Within this teaching series lies the truth; actually, it’s the truth about lies. We tell ourselves lies and those lies cause damage if we don’t take hold of the truth and expel the lies. There’s nothing little or white about them – lies keep us from finding our true identity: the identity we have knowing the we’re living up to the amazing potential that God has planned for us. All of us suffer from this in one way or another…Identity Theft.
This Is Just the Way I Am
Ever thought there was no use trying to give up a bad habit because "that's just the way you are"? Ever wanted to experience success in your relationships, your finances, your spiritual life, your professional life only to give up because you think that's how it always be? Sunday we continue our Identity Theft series by looking at a 3 Biblical ways you can overcome the strongholds in your life.
I Have to Be Strong
We tell ourselves lies. We don’t mean to, but we listen to voices that are not from God, voices that tell us that we should be able to do it on our own. This week, Pastor Doug will kick off the series with the lie that we have to be strong. How can that be a lie? It seems like truth but when you compare it to what God says about our strength, it becomes clear that our real strength comes from somewhere other than ourselves.
Hey friends, it’s me, Bobby Filet. I want to tell you about a new series starting here at Hillcrest called Jonah. Pastor Doug is going to tell us the tale of this man who ran away from what God asked him to do, got swallowed up by a fish and vomited up on the shore. Sounds a little fishy to me! Which reminds me, do you know why fish are considered dumb? “Because all their school work is below sea level!” Ha Ha I love that one. Seriously, don’t miss this series, it starts real soon. And remember, a fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other!
The Jonah In Us
Whether pitching, fielding, catching or running the bases, each person on the team has a role to play. The pastors and leaders at Hillcrest are a team. Each one using their gifts and talents for the benefit of the whole. This month, four of those leaders will teach on a topic that is important to them and one that they believe is important for the church. Doug, Brian, Tarina and Jacob will take turns in the greatest game on Sunday morning. Will it be a swing and a miss or a home run? Don’t miss, Pastor’s Choice!
Wait For It
We have all experienced times in our life where God has asked us to “wait for it”. This week, Jacob (The Young Gun) VanEngen dives into the things that we can do to wait in a way that is productive to our faith rather than destructive.
Sweet & Salty Speech
Tarina discusses our words, the image of salt used in scripture, and how our words can both help and harm our faith.
Stay in School
Brian talks about the fears he dealt with during his book writing process, discusses how fear handcuffed God’s people, and reveals two questions that will greatly help you overcome any fear in your life.
Theology: Blessing or Curse
Theology…just reading the word creates anxiety, confusion and a sense of “I’m too dumb”. Some of the brightest men and women of faith have spent their lives studying God, faith and how we should practice that faith and they do not agree. The result of this disagreement has split within the church and an inability for different denominations to work together. This Sunday, Pastor Doug will take us through the benefits and challenges of theology and talk about the solution to the global church problem.
Faith like a child. To have faith like a child is something Jesus talked about and encouraged us to have. Jesus was not expecting us to have an immature faith but a faith that believes, a faith that expects and a faith that endures. In this series, Pastor Doug will take us through what having faith like this looks like as we challenge ourselves to have faith Like a Child.
My God Can Do Anything
My God can do anything! When you think of the Christmas story and how God used a young teenage girl from Podunk nowhere to usher in the savior of the world, well, God not only can but will do amazing things! Does he for you? Many of us believe that God can do something but will He? In the face of illness, suffering and pain, will God be there for you and will he change or correct it. This week, Pastor Doug will not only talk about what God can and will do but also about when he doesn't. Don't miss the final week of the Like a Child series!
My God is With Me
God is with you. You know this but does the way you live reveal this? This week as Pastor Doug continues the discussion about having faith like a child he is going to reveal how God is with us. Because of this truth, there are a couple of things we can and should do that will help us benefit from this very real truth. Come hear about God being with you and the power that can come when you tap into that truth.
My God Is For Me
Who is on your side and who is not? In the world we live in, it seems like we always have to be looking over our shoulder. Are our friends truly our friends? Who can we trust and who can we lean on. This week, Pastor Doug will start the discussion of Jesus’ statement that we are to have faith like a child and realize that God is for us. God is rooting for us and he is someone we can trust aa well as someone we can lean on.
The most precious and valuable items are kept in a vault, safely kept and treasured. There are 31,102 verses in the Bible, and no single verse is better than another. However, Pastor Doug has four verses that have been a key part of his spiritual journey. In this series, we will look at these four verses and uncover the gems, both on the surface and those deep below, to see why they are worthy to be placed in the vault of faith.
Use Your Brain!
God never said sit around and do nothing to make your life better. He did not say I will do everything for you. We have an active role but the role we play is secondary. When our plans line up with God’s plans we move in a synchronized fashion. When our plans are opposite of God’s we work against him and struggle is our reality. This week, Pastor Doug will finish up this series as he talks about his #1 life verse and shows how we are to partner with God and what he is up to in the world and in our lives.
Jesus Does Not Condemn
People have portrayed God as a vengeful, angry, destructive God that is looking for you to mess up and toss you into the pit of Hell. Many of us fear that we will ever measure up and that a bolt of lightning is waiting for us if blow it deliberately or even accidentally. We see salvation from this through some kind of a cosmic scale where all our good or all our bad is piled on either side and whichever way it tips is our fate. The Bible does not teach this but Christians believe it. This week, pastor Doug is going to look at a verse that tells us something about God that confronts the lie we believe of earning salvation.
God Always Gets It Done
Some people have their favorite team or their favorite restaurant, favorite movie or favorite child (not that they would admit it). Apparently Pastor Doug reads his Bible and he reads it enough to have favorite verses. This week he is going to share a favorite that he believes is not on anyone else’s favorite verse list. Come hear his choice and discover why he thinks this verse should be on everyone’s list. In fact, Pastor Doug thinks Larry the Cable guy just might have gotten his catch phrase from this verse, “Get R Done!”
Living in Light or Darkness
If. Such a small word with such significant implications in our journey of faith. This week, God will start our verse with “if” and “if” we decide to do what He suggests, we will discover a blessing of eternal significance. This week, Pastor Doug will walk us through this “if” statement and challenge is to take the risk and step into this way of living that God calls us to. Don’t miss the start of our From the Vault series.