Let It Shine

Jon Townsend

5/18/16

Description:In Philippians, Paul describes his world with some pretty strong language - "a twisted and perverse generation," crooked, corrupt... mean. One translation says "a world that has lost it's sense of what is right." All of this, thousands of years ago. Some would say the world has grown darker with time - but truth is, man has always been imperfect, broken.So what has changed? Man will always be tempted, evil will always lurk in the shadows.... and as a result, God's people will forever have the beautiful opportunity to shine. Listen to an encouraging word from Jon Townsend as we conclude this series "EKKLESIA: God In His People." You may be the only light some will experience today - which makes your mission critical. Wherever we are led by God, He calls us to "let it shine."

The Surprise People

Matt Moore

5/11/16

Description:In his book Surprise the World, author Michael Frost says, "Surely there is a way we can see the church as an 'army of ordinary people,' sent out to announce and demonstrate the reign of God through Christ, without expecting ourselves to be something we're not or something less than we should be." An army of ordinary people...with an extraordinary message to proclaim. But what if I'm not an "evangelist?" What if that's not my spiritual gift? God doesn't expect us to be something we're not. But He also doesn't want us to be something less than we should be. Our everyday practices have tremendous missional potential - but only if we understand them as Kingdom opportunities. Join us tomorrow night at 6:30pm as Matt Moore leads us in a conversation about the potential for faithful evangelistic witness in our daily lives. We'll look at five specific, sustainable practices that have the potential to open our eyes to see what God is doing in our community - and to also help us see the opportunities we have to join Him there. These accessible and concrete practices remind us that you don't have to be an evangelist to be evangelistic.

Bright Lights in a Dark World

Matt Flynn

5/4/16

Description:It sometimes seems that our world is getting darker every day. There's no doubt we live in challenging times, when the moral fabric of our country appears to be unraveling. Truth is, there's nothing new about living in Babylon-times. It's always been this way. Man's struggle to overcome evil has never been easy.Many fear that the Millennial generation is on the brink of spiritual meltdown. Will spiritual apathy and distraction lead to this generation's moral demise? It depends on who you ask. Join us as Matt Flynn shares a word of encouragement about a new generation of Christ-Followers determined to "shine like stars." When the world grows darker, those that shine the light of Christ can become a beacon - a city set on a hill. That's a message of hope for God's people worth hearing.

Discovering a Missional Lifestyle

Dr. Earl Lavender

4/27/16

Description:The spring season of Praise and Prayer continues with a return visit by one of our favorites: Dr. Earl Lavender. A few weeks ago, Earl kicked off our series in typical fashion with a powerful reminder that the church is literally the "called out" people of God. This week, Earl returns for an insightful dialogue on the nature of missional living. Practically speaking, what does missional living look like in "everyday" life? How can we live out the call to be missionaries in our homes, our places of work, and our neighborhoods? Earl and Jason spend time discussing these important questions. Join in a lively and engaging conversation aimed at igniting our imagination toward life in the Kingdom of God!

God's Leading Light

George Barerra

4/13/16

Description:The New Testament paints a vibrant picture of the body of Christ. As the Ekklesia - the "called out" community of Christ - the church is a living, breathing demonstration of new life. The Word of God declares, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come." The early church embraced this identity as men and women who left behind a lifestyle of sin and darkness to walk in the light of the Lord. In the entirety of the New Testament, no one embodies this dramatic transformation better than the Apostle Paul. Prior to his conversion, we know him as Saul, the merciless persecutor of the earliest followers of Jesus. But an encounter with Christ on the Damascus Road forever altered the trajectory of Saul's life. The barbarous oppressor of the Christian faith was transformed into the most passionate advocate of the Gospel the world has ever known. Join us Wednesday night at 6:30pm as we recount the story of Paul's Damascus Road encounter - and the implications for us as the ekklesia of God. We look forward to filling the gym with songs of praise, fervent prayers, fellowship, laughter, and the powerful Word of God. We hope you'll join us!

