Description:There are many ways to "recharge" - exercise, isolation, reading, unplugging, movies - just to name a few. Here are a few questions to consider... Is your mode of recharging healthy or unhealthy? Is it intentional or accidental? Do you really feel rested after a weekend of "rest"?
Description:In recent years our world has gotten smaller, thanks to the advancements in technology. With a touch of the finger we can connect to an old friend through social media, login to a business meeting located in another state, and be instantly notified of a current event. Ironically, we can be connected to everything except those closest to us.
Description:Unless you are a fanatic of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the word "fellowship" is not typically used in the everyday vernacular of our culture. However, it is an overused word within the church and has lost its luster through the centuries.
Description:Author, Michael Ford makes a fine statement regarding the dilemma between happiness and hardship, “Human suffering, then, need not be an obstacle to joy and peace, but the very means to it.”
Description:We often consider appetites as something that sounds good to eat - burger, Mexican, or BBQ? However, appetites describe innate desires that we all possess. In this message, Rod Robinson addresses the dangerous power of uncontrolled appetites.
Description:There are seasons of darkness that overshadow all the happenings of life - death, disease, doubt, discouragement, disenchantment, etc... Even when all seems hopeless, we can still hold on to HOPE!
Description:Mother Theresa is credited with saying this powerful statement, "Listen in silence because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God." As we will discover from the prophet Elijah, it is much easier to hear than to listen.
Description:Special guest Jon Liles, missionary to Rome, Italy, shares with us his family's secret to overcoming daunting experiences.
Description:The Scottish born teacher, author, and communicator, Oswald Chambers, is credited with this statement, "All of God's people are ordinary people who have been made exrtaordinary by the purpose He has given them." While listening to this podcast, consider the purpose that God is giving you?
Description:19th century Bible teacher and author, Dr. Frederick E. Marsh made this comparison, "'Give me a fulcrum and a lever and I will move the world,' said one. Christ the lever of power and a believing (obedient) heart is the fulcrum.” Have you ever considered that God has chosen to utilize YOU to accomplish His missional work in the world?
Description:After the resurrection, Jesus spent a considerable amount of time making clear the next steps for His struggling followers. Jesus entrusted them with a four-fold commission: Sending (John 20:21); Strategy (Matthew 28:18-20); Scope (Luke 24:44-49); and Sector (Acts 1:8). This week, missionaries to the African country of Uganda are with us to discuss this all important strategy.
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."