When Your World is Shaken Up
Delivered on 07/24/2016
Part 1 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
Pastor Rick introduces our Unshakable series on Daniel’s life by looking at the book of Daniel 1:1-7. He looks at three simple suggestions on how to thrive and succeed when people around us don’t agree with what we believe and how God uses adversity in our lives to develop our character and our trust in him.
When You're Pressured to Conform
Delivered on 07/31/2016
Part 2 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
Have you ever felt pressured to make choices that didn’t align with your values? As the world’s values continue to drift, we need to be equipped with the resources to handle whatever life throws at us. In this message Pastor Rick teaches the four qualities that God looks for in our lives, qualities that God loves to bless. These principles that guided Daniel through precarious life choices will help us learn how to respond when we feel pressured to make wrong choices by those in authority over us – how to survive and even thrive in any hostile environment.
When Your Beliefs are Belittled
Delivered on 08/07/2016
Part 3 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
Pastor Rick continues his series on Daniel, looking at how Daniel responded to challenges to his faith when he was culturally indoctrinated by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. Rick teaches six ways to excel in a secular educational system without losing our Christian faith. He reaches out to teenagers and college students to be sure and hear this message – one of the most important messages that he will share with them.
When You're Asked to Do the Impossible
Delivered on 08/21/2016
Part 4 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
Pastor Rick teaches an important lesson that we learn from 17 year-old Daniel, when he stepped up to do what no one in Babylon could do – tell King Nebuchadnezzar what his dream was, and what it meant. From this account in Daniel 2 we learn eight ways to succeed when we’re facing an overwhelming challenge, and through it, how to share the Good News and point people to God.
Key words: influence, prayer, worship, evangelism
When the Heat is On
Delivered on 09/04/2016
Part 5 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
Pastor Rick teaches on the incredible story of the image of gold and the fiery furnace from Daniel 3. He teaches four things we can apply in our lives when the heat is on, and what happens when we trust God in the furnace.
When God Tests You With Success
Delivered on 09/18/2016
Part 6 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
We all want to be successful. When we achieve success in our lives, we can either praise God for what he’s done, or become proud and take the credit ourselves. In this message Pastor Rick shares teaches how to recover from pride, replace it with praise, and pass the test of success. He uses the story of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4 to teach what gets us in trouble, three steps to recovery, and the truths about God that stabilize our lives.
Are You Learning From Those Who Came Before You?
Delivered on 10/02/2016
Part 7 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
Pastor Rick teaches from the story of Daniel and King Belshazzar with the lessons learned from the writing on the wall in Daniel 5. We learn five ways we can become wise in life, and the mistakes we should avoid as shown through King Belshazzar’s life and death.
Will You Stand Strong for God Publicly?
Delivered on 10/22/2016
Part 8 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
Pastor Rick continues in his series on the life of Daniel, teaching us how to stand strong publicly for our faith through the example of Daniel, when he was forbidden by a government edict to pray. He teaches us six benefits of staying strong, standing for God and keeping our faith in a society that is changing around us and more and more critical of the Christian faith.
The Kind of Prayer God Answers
Delivered on 10/30/2016
Part 9 of the series Unshakable: Thriving No Matter What They Throw at You
It’s easy to be discouraged these days — political hostility, racial tension, and world violence dominate the news. But no matter what happens, it’s important to remember that God is always in control. Pastor Rick wraps up an amazing series on Daniel with this message teaching us how to pray the kind of prayers that God answers. He teaches the six steps modeled in Daniel 9 that we can take in our relationship with God, and he challenges us to get more serious and consistent in our prayers.