think like Jesus.
Join Alpine Chapel for a message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd called, "Have We Lost Our Minds?" and learn how you can tune out the noise and get a new mindset as you spend time with Jesus this week.
So much has changed these past couple months. "Normal" seems like a thing of the past as we try to navigate everything that's different. In the midst of it all, though, is an echo of a promise God made to his people in the book of Isaiah: "I am doing a new thing". In a time when so much is different, will we receive the new thing God wants to do in our lives?
Join Alpine Chapel for "Don't Waste the Waiting", a special message from Natalie Mudd all about finding God's way forward when everything around us seems unclear.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, he knew it would be just a few short days until he fought one of the most important battles of his life. Alone in a garden, Jesus would be victorious over fear, doubt, and death itself. Thousands of years later, Jesus invites us into that victory, too. But it comes at a price: his death, our life, and obedience to his command to stay awake so we can rise up and do the good work God is calling us to.
Join Alpine Chapel for Palm Sunday 2020 and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares a message of challenge, hope, and invitation to join God on his mission in this unprecedented time.
With so much news available today, it's hard to know what (and who) to trust. It's hard, too, to be aware of what kind of news we're sharing with the world. Is it more of the same? Or is it a message of real hope that comes from staying in the good news of Jesus and allowing his character to be our character?
Join Alpine Chapel for a message called "Are Your Feet Beautiful?", a message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd that's all about what kind of news we're carrying: is it the kind that people overlook or kind that makes people celebrate the feet that bring it?
The gospel is the Good News of God: the declaration that His power has broken into human history through Jesus and is making all things new. It's not something that we choose to believe once and then never have to think about again. It's something we keep believing so that God can keep renewing us.
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message called, "Stay in the Gospel" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about the importance of the gospel in every season and how we can keep reminding ourselves of God's Good News.
There may be bad news in the world, but we will always have good news in Jesus. In the midst of our culture’s moment of desperation and confusion, what would it look like for the Church to choose prayer instead of panic? How could an act and response of prayer for our nation’s leaders and for all affected by COVID-19 be a bright light in the midst of great darkness? What would happen in our world if His people would stand in the gap, interceding on the behalf of every soul? Prayer taps the power of God and reaches beyond human solutions and limitations, causing panic to cease and peace to be found.
In the next 5-10 years, the current model of "doing church" in America will be dead. At the same time, God is wanting to breathe life into His people so that our lives become more about Him and less about consuming religious goods and services. To be part of what God has in store, we have to be ready to learn, ready to change, and ready to break free of what's been keeping us from Jesus. We have to be ready to share hope together.
Check out a special message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd about what it looks like to follow Jesus every day (not just one day) and how the hope we talk so much about will need a collective of people behind it to experience all that God has planned.
Anytime you're going somewhere new or doing something you haven't done before, it's good to have a guide. Guides help you see things you wouldn't have seen otherwise and avoid obstacles that you never saw coming. But when it comes to life, too many people are living without the clear guide that God gives us in his word. The reasons are many but the outcome is the same: confusion and regret where God intended for clarity and peace.
Check out Part Nine of Alpine Chapel's series, "Living Values", and hear Executive Pastor Chris Brown talk about why every follower of Jesus needs to have Scripture as their guide for better vision, better direction, a solid identity, and the comfort of God's promises.
We are most like Jesus when we are serving others. That's what makes serving others such a privilege: it's a life full of opportunities to bless others in ways we never asked for. In order to take (and make!) those opportunities, we must always be in a posture of listening to what God is saying to us, laying down our agenda in favor of God's.
Check out Part Eight of Alpine's series, "Living Values", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about what it means to love God by loving others as we serve them.
The theme of giving is woven into the fabric of God's story. That's because generosity is just part of who God is. He creates a world and shares it with humanity. He begins a story and invites us to be a part of us. He saw us living in a world of death and destruction and gave his son to save us. If all this is true, then one thing is certain: generosity will be the natural outcome of people who are growing in their relationship with God.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Seven of "Living Values" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd unpacks the idea that generosity is one of the greatest pieces of evidence of a life that's been changed by Jesus.
Everyone has to build a life on something. Many people, though, are so busy building their life that they haven't taken the time to think about what they're trusting to be their foundation. The invitation of Jesus is to build our life on the only unshakeable foundation that exists: his character and promises.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Six of our series, "Living Values", and hear Spiritual Formation Pastor Alex Gowler talk about what it means to live like God can be trusted and how our faith reveals itself in the decisions we make every day.
There are things we know are good for us but we still choose not to do. Being in community can feel that way. Even though God intended us to live life together, our tendency is to avoid the discomfort, transparency, and sacrifice that real community requires. But Jesus taught us that real community is good for us ... and it's actually possible.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Five of our series, "Living Values", as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd leads us through an example of authentic community guided by what God has to say about how we share life together.
There are times in our lives when we come across something so amazing that we can't help but respond in some way. Whether it's by celebrating what we've found or telling someone else about it, we make a big deal of the things that are a big deal to us. That's what worship is: celebrating and sharing what's most valuable in our lives.
Check out Part Four of Alpine Chapel's series, "Living Values", and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talk about how everyone worships something. For followers of Jesus, we live as a response to transferring all the value of our life to the only one who deserves it.
Passion is more than "strong emotion". It's something you'd give up everything for, even your own life. There's not much that we could say we're passionate enough to die for, but the one thing that Jesus was clearly passionate about was people. When it comes to being as passionate about people as Jesus was, we start by realizing how much He loves us.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Three of our series, "Living Values", and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talk about how we can only express love for others when we have had God's love impressed upon us.
Everyone wants a better tomorrow. Some people want it but don't think it will ever arrive. Some people wish for it but have no assurance it will happen. Other people are looking to something to give them that better tomorrow. There's only one kind of person, though, who can have the confident expectation of a better tomorrow: the person who has Jesus as their hope.
Check out Part Two of Alpine's series, "Living Values", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand the danger of our false hopes and our need to unlearn what we've put our hope in so that we can learn what it means to live in the hope of Jesus.
For followers of Jesus, becoming more like him involves a radical reorientation of our values. Things that we thought were important are challenged and our hearts change as we learn to value what God values. This doesn't happen by accident, though. It happens as we spend time with Jesus and allow him to help us unlearn our old way of life so that we can learn to live in God's Kingdom.
Check out Part One of Alpine Chapel's new series, "Living Values", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd invites us to be challenged and changed in 2020 as we follow Jesus.
It's that time of year again: the time people take stock of their lives, find a goal to pursue, and make a plan to achieve it. We do this with our health, our relationships, and our money, but how many of us do this with our spiritual lives? What might it look like to resolve to live a full life in 2020?
