SURPRISE! The days, weeks and months after Jesus' resurrection were filled with life changing surprises. Most of us know the excitement, and discomfort, that come with unexpected events. The first followers of Christ dealt with numerous events that not only changed history, they changed lives. God's unexpected work is not done. The stories of ordinary people in the New Testament Book of Acts will awaken a new desire for God's unexpected work in our own lives. We will learn the spiritual habit of welcoming an unpredictable God and expect God to do the unexpected.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11) As we begin a new year, making plans seems to be on everyone's mind. But most of us quickly realize our "perfect plans" have become "imperfect." The "Imperfect Plans" series discusses six things we can do to allow God to give us hope for our future."
Generosity is at the very core of God’s character—He even gave us His own son, Jesus! As we journey through the timeless Christmas story together this season, The Big Give will help us model the generosity of God in our own lives to change the lives of those around us.
In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to focus on the wrong things and lose sight of what matters. Refocus: Looking Through the Lens of Gratitude will help us see God's grace crossing our lives in new ways that cause us to adopt a renewed attitude of thankfulness
The Bible tells us, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it..." (Psalm 24:1) In other words, everything we have; our time, our talents, and our treasures, all belong to God. The Use It or Lose It series will help us identify the many gifts God has given and how we are to use them so we don't lose them.
Loyalty. Comfort. Love. Forgiveness. We all desire healthy friendships and the invaluable joy they can give to our lives. Oftentimes we even need a few friends whose love for us allows them to tell us the truth whether we want to hear it or not. Our Friendship #nofilter series will examine six different biblical friendships in order to gain wisdom about how to be a faithful, authentic friend in today's world.
Summer is a time when our imaginations run wild with possibilities. God’s gift of imagination is reflected in the creative ways we interact with each other and the world around us. This summer, let your imagination run wild as the Holy Spirit leads you to new understandings of God’s grace
In the post-Easter world, the disciples had to learn how to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. They quickly realized they were part of something that was Unstoppable. Discover the lessons of determination and perseverance: through the grace of God, there is nothing that can stop us.