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Lydia Bodder
 Oct 23, 2019
This is some legit teaching so far! I find it is pretty common for pastors of large churches to have shallow teaching that is amped up by directed emotional response. But so far, this guy preaches what the Bible says.

Cory
 Aug 23, 2019

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Welcome to the sermon podcast of The Porch, a young adult ministry of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. The Porch is a gathering of 3,000+ young adults who meet every Tuesday night at 7 PM CST. Each week we address challenges that face twenty and thirty-somethings and what The Bible has to say about them. For more information, visit www.theporch.live or download The Porch app: https://apple.co/2MlYc1P.

Episode Date
Unplanned Pregnancy Scandal
The scandalous stories of sinners in this series have all pointed to Jesus. But, what if we told you the story of Jesus himself is scandalous? In this message, we take a look at Matthew 1 to see how nothing will stop God from playing out the story He has written, even an unplanned pregnancy.
Nov 30, 2021
Adultery Scandal
You would think King David, the man most closely associated with Jesus, was a picture-perfect hero. But, did you know he was involved in a scandal of adultery that destroyed his whole family? In this message, we look at 2 Samuel and see how everyone, even King David, is broken, sinful, and unworthy.
Nov 23, 2021
Prostitution Scandal
A lot of us are labeled. Labeled by our past, things we have done, or who we currently are. But, did you know God runs after people with labels? In this message, David Marvin shares the story from Joshua 2 of a prostitute named Rahab. What are you currently labeled as? Find out how God can rewrite yours.
Nov 16, 2021
Sex Scandal
God uses sinful people to accomplish His perfect plan. In this message, JD Rodgers shares one of the most scandalous stories in the Bible from Genesis 38 about Jesus' great great grandparents, Judah and Tamar. Do you like reality TV? Buckle up.
Nov 09, 2021
Mental Health Q + A
It can be really hard to talk about the topic of mental health, especially in the church, but we believe it’s both helpful and necessary. In this message, David Marvin, Jennie Allen, + Jonathan Pokluda discuss how to battle anxiety and loneliness, and how to deal with social media in a healthy, biblical way.
Nov 02, 2021
Battling Fear
Anxiety, fear, and depression are real. There is an enemy trying to influence your thoughts and feelings, but God is much more powerful than the darkness. In this message, guest speaker Louie Giglio shares how to keep the enemy from pulling up a seat at your table.
Oct 26, 2021
Battling Depression
Depression and suicide are at record highs. Many of us feel stuck in a bubble of darkness, isolation, sadness, and hopelessness. What does the Bible say about this? In this message, we discuss what's true about depression, what the causes are, and how we fight it.
Oct 19, 2021
Battling Stress
We're busy with our jobs, we're not getting enough sleep, and the pace of life feels faster than ever. Why are we so stressed out and what will help us experience God's peace instead? In this message, we cover the sources, side effects, and solutions to stress.
Oct 12, 2021
Battling Anxiety
Statistics show that anxiety levels in young adults are at an all-time high. Why are we so anxious and what can we do about it? In this message, we explore what the Bible defines as anxiety and discuss 5 things Jesus taught on the subject.
Oct 05, 2021
Dateable, But Single
Are you dateable, available… and still single? Are you worried about being single forever? In this message, we unpack 3 truths from God’s word about singleness.
Sep 28, 2021
The Dateables
The Bible doesn't talk about dating, but it does talk about love, relationships and marriage. So how do you honor the other person when dating? In this message, we give you a "how to" by walking through the nine stages from the ask out to the altar.
Sep 21, 2021
Is She Dateable?
So what makes a woman dateable? Looks? Personality? Lifestyle? In this message, we discuss three crucial questions that can help determine if she is dateable before you date her.
Sep 14, 2021
United in Mission
What causes a person’s life mission to change from living for themselves to living for something bigger? In this message, we learn from Matthew 9 what it means to be “united in mission” with God.
Sep 07, 2021
United in Surrender
What does it mean to be “united in surrender”? In this message, we talk about how we can all be united through surrendering ourselves to God. Maybe the greatest thing you could hear is that you’re not actually following God, and maybe understanding that will help you start following God. We are united when we surrender our sin and our lives to him.
Sep 06, 2021
Awaken Panel Discussion featuring Jennie Allen, Jonathan Pokluda and David Marvin
We sit down with David Marvin, Jennie Allen, and Jonathan Pokluda to ask them all kinds of questions, ranging from what book they would recommend for us to read, all the way to what advice they would give our generation.
Sep 05, 2021
United in Love
What does it mean to be “united in love”? In this message, we talk about how we can all be united through the love of Christ, even though our lives, our circumstances, and our sin all looks different. But Jesus and his love for us can overcome all differences. The truth is, we’re in a difficult place. But the Bible isn’t about making bad people good, but about making dead people alive.
Sep 05, 2021
United Together
What does it mean to be “united together”? In this message, we talk about how as humans, we were created for connection, and we’re designed to live in community. But at times, we wait on everyone around us to initiate, when we can initiate too. Jesus is a master initiator, and we can look to him to be our example.
Sep 05, 2021
United in Worship
What does it mean to be “united in worship”? In this message, we talk about how we can worship God being aligned with his story, and by understanding what it means to be a human as an image bearer of God. If you’re a human, you have a story. It’s impossible to be a human without a story. We’re all captured by a story, and we can be united in worshipping God when we are captured by his story.
Sep 05, 2021
United in Truth
What does it mean to be “united in truth”? In this message, we talk about how the Bible isn’t a self-help book, and the Bible isn’t about us. The Bible is about Jesus, and he is the main character from beginning to end. We can be united in truth when we realize that the Bible isn’t about us individually, but it’s about Jesus who unites us all in his love.
Sep 04, 2021
Marriage-able feat. Jeff Bethke
When it comes to dating, who is going to make you look more like the image of God? What does “made in the image of God” really mean? In this message, we study Genesis 1 to learn what to look for when heading toward marriage.
Aug 31, 2021
Is He Dateable?
What makes a man dateable by God’s standards? We tend to let feelings and culture cloud our decisions when it comes to who we date. So in this message, we’re asking three questions that help us decide if he’s truly dateable or not.
Aug 24, 2021
Are You Dateable?
Dating is a path that leads to a promise that leads to a lifelong pursuit. But just because you’re available doesn’t mean that you’re datable. In this message, we go through a checklist of priorities that will tell you if you are in fact, dateable.
Aug 17, 2021
"Depart from Me, I Never Knew You"
Not everyone who claims to be a Christian will be in heaven, because it’s not just about your words. How can we be assured that we know Jesus and he knows us? In this message, we look at Matthew 7 to see what Jesus meant when he said, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”
Aug 10, 2021
"Ask and You Will Receive"
When Jesus says, “Ask and you will receive,” is it really that simple? Does it mean we can manifest whatever we want if we believe it enough? In this message, we learn what Jesus actually means by this statement and the significance it has for us.
Aug 03, 2021
"You Must Be Born Again"
Have you ever wondered what we need to do to get to heaven? Are you just going through the motions of religion and faking it? In this message, we look at John 3 to learn what Jesus meant when he said “you must be born again” to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jul 27, 2021
"Love Your Enemies"
I'm sure when you think of your enemies, your first response isn't to love them. Culture may tell you differently, but that's exactly what we are to do as Christians. In this message, we learn what Jesus means when he says, "love your enemies."
Jul 20, 2021
This Is How We Fight Our Battles
Spiritual warfare is something very real, yet no one really talks about it. Sure we know Jesus wins the war in the end, but what does that mean for the everyday battles we face? In this message, we learn from Ephesians 6:10-18 how we can fight our battles.
Jul 13, 2021
Good People Don’t Go to Heaven (Forgiven People Do)
Many of us buy the lie that we’re a good person, but there’s no universally accepted standard of what is good. Can we ever be “good” enough? In this message, we look at Mark 10:17-27 to learn three reasons why good people don’t go to heaven (but forgiven people do).
Jul 06, 2021
Porn Ruins Love (and Your Soul)
Believe it or not, the Bible isn’t prude. But the liberation of sexuality in our culture has led to bondage instead of freedom. In this message, we learn the problems porn creates and the principles God gives us for sex.
Jun 29, 2021
Sin Is Fun (Until It's Not)
Sin may be fun for a moment, but it always has consequences. Why doesn’t sin stay fun forever? Why is every high followed by a low? In this message, we learn the reality and effects of sin so we can learn to get rid of it before it gets rid of us.
Jun 22, 2021
Sex Before Marriage Is Amazing (But It's Destructive)
Saving sex for marriage may seem old fashioned. Society tells you to try before you buy, but sex is dangerous outside of the purpose it was designed for. In this message, we look at 1 Corinthians 6:13-7:4 to learn why sex is amazing but destructive.
Jun 15, 2021
Modest Isn't Hottest (But It's Better)
When you hear modest is hottest what comes to mind? Here’s our hot take: modest isn’t hottest, but it’s better. In this message, we’re diving into God’s word to learn 3 reasons why.
Jun 08, 2021
From Good to Godly
It’s possible to be considered good but not godly. Is Jesus the passion of your life or just a part of it? In this message, we look at the life of King David in 2 Samuel to learn the four keys of moving from good to godly.
Jun 01, 2021
How We Wait
We all hate waiting, whether it’s for marriage, a promotion, or healing from heartbreak. What are you waiting for that God seems to be slow on? In this message, we wrap up the series with James 5:7-12 to learn how we wait for resolution as Christians.
May 25, 2021
Money Talks
Money determines many things in this life, whether we have a little or a lot. God isn’t out to get your money, but he doesn’t want your money to get you. In this message, we study James 5:1-6 to see how the way we view, make, and use money reveals what we’re really living for.
May 18, 2021
You Might Struggle With Pride If...
Do you struggle with pride? Pride can be hard to see in the mirror, but it’s covering so many of us. In this message, we study James 4:10-17 to learn ways we struggle with pride and how to defeat it.
May 11, 2021
Warning Signs That Could Save Your Life
We often ignore warnings that we think will prevent us from getting what our hearts desire. It’s more natural for us to trust ourselves instead of trusting God, but that leads to painful consequences. In this message, we study James 4 to learn three warnings that will prevent us from ruining our lives.
May 04, 2021
Sticks and Stones
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But the truth is that the tongue is powerful, and words have the power to shape our lives. In this message, we study James 3:1-12 to learn three truths about the tongue.
Apr 27, 2021
Is Your Faith Real?
Many claim to be Christians but they don’t live like it. A faith that saves is always matched with action, not just lip service. In this message, we study James 2:14-24 to answer the question “Is your faith real?”
