The Comeback, Week 3

The Comeback, Week 3

Many of us have scar stories. We can point to a scar, say, above our eye and recount exactly what happened on that day years ago. We can remember details, imprinted on our memories despite how long it's been since it happened.

Scar stories are one thing. But live long enough and we get other scars--often emotional scars. We tend to remember the bad, more than the good, especially when things are not going well. There's a soundtrack that runs in our mind, often played and replayed, telling us it won't get better.

The Comeback, Week 2

The Comeback, Week 2

Last week we celebrated the greatest comeback ever: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yet while many of us love the emotion of a comeback story, when it comes to our own lives, many times it feels like the comeback won't happen like we think it should have. What do we do then? In this message from Acts 7, Pastor Skyler shares the story of Stephen, who called out the sin and hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Isn't this where Stephen should be shielded by God, as the Pharisees start stoning him? If God is so good, how do things happen like this in our lives? As it turns out, Stephen knew there was a bigger story playing out--bigger than his individual life. 

Easter 2018 at Heritage Lake Zurich

Easter 2018 at Heritage Lake Zurich

 

We love underdog stories. Whether it's a sports game or a movie, we're inspired by comeback stories. Yet in our own lives, it's easy to start believing that a comeback just is not looking possible. 

 

On Easter morning, we introduced our new series entitled The Comeback. A key message is this: the greatest source of hope for any problem we have is Jesus. In this Easter morning message from Matthew 19, Pastor Skyler talked about the discussion between Jesus and a rich young man who thought he had it all together. It's not a story about money. Rather, it's a reminder about what is on the throne of our life. Jesus' response to His disciples is true for you today: "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Please share this message with your friends and family, and join us this Sunday as we continue the series!

Known by our Community

Known by our Community

What would you do if you knew you were going to die in 12 hours? For Jesus, it was to pour into the disciples. And a key instruction he left with them is this: Everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.

In this last message in our Known series, Pastor Andrew gives us a vision for what it could look like if we lived in our communities as people marked by love--for God and for those around us. Every human problem is an open door for the gospel. Watch this replay to be challenged to get off the bleachers and onto the field, to live out the role you have been uniquely equipped to play.

Known by Each Other

Known by Each Other

God's will is not for you to do life on your own--it's to be in community with others. Acts 2 gives us a glimpse of what this looks like. In this message, Pastor Carlos shares how life together begins by knowing Christ. We learn together. We care for each other. And we worship together. Join us for this reminder about the beloved community of Jesus Christ, where we become a family of brothers and sisters. 

XO Relationship Goals: Have Fun

XO Relationship Goals: Have Fun

Do you want to increase your likelihood of building a lasting marriage? Couples who are intentional about developing intimacy develop strong relationships. An old Calvin and Hobbes cartoon remarked, "It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes. But when you look back, everything is different.” Similarly, marriages can go from arms locked to arms folded.