The New Normal
These last several weeks have arguably been the most unsettling of most of our lifetimes. This season has required us to make adjustments to the way we live more than anything we have ever encountered. Because of that, many of us can’t wait for things to get back to normal.
But the reality is, things will never go back to the way they were before. Our present reality has forever altered our future outlook. Further, we need to ask the question, should things really go back to the way they were before?
In this series, we explore how to find a foothold when our foundations are shifting.
The New Normal-Part 1: Unshaken
“I just didn’t see it coming!” We’ve all said that at one time or another. Life has a way of throwing curve balls at us, and every time it does, our stability is shaken. But the key to security is not to find ways to stabilize the world, but to center ourselves upon an unchanging God.
The New Normal-Part 2: The stick in the mud
Change is risky. Change is uncomfortable. Change is hard to control. There are several reasons we don’t like change. However, when the world changes around us, it often forces us to change things that we already knew needed changing. In this message, we look at four areas of change that God might be calling you toward during these times of change.
The New Normal-Part 3: Keep your chin up
One of the biggest dangers of times like ours is to develop the mindset that the way it is now is the way it will always be. When we think this way, we doom ourselves to live in continual survival mode. In this message, we discover a mindset that keeps us looking to something greater, no matter how things look right now.
The New Normal-Part 4: Blessed disruption
Why is this happening? When will it stop? How should I respond? These (and many others) are common questions we ask when our world gets rocked. But there is one question that clarifies all the others when we learn to ask it first.
The New Normal-Part 5: Change of course or course correction?
Family dinners. Increased prayer. Re-centering our attention on the most important people in our lives. Sometimes, radical changes forces us to recognize that the most important things in this life are right in front of us. In this message, Pastors Tim and Molly McCormick talk about maintaining biblical family in times of trouble.
The New Normal-Part 6: Making isolation work
Isolate in place might be inconvenient, but have you considered that this is exactly what God wants for you right now? The truth is, the Bible is full of examples of how God worked in and through people who were experiencing isolation. In this message, we discover how you can make the most of forced timeouts.
The New Normal-Part 7: Keeping your footing
The key to thriving in the middle of chaos is learning the difference between the things we can and cannot control. In this message, we zero in on Jesus' instructions about how to stay strong when chaos seeks to destroy everything around us.
Bless the Lord
Blessing is the one thing you and I can give God that He does not already possess. It is in blessing that we remember what He has already done and remind ourselves of His promise to come. And it is through blessing that we open ourselves up to His strengthening power. In stress-filled seasons, it is important to center ourselves on the immovable God. In this series, we will explore the important reasons to bless God every day and how blessing Him gives you strength.
Part 1: Renewed
The biggest danger in stressful seasons is that we give up and resign ourselves to whatever fate determines. In this message, Pastor Bryon explains how blessing God changes resignation into renewal.
Part 2: Released
Quick question: Are you fully and finally forgiven? Most Christians would say, "yes," but many of still carry a burden of guilt and shame. In this message, we discover how to get over the barriers that we erect that keep us from complete forgiveness.
Part 3: Revived (Easter Sunday)
What would your life be like without Jesus' death and resurrection? Simply put, it would be lifeless. In this message, we discover that Jesus' resurrection is fully completed in your revived life.
Part 4: Remade
What would it take to satisfy you? Some claim to be satisfied with very little and others know that they "just can't get no satisfaction." The strange thing is, most of us have more than we need and yet never enough. In this message, we find out how God reshapes us so that we are only satisfied with good.
Just like physical fitness, spiritual fitness doesn’t come automatically; it takes discipline. Even though God does all the work of changing the believer from the inside out, we can choose to partner with Him in what He does in us. In this series, we discover how spiritual disciplines help us cooperate with God as he remakes us in Christ’s image.
The Meal that Matters
In the first message about the spiritual habits that keep us healthy, Mike Canaris shares the importance and meaning of Communion, and why it is imperative for every Christ-follower to practice it on a regular basis.
The Meeting that Matters
Every Christ-follower has a personal relationship with God through Christ, but that does not mean we have an individual relationship. Christ calls us into community with each other for His Kingdom. In this message, we discover why and how to make meeting with Christ's church a priority.
The Moment that Matters
At some time, you have probably heard someone say, "Well, all we can do now is pray!" Why is it that prayer is often our last recourse instead of our first resource? In this message, we find out how regular changes everything; including you.
Finding Character in Crisis
Times of crisis have a unique way of exposing our character. In this message, Pastor Bryon shares the secret behind the difference between being in a crisis and being in crisis.
Whether we want to believe it or not, we are always moving in one direction or another. In this series, we find out how to establish and sustain forward momentum in our lives.
Most goals and resolutions don’t really make a difference because we can (and do) reset (or ignore) them every year. The reason it is so easy to minimize our goals is because they rarely have eternal consequence. The truth is, we all have to face God someday, and when we do, how confident will we be? What would happen if we decided to make this the year we set a foundation for living confidently with eternity in mind?
Running Out of Time
The clock is ticking on all of us. Every year that passes by means we are all one year closer to seeing God face-to-face. The book of 1 John was written to prepare its readers for that very moment.
Steady as you God
One of the biggest hurdles we face is that obstacles to confident living keep on coming. In this message, we look at three roadblocks to our faith and find out why consistency is key to our confidence.
We don't need the world and it's temptations to attack our faith; we do a pretty good job of it ourselves. In this message we discover that self-condemnation is the biggest enemy our confidence faces and what we can do about it.
If we were responsible for developing the strength and perseverance needed to overcome the challenges of this life, we would be in despair. In this message, we find out that God is in the business of making dramatic changes in each and every believer, which equips us to answer experience and exercise perfect love.
When God says He'll do something, He keeps His word. Our confidence comes not only from believing in God, but believing what He says. This means we can have confidence that when we ask for something, His answer is always, "Yes."