When Jesus offers us His life, we are tempted to try and bring something in return, as though we are able to make the trade fair. But there is nothing we can give that compares. We are freed from the need to make the trade fair, and in that freedom, we are shaped by the Spirit into the people Jesus wants us to be.
As disciples of Jesus, we are invited to live as Jesus did. Jesus lived life in three dimensions: UP in relationship with God, IN in relationship within the Body of Christ, OUT in relationship to the world. In this session of the Discipleship MasterClass, Pastor Eric talks about how we experience deeper relationships in all three dimensions.
It's not that we don't believe in Jesus' version of life. It's that we have bought into a different version. These opposing authorities bind us up and keep us from making disciples, but Jesus have been give ALL authority and invites us to repent and believe in His version of life.
When Jesus told Peter to "feed My sheep," Peter knew exactly what Jesus was talking about. Peter had Jesus as a living example. Today, we don't have Jesus in the flesh to guide us, but we do have other living examples of what it means to feed His sheep. Patricia Duke from Love INC of North Oakland County joined us to talk about how Jesus has called her and Love INC to feed His sheep and how it has changed her life and faith as a result.
Jesus wants to speak to us and disciple us in the everyday experiences of our lives. But how do we hear from him? In the first session of the Discipleship MasterClass, Pastor Eric teaches on how to make sense of the "kairos" moments of our lives.
The Good News of Easter is that, where this death, there will eventually be resurrection. That can be a message easier preached than believed. In our doubts, Jesus meets on the road, in the story, at the table, and with a mission.
What we believe about God changes everything, including how we pray. When we trust that God will gives us wisdom, peace, and power, prayer becomes not just something we should do, but something we get to do.
We are wired to pray, but sometimes we don't know how or have misconceptions about what prayer actually is. We can trust that, that when we approach God will simplicity and sincerity, God hears our prayers and responds.
On Ash Wednesday, we remember that "we are dust and to dust we shall return." We remember our humanity and our brokenness as well as remembering that we are marked with the cross of Christ. 12 Step programs are so effective at engaging our humanity and brokenness in a way that leads to hope. In fact, there is value for all Christians to "work the steps."
Too often, we gravitate to either the mountaintop experiences of following Jesus or the messy experiences of following Jesus. The reality is that we need both if we are to truly become Christ's disciples.
Too often in the Christian life, we think obedience is about sin management and behavior modification. True obedience is following Jesus wherever He goes, even into the places of brokenness and hurting. When our lives become centered on Jesus' mission and not our own, Jesus produces in us the right way to obey.
We all know the joy of being chosen and the sting of being rejected. While the world bases these decisions on performance, Jesus chooses us to invest His power into...and He NEVER gives up on His investment.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called into broken situations even when we don't think we can do anything about that. The authority we carry as disciples of Jesus is not found first in the manifestation of God's power, but in message of God's promise.
We want to believe we are strong, that we have it together, that we can figure it out. However, it is not until we realize just how dependent we are on God and how desperate we are for God to act that we are open to the joy of the Lord. That joy comes when Jesus defines our direction as part of God's plan to save the world from itself.
Challenge does not seem like a gift, but the path to change is paved with challenge. We are promised that Jesus meets us on that path, leads us, and brings others along side to travel that road together.
When our lives are characterized by comfort, safety, and security. We really don’t need hope – because things are fine. But there will eventually come a point when life strips that away. The Good News for us is that hope is one of the gifts of God’s Christmas Presence.
In the eyes of the world, following Jesus seems risky, especially His call to radical generosity. But our fear reveals our lack of understanding of just who Jesus is. If you really knew, you would realize that betting on Jesus is the safest risk you can take.
We often live as though our money is our life. Money drive many of the decisions we make. But if our life revolves around the pursuit, accumulation, maintenance, and reliance on wealth, that is a road to holy discontentment because there will never be enough. In God's version of the Good Life, it really is your money or your life.
So often, our activity for the sake of others is based on our preferred availability: what we are willing to do with our time, energy, and finances. But, in God's version of the Good Life, our activity is not based on our availability but on our anointing. That is actually Good News.
There is a strong gravitational pull away from feeling the negative emotions of that come from pain and trauma. But until we work through these, they will play out in potentially destructive ways. The Good News for us is that Jesus sets us free to "feel all the feels."
It is easier for us to judge people or situations by what we see on the surface. But God doesn't judge the way humans do. God looks at the heart of the matter and sees what is really going on beneath the surface.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
On this episode, we continue our series called "How God Works." We all want to believe God is on our side, but Jesus didn't come to take sides. He came to take over. Scripture passage: 1 Samuel 8:4-20.