Check out a special message from one of Alpine's own, Prof. Jeremy Pettitt, and listen as he talks about what it looks like to live a life full of grace and truth by learning from the only person who's managed to do it so far.
Would people call you a joyful person? Not many people feel like they can say "Yes!" For followers of Jesus, though, joy isn't optional. It's essential. The key is realizing that joy isn't meant to be a burden. It's an invitation to see Jesus in every part of life.
Check out Part Two of Alpine's series, "A Thrill of Hope", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about God's commitment to our joy, the thrill-killer of pleasure, and what it really means to rejoice.
Entire industries today are built around the drive for security: physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual. As we pour our time and energy into security, though, we only find our anxiety increasing. The hope that Jesus offers us breaks through our fears and fills us with a confident expectation that gives us peace.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part 1 of our Christmas Series, "A Thrill of Hope", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about the pursuit of the security and peace Jesus extends to us through his life, death, resurrection, and return.
We can all remember or imagine an experience of amazing hospitality. Moments like that don't happen by accident. Behind every act of hospitality is a host who puts the time, energy, and attention into creating spaces where people are taken care of. While culture treats this kind of hospitality like a competition, Jesus shows us that hospitality is a reflection of who God is and an opportunity to share his love with the people in our lives.
Check out Part Two of "Holiday Hustle" and listen as Staff Pastor Alex Gowler shares about the hospitality of God, how our culture tends to mistreat hospitality, and practical ways to show and receive hospitality this holiday season.
We all look at Thanksgiving a little differently but everyone wrestles with the same thing this time of year: gratitude. Whether it's busyness, entitlement, or familiarity, we all get distracted from our opportunities to be grateful. In the middle of the "Holiday Hustle", it's important to spend some time thinking about something that happened in the life of Jesus: a moment in time that can help us make sense of what it looks like to give thanks.
Check out Part One of Alpine Chapel's mini-series "Holiday Hustle" and listen as Executive Pastor Chris Brown shares about the power of gratitude to change our hearts this holiday season.
We tend to define "church" using boxes and lines. Buildings. Beliefs. Locations. Denominations. "My church" versus "your church". The way that Jesus talks about "church", though, it's not a place you go. It's something you're a part of. And someone you belong to.
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from friend of Alpine and founder of Poetice International, Micah Kephart, about church being less about the WHAT and HOW and more about the WHO and WHERE.
Every morning we wake up to a fight. We may not see it. We may not realize it. But we all feel it. We are in a fight for our souls. It's not just a fight for ourselves, though: it's a fight for our neighbors, our friends, and even our own families. The fight is against despair and despair never takes a day off. Which is why as a church, we fight a 24/7 fight for HOPE.
Check out a special message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd about what it means to join God's work against the injustices of our world by finding our fight: in the church, in the community, or out of what God is doing in our lives. Hear stories of men and women who have found a fight to be part of and working alongside God as He overcomes evil with good.
Hope isn't something that God just gives to everyone else. Hope is something God has for YOU. His character and promises give us a confident expectation of a better tomorrow that we then get to share with others. And it all starts when we choose to get real about the brokenness in every part of our lives.
Check out this special message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd about how Jesus' teaching on the Greatest Commandment is an invitation for us to experience and share God's HOPE in Jesus.
If there is one group of people that are at the center of God's heart, it's the poor. What it means to be poor, though, is where we and God might not be on the same page. Poverty isn't simply the lack of resources. It's the lack of options, opportunity, and ultimately the lack of hope. So what role can we play in helping fight for people being crushed by the giant of poverty?
Join Alpine Chapel for the final message in our series, "Goliath Must Fall, and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand the injustice of poverty and how followers of Jesus can share abundant life with those who have yet to experience it.
Have you ever lacked the know-how to get the job done? If so, you've had an encounter with illiteracy. More than reading and writing, illiteracy is lacking the knowledge that you need to participate, contribute, and grow. In fact, the story of Scripture is nothing short of God fighting against the most dangerous form of illiteracy there is. And it's a fight we get to be a part of.
Check out Part Seven of "Goliath Must Fall" to listen as Staff Pastor Alex Gowler talks about the injustice of illiteracy and our need for a broader definition, a deeper understanding, and a greater calling.
Disease is far more than an inconvenience. It is an injustice that robs people of the life that God has made possible for them in Jesus. While disease exists in many forms (some more evident than others), Jesus consistently offers two responses: healing and resurrection life. When the church understands these two responses, we can join God on his mission to bring HOPE.
Join Alpine Chapel for the next installment of our series, "Goliath Must Fall". Listen as friend of Alpine and founder of Poetice International, Micah Kephart, talks about adopting the way of Jesus in our response to disease in its many places and forms. Afterwards, check out an interview with Spencer Folmar, director of Shooting Heroin, about America's opioid epidemic and the church's role to bring HOPE to those trapped under this disease.
It's one thing to say that oppression exists. It's another thing to admit that it exists in your own life. Believe it or not, the source of all oppression is spiritual. When the chains of sin in our own lives hold us under their control, we end up putting chains around others. It's only when Jesus enters the picture that we're able to not only drop our own chains but to help others drop theirs, too.
Check out the next message in Alpine's series, "Goliath Must Fall", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd continues the conversation about the nature of oppression and the hope that Jesus offers to us and others.
Too many people throughout history have shared this experience: being subject to someone else's wishes against their will. This is the definition of oppression. Whatever form and to whatever degree oppression exists, that is the degree to which the Kingdom of God is not being realized. Into these situations, God restores us to what it means to be truly human and invites us to take up our role in helping others drop the chains of oppression.
Join Alpine Chapel for the next installment of "Goliath Must Fall" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd starts a two-part conversation about the nature of oppression, what it means to be human, and what our role is when it comes to fighting this injustice.
Too many people go through life full but unfulfilled. They cram their calendars and drain every ounce of their energy chasing something they think will satisfy them. In the quiet and brutally honest moments of their days, though, they admit that they're empty. God never intended us to live like this. In fact, our experience of spiritual emptiness only exists because of our separation from God. It's only when we're reconciled to him do we find the "abundant life" that God designed us to live.
Check out Part Three of Alpine Chapel's series, "Goliath Must Fall", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about how the giant of Spiritual Emptiness has been defeated by Jesus and what it really means to live life to the full.
There are giants in the land of hopelessness. No matter where you go, these giants are enemies of God's mission in the world and grow stronger wherever hope is weak. What's the first step in fighting these giants? To understand them. What are they? Where do they come from? And what gives us the confidence to think they can actually fall?
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Two of our series, "Goliath Must Fall", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd unpacks the five global giants of injustice and power of Jesus to break their power and bring new life.
