PAST MESSAGES

PAST MESSAGES

The Gospel of John
In John chapter 9, we read of a man who was blind from birth. Then Jesus comes along and rubs mud over the blind man’s eyes. An initial observation of this passage may lead you to think that God is making a bigger mess of what’s already a problem...
The Gospel of John
Having questions and having strong faith are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the Bible gives us many examples of faithful people whose faith is stretched and made stronger through unanswered questions. But the posture of your questioning may say...
The Gospel of John
Ever since the devil lied to Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, humanity – you and I – have been listening to voices from so many places that are not Jesus. We believe the lie that more power or more wealth will fulfill us. We believe that sex or...
S'Go!
Too often we sit back and embrace a namby-pamby weak stick faith lounging in the locker room sipping Gatorade instead of running our race. The author of Hebrews challenges us not to settle for a half-lived life, but to step out and run our race...
S'Go!
The Greek word for “race” in Hebrews 12:1-3 implies agony – that our race will be grueling and require endurance & perseverance. Indeed, throughout scripture we’re told that suffering is a certainty in life. Without invalidating our pain...
S'Go!
The author of Hebrews 12 calls us to “run with perseverance the great race marked out for us.” In your own race – your relationships, your pain & problems, your joys & successes, your aspirations, your very life in its entirety – you’re running it...
Other Messages
What is the condition of your heart and soul? As you look forward into the year ahead, planning where you’ll focus your energy and what you’d like to accomplish, put a high priority on the condition of your heart. God wants you to become the best...
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As we head into a new year, may you trust that God wants to do something new in you and through you in 2020. Pray bigger prayers and dream bigger dreams as you join God in what he's doing in the world because YOU are the new God wants to do.
Radical Generosity
Does money tell you what to do? Does it boss you around and dictate how you’re going to live your life? Do you put your confidence in it? Do you feel peace only if there’s enough cash in the bank or if your investments are doing well? In scripture...
Radical Generosity
How do you feel about forgiveness? You probably feel great about it unless you have some forgiving to do… As God teaches us how to pray in The Lord’s Prayer, he’s also teaching us how to live. Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our...
Radical Generosity
There is a time for correction, and there is a place for confrontation, but there is no room for the graceless criticism that characterizes so much of our conversation behind closed doors. If we can’t say anything nice, what does that say about...
The Gospel of John
In the Gospel of John, Jesus declares that he is the light of the world. Jesus has the power to bring light to the shadows and chaos of our lives, exposing the darkness and making way for his radiant light.
The Gospel of John
If we were to sneak up on you when no one’s looking, what might we catch you doing? In John chapter 8, we read a scandalous story about a woman caught in a shameful situation; however, the woman’s story is not the most interesting part...
The Gospel of John
Jesus came to us as God in the flesh, and the Holy Spirit is God in our flesh. It is our job to flesh out the love of Jesus here on earth.
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In Romans 12, we are called to respond to the good news of the gospel by offering our whole selves as a living sacrifice. Because God gave everything, give God everything -- then keep giving it.
The Gospel of John
The Bible tells us that if we seek out the will of God, we will find it. Sometimes we miss finding it because what we want to learn from Him isn’t what he wants to teach us.
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Psalm 133, one of the shortest psalms in the Psalter, offers one of the most important yet overlooked truths about life. It describes the beautiful luxury, extravagance, and abundance that can be found in spiritual community. If you experience...
God and the Movies 2019
Sometimes, when things are bad, we are called to step in and be the light in the darkness or encourage someone who can. What if God has allowed you to face the most painful struggles of life, to heal from the most brutal pain, what if God has...
God & The Movies 2019
The Bible is filled with the imagery of God as our Father -- And specifically of God adopting us. Galatians 4:5-7 says “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law...
God & the Movies
What if all the songs of the world’s greatest rock band simply disappeared from the memory of the world? There was a song sung at the beginning of all things – music with a message for our world and all creation: God is good, and you are loved.
Other Messages
Do you ever feel that your life is not turning out the way that it was supposed to? Perhaps the version of your life that is panning out is not your first choice of how you’d like your life to be. In a way, we as Christians are all living in exile...
God and the Movies 2019
Are you a slave to doing? Do you feel the pressure of responsibility to all the people and projects that depend on you? Are you stressing about all the things you want to achieve within your work or in your personal life? We so often feel that our...
