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Hating Your Life, Bonhoeffer

Love Your Neighbor, Mother Teresa

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Loving the Unlovely: Amy Carmichael

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What Jesus Claimed About Himslef

Generosity over Consumption

Worship over Worry

Spiritual Depth Over Shallow Tradition

Jesus is For Us

Fig Leaves, Floods and Fossils: Genesis and Science

Spite, Sin and Smiting: God is Angry

Outing, Shouting and Doubting: Homosexuality

Barefoot, Bullied and Backwards: Sexism and the Bible

Yearning, Turning and Burning: The Problem of Hell

Choosen

Some people get labelled in their lives with a description that follows them for years: Smart One, Athletic One,Helpful One, Witty One, Rebellious One. Those kinds of labels are always based on an individual's specific personality or behavior, they are not universal to everyone. Following Christ is not like that. The book of Ephesians identifies people with labels that apply to everyone who has begun a relationship with Christ. Christians are called:Powerful One, Loved One, Wise One, Fruitful One, Strong One and many other names. This is a Christ-follower's self-identity, regardless of the label the world hangs on them. One is a week-by-week look at how to claim those labels for yourself and how to live out that description every day.

Gracious

Some people get labelled in their lives with a description that follows them for years: Smart One, Athletic One,Helpful One, Witty One, Rebellious One. Those kinds of labels are always based on an individual's specific personality or behavior, they are not universal to everyone. Following Christ is not like that. The book of Ephesians identifies people with labels that apply to everyone who has begun a relationship with Christ. Christians are called:Powerful One, Loved One, Wise One, Fruitful One, Strong One and many other names. This is a Christ-follower's self-identity, regardless of the label the world hangs on them. One is a week-by-week look at how to claim those labels for yourself and how to live out that description every day.

Near

Some people get labelled in their lives with a description that follows them for years: Smart One, Athletic One,Helpful One, Witty One, Rebellious One. Those kinds of labels are always based on an individual's specific personality or behavior, they are not universal to everyone. Following Christ is not like that. The book of Ephesians identifies people with labels that apply to everyone who has begun a relationship with Christ. Christians are called:Powerful One, Loved One, Wise One, Fruitful One, Strong One and many other names. This is a Christ-follower's self-identity, regardless of the label the world hangs on them. One is a week-by-week look at how to claim those labels for yourself and how to live out that description every day.

Loved

Some people get labelled in their lives with a description that follows them for years: Smart One, Athletic One,Helpful One, Witty One, Rebellious One. Those kinds of labels are always based on an individual's specific personality or behavior, they are not universal to everyone. Following Christ is not like that. The book of Ephesians identifies people with labels that apply to everyone who has begun a relationship with Christ. Christians are called:Powerful One, Loved One, Wise One, Fruitful One, Strong One and many other names. This is a Christ-follower's self-identity, regardless of the label the world hangs on them. One is a week-by-week look at how to claim those labels for yourself and how to live out that description every day.

Unified

We are in the midst of a series on the book of Ephesians. The idea behind the series is that followers of Christ are labeled. They are called __ One. This week, we will explore God's calling on our life and the adventure he has for every one of us, from Ephesians 4:11-16. Read it on YouVersion or on page 815 in the Bibles we provide.

Recreated

We are in the midst of a series on the book of Ephesians. The idea behind the series is that followers of Christ are labeled. They are called __ One. This week,  Steve will talk about what happens when we tap in to the promise Christ gives us for a recreated life. Read Ephesians 14:17-32 on YouVersion or on page 816 in the Bibles we provide.
 

Imitating One

We are in the midst of a series on the book of Ephesians. The idea behind the series is that followers of Christ are labeled. They are called __ One. How would you feel about being called a copycat? This Easter, learn how imitating can be a good thing.  Read Ephesians 5:1-2 on YouVersion or on page 816 in the Bibles we provide - feel free to grab one in the back.

Fruitful One

We are in the midst of a series on the book of Ephesians. The idea behind the series is that followers of Christ are labeled. They are called __ One. This week, Steve will discuss living out God’s gift of sexuality in the best way possible.   Read Ephesians 5:3-14 on YouVersion or on page 816 in the Bibles we provide.

 

Submitted One

We are in the midst of a series on the book of Ephesians. The idea behind the series is that followers of Christ are labeled. They are called __ One. This week Steve will take a look at how positively progressive a submitted  marriage can be.  Read Ephesians 5:22-33 on YouVersion or on page 816 in the Bibles we provide.

Childlike One

We are in the midst of a series on the book of Ephesians. The idea behind the series is that followers of Christ are labeled. They are called __ One. This week’s message is called “Childlike One.” We’ll consider what “Honor your Parents” really means. Read Ephesians 6:1-4 on YouVersion or on page 816 in the Bibles we provide.

Strong One

We are in the midst of a series on the book of Ephesians. The idea behind the series is that followers of Christ are labeled. They are called __ One. This week’s message will consider who our true enemy really is. Read Ephesians 6:10-12 on YouVersion or on page 817 in the Bibles we provide.

Dressed One

We are wrapping up a series on the book of Ephesians today. The idea behind the series is that followers of Christ are labeled. They are called __ One. This week we close out the ___One series with a look at the kinds of spiritual clothes we need to put on every day. Read Ephesians 6:13-23

 on YouVersion or on page 817 in the Bibles we provide.

Interrupted by God

Well dads, it’s that time of year again. Need a new tie? Some aftershave? Tough- you’re getting them anyway. But in case you want something more, something to help you figure out how to spend the rest of your life, join us as we study Ephesians 6:4 today.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Our summer series is, “ The New Old Testament - Bible stories like you’ve never heard them before.” This week we start at the beginning, and explore the ultimate story of temptation and how we can deal with it when it slithers up to us. Read Genesis 3 on YouVersion or on page 2 in the Bibles we provide.

Hope Floats

Our summer series is, “ The New Old Testament - Famous stories like you’ve never heard them before.” This week we take a look at Noah’s story. While many get stuck on the fossil record or probability of the flood, we miss the larger picture. Read today's verses from Genesis 6-7 on YouVersion or on page 4 in the Bibles we provide.

God's Terrible Idea

Our summer series is, “ The New Old Testament - Famous stories like you’ve never heard them before.” This week we take a look at a story about a father, Abraham, who was asked by God to do an unimaginable thing.  Read today's verses from Genesis 22:1-19 on YouVersion or on page 14 in the Bibles we provide.

The Strangest Battle Never Fought

Our summer series is, “ The New Old Testament - Famous stories like you’ve never heard them before.” This week we’ll take a look at the story of Joshua and the Battle that was not really a battle at all. Read today's verses from Joshua on YouVersion or on page 149 in the Bibles we provide.

The Bigger They Are...

Our summer series is, “ The New Old Testament - Famous stories like you’ve never heard them before.” Today's message is familiar to most everyone - David and Goliath.  But what is it really about? And why does this story still matter today?

