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Into the Unknown...Be Strong and Courageous
Has God ever called you to something that you've never done before?  It can be intimidating because the unknown is scary.   It can feel overwhelming because you may doubt yourself and your abilities.  Let's take a lesson from Joshua and his calling while also looking for wisdom on what to do when we're on a road we've never been on before by looking at what God tells the Israelites to do through Joshua.  
April 29, 2022
Made For More (Wholeness), prt. 3
Isaiah 59:8 paints us well by saying, "They don't know where to find peace."  Though this was written about a different people group, Isaiah's words speak to the landscape of our culture today.  Within so much hate and division alongside worry and fear, we are people in need of peace.  We long for more wholeness and peace because we were made from wholeness and peace.
April 28, 2022
Made For More (Relationships), prt. 2
Made for more: relationships.  One area of life where we often experience less than we're made for is our relationships.  All kinds of relationships, from family and friends to romance and roommates.  Created in God's image, we have the capacity for the same two adjectives that describe God's relationships -- holy and love -- to describe our relationships.  When it comes to relationships, what are your adjectives? 
April 27, 2022
Made For More (meaning), prt. 1
Made For More: Meaning, Connection and Wholeness.  We long for more because we're made for more.  the Bible describes us human creatures as being made in the image of God.  That explains a w hole lot about us.  It explains our Creator's original design for us, and it explains our longings, like why we ache for a purpose, why we crave connection with others, and why we hunger for wholeness.  This image of God thing means that we're made for more than we're probably experiencing.  It means we're made for a meaningful purpose, connected relationships, and satisfying wholeness. 
April 27, 2022
Resolute Discipleship
Two big ideas from Luke 9.51-62: 1/ Jesus was stubbornly determined to do his mission for our good.  2/ Jesus calls us to follow him with the same kind of resolute determination.  His path led him to the cross and beyond. Ours does, too.
April 27, 2022
Rooted in Love
Do you ever feel scattered kind of like tumbleweed? The nature of a tumbleweed is that it gets blown all over the place and it's not rooted in anything.  In Colossians 2, Paul gives us five ways to put down roots in the love of God reminding us that what we are rooted in matters. 
April 27, 2022
Extravagant Love Calls Us To Love Extravagantly
What does extravagant love look like? How does knowing that we are extravagantly loved call us to love extravagantly?  
February 10, 2022
Bold Goals, prt. 2
What makes a bold goal bold is not that it’s your daring attempt to be your best version of yourself. We’ve tried that before, right? What makes a bold goal so bold is that it’s God’s audacious vision for your life. Tonight’s Bold Goals: Build something that’ll last (Luke 6.47-48). Live with power and purpose (Acts 1.8).
February 10, 2022
Bold Goals, prt. 1
We’re coming up on our two-year Coronaversary. We’ve been limping along, locked-down, living our least life now, struggling through grief and sickness, and dealing with quarantine and isolation. But even in the middle of it all, we can partner with God and pursue his Bold Goals for us. Over the next two weeks, we’ll take a look at four Bold Goals to make the most of the life we’re living. Tonight’s Bold Goals: 1/ Faith that amazes Jesus [Luke 7.1-10]. 2/ Growth that makes me all God created me to be [2 Peter 1.2-11].
February 10, 2022
The Epiphany of the Faithful (Jonathan Franz)
Come to know and see Jesus for who he is in our waiting and the consolation of a hope well placed
January 19, 2022
“Waiting on God” while placing hope in Him instead of in what we are waiting for.
December 13, 2021
How To Pray, prt. 4
Pause. Rejoice. Ask. Yield. Our teaching series on How To Pray wraps up with a look at what it means to yield or surrender to God in prayer. One way to put it is "He must increase, and I must decrease."
