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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Oct 08, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 the Luke 19 and the story of Zacchaeus to see how Jesus is a friend of sinners.
Jul 09, 2019
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 an example of what standing for truth in a chaotic culture looks like.
Mar 26, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jul 17, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
As we wrap up The Unseen series we explore 7 lies from our enemy and the corresponding truths from our Savior.
Aug 29, 2017
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
As socially unconventional as Jesus may have been on earth, one thing is undeniable: he did (and does) miraculous things and invites his followers not only to see and acknowledge them, but to participate in them. There is no amount of deadness that Jesus cannot revive...and no funeral he won't interrupt.
Sep 08, 2015
Guest speaker, Tommy Nelson, walks us through the story of Jacob. Through Jacob's life, we see him constantly turning to himself to fix his problems when God had promised him a blessing. Jacob wasn't following God, he was seeking his own flesh. Just like Jacob, we try to take the reins and work around God's plan, and it doesn't go the way we want it too. If we trust in God, He will take care of us. When we ask Him for help, He's there. He is faithful to fulfill His promises and leads us in the right direction.
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In Matthew 7:24-29, we take a look at what God says about having a solid foundation. The only way to have one is to follow and live out His instructions in the Bible. If you follow Jesus' instructions, you are promised that your foundation will stand. If not, you are promised your foundation will crumble and fall. You are becoming someone, so you must choose today what to build your foundation on and how to keep it firm when the promised storms come. Will you choose to trust Jesus and see how He is faithful in His strength and provision?
Sep 01, 2015
Jesus tells us at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that the gate to eternal life is narrow and the majority won't enter. God is begging us to take the narrow path; Christ wants to set us free. There's only one way to eternal life and that's actively believing that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. Although the things of this world may be enticing, God wants to give us His best — himself. God calls us stop thinking about ourselves, love others and live for Him. Will you take the narrow path?
Aug 25, 2015
Sometimes we turn away from God because we question His goodness. But God is a good Father and desires to give us good things. Jesus teaches us in the Sermon on the Mount to pray with persistence. When we pray to our perfect Father, He answers our prayers. His answer might be a yes, no, or not now; but it is always good, even if it isn't always what we want. Because God desires an authentic relationship with us, we have the freedom to honestly pray about what we want, seeking to understand if that’s what God wants too. And if it's not, He has something better planned.
Aug 18, 2015
God will bring you, body and soul, through life and death into full and everlasting pleasure if God is your safest refuge, sovereign Lord, your supreme treasure, and your trusted counselor.
Aug 11, 2015
The Bible, when taken out of context, leads us to a path of destruction. One of the verses taken out of context the most is from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7 when He says, "judge not, lest you be judged." But in the context of the passage, that does not mean we should sit silent when we see something that is wrong. We do, however, have to take a look at ourselves, know our struggles, let others know us, let them love us, and love others too. No one is any more righteous than the other; the only righteous thing about us is Christ in us.
Aug 04, 2015
In this world that we live in, it's a culture of more, more, more. We want the newest tech gadget, best car, biggest house, but money only creates an illusion of control. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shows us that we have to see money with an eternal perspective and a satisfied heart. Instead of wasting our lives being owners and letting money be our master, we can be stewards of our money serving God and building up eternal treasures to further His kingdom. Who will you serve?
Jul 28, 2015
Fake it until you make it, right? Not according to Jesus. He calls us not to practice our righteousness in front of others in Matthew 6:1-18. He tells us we shouldn't give, pray, or fast if we are just doing it impress people. That's fake faith. Fake faith gives to get noticed, performs prayers for people, and sacrifices to appear spiritual. In the end, fake faith doesn't hold up. Jesus didn't die on the cross to impress people; He died on the cross to reconcile us to God. Practice real faith by doing everything for God, focusing solely on Him.
Jul 21, 2015
When we feel wronged by someone, we want to hurt them back. Instead of an eye for an eye, Jesus calls us to extend forgiveness and seek reconciliation with that person. As Christians, our response should be to reconcile, to love those even if they hate us, and forgive like God has forgiven us. God has extended us reconciliation and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and as followers of Christ, we become more like God when we respond in love and pray for our enemies.