God and the Movies 2019
In Batkid Begins, we hear about the story of Miles – a child whose entire family was thrust into the world of cancer after a terrifying and confusing diagnosis. Miles’ story is picked up by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and literally thousands of...
God and the Movies
Friendship – even at its best – is never perfect, because people aren’t perfect. Friends disappoint us; friends exasperate us; friends wound us. But we believe that friendship is worth fighting for. Friends encourage; friends heal; friends lift...
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God loves you, and God wants to bless you. Even when this seems difficult to see, may you have the faith to receive. "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward...
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Reading scripture, you won’t find a detailed description of what the devil looks like, but you will find warnings of what the devil does. According to the bible, the devil is a spiritual entity whose mission is to thwart the mission of Jesus...
The Gospel of John
Have you ever had an idea in your mind about what God is supposed to do in your life? Perhaps along your journey, you’ve experienced pain, confusion, or detours that don’t align with the idea you had. Perhaps these detours make you wonder if God...
The Gospel of John
Some messages are timeless. They can be shared any time and anywhere, and can always be applicable. Some messages are timely. They resonate particularly strongly in your soul because of the circumstances of your current life situation. If you are...
The Gospel of John
In John chapter 6, we read accounts of some of the most well-known miracles of Jesus, including Jesus walking on water and feeding the 5000. Perhaps we’ve been missing something from these well-known stories…
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Do you ever feel that God doesn’t hear your desperate cries? Worse yet, do you ever feel that he is intentionally ignoring you? Perhaps it feels as if you’ve been totally abandoned by God. When your pain has put God out of reach or your depression...
The Gospel of John
If you saw someone you knew couldn’t walk for 38 years all of a sudden begin walking, would that get your attention? Would that lend credibility to the one who performed the miracle? In The Gospel of John, Jesus performs that exact miracle. But...
The Gospel of John
Many followers of Christ have a favorite verse they cling to and it becomes their go-to in times of adversity or struggle. But do you have verses you find you would rather avoid? Maybe you want the God from Philippians 4:19 to ‘supply all...
The Gospel of John
Do you want to be made whole? What would it take for you to be freed of the painful deficiencies and barriers in your life? For some of us, it would take a miracle. But what if that miracle already happened, just not the way you expected? In John...
The Gospel of John
What happens to your faith when your heart is set on a prayer God hasn’t answered yet? What happens to your faith if God doesn’t give you exactly what you want when and how you’re praying for it? Have you built your life on a faith contingent on...
The Gospel of John
At Capital, our mission is to lead others to become Christ-centered disciples. The woman at the well in John 4 gives us an example of how we can be a catalyst for God’s love to those around us in our discipleship journey. The Samaritan woman came....
Other Messages
In Matthew 6:25, Jesus provides us with a simple yet seemingly impossible instruction: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…” Yet most of us begin and end our days with worry. We worry we won’t have enough time, we won’t have enough...
Gospel of John
We have a phrase we say around here all the time: “Grace without truth isn’t love.” Many people are afraid of coming to God because they’re afraid of hearing the truth about themselves. But because of his grace, you don’t have to be afraid of the...
Gospel of John
God gives us the freedom to live as we choose, and we make this choice every day. Either I’ll let God have his way, or he’ll let me have mine.
The Gospel of John
The Bible uses many words to describe God. We see him called Holy, powerful, righteous and faithful… Are these the same words you would use to describe God? Maybe there’s a part of you that feels God is distant. Maybe there was a time in your life...
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In today’s culture, we place a high value on being busy and working hard. To be sure, the bible calls us to glorify the Lord through our work by pouring our hearts into everything we do (Col. 3:23-24; 1 Corinth. 15:58). But too often...
Other Messages
Rest your soul. You’re not in control. Even for those of us that believe in the sovereignty and goodness of God, this can still be an unsettling idea. For the most part, we know much of life is out of our control. We often even rely on this truth...
Other Messages
Have you ever had a difficult time asking for or receiving a blessing? Perhaps you felt like it came at a time when you least deserved it. Maybe you hesitated to tell a friend, family member or even God what you really wanted because you...
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“Love one another, just as I have loved you.” These were some of the final words Jesus shared with us before he met his fate on the cross. Among the truths Christ shared in this world, many revolve around how we should treat each other. In fact...
