Christian Marriage: Gift or Curse? (October 24, 2010)

Some see marriage as a curse to be avoided.  Christians see it as a gift to celebrate…and a crucible, in which they are tested and changed for the better. In this message we explore C. S. Lewis' thought on Christian marriage and its biblical foundations in the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul.  We learn that Christian marriage is the miracle of a total union; the courage to make a lifelong commitment; the promise to love, not just feel 'in love';  and a gift (among others) to be treasured.  Click this link to download

Harnessing the Power of Desire (October 17, 2010)

God’s word does not tell us to deny our desires, but to discipline and redirect them.  There are at least four distorted ideas about desire in our contemporary culture that hinder the fulfillment of our deepest longings.  In this message we learn (i) that putting limitations on our desires is not harmful, it's essential; (ii) that God is pleased by and works through our imperfect efforts; (iii) that negative attitudes about sexuality, the body, and pleasure are unbiblical; and (iv) that the center of the human being is not our sexual identity but our identity as children of God.  Click this link to download

Why Should Christians Behave? (October 10, 2010)

For many people, “morality” (the idea that there are standards of right and wrong behavior) stands for everything that gets in the way of freedom, it represents all that interferes and keeps us from having fun. In truth, morality (at least from the Christian perspective) is not what prevents us from playing and having fun, it’s what makes it possible to play at all -- much as a football game is not much fun if players have no teams, no field goals or boundary lines, and no referees to call the game. To be more precise, Christ reveals three essential reasons why behavior matters….There is a need for harmony between us, harmony within us, and harmony with the One who made us.  Click this link to download

The Perfect Penitent (October 3, 2010)

If Christ was not a deranged lunatic or an egomaniacal liar, but God come in the flesh...why, and for what purpose did he come?   His first followers are unanimous in telling us that Christ came not only to show us how to live but, most surprising of all, to die. How has Christ's death helped us?  How is his life spread to us; and...how will we respond? Listen to this third message in a series based on C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity and its biblical foundations.  Click this link to download