Jul 14, 2015
Every 20 or 30-something struggles with commitment. We want to keep our options open. But when we're flaky, we damage our reputation. In Matthew 5:33-37, we see that Jesus simply wants us to commit, not make soft commitments or back out, but give a yes or no answer. God is faithful and trustworthy and never breaks a commitment; as Christians, we are called to do the same and be salt and light to everyone around us.
Jul 07, 2015
A lot of us write off adultery because we think, "Oh I haven't cheated, I'm good”. However, Jesus redefines it in the Sermon on the Mount, saying even if we have looked at someone lustfully, we have committed adultery. Even though society is always pushing sexual sin in front of us, we have to remove it because it kills relationships – with God and the people we care about. We have to treat marriage as it was intended, a metaphor for Christ's love for the church. We have to remove the things that tempt us and follow Christ. When marriage gets hard, we must trust in the power of Jesus to save more than the power of sin. God loves us as we should strive to love in marriage — a lifelong pursuit — where He paid the price for us through Jesus Christ.
Jun 30, 2015
How we handle our anger matters to God. Jesus says in Matthew 5:21-26 that we are subject to judgment for being angry like those who murder are subject to judgment. But through anger, we have the opportunity to respond in such a way that we show we are God's children. We can own our part in conflict and ask for forgiveness to settle it quickly, pursuing a path of peace. Ultimately the big picture that saves us all from our anger is Jesus. He gave His life for our anger so that we don't have to be angry and face judgment for it when we believe in Him.
Jun 23, 2015
In Matthew 5:20, Jesus shockingly says that we will not be allowed into Heaven unless our righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law, meaning we'd have to be perfect. But luckily for us, it doesn't end there. Jesus fulfills the law: he clarified what it means, he lived a perfect life, and he fulfilled the law's demands for us. By accepting Jesus' free gift of paying our debt through the cross, we can rely on His righteousness, not our own, and spend eternity with Him. And until that time comes, we have God's unchanging moral laws guiding us toward a fulfilling life, seeking after Him here.
Jun 16, 2015
In the most famous sermon of all time, Jesus shows us in Matthew 5 what it looks like to seek God's righteousness and not our own in the Sermon on the Mount. God is calling us to Him and He can save us. He wants us to be supremely happy. If we look past ourselves and recognize that we fully rely on God, He will fully satisfy us. Jesus shows us what it looks like to be saved, what those who are saved do, and what they can expect through God. There is nothing greater than Him.
Jun 09, 2015
We come up with weird ideologies about sex and tune out what the Bible has to say we justify our actions. How far is too far? If we're asking, we've probably gone too far. But as believers, God's will for us is sanctification from sexual sin. His way is that we avoid sin through self control and God's warning is that there is no safe sex. God made sex -- it's intended to be good but within the boundaries of marriage. When we let sin warp our view of sex, we suffer the consequences of rejecting God. As believers, we are called to be set apart, to honor God with our bodies and to pursue character in Christ as encouraged by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4.
Jun 02, 2015
Like Nicodemus, some of us miss what Jesus, the Messiah, meant when He said we must be born again. But Jesus explains to Nicodemus that the Son of Man must be lifted up so that everyone who believes may have eternal life. Ultimately Nicodemus is born again when he sees Christ raised up on the cross and believes. It always has been and always will be about Jesus Christ. We've all sinned, but we can't achieve salvation- we have to trust in God. Because God so loved the world that He gave His only Son and if we believe in Him we have eternal life, no matter what our lives look like, and that is the picture of ultimate grace.
May 26, 2015
As we end Colossians, Paul shows us that there's no point where God stops chasing us, even when we run away. In his farewell speech to the Colossians, Paul mentions Onesimus � a slave who stole and ran from his master, just like we run from God. But God chased him. Onesimus believed in Jesus and God changed him from a mess into a missionary, making him the pastor of the largest church at that time in Ephesus. No matter what our past is, Jesus loves us, wants us as His, and uses our stories for His ministry.
