LIVING YOUR STRENGTHS Part 1 - The Power of the Right Fit

God didn't create you to be GOOD at everything, but He did create you to be GREAT at something.

That's the premise of the latest series at The Well called LIVING YOUR STRENGTHS.  The idea is that yes, you can do whatever you want it if you try hard enough - but that doesn't mean that you can do it WELL.  Based on the highly renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder ® assessment, the Living Your Strengths series will help you identify your God-given strengths and how to use them for your growth and for God’s glory.

God created us all uniquely – with different strengths – in order that the Body of Christ would be complete. The Church - including YOUR church - needs everyone’s strengths in order to be operating at full strength and fulfilling God's mission in the world.

Jesus in Weakness (sermon video)

I’ve been a priest for close to 12 years now.  And in those 12 years, I’ve probably preached more than 1,000 sermons.  But very few of them have ever touched me in the same way as the one below.

This is the video of a sermon I gave two years ago during this same time of year – the second week of Lent.  It is based on the passage from Matthew 4:1-11, the temptation of Christ in the wilderness.

I just watched it this morning and could still feel the chills in my spine as I remembered the picture of Jesus during those 40 days in the desert.  The picture is not a pleasant one at all – it’s not the strong Jesus that we love to picture, or the Almighty Jesus or the Eternal Jesus.  Instead we see a picture of a weak Jesus.  A hungry Jesus.  A Jesus in need of help from the angels.  And that picture breaks my heart.

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Spiritual Sweat Part 4 - SERVICE

SERVICE - a word that means different things to different people.  The longer you've been a "church person" the more you've probably formed ideas of what this word means and what it's supposed to look like.  

Well, I think you might need to reevaluate your understanding of the word service and see what Jesus really meant when He said: "Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all." (Mark 10:43-44).