A Path of Hope

A Path of Hope

SERIES OVERVIEW

How would you rate your sense of direction? When you’re driving, do you always seem to know where to go? Or do you get lost going one town over? Remember the days of before GPS, when you would have to stop and ask for directions? Those were the worst. Now, thanks to my iPhone, I’m never lost. I might not know where I am, but with a few words (“Siri get directions for…”) I’ll be all set and back on course. For many of us, we wish we had a GPS for life. At times, we find our lives heading in a completely different direction then what we thought. We find ourselves asking the question, “How did I get here and where I am going?” Join us this Sunday at MHCC as we look to a God who is always directing and guiding, even when we are lost and unsure of the path to take.

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What impact am I making with my life? Am I making any difference in this world? What is my legacy? Legacy is not something we look at too often. But if we did, would it make a difference in the way we live our lives? Building our legacy means to live intentionally, seeking to make the most of every opportunity. This Sunday, we look at the life of Esther and take away some powerful and practical lessons of how we can make the most of every opportunity in our world.

Pray This Way

Pray This Way

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At the beach this week with my five year old nephew, I noticed something he has said just about every day. When his older cousins were riding the waves, he would watch how they did it, how far they rode them, and then ask, “Can you teach me?” We were flying kites, making them dive towards the ground and soar back up, and again came the question, “Can you teach me?” He wanted to have the same fun and the same results we were having, and he knew doing it his way just wouldn’t cut it. So, with child-like humility, he simply asked, “Can you teach me?” It was the same desire and humility that had an early follower of Jesus questioning Him about prayer. They saw how powerfully He did it, and the incredible results, and simply asked, “Can you teach me?” And He did. This summer, in very real and practical ways, along with some child-like humility, we will learn to pray like Jesus prayed. Pray This Way – a summer-long look at The Lord’s Prayer.

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At the beach this week with my five year old nephew, I noticed something he has said just about every day. When his older cousins were riding the waves, he would watch how they did it, how far they rode them, and then ask, “Can you teach me?” We were flying kites, making them dive towards the ground and soar back up, and again came the question, “Can you teach me?” He wanted to have the same fun and the same results we were having, and he knew doing it his way just wouldn’t cut it. So, with child-like humility, he simply asked, “Can you teach me?” It was the same desire and humility that had an early follower of Jesus questioning Him about prayer. They saw how powerfully He did it, and the incredible results, and simply asked, “Can you teach me?” And He did. This summer, in very real and practical ways, along with some child-like humility, we will learn to pray like Jesus prayed. Pray This Way – a summer-long look at The Lord’s Prayer.

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As Shakespeare’s Juliet once posed, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” And that might be true, but make no mistake about it, names matter. Some recent research suggests that names can influence choice of profession, where we live, who we marry, the grades we earn, the stocks we invest in, whether we’re accepted to a school or are hired for a particular job, and the quality of our work. Maybe that’s why Jesus prioritized a prayer about God’s name. Have you lived your life wanting and hoping to make something of your name? Here’s your chance – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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If you have taken an international flight, you’ve seen the sign that says something like, “U.S. Border,” and an immigration agent will ask to see your passport. If you’re a citizen, they let you through with very little trouble. But if you are a foreigner, they might have a few questions about the nature of your visit. Airports are one of the places where the divisions between the various geographical areas that make up our world are the most visible. Jesus himself talked about a kingdom over which He is the King. Come out this Sunday to find out how His Kingdom looks different than what you might think, and how it affects the way you pray.

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Growing up, many of the arguments between my siblings and I were ended with one of my parents yelling out, “Enough is enough already!” Turns out that was some of the best advice I was ever given. In fact, in His model prayer, Jesus encourages us to pray for simply that – enough. There are real dangers attached to believing in a world of scarcity and praying for more. What happens when we believe in a world of abundance and begin to pray for just enough? “Give us this day our daily bread,” Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Make The Most of Every Opportunity

Make The Most of Every Opportunity

SERIES OVERVIEW

What impact am I making with my life? Am I making any difference in this world? What is my legacy? Legacy is not something we look at too often. But if we did, would it make a difference in the way we live our lives? Building our legacy means to live intentionally, seeking to make the most of every opportunity. This Sunday, we look at the life of Esther and take away some powerful and practical lessons of how we can make the most of every opportunity in our world.

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What impact am I making with my life? Am I making any difference in this world? What is my legacy? Legacy is not something we look at too often. But if we did, would it make a difference in the way we live our lives? Building our legacy means to live intentionally, seeking to make the most of every opportunity. This Sunday, we look at the life of Esther and take away some powerful and practical lessons of how we can make the most of every opportunity in our world.