Apr 20, 2021
No Favorites
Ever picked favorites? Often times in life, we let our assumptions and judgments of appearance, social status, profession, wealth, gender, race and culture affect the value of another person. We all do it, but how serious is it? What can we do to stop it? In this message, we dive into James 2:1-13 to see what the cause and cure to favoritism really is.
Apr 13, 2021
Fake Faith
A genuine faith is never alone—it should always be matched with action that’s based on belief. People say what they think but do what they believe. Do you have a genuine faith or a fake faith? In this message, we study James 1:19-27 to help you answer that question.
Apr 06, 2021
Fighting Temptation
Temptation convinces you that sin will be fun in the moment, but it never ends where it begins. What if there were a way we could fight it and say no to temptation? In this message, we study James 1:12-18 to learn where temptation comes from, where it leads to, and how to defeat it before it defeats us.
Mar 30, 2021
Victory in Trials
Have you ever asked, “Where are you, God?” in the midst of a difficult season? Trials can shake us up and lead to wondering about what God is doing, but there’s always more than meets the eye. In this message, we look at James 1:1-12 to learn the potential, prescription, and promise of trials.
Mar 23, 2021
From Ordinary to Extraordinary
What are you living for right now—God’s plan or your plan? Have you ever wondered if God could use you? In this message, we look at Acts 18 to see how God accomplishes his extraordinary plan through ordinary people.
Mar 16, 2021
What Is My Purpose?
Do you ever feel like there’s more to life? If you don’t know your true purpose, you will inevitably feel out of place in life. In this message, we look at Philippians 3 to learn what our purpose is and where life is truly found.
Mar 09, 2021
Who Will I Marry?
Most of us are searching for “the one,” hoping along the way we’ll find the person we’re supposed to marry. But if you don’t know what you’re looking for in a godly spouse, you won’t find it. In this message, we look at 1 Timothy to learn more about what qualities we should look for in someone.
Mar 02, 2021
Will This Storm Ever Cease?
Everyone has experienced an unexpected tragedy or painful season in life that leaves us wondering, “Will this storm ever cease?” Either we are walking through a storm, into a storm, or coming out of one, so we need to be prepared to endure it. In this message, we learn from Matthew 14 how we can weather the storms in our life.
Feb 23, 2021
Will I Go to Heaven When I Die?
Ever wonder what will happen to you when you die? Can we really know if we'll go to heaven? In this message, we learn the answer to this important question and see how we can experience God's abundant life today.
Feb 16, 2021
Will I Truly Be Forgiven?
Many of us don't think we can be used by God because we don't believe we are forgiven of our past. What if God wants to take your mess and make it a message? In this message, we look to the book of Luke to answer the question, "Will I truly be forgiven?"
Feb 09, 2021
Will I Be Forever Alone?
It’s easy to believe the lie that we’re alone, even when surrounded by people. We get caught up in busyness or run to quick fixes as a solution, yet we still feel lonely. In this message, we look to God’s Word to answer the question, “Will I be forever alone?”
Feb 02, 2021
Identity Problems
One question we all have asked ourselves is, “Am I enough?” Is it even possible to live a life that’s not marked by insecurity? How can we actually live in a sense of security and peace? In this message, we learn three truths about who God says we are and how that determines our identity.
Jan 26, 2021
Truth for Your Trials
Trials are an inevitable part of life, but they’re also an opportunity for God to work. Every time we are faced with a trial or temptation, we have a choice to choose truth or lies to fight our battles with. In this message, we look at James 1 to learn the truth about our trials and temptations.
Nov 24, 2020
How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay
What you think about has the power to make or break your contentment. The problem is we allow our happiness to be determined by our happenings, which leaves us wanting more. In this message, we learn from Philippians 4 how to be okay when things are not okay. 
Nov 17, 2020
Get Out of Your Head (With Special Guest Jennie Allen)
The greatest battle in our world today exists in our minds. It’s easy to think we’re victims to how we feel, but we have a choice—a choice to fight for our minds by taking power over our thoughts. In this message, we learn from guest speaker Jennie Allen how God has given us the tools to go to war against our struggles.
Nov 10, 2020
Election Day: What Now?
When things don’t go the way we pictured, it’s easy to freak out. On Election Day, what are you turning to in the midst of chaotic times? In this message, we learn where true hope is found—not in an elected president, but in the God we’ve elected as King.
Nov 03, 2020
How Racism Ends
Division creates noise, but for what benefit? Racism is not a political problem—it's a spiritual issue that we must tackle with a spiritual solution. In this message, we study Ephesians 2 and learn how to experience peace and reconciliation in one of the most divided times our country has seen.
Oct 27, 2020
Pro-life vs. Pro-choice
“My body, my choice,” right? One of the biggest controversies in our culture today is the debate of pro-life vs. pro-choice, so it’s important we know how to think through it with a biblical perspective. In this message, we test three common arguments for abortion against what God’s Word has to say about it.
Oct 20, 2020
Make America Godly Again
Our culture has increasingly become more and more politicized. But as Christians, we should look at the issues around us through the filter of faith—not politics. In this message, we discuss the foundation that our nation was built on in order to learn how we can make America godly again.
Oct 13, 2020
The Secret to Life
The purpose of life often feels unclear, leaving many of us confused and wanting more. Do you even know what you’re living for? In this message, guest speaker Drew Worsham walks us through Acts 4 to find out what the secret to life really is.
Oct 06, 2020
Your Breakup
Many of us don’t get to experience true love without experiencing hurt and heartbreak. Breaking up is hard, but a broken heart today is better than a broken marriage in the future. In this message, we learn when you should break up and how to heal when your breakup breaks you.
Sep 29, 2020
Your Marriage
When you get married, you’re not just saying “yes” to a wedding, but you’re agreeing to a whole lot more. Marriages too often end up failing because many miss the point and purpose of marriage as God created it for. In this message, we learn 8 principles that can save your marriage before it even begins.
Sep 22, 2020
Your Match
When finding your match, it’s crucial that you know how to date well—God's way. The end goal is not to play for fun, but to play for keeps. In this message, we look at what God’s word has to say about who, when, and how to date in order to build a solid foundation for marriage.
Sep 15, 2020
Your Search History
Many of us are searching for the right match, but our sights are often off target. Are you searching for all the wrong things in a relationship? In this message, we address our past "search history" in a way that will impact our future search for love.
Sep 08, 2020
Your Profile
When it comes to the decision of marriage, there’s a lot at stake. It’s easy to focus on who you want to marry, but it’s essential to first focus on who you are. In this message, we talk about love and decision making through a biblical perspective so we can learn how to build the right “profile” for our own life.
Sep 01, 2020
How to Save a Life
Sharing your faith can seem intimidating or awkward, but it’s a lot simpler than most of us may think. We tend to put pressure on ourselves without realizing that it’s only our job to share, and we leave the saving up to God. In this message, we learn three practical steps that can help us to become bolder when sharing our faith.
Aug 25, 2020
Therapy: Session 6
Talking about depression can often feel taboo, which causes many to struggle and suffer in silence. There’s no complete “cure” for it, but God has given us certain tools to help find healing. In this final therapy session, we learn a practical and biblical approach to depression by recognizing what it is, what causes it, and how to combat it.
Aug 18, 2020
Therapy: Session 5
Sin is poisonous and can cause shame that leads to anxiety. The longer we hide sin, the harder it becomes to heal from it and experience peace. In this message, we learn how important it is to reveal what’s hidden so we can experience healing in the light.
Aug 11, 2020
Therapy: Session 4
Your thoughts can take you to destinations of anxiety and in directions away from peace. It’s impossible to live a peaceful life with anxious thoughts, so how can we experience real peace? In this message, we learn how to replace the anxious thoughts that result in our anxious feelings with truth from God’s word.
Aug 04, 2020
Therapy: Session 3
Life is filled with chaos, yet God still wants us to live a life marked by calmness. We tend to look anywhere in the world around us to find relief, but our temporary solutions are just a bandaid. In this message, we learn from Philippians how to experience peace in the midst of anxiety by making our requests known to God.
Jul 28, 2020
Therapy: Session 2
There’s a direct relationship between the size of our worry and the size of our faith. Many of us say that God is good, so why do we struggle to think he cares for our basic needs? In this message, we have a second conversation about anxiety and look at Matthew 6 for one of the most important truths that can help us in the midst of our worries.
Jul 21, 2020
Therapy: Session 1
We all experience fear and anxiety, even though no one wants to. Anxiety makes us reach for anything that might give us relief, but God’s word has a lot of practical truths that can help us fight this battle instead. In this message, we cover the first step to finding freedom from your anxiety—recognize it.
Jul 14, 2020
Seven Deadly Sins: Jealousy
You’ve probably heard that "comparison is the thief of joy.” As cliche as it sounds, it’s true. Jealousy robs us of life when we compare our lives to others, so we end up missing out. In this message, we look at Matthew 20 to learn where the deeper problem of jealousy comes from so we can put an end to it before it becomes deadly.
Jul 07, 2020
Seven Deadly Sins: Lust
Culture introduced us to sex before we even knew how to handle it. Sexual sin and lust are the source of pain and regret for many of us, so it’s important to know the deadly dangers it can lead to. In this message, we talk about the cause of lust, what is costs us, and how we can cure it.
Jun 30, 2020
Seven Deadly Sins: Greed
Greed works in secret and often disguises itself so we don’t even know it’s there. God gives us good gifts, but what we do with them says a lot about us. In this message, we unpack what Jesus has to say in Luke 12 about how to fight the deadly sin of greed.
Jun 23, 2020
Seven Deadly Sins: Anger
Anger actually isn’t always a bad thing, but sinful anger can be as destructive as a fire. It doesn’t start from the outside but begins from inside of us, and we may not even realize it. In this message, we learn where anger comes from, what it leads to, and how to heal from it.
Jun 16, 2020
Seven Deadly Sins: Laziness and Gluttony
Self-indulgence is a silent killer that shows up subtly in our lives through laziness and gluttony. Whether we tend to avoid responsibilities, lack effort at work, or overindulge on the weekends, it will affect our career, relationships, and future. In this message, we talk about how to identify the ways we self-indulge and learn how we can change it.
Jun 09, 2020
Seven Deadly Sins: Pride
Every sin is deadly, but pride is the one at the root of them all. It’s not always clear if someone struggles with pride, yet we all have it. If you don’t think this applies to you, it might be exactly what you need to hear. In this message, we look at Philippians 2 to see what pride is, what it leads to, and how we can cure it.
Jun 02, 2020
Seven Deadly Sins: Pilot
Did you know there was something called the “seven deadly sins”? Does that mean sins can actually kill you? In this message, we are uncovering what sin is, what it costs us, and why it doesn’t disqualify us, but rather makes us the perfect candidate for the love of God.