November 10, 2021
How To Pray, prt. 3
At Worship,  we're in the middle of a teaching series on prayer based on the Lord's Prayer and the acronym P.R.A.Y. -- Pause. Rejoice. Ask. Yield.  This week, we're talking about asking.  "Prayer means many things to many people, but at its simplest and most obvious, it means asking God for help." (Pete Greig, How To Pray) Sometimes we're asking for help because of our own needs (Give us today our daily bread). Sometimes we're asking for what others need (Your Kingdom come).  Sometimes we don't get exactly what we ask for (Your will be done).
November 02, 2021
How To Pray, prt. 2
I’ve come to the conclusion that most people’s biggest problem with prayer is God.  They envisage him scowling, always disapproving, needing to be placated or persuaded in prayer." But Jesus says something completely different. The God to whom we pray is extravagantly kind, the father of the prodigal who comes running toward us with arms flung wide, whenever we approach him, wherever we’ve been, whatever we’ve done. [How To Pray, Pete Greig]  The word P.R.A.Y. is our How-To-Pray outline.  Last week we learned that prayer starts with a PAUSE. Tonight, R is for REJOICE, because adoration focuses our prayer on the character of God.  "Lord, teach us to pray." Lk 11.1
November 02, 2021
How To Pray, prt. 1
Keep it simple, keep it real, and keep it up.  That's pretty good advice about how to pray.
October 14, 2021
Be Still
We all have our go-to set of answers to the question “how are you doing?” One answer that we like a lot: “busy.”  How are you doing? Busy.  We are doing busy? Is that even a sentence? Apparently it is. But God calls us to something different: stillness. Tonight, we’re looking at Psalm 46. 10 and asking this question: what kind of stillness do you need? Hope you’ll join us for a moment of stillness and worship tonight!
October 12, 2021
Finding Hope To Get Through It When It's Hard To Get Over It
"Our hope isn't necessarily that good will eventually come, but that good is already happening.  Our hope isn't that God will one day work in our lives, but that he is already working." 
October 12, 2021
A World Full Of Priests is God's Dream!
Hugh wraps up our "Worship" series on a teaching from 1 Peter!
September 16, 2021
Worship Through Singing
This week at Worship, Katie teaches the beauty of worship through singing.
September 03, 2021
Worship with Your Life
When it comes to worship, we have two basic options: Attend worship or embody worship. Guess which one Romans 12.1-2 cheers us on to choose!?!
September 01, 2021
Grace Upon Grace
This week at Worship, Hugh speaks on what grace upon grace means from John 1:16.
September 01, 2021
The Socially UN-distanced Miracles of Jesus, prt. 4
The faith-and-action of four friends was the catalyst for Jesus’ miracle of healing and forgiving a paralyzed man. The faith-and-action of the four friends challenges us to live a thriving life that bridges the distance between a broken world and the ongoing miracle of Jesus’ healing and forgiveness. It’s time for us to thrive like that!
April 23, 2021
The Socially UN-distanced Miracles of Jesus, prt. 3
When life crowds in with all its pressures, there is still room for us to creep up behind Jesus — if that’s all we feel we can do — and reach out to touch him, in that odd mixture of fear and faith, believing that his presence will change us. Sometimes Jesus brings a miracle and other times he meets a need always leaving us with a deeper peace than when he found us.
April 23, 2021
The Socially UN-distanced Miracles of Jesus, prt. 2
Two deaths…two socially un-distanced touches…two miracles…two lives restored…and an invitation to you to leave death behind and to live like God made you to live. This week at Thrive -- How Jesus' death-to-life miracles can change the way you live and die.
April 23, 2021
The Socially UN-distanced Miracles of Jesus, prt. 1
Jesus wouldn’t have been very good at social distancing in a pandemic! Isolation and separation would’ve hit him hard. Physical distancing would not have come easily to Jesus. The story of Jesus is the story of a man who was with people – sometimes in crowds, sometimes with small groups. Jesus frequently touched people. And there was power in his touch! In many of his miracles, Jesus broke all the coronavirus rules and touched someone.