May 19, 2015
A lot of us think that faith is just a private idea that should meet our individual needs, but God calls us to live our lives on mission for Him. In Colossians 4, Paul shows us what people who live on mission look like: they are devoted to prayer, have needs that matter, have opportunities that matter, and have conversations that matter eternally not just for this world. Ultimately God does the saving, but we are provided with opportunities to work for Him that may make an eternal difference in someone's life. Are you living on mission for God?
May 12, 2015
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It's easy to be caught up in our past lives - our behaviors before Christ. But Paul shows us in Colossians 2:16-3:16 that, through Christ, we are given completely new lives. We have been resurrected with Christ and have been given a new life to "put on". How exactly do we "put on" this new life and live as the new creation we are? Listen and find out! You may be surprised at the how and the why behind our change in Christ.
Apr 28, 2015
Guest speaker, Francis Chan, shows us how we can get wrapped up in ourselves. We live in a world with false teaching, and we accumulate teachers that tell us what we want to hear. Taking a look at 2 Timothy we see that selfishness is the root of many problems: love of money, pride, disobedience. The church is not immune; in it some have the appearance of Godliness but deny its power. But the Holy Spirit can change that. Through Jesus Christ we are saved, and if we run towards Him and fight the good fight like Paul did, we can be satisfied that we achieved our mission of spreading the Gospel.
Apr 21, 2015
Simply said, when we put our faith in Christ, God no longer counts our sin against us. Paul explains to us in Colossians 2:12-15 that Jesus raised us from the dead, crossed out our debts, and disarmed the demons. Our sin was an eternal debt to God. However Jesus — perfect and eternal — paid 100% of our eternal debt — past, present, and future — through dying on the cross and being raised to life. He nailed our sins to that cross and covered us in His blood. Christ used Satan's momentum against him. Through Christ's death, He brought us forgiveness and life. It is finished — our debt has been paid!
Apr 14, 2015
This world offers a lot of distractions that can lead us away from God. But Paul reminds us in Colossians 2 that we have to get back to the basics of the Gospel when we lose our way. Jesus is the fullness of God and in Him we have access to the fullness of God. Jesus strengthens our stance against the distractions of this world and gives us a solid foundation. Jesus satisfies our searching and our identity is found in Him. Jesus severs our sin nature when we surrender so we can abide in Him. Ultimately God is the best master we could serve because He loves us and sets us free. All we need is need and to come to Him with those needs, surrendering our lives to God.
Apr 07, 2015
We too often rely on ourselves to get through life; we make our own decisions, we try to take control, and we seek too many things to fulfill us. But Paul shows us in Colossians 1:24-2:6 that Christ is our focal point and that we are complete in Christ. He loves us so much that even in the moments when we feel like we've failed, Christ draws us back to Him. Jesus wants us to depend on Him -- moment by moment. When we do depend on Him, we live an abundant life with God.
Mar 31, 2015
It's a question asked throughout Scripture. A question that easily divides us. But from Scripture and Paul's description in Colossians 1:15-23 we see that Jesus is God, Jesus is our Savior, Jesus is our Lord, and we won't truly experience life without Him as our Master. How do you define your relationship with Jesus?
Mar 24, 2015
Can someone really change? The short answer is yes, but how do they change? As we kick off Colossians, we look at Paul's letter to the church at Colossae and discover that God's grace is the source of change, the source of grace is God, and our role is to be filled with joy and thankfulness in response to this grace. That grace is the most powerful force of change because we do not deserve it. That grace is freely given to us by God who pulled us out of darkness just because He loves us. When we accept that grace and live for His will and understanding, He gives us a new identity in Him.
Mar 17, 2015
The Cross has become a familiar symbol of Christianity. So familiar, that we are missing out on the real and tangible event that happened there. We miss that it anchors in history, defeats all sin, and ends all fear. Sometimes we feel like sin has the ultimate power over us � that we will never shake it. But our sin is nailed to the cross when we believe in Jesus Christ. God's act of perfect love � sacrificing His perfect Son � defeats all fear. He shows us that He is just and that He justifies us in Christ who took on all our imperfections. There's more at the cross than what we thought. In God's eyes, it is finished. We are valuable and we are worthy of His love.
