According to some estimates, the average person will work something like 90,000 hours in their life! And sadly, MANY PEOPLE hate their jobs. But what if we could find PURPOSE in our work. Something bigger than making a dollar or selling a product? What if we could make sense of our work that is MORE than the dollars and cents? This is week one of a series dedicated to JUST THAT. You don't want to miss it.
Joseph has been through more than one person should have to go through yet somehow maintains both his faith in God and the desire to honor him. This week we're seeing his journey through time in prison, a gift for interpreting dreams, and the wild promotion he gets from prisoner to dignitary. How? Let's talk about that.
When you really want something, it's hard to resist it. What if the thing you want goes against what God wants for your life? THIS is the struggle of temptation and sin. Let's look at the life of Joseph as he overcomes an extremely tempting opportunity to sin and learn how we can overcome temptation too.
Joseph was a man in the Old Testament that truly left a legacy. In his life, he became one of the most powerful men in the whole world, save thousands and thousands from a famine, restructured the way a powerful nation did their agriculture, and would be an important bridge in the story of how God built up the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. His life is the story of a God Chaser.
But before he did ANY of that. He was raised in a crazy, messed up, disoriented, circus, of a DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY.
The WWII Battle of Dunkirk was one of the most daring rescue missions in history. It was also a pretty epic movie. Today we use the story of Dunkirk as a springboard to dive into another rescue mission as Jesus meets a demon-possessed man in Mark 5. Learn what it means to get in the boat with a message of hope.
Gladiator is a story of revenge. It's Epic. But it's not the only way to deal with people who hurt us. Jesus has a lot to say about Forgiveness. It's not easy but it's a powerful path to healing and knowing the love of God.
This week, Patrick Harrison hitches up his kilt to reminisce about the movie Braveheart as a springboard to ask "what is your divine cause?"
This year's "At The Movies" is themed around fight movies. Wars, battles, fights, and fighters. This week zooms in on a classic; Rocky! Life can feel like a fight and at the center of that struggle is a spiritual battle that we're warned about in scripture. This week we study the "Armor God" as we prepare to come out victorious.
Jesus set the example for what it means to live a life of putting others first. Living this way will change the world! (Apologies, the first several minutes of this week's message was not recorded. However, if you've seen the movie Finding Nemo, and understand how annoying seagulls can me... MINE, MINE, MINE... you'll be fine.) You can get the idea here.
This conclusion to our Romans series is a great wrap up to the broader theme of UNITY found throughout the book. What happens when two believers don't agree on something they each find important? We dig through the final 3 chapters of Romans and even have a surprise ending from friends who still think of Venture Church as family.