April 23, 2021
God's Will and God's Ways - Sovereignty in the Wake of Suffering (Katie Heckel)
You’ve probably heard or said some of these sayings before, often within tragedy and hardship as a way of grasping for meaning behind suffering. Sayings like: “Everything happens for a reason…” “God is in control…” “It was God’s timing…” “Lord willing” or “it must have been God’s will…” But what if some of your suffering wasn’t God’s will? This week at Thrive, we’re wrapping up our “God’s Will and God’s Ways” series by discussing God’s sovereignty. How do we understand God’s will and his sovereignty in the wake of hardship and suffering?
March 19, 2021
God's Will and God's Ways - Decisions (Hugh Griffith)
Decisions.  Doesn't it sometimes feel like college life is just one decision after another... Summer plans, major change, class scheduling, a new involvement on campus, relationships, where to live next year, Jimmy Johns or Chick-Fil-A, grad school or get a job...which job...what if I can't find a job???  God's will.  How can I be confident that my decisions are synced up with God's will? Does God have an opinion about everything?  What if God is silent?  If only God would come help me with these decisions...
February 23, 2021
God's Will and God's Ways - Calling (Hugh Griffith)
What do I want to do with my life?  Or maybe the better question is, What does my life want to do with me?  This week at Thrive, we're starting a three-week series on God's will by talking about God's will and our calling.  Because God has a will, it’s not all up to me alone to figure out what to do with my life.  Our Creator has helpful input and good intentions for what we do with our lives.  Because I have a will, I play the crucial role of responding to God’s callings.  It's a beautiful thing when calling becomes a partnership between God’s will and yours.
February 22, 2021
Intimacy, prt 2: Self-Awareness (Katie Heckel)
In the Bible, a lack of awareness is often compared to blindness. And blindness is often portrayed as a central obstacle to intimacy with God and others. So how does God help us with our blindness? Two ways: 1/ God utilizes other people to help us see. 2/ God helps us with our blindness is by showing it to us. How we respond once we’ve become aware has the ability to grow us closer to one another building intimacy or it can push us away from one another breaking intimacy.
February 22, 2021
Intimacy: God Listens (prt. 1) - Katie Heckel
Would intimacy be a word you would use to describe your relationships?  What about with God?  One way to summarize the Bible’s story is this: It is the story of God’s hunger for intimacy; his pain at its loss; his determination to recapture it; and his fierce joy at its redemption. This week at Thrive, Katie’s teaching on intimacy with God and how God’s presence and God’s listening means our relationship with him can grow in intimacy. Hope you’ll join us and bring a friend!
February 04, 2021
Live Loved (1 John, prt. 3) - Hugh Griffith
Living loved is one continuous experience that starts with being loved by God.  Then living loved trusts the love that sent Jesus to solve our estrangement and our eternity issues. And then lives out the loved you receive. 
February 04, 2021
Live Light (1 John prt.2) - Hugh Griffith
The Gospel of John makes an amazing claim about Jesus: “His LIFE brings LIGHT to everyone.” [Jn1.3] How’d you like for your life to be warmed and brightened by the light of Jesus? That’s the truth we find in 1 John 1.5 – 3.10 in Week 2 of our Bible study series on 1 John.
February 04, 2021
Live (1 John prt. 1) - Hugh Griffith
This week at Thrive, Hugh kicks off our series in 1 John. He speaks on how Jesus is life breaking it down into four parts: 1). Jesus is the Word of life, 2). Jesus defines life, 3). Jesus existed before the beginning, and 4). Jesus is eternal life. Sin disrupts life, but fellowship is restored because the blood of Jesus forgives and cleanses us bringing life to our life.
