Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part 3

Within 24 hours, they agreed that Jake needed to go to rehab. Tuesday, the Harrisons were on a plane to Florida to a facility that would take Jake. The plane ride was terrible. The two-hour drive to the center was terrible. They got lost. They fought. But by Wednesday, Jake was in rehab, awakening to the truth of God’s love—that through Christ, Jake and Rebecca had the rest they so desperately needed.October 20, 2010 was the first day Jake went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and the fir … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part 2

Even with a new bride, a vow to drink more responsibly, and a job he liked, Jake’s depression deepened. He was drinking a bottle of Jameson whiskey a day. He planned his suicide on multiple occasions. He used cocaine regularly. He had an ongoing affair. They were the darkest years of his life. He believed in God, but he ran to the comforts and escapes of this world to ease his pain. “I wanted relief. All I wanted was some kind of relief,” he recalls.Rebecca saw her husband’s burdens and desp … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Do Not Conform to this World? (Romans 12:2)

Romans 12:2 says, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Many Bible websites and apps have said this is one of the most looked up Bible verses on the web. The way it usually gets interpreted is like this: Don't be like anyone else or who the world wants you to be. Be who God made you to be!That's all well and good; but when this verse is taken by … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Inviting Unbelievers to Church?

Should we invite unbelievers to church? Should we invite unbelievers to church?Sure! Why not? Church should be a place where anyone who comes through the doors will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed!The Scripture says, “The wages of sin is death! But the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 6:23)May this message be preached from every pulpit! But, we need to understand unbelievers are not part of the Church.In Romans 8:9, Paul sai … [Read more...]

WWUTT: What is God’s Will for Your Life?

What is God's will for your life? Well the Bible says: Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Not the answer you were looking for?That's probably because what you actually want is to have your fortune told.Many ask about the will of God as though it's the Christian equivalent of ”wishing upon a star”. When they talk about God's will for their life, what they're probably talking about is the hopes and dreams they hav … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: “Wherever You Would Call Me”

If things had worked out differently, you might have found Kenny back in his hometown of Corpus Christi, dressed in a stiff suit and tie, maybe in an office with the sweet smell of leather chairs and a view of the bay. He might have been poring over legal documents, using God’s gifts of speech and debate to disrupt human trafficking as an attorney. For a long time, Kenny imagined his life looking something like that. He wanted to do something meaningful, something his dad could point to and be p … [Read more...]