LOVE IS LOCAL - Love Is, Part 4

[NOTE: Audio missing for the first 3 minutes.  Technical difficulties.  My apologies.]

"Love isn't just loving your neighbor; it's also loving your neighborhood."

Week 4 in the Love Is series and this week we looked at the fourth characteristic when it comes to Christ-like love: LOVE IS LOCAL.

In this message, you'll hear me talk about one of the foundational principles upon which STSA was built:  Genuine Love for our Community.  More importantly, you'll get to hear someone else share about how fulfilling this principle made a huge impact on their life and deepened their relationship with God and with His Church.

Check out the video about and see for yourself.  And get ready to start seeing your neighborhood in a whole new light!

Welcome to The BodyShop - Part 1

If rain, sleet and snow won't stop the US Postal service, then it certainly won't stop us either!  We had a foot of snow in the DC on Saturday and that stopped us from being able to meet together in person; but it didn't stop us from Church!

Because as we saw in yesterday's message, the Church isn't a place we go... the Church is who we are!  I am the Church and there is no greater honor than for me to say that and identify myself as a member of the "theanthropic" Body of Christ (big word explained in the message).

That's the point of our newest series, The BodyShop.  We'll been given a great honor in being part of the Body and every week in this series, we'll look at a different aspect of what it means to be a HEALTHY member of that Body.

Welcome to The BodyShop!

Laying Hold of God's Promise [video]

Too often, it seems like there's a disconnect between God's promise and our possession.  In other words, we hear/read many great things that God promises to His children (peace, joy, power, victory, etc.) but we seldom find any of those things in our possession.  Why is that? Check out yesterday's message from The Well - LAYING HOLD OF GOD'S PROMISE - and you'll see why.  

The problem isn't that God doesn't fulfill His promises; the problem is that we aren't looking for the right thing.  

We're looking for trees, but God is giving out seeds.

FOCUS ON BRICKS, NOT BUILDINGS - Build Your Kingdom Part 4

ONE WEEK LEFT in the Build Your Kingdom campaign!  As we approach the end and our goal seems nearly impossible, this week we got a reminder of what a true Kingdom Builder mindset looks like.  Focus on BRICKS, not BUILDINGS. Or as Solomon put it "The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.”  (Proverbs 21:31)

And keep laying those BRICKS!!!

More than Just a Building

Over the past few weeks, you've heard me talk a lot about our Build Your Kingdom campaign and about how we're trying to build a house for God here in Arlington, VA.  You may be asking yourself "Why?  Why do you need a building?  Why do you need it now?  And why this particular building?" Well here's your answer!  

Below are three videos that will answer your questions:  Our Story,Our Need, and Why This Building (this third one is the longest but it's my favorite because in it I tell the story of how we came to know that God wants this building - very personal, very moving, don't miss this one!).


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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH - Build Your Kingdom Part 3

Discouragement: we've all been there.  We've all faced it.  We know how it feels and how paralyzing it can be.  The only people who avoid discouragement are people who never attempt to do anything hard/great in this world.

So what happens when a kingdom builder gets discouraged?  Is that even allowed?  Aren't the "spiritual" people always supposed to be upbeat and positive?  What happens when the "good guys" get down?

That's this week's topic in the Build Your Kingdom series.  Check out the video above and watch as I share how I personally went through some discouragement recently and how I dug my way out of it.  Trust me, if you're feeling down or discouraged, you MUST watch this message.

And I pray that God uses it to pick you up as He did me as well.


"No praying man or woman accomplishes so much with so little expenditure of time as when he or she is praying."  A.E. McAdam

Part 2 of the Build Your Kingdom series and this week we looked at our most important tool when it comes to building God's Kingdom.  Not money, not manpower, not experience or intelligence... our most important tool is PRAYER.

Why?  Because "unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127:1)

In this week's message, we look at Nehemiah - a man who led God's people to accomplish an incredible feat - as a model of the kind of prayer that builds kingdoms.  We'll see what was Nehemiah's secret to success and see what four factors make up kingdom building prayer.

THE CALL TO BUILD - Build Your Kingdom Part 1

"Consider now, for the Lord has chosen YOU to build a house for the sanctuary;be strong, and do it.” 1 Chronicles 28:10

The Build Your Kingdom series officially kicked off yesterday with a message titled "THE CALL TO BUILD."  We looked at why having a visible building is so important to a invisible God (hint: it isn't for His sake as much as it is for our sake).

- God built a home for He and Adam (the garden of Eden).  

- God commanded Moses to build a home for Him among the Israelites in the wilderness (the tabernacle).

- God put it on David's heart to build him a permanent home in Jerusalem (the temple).

- And when that temple got destroyed, God moved in heart of the king and in the spirits of His people to rebuild that home and restore His sanctuary (see the book of Ezra).

And now God is putting it on our hearts at STSA to build Him a home as well - not for the purpose of building a building, but rather for the purpose of BUILDING HIS KINGDOM.

Check out part 1 of the series above and let's get ready to build!