The Image of the Invisible God – November 20, 2022

Scripture: Colossians 1: 11-20

Our ability to bless others with the light of Christ, to be gathered together in community, to be able to witness to our community, to enjoy contemporary culture through film and the arts, to travel toward God, to be wise stewards of God’s abundance…this year we have learned what it takes to follow Christ Jesus and to make him known to the world. On this Christ the King Sunday, we celebrate the very foundation of our faith.

The Labor Is Not in Vain – November 13, 2022

Scripture: Isaiah 65: 17-25

Have you ever had a “renovation” project that felt like it would never end? This week’s text shows that even God wonders what to do when the foundation and structure is compromised. Will Israel love “God’s house” as much as God does, or will Israel continue to enjoy living in the shelter of God’s house without maintaining it properly? We know what happened with Israel. How about us?

The Pillar of Trust – November 6, 2022

Scripture: Haggai 1: 15b-2:9

God’s people are confronted by the need to rebuild the temple…a new place that will become the dwelling of God for a new time and a new place. But without the pillar of trust in our blueprints, the house won’t hold together.

The Pillar of Patience–Perseverance – October 30, 2022

Scripture: Habakkuk 1: 1-4; 2: 1-4

How often do we lose hope in God simply because we have lost patience with God and/or God’s people? In order for a joyful birth to take place, there must be conception, waiting, and intense labor. In order for the house of God to be built, there must be patience so we build in the right way.

The Ground Floor: Laying the Foundation–Vision – October 23, 2022

Scripture: Joel 2: 23-32

We start from the ground up! Joel reminds the Israelites, and us, about the faithfulness of God’s presence with them always and the power of vision to lay a strong and enduring foundation.  This is the foundation for God’s house that not only provides a home for God, but for God’s community that blesses the world.

You Can Always Rebuild – October 16, 2022

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

A great reminder that you’re always able to bounce back. No matter what you’ve been through, you still have a fighting chance. You can work your way up again. You can find happiness again. You can start from scratch and create something beautiful, so don’t assume that one setback is the end of the world.

You Shouldn’t Compare Yourself to Anyone Else – October 9, 2022

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2: 8-15

Mirabel sings about how she can’t move mountains or heal what’s broken. She wants a miracle to show her the direction her path should take and give her life meaning. However, she’s already special. She already has so many beautiful qualities, but she has trouble seeing them because she keeps comparing herself to others. The grass is always going to look greener on the other side. That’s why you have to ignore everyone else and focus on you.

You Shouldn’t Let Yourself be Defined by One Thing – October 2, 2022

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1: 1-14

Your career doesn’t define you. Your relationship doesn’t define you. Your talent doesn’t define you. This movie is a reminder that human beings are complex. They can’t be boiled down to one trait or talent. Even though you might feel like your intelligence or beauty or sense of humor is the only thing special about you, you’re wrong. There are so many interesting things about you. Keep shining!

Families Don’t Always Know What’s Best for You – September 25, 2022

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6: 6-19

You shouldn’t feel pressured to do what is expected of you. Everyone in Encanto was trying hard to please Alma, but it was only making them miserable. As soon as they start listening to their own hearts instead of doing what they thought they were supposed to do, they ended up happier.

You’re Never Going to be Perfect – September 18, 2022

Scripture: 1 Timothy 2: 1-7

This movie shows that we will never be good enough for certain people. Instead of letting that get you down, let it inspire you. Since some people are never going to be happy with you, work toward making yourself happy. Stop caring so much about everyone else’s opinions because they shouldn’t be shaping the direction of your life. You should be making your own decisions. What makes you happy might not be what your family members – or society – think will make you happy. So do your own thing! The people who really love you will support you, regardless.