February 04, 2021
Groaning and Hoping: Freedom (Pat Ward)
This week at Thrive, our good friend and Wesley alumnus, Pat Ward, teaches on finding freedom in our groaning. Pat says, “Being free and living free are two different things.”  Pat dissects Paul’s words from Romans 8:21 about “glorious freedom,” and he walks us down the road from groaning to freedom, offering wisdom on how we find this “glorious freedom.”
November 06, 2020
Groaning and Hoping: Brokenness (Katie Heckel)
We all carry the baggage of being broken.  We’re broken people living in a broken world making broken decisions and responding to our brokenness with brokenness.  So there’s a lot of potential for life to bring along the way deep disappointment, hurt, and pain, which often becomes baggage that we carry.  So, what do we do with all of this brokenness?
October 21, 2020
Groaning and Hoping: Racial Injustice
One thing the Spirit is saying ”ugh” about is racial injustice and our world’s need for racial reconciliation. Could we join the Spirit of God with an “ugh” of our own? This week at Thrive! Join us!
October 21, 2020
Groaning and Hoping: Politics (Hugh Griffith)
Groaning...It's our gut-level response when our reality isn't what we're longing for.  Maybe you're groaning about Bulldog football or the presidential election. A big cultural problem like racisim deserves our groaning. Or maybe you're groaning about your own brokenness or because of some hurt you experienced along the way. The really good news we find in Romans 8 is that we never groan alone! The Holy Spirit turns our groaning into hoping!
October 21, 2020
Kingdom Values: Power (Katie Heckel)
Would power be a word you would use to describe your spiritual life...Powerful? Jesus says in Acts 1:8 that “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you...” The life and power of Christ are made accessible through the in dwelling person of the Holy Spirit. One of the reasons for not using the word “powerful” to describe our spiritual life may be because we don’t fully know the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit works within our lives. This week at Thrive, Katie Heckel gives us a crash course in “Holy Spirit-ology”:: 8 Facts about the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit’s power influences our life and the world! 
October 06, 2020
Kingdom Values: Community (Katie Heckel)
This week at Thrive, we’re talking community. What if community “as you know it to be” is not actually what God designed “community” to be? Today we’re connected digitally more than ever, yet disconnected physically more than ever. We’ve traded commitment-based communities for temporary human interactions that are based on personal preference. We’ve idolized individualism to the extreme. We’ve been trained to value our preferences, tastes, and freedoms above anything else. #youdoyou And we’ve even fallen into the trap of customizing our friends. We’re in need of rediscovering what a healthy God-designed community looks like and how we can pursue that together. 
September 25, 2020
Kingdom Values: Identity (Hugh Griffith)
This week at Thrive...let’s dive into Identity! A really tricky thing about identity is that we tend to embrace whatever gives us approval as the thing that defines our identity. Basically, identity is the definition of myself that I accept from the thing that gives me approval. When it comes to identity, there are a million ways we can get it wrong, but there’s a clear way we can get it right and live out an identity that’s worth your life. Instead of living your life for approval, you can live your life from approval as a new creation in Jesus. And there’s a big difference between for approval and from approval! 
September 25, 2020
Kingdom Values: Gospel (Hugh Griffith)
This week at Thrive...Gospel. “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” -Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride. “Gospel” is one of those Christianese words that we toss around a lot, and we kind of know what it means…but do we really? Or if we know what it means, are we truly living it out?
September 25, 2020
Jesus at the Center (Katie Heckel)
This week at Thrive, Katie Heckel teaches on Colossians 1:15-22 — We Thrive when Christ is at the Center of our Lives.  What does having Christ at the center do for our lives? How do we reorient our lives around Jesus?
September 03, 2020
Thriveology, prt. 2 (Hugh Griffith)
This week, Hugh continues our 2-part Thriveology series by examining John 7:37-39.  Here's the bottom line: We thrive…when Jesus quenches our thirst…and…when the Holy Spirit fills us up… and…when living water overflows from us into our thirsty world.