Mar 10, 2015
We all ask: Why is this happening to me? How long is this going to go on for? Why is the world so bad when God is good? But while God is always good, this world does not always obey God and things go awry. In a world full of anxiety, we can cry out to God and lean on Him, knowing that He has a plan for us that will prosper us. If we listen, we won't miss out on God calling us back to Him. Instead of being anxious that God isn't going to work it out, or being depressed that He already hasn't, we have to trust in the Word of God and quietly listen. If we seek God with all our hearts, we will find Him.
Mar 03, 2015
Without question anxiety and worry are real struggles for individuals in our country. The good news is we are not the first group to struggle with this issue; 2,000 year ago when Jesus decided to give a message he decided to address these issues and offer a solution remedy to our worries. Listen and discover from Jesus, who is called the Prince of Peace, how you can experience peace and freedom from anxiety and worry.
Feb 24, 2015
If you could go anywhere and do anything, where would you go, and what would you do? What's stopping you? On the same note, what's holding you back from the adventure of life that Christ is calling us to? We all get wrapped up in our idols: what we have and what we want to have. It's hard to see a need for God when we have all that we could ask for. We think we are giving up life and adventure to follow God when it's actually the opposite -- He gives us life. All we need for a full life is need -- a need for a Savior who is Christ. In Him, we gain everything, and our life starts with belief in God. Don't miss out on this real adventure.
Feb 17, 2015
We all fall under two camps: some of us are happy to be alone and don't want a relationship, while some of us are just wishing and waiting for the right guy or girl to come along any minute. But, all of us are missing out on true love. That true love always involves God because God is true love. When we feel unlovable, God sees us as being worthy. He seeks our own best and He bears all thing. He made the first move, making a way for us to experience the fullness of His love through Christ dying for us while we were still sinners. We may feel like we can't be loved and want to resist it, but no matter what we've done, we can never outrun God's true love for us.
Feb 11, 2015
We all struggle with a fear of commitment because we've lost sight of the pursuit of permanence in the pursuit of pleasure. We see life through a broken lens of sin, not how God fully intended it to be. In a world where we have endless information, we are met with growing dissatisfaction. But the most beautiful things come from fully committing. When we truly commit to life in Christ, we won't be missing out on anything; being redeemed by God's love is the ultimate satisfaction.
Feb 03, 2015
The Porch kicks off 2015 with our new series #MissingOut! Each of us has a purpose that we don't want to miss out on -- living for God. We are meant to know God and to make Him known. When we place our God-given desires with the right perspective, they can drive us to His purpose. When we don’t, we waste time seeking power, money or knowledge. Jesus takes whatever we have done and makes it into to our testimony. He saves us so we can live out our purpose by representing God, multiplying His people and caring for His things.
Jan 27, 2015
As we end the Game of Thrones series, we look to the one true king, Jesus Christ, for our hope. Regardless of who, what, or where you came from; regardless of what you've done; regardless of what's been done to you, Jesus gives us hope. Matthew uses the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 to show us that the King of Kings came from sinners just like us, but unlike us, Jesus as God took on humanity and conquered sin, sacrificing Himself to save us.
Dec 04, 2014
We've all experienced that nagging feeling inside- jealousy- the desire to want what other people have and be better than them. But jealousy has the power to corrupt your life. It starts with an interest, leads to a false future, and ends in unhealthy obsession. Continuing the Game of Thrones series, we look at King Saul's life in 1 Samuel and see how his jealousy of David eventually led to his demise. But if we admit our jealousy and accept that God has the best laid plans for our life down to the smallest details, we don't have to let jealousy take over our lives.
Nov 25, 2014
Continuing the Game of Thrones series, we look at the final three kings of Judah --- Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah --- who were the ultimate rebels. Even after hearing God say rebellion would only cause destruction and pain, they still didn't want to listen. Each of us share similarities with them; we may hear God speaking, but we just don't want to listen. Instead, we want to be the kings of our own lives. But what happens when we wave that white flag, surrender to God, and let go of controlling our own lives? God delivers us from our own shackles and gives us freedom in Him.