The God of Comfort

Guest Speaker

4/6/16

Description:With a church family so big and diverse in age, needs, and life experiences, a week seldom goes by that the Mayfair body does not experience some level of discouragement - through sickness, hard times, even loss of life - our faith can be tested. Thankfully, God is there - in good times and tough ones. He is THE GOD OF COMFORT.Join us this tonight at 6:30pm in the gym as we continue our spring season of Praise and Prayer exploring the theme of Ekklesia: God In His People. This week we'll hit the pause button and stop to remember that God's people so often are in need of encouragement during discouraging times. When faced with adversity, the presence of our comforting Father makes all the difference.

Is Your Light On?

Dr. Earl Lavender

3/30/16

Description:Over 100 times in the New Testament, the writers use the term "ekklesia" to refer to the early church. This ancient word means "called out" and "gathered people." The church is the gathered people called by God. And we seek to be faithful to Him, the One who calls us to go into the world announcing the Good News about Jesus. We begin our spring season of Praise and Prayer exploring the theme of "Ekklesia: God in His People" with special guest speaker Dr. Earl Lavender.

A Better Marriage: Made for Intimacy

Joe Beam

11/18/15

Description:Marriage is hard work. Raising children, cooking the family meals, managing financial stress...so many things vie for our time and take attention away from our spouse. But maintaining a healthy, vibrant relationship with our spouse is supremely important. Outside of our relationship with the Lord, no other relationship is as important. Joe Beam is an internationally known speaker, best-selling author, and founder of Family Dynamics, a marriage enrichment seminar program that has strengthened couples all over the world. His "Marriage Helper" intensive seminars have had great success in saving troubled marriages. His appearances on national television and radio programs have given Joe a platform to speak to millions of hurting people. Joe's experience and mission to intervene and repair broken marriages has been a tremendous resource for Mayfair over the years and we welcome him back for this special series.

"Above all, love deeply"

Johnny Markham

11/11/15

Description:Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." - 1 Peter 4:8Every stage of marriage can be a blessing - but keeping our families strong through every season of life, through good times and tough ones can be overwhelming. We all need to hear an encouraging word from someone who's seen it done successfully... Our guest speaker this week brings over 30 years of experience ministering to teens and their families. Johnny Markham has been the Youth Minister for the College Hills church in Lebanon, TN since 1990. In addition to his responsibilities at College Hills, Johnny serves on the board of Winterfest and Impact. Johnny's wise counsel and years of experience make him a trusted voice to countless families and a respected mentor for fellow youth ministers throughout the southeast. Johnny is in a season of transition as he moves into the Family Minister role at College Hills, devoting himself to holistic spiritual development for the entire family. Given his years of ministry to church families, Johnny is uniquely positioned to speak a word of hope and encouragement to us. Join us at 6:30pm in the gym for uplifting worship, heartfelt prayer, and a timely word to enrich our marriages and our families.

Renew

Doug Smith

11/4/15

Description:"be transformed by the renewing of your mind" Romans 12:2No matter the season, our marriages are constantly in need of renewal. For some, this takes the form of a public reaffirmation of wedding vows; for others, it may simply mean recognizing the daily reminders of why we fell in love in the first place. Whether you're a newlywed couple or celebrating your golden anniversary, renewal is an essential component of a healthy marriage. But what happens when we neglect renewal in our marriages? We easily slide into apathy, resentment or, worst of all, contempt. According to marriage expert Dr. John Gottman, contempt is the most poisonous of all relationship killers and the #1 predictor of divorce. In the famous of words of Dr. Gottman, "contempt is sulfuric acid for love." Join as Jason and Doug share a conversation centered around the crucial idea of renewal as it pertains to our marriages - renewing our love for one another as well as our devotion to our Great God.

iMarriage - What's in It for Me?

