How a church prays indicates whether or not it has strayed. So many of our American-Christian prayers are about us. "God, keep us safe." "God, protect us." "God, heal our sick loved ones." The problem is self-centered pray-ers create self-centered Christians, which create self-centered churches. The early church prayed for boldness to tell the world about Jesus, and the power of God to be at work in the world. It wasn't about them at all. They prayed for the sake of the world, and because of it the world changed.
Church. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? What if what comes to your mind isn't what God intended the church to be at all? The day the church began was a day of movement and momentum. It changed the world forever. And it still can.
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Difficult people are impossible to get away from, because everyone is different, and our difficulties come from our differences. For so many of us difficult people impact every area of our lives and rob us of joy and life. But there is a way to find peace with difficult people. Today we learn what the real problem with people is, and what we can do to turn it around.
Every one of us works so hard to remove the stress from our lives, but the reality is a stress-free life is impossible. We will never be able to remove all our stress, but what we CAN do is find something bigger than our stress to focus on. When we do our stress fades into the background and we can live with peace and purpose every day.
Many of us have tried over and over to drop our baggage, and maybe we've been successful with a lot of us. But for so many people there's that one thing we just can't seem to let go of. No matter how many times we try to drop it it just seems like it's stuck to us. This week we learn how we can get rid of the sticky baggage that has been with us for so long.
Lots of different kinds of baggage are heavy, but relational baggage is the heaviest. All of us have been hurt, wounded, or betrayed by someone close to us. We're handed baggage, and it's so hard to drop it. What we don't realize is that our relationships in the horizontal actually determine our relationship in the vertical. God doesn't play ball when we choose to hold on to the baggage. But there is hope, and there is an answer. Listen in to learn how to drop your relational baggage once and for all.
Some baggage is a little heavier than others. Guilt is one of the heavy bags. For so many people guilt has driven their relationship with God and it has stolen all the joy and life from it. This week we tackle guilty baggage head-on, uncover the lie, and tell you the truth so you can drop the guilt and have a life-giving relationship with God once and for all.