September 03, 2020
Thriving prt. 3
Acts 1 & 2 tells the story of how the Holy Spirit takes us from survive mode to thrive mode! + There’s no thriving unless God keeps his promise! + There’s no thriving without receiving what you need! + There’s no thriving without diving in!
April 29, 2020
Thriving prt. 2
Thriving = fruitfulness.  Katie Heckel teaches on what it means to be fruitful?  How do we grow to produce fruit?  In John 15, Jesus teaches us that God has tied together our fruitfulness with His presence, Word, and our surrender.
April 29, 2020
Thriving prt. 1
Surviving or thriving?  Hugh Griffith asks, "What if the circumstances you're just hoping to survive could be a place where you could thrive?"  Thriving happens when the life of Jesus wells up in you and flourishes in you and gives life to the world around you.  Time to thrive!
April 29, 2020
From Emptiness to Capacity
From emptiness to capacity -- Hugh teaches on how God grows grace in our empty spaces. Bible study from 2 Peter 1.1-11.
April 02, 2020
Turning our Grief into Lament
How "well" do you respond to suffering?  How "well" do you grieve?  What we do within our pain can play a role in determining the direction of our spiritual life.  Our pain needs to be processed.  Katie teaches on how the expression of grief and distress is an important aspect of our relationship with God.  By looking at the book of Lamentations, we learn that the appropriate response to the brokenness in our world is to communicate our distress and grief to God.  Thank you Mark Swayze for joining us on our 2nd virtual Insight on Instagram Live - @MSStateWesley.  And thank you Madison Kendall for sharing a word.  
April 02, 2020
The Moses Method for Moving from Exile to Purpose
Life was going along smoothly for the most part.  You had your routine.  You had your people.  You knew your identity and your purpose.  Sure, life was a burden at times, but it was mostly good--and at least it was predictable.  But then...a turning point.  Everything changed.  Suddenly.  Abruptly.  And now everything's different.  You're far from where you wish you were, longing for what you used to have.  And you worry and wonder how it'll all play out. All that probably feels true about you, my college student friend, and it is.  But it was first true of Moses.  It wasn't the the coronavirus that rocked his world; it was a series of tough circumstances and bad choices that detoured Moses from life as he knew it.  It turns out that Moses gets you.  So let's get into Moses.  Hugh teaches on the how Moses models four actions we can take even though we're scattered by CV-19.
April 02, 2020
Relate{able} - prt. 4
Relate{able} takes a look at dating and marriage in light of 1Cor6.11 with Hugh talking through: • Several faithful ideas for dating • How a relationship grows toward marriage • How to know when a relationship is ready for marriage • When a relationship ends
March 03, 2020
Relate{able} - prt. 3
Single by choice...single by circumstances...single, yet dating...single, but engaged -- Would you use the word fullness to describe your singleness?  What things hinder your singleness?  What does Jesus say about singleness?  God uses singleness to make a significant difference for the kingdom...Tonight at Insight, Katie’s teaching truth to help you make the most of every SINGLE moment of your life.  Relate{able} - prt. 3
February 19, 2020
Relate{able} - prt. 2
Tonight at Insight, Hugh teaches on Relate{able} - prt. 2.  It sounds like a Jesus juke, but it’s just so true:  What every relationship needs is more Jesus!  More Jesus & less of me/you makes every relationship better so you & I can truly be all that we can be for each other—all because we’re so full of Jesus.  Thank you, John 3.30, for that relate{able} truth!  Also tonight… 2 bad ideas & 1 good idea for what to do with our relationship desires AND an overview of the Bible’s overarching vision for relationships.  