Hope has a way of attracting people who need it. Any church that wants to share the hope of Jesus, then, needs to be ready to welcome and love people who need hope the most. This means taking head-on the greatest barrier to us experiencing and sharing hope: a judgmental spirit.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part One of our new series, "Goliath Must Fall", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd sets the stage for the church's fight against injustice by bringing us to the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount about judgment, mercy, and the humility to be broken-hearted.
There's an area of our lives that touches nearly every decision that we make. It's also one of the most talked-about subjects in Scripture: money. Because finances play such a significant role in our lives, it's one of the most important areas we can bring under the rule of God in His Kingdom. When we do, we discover God's blessing as we find ways to use God's resources to bless others.
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from Executive Pastor Chris Brown as he talks about the problem with our perspective when it comes to money, the freedom of gratitude, and the joy of generosity.
We all long for community: that sense of unity we share with others because of what we have in common. Believe it or not, God actually designed us for this kind of community. Far too often, though, community feels more like a pipe dream than a reality. That's why in one of the most significant moments of his life, Jesus took time to pray that his followers would experience the community they were designed for.
Check out this special message from Staff Pastor Alex Gowler that's all about community: why it matters, what it takes, and how you can be part of the Alpine community this Fall.
To find ways that you can be part of the Alpine community, visit alpinechapel.churchcenter.com for listings of available small groups and event registrations.
The family is foundational to society, and our culture tells us that we owe all of our allegiance to our family. Jesus created and loves the family, but He tells us that family is not everything. As believers we belong to a natural family and God’s family, which tests where our loyalties are. In scripture, Abraham understood the tension between the kingdom of God and his natural family when God asked Abraham to trust Him with his son Isaac. God has a calling for the family that puts the kingdom of God first.
In our last installment in our series, “Kingdom Over Everything” hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd discuss how Abraham decided to put the kingdom of God before the family, and discover how you can explore the unique calling that Jesus has for your family to live for the kingdom over the family.
Jesus invites us into his kingdom - to live as we were created to live, fully dependent on and in relationship with him. But according to 1 John 2:17, we crave many things that are not of God. There is an enemy who wants to lure us away from God's kingdom.
In the sixth installment of the series, "Kingdom Over Everything," Pastor Dave Mudd shares three ways to remain in God's kingdom and resist building the tiny, unsatisfying "nation of me."
The book of Esther is set in the time of the exile, and the people of Israel faced the question of
their survival daily. Their circumstances were such that they wondered if God was really working. We too ask the question about what God is doing in our life, if he is doing anything at all. How are we to ask the question, “God where are you, and what are you doing?”
Staff Pastor Alex Gowler discuses the two options we have when we ask the question of God’s presence, fear or faith. The question is not the problem, how we ask the question is what gets us into trouble. Check out the next installment of our series, “kingdom over everything” where we talk about how to ask the question, “God where are you and what are you doing?
Religion. What comes to mind when you think about religion or religious people? What comes to mind when you think about the people of the Kingdom of God? What is the difference between the two? Our willingness to condemn others as Christians does not work with how Jesus sees and loves people. In John 8:1-11, Jesus gives us a way to discern the difference between religious condemnation and the love of the kingdom of God.
Join staff pastor Josh Blick as he teaches the fourth installment in our series “Kingdom Over Everything”, where he discusses how Jesus sees and loves people when we think He should condemn them.
Have you ever wondered what you were made for? Thinking about our purpose (and trying to figure out what that even means!) can be overwhelming, much less trying to live out our purpose. In a special message from church planter and one of Alpine's own, TJ Poisl, we'll explore how to identify what you were made for and how to take next steps for what that looks like in your life. God has created you on purpose and for a purpose. You were made for more!
TJ is the planting pastor of Soul Revival Church in Racine, WI. Soul Revival Church exists to help people connect with God, discover their purpose, live in community, and love their city. You can learn more at www.SoulRevival.church.
Work life. Family life. Church life. Life. Jesus. We like to separate these parts of our lives to the point that they are disconnected from each other. Jesus’ rule and reign means that all of life, every part, belongs to Jesus. Our work is done under the rule of Jesus, even if we don’t acknowledge it. Our work is important, but how we work is paramount as people who represent the kingdom of God.
Join pastor Dave Mudd in the third message in our series “kingdom over everything” as he highlights how we can work in a way that builds up the kingdom of God and represents Jesus well to those who see our working.
The pressure to fit into our culture creates opportunities for us to choose either compromise or faithfulness to the kingdom of Jesus Christ. These critical points of decision in our lives reveal our identities. The prophet Daniel helps us to better understand how to make decisions of faithfulness rather than decisions of compromise.
Pastor Dave Mudd continues the conversation in the second message in our series “kingdom over everything” by discussing cultural identity and how our need to fit into the culture drives the choice to compromise who God has called us to be.
We are all in desperate need for rest, yet we look for it in all the wrong places. We are worn-out, stressed-out, and anxious, and many of the places that we go to for relief only make things worse. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus invites all who are weary and burdened to come into his presence and join him in his work. He promises that in him, we will find the rest that we so desperately need.
Check out a special message from church planter and one of Alpine's own, Charley Dever, and listen as he shares about the invitation of Jesus to find real rest.
Charley is the planting pastor of Hope Church in Knoxville, TN. Hope Church exists to help people find rest, find hope, and find purpose in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.hopeknoxville.org.
What is the kingdom of God, and what does it look like to put the kingdom of God over everything else? Our dedication to kingdoms other than God’s produce unbearable loads of anxiety. Jesus has a message of redirection that addresses our worry and anxiety. In Matthew 6:25-34, he says that seeking first the kingdom of God is the cure to our worry. Take a closer look with us at Jesus’ message about His kingdom.
In the first message of our series, “Kingdom Over Everything,” hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd introduce core concepts of the series such as: kingdom, the reign of God, the saving rule of God, and the already-not-yet dynamic of the kingdom of God.
Relationships were meant to be a gift from God. But too often they can become breeding grounds for bitterness and offense. These offenses create division which can lead to the destruction of even the closest relationships. Knowing this, one of the best things we can do for ourselves and others is be unoffendable: light-hearted, durable, and ready to follow Jesus' lead in forgiveness.
Check out a special Father's Day message from Alpine Chapel and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about how the power of Jesus empowers us to live unoffendable lives.
God gave us a new identity for a reason: so that we could show others the goodness of God. To live this kind of life, though, we need to understand what God's goodness has saved us from. As our understanding of God's mercy increases, so will our ability to declare his praises to a world that needs to hear them.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Six of "Identity Crisis" and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd share about the purpose of our identity and what it means to declare God's praise (rather than expecting God to declare our praise).
