Victim to Victor

Key Scripture: Acts 19:11-20

We all face problems that make us feel powerless: financial hardship, physical struggles, family issues, fear, and an uncertain future. So many things in life seem beyond our control. We are also spiritual beings who fight against a spiritual enemy who daily wreaks havoc in our lives. While we should be aware, we have nothing to fear. Jesus has given us His authority over every evil in this world. This authority doesn’t come from religiousness or spirituality, but from an intimate relationship with Him. Stop living as a victim. There’s victory in His Name!

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Ephesians 6:10-12

  • Philippians 2:9-11

  • Luke 4:36

  • 2 Peter 2:19

  • 1 Corinthians 15:57

Q and Atypical

Key Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33

God has a plan for your family that is anything but typical and far better than anything you can design yourself. While every person's circumstance is unique, His Word provides us with answers to every question and strength for every situation. No matter what you're going through or what challenges you're facing, you and your family don't need to settle for typical!

Atypical Blending

Key Scripture: Colossians 3:11-17

According to research, 40% of families in the U.S. are blended families, and more than 60% of them will ultimately fail. While the stepfamily isn’t God's original design, it can still become a family according to God’s design. Just like most blended families, the early Church was made up of very different people who had very different behaviors and backgrounds. These differences created conflict and tensions that were difficult to overcome. Still, God called His children to come together as one spiritual family. Even today, the Church serves as conclusive proof that every family can experience health, healing and wholeness in Christ.

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Matthew 19:3-9

  • Psalm 32:1-2, 5

  • Colossians 3:11-17

  • Matthew 1:16

Atypical Parents

Key Scripture: Ephesians 6:1-4

Typically, the parent - child relationship can be one of the most challenging we have, yet it is also one of the most rewarding. We read in the Psalms “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” Yet so often it can feel more like a curse. So what do we need to do to experience the blessings of this relationship? God’s Atypical plan instructs us how!

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Proverbs 22:6

  • Psalm 127:3-5

  • Deuteronomy 6:2

  • Deuteronomy 6:6-7

  • “Being a parent is dirty and scary and beautiful and hard and miraculous and exhausting and thankless and joyful and frustrating all at once.” - Jill Smokler

Atypical Marriage

Key Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33

The typical marriage is a daily tug-of-war between two people trying to get their needs met. At first, attraction and infatuation cloak the selfishness in our hearts. Inevitably, however, unmet expectations pile up and the avalanche of disappointment crushes any hope of a “happily ever after.” God designed marriage to expose and uproot the selfishness that is destructive to our lives and relationships. He gives us marriage roles and responsibilities that point to His example of self-sacrificial Love. Do you want a better marriage? It’s time to follow His atypical example.

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • 1 Philippians 2:5-8

  • 2 Matthew 20:25-28

  • 3 2 Corinthians 5:15

  • 4 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Atypical Dating

Key Scripture: Genesis 2:22-24

In today's world there are endless sources of advice and tips for the dating scene. Some of the advice may be good, but it’s typically geared toward finding “the right one,” and based on a worldly, cultural philosophy. All of it falls woefully short when compared to God's Word, and when God’s Word is used to build a foundation, it produces relationships that endure for the long haul.

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Proverbs 16:25

  • Genesis 2:22

  • Genesis 2:24

  • 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Anything But Typical

Key Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-20

We all want more than the typical family. We want an extraordinary family that's marked by unconditional love, respect and fighting for each other. So, why do we end up with the same old family that's marred by unmet expectations, regret and fighting with each other? God has a different plan for your life and for your family, and His plan is anything but typical. Just as He is holy, He has made us holy in Christ. He wants to make your family an exception, so that He can make it exceptional. Do you know what He wants to change today?

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • “Modern Christians hope to save the world by being like it, but it will never work. The Church's power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it, never from her integration into it." - A.W. Tozer

  • Corinthians 6:17

  • John 17:15-17

  • Revelation 4:8

  • 1 Peter 1:15-16

Decide

Key Scripture: Acts 17:1-34

Like it or not, we all have to make decisions. Do you ever wish you could find a way to always make the right one? Life is composed of a series of decisions, which is why it’s so important to have a plan for making wise choices. This is something many people never consider, yet the Bible isn’t a story book but a guide. If we follow a plan based on God’s Word, we’ll make decisions wisely and avoid the difficulties and heartaches that come from wrong choices.

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Joshua 24:15

  • 2 Corinthians 9:7

  • Psalm 25:12

  • Psalm 119:105

  • Proverbs 3:5-6

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:13

  • Joshua 1:8

  • Matthew 4:4

  • 2 Timothy 2:15

Defeating Defeat

Key Scripture: Acts 16:25-34

Life isn’t fair. This world can beat us up and hold us captive. Our natural tendency when we go through trials is to focus more on ourselves, but peace comes from fixing our eyes on Christ. Peace comes when we worship. Peace comes when we're no longer trying to escape our trouble, but finally discover the true freedom that only God can bring.

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Hebrews 12:26-29

  • 2 Corinthians 3:17

  • James 1:2

  • Psalm 23:4

  • 1 Peter 1:6-7

All for the Glory of God

Key Scripture: Acts 15

It’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important. We tend to make minor issues major and miss the major issues entirely. We get caught up in our rights as Christians and concerned with everything others are doing wrong. What’s most important to Jesus? The unity of His Church. As we face disagreements and potentially divisive issues with other believers, we must do everything possible to avoid both legalism and lawlessness and to pursue love. Don’t judge, don’t stumble, and do all for the glory of God.

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Matthew 23:24

  • 1 Corinthians 9:12

  • Romans 14:13-19

  • John 17:22-23