Easter
What was the darkest season of your life? When we observe Easter today, it is a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Christ and our freedom from the trappings of sin. But on the first Easter the followers of Christ saw it quite differently...
The Gospel of John
Do you have preconceived notions about who you think the messiah should be? Does it ever bother you when Jesus doesn’t do or say exactly what you think he should? The Jesus you’ll find within the pages of John’s Gospel is a Messiah who embodies...
The Gospel of John
What is the least likely way you expect God to reveal himself to you this season? If you were to guess how God would to reveal the power and majesty of Jesus to the world, you might imagine something large and awe inspiring like moving mountains...
The Gospel of John
How do you feel about sharing your relationship with God with those around you? While there is a private and powerful nature to our faith, we are not meant to journey with him alone. In the Gospel of John, we see how the faith of one can plant...
Other Messages
Do you wish God would speak more often or more loudly into your life? We live in a world filled with noise. Maybe it’s the T.V. we turn on when we get home, the radio in the car, the earbuds we put in as soon as we get to the gym, that playlist of...
The Gospel of John
Would you consider yourself a Christian? What about a disciple of Christ? At the end of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus gives his followers a mission, saying, “Go into the world and make disciples.”, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that by looking at...
The Gospel of John
Have you ever prayed for something that seemed perfectly reasonable only to never see that particular hope come to life? You prayed your heart out and for whatever reason, God chose not to grant your request. When God’s people were praying to be...
The Gospel of John
Have you ever faced a problem in your life so big, so unsolvable, it made you question if even God was competent and compassionate enough to lift it from your shoulders? Mankind has always struggled to comprehend our mighty God. When we stumble...
The Gospel of John
As Christians, most of us will tell you the power of God’s grace has saved us. This truth alone is a beautiful gift, but it’s more than a one-time gift. It pursues us, strengthens, emboldens, and softens us. Can all of us say God’s grace has...
Taste & See
Margaret Feinberg takes us on a fishing adventure through The Gospels. By providing the ins-and-outs of historical fishing practices on the Sea of Galilee, we discover the last place we want to go is often the first place God wants to meet us.
The Gospel of John
As we continue to dive deeper into The Gospel of John, we see many stories of those who witness the glory of God and are forever transformed. As Christians, we know choosing to walk with Christ can change every aspect of our lives, great and small...
The Gospel of John
As we begin our new series unpacking the Gospel of John, we see the true character of Jesus and the God who sent him through those who were closest to him. In these eye-witness stories, we find Jesus coming not to people who deserved him, but...
Other Messages
How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along this year? Did you make big plans for your career, health, finances, or your relationships? These are all great things to do, but what are your plans for working on who you want to be?
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We yearn to experience life in all its fullness and become the best version of ourselves but many of us don’t know where to begin or we get lost and distracted along the way. 
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Are the bad parts of our world influencing you? Do ever feel like there’s a carousel of negative thoughts running through your mind, telling you you’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough, God doesn’t love you and there’s no hope because...
Nothing to Fear
As we conclude our series on fear, God has one more message for us. Like many of God’s messages, this one can be a little hard to hear because sometimes God asks us to do very hard things. He asks us to let go of what we desperately want to hold...
Nothing to Fear
What would our faith look like if we knew without a doubt that God was not only with us, but firmly holding onto us? Where would our focus be? What if we trusted Christ’s promise to always be in the storm with us? Would it change the way we dive into
Nothing to Fear
How do you react when you're faced with a difficult decision? Do you run with your impulse reaction? Do you lose sleep for days or weeks wondering how you to handle that difficult decision at work, that hard conversation you need to have with a frie
Nothing to Fear
As we continue our series, Nothing to Fear, we pray it would sink into our bones that wherever we are, whether we’re curious or convicted, God is with us. He is with us when we’re joyful. He is with us when it’s the most wonderful time of year and...
Nothing to Fear
How big is your faith this season? Is it growing? Is it getting bigger and stronger? Or is your faith shrinking and dwindling? Wouldn’t you love to have the kind of faith that could bring strength from weakness and joy from sorrow? In our attempts to
Nothing to Fear
As Christians, we spend a lot of time talking, thinking, and praying about God’s will. How do we discern the will of God from our own desires, ambitions, and impulses? In 1 Samuel, we see David after he defeated Goliath now facing an enemy in...
