“What Next? - It’s Turning Around” | The New Normal (Wk 3)
June 3, 2020 • Angel Regel and Scott Carnes
No matter how bad it may seem, God can still turn it around for your good! Executive Director Angel Regel and Operations Director Scott Carnes talk about steps you can take to get to your turn around.
“Why Me? Or What Now?” | The New Normal (Wk 2)
May 26, 2020 • Pastor Robert Valentin and Nathan Lucey
“Why Me? Or What Now?” What is your first response when you're faced with an unforeseen and unpredictable situation? Pastor Robert and Nathan talk about the message from this past weekend. Pastor Linda Seidler shared her personal experience with facing a sudden, unexpected heart condition and how she changed her narrative from Why Me?...to What Now?
“What If?” | The New Normal (Wk 1)
May 20, 2020 • Ashley Mullins and Marlee Wellman
In the middle of a crisis, it's easy to look back and wish we could return to the way things used to be. Staff members Ashley Mullins + Marlee Wellman talk about Pastor Tim Seidler's challenge to rethink our idea of normal. What if what we saw as normal, God sees as broken? Would we be willing to strive for a new normal?
“5 For 5” | Mother’s Day 2020
May 13, 2020 • Ashley Mullins and Katyn Seidler
Staff members Ashley Mullins and Katyn Seidler talk about Mother’s Day at The Experience Church. Five amazing moms, leaders, pastors and friends of Pastor Linda shared for five minutes of encouragement and real-talk for our hearts, minds and souls.
“You Need To Protect Yourself” | The Experience Church
April 7, 2020 • Angel Regel and Sheri Harvey
Protection is on the minds of all of us. But, how do you protect yourself? Staff members Angel Regel and Sheri Harvey discuss Pastor Linda's message about the ultimate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) over your mind, body and soul.
Take Authority | "March Madness" (Wk 2)
March 10, 2020
When trouble comes, what do we do? As followers of Jesus, we have powerful options that are stronger than the forces that are coming against us. Creative Director Nate Lucey and Operations Director Scott Carnes talks about what these powerful options are and how to access them.
"Praise Through The Problem": Day 5
February 1, 2019
Throughout this series, “Why Church?” we’ve talked about the benefits and blessings that God has for us which we can only experience while gathering together as part of God’s family, the church. What we’ve begun to see is that God blesses a church that celebrates Him. People want to be where there is joy! There’s enough bad news in the world. Church should be a place where people hear good news (the gospel) not bad news. Honestly, it should be fun to go to church. God wired us to express emotion. But too many people have been taught not to express it in church. But when we let go and worship joyfully, people are drawn to our church. We see prisoners literally set free by the worship of Paul and Silas. In Acts 16:22-26, Paul and Silas had been put into prison. It says, “They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.” Notice that Paul and Silas made the decision to praise God in the middle of their pain. They were praising God, not because their situation was good, but because they knew God was still good in the middle of their situation. Here’s the result: “Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” They made the decision to worship when they could have been crying, complaining or at least angry, instead, they chose to praise God. Paul and Silas had to decide the same thing you will have to decide when things aren’t going your way--which is, “Will your chains break your praise, or will your praise break your chains!” They didn’t wait to praise God AFTER they got their miracle-they began to praise God TO get their miracle! Don’t wait one more minute. Start thanking God for who He is, what He’s done, what He’s said and what He’s promised to do. That is worship and worship changes everything!
The 5 C's To Having A Healthy Family | Don't Let This Flop (Wk 2)
February 18, 2020 • Everett Stewart and Nathan Lucey
All families have ups and downs, but it's comforting to know that none of us are alone in this journey. In this podcast, Nathan Lucey and Everett Stewart recap the message and the 5 C's of what it takes to maintain a healthy family.
