Different empires, kingdoms, nations, and countries have risen to power throughout the centuries. Each one thought it would last forever, but history has proven time and again that it's only a matter of time before they fall and their place will be taken by another. There is one kingdom though that the Prophet Daniel revealed will last forever, and it won't be established by human rulers. It will be established by God!
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Faith Church | Excelsior, MN
You can be afraid of God or you can fear God. There's a big difference and the Prophet Daniel and his friends demonstrate that for us in this message.
There are times when you find yourself faced with two not so great options without realizing that sometimes there's an "Option C". The prophet Daniel and his friends are going to help us turn to God when it seems like there's no logical way out.
People need people. It's a universal truth. And it's especially true that we need each other because sometimes we can't see what God is doing in our lives without the help of our fellow Christians.
There are so many situations that we go through that feel like there's no way out. But, I've got some good news for you. Even when we can't see a way out, our God who has the power to do impossible miracles does!
Greed and lying are universal temptations that we don't necessarily like to talk about, but we need to talk about them because they both can destroy our relationship with our LORD and negatively impact those we love. This message will help you learn how to address these temptations with the LORD's help.
Fear lets sin linger. When we see someone doing something wrong, we are so terrified of saying something, that we will do almost anything apart from confronting it. But God calls us to be courageous. His Word is filled with commands to correct, confront, and rebuke out of love for Jesus, love for the sinner, and love for those affected by the sinner’s actions. This message’s goal is peace, both the peace of addressing issues and the peace of mind knowing that you did something to address the sin in your midst.
Most of us have a sin (or two) that we never confess, at least not to our fellow believers. It is way too awkward to talk about that struggle, so we keep it between us and God, hoping that somehow, in some way, things will change. Sadly, they don’t (and instead get worse). But what if we said it? What if we confessed our sins to one another? Would our worst fears come true? Or would we find freedom in allowing our Christian friends to pray, encourage, and forgive us in Jesus’ name?
The message of God's free grace can seem absolutely foolish to us. But as we see in this message, foolish or not, it's still free and it still saves you and me.
In this message we transition between Elijah and Elisha's ministries. And in this we'll see the importance of passing the baton of God's work from one generation to the next.
Even though we may not talk about it a lot, anxiety and depression are something many Christians struggle with. In this message we see how God helped his prophet Elijah get through a very dark time in his life and how He helps us too.
Every human being has to wrestle with the question, "Who is the Lord of my life?" In this message we explore an epic contest that proved once and for all who the LORD truly is.
Our culture has gone to great lengths to avoid talking about death and dying and it's created a lot of anxiety around the topic. In this message we rip off the bandaid and let God's word speak into this reality to take away any fears we might have and replace them with genuine hope and healing.
The Prophet Elijah found himself in an impossible situation and yet the LORD God provided for him in unconventional ways proving that to this day our God can and will provide for us if we just trust in Him.
When you're tempted by the sins you know all too well, don’t miss the moment when Jesus was tempted too. There, in the desert just beyond the Jordan River, Jesus showed us how to fight temptation by turning constantly to God’s Word. Even better, he fought for us, overcoming the Tempter and maintaining his identity as the sinless Son of God who came to save us.
If you've ever spent a decent amount of time reading the Bible or if you've ever watched a YouTube video trying to explain the Bible, you've probably come across some supposed contradictions that make you wonder if you can trust what the Bible has to say. We're going to take a look at one of the more glaring "contradictions" and discover that biblical "contradictions" aren't contradictions at all if you understand the difference between the Law and the Gospel.
Now more than ever what we need isn't more opinions. What we need is more of the truth. This Sunday we're starting a brand new series about how to confidently read and interpret the truths found in God's word to help us navigate the difficult decisions we need to make in this life.
There are plenty of things in life you should try: new foods, new hobbies, maybe even a different haircut. But when it comes to the calling that God has for your life, he doesn't want you to try. He wants you to train. In this message we will look at some specific areas of life where you should stop trying and start training.
God the Holy Spirit wants all people to be saved and that's why he empowers people like you and me with spiritual gifts so that we can influence others for Christ in powerful ways.
Sometimes in our struggles we know we should pray but we don't know exactly what to pray. That's when the Holy Spirit steps in and He prays for us. That's what we're learning about this Sunday.
Every single day you're faced with making decisions that are either good or evil. You're not alone in this spiritual struggle and this Sunday we're going to learn how to engage the Holy Spirit to help us in this fight.
Pentecost is a special day in church history because it's the day God the Holy Spirit came upon his disciples in a spectacular way ushering in a new era for the church that we are still a part of.
In this first message we're reminded that God reveals himself as our 3-in-1 God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We tend to focus a lot on the Father and the Son but let's not forget about God the Holy Spirit!
Even though we take detours in our spiritual journey, God is always giving us onramps to get back to him as we see in the account of one of Jesus' disciples named Thomas.
It's easy to feel hopeless with all the tragedy going on around us. Even on the first Easter Sunday many of Jesus' disciples felt hopeless until they had an encounter with their Risen Lord! Encounter Jesus through this Easter message!
In this message you'll hear exclusive details about the conversation Jesus had with the two criminals nailed to his right and his left. That conversation had eternal consequences that still affect us today.