May 26, 2020
Take Off the Mask
Many of us wear masks in order to cover up our pain, struggles, and mistakes. We hide who we are from people out of fear, and are only left with feelings of loneliness and shame. In this message, we talk about how we can take off the mask when we have authentic community with people who know us fully.
May 19, 2020
God Is Love and People Go to Hell
One question many people have is "How can a loving God send people to Hell?” If you’re going to reject Christianity because of this, at least learn the truth about what Hell is and who will be there. In this message, we explain how it's true that God is love and people still go to Hell.
May 12, 2020
Science Doesn’t Contradict Christianity
It’s been said that science contradicts Christianity. Many think embracing science will unravel their faith, but we’re confidently making the claim that this isn’t true. In this message, we fact check this statement to show how science points us to God, not away from Him.
May 05, 2020
Christianity Is the Only True Religion
Many say that all religions lead to God and you’re narrow-minded if you think otherwise. If this is true, how can we claim that Christianity is the only true religion? In this message, we examine that Christianity is not just a way but THE way.
Apr 28, 2020
The Bible Is the Words of God
Some say the Bible is outdated and unreliable, yet we as Christians claim it’s the foundation we build our lives upon. So how can we know for sure that it's trustworthy? We’re putting it to the test. In this message, we present the facts that support the Bible being the true words of God.
Apr 21, 2020
God Is Good and Bad Things Happen
It’s common to wonder, how can God be good when so many bad things happen in the world? Questions like this can chip away at us over time and lead to doubt, so it’s important to answer this for ourselves. In this message, we learn how Christianity explains how bad things happen and actually points to the fact that God is still good.
Apr 14, 2020
Super Single and Not Able to Mingle
In this season of quarantine, being single and not able to mingle is a struggle for many. We all want to go back to normalcy, but we shouldn’t waste the time we have and miss what God is trying to teach us. In this message, we learn two ways that we can succeed in this unique season of singleness if we choose to use our circumstances for a greater purpose.
Apr 07, 2020
Silver Linings Playbook
You simply can’t win the game if you don’t know the rules. In this message, we look at chapters 7 through 10 of Esther and see how to live a successful life full of purpose - even when things seem chaotic. Although you can’t always see it, God is moving the pieces of life together for good.
Mar 31, 2020
Fairy-tale Faith
Many of us have embraced false ideas related to faith. Do you have a fairy-tale faith or true faith in Christ? In this message, we look at chapters 5 and 6 of Esther to learn about three ideas that we tend to falsely believe.
Mar 24, 2020
Imperfect Peace: Dealing with Anxiety During A Pandemic
As our world faces the pandemic of COVID-19, it’s easy to feel anxious and fearful in the midst of uncertainty. The chaos has made it clear that many of us have imperfect peace instead of a peace that surpasses all understanding. In this message, we look at how the Bible says we should respond to anxiety and how we can find peace - even if it’s imperfect.
Mar 17, 2020
Making a Murderer
I bet you didn't realize that the book of Esther has something in common with the show "Making a Murderer." In this message, we introduce the villain of the story in chapters 3-4 and talk about our purpose. Are you missing it or are you embracing the significant purpose God has given you?
Mar 10, 2020
The Bachelor: Persia Edition
The story of Esther is often misunderstood, but it actually describes an imperfect woman that God used despite her brokenness. Think about all the messiness and drama of "The Bachelor" meshed with “The Princess Diaries,” and you get Esther. In this message, we look at the first two chapters to see how God is at work in the details and tragedies of life. Even when it looks like He is hidden, we can be assured that God is always there.
Mar 03, 2020
The Decision is Yours
It’s easy to think that your 20s don’t really matter, but the truth is that what you do today will matter tomorrow. In this message, we learn how to own our faith now and impact the next decade of our lives. The decision is yours: Will you go through life just getting by or choose to go all in with Christ?
Feb 25, 2020
Stop Numbing, Start Healing
One of the most common problems is that many of us search for an escape from pain through different coping methods. We’ve chosen to numb what we feel, and have not learned the right way to deal with our pain. In this message, we learn three steps that can help us to stop numbing and start healing during this defining decade.
Feb 18, 2020
How to Lose at Love in 10 Ways
In this decade of decisions, one of the biggest choices we are faced with is who to marry. None of us want to ruin our love life, but things don’t always go as expected. Who doesn’t want that all-the-feels-Rom-Com kind of love that will last a lifetime?! In this message, we look to the Bible for advice and talk about 10 things to avoid when looking for a love that lasts.
Feb 11, 2020
Making Money Moves
Money impacts everyone, but many of us don’t have the right view on how to use it. We can either let money define us or decide to see it the way God does. In this message, we learn three must-do money moves that will impact our lives for years to come.
Feb 04, 2020
Show Me Your Friends and I’ll Show You Your Future
The truth is your friends are affecting your future whether you realize it or not. Do you have the right people in your life to point you in the right direction? In this message, we look at how to have real community with friends that are committed to Christ.
Jan 28, 2020
Who You’ll Be in Ten Years
Each of us are headed down a path with the decisions we make today. The question we must ask ourselves is “Where is this path going to take me?” In this message, we look at Galatians 6 to learn how to “sow good seeds” so we can reap the benefits in the decade to come.
Jan 21, 2020
Jesus: The Savior of Sinners Like You
We all have labels that we think define us, but there is a way to get rid of these labels and redefine who we are. In this message, we look at Jesus’ family tree to see the people that He came from. As we go through Matthew 1, we learn that Jesus came from sinners and for sinners in order to bring salvation to broken people.
Nov 26, 2019
David: What To Do When We Fail
We all make mistakes, but they don’t have to define us. What matters most when we fail is how we respond. In this message, we look at 2 Samuel to see how God used David despite his failure and learn how we can respond in the midst of our mistakes.
Nov 19, 2019
Abraham: What Does It Mean To Have Faith
One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is ”What does it mean to trust God?”. Trusting God and having faith takes practice, which doesn’t always come naturally. As we look at the life of Abraham in Genesis 12 through 22, we see what it means to have true faith and how to trust God with everything, even what we want most.
Nov 12, 2019
Adam: Why You Are the Way You Are
We all have a bloodline that tells us about who we are and where we came from. In Genesis 1 through 3, we dive into the life of Adam at the start of creation. Throughout this message, we see how we were created, what made us the way we are, and where we can find restoration.
Nov 05, 2019
A Marriage Made In Heaven
Marriage is a gift from God and it’s a gift that He takes seriously. The good news is, He gives us instructions for a marriage made in heaven within His Word. In Song of Solomon chapter eight, we look at two key components that every marriage should have.
Oct 29, 2019
Staying in Love
Falling in love can be easy, but staying in love takes intentionality. People talk about falling out of love like it’s something that happens at random, but realistically we play a bigger part than we think. In this message, we talk about what it takes to stay in love by looking at Song of Solomon chapters 6 through 8.
Oct 22, 2019
After The Honeymoon
In any relationship, the “honeymoon phase” eventually comes to an end and conflict is inevitable. Having a successful marriage has a lot to do with the ability to work through conflict in a healthy way. In this message, we look at Song of Solomon chapters 5 and 6 to see an example of a relationship that is unbreakable.
Oct 15, 2019
Designer Sex
Maybe you’ve heard that sex is for marriage, but is that outdated? In this message, we open the Bible to Song of Solomon chapters 3-5 to learn about God’s design for sex and how it’s still relevant today.
Oct 08, 2019
Tying a Knot That Lasts
People call marriage “tying the knot.” The truth is tying the knot starts when you’re dating, long before the wedding day. In this message, we discuss Song of Solomon chapters 2 and 3 to see an example of how to date in a way that sets you up for a marriage that will last.
Oct 01, 2019
Red Flags in Romance
Things are getting heated, and we don’t mean #bachelorinparadise. In this message, we open up God’s Word to the first two chapters of Song of Solomon. We learn from a spicy biblical romance what we should do and what we should look out for when we’re all up in our feels.
Sep 24, 2019
Follow Your Dreams
When it comes to pursuing what we’re passionate about, we’re here for it. But what happens when all our dreams come true and we still want more? In this message, we talk about the dangers of living by the mantra “Follow Your Dreams” and see what it could look like to #livethedream by chasing what God says really satisfies.
Sep 17, 2019
Love Is Love
The popular mantra “love is love” sounds loving, but is it biblical? After all, God IS love right?! In this message, we talk about how to love like God and about what is true and false about the saying “love is love.”
Sep 10, 2019
Speak Your Truth
We can all rally around having a voice that matters. In some ways, the encouragement to “speak your truth” has it’s perks, but we often mistake what we feel, think and experience for what is true. In this message, we break down the difference and provide practical ways to #filter what God’s Word says we should always share and what’s worth keeping to ourselves.
Sep 03, 2019
Good Vibes Only
We’ve all probably heard the popular mantra “good vibes only.” The idea of wanting to live a life that is primarily positive is not necessarily a bad thing, but tragically variations of this idea have entered into Christian teaching that are not biblical. In this message, we talk about three partial truths as it relates to “good vibes only” and what God’s Word has to say about them.
Aug 27, 2019
Jesus, In 3-D
Oftentimes we can come up with our own idea of who Jesus is. But what if our perspective is skewed? In this message, we look at three stories of Jesus interacting with people when He walked the earth to see more of who He really is and how He views us.
Aug 20, 2019
Jesus, The Solution to Temptation
What if future regrets in life could be avoided by improving your ability to recognize temptation? Temptation isn’t a sin, but your response to it might be. In this message, we look back in Matthew 4 to when Jesus walked the earth to learn practical ways to beat temptation.
Aug 13, 2019
Jesus, The Hope In Tragedy
In our broken world it’s inevitable that bad things will happen. From mass shootings to personal suffering, it's easy to wonder why God would allow bad things to occur and if he’s really good. Where will you turn when tragedy occurs? In this message, we look at Luke 13 to see what Jesus said about tragedy when he walked the earth, and how it relates to us today.
Aug 06, 2019
Jesus, The Savior You Need
When it comes to your relationship with God, needy is a good thing. What if we don’t have to be hesitant to approach God, regardless of our past? In this message, we learn from Luke 18 about how our weakness becomes our advantage because of Jesus.
Jul 30, 2019
Jesus, The Better Way
We often feel confident about trusting God with our salvation, but are not as willing to trust him with our daily lives. Do we actually believe God’s way is better than our way? In this message, we look at Mark 10 to see what it takes to go all-in with Jesus and live the better way.