February 14, 2020
Relate{able} prt. 1
Relate{able} – A new teaching series at Insight on relationships.   The One who wired us to relate makes us able to relate. How’s it going with that huge part of life we refer to as relationships?  Friends and family.  Single, dating, marriage, and sexuality.  Gender, orientation, and preference.  Can you relate? Roommates, classmates, til-death-do-us-part mate? Single, single for a season, called to be single, reluctantly single, strategically single? Mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, uncle, aunt, and cousin. Boyfriend, girlfriend, hanging out, talking, dating? Gay, straight, bi? Male, female…neither? But you don’t know what I’ve done… But you don’t know what’s been done to me… Relate{able} doesn’t promise easy answers to complexities, but Relate{able} does offer the honesty and truth from God’s perspective that the One who wired us to relate makes us able to relate.
February 05, 2020
A Beginner's Guide to Holy Spirited Prophecy, Dreams, and Visions
Hugh teaches from Joel 2.28-29 pointing out three Holy Spirited ways you can bring the Kingdom to your corner of our crazy world.
January 29, 2020
Rooted in Jesus
The Bible’s idea of rooted is a relationship.  Rooted means I’m connected to the One who nourishes and anchors my soul.  Rooted means being connected to Jesus in a way that creates an overflow from my life into the world around me.  Rooted full-fills me with the treasure of Jesus! Tonight at Insight, we’re ramping up to our Rooted Retreat with this message by Hugh from Colossians 2.7. 
January 22, 2020
What Kind of Blind are You?
What kind of blind are you?  Nearsighted, farsighted, blurry vision, double vision, tunnel vision, partially blind, completely blind, blind spots, legally blind, color blind, blind date, blinded by the light, blind to truth, blind as a bat… So many ways to be blind—and spiritually blind.  But here’s hope: “I once was blind, but now I see!”
January 15, 2020
A New Kind of New
New Year’s resolutions, a word for the year, fresh goals, exercise plans, & good intentions… Down the drain on average by January 12!  That’s how long most of our new efforts last—12 days.  Maybe what we need is a different kind of new.  Maybe what we need is someOne who specializes in new. 
January 08, 2020
Christmas Insight
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!  Tonight’s message unpacks the meaning of this prophetic name Isaiah gives to Jesus.  That poor innkeeper had no idea who he was turning away that first Christmas night!
December 04, 2019
Wait on the Lord
Is your waiting marked by passivity or are you actively waiting on God to show up--expectant that He's going to work within your waiting?  Tonight, Katie Heckel's preaching on Waiting on God. 
November 20, 2019
The Posture of a Surrendered Will
Your will…Probably the single most strategic thing about you.  It’s the place in you where what you think & what you feel & what you want all converge into what you do.  The posture of your will has everything to do with how you pursue God & how you partner with God’s work in your life.  Tonight at Insight…Hebrews 12.14, Genesis 22.1-18—and the posture of a surrendered will led by Hugh Griffith.
November 13, 2019
How To Turn Your Crisis Into An Opportunity
When it comes to a crisis situation, how do you typically respond? Tonight at Insight, Hugh Griffith helps us look at and learn from Hezekiah and his response to a crisis.
October 23, 2019
The 2nd Half of the Gospel
The first half of the gospel…saves us, rescues us, forgives us, & reclaims us as God’s own forever.  The second half of the gospel…reorients us, realigns us, equips us, & transforms us to profoundly love God and people.  But did you know that 89% of Christians live their lives in the first half of the gospel only?  Just 11% of believers say they are experiencing the second half.  What does the second half of the gospel look like on a college student?  What would it look like on you?  As the second half of the semester begins, let’s dive in to the second half of the gospel as Hugh Griffith preaches. 
October 16, 2019
Seek His Voice
How does God speak to us today?  How do we learn to hear God's voice?  Why does God choose to speak to me in a way that's different than someone else?  Tonight Katie Heckel breaks down some different ways God speaks to us and how to make sure you're at a place where you can hear Him.
October 02, 2019
Seek His Face
Our life often carries tension between connection and disconnection -- even our spiritual life.  As followers of Jesus, we believe that God is always with us, but what do we do when we feel disconnected from God and his presence?  Katie Heckel helps us learn to actively Seek God's Face....
September 25, 2019