“You cannot be bright in a darkened world unless you have walked in the path of truth.”
In week two of our new series, BE BRIGHT, Pastor Louie Giglio wants us to remember that what the World needs is for all of us to be transformed by the Word of God so that when God sends us into the World we shine brightly. It’s not enough just to be right all of the time if we are not shining with the love, the compassion, the grace, and the mercy of Jesus.
“God is not designing you to blend in, God has designed you to shine bright.”
Kicking off our new series, BE BRIGHT, Pastor Louie Giglio brings a powerful message of hope. For those who have put their faith in Jesus the need to strive in order to stand out is over. Just as a lightbulb shines bright because the power running through it illuminates the filament, we are at our brightest when the power of God flows through us. This is what the world is in need of now, Christians whose priority is to shine brightly in their workplaces, families, and communities.
“You will never be fully you without us and we will never be fully us without you.”
Pastor Ben Stuart dives into the book of Philippians reminding us that no one unifies just for the sake of unity - we unite around a common purpose. We need community, and we are in a community, that has linked with the best of all causes; running with the best of all Kings!
In this incredible message from Sunday, Jay and Katherine Wolf recount the journey they have walked through with God and show us that you can survive anything when you learn to redefine everything. Suffering will come to all of us, it's part of being human, but through knowing Jesus we can come to a place where we suffer with strength.
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“Any act of love that is given to our amazing God will be used as a weapon of unbelievable breakthrough if we understand just how much God loves people.” This week Hillsong NYC Pastor, Carl Lentz, brings us an incredible message around how we can see people the way God does, and in the same way, begin to love them that way as well.
In this week's closing talk from our EXTRAVAGANT series, Pastor Louie Giglio shares a message that's for everyone. We have an invitation today—God is seeking worshippers!
Love is what produces worship. The Church owes it to the world to present a decent representation of the person and finished work of Jesus as we gather to worship. Jesus' sacrifice of love for us in the form of radical grace, triggers our echo of extravagant worship to Him! Glory, grace, worship.
1. Has the love and grace of God reached you?
2. Worship is about the heart that has been captured by God.
3. There is balance in the House.
4. Grace has opened the way (this isn't law), but your response to the grace of God may unlock a door for you that takes you into a dimension with God that you haven't even imagined existed.
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“We can move the heart of God.”
That is no small thought, that each of us can touch the heart of God through our sacrifice of worship. As Pastor Louie Giglio continues our EXTRAVAGANT series he reminds us of the true nature of worship; that as we lay things on the altar of praise, God is paying attention.
For worship to take place there has to be a sacrifice. If we want the fire to fall on our lives, we have to ask ourselves if we have laid anything of value on our altar? This week Pastor Louie Giglio dives into the true meaning of worship, and what it looks like to live a life committed to bringing glory to Jesus:
1. What are you trusting in more than God that needs to go onto the altar today?
2. Which of the ways of the “people” have you gladly embraced?
3. What relationship needs to go?
4. What false hope needs to end?
5. Are you willing to obey God in the step He is leading you to take right now?
As part of our 5ALIVE series this summer, Pastor Louie Giglio and Ravi Zacharias sat down to discuss Christianity around the world, the status of truth in our world today, and Ravi's own story of coming to follow Jesus with an analytical mind.
"Sacrifice equals new ground."
In this kick-off message to our new series, EXTRAVAGANT, Pastor Louie Giglio reminds us of the sacrifice that God made on our behalf through Jesus, and how our response to that says everything about how that sacrifice has influenced us.
There are words that change everything for us. Words that build us up, and words that tear us down. There are words we welcome, ones we invite into the deepest parts of our hearts, and there are words that no matter how we try to fight them they find their way in to hurt us. This week Pastor Louie Giglio wants to encourage you around which words are which so that you can know the words that Jesus wants to speak over you.
"To make Jesus a part of your life, but not the point of your life, is to waste your life."
This week, Breakaway Ministry leader, Timothy Ateek wants us to know that with Jesus there is always more than we can see. Yes, what is in front of us is important. Yes, sometimes it's hard to see past the circumstances and challenges of life. But with Jesus, in Jesus, there is always more.
This week, Pastor Brad Jones wants to know what our mindset is like day in and day out as we navigate the external pressures of life. Are we acting like we have to take on every challenge on our own? The mindset we view the obstacles we come up against ultimately says everything about our view of God as well. Do we trust that God is for us? Do we live like we know the God of all grace has promised to restore us and make us strong?
“For many of you, your biggest problem is not your problems, it’s your anxiety about your problems.”
