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“Everyone of us are bombarded with both opportunity and need at almost every turn of our lives. But what’s the difference between the situations that feel like opportunities compared to others that feel like obligations? What moves our hearts enough to move our feet? What moves our hearts enough to release our resources? What moves our hearts enough to win our time or affection? In this series “We Move” we will learn what moves our hearts and why it matters.”

  • Connect
    Chris Brown, 10.19.14
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    Everyone of us are bombarded with both opportunity and need at almost every turn of our lives. But what’s the difference between the situations that feel like opportunities compared to others that feel like obligations? What moves our hearts enough to move our feet? What moves our hearts enough to release our resources? What moves our hearts enough to win our time or affection? In this series “We Move” we will learn what moves our hearts and why it matters.


Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it’s one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same.

It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always easy. But it’s a start.

  • Something Happened
    Andy Stanley, 08.24.14
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    Everything that exists had a starting point . . . including you. You may have started on purpose. You may have started by accident (from your parent’s perspective). You may even have started through the magic of medical science. Whatever the circumstances, you had a starting point and it began before you were aware of it.

    Physical life is one of many starting points. Your formal education had a starting point. Your career had a starting point. Your romantic life had a starting point. Your experience as a parent had a starting point.

    Faith has a starting point as well.

  • Coming To Terms
    Andy Stanley, 08.31.14
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    During childhood, you may have been handed a faith framework through which you began to view the world. For a lot of us, that childhood framework didn't survive the rigors of adulthood. It's not enough to say, "The Bible says . . . ," in the face of real-life tragedy. Adults often need a new starting point.

    But the starting point for Christian faith isn't, "The Bible says . . . ." It's better than that. It's Jesus.

  • Sea Of Glass
    Andy Stanley, 09.07.14
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    The three largest faith traditions—Judaism, Islam, and Christianity—claim the same starting point: a man named Abraham. All three agree that sin made a mess of the world and God started his clean up operation with Abraham. God made a series of promises and Abraham’s response to those promises didn’t just have implications for his personal starting point or the starting points of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. It had implications for your starting point as well.

  • Role Of Rules
    Andy Stanley, 09.14.14
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    Practically speaking, rules are often the centerpiece of religious life. Many people think the Ten Commandments are rules that make a relationship with God possible. If you follow the rules, God will be happy. If you don’t, he won’t. But what if a relationship with God doesn’t depend on our obedience? When it comes to your relationship with God, what is the role of rules?

  • Nothing But
    Andy Stanley, 09.21.14
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    Guilt is powerful. Shame can be crippling. We all have things in our pasts that haunt us. We have sin. It only takes a word, a picture, or a name to bring it all back. We know we can do better from this point forward, but how are we supposed to fix the past? We can say we’re sorry. We can ask for forgiveness. But some of the things we’ve done hang over our lives like a cloud.

    What can wash away our sins?

  • Amazing
    Andy Stanley, 09.28.14
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    At some point in your faith journey, you will settle into a bargaining posture with God. “God, if you will . . . , I promise I will . . . .” We all do it. That’s just part of religion—every religion. In fact, it’s so much a part of human nature that even some atheists and agnostics do it when they find themselves in desperate circumstances. But is that really how God wants us to relate to him? The problem with a bargaining posture is we never keep up our end of the bargain, do we?

  • Don't Stop
    Andy Stanley, 10.05.14
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    The ability to believe is the most powerful force at mankind’s disposal. Everything that has been done, for good or bad, was done because someone believed it could be or should be done. Every problem that has been solved was solved because someone believed it could be or should be solved.

    We constantly look for evidence to support what we believe is true. In the case of religious belief, that means if you believe deeply enough any religious system becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If that’s true, isn’t it possible that Christianity is just an example of groupthink on a massive scale?

  • Invitation
    Andy Stanley, 10.12.14
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    Jesus predicted that he would start a gathering, a movement . . . what we call church. And that church would spread all over the earth and outlast the Roman Empire. It would change the world. His prediction must have sounded outlandish to even his closest followers. But here we are, two thousand years later, and the Roman Empire exists only in history books, while Jesus’ gathering is still going strong. The church is the hope of the world because the church is the vehicle by which God is bringing the solution to mankind’s greatest problems: sin, sorrow, and death.


Have you ever had a bad church experience?

Did it drive you away or just drive you crazy?

You are not alone.

  • The Mess Under the Carpet
    Jeff Henderson, 06.22.14
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    Our pasts tend to follow us around. That's why a lot of people avoid church. They feel judged, alienated, or slighted because of some mess in their pasts. Some people even feel like their pasts disqualify them from having a relationship with God. That's ironic because the man who wrote most of the New Testament had quite a messy past. He was the most unlikely candidate for following Jesus, yet he became one of Jesus' most famous followers. If there's hope for him, there's hope for all of us.

  • Boring Church
    Chris Brown, 06.29.14
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    For a lot of people, their experiences going to church aren't objectionable. They are dull. Church is all about a safe and predictable routine. Nothing that is said or done appears to have any connection to their daily lives. It's about religion.

    That kind of church makes it seem like God is safe, predictable, and has no connection to our daily lives. That's dangerous because God is a relationship to be enjoyed, not a religion to be endured.

  • In & Out
    Patrick Mitchell, 07.13.14
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    We all want to belong. We all want a circle of people that knows us and accepts us for who we are. We all want to be good enough. We all want to be picked. When we're rejected it hurts, because it touches our deepest insecurities.

    A lot people have been rejected by church. They wanted to join, but they were left on the outside. They were told they weren't good enough. Is that what the church is supposed to be—an exclusive club you have to earn your way into? The early followers of Jesus said it isn't. They painted a picture of the church as an inclusive movement.

  • How Dare We!
    Andy Stanley, 07.20.14
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    The church isn't an exclusive club. It can't keep people out whom Jesus invited in . . . and he invited everyone. But if the message of the church is for everyone, why is church culture so often an obstacle to people?

  • Stick Around
    Chris Brown, 07.27.14
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    We all come to church with expectations. Many of us have had a bad church experience because our expectations were not met. It's one thing when church lets us down, but what about when Jesus fails to meet our expectations? What happens when you turn over your life to him and things don't turn out the way you expected?

  • You Asked Jesus What?
    Patrick Mitchell, 08.03.14
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    We've all had questions about the Bible, faith, God, Jesus, or church. Each of us has at least one "God" question rattling around in the back of our minds. For many of us, bringing our God question to church created a bad church experience. We were not trying to cause a problem. We just had a question. But that question about God wasn't welcome in the house of God.

  • The Thrill of the Catch
    Chris Brown, 08.10.14
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    Whether we're talking about sales, fishing, dating, or people behaving badly, we love the "thrill of the catch." It's why TMZ and Dateline NBC exist. There is a critical, judgmental, knee-jerk response buried deep inside all of us. It has a tendency to rise up when we "catch" someone else who has messed-up. That response has contributed to a Bad Church Experience for many of us.

  • One-Another One Another
    Andy Stanley, 08.17.14
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    When Jesus talked about his church, he didn’t predict a place. He predicted a people—a gathering with one thing in common: the belief that Jesus is the chosen and sent one of God. When the church behaves like a place, it makes for a bad church experience. When it behaves like a gathering—a movement—it changes people’s lives and it changes the world.