A Game of Thrones
Search for Sovereignty
Search for Sovereignty
Description:Sovereignty is a word that is seldom used in our modern, American culture. The word conjures up images of crowns, thrones, and royalty. However, it is a posture that we regularly assume, as we all want to be the supreme ruler of our lives.
Secret to Success?
Description:Former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell is quoted to say, "There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." Hezekiah, the 13th king of Judah, was in all respects a successful ruler. His only problem... he knew it.
Description:Unconscious Incompetence is a term used to describe the first level of learning. This stage has been described as "you do not know that you do not know." Another term that can be used is ignorance. Isn't it ironic that some of the most ignorant people (those without knowledge) can be some of the most arrogant.
Description:T.S. Eliot is credited with saying, "The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason." This statement sums up the life of Jehu, the northern kingdom of Israel's ninth monarch.
Good Greed, Bad Greed
Description:Merriam-Webster dictionary defines greed as "a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed." Have you ever considered greed as something virtuous? Through the story of King Ahab and Naboth, we are confronted with the polarizing emotion of greed.
Description:Recording artist, Demi Lovato is credited with this quote, "Insecurity kills all that is beautiful." This internal anxiety is linked to other destructive behaviors and emotions - jealousy, comparisons, fear, control, arrogance - that derail confidence meaningful relationships, and influence.
Description:Writer and novelist, George R.R. Martin said this while describing the complex characters in his book, A Game of Thrones, "I think the battle between good and evil is fought largely within the individual human heart, by the decisions that we make." This indeed is a tension that we all face in the human experience. An objective of this series is to identify the evil in our own heart by examining the lives of the Old Testament kings of Israel.
Managing the Makeover
Description:The mind behind the Magnolia brand, Joanna Gaines, is quoted in reference to her zany husband Chip, “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.” We may or may not view ourselves as being "fixer upper's", but God went great lengths to salvage our souls... what must we do to manage the makeover?
Remediating the Damage
Description:Pulling back the walls on a renovation project can be a little scary as to what is lurking unseen - old wiring, leaky pipes, toxic mold. Many of us are living with damaged hearts due to unresolved issues and shameful secrets. The process of remediation is costly, but you and your relationships are worth it!
Description:Catastrophe by definition is a sudden event often causing great damage and/or suffering. We may prepare for a disaster, but we never plan one. When tragedy ravages your life, how do you overcome it?
Description:Any builder will emphasize how critical a firm foundation is to the completion and longevity of a project. So many people are cracked and crumbling, why do we build our lives on faulty foundations?
Description:There is something intriguing when the home improvement shows salvage an old, dilapidated house and make it livable again despite the problems, brokenness, and damage. Do you think God sees you as a fixer upper?
Description:Have you ever been the recipient of someone's generosity unexpectedly - a gift card, book, cash, or assistance? How did that gesture of thoughtfulness and kindness affect you? Imagine how your giving, caring, and sharing may impact others.
Description:Have you ever considered how easy it is for our thoughts to slip into "default mode" when unoccupied or under distress? There may be some truth in the old adage - "an idle mind is the devil's workshop."
Description:Our world is full of distractions - chimes, notifications, likes, text messages, tweets, and so on... We easily get caught up in the "urgent" things over the most important matters. What must we do to find focus?
Description:In his book 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell identifies influence as "the true measure of leadership." If this is true, who are you leading and how are you leading them?
Description:No matter the stage of life or the context (school, work, gym, faith, etc...) we feel the pressure to perform and/or conform, but what exactly do we win? Perhaps there is a different standard for winning.
Description:Of recent, the word partnership has emerged into an often used term. From business partnerships and community partnerships to financial partnerships and global partnerships. Despite the varying contexts, have you ever considered that God desires to have a partnership with you?
Description:Which is more essential... right thinking or right living? Pastor Charles talks through these two paradigms and challenges us to consider the ways of Jesus.
Description:Our current social climate is as polarizing as our Indiana winter has been. This extreme polarization has resulted in people being funneled or marginalized because of their deeply held beliefs. What must people of faith do to live Christ in the midst of this conflict?
Description:A major shift has occurred over the last few decades in how the culture views Christianity. A society that was once pro-Christian, has slowly morphed into being post-Christian. As followers of Jesus, how do we live Christ in our post-Christian world?
Description:Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines influence as the act or power of causing an effect or change without use of direct force or authority. We all are influencers, but how can we leverage this force to impact the people in our lives, as well as the Kingdom of God?
Description:The biblical perspective of fellowship is a much deeper concept than a pot-luck meal or a fun activity. At its core, fellowship is a shared or common experience. Within the context of church, fellowship is found through eternal life.
Description:Gary Rohrmayer has defined prayer as, "simply lifting up one's heart - our desires, concerns and circumstances - up to God." He takes that thought a step further by saying, "It [prayer] is also about aligning our hearts with God and His missional purposes."
Description:What does a golf swing, the string on a guitar and a leaky faucet have in common? A minor adjustment can make a world of difference. Consider your life, are there areas that need a minor adjustment?
Peace on Earth?
