March 30, 2020
When was the last time you stood in appreciation of God’s modern-day blessings? From indoor plumbing to connective technology, we can’t deny his hand constantly showing up.
In a faith stirring continuation of the collection “To Hell & Back,” pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares a message titled “The Gratitude Effect.” Reminding us that thankfulness should be our natural response.
Even the savior of the world knew the power of thankfulness was the solution to worry, fear, anger, and anxiety. It is even possible that some of the world’s greatest problems can be combatted with gratitude. Like Jesus, we have the ability to portray gratitude, knowing that one seed of appreciation can have everlasting results.
March 23, 2020
Just one encounter can flip what was once ordinary to extraordinary. Such a turn of events can change our identity and we’ll never leave the same.
Continuing the collection of talks, “To Hell & Back” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson stirs our faith in the message titled “Oh, How the Tables Have Turned.”
Healing the sick, correcting the Pharisees, and reminding the people that his Father’s house was one of prayer, he flipped tables before any reality star thought it was a good idea.
We are in the midst of a time that feels like tables are turned, but rest assured that Jesus is in the business of flipping lives. Instead of having an attachment to our normal routines we can allow ourselves to experience true reformation by allowing Christ to have his way and turn our tables for better.
March 16, 2020
The coronavirus has shifted daily reality and caused uncertainty. But we can choose peace over worry, faith over fear. God is never distant, he offers us abundant comfort.
In the message “Flatten the Curve” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares that while the world gravitates toward physical isolation we can draw close to God through spiritual recalibration.
As a community, we don’t have to let panic drive our actions. We can rise to the occasion by remaining committed to worship, prayer, and hearing the word. These will help us answer to our higher calling of flattening the curve of sin.
March 9, 2020
An accomplishment unmet with resistance is no accomplishment at all. It is a truth we can forget while building a purpose-filled life, that greatness walks hand in hand with challenge.
"To Hell and Back: Your Burden is Your Blessing" is a reminder from Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. not to back down in the face of adversity.
What if the very thing we see as a set back is actually a set up for God to do something great? Despite feeling burdened we can choose to walk in obedience to what God is calling us to do, knowing it will result in a blessing.
For Jesus, the burden of the cross paled in comparison to the triumph of our salvation. So, as we take on life’s challenges we can be confident that we don't carry them on our own.
March 5, 2020
Song writing is story writing. A song from the heart has a way of revealing the truth of God’s love.
In the 2019 VOUS Conference breakout session “Worship is More Than a Song,” Grammy-award winner DOE Jones and Mosaic MSC lead singer Mariah McManus have a heart to heart with Manouchka Charles on the beauty of worship.
When we think worship, it’s all about God. While some are particularly blessed with the ability to present God’s story through song, we must remember it is important for us all to represent his image in the best possible way.
Our worship is expressed in different ways, but the value in sharing is the fire sparking inspiration our one of a kind worship brings to others.
February 24, 2020
Life is full of choices from choosing our Crew to choosing our spouse. We can feel out of control yet we might have more power than we think.
In a continuation of the “Asking for a Friend” collection, Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson team up to propose “4 Questions Every Couple Should Answer.”
Truthfully, we are the product of our choices which are the driving force for how we build our relationships. We have the opportunity to be proactive by asking healthy questions to lay the groundwork to our interactions with each other.
Although conflict is inevitable we get to choose to fight for life rather than fight against each other. The good news is that we can look to God’s perfect design to govern our relationships.
February 20, 2020
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There is a lot packed in the saying, “children are the future.” After all, a child’s nurturing has the potential to shape their mindset long into adulthood.
During the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout ”It’s Not Babysitting, It's Leadership Development,” VOUS Kids Director Blaire Duron sits with servant leaders to talk about stewarding next-generation leaders.
Kid care is not limited to looking after a child while their parent attends church service, it is instructing the child to walk in the path of Jesus. We can constructively and creatively sow into the lives of children a love for God's kingdom. As the children under our care develop and grow in their talents and passion for God, we'll discover that we are doing just the same.
February 17, 2020
Beauty is culturally praised but it does not equate to security. Secure individuals have an unshakable sense of who they are. Their confidence enables them to build strong connections.
During the message, “4 Secrets to a Secure Woman,” from the collection of talks “Asking for a Friend,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shows us four truths women should lean into to lead happy and healthy relationships.
Learning from Proverbs 31 we discover a secure woman knows her worth. She holds on tightly to God's promises, which teach her to rely on her inner beauty and character. She understands external charm inevitably fades, but fearing the Lord produces beauty beyond the eye, adding peace and value to the lives of those who surround her.
February 15, 2020
Goals do not determine success, systems do. There are systems to everything we do, and they are a direct result of what we've created or simply tolerated.
During Session 2 of Team Conference 2019, Pastor Craig Groeschel gives leadership a talk on implementing systems in day to day life. For us to evolve in both our goals and our relationship with God, we must consider the systems we create.
Systems support behaviors, which enable habits, that then deliver outcomes. Be encouraged to know that as you faithfully commit to a healthy system, God will be by your side helping you become all he intended you to be.