The burning bush...the parting of the Red Sea...the life of Moses seems to be filled with all the iconic images of the Bible; but who was he really? Join us as we explore this monumental figure in the Judeo-Christian faith.
Abraham, widely known as the Father of Faith, is pointed to as the father of the three major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But how much do we really know about him? Join us as we explore what the Bible and tradition tell us about this hero of faith.
Noah, Abraham, David, Esther...scripture is full of men and women like us. People who were tough yet also loving. Full of doubt while also capable of amazing faith. Join us as we explore the good, bad and everything in between of these great heroes of faith!
In the final part to our series, Christ & Culture, we will examine the concept of America's "Original Sin" and consider it's implications. Is racism and white supremacy the root of all American's problems? Should people repent and seek forgiveness from the sins of past generations? Has the American system been infected necessitating the tearing it down through efforts like, "Defund the Police"? Join us as we wrestle with these issues and more.
We all want things to be fair and equal. Something within us feels uneasy when equality isn't upheld in our culture. Surely it is right and moral for us to strive for everyone to have equal resources and opportunities...right? Join us as we investigate this popular claim and contemplate some overlooked truths.
Rarely is anything in life simple and that is especially the case when it comes to the discussion of racial injustice. While it is clearly wrong; it is not so clear how it has developed; how it affects the world today or how it can be solved. Join us as we look at some of the overlooked issues that help underscore the complexity of this issue.
In the last several years there has been greater attention directed at racial injustice. This is a complex topic that is often connected to things like defunding the police; reparations; free speech and other hot button issues. How should Christians engage in the current cultural dialogue about these issues? Join us as we wade into these deep topics.
Can a person be saved while experiencing same-sex desires? Can someone be a Christian and continue to engage is homosexual relationships? You may have an opinion, but there may be questions you have not yet considered. Join us as we wrestle with these questions and more.
There is a pervasive opinion among many Christians that homosexuality is one of the worst, if not the worst, sin. For some, this is opinion comes from what they've been taught over the years; for others, it comes from their personal discomfort this sin. But if we take a look at what scripture teaches, perhaps we'll come away with a different perspective.
What's so wrong about people who love one another being in a relationship together? More than that; why is it anyone else's business what anyone else's relationship looks like? This is the prevailing opinion of people in our world and their rallying cry is: "Love is love!" But what does that mean? And what are the inescapable conclusions to that worldview? Join us as we uncover the truth behind this myth.
The prevailing wisdom of the day is that men can be women and women can be men. In fact, your gender doesn't have to be one or the other; rather our gender is on a spectrum and can move freely back and forth. Not only is this myth gain in popularity, but it is being thrust upon our children at a younger and younger age. Join us as we uncover the truth and push back against this lie.
Are people born homosexual or do they choose to be homosexual? This has been a question that been asked for decades. But what if it's not one or the other? Join us as we try to unpack truth from the lies we've been told on both sides of this issue.
Sometimes it seems as thought the LGBTQ movement came up over night, but there are some important truths to consider as we look at it's history. Join us as we give a quick overview and consider three important insights as we engage people in this lifestyle.
Christians are called to engage the culture around us, not hide from it. This is never an easy calling, but it is a vitally important one. In this new series, we will address two of the most prominent topics in the current cultural debate: LGBTQ and Racial Injustice. Join us as we seek to combine the love and grace of God and the boldness to stand for truth on these often devisive topics.
What does it mean, "The Lord is my shepherd"? Most of us are so far removed from sheep and the lifestyle of shepherds; yet that was a huge part of the ancient Hebrew world. Join us as we unpack this part of the Bible and discover the awesome illustrations is holds for our Christian lives.
We often believe that gifts should be given without strings being attached, but in the biblical culture these "strings" were not only expected, but encouraged. This sounds strange to us, but as we explore why this was the case, it'll help us better understand what's happening in some passages of scripture.
We often think of shame as being something very negative. But in the Biblical world shame was an essential part of their culture. It was a moral boundary that kept people within the community from danger. Join us as we examine this often overlooked and misunderstood concept of honor and shame that runs throughout the Bible.
- Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures by Jayson Georges
- Honor, Shame, and the Gospel by Christopher Flanders
- Honor and Shame in the Gospel of Matthew by Jerome H. Neyrey
Families are the most basic part of any culture and that is especially true of the ancient biblical world. How did biblical patriarchy work? Why was the firstborn favored and blessed? These and other questions will be the focus of this weeks study as we seek to better understand the biblical world in scripture.
The way you look at and interpret the world is greatly influenced by the culture around you. This also affects the way you read Scripture. Join us as we begin looking at the differences between our Western perspective and how it can sometimes blind us to some of the beauty of the Bible which was written in an Eastern culture.
Everything we know about what Jesus did and said comes from those who came after Him. So we have to ask the question, "Can we trust what they tell us about Jesus?" Join us as we explore the trustworthiness of the New Testament in our conclusion to Christmas Apologetics.
Over the centuries many people have seen Jesus in different ways. Some view him as a troublesome con-artist. Others see him as an eccentric Jewish Rabbi who was killed. And many others worship him as Lord. Join us as we explore each of these options and see which is most likely.
Some of the greatest evidence for Christianity and the divinity of Jesus are the Old Testament prophesies that he fulfilled. Join us as we explore some of these prophesies and how they testify to the Son of God.
We are beginning a new series this Christmas season entitled, Christmas Apologetics. This is not about apologizing for Christmas or our Christian faith, but rather it is about accurately understanding and defending the truth about Christmas and the Savior it focuses on. Join us as we explore some of the misconceptions as well as the obstacles that keep people from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Your "stuff" is not really your stuff. We are all stewards who must give an account to God. This is a foundamental principle that shapes how we view all of life, but especially the resources God has entrusted to us. Join us as we reflect on this important truth and the benefits it releases in our lives.
What do you value? What we value reveals a lot about us; our interests, our worldview and our priorities. Join us as we begin our new series on money with a discussion about how we should view the financial blessings God has poured into our lives.
One of the most difficult things to do is to talk to family about Christ. For one reason or another, many Christians find it easier to talk to strangers about their faith than their own family. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? Join us as we explore some of the hidden traps and misconceptions about evangelism and how it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as we often make it.
Even the best families have to learn how to forgive one another. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about what forgiveness is. Join us as we put some of these myths to rest and encourage one another to begin embracing forgiveness.
Sometimes we find ourselves around people who are immature, unhealthy and relationally draining. These are toxic people. They may be people that we love, but because of their behavior they are a challenge to be around. Join us as we explore how we can love these people.
One of the most hotly debated topics in politics today is immigration. The left say it's heartless to deport immigrants and keep them from coming in; while the right say it undermines our national security and idenitity to open our borders. But what does the Bible say on this subject. Join us as we attempt to wade through this complex issue.
Is war ever okay? How should we fight against terrorism? We are living in a time when how a nation defends itself against threats foreign and domestic is under greater scrutiny. How should Christian think through the many issues related to national defense? Join us as we explore this topic.
A faith filled with movie stars and secret knowledge...welcome to the Church of Scientology. You may see it mentioned in the tabloids at the local supermarket, but what do they actually believe and more importantly how are they affecting our current culture? Join us as we explore this strange new faith.
Known for their door-to-door evangelism and their refusal to celebrate various holidays; what are Jehovah's Witnesses about? Where did this religion come from and more importantly what do they believe? Join us as we dig deep into this religion.
Global warming, shrinking icecaps, droughts and famines...Are we destroying the enviroment around us or is it all a hoax? How should Christians view the enviromental policies being proposed today? Join us as we try to sort through this complex issue.
There's a lot talk about free markets, socialism, recession and so on. Does the Bible speak about any of this? If so, what does a biblical worldview of economic policies look like? Join us as we jump into this complex topic.
Joseph Smith, door-to-door evangelism, polygamy. These are a few of the things people think about when it comes to Mormonism. But what does this growing religion really teach? Is it a form of Christianity or something else? Join us for this look into the Mormon faith.