Here, Kitty Kitty

Our summer series is, “ The New Old Testament - Famous stories like you’ve never heard them before.” This week we wrap up the series with a look at Daniel’s story, which is more about what did not happen to him than what he did.   Read today's verses from Daniel 6 on YouVersion or on page 618 the Bibles we provide.

Wholly Together

Every one of us has weaknesses: habits we’re desperate to break, choices we wish we could unmake, flaws we hope we can fix. Our brokenness is no surprise to God. He’s well aware of it, but still welcomes us into a relationship with him exactly as we are. That kind of acceptance is good news! But the even better news is God wants more for us. In fact, he’s promised us the power to transform our lives so that we might be spiritually and emotionally whole. This year we will challenge one another to pursue wholeness, healing and restoration in every area of our lives and to do it together. Read today's verses from Ephesians 4:11-16 on YouVersion or on page 816 in the Bibles we provide.

Do You Believe?

Before he healed two blind men, Jesus first asked them a puzzling question: Do you believe I have the power to do this? The answer to that question still has the power to either set us on a path to healing and restoration, or else keep us from even getting started. Read today's verses from Matthew 9:27-31 on YouVersion or on page 681 in the Bibles we provide.

Has No One Condemned You?

We don’t know her name, occupation or ethnicity. We have no idea what she did with her life afterwards, but we do know that she had an encounter with Jesus that is so remarkable, scholars still argue about whether or not it even happened. For those blaming themselves for their past mistakes, this weekend is a must-attend.  Read today's verses from John 8:2-11 on YouVersion or on page 746 in the Bibles we provide.

Becoming Transformational

Whenever we think of areas of our lives where we are falling short, we tend to think the answer to those shortcomings is to try harder, strive further and push ourselves. But knowing God more and growing in our faith is not about putting in more effort, it is about responding to the effort Christ has already made. This week we will learn how to harness the incredible potential the word “therefore" has to offer.  Read today's verses from the book of Romans on YouVersion or on page 782 in the Bibles we provide.

Becoming Worthwhile

Knowing God more and growing in our faith is not about putting in more effort, it is about responding to the effort Christ has already made. It's about being "Transformed." This week we will reflect on God’s desire for us to be transformed and experience real, lasting changes. Read today's verses from the book of Romans 12 on YouVersion or on page 789 in the Bibles we provide.

Becoming Useful

Knowing God more and growing in our faith is not about putting in more effort, it is about responding to the effort Christ has already made. It's about being Transformed. This week we will reflect on how God wires us to serve. Read today's verses from the book of Romans 12:3-8 on YouVersion or on page 789 in the Bibles we provide.

Becoming Sincere

All of us have people in our lives who we love, and there is nothing more painful than seeing them make poor choices that negatively impact their lives. Romans has some advice for all of us when it comes to being a truth-teller in a relationship.  Read today's verses from the book of Romans 12:9-10 on YouVersion or on page 790 in the Bibles we provide.

Becoming Zealous

Every one of us experiences times when our spiritual lives are at an ebb, or when we are just not as connected to God as we want to be. Romans 12 tells us what we can do in those moments to push through our disconnectedness and reconnect with God. Read today's verses from the book of Romans 12:11-12 on YouVersion or on page 790 in the Bibles we provide.

Becoming Harmonious

Followers of Christ are always being encouraged to “live their faith.” But what does that mean?  Read today's verses from the book of Romans 12:13-16 on YouVersion or on page 790 in the Bibles we provide.

Becoming Peaceful

Most of us have no shortage of people who have wronged us. Romans 12 gives us a foolproof way of handling situations where someone has taken advantage of us. As we wrap up the "Transformed" series, read today's verses from the book of Romans 12:17-21 on YouVersion or on page 790 in the Bibles we provide.

Spend Less

Every year, we approach the holidays with the best of intentions and every year, we wind up promising ourselves we will do it differently next year. Well, next year is here. We are going to spend the month of December woking on having a Merry (little) Christmas. This week we'll take a look at a "lost" character in the Christmas story: Joseph. Read today's verses from the book of Matt. 1:18-25 or on YouVersion or on page 677  in the Bibles we provide.

Give More

Elizabeth and Zechariah chose to give Mary a beautiful gift by getting involved in her complicated story. This is the kind of relational gift all of us are capable of giving and which mean the most at this time of year. Read today's verses from the book of Luke 1:39-45 on YouVersion or on page 715  in the Bibles we provide.

Love All

There are numerous examples from the original Christmas story of people going out of their way to make things smaller, simpler and even more fulfilling. For instance, the shepherds were not included in the Christmas story accidentally, they are symbols of the life and mission of Jesus to help us Love All. Read today's verses from the book of Luke 2:8-20 on YouVersion or on page 716 in the Bibles we provide.

Worship Fully

We are wrapping up our series, "Merry (Little) Christmas" with the story of the Magi. There was one singular purpose for their visit, and if we will embrace it in our lives, it will fundamentally change the way we do Christmas. Read today's verses from the book of Matthew 2:1-12 on YouVersion or on page 676 in the Bibles we provide.

Profile

Life is all about relationships. From family, to friends to God, we were created to be in relationship with others and it is where we function best. But relationships are also difficult, and they often struggle despite our best efforts. We are launching the new year learning how to build strong relationships, shore up the weak ones and salvage the difficult ones. This week, we will learn the key to beginning and maintaining relationships with others. Read today's verses from the book of John 15:1-17 on YouVersion or on page 752  in the Bibles we provide.

 

Status

If social media taught us one lesson, it is how to control our image- we show people only what we want them to see, with our best self put forward. But real friendships cannot thrive in this environment. This week we will talk about how to live authentically in a relationship with others. Read today's verses from the book of Colossians 3:5-11 on YouVersion or on page 822 in the Bibles we provide.

Friended

Life is all about relationships. From family, to friends to God, we were created to be in relationship with others and it is where we function best. This week, we will talk about what that effort looks like and how we can have friendships marked by meaning and significance. Read today's verses from the book of Colossians 3:12-17 on YouVersion or on page 822 in the Bibles we provide.

 

Blocked

Life is all about relationships. From family, to friends to God, we were created to be in relationship with others and it is where we function best. This week’s message is about what to do and what to avoid when conflict comes. Read today's verses from the book of Matt. 18:15-35 on YouVersion or on page 688 in the Bibles we provide.

Why do Christians read the Bible literally?

There are certain beliefs and practices that are part of Christianity that can surprise, confuse or even repel those investigating a relationship with Christ. Every week of this series, we will explore a different belief espoused by Christians that seems, frankly, unbelievable. This week, we'll consider why Christians claim that no only is the Bible relevant, but that it should be read literally. Does that even make sense? Read today's verses from the book of Hebrews 4:12-13 on YouVersion or on page 840 in the Bibles we provide.

Why do Christians make such a big deal about sex?