On this episode, we begin a new sermon series called "How God Works." While God does sometimes work in mysterious ways, Scripture also reveal ways we can know God works. One of those ways is that God calls us. Scripture passage: 1 Samuel 8:3-10.
It is one of the most challenging questions of the Christian faith. Check out this episode for Pastor Eric's sermon on Psalm 73:1-5, 13-20 as he tackles this question and looks for where God is at in the midst of trauma and tragedy.
Jesus is the process of transforming us into the people He has created us to be. He "clothes" us in His love, mercy and grace. If you are searching for God's version of the Good Life, put on your Jesus suit.
God has wired you a specific way as a gift you and the world. This gift is meant to bring God glory and to do you and the world some good. When you discover this gift, your spiritual personality style, it sets you free to live as you were intended in God's version of the Good Life. Eric and Vito talk about spiritual personality styles and how to discover them.
Each of us has a gift. Each of us is needed. We have an amazing life in which we can participate in what Jesus wants to do: bring healing in a divided and anxious world. Check out Eric's latest message at King of Kings!
Work consumes a good portion of our lives, so in order to live a thriving life in a striving world, we must discover how to thrive in the workplace. On this super practical episode, Eric and Vito discuss what thriving in the workplace looks like, the barriers, and how we can make the shift from striving to thriving at work.
On today's episode, Eric shares a talk on becoming spiritually strong. Too often, we think strength comes from in, but true strength is a gift from God from the outside in that allows us to live by faith from the inside out.
Social media gives us the illusion that we are connected, but, in a life of thriving, we need true relationships. On this episode, Eric and Vito discuss the value and the difficulty of finding true friends and share some practical encouragement to help you thrive in finding community!
On today's episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from this last Sunday at King of Kings. In a divided world, there is a tendency for us to want to build walls between ourselves and those we don't like, don't agree with, and don't want to deal with. But where we build walls, Jesus builds a family.
On today's episode, Eric shares his message from this last Sunday at King of Kings about how, in a life of thriving, we grow to understand that we have been chosen by God, in spite of our anxiety, doubt, failures, and self-centeredness. We aren’t chosen because we are enough, we are enough because we’ve been chosen.
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares about how necessary it is for a life of thriving to consume Jesus. Not literally, of course, but figuratively. We consume His values and His is priorities. This allows us to move beyond a hyper focus on being good and following rules and instead receiving and passing on the grace, love and compassion of Jesus.
On today’s episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday, June 17at King of Kings. In this message, he talks about the role doubt in the life faith and how Jesus dealt with it in those he encountered. If doubt is something you struggle with in your faith journey, you will find this episode tremendously helpful.
On today’s episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday at King of Kings. There is confusion in the system between what we need and what we think we need. We want Jesus to give us what we crave, but Jesus gives only what will truly satisfy. Take a listen.
On today's episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday where he talks about how Jesus performs more than just miracles for us. These blessings are intended to be shared with others because we have been blessed to be a blessing.
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric and Vito dive into the mindset needed to shift your life from striving to thriving. They discuss how most Christians are wrong about what it means to be "born again" and that a better understanding of what Jesus meant is the key to charting your course from striving to thriving.
On today’s episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday called The End In Mind. Too often, we view ourselves right here in this moment as a finished product. We see our shortcomings and feel like we should be doing better that we are. But Jesus has a different view of that. When He talks about us being born again, He doesn't mean instant transformation. He means something very different.
On today’s episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday called The Promise of Perspective. We will take a deep dive into the distinction between the urgent and the important and how in God’s version of the Good Life, we are set free from the tyranny of the urgent to purse the important relationships, tasks, and goals God has called us to.
We are called to love others, even those that are hard for us to love. It can feel like a struggle we won’t ever win, but what if the prize we receive for engaging that struggle is far greater than just loving that person?
Love is a word that is thrown around so much that it is hard to know it means. Jesus leverages a very specific kind of love on us and sends us into the world to leverage that kind of love as well. But what is that love? Take a listen.
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric details his near 20-year journey from discovering his calling to actually living it. There is a process, and it can seem long and winding, but when it leads you into what you were meant to do, it will all be worth it.
On today's episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday for King of Kings, in which he talks about the need for us to know who we are. The hope we have in understanding our identity in Christ is like oxygen for our lungs when our burdens make it hard for us to breath.
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric talks about the importance of self-awareness as it relates to what we pursue and how this self-awareness can prevent us from becoming stuck in a lifestyle of striving.
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric talks about how we strive to pretend like everything is fine, but deep down, we know something within us isn’t quite right. The Good News is that we don’t need to hide from God or one another. In the light of Jesus’s grace and mercy, it’s ok not to be ok.