Dr. John Mark Hicks

10/28/15

Description:Lifetime relationships are rooted in a selfless love.We all enter marriage dreaming about the way our life will look as a married couple. Over time, those dreams and desires manifest themselves as expectations. But what happens when those expectations are unmet? Over time, we may begin to ask, "What's in it for me?" We may find ourselves serving our partners less and less as selfishness continues to increase. In fact, marriage experts attribute most of the conflict in marriage to selfishness resulting from unmet expectations. If our marriages exist to demonstrate the glory of God, we must be intentional about confronting selfishness in our relationships, prayerfully moving toward the selfless example of Jesus. Join us tonight as we explore the dynamics of a lifetime relationship that is rooted in the eternal, sacrificial, transformative love of God. You won't want to miss Praise and Prayer, Wednesday nights in the gym at 7PM!

Love & Respect

Buddy Bell

10/21/15

Description:Lifetime relationships are rooted in a cross-shaped love.Whether you and your spouse are newlyweds or celebrating decades of faithfulness together, we all want our marriages to be "rooted and grounded in love" (Eph. 3:17). The reality of "till death do us part" is lived out over the course of a lifetime of daily decisions to honor our covenant promises. Intentional communication, healthy conflict resolution, patience, selflessness, abundant grace...these are just a few of the key components to a healthy and God-honoring marriage. Join us as we explore the dynamics of a lifetime relationship that is rooted in the eternal, sacrificial, transformative love of God.

Interview with Carl & Lisa Peck

Carl & Lisa Peck

10/14/15

Description:Whether you and your spouse are newlyweds or celebrating decades of faithfulness together, we all want our marriages to be "rooted and grounded in love" (Eph. 3:17). The reality of "till death do us part" is lived out over the course of a lifetime of daily decisions to honor our covenant promises. Intentional communication, healthy conflict resolution, patience, selflessness, abundant grace...these are just a few of the key components to a healthy and God-honoring marriage. Come join us this fall, starting this Wednesday night with our guest speakers, Carl & Lisa Peck, as we explore the dynamics of a lifetime relationship that is rooted in the eternal, sacrificial, transformative love of God.

Hurting with God; Learning to Lament with the Psalms

John Mark Hicks

4/29/15

Description:This week we welcome Dr. John Mark Hicks of Lipscomb University as our guest speaker in Praise & Prayer. John Mark has been teaching courses in theology and church history since 1982. In addition to his work as a scholar, John Mark has written about the challenge of understanding God in a world filled with suffering. Join us in the gym at 7PM as Dr. Hicks shares insights from God's Word along with his own powerful story of learning the language of lament.

God Is at Work, Even in Our Pain

Kyle Ferguson

4/22/15

Description:For thousands of years, the people of God have wrestled with the question of pain: Where is God when I hurt? Do my circumstances indicate that God has abandoned and forsaken me? Or is God somehow present in my pain, working to accomplish some greater, higher purpose? This spring, we have journeyed together into the world of lament, an honest and sometimes raw encounter between frail humanity and the Living Lord. This week, our own Kyle Ferguson will share his traumatic story of grief as he struggled to reconcile his belief in a God of love with tremendous personal tragedy. In the end, Kyle's story, though painful, is also a beautiful and poignant expression of hope in a God great enough to work through the most difficult seasons of our lives.

Walking With Our Shepherds

Malcolm Rives

2/11/15

Description:In Hebrews 13, the church is instructed to humbly follow the lead of it's shepherds: "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls." A shepherd after God's own heart accepts tremendous responsibility, far greater than administrative and supervisory roles. God's shepherds become the gatekeepers of God's followers. They must possess a heart for people, a love for the church, and life of compassion for those that seek the Father. We complete our series highlighting the hearts of our shepherds at Mayfair. Our final conversation focuses on the willing heart of enduring leadership at Mayfair. Malcolm Rives has been a faithful part of of the Mayfair story that spans over four decades. We are honored to hear his story and reflect on the memories that have built God's family at Mayfair.

A Heart for the Hurting

Bob & Cindy Reider

1/28/15

Description:Bob, a long-time elder at Mayfair, and his wife, Cindy, share with Jason Bybee how they have coped with the loss of their son, Andrew. Listeners will hear what was helpful to them in those darkest of days, what was not, how their relationship with each other was impacted, and what role faith played in their ability to cope.

