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Genesis: The Earth Shall Be Blessed
God created everything good, and we made a mess of things. But there is hope for a good world again.

This hope is not in what we can achieve, but in what God has promised to accomplish Himself. For no matter what comes, God has promised the earth shall be blessed.

Join us this summer as we continue in Genesis to see the resilient love of God for His world. For us. For you.

Be with us this summer as we look back at the timeless book of Genesis. May we discover who we’re meant to be by encountering the One who has always been.

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Nathan Miller - January 21, 2018

03 Attention

Simply Different - Brookside Campus

Luke 12:35-40

From Series: "Simply Different - Brookside Campus"

Overwhelmed. Distracted. Stressed. Overcommitted schedules. Overcommitted paychecks. This is normal in our culture. But there is another way to live. We are invited to something different. Something better. Something simpler. Join us this January as we see how Jesus extends an invitation to trade this “normal” life for something simply different.

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Nathan Miller - January 21, 2018

03 Attention

Simply Different - Brookside Campus

Luke 12:35-40

From Series: "Simply Different - Brookside Campus"

Overwhelmed. Distracted. Stressed. Overcommitted schedules. Overcommitted paychecks. This is normal in our culture. But there is another way to live. We are invited to something different. Something better. Something simpler. Join us this January as we see how Jesus extends an invitation to trade this “normal” life for something simply different.

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Nathan Miller - December 16, 2018

04 Home Is a Place of Comfort

Coming Home - Downtown Campus

Isaiah 40:1-11

From Series: "Coming Home - Downtown Campus"

The holidays are a time when we think about home. For some, home is a place of warm memories. For others, home was a place you couldn’t wait to escape. But all of us have some sense that we aren’t quite at home in the world. One of the many ways the Bible talks about the human experience is the feeling of being away from our true home. The Bible calls this exile. We are all—to use Steinbeck’s turn of phrase—living East of Eden. This Advent we are going to explore our longing for home and look at the hope that the Old Testament book of Isaiah offers that one day we will be able to come home at last.

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Nathan Miller - December 16, 2018

04 Home Is a Place of Comfort

Coming Home - Downtown Campus

Isaiah 40:1-11

From Series: "Coming Home - Downtown Campus"

The holidays are a time when we think about home. For some, home is a place of warm memories. For others, home was a place you couldn’t wait to escape. But all of us have some sense that we aren’t quite at home in the world. One of the many ways the Bible talks about the human experience is the feeling of being away from our true home. The Bible calls this exile. We are all—to use Steinbeck’s turn of phrase—living East of Eden. This Advent we are going to explore our longing for home and look at the hope that the Old Testament book of Isaiah offers that one day we will be able to come home at last.

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Nathan Miller - May 21, 2017

04 Sloth & Diligence

Vices and Virtues - Leawood Campus

Luke 10:38-42

From Series: "Vices and Virtues - Leawood Campus"

What steals joy, impedes spiritual growth, ruins relationships, brings entire civilizations down, and can be found in each of us? The answer is vice — sinful habits of mind and body that characterize life without God. In church history, descriptions of the allure and danger of vice abound. This includes the attempt to list the most central vices — the seven deadly sins. In Scripture, too, the vices are taken seriously, warned against, and condemned as deceitful and destructive. But how do we escape from these vices? We find in the writings of both ancient and modern philosophers, in church history down through the centuries, and, most importantly, throughout the entirety of Scripture, that we escape vice by growing in virtue - healthy habits of mind and body that characterize life with God. Join us for Vices and Virtues as we walk through the Scriptures to consider how to escape the dangerous allure of the vices and how to grow in the divine vibrancy of the virtues.

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Nathan Miller - May 21, 2017

04 Sloth & Diligence

Vices and Virtues - Leawood Campus

Luke 10:38-42

From Series: "Vices and Virtues - Leawood Campus"

What steals joy, impedes spiritual growth, ruins relationships, brings entire civilizations down, and can be found in each of us? The answer is vice — sinful habits of mind and body that characterize life without God. In church history, descriptions of the allure and danger of vice abound. This includes the attempt to list the most central vices — the seven deadly sins. In Scripture, too, the vices are taken seriously, warned against, and condemned as deceitful and destructive. But how do we escape from these vices? We find in the writings of both ancient and modern philosophers, in church history down through the centuries, and, most importantly, throughout the entirety of Scripture, that we escape vice by growing in virtue - healthy habits of mind and body that characterize life with God. Join us for Vices and Virtues as we walk through the Scriptures to consider how to escape the dangerous allure of the vices and how to grow in the divine vibrancy of the virtues.