"Praise Through The Problem": Day 4
January 31, 2019
In Matthew 2:2, it says, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” Notice that the wisemen didn’t come to get something FROM God, but they came to give something TO God. They came to offer their worship. Sadly, much of Christianity today has been reduced to some sort of a formula where people actually believe that God exists for us; That God is some sort of cosmic vending machine, and if we do the right thing or say the right prayer then God has to do whatever we want him to do. The reality is that God does not exist for us, but we exist for him, and we were actually created to worship him. Our worship should not be limited to the weekend. We can actually become worshippers and bring honor and gratitude to God every day of the week. You can honor God by the words you speak, the way you live, the way you react, what you post or don’t post on social media, how you love your spouse and on and on. It’s about offering all of you to all of God. Paul said in Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Notice that Paul connects mercy and worship. Paul is saying because of God’s mercy toward us, our response should be to offer all of us “as a living sacrifice” to God. If we are not worshiping in the way we live, we aren’t displaying God’s mercy in Christ, and we are not giving people what they need most. And that is not merciful. A merciful lifestyle depends on a worshipful lifestyle. So before Paul defines Christian living as merciful, he defines it as worshipful. And when we get this, we will start to understand that worship isn’t something we do, it’s who we are. We have been wired to worship God from the depths of our heart.
"Praise Through The Problem": Day 3
January 30, 2019
“I just don’t feel like worshiping God. Things are coming unglued in my life, and I have too many troubles to deal with.” Sound familiar? Even though we may not ever verbalize these words, it is probably too often the scenario. If you are the one who is experiencing a struggle, a problem or spiritual oppression, you may be the very person who needs more than anyone else to begin to praise God! When the storms of life hit, instead of giving in and giving up and saying, “Woe is me,” (which only fuels our problem) our reaction should be to praise through the problem and worship like crazy! Do we praise Him because of the problem? No, we worship Him because He has all of the help and solutions we need in the midst of life’s problems. Satan desires for us to depend on on our power to get through the struggles of life. Unfortunately, we aren’t powerful enough to overcome our problems. If we were, they’d no longer be our problems! Instead, God desires us to look to Him. He is the source of the power we need to overcome the obstacles of life. The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6–7, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” If you are looking for real answers to the storms of life, turn to prayer and praise and in return receive the peace of God!
"Don't Go Near The Line" | Don't Let This Flop (Wk 1)
February 12, 2020 • Nathan Lucey and Marlee Wellman
The Bible ranks relationships as the most important thing in life. Unfortunately, many of us don't do the same. Staff members Nathan Lucey + Marlee Wellman talk about the main ingredients in creating and maintaining healthy relationships.
"Praise Through The Problem": Day 2
January 29, 2019
Worship is more than just singing a few songs; it’s a lifestyle. It’s about showing gratitude and love to who God is, what He’s done, what He’s said and what He’s promised to do! Everyday, you and I have an opportunity to worship God through the way that we live. So, why does God want our praise and worship? Here are four quick thoughts to help you think this question through. He alone is worthy. One of the most elementary teachings of our faith is that there is a God, and you are not him. God alone is the creator and redeemer. At the end of it all, all creation will give appropriate praise and glory to our great God. Romans 14:11 says, “For the Scriptures say, ‘As surely as I live,' says the LORD, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.’” It’s good to glorify what is glorious. At the end of a concert, it is a natural response to give glory to the performer by applauding, cheering and when it’s really good, even giving standing ovations. If God is glorious and has done glorious things, then it is entirely appropriate to make this known and celebrate it. That means applauding, cheering and sometimes standing and honoring His word. Yes, He’s that good! God wants – but doesn’t need – our praise. Don’t believe for a second that God needs our praise, our approval, our gratitude and our glory to shore up his fragile ego and help his self-development. This is far from the case. God knows exactly who He is. He is the creator; we are the created. God doesn’t need our praise to be God but does desire His children to understand and appreciate who He is and what He’s done. And when we do, our only natural response is to show honor, love and gratitude toward him. It is to our benefit that we give glory to God. You and I were wired to worship. God made us on purpose for a purpose and part of that purpose is to worship Him. Worshipping not only gives glory to God, but fulfills a void in our lives that we can only fill through doing what we were made for. Maybe you’ve had a void in your life that you’ve been trying to fill. If so, try turning your heart and mind to God. Worshipping Him takes our minds off of our problems and helps us focus on the ultimate solution.