Current Messages

“It’s my life. I should be free to do what I want, when I want, with whom I want . . . as long as I’m not hurting anybody.” This is what we tell ourselves. But what if it’s not true? What if our desire to do what is right in our own eyes has major consequences for us, for the people with us, for the people who love us, and for the people coming after us?
  • Stranger Than Fiction
    Andy Stanley, 11.16.14
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    There’s an unstated part of the American dream. It goes like this: “We have the freedom to do what we want, when we want, with whom we want, and nobody can tell us what to do . . . as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody.” But what if life doesn’t work that way? What if you can’t do what’s right in your own eyes without eventually hurting someone?

  • One King Leads to Another
    Andy Stanley, 11.23.14
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    The dark underbelly of the American dream is, “I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone.” We don’t want “kings” in our lives, whether those kings are parents, bosses, the government . . . or God. We want to do what’s right in our own eyes. But in our attempts to do what we want, when we want, with whom we want, we end up serving little kings like appetite, lust, fear, comparison, insecurity, generational dysfunction, addiction, loneliness, and greed.

  • Good at Looking
    Andy Stanley, 11.30.14
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    Do you really want to be like everybody else? Everybody else takes their cues from everybody else. Being like everybody else just makes you average—worried, in debt, bored, and dissatisfied with what you have. If you knew that living like everybody else on the outside would leave you feeling like this on the inside, you would have done what you suspected was right in your heart instead of doing what was right in your own eyes.

  • Nobody's That Stupid
    Andy Stanley, 12.07.14
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    Chances are your greatest regret can be traced back to a decision where your body wanted something that your heart knew was wrong. An appetite was raging. You saw something or someone you wanted . . . even though he, she, or it wasn’t healthy for you. But you gave in to your body anyway. You yielded to the little kings that want to replace the Creator King who calls you to live from the inside out.

    What do you do when your body wants what your heart knows is wrong?

  • Extraordinary
    Andy Stanley, 12.14.14
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    What kind of person do you want to be? When people have to stand and talk about you when you’re gone, what do you want them to say? Do you realize that’s up to you? What if you decided to be . . . extraordinary?

  • Ruthie and Bo Save Christmas
    Andy Stanley, 12.21.14
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    The book of Judges records God’s chosen people doing what they want, when they want, with whom they want. The tragedy was that ancient Israel began with divine intervention and a divine mandate. They were to show the world who God was by being different than the nations around them. But for three hundred years they lived in a cycle of disobedience, disaster, and deliverance. The entire time Israel was ping-ponging back and forth from obedience to disobedience, during an era when everyone did what was right in his or her own eyes, God was up to something else—he was decorating for Christmas.


“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.”

For the takeaway from week 4, click HERE.

  • 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.

  • Be Rich
    Andy Stanley, 10.26.14
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    No-strings-attached generosity was the hallmark of the first-century church. It should be a hallmark of the twenty-first-century church too. The apostle Paul told Timothy, "Command those who are rich in this present world . . . to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." So let’s Be Rich. Let’s do more and give more than ever before.

  • Serve
    Patrick Mitchell, 11.02.14
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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.

  • Invite
    Chris Brown, 11.09.14
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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.