We live in a culture obsessed with independence. Our desire to belong to ourselves makes it hard for us to accept the reality that we belong to God. But what if belonging to God isn't a bad thing at all? What if being one of God's prized possessions is actually one of the best things that could happen to us?
Check out Part Five of Alpine Chapel's series, "Identity Crisis", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd unpacks what it means to be "God's own possession" and what keeps us from letting this truth sink into our hearts.
Becoming a follower of Jesus is more than just "turning over a new leaf". It's an entirely new way of life that's lived from Jesus' resurrection power inside of us. One of way talking about this move into our new life with Jesus is holiness: being set apart for a relationship with God and responsibility in His plan for the world. It's as we embrace our holiness that we understand what it means to be a holy nation.
Check out Part Four of Alpine Chapel's series, "Identity Crisis", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about what holiness is, what it isn't, and how it impacts our minds, our hearts, and our wills.
To whom have you given authority in your life? Are you listening to cultural icons or God's High Priest, Jesus Christ? From the beginning, it has been God's intention to raise up a kingdom of priests who have been made royal by their union with Jesus. And chief among their priestly duties is to act as witnesses of the true, living God.
Join us for Part Three of Alpine Chapel's series, "Identity Crisis" and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talk about what it means to be a royal priest, God's image bearer, to a world in need of God's marvelous light.
Each one of us wants to flourish: to live a life of strength and confidence in whatever God has called us to. But when anxiety takes hold of our lives, that flourishing gets choked out by what Jesus called "the care and worries of this world." What does it look like to break free of anxiety's grip on our lives and experience the abundant life that Jesus makes possible?
Check out a special message from speaker and friend of Alpine, Holly Brown, as she tells her story of breaking free from anxiety and living into the flourishing life. With real-life experience and practical wisdom, you won't want to miss this conversation!
Have you ever felt like you've wasted something? It's an experience we've all had and we all hate. And yet, so many people waste their time and energy trying to earn something that God has freely offered to give them in Jesus. In few places do we this play out more clearly than in what it means for us to be God's chosen people.
Join Alpine for Part Two of "Identity Crisis" and hear Staff Pastor Alex Gowler talk about what it means to be God's chosen people and dangers of being someone who's just choosing where to waste their life.
Two of the most important questions a person can ask in their life are "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" Our answers to these two questions form our identity: that deep sense of self and worth that keeps us going when life gets crazy. But without a rock-solid foundation for our identity, we end of jumping from one thing to another trying to find something that will never fail us. What difference would it make if we stopped trying to find our identity and simply received it as followers of Jesus, created in God's image?
Check out Part One of Alpine's new series, "Identity Crisis", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd introduces 1 Peter 2:9-10 and talks about the power and pitfalls of embracing our God-given identity in the midst of an identity-earning culture.
Everyone puts their hope in something. It's that hope that gets us up in the morning and promises to give us happiness. For too many people, though, that hope doesn't keep its promises. And soon they either give up or immerse themselves in make-believe stories where hope doesn't fail. But what if there is a hope that won't ever let us down? What if we've been invited into a story of hope that isn't make-believe, but is actually true?
Join Alpine Chapel's for Easter 2019 and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares how the resurrection of Jesus breaks through the barrier between the reality we're living and the hope that God created us for.
One of the strangest things that Jesus' disciples saw him do was curse a fig tree for seemingly no reason. Beneath the surface of this story, though, is a powerful picture of what it means to grow in Jesus' character and compassion in a way that is less about trying and more about trusting.
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd about the freedom that followers of Jesus have to bear fruit without burning themselves by trying.
The word "repentance" has gotten a bad reputation. For many, it's hard to even hear the word without cringing a little. When we look at the life of Jesus, though, he didn't talk about repentance as something to avoid or be afraid of. He talked about it as the key to growing in our faith.
Check out a special message from Alpine's Lead Pastor, Dave Mudd, and listen as he calls out our misconceptions and invites us to understand the process of repentance from Jesus' perspective: as a source of incredible growth and deep joy.
There is a tragedy that too many people experience: the feeling of having a soul-deep passion to spend eternity with God but having no desire to spend time with Him now. In this state, we often end up pursuing a vague "spirituality" and miss the very real, very present God who loves us. The good news is that we don't have to live in that tragedy. Jesus has come close enough for us to reach him ... if we really want to.
Check out a special message from Alpine's Lead Pastor Dave Mudd as he shares about the problem with what we want, our need for God's presence, and what it means to draw near to God.
In the midst of the thriving port city of Smyrna lived a small community of Jesus-followers who had come under fire from their neighbors. Refusing to worship the Roman emperor or his gods, these men and women became the targets of discrimination and assault. This wasn't a surprise to Jesus but the encouragement he offered the church at Smyrna must have felt like a surprise. Rather than promising them a change in circumstance, Jesus offers them a change in perspective that changes everything.
Check out the final part in Alpine's series, "Not That Church", and listen as professor and one of Alpine's own, Jeremy Pettit, helps us uncover the profound meaning of our lives that comes from keeping our eyes on eternity, especially in times of suffering.
The people of Laodecia couldn't have asked for more. They were healthy, wealthy, and looking forward to a bright future. But for the church that shared in the city's prosperity, there was an unforeseen side-effect. They had become blind to their spiritual need and the only one who could heal them was the one they'd lost sight of.
Check out the next message in Alpine's series, "Not That Church", and listen as Staff Pastor Alex Gowler talks about the power of need and Jesus' offer of grace to everyone who asks for it.
Few things are more powerful in a person's life than their heart. When healthy and whole, it can be the source of incredible joy. But when wounded and self-protective, it becomes the source of deep pain for ourselves and others. How can we partner with Jesus as he desires to bring healing to the deepest places of our hearts and live our lives from that healing?
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from pastor, author, and friend of Alpine Andi Andrew as she brings a timely message on caring for one of the most important parts of our life by attending to the matters of our heart.
What does it take for a church to last? How can a community of Jesus-followers pass on their faith to generations that come after them, lasting for centuries after those first followers are gone? Looking at the church of Philadelphia, we're met with these questions. What does it take for a church to hear the encouragement of Jesus and stand the test of time?
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Five of our series, "Not That Church", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares the story of the church of Philadelphia and what it means to keep choosing Jesus no matter what.
The glory days of Sardis were a thing of the past. Once the chief city of the region, it had slowly fallen into a sleepy irrelevance that eventually filtered into the church, as well. A long habit of religious activity gave the church at Sardis the appearance of life, but Jesus had a different perspective. And his call to the church of Sardis is one we need to hear today.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Four of "Not That Church" and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talk about the dangers of religion and the power of Jesus to bring true life to that which is lifeless.