Every week of this series, we will explore a different belief espoused by Christians that seems, frankly, unbelievable.

Why do Christians make such a big deal out of sex?

Nothing seems more prudish and out of date in our culture than when Christians talk about the Bible’s view of sex. Why is it such a big deal? Read today's verses from the book of 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 on YouVersion or on page 825  in the Bibles we provide.

 

Why are Christians Argumentative?

Every week of this series, we will explore a different belief espoused by Christians that seems, frankly, unbelievable. This week we're asking, "Why are Christians Argumentative?" There are few people more concerned with making their voices heard and getting their points across than Christians. On the internet, in politics and in casual conversations, why are Christians so quick to jump in? Read today's verses from the book of 2 Tim. 2:22-26 on YouVersion or on page 833  in the Bibles we provide.

Why do Christians mix God and politics?

Every week of this series, we will explore a different belief espoused by Christians that seems, frankly, unbelievable. With the rise of the Moral Majority in the 1980s came a new and powerful force in politics: the religious right. Many Christians found their political opinions not only being validated, but actively courted. But is that a good thing? Should politics and religion intersect? Read today's verses from the book of Romans 12:21-13:7 on YouVersion or on page 790 in the Bibles we provide.

Why don't Christians act differently from anyone else?

Every week of this series, we will explore a different belief espoused by Christians that seems, frankly, unbelievable. From business to family to finances, Christians are called to live at the highest levels of honesty and integrity. But why don’t they? Why do so many Christians act like everyone else? Read today's verses from the book of 1 Peter 2:11-12 on YouVersion or on page 854 in the Bibles we provide.

Isn't Christianity for the Weak?

Every week of this series, we have explored a different belief espoused by Christians that seems, frankly, unbelievable. The stories of people who convert to Christianity in the midst of personal tragedy are so prevalent, they are almost a cliché. While they obviously hope that Jesus can return them to some semblance of strength, but is that what’s best for us? Read today's verses from the book of 2 Cor. 12:6-10 on YouVersion or on page 808 in the Bibles we provide.

And Nothing But the Truth

As we prepare for Easter, this series will examine the  interactions between Jesus and Pontius Pilate in the days prior to Jesus's death on the cross.    When Jesus was on trial, he was accused of being a threat to the throne of Rome. Jesus himself claimed instead to be a witness for truth. What we are left with is whether or not we can recognize the truth. Read today's verses from the book of John 18:28-40 on YouVersion or on page 756 in the Bibles we provide.

 

The Privilege of Power

As we continue to look at the trial of Jesus, we will look at another of the questions asked by the judge: Don’t you realize I have the power to decide what to do with you? To some degree, all of us have the power to decide what to do with Jesus in our lives. But we probably don’t have nearly as much power as we think. Read today's verses from the book of John 19:1-16a on YouVersion or on page 755 in the Bibles we provide.

The Return of the King

While the death of Jesus on Friday sent a shockwave through his band of followers, it is what happened on Sunday that changed everything. This Sunday we will explore why the resurrection of Jesus still matters 2,000 years later. Read today's verses from the book of John 20:1-18 on YouVersion or on page 756 in the Bibles we provide.

 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

We live in a time when the concept of marriage is a hot topic. Individuals, churches, businesses and the government all want to define what marriage really is. But to understand what marriage actually is and how God intends it to work best, we need to go back to the moment it was actually invented. Whether you hope to get married someday or you have already tied the knot, discover how you can start, succeed in and even struggle through your marriage in a way that helps you beat the odds. Read today's verses from the book of Genesis 2:18-25 on YouVersion or on page 2 in the Bibles we provide.

Hooked on a Feeling

Many people will spend a good chunk of their lives pursuing the feeling of being in love. As long as the feeling is there, we are content. But what happens when the feeling of love is not as strong as it once was, and how do we get it back? Read today's verses from the book of Ephesians 5:21-33 on YouVersion or on page 816 in the Bibles we provide.

Don't Leave Me This Way

When it comes to physical health, most of us know there are some behaviors to avoid (smoking, stress, poor eating). Well, those same kinds of habits exist in marriage as well, and we are going to take a look at some specific marriage killers. Whether you hope to get married someday or you have already tied the knot, discover how you can start, succeed in and even struggle through your marriage in a way that helps you beat the odds. Read today's verses from the book of Ephesians 5:1-20 on YouVersion or on page 816 in the Bibles we provide.

We are Never Getting Back Together

While marriage is often upheld as an ideal, the reality in our world is that 50% of marriages will end in divorce. God’s Word seems very clear about forbidding divorce, but how do we live that out practically in our world? Read today's verses from the book of 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 on YouVersion or on page 796 in the Bibles we provide.

The Downside of Living Wholly Together

We are spending the year pursuing emotional, physical and spiritual wholeness, which we call living Wholly Together. But did you know there are some downsides to living in wholeness? Read today's verses from the book of Proverbs on YouVersion or in the Bibles we provide.

This is Only a Test

If the opening sentence of a book communicates how the rest of the story is going to play out, then the opening of the book of James is setting us up for quite a journey! We have all experienced times in life that are so challenging, we just aren’t sure we can make it through. While none of us looks forward to those times, James tells us there is way we can do more than just endure them, we can use them to bring us joy. Read today's verses from the book of James on YouVersion or on page 847 in the Bibles we provide.

Anatomy of a Temptation

None of us wants to do wrong, yet many of us know the frustration of failing to avoid temptation again and again in certain areas of our lives. Who is to blame when we fail and how do we stop it from happening again? Read today's verses from the book of James 1:12-18 on YouVersion or on page  847 in the Bibles we provide.

What I Learned On My Israel Vacation

It’s a big weekend at East Lake! We are celebrating baptism and Steve is back from Israel. He will be summing up the biggest lesson from his trip and helping us look at the Bible in a new way as he tells us, What I Learned On My Israel Vacation.

Playing Favorites

No one likes being dismissed, passed over or ignored in favor of someone else. The pain is even greater when the person making that decision is simply choosing who they like more rather than making an objective decision. "Playing favorites" is exactly what happened in the early church and if we are honest, all of us do the same thing. But we don’t have to live that way.

Read today's verses from the book of James 2:1-13 on YouVersion or on page  847 in the Bibles we provide.

Aaaaaaand...Action!

Many of us claim to believe in something, or maybe in a whole school of somethings. This week we will talk about how the value of belief is found when we act on what we say we believe, and how we can make that happen.  Read today's verses from the book of James 2:14-26 on YouVersion or on page  848 in the Bibles we provide.

How to Really Live

Maybe we didn’t realize we said something wrong until it was mentioned it to us. Maybe we knew it right away. Regardless, we have all had the moment where we have realized: I should not have said that. While it is frustrating to say the wrong thing, how do we know what the right thing is? Read today's verses from the book of James 3:13-18 on YouVersion or on page  848 in the Bibles we provide.

