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Hope.) is designed to make your life great by applying Biblical principles and godly solutions to everyday living. en-us Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:00:00 GMT 2022-11-29T11:00:00Z en-us 10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/raising-grateful-kids <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/raising-grateful-kids" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1135353625.jpg" alt="10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Most adults feel like kids are way too entitled these days, or at least, the kids act as though they are entitled. How do Christian parents raise grateful kids instead of “entitled” kids?</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">It starts by recognizing that teaching manners isn’t necessarily the same as teaching gratitude. In other words, many kids are taught to say, “thank you,” but they aren’t taught to <u>be</u> thankful.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">It’s similar to how someone can forgive someone, but it doesn’t mean you’d say the person is forgiving. To be called grateful, one must have an attitude of gratitude – not simply say the occasional, respectful, “thank you.”</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Instead, the key is <em>ongoing</em> gratitude. <span style="color: #0073cf;"><a href="https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/5-ways-to-teach-kids-gratitude-at-home/" style="color: #0073cf; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Focus on the Family</a></span> reports, “Research over the past decade has consistently shown that genuine, ongoing gratitude helps improve emotional, relational, mental, and physical health. Gratitude also develops essential social behaviors in our kids.”</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/raising-grateful-kids" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1135353625.jpg" alt="10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Most adults feel like kids are way too entitled these days, or at least, the kids act as though they are entitled. How do Christian parents raise grateful kids instead of “entitled” kids?</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">It starts by recognizing that teaching manners isn’t necessarily the same as teaching gratitude. In other words, many kids are taught to say, “thank you,” but they aren’t taught to <u>be</u> thankful.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">It’s similar to how someone can forgive someone, but it doesn’t mean you’d say the person is forgiving. To be called grateful, one must have an attitude of gratitude – not simply say the occasional, respectful, “thank you.”</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Instead, the key is <em>ongoing</em> gratitude. <span style="color: #0073cf;"><a href="https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/5-ways-to-teach-kids-gratitude-at-home/" style="color: #0073cf; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Focus on the Family</a></span> reports, “Research over the past decade has consistently shown that genuine, ongoing gratitude helps improve emotional, relational, mental, and physical health. Gratitude also develops essential social behaviors in our kids.”</span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fraising-grateful-kids&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Relationships Purposeful Living A Christian Perspective Holiday Blogs Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/raising-grateful-kids 2022-11-29T11:00:00Z How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude All Year Long https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/attitude-of-gratitude <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/attitude-of-gratitude" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1322616206.jpg" alt="How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude All Year Long" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude All Year Long<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Don’t you wish it could be Thanksgiving every day? We’d all have the day off to eat a feast (and Thanksgiving calories don’t count), watch parades and football games, and tell those we love how grateful we are that they are in our lives.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">But every day isn’t Thanksgiving.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Jesus told us that in this world we would have trouble (John 16:33). There’s no denying it. We will have hard days – days when it is hard to feel thankful. So how exactly do we follow the Apostle Paul’s instruction to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)?</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">It’s important to understand that the Apostle Paul tells us to give thanks IN all circumstances – not FOR all circumstances. In other words, while we may not be thankful for something heartbreaking, we can still be thankful throughout the situation.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/attitude-of-gratitude" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1322616206.jpg" alt="How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude All Year Long" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude All Year Long<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Don’t you wish it could be Thanksgiving every day? We’d all have the day off to eat a feast (and Thanksgiving calories don’t count), watch parades and football games, and tell those we love how grateful we are that they are in our lives.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">But every day isn’t Thanksgiving.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Jesus told us that in this world we would have trouble (John 16:33). There’s no denying it. We will have hard days – days when it is hard to feel thankful. So how exactly do we follow the Apostle Paul’s instruction to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)?</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">It’s important to understand that the Apostle Paul tells us to give thanks IN all circumstances – not FOR all circumstances. In other words, while we may not be thankful for something heartbreaking, we can still be thankful throughout the situation.</span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fattitude-of-gratitude&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Relationships Purposeful Living A Christian Perspective Holiday Blogs Tue, 22 Nov 2022 11:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/attitude-of-gratitude 2022-11-22T11:00:00Z Are You Ungrateful? 7 Signs You Might Be https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/are-you-ungrateful <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/are-you-ungrateful" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-186912125.jpg" alt="Are You Ungrateful? 7 Signs You Might Be" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">Are You Ungrateful? 7 Signs You Might Be<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to talk about gratitude.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Every year around this season, Americans express their thanks. But we know that we should express gratitude all year long.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">The problem is that many of us are ungrateful. We would never admit it. You probably haven’t ever heard someone say, “Hi. I’m John and I am ungrateful.” Instead, when we describe ourselves, we like to use kind adjectives.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Not only do we not want to admit we are ungrateful, but we usually fail to even recognize it in ourselves. We are quick to notice when others are ungrateful, but we don’t see ungratefulness taking root in our own hearts.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Before Thanksgiving arrives, we hope you will take some time to evaluate the state of your heart.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/are-you-ungrateful" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-186912125.jpg" alt="Are You Ungrateful? 7 Signs You Might Be" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">Are You Ungrateful? 7 Signs You Might Be<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to talk about gratitude.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Every year around this season, Americans express their thanks. But we know that we should express gratitude all year long.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">The problem is that many of us are ungrateful. We would never admit it. You probably haven’t ever heard someone say, “Hi. I’m John and I am ungrateful.” Instead, when we describe ourselves, we like to use kind adjectives.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Not only do we not want to admit we are ungrateful, but we usually fail to even recognize it in ourselves. We are quick to notice when others are ungrateful, but we don’t see ungratefulness taking root in our own hearts.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Before Thanksgiving arrives, we hope you will take some time to evaluate the state of your heart.