Thyatira was a small, blue-collar city that was viewed as entirely dispensable. The church in Thyatira, though, was important enough to Jesus that he sends a letter celebrating their love, faith, and service. But at the same time, too many in the church at Thyatira are settling for counterfeit "truth": teachings that fail to turn people to God all for the sake of tolerance. To those in Thyatira who have settled for the counterfeit, Jesus offers a profound gift: repentance.
Check out Part Three of Alpine Chapel's Series, "Not That Church", and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd share about the goodness of Jesus, call out the counterfeits, and invite us to receive the gift of repentance.
On the forefront of art, medicine, and government, the city of Pergamum was a cultural powerhouse. Its influence was felt across the ancient world to the point where the church in Pergamum had started to look more like the city than it did Jesus. They believed in Jesus, sure, but that belief wasn't informing their behavior. Jesus' letter to the church in Pergamum is a reminder that following Jesus changes EVERYTHING: not just what we believe, but how we live.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Two of our series, "Not That Church", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd invites us to take a good look at the church of Pergamum and our own lives to ask the question, "Are we taking our cues from culture, or from Jesus?"
The church of Ephesus had everything going for it: good doctrine, good works, and a rich history. After decades of following Jesus, though, it had lost something: love. The words of Jesus to the church of Ephesus are a call to the church to reclaim the love that it once had for God and for others. It's a call that is answered by remembering who God is and what he has done in our lives.
Check out Part One of Alpine's series, "Not That Church", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd challenges us to consider the charge that Jesus brought against the church of Ephesus and invites us to reconnect to the God who is love.
Social media, movies, and even our music is filled with a message we can all recite: "follow your heart". The problem is that while our heart can tell us what we want, it can't tell us how to live in a way that enjoys God and blesses others. For that, we need the teachings of Jesus and a community of other Jesus-followers who will come alongside us and help us not to "follow our hearts", but to follow Jesus. That is what the best relationships in life are all about.
Check out Part Four of Alpine's series, "Just OK is Not OK", and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd share about the power of relationships that remind us of who God is, of who we are, and of what God has promised to those who love him.
Courage is something we admire in others and aspire to in our own lives. What often happens, though, is that we let our stories and circumstances get the better of us and settle for something less than the courage God wants to give us. So what does God-given courage look like and how do we start living out this courage that we've been missing for so long?
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Three of our series, "Just OK Is Not OK", and listen as Staff Pastor Donna Reimer shares stories from Scripture and her own life that illustrate this incredible truth: God's mercy meets us where our courage is.
Happiness is a tricky thing. We plan and work and sacrifice to get our circumstances right, thinking that the right circumstances will make us happy. But eventually, our circumstances change and so does our happiness. Jesus came to offer us something better than temporary happiness. He came to offer us lasting joy. And the key to that joy is discovering how to delight in God.
Check out Part Two of Alpine's series, "Just OK Is Not OK", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about the power of delighting in God to fill our days with the kind of joy that our changing circumstances just can't change.
What gets to define who you are? Your family? Your job? What society says you should be? Too often we give these things permission to define our identity. But an identity based on anything besides what God says about us is a lie. To understand embrace the life that Jesus came to give us, we have to open ourselves to what God says is true (about himself and about us).
Check out Part One of Alpine's new series, "Just OK Is Not OK", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand what it looks like to live from a false identity that God never meant us to have and what it means to accept the truth of what God says about us through Jesus.
At Christmas, we celebrate the joy of knowing that God came to be with us in Jesus. What we tend to look over, though, is the joy that God must have had when he was able to be among his children again. The beautiful relationship he always intended for us no longer needed mediators and second-hand accounts. It was now face-to-face, just like he always wanted it to be. And the priority God that placed on being personally present with his people will change the way we think about our presence with others.
Join Alpine Chapel for a special year-end message from professor and former pastor, Jeremy Pettit, as he shares about the gift of presence and challenges us with this question: how will we plan to be present in 2019 in ways that we never have before?
Christmas marks the arrival of so many things: candy canes, eggnog, and gifts under the tree. When Jesus arrived, though, he was the fulfillment of God's promises and the answer to our deepest needs. Every year since people have celebrated the new life and joy that they received when Jesus showed up. How will you respond to the arrival of Jesus this Christmas?
Join Alpine Chapel for our Christmas celebration as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares the story of Jesus' arrival and the choice we were given when God showed up in the little baby in Bethlehem.
So many of our problems, worries, and stress involve one particular area of our life that we don't like to talk about (especially not in church!). But if God cares about our lives, then it only makes sense that he has something meaningful to say about the thing that seems to impact so much of our lives: money. In fact, there can really be no significant growth in our spiritual lives until we put our finances before God, the one who gives us the ultimate picture of generosity.
Check out Part Two of Alpine's Christmas series, "Arrival", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talk about giving, generosity, and how our perspective on money will make the difference between us just giving or actually being generous.
Two thousand years ago in a backwater town in Israel, a young woman gave birth to a son who would split time in two. This child was the fulfillment of a promise that God had made to his people long ago: that he would free his people from their suffering. No one expected that God would fulfill his promise by entering into their suffering himself. But this was the path of Jesus and it is the path of every person who would follow him.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part One of our Christmas series, "Arrival" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about how a life of compassion begins by knowing the compassionate God.
Each one of us is searching for something. Whether it's answers to our questions or healing for our deepest hurts, we'll go to any lengths to find the solution to our needs. But what if that solution isn't a thing? And what if that solution we're trying to find actually came to find us?
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from speaker, life coach, and friend of Alpine, Karrie Garcia. Listen as Karrie talks about the story-behind-the-story of the so-called "wise men" and how their search for a solution led them to the same place that we'll find everything we're looking for.
There is a good that God has in store for his people. It begins when we decide to follow Jesus and allow him to call the shots in our life. As we follow him, he changes our character to be more like his. And as he changes us, we begin to understand and undertake the good works that he has prepared for us to do. But if we want to be a part of God's overcoming evil with good, we must allow him to change us for the good.
Check out Part Twelve of Alpine's series, "Always Jesus" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about how God works in us to be more like Jesus and through us to do good in a world that desperately needs it.
At the core of the HOPE Jesus offers is the idea of "eternal life". It's the kind of life that finds its power and purpose in what God is doing in the world. It overflows from an identity the world can't give us and results in a responsibility that we can't ignore. It's the kind of life that begins with a decision to follow Jesus and moves us to celebrate and share his good news with the world around us. And it's something we need to fight for.
Check out Part Eleven of "Always Jesus" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares how the HOPE of Jesus makes us strangers and aliens in this world (and why that's a good thing!). Only when we embrace our alien identity can we live out the kingdom responsibility that God has called us to.
