Learning to Wait and Step Into The Absurd

I’ve found myself on the struggle bus for almost 2 months now. I’ve found myself angrily asking “where are you God?” Everything looks like failure and yet, there’s a voice that keeps speaking to me saying, “Wait. Trust me. Do you trust me?”

I think the hardest thing then in the Christian faith is two fold. 1) God does stuff on his timing and often tells us to wait and 2) then he asks you to do something absurd. And we’re not good at doing either.

How can we learn to wait and trust him?

Go Into All The World

As adults we love epic stories and movies.

In books, we connect with fairytales and fantasies that excite us. But before we destroy children’s joy, love, and belief in world saving missions and replace it with cynicism, every kid in grade school wants to pick a profession that has something to do with saving the world or helping people just like the books and movies.

We all want a job that revolves around mission. As Christians, we’ve been given a mission. But are we following through? Are we living the Great mission we’ve been asked to accomplish?

Why We Don’t Live Meaningful Lives (audio)

Every January people make resolutions to change.

We want to live life on purpose. Dare to dream. But more and more today, young Millennials (as well as many in today’s society) are struggling with purpose and meaning. New studies continue to show an alarming number of people who feel lost, depressed, and without direction. So under the whole guise of New Years Resolutions and changes we want to make in the new year, perhaps the question is really, “Why don’t we live meaningful lives?”

Scripture Used:
Mark 10:17-22, Luke 9:23-25

Generation Porn – God Loves Sex and Free People

Most people think pornography addiction is “no big deal.” Everyone looks, but doesn’t tell. What the stats and stories are telling us is quite different. We’re a generation enslaved to pornography and it’s ruining our sex lives, marriages, and relationships with the opposite sex. How can we break free?

Because each of us has been ensnared or enslaved in one way or another, and no matter how hard we try we can’t do anything to free ourselves, especially when it comes to the grips of porn.

In Gateway’s last message of the “I Heart Sex” series, you’ll hear specifically about freedom from pornography, yet the freedom offered in Christ that applies to any and all areas that may ensnare or enslave us.

 

How to Hug a Vampire (audio)

There’s a joke made by comedian Dane Cook that in every group of friends there’s one person that nobody likes. That joke hit home for a lot of people because it appears even though we may have friends and family we love, sometimes they just annoy us.

In many Christian circles there’s this mentality to just serve and love and love and love some more, but we end up feeling drained and with little joy. How can we learn to enforce loving, yet firm boundaries with the people that drive us nuts?

Scripture Used:
Proverbs 27:5-6, Mark 10:17-22