Plays Well With Others

Many of the misunderstandings, disagreements and arguments we take part in are not due to personality conflicts or differences of opinion, but to one little thing nearly all of us struggle with. If we recognize it when we see it, we can knock it out of our lives.

Read today's verses from the book of James 4:1-12 on YouVersion or on page 848 in the Bible we provide. 

Future Me

We make plans all the time- plans for dinner, plans for a vacation, plans for when we are going to stop by the grocery store. But if we want God’s input in our lives, how do we leave room for his plans for us? Read today's verses from the book of James 4:13-17 on YouVersion or on page 849 in the Bibles we provide. 

Scared by God

When life does not go the way we want it, we might be tempted to rely on ourselves and our own power. But there is a much better way. Read today's verses from the book of Matthew 14:22-36 on YouVersion or on page 685 in the Bibles we provide. 

Squirrel!

Followers of Christ are supposed to live focused on Heaven, but it is really easy to get distracted by the stuff of earth. Read today's verses from the book of James 5:7-11 on YouVersion or on page 849 in the Bible's we provide. 

Yep or Nope

Following Jesus means being known as someone who means what they say. Honesty, integrity and truth-telling needs to mark and flow out of our lives. Read today's verses from the book of James 5:12 on YouVersion or on page 849 in the Bibles we provide. 

Pray Big

Prayer is one of the core practices of Christianity, but many people pray for things they don’t seem to receive. What are we supposed to do with prayer? Read today's verses from the book of James 5:13-20 on YouVersion or on page 849 in the Bibles we provide.

Give it a Rest

God’s ideal model is clear from the very first pages of the Bible: there is a time for work and a time for rest. One of God’s top 10 rules is about setting aside a day to rest. But why?  Read today's verses from Exodus 20:8-11 on YouVersion or on page 52 in the Bibles we provide. 

Cultivating

When people first hear the message of Jesus, there are many different possible responses. Jesus experienced each one of those responses and the story he told explaining each one is the passage we will focus on this week. Read today's verses from the book of Matthew 13:1-23 on YouVersion or on page 684 in the Bible's we provide.

Urgency

Perhaps you think of Jesus being relaxed and easy-going. Scripture certainly paints him that way in many interactions with people. But when it came to his mission, God gave him tremendous urgency, and that urgency is something we should share. Read today's verses from the book of Matthew 25:31-46 on YouVersion or on page 695 in the Bibles we provide.

Engage

One of Jesus’ most famous stories, the Good Samaritan, is an example of doing good to our neighbor. In it, Jesus conveys a deeper spiritual truth that sets the tone for a life of following Him. Read today's verses from the book of Luke 10:25-37 on YouVersion or on page 725 in the Bible's we provide.

Diagnosing Stuckness

Many of us have explored faith, only to run up against an impossible obstacle we cannot seem to surmount. That is where we have a problem. That is where we get stuck. And that is where we begin the journey together to unstick ourselves and move forward with God. Read today's verses from the book of Luke 24:13-35 on YouVersion or on page 738 in the Bibles we provide.

Stuck on a Human Book

We are used to reading books where authors express their opinions and we evaluate them on their merits. But the Bible claims to be an altogether different book- the words of God Himself. What is the likelihood that this is true and if it is, what should we do about it? Read today's verses from the book of Luke 24:36-45 on YouVersion or on page 738 in the Bible's we provide.

Stuck on a God Who Can But Won't

The most troubling question in all of spirituality is one of the action or inaction of God. Like us, God sees the suffering and difficulty of the world. He sees the despair and pain. This week, we will talk about why, if God sees it, he doesn’t act. Read today's verses from the book of Psalms 145:8-9 on YouVersion or on page 435 in the Bibles we provide.

Stuck on Other Religions

The open culture we live in offers unprecedented opportunities for individuality. How we dress, act, think and label ourselves are all personal choices and we despise calling anyone else’s choices or beliefs right or wrong. With regard to religion, we tend to believe that no one set of beliefs is more or less true than anyone else’s. But is that actually helpful to people? And is it even true? Read today's verses from the book of John 14:1-7 on YouVersion or on page 752 in the Bibles we provide.

Stuck on Heaven and Hell

At the core of most people’s understanding of Christianity is the notion of eternal reward and eternal punishment, or a heaven and a hell. Presumably one populated by those God loves and the other by those he does not. But even if heaven and hell are real, why would God send anyone to hell at all? Why not simply close down hell entirely and let everyone into heaven? Read today's verses on YouVersion or on page 682 in the Bibles we provide.

Stuck on Changing My Life

One oft-quoted reason for rejecting a relationship with Christ is the notion that being a Christian will mean unwanted sacrifices to our lives: becoming a goody two shoes, not being able to go out anymore with friends, having to give up habits that are important to us and generally yielding our individualtiy. But what if God's real plan is exactly the opposite? Read today's verses from the book of 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 on YouVersion or on page 805 in the Bibles we provide.

Giving Not Getting

We might view Christmas as a time when we receive things like presents, joy, and family togetherness, but this season is really a time to give. If we are to truly celebrate Christmas, we need to unwrap what it’s all about and understand that it may not be what we expect. When Jesus came, he wasn’t the kind of Savior that anyone was anticipating. Read today's verses from the book of Isaiah 1:16-20 on YouVersion or on page 473 in the Bibles we provide.

Sacrifice Not Splendor

On the eve of being overthrown by an invading army, God told the Israelite people he would one day send them a deliverer. They expected a king who would surround himself with opulence and conquer their enemies, but what they got was a humble servant who was beaten and killed. This week we will look at how, in the way he lived his life, Jesus provided a model we can follow to elevate others above ourselves. Follow this week's verses from the book of Isaiah 53:7–12 on YouVersion or on page 511 in the Bibles we provide.

Salvation Not Deliverance

God certainly promised to save the Israelites, so the arrival of Jesus caused great anticipation about what, when and how he would accomplish delivering the people from the hands of their enemies. But the salvation Jesus offered was not physical and God never intended it to be. This week we will talk about how God’s unexpected gift of Jesus was the greatest gift the world has ever known. Read today's verses from Isaiah 9:1-7 on YouVersion or on page 479 in the Bibles we provide.

How to Live Victoriously During Difficult Times

We understand that difficult times are a part of life, but what is God's purpose in suffering and how should we respond in the midst of it? Thankfully, God isn't silent on this topic. Read today's verses from YouVersion or in one of the Bibles we provide.

The Blueprint

For thousands of years, Proverbs has been a guide for people who are looking for wisdom in their lives. But what is wisdom, and why should we listen to the Bible’s wisdom anyway? Read today's verses from the book of Proverbs 1:1-7 on YouVersion or on page 438 in the Bibles we provide.

A Solid Foundation

Many people who start their adult life do so with another person. Often, other smaller persons join the family as well. We will take a look this week at steps anyone can take to lay the foundation of Godly wisdom at the base of their family. Read today's verses from the book of Proverbs 12:1-7 on YouVersion or on page 445 in the Bibles we provide.

