Learning to Wait and Step Into The Absurd

I’ve found myself on the struggle bus for almost 2 months now. I’ve found myself angrily asking “where are you God?” Everything looks like failure and yet, there’s a voice that keeps speaking to me saying, “Wait. Trust me. Do you trust me?”

I think the hardest thing then in the Christian faith is two fold. 1) God does stuff on his timing and often tells us to wait and 2) then he asks you to do something absurd. And we’re not good at doing either.

How can we learn to wait and trust him?

Why We Don’t Live Meaningful Lives (audio)

Every January people make resolutions to change.

We want to live life on purpose. Dare to dream. But more and more today, young Millennials (as well as many in today’s society) are struggling with purpose and meaning. New studies continue to show an alarming number of people who feel lost, depressed, and without direction. So under the whole guise of New Years Resolutions and changes we want to make in the new year, perhaps the question is really, “Why don’t we live meaningful lives?”

Scripture Used:
Mark 10:17-22, Luke 9:23-25

How to Hug a Vampire (audio)

There’s a joke made by comedian Dane Cook that in every group of friends there’s one person that nobody likes. That joke hit home for a lot of people because it appears even though we may have friends and family we love, sometimes they just annoy us.

In many Christian circles there’s this mentality to just serve and love and love and love some more, but we end up feeling drained and with little joy. How can we learn to enforce loving, yet firm boundaries with the people that drive us nuts?

Scripture Used:
Proverbs 27:5-6, Mark 10:17-22

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Confessions From Your Pastors (Audio Sermon)

For so long I’ve had the message of performance beat into me. If I want God to love me, then I better do what he says. I better not blow it. And when I stumble he’s just waiting to get me.

And the truth is, so many of us have had this message beat into us and it affects us all……

If you went out and had that one drink too many or used that illegal substance even though you’re a follower of Jesus, you might think “I’ve let God down, and now I’m gonna get it”. If you hooked up with that guy or girl or have had relationship after relationship you know is inappropriate or maybe even adultery you think, “There’s no way he could love me. I need to get my act together first and then he’ll be pleased”.  For some of us it’s our addictions…whether that be porn, food, anger and hatred, and we think, “there’s no way God loves me let alone is pleased with me”.

But is this REALLY true? Or has church and so many others lied to us?

Scripture Used:
Luke 15:1-31 ESV

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Ephesians (Part 7) – Like a Child – Audio

Often times when we look through scripture we can easily become discouraged as we look to lists of how “Christians are supposed to live”, yet at the same time we believe that it’s simple faith and not actions that saves us. Christians look at the list and know where they’re falling short repeatedly. Non-Christians see it as a list of rules meant to bind us. But what was Paul’s intention in writing the beginning of Ephesians 5 where we tells us to imitate Christ as beloved children and then goes on to list things that aren’t supposed to be happening in our lives. And then why Does Jesus tell us that in order to inherit the kingdom, we better look like children? Perhaps there’s more to this confusing verse than just a checklist…….

Scripture Used:
Ephesians 5:1-14 ESV

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