1 Peter 3:13-18
1 Peter 3:13-18
Description:It doesn't take a religious person to be a hypocrite. But it's especially frustrating when someone claims to great insights for life, yet behaves like they're exempt from them. Hypocrisy has long been the most common criticism of Christians. So today, we'll face this accusation and seek to learn why this particular subject is so disappointing. We'll also examine how integrity can be the most powerful—if not rare—change-agent available.
Description:Maybe you've been there: a great conversation about God. You're wrestling through issues with someone and starting to learn about some of the big ideas. Then, you hit a roadblock. Either you or the person you're speaking to remembers a four-letter word that makes all of us cringe: HELL. It goes off like a bomb in your head. If God is supposed to be so loving and so just, how could he possibly send good people to hell just because they didn't say a certain prayer or go to church or grow up hearing about Jesus? Is that how it works? That's hard to stomach. Is that really loving? Just? Today, let's examine one of the many places Jesus taught about Hell, what it really means and why it's essential that we understand it.
1 Corinthians 15:1-19
Description:The resurrection of a dead man, Jesus of Nazareth, is the linchpin of the entire Christian faith system. Quite simply, if it didn't happen, Jesus is just another historical celebrity and Christianity is a lie. However, if Jesus actually rose from the dead as recorded in the Bible, it substantiates everything he claimed about himself and is logically the most important event in the history of the world.
Description:In life, we all know the direction we choose when we start in is based on where we're planning to end. If you're taking a road trip, you don't head for South America if you want to get to Seattle. If you want to run a marathon next Fall, you don't start training by pounding more cheeseburgers. In your profession, you don't get a fine arts degree if you want to be an accountant (at least, none of us planned it that way). You get the point. But as smart as this seems for areas of our lives, many of us doubt if you can really know where your entire life will end up. And if you can't know where you're ending, there's no point stressing about how you're starting. Today, we celebrate the resurrection of a man who was convinced you should know where your life is heading—and promised that it's not too late for any of us to start over heading in the right direction.
Description:Enter a description for this media item. You can format this text if you'd like.Let's face it: we prefer being right. Who wouldn't? Who goes around trying to be wrong? So, throughout life, we choose to learn what we think is "right" from all kinds of people: teachers, our parents, friends, authors, maybe even artists. We like learning, we like correcting bad ideas. But we all hate the moments when someone force-feeds us what they think we should believe or how we should behave without any regard for our feelings or opinion. Unfortunately, this is the nature of most ideological, political and religious dialogue. So, rather than be contentious, wouldn't it be better to just "live and let live"? Today, Jesus teaches us how to learn to learn from each other in one of the most the famous things He ever said: "Do not judge."
Mark 15: 16-39
Description:Pastor Matt leads a weekly podcast guiding us through the Lenten season.