Studies show that we are struggling to stay happy. Why is this? One reason is because we have a negativity bias. But, the Bible also reveals that much of the anxiety that we suffer is due to unrealistic expectations placed on self, others, and on things to provide us with joy.
In this message I share with you several ways to guarantee a good day.
Did you know that the word “joy” is used 433x in the Bible? Did you know that “rejoice” is the most repeated command in the Bible? Truth is, God is so concerned with our happiness that He commands it! If this is true, joy must always be available.
But joy seems elusive. Joy is an emotional response to an experience. Joy has to have a reason. When it comes to love we are commanded to love even things that are unlovely. The Bible commands us to love our enemies. Joy is different. We cannot take joy in things that are not joyful. In fact, if we take joy in the wrong things, it is sinful. This brings us to one of the most exiting truths of the Bible. If God commands us to have joy, joy must ALWAYS be available!
But where is it? How can I have it? In what can I always take joy? In this message from Liberty, I use Psalm 16 to point to exciting things in which you can always take joy.
Netflix has quickly become America’s movie and media outlet of choice. 38 million households subscribe to satellite television. 48 million households pay for cable. 60 million American households subscribe to Netflix. Currently offering more than 5,500 titles for streaming, Netflix is a massive media source available at your fingertips.
Have you ever stopped to ask, what am I watching? I’m not talking about asking that question from the perspective of whether or not you like the show; as in what would you recommend to a friend. I’m talking about questioning what we watch from the perspective of content. Do you realize that Netflix is not simply a massive media source, but if you subscribe to Netflix, or have a television in your house for that matter, that what is on that screen is the largest library of worldview content in your home.
In this message I evaluate several of the most popular shows on Netflix for their worldview content. Pop culture is full of post-modern and secular themes. What are they? How can we be discerning, but at the same time have a helpful dialogue with our culture? These questions and more are answered in this concluding message to our culture series at Liberty, Brainwashed.
In one generation moral wrongs have become political rights. How does it happen? The answer is very simple. If you can slide the standard of truth, then you can blur the lines of morality. What is truth?
America is embracing secularism as the prevalent worldview. In secularism, truth is relative. Right and wrong depends on the individual and the situation. But does this worldview really work?
In this message I compare secularisms idea of relative truth to the Biblical worldview and absolute truth. Which is a better way to live?
If you like the music of The Beatles I think you will find the film entertaining. Personally, I think there could have been so much more done with the plot, but I enjoyed it.
But what if the world didn’t just forget about a music group? What if the world forgot about God? Imagine what the world would be like if there was no belief or no concept of God in the mind of man.
The question of God is the first question of any worldview. The answer to that question makes every other decision. In this message I share four critical implications to denying there is a God. If you don’t believe in God you must:
Have ultimate faith that science can answer all of your questions.
Have ultimate faith that people will eventually make all the right decisions.
Have ultimate faith that government will solve all of our problems.
Have ultimate faith in yourself that you will find the purpose for your life.
If you were ever stranded on a deserted island, what would be the essentials you would want to have with you? In an article on MentalFloss.com, survival expert Tony Nestor says these are the essentials: a machete, a cell phone, a mirror, a hammock, and a family photo.
The Christian life is a long journey, not a short sprint. Imagine the Christian life to be a trip to a distant place in which you could only carry a few essential things. What would those things be?
In this message I share 6 essentials for the Christian life while also encouraging you to leave some things behind. Take this, not that!
In this message I also share 4 questions you can ask in Bible study that will help you get great application from any passage.
Many churches are friendly, but not welcoming. And yes, there is a difference! A friendly church smiles, shakes hands, and tells people that they are glad to see them. A welcoming church moves people past their first visit and into the family of faith. Friendly is not necessarily welcoming!
Don’t you want people to become a part of your family of faith? I would think so. Here is how. In this message I use the word WELCOME to show you how to move your church past friendly and into a place of true Biblical hospitality. This is a great video to show your leadership teams, especially your first impressions team, to help them understand how to become a welcoming church.
Here is some articles on welcoming that helped me prepare for this message.