Starting Over :: Three Myths

Many of us don’t like to follow directions. But there’s a price to pay for rushing into a situation without knowing what we’re doing. We get things wrong. And by the time we go back, undo everything we messed up, and then do it correctly, we’ve wasted more time than if we’d just followed the directions to begin with. The consequences are usually mild when we ignore the directions for repairing a computer or assembling a child’s toy. But the price of rushing into a life situation can be steep. What if there were directions for the choices we make in life? What if we could avoid repeating past mistakes when we find ourselves starting over? April 10, 2016

Avoiding Election Infection

Politics is not an emotionally neutral topic. It has the power to divide us instead of bring us together. What would it look like if Christians filtered their politics through their faith rather than filtering their faith through their politics? April 3, 2016

History’s Mystery

In spite of some of the Christians you’ve met or done business with, in spite of revivals and scandals, in spite of how you view the Bible, and in spite of your church experience, you should consider putting your faith in Jesus as your Savior. Why? It has nothing to do with your personal experience and everything to do with history’s greatest mystery. March 27, 2016

Why In The World :: The Plural of U is Us

Isn’t it funny how two people can look at the same situation and come up with two completely different conclusions? Think about Easter. It will be here soon. For some people, the Easter story is about the incredible truth of the most inclusive, welcoming, amazing message the world has ever known. For others, the holiday is tainted by the belief that God is disappointed in them. People who believe God is disappointed in them, drift away from him.

But what if God isn’t disappointed? What if he’s a rescuer? What if he wants us to run toward him instead of away from him? March 20, 2016

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