Jesus presents anxiety as one of the biggest impediments to seeking the Kingdom of God. For many of us, worries and anxiety in life keep us from all we are meant to be under God. This week, Pastor Ben Stuart reminds us that there is an invitation to cast our cares on Him. Our anxieties are not too heavy for God — He is there waiting for us to release them.
The power of genetics is happening right before your eyes. You can deny it or try and beat it all you want, but eventually, we all begin to look more and more like our parents. This is the normal outcome of growing older. Here's what is also true; You have the potential to grow up and look like your Heavenly Father. In appearance and attitude, we become what we model ourselves on, and in the same way, we can become versions of our Earthly parents, we can, by the power of the Holy Spirit, become more and more like Jesus.
Every one of us has a family tree. We may or may not love every branch, some may be more complicated than we care to admit, but as we walk through life the limbs of our tree can determine a lot about us.
Fatherhood matters. It matters to God, and it matters to us. So many of us are growing up fatherless, whether it’s because of illness, absence, or attitude. We carry these wounds with us for the rest of our lives, and even if don’t mean to we attach those same feelings to our relationship with our Heavenly Father. But God is not a reflection of our Earthly father, He is the perfection of him. In this kick-off message to our new series, Not Forsaken, Pastor Louie Giglio reminds us of who we are; loved sons and daughters of a perfect father.
Friday night and Sunday morning. The account of all that happened that weekend adds up to one truth; that when Jesus died, was buried, and rose, people put their faith in Him. Jesus knew that we were both spirit and flesh, and just as our flesh will fade, sin will lead to the death of our spirit. This is why Jesus did what He did. It’s why He gave His life on a cross, why he gave up His last breath, and why early Sunday morning the stone was rolled away from His grave; not so that He could come out, but so that we could come in and see what God had done.
Leading into Holy Week, Grant Partrick reminds us of the ultimate “yes,” that Christ gave in the Garden of Gethsemane. Faced with death, and even worse, separation from His Father for the first time in history, Jesus looked at what was in front of Him and said, “Not my will, but Yours.” Our obedience is measured in the same way. How do we respond to God when our desires come to an intersection with His? What will our response be when faced with a circumstance where what we want isn’t God’s will for our lives? Will we make the same decision Jesus did, will we say to God, “Not my will, but Yours?”
This week, Pastor Louie Giglio dives into the third portion of our series, "Yes," as we talk about the most important yes in your life. What are you going to decide the next time life places a decision in front of you? Will you say, “yes,” to the right things, and, “no,” to the wrong? How can you have the clarity and confidence to choose the right response? In this message, Pastor Louie brings us to a place where we can decide to let our “yes,” be our, yes, and our, “no,” be our no.
This week, Pastor Louie Giglio dives into the second portion of our series, "Yes," as we focus on when and where our, "no," becomes critical; because while saying "yes," can open the opportunity for blessing in our lives, it can also open the opportunity for destruction if it's used in the wrong situation. In fact, in certain situations our best "yes," can actually be a, "no." So why is it so difficult to say, "no?" Why is it so difficult to shut down the things that are asking for our attention when they have no right to, and how can we learn to say "no," at the right moments and in the right situations? Pastor Louie Giglio looks into these questions and more!
This week, Pastor Louie Giglio kicks off a new series, Yes, with the truth that our most valuable possession is our Yes to God. How are you posturing your heart before God? Are you open and free with your future, or are you looking for a fool-proof plan before you’ll even take a step? Our willingness to be open to the plans and purposes of God in our lives is crucial to not just our own happiness and ability to thrive, but the future of everyone in whose life God wants to work through us. God is ready to use you, are you willing to say yes to Him?
Before you were looking for Jesus, He was looking out for you.
This week, Pastor Brad Jones reminds us of the story of Zacchaeus, who climbed a tree amongst a crowd just to catch a glimpse of Jesus. As a corrupt tax collector, Zacchaeus was an outsider, someone the people of his town believed would be the absolute last person Jesus would address. Yet, because of his faith and desire to see Jesus, his faith and perseverance were rewarded. We have this same opportunity today, to focus our energy on seeing and knowing Jesus. No matter how far on the outside we may feel, Jesus is looking to bring us into His family if we just open our eyes to who He really is.