Some say Islam is a religion of violence and terrorism; others say it's a peaceful religion. What does this faith really teach? How did it come into being? And how does it compare to Christianity? These are some of the questions we will explore in tonight's study.
The family structure has been under near constant assault and has been transformed nearly beyond recognition. What does the Bible say about the relationship between the government and the family? Can the government redefine marriage? Should the government overrule parental authority over kids? Join us as we tackle these two areas of family life and how they relate to our current culture.
Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, so we are more likely to interact with people of different faiths and worldviews. What do they believe? Why do they look and behave the way they do? And how does their faith compare to Christianity? These are all important questions that we need to ask if we're to have strong relationships and engage people with the Gospel. Join us as we explore various religions in this new series!
The right to bear arms and defend your life, liberty and property are pillars of the American culture, but are they in fact biblical concepts? If Christians are supposed to turn the other cheek to their enemies; how can we justify self-defense? Join us as we look at this important, but controversial issue.
If it's wrong to take another person's life, isn't it wrong for the government to take another person's life? Should Christians oppose anything that hastens the death of people who will spend eternity apart from God? Join us as we discuss how Christians should view the political topic of Capital punishment.
What sights will we see in Heaven? Will it be all clouds and harps or will there be trees, lakes and animals? Surprisingly enough, scripture does give some hints as to what we might expect and it might shock some people. Join us as we explore our future home.
Is it ever right to take someone's life? What if they're in pain? What if there's no hope for a cure? These are all difficult questions that have led some to very dark places. Join us as we discuss this important issue in our political arena.
Before we can understand our eternal home, we first must understand the eternal bodies we will be given at the resurrection. What is the resurrection? Why is it important? What will we be like after the resurrection? These questions and many more will be discussed during this week's lesson on Heaven.
As we continue to explore biblical principles that address abortion and the protection of human life; we will continue to examine abortion arguments as well as how Christians think through issues of birth control. The information in this episode should not be the basis of any medical decision you make. Be sure to do your own research and speak with a trust physician.
What is life like for those who have died and are now with Christ in Heaven? Can they see us? Do they remember what their life on earth was like? Many of us have thousands of questions about what waits for us after death. Join us as we explore what scripture has to say about Heaven as it currently exists.
One of the most hot-button topics in politics is the issue of abortion. Many Christians believe that the Bible teaches that abortion is murder. In this episode, we'll explore what the Bible says and what we as Christians should do about abortion in our country.
We all look forward to going to Heaven and meeting Jesus, but what exactly will that be like? Will we recognize those who have gone before us? What will we do for all eternity? These and many other questions will be explored in this series.
Some Christians believe that believer should have nothing to do with politics, but solely focus on spreading the Gospel. Other believe that God has called the church to rectify the injustices of the world. In this episode we will explore the different ways Christians view their role in politics and how the Bible answers this question.
Whether you're being abused or know of someone who is being abuse, action must be taken. Should you call the police? Should you confront the abuser? What is the wise course of action? While every situation is unique, there are some good principles to keep in mind which we'll cover in this third part of our series.
Abusers are unusually very good at hiding the abuse they direct toward others. Those who are abused often hide their abuse out of shame and guilt. If we are to help uproot this sin in our communities, we need to be able to identify when abuse is taking place. Join us as we learn how to recognize when abuse is happening.
There are many different types of abuse that happen all around us everyday. Even in churches people can be mistreated and victimized. Join us as we address this uncomfortable, but vitally important topic.
Bible study, prayer, tithing, and fasting; these are just a few of the disciplines that Christians have practiced for centuries. Join us as we finish the series looking at the Christian Disciplines of our faith.
Christians have debated and argued about various doctrines for centuries, but there are some core doctrines that nearly all of Christianity agree upon. Join us as we look at the core beliefs of the Christian faith.
There seem to be hundreds of Christian Denominations and it can be confusing to know what makes each different. While there is much that could be said on this subject, we will give a brief overview of the history, belief and practices of some of the major Christian denominations around today.
