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  • What Did You Expect? (Week 3)

    What Did You Expect?
     (Week 3)

    November 25: Expect Eternity To Be Amazing


    Time puts everything in perspective. In the moment, 24 hours of labor seems unbearable. But compared to decades with a daughter, it is nothing. In the same way, God promises eternal decades of joy, dancing, happiness, and worship for his people. John’s glimpse into heaven gives us a giddy expectation of our eternity. Forget harps and clouds. Get ready for the celebration to begin!

  • What Did You Expect? (Week 2)

    What Did You Expect?
     (Week 2)

    November 18: Expect Delayed Rewards


    Read the Proverbs and you might expect good things to happen to good people and bad things to happen to bad people. But the Psalms remind us that sometimes the opposite occurs. That’s when we need to know what to expect. An ancient poet named Asaph almost lost his faith in God until he expected God to judge with justice. That put his heart at ease and made God worthy of praise.

  • What Did You Expect? (Week 1)

    What Did You Expect?
     (Week 1)

    November 11: Expect Pain (to have a purpose)


    Few things pull people away from God like suffering. Cancer. Tragedy. War. Poverty. But what did you expect? The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus himself promised that we would have trouble in this world. Yet we take heart in the plans and purposes God has for his suffering kids. Peter explores God’s hand in the midst of pain and encourages us to entrust our broken hearts to God.

  • FaithWorks: A Journey Through James (Week 1)

    FaithWorks: A Journey Through James (Week 1)

    June 5:  Faith Works For Joy  Notes / Podcast / Video

    James shows us the blessings of hardships, allowing us to rejoice even in our suffering and pain.

  • Act II (Week 4)

    Act II (Week 4)

    April 17:  The Church's Pain Is The Church's Gain  Notes / Podcast / Video

    Stephen’s murder proves faithfulness leads to suffering. Yet, God was still at work in the suffering, bringing the gospel to new places, and fulfilling Acts 1:8 through Acts 8:1. In the same way, we don’t need to fear suffering and persecuting, because we trust Jesus’ name makes great gains through our pains.