The Lone Ranger makes an appearance by interrupting a weekend service already in progress. The theme for the day is "Relationships" (the song "That's What Friends Are For" has just been sung during slides of people in friend-oriented situations). The Lone Ranger is concerned that something "un-American" ..
A Guest Editorial
by Judson Poling
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One of the early messages I gave in the Willow Creek Theater was about sin. I just read Romans 3:10. 'There is none righteous, no not one.' I talked about it, and a guy was so upset about it and he came and visited me at our rental offices, and he said, 'I don't want to be a part of a church that calls ..
A Taste of Christianity, Part 3: A Better Kind of Confidence
by Bill Hybels
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The church Jesus established is more than a building, more than a weekend service, and more than an organizational chart of staff or volunteers. It is the "ecclesia," a group of redeemed people being transformed into Christ-centered disciples and living as He would in our broken world.
As leaders ..
BECOME Like Jesus
by Mindy Caliguire
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This message uses the parable of the sower and the seed to remind everyone on the spiritual growth continuum that they have to determine what kind of soil they're providing for the seedthe Word of Godto fall upon. Although the seed is being constantly sown, providing opportunity again and ..
Celebration of Hope 2009, Part 3: We Give
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All of us decide what foundation on which we will build our lives. And we all will face storms in life, which will test that foundation. We will find out soon enough if the decision we made on our foundation was wise or foolish. When we each encounter Jesus it is decision time. Should we decide to base ..
Decision Time, Part 1
by John Ortberg
Caring about physical appearance, within itself, is not a bad thing. After all, God wired us to long after and enjoy physical beauty. But we live in a world that says who you are is how you look. We have become so preoccupied with physical appearance, wealth, power, and status that we now let these ..
Esther, Part 1
We all fail. From Michael Jordan to Moses to King David, anyone who has ever attempted to succeed in life has failed somewhere along the way. The question we should ask ourselves is not "Will I fail?" The question is "Am I going to fail forward or am I going to fail backwards?" Adopting a Pauline ..
Failing Forward, Part 1
by John Maxwell
Both Peter and Judas experienced failure during the last days before Jesus' crucifixion. They both felt regret. They both felt remorse. Judas returned the money given to him for betraying Jesus. Peter isolated himself from the other disciples and went fishing. Even though their stories began the ..
Failing Forward, Part 2
This first in a series of messages on family sets the tone for understanding the importance of a family faith legacy, whether it's a many generational legacy passed down over the years or whether you are committing to being the first in your family to extend the baton of faith to the next generation. ..
Families at Their Best, Part 1