Nov 18, 2014
In today's culture of social media, we are hyper-aware of what our friends have, what we could have, and most of all, what things or people lie just out of our reach. Continuing the Game of Thrones series, we look at 1 Kings 21 and how King Ahab lost everything when he let his discontentment consume him. Through Ahab we see the power, danger and cost of discontentment, but we also see the secret to being fully satisfied --- following Christ. What are you seeking first?
Nov 11, 2014
Kicking off the Game of Thrones series, we take a look at how much your friends influence your life. When you need counsel, who do you go to? Are you seeking advice or affirmation? Listen as we discuss the importance of surrounding yourself with wise friends who will give you advice in line with God's word, evidenced by the story of Rehoboam in 1 Kings 12: 1-19.
Nov 04, 2014
The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 is that of an underdog who ultimately prevails, isn't it? Not quite. When we look at an underdog, we often miss the "who is really involved"? Why did a shepherd have so much courage to defeat a giant warrior? The answer lies behind the ultimate "Who"- His courage was fueled by faith in the almighty and living God. In the end, we already know who the winner is- God. As Christians with faith in God, we can courageously fight for Him, knowing we are already on the winning team.
Oct 28, 2014
In this message we are given insight from Jesus into what our Heavenly Father is like. We explore what God celebrates, how He views us, and what He wants for us. Listen and learn. You may be surprised as the Heavenly Father Jesus describes who He's like.
Oct 21, 2014
In this message we discuss Romans 10:8-18 which commissions us as Christ followers to reach the unreached people - those who haven't heard the Good News. We are also commissioned to share that Gospel to the ends of the earth. In three points we see what this looks like: 1) the method of salvation is the message, 2) they won't hear it unless you share it, and 3) success in missions is measured by sharing.
Oct 14, 2014
In this message we explore what it looks like to live on mission in the city we live in. Dallas and Fort Worth both face extreme poverty rates, crime, and increasing darkness. God has placed us in these cities to shine light in the darkest areas. The church is not a building, it is a cure. Listen and learn exactly how and why.
Oct 08, 2014
Why are you here? What is your purpose? What does it look like to follow Christ where you work and live? In this message we explore the idea that Christ has a specific purpose for those who follow him. They are to be salt and light in the places they live, work, and even families they are a part of. Listen and learn exactly what that means and looks like for you.
Oct 01, 2014
In this message we tackle the hit song "Same Love." We explore the difficult topic of homosexuality, examining what God has to say about it, where the church has missed God's instructions on how to approach it, and where we all must change and conform more fully to Christ's embodiment of grace and truth.
Sep 23, 2014
As followers of Christ we are called to live lives that reflect the God we love and are in relationship with. While we will never cease growing in godliness in this life, we have all that we need to continue growing in relationship with him. In order to do so, we must identify where we are, where we must grow, and who God is. Listen and learn what it looks like to grow in godliness.
Sep 16, 2014
This week we tackle the hit song "Drunk in Love". In few arenas of life are mistakes made as painful as those in the category of love, dating, and sexuality. Listen and learn exactly what God has to say about these topics and his instructions intended to give us life not rip us off.
Sep 09, 2014
In this message we explore the songs "the good life", "Roar", and "Fancy". We discover the truth about what is the "good life", where it comes from, what it looks like, and how we best represent it. The God of the universe has big plans for your future, listen and learn exactly what they are.
Sep 02, 2014
In this message we explore the hit song "The Monster" by Eminem. This song portrays a reality that all people experience in life, there is a monster inside of me that pushes me to do the things I don't want to do, and keeps me from doing what I want to do. Why is this? The bible tells us that we in fact do have "a monster" inside us called sin. But the bad news is met with the good news that Christ came to give us a remedy for the penalty of our sins, and the power of them over us in life. Listen and learn exactly how.
Aug 26, 2014
Music is powerful. It sends a message, captures the mind, and influences the way we live. In this message we explore the Hit song "Royals" by Lorde and the message it sends, a message the bible contrasts sharply. Listen and learn what it means to be a "Royal", who can make you one, and why it's crucial for followers of Christ to understand.
