Sun, Oct 18, 2020
Religion can be weird. Odd cultic behavior. Faces of religious icons appearing in random places. Fanatical rules and restrictions to follow in order to be good. Are these all misguided attempts by religious nuts to connect with God? Are we trying too hard to make sense of something so big and mysterious? In this message, we’ll see what Jesus offers is different.
Sun, Oct 11, 2020
Many horrible things have been done and are being done in the name of God. So, it’s easy to understand why people turn away from religion. We want to have faith, to believe our lives have purpose, but our experiences contradict everything we trust in. If you are turned off by religion, if everything around you is saying there is no God, the story of a fanatic and his radical conversion might help you rethink what it is all about.
Sun, Oct 04, 2020
Using Acts 1:8 as a template, we will explore how we can be neighbors to those who live in our communities but are not like us. North Harris County is becoming more diverse every day, and the vision of God’s kingdom is for people from every tribe and tongue to hear the Gospel and be saved. From Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well, we will learn how we must reach to those who are near us but not like us.
Sun, Sep 27, 2020
The Good Samaritan not only chose to love his neighbor, but he exhibited compassion in astounding ways. Compassionate people do not only sympathize and empathize but they also actively help alleviate the sufferings of others. In other words, compassion is not only about thoughts, feelings, and emotions, but also about actions and solutions.
Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Love is not only an emotion, it is a choice. We can choose to love our neighbor or not to love our neighbor. In Jesus’ story about The Good Samaritan, we will discover that loving our neighbor is a choice – one that must be made on a regular basis.
Sun, Sep 13, 2020
If we are going to impact our community, we must understand what love for our neighbor really is. Love is a word we throw around for a lot of things. To truly comprehend love we must look at God’s love – in particular His love for us. In this message we will talk about six reasons we must love our neighbor.
Sun, Sep 06, 2020
In the ways of the world, it is survival of the fittest. To those who are first, they see the last as deserving of being there. If they’re first, then they deserve to be first, but Jesus turns this on its head by saying “the last will be first, and the first last”. This is in direct opposition to the way that the world operates. The world believes in “first come, first served” and not “first come to serve”.
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
In this week’s quote Jesus was preparing the eleven men He had left for His pending crucifixion, His resurrection, and His subsequent departure for heaven. He gave them this great metaphor of the True Vine as one of His encouragements. Jesus wanted His friends, not only those eleven, but those of all time, to know that He was not going to desert them, even though they would no longer enjoy His physical presence.
Sun, Aug 02, 2020
Jesus didn’t come with fallible human opinions. When He spoke it was as though God Himself were speaking; and, in fact, it was God Himself speaking. If you want to know what God thinks, read the words of Jesus. If you want to know God’s insights into any subject, listen to Jesus. If you want the wisdom of God, listen to the words of Jesus.
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Hating an enemy is what comes natural. We need supernatural help. If we try and love our enemies apart from the help of God it will difficult if not impossible. Loving your enemy does not mean you have to add them to your Christmas list, or make them your best friend. It doesn’t mean you excuse their actions. In this final message we learn from Jesus that the good life is about loving those who are unlovable.
Sun, Jul 19, 2020
The Jews lived under constant Roman oppression. One demand by a Roman soldier or citizen would require a Jewish person to carry their burden for a mile. It was an inconvenient and unjust law. Israel lived in anticipation of the coming of Messiah. One who would deliver them from such tyranny! Now, here Jesus stood…telling them they should carry their Roman neighbors pack for a second mile?!? Surely this could not be what He meant. But it was. In this concept lies the secret to true joy and living a good life.
Sun, Jul 12, 2020
We are all familiar with sayings such as "A man's word is his bond," or "A handshake is as good as a contract." These sayings belong to another age. We live in a world where contracts are worth only the paper they are written on, and promises are broken with impunity. Today, a man's word means little, and a handshake is merely a handshake. In this message we learn the good life consists of making sure we do what we say we will do. As the old Gaelic proverb says: There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.
Sun, Jul 05, 2020
Divorce is a departure from the purposes of God. Jesus explained that provisions for divorce in the Old Testament were an accommodation to the hardness of people’s hearts and a necessary evil. Regardless of the circumstances, divorce signifies the fatality of the marriage vow. It’s the death of the dream, the breaking of the covenant, and the ending of “what should have been.” Jesus shows us that being committed in marriage for life is important to experiencing the good life.
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
An adulterous heart is a restless one. It was that way in Moses’ day, remained that way in Jesus’ day, and is still so today. Some cultures try to be subtle about this. Ours does not. Extra-marital sexual activity is so intertwined with a juggernaut entertainment industry, we generally want distraction and amusement as much as we want sex. In this message, Jesus points out the danger of sexual impurity and how it robs of the good life.
Sun, Jun 21, 2020
Jesus equates the consequences of anger toward others to the consequences of murder. This may seem harsh, but Jesus knows our hearts far better than we do. Human anger is the first stop on the line to murder, and to the Holy God, a step toward a sin is as bad as the sin itself. If we truly want to live the good life, we must learn how to control the emotion of anger.