Palm Sunday normally brings to mind parades, shouts of joy and excitement, not weeping and angry table flipping. In this message we're going to explore a different side to this historic day.
Jesus had just 24 hours left until his life would be over and he decided to spend part of that time washing his disciples' feet. Find out why in this message.
The world as we know it is going to end and Jesus said that there will be observable signs leading up to that event. It's kind of scary if you don't know what those signs are and that's why Jesus tells us all about them in Luke 21, to better equip us emotionally and spiritually to deal with the difficulties of this decaying world.
God's grace, forgiveness and promise of eternal life are free to you and me because it cost Jesus Christ everything. Having received these gifts by faith, Jesus teaches us that the cost of following him now requires sacrifice on our parts especially when it comes to our earthly relationships.
We're learning what it really means to be a disciple of Christ and how He prepares us to follow in his footsteps, even the ones that lead to the cross.
Just when you think the prophet Jonah was making spiritual progress he reveals his true colors. He can't fathom that God could show the same grace he showed to him to his enemies. And you know what? We're not much different than Jonah. In this message we'll learn how to purge our inner Jonah.
The season of Lent is a time to reflect on our life's choices, repent of our sins and find renewed hope in our Savior Jesus. Jonah chapter 3 is a special chapter of God's word that will help us do exactly that.
What would you do if you got thrown into a raging sea and then got swallowed by a massive fish/whale/sea creature? That's what happened to a prophet named Jonah and in this message he's going to teach us how hitting rock bottom doesn't mean our lives are over. Instead, it forces us to look up and see that God is our Savior.
The Old Testament story of Jonah is one that forces us to look into our own hearts and ask if we've been following the voice of the LORD or trying to run away from it because we think we know better than God.
This is the final chapter of an epic love story that reveals that God is always working behind the scenes and that he's able to do the extraordinary even through the seemingly ordinary tasks of life.
Back in the day they didn't have E-harmony, Match.com or Bumble to make love connections. They had to do it the old fashioned way. In this message we're learning about the love connection between Ruth and Boaz and how their relationship reflects our relationship with God.
Perhaps more than ever, we are aware of our need for self-care. In a busy, burn-out world, God’s people are called to rest, be still, and just “be” in the presence of God. But can self-care become selfish? Can a focus on ourselves go too far? Do we need to relearn the rhythms of exhausting work and actual rest?
Gas prices are still up. The stock market is still down. Job security is never really secure. And the last time I checked God stopped sending food down from heaven. So what do you do when you're not sure where your next paycheck will come from or how you'll pay next month's bills? That's what Ruth chapter 2 is going to teach us.
The hope every New Year is that the troubles and traumas of the past year will simply fade away. From past experience we all know it doesn't work like that. Fortunately, though, our God who is greater than a number on a calendar has solutions for all of our problems.
What is Christmas all about? That's the question we explore in this Christmas Eve message that will help us recenter our hearts on the true meaning of Christmas!
Rahab, the ancestor of Jesus, had an unfortunate nickname that has followed her throughout history. But, that nickname reminds us of how inclusive our God really is.
The story of Judah and Tamar reveals two powerful truths: concealing your sins can ruin your life while confessing your sins can unburden your soul and allow for God's forgiveness and peace to change you from the inside out.
You might assume that since Jesus was perfect the people in his family would have been also. But that's not the case. Abraham is one of Jesus' ancestors and though his story is known around the world, he still had his glaring flaws. Flaws you'd assume would disqualify him from being part of God's family, but they didn't. And that's good news for you and for me.
There is only one time in the Bible that God encourages us to test him and that is in the context of being generous. Discover the truth that you can never out give God.
When it comes to generosity we all have a toddler voice in our heads that cries out, "Mine!" and it keeps us from experiencing the joy of giving. This message will teach you how to let the voice of the Holy Spirit replace that selfish toddler in your heart.
Inflation, the stock market, an unstable economy, possible layoffs and forced retirements are a reality and major catalysts for anxiety and worry. BUT they don't have to be! Jesus has a word for your worries!
Political elections are always contentious and the media often adds fuel to the fire, but thankfully our King Jesus and his disciples give us a better way!
Although the Protestant Reformation took place over 500 years ago, it's still a wonderful reminder that God is continually reforming His church into His image.
Jude, the half-brother of Jesus, longed to celebrate God’s salvation with his fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. “But I had to write” and tell you to fight! Jude begins. His change-of-course is a blunt reminder that we live in a mixed up world that requires vigilance, courage, and caution. We might wish we could simply share the good news of God’s love week after week, but the real world requires more. “I had to” write so that the Church is ready to fight.
When culture preaches about a sexual revolution, it's promoting the idea that you should be able to do anything and everything you want to with your body when it comes to sex. But such an ideology ignores God's design for this amazing gift and it ignores that there are devastating physical and spiritual consequences when God's design is disregarded. In this message, we get real about what it means to be sexually pure and why it's important to live our lives within God's parameters.
Divorce is not a victimless act. Someone always gets hurt in its wake. That's why God has strong warnings for anyone who is considering it and makes it clear that the reasons for it are slim. God also reveals that divorce, though devastating, is not an unpardonable sin and those affected by it are offered complete access into God's grace through Jesus.