Some relationships are worth fighting to keep. Others are worth fighting to break. When it comes to the flesh (the sin nature that still lives in us), the only option for a follower of Jesus is to fight for the breakup. But when the whole world seems set up to keep us in a relationship with our flesh, where can we turn to make the break?
Check out Part Ten of Alpine Chapel's series, "Always Jesus", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about the good, the bad, and the better when it comes to our relationship with our flesh and the hope that Jesus offers.
Some people get uncomfortable when he's brought up in conversation. He has a mixed reputation among followers of Jesus. But if there was ever a time when we needed to get over our awkwardness when it comes to the Holy Spirit, though, it's now. If we're going to know the hope of Jesus in our own lives and share that hope with others, we need to know when the Holy Spirit is speaking and what we need to do about it.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Nine of Alpine's series, "Always Jesus", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand what it means to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit among the many voices that try to steal our attention.
There's a lot that can be said about the Bible. One thing that needs to be said, though, is that our relationship with it is complicated. That's because too often we treat it as an object to be understood rather than an opportunity to be taken. What would change in our relationship with the Bible if we started seeing it through our relationship with Jesus?
Check out Part Eight of Alpine Chapel's series, "Always Jesus" and listen as Staff Pastor Alex Gowler calls us to clear the air in our relationship with the Bible and start reading it through the lens of our relationship with Jesus.
You heart is on a journey. Where is it headed? Few of us have ever taken the time to ask that question. We can get so wrapped up in the details of our lives that we lose sight of the direction our lives are headed. When it comes to receiving the HOPE that Jesus offers for our personal lives, though, we can't afford to miss what God wants to do with our hearts. Are you willing to go on the journey?
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Seven of "Always Jesus" and take part in a conversation about what God wants to do with our hearts and how we can cooperate with what he wants to do.
Everyone needs it. Everyone wants it. And yet few people actually seem to have it. What is it? Rest. When it comes to our occupational lives, rest has an incredibly important role to play. The problem is that most people think rest is something that they have to earn or deserve. But what if rest is actually a gift from God? What would change about the way we rest if we had a better understanding of where our rest comes from?
Check out Part Six of "Always Jesus" and listen as Staff Pastor Alex Gowler rounds out the conversation about HOPE in our occupational lives with this question: when it comes to work, what if the proof of our hope is the measure of our rest?
What if you didn't have to worry about the future of your work? What if, whatever happened, you knew that your work was in the hands of God? What would you do differently? What would you be able to say "no" to? And what blessing could you bring to others since your work wouldn't have to be about you?
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Five of our series, "Always Jesus" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares the story of Joseph, a man who went from favorite son to slave to prisoner to ruler of a nation, and what we can learn about our work from God's work in his life.
What does God think about your work? Have you ever stopped to consider that? Whatever it is that occupies your time, whether it's at home or at the office; paid or unpaid; what does God think about it? If you're not sure, you're not alone. That's why Alpine is starting a conversation about what happens when Jesus enters into our occupational lives.
Check out Part Four of "Always Jesus" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand what God thinks about our work. And where we begin is by acknowledging that HOW we work is infinitely more important than WHAT our work might be.
When God designed the family, he designed something beautiful. Our home lives were meant to be examples of God's love for us, expressed through our love for one another. Many times, though, this design sounds more like a daydream. But if we know anything about God, it's that he is able to make all things good again if we're willing to embrace his design and desires over our own.
Check out Part Three of Alpine's series, "Always Jesus" and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd addresses the HOPE the Jesus brings to our home lives. By looking at the story of Abraham's family, we discover God's plan for all families: to be blessed by God so that we can be a blessing to others.
Do you believe that God has a plan for your family? Better yet, do you believe that God's plan for your family is better than the plans everyone else has (including you)? Our response to that question will determine whether or not we'll experience God's best in the relationships that matter to us the most.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Two of "Always Jesus". Listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd continues the conversation about the difference Jesus makes in our home lives. The key is figuring out whether we will allow our family relationships to revolve around God or try to force God to revolve around our families.
Followers of Jesus are men and women who have recognized an important truth: we cannot be what God created us to be without Jesus. We may try to get the best out of our lives by pouring ourselves into our families or jobs or dreams, but ultimately these things take way more than they give. The life that Jesus offers is "life to the full", but it only comes when we make the decision to put Jesus first in our lives.
Check out Part One of Alpine's new series, "Jesus Always", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares what it means to put Jesus first in our lives. It's more than making Jesus our number one priority. It's making him our only priority and watching the rest of our lives fall into place.
God wants to do something with your life that he doesn't want to do with anyone else's. It's not something you would choose for yourself. It's definitely not something you can do on your own. And it's so incredible that you might look like a fool if you say, "Yes". The question is, do you know what that "something" is?
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from church-planter and friend of Alpine, Ike Miller, about living our lives free of fear and full of faith in the God who has called us.
Each day of our lives, our words have the power to make a difference in someone else's life. As followers of Jesus, the greatest difference we can make comes from sharing the hope we have received from Jesus. By living in Jesus' hope ourselves, we're able to pass that hope along to others. Suddenly our everyday, mundane interactions become filled with meaning and purpose. But it all begins with a heart that is fully surrendered to God and what he wants to do in our lives.
As Alpine Chapel begins a new ministry year, join us for "Vision Sunday" and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd share about Conversations of Hope and how the difference Jesus makes in us allows us to make a difference in the life of others.
To join the conversation, text "VISION2018" to 97000.
As a society, we are more "connected" than ever and lonelier than we've ever been. The good news is that God gave us his family, the church, so that we could support each other and encourage one another. The bad news, though, is that so often we confine that family experience to two hours on a Sunday morning. There is so much God wants to do in and through His people, the church, when they leave the building. Will we say "yes" to connecting with Him by connecting with his family?
Check out a special message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd on the power of being the church every day, not just one day, and why we need each other beyond Sunday.
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Fear is a common human emotion. Each one of us knows the experience of fear, but what we might not know is that our fears provide powerful insights into our hearts. In fact, fear can give us such a clear picture of our own souls that we can say, "Tell me what you fear and I'll tell you what you believe."
Check out the final installment of Alpine Chapel's series, "Mixtape", and listen as pastor, speaker, and friend of Alpine, Richard Morris, helps us discover what our fears say about our beliefs and how a clear view of God can bring us freedom from the things that scare us the most.
In a culture full of distractions, we are attending church less and less. There's plenty of reasons why, but they all lead to the same place: failing to be and do everything God has in store for us. Because it's only together that we can experience God like he always intended us to.
Join Alpine Chapel for the next installment of our summer series, "Mixtape", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand what we lose when we don't come together and what we gain when we do.
