A Game of Thrones

Conflicting Kingdoms

6/18/17

Description:Recording artist, Demi Lovato is credited with this quote, "Insecurity kills all that is beautiful." This internal anxiety is linked to other destructive behaviors and emotions - jealousy, comparisons, fear, control, arrogance - that derail confidence meaningful relationships, and influence.

A Game of Thrones

Making Assumptions

6/4/17

Description:Writer and novelist, George R.R. Martin said this while describing the complex characters in his book, A Game of Thrones, "I think the battle between good and evil is fought largely within the individual human heart, by the decisions that we make." This indeed is a tension that we all face in the human experience. An objective of this series is to identify the evil in our own heart by examining the lives of the Old Testament kings of Israel.

Fixer Upper

Managing the Makeover

5/14/17

Description:The mind behind the Magnolia brand, Joanna Gaines, is quoted in reference to her zany husband Chip, “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.” We may or may not view ourselves as being "fixer upper's", but God went great lengths to salvage our souls... what must we do to manage the makeover?

Fixer Upper

Remediating the Damage

5/7/17

Description:Pulling back the walls on a renovation project can be a little scary as to what is lurking unseen - old wiring, leaky pipes, toxic mold. Many of us are living with damaged hearts due to unresolved issues and shameful secrets. The process of remediation is costly, but you and your relationships are worth it!

Fixer Upper

Overcoming Catastrophes

4/30/17

Description:Catastrophe by definition is a sudden event often causing great damage and/or suffering. We may prepare for a disaster, but we never plan one. When tragedy ravages your life, how do you overcome it?

Fixer Upper

Firm Foundation

4/23/17

Description:Any builder will emphasize how critical a firm foundation is to the completion and longevity of a project. So many people are cracked and crumbling, why do we build our lives on faulty foundations?

Fixer Upper

Restoration Hardware

4/16/17

Description:There is something intriguing when the home improvement shows salvage an old, dilapidated house and make it livable again despite the problems, brokenness, and damage. Do you think God sees you as a fixer upper?

Press On

Generosity

4/9/17

Description:Have you ever been the recipient of someone's generosity unexpectedly - a gift card, book, cash, or assistance? How did that gesture of thoughtfulness and kindness affect you? Imagine how your giving, caring, and sharing may impact others.

Press On

Default

3/26/17

Description:Have you ever considered how easy it is for our thoughts to slip into "default mode" when unoccupied or under distress? There may be some truth in the old adage - "an idle mind is the devil's workshop."

Press On

Distractions

3/19/17

Description:Our world is full of distractions - chimes, notifications, likes, text messages, tweets, and so on... We easily get caught up in the "urgent" things over the most important matters. What must we do to find focus?

Press On

Influence

3/12/17

Description:In his book 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell identifies influence as "the true measure of leadership." If this is true, who are you leading and how are you leading them?

Press On

Pressure

3/5/17

Description:No matter the stage of life or the context (school, work, gym, faith, etc...) we feel the pressure to perform and/or conform, but what exactly do we win? Perhaps there is a different standard for winning.

Press On

Partnership

2/26/17

Description:Of recent, the word partnership has emerged into an often used term. From business partnerships and community partnerships to financial partnerships and global partnerships. Despite the varying contexts, have you ever considered that God desires to have a partnership with you?

Press On

Mindful

2/19/17

Description:Which is more essential... right thinking or right living? Pastor Charles talks through these two paradigms and challenges us to consider the ways of Jesus.

Press On

Citizenship

2/12/17

Description:Our current social climate is as polarizing as our Indiana winter has been. This extreme polarization has resulted in people being funneled or marginalized because of their deeply held beliefs. What must people of faith do to live Christ in the midst of this conflict?

Press On

Confidence

2/5/17

Description:A major shift has occurred over the last few decades in how the culture views Christianity. A society that was once pro-Christian, has slowly morphed into being post-Christian. As followers of Jesus, how do we live Christ in our post-Christian world?

21 Days of Prayer

Impact

1/22/17

Description:Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines influence as the act or power of causing an effect or change without use of direct force or authority. We all are influencers, but how can we leverage this force to impact the people in our lives, as well as the Kingdom of God?

21 Days of Prayer

Fellowship

1/15/17

Description:The biblical perspective of fellowship is a much deeper concept than a pot-luck meal or a fun activity. At its core, fellowship is a shared or common experience. Within the context of church, fellowship is found through eternal life.

21 Days of Prayer

Dedicated

1/8/17

Description:Gary Rohrmayer has defined prayer as, "simply lifting up one's heart - our desires, concerns and circumstances - up to God." He takes that thought a step further by saying, "It [prayer] is also about aligning our hearts with God and His missional purposes."

New Years

Minor Adjustments

1/1/17

Description:What does a golf swing, the string on a guitar and a leaky faucet have in common? A minor adjustment can make a world of difference. Consider your life, are there areas that need a minor adjustment?

Celebrate Christmas

Peace on Earth?

12/23/16

Description:"...On earth peace, goodwill toward men!" When weighing these words with what is happening in the world around us, the last thing that is observed is peace. Did the angels get it wrong? What did they mean? How can we experience peace?

Baggage

Checking-In

12/18/16

Description:In the course of this teaching series, we have discovered and discussed the type of baggage that we drag around everywhere we go because we refuse to take the simple steps to check it in... confess, forgive, give, and celebrate.

Baggage

Controlled

12/11/16

Description:Have you ever considered the correlation between our emotions - guilt, anger, greed, & jealousy - with the propensity to engage in other harmful behaviors - self-loathing, lust, arrogance, etc...? If this resonates, then you may be under the control of your emotions.