Happy Hour

Alcohol is a pervasive element in our culture. It is associated with social functions and fun but we know it is not always that way. How do we keep from encountering the downsides- hopeless addiction, DUI, broken families, shattered potential? Read today's verses on YouVersion or on page 451 in the Bibles we provide.

Staying on Budget

Any company willing to part with $4.5 million can buy 30 seconds of air time during tonight’s game. It’s always amazing how much money gets thrown around as though it’s limitless, but we all know that it’s not. This weekend we will look at how to manage our money wisely. Read today's verses from Proverbs 30:7-9 on YouVersion or on page 459 in the Bibles we provide.

The Key to Everything

Perhaps the most difficult conundrum in life is when we face choices between two separate paths and need to know which one to take. Is one right and one wrong? How do we know? What happens if we choose the wrong one? If you have a dream to do or be something but you are unsure what to do about it, this is the message for you. Read today's verses from Nehemiah 1 on YouVersion or on page 333 in the Bibles we provide.

Risky Business

After we have discerned God’s will about a situation, then what? Well, then it is time to move forward. How and when we move forward is absolutely critical, and discerning that is what this message is all about. Read today's verses from Nehemiah 2:1-10 on YouVersion or on page 333 in the Bibles we provide.

Do the Next Right Thing

Sometimes our lives are interrupted by a dream or desire we have but we just aren’t sure what to do next. What we really need is to find and identify the next right thing to do, then trust that God will make clear through circumstances what the best path is. Read today's verses from Nehemiah 2 on YouVersion or on page 333 in the Bibles we provide.

It's Not About Me

When we have a passion for something, be it work, a cause or a hobby, it is easy to forget others in the midst of the vision we are pursuing. This is not how God does things when He gives us a vision for our lives. This week we look at how to avoid alienating family and friends in pursuit of our dream. Read today's verses from Nehemiah 5 on YouVersion or on page 335 in the Bibles we provide.

Celebrate the Wins

This week we will talk about how the last step in achieving our God-given vision might also be the most critical. Check out today's verses from Nehemiah 8 on YouVersion or on page 338 in the Bibles we provide.

In Good Hands

Everyone knows that Easter is a religious holiday. Some of us might even know the story of the empty tomb. But what is the point of the story? This weekend we will look at how the resurrection hands us something so valuable, we risk our lives not to accept it. Read today's verses from the book of John on YouVersion or on page 757 in the Bibles we provide.

Anxiety Unmasked

Your heart pounds, you begin to perspire, your face flushes and a feeling of dread envelops you. While all of us have had this experience when something causes us to panic, many people experience this feeling routinely. This week we begin our series looking at the costs, causes and treatments of anxiety. Read today's verses from 1 John 4:17-18 on YouVersion or on page 857 in the Bibles we provide.

Anxiety Unleashed

One of the hidden costs of anxiety is the incredible loss of potential it visits on our lives. This week we will talk about how to identify and overcome anxiety before it causes us to waste time, effort and energy by chasing it instead of chasing God’s best for us. Read today's verses from Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 on YouVersion or on page 462 in the Bibles we provide.

Anxiety Underground

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy, one-time cure for anxiety? There are many beneficial and often necessary resources available including therapy, medication, and a plethora of reading material, but sometimes it hard to even know where to begin. The Bible offers us some surprising insight about the first and most important step on the road to relief. Read today's verses from 1 Peter 5:5-7 on YouVersion or on page 852 in the Bibles we provide.

Anxiety Undermined

Anxiety creates disequilibrium and, in the midst of it, it is very easy to begin believing you are little more than than the sum of your fears. But the message this weekend is the message of Jesus, who tells us we are so much more. Read today's verses from Luke 15:1-10 on YouVersion or on page 729 in the Bibles we provide.

Talking Out of His Donkey

Disney has nothing on the Bible when it comes to loveable animal characters and one of the most infamous is a talking donkey. How would you know whether your plans are really God’s will for your life? Find out this week from a rather unlikely source. Read today's verses from Numbers 22:21-35 on YouVersion or on page 109 in the Bibles we provide.

Jonah and the Big Fish

Disney has nothing on the Bible when it comes to loveable animal characters and one of the most infamous is a talking donkey. How would you know whether your plans are really God’s will for your life? Find out this week from a rather unlikely source.

Lion and the Lamb

One of the most enduring images in the Bible is that of a lion and a lamb lying down together in peace. This image of tranquility has been captured by artists of all kinds for generations and it is symbolic of one of the most important concepts in all of Christianity: how we are supposed to live our lives every day. Read today's verses from Isaiah 11:1-9 on YouVersion or on page 481 in the Bibles we provide.

God's Big Tent

The Bible is a really big book so it is no wonder there are so many beliefs associated with it. Naturally, this leads to all kinds of rules and litmus tests for what constitutes “true belief.” But the core of Christianity is actually much more simple than some make it out to be and we are a stronger church as a result of our differences as long as we keep 3 big ideas in mind. Read today's verses from Luke 11: 37-52 on YouVersion or in the Bibles we provide.

Jesus is the Way to God

One of the poles that holds up the tent of Christianity is the identity of Jesus Christ. Who was he and why does it matter? Read today's verses from John 10:1-6 on YouVersion or on page 748 in the Bibles we provide.

Disagreeing Agreeably

One of the marks against modern Christianity is that Christians don’t seem to agree on much or get along very well. This weekend, we will talk through how God instructs his people to disagree with others in a way that is agreeable. Read today's verses from 2 Timothy 2:14-16 on YouVersion or in the Bibles we provide.

One

You've probably heard that our nation is never more segregated than it is on Sunday mornings, but did you know that this has been a problem since the church began thousands of years ago? Join us to hear God's heart on the matter and the hope that he offers us today. Read today's verses from Ephesians 2:11-22 on YouVersion or in the Bibles we provide.

Diagnosing Stuckness

Read today's verses from Luke 24:13-35 on YouVersion or on page 738 in the Bibles we provide.

What Can I Bring?

Maybe you are new to a relationship with Christ. Maybe you have had faith for a long time. Maybe you are on the outside looking in at it all. Jesus delivered a message once that captivated his audience, made up of people just like us. What he said would shake the world and change their lives forever. Read today's verses from Matthew 5:1-2 on YouVersion or on page 677 in the Bibles we provide.

Have You Ever Been Mistreated?

All of us have faced some form of ridicule or mistreatment in life. Maybe it was for something we did, or didn’t do, or did the wrong way at the wrong time. What about when we get mistreated for doing the right things? Could there possibly be a benefit in that? Read today's verses from Matthew 5:11-16 on YouVersion or on page 677 in the Bibles we provide.

