Aug 4, 2019
Contentment to Heal Your Restless Heart
Troy discusses the seventh commandment (“You shall not commit adultery”) and the best way to obey the command: focus on our marriages and how we can change ourselves and demonstrate unconditional love. We can also remember to be content, even thankful, for what we have, instead of being resentful over what we don’t have. Of course, Jesus raises the bar and tells us that people who look lustfully have already committed adultery in their hearts. God wants us to keep our bodies and our minds from being unfaithful.
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  • Aug 4, 2019Contentment to Heal Your Restless Heart
    Aug 4, 2019
    Contentment to Heal Your Restless Heart
    Troy discusses the seventh commandment (“You shall not commit adultery”) and the best way to obey the command: focus on our marriages and how we can change ourselves and demonstrate unconditional love. We can also remember to be content, even thankful, for what we have, instead of being resentful over what we don’t have. Of course, Jesus raises the bar and tells us that people who look lustfully have already committed adultery in their hearts. God wants us to keep our bodies and our minds from being unfaithful.
  • Jul 28, 2019Other People Are More Important Than You
    Jul 28, 2019
    Other People Are More Important Than You
    To address the commandment, “You shall not murder,” Troy points out the obvious, that if other people are more important than we are, we won’t physically murder them. But in a way, maybe we actually do. Jesus raises the bar and tells us that when we have hatred in our hearts toward someone, or we feed an angry attitude toward a person who’s offended us, we qualify under Jesus' guidelines as murderers.
  • Jul 21, 2019Show Respect to Mom and Dad
    Jul 21, 2019
    Show Respect to Mom and Dad
    Continuing in our series through the Ten Commandments, Troy points out that no matter what our experience has been with our parents, God instructs us to honor our father and our mother. The question is: Can we trust God and obey Him no matter how easy or hard it might be? What we find out is that when we do things God’s way, life goes better for us than when we live like we're in charge.
  • Jul 14, 2019Take a Break as if Your Life Depends on It
    Jul 14, 2019
    Take a Break as if Your Life Depends on It
    Troy reminds us that although we are no longer required to keep the Sabbath, there’s a powerful principle we can apply to our lives today. When we take a rest from work and all of the normal burdens and concerns of life, we can better focus on God, draw close to Him, and gain spiritual strength from Him. It can be difficult to take time out of our busy schedules, but time is required and it will be worth it. Something good can give way to make for something great.
  • Jun 30, 2019What Are You Putting in God’s Place?
    Jun 30, 2019
    What Are You Putting in God’s Place?
    Continuing in our summer series through the Ten Commandments, Troy reminds us that when we worship, we place our complete confidence and trust in God’s ability to do for us what neither we, nor anyone else, nor anything else, can do for us. He also zeroes in on the fact that we are not to make any images, including false ideas about God, in an attempt to represent Him, since it’s impossible to express or worship His attributes in that manner. Simply stated, the second commandment forbids us from thinking that God is like us or something that we imagine.
  • Jun 23, 2019You Are Not God (and Neither is Anyone Else)
    Jun 23, 2019
    You Are Not God (and Neither is Anyone Else)
    To kick off our new series, Troy reminds us that following God’s rules gives us great freedom, the only true freedom there really is. He also helps us understand that God’s people do not earn their position by obeying His commandments; rather, God gives us commandments because we are already His people. Regarding God’s first commandment, we must have no other gods before us, meaning there should be nothing we want more than God, nothing we rely on more than God, and nothing we look to for greater fulfillment than God.
  • Jun 16, 2019What Would My Dad Do Here?
    Jun 16, 2019
    What Would My Dad Do Here?
    Series: Standalone
    For this year's Father’s Day message, Troy shares what he hopes his kids will say about him one day. He also focuses on the truth that God is our Father, and for everyone who is a follower of Jesus, whether or not you’re a dad, and whatever experience you had (or didn’t have) with your dad, there are some things we should want the world to say about us, because God is our Father.
  • Jun 2, 2019Meant to Live for So Much More
    Jun 2, 2019
    Meant to Live for So Much More
    Series: Standalone
    Whether we realize it or not, we all have a purpose and we all give our lives to something. But do we settle for less than God has for us? When we know our purpose, all of our day-to-day decisions are pretty easy to figure out. And we actually all have the same purpose: to go and make disciples of all nations. We may have different jobs, educational pursuits, family responsibilities, life situations, etc., but these serve as our platforms for carrying out our primary purpose of making disciples.
  • May 26, 2019The Free Gift that Costs Everything
    May 26, 2019
    The Free Gift that Costs Everything
    Series: Standalone
    In a message for the Memorial Day holiday, Troy shares about “The Free Gift That Costs Everything.” We want to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, who gave their very lives to secure, and to preserve, our freedom as Americans. That was a free gift to all of us who are still here to enjoy what they made possible, but it’s really not free; it cost everything to those who gave their lives. And there’s another gift that’s free to us, but really isn’t free. It cost Jesus everything, and if we decide to follow Him, it will cost us everything.
  • May 12, 2019The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love
    May 12, 2019
    The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love
    Series: Standalone
    For Mother's Day, we remember that being a mom is so tough, and so awesome. Moms can relate to the idea that motherhood is “The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love.” On the other hand, we want to honor mothers without alienating others who may not be moms, perhaps by choice, but also due to life circumstances. Something we can all remember are the attributes of moms that are also character qualities of God, including comfort, security, healing, sacrifice, training, and faith.