Nothing to Fear
What do your fears tell you about your faith and where you’ve placed it? Do you fear conflict? Failure? Are you afraid of disappointing people? Are you terrified of looking stupid? So much of our misery in life comes from the fact we have begun...
Taste and See
Are your expectations twisting your perspective of the world around you? Expectations are strong, rigid beliefs that something will happen in a particular way by a particular day and are often marked by assumption or presumption. We expect...
Nothing to Fear
A lesson we learn about God in church is when our burdens pile up and we become overwhelmed, leaning on God through prayer is the first step toward relief. God is our father, our provider, our rock and foundation. What would you say if...
Taste and See
Do you believe you have all you need to succeed and thrive in this life? If your first thought was what you long for in your life and not a resounding yes, you may be one of the many people living in fear of scarcity. Do you worry you’ll never...
Taste and See
Did you know an olive tree can live to be thousands of years old? Olive trees are a symbol of peace not only in the bible, but throughout all our world. When Noah released a dove from the arc to discover if the waters had receded...
Nothing to Fear
Have you fallen under the power of fear’s spell? Fear convinces you to settle for a bad relationship. Fear persuades you to take a job you don’t love. Fear forces you to rush into a decision to escape the way you feel in the moment...
God and the Movies
What does it mean to be content? Is it a matter of settling for less than? Less than your dreams, less than your goals, less than that peak in the distance you always hoped you’d climb even if so many people along the way said you never would?
God and the Movies
“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?”
God and the Movies
What can we learn about loving each other by examining how God loves us? We know God’s love for us is unconditional. But love without condition doesn’t mean love without confrontation. Grace without truth isn’t love, but He shares that truth...
God and the Movies
Looking around our modern world, it’s hard to see any resemblance to the world of when the Bible was written. But if we look closely, there are many ways our worlds are the same. In the Bible you can find several stories of broken and hurt people
God and The Movies
No matter where you are in your life right now, odds are you are carrying a burden. Everybody’s got a burden. Some may be lighter than others, though it’s rarely healthy to compare them, but most of us can agree, the heaviest burden is one that is...
Series Title
Has God lived up to your expectations? Not all of us can say He has. Maybe you thought He’d do more to help your marriage, your career, or your health by now. Maybe you believe your struggles, or even you yourself, are just too small to bother...
Inside Out
Is there something you know God wants you to do? Where does His grace want to take you? Think back over all we’ve learned together from the Sermon on the Mount. This time when hear God’s call, don’t just listen with your ears… listen with your life
Inside Out
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus describes the life of His followers. He declares that those who live in tune with what God is doing on the Earth are generous people. His disciples don't just give, they naturally give. They joyfully give...
Inside Out
This week in our examination of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares some words of wisdom on the worries we carry in our lives and how we address them. Odds are, wherever you are today, there is something worrying you in your life right now...
Inside Out
We are often quick to assume, quick to judge, and quick to tell ourselves a story about who or what we see. Jesus shows us how to push through the external traits and impressions of the world around us and into the inner conditions of righteousness.
Inside Out
Anyone who has tried to forgive the sins of others can attest to the true glory and strength our God shows in his forgiveness. We can take the example of Jesus, and how he modeled forgiveness to apply to our own lives. Jesus took the initiative to of
Inside Out
In this week’s study of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls our attention to God’s forgiveness. Some of us have been walking with the heavy weight of guilt and shame of our sins. Maybe it’s a guilt you’ve carried around for years. Everybody has a...
Inside Out
As we continue our study of the Lord’s prayer this week, Jesus calls us to examine the presence and source of temptation in our lives. Though we traditionally translate the prayer “lead us not into temptation”, it is best understood in a...
Inside Out
Are you haunted by a fear of not having what you need when you need it? Do you fear not having enough time, money, wisdom, or talent? Is your fear of not having enough robbing you of your joy? Now imagine being free of fear. Imagine facing...
Inside Out
In the second verse of The Lord's Prayer, Jesus calls us to bring glory to God's name. When we say to the world, "I am a Christian", we say "This is what it looks like to live a life with Christ." Are you living up to His name? Does your life...
Inside Out
We all use the expression: Heaven on Earth. But what do we mean when we say that? If heaven is the sphere where God's will is perfectly followed, then wherever Heaven is peace reigns, justice holds sway, and love is the rule obeyed.