This week, Pastor Louie Giglio wants us to focus in on God’s Wrath and His Mercy. It’s only by fully realizing the one, that we can appreciate in earnest the other. God’s Mercy only makes the impact on our lives that it should when we have a full grasp of His Wrath that was due us until it was poured upon Jesus that day on Calvary answering the prayers of God’s people : LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2
This week, Pastor Louie Giglio wants us to broaden the lens through which we see our God. After all, in order to have a right view of our lives, we have to have a right view of God. To know that there is a deeper level of spirituality that we have access to because our God is calling us into. His name is Elohim, El Olam, the everlasting and eternal God. He is before all and after all and yet He is in the details of your life, there for every moment. The God you can know knows you, and He loves you.
Pastor Louie Giglio reminds us that we aren’t dealing with a god who is on our level. Our God is seated on a throne high and exalted with all rule and all authority. He is Sovereign. What does this mean for you? This mean He is able; able to do whatever He wants to do, and He can. This means your God is more powerful than the mess you find yourself in; than the circumstances around you; than anything and everything you will encounter. In a chaotic world, your God is sitting high and exalted, able and willing to do what is best for your life because He desires you to be with Him.
God wants to be known by you, and you can know as much about Him as you have the appetite and desire to know.
There is never going to be a moment in your pursuit of God where there's a sign that says, "authorized personnel only beyond this point. You can go as high up on the mountain as you want to go." Our God is The God You Can Know.
This last series was so powerful as we discovered how to make our life count in every moment that we decided to hear from some leaders in our House who are doing just that.
Join Brad Jones as he sits down with Basketball legend Maya Moore, CEO and Founder of Reagan Consulting, Bobby Reagan, Chief Meteorologist David Chandley, Urban Community Developer Donnell Woodson, and Photography Icon Mary Caroline Russell to discuss what it looks like for each of them to carry the name of Jesus well through their individual giftings.
Our aim is for people to hear about Jesus.
This week, Pastor Louie Giglio reminds us of our ultimate goal and shows us how no matter the size of our platform the mission is the same. Take Maya Moore for example. One of the greatest women's basketball player of all time has leveraged her public platform to tell the world about Jesus, and spends her Sundays planted in the body of Christ and leading out in the choir.
So, yes we should strive for excellence in our work, to be distinctive in our passion and dedication, to pay the cost to be consistent; but if all of that doesn't ultimately build a platform on which we tell the world around us about Jesus, then we will never live out our calling to it's end goal.
In our third week of PASSION + PURPOSE, Pastor Louie Giglio reminds us that Costly Consistency has to be the grid that we have to look at each step of our journey towards being the best in our passion and profession through. There are unavoidable steps that each of us has to take in order to be the best at what we do and use that platform to reflect Jesus to the world.
As we continue our Passion + Purpose series, Pastor Louie Giglio breaks down the true definition of "Christian Work," and reminds us how the WHY behind our work should inform WHAT we do and HOW we do it.
The beginning of a new year brings about questions like…
Am I on the right track? Does my life matter? Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing? Am I in God’s will?
God’s will isn’t that you figure out the right thing to do, God’s will is that you figure out the right person to know. To know Jesus and to make Him known. That is God’s will for our lives.
In Part 1 of our new series, Passion + Purpose* (*and designer jeans), Pastor Louie helps us reframe the conversation around what our purpose in life really is.
On December 30th we gathered together as a church to look into the new year. Pastor Ben Stuart challenged us to see the next generation through the lens of faith, Katherine Wolf shared her story, reminding us all that we get to use the pain of our past for God’s glory, and Pastor Louie Giglio anchored our hearts around Isaiah 26:8, calling us to lift our gaze higher to a purpose greater than ourselves – the name and fame of Jesus.
What if one of the most well-known stories in scripture was also one of the most misunderstood?
Most of us can recite the story of the prodigal son from memory. After all it's a parable about how far you and I have turned from God, how we've ran far away and need his forgiveness... isn't it? Or is it possible, that when Jesus was telling this story He meant for us to focus on the Father? His arms stretched wide open as his runaway son returned. His eagerness to welcome him home with a kiss and a celebration. Maybe the story of the Prodigal Son is actually more about the Father who loved him through it all.
This Christmas Eve, Pastor Louie Giglio wants you to know that this isn't just someone else's story; that lost uncle, brother, or daughter. This story is all of ours, and the best part is we have a home and we are most welcome to it.
"Jesus intends not just to bring peace to you, but through you.”
Closing out The Missing Peace series, Pastor Ben Stuart guides us through what it looks like to be peacemakers in a broken world. We are meant to leverage the freedom we have in Jesus to bring peace to others.
How do you be a peacemaker? By praying and by greeting. Love looks like prayer. Greeting someone initiates kindness, and communicates respect. Peacemakers extend love beyond expected boundaries.