Description:"...On earth peace, goodwill toward men!" When weighing these words with what is happening in the world around us, the last thing that is observed is peace. Did the angels get it wrong? What did they mean? How can we experience peace?
Description:In the course of this teaching series, we have discovered and discussed the type of baggage that we drag around everywhere we go because we refuse to take the simple steps to check it in... confess, forgive, give, and celebrate.
Description:Have you ever considered the correlation between our emotions - guilt, anger, greed, & jealousy - with the propensity to engage in other harmful behaviors - self-loathing, lust, arrogance, etc...? If this resonates, then you may be under the control of your emotions.
Description:Have the following ever crossed your mind..."Why can't I get my yard to look like my neighbors?""Everything always comes so easy for them." "That guy got the raise and I didn't!"You may be toting around jealousy!
Description:Greed is a tricky emotion to recognize in ourselves, it disguises itself as prudence, resourcefulness, and good stewardship. However, it is seen by others as hoarding, frugality, mizerly, opportunistic, and materialism. What must we do to rid our hearts of greed?
Description:Dr. Gary Chapman said it well, "Anger is not the problem... mismanaged anger is destructive." Does this statement describe someone you know? Does this statement describe you? Have you ever considered where this destructive emotion comes from? How can we be liberated from its grip?
Description:Have you lost "it" lately with one of your kids? Do you find yourself disagreeing with your superior and telling everyone about it? Are you harboring a secret that you do not want anyone to know about? Do you feel like you owe someone something? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be wrestling with guilt.
Description:Baggage... we all have hurts, wounds, and wrongs that we tote around in our hearts everywhere we go. Where do they come from? How did they get there? How do we handle them? Who do they affect? Pastor Charles answers these questions and provides a principle that can benefit us all.
Overview Part 2
Description:One of our deacons and Life Group leaders, Rod Robinson, brilliantly walks us through each of the five faith building dynamics that God uses to grow and deepen our faith.
Overview Part 1
Description:Joe Self, Life Group Coordinator and group facilitator, compellingly shares with us Gods desire to have a relationship with us.
Description:We've all exprienced pivotal moments in life, some joyous while others are painful. As you consider your pivotal circumstance(s), how did you interpret those events? Also, how have they shaped your life?
Description:How often do we disqualify ourselves from an opportunity because we feel inadequate and/or incompetent? "I can't do that..."; "I lack the necessary skills..."; "I've never done that before." Have you ever considered that responsibility can move you toward dependency?
Description:The word discipline has many connotations ranging from punishment to restraint; from training to rules of conduct. From the christian worldview, spiritual disciplines can be a means in which God uses to bring depth to faith.
Description:Andy Stanley in his book, Deep and Wide describes providential relationships... "Two things make a relationship providential: when we hear from God through someone and when we see God in someone."
Description:In week #2 of the Roots series, pastor Charles talks through the importance of not only hearing biblical teaching, but living it out in life.
Description:Pastor Charles in this new teaching series called Roots: Growing Deeper, introduces the five critical components needed to bolster our faith in God.
Grace of Giving
Description:In the final message of this series: Common Cent$, pastor Charles identifies the most essential attribute needed when one exercises the personal discipline of giving.
Faithful & Wise
Description:Arthur T. Pierson said it best, " The two things required of stewards are that they be 'faithful and wise,' that they study to - employ God's gifts with fidelity and sagacity - fidelity so that God's entrustments be not perverted to self-indulgence; sagacity, that they be converted into as large as gains as possible."
Holding Out for Management
Description:We wrestle through many tensions in life... Coke or Pepsi; Ford or Chevy; baseball or football; vanilla or chocolate; etc... In all seriousness, when it comes to our wealth and possessions, the real tension is between ownership or stewardship - which are you?
Description:The journey through Judges has been eye opening, shocking, and at times depressingly dark. However, there is much to discover from the lives of these inconsistent individuals, as well as God's interaction with them.
Samson | Wasted Passion
Description:Chip Henderson brilliantly summarizes the polarizing character of Israel's 12th Judge in the title of his Bible study book, Samson: A Life Well Wasted. In this message, pastor Charles explains how this man walked on the "tightrope of passion."
Jephthah | Salvaged Savior
Description:Jephthah's story resembles something that you might see on a show from HGTV or the DIY Network. Instead of a piece of furniture that is being reclaimed, restored, and repurposed... it's his life.
Gideon | Reflection of Faith
Description:The story of Gideon possesses many of the riveting characteristics of classic literature - heroism, tension, suspense, valor, and tragedy. Although, if we honestly look for ourselves in the narrative, we will find it reflected through Gideon.
Ehud | Shaken, But Not Stirred
Description:The narrative that chronicles Ehud, the second Judge of Israel, resembles an excerpt from Ian Fleming's spy stories featuring James Bond than a passage of holy scripture. Regardless of the 007-esque mission, there are truths worth considering.
Othniel | Testing in Progress
Description:David Guzik made this insightful statement in his commentary on Judges chapter 3, "God wanted to prove the faithfulness of Israel to Himself; and to improve their reliance on Him." History tells us how they responded... will we choose to learn from them?