What does it mean to follow Jesus in a culture that thinks faith itself is irrelevant? And how do we live by faith in a culture that thinks the very question marks us as out-of-touch and out-of-step with the modern world? As fresh as this issue might feel right now, the truth is that God’s people have always faced this same dilemma. Join us as we find insight and encouragement for this all-important question from the book of Daniel.

BIGGER THAN BABYLON

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Daniel 1

Our faith causes friction with our surrounding culture. And that was exactly the situation for Daniel and his friends, yet they managed to thrive as people of faith in a very hostile culture. They lived with hope, humility and wisdom and they made a difference. And we can too. Join us as we begin our new message series, Thrive!

BIGGER THAN THE IMPOSSIBLE

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Daniel 2

You feel like you’re doing a great job, life is good. Marriage, family finances, job, faith…all is good. You feel like you’re in good shape and then you hit the wall. Your good life falls apart and the questions without answers begin to sit in: Does God see me? Is He here? Does He know? Can He come through? Join us this week as we continue our Thrive series by looking at God helps us thrive in the impossible.

WHEN THINGS HEAT UP

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Daniel 3

Things change when God’s greatness goes viral because his people refuse to fear the furnace. Join us this week as we continue our Thrive series and take a fresh look at a familiar story in Daniel 3.

MR. BIG SHOT

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Daniel 4

We thrive when we humbly use our God-given influence to do good for others. Join us in Daniel 4 as we look at how God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar, and what that teaches us about using our influence well.

THE WRITING ON THE WALL

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Daniel 5

This week we continue our Thrive series in Daniel 5, where some literal handwriting on a wall pronounced the demise of a Babylonian king by the name of Belshazzar. And the question we want to ask, and answer, is this: what led to his downfall? Why did God pronounce judgment on him? And what does that teach us about thriving as God’s people?

COURAGEOUS CONVICTION

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Daniel 6

We continue our Thrive series in Daniel 6, the familiar story of Daniel in the lions’ den, and unpack how we thrive when we have a courageous conviction to honor God and honor others.

WHEN CHAOS COMES CALLING

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Daniel 7

In Daniel 7, we see the beginning of Daniel’s apocalyptic visions. As believers, what should we focus on when reading these visions? How do they apply to our lives today? Join us as we continue our Thrive series and examine how Daniel’s visions reassure us that God is in control, even when life seems chaotic.

WHEN CHAOS COMES CALLING, PT. 2

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Daniel 8

How do we keep our eyes fixed on God during periods of suffering? Join us as we continue our Thrive series in Daniel 8, and unpack how Daniel learned to trust God in the midst of his chaos and suffering.

ANATOMY OF A POWER PRAYER

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Daniel 9

Many Christians struggle with prayer – probably more struggle with it than don’t. And that can cause a lot of spiritual insecurity, frustration and guilt. But Daniel 9 can cut through all that and teach us how to pray consistently and effectively. What was it about Daniel’s prayer that caused God to answer it so quickly? Join us as we continue our Thrive series!

STEPPING UP

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Daniel 10

In the second half of the Book of Daniel, Daniel acts as a kind of symbolic stand-in for the Jewish people as a whole. And what that means is that what God does with Daniel is what he does with each of us. This is not just a story of what happened to a guy…it is a revelation of how we can expect God to deal with us. Join us as we continue our Thrive series and explore how to have courageous faith.

THE SEDUCTION OF SUCCESS

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Daniel 11

As we study Daniel 11, we’ll look at one of the greatest dangers you and I will ever face. It’s not dangerous because it’s more evil or more destructive than anything else, but because it’s more seductive. Today we’re going to look at the seductive power of success.

THE BACK OF THE BOOK

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Daniel 12

In this final week of our Thrive series, we’ll look at some interesting prophecy in Daniel 12. Here’s the main thing to understand: in the days of the Second Century and in the days of the Second Coming, God’s people will face tremendous persecution, which will include a lot of pressure to abandon their faith. How do we thrive as God’s people in the face of that pressure?

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