If many of us know about Jesus and the peace He brings, why is it that we walk around with such a lack of it? This week, Global Pastor Louie Giglio reminds us that connecting with the peace of Jesus will require a recalibration of how we think about Him, and who He really is.
Peace. Most of us are surrounded by an utter lack of Peace. The world around us is more and more chaotic with uncertainty and anxiety at every turn. Looking back at the world it looks as if things have always been this way and always will be; until we catch a glimpse of a young woman giving birth to a Savior and the angels proclaiming, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
In week one of our new series, The Missing Peace Pastor Louie Giglio wants us to remember that there is someone who brings Peace. He is the Prince of Peace; our Shalom in the storm. His name is Jesus, and He came not just to bring you life, but to bring you peace. What a miracle, what a savior, what a Peacemaker.
Too many of us have given stress and anxiety a permanent seat at our table. We live layered between regrets from yesterday and worry about tomorrow. Yet in the Lord's Prayer we here the simple decree that can set us free.
GIVE US TODAY
Pastor Louie Giglio reminds us that as we lean into the truth that God will provide all that we need so we can live in a posture of TRUST.
Many of us remember where we were the exact moment where we were when the Gospel first clicked for us and we understood our need for a Savior, and while that moment began an incredible journey internally, it was also meant to start an actual journey where we would then turn and live out that same Gospel to the people in the neighborhoods, cities, and countries we live in.
This week, Pastor Bryson Vogeltanz reminds us that the Gospel starts with a simple command, "Go!"
God can save anyone, anywhere.
Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of Charity Water. He spends his days working to make sure the last and least of the world have access to clean water. He's given his life to see the people most of the world has turned away from.
But this was not always his life. This is Scott's story. A story full of highs and lows, of Grace, and ultimately of a prodigal son returned home.
You and I have an all-access pass, an invitation into something so much larger and greater than ourselves and yet most of us overlook it every day. Our ability to communicate with God is something altogether mysterious, and magnificent, a gift that we hardly take advantage of; relegating it to a last resort or wishlist.
But what if we didn't. What if we treated prayer like what it really is? How would the world around us change if we opened up to our Heavenly Father, brought Him the praise due to His name, and asked for things with confidence that He alone knows the true best course?
"Fear is faith in the Enemy"
In this message, Pastor Louie Giglio talks about possibly the most universal chain yet, the chain of fear. So many of us live bound up in this chain, allowing it to dictate how we spend our days. The truth is this if we are bound up in fear, we are not walking in the freedom that Jesus purchased for us at Calvary.
“God wants to cultivate in us a new mindset of stewardship instead of ownership.”
God wants us to live fearless and free, and one of those things is living free from debt. By shifting our mindset away from ownership of our finances, and towards the reality that God has entrusted us to be good stewards over it, we’ll begin to see Him working through our lives in ways we didn’t know was possible.
Introducing the Passion Podcast! In this preview episode, Jason Dyba sits down with Pastor of Passion City Church, to revisit the timeless slaying of Goliath and the implications it has for a generation stricken by anxiety, fear, and addiction. If you like what you hear, head to wherever you download your podcasts and SUBSCRIBE to THE PASSION PODCAST.
God desires for us to have margin in our lives financially so that we can live generously and leave a wake of generosity for others.
This week, Pastor Louie Giglio reminds us of the difference between living at the forefront of God’s plans for us versus living reactionarily at the tail.
“Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” Isaiah 6:7
What have you allowed to DEFINE you? Is it who God says that you are, or is it the memory, the guilt, or the shame of your past mistakes? Many of us walk around daily carrying the chain of shame, preventing us from walking in the freedom that was purchased for us at the Cross. But the pathway to freedom is open to all in the covering of Grace. After all, grace redefines us from failure to family.
Pastor Aaron Coe // Bitterness, comparison, envy; these chains are some of the most deadly that we can find ourselves bound up in. We feel as if we aren't good enough, and so we look at people who seemingly have it all and begin to resent both their gifting and our own, along with the God who gave out those giftings.
Pastor Aaron Coe wants us to realize the true danger of bitterness, that if we let it in, it will creep into the deepest parts of us and eat away at our soul. But there is good news. Jesus came not only to bring us from death to life but to give us life in the full. He has conquered each and every chain, including the deadly chain of bitterness, and we can look to Him in order to walk free of it forever.
Pastor Brad Jones // There are things that we have to walk away from in life. Chains that will bind us up despite the freedom given to us in Christ, and if we aren't willing to let them go, will keep us from living in the fullness of God's plan for our lives.