Jul 23, 2019
Jesus, The One Who Heals
Jesus performed many miracles while He walked the Earth, and He’s still working miracles every day. We all have things in our life that we need to heal from, the question is, do you want to get well? In this message, we look at John 5:1-18 to see how Jesus is the One who heals.
Jul 16, 2019
Jesus, Friend of Sinners
Before we approach God, we can feel like we need to clean ourselves up or do enough good works. We tend to put ourselves on the "sin scale" and hope the good outweighs the bad, but that’s not how salvation works. In this message, we look at Luke 19 and the story of Zacchaeus to see how Jesus is a friend of sinners.
Jul 09, 2019
Know God, No Fear
Everyone fears something, but what do we do when that fear starts to direct our steps? In this message we see how God can take us from fearful to fearing less.
Jul 02, 2019
Lonely
Despite the fact that our generation is more connected than any other before it, we’re the most lonely. Why is that and how do we stop feeling lonely? In this message, we talk about how to battle loneliness.
Jun 25, 2019
Angry
Although anger itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are good and bad ways to handle your anger. Anger doesn’t always look like outbursts of rage, it can often reveal itself through more subtle self-destructive behaviors. In this message, we discuss the source of anger, it’s side effects, and ways to overcome it.
Jun 18, 2019
Grateful
Being grateful is a mood changer. It’s been proven that increasing your gratefulness increases your happiness, but often we don’t realize how having a lack of gratefulness affects our lives. In this message, we take a look at what the Bible has to say about being grateful and how we can make it our mood.
Jun 11, 2019
Shame
Shame is one of those emotions that affects all of us but it’s hard to identify. If we don't recognize shame and move past it, it will lead to other negative emotions and take us out. In this message, we discover the path off of the shame cycle.
Jun 04, 2019
Anxious
Being anxious is a common human experience. Simply between trying to decide what to do with the rest of your life and just trying to balance what’s already on your plate, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this message, we talk about how to handle the feeling of anxiety and what The Bible has to say about it.
May 28, 2019
Joyful
People often spend their lives looking for happiness and joy. Are you looking for it in the right places? In this message, we uncover the source of joy and how to access it.
May 21, 2019
In Your Feelings
Feelings don't always tell you what’s true, but they do tell you what's true about you. Being emotionally intelligent will help you in all areas of life - relationships, work, friendships, etc. In this message, we discuss emotions, how to view them, and their purpose in our lives.
May 14, 2019
Who You’re Becoming
You reap what you sow, and the decisions you make today will shape your future. In this message, we look to the Proverbs for wisdom instead of learning things the hard way.
May 07, 2019
How to Lose Weight
A lot of us have extra weight we’re carrying around, but it’s not necessarily physical, it’s spiritual. We carry around past hurts, regrets, and hidden sins that can cause anxiety and affect our lives. In this week’s message, we talk about how to lose that “soul weight” and live in freedom.
Apr 30, 2019
Romantic Realities
Love stories are all around us. From romantic comedies, to love songs, and our Instagram feeds, we are told what to look for when it comes to love - but is that realistic? In this message, we look to a true love story that took place in the era of Judges to learn what to look for when it comes to real love.
Apr 23, 2019
Exit Signs in Dating
Often times in dating relationships it’s easy to follow our feelings and ignore red flags. In the book of Judges, the story of Sampson is an example of what happens when we do what FEELS right instead of what IS right. Spoiler alert: it never ends well. In this message, we talk about the warning signs for when you should exit a relationship.
Apr 16, 2019
What The Church Can’t Lose
When Jesus started the church, he had something specific in mind. But if we aren’t careful, we can drift toward something else entirely. In this message, we take on a few things that the church has to keep...at least if it still wants to be the church.
Apr 09, 2019
Battling Insecurity
Being comfortable in your own skin is a nice concept, but most of us either don’t feel that way or are confident for the wrong reasons. Insecurity will rob us from all that God wants us to become and hinder us from living out our purpose. In this message, we see how Gideon fought insecurity and how we can have confidence that comes from God.
Apr 02, 2019
Sweet Like Honey, Stings Like a Bee
In some ways, not much has changed since the days of Judges. When evil is around you, are you ready to speak truth in love and stand up for what is right? In this message, we look to the historical story of Deborah to see what it looks like to be a strong woman and stand for truth in a chaotic culture.
Mar 26, 2019
King of Hearts
Throughout history, governments were put into place to attempt to bring law and order to society. What happens when there is no objective truth and everyone does what seems right to them? In this message, we open up the book of Judges and see what happens when people become the King of their own hearts.
Mar 19, 2019
The Drains of Our Lives
There are so many things fighting for our attention. As we're hustling through life, we can feel drained and in need of self-care, but how do we recharge in a way that actually works? In this message, we talk about the things that drain us and how to overcome them.
Mar 12, 2019
Habits That Bring Freedom
Your habits are shaping who you are. What habits are you forming and how do you make sure you’re becoming who you want to be? In this message, we talk about the ways we can care for ourselves through small decisions every day.
Mar 05, 2019
Body Worship
Our bodies were built for worship, not to be worshiped, so how do we navigate the complexities of stewarding our bodies well without getting caught up in the comparison game? Join us this week as we take a biblical look at Self Care for the body.
Feb 26, 2019
The State of Your Faith
Do you see your faith as a finished product or a work in progress? In this message, we discuss what it looks like to have an active faith that will persevere through life’s ups and downs.
Feb 19, 2019
Getting Off The Crazy Train
Our minds are powerful and we can hop on trains of thought that take us places - for good or for bad. You can’t live a positive life with negative thoughts, so what are you dwelling on? In the message, we talk about how to care for our minds.
Feb 12, 2019
Cleaning Out Your Closet
Sometimes self-care involves detoxing your life – mind, body, and soul. Do you have hurts, habits, or hang-ups that you’ve been carrying into your future that should stay in your past? In this message, we talk about what it looks like to reveal what could be holding you back, release the burdens of your past, and recognize how to move forward and help others do the same.
Feb 05, 2019
Your Best Life in 30 Minutes
The decisions we make today affect our future and can change the trajectory of our lives… no pressure. We’re all becoming our future selves. Are you becoming all that God desires for you to be? In this message, we look at 7 principles informed by The Bible that will help you be the best you.
Jan 29, 2019
A Thirsty Woman, Celebs, & Soul Care
It seems as though there are infinite ways to practice self care, but what is the ultimate way to treat yourself? In this message, we look at John 4 and start with self care 101.
Jan 22, 2019
Surviving The Holidays
Holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but also a time when many will end up taking a holiday from their faith. In this message, we talk through how to avoid the biggest pitfalls that young adults face over the holidays.
Nov 27, 2018
Relentless Pursuit
We all have something in common; the desire to be pursued. We love hearing stories of reckless, illogical, relentless love. What if the very thing you’ve always wanted you already have? In this message, we look to the book of Hosea to see a glimpse of God’s love for us, but specifically for you.
Nov 20, 2018
Finding Freedom From Anxiety
Anxiety is a common experience for all of us, but no one wants it. The good news is Jesus offers us a path towards experiencing freedom from anxiety. In this message, we look to Matthew 6:24-34 and the teachings of releasing our anxiety.
Nov 13, 2018
Fantasy Marriage
We all have an idea of what we think marriage will be like, but what if our expectations aren’t exactly realistic? In this message, we look at Ephesians 5 for an accurate depiction of what marriage is for and what it should be like.
Nov 06, 2018
Fantasy Guy
Ladies, do you have a checklist of qualities that you’d like your future husband to have? Often times, even if you have a set standard in mind it’s tempting to follow your heart rather than wait for the right guy. In this message, we look at 1 Timothy 3 as a way to identify the biblical qualities that make a man husband material.
Oct 30, 2018
Fantasy Girl
Guys, when you think of the perfect girl what is she like? Before you go out looking for her you may want make sure the traits and qualities you have in mind are biblical and not just personal preference. What if the girl you’re looking for is just a fantasy that will turn into a nightmare? In this message, we look to Proverbs 31 as a framework for what to look for in a wife.
Oct 23, 2018
Fantasy Love
We all desire real love, but in a world full of unrealistic expectations, social media highlight reels, online dating profiles, and “reality” TV shows, it can be hard to know what real love is. In this message, we look to God’s Word and biblical principles to discover what real love is and how you can find it.
Oct 16, 2018
More Money = More Happiness
This is one of those “lies” we all want to find out for ourselves is actually a lie. Music, movies, and the world tell us that with more money comes more opportunity, more freedom, and more fun, but is that true? In this message, we see what Jesus has to say about money and how to break free from those golden handcuffs.
Oct 09, 2018
Women Are Sex Objects
Have you ever paid attention to what that song with the sickest beat is actually saying about women and sex? It's probably worse than you thought. But it’s just a song, what harm could it really do? In this message, we look at the effects of those songs on the world around us and how we can fight the lies and replace them with truth.
Oct 02, 2018
Life is Found In The Party
Sex, drugs, and rock n roll is supposed to be the epitome of fun, but is that really the case? Does living the rockstar lifestyle mean living your best life? Believe it or not, The Bible speaks specifically to this topic and we look to King Solomon, the wisest rockstar to ever live, for insight.
Sep 25, 2018
You’re Perfect Just The Way You Are
Many songs that are well-known and loved all have a similar message: you’re perfect just the way you are. It’s an encouraging message, but is it true? Are we really perfect? Were we born perfect? Is there anything we should change? In this message, we decipher the truths from the lies and look to God’s Word to see if the lyrics line up with Scripture.
Sep 18, 2018
When God Is Late
Ever had a situation where you really needed God’s help, but it seemed like he no-showed you? In this message, learn what you need to know when you feel like you got ghosted...by God.
Sep 11, 2018
How Do You Prepare for What’s Next?
Young adulthood is hard. It’s a time where some of the most important decisions we will ever make take place. How we spend these years lays the foundation for the rest of our lives. How can we set ourselves up to experience God’s best for us? How are we supposed to prepare for what comes next when we don't know what's coming? In this message, we learn about 10 pieces of wisdom from Proverbs to train us up for what tomorrow may hold.
Sep 04, 2018
What Does It Mean to Be a Strong Woman in the Church?
What is a woman’s role in the church? What about out of the church? Women, has the fear of coming across too strong caused you to hold back your God-given gifts? In this message, Jonathan Pokluda and guest speaker Jennie Allen talk about what it looks like to be a strong woman in the church and how to live out your purpose. Guys, this message isn’t just for the ladies! Listen in to learn more about how you can support and encourage the women around you for the benefit of the Kingdom.
Aug 28, 2018
How Can I Know God's Plan for My Life?
