Any mom or dad can tell you; it doesn’t take much to tear a family apart. The problem is, we normally don’t know what threatens our homes until after the damage has already been done. During the Paper Houses series, we learn how healthy hearts are our best defense against the most destructive threats to your family.
Every attack on your home is the result of an attack on the heart. The things we do and say cause the hurt that destroys a home, but words and behaviors are symptoms of the deeper sickness within our hearts. If we want to have a healthy home, we have to guard against attacks to the heart.
Green Eyes and Grieved Hearts
Envy kills relationships. As long as our eyes are focused on what God has given to others, we will never be able to see what God has given to us. In this message, find out why envy is so self-destructive to a home, and what we can do to avoid it.
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Envy keeps our eyes focused on what others have. Greed keeps us focused on what we have. Greed is not having more than you need, it's refusing to let go of anything you have. Greed creates factions in a home, but generosity creates favor. Greed happens by accident, but generosity must be intentional.
Continual anger is evidence of a heart full of unforgiveness, and unforgiveness is contagious. When one person refuses to forgive, everyone in the home becomes bitter. The only way to break bitterness in the home is to create a culture of forgiveness.
The Shame of It All
Shame binds the members of our homes to their sin. When we address our family members as extensions of their sin, we guarantee repeat performances. The only way to combat shame is to separate sin from our sense of self.
Pasting it Back Together
There is no step-by-step manual on how to keep your home from being torn apart. Once it happens, how do you paste things back together? In this message, we explore what the Bible says about building something new when your expected future has been shredded.
Outside the Lines
Every family faces the risk of being torn apart. But family is not the reason for family. God has a purpose for your family, and when you orient your household around this one reason, it makes your family stronger than ever.
Before and After
There is a sign on a lonely Alaskan road that reads, “Choose your rut carefully, you will be in it for miles.” Sometimes, that’s how life feels. The choices you have made have set you in a direction and it feels like there is now no way to change. However, the big message of Easter is that your life doesn’t have to be the way it’s always been. The first Easter changed everything, and because of the resurrection, you can experience that kind of change in your own life.
Impossible to Incredible
The greatest truth about the miracle of Easter is that, through the resurrection, Jesus made a way for us to connect to God that was impossible for us to do on our own. Because Jesus rose from the grave, those who should be rejected are embraced by God.
Isolated to Included
God created His children to be connected to each other in spirit and purpose. The reason we are different is so that we can all fulfill the needs of someone else in our community. When we cut ourselves off from community, we rob ourselves of God’s touch and rob the body of our own gifts.
Indefinite to Indisputable
Your salvation was freely given to you. There is nothing you did to earn it, there is nothing special about you that merits it. Your salvation is nothing more than the expression of God’s love for you. Find out how it is impossible to out-sin God's grace.
Every one of us spends so much time and mental energy wrapped up in how inadequate we are. The more we think about our inadequacies, the more we seem to experience them. What if our pre-occupation with not being enough was the result of believing lies? During the “Complete” series, find out that the process of Christian growth is less about changing into something new than it is about learning how to live out what God has already completed inside the believer.
Enough is Enough
Every one of us spends so much time and mental energy wrapped up in how inadequate we are. The more we think about our inadequacies, the more we seem to experience them. What if our pre-occupation with not being enough was the result of believing lies? In this introduction to the “Complete” series, Pastor Bryon shares that the process of Christian growth is less about changing into something new than it is about learning how to live out what God has already completed inside the believer.
Skeletons in the Closet
If it were not for two things, none of us would struggle with guilt or fear: our past and our future. We experience guilt in the present because of what we have done, and we are afraid of the future because of what we know we will do. In this message, we find out God's prescription for guilt, and how we can trust God to remove our guilt completely.
Fear No More
Why is it so much easier to run away from God than run to Him? From the moment we are born, we carry a natural fear of God, and in many ways that's a good thing. But God wants something much greater than our fear, He wants a relationship. In this message, we discover how God makes a way for relationship with Him that is free from fear.
The love-based relationship that Jesus established on the cross goes far beyond simple affection. The reason God loves us the way He does is because He sees us in a particular way. In this message, we find out why there is no way that God could ever reject you.
Here Comes Trouble
Have you ever looked back upon something you have done and remarked, "I don't know what came over me!" The things that come over are often the most difficult things to overcome. No one of us sails through life without challenges that are greater than our strength. In this message, Pastor Bryon reveals how the cross of Christ turns believers into overcomers.
The Price is Right
Why would God trade His Son's life for yours? Why would Jesus sacrifice Himself? Believe it or not, the way you answer these questions has much to do with how you live your life, the choices you make, and the things you chase after. In this message you will discover how much Jesus paid, and how much you are really worth.
Questions Worth Asking
Too often, when presented with hard questions, the church’s answer has been, “You just have to take it on faith.” Contrary to popular belief however, biblical faith is not a blind faith. Christianity never asks you to believe something just because the Bible says it is true. Instead, ours is an evidence-based faith. In this series, come find out that authentic faith does not have to fear facts.
Every new year we feel the pressure to make huge changes in our lives. But most years, our big ambitions turn into big disappointments. Perhaps the reason we experience perpetual letdown is because we lack a point of reference for our goals. In this series, we learn that making changes only makes a difference when we’re aligned to what’s important.
Christmas is a time of gift-giving and receiving. It is a time of joy, hope, peace, and love. It is also a time of tension, busyness, worry, and annoyance. In the midst of all the to-do’s of Christmas, it is easy to neglect the reality that it is about God’s greatest gift to us. In the Unto Us series, find out how to have gratitude in the middle of the chaos of Christmas.
Face to Face
How we view God affects every single area of our lives. It shapes how we feel about Him, how we talk about Him and even how we talk to Him. But God is divine and we’re only human, so how do we discover who He is, how He acts and what He’s like? The best way to get to know God is by looking at the One He sent—Jesus. Through this series we discover that when ordinary people have extraordinary face-to-face encounters with Jesus, their lives are forever transformed.
Church is so much more than a group of people that get together once a week to sing songs to God. Church is a family—a redeemed people—sent into the world to invite the world into the kingdom. In this series, find out that, in the same way the Father sent Jesus, Jesus sends you into the world so that others will know Him.
Get Your Hopes Up
Too often, too many people are too quick to tell you, “That sounds nice but, don’t get your hopes up.” However, those who trust Jesus have plenty of reasons for hope. In this series, we look at the many ways a relationship with God through Jesus leads to living lives full of positive expectations. Because its true: If you have Christ, you have every reason to get your hopes up!
When you place your faith in anything, you make that thing the foundation for every part of your life. No matter how strong your faith is, it make no difference if the thing in which you place your faith has not substance. In this series through the book of Colossians, we discover that it’s better to have a little faith in something great than a great faith in something worthless.
Family looks a lot different today than it did just thirty years ago. But that does not mean biblical principles no longer apply to the household. In this series, we look at key attitudes behind what makes a “Jesus family” tick. Family 2.0: It’s time for an upgrade.