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Lack to Leftovers
Oftentimes life throws extremely difficult and painful realities our way and we can find it extremely hard to navigate. Whether like the blind man searching for Jesus in a crowd or Peter walking on the water we must continue to keep our focus on Him. The one who calms the storm and who heals our disease. The one who knows us and leads us along still waters. In this message, Pastor Kalli, discusses how God turns our lack into leftovers as we place it in his hands.
Understanding Your Blessedness and Brokenness
Every human life includes a story, with a specific arc, worthy to be discovered. As the resurrected Jesus walked with two disciples on the road to Emmaus, it wasn’t until he sat with them, blessed and broke bread that they recognized clearly who He was. In this message, we finish our series “Find Your Place” by recognizing the last piece of our Spiritual GPS triangulation — Story, and its biggest clues in which Jesus invites us to find meaning and purpose: Our life’s blessedness as well as our brokenness.
The Who And What You Were Made To Fight For
Who is "Goliath" to you? So easily we can frame life's "Goliaths" as inconvenient obstacles in the way of unlimited comforts and distractions we are privileged to pursue in our culture. But what if Goliath represents something more meaningful? What if the Goliaths in our world represent oppression against names and faces of people created in the image of God? Or the symptom of a good cause that ignites passion within us that energizes us to run towards the world's most difficult issues, much like David did as he challenged Goliath head on? In this message, we explore the second category of GPS -- Passions, as the main motivator in life that helps us understand why we are fighting and what we are fighting for.
The Two Types Of GIFTS
Although storytelling in our culture has more recently embraced the "underside" of telling familiar stories from a different character's perspective (Shrek, Wicked, Maleficent), this has been an ancient posture held in the earliest writings of the Bible. David (the young shepherd boy character who defeats Goliath) is still familiar in our cultural lexicon and points to a valuable lesson about God-given gifts. In this message, we explore the first category of GPS -- Gifts, and the idea that much like David, we carry both a God-given sling (natural gifts) and harp (supernatural gifts).
GPS: Discover Your Masterpiece Mission
Mark Twain famously wrote, "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why." Much like GPS technology which triangulates where we are and where we are going, a spiritual GPS (Gifts, Passions, Story) can help us know who we are and what is in store with God's unique plans for us. In this message, we begin the first part of a series exploring personal calling through the Big Idea: I will discover my Masterpiece Mission when I tune in the signals of my Gifts, my Passions, and my Story.
"Cuz The Bible Said So?"
Undoubtedly, one of the greatest Pro Wrestlers of all time is "Stone Cold" Steve Austin who famously declares, "And that's the bottom line, cuz Stone Cold said so!" For Christians, this can be a familiar aggressive approach when it comes to why there is belief in Jesus: "Cuz the Bible said so!" In this message, we explore the reassuring idea that the event of the resurrection of Jesus was the foundation of Christianity, rather than the Bible which was compiled years later.
Sheila Donegan - "It's An Inside Job"
In this message, we welcome Sheila Donegan (Leader of Mercy Street LA) as she shares about her ministry contribution through Mercy Street LA in Highland Park and encourages us through an inner "journey of forgiveness" with the contemplative practices of silence and solitude that drown out voices contrary to God.
03.20.22 (Pastor Kalli Davis)
We, as humans, often walk through moments of failure, of discouragement, and of disappointment. These moments can leave us questioning who we are and if we are truly loved in the midst of disappointment and failure. However, we have a God who chose us before we ever performed, before we ever achieved, and before there was any success. In this message, Pastor Kalli, discusses how the life of Mephibosheth and a wayward son offer us hope that we too are accepted and welcomed in, even in the midst of our shortcomings.
An Answer To People’s Prayers
As a church family, we commit to not only pray for people but be a tangible answer to people's prayers. St. Basil The Great once said, "If you want storehouses [for your wealth], you have them in the stomachs of the poor." In this message, we unpack the continued context of 1 Timothy 6 to discover an invitational vision for spiritual warfare that prioritizes the triumph over evil through good works and deeds.