Follow

Follow

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This Sunday, we start a new three week series called Follow, based on Jesus’s simple invitation – an invitation that began with some fishermen along the shores of the Galilee, and now extends to you and me. They decided to follow and it changed the world. Will you? Together, we’ll examine the call of Jesus, why He came and what He wants. And then…you decide. Don’t miss one of these important gospel messages, and invite a friend who might be interested in understanding anew the very real, living person of Jesus and His very real call to Follow. Will you accept the invitation to follow, or simply continue to watch along the shoreline, holding your nets?

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This Sunday, we start a new three week series called Follow, based on Jesus’s simple invitation – an invitation that began with some fishermen along the shores of the Galilee, and now extends to you and me. They decided to follow and it changed the world. Will you? Together, we’ll examine the call of Jesus, why He came and what He wants. And then…you decide. Don’t miss one of these important gospel messages, and invite a friend who might be interested in understanding anew the very real, living person of Jesus and His very real call to Follow. Will you accept the invitation to follow, or simply continue to watch along the shoreline, holding your nets?

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One of the followers of Jesus, a disciple named Thomas, asked Him a pretty big question – one that anyone following someone would want to know. “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” It’s a pretty common question, maybe humanity’s most asked: “How do you get to heaven?” And when it comes to questions like this, they inevitably lead to more questions like, “Have I been good enough? Have I done enough? Have I given enough to get there? Are there many paths and ways to heaven? Do all roads lead to the same place?” This Sunday, as we look at the call of Jesus to follow, we discover how to get there from here.

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As we conclude our series on Jesus’s invitation to follow, we look at the power of godly leaders. Who is the leader of your pack…the one who sets the direction, pace, and destination? With a nod towards fathers, we examine the power of parents – specifically dads when it comes to the direction of future generations. In many ways, the direction Dad takes is the directions kids follow. If you follow often, so will they, and potentially generations to come. This Sunday, it’s Fathers’ Day and decision day at Mendham Hills. Who will you follow and who will you lead?

Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day 2018

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This Mothers’ Day Sunday, we take a pause from our attitude adjusting to focus on the women in our lives. Jesus, in His earthly ministry, championed the cause and value of women like no other. In fact, I would argue that in many ways, our culture is now just catching up. Yet, is it possible that in correcting one societal ill, we have created another? Jesus said, “Come …all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you…and you will find rest for your souls.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we fully applied this truth to the women in our lives amidst what has become a culture replete with unrealistic expectations, allowing them some rest for their souls? Destroying the myth of “Superwoman,” this Mothers’ Day at Mendham Hills.

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This Mothers’ Day Sunday, we take a pause from our attitude adjusting to focus on the women in our lives. Jesus, in His earthly ministry, championed the cause and value of women like no other. In fact, I would argue that in many ways, our culture is now just catching up. Yet, is it possible that in correcting one societal ill, we have created another? Jesus said, “Come …all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you…and you will find rest for your souls.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we fully applied this truth to the women in our lives amidst what has become a culture replete with unrealistic expectations, allowing them some rest for their souls? Destroying the myth of “Superwoman,” this Mothers’ Day at Mendham Hills.

Attitude Adjustment

Attitude Adjustment

SERIES OVERVIEW

I really want to take control of my life. If I had my way, every step on the journey would fall exactly into proper place. Few of them do, though. The reason so many of us feel like our lives are out of control is…they are. Time has taught us a painful truth: there is very little in our lives we can actually command. What if there was one thing we could control that impacted everything we couldn’t? Imagine controlling the one thing that impacts everything? Controlling my one thing this Sunday at Mendham Hills – it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

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I really want to take control of my life. If I had my way, every step on the journey would fall exactly into proper place. Few of them do, though. The reason so many of us feel like our lives are out of control is…they are. Time has taught us a painful truth: there is very little in our lives we can actually command. What if there was one thing we could control that impacted everything we couldn’t? Imagine controlling the one thing that impacts everything? Controlling my one thing this Sunday at Mendham Hills – it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

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All of us, in one way or another, are in need of an attitude adjustment – but where do we begin? How about with the worst kind of attitude? The one attitude that all of us share, the one we hate in others but refuse to see in ourselves. There is no attitude that makes one more unpopular, and the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. It is, as C.S. Lewis wrote, “the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began and leads to every other vice.” Yeah, lets start with changing that one – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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Christmas mornings last a lot longer now that my kids are older. When they were young, it seemed like a month’s worth of preparation was over in half a minute. They tore into the presents, barely looking at what they had unwrapped before casting it aside and picking up the next. No reflection, no appreciation, just pure consumption. It was like they felt entitled to all those things and when the last package was opened, it was not done with an “attitude of gratitude,” but through tears because there wasn’t more. Can you imagine? Blessing after blessing, gift after gift, and yet, they were miserable. Good thing we grow out of that…or do we? Maybe we need a change in attitude.