Jesus told us that it would be our love for one another that would let the world know that we are his disciples. What often ends up happening, though, is hurt creeping into our relationships cutting us off from one another. If God's mission is a mission of reconciliation, it only makes sense that God wants us to experience reconciliation with one another. But when so much hurt has been done by us or to us, who goes first?
Check out the next message in Alpine Chapel's "Summer Mixtape" series and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd gives us practical, biblical direction for pursuing reconciliation in our relationships with others.
It's easy to talk about, but ridiculously hard to do: forgive. We want to be free of the hurt and pain and injustice that others have caused us. But we don't even know where to start when it comes to letting go of the unforgiveness that's weighed us down for so long. What we see as impossible, though, is possible because of what Jesus has done for us.
Join Alpine Chapel for a powerful message from pastor and speaker Joey Silva about how to stop living our lives based on what others have done to us and start living our lives based on what God has done for us.
Who's business are you all about? For most of us, it's our business: our success, our image, and our wants. This wasn't the case for Jesus. Jesus was all-in on God's business. As we follow him, he invites us to be part of that business, too. But what does it look like for us to start living with God's business in mind?
Check out the next installment of Alpine's series, "Summer Mixtape" and listen as pastor at Elevate Church and friend of Alpine, Brian Sanders, shares about three checks to help us live with God's business in mind.
Fear comes naturally. Many people live in it. Maybe that's why the most repeated command in the Bible is, "Do not fear." But what is it about God that causes us to "take courage" when it's so much easier to "take fear"?
Check out the next installment of Alpine's summer series, "Mixtape", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talks about how much God can't wait to support us when we choose to "take courage" and rely on him.
Fear. Shame. Anger. Despair. These are just some of the things that haunt our everyday lives. They steal our attention away from God and chain us to the negative effects of sin. But Jesus died so that we could be FREE. He died to take away the things in our life that take us away from life with him. It's time to put down our obsession with the negative and pick up the blessings God has for us.
Check out Part One of "Mixtape" and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd share what it looks like to give back to Jesus what he took from us when he died and came back to life for us.
What do The Greatest Showman, cups of cold water, and our everyday interactions with people have in common? The potential to ascribe value to others. In a world that is desperate for meaning and purpose, one of the beautiful things about life with Jesus is the ability to infuse meaning into the lives of others through our words and deeds.
Join the Alpine Chapel family for a special message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd about the power of our conversations to become moments that bring meaning to the lives of others.
There never seems to be enough time. We spend most of our time just trying to meet the demands that have been placed on us and in those rare moments when we might have "spare time", how we use it says a lot about us. The thing is, God never intended us to live like this. He made us and gives us just enough time to live out the life he's invited us into. So what gives? How do we take control of our time without letting our time take control of us?
Join Alpine Chapel for Father's Day 2018 and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd challenges us to take a good look at what takes up our time and begin treating our time like Jesus treated his.
Christians tend to get a bad rap for not being much like Jesus. Let's be honest: those are some big sandals to fill! In fact, "being Jesus" to those around us is downright impossible. There's no way we could ever live the kind of life that Jesus lived ... unless the Spirit of Jesus came to live inside of us.
Check out the final part of Alpine's series, "42 Seconds", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand the one thing we bring to the table when it comes to "being Jesus" to the people we interact with in our everyday lives.
Do you think of yourself as a brave person? Maybe you've never thought about it. Maybe you're not even sure what bravery really is. However you might define bravery, though, Jesus had it. And his bravery came from a bold and risky love that would do whatever it took to let people know how much God cared about them. It's the same bravery that Jesus offers us when we become a part of his mission.
Check out Part Three of Alpine's series, "42 Seconds", and hear Staff Pastor Josh Blick talk about what it means to be brave like Jesus, showing both love and truth to others so that they catch a glimpse of God's care for them.
More often than not, our bodies are in one place while our minds and emotions are in another. This wasn't the case with Jesus. Jesus was able to be fully present in every interaction that he had with others. That's not to say he wasn't tempted to be somewhere else mentally or emotionally, but that he overcome those temptations which are the same ones that keep us from being present with others. So what does it look like for us to follow Jesus' example when it comes to being present?
Check out part two of Alpine Chapel's series, "42 Seconds" and hear Staff Pastor Alex Gowler share about the one thing that helps us overcome the temptations of appetite, approval, and ambition so that we can be present with those around us.
Every interaction we have with others, no matter how small, is important. Jesus modeled this perspective during his time on Earth. Even in his briefest encounters, he was able to impact people in a meaningful way. What would it look like to follow Jesus' example in our own conversations? What if more meaningful interactions with others was a single 'yes' away?
Join Alpine Chapel for Part One of our four-week series, "42 Seconds". Using the book 42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions by Carl Medearis as a guide, we'll explore what it means to interact with others like Jesus did. And it all starts with something that doesn't come naturally or randomly: kindness.
You don't have to be a parent to help others experience the abundant life that Jesus offers. As parents, though, we have the unique opportunity to sow the seeds of that life by instilling a love for God's Word in our families (which starts with loving God's Word ourselves!).
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from Dave and Natalie Mudd about the power of God's Word to bring abundant life to our families.
Our lives are driven by our desires. For many, those desires are summed up in something called "the American Dream". We work and sweat and strive to make that dream a reality only to end up stressed out, exhausted, and ultimately unfulfilled. God created us for so much more. But in order to live into the future God has for us, we need a radical redirection of our hearts away from "the American Dream". We need to be radically redirected towards Jesus.
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd about the heartbeat of a radically redirected life: the desire to delight in the God who delights in us.
There's a difference between recovery and resurrection. Recovery means healing. It's what you do for yourself. But resurrection is different. Resurrection means you have nothing left, that you're dead and buried, and you need someone else to dig you out. Through the power of his own resurrection, Jesus is able to bring life back to the places where death has taken hold ... but only if we let him.
Check out this special message from author, speaker, and friend of Alpine, Blaine Bartel, as he shares his own story of life from death and invites us to experience the resurrection life of Jesus, as well.
Faith isn't just one of the most important things you need in the valley. It's also one of the most difficult things to hold on to. When life makes us want to give up and throw in the towel, we need other people to come around us and help us keep believing. And that's why Jesus gave us each other.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Three of our series, "Valleys", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares how it's the people in our lives that God uses to get us through the difficulties in our lives.
Trials are a part of living as broken people in a broken world. We can think of them as interruptions or we can engage them as opportunities to grow. But beyond a renewed perspective on our valleys, we need a renewed posture: a way of approaching our valleys that isn't about us but about Jesus.
Check out Part Two of Alpine Chapel's series, "Valleys", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand what it means that God's power is made perfect in our weakness.
