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I Need You To Be Different

Have you ever tried to imitate someone? You start out thinking about how they look, act, and respond to life. Then, you start to think, “what would they do?”. But being the same is not what God has called us to do. We are NOT all the same. We do NOT all have the same abilities to live life. But, we all need each other because our strengths work together to make a powerful hell-crushing movement that Christ said is unstoppable. Let’s do this – but frst, I need you to be different.

A Family With Walls

Think of the poorest place you can. Picture the hunger, starvation, desperation, and pain. Now, picture a buffet set in the middle of the throngs of people. But there’s something sick happening – the buffet is being eaten by extremely overweight people and the area is sealed off by glass walls. How could they?! How heartless! This picture is sadly one of the “church” in many places. We feast on truth or fun or ease while the souls of others around us starve and pass away.

My Wants < Your Needs

Our lives are full of options to find pleasure. There are so many good things out there that are legal and fun for us – but does that mean its still a God thing for us? Does it mean that just because I am ok with it – that’s the best for me and my life in the great commission? If God asked you to remove something in your life, what thing would you say no, maybe, or hesitate?

I AM: the best thing ever

Standing in town looking at a far off mountain, it appears beautiful but not very daunting. Stand at the base of it and you may just get back in your car. Why? Because you’re so close to it you see the details of it’s size, strength, and struggles. But what about God? Does he still make you stop and think at how amazing and powerful He is? If not, maybe you’re just not close enough to Him and forget how amazing He really is.

The cost of our "rights"

 “It’s  my  right!  I’ll  do  what  I  want  to!”  We  all  understand  those  statements,  we  have  even  said  them.    But  what  does  that  really  cost?    Are  we  willing  to  lose  a  friend  over  them?  Are  we  willing  to  taint  the  gospel  because  of  them?  We  wouldn’t  say  yes  but  we  do  with  our  actions.    This  isn’t  new  and  today  we  study  in  1  Corinthians  how  the  rights  of  some  were  putting  the  souls  of  others  in  danger.

Sexual Misconduct

While  we  often  see  the  world  abuse  sex  -  sadly,  inthe  name  of  "holiness"  the  church  has  abused  sex  also.  Today's  teaching  is  titled,  "Sexual  Misconduct"  and  we  will  wale  through  God's  view  of  sex  and  what  place  it  should  taee  in  our  lives  as  people  of  faith.

Let’s Talk About Sex

  Sex.    For  too  long  the  church  has  avoided  this  topic  because  of  how  sex  has  been  misused  and  abused.    The  fact  is,  not  talking  about  God’s  design  and  stance  on  sex  is  misuse  and  abuse!  Today  at  Rise  Chapel  –  let’s  talk  about  SEX.

Making #1 great again

  Making  #1  great  again  should  be  our  daily  goal.    Sometimes  we  falsely  try  to  removed  the  concept  of  “looking  out  for  #1”  in  our  lives.    We  can’t!  God  designed  us  this  way  and  the  solution  is  to  make  sure  #1  is  always  Him.    But  how?  What  are  the  repercussions  of  not?  What  drives  our  God  should  drive  us...

Looking Out For #1

  It’s  terrifying  to  think  about  times  when  our  own  country  has  taken  down  one  of  our  own  because  of  misidentifcation.    It’s  no  less  scary  to  think  of  misidentifcation  in  times  of  panic  or  fear.    The  best  way  to  prevent  that  is  to  havea  goal  and  purpose  that  is  beyond  our  own.    Left  to  our  own  devices  we  (humans)  will  always  look  out  for  #1  –  that  won’t  change.    But  we  can  change  who/what  #1  is...

Don’t Hide From The Dirt – Clean It!

  Springtime  means  it’s  time  to  get  rid  of  the  junk  and  trash  that  has  built  up  or  just  laid  around  during  winter.    In  the  church,  sometimes  junk  builds  up  and  we  just  overlook  it.    But  should  we?    What  about  the  junk  outside  the  church?  How  should  we  deal  with  that?

Heaven Is A Place On Earth?

Just the title may get you singing the song, & it’s something that we all try to seek – whether we know it or not.  We try so often to differentiate ourselves, when Christ has said HE determines our value.  We try so hard to create HIS organization when He said HE would build the church.  Let’s look at why the answer to this title is – no, heaven is not a place on earth.

Baby’s Build Wimpy Buildings

If you were told that a fire was coming – would you pack all that matters to you in a cardboard box or a fire-safe?  Of course a fire safe!  What about our life in heaven?  Are we building things in our life that will last in the fire we pass through?  Or will we stand in a pile of ash at the gates, embarrassed that Jesus didn’t mean enough to us...

Stop Being Such a Baby

Have you ever had someone say, “Oh my gosh, you are so immature!”  Sometimes we feel good because we know we bothered someone – but other times it hurts.  We want to feel like we are advancing in life.  Our spiritual life is themost important focus we should have.  We should all be advancing from the baby stage of wanting everything our way to wanting it God’s way.  Are you mature?

Basic Missionary

To the world and in this case, Corinth, the gosple is so basic.  Today’s culture defnes the word “basic” as “devoid of defning characteristics that might make it interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to.” Are we able to remove all the glitter and gold we’ve attached to the gospel and simply teach the truth of God simply?

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