Are you curious about the Christian faith and want to know more? Or have you been a Christian for a while and would like to understand your faith better? In this series we're going to explore many of the important elements of the Christian faith and why we believe what we believe.
More songs, books, movies and poems have been written about love than any other emotion. Unfortunately, love is also one of the most misunderstood emotions. We finish up this series on emotions by revealing the lies about love and what it really looks like.
Worry, like so many emotions, seems like an emotional reflex that we can't help. Some justify their worry because it seems to keep us from danger. However, when left without boundaries it can destroy our lives. Join us as we discuss how to harness this natural emotion.
We all want to be happy, but what does that mean? Is happiness something we can even attain or is it temporary and a source of frustration? In this part of our series on emotion we will discuss the idea of happiness.
Anger is one the most destructive emotions when left uncontrolled. Anger itself is not sinful, but how we respond to this emotion can either accomplish great things or destroy the world around us. Join us as we explore this important emotion.
We all face battles in our life. Battles of temptation, battles in our marriage, our jobs or our health. But the good news is we don't have to face these hardships alone. God is our Banner and He fights for us. Our victory is in Him, so join us as we celebrate as He goes before us.
We live in a world where everyone is fighting to get something. People fight for money, for love, for justice. But God calls us to trust Him for our provisions. Join us as we look at Abraham, a man who tried to provide for himself, but had to learn to trust God for everything. See how Abraham's story reveals God as the One Who Provides.
People in our culture are feeling more isolated and alone than ever before. Many people feel as though know one notices them or cares for them. In this episode we will see that God has revealed Himself as "The One Who Sees" and He sees you and cares about you. Join us as we look at three special things God notices about you that others may overlook.
Emotions are something we all experience throughout our life. However, many people struggle with out of control emotions, especially in difficult times like the one we're currently facing. Join us as we take a look at what God's Word says about our emotions and the blessing that they are.
We will not win every spiritual battle that we encounter. So what do we do when we fail and fall short of the mark God has set for us. Join us for the last study in this series as we look at the encouraging things to remember in our moments of failure.
If we're going to experience spiritual battle on a regular basis, doesn't it make sense to be equipped for that? God's Word tells us how we are to be equipped, but leaves the responsibility of utilizing these provisions to us.
It is impossible to fight against an enemy you don't know and don't understand. Thankfully, God has revealed who our enemy is and what his tactics are. Join us as we uncover this foe and how he's fighting against you.
The Christian life is a battlefield. Everyday the enemy is trying to chip away at our relationship with God. But we are already victors through Christ Jesus! The War has been won, so we need to fight our daily battles from a place of victory! Join us as we begin this important study and remember this crucial truth.
You will face difficulties; it's inevitable. The real question is, how are you going to respond when it comes. It's easy to complain about your struggles, but God calls us to be thankful. Depending on your difficulty, that sounds impossible and unfair. But God reminds us of several things we can be thankful of even in the midst of difficulties.
Sometimes we face difficulties because of the foolishness of other people. It is easy to react based on our emotions, but is that always best? Let's take a look at the life of David and see what we can do to respond wisely to these trials.
Setbacks and discouragement are common to everyone, but how should we handle it. In this discussion, we'll look at Elijah's season of depression and the practical steps God took him on to get him back in the game.
Life throws us all curve balls that are hard to deal with. Often we see these unexpected difficulties as keeping us from God's blessings, but what if some of them are actually a part of God's blessings in our life. It's a crazy thought, but we're going to look at how scripture teaches that is sometimes the case.
In this last part of the God Space series, we see how we can engage in Gospel conversations with people of different faiths and belief systems. We look at the interaction between the apostle Paul and the Athenians in Acts 17 and what it would look like in today's world.
The people we love most are often the people who are the most difficult to share our faith with. They know our past, they see all of our faults and we just don't want to make things awkward; so we hesitate to talk about our relationship with Christ. But what if there was an easier way to be a witness to these loved ones? Pastor Jim will discuss in this episode some practical insights to remember as we engage our friends and family with the Gospel.