It's Not About the Rules

There were many religious people in Jesus’ day who were experts at following rules. In fact, they were so good at the religious rules, they didn’t just stick to the ones in the Bible- they even made up their own to follow! But that was never God’s intent and this week we will learn how “following rules” was never the point of the Christian faith. Read today's verses from Matthew 5:17-20 on YouVersion or on page 677 in the Bibles we provide.

How to Get Away with Murder

How many times have you heard someone say, “What I did is not that bad. It’s not like I murdered someone.” But what if you had murdered someone and didn’t even know it? And what if this had happened over and over again? Jesus talks about this strange phenomenon and what we can do to remedy it. Read today's verses from Matthew 5:21-26 on YouVersion or on page 678 in the Bibles we provide.

An Affair of the Mind

An affair is one of the most damaging acts that can happen to a marriage and many couples spend their energy guarding against the act itself. But when speaking to one of the most sex-saturated societies in world history, Jesus gave a different perspective and different strategy. Read today's verses from Matthew 5:27-30 on YouVersion or on page 678 in the Bibles we provide.

State of Disunion

Divorce. Split up. Uncouple. Whatever you want to call it, how is anyone supposed to navigate this messy state of disunion? Jesus has some words to share to those affected by this reality. Read today's verses from Matthew 5:31-48 on YouVersion or on page 678 in the Bible's we provide.

Generous With Eternity

“Eternal life” is a phrase used in Scripture to describe what happens at the end of our lives. But that life doesn’t start when we die, it starts now. This week, we will talk about what that means and how to make sure we are doing it right. Read today's verses from Matthew 6:19-24 on YouVersion or on page 679 in the Bibles we provide.

Generous With How We Pray

The prospect of praying in front of other people fills some people with terror. But for others, it is an opportunity to wow people with their spirituality. Before Jesus taught how to pray, he taught about the attitude we should bring to prayer. Read today's verses from Matthew 6:5-8 on YourVersion or on page 678 in the Bibles we provide.

Generous With What We Pray

In the midst of his most famous sermon comes Jesus’ most famous prayer. The Lord’s Prayer has been recited throughout the world for 2,000 years. Maybe you know it. But do you know what it means and why Jesus wants us to pray it? Read today's verses from Matthew 6:9-15 on YouVersion or on page 678 in the Bibles we provide.

Generous with Fasting

Consider a new twist on an old philosophical question: If a person does something spiritual and there is no one there to post it on social media, did it really happen? Read today's verses from Matthew 6:16-18 on YouVersion or on page 678 in the Bibles we provide.

The Foundation of Generosity

It seems like our lives are on a constant quest for an easier way to do things. But have you ever noticed that really important things are just, well, hard to do? This week we will examine the incredible benefits of doing the hardest things.

The Way of Generosity

There is something about a new year that causes us to reevaluate all kinds of things about our lives. Today we conclude the Generous Life series with a message that helps us consider the authenticity of our beliefs and the path that we are following. Read today's verses from Matthew 7:13-23 on YouVersion or on page 679 in the Bibles we provide.

Be Who You Are

Moses: Great leader. Deliverer of the 10 Commandments. Beard aficionado. His call from God out of a burning bush is legendary, but what Moses learned from it will help you decide what God is asking you to do. Read today's verses from Exodus 3:1-14 on YouVersion or on page 40 in the Bibles we provide.

For Such a Time as This

It has been said that “everyone is the hero of their own story.” But God doesn’t ask us to be heroic, just to be faithful. This week we will talk candidly about how to answer God’s call, even when we don’t think our part is important. Read today's verses from Esther 4:12-17 on YouVersion or on page 346 in the Bibles we provide.

On the Waterfront, Part 2

We may know Jesus as gracious and forgiving, but isn’t there a point where he runs out of patience? Isn’t there a point where he gives up on us? Isn’t it possible to be too far gone? One guy named Peter found out the answer to those questions in the most difficult way possible.

Never Too Far Gone

One of the most famous characters in the Bible is Zacchaeus, a man remembered more for his stature than anything else. While he might have been vertically challenged, his response to the message of Jesus was towering. When Jesus entered Zacchaeus’ life, he changed. Yours should as well, but has it?

Promises, Promises

Before the 10 commandments, the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea or the taking of the Promised Land, there was one critical thing that needed to happen: God needed to get involved. This week is a critical look at what it takes for God to be involved in our lives and what keeps us from really being set free from the things that drag us down. Read today's verses from Exodus 2:23-25 on YouVersion or on page 40 in the Bibles we provide.

Never 2nd Best

Maybe you are desperate to make a change in your life but feel like something is stopping you. In one of the most bizarre passages in the Bible, we find a likely culprit that will kill your forward momentum. Read today's verses from Exodus 4:24-26 on YouVersion or on page 41 in the Bibles we provide.

Things Can Only Get Better

In the first furtive steps toward being delivered, just when it seems God is at work and hope has arrived, things got worse for Israel. This is a common feeling- being on the cusp of freedom and experiencing bad news, a tough break or one more discouragement. This week we will find out what the Israelites learned: that facing obstacles is a critical time not to give up, because setbacks might mean deliverance is just around the corner. Read today's verses from Exodus 5:22-23 on YouVersion or in one of the Bibles we provide.

Heart of Stone

Psychologists call “self-sabotage” the tendency some people have to undermine their own progress. Why would anyone do that in the first place and how do we stop ourselves from doing it? Read today's verses from Exodus 11:9-10 on YouVersion or on page 46 in the Bibles we provide.

Easter at East Lake

Join us at 8, 9:30, or 11 a.m. to celebrate Easter at East Lake! Services run 60 minutes and include contemporary music and a talk from our lead pastor. Come as you are and enjoy some free coffee. Childcare is available for newborns-2nd graders at 8 a.m. Full children’s programming for newborns-6th graders will be offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

A Right Perspective of Your Life

When you see someone struggle, become frustrated and even fail in their attempts to follow Christ, what is your response? Sadness? Judgment? Anger? What about joy? Get ready for a change in perspective as we kick off a series from the book of Philippians. Read today's verses from Philippians 1:1-6 on YouVersion or on page 802 in the Bibles we provide.

A Right Perspective of Legacy

Every parent and grandparent wants to leave something behind for their family. Have you ever given thought to what you want to leave behind? Paul was a man facing an uncertain future, but he was certain about one thing: he knew what his legacy would be, no matter what. Ready today's verses from Philippians 1:18-26 on YouVersion or in the Bibles we provide.

A Right Perspective of Humility

Every church attender has an opinion about something their church could do differently- a program they could start, a ministry they could support, a cause they could champion, a topic they could cover. While those kinds of things are important to us, are any of them what church is really supposed to be about? Ready today's verses from Philippians 2:1-11 on YouVersion or on page 802 in the Bibles we provide.

A Right Perspective of Decisions

Every day we are faced with dozens of choices. We each have our own process for making decisions, but how do we know if we are getting it right? Read today's verses from Philippians 4:4-9 on YouVersion or on page 804 in the Bibles we provide.