In this message, Pastor Brad Jones wants us to not only realize what chains of bitterness we are holding on to due to the actions of people, but the chains of bitterness are we holding in regards to our relationship with God.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
For a lot of us, the thing that’s keeping us from living fearless and free is that we are chained to the past.
The enemy will attempt to use the chain of our past to keep us from fully stepping into the freedom that Jesus is offering. In fact, our past is much more of a weapon to be used to tell the story of who Jesus is, than it is something that we should be ashamed to talk about. The invitation to freedom and empowerment is on the table, let go of the chain of your past and step into it.
Pastor Louie Giglio // Jesus has come to set you free.
How many of us really are living in the truth? The truth that long before we were born our fight came to an end? Are we walking in the reality that Jesus won the war, that our chains are broken and dealt with, that we are truly free?
In the first message of our Chain Breaker series, Pastor Louie Giglio looks at the chain of Doubt and the One who is able to break this chain along with every other. Jesus.
Grant Partrick // Every one of us searching for what will satisfy us, that thing that will finally bring us to a place where we no longer thirst for more. The problem is that we are all looking in the wrong place. Broken cistern after broken cistern leads us to believe that we will never be content, that is until we meet Jesus.
The one who created us knows exactly what it takes to satisfy us, Himself.
Clay Scroggins // “The danger of noise is that if we continue to turn the noise up and run away from the things that we’re feeling, we’re actually avoiding dealing with the things that God may be intending for us to deal with.”
Such a powerful message from North Point Community Church Lead Pastor, Clay Scroggins. As we walk through our lives, how are we turning down the distractions in order to turn up God's intentions for our lives?
Pastor Louie Giglio // “We have the power of life + death in our mouths today.”
On ABOVE + BEYOND Sunday, Pastor Louie cast vision for the future of our House and took us through the idea that our future is ultimately shaped by what we believe + humbly speak for our lives. This is a look at the BEYOND we believe God is calling our House towards.
Pastor Louie Giglio // "You are not free floating and arbitrary but you are designed and destined by God."
We have a big purpose in life and no circumstance can thwart that! When our purpose is as big as wanting the world to know about Jesus...no cancer can stop that. Death can't stop that. No circumstance can stop that! Each of those things simply becomes a megaphone for helping us tell the story of Jesus to the world.
Pastor Louie Giglio // All of us are going to face difficulties. Situations that will push their way into our life + our dreams, disrupting our perfectly crafted plans. But here’s the truth. Come what may, we flip the script on those difficulties when we decide that everything can be used for the Glory of God, including our pain. It’s our scars that amplify our story of salvation.
Pastor Louie Giglio // "The unfinished work of the Church is to make sure everyone on Earth hears about the finished work of Jesus."
We are, by nature, consumers, not creators. Just look at the Pareto Principle; 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This means that even in the Church today, 80% of the work, 80% of the buy-in, 80% of the effort, is contributed by 20% of the people. This is not how the Church is supposed to function.
It's time for us to move towards the Pneuma Principle, where 100% of the people who embrace the Messiah contribute to the working of the Holy Spirit. This takes all of us doing our part, all of us pulling our weight, all of us leaning All In.
Pastor Louie Giglio // Jesus is the ultimate place-maker. Through Him everything around us was created, and by His sacrifice, a place for us was made in His Father’s House.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to be place-makers in our own right. To set the table for the people of our city to sit at and experience all God has for them. This is how we step into a broken and wandering world, with open hands and a place made ready; but in order to do that, we will need to be willing to go above and beyond where we’ve ever been before.
When the Holy Spirit arrived in Acts 2, there was a seismic shift in the climate of the city. In our new series, POWER-FULL, Pastor Louie Giglio encourages us around what this could mean for our cities if we are open to being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Our cities are full of people searching for what is real, what will last, where they fit into the story that's unfolding around them. As Christians, we have been called into the ministry of reconciliation, being filled with the Holy Spirit and playing our part in the coming to life of the people in our neighborhoods, cities, and world.
Lee Strobel spent two years of his life studying, researching, learning everything he could in order to disprove the resurrection and deity of Christ. What he found instead changed his life forever.
This week, Lee Strobel takes us through the four main points he found that shifted his mind and heart about the truth surrounding the resurrection of Jesus.
Pastor Louie Giglio // “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 — We want to be men who contend for what matters most. However, most of us realize that we aren’t going to fulfill our God-designed destiny alone. That’s why we are inviting every man to join a Fight Club, a group of 3-5 men who meet together on a consistent basis to spur one another on as we fight for what matters most.