Sometimes the best way to encourage a spiritual conversation with other people is to be a blessing to them. Often our actions speak louder than our words and pave the way for us to share the hope that is within us. In this second part of our series, Pastor Jim will discuss how we can be a blessing to those around us that help them take a step closer to Christ.
In the third part of this series, pastor Jim will be discussing three principles of biblical discipline. Disciplining our children is never fun, but it is an essential part of training their hearts to follow God. There are thousands of opinions about how we should correct our children, but the only one that matters is God's. Listen to God's wisdom regarding parental discipline found in Proverbs 23.
Preached for March 22, 2020 by Pastor Dr. Darrell Tate. The COVID-19 outbreak has showed that we live in a rapidly changing world and that it can be hard to count on things. We can always count on Jesus.
This is the second part of a four part study taught by Associate Pastor Jim Richland. This series focuses on the importance of parents training the heart, not just the behavior, of their children. Based on the bestselling book Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp, Pastor Jim discusses practical ways in which parents can partner with God on this important task.
In this lesson, we will be focusing on how God has equipped parents to train their children. Many parents feel lost, overwhelmed and ill-equipped to guide their children. However, God has already given us everything we need to do what He has called us to.
Part 1 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland. Many Christians want to share their faith with others but are afraid they'll either mess up the opportunity or push the other person away. But what if sharing your faith could be easier and more natural than you think? What if God were already working in each person's life and we were merely partnering with Him to help others take the next step? Come join us as we discover how to have natural conversations that can change eternity!
Part 1 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland. It is easy as a parent or grandparent to focus on correcting our children's behavior. But God tells us that all our behavior is the overflow of what is in our hearts. As parents and grandparents, we must guide our children's hearts toward God. Join us as we look how we can partner with God to raise up a godly generation of kids who love God with all their heart.
Part 4 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland. Many Christians go through life feeling defeated. Defeated by nagging temptations, overwhelming guilt or a sense of inadequacy. But God has called us to a life of victory! This is not something you have to do, but something that is already true about you. Come explore with us how God sees every follower of Christ and how that truth empowers us to live every day in victory!
Part 4 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland based on the bestselling book Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Whether you have been married for years or planning to get married someday; you are encouraged to listen and discover how giving the love she desires and the respect he needs can help your marriage thrive for a lifetime!
2 Corinthians 12:7-9
Part 3 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland. Many Christians go through life feeling defeated. Defeated by nagging temptations, overwhelming guilt or a sense of inadequacy. But God has called us to a life of victory! This is not something you have to do, but something that is already true about you. Come explore with us how God sees every follower of Christ and how that truth empowers us to live every day in victory!
Part 3 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland based on the bestselling book Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Whether you have been married for years or planning to get married someday; you are encouraged to listen and discover how giving the love she desires and the respect he needs can help your marriage thrive for a lifetime!
Six Ways to Spell Love to Your Husband (C.H.A.I.R.S)
C - Conquest
H - Hierarchy
A - Authority
I - Insight
R - Relationship
S - Sexuality
1 Timothy 5:8
1 Timothy 1:13-15
Song of Solomon 5:16
1 Corinthians 7:1-5
Part 2 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland. Many Christians go through life feeling defeated. Defeated by nagging temptations, overwhelming guilt or a sense of inadequacy. But God has called us to a life of victory! This is not something you have to do, but something that is already true about you. Come explore with us how God sees every follower of Christ and how that truth empowers us to live every day in victory!
Part 2 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland based on the bestselling book Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Whether you have been married for years or planning to get married someday; you are encouraged to listen and discover how giving the love she desires and the respect he needs can help your marriage thrive for a lifetime!
1 Peter 3:7
1 Corinthians 7:1-5
Part 1 of a 4-week Bible study preached by Associate Pastor Jim Richland based on the bestselling book Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Whether you have been married for years or planning to get married someday; you are encouraged to listen and discover how giving the love she desires and the respect he needs can help your marriage thrive for a lifetime!