Archive for the 'Christian Life' Category

Destination Imagination

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Did you know that there are more than 40 ways to pray? If it seems like you’re just spinning your wheels — or wasting your time — when you pray, it could be that you’re trying to pray in a way that isn’t right for you.

Join us this Sunday as we begin a new, practical series on prayer. One of the many methods of prayer we examine may be just the thing you need to make a real connection to God.

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Life’s Excellent Adventure

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

You’ve probably heard it before. All the self-help gurus — life coaches, motivational speakers, and even preachers — exhort us to live with “excellence.”

But what does that really mean — and does it really make any difference? This week we’ll wrap up our sermon series based on Joel Osteen’s book Your Best Life Now by exploring how far we should — and shouldn’t — take this notion of “excellence” if we want to live well.

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When the Chips Are Down

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Often life’s most important decisions are made quickly, when the pressure is on — and can reverberate through our lives for years.

When the heat is on, will you make the right decision? This sermon continues to explore Your Best Life Now.

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Learning Happiness

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Did you know that happiness is a learned skill? We don’t often think of it that way, but it is.

Listen or watch to learn a practical, time-tested spiritual “formula” for cultivating greater happiness in life. This sermon is another installment in our series based on Joel Osteen’s book, Your Best Life Now.

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Shaping My Destiny

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

This sermon looks at the principle of “sowing and reaping.”

Some Christians say we have the power to shape our own future to be anything we want it to be just by what we do — give love, get love back, give money, get money in return. Is it that simple?

To what extent do my actions now affect the shape of my life to come?

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The Rescuing Hug

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

It would be difficult to imagine a bird that was happy without being able to fly, or a dolphin that was happy without being able to swim. Birds were created to fly; dolphins to swim. Take that away and they’ve lost their essence.

So what about us humans? What is the characteristic action that defines us, without which we cannot be happy? Jesus says most people live and die without ever figuring that out. Listen or watch as explore Jesus’ answer. It’s not what you think!

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Singing in the Rain

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

No doubt, someone has told you, “Don’t let the hard times get you down!”, or words to that effect.

But the same jokers who spout cliches like that don’t tell you how to not let the bad stuff get you down.

In this sermon, as we look at Joel Osteen’s fifth principle from Your Best Life Now, we’ll dig into some practical ways to triumph while you’re in the midst of hard times. Listen for something more than a cliche.

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When Life Is Unfair

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

When someone is treating you badly, how do you react? Do you strike back? Or is there a better way?

Last Sunday we talked about how important it is to be willing to forgive and let go of the past. But what if something isn’t in your past? What if it’s happening now?

How should someone who wants to live well respond to an ongoing oppressive situation? Listen as we delve into the spiritual principles that will help us rise above the stress and trouble.

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Mastering Our Past

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Think about some of your past hurts or mistakes. Are they easy to conjure up? Is it a struggle to let go of them?

The past — all of those mistakes, bad memories, times of pain — can be like quicksand, dragging us down and never letting go.

This sermon looks at the 4th principle from Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now letting go of the past. Listen or watch for some practical ways to leave the past in the past.

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When Everything Gets Scrambled

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Life is funny. One minute you’re walking down the road, your world all neatly ordered, everything in place, then *bam* something happens, and it feels like suddenly, everything is scrambled.

As you probably know, we announced this week that Julie Benson has resigned from her position as Minister of Worship, effective January 6.

This is a big change for our church — and change hurts. It’s really annoying when God takes something that is working so beautifully and shakes it up.

How should a person of faith respond in times of seismic change — whether that change is taking place in our church or in our personal lives? How should we respond?

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Mind Over Matter

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Are you generally a positive or a negative person? Do your thoughts lift you up, or drag you down?

Our thoughts shape our life. How we interpret a situation depends as much on what’s happening in our heads, as what is happening out there in the objective world.

But it’s so easy to allow our thoughts to run wild and to spiral downward into negativity. In this sermon, we look at how — with God’s help — we can take control of out thoughts and words, and harness their power to create a new and better life.

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Born to Be a Champion

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

You were born to be a champion.

When you hear stuff like that, how do you react? Do your eyes roll with cynicism? Or can you embrace it?

Last week’s sermon looked at who we are — one of God’s dear ones, uniquely created in God’s image. This sermon looks at what we’re here to do.

You are not surplus. You are here for a unique, God-given purpose.

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Apple of My Eye

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

How do you feel about yourself? What do you believe about yourself? It’s one of life’s most important questions, because it will dramatically influence your destiny.

  • If I think I’m not a good person, then I’m not.
  • If I think I’m not loveable, odds are I won’t be.
  • If I think I’ll never amount to much, I probably won’t.
  • If I think I’m not a gifted person, my own lack of self-esteem will hold me back.

So, how do you feel about yourself? How should you feel about yourself? Listen for a message of great encouragement.

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