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Have you sent a prayer to heaven, and silently wondered if God really hears you? Have you given your life to Christ only to slowly take pieces of it back because you fear he shouldn’t be bothered or because you can manage some parts without him?
Inside Out
Often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer, in this section of the Sermon on the Mount we find a model prayer for each of us. Jesus said to address God as “our Father” when we pray, and not simply as “my Father” or “your Father.”
Inside Out
Our culture teaches us to become experts in the art of perception management. We obsess over optics. How we look and what people think of us often matters too much. So, how do we learn to recognize and root out the need for perception management...
Inside Out
The #1 surefire way to ruin a relationship? Play fair. Give them what they deserve. As Ann Voskamp writes, “The only thing that can overcome evil is good. Returning evil for evil just overcomes us.” Don’t play fair. Play better than fair and love...
Inside Out
Directly or indirectly we have all been affected by divorce. Maybe you watched your parent’s marriage fall apart as a child or maybe you know firsthand the devastation and pain that comes from broken vows and promises...
Inside Out
We all have preconceived ideas of who people are, whether good or bad, spiritual or not. In Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus tells us we will recognize followers of Jesus by the good fruit they produce. Not perfect fruit, just good fruit...
Inside Out
How do you respond when someone sins against you? Do you sin back? Jesus doesn’t want us to see conflict as winning and losing. It’s not just a choice between fight or flight. He gives us a third option: love. If we respond with love, it reverses...
Inside Out
In Matthew 5:33-37, Jesus addresses honesty by explaining that God’s people should be defined by their simple, honest speech. Every word should be just as truthful as if he or she sore an oath. Is there an area of your life that is currently not...
Inside Out
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth.” As the salt of the earth, everywhere you go, you’re going to bring the taste of heaven down to earth. Where people taste bitterness, we bring forgiveness. Where people taste sourness...
Inside Out
Matthew 5:21 “You’ve heard it said, ‘you shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” You may have heard the saying...
Inside Out
A few potential titles for this weekend’s sermon could be: “Did I hear God Say, Oops?”, “Sex, Sex, and More Sex”, or maybe “Living Morally In an Immoral World”. Instead, we ended up with “Personal Damage Control”. In Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus teaches...
Inside Out
Real change grows from the inside out. You have to start with the heart. Throughout His teaching, Jesus gives little regard to perception management. He’s not interested in optics. Would you rather look holy or be holy? Would you rather look...
Easter 2018
Easter reminds us that God can take the world’s darkest moment and turn it into a miracle. Do you ever feel like God has forgotten about you or that he doesn’t care about your job, finances, or love life? Never assume God is done working...
The Good Life
Who are the people you’re prone to please? Maybe it’s people who can advance your career, or maybe it’s people who withhold their affection. All of us have a desire to feel loved and appreciated by others. You may not be a diagnosed people pleaser...
The Good Life
In Matthew 5:9 Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” A peacemaker is not a person who never speaks up or caves when confronted or challenged. A peacemaker is someone who creates peace when they can’t...
The Good Life
When God looks into your soul, what does He see? Many of us have spent a lifetime managing our image while neglecting our souls. We strive for that which is prized by the world but put little thought into what God cherishes. One of the greatest...
The Good Life
Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. Mercy is the kindness you show the driver who cut you off. Mercy is the empathy you show a friend who keeps making poor decisions. Mercy is the gentleness in your voice when confronting your...
The Good Life
What are the implications of doing what we know to do? What if you could become a better parent? A patient mother who disciplines with love and wisdom? A selfless dad who is not so caught up in his own world that he misses out on magical moments...
The Good Life
God wants to be close in crisis. God longs to be near in drama. But you have a choice to make. You don’t have to seek his comfort and a lot of us don’t. It might sound callous or crazy, but let your drama drive you to God. We steel our hearts...
The Good Life
Meekness is often a scary word in our culture, connoting ideas of weakness and passiveness. In Matthew 5:5, Jesus states, “blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the world.” Jesus challenges our modern day associations with the word meek...
The Good Life
In Matthew 5:3 Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In other words, blessed are those who know they need God. It goes against everything in our culture, and may go against what you’ve heard about God...