A Right Perspective of Contentment

What makes you happy? For many of us, it is time with family or friends, a good job, a great vacation or some other life circumstance. But do those things have the power to actually satisfy us? As we close out the Getting It Right series, we will spend time considering where we find true contentment. Read today's verses from Philippians 4:10-13 on YouVersion or on page 804 in the Bibles we provide.

The Company You Keep

We are often told, “There are two kinds of people in the world…” While an apparently easy way to classify people, there are far more kinds of people when it comes to obeying God. Which kind are you and what kind of person surrounds you?

Glory Be

Perhaps the most consistent reminder of God’s majesty is the beauty of His creation. Mountains, water, animals and heavenly bodies all proclaim the praises of their Creator. Even if you have noticed these things, have you ever thought about why God bothered to make our world so beautiful? And what is our responsibility as a result? Read today's verses from Psalm 8 on YouVersion or in one of the Bibles we provide.

Gimme Shelter

We password-protect our computers, lock our homes, alarm our cars, put up security cameras and even carry guns, all for the purpose of protecting ourselves. All of that means one thing: we often count on ourselves for our own security. But is that really the best protection? Read today's verses from Psalm 16 on YouVersion or on page 374 in the Bibles we provide.

Bless Your Heart

Everyone loves a success story, and many of us have them. Even if we are not a tech billionaire or corporate titan, everyone can point to at least a few areas of life where they excel. But when we do succeed, who really deserves all the credit? Read today's verses from Psalm 21 on YouVersion or on page 376 in the Bibles we provide.

Forgotten By God

Most of us have experienced the crushing weight of a personal crisis, only to be left wondering, “Is God even there, or am I on my own?” Psalm 22 provides an intimate look at someone grappling with the suspicion that they have been abandoned by God. Read today's verses from Psalm 22 on YouVersion or on page 377 in the Bibles we provide.

A Good Defense

Since God is forgiving and gracious, we might think that the Psalms would always tell us to do the same. But it doesn't. In fact, there's an entire group of Psalms that serve one purpose: to call down destruction and judgement on our enemies. What do we do with something like that? Read today's verses from Psalm 109 on YouVersion or on page 417 in the Bibles we provide.

The Prologue

Every good story has a beginning, middle and end. The story God tells us in the Bible is no different. But the Bible is not just God’s story, it is our story as well. This weekend, we will look at where our story begins and why it matters so deeply today. Read today's verses from Genesis 1 on YouVersion or on page 1 in the Bibles we provide.

God Is Not Like Us

Just a few pages after the account of the creation of the universe, we find the story of man’s first building project- a tower. Read today's verses from Genesis 11:1-9 on YouVersion or on page 7 in the Bibles we provide.

God Rules

Every superhero has an origin story telling us where he or she came from and how they became who they are. One Biblical hero named Abraham has an origin story that doesn’t just matter to people in the Bible. It should matter to all of us. His story can change our life and even our eternity. Read today's verses from Genesis 12:1-9 on YouVersion or on page 8 in one of the Bibles we provide.

God Rescues

The story of the Exodus is famous for its plagues and the ultimate showdown between God and Pharaoh at the Red Sea. But the key to the story is not just what happened, but who made it happen. In his actions, the Israelites learned something vital about their God, and it is something we must remember as well if we hope to understand who God really is. Read today's verses from Exodus 3:1-10 on YouVersion or on page 39 in one of the Bibles we provide.

God Gives the Law

Many of us view rules as some sort of limiting factor meant to keep us from something we actually want. But God’s rules are different. There are some incredible advantages to following the rules God has laid down for us, and this week we will examine why. Read today's verses from Exodus 19:1-9 on YouVersion or on page 51 in one of the Bibles we provide.

God Is A Choice

The natural drift of our lives is not towards a deeper relationship with God, but away from one. That means we must be purposeful in pursuing God. What does that look like in our lives and how do we live that way each day? Read today's verses from Joshua 23:1-11 on YouVersion or on page 162 in the Bibles we provide.

God Is Rejected

In the midst of the story of the struggling nation of Israel, just as things are getting better and beginning to rely again on God, things take a tragic turn. The people reject God altogether and instead seek to be ruled by a human king. What could their motivation possible be and what is the lesson for us in the midst of it? Read today's verses from 1 Samuel 8 on YouVersion or on page 188 in the Bibles we provide.

God Redeems

We may be familiar with the concept of the church being “the Lord’s House.” Is that even accurate? And if so, why does it matter on any day but Sunday? Read today's verses from 1 Kings 6:1-13 on YouVersion or in one of the Bibles we provide.

God Speaks

Some of the strangest characters in the Bible are the Prophets- a group of people known mostly for warning the people of Israel about their future. But did you know prophets still exist today? What do they do now and what are we supposed to think of them?

God Corrects

It might come from a phone call, a text or a knock on the door. Sooner or later, we all face difficult life circumstances that seem overwhelming. What do we do about them and what responsibility does God bear in our experience of them? Read today's verses from 2 Chronicles 36:14–21 on YouVersion or on page 321 in the Bibles we provide.

God Gives Second Chances

We may admit “we all make mistakes,” but many of us labor under the assumption that we have messed up so badly, we are unusable to God. Is that true? Read today's verses from Ezra 1 on YouVersion or on page 321 in the Bibles we provide.

God Is A Priority

Every parent’s nightmare is a missing child, and Jesus’ parents were no exception. When Jesus went missing, their panicked reaction gave way to relief when they found him. But it was where they found him and why he was there that provides the lesson for our lives. Read today's verses from Luke 2:41-52 on YouVersion or on page 699 in one of the Bibles we provide.

The God No One Expected

This year, we have been examining God's story of creation, redemption, justice, and grace from cover to cover. Join us for the climax of God's story today at 8:00, 9:30, and 11 a.m. Children's programming will be available for newborns-2nd graders at the 8:00 service and for newborns-6th graders at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Jesus Overcomes

The Bible tells us that before he began his earthly ministry, Jesus had an encounter that tested his relationship with God. Through his temptation, we can glean wisdom for ourselves about how to strengthen our own faith. Read today's verses from Matthew 4:1-11 on YouVersion or on page 658 in one of the Bibles we provide.

Jesus Shifts the Paradigm

The story of the Good Samaritan is one of Jesus' most famous parables. His message shook his culture and continues to reverberate today. Who is your neighbor and how well do you love them? Read today's verses from Luke 10:25-37 on YouVersion or on page 708 in one of the Bibles we provide.

Jesus Declares

We live in a culture that values the powerful and influential in business, politics, and even religion. The charismatic climb and the attractive ascend to the heights of popularity in all spheres of life. This was true in Jesus' day too. But he shifted the paradigm when he announced that he came to bring good news for those who are weak, broken, and marginalized.

