Reconciling Christmas

The story of Christmas is part of God’s story of reconciling us, especially when he didn’t have to restore a relationship at all. Through the birth of Jesus, God gave us the best demonstration of what reconciliation should look like in our own lives. December 20, 2015

Starting Point :: Nothing But

Guilt is powerful. Shame can be crippling. We all have things in our pasts that haunt us. We have sin. It only takes a word, a picture, or a name to bring it all back. We know we can do better from this point forward, but how are we supposed to fix the past? We can say we’re sorry. We can ask for forgiveness. But some of the things we’ve done hang over our lives like a cloud. What can wash away our sins? September 20, 2015

Starting Point :: Something Happened

Everything that exists had a starting point . . . including you. You may have started on purpose. You may have started by accident (from your parent’s perspective). You may even have started through the magic of medical science. Whatever the circumstances, you had a starting point and it began before you were aware of it. Physical life is one of many starting points. Your formal education had a starting point. Your career had a starting point. Your romantic life had a starting point. Your experience as a parent had a starting point. Faith has a starting point as well. August 23, 2015

My Bad Church Experience :: All Show and No Go

Have you ever had a bad church experience? Did it drive you away or just drive you crazy? You are not alone. In today’s message, lead pastor Rich Barrett reminds us of Jesus’ bad church experience and how we can avoid the same mistakes today. August 2, 2015

Follow :: Unfollow

Jesus invites everyone to follow him. Being a sinner is a prerequisite. Having doubts is a prerequisite. That’s because we’re all sinners and we all have doubts. Following Jesus results in overwhelming faith, but at times it can also be inconvenient, costly, and even embarrassing. It can cause us to miss opportunities, lose business, or stand out in the crowd when we’d rather fit in. Even Jesus’ earliest followers wrestled with this tension. But one of his disciples asked a question that put everything in perspective: “To whom shall I go?” May 31, 2015

Follow :: Follow Wear

Everyone is invited to follow Jesus. Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you. Being a doubter doesn’t disqualify you. The goal of following Jesus is a faith that overcomes our fear of the future or our current circumstances. It’s a faith that gives us peace. But what do people who follow Jesus look like? What do they wear? May 3, 2015

Brought To You By

Lots of people all over the world appreciate, respect, and even follow the teachings of Jesus without believing he rose from the dead. But the people who recorded his story and teachings wouldn’t recommend that. Their message was clear: Jesus rose from the dead. He is Savior and Lord. April 5, 2015

Everybody Is Included

Most people don’t have a problem with God. After all, plenty of people show up for church on Christmas and Easter. Unfortunately, people do have a problem with the church. For centuries Christians have made Christianity so complex that people simply write it off as irrelevant and confusing. In this message we’ll see how this problem surfaced in the very early days of the church, how they dealt with it then, and how we should deal with it now.

October 19, 2014