Community: God’s Plan for a Happier and Healthier Life — A Better Life, Part 5

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If you want to be happy, or even to be healthy, you need people in your life. But they have to really be in your life, not just near it. What does Christianity teach us about how we can be part of an authentic community? Pastor Luke preaches from Mark 2:2–4 in “Community: God’s Plan for a Happier and Healthier Life,” part 5 of his 6-part series “A Better Life.”

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Greatness: How to Have a Significantly Better Life — A Better Life, Part 4

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People generally want to be good at what they do. But is it wrong to aim even higher, at greatness? What does Christianity teach about the pursuit of greatness? Pastor Luke looks at Mark 10:41–45 in “Greatness: How to Have a Significantly Better Life,” part 4 of his 6-part series “A Better Life.”

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Text Messaging: How to Find Direction and Meaning for a Better Life — A Better Life, Part 3

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For thousands of years, people of faith have turned first to the Hebrew Scriptures, then to the New Testament, to find direction and meaning for their lives. How can reading the Bible make our lives better? How do we actually go about reading the Bible? Pastor Luke preaches from Psalm 19:7–11 in “Text Messaging: How to Find Direction and Meaning for a Better Life,” part 3 of his 6-part series “A Better Life.”

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How to Have a Better Worship Life — A Better Life, Part 2

In Puritan times, worship services went on for hours. Even today, many people have memories of tedious worship services. Is that just the way things work? Or can we have a better worship life? If we can, how? If we do, what will be the result? Pastor Luke teaches from John 4:23 in “How to Have a Better Worship Life,” part 2 of his 6-part series “A Better Life.”

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How to Have a Better Prayer Life — A Better Life, Part 1

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People have always wondered what makes for better life, and various schools of thought have answered this question differently. How have Christians answered it? And (more importantly) does Christianity offer us any help in actually attaining that better kind of life? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 6:5–13 in “How to Have a Better Prayer Life,” the first message in a new series “A Better Life.”

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How to Make Decisions Better — Grace Period, Part 2

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Decision making is hard work. Following Jesus, or discipleship, is a useful way to avoid the hard work of decision-making. But frequently we have areas where we want to make our own decisions, and are reluctant to follow where Jesus leads. Eventually, however, he challenges us to decide whether we will be his disciples fully, or not. Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 8:18–22 in “How to Make Better Decisions,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Grace Period.”

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