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It's been God's strategy since the dawn of time, you know. Incarnation. Entering our world. Intervening in our experiences. Invading our very lives with his glory. The scope of God's incarnation goes far beyond a baby wrapped in strips of cloth lying in a manger. His persistent, irresistable incarnation continues to this day. And, as unbelievable as it may seem, he invites us to become a part of his invasive, incarnate love today.
December 2 — Incarnation: The Timeless Strategy
December 9 — Incarnation: The Inevitable Destiny
December 16 — Incarnation: The Utter Humility
December 23 — Incarnation: The Personal Miracle
December 30 — Incarnation: The Irresistible Opportunity
What does it mean to pursue God with an uninterrupted passion? Youth Pastor Chris Pierce and special guest, Kyle Brenon (Youth Pastor at Crossway Fellowship) help us discover God's ideal for the race we're running.
At Hope, we're excited to discover what God is doing in our own lives, in our community, and throughout the world. We've embarked on a long-term adventure to discover fresh perspective and see God's kingdom being unveiled around us... and how we fit into God's plan!
For our third annual "Campfire Sunday," we took a good hard look at our spiritual enemies, the devil and his demons, as they hunt us from the shadows. We dragged them out of the darkness and considered their limitations... especially in comparison to the infinite power of God as he indwells his followers.
On the morning of Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the election will be over. The television ads for political candidates will be gone. The pundits will be circling the talk shows to offer their opinions. Chat around the water cooler will analyze the results and predict the implications. But what will followers of Jesus be doing? What should we be doing when all is said and done?
Accompanying our Small Group's study of Mark Batterson's book, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity, we explore how to be great at the Great Commandment — loving God and loving others.
September 9, 2012 — Rekindling a Primal Love
September 16, 2012 — Rekindling a Compassionate Heart
September 23, 2012 — Rekindling a Wondrous Soul
September 30, 2012 — Rekindling a Marvelled Mind
October 7, 2012 — Rekindling a Divine Strength
October 14, 2012 — Rekindling an Ancient Quest
Isn't it ironic that most of us celebrate Labor Day by taking the day off to rest from our labors? Yet God has hard-wired a sort of rhythm to the universe that cycles back and forth between working and resting. Discover what the Bible says about our ideal attitude toward working hard from the core of our being and resting well for the refreshment of our souls.
What a crazy world we live in! All around us are conflicting voices with different perspectives, each pressuring us to embrace a different set of values, a different agenda, or a different worldview. So many people try to satisfy these conflicting appeals by embracing some kind of patchwork set of priorities and moral perspectives, resulting in confusing and compromise. But God calls us to something much greater: truth. He doesn't leave us to try and figure things out on our own; he invites us to see ourselves and the world through his eyes and to embrace his agenda.
Families are wondrous, bewildering, beautiful, broken gifts from God. They provide the context in which we discover the world as we grow up. Sometimes they leave us with sweet memories and important skills that will carry us through life; sometimes they burden us with disappointments and challenges to overcome. But when we enter into a relationship with God by faith, we become part of a new family with new traditions, new rules, new opportunties, and new expectations.
The Bible refers to David, the ancient king of Israel and composer of many of the Psalms, as "a man after God's own heart." Even though his life was filled with unexpected twists and turns, and despite his horrific choices of adultery and murder, David's journey kept his heart close to God's. There is something about this former shepherd's courage, compassion, and humility that captures the Lord's passion and offers us an example of how to live in deep intimacy with our Creator despite our circumstances.
January 8, 2012 — An Unexpected Beginning
January 15, 2012 — Recipe for a Hero
January 22, 2012 — Fear vs. Faith
January 29, 2012 — How to Survive Being Stabbed in the Back
February 5, 2012 — BFFs!
February 12, 2012 — The Perfect Hiding Place
February 19, 2012 — The Miracle of Mercy
February 26, 2012 — Cooling Down a Hot Anger
March 4, 2012 — When Good People Make Bad Decisions
March 11, 2012 — Good Grief
March 18, 2012 — You Are Special! (Guest: Pastor Chris Pierce)
March 25, 2012 — Ambush at the Starting Line
April 1, 2012 — Rolling Out the Red Carpet
April 15, 2012 — Paraders of the Lost Ark
April 22, 2012 — When God Says "No"
April 29, 2012 — Grace By Any Other Name
May 6, 2012 — Crash!
May 13, 2012 — Consequences
May 20, 2012 — Let the Healing Begin
May 27, 2012 — The Blessing of Friendship
June 3, 2012 — The Return of the King
June 10, 2012 — The Song of a Lifetime
June 17, 2012 — The Mighty Men
June 24, 2012 — The Painful Joy of Threshing
July 1, 2012 — Antidote for a Poisonous Heart
July 8, 2012 — And the Dream Lives On...
Since the very beginning of the universe, two stories have been unfolding: the story of mankind's self-reliant, rebellious efforts to control our own destiny and the story of God's gracious desire to restore man's innocense. Learn how these stories are woven together not only in history but in your own life as well, and discover God's invitation to begin a new story in you, starting from a blank page and leading to an amazing, eternal adventure.
As we begin the new year together, it's easy to look back on the days that have gone by and prepare for the days ahead. But as important as the past is in shaping us, and as important as the future is in offering us challenges and opportunities, we always experience life in the present, the now, the moment at hand.