In the Midst of Suffering

Paul Kelly

1/25/15

Description:Paul Kelly has been a long time elder at Mayfair. Diagnosed with cancer a year ago and having faced multiple setbacks physically, he has words of wisdom to share in dealing with suffering.Suffering is a part of living in a broken world. How we deal with it can either bring us closer to God, or it can do the opposite. Not everyone who suffers is wise. In order to benefit spiritually from suffering, you must be open to God and understand that it is during these difficult times that God teaches us the most. In Psalm 119:71, David says, "It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes."Suffering benefits by providing:1) Time for reflection on your spiritual lifeIf you are not a Christian, then this is an opportunity to seek a relationship with the Father and obey His will. God is always there for us, and "desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." I Timothy 2:4For the Christian, suffering is not a time to reflect on what could have or should have been done. Most of us have felt this way at least at one point in our lives and understand that this line of thinking only serves to weigh us down. Instead, the suffering Christian should find peace knowing their shortcoming have been forgiven: I John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin."2). Understanding of the importance of staying in God's WordIsaiah 26:3 says, "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on you, because they trust in you." To have peace, we need to be focused on God. It is so easy to be distracted in turning to the internet for answers to our problems. But God is the only one who can truly help us in our time of need. Jesus tells Phillip in John 14:9, "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." We come to know the Father by reading about His son's life in the Gospels.The Bible is filled with passages about suffering and provides hope only God can give.3). Appreciation of the support and encouragment of the ChurchEven the smallest acts of kindness mean so much to someone who is discouraged or suffering. 4). Release of burden in trusting God in His plan"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) Trust in God to work things out for good in His time, not yours, even when we don't know all the answers. Why? Because He has our best interests at heart. I Peter 4:19 tells us, "Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good." He not only created us, but loved us so much that sent His only son to die for us. Therefore, we should put our hope and trust in Him.Books Paul Kelly recommends:Let God Be God: Life-Changing Truths from the Book of Job by Ray C. StedmanWalking with God though Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller

"Never Will I Leave You; Never Will I Forsake You” Hebrews 13: 5

David Fleer

10/1/14

Description:Why do good people doing good deeds get crushed? Why does God allow this to happen? Does He care? Is He involved? Dr. David Fleer examines Hebrews 13:5 in the greater context of the previous passage, Hebrews 2:10 - "It was fitting that God should make the pioneer of our salvation perfect through what He suffered." Discipleship means following in the path of a suffering Jesus and being transformed though God's power, as He was, into being genuine children of God. In other words, suffering is to be expected. But as His children, His comforting promise holds true: "He will never leave us or forsake us."Dr. David Fleer is a professor in the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb University. David’s teaching focus is homiletics. Under his direction, Lipscomb hosts the annual Biblical Preaching Seminar and the Christian Scholars’ Conference. Fleer’s credentials include a doctorate degree (D.Min.) from Fuller Seminary and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington. David and Mae have been married for over 30 years and have hree sons and three grandsons.

Run with Perseverance: Coping with Life's Adversities

Buddy Bell

9/17/14

Description:It is so frustrating when you think God has put you on hold. You've lost your job, your waiting test results regarding your health, your teenage daughter is pregnant and you've asked God to do something about it and it appears the phone is off the hook. We feel like David in Psalm 13: "How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?" The story of Lazarus in John 11 is an example of followers of faith, even His closest friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, having to wait. "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was." Jesus doesn't rush to heal Lazarus but instead delays seeing him. Later, He tells the disciples, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe.“ Martha is upset by His delay and says, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When He saw their suffering, "Jesus wept."Two major points to be learned from this story:1. There is a great lie in American religion: If you will follow Jesus, he will always make you healthy and wealthy. Jesus never promised that. Because you are close to Jesus does not mean that your life is going to be shielded from pain and suffering. In fact, all the great people of faith endured suffering and even persecution because of their faith.2. Some things are so important to God that they are worth interrupting the happiness and health of His children in order to accomplish them. Why?Suffering can happen to bring glory to God.Suffering occurs so you may believe - God allows a Christian and a non-Christian to suffer in order to show others the difference that God can make. It leads people to believe.Either suffering is going to move you away from God, or it is going to bring you closer. Keep on holding on to your faith. Always remember when you are in the midst of suffering:1. God is sensitive to your feelings: Don't think He doesn't care: "Jesus wept."2. God is shaping you and using you for a place for His glory.3. When you are "on hold," God is not still. He has worked out everything for your good.