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Christianity remains the dominant religion in our country with about 75% of people polled identifying themselves as adherents. I would counter that there appears to be a more dominant faith amongst us. The religion of our day, which almost all of us seem to be following at one level or another, is cynicism. Cynicism is, in many ways, the complete opposite of faith or belief. It crushes hope and fuels apathy, distrust, depression and disdain. If everyone has an agenda or an ulterior motive, who can I trust? Is there anything or anyone I can actually believe in? Why am I so  cynical? Conquering the sin of cynicism – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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Have you ever tried to use a fancy word and have it backfire? I have. It was pretty embarrassing. I thought I knew what it meant, but I was awkwardly and painfully wrong. In fact, I hurt someone’s feelings and left some “carnage in my wake” all because I though I knew something I didn’t. Turns out, the older I get, the more aware I am of my propensity to think I know things that I really don’t, and carnage results. I just thought I knew how to love God, love my wife, or parent my kids. Turns out, I didn’t know as much as I thought. My attitude was, “I knew it all.” Turns out, I didn’t and I don’t. So, how do I learn…change? This week at Mendham Hills, we embrace a bit of ignorance and learn what it means to be imitators. Oh, and a surprise guests helps me. You don’t want to miss this!

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As the great philosopher Taylor Swift sang, “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” That’s just what they do. Unfortunately, there is just a little bit of “hater” in all of us. We have a propensity towards critical spirits and judgmental attitudes. Why do we judge so quickly and harshly? We are commanded to have the attitude of Jesus and He has a pretty famous saying about judging. Does that mean we don’t judge anything or anyone…ever? This Sunday, we take the logs out of our own eyes and the splinters out of others’, as we adjust our judgmental attitudes.

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This Memorial Day weekend, we wrap up our Attitude Adjustment series with a look at what happens when our attitudes go unchecked and unchanged. Narcissism is the place where all bad attitudes eventually lead. Paul, an apostle of Jesus, told his “son in the faith,” Timothy, “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves.” In a culture hyper-focused on ME, how do we take our eyes – our thoughts – off of ourselves long enough to really love another? This Sunday at Mendham Hills, it turns out it really is not all about you.

All Things New

All Things New

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We’ve spent the winter looking at our Origins; it’s time to look at our Destination. Where does our story end? What happens at my end? Our fear of death is supercharged by the fear of the unknown. What if it could be known? What if you knew what it will be already? Despite what you have been told, you are not getting wings, a harp, and going to an eternal church service in the sky. It is so, so much better than that and when you understand what will happen there, it will change forever how you live here. Come find out why you won’t wind up in heaven and discover a hope that can conquer any fear.

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We’ve spent the winter looking at our Origins; it’s time to look at our Destination. Where does our story end? What happens at my end? Our fear of death is supercharged by the fear of the unknown. What if it could be known? What if you knew what it will be already? Despite what you have been told, you are not getting wings, a harp, and going to an eternal church service in the sky. It is so, so much better than that and when you understand what will happen there, it will change forever how you live here. Come find out why you won’t wind up in heaven and discover a hope that can conquer any fear.

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One of the things I loved about being a dad was introducing my kids to new experiences – their first ball game, first amusement park, first ride on a plane. Of course, not every first was fun. There were also first shots, first stitches, first funerals. One common question they had that put every fear to rest and built up hope for what was coming was, “Dad, what will it be like?” Jesus proclaimed our great hope was not merely what was in heaven, but the “renewal of all things.” And so, in order to have our fears flee and our hope grow, the question rings out from our childlike hearts, “What will it be like?” Fight fear and build hope, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Origins

Origins

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It’s time to tackle the big questions – “Who am I? Why am I here?” In moments of personal reflection, have you ever wondered, “Why do I do what I do?” In moments of relational frustration, have you ever wondered, “Why does he/she do what they do?” During Origins, we will explore our shared beginnings, our humanistic tendencies, our familial issues, and our one communal great hope. It’s a lot easier to get where you want to go when you know where it is you began.