Pastor Ben Stuart // The spirit of God is all about unity. In Ephesians Chapter 4, we are called to bear with one another in love. When we love each other, we love God. This is the heart of unity. — In a culture with increasing individuality, we may start to think that unity means uniformity, but this is not the case. In this week’s message, Pastor Ben Stuart explains how unity and diversity go hand in hand. When we link arms with those who are different than us, we’re stepping into a greater God-st
Pastor Louie Giglio // “Your primary identity, men, is as a loved son living from approval, not as an unloved son living for approval.” — In this Fathers Day message, Pastor Louie Giglio reminds all of us that before we do anything for God, we have to know who we are in God. Learning to be a BE an imitator of a God. Walk in love and live a life of love knowing how much He gave himself as a sacrifice and a fragrant aroma of God.
Pastor Ben Stuart // Sometimes life gets hard. What’s left to catch us when the bottom falls out from under us? This week, Pastor Ben Stuart talks about the importance of letting Jesus dwell in all areas of our lives.
Pastor Louie Giglio // The fight is real. This Sunday's message is the kickoff of a new series called, Fight Club. Men, it's time to contend for what matters most...our faith, our families, our character, our brothers.
Levi Lusko // "In the year King Uzziah died..." — 52 years of strength were gone in an instant, and with their enemies gathering strength the People of God looked in the only direction they could... up. — The link between tribulation and revelation is so powerful because it tells us that on our darkest day God is up to something; and when we walk through trials here on Earth, the power of our praise is that it lifts our eyes in the same direction...up.
Pastor Ben Stuart // In a day and age where there seems to be rapid growth in hostility between people groups, God is calling us back into the family. — This week Pastor Ben Stuart encourages us in a message about unity. In a breakdown of Ephesians Chapter 2, we find that the grounds for unity is humility, and the goal of unity is Glory. When we love each other with a contributing spirit instead of a critical one, Jesus gets the glory!
Pastor Ben Stuart // New identities bring new activities. When we accept the gift of grace and are raised with Christ, our lives begin to take on new activities. It is not because of our actions we are saved. Rather, it is because we are saved that our lives begin to look different!
Pastor Louie Giglio // Written with the single purpose to display the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus, the book of Colossians answers the two questions every person asks: Who am I? Why am I here? This week, Pastor Louie Giglio takes us through the book of Colossians to find the answers to these questions; the answers to which determine the direction and quality of all of our lives.
Pastor Ben Stuart // The best change is not a change in circumstances but a change in perspective. — The more we know who God is, the more we know who we are. There is purpose, peace, and confidence in those who know Him. From there, true life change begins. Do you know what you have? Do you know who you are?
Pastor Ben Stuart // Partakers become proclaimers. When we taste and see that The Lord is good, the most natural thing to do is celebrate Him! — As we begin to understand the gifts we have in Christ, our most natural response will be to worship Him! We are made to worship the things that have value and God is the most valuable thing. He is worthy!
Pastor Louie Giglio // "Do not gloat over me my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light." Micah 7:8 — God has a message for you today. By faith, even a tiny bit of faith in Jesus, you are going to rise. No matter how hard or far you have fallen, you are going to rise.
Pastor Ben Stuart // Because the world of information can be tapped into at any moment, it has invaded every moment. — This week Pastor Ben Stuart challenges us to turn away from diversions and toward intimacy with Jesus. What if we sat with our Creator in moments of discomfort rather than numbing our pain with distraction? If we stopped to listen, we might find that God is trying to speak to us.
Pastor Louie Giglio // "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." Psalm 23:5 — Even though the enemy longs to sit at your table, our Good Shepherd has laid down His life to be the only one with a right to sit with us. We are so prized and valued by Jesus that He paid everything to be with us, and we have to make sure that we don't extend that same honor to the Enemy.
Pastor Ben Stuart // There’s a tendency in us to run from the leadership of God, and there’s a tendency in God to chase after us. We love that about Him when it involves us or people we like, but what about when that same grace is extended to our enemies?
Pastor Louie Giglio // Even when war breaks out against me, I will remain confident. In the second part of our EVEN THOUGH series, Pastor Louie Giglio encourages us to build a defiant faith which can stand despite the very visible arrows of our enemies.
Pastor Ben Stuart // The grace of God is powerful enough to save anyone. The heart of God is compassionate enough to want to. — If your heart is going to beat in rhythm with God’s, you need to know what His heart is like. God never counts people out. In compassion, He moves toward the hurting. He dives into the depths and rescues the lost, and He doesn’t stop there! He uses our pain as a platform to invite us into His rescue mission.