Baggage

Jealousy

12/4/16

Description:Have the following ever crossed your mind..."Why can't I get my yard to look like my neighbors?""Everything always comes so easy for them." "That guy got the raise and I didn't!"You may be toting around jealousy!

Baggage

Greed

11/27/16

Description:Greed is a tricky emotion to recognize in ourselves, it disguises itself as prudence, resourcefulness, and good stewardship. However, it is seen by others as hoarding, frugality, mizerly, opportunistic, and materialism. What must we do to rid our hearts of greed?

Baggage

Anger

11/20/16

Description:Dr. Gary Chapman said it well, "Anger is not the problem... mismanaged anger is destructive." Does this statement describe someone you know? Does this statement describe you? Have you ever considered where this destructive emotion comes from? How can we be liberated from its grip?

Baggage

Guilt

11/13/16

Description:Have you lost "it" lately with one of your kids? Do you find yourself disagreeing with your superior and telling everyone about it? Are you harboring a secret that you do not want anyone to know about? Do you feel like you owe someone something? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be wrestling with guilt.

Baggage

Series Intro

11/6/16

Description:Baggage... we all have hurts, wounds, and wrongs that we tote around in our hearts everywhere we go. Where do they come from? How did they get there? How do we handle them? Who do they affect? Pastor Charles answers these questions and provides a principle that can benefit us all.

Roots: Growing Deeper

Overview Part 2

10/30/16

Description:One of our deacons and Life Group leaders, Rod Robinson, brilliantly walks us through each of the five faith building dynamics that God uses to grow and deepen our faith.

Roots: Growing Deeper

Overview Part 1

10/23/16

Description:Joe Self, Life Group Coordinator and group facilitator, compellingly shares with us Gods desire to have a relationship with us.

Roots: Growing Deeper

Pivotal Circumstances

10/16/16

Description:We've all exprienced pivotal moments in life, some joyous while others are painful. As you consider your pivotal circumstance(s), how did you interpret those events? Also, how have they shaped your life?

Roots: Growing Deeper

Personal Ministry

10/9/16

Description:How often do we disqualify ourselves from an opportunity because we feel inadequate and/or incompetent? "I can't do that..."; "I lack the necessary skills..."; "I've never done that before." Have you ever considered that responsibility can move you toward dependency?

Roots: Growing Deeper

Private Disciplines

10/2/16

Description:The word discipline has many connotations ranging from punishment to restraint; from training to rules of conduct. From the christian worldview, spiritual disciplines can be a means in which God uses to bring depth to faith.

Roots: Growing Deeper

Providential Relationships

9/25/16

Description:Andy Stanley in his book, Deep and Wide describes providential relationships... "Two things make a relationship providential: when we hear from God through someone and when we see God in someone."

Roots: Growing Deeper

Practical Teaching

9/18/16

Description:In week #2 of the Roots series, pastor Charles talks through the importance of not only hearing biblical teaching, but living it out in life.

Roots: Growing Deeper

Extraordinary Faith

9/11/16

Description:Pastor Charles in this new teaching series called Roots: Growing Deeper, introduces the five critical components needed to bolster our faith in God.

Common Cent$

Grace of Giving

9/4/16

Description:In the final message of this series: Common Cent$, pastor Charles identifies the most essential attribute needed when one exercises the personal discipline of giving.

Common Cent$

Faithful & Wise

8/21/16

Description:Arthur T. Pierson said it best, " The two things required of stewards are that they be 'faithful and wise,' that they study to - employ God's gifts with fidelity and sagacity - fidelity so that God's entrustments be not perverted to self-indulgence; sagacity, that they be converted into as large as gains as possible."

Common Cent$

Holding Out for Management

8/14/16

Description:We wrestle through many tensions in life... Coke or Pepsi; Ford or Chevy; baseball or football; vanilla or chocolate; etc... In all seriousness, when it comes to our wealth and possessions, the real tension is between ownership or stewardship - which are you?

[IN] CONSISTENT

Faith(ful)

7/31/16

Description:The journey through Judges has been eye opening, shocking, and at times depressingly dark. However, there is much to discover from the lives of these inconsistent individuals, as well as God's interaction with them.

[IN] CONSISTENT

Samson | Wasted Passion

7/24/16

Description:Chip Henderson brilliantly summarizes the polarizing character of Israel's 12th Judge in the title of his Bible study book, Samson: A Life Well Wasted. In this message, pastor Charles explains how this man walked on the "tightrope of passion."

[IN] CONSISTENT

Jephthah | Salvaged Savior

7/17/16

Description:Jephthah's story resembles something that you might see on a show from HGTV or the DIY Network. Instead of a piece of furniture that is being reclaimed, restored, and repurposed... it's his life.

[IN] CONSISTENT

Gideon | Reflection of Faith

7/10/16

Description:The story of Gideon possesses many of the riveting characteristics of classic literature - heroism, tension, suspense, valor, and tragedy. Although, if we honestly look for ourselves in the narrative, we will find it reflected through Gideon.

[IN] CONSISTENT

Ehud | Shaken, But Not Stirred

6/19/16

Description:The narrative that chronicles Ehud, the second Judge of Israel, resembles an excerpt from Ian Fleming's spy stories featuring James Bond than a passage of holy scripture. Regardless of the 007-esque mission, there are truths worth considering.

[IN] CONSISTENT

Othniel | Testing in Progress

6/12/16

Description:David Guzik made this insightful statement in his commentary on Judges chapter 3, "God wanted to prove the faithfulness of Israel to Himself; and to improve their reliance on Him." History tells us how they responded... will we choose to learn from them?

[IN] CONSISTENT

Introduction

6/5/16

Description:In a world of inconsistency, we will discover from the dark pages of the Old Testament book of Judges that God is consistent... in His character, His covenant, and His commitment. Join us online or live in-person, as we unpack this unique piece of history this summer.