</span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fare-you-ungrateful&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Relationships Purposeful Living A Christian Perspective Holiday Blogs Tue, 15 Nov 2022 11:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/are-you-ungrateful 2022-11-15T11:00:00Z Unshakeable- Can't Stop, Won't Stop https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/cant-stop-wont-stop <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/cant-stop-wont-stop" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1365921266.jpg" alt="Unshakeable- Can't Stop, Won't Stop" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">Unshakeable- Can't Stop, Won't Stop<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">This week, we’re wrapping up our blog series, Unshakeable. If you haven’t read the previous blogs, I encourage you to do so.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">Did you ever hear the children’s song about the wise man and the foolish man?</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">Here are the lyrics in case you’ve forgotten them or never learned them.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The wise man built his house upon the Rock,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The wise man built his house upon the Rock,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The wise man built his house upon the Rock,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">And the rains came tumbling down.</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">But the house on the Rock stood firm.</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The foolish man built his house upon the sand,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The foolish man built his house upon the sand,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The foolish man built his house upon the sand,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">And the rains came tumbling down.</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">And the house on the sand fell flat.</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">Maybe you watched a Veggie Tales video or sang it in kids’ church.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">While it’s a children’s song, it is very applicable to our message about how to remain Unshakeable – specifically having an unshakeable foundation.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/cant-stop-wont-stop" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1365921266.jpg" alt="Unshakeable- Can't Stop, Won't Stop" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">Unshakeable- Can't Stop, Won't Stop<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">This week, we’re wrapping up our blog series, Unshakeable. If you haven’t read the previous blogs, I encourage you to do so.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">Did you ever hear the children’s song about the wise man and the foolish man?</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">Here are the lyrics in case you’ve forgotten them or never learned them.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The wise man built his house upon the Rock,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The wise man built his house upon the Rock,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The wise man built his house upon the Rock,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">And the rains came tumbling down.</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">But the house on the Rock stood firm.</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The foolish man built his house upon the sand,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The foolish man built his house upon the sand,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The foolish man built his house upon the sand,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">And the rains came tumbling down.</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">The rains came down and the floods came up,</span></em></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">And the house on the sand fell flat.</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">Maybe you watched a Veggie Tales video or sang it in kids’ church.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;">While it’s a children’s song, it is very applicable to our message about how to remain Unshakeable – specifically having an unshakeable foundation.</span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fcant-stop-wont-stop&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Dealing with Suffering Purposeful Living Worry - Stress A Christian Perspective Tue, 08 Nov 2022 11:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/cant-stop-wont-stop 2022-11-08T11:00:00Z Unshakeable- Over It https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/over-it <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/over-it" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/athlete-jumping-above-the-hurdle-picture-id661286584.jpg" alt="Unshakeable- Over It" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">Unshakeable- Over It<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">The name of this series is “Unshakeable,” but if we’re being honest with ourselves, there are times in life when we experience personal “earthquakes” that shake us up quite a bit.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">The purpose of this series is not to suggest that if you become (or already are) a Christian, that you will face a life free of instability or uncertainty. On the contrary, we find that grief, pain, brokenness, and suffering is found everywhere.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Every time we step out the door, we find ourselves in a society ridden with these realities.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Every day you encounter people who haven’t eaten this week, people who are trying to manage chronic illness and disease, people who lost their job and can’t afford to pay their rent, people who suffer with extreme mental instability in the forms of depression and anxiety.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Here’s the truth – Our faith does not leave us untouched by the ache of affliction.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/over-it" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/athlete-jumping-above-the-hurdle-picture-id661286584.jpg" alt="Unshakeable- Over It" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">Unshakeable- Over It<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">The name of this series is “Unshakeable,” but if we’re being honest with ourselves, there are times in life when we experience personal “earthquakes” that shake us up quite a bit.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">The purpose of this series is not to suggest that if you become (or already are) a Christian, that you will face a life free of instability or uncertainty. On the contrary, we find that grief, pain, brokenness, and suffering is found everywhere.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Every time we step out the door, we find ourselves in a society ridden with these realities.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Every day you encounter people who haven’t eaten this week, people who are trying to manage chronic illness and disease, people who lost their job and can’t afford to pay their rent, people who suffer with extreme mental instability in the forms of depression and anxiety.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Here’s the truth – Our faith does not leave us untouched by the ache of affliction.</span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fover-it&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Dealing with Suffering Purposeful Living Worry - Stress A Christian Perspective Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/over-it 2022-11-01T10:00:00Z Unshakeable- Making Lemonade https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/making-lemonade <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/making-lemonade" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1310291987.jpg" alt="Unshakeable- Making Lemonade" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">Unshakeable- Making Lemonade<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">There’s not a person who hasn’t at one point in their life experienced some heartache. We’ve all shed tears. We’ve all felt pain. We’ve all encountered loss. </span><br><span style="color: #000000;">Every one of us have found ourselves in that place of suffering at some moment in time. That place where you can hardly seem to fake a smile. That place where you really don’t know how to move forward or in which direction you should even go.</span><br><span style="color: #000000;">When we find ourselves there, we must not try and avoid it. We must not ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist. Instead, God’s invitation to us is to press in and to press through. That is what this blog series is all about: preparing you to stand strong, unshakeable, in the suffering which is inevitable.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/making-lemonade" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1310291987.jpg" alt="Unshakeable- Making Lemonade" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">