There Is More

There Is More: Week Five

The Idol Of Certainty - Part Two • July 19, 2020 • Stuart Hall

We have made an idol of certainty. Doing so is like worshipping a ghost. It doesn't exist, but we continue to place our hope in the things of this world to provide us with security. In turbulent uncertainty, we look for a foundation that can hold up the weight of our whole being - mind, soul, and body. Only Jesus Christ can support the weight of our hope.

There Is More: Week Four

The Idol Of Certainty - Part One • July 12, 2020 • Stuart Hall

We think our job as humans is to avoid pain, our role as parents is to protect our children from pain, and our task as friends is to fix each other’s pain. Maybe that’s why we all feel like failures so often. For many of us, we have made an idol of certainty. We pursue it and chase it at all costs, not knowing our pursuit is a futile endeavor. The only certainty in life is its uncertainty. Life is not the way it is supposed to be. Life is the way it is. Darkness does us a favor by exposing certainty as an illusion. Our faith doesn’t crumble because of our doubt, but because we place our trust in the wrong things. Believing is not a WHAT word. Believing is a WHO word.

There Is More: Week Three

July 5, 2020 • Stuart & Kellee Hall

There Is More: Week Two

Understanding Justice • June 28, 2020 • Mike Ashcraft

We have a built-in sense of justice that’s more karma than shalom. We rally for our rights and attempt to level the playing field and balance the scales. If we get everyone to act, think, and behave like us, justice will be served. We attempt to achieve God’s dream for unity on our terms. The way of Jesus is radically different than what we’re prone to think. In every moment, we have the choice to live under the ways of this world or be guided by the rule of Christ’s love. The Gospel calls us into a way of life that doesn’t serve our rights but instead calls us to serve others. Love requires personal and social responsibility. Living under the rule of Christ’s love compels us to care. Justice flows from the love we’ve received. Jesus brings us into a right relationship with Him, and therein is our hope to live rightly related to everyone else. The heart of God is the unity of His people. Unity is not merely the absence of disagreement; unity is a miracle.

There Is More: Week One

Understanding • June 21, 2020 • Mike Ashcraft

We assume caring comes naturally, but often what we care about are only things that impact us. If an issue doesn't influence our world, we don't have to care about it, worry about it, or take the time to understand it. Facts get interpreted through the context of our story. The narrative we tell ourselves influences how we treat people who think differently than us or reside on the other side of an issue. Our understanding of the facts will drive us to defend, which tends to offend. But, Christ doesn't call us to stand on issues, but rather walk with people. We need to exchange our declarations of contempt for a posture of curiosity. To care about something important to someone else is an act of love. Entering someone's story will help us understand. Leaning in to understand is the first step in learning to care.