Pastor Louie Giglio // As we kick off our new series, EVEN THOUGH, Pastor Louie Giglio has a goal for all of us; That we would become a people who move from hearing about God to a people who are in a relationship with the Almighty that emblazons us with a Heaven-born confidence that anchors our lives in the mighty gale, and radiates hope in the darkest nights. — That’s Defiant Faith.
Pastor Ben Stuart // There’s a tendency in God to chase us and give us life, not because of something beautiful in us; because of something beautiful in him. — That the thing about a gift. Whether you feel worthy or not doesn’t matter. God's love is not motivated by or contingent upon your worthiness, after all, grace is when undeserving people receive an unbelievable gift from an unobligated giver. — Grace is a gift, and to honor the Giver we have to not only accept, but enjoy the gift.
ZOE Church Pastor, Chad Veach // It's not if, it's when. There will be times when life isn't working out; when you fail; when disappointment and destructive thinking get the better of you. These are the critical moments where our minds become battlefields and the stakes are so high.
Pastor Ben Stuart // Fixed points are the only things that we can really use to find our bearings, and in this message from Pastor Ben Stuart we look at the journey of Jonah to find two fixed realities that we can use to know the direction God is wanting us to head, and we must, for the storms are coming and without the proper directions we will not make it through.
Brett Younker // For so many of us, the word "Calling," has become equivalent with our role, or even our job. We agonize over it, stress about what and who we will become one day, and feel useless when our position doesn't match up with the calling we've felt led to.
Grant Partrick // Rankings. We're a culture that is obsessed with them. Check any website these days and you'll find any number of Top 10 articles and videos. No matter how old or young we are we find ourselves constantly measuring ourselves against some system designed to give everyone else a metric of our worth. — Except for Jesus. In the Kingdom of Jesus, there is only one ranking system, for each of has been created in the very image of God. Yet each of us has forgotten this about someone, or a group of people, at one point or another. The question we have to ask ourselves is; what is my default reaction when I see a person in need when I see someone created in the image of God, in need? — When Jesus died on the cross for us the ranking system of the world was shattered, and we have to let those broken pieces fall from our own hands. When we see a need, as Jesus-followers it must solicit a response.
Pastor Ben Stuart // We all love stories; tales of good and evil, legends of heroes and tragedies of villains. It's why we flood into bookstores and theatres, to escape into stories we believe could never be our own. — But here's the thing, many of us will walk through life without realizing that we are actually a part of the greatest story that has ever unfolded. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus isn't isolated to scriptures and sermons, it's the moment where all of our stories went from hopeless to filled with possibility. — Afterall we are all guilty, separated from God by our sinful nature. A cursory glance around proves to you no matter what your thoughts on God that there is something broken in humanity. But Easter, Easter is the realization of the greatest Hero of all time. A Savior who took on the Cross for each of us; declaring the death of death and the beginning of Life for all who put their faith in Him.
Pastor Louie Giglio // In 1977 Voyager left our atmosphere carrying with it a golden record. Filled with the ambient sounds of Earth, greetings spoken in languages from all over the World, and instructions on how to listen to them was it ever found, this record was our message to the stars. — Four decades later, we have the opportunity to hear a different message, one that has come from significantly further and at a much higher cost. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has shown us who He is, He has called us loved, child, and prized. He paid for our sin and shame on the cross and rose again conquering even the grave. — His message is clear. Can you hear it?
Pastor Ben Stuart // Each and every one of us will slip up, make a mistake, chose something other than Jesus. The fundamental question that we have to ask ourselves is; What does God think of me when I fail? For most of us, it’s natural for us to assume that on the other side of failure lies judgment, shame, and abandonment; after all, that’s what we see all around us. — But God… — God responds to our failures with an open door, by making a connection, to break down the walls of shame that we put up. What a powerful reminder from our pastor Ben Stuart that we are NEVER TOO FAR GONE.
Pastor Louie Giglio // All of us have experienced failure. Maybe it was the disappointment of dreams unrealized, or the death of a relationship we thought would last forever. No matter what it was, each of us has felt the sting of something coming to an end and had the thought, “surely this is unredeemable.” — But, there is Good News. — In the economy of God, nothing is unredeemable. Whatever you are walking through, wherever you are, God is saying to you today that it is not final. With Jesus, there is always an, “after this...” You are not alone. God sees you, and His heart is going out to you. This is not the end... — There will be no Funerals today.
