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.
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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.
Our creator has designed everything and His design is PERFECT. He put a power in place that give us protection, accountability, and empowerment to live life how He designed. What is this power called?
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?
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.
Sometimes taking what we deserve misses the bigger point and goal of life. Our job isn’t to be standing in line to get our rights met but to be on our face before God doing all He’s asked of us. Today we study when rights are wrong...
“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.
Some personalities can complicate EVERYTHING.Making pancakes can become a chore rather than simple breakfast with them. We can do that with our walk with Christ – we make it so complex and try to “do Christianity” rather than just be.
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.
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 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...
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...
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?
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.
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...
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?
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?