Journey With Us
How much of your life are you giving away? It sounds counter-intuitive and requires faith, but Jesus tells us you have to lose your life to find it. When we invest our time, talents, and resources in the lives of others, we experience the joy of...
Journey With Us
We believe our journey with Jesus was never meant to be done alone. We were created to partner with one another in community as we experience life together. Through community we can make connections and cultivate spiritual friendship...
Journey With Us
What do you take seriously? Maybe it’s your education, health, kids, or your career. We are all busy people, but Jesus asks us to take our soul seriously. You’re probably working to make money. You’re probably working to stay healthy...
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We all face storms in life, whether financial, personal, health-related, or in relationships. We can’t control the types of storms we face, the duration, or when they occur, but we can control our response. What would it look like to respond...
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What would a healthy fear of the Lord look in your life? Would it mean offering up worship to the Lord even when you didn’t feel like it? Would it mean discovering or rediscovering your favorite verse in the Bible and pondering its direct...
God and the Christmas Movies
What is so shocking about Christ’s coming is that God didn’t wait for us to get our junk together before he came to be with us. He came to be with us because we couldn’t get our junk together. The presence of shepherds at the manger scene reminds...
God and the Christmas Movies
Real love is defined this way: God is love. God has chosen to shower His love upon us. We have value, not because we are lovable, but because we are loved. Scripture tells us that God has already chosen to love us. He sent his Son first, to prove...
God and the Christmas Movies
Luke 2:19 tells us that Mary treasured up all the things that have happened to her and pondered them in her heart. When we consider the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, we see four experiences which Mary pondered and prized...
God and the Christmas Movies
When asked who will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus uses a little child to remind the disciples that the way up to greatness is actually the way down. It’s not from childish behavior, but in childlike faith where we find...
Prayers of Paul
What are you worried about? Maybe you’re afraid you won’t make your 4th-quarter numbers. Maybe you have a difficult conversation in your near future. Maybe you have a doctor’s appointment looming. Maybe your life has too many tasks or too many...
Prayers of Paul
If you want to know what someone really believes about God, just listen to their prayers. What do your prayers reveal about your faith? If God is a God who answers prayers like Ephesians 3:14-19, your prayers are probably too small. We shouldn’t...
Prayers of Paul
Knowledge and insight are not necessarily the words we think of when we think of love. The knowledge for which Paul prays is both intellectual and experiential. What if we learned to love like this – with intelligence. The people who get love...
Prayers of Paul
As we kick off a new series examining the prayers of the Apostle Paul, we pray these prayers for ourselves and for others. We ask that God fills us with joy and peace, that we might overflow with hope. Biblical hope is an eager expectation of...
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Do you reach out to people who are close friends and fellow sojourners in Christ? Do you reach out to people who are outside your sphere? Do you help open doors for people?  Do you elevate those around you? Do you foster understanding and...
Other Messages
Jeff Lucas has been a longtime friend of the Capital community and brought a powerful message, inspiring us: The pathway to maturity passes through disillusionment, fear is the enemy of faith, hame smothers, feelings lie to us, and the first step...
God and the Movies
Sometimes, there’s a temptation to want awesome people to think you’re awesome. We probably have different criteria for measuring greatness, but there’s one thing we all have in common. We measure greatness by comparison. I determine my...
God & The Movies
We often get romance wrong. Maybe you long for true love. If you do, don’t just wait to receive it, start by giving it. True love gives. True love serves. True love sacrifices. True love isn’t pretty, but it’s beautiful. True love is sacrificial...
God and the Movies
How is your heart? God says guard your heart because everything flows through it. Yes, it is the physical organ that pumps in our chest, but it’s also the center of our emotional, moral and spiritual life. The very core of who we are.
God and the Movies
Religion often hinders compassion. But as we look at the parable of the Good Samaritan, it teaches us to show compassion to those in need. Ask yourself, who are the hardest people for you to love? You may not struggle with prejudice in race or...
God and the Movies
We chase money with relentless drive, but what about friendship? We chase success and recognition and romance, but what about friendship? We should surround ourselves with people who are quick to affirm, quick to forgive, people who pick us up...
Closer Than You Think
It may be hard to believe, but God makes beauty from brokenness. Knowing this, trusting this, believing this about God, is often the first step toward forgiveness. Is there anyone you need to forgive? Life is painful. Often a person is attached to...