Pastor Louie Giglio // Euangellion. Gospel. Good News. — So many of us walk through life with the idea that God is the bearer of bad news. It holds us back from Him, preventing us from even desiring a relationship with the King of the Universe. But here's the truth. Jesus is the Good News. His message of redemption, His very life on this Earth and His sacrifice on our behalf are the greatest news we could ever imagine. Our God, and all of creation, are crying out the message that we are so desperate to hear if we would only listen. — Deliverer of Bad News? No, no, no, our Jesus IS the Good News.
Pastor Louie Giglio // Eventually, we all have to have a Lift-Off moment in our lives. Yes, we need to prepare, to train, to rehearse, but if the lift-off never happens then it’s possible we’ll have wasted our journey around the Sun. — Today can be the day that you say to God that you are ready to do something with Him this year. Today could be the day that you start to repair that relationship, to improve your health, to take an actual step towards joining God in what He is doing in and around us. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started.
Pastor Brad Jones // None of us are on this journey alone. We fly through the galaxy surrounded by 7+ Billion other people, and yet amidst all of them, the feeling of loneliness is at an all-time high. It’s a wild thought, that in the most connected time in human history we can genuinely feel as though we have no one in our corner. — On this trip around the sun you and I have the opportunity, and really the responsibility, to take a look at who is in our inner circle. Do we have the right people helping us navigate our lives, do we have anyone that we’ve even let that far in? At the end of the day the people we keep closest to us and walk with through our faith journey, these are the people who will influence the direction of our lives the most, so you have to ask yourself... who’s in your crew?
Pastor Louie Giglio // None of us our on this journey around the Sun alone. 7+ Billion people share our planet, and the truth is that throughout the World, throughout your Country, and even in your Neighborhood and church are people who disagree with you on the matters you hold closest. and yet... they will know us by our love. On this journey around the Sun, we can choose to be peacemakers and uniters, people following Jesus' lead and extending the same Grace that has been offered to us. We can be the agents of reconciliation in a World that grows more divided by the day starting with the relationships right in front of us. This is our call, this is our opportunity, this is us.
Pastor Louie Giglio + Astronaut Shane Kimbrough // Astronaut Shane Kimbrough has had a perspective that few people in history have ever beheld. He has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, flown at mind-numbing speeds, and sat in the stillness of space above the Earth reading God's Word aloud on Christmas morning. Through it all, Shane's perspective, his faith, has remained resolute. There is an incredible creator who not only formed the Earth that Shane orbited for six months, but who sacrificed Himself on that very same planet or all of us. This is the perspective of a Jesus follower. That all around us is evidence we serve an Extraordinary God who has an extraordinary purpose for each of us.
Pastor Louie Giglio // One time around the sun, 584 Million mile journey, what will be the banner over your journey this year? Will it be said about you that you grew in wisdom and stature? God has gifted you with opportunity, ability, and experience. This can be the year where you put them together for the Glory of God, or, another year can just pass by as they are so prone to do. So you have to decide, how will you steward what God has given you in 2018?
Pastor Louie Giglio // What would it take for an invitation to wow you these days? With all of the access we have to entertainers, celebrities, and icons via social media, what invitation would seem worth it to interrupt your daily life? Most of us would jump at an opportunity to meet our favorite actor or athlete, and yet we barely give attention to the greatest invitation that has and will ever come across our desk. The God of the Cosmos is inviting you today, not just to know Him (although that alone would be a miracle) but to walk with Him daily. To hear His heart, to learn from His wisdom, to align your life with His vision of it. The invitation is on the table.
Pastor Louie Giglio // We are amazingly small and undeniably significant. Need proof? The sheer size of our sun, an average star in an average galaxy, is evidence enough of our smallness. In comparison, the fact that the One who breathed out that very star chose to give His life on the Cross is overwhelming confirmation that we are significant in the eyes of Almighty God. As we continue our journey around the Sun, we can take comfort in our smallness, in our significance, and in the fact that God has a plan and a purpose for each of us; to worship Him in all of His wonder. Afterall, if the stars were made to worship, then so will we.
Pastor Louie Giglio // Right now, at this moment, the Earth with you on it is spinning on its axis at close to a thousand miles an hour. Today alone, you will travel over a million miles while screaming through space at 67,000 miles an hour. This year, filled with celebrations, holidays, workweeks and weekends, birthdays, graduations, good times and hard times, you will travel 584 Million miles around the Sun. The question for you is simple; how will you spend this time? As we kick off this new series, Pastor Louie Giglio implores you not to let yourself slip into a place where you miss out on the extraordinary and let this year pass you by.