Do you ever wonder what God’s plan is for your life? What’s next? What career path should you take? Who should you date and marry? Should you move cities? In this message, we look at both the revealed and secret will of God and how to navigate the grey areas.
Aug 21, 2018
Can Anyone Really Know They’re Going to Heaven?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how sure are you that you're going to heaven? Can anyone really ever be sure? Don’t all religions lead to God? In this message, we look at John 14 and what The Bible has to say about the path to heaven.
Aug 14, 2018
Can We Trust the Bible?
Has the Bible been changed over time? Is it historically accurate? Are we sure we can trust it? In this message we discuss the validity of The Bible and why it even matters.
Aug 07, 2018
Can Someone Be Gay and Be a Christian?
With so many differing opinions out there, it's hard to know what the Bible actually says about homosexuality. Is it wrong? Isn’t love, love? Is the Church simply behind the times? Judge not, right? In this message, we unpack the truth of Scripture on the matter and how the Church should respond to it.
Jul 31, 2018
What Does the Bible Have to Say about Sex Before Marriage?
When it comes to sex, we have a lot of questions. Does the Bible say sex before marriage is wrong? How far is too far? What do I do if I’ve already gone too far? Let’s talk about sex, baby, and what the Bible has to say about it.
Jul 24, 2018
What Do You Do If You’re Pregnant?
When unexpected events occur the first question is usually, "what are my options?" When it comes to an unplanned pregnancy, the answer can seem a bit more complicated. This week we learn from King David the hard truths of how to keep one mistake from leading to another. If you find yourself in an unexpected pregnancy, check out Watermark's [unexpected pregnancy](https://www.watermark.org/ministries/unexpected-pregnancy/) ministry for resources and assistance.
Jul 17, 2018
What if Someone Has Doubts?
As followers of Christ, we are all prone to experience doubts. Does having doubts mean our faith is not real? What should we do with our doubts? Is it possible to conquer our doubts and grow our faith? In this message, we address those questions and look to the three stories of people doubting in the Bible for answers.
Jul 10, 2018
What The Remnant Reads
No book in history has ever been attacked, debated, or banned as much as the Bible…yet it’s still the bestselling book of all time. In this message we look at why the people of God are so devoted to Scripture, no matter how strong the opposition gets.
Jul 03, 2018
How The Remnant Resolves Conflict
Conflict is inevitable and it's part of every healthy relationship. Unfortunately, conflict resolution is not something that is commonly taught and many people do not know how to do it well. For those who make up the people of God, resolving conflict is not an option but it is an opportunity to honor God, strengthen relationships, and grow. In this message, we discuss how The Remnant resolves conflict.
Jun 26, 2018
How The Remnant Lives Courageously
Certain qualities have always marked The Remnant. In this message, we explore the courageous willingness they have to speak when others won’t, fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, stand for truth no matter the cost, and to give their lives for the good of others, our world, and the cause of Christ.
Jun 19, 2018
Why The Remnant Prays
The Remnant has access to communicate with the One true God as their Heavenly Father. As remarkable as that is, we do not pray as if that is reality. Why? What keeps us from praying more? What are we believing or not believing about our Heavenly Father, about ourselves, or about prayer? In this message, we discuss prayer and why it’s so crucial to daily our lives.
Jun 12, 2018
Why The Remnant Gives
Would you consider yourself a generous person? The Remnant has always been generous with not just their resources but their lives. What is it about The Remnant that makes them so generous? In this message, we look at the meaning of true generosity and how we can respond to God’s generosity towards us.
Jun 05, 2018
How The Remnant Loves
Throughout history, The Remnant has always stood out by the way they love others. Not in a romantic "all the feels" kind of way but in an extraordinary “agapao” kind of way. What does that kind of love look like and how can we live it out? In this week's message, we uncover how The Remnant should love, and it may not be what you expect.
May 29, 2018
What The Remnant Knows
We live in a world where we’re told truth is subjective. It’s widely accepted that each person can define what is true for them and what is right and wrong based on their own standards. God's people have always held to the fact that there is absolute truth defined by God which is laid out in His Word. In this message, we look at John 8:31-45 to see the role truth plays in our lives.
May 22, 2018
Why The Remnant Matters
What would it look like if you removed the Christian presence from history? What does it mean to be Salt & Light? Join us as we dig into Matthew 5:13-16 to discover the answers to those questions and uncover the purpose of the Remnant.
May 15, 2018
Measuring Your Value
Do you ever feel unwanted, unworthy, or wonder if you’re enough? The world tells us to look to job titles, possessions and relationships for our value, but God tells us to look to Him. Check out this week's message as we unpack Ephesians 2:10 to discover that our ultimate value is determined by the Artist… and you are His Masterpiece.
May 08, 2018
We are God’s Plan A
In a world with so many evils, how are people supposed to know that God is good? That's where we come in. In this message, we hear from Gary Haugen about modern-day slavery and how we can seek justice until all are free. It’s very clear throughout the Bible that God is passionate about justice. The question is, are we passionate about what God is passionate about?
May 01, 2018
Preparing for Paradise
We all want to prepare for the future, but how far ahead are you thinking? In this message, we take a look at what Jesus has to say about Heaven and how we should prepare for eternity in paradise. Are you storing up your treasures here on earth, or are you investing in forever where the implications and rewards are eternal?
Apr 24, 2018
Living for Eternity
So, you believe the afterlife is real, but now what? This week, we take a look at what King Solomon had to say in Ecclesiastes about living a significant life here on earth. No Regrets. No turning back.
Apr 17, 2018
Homesick for Heaven
In life we often look forward to the next thing and dream of the day we achieve true happiness. We all have things we want, but what if everything we’ve ever longed for was actually a longing for Heaven and to be with God. In this message, we look at Revelation 21 and 22 to see what the apostle John revealed to us about Heaven. What will heaven be like? Better than you can even imagine.
Apr 10, 2018
Eternal FOMO
Is Hell even real? Who goes there? How bad could it be? In this message, we look at Luke 16:19-31 and talk through this place called Hell, what it would be like to spend eternity apart from God, and how you don’t have to.”
Apr 03, 2018
Your Results from Running
When we run from God we become our own worst enemy. In the midst of our rebellion, we can lose sight of God’s goodness and start to think we know better. In chapter 4, the final chapter of Jonah, we see what happens when we follow our rebellious heart and how to course correct back to God’s best for our lives.
Mar 27, 2018
Your Story Is Not Over
We’re not perfect. We’ve all messed up. We’ve all made bad choices. In Jonah chapter 3, we see that God is a God of second chances and your past is no problem for his grace, instead, it's a platform for His purpose.
Mar 20, 2018
Your Way Out
Life is an adventure, but it definitely has its ups and downs. When you’re in those low moments it can feel like you are stuck in a pit or that life just hasn’t gone your way. In this message, we look at Jonah chapter 2 and learn from Jonah’s prayer to God when he was in a pit and a definite low point... like the bottom of the ocean low. The good news: there’s a way out, and the best is yet to come.
Mar 13, 2018
You’re A Runaway
The way we run from God may not look as obvious as the way Jonah ran from God, but make no mistake, we are all Runaways. Whether you are chasing after things the world has to offer or it’s a slow drift one little decision at a time, you’re running. Are you exhausted yet? This week in Jonah 1, we see how far God is willing to go to bring us through our storms and back to Him, no matter what we’ve done.
Mar 06, 2018
Drunkenness & Soberness
Are you living for the weekend? Is a glass of wine or a cold beer your go-to after a rough day? It's time to consider the why behind the drink. This week's message navigates the vice of drunkenness and the freedom found in the virtue of soberness.
Feb 27, 2018
Gossip & Restraint
This just in… gossip destroys relationships. Ok, maybe you already knew that. The problem is, gossip is so common that you may not even notice that you, or people around you, are doing it. Why is it so damaging to yourself and others and what is the solution? We discuss the vice of gossip and the benefits of the virtue of restraint in this week’s message.
Feb 20, 2018
Lust & Self-Control
In today's society, we are told that lust and sex outside of God's design are harmless, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. In this message, we discuss the dire consequences that come with the vice of lust and bring to light the path to freedom gained by the virtue of self-control.
Feb 13, 2018
Anger & Forgiveness
Are you struggling to let go of past hurts? If you think you aren’t, are you sure? Bitterness weighs us down and anger is unproductive. In this message, we discuss the dangers of the vice of anger and how to release it and discover the virtue of forgiveness. Forgiveness could be the bravest thing you do all year.
Feb 06, 2018
Greed & Generosity
We often find ourselves storing up riches here on earth, but at what cost? Greed comes in many forms; many of which we don't expect. In this message, we discuss the vice of greed, how to identify it, overcome it, and change it to the virtue of generosity.
Jan 30, 2018
Entitlement & Gratitude
In our modern-day culture where our preferences are on demand (ie: Uber, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.), we can start to think we deserve certain privileges. Comparison and expectations can leave us feeling ripped off. Have we set our expectations socially instead of biblically? In this message, we discuss how to fight the vice of entitlement and live out the virtue of gratitude in our everyday lives.
Jan 23, 2018
Laziness & Discipline
Most of us dream of the day we can sit back, relax, and chill. In the pursuit of that dream, are we missing out on something far greater? In the midst of our business, are we actually being lazy? What if the life we’ve always dreamed of and Christ desires for us requires discipline? Listen and learn about the vice of laziness and virtue of discipline.
Jan 16, 2018
Pride & Humility
We don’t have to consciously try to be prideful, it just naturally occurs. The true test is overcoming this sin. In 1 Peter 5, God reveals to us that the source of anxiety is pride and humility is the solution.
Nov 28, 2017
Thou Shall Love & Respect
In this message, we look at commandments 5-10 and see a common theme: it’s about out relationships to one another. God takes the way we treat each other seriously. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to God.
Nov 21, 2017
Thou Shall Stop
The fourth commandment calls us to remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy. But what does it look like to find rest in a world that pushes us to the edge? The answer lies in trusting God.
Nov 14, 2017
Thou Shall = Because I Love You
God’s commandments are meant to protect you from going down a path that leads to death and destruction. His Word and commandments are the most loving and life-giving wisdom we can receive.
Nov 07, 2017
Thou Shall Know Why
A command is only as good as the context it comes from. When God gave the Ten Commandments, he did it with a good purpose in mind. Because nobody likes rules for no reason...not even God.
Oct 31, 2017
Love & Dating (Q&A)
Summary: Every week at The Porch, we receive questions regarding anything and everything as it pertains to love and dating. Dating was not around when The Bible was written and therefore it’s hard to look to it for practical dating advice. However, there are biblical principles that can be applied to our love life. In this audio podcast, we talk through some of our top frequently asked questions and how it pertains to God’s Word.