Standing Firm in the Faith: I Cor. 16:13

Jeremy Mitchel & Tripp Bradley

9/10/14

Description:His Way, formally The Way, is a Christ-centered drug and alcohol recovery center for men. Founded in 2007, the center has helped over 250 men, with 80 men successfully completing the six-month intensive program. The program offers full time employment, relationship and financial counseling, as well as individual life-coaching. Most importantly, His Way invites men passionate for recovery to come and discover the way Jesus lays out for complete recovery. Jeremy Mitchell, Program Director and Tripp Bradley, Daytime Resident Manager of His Way share with Jason Bybee and the Praise and Prayer audience the Biblical principles that have given hope and purpose to so many who have searched for a new life. As Jeremy and Tripp point out, we all have our own baggage and sin sickness to heal. While it is easy to hit our knees and turn to God when everything around us crashes and times are desperate, we oftentimes forsake God and fly solo when times are good. No wonder so many lose faith when their guard is down. This shaky Christianity is not founded in a firm relationship with our Father. As Paul says in Philippian 4:11, "I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content." The key to living the Christian life is being focused on what really truly matters, no matter the circumstances we face. As Paul says in I Cor. 16:13, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong."Jeremy and Trip sum up The Way's fundamental teaching with these 3 principles:Be joyful alwaysPray continually, through good times and badGive thanks in all circumstances

Be Strong & Courageous: Trusting in God's Promises

Taylor Hammett

9/3/14

Description:We read in Joshua 1 how Joshua and 11 other men are selected to go into a perilous situation to spy on the land of Canaan, the Promised Land. Joshua and Caleb come back to tell the others, "The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them" (Numbers 14:6–9).God judged the people of Israel by making them wait 40 years to enter the land. He also promised that every person 20 years old or older would die in the wilderness and would not see the land with two exceptions—Caleb and Joshua. Why? Because they were faithful and courageous.By this time Joshua is around 80, and is nominated by God to be the leader of Israel. "get ready to cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan" Joshua must have thought, "Will God be with me now as He was then?" Joshua 1:9, God says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” We need neither strength nor courage if all we need in life is security and comfort. But we do need strength and courage to go where God is calling. Joshua has the assurance God is with Him wherever he goes. God wants to be with us today as well, "I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:20

Whom Shall I Fear? Finding Strength as We Wait on the Lord

Corey Trevathan

8/27/14

Description:How do we face the giants in our lives? As soon as problems stand in our path, we start asking questions: Where are you God? Why is this happening to me? How long is this going to last? Are you there? We read in 1 Sam. 21-22, about David who, running for his life from King Saul, sought inside a cave. Like David, we often run for cover when times get tough. Yet, in the midst of this fear, he has an awakening of faith and writes in Psalm 27, "Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?...Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."Don't be caught in the dark moments. Faith takes patience and a view not only of the bigger picture, put a complete trust in the boundless love of a caring Father and sustainer of our souls.

Complete Joy: Choosing to Abide with Christ; John 15: 9-11

Lane Widick

8/20/14

Description:Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."John 15: 9-11 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."There is no law against being joyful. Joy doesn't depend on circumstances or happenings. It springs from faith and a relationship we have in Jesus and the hope we have in victory over sin and the rewards that come with it. True joy is not temporary. It takes time for it to take root and grow to be lasting. Our life as a Christian is to live for Christ, to abide with Him, and to be connected in a deep, meaningful way. I abide in Christ because He loves me and I love Him and when I do that, I have joy. The moment you break away from Jesus is the moment you start to lose joy. Have you experienced true joy?

