Pastor Jeff wraps up Jonah chapter 4 by talking on Jonah's anger with God for forgiving the Ninevites after they ultimately came to him. We are challenged to find the Nineveh in our own lives, the places God calls us to go and the people that we are meant to pray for and ultimately bring to God no matter how difficult that can be. Are we going to live our lives as Jonah did, or follow God and go where he calls us?
Pastor Jeff continues the series in Jonah. In Chapter 3 God gives Jonah a chance to correct his big mistake. We don't always get a second chance, but when God in his divine wisdom and patience decides to redirect us, we would be wise to accept the opportunity and follow.
Pastor Josh teaches from the Book of Jonah, 1:17 - 2:10. We find that Jonah's experience with the whale is not unlike our experiences. God is with us regardless of where we go, what we do, or how far we feel we are from him. Sometimes the darkest circumstances serve to turn our lives toward God, and he is always faithful to forgive us. That is good news.
Pastor Jeff dives into the book of Jonah and takes a look at the ways that God is the hero in the story of Jonah and how we can relate to Jonah's actions in our lives. We cannot outrun God's grace, just as Jonah tried to do. All the while, God is constantly seeking relationship with us.
Pastor Josh teaches on the dangers of anger and addiction. Where anger comes from is critical, as well as what we do with it. And we will not be able to escape our addictions until we recognize their roots.
We all have giants or struggles and problems that we face in life, but true freedom from our struggles comes from putting all of our faith in Jesus and knowing that ultimately God is greater than any giant we may face.
The book of Proverbs has multiple warning for "sluggards." What is a sluggard? What happens to sluggards? More importantly, do we have slug-like qualities that we should be dealing with in our lives? Pastor Jeff has a straight forward challenge for us.
Wear the "clothes", or live by the attributes, that we are called to portray that Jesus provided us all an example of. We need to show others compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and above all else: love.
There are three types of "scams" that scammers will tell us will create our relationship with God, but ultimately it is important to remember that our relationship with God is done. We don't have to do anything to deserve relationship with God besides believe in him and walk in relationship with him.
Pastor Jeff discusses the values that are important to our Northlake family. In this message, part 1, he covers three of our six values: 1) we are biblically centered, 2) a personal relationship with God, and 3) we are all called to service.
A discussion on how we need to come together and live in unity with strong faith in Jesus, but when we disagree on the non-essentials in life we need to make sure to have love for one another because we are given the freedom in Christ to disagree.
Taking a look at how we should be living our lives with the type of urgency we would have if we knew when Jesus was coming back and what that entails. Also, how we need to be living life and loving others the way that Jesus loves us.
The Apostle Paul had every reason to boast, but made a great point of his weakness. He went so far as to tell us that he had a "thorn in his side" that God would not take away in order to illustrate to him, and to us, that He is strong in us when we are weak.
It's Easter. The empty tomb of Jesus is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, and the story of the resurrection is packed with lessons for us. Peter's experiences are a wonderful example of forgiveness, grace and restoration. None of us is outside of the reach God's love and forgiveness.
When Jesus walked on water to meet his disciples during a storm he showed how he never loses sight of us, even when we lose sight of him. While we go through struggles in our lives Jesus is always with us whether we feel his presence or not.
Jesus goes fishing with Peter and performs a miracle while on the boat. We use this to describe how we can drop everything and just follow Jesus with the knowledge of everything that God has given to us just like Peter.
We talk about John the Baptist and how he was called to baptize the thousands of people that he did. And how baptism was changed into what it is today through the baptism of Jesus and why we are called to be baptized as Christ followers.
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. If we are to grow in our relationship with God, we need to humble ourselves before God and each other. A great example of this is joining with other believers in a Life Group.
The story of Mary and Joseph has to be considered the craziest love story of all time. Their love for each other helped them work through a very unique situation. Move over, God sending his Son to us in this way is the craziest love of all.
Reading from Luke, the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth is told as a reminder to not lose hope even when it feels like God is absent in our lives. It is a reminder that God has a plan for the world and we must trust in him with patience.
From the very beginning, God planned for man to be in fellowship with him. In the Garden of Eden it was very simple but Adam broke the one rule and the fellowship was lost. Then came the Law, which was very complicated. Jesus came to offer the free gift of grace which provides fellowship for us once again.
Walking in faith is a life of action, and the things we are called to do we are woefully unqualified for. With, Christ, however, we can do all things. The life of Peter is a great example of how our willingness are far more important to God than our individual qualifications.
A central question to Christianity is "Who is Jesus?" And the central question to the Christian is "Who is Jesus to me?" Jesus was clear about who He is, and many others testify to the truth of His claim, including God himself.
Pastor Jeff begins a series on Daniel. This Old Testament book tells about past history of God's people, including Daniel. It also gives us glimpses into the future history of God's people, ultimately confirming that He loves us and is in control.
In Proverbs God teaches us to look to our guide- the Lord- for how to travel through life. We can be tempted by the world that we see to stray, but ultimate joy is found in the center of the path that Christ leads us down.
If God is good, and God made the world, then why isn't the world more good? If he loves us and is in complete control, then why do we suffer? These are difficult questions that God's Word helps us to answer.
In the first two verses of 1 Peter, we learn where our salvation comes from and what it means. We can't hope to understand everything that God knows, but we can understand enough to choose Him and appreciate what He has done for us.