Aug 19, 2014
Are Christians Hypocrites? In this message we explore one of the biggest obstacles to the Christian faith for non-christians. Listen and hear about what the remedy for Christian hypocrites who don't always act in line with their stated beliefs.
Aug 12, 2014
Has Science disproved Christianity? What has it proved? How does this line up with what God has revealed to us in scripture? What about evolution and creation? In this message we explore how all science is God's science and it points us ultimately to a creator. Christianity is not a crutch, but a cure for a world desperately in need.
Aug 06, 2014
Has the bible been lost in translation? Was the bible corrupted through mistakes? Could it just be a book of legends that never happened? In this message we explore what we know about the bible, its development, and why it can be trusted.
Jul 29, 2014
In this message, Ben Stuart examines the life of Jesus displayed in His power, purpose, and priority. Jesus' power worked in the service of His love for us. His purpose and priority are for His people to not only to experience His incredible power but His incredible love.
Jul 22, 2014
In this message, Ben Stuart explores the first characteristic of Jesus that His ministry revealed -- His authority. He taught with an authority that was previously unknown. He displayed authority over the supernatural and the natural world. One thing was clear: This man was (and still is) powerful. But He is not just King over all creation, He is also good. The King over all has invited all people to know Him, His authority, and His goodness.
Jul 15, 2014
With all the religions in the world how can we be sure Christianity is the ONE path to God? What about all the other faiths? What about those never? Why Christianity?Listen as we explore what God did 2000 years ago to set up a relationship, not a religion.
Jul 08, 2014
How can God be good and evil and suffering exist? In this message we explore the problem of evil, suffering, and why the existence of them both is not a problem for the existence of God, but a problem for any world view that doesn't contain the existence of God.
Jul 01, 2014
Have you ever been worried or stressed and it felt like there was no cure? In this message, we look at what Jesus says in Matthew 6 about the worldly worship at the alter of anxiety and worry which always comes from a deeper root issue.
Jun 24, 2014
Throughout life we will all face conflict. As followers of Christ, we are called to not shy away from it but seek to resolve it. In this message, we explore how conflict is one of our greatest opportunities to honor God and examine the practical teaching Jesus gave us to pursue peace with one another.
Jun 17, 2014
Believe it or not, all of us are under authority. In this message, we explore what followers of Christ are called to do with regards to the authorities in our lives -- our authorities of government, our authorities in the workplace, and our responsibility to be under the authorities of a local church. We can confidently submit to all of these out of our submission to the ultimate authority -- God.
Jun 10, 2014
Maybe the biggest area of disappointment that leads to a 1/4 life crisis are those in the category of dating and relationships. In this message we explore from scripture the idea that the season of singleness is a gift, that God has a reason and prescription for how to use this time, and the way we can best steward this gift.
Jun 03, 2014
Our world not only tolerates "self-centered" living, our world encourages it. This type of living hardens the heart behind what Jesus came to teach and model for us. Our lives and ultimately all of life are created by and for Him. All glory and honor is due to the only one worthy of it Jesus. We, just like John the Baptist, are to embrace, He must increase, but we must decrease.
May 27, 2014
Two of the largest areas of crisis we face as young adults are money and finances. In this message we explore a principle that is revolutionary when it comes to how we see money and how we are to use it. Listen and learn about the truth that everything we have on Earth is on loan from God. He owns it all and we are called to be good stewards of what He's entrusting to us.
May 20, 2014
Where am I supposed to work? Am I on the right career path? Should I be doing something else? What is God's will for me? In this message we explore what God has to say it a relates to our career. One of the biggest sources of frustration and discontentment in life often comes from our work. Listen and find out exactly how to navigate your career path in a way consistent with what Christ calls us to do.
May 13, 2014
Life is full of disappointments and frustrations. Many come by placing our hopes of finding satisfaction in something or someone other than Jesus alone to provide us with full and final satisfaction. Looking anywhere else will only and always leave you wanting.
May 06, 2014
In this message, Paul gives the final words in his final letter to Timothy. In doing so, he lays before Timothy the secret to running well the race set before him, how to handle the obstacles he will face, and where to go to find strength to finish strong.