Oct 30, 2017
The Dating Show
We’ve been talking about First Comes Love, but what about dating? In a message unlike any other Porch message, we discuss what it looks like to date from the "ask out" to "the altar" in a way that honors God and is consistent with scripture. Listen and learn how to navigate the dating world.
Oct 24, 2017
How to Find Love
Our world is full of examples of love. Every time you turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or go to the movies, “love” is on display. Sadly when we follow these examples we end up headed towards the same destination that many of the celebrity and entertainers end up, heartbreak. Listen and learn from God‘s word what it looks like to prepare well for the love life you’ve always wanted.
Oct 17, 2017
Love & Sex
When it comes to sex, we need to get back to the basics and clear up some miscommunications. That all starts with understanding that sex is not the world’s idea, it’s God’s idea. Knowing that, we can trust the Designer and pursue purity with confidence.
Oct 10, 2017
What God Wants
We all have to wait on God sometimes, and if He takes too long it’s easy to wonder what He really wants. Does God want to give us what is good? Does God want to protect us from what is bad? Sometimes if you have to wait long enough, the answer doesn’t always seem so clear.
Oct 03, 2017
Don’t Love Her
The person you marry isn’t going to be the most compatible for you, but you better be on the same page with your faith. In the book of Judges, Samson learns the hard way about pursuing women that aren’t part of God’s people. In his weakness and brokenness, God eventually turns Samson’s romantic tragedy into triumph.
Sep 26, 2017
Can He Love Me?
Dating can be complicated and things aren’t always as they seem. Relationships can go well for a while, but how can you know if his love is real and if it will last? In 1 Corinthians 13, we see what it should look like when a man really loves a woman.
Sep 19, 2017
What Love Doesn’t
As it relates to dating, you can't trust your feelings. In this message, David gives us 5 things that should guide us through relationships over feelings, all of which are based on the principles and truths of God's word.
Sep 12, 2017
What Love Does
Before we get any relationship with a girl/guy right, we must have our relationship with God right. In 1 John 4, the foundation for that relationship is laid out in the simplest way: God loves you. And as much as we say that we know that, sometimes our actions betray what we really believe.
Sep 05, 2017
The Good Life Knows God’s People
Adam Tarnow brings home #Launch17 with the 1 ingredient you need for the good life: Humility. Find out how it's the oil that keeps the good life running as he takes us through Philippians 2.
Sep 04, 2017
The Good Life Knows God’s in Control
When the good life gets out of control, turn to God. David Marvin walks us through Mark 4 showing us how we can be confident in God's care, full of faith not fear, and focus on Christ in the midst of chaos.
Sep 03, 2017
The Good Life Knows God’s Word
You won't find the good life unless you learn to love the Bible. Why? It's a love letter from a Father who loves you and wants to lead you to it. Dive in with Todd Wagner as he breaks down why the Bible is vital to our lives.
Sep 03, 2017
The Good Life Knows God’s Love
What do you think the "good life" is? Jonathan Pokluda starts off #Launch17 with a look at how the Bible defines the good life--and just how good it is when we know who God is, who we are to Him, and all that we have in God.
Sep 02, 2017
The Unseen Lies from Sin and Satan
As we wrap up The Unseen series we explore 7 lies from our enemy and the corresponding truths from our Savior.
Aug 29, 2017
The Unseen War
We may not realize it, but we are in the middle of an unseen war. In Ephesians chapter 6, Paul lays out the types of armor that God has so graciously given us to defeat the enemy that so desperately seeks to destroy us.
Aug 22, 2017
The Unseen Realm
The Bible tells us that there is an unseen spiritual realm impacting this world. Whether or not we realize it, all of us are being impacted by the forces of light and darkness within this unseen spiritual realm. Listen and learn what God’s Word has to say regarding the unseen realm, the reason for evil in our world, and the enemy within each of us.
Aug 15, 2017
Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind
The people we surround ourselves with have a tremendous impact on our lives - for better or for worse. Throughout the Bible, some of the wisest people to ever live talk about the friends we should keep, and the influence they have on us.
Aug 08, 2017
Don't Take Your Faith Too Seriously
In our culture, we take a lot of things seriously: appearances, finances, careers, etc. But when it comes to our faith, it sometimes takes a backseat to everything else. In Revelation 3:14-22, Jesus tells us that we should treasure a relationship with Him above everything else.
Aug 01, 2017
There are Many Ways to God
Our culture preaches that there is no wrong way to go about finding truth, life and ultimately, God. In John 14, Jesus preached an entirely different message that the only way to the Father, was through him.
Jul 25, 2017
Don't Impose Your Beliefs on People
We’ve all heard it; “don’t impose your faith on people”. In this message, we explore why that is such bad advice as we examine Acts 17, where the Apostle Paul speaks at the meeting of the Areopagus in Athens and we get a glimpse into how we should share our faith and why.
Jul 18, 2017
Life Begins When You're Married
Being married is good, but not better than being single. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul teaches us to use the gift of singleness to spread the gospel, and show the world that Jesus is enough.
Jul 11, 2017
Get Rich or Die Tryin
Pursuing wealth is more natural to us than we think. In 1 Timothy 6, the Apostle Paul cautions us to not fall in love with money, but calls us to fall in love with the One who gives abundantly.
Jun 27, 2017
Treat Yo Self in Yo Twenties
In a world that says it's perfectly acceptable to get all you can, while you can - God's word tells us a different story. Throughout Proverbs, Psalms and Ecclesiastes, it's made clear that we have a very short time to find wisdom, love and life through a relationship with God.
Jun 20, 2017
Only God Can Judge Me
As Christians, if you are unwilling to speak truth or hear truth from other believers, you are not walking in obedience. In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul explains why judging someone is the most loving thing you can do.
Jun 13, 2017
Try Before You Buy
Your body is not yours to give away. And it's for sure not yours to give away before marriage. God has a plan for it. In 1 Corinthians chapter 6, Paul explains to us that our bodies were not meant for sexual immorality but for honoring God, who bought your body for a price.
Jun 06, 2017
Good People Go To Heaven
There is no universal consensus about what is 'good'. So, how good is good enough to get to Heaven? In Romans Chapter 3, Paul shows us that according to God's standard, there are no good people, and there is only one way to get to heaven.
May 30, 2017
Follow Your Heart
All of us have followed our heart at some time or another. That's very normal nowadays, but scripture tells us something different. In Proverbs Chapter 4, we learn that guarding our heart is crucial to our walk with Christ.
May 23, 2017
Victory
As Todd brings 1 Peter to a close, he shares 7 things we need to know about an adversary who seeks to destroy us. This enemy is powerful but greater is He who is in us and gives us the ability to fight sin.
May 16, 2017
Grow
What are the essentials to growing in your faith? In the beginning of chapter 5, Peter gives us clear instructions on how spiritual growth is closely tied to trusting God and casting anxieties on Him - all while being plugged into a church.
May 09, 2017
Bucket List
What does it mean to live like time is running out? To the majority of the people, that might look something like a “bucket list”. In 1 Peter Chapter 4, Peter lays out the three things that Christians should do with their short time on this earth.
May 02, 2017
Obey
Followers of Christ have been invited into a relationship with a God who loves them, died for them, and calls them to follow Him into the abundant life. However, in order for this to happen we must learn to trust God and obey instructions. In this message we discover how we can grow in our obedience to Christ and experience true life.
Apr 25, 2017
Hope
What do you hope in? 1 Peter 3:15-22 describes where we find hope in a world that can feel hopelessly broken, in what circumstances our hope is seen most clearly, and who we are to share our hope with.
Apr 18, 2017
We Solutions
We all drift away from God sometimes. It's just part of life. But how do we stop doing it? The author of Hebrews gives a surprising solution.
Apr 18, 2017
Marriage
God invented marriage to teach us something about Him and the unconditional love He has for us. The beginning of 1 Peter chapter 3 gives men and women a clear picture of what is truly important in choosing a spouse, the roles a husband and wife uniquely play, and what it means to pursue Christ together.
Apr 11, 2017
Unfair
Life isn't fair. It's just a fact that everyone will eventually come to realize. Peter reminds us of this and a few more unfair facts of life as it pertains to Christians living under authority.
Apr 04, 2017
Foreigner
If you've given your life to Christ, this world is your temporary home. With that truth in mind, Peter gives us the do's and don'ts of living like foreigners in this world as we wage war against sinful desires.
Mar 28, 2017
Purpose
It would be a huge letdown if we missed out on our purpose. Thankfully for us, Peter shares a few key components to discovering our true purpose in chapter 2. It requires us to mature in our faith, connect with other followers and ultimately proclaim the good news of Christ.
Mar 21, 2017
Faith
It's easy to go through this life having a faith that is different than what is revealed in God's Word. Peter describes the qualities of true faith and how we can ultimately strengthen it.
Mar 14, 2017
Chosen
In the first few verses of 1 Peter, the Apostle Peter shares with fellow Christians facing persecution and hardship how they have nothing to fear because they've been chosen by God. This reassurance still rings true for us today as we face our own trials in a broken world.
Mar 07, 2017
Temptation Life Hack
We are tempted every single day. To sin or not to sin? To do what God says is best or go our own way? In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the Apostle Paul tells us that although there is temptation all around us that there's always a way out if we choose Jesus.
Feb 28, 2017
Revolutionary Legacy
Lt. Jim Downing, the second oldest living survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack at 103 years old, shares how getting acquainted with Jesus Christ early on in his life has proven to be the greatest relationship one could ever ask for.
Feb 21, 2017
Revolutionary Dating
Culture's dating model is flawed and broken. It's time to unlearn some things and return to God's original design for marriage. Through the story of Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 24, we learn that there are 3 things that we can do today to revolutionize the way we date.
Feb 14, 2017
The “Me” Revolution
In a world of extreme selfishness, we're called to be extraordinary servants. In Matthew chapter 20, Jesus uses the parable of a vineyard owner to show us that selfishness robs us of many things, and ultimately, true greatness.
Feb 07, 2017
A Revolutionary Perspective on Work
Throughout the Bible, there are nearly 900 passages that relate to work/economics. Why? Because work is a form of worship, and our jobs are one of the most powerful tools we can use to promote the gospel. God designed us to work, and as Christians we must use it as an opportunity to represent who we serve.
Jan 31, 2017
The Revolutionary Christian Life
Christianity is not an accessory to our lives, but a necessity. In Galatians 5, we see that dependence on God is our only hope in overcoming our sin nature that leads to self-destruction. Surrendering your life to God is truly revolutionary.
