New Life Wichita
Tough as Nails: Once Upon a Time

Tough as Nails: Once Upon a Time

January 26, 2020

There was once a version of Christianity that was awe-inspiring. Once upon a time . . . Jesus stood against the injustice of an empire and the hypocrisy of the temple. He introduced God as Father. He taught his followers to love their enemies and forgive everyone. Jesus never wrote a word or traveled farther than he could walk. But he taught a way of thinking, believing, and behaving that, though it was foreign and seemingly impractical, changed the world forever. Jesus isn’t finished changing the world.

Tough as Nails: Fix your eyes

Tough as Nails: Fix your eyes

January 19, 2020

Is our version…your version of Christianity worth the price paid for it? What does that version look like? The New Testament records that early Christians didn’t fear loss or even death. They were humble because their confidence wasn’t in themselves; it was in Jesus. That faith in who Jesus was and what he had done for them freed them to boldly love others. Does our faith look like that?

Tough as Nails: In the Beginning

Tough as Nails: In the Beginning

January 12, 2020

With danger and uncertainty in the world…with division, violence, terrorism and mainstream and social media filled with stories that feed fear…in an election year with a nation that is utterly divided, filled with anger and angst and divisive rhetoric, it’s difficult not to be anxious and afraid, to take sides and to operate out of fear. But Jesus offers us another option.

Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

January 5, 2020

We all have wish lists. But there are some wishes that, if we keep them front and center, they will make our lives better, our relationships richer and our faith journeys more exciting.

Unexpected God: The greatest promise never to be broken

Unexpected God: The greatest promise never to be broken

December 24, 2019

Making a promise is easy. Keeping a promise is much harder. Yet, despite our sin, God keeps his promise…a promise that the door will always be open to a relationship with him. So, what’s keeping you from taking God up on his promise?

Unexpected God: Grandma was from the red-light district

Unexpected God: Grandma was from the red-light district

December 15, 2019

In life, we tend to experience labels. Many times we battle internal labels, but some of us get public labels that we hate. One of the most significant people in the lineage of Jesus had a label that she carried for the rest of her life, and in spite of that, we discover that regardless of what our labels, our pasts or our reputations might suggest, God is able to do something big through us all, if we are willing.

Unexpected God: Inviting the Unqualified

Unexpected God: Inviting the Unqualified

December 8, 2019

Do you have any famous ancestors in your family tree? Do you have a few questionable characters in your family tree? Are you one of them? The great news is, Jesus family tree is full of them! 

If you’ve ever felt you could never be good enough to be good with God, you’re right! But we learn from the lineage of Jesus that has never been based on our merits, but Gods!

When Life Sucks

When Life Sucks

December 1, 2019

The most wonderful time of the year? Maybe it isn't. Maybe life just sucks. We get it and you're not alone.

Christian Confusion: Working It Out

Christian Confusion: Working It Out

October 27, 2019

Jesus never called his followers “Christians.” He called them to something far simpler yet more demanding that centers on one question.

Christian Confusion: Loopholes

Christian Confusion: Loopholes

October 20, 2019

We all try to get around rules. Loophole Christians ask, “How close can I get to sin without actually sinning?” But Jesus didn’t mean for his followers to game the system. He intended something far better.