November 12, 2019
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” - Woodrow Wilson
We live in a culture with the perpetual desire and numerous depictions of finding your "soul-mate". It is always framed as a romantic relationship, but are romantic relationships really the foundation of all relationships?
- Have you always been married?
- Was your marriage your first relationship?
- Do you have to be married to be used by God?
- Do you have to be married to fulfill all God has for you?
We are all built for friendship, regardless of marital status. Today, we look at the relationship between David and Jonathan and see that friendship, not marriage, is the foundational relationship in our lives. Join us as we look at how God used David's "soul-mate" to support David and model the arrival of humanity's "soul-mate" 1000 years in the future.
November 5, 2019
7 billion on the planet. 30k in Marshalltown. House full of people. I feel all alone. Can I thank God when I feel left out...hopeless...alone?
Our 20's are often marked by PROMISE and PROBLEMS. This was also true for David. In 1 Samuel 16, David is anointed as the next king of Israel. We would think that should be a time of celebration, which it is, but it also means that life will be easy. David's anointing didn't bring ease, it brought problems that produced loneliness.
Did David have a prayer of thanksgiving in his loneliness?
Do we have a prayer of thanksgiving in our loneliness?
God uses our loneliness to strip away all the life preservers we use to keep afloat, so He can lift us up and place our feet on the water to be able to walk with Him.
David's season of loneliness produced Psalm 19 and 23.
November 2, 2019
In Acts chapter 17, Paul wraps up his address in Athens with a call to repentance. All of us must approach God through repentance. It is through repentance that we give the Holy Spirit permission to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. Listen as Pastor David challenges us to change the status quo and approach God with our shoes untied.
October 22, 2019
God is near...
Does that fill your soul with joy?
Does it trouble you?
The God who creates also inhabits His creation. He desires to connect with us, and created each of us with a desire to connect to Him. Join us as we dig into how our soul is a magnet drawn to the creator, but our soul struggles to find him due to being blinded by sin.
Today we ask the question "how do we shift from a God who is near, to a God who is known".
October 22, 2019
“To create is to reflect the image of God. To create is an act of worship.” - Erwin McManus
The first characteristic God reveals about Himself is not that He is love. Nor that He is good. We learn that He creates. As the origin story of all of existence zooms in, we see God as creator.
“In the beginning God created…”
As image-bearers of God, we reflect His character. We reflect His creativity. Today we jump into how our creativity points us back to our creator, and our sin confuses our creativity with being the Creator.
October 10, 2019
This word carries a lot of connotations with it. For some it means sharing the "Good News" (The root 'evangelion' means 'Good News'). For others, it is someone SHOUTING the "Good News" at them (Think Bullhorn Preacher outside of any sporting event). Ultimately, it is about communicating and connecting people to Jesus.
This message is for all of us who have tried to force people to hear about your thoughts on Jesus, or felt forced to hear someone's thoughts on Jesu.
This message is for all of us who remained silent about Jesus, because "forcing" people didn't seem very much like Jesus.
This message is for all of us who want to communicate and connect people to Jesus.
Join us as we look to Paul, and see how he did not fall prey to SHOUTING the Gospel or resigning himself to be silent about the Gospel. He instead, was able to share the Gospel in a powerful and personal way that connected all walks of life to Jesus.
October 2, 2019
The worst four-letter word in the Kingdom is "they" or "them".
In the Kingdom of God there is only us.
Today we will dig into Paul's journey into 1st century Athens (Acts 17) and look at the shocking similarities to our own modern-day culture.
Join us as we dig into what it means to be "church for the rest of us" as we celebrate Restore's 4th birthday and kick off our new series "Us & Us".
"Two thousand years ago people thought God was for the
Pharisees. The Pharisees were the religious people who claimed moral superiority.
Then Jesus showed up. And EVERYTHING changed.
Jesus claimed to be God, in the flesh, but He hung out with irreligious people who everyone thought to be morally inferior. Jesus was called a ìfriend of sinnersî because He spent time prostitutes and tax collectors and Roman soldiers. And people began to realize that God wasnít just for the Pharisees, that God was for the rest of us.
Today, somehow people still believe that God is for the religious people who claim moral superiority.
But theyíre wrong.
God is STILL FOR THE REST OF US." - Vince Antonucci
September 24, 2019
We often look at self-control through the lenses of buffets, bars, and ballgames. Can we say no to an extra pass through the dessert bar? Can we stop at zero or 1 drink? Can we keep our emotions in check after a bad call by the ref?
We look at self-control as a way to abstain from certain activities, actions, etc.
But what if self-control is more about abundance than it is about abstinence? What if it is about a greater work of God?
Join us as we dig into the fruit of self-control through the lens of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 and Jesus in Philippians 2:7-8.
September 17, 2019
All of God’s giants have been weak men and women who have gotten hold of God’s faithfulness.-Hudson Taylor
Our stories are marked with a combination of failure and faithfulness. Today we dig into how God's faithfulness helps build a bridge from our failures into a life of faithfulness. Join us as we look at God's incredible work in us, but also what God wants from us. From throwing away idols to walking in step with Him to build faithfulness in us.
Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 3; Joshua 24
September 10, 2019
Am I good?
How do I become good?
Is God good?
We have an interesting relationship with goodness. We are drawn to goodness, but we are highly skeptical of anyone or anything that claims to be good (without flaw in both character and conduct). Each one of us has heard and probably uttered the phrase "too good to be true".
Join us we dispel impostors of goodness (boy scout & lady justice) and dig into what true goodness is rooted in and how we can experience it today.