Voices: Ryan Leak

What would you do if you couldn’t fail? Would you write a book, produce music, or start your own business? Would you go back to school? Would you get married? Whatever that thing is, don’t you think it’s time to sweep aside all of the excuses you have for not pursuing the life God has planned for you?
There are things that put pressure on you to be what you’re not. The roles you have as a family member, coworker, employer, or student put expectations on you that you may not be intended to carry. God has a plan for your life . . . and so do other people. But God’s plans are bigger. They’re more important. In order to pursue those plans, you’ll have to risk failure. You’ll have to work to become today who you intend to be tomorrow. December 1, 2019

It’s Personal: The Best Is Yet To Come

Our church is a stewardship. It isn’t about us. It’s about all of the people around us who don’t know Jesus . . . yet. God has given us the opportunity to create churches unchurched people love to attend. When those unchurched people are our friends, neighbors, and family, this whole thing becomes very personal. November 24, 2019

It’s Personal: Let’s Talk

We’ve been talking about how money factors into our relationship with God, and how money factors into our generosity to the world and the impact we have outside the home. Today we’re going to talk about how money impacts our most important relationships—the ones with our family. Money can create arguments and disagreements. It’s one of the leading topics couples fight about. We think we’re on the same page until our spouse comes home with a new sailboat or a new car or for some of you, a new house! November 17, 2019

It’s Personal: Daddy’s Money

In our affluent society, the excesses of wealth are out in full display. As a result, we don’t usually think of ourselves as rich, because there is always someone who has more. But the truth is, if we have more than we need, then we are rich. And as those who are rich, we have certain temptations that are specific to us. In this session, we’ll discuss a passage written directly to rich people and the subtle temptation that it addresses. November 10, 2019

It’s Personal: You’re Rich!!

We spend most of our lives trying to get rich. We work and scheme and worry in pursuit of this ever-elusive goal. And yet while we accumulate more and more stuff, and the worries that come with it, we never feel rich. But what if we’ve already achieved that goal, and we don’t even realize it? What if the thing we’re chasing is already in our hands? In this session, we’ll discuss the question: “What if you are, in fact, rich?” November 3, 2019

It’s Personal: Open Hands

During his time on earth, Jesus invited all to follow him. You are invited to follow him, but there’s something you need to know about following Jesus. It will cost you something eventually.

It may cost you money, career advancement, or even relationships. That’s because Jesus offers us the choice of denying ourselves now or losing ourselves later. But you’ll find that when you pay the price for following Jesus, you’ll be glad you did. October 27, 2019

What Happy Couples Know: It’s A Choice

Happy couples decide they owe each other everything but are owed nothing in return. But that requires effort. Every married person makes a choice every day. That choice feels more like a reaction, so most people don’t think they have a choice at all. But they do. Happy couples make the happy choice. October 20, 2019

What Happy Couples Know: Sometimes You Have To Throw Things

As long as you think your spouse owes you, your marriage will be all about keeping score. That destroys intimacy. It destroys love. But what are we supposed to do about our hopes, dreams, and desires? October 13, 2019

What Happy Couples Know: It’s Mutual

We all enter into marriage with hopes, dreams, and desires. They create expectations. But when you put those expectations onto your spouse, it turns your marriage into a debt/debtor relationship. Your relationship becomes marked by the belief that your spouse owes you something. So, how do you keep your hopes, dreams, and desires from becoming expectations? October 6, 2019