As we begin our new series: Emotion Pictures - we're looking into the role emotions play in our lives. How to deal with how we feel. And what the Scriptures have to say about navigating our emotions in a healthy way. Tonight, we look into how JOY > happiness. Joy can help anchor us to the uplifting and ongoing hope we have in Jesus as he is the true source of joy that we can continually get refueled by. Friends, don't settle to pursue happiness that's limited to your conditions and circumstances being right - pursue JOY.
Emotion Pictures: JOY
June 25, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull • Emotion Pictures
Emotion Pictures: LOVE
July 23, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
As we wrap up our series, we wanted to take some time to dive into the emotion of love. In a world that struggles to define it or demonstrate it well - the biblical call toward LOVE is something so much more than a manufactured or maintained 'feeling'. Jesus reiterates that the measure of spiritual maturity: is love. Agape love is what the Scriptures point toward. The deepest desire of the human heart - is for a love that will last. God's AGAPE love is an unchanging love - in the midst of a changing world. It's the love He has for you. It's the love He wants to grow within you.
Emotion Pictures: Fear
July 16, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
As we look into the emotion of FEAR tonight, we examine some facets of fear. Natural fear (healthy) acts as a warning to us. Biblical concept of 'the fear of the Lord' is really more about having a healthy reverence for God. He's Big, I'm little. The destructive side of fear is when unhealthy fears tend to grow within us and can end up holding us hostage to the life God desires. When you let fear run your life, it ruins your life. Jesus promises his presence in our lives, so fear doesn't have to hold us back.
Emotion Pictures: Anger
July 9, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
Tonight, we look into the emotion of anger. Anger is an emotion that we all experience from time to time. Anger itself is not sinful; it’s a signal that something is wrong. Anger presents us with an opportunity to do right or wrong. What we do with our anger can be HELPFUL or HURTFUL. The Scriptures speak with some wisdom and warnings regarding anger. Anger must have an appropriate shelf life: 'Let it stop by for a visit, but never rent it a room in your heart.' (James 1:19-20 & Ephesians 4:26-32)