The life of King David helps us to understand that God does not expect us to build spiritual edifices for him, that’s what he does for us!
Some believe and preach that the end is here… again! Is this the time of the end? Is it time for us to “hunker down”?
The dynamic life of grace Jesus lives within us, flows out of us as we walk with him through the good and bad times. In troubled times, God’s grace will “watch over your coming and your going” (Psalm 121).
Ask ten people in the parking lot of your supermarket or shopping mall to describe a real Christian, and you’ll probably get ten different answers! Join Greg in further exploring real Christianity.
Through the story of Ruth we can learn that our misery meets God’s mercy at the foot of the cross of Christ. God takes our disgrace and transforms it into his grace.
Join Greg as he studies a desperate Canaanite woman whom Jesus calls a “dog.” Isn’t Jesus loving, compassionate, merciful and gentle? Wasn’t it completely out of character for him to call this woman who fell at his feet a “dog”?
In our consumer-driven world, religion attempts to meet “felt-needs” – scrambling to give people the health and wealth they want, while Jesus calls us to suffering – to come and follow him. Are we attempting to remake God in our image or yielding to him so that he might transform us into his?
The friendship Jesus offers us is not the same as being a member of a religious club. Martin Luther once said, “Where Christ is there he goes against the flow.” Buildings, budgets and baptisms can diminish and devalue the personal relationship God in Christ offers.
Just as athletic coaches remind their players that there is no “I” in team Christians realize that there is no “I” in the body of Christ. The body of Christ is truly one for all and all for one — that’s what it means to be in Christ.
For centuries just what exactly the Bible is and what it isn’t has caused splits and divisions within Christianity. Join Greg as he weighs in, based on Jesus’ teaching in John 5:39-40, on the significance of the Bible in your life.
Holocaust Remembrance Day is more than a day, and more than the story of the Jewish Holocaust – it’s about the brutal oppression of people, throughout history – more often than not, atrocities and abuse carried out in the name of religion.
We can all find ourselves thinking that we know more, spiritually, than almost anyone — and that we are spiritually superior to others, because of the “truth” we have that others don’t. Join Greg for some humble pie!
Canaries used to serve in coal mines as an early warning system for miners because they are extremely sensitive to toxic gases. Join Greg as he talks about the help we can all receive detecting spiritually toxic teaching.
Addictions are everywhere, even in supposedly sacred and holy places! Join us as Greg explains how to unplug from religion and its addictions, and connect with God and his amazing grace.
It’s got all the elements of a Hollywood action-thriller — spies, adventure, suspense, military conflict and of course sex. It’s one of the most improbable stories of God’s lavish, unpredictable, and by human standards, scandalous grace.
Recalling his experiences in a trip to Israel, Greg retraces the steps of Jesus on the first Palm Sunday. Greg encourages us to think about the religious expectations people had of Jesus then, and now.
Are we physical beings having a spiritual experience, or spiritual beings trapped in a physical world. Join us as Greg addresses that question, explaining how, by God’s grace, we are united in Christ.
Our world has been invaded, and we are not alone! Because of the love of Christ, we can live in two dimensions.
As Christians we live in a parallel world, a physical and a spiritual world of belief and disbelief, of doubt and of faith. Join Greg as he teaches from Jesus’ statement to Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world … my kingdom is from another place” (John 18:36).
In our message based on the book of Colossians, we turn our hearts to the centrality of Christ, who has disarmed powers and authorities, making a spectacle of them, and triumphing over them (Colossians 2:15). He is the wind beneath our wings.
Grace … is an epic confrontation, with staggering implications and consequences. Jesus spoke of a time when people would kill others thinking they would be “offering a service to God” (John 16:3). That’s the bad news — but there is incredibly good news which by far outweighs murder and mayhem.
Our service is based on Colossians 2:6-8, and explains the critical importance of being “rooted and built up in him.”
Is any piece of real estate here on planet earth the inheritance of Christians and pilgrims and sojourners whose citizenship is in heaven? How relevant is any so-called “holy place” for those who look for “the city… whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10)?
The theme song of the movie Exodus proclaims “this land is mine, God gave this land to me.” How do we, as Christians, from a Christ-centered perspective, understand covenants of the Old Testament?
Jesus is pleased with faithful servants. But how exactly are we able to be faithful servants? Our message explains the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30.
Jesus is the King of the kingdom and grace is the economy of the kingdom. Ponder life-changing insights about the spiritual dynamics of forgiveness Jesus gave in one of his most misunderstood parables.
Greg comments on John 13:1. Join us as we wonder at the amazing and astonishing expression of God’s love in Christ and what it means for each one of us.
Let’s look at “Jesus Without the Religion,” by looking at Jesus, compared with the religion of his day.
Ponder the miracle of forgiveness, through the example of an unworthy, un-named woman and her wholehearted devotion to Jesus. Compare how Christ-less religion responded to her with the response of our Lord.
Join Greg as he considers how human religious affiliations normally respond to Jesus’ gospel of peace. Where does the idea of “being better” than everyone else’s god/religion/church lead us?
If you feel you have ever been treated like a disposable diaper or a used bathroom tissue, you will appreciate the embrace of Jesus — for there is no such thing as “throw-away” people with God.
There is no such thing as “good bye” with God. Instead, Jesus promises, “I will see you again.”
Just how much dirt do you need in your sand box? Greg talks about the primary lesson of the book of Ecclesiastes — experienced by Solomon, exemplified by Alexander the Great, and recorded by Johnny Cash.
We are not the final destination of God’s favor! He lavishes his gifts on us so that we in turn might pass it on. And make no mistake — there is a critical need for his grace!
Many seem to preach about a Jesus who will return to this earth because he just can’t put up with us anymore! The Second Coming is coming, but Jesus’ motivation behind his return might be a “little different” from what you’ve heard.
What does the Bible have to say about battlefield slogans and war cries? Greg explains a Christ-centered lesson we can glean from Elijah’s confrontation with 850 false prophets on Mount Carmel.
What would you think of a king who invites anyone and everyone to his son’s wedding? Join us as Greg says, “It doesn’t matter which one of the many ‘one and only true churches’ you join, flashing your membership card at the door of the wedding banquet will only get you thrown out!”
Counterfeit, knock-off watches look like the real thing, but when people buy them, the fake gold plating fades, internal mechanisms break, and soon the watch stops completely. Has someone sold you a counterfeit relationship with God?
If Hollywood made a movie about Zacchaeus, Danny DeVito might be asked to play the role of this short man who made a ton of money. The plot? Jesus loved Zacchaeus even though no one else seemed to.
Religion is all about shame and honor, but real Christianity is about God’s love and grace. There is no fear — no shame — no guilt, in God’s perfect love.