Closer Than You Think
Forgiveness is free but trust is earned. We can learn a lot about healthy forgiveness in the context of Henry Cloud’s “Boundaries”. He distinguishes forgiveness from reconciliation and from trust. Forgiveness deals with our past, reconciliation...
Closer Than You Think
What if we could get better at God-spotting? They say hindsight is 20/20, but we need hindsight faith in foresight. Sometimes when we’re journeying through life, it’s too dark to see God working. But faith tells us to keep walking because God’s...
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Only God can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary! May you know, with greater awareness than yesterday, that God is at work in your life! And, even when it doesn’t seem like it, may you lean on the understanding, that His plans for your...
Closer Than You Think
Do you ever face something in your life and wonder, where is God? Did He sleep in today? Has He nodded off? What if your faith doesn’t have to be shaken? What if you could find the faith to trust in the midst of suffering? What if God is closer...
Closer Than You Think
As we dig into the story of Joseph, we learn how the truths of it can parallel our own lives. We are not promised that if we obey the commands and eat our veggies, we’ll live a long and happy life. But the arch of the Joseph story teaches us that...
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We are inundated with bad news all week long. It’s hard to find joy and peace in the crazy of life. But for one hour a week, we get to hear good news! This week, Wayne Kraiss shared good news that we can lean on all week long, day after day.
Closer Than You Think
This week’s passage in our study of the life of Joseph (Genesis 38:1-29) is full of bad news, sin, and selfishness. But good news is coming. Three key takeaways from our message this week: 1. Sin and selfishness will devour the most important...
Closer Than You Think
This week, we began a new series studying the life of Joseph. Over the next several weeks we’ll ride with Joseph on a roller coaster of favor and rejection, honor and accusation, and through it all the narrator of Joseph’s story wants us to see...
James: The Way of Wisdom
In our last message studying the book of James, we are left with a final challenge. One more directive. James doesn’t call out our sin and lead us to repentance, he invites us to call out the sin in others and lead them to repentance. In his final...
James: The Way of Wisdom
When you're stressed, how do you respond? Is your trust misplaced? Some of us wear our stress like a badge. We're proud of it because it makes us important. The fact of the matter is, our stress says less about the importance of our lives and more...
James: The Way of Wisdom
When something goes wrong in your life what’s your first response? Is it prayer or panic? Often, instead of praying, we combat anxiety with information and conversation. James asks us to do something else: Pray. James says people who do God’s will...
James: The Way of Wisdom
The follower of Jesus must mirror the truthfulness of Jesus. God’s people should be identified by their honest speech. A Christian’s every word should be just as truthful as if they swore an oath in a courtroom in front of a live television audience.
James: The Way of Wisdom
Patience is not the act of waiting. It’s HOW you act while you’re waiting. Paul teaches us how to wait in Romans 12:12. He says be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Are you in a season of waiting? Your suffering may be...
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What if you were known as a peacemaker? What if you were an instigator of peace? What if you ran to conflict regularly and squashed squabbles before they escalated? What if you were the one that helped bring peace to your friends or family?
James: The Way of Wisdom
All of us want our lives to count, to matter, to make an impact. Jesus tells us how in Matthew 16:25-26. This world is temporary and will let us down; money will disappoint, our bodies will fail, life might just lose its flavor. But Jesus came so...
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In the midst of what feels like drowning in the chaos or drama or crazy in your life, would you describe your faith as a faith smiling serenely? If you’re overwhelmed, and barely treading water, may you find the confidence to open your hands and...
James: The Way of Wisdom
You know the old saying? “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Well James says to us, if you can’t say anything nice, what does that say about you? Ouch. You may suffer from Chronic Critique Syndrome (CCS). If you’re quick...
James: The Way of Wisdom
Repentance is a change of thinking and feeling. It’s about reorientation – literally to turn. Turn away from something and toward something else. Do you trust Him enough to turn toward Him? Your decisions determine your direction. Take some time...
James: The Way of Wisdom
Peace begins with the Peace Maker. The cure for chaos is to recognize: 1. Chaos is not normal for the Christ follower 2. Christ is not the author of chaos 3. We cannot create true peace by ourselves. (It must be done in partnership with God.) 4...
Easter 2017
This Easter message was (believe it or not) about doubt. How big is your faith in this season of life? Is it growing? Is it getting bigger? Or is it shrinking? Maybe doubt has begun to settle into your soul. Are you wiped out, weak, or running low...