Jesus Changes the Weather

None of us experiences a totally stress-free, pain-free life. Yet struggles nevertheless surprise us when they arrive, and we are right to wonder where God is in the midst of them. Where is God when things are not going well? Read today's verses from Luke 8:22-25 on YouVersion or on page 706 in the Bibles we provide.

Jesus is Greater Than Satan

When Jesus walked the earth, he confronted the kinds of brokenness we see in our world, like sickness, poverty and death. But one problem he encountered with frequency was combatting the forces of the demonic. That is not prevalent in our world today at all. Is it? Read today's verses On YouVersion from Luke 8:26-39 on page 706 in the Bibles we provide.

Jesus Interprets the Law

Jesus is many things to many people. To some, he is a wise sage. To others, a social activist. And still to some, a historical mystery. But through his words and actions, Jesus claimed to be so much more.

Jesus is Messiah

Guru. Religious figure. Inspirational speaker. Professional sandal wearer. People have many conceptions about Jesus. But understanding who Jesus really is is critical to understanding and following him.

Jesus Seeks and Saves

Join us as we look at one of the most famous stories in the Bible to discover who God is and who we are as a result.

Jesus Wins Over Death

Death is a universal part of life and at some point, all of us will deal with it. For many, that realization leads to great fear. This week we will learn how Jesus provided a cure for the fear of death and even the grief it can cause for those left behind.

Jesus Forgives

When Jesus interacted with people, their lives changed. That was never more true than for a woman who had much for which to be forgiven. What do we do when the weight of what we have done is too much to bear?

Jesus is King

“Palm Sunday” is a bit of a curiosity in the Bible. What is the point of it and why is it important to those who want to follow Jesus?

Jesus Is Alive

Happy Easter! Join us at 8:00, 9:30, and 11 a.m. to celebrate the day that Jesus changed EVERYTHING!

The Church Is Missional

The death knell sounds for many organizations on the departure of its founder. In the absence of Jesus, the church not only did not shrink, it actually thrived. This week we will talk about how Jesus’ last words gave the church its mission and vision.

The Church Is Generous

A huge number of world-renowned charities were founded on Christian teaching. There is a good reason for that, since generosity is both a command of Jesus and a hallmark of the early church. But how should we practice generosity in our church?

The Church Is Persecuted

Join us as we celebrate Church Has Left the Building and learn about how encountering difficulties in the church can lead to opportunities for growth.

The Church Is Expanded

Today we celebrate moms and commit families to the task of Godly parenting through Family Dedication.

The Church Is One

One of the qualities that should mark Christians is unity around a common cause. But Christians today are too often known for what divides them rather than what unites them. This week, we continue in our journey through the entire Bible and examine what a struggling early church can teach us about unity.

The Church Is Freedom

Many people live their lives believing God requires them to engage in or avoid certain behaviors as a way of earning his favor. But early in the life of the church, this matter was settled decisively and this week we will talk about it while celebrating people’s relationship with Christ through baptism.

Christ-Followers Are Righteous

How does the Gospel work and why is it important? Join us at 9:30 and 11 a.m. as we turn to the book of Romans to learn about what actually happened on the cross and what that means for you and me.

Christ-Followers Are Free

There are few things more precious in America than our personal freedoms. But just how “free” are we really supposed to be? Are there times when my freedom should be yielded out of compassion for someone else?

Christ Followers Are New

As East Lake celebrates Father’s Day, we will glean some fatherly advice from God’s Word about how to navigate the world. What makes for a successful life?

Christ-Followers Are Immortal

One of the greatest mysteries in the world is the one every human being eventually solves: “what happens when we die?” While the answer to that question is essential to those who are dying, it is also important to their survivors. What does the Bible have to say about how we should handle the death of someone we love?

Christ-Followers Are Led

Sometimes being a follower of Jesus can seem like an uncertain journey. What goal for our lives are we really shooting for, anyway? The Bible provides a prototype of how Christians are to live, and it is modeled by their leaders.

Christ-Followers Are Faithful

Many people had bad experiences with the church of their youth. In their minds, Christianity is synonymous with fundamentalism and they were burned by their failure to follow the rules. But within those rules and regulations was a seed of God’s truth, and we throw them away at our own peril.

Christ-Followers Are Discerning

We have more ready-access to teaching about Jesus than at any other time in human history. But do we really know how much of it is true? How do we discern truth from error when it comes to the teaching of Jesus?

This Is the End

The last few pages of the Bible seem shrouded in mystery. The book of Revelation may be complex but it is not a riddle. One day the world will end.

This Is the Beginning

We have all thought about the end of the world. While we may be curious about how and when, we are most curious about what. Specifically, what about me? What happens to us when this world ends?

Hearing the Voice of God

People of faith will often claim that God "told" them to do or not do something. While we see God speaking to people in the Bible, what does that mean for us today? Is it possible that God speaks to us now? What is he saying and how do we hear him?

Thriving in Babylon

Many people look around at the world and see it changing...and not always for the better. In the midst of cultural changes and moral shifts, it is easy to get disillusioned. But God put His followers in the world, not to struggle, but to THRIVE.

Go Along to Get Along

The Bible instructs followers of Jesus to live “in the world, but not be of it.” At the same time, Christians are called to engage the world with the message of Jesus. How do we navigate that tricky line?

Choose Your Kingdom

In one of the most famous stories in the Bible, three men are given a clear choice between honoring God or honoring their earthly king. Their decision would certainly change their lives, but it would also impact an empire. How can honoring God in even a small thing do that in our world?

Love Your Enemy

In the charged climate we live in, it is not enough to merely disagree with someone, we have to vilify and destroy them in order to claim a victory. But is this the model the Bible sets forth for us, even when dealing with those who oppose God’s own teaching?

Only God is God

One of the toughest parts of believing in the God of the Bible is not what he does, but what he appears not to do. While what the Bible calls “sin” is apparent all around us, it doesn’t seem like God is doing anything about it. What is really going on?

See the Unseen

"Every great story displays a cosmic war between good and evil playing out in dark alleys and secret locations, with the forces of good riding in at the ninth hour to snag victory from the jaws of defeat. But the reality is much more interesting, and we are living in the middle of it."

Impact Sunday

Knowing God personally empowers us to share His love generously with others- in our community and around the world.

Peace on Earth

PEACE is one of the most popular words during the holidays. We sing about it in Christmas songs. We say we want it and design our gatherings around it. But why does it seem like peace is in such short supply during the holidays? And what can we do about it?

We Are Bringers of Peace

We all want peace over the holidays, but did you know that we are ultimately responsible for purposely bringing it into situations? This week, we will learn how.

Peace with a Sword

Jesus is called “The Prince of Peace,” so we expect His presence to be a peaceful one. But His words and presence were often anything but peaceful. In fact, by His own admission, He “did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” How can that idea help us find peace during the holidays? Check out today's message as we unpack Jesus' words from Matthew 10.