May 24, 2020
Even though the apostle Paul faced affliction after affliction, the story he told himself was based on faith in God instead of resentment over his suffering.
In “You'll Live To Tell Your Story,” part of “The Story You Tell Yourself” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. reveals how we can shift our perspective with Christ-centered whys.
Following Jesus is not the elimination of suffering—it is the addition of his comfort. If we didn’t go through hardships and pressure, we would never know God was a deliverer.
Our struggles create our stories. Sometimes God lets us hit rock bottom so we can discover he’s the rock at the bottom.
May 17, 2020
God has given us all the gift to create narratives with vivid imaginations. Imagination has been key in birthing resourcefulness throughout human history. But is it possible our ability to create stories might be a double-edged sword?
During the talk “How to Ruin Happily Ever After,” from the “The Story You Tell Yourself” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. cautions us to be mindful of the stories we create of one another.
Enabling peace in our relationships requires creating, communicating, and evaluating expectations that are known, achievable, and agreed upon. But even when we fall short, we have another tool to rely on in difficult times—an enduring trust in Jesus. Our belief in him always leads us to discover happily ever after.
May 10, 2020
There’s power in a great soundtrack. They silence distractions, help set the scene, and are the unsung heroes of any story.
In “The Soundtrack of Your Story,” part of “The Story You Tell Yourself” collection, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson shows us how we can turn the soundtrack of our lives into worship for a God that listens.
David wrote songs to God in every season of his life. Though the soundtrack of his story varied, whether he was in the valley or the mountaintop, the one he was talking to never changed.
As you talk to Jesus, he talks to you. And the Holy Spirit reminds you of all that Jesus said while he was here.
What’s the soundtrack to your story?
May 3, 2020
For the plot twists in life, we can never fully prepare. However, that truth doesn't leave us hopeless. We can prepare for how we respond to the page-turners of our story.
In "The Story You Tell Yourself: A Different Story," Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. urges us to face facts with faith.
Faith consists of believing before seeing. Yet how do we actively face facts with faith? We do so by speaking positive despite the negative. We do
so by speaking life and believing that although the promises aren't being fulfilled today that they will be tomorrow.
Let’s live in faith and clear the fog off our lenses to focus on God's word of a promised land awaiting
April 26, 2020
In every scenario we find ourselves, there's a push and pull. At once we are held taught and stretched by the events of daily life swirling around us. Our challenge is to remain flexible enough that we don’t snap but remain solid.
In “The Story You Tell Yourself: Two Sides to Every Story,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson invites us to strike a balance despite pressures because we have God-given ability to overcome.
Palm trees are fascinating. As they grow tall, top-heavy with leaves and fruit, they stand firm even as they face hurricane winds. The beautiful trees have a lesson in duality to share. We can be both solid and flexible to better endure the forces that come our way. Fragility doesn't need to lead to a complete break. Instead, we can stretch and remain rooted in the strength God has given us.
April 19, 2020
There’s nothing like being drawn into a good story. From superhero adventures to comedies, stories have a way of touching our hearts.
“The Story You Tell Yourself” collection kicks off with an enlightening talk by Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It.”
Compelling stories are composed of characters, settings, plots, conflicts, and resolutions. In our story called “Life” the author is also the hero who brings about the final resolution. When we understand the story of the gospel, we are able to securely fit our characters into the parts God has asked us to play.
April 12, 2020
Flipping through the channels, it’s no secret that as we turn to the news we get flooded with heavy stories. Yet within the sea of chaos, there is good news to be proclaimed.
In an Easter finale of the “To Hell & Back” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. stirs our faith with the talk “In Other News."
Reality is, bad reports will always be circulating, but we can choose to listen to the announcement of a resurrected savior. We as believers can stand remembering that although there is devastation, Jesus is alive and we can get through anything.
In a world driven by drama and trends, we can turn down the volume on fear and turn it up on the hopeful truths found in God’s word.
April 11, 2020
It seemed simple enough. To eat and drink in honor of the one who had changed their worlds. Little did the disciples know that they’d be first to take part in a moment to be celebrated in Christian households for years to come.
In this “VOUS Good Friday at Home,” sing with VOUS Worship and listen to Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson share about the sacrifice of God’s perfect Son. Together, we’ll practice Jesus’ words, “do this in remembrance of me.”
April 6, 2020
Have you ever been asked to serve in a capacity you just didn’t see fit? From washing feet to saving lives there was no act of service our savior would pass up in return for a relationship with us.
In an uplifting continuation of the “To Hell and Back” collection Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. calls us to check our heart in the message “What Are You Washing?”
Jesus made it plain that his commission was not to receive anything rather give everything he had, even his life. Although his days were numbered, Jesus left us with the practical truth that as we humbly are of service to others we will receive the abundance of his love.
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.