Why in the World: Like Son, Like Father
If there is a God, we all want to know what he’s like. We’re curious. Our tendency is to look in nature, outer space, or within ourselves to find clues about him. But that only provides us with an incomplete picture. Jesus made a radical claim. He...
Choose to Lose: Connecting the Dots
As we said in Part 1, winning anything significant involves choosing to lose something else. In Part 2 of this series we're going to discover something in a very familiar story in the New Testament that is unnatural and uncomfortable for any of us to...
Choose to Lose: The Moment of Choice
We love to win. We love winning in our finances. We love winning power in our careers. We love winning in romance. We love winning in life. And we hate losing as much as we love winning. We even take it personally when our favorite sports teams lose,...
Ask It: The Beginning
You are painting a picture entitled Your Life. It’s made up of a series of decisions. And you don’t get to hide your early endeavors in the attic. You get only one canvas. Will you do it yourself or will you let someone guide your hand?
Ask It: Hold My Hand
You always have something working against you when making personal decisions: you. Personal decisions are emotional, yet emotionally charged environments aren’t ideal for decision-making. Your emotions make the obvious less obvious. This is why you’re...
Ask It: Edged Out
When it comes to temptation and decision-making, we all look for loopholes. When tempted, we look for excuses to tell ourselves yes when we should tell ourselves no. We ask, “Is there anything wrong with this? Is it illegal? Will it hurt anyone?” But...
Ask It: Time Over Time
Scripture says God has determined the number of your days. You can make more money and you can make more friends, but you can’t make more time. You can count your money and your friends, but you can’t count your time. In light of that truth, knowing...
Ask It: Musical Chairs
Solomon, the third king of Israel, wrote more about wisdom than any other biblical writer. He was considered by some to be the wisest man who ever lived. In his writing, he laid out three kinds of people who lack wisdom: the simple lack experience;...
Ask It: Question Everything
Every day brings new questions. Should I stay? Should I go? Buy it? Sell it? Start it? Stop it? Did you know there's a question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all the other questions? It's true. All you have to do isask it!
Christmas: End of the Line
A special Christmas devotion to close out 2013.
Right in the Eye: Ruthie and Bo Save Christmas
The book of Judges records God’s chosen people doing what they want, when they want, with whom they want. The tragedy was that ancient Israel began with divine intervention and a divine mandate. They were to show the world who God was by being...
Right in the Eye: Extraordinary
What kind of person do you want to be? When people have to stand and talk about you when you’re gone, what do you want them to say? Do you realize that’s up to you? What if you decided to be . . . extraordinary?
Right in the Eye: Nobody's That Stupid
Chances are your greatest regret can be traced back to a decision where your body wanted something that your heart knew was wrong. An appetite was raging. You saw something or someone you wanted . . . even though he, she, or it wasn’t healthy for you....
Right in the Eye: Good at Looking
Do you really want to be like everybody else? Everybody else takes their cues from everybody else. Being like everybody else just makes you average—worried, in debt, bored, and dissatisfied with what you have. If you knew that living like everybody...
Right in the Eye: One King Leads to Another
The dark underbelly of the American dream is, “I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone.” We don’t want “kings” in our lives, whether those kings are parents, bosses, the government . . . or God. We want to...
Right in the Eye: Stranger Than Fiction
There’s an unstated part of the American dream. It goes like this: “We have the freedom to do what we want, when we want, with whom we want, and nobody can tell us what to do . . . as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody.” But what if life doesn’t work...
Be Rich: Do More. Give More.
No-strings-attached generosity was the hallmark of the first-century church. It should be a hallmark of the twenty-first-century church too.The apostle Paul told Timothy, "Commandthose who are rich in this present world . . . to do good, to be rich in...
Don't Make Me Come Back There
From the very beginning, our vision has been to create a church that unchurched people LOVE to attend. We have five churches in the Atlanta area and partner churches all over the world that people LOVE. Our plan is to continue to move our vision...
I Heart ______. : Change of Heart
Have you ever had a change of heart about what you believe about someone? What about what you believe about God? In this message, you will discover how to learn to believe rightly both about God and the people in our lives.
I Got This: The Source of Life
Being a spouse can be hard. Being a parent can be hard. Being an employee or co-worker can be hard. Managing our relationships with our parents can be hard. The people in our lives can drain us. That’s because we pour our hearts into them all day long...
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