Living on Mission: The Strength in Service: John 13

Earl Lavender

8/13/14

Description:The world cannot heal the wounds it inflicts. If we want to thrive, we can't live in the race of the world that is trying to use the world's goods to build one's own kingdom - that's the original sin. There is no flaw in Creation - the flaw is in what we have done with it. In order to thrive, we must live in the purposes for which God has created us. And it's not about us.Jesus came to earth to show us how to quit perishing in the broken stories of the world so we can flourish in the purposes of God, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. John 17:3 says, "And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." God sent His only Son so that we may know God and it is in that relationship that we may thrive, no matter the circumstances.In John 13, we read that Jesus knew that His time had come. He knew that Judas and Peter were about to betray Him and that His closest friends will forsake Him in His greatest time of need. But what does He do? He takes off His outer robe, places a towel around His waist, and begins to wash the disciples' feet. The world builds power by taking it from others and using it for themselves, their own kingdom. Jesus shows us what true power is. True power is serving others - that's where we thriveDo you know where you come from? Do you know where you're going? Because the answer to these questions is going to determine how you distribute the power of your life. We try to distribute the power of our lives to thrive but when we negotiate our own self-importance in the broken stories of the world, we can't succeed. But if we take the power given to us, and minister (meaning "to receive something in order to give it") to others, we will flourish.Remember where you came from. In Isaiah 43, God reminds Judah that they were made for His glory, not their own. Romans 12:1-2: "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice... 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."What do you now have that was not given to you? Nothing. God gave us everything. And we are here to give of ourselves and serve the needs of others. What does washing others' feet mean in today's culture? It means that we embrace the kind of life for which Jesus created us for, which is for the purpose of making ourselves available to the needs of others around us. We flourish in the awareness that whatever position that we're given, it is a position of power for the sake of bringing the other person to their fullest potential in the service of God.

Life to the Fullest: The Abundant Life with Jesus

Adam Brewer

8/6/14

Description:In order to start thriving in a world of sin, struggles, and heartache, we must fulfill our purpose that was intended from the very Beginning - be near God. Jesus Christ offers us abundant life through the cross. In our Maker, we have a God who can't stand to be separated from His people and a savior, in Jesus, who was willing to be the atoning sacrifice that is necessary in order that we may be reconciled to our Father. It is this relationship that enables Christians to thrive, knowing that although we may live in a world of sin, we have His Word to direct our paths and the promise that one day, as children of God, we will be reunited in Heaven with our Father.

Bitter or Better

Gary Bradley

5/22/13

Description:It's been a stormy springtime, but as we hit summer temperatures this week, we're reminded that storms do pass, and better weather is coming. Isn't that just like God, who promises to never leave us or forsake us? So the Christ-follower's mission is not to avoid the storms, but to rise above them. Easy to say, harder to consistently live out. Gary has preached thousands of sermons, but none more memorable and requested than "Bitter Or Better?" It's been years since Gary has shared this valuable message, but still many remember it and mention it often. It's a reminder we all need, and one you will never forget.The extended forecast? Sunny today, but more storms ahead. So when the oceans rise and thunders roar, will you choose to be bitter...or better?

Rise Above the Tempest

Brandon Moore

5/15/13

Description:Over the past few weeks, we've acknowledged the variety of storms we experience in life: doubt, depression, separation, fear, economic hardship, and grief. We've looked to Scripture: from Jonah's harrowing self-inflicted storm to the cries of the disciples as Jesus sleeps during the "seismos". Now we turn our attention to a different text as we prayerfully seek to rise above the storms that often engulf us. 2 Kings 6 is a powerful story of Elisha, his servant, and two armies: the army of Syria and the heavenly host of the Lord. Join us as Brandon Moore, one of our most beloved Bible class teachers, opens up this powerful word for us and teaches us how we, like Elisha's servant, can have our perspective elevated when life's storms begin to swirl around us.

