An Obsession So Deep
November 29, 2020 • Chris Rattay
Do you ever have a craving so deep that it becomes an obsession? Maybe it's a hankering to fulfill that late-night junk void or perhaps an urge to give in to a sale online. It might plague your mind until you finally give in to it. Maybe it doesn't fill your craving at all. Often, desire is greater than satisfaction and it can slip and twist itself until it becomes a spiritual cancer of covetousness. What do you do? Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay breaks down the tenth commandment and how when we become obsessive about things that are not of God, it lays us bare and reveals our true heart posture.
Honoring God Through Honoring Family
November 22, 2020 • Chris Rattay
Of all the commandments, the fourth commandment is the singular command that comes with a promise: "Honor your father and mother... so that you may live long and that it may go well with you." In all of the commandments, each reveals an aspect of ourselves, but always through the lens of the first commandment. Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay breaks down the fourth commandment, how we are to be honorable as sons and daughters, but also when to know how to disengage, and how ultimately we are to please God.
November 15, 2020 • Chris Rattay
To most the commandment "thou shalt not steal" seems like a foregone concept. It reads very straightforward with no hidden agendas. But if that's the case, why is it included with the other commandments? Why did God remind us of such an obvious rule? Listen as Pastor Chris dives deep behind the intent of this law and breaks down the concept of Biblical theft, how envy and coveteousness can tear down relationships, and how the secrecy of our hearts' desires can corrode the best of things.
November 1, 2020 • Lauren Ludlow
How do you reconcile hardships or frustration when you are stuck with a roommate, a family member, or a friend when you can't walk away? Sometimes it feels like the impossible choice to pick building others up instead of giving in to your emotions. Listen as Elder and a member of Epicentre West LA's preaching team, Lauren Ludlow, gives a companion sermon alongside the series of "The Ten"; she speaks on Ephesians and the guide Paul wrote for them on strengthening relationships and how we can implement these rules into our own lives today.
The Root of Sexual Sin
October 25, 2020 • Chris Rattay
What does sexual sin look like from a Biblical perspective? If you strip away all modern concepts and preconceptions, subtract our understanding of what we believe it to be, and look at the seventh commandment, what would you see? How would this change and influence our conception of it now? Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay engages in the topic of sexual sin and lust from a Biblical lens.
Love Thy Neighbor
October 18, 2020 • Kimberly Marshall
Love thy neighbor. 3 simple words. For a commandment that seems so simple at first glance, it is surprisingly and deceptively difficult. Listen as guest speaker and a part of Epicentre West LA’s preaching team’s own, Kim Marshall, explains whom we are to love, why we are to love, and how we are to love.
Sticks & Stones
October 11, 2020 • Chris Rattay
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Anyone can tell you that if you spent a moment in a playground that poem is a lie. There is nothing more hurtful than words said in the heat of the moment, behind the backs of friends, and whispered in people’s ears. Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay speaks about how untruths unravel the good in our lives and how destructive lies and gossip can be to the freedom of our hearts.
A Divine Protest
October 4, 2020 • Chris Rattay
What is the greatest commandment? Jesus gives two answers: love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. Why did He choose to answer with not one answer, but two? What makes them the greatest? Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay contextualizes the Ten Commandments with modern situations and how two commandments can become the sum of God's commandments.
Honor, Not Obligation
September 27, 2020 • Chris Rattay
We’ve all daydreamed at one point what it would be like to live a life of leisure. Being able to sleep in whenever we want, spend our time as we want, to be beholden to no-one but ourselves, all of it seems freeing. But what if the reality of that dream wasn’t as sweet as it sounded? Pastor Chris Rattay speaks about the rhythms of life and how we were made to live a life of work followed by a day of Sabbath. Listen as he explains the fifth commandment in his sermon series, “The Ten”, and how we can honor the Sabbath.
It’s Not A Flowery Public Speech
September 13, 2020 • Chris Rattay
What posture do you adopt when you pray? What contributes to a great time between you and God? Listen to Pastor Chris Rattay as he continues from last week’s sermon regarding prayer and practicals to how to grow in a time of prayer between you and God.
I Am Who I Am
September 6, 2020 • Chris Rattay
When the Lord gives us the third commandment, " You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain," there is a wealth of knowledge that is unspoken in our modern-day context. Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay explains how Biblical names were an expression of a person's character traits, history, and their identity and how God gave us permission to call His name, to call upon Him is an intimacy we should not forget.
The Idolatry of Routine
August 2, 2020 • Chris Rattay
Routine is one of the great spiritual poisons that keep us from living the abundant life in Jesus. The poison of routine is so much more than just listening to the same preacher, week after week. The root of the poison is idolatry which Pastor Chris looks at through the lens of the 2nd of the 10 commandments given to the forming nation that would become Israel.
July 12, 2020 • Chris Rattay
Out of Egypt, the Israelites were rescued from slavery and then presented with a set of new rules and laws. These laws dictated all aspects of society to be governed by; a representation of God's commitment to his people. Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay explains the purpose of the Ten Commandments and the importance of following them today.