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Loving Large When Life Is Lousy
Joe Duke | 
March 22, 2015
1 Peter 4:7-19
Life can be difficult. And in those difficulties we might decide to become a defeated victim. Or we might choose to rise above our circumstances and experience victory with God’s help. Suffering is universal and almost universally misunderstood. In a broken world, hardship provides a way for us to share in the sufferings of Christ and be drawn even closer to Him.
A New Way of Life
Joe Duke | 
February 22, 2015
1 Peter 1:13-25
When we realize what Jesus has done for us, it’s not meant just to give us warm feelings of gratitude. In addition, we can live differently; we can experience a new way of life. Even when we’re facing hardships in life, God is never reluctant to invite us to live well by obeying the truth. He doesn’t always bring us out of life’s difficulties, but He always calls us up from those challenges to live the right way.
Salvation is Coming
Joe Duke | 
February 15, 2015
1 Peter 1:1-12
Life is filled with challenges. That can be especially true for those who chose to follow Jesus. One of the ways God encourages us in present hardship is to remind us of future relief. The Book of 1 Peter is about being a person of faith and endurance even when nearing the breaking point as a Christ follower. God reminds believers that we will one day be rescued from the things that make life difficult.
"A Seat Is a Soul"
Joe Duke | 
February 8, 2015
God’s invitation to humanity is amazingly generous. It’s to everyone. The heart of God is about inclusion. And we experience a strange and powerful partnership with God when we make room for people. Every seat in our worship center represents a life potentially changed for eternity. Today’s message is an excerpt from a previous message and a preparation for our celebration of communion.
Broken by God
Joe Duke | 
January 25, 2015
When we find a story of someone who remains unbroken throughout harsh challenges and unimaginable obstacles, we too can be challenged, even inspired, about our own lives. The most powerful part of Louie Zamperini’s ordeal, however, was not that he was unbroken. Instead, the greatest chapter in his story was that he was broken—broken by God. God’s grace changed Louie Zamperini. And that same grace is available to all who turn to Jesus in faith.
Excruciating Challenges
Joe Duke | 
January 18, 2015
Every one of us faces difficulties in life. But sometimes those challenges seem like they’re too much to bear. At least when we find someone who has it worse than we do, our problems can seem smaller. Louie Zamperini endured the most excruciating challenges. His ordeal stranded on the open ocean and later his torment as a prisoner of war would send most people past the breaking point. And then he faced another challenge. With God’s help, he chose to forgive those who were undeserving of that forgiveness.
The Possibility of Hope
Joe Duke | 
January 11, 2015
When we have hope, life is filled with possibilities. Without hope life can grow dark and discouraging. Louie Zamperini found hope beyond a troubled childhood. As a young runner, he would learn lessons that would keep him moving through the most difficult of circumstances. His experiences help us ask questions about how we too can experience the possibility of hope.
Joe Duke | 
December 24, 2014
Every year it shows up on our calendars and invites us into the busy pace of the holiday season. With encroaching speed it urges us to pick up the pace—all that shopping, decorating, baking, those office parties and family time. It’s Christmas! And rising above all of the activity and cutting through the clamoring of the season is the resounding reminder that a Savior has been born. His name is Jesus. He has come to give you life. It’s Christmas!
Walk This Way
Joe Duke | 
December 14, 2014
Attempting to gain or enjoy a relationship with God through the efforts of keeping a set of rules or laws is a futile and frustrating exercise. Instead, God tells us that real spiritual growth comes from life in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the secret to living the Christian life. When we walk in the Spirit we experience a genuine spiritual transformation that goes far beyond the religious trappings of moralism.
Goodbye to Moralism
Joe Duke | 
December 7, 2014
For many people, the formula for living an exemplary life is simple: learn the rules and live by them. Attempting to behave oneself into becoming a transformed person is actually a fairly common approach to the spiritual life. There’s only one problem: God says it doesn’t work. To suggest that moralism is the secret to spiritual growth is to invite frustration and defeat. Instead, living a transformed life means living a life in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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