Jan 24, 2017
Follow the Revolution to Freedom
Many revolutions have start with the pursuit of freedom. We want to be free, but so often our pursuit of the freedom to sin traps us in a cycle and we become enslaved rather than free. How do we break free? Freedom comes from following the right leader. Who or what will you follow?
Jan 17, 2017
Remembering Your True Identity
What makes you, you? Where do you find your identity? If it’s in your accomplishments, mistakes or earthly desires, you're looking in the wrong place. In Philippians chapter 3, The Apostle Paul shows us what it means to recognize our true identity.
Dec 06, 2016
Remembering How People Change
Many people think that the moment you become a Christian, life is going to get easier. That's not always the case. The Apostle Paul outlines in Ephesians 4 how Christians become new creations day by day through God's truth.
Nov 29, 2016
Remembering Identity Over Feelings
Feelings and identities are important, and we've all got them both. The question is not whether feelings are powerful or whether identity is important. The question is, "Which one should come first?"
Nov 22, 2016
Remembering What We Have in Christ
If you remember what you have in Christ, it changes everything. In 2 Corinthians, Paul reminds us that we are made anew when we surrender our lives to Jesus. Our views, status, and purpose all change for the better.
Nov 15, 2016
Leading a Nation
God, where are you going with this? It's a question we might ask during difficult circumstances. In Joshua 1-5, we see a nation under new leadership put their trust in God and overcome their own difficult circumstances to enter into the promise land.
Nov 08, 2016
How To Choose A Leader
Anyone who is close to you influences you, and anyone who influences you, at that moment at least, becomes your leader. We all choose leaders more often than we think, and a biblical way to choose is a must.
Nov 01, 2016
Sex and Government
How did we get to this point as a nation? We overlooked God's clear instructions and misunderstood the consequences as it relates to one of the greatest desires of young adults, sex. We must return to God and know that He delights in forgiving us, no matter how far we've strayed personally and as a nation.
Oct 25, 2016
That You May Know
Jesus once healed a paralyzed man so the doubting audience around him could know that they could be forgiven, too. He does the same thing today - reaching skeptics by changing real lives with real love and healing...all so forgiveness would be available for anyone watching.
Oct 18, 2016
What Made America Great
As a nation, how do we restore what has been removed? We return to the Christian moral foundation that led to America's success in the first place. In Romans 1, Paul tells us what ultimately happens when people run from that foundation.
Oct 11, 2016
Relationship Goals Q&A
David Marvin and Jonathan Pokluda sit down and take on some of the most commonly asked questions on dating. Questions ranging from online dating to cohabitation, to texting exes or when to break up, we can lean on the Bible to guide us to our ultimate #RelationshipGoals.
Oct 04, 2016
The Purpose of Singleness, Dating, and Marriage
Have you ever had an “Oh, that’s what that’s for” moment? It’s that moment when you realize something’s purpose. We were created by God for a purpose. Your relationship status also serves a purpose, but it’s probably not what you think. In this message we look to 1 Corinthians 7 for some timeless wisdom from Paul regarding life, marriage, and singleness.
Sep 27, 2016
When to Break Up
The Bible may not mention dating specifically, but it holds principles that we can filter our Christian relationships through. In this message, we explore 5 reasons for not moving forward in a relationship.
Sep 20, 2016
Sex & Purity
In the sex obsessed world we live in today, is purity even possible? If it’s possible, why should sexual purity even be a #RelationshipGoal? In 1 Corinthians 6:12-19, we are reminded that sex is powerful, it’s not just physical, and how we can live out sexual purity.
Sep 13, 2016
Identifying the One
Do you know what you're looking for in dating? Paul's letter in 1 Timothy 4:12 gives us a great list to look for when trying to identify "the one".
Sep 06, 2016
Power of Christ in the Present
Sep 05, 2016
The Places We Run to Quench Our Thirst for Eternity
Sep 04, 2016
What is "The Fear of God?"
Sep 04, 2016
What is Man For?
Sep 03, 2016
Check Your Baggage
You bring yourself into every relationship, but what baggage are you bringing with you? What past sins, hurts, or lies are you believing? If we don’t deal with our baggage, it creates a wake of destruction. Colossians 3 tells us there is a way to be set free. Will you take the first step?
Aug 30, 2016
Love
Love. It’s a word that is thrown around a lot in today's culture, specifically dating, but how do we define it? To answer that question, we look to Ephesians 1:3-14 that describes how God perfectly loves us, and what it looks like to love others.
Aug 23, 2016
Marriage, the Ultimate Relationship Goal
Have you ever considered that dating is a relatively new concept? Although dating is not in The Bible, the institution of marriage is - it’s God’s invention. Starting in Genesis 2, God begins to reveal to us His reasons for creating marriage and how it all centers around our relationship with Him.
Aug 16, 2016
Jesus and Zacchaeus
Don't buy into the lie that you are outside the boundaries of God's acceptance. In Luke 19:1-10, Jesus seeks out a chief tax collector named Zacchaeus, whose dark past of sin made many wrongly believe he was not within the reach of Jesus' love.
Aug 09, 2016
The Woman at the Well
Dealing with differences is a part of life. How we handle them will make all the difference. In John 4:4-24, Jesus offers a Samaritan woman, and us all, a way of thinking that we can apply to any kind of difference we face.
Aug 02, 2016
Jesus, Mary and Martha
The world we live in is full of distractions. We are constantly being pulled in multiple directions and countless things are fighting for our attention. In Luke 10:38-42, we see the story of Jesus, Mary and Martha. The issue of being distracted from Jesus is not a new concept, but the question is how will we respond?
Jul 26, 2016
Jesus Has Overcome
How do we find peace when chaos seems to be all around us? Scripture reminds us that Jesus came to not only save us from our sins but to overcome every bit of evil in this world. The sacrifice God made by sending his Son to die on the cross for our sins tells us that we can never be perfect on our own, but we must be born again. It is good to be passionately devoted to God, but passion alone will fade. Abiding deeply with Jesus and humbly obeying His Word will sustain in the middle of trials. When temptations come, will you be watchful, alert, and prayerful?
Jul 19, 2016
Looking at Jesus in the Storm
Jesus promised us that in this world we will have trouble. In other words we will face uncertainty, trials, and the various storms of life that come from living in a broken world. In this message we explore Jesus invitation to all of us to look at Him in the midst of the storm and in doing so find peace, strength, hope, and the ability to rise above the circumstances we are in.
Jul 12, 2016
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
Do you think you need to clean yourself up before you approach God? In Matthew 8, we see a story about a man with leprosy who knew his only hope was Jesus. He approached God in his unclean state with faith, and Jesus healed him. Like the leper, we all have an incurable disease - sin. It kills us from the inside out and isolates us from God and his people. Christ alone healed the leper, and Christ alone can heal us from our sin. Will you try to clean yourself before you come to Him, or will you accept His radical love?
Jul 05, 2016
The Gerasene Demoniac
Sometimes it may seem like there is a battle of good versus evil. We see in Mark 5 that evil is not a battle for Jesus, He is sovereign over it. The 2,000 demons that were in the Gerasene Demoniac were no match for Jesus and His power. When we are caught in sin, it can feel like we are absolutely trapped. However, no sin struggle of ours is impossible for Jesus to overcome. Jesus wants to set you free – will you take Him up on His offer?
Jun 28, 2016
The Rich Young Ruler
What keeps you from going all in with God? As we dive into Luke 18, we see that self-relaiance, fear of losing what we have, and not realizing what we will gain are some of the most common reasons we foolishly choose temporary treasures on Earth over God’s glorious riches he promises us. Following Jesus will cost you something, but not following him will cost you everything. Are you ready to go all in?
Jun 21, 2016
Jonah
Taking a look at Jonah, we see how not to react to God's grace and how we should react to grace as believers. Jonah tried to run from the presence of God even though he was given specific instructions from Him. How often do we decide that our way is better and fight against what God wants for us? Or decide, like the men on the boat with Jonah, that we can work our own way back to God? It only makes it harder for us. But when we trust in God, who gave His Son for us, we come to know His love. We then respond by sharing grace with everyone around us. How will you react?
Jun 14, 2016
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
We live in a time where Christians blend into culture rather than standing out. But what does real faith look like — the kind of faith that we act on, not just using it as a get out of jail free card? As we see from the example of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3, real faith is counter cultural, it's uncompromising, and it converts critics. As Christians, we are meant to stand out and go against the grain of what society says to bring God glory. We want people to ask us why we are different, and who Jesus is. Are you ready to stand out and go all in with Christ?
Jun 07, 2016
David and Goliath
Where do you place your faith? In yourself? Your career? Your looks? As we go through the story of David, Goliath, and the Israelites, we see the difference between placing our faith in ourselves versus having faith in God. While misplaced faith leads to false confidence and fear, faith in God always prevails.
May 31, 2016
Abraham
Every relationship requires trust. God has called us into a relationship with Him and the trust we can have in Him really defines our existence. Through the story of Abraham, we see examples of how to trust God with our destination, trust Him with our situation, and trust Him without reservation. It all points back to Jesus Christ because that's where life finds meaning.
May 24, 2016
Noah and the Flood
Some of us have known this story since our childhood, but it's much more than a bed time story. It's a story of a man who faithfully served the Lord and completely trusted Him even though he was alone in his trust. Taking a look at the evidence of Noah's story, the significance of it, and the application, it all points to Christ. God saved the world through one man in a flood, and God saved the world through one man who was fully human and fully God, Christ, by washing away our sins through his death and resurrection. Will you put your complete trust in the Lord?
May 17, 2016
Adam and Eve
Starting the new BC series, Adam and Eve show us how we encounter and consider temptation daily just like they did. God gave them one rule out of love and knowing what’s best, "Don't eat from that tree”. However, they didn’t listen and we don’t typically either. When we choose to follow temptation, we don't trust a Father who knows what's best for us and follow our own desires. These choices lead us to death. The cure for this sin is Jesus who paid the debt of our sins for us. Luckily as believers we belong to a God who runs to save us in the midst of our sin and doesn't run away. Will you choose to trust Him?
May 10, 2016
Romans 8: 31-39: Nothing Separates Us from God's Love
The love of God cuts through all accusations, condemnation and separation to give you good without reservation. What does that mean? It means there is no accusation brought against you that will prevail. It means there is no condemnation sentenced to you that you will pay. It means there is no separation of you from God's love. It means God gives good to you without reservation. Find out how from Romans 8:31-39.
May 03, 2016
Everybody Plays, but Nobody Wins
Comparison. Whenever we play that game, we lose. Why? At the root, it just means we aren't trusting God, and Saul stands as a reminder of that. Taking a look at him and David in 1 Samuel, we see how badly comparison can hurt us, and also how to avoid it. If we keep our focus on God instead of ourselves, we can enjoy what the Lord has given us now, and not play the comparison game.
