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"He wants RELATIONSHIP not PERFECTION" | Pastor Aaron Sterling
Jun 14, 2022
How to have a great family
May 23, 2022
Dealing with Distractions
May 18, 2022
Owning Less or Organizing More?
We want to help you let go of the addiction of "stuff" and live a life full of freedom and generosity!
May 11, 2022
Suzanne Sileno | The Baggage of the Past
"Do we turn to God when the baggage gets too heavy for us to carry?" If life, as Paul puts it, is a race, how effectively can we run if we are weighed down with the baggage of our past? Anger, sadness, guilt, regrets... we each have our own story filled with highs and lows, but what if we could use our story to help others on the same path we're on?
Apr 27, 2022
How Do I Forgive When I've Been Seriously Wronged?
The root of bitterness that can grow in us after something terrible is done to us is a toxic, deadly, poisonous killer. We can feel justified in our bitterness against others: "I'll NEVER forgive them. They don't deserve it. They haven't earned it. You don't know what they did to me." Ultimately, we must find a way to get rid of bitterness, by instead, holding on to compassion!
Apr 18, 2022
Getting rid of shame and guilt | Overcome regrets
Everyone has baggage... the key is what are you going to do with yours? Do we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by past sins, mistakes, and regrets - or do we take today as a brand new opportunity to leave it behind, and run towards an amazing, hope-filled future?
Apr 12, 2022
Faith VS Logical Reasoning
Over the last few weeks we've looked at the intersection of science and religion... the many places where Christianity and Logical Reasoning can co-exist. But is that always applicable? Is that even the right view to have? What should we say to people that believe spirituality is ultimately only for those who want to turn their brain off, and live based on faith alone? In this final 'Who Needs God' message, we'll aim to answer all these questions and more!
Apr 4, 2022
When it comes to the man of Jesus Christ, there are so many doubts, questions, and myths brought up about him. Did he really exist, perform miracles, or rise from the dead? Did he ever actually claim to be God? In this week's episode, Pastor Justin Senesi looks at many of the biggest 'Jesus Myths' you're likely to encounter.
Mar 29, 2022
The Bible can't be trusted because of '____'
1. How can I believe the Bible when there are so many different versions? 2. Is the source material they are translating from accurate? 3. Is the Bible historically accurate? 4. Isn’t the Bible full of contradictions? 5. Why is the Bible so difficult to understand? These are 5 of the most common questions brought up in regards to the Bible, Christianity, and people understandably trying to figure out it's legitimacy. In this week's episode, we'll dig into all of them, and attempt to give answers to each!
Mar 21, 2022
How old is the earth, really?
"Science is really good at taking things apart so that we can see how they work. Faith puts them back together again so that we can see what they mean." - Alister McGrath Looking for more HOW'S in your faith? Looking for more WHY'S in your science books? Even in something as debated as creationism, evolution, & old VS young earth believers, there is peace, understanding, and a middle ground that can be found - if we are willing to leave behind our own close-minded views!
Mar 15, 2022
The Bible & The Big Bang Theory
When people think of the words 'Science' and 'Religion' the first things that usually come to their mind are 'conflict, opposites, & incompatible.' In this message, we look at how the two are not mutually exclusive, and how science points to the ancient truths found in the Bible, and how the Bible can be confirmed and fit within many modern scientific views... starting off with the Big Bang!
Mar 7, 2022
Learning to Hear God
We don't serve a God that's silent. He desires to speak to, guide, and know each of us on a deep, personal level. But in a sea of voices, we must learn how best to hear from God. In this week's message, Pastor Justin gives shows how scripture can reveal the Lord's voice to us!
Mar 1, 2022
Giving Up for God (The Virtue of Sacrifice)
"God has a unique plan for your life but you can’t know God’s plan if you don’t know God and you can’t know God if you don’t spend time with Him." Special guest speaker Rita Clucas dives deep into the truths of self-sacrifice that can be found in 2 Corinthians.
Feb 21, 2022
When You Refuse God's Authority
"99% devotion is 1% short..." We serve a God who loves and cares for us; but also one who does so jealously! This isn't about perfection, and never falling short, because our God is abundant in grace and forgiveness! But it IS about priorities, obedience, and being willing to fully submit to God's authority. Enjoy this week's challenging message!
Feb 15, 2022
Listening to Wise Counsel
Who in your life "has your ear?" Is it your friends, your family, your co-workers? Maybe an author, or podcast you frequent. If we don't take time to stop and evaluate, it can be easy to find we've accidentally put ourselves in an echo-chamber. That comfortable place where the only voices and opinions we hear match our own, without challenging us, or bringing diversity. In this message, learn from King Rehoboam on the importance of listening to wise counsel!
Feb 14, 2022
Influence or Idol?
So many things prioritize our time, space in our heart, and influence our life. What we must be cautious of, however, is that these things do not become idols... leading us away from God's plan, and onto a dangerous path. Like the King in this week's story, we must be willing to forcefully remove idols - no matter the cost!
Feb 7, 2022
Stop Throwing Stones (Start Choosing Grace)
Do you constantly deal with the painful bruises of "stones" thrown at you? Those times when people bring up your past mistakes, refuse to let go of your slip-ups, and constantly criticize your every move? Maybe YOU'RE the one throwing stones at yourself. Your inner voice the ever-present critic, leading to extreme self-hatred, or a crippling victim mentality... Or instead, you're the one throwing the stones at other people. Never forgetting those that wronged you, always pointing out how they let you down. Whichever of those you most identify with, God wants to set us free from a life of stone-throwing, and bring us into a life of choosing grace! Grace for ourselves, grace for others... Abundant, healing, life-giving grace, each and every day!
Feb 3, 2022
Pastor Justin starts looking at Kings of the Old Testament - some who succeeeded, others who failed - and how learning from stories of their lives can help us each level up spiritually! This week: 8 YEAR OLD King Josiah.
Jan 19, 2022
7 Things We’ve Learned Over a Lifetime With Christ
This week: Wayne and Doris Sommers share wisdom with us; including finding healing from a wounding childhood, the part music has played in their lives, and stories from time as missionaries!