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Messages from Judah Smith, Lead Pastor at Churchome. For more information, visit us online at churchome.org
We complicate our faith when we think we need to double our own efforts. While not meaning to, we think we need to save ourselves. But what we need is Jesus.
Everything we need to be completely pleasing to God has been miraculously given to us by Jesus. You are spiritually complete.
God wants to meet us where we are, not where we think we are supposed to be. His only agenda and plan is to be together with us where we are. Being together is the goal. Allow yourself to be ...
Confession is about healing, not salvation. You’re already forgiven and complete in your standing with Jesus, and he’s holding all things together.
When our plans are shipwrecked like Paul on Malta, God still has a plan—his is always about people. He’s never surprised, he’s always in control, and he works all things into good.
We often treat prayer as though it’s a mere spiritual discipline, but prayer is an act of love where you’re heard, God makes things happen, and you make a connection with your creator!
We complicate our Christianity by focusing on how we love Jesus rather than how he loves us. He’s chosen us, he’s our friend, and we’re going to bear fruit. Abide in him.
When we stress and strive, we feel separated from God, who designed our relationship to be organic and intimate. We can’t see our futures or understand everything in this life, but we can trust the one who holds it all!
When we add traditions, performance, or “wisdom” to our connection to God, we over complicate things! He’s the vine, we are the branches, and our relationship is designed to be intimate and organic!
Soul fatigue comes when we’re dealing with a performance lifestyle, facing personal struggles, or battling principalities and powers. But God is super accessible, loves you, and wants to give you rest!
Why does the famous storm stop after they get in the boat? The storm isn’t about the circumstances we feel; nor is the boat our true source of safety! God relates to storms differently, and Jesus is going to reveal ...
Life will happen to all of us; we’re all damaged and dependent, but we’re also all destined. Jesus knows who you are, and whether you’ve been disgraced or distinguished, shake it off and go live each day with him.
We can complicate connecting with God, but he’s the vine, we are the branches, and our relationship is organic! We were designed to connect with Jesus; no striving needed!
After a shaking, it’s tempting to make quick decisions and move fast. But God’s not in a hurry, and he’s going to do more than you could ask or imagine. Be still.
God knows what he’s doing and has it all planned out. His plans aren’t our plans, but they’re good plans, and he’s our ever present help.
It can be temping to hide ourselves and do life alone, but when we’re “walking in the light,” we bring all of ourselves, are the first to tell on ourselves, and we embrace the “we” of fellowship.
The performance of Jesus set us free from guilt and shame. There is no condemnation in him, and he never wants you to feel ashamed. Let’s look at three powerful verses that will help you fight shame.
God wants us to go to him with anything, but we often don’t because we don’t understand him. He’s not destructive, dependent, or depleted. He’s a good, powerful, consistent father who always has time for us and wants to connect ...
We hurry through life trying to be our own saviors, but what we truly need is to run to the creator of the universe and cast our cares upon him.
God always acts in consistency with his name, and his name functions like a strong tower. Say the name of Jesus and find security, the ability to see past circumstances, and a soothing!
Jesus followers are called to love God and love others, and learning to love well starts with loving yourself. Here are three tools for how to get started.
Jesus is welcoming us to a confident and bold life. He permanently unlocked the door by his own performance, and you can freely walk through it.
God designed and wants to reintroduce us to rhythm; his mercies are new every morning! Evening will pass, morning will come, and your new beginning is just moments away.
Jesus commands us to love one another as he loves us. He loves abundantly—with no conditions—and with him, we can be filled with unselfish concern for others.
Even though we walk through traumas, we don’t have to be traumatized. Jesus is with us in the fire.
When we retell the true story of Jesus, we access power that helps us predict the future and make new plans. What Jesus did, Jesus does, and he can do again. Remind yourself that you’re forgiven, and plan on Jesus ...
Stephen is just as ordinary as each of us, but when facing an excruciating death, God overtook him and gave him the strength to be extraordinary in his response. In our most challenging moments, God will be present. He’ll overtake ...
Our dads can sometimes be like God, but God is not like our dads—he’s the good Heavenly Father, and he’s so much more ready and happy to listen to us, engage with us, and love us.
The Resurrection of Jesus can powerfully impact our everyday lives. In him, we have a living hope! This hope can fill us with expectation for good, energize us to keep going, and be experienced in God’s deep, tangible love.
It’s all too easy to let our sense of security and confidence depend on ideal circumstances. But with Jesus, we can have unshakeable security in trusting what he’s done, that he can do something new, and in who he is!
Do you think you’ve lost control because of a loss of information? Jesus can fill that space with a transforming realization of who he is! He’s involved. He’s active. He’s in love with you, and he will never leave you!
Even when we think we’ve missed our moment, God’s a redeemer. The story of Moses shows us how God can take our faithlessness and produce faithful lives.
When our confidence takes a hit from life, it can feel like we’ve lost it forever. But Jesus is a redeemer! He can take our lowest moments and use them as a symbol of what he’s capable of doing. He’s ...
As we live in freedom in Jesus, we exhibit ever-increasing sweetness. Sweetness is kindness in action. Legalism and comparison can try to distract us from sweetness, but Jesus is producing the fruit of the spirit in us!
The spirit form of God is guiding and leading us every day. His wind will stir, lift, and move us to a life of love—we’ll soar.
Culture tries to tell us that freedom is doing whatever we want, and we rely on self-discipline to keep us from self-indulgence. But Jesus teaches another way entirely: we’re free in him, and freedom is loving our neighbor.
When we cherish the truth of all Jesus has done for us, we live free from a system, sin, and shame! With Jesus, we have purpose, and a permanence in our relationship and standing with God!
Trauma has a way of interrupting and taking over our plans. We don’t always understand the why of it all, but we can assuredly count on the same Jesus who wept and then performed miracles to also grieve with and ...
Trauma compounded by failure often leaves us feeling like we’ve reached our end. But Jesus reminds us that all have failed, all can be forgiven, and all is new. God helps us get up, and go.
Trauma can raise our doubts, and it’s OK—we all doubt! Fear and doubt don’t stop God’s presence. Jesus sees us, hears us, and will provide the Divine Encourager.
Traumatic experiences can disrupt how we see ourselves and leave us asking “Who am I?” But Jesus wants to meet us and heal us. He’ll repeat our calling, redeem our places of failure, and remind us who we are.
The wisest man to ever live sheds light on the purpose of life. Every day, there can be profound meaning as you take in God’s awesomeness and take a step with him.
When storms and circumstances outside our control arise, let’s rehearse what Jesus says! We’re going to the other side, he’s with us, and he speaks to the crashing waves!
Let’s celebrate the birth of Jesus together! Wherever you are right now, God is with you. He’s behind you as your guard, beside you as your guide, and before you as your goal. Merry Christmas!
Safety is a key component to any true home. Our homes become havens—places of rest for our souls—when we cultivate an environment of protection through pondering, responding, and finding wonder.
Trust is a vital element to building a safe place of rest where we can enjoy connecting with God and each other. Jesus has a perfect track record; he’s trustworthy, and he’ll help us with surrender, submission, and signaling—three keys ...
God so loved the world that he came to be with us. He’s near to you, and you are loved unconditionally!
We will all fail and fall down at times, but this is not the end. A new beginning always follows complete failure, and God’s promises remain true. We can get up again.
God designed us for rest. And while we rest, he keeps working all things together for good! Rest is an act of worship that will energize our souls, so let’s prepare for times of true rest!
This world isn’t our forever home. Eternal life in Heaven awaits all who receive the free gift of salvation in Jesus. Our perspectives change as we anchor our hope to Forever.