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Take Heart.

Apr 28 2019 • David Morrow, Greg Boyd, Sandra Unger

To live in this world is to live on a spiritual battlefield that breaks and bruises us every day. Yet, even in the middle of this battlefield, Jesus tells us to “take heart.” In this five-week series, we take heart by returning to and basking in foundational Kingdom principles: the radical love of God, our essential identity in Christ and the covenant promises of God’s presence, power and peace. Along the way, we will see that just as God encourages us, so we are to encourage one another.

Sermons in this series:


Living in the Never-Ending Story.

• Greg Boyd

In this fifth installment of our Take Heart series, we explore what it means to be encouraged in one solid truth: that God's love for us is unceasing and he is present with us in the midst of incredible brokenness. Discouragement can come when we have a broken picture of God, but we can be encouraged that God always looks like Jesus and Christ crucified. But first, we need to understand the difference between believing something and experiencing something.

Topics: Belief, Courage, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith, Imaginative Prayer


Inside-Out Encouragement.

• Dan Kent

In this fourth installment in our Take Heart series we explore what it means to be encouraged in our ability to build skills and competence in the areas God has entrusted to us. Discouragement can come externally from factors outside of our control that can be overwhelming, but it can also come from feelings and patterns of passiveness within that keep us from enacting what God has trusted us to do.  

Topics: Free Will, Humility, Judgment


Expecting God.

• David Morrow

Today with David, we looked at God’s desire for encouragement and what kind of posture we should have in encouragement. He looks closely at the nostalgia of the Israelites when the temple was rebuilt and how it keeps us from seeing the ways God wanted to encourage them in the present rebuilding.

Topics: Fear, Hope, Pain & Suffering, Relationships


Embrace the Suck.

• Greg Boyd

In this sermon with Greg, we get deep into talking about facing fears and problems, but not succumbing to them. Often times when we or ones we love go through hard times, along come four different crowds of people offering various "you'll get through it" type remarks. Though when life falls apart and everything comes undone, whether it be you or someone you know, sometimes all you can do is “Embrace the Suck” and just be present. The time may come where you can sort things out, mend, or find some sort of contentment, but sometimes you just need to be there, in the moment.

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