Remember when you were a kid and you flew a kite? The sense of awe? Of wonder? The way it made you dream? What if that’s what we were made for? To dream God sized dreams. What if we were never made for our dreams to die, but it’s our dreams that change the world? As we celebrate our second birthday we remember the dream that started City North Church, and learn to dream together again.
What do you do when you discover the monster that lived in your closet as a kid didn't actually disappear, but just moved closets? You run and hide, of course! But the monster doesn't go away in the dark. It grows. And grows. And grows. The only thing that gets the monster back in the closet is light, but we fear the light more than the monster, because the light has the potential to prove the monster is real. This week we face the monster head on and find the hope we need to face him.
Can a Christian be depressed? Anxious? Doesn't that just mean they need to trust God more? Pray more? In part one of Chains we tackle these questions and explore what the Bible has to say about mental illness. Hint: it isn't what you think!
Fear is universal. It begins with our survival instinct at birth, but as we grow something terrible happens. The fear intended to keep us alive becomes a fear that keeps us from fully living. We become fearful of so many things we were never supposed to be afraid of, and Satan whispers “what if’s” in our mind to drive us deeper and deeper, knowing the more fearful we are the less we can live in God’s freedom. But what if we could overcome fear once and for all? What if we could stand in the face of fear? And what if the way we do it is more simple than we could possibly imagine.
It is hard to get away from labels. Nerd. Jock. Rebel. Princess. But sometimes these terms can be used to limit us, to hold back our potential. What labels have we convinced ourselves apply to us? How do we overcome these descriptors and step into who God calls us to be? This week, we look at the ways labels are used to hinder our relationship with Christ, and how to overcome the lies that are too often used to define us.
We don't think much about spiritual apathy, but it was a big deal to Jesus. So big a deal in fact He said it made him sick. Why is it such a big deal? How can we ignite passion back into our faith? In part two of Overcomer, we tackle this huge issue and make a commitment to reclaim our passion.
We are all different And the world has made commonplace the practice of comparison. It tells us to own more stuff, to be more beautiful, to have more money or influence. The temptation to judge ourselves by impossible standards, and pursue a lifestyle where you can never have enough, is all around us. This week we discuss the Curse of Comparison, how to gain perspective and focus on the bigger picture, and overcome the lies that surround us.
We know that poverty exists in the world, but how do we treat it in our own backyard? How do we detach from a worldly view of success and begin serving the person instead? Join in as we discuss principles that will help us adjust our perspective and find connection with all people.
It’s difficult in this day and age to imagine what it’s like to grow up as an orphan, yet there are still so many in the world today. What can we do to change this reality? This week, we sit down with Cindi Gremling of the Sunbury House to talk about what the Church can do to live out the Bible’s call to care for orphans.
God calls us to be neighbors, but sometimes it is hard to see the invisible lines we draw. How do we rise above societal bias and racial stigma? What role does racism play in our approach to loving people? In part one of this four-part series, we explore where faith and community intersect and break down the barriers of racism.