Apr 26, 2016
Romans 8:28-30: God Flips Everything for Good
God works out the bad for our good -- we know this. It's a foundational truth. And it's clear in Romans 8:28-30. Paul shows us that God works everything for our good, and that good is God's end goal for us. What is that good? He's conforming us to look more like Christ every day. And the best is yet to come. He has called us, justified us, and glorified us. In the midst of trials, we can have joy because of God's work in our lives. Glory is coming and that gives us hope.
Apr 19, 2016
Romans 8:18-27: God Waits with Us
Continuing through Romans 8:18-27, Paul shows us that creation longs to be restored from the curse of being disconnected from God. Our source of greatest hurt is sin, our broken relationship with God, but our source of greatest hope is the resurrection, restoration from Christ. And the day will come when Christ returns and this earth will be made new, but until then our greatest source of help is the Holy Spirit, who is waiting with us, guiding us through life until that day comes. God never leaves us; He is always by our side.
Apr 12, 2016
Romans 8:14-17: We Are God's Children
It changes everything if you know who you are according to God. Continuing the Romans series, we take a look at Romans 8:14-17 which shows us how our behavior points to whom we belong, that we're God's children not His slaves, and the benefits of being sons and daughters of God. If you embrace being a child of the King of Kings, nothing marks you more than that, we are heirs with Christ, and we have access to God as His children. His love is so great for us, we can trust Him, knowing everything He asks of us is for our benefit.
Apr 05, 2016
Romans 8:5-13: Choose God to Be in the Driver's Seat
Who is in the driver's seat of your life? You or God? Studying Romans 8:5-13, Paul explains that there's a fight for the driver's seat of our minds - our flesh, our sinful nature, is fighting against the Holy Spirit in us if we believe in Christ. And whoever wins that fight, determines our destination. Sin leads to death, but fixing our minds on the things of God leads us to life and peace. It's up to us to designate a driver. If we choose to walk with the Spirit, and fill our minds with the things of God, we start to do the things of God and not the desires of our flesh. Who will you choose to drive your life?
Mar 29, 2016
Romans 8:1-4: The Christian Life
Each year we tell ourselves, "This is going to be my year!" And each year we find ourselves saying "Next year is really going to be my year!" What is it in us that knows what is good and still doesn't do it when we set goals for ourselves? As we kick off the Romans 8 series, Walk by the Spirit, we see Paul explain that even though we know what is good, we are sinful by nature. We must depend on Christ moment by moment to do anything good. We can't do it on our own; only through Christ are we covered in righteousness. Join us on this journey as we start Romans 8 where Paul clearly outlines the Christian faith and Christian life.
Mar 22, 2016
Politics
In a time where the future of politics seems uncertain and our nation focuses less and less on Christ, more than ever we need to stand for what we believe in Christ. How do we do that in terms of the upcoming election? We don't panic and we start with prayer, we purify ourselves, and we proclaim. Through the message, Todd Wagner takes us through the Bible verses that show us how to respond. Will you stand for Christ and lead in righteousness?
Mar 15, 2016
Entitlement
Jesus knows we're going to get confused--confused about our privileges, thinking they are our rights. That's entitlement. Jesus clearly lays out what that looks like in Matthew 20 in the Parable of the Workers. God reminds us of what we actually deserve, that He distributes everything, and how comparison fuels entitlement. Ultimately our God is more than fair, giving us a life that we do not deserve. Don't let entitlement limit your joy; find it through God's gifts to us.
Mar 08, 2016
Dating Relationships
There's one thing we've all received bad advice about -- relationships. From "appearance trumps all" to "let your heart lead you," we've all fallen into the lies the world tells us. But God shows us in the Bible what we really need to be looking for as we follow Christ and become more like Him. Listen along to the 7 pieces of bad relationship advice and God's good advice.
Mar 01, 2016
Money
We live in a culture that breeds discontentment. We're constantly exposed to the things we don't have and the world tells us that success and contentment only come from money. But money has nothing to do with contentment. We'll never feel satisfied by more, more, more. Discontentment is dangerous - being rich is a moving target. 1 Timothy 6 tells us that godliness is contentment with great gain and that the cure for discontentment is Christ. Christ is the true treasure that changes our hearts and cures our discontentment, transforming us as we learn to be more like Him.
Feb 23, 2016
Your Church
As a Christian, we are called to be the church. Scripture shows us that we are meant to be the body of Christ, surrounding ourselves with God's people, lifting each other up, and walking through life together. We are meant to submit to godly leadership, who will give an account for us when we've committed to their authority. And we have gifts that we can use to serve God for His glory. We do all of that as a part of a church together. So let's stop sitting on the sidelines and start adulting by joining a local church!
Feb 16, 2016
Keeping Committments
Let's face it — our generation is scared of commitment. We're always feeling #FOMO and we barely keep small promises in fear of better options coming along. But as Christians, we're called to keep our commitments because it’s important to God as we see in Numbers 30 and Matthew 5. Christians should be marked by commitment. Adulting is making and keeping promises. If you think about it, everything great comes from a commitment. Are you willing to commit?
Feb 09, 2016
Career Path
We hear it all the time, “Follow your passions.” So many of us have taken this advice, moving from job to job. That’s what the world says, when really God has you in a job right where He wants you. Luke 5 shows us how Jesus used Peter’s job as a fisherman to bring Him glory. We have to change our perspective, invite God in at work (He wants to go with us), and pursue greater passions — God’s passions. Then we’ll really be on our way to adulting!
Feb 02, 2016
Training Ground
The world says it's freedom to do what you want or finding happiness. But really, the best way to adult is to train to be godly. If we grow up on truth, train to be more like Christ, and set an example, we're on the right path. Come adult with us!
Jan 26, 2016
Anxiety: A Perspective Problem
What if anxiety is really just an issue with our perspective? If we let ourselves be ruled by our desires we will be anxious, but if we let God rule us we can truly exhale. Psalm 16 shows us that with God as our Lord we delight in His people, find joy in His presence, and pursue His eternal pleasures. When we refocus our perspective to see life in terms of eternity with God because Jesus died for our sins, suddenly anxiety starts to fade.
Dec 01, 2015
God Comes Through for His People
How do we know if God is going to show up when we need him? Can we trust He'll be there? Psalm 118 shows us that we can completely trust God will come through for us and we can rest securely in Him, knowing that Jesus came to die for our sins and rose again to save us. Through this song, we see that God never stops loving us, His protection never fails, and God's victory is certain. No matter what happens in this life, if we're in Christ then we have victory — God is always there for us.
Nov 24, 2015
How to Respond to Failure
We're human; we fail. It's inevitable. But it's how we respond to failure that truly makes a difference, especially when it comes to sexual sin. Sexual sin creates shame in our conscious that takes hold unlike any other. It's important to respond like David does in Psalm 51: He acknowledges his sin fully, asks God to restore the joy of salvation, and allows God to use his story to teach others and bring them back to God. God loves us no matter our past, present, or future - Christ died for us already knowing all of that! Don't be ashamed of your story; share it to teach others that they can have a story of God's love too.
Nov 17, 2015
God Fully Knows and Fully Loves You
Could God know everything about us and still love us? Psalm 139 shows us that God knows us before we're even born, He knows our thoughts before we have them, and because He knows us so completely, He loves us with a love more full than we understand. Instead of being met with rejection, God draws closer to us. God specializes in bringing life and healing to us no matter what we've done - invite Him in.
Nov 10, 2015
The Good Shepherd
What would life look like if you saw God as your provider? Your protector? Your guide? Listen and learn the invitation to experience God's care in your life in all of these ways and more as we study King David's most famous work, Psalm 23.
Nov 03, 2015
God Is In Control
Sometimes it feels like life is fighting us, like God is fighting us, but He's not. God is actually fighting for us! Psalm 46 shows us that the protection of God is ever present, His power prevails, and that His protection and power give His people peace. In times of trouble, we have to learn not to rely on our own control but to lean on God's control.
Oct 27, 2015
Satisfying the Soul
In Psalm 63 David describes his thirst and longing for God. It's not something we have to try for -- our desire for God is already in our hearts whether we know it or not. And while some seek to fulfill that desire through money and success, ultimately God is the only one who can satisfy. When we find Him and grace through Jesus, that satisfaction pours out of us through praise and telling others. We have to allow ourselves to desperately cling to God who sustains and satisfies us.
Oct 20, 2015
#DatingFAQ
Jonathan Pokluda (JP) and David Marvin tackle some of our biggest dating questions in a dating Q&A. Listen to how they answer everything from "Who should pay? Really?" to "Is it okay to use apps like Tinder?" and "When do I say I love you?" Use #DatingFAQ to look back at some of the live tweets from the message!
Oct 13, 2015
The Blueprint for Marriage
How can we as young adults prepare for marriage? We focus on advancing God's kingdom, being secure in the Lord, and preparing to be like Christ in a marriage -- this is our opportunity to model Christ for the world. We can mirror God's image in a way only marriage can, multiply a Godly heritage, manage our world (not letting it manage us), and mutually complete each other if God allows us to become husbands and wives. In preparing for marriage by focusing on the Lord, we become equipped to recognize a Godly man or woman and to love as Christ loves us.
Oct 06, 2015
Singleness is a Gift from God
Yes, you read that correctly. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul tells us singleness is a gift from God. Singleness is a gift to use for God's purpose. It allows your undivided attention to be on God, and we learn more of God's character through self-control in singleness. Instead of waiting to fulfill your purpose when you're married, start now when you can give God your full attention! There's no better time than when you are single to pick up and do whatever you can to fulfill God's purpose for you. Don't waste this gift. How will you use your singleness?
Sep 29, 2015
Getting Caught Up in Dating
There are two calls: singleness or marriage. But today we get caught up in dating and have forgotten that this is just a means to marriage at the end. Specifically, women are prone to let fear, control, and desire leave them discontent. We see these examples through the stories of the women in Samson's life. But God doesn't want us stuck in dating - He sets the bar at a healthy marriage. Instead of being stuck or discontent, men and women alike should start pursuing the relationship that really matters - a relationship with God.
Sep 22, 2015
Dating Detours
As we start our new series, Save the Date, we have to admit we might not be so good at dating. We might think we're going in the direction of marriage in a relationship, but then we make bad decisions that take us on detours. We see in Judges 14-16 through the story of Samson how pursuing the wrong people, giving into lust, and playing games only hurts us. Love is meant to be sincere. When we are fully surrendered to God, love can be a beautiful thing. Are you on the right path or have you taken detours?
Sep 15, 2015