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It’s time to tackle the big questions – “Who am I? Why am I here?” In moments of personal reflection, have you ever wondered, “Why do I do what I do?” In moments of relational frustration, have you ever wondered, “Why does he/she do what they do?” During Origins, we will explore our shared beginnings, our humanistic tendencies, our familial issues, and our one communal great hope. It’s a lot easier to get where you want to go when you know where it is you began.

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The word “genesis” and the word “gene” or “genetic” are the same word. Everything in you is determined by your genetic code. So, too, is everything in history – it is merely a playing out of our shared genes, which are exposed so clearly in this book of origins. Ever feel like most of your life, you are just waiting for “the other shoe to drop,” or that there is trouble lurking, waiting to pounce on you, your family, or your dreams? Yeah, Genesis explains that, too. The enemy is crouching at your door – learn how to escape this Sunday at Mendham Hills!

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I can remember one of my first toys being a Noah’s Ark play set. Thousands of years post-flood, and Noah and his animals are as ubiquitous as ever. Most of us think we know the story; most of us don’t. If we did, if we understood it, it’s about the last story we would read at bedtime. The real story of Noah is one replete with death, destruction, family dysfunction, sexual innuendo, generational curses, sexism, racism, and lots of ancient (and not-so-ancient) lessons about life for people like you and me. A look at what happened when God started over – Noah, the “grown-up” version, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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This Super Bowl Sunday, the question begs answering again: Does defense really win championships, or is it all about offense? For many of us, life mimics football, offering us the same two choices regarding how we live. Some of us are hard-chargers, modern day warriors grabbing life by the horns. Others of us have been so beat up that it’s much more about caution, safety and protection. Should life be lived on offense, defense, or is there another way? Life lessons from a Nimrod, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way

Frank Sinatra’s iconic ballad roars, and our independent, 21st Century hearts soar as we join in the chorus. Yet, if we are honest, doing it “my way” sometimes leads to “my mess.” Is there another way? A better way? This Sunday, a look at “Father Abraham,” the mess of his ways, the mess of our ways, and the better way.

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Influence – all of us have some and most of us want more. As adults, we fight for it, and as parents, we worry about it. Who are you intentionally influencing? Maybe a more interesting question is who are you unintentionally influencing and how? As we look back at our history, our shared nature, the question arises as to the impact of nurture and influence in our lives. Do I do what I do because they did what they did? The power of influence in our lives and over our lives this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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Some of us spend our lives trying to be like someone else. Others of us spend our lives trying to be what someone else told us we should be. Still others wrestle years away trying to “find themselves.” Most of us fade into our golden years with regret and wonder – who is the me I was meant to be? Discovering ourselves, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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We cannot control much of what happens to us. We convince ourselves that we can and we spend much of our time attempting to maintain this facade. But the reality is that all of us, at one time or another, will find ourselves in places of brokenness, betrayal, or abuse. And so we have to ask, “What does it look like to bear fruit here?” And perhaps even more importantly, “How can God possibly use this for His good purposes?” Join us this Sunday at Mendham Hills as we look at the final character in Origins and reflect on what he learned in the land of his affliction.

New Year’s

New Year’s

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Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. As resolution, as commonly defined, is a firm decision to stop or start doing something. The problem is, for most of us, that decision turns out to not be all that firm. What if this year, we replace resolutions with a revolution – a literal overthrow and replacement of the “old you.” Is that even possible? This New Year’sSunday at Mendham Hills, we will present to you the tools and an incredible new free gift to prepare you for the battle. Too much is at stake for all of us to simply roll into 2018 without a plan for change – come this Sunday and discover yours.

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Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas

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Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God…how mighty? One of the reasons Christmas hope has gone the way of tinsel is that we have lost our sense of awe and wonder! The Bible teaches that in response to what God was up to at Christmas, “even the angels stood amazed as they watched these events unfold.” Has the story of Christmas lost its amazement factor for you? Perhaps it’s time to stand in awe again. This Sunday at Mendham Hills, join us as we discover just how great, just how awesome, just how mighty this infant lying in a manger really is and why His promise can still change your world.

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The prophet Isaiah foresaw the completed promise of God: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father…” This newborn king would not merely be a reflection of your earthly father, but the revelation of a perfect father. This prophecy carries with it the promise of adoption, sonship and inheritance. If you have ever had your breath taken away by a Christmas gift, just wait until you glimpse the inheritance coming for the heirs of God.