Apr 29, 2014
In some of the last words the Apostle Paul wrote, he told his young friend Timothy that he must remember God's word, apply it, live by it, and call others to do the same. He must build his life and ministry off of the truth and principles revealed in Scripture. As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same. In this message we explore what this looks like and why it's so important.
Apr 22, 2014
Nothing does more damage to the cause of Christ than when people who claim Christ but are fakes. In this message, we receive Paul's instructions on how to spot a poser inside the church. We are called to point them to truth, pray for them, and when necessary, break ties with them. They may fool some, but they aren't, and will never get away with, fooling God.
Apr 15, 2014
Every day the world we live in feeds us lies about who we are, who God is, and what matters. Luckily Jesus not only gave us his life on the cross, but the truth we are to live by. We have been given the responsibility to know the truth, follow the truth, and share the truth.
Apr 08, 2014
Everyone lives forever somewhere, whether eternally with God or without him. As followers of Christ we have the responsibility and opportunity to like Paul, and Timothy take the greatest message (the good news about Jesus) to a world whose eternal future depends on it.
Apr 01, 2014
This week we explore the first part of the Apostle Paul's final words to his ministry partner Timothy.
Mar 25, 2014
This series generated a number of questions regarding love, dating, sex, marriage, and man and woman. In this final message we sat down with JP, the Shanes, and all of their wives to get biblical answers to some crucial questions sent in live and beforehand.
Mar 18, 2014
Dating is a path that leads to a promise (marriage) that leads to a lifelong pursuit. Knowing when to break up and when not to are crucial to know, because dating leads to marriage. In this message we explore what criteria must exist on the path towards the promise. And what Jesus says about keeping our promise in marriage & divorce.
Mar 11, 2014
Our culture is spiraling out of control. In a time when women are referred to ask sex objects, the teachings of Jesus could not be more relevant and needed. In this message we explore what it looks like to embrace the Christian view of women, a view that was radical when it was introduced and still is today.
Mar 04, 2014
Dating has only existed for the past century but is a reality in our modern world. As Christ followers we have the opportunity and responsibility to use dating to showcase not only the way we love and pursue the opposite sex but how we have been loved and pursued in the greatest love story by our Savior.
Feb 25, 2014
Marriage is intended to be a union of two people, equal in value and importance, who come together selflessly in mutual submission and intentional love. They are still distinct persons, but function as one unit. Marriage is a picture of Christ and the Church, modeling how Christ loves us perfectly and how we should respond to that kind of love.
Feb 18, 2014
Men and women are obviously different. They were created to complement each other. Neither is more important, but they do have different strengths. We were made to complete, not compete; but that requires us to selflessly serve each other in love and not try to control or dominate in relationships.
Feb 11, 2014
Using wisdom from Proverbs, JP lists 10 things young adults do that can ruin their lives, and how you can resolve to avoid such mistakes.
Feb 04, 2014
You are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. You are a slave to sin when you can't stop doing something that is hurting you. Your only way out is to surrender to God daily and depend on Him to set you free.
Jan 29, 2014
On our own, we can do nothing worthwhile. But God, working through us, can do anything. Surrendered to God, we are changing the world through the lives of young adults.
Jan 21, 2014
In Solomon's conclusion to the book of Ecclesiastes, he gives advice to the young. Young adults need to have a proper perspective on life. Understand that present actions have consequences, and that you are right now becoming what you will be in the future. Trust that God knows better than you, and that His way leads to a full life.
Dec 03, 2013
Go and love others that you're with. How can we do that with when we seem so materialistic? What we need, is to handle His provision for us with care, and be set free from our desire for material things and live solely for God with a perpetual passion.
Nov 26, 2013
A little bad ruins a lot of good. The only real solution to the sin in your life is a new heart from God, and regular heart maintenance through inspection, prayer, and community.
Nov 19, 2013
Enjoy Your Life You don't control when you will die--and you will die. But you can control what you are doing right now. God calls us to live life to its fullest, and the "rules" He has in place are there to keep us away from the things that don't bring life.
Nov 12, 2013