If there's one thing that will keep us from what God has in store for our lives, it's how we respond in difficult times. These "valleys" happen more often than we'd like and most people just try to avoid them. But what if our valleys are actually good for us? What if God wants to redeem our valleys by renewing our perspective?
Join Alpine Chapel for Part One of our new series, "Valleys", and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares how a different view of our valleys can lead us into the life God has planned for us.
Forgiveness is a loaded term. Many people think it has to do with appeasing God so that he leaves you alone. But getting God to leave us alone was never the goal of forgiveness. In fact, forgiveness has more to do with allowing more of God into our lives and experiencing the joy that only He can bring.
Join Alpine Chapel for Palm Sunday and Part Seven of our series, "HOPE", and take time to think about this question asked by Lead Pastor Dave Mudd: "Does your joy today come from your salvation?"
What does God think of you? Have you ever pondered that question? Some people imagine God to be hostile towards them. Others think the best they can expect from him is a half-hearted tolerance. But what if God actually enjoys us? What if the whole point of this thing we call "life" is to enjoy and be enjoyed by God?
Join Lead Pastor Dave Mudd and Joel Honneger for a conversation about family, faith, and how to respond to the God who has claimed us as his inheritance.
When God works in our lives, it is an act of grace: an expression of God's unmerited favor to us. If we have experienced God's grace in the past, we can be sure that there is more grace he wants to show us in the future. But our experience of God's future grace will depend on how we respond to the grace that we have already received.
Check out Part Five of Alpine's series, "HOPE", and listen as Staff Pastor Alex Gowler talks about what we can learn from the stories of three men whose different responses to God's grace changed the course of their entire lives.
God promises to work all things for the good of those who love him. That doesn't mean circumstances won't be difficult, though. That doesn't mean that our lives will always be easy. It does mean that no matter what happens, God can use our circumstances to accomplish our ultimate good: to know and be like Jesus.
Check out Part Four of Alpine Chapel's series, "HOPE", and hear from Lead Pastor Dave Mudd about how God desires to conform us to the image of Jesus through the circumstances of our lives. Also, join Alpine as we commemorate the five-year anniversary of Dave and Natalie Mudd's leadership of Alpine Chapel.
Hope is the confident expectation of something better than what we're experiencing now. For some, though, the hurt and darkness of our past can obscure any vision for a future worth living for. Into this darkness, God gives us this incredible promise: He will work all things for the good of those who love him.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Three of our series, "HOPE", and hear powerful stories of God turning broken into beautiful as he calls us to receive the newness of life that only He offers.
Each of our lives is going somewhere. We may not be aware of it. We may not have picked the destination. But each of our lives is on a trajectory towards some ultimate end. And the difference between that reality exciting us or terrifying us is determined by whether or not we think the end of the story will be the best part.
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Two of our Series, “HOPE”, and hear Lead Pastor Dave Mudd talk about how our idea of “heaven” shapes how we live today and what it means to think about “heaven” as God making good on all of his promises to us.
When people talk about “hope”, they’re typically talking about things we wish would happen (even though we have no certainly that they will!). But when the Bible talks about hope, it’s something very different. Biblical hope assures us of a better tomorrow because it is based on the promises of a good and faithful God.
Check out Part One of Alpine Chapel’s new series, “HOPE”, and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd helps us understand the difference that’s made in our lives when we stop putting our hope in things that will fail us and begin putting our hope in the promises of the only One who never fails.
When Jesus came, he didn’t come to offer us a new religion. He came to offer us a new relationship with the God of the universe. Like any relationship, though, there are times when we must take stock of where we’re at and decide how we’re going to move forward. Luckily, we have a God who is willing to work through whatever difficulty comes between us. Will we be willing, too?
Join Alpine Chapel for a special message titled, “First Things First” where we share three stories from three different speakers about our relationship with God, God’s relationship with us, and the parts of our lives where we need to welcome Him in.
Is your future guided by fear or faith? A future guided by fear is full of worry and drains the life out of today. A future guided by faith, though, makes tomorrow worth looking forward to. So what can we do today that allows us to live like tomorrow matters?
Join Alpine for the final part of our series, “Making Change”, and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares how our church has been able to live like tomorrow matters by being present in every day that we’ve been given.
The research is clear: giving is good, not only for the ones who are receiving but also for the ones doing the giving. But there’s a giving that goes beyond just being “good”; it’s a giving that goes beyond the benefit we bring to ourselves and others and becomes a reflection of God’s generosity towards us. When it comes to making change, how do we move from just giving to giving generously?
Check out Part Three of Alpine’s series, “Making Change”, as listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd invites us to honestly answer the question: when we think about God, do we think about him as a giver or a taker? And do our actions reflect our answer?
Nobody wants it, but we can’t seem to get rid of it: stress. No matter what we do, the stress in our lives never seems to go away. In fact, it just seems to get worse. But what if the solution to our stress has been right in front of us all along? Would we really want to take advantage of the cure that we’re offered?
Check out Part Two of Alpine Chapel’s series, “Making Change”, and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares the most powerful thing we can do to deal with pervasive stress in our lives.
What would it look like for us to create more space in our lives for Jesus in 2018? It’s a big question because in order for us to create that space, there’s changes we’ll need to make in our lives. But if we have the courage to make those changes, 2018 could be our best year ever.
Check out Part One of Alpine’s new series, “Making Change”, and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about changes we can make to create more space for Jesus in our lives beginning with this profound truth: less is more.
As one year comes to a close, we look forward to what the next year will hold. We dream, plan, and make resolutions all around how we want to be better tomorrow than we were yesterday. But more often than not, our attempts at change lose steam before the year is half gone. That’s because the change we really need isn’t something we can accomplish outside-in. It is something God has to do from the inside out.
Join Alpine Chapel for the last sermon of 2017 and listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about how Jesus can bring real change to our lives: change that leaves no one out, that respects our need for time, and reaches into the depths of our hearts to make us more like His Son.
He’s the embodiment of Christmas joy and a new holiday classic: Buddy the Elf. We laugh at his childish approach to the “grown up” world outside the North Pole but there’s a lot we can learn from his childlikeness, especially when it comes to faith. So what does it look like for us to have faith like a child?
Join Alpine Chapel for Part Three of our December series, “Christmas at the Movies”. Listen as Lead Pastor Dave Mudd shares about the characteristics of a childlike faith and the opportunity we have to live out that faith at Christmas.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most well-known Christmas stories of all time. Published over 150 years ago with over 20 film adaptations, its a story of redemption that we just can’t get enough of. But where does real redemption come from? And how do we know it when we find it?
Check out Part Two of Alpine’s series, “Christmas at the Movies” and listen as Staff Pastor Alex Gowler shares how the redemption stories of Scrooge and Saul help us understand what Christmas is all about.