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Nathan Miller - May 26, 2019

13 The Earth Shall Be Blessed

Genesis: In the Beginning - Olathe Campus

Genesis 12:1-3

From Series: "Genesis: In the Beginning - Olathe Campus"

How did we get here? More than just a question of origins, this is an inquiry into the meaning of life, the purpose of humanity, the problems of the world, and the direction of history. While humanity has put forth many attempts to answer these questions, it is clear that a pervasive confusion still remains in our search for who and why we are. Perhaps our confusion is a result of starting from the wrong place. We are tempted to find the answer within ourselves. But what if the answer was never meant to start with us? What if, instead, the better answer starts somewhere else or with Someone else? Join us this spring as we look back at the timeless book of Genesis in order to live forward in our cultural moment. And as we do, may we discover who we’re meant to be by encountering the One who has always been.

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Nathan Miller - May 26, 2019

13 The Earth Shall Be Blessed

Genesis: In the Beginning - Olathe Campus

Genesis 12:1-3

From Series: "Genesis: In the Beginning - Olathe Campus"

How did we get here? More than just a question of origins, this is an inquiry into the meaning of life, the purpose of humanity, the problems of the world, and the direction of history. While humanity has put forth many attempts to answer these questions, it is clear that a pervasive confusion still remains in our search for who and why we are. Perhaps our confusion is a result of starting from the wrong place. We are tempted to find the answer within ourselves. But what if the answer was never meant to start with us? What if, instead, the better answer starts somewhere else or with Someone else? Join us this spring as we look back at the timeless book of Genesis in order to live forward in our cultural moment. And as we do, may we discover who we’re meant to be by encountering the One who has always been.

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Nathan Miller - November 5, 2017

05 A Life Willing to Suffer

Life: A task too big for us - Shawnee Mission Campus

Jeremiah 20:1-13

From Series: "Life: A task too big for us - Shawnee Mission Campus"

Life flows in one of two directions. For most, life declines into dullness. We become like everyone around us. We buy what everyone else buys. We do what everyone else does. We believe what everyone else believes. We want to be ourselves, unique and different, but instead we slide into the grain of what everyone else is doing. It takes courage to fight the grain of living a small life - only a few have it. Jeremiah had the same choice. Live like everyone else, or live the life God called him to. The only problem is, Jeremiah had no chance of living that life. God called him, and calls us, to a life we have no chance of living. Why would God give anyone a life that is too hard or too big to accomplish? Because we were never meant to live life in our own strength. We were never meant to live like everyone else. We were always meant to live for God, who always calls us to a life that is too big for us. Jeremiah lived that life. A life he could never have lived on his own. Jeremiah had radical faith in God, so He lived like no one else. He was unique. He said things others were not willing to say. He did things others were not willing to do. He suffered things others were not willing to suffer. How do we live a life that is too big for us? Join us as we journey together through the life of Jeremiah.

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Nathan Miller - November 5, 2017

05 A Life Willing to Suffer

Life: A task too big for us - Shawnee Mission Campus

Jeremiah 20:1-13

From Series: "Life: A task too big for us - Shawnee Mission Campus"

Life flows in one of two directions. For most, life declines into dullness. We become like everyone around us. We buy what everyone else buys. We do what everyone else does. We believe what everyone else believes. We want to be ourselves, unique and different, but instead we slide into the grain of what everyone else is doing. It takes courage to fight the grain of living a small life - only a few have it. Jeremiah had the same choice. Live like everyone else, or live the life God called him to. The only problem is, Jeremiah had no chance of living that life. God called him, and calls us, to a life we have no chance of living. Why would God give anyone a life that is too hard or too big to accomplish? Because we were never meant to live life in our own strength. We were never meant to live like everyone else. We were always meant to live for God, who always calls us to a life that is too big for us. Jeremiah lived that life. A life he could never have lived on his own. Jeremiah had radical faith in God, so He lived like no one else. He was unique. He said things others were not willing to say. He did things others were not willing to do. He suffered things others were not willing to suffer. How do we live a life that is too big for us? Join us as we journey together through the life of Jeremiah.

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