James: The Way of Wisdom
Competition is a good thing! Until it’s not.. Until someone gets stepped on, pushed aside, or left behind. James says the wisest among us live lives characterized by deeds done in humility. Humility meaning gentleness, kindness, or best translated...
James: The Way of Wisdom
Consider the power of the tongue. With it, teachers instruct their students, leaders inspire, a friend comforts a grieving loved one, a groom declares his vow to his bride. But that same tongue is the source of some of our greatest evil...
James: The Way of Wisdom
We all carry biases and prejudices with us wherever we go. We have differing likes and dislikes. With so many differences, how do we love others? Including those who are different than us… Rich vs. poor, local vs. immigrant, men vs. women...
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We don’t always have the benefit of the review mirror to look back and see how God has prompted our actions and paths. But, we can learn to listen for his voice and leading. May you develop an ear to hear the voice of the Spirit, and when you...
James: The Way of Wisdom
There is nothing you can DO to earn God’s favor. With grace, it doesn’t matter how often you come to church, how loud you sing, or how much you serve or give. There is absolutely nothing you can do to earn God’s favor or make yourself worthy of it...
James: The Way of Wisdom
This week, James challenges us to take a good look at ourselves as believers and ensure we are walking the walk, not just talking the talk. We must practice what the Word of God says. James says do not forget, meaning do not overlook what God says...
James: The Way of Wisdom
Does anger have an influence on your life? James warns us that we should be slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Anger is a tool we use to fix things, but it often does more damage. Anger is...
James: The Way of Wisdom
This weekend, the words of James challenge us to be quick to listen slow. Yes, you read that right. There is an element of irony in James’s words, because the fact of the matter is you can’t listen quickly. You can’t listen quickly if you do it...
James: The Way of Wisdom
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. This true statement may strike you as a cliché – Especially if you are in a situation that feels hopeless or seems helpless. James pleads with his reader “don’t be deceived by your...
James: The Way of Wisdom
The Proverbs often speak of life as a journey. We’re all walking down a path, but not all paths lead to the same place. Wise people have looked at the map. Of course, you can’t know for sure what looms down the road, but the wise disciple...
James: The Way of Wisdom
Money acts like a god and promises power, protection, provision, and pleasure. No wonder we put our trust in the almighty dollar rather than the Almighty God. But James warns us, don’t trust anything more than we trust Jesus. Jesus knows we are...
James: The Way of Wisdom
Does anyone need wisdom today? If you rearrange your life around becoming a wise person, the payoff will exceed anything you can imagine. Wisdom comes with age… We learn by doing… By trial and error… With time... But that brings no comfort for...
James: The Way of Wisdom
What if that which we learned in hindsight became something we believed by faith in foresight? James says don’t waste a crisis. Instead of seeking the cause of suffering, celebrate what suffering causes. Instead of asking "Why is this happening..."
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If you see a need around you, meet it if you can. Follow the footsteps of Jesus. Serve with your life. Clearly, we have work to do! But it’s good work, it’s God’s work. Before the day is out, put these words into practice. It’s not what you get...
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What if you resolved to do 2017 differently than 2016? What if you learned to carry life’s burden’s in a new way? What if you exchanged anxiety for peace, weariness for strength, and exhaustion for rest? We find out how to do this in the Gospel of...
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Is your prosperity producing pride or praise? Money can make us think we’re superior, powerful, safe and secure; our wealth can convince us we are wise. Our money, the stuff we can do with money, has power and when it goes to our head, pride...
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There’s nothing wrong with wealth or drive, but if the PURSUIT of wealth drives you, you won’t like where it takes you. “More” isn’t working.. Where do we draw the line? How do we know when to say “enough”? Note: We’re not talking about healthy...
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The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
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This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
The Life & Lyrics of David
This spring and summer, we are studying the life of David as he journeys with God from the pastures of Bethlehem to the palace in Jerusalem. Along the way, we’ll stop to savor songs from the Psalms, exploring the depth of David’s unique...
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The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
The Gospel of Luke
The author of the Gospel of Luke was a medical doctor who set out to carefully investigate the life and ministry of Jesus. This book is the product of his research. As we study Luke’s Gospel together, may you discover for yourself the person of...
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