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  • This is Us

Here’s what we know – everyone has a family and every family has a story. Those stories shape who we are and how we interact with our world. THIS IS US is about finding God within the relationships that matter most to us. Family dynamics and friendships are messy and tough; we live that reality daily. But God has wisdom in the Bible that can help us do relationships well. So let’s listen in!

Messages

  • This is Us - Part 1: Everyone

    It may seem like a bold statement, especially to someone who is thinking about what being a Christ-follower means for themselves, but the starting point for healthy relationships really does begin with your understanding and connection with God. There comes a day for all of us when we see that our world can be a dry place and what looks like a lush oasis is actually a mirage.  Our response in those times makes all the difference.  David from the Older Testament comes to a place where he realizes that thirst can only be satisfied in God.  He writes: 

    God, you are my God. I am searching so hard to find you. Body and soul, I thirst for you in this dry and weary land without water. Psalm 63:1 ERV


  • This is Us - Part 2: The Setup

    No one likes feeling set up by someone. When it does happen, we often feel embarrassed that we fell for it. What about when we set ourselves up? Sometimes we are walking ourselves into a setup and don't even realize it. This can be disastrous when it happens spiritually, especially when we don't understand the difference between a promise and a principle in the Bible. For example:  
     

    A gentle answer turns away wrath... Proverbs 15:1 NIV 


    When you expect this Proverb to be a promise, you can be hurt, discouraged, and even disillusioned with God when you give a gentle answer and it doesn't turn away wrath. If you take it as a principle, you'll normally expect a gentle answer to turn away wrath and you have a direction for difficult conversations, something to try in a heated moment.  

    In this message, we will take a look at another spiritual principle that when taken as a promise can be spiritually dangerous.


  • This is Us - Part 3a: Family Life

    There is nothing as heartbreaking as watching a marriage unravel.  So much hurt, confusion, and anger follows. Often when a marriage gets into trouble, this passage is used:

    Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master. Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them. 

    Colossians 3:18–19 MSG 

    Many times it is helpful, but it also can be weaponized.  Join us as we think about what it means to have a Christ-Centered marriage.  We will talk about how to come back from the brink and also how to avoid it.  There will be something in this installment of This Is Us: Family Life for everybody no matter what season of life you find yourself in. 


  • This is Us - Part 3b: Family Life

    Last week we said, "There is nothing as heartbreaking as watching a marriage unravel." There actually is something more heartbreaking: losing the hearts of the children we love. This Sunday, we will be looking at what it means to live out this God-given concept that Paul writes about: 

    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  Ephesians 6:1–4 NIV

    We will also try to answer the following questions: What does it mean to obey your parents? How do we honor our parents when they haven't always been honorable? How do we lead the kids we love in a growing relationship with Christ?  Challenging questions that when answered well can change a lot of lives in powerful ways.  Again, there will be something for everyone in this installment of This Is Us: Family Life, no matter what season of life you find yourself in.  


  • This is Us - Part 4: Correcting Kids

    In this message, we’ll look at another challenging subject for parents and others trying to influence the next generation - Correcting Kids. Before you stop reading, especially if you believe influencing kids is outside your wheelhouse, realize that all of us, at every age and stage of life, need to first look at our own relationship with our Heavenly Father before thinking about correcting kids. As a Christ follower, it all starts there!  Even if you don't consider yourself a Christ follower, there is a basic question that needs to be answered, “What do you do with correction in your own life?”  We need to think about how we process that answer before we correct anyone else's life.

    Join us as we look at what it means to Correct Kids and what the implications are for us, no matter what our stage or age is.  We will begin with a letter written to the Hebrews. The Hebrews lived in a difficult world similar to ours.  This is what the writer says:

    …have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children? My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.  Hebrews 12:5–11 MSG
     


  • This is Us - Part 5: Made for Mondays

    Keep calm and pretend that today is Monday. Do you know that most people dread Mondays? Research shows that on Mondays, 50% of employees are late to work, productivity is at its lowest, and the average person doesn’t smile until almost noon! Why is it that so many dread Mondays so much? Imagine if we could turn the most dreaded day of the week into a day full of purpose and impact. We were made for so much more than just 'surviving' our work week. We were made to thrive in it! What if we could all move to the place we discovered that we were Made for Mondays?


  • This is Us - Part 6: Sharing Life

    All of us have had our lives changed for the better by someone who shared their life with us, especially in the area of faith.  Yet, when it comes to doing the same thing, we want to but seem to be a little stuck. Join us for this message as we talk about why sharing life, especially our faith, is hard wired into us as Christ followers, but seems to be difficult to do.