July 23, 2020
Dr. Mark Batterson continues our series on the book of Daniel at National Community Church. We think forwards, but God is working backwards. God begins with the end in mind. Occasionally, he pulls back the curtain of time and reveals His plans and His purposes to His prophets. The goal of prophecy isn’t figuring out timelines. It's a reminder that GOD'S GOT THIS. It's a reminder not to lose hope, not to lose heart. It's a reminder to GET READY for the part God wants you to play!
July 9, 2020
Dr. Mark Batterson continues our series on the book of Daniel at National Community Church. It’s never too little. It’s never too late. If you’re still breathing, God has a plan and purpose for your life. In Christ, you are never past your prime! We overestimate what we can do in a year or two, but we underestimate what God can do in ten or twenty or seventy years. We think right here, right now. God is thinking nations and generations. Don’t lose faith in the end of the story! God’s got this. God’s got you.
July 2, 2020
Dr. Mark Batterson continues the series on the book of Daniel at National Community Church. One of the greatest gifts God can give us is letting us get to the end of our rope! That's often when and where and how we discover that there is a God. And just as important, I am not Him! Playing God is impossible! The good news? God is still on His throne! Don't lose faith in the end of the story! Virtue signalling won't get us where we need to go as a nation. Neither will hashtags. What we need is revival sparked by repentance. God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble! The Spirit of God can't fill you if you're full of yourself, but if you'll empty yourself of pride, God will fill the void with His love, His power, His grace.
June 11, 2020
Dr. Mark Batterson begins our 12-week series on the book of Daniel at National Community Church. Unshaken is confronting the brutal facts with unwavering faith, even when you’re taken captive by enemy armies. Unshaken is refusing to compromise your convictions, even when the rest of the world is bowing to a 90-foot statue. Unshaken is living countercultural, even if it costs you a fiery furnace. Unshaken is letting your conscience be your guide, even if it lands you in a lion’s den. God is not nervous. God is victorious. Simply put, God’s got this!
June 4, 2020
A Special Message from Dr. Mark Batterson at National Community Church This is a teachable moment for us as a nation. God is WAKING us up. God is SHAKING us up. If we are humble enough to repent of racism and bold enough to believe for reconciliation, God will shake generational sins and break generational curses.
May 28, 2020
This weekend we venture into the final valley in this series, the Valley of Breakthrough. Breakthrough happens in lots of different ways. It’s small steps of faith. It’s long obedience in the same direction. It’s forgiving those who have hurt us. The common denominator? Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.” In the midst of tremendous uncertainty, one thing is certain. God is able. In fact, God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us! This weekend we believe God for the breakthrough, individually and corporately.
May 16, 2020
God is in the business of healing broken hearts. Heartbreak is incredibly painful, but it has a pruning effect in our lives. It unseats the idols in our lives and helps us empathize with others. There is no hurt that God cannot heal, in time or eternity. In fact, He can turn the Valley of Heartbreak into the Door of Hope.
May 9, 2020
The Valley of Dry Bones is the place where God’s resurrection power is revealed. It’s the place where we discover our authority as Christ-followers. There comes a moment when you need to stop talking to God about your problems, and start talking to your problems about God. You have to prophesy to the mountain, prophesy to the storm, prophesy to the dry bones. What do we speak? Life. Love. Truth. We echo, “Let there be light.” We echo, “Peace, be still.” We echo, “Hear the word of the Lord.”
April 25, 2020
If you want to REPEAT HISTORY, keep doing it the way it’s always been done. If you want to CHANGE HISTORY, dare to be different. What you perceive to be your biggest disadvantage may prove to be your greatest advantage. In Christ, you are nobody’s underdog! Your brave is someone else’s breakthrough.
April 18, 2020
The Valley of Crisis is where we discover who we are, and more importantly, who God is. It’s the place where faith is forged, vision is birthed, and character is cultivated. How do you get to the other side? You’ve got to PRAY YOUR WAY THROUGH and WORSHIP YOUR WAY OUT of the crisis.