Love, Dates and Heartbreaks, part 6 – When Dreams Can’t Come True

We all have hopes and dreams, but what are we supposed to do when our hearts are broken and our dreams can’t come true? It’s tempting to take matters into our own hands, but is there a better way? September 19, 2021

Love, Dates and Heartbreaks, part 5 – Groundhog Date

Many times, we learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least, but we repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. So how can we ensure that the next time won’t be like the last time? Instead of being a conformer, it’s time to be a transformer. September 12, 2021

Love, Dates and Heartbreaks, part 3 – Grownup Love

From elementary school through high school, many of us had ideas of what the perfect relationship would look like in the future. While those dreams may not represent our current reality, a step in the right direction could be to follow the apostle Paul’s advice—move from our childish ways and start being grownups. August 29, 2021

Love, Dates and Heartbreaks, part 2 – The Fine Print

If becoming the right kind of person is key to a great relationship, how do you do that? Is there something you can do to prepare? Does it just happen? Sure, we’re supposed to love others, but what does that really mean? Let’s lean in and read the fine print. A promise is no substitute for preparation. If we want to have great relationships, we must do some work. We need to look at ourselves and see where we may need more practice. Where do you have work to do? Patience? Kindness? Public celebration of others? Honor? August 22, 2021

Love, Dates and Heartbreaks, part 1 – The Right Person Myth

In relationships, we often believe if we find the right person it will make everything right. So we ask ourselves, “Is this the right person for me?” Maybe we need to be asking a different question—a question that shifts our focus from seeking the right kind of person to becoming the right kind of person. The kind of person Jesus leads his followers to become is the kind of person we are looking for and, ultimately, want to become. August 15, 2021

Out of the Shallows, part 4 – Drop the Ball

At some point, we all face a choice of whether to remain in the shallows of faith or journey to the depths. The truth is we can’t do both. We either settle for the shallows or take the plunge to grow deeper. In the final message of this series, we’ll discuss the one choice required to deepen our faith. August 8, 2021

Out of the Shallows, part 3 – We > Me

Many of us have viewed faith as something we do alone. We might have said that it’s private. But there’s a limit to our faith growth when we go it alone. There’s a deepening to our faith that we only experience together. When it comes to consistently growing our faith, “we” is greater than “me.” Who’s spurring on your faith and whose faith are you spurring on? August 1, 2021

Out of the Shallows, part 2 – Work It Out

Moving out of the shallows starts with feeding ourselves spiritually. But if we stop at that first step, we’ll be left spiritually fat rather than spiritually fit. How do we prevent that from happening? The next step involves a spiritual workout that’s unique for each one of us. July 25, 2021