A Whale of a Tale

Scott Sager

5/8/13

Description:It's one of the most bizarre tales in all of scripture: the story of Jonah. This Old Testament prophet was given a unique command: to preach against the people of Nineveh and their sin. But Jonah foolishly ignores the word of the Lord; instead, he boards a ship bound for Tarshish, thinking he can outrun God. Out on the open water, Jonah encounters a storm of his own choosing -- a "mighty tempest" sent from God to capture his attention. Three indescribable days later, Jonah is a firm believer in the power and intervention of Almighty God once again. Over the past several weeks, we've talked about a variety of "storms": economic hardship; job loss; doubt; depression; separation. But what about the storms of our own creation? Have you ever experienced a "self-inflicted" storm? Could it be that, as in the case of Jonah, God uses that dark night to win us back kicking and screaming? Scott Sager is Vice President for Church Services at Lipscomb University. Scott served as the pulpit minister for the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas for 15 years prior to his move to Nashville. Scott is passionate about the Kingdom of God, the Lord's church, and we're honored to have him speak for us.

Hope for the Hopeless

Paul Kelly

5/1/13

Description:Four little letters make up such a powerful word. Along life's journey, so many lose it. Tough times, health issues, job loss, personal struggles - sometimes hope simply seems beyond our reach. Maybe you're doing just fine, but chances are there is someone in your life that is struggling - how do you help them? What do you say? How do you act around them? Are they your responsibility?Join us tomorrow night as Mayfair shepherd Paul Kelly shares valuable insight into helping our friends who are going through the storm of depression. For those who have lost their way, they need hope - the kind found only in the guidance of a loving God. Who will reach out and help them find their way? You may be the only one who can deliver the message of hope for the hopeless, found only in a long walk with the Father.

Where's God in the Storm?

Jason Waggoner

4/24/13

Description:Maybe you haven't been there yet, but chances are pretty good you're destined to travel to a lonely place, somewhere between marooned and shipwrecked. Separation from God comes in all shapes and sizes. It happens to the strongest Christ-follower and the disenfranchised seeker of God's will. And when it does, we become castaways - in our mind's eye, we are the only one on our island of despair. What are we to do?Come with us as we continue our voyage into turbulent waters; Jason Waggoner will help us learn what it takes to be a spiritual survivor, even when we feel separated from The Lighthouse of God's love.Take courage, and set your sails with us for brighter days ahead - there's a message in that bottle just for you...

Laws of the Lighthouse

Nick Fowler

4/17/13

Description:The seaman depends on them... trusts his very life to them... and believes in their lifesaving direction. When life's dangerous moments come near, The Lighthouse becomes our only hope to avoid the treacherous dangers that lie just under the surface.Watching for God's direction in our lives becomes paramount to navigating the stormy seas. Nick Fowler will help us understand more clearly the safe harbor that can be found, if we just look for the signal that shines brightest in the foggy darkness of life.

When There's No End in Sight

Jason Bybee

4/10/13

Description:It's ironic that severe weather is predicted for midnight tonight...such is life. Just when we think Spring is here, with all of it's splendor, the storms move in. The Christ-Follower's challenge is not to avoid the storm, but to sail through it. But how do we manage the turbulence, adjust our sails, and survive?

Are You Ready for the Storm?

Jason Bybee

4/3/13

Description:Those that live long enough to reflect on the seasons of life usually have a firm grip on this: into every life, a little rain must fall. Sometimes we don't want to think about it, but it's real. Jesus didn't come to erase my problems - He came to help me deal with them. And those that understand the design of God ultimately find joy in the journey.Join us for this timely topic as Jason kicks off another season of Wednesday night worship. Matthew 5 says that the rain falls on everyone. Looking at a cloudy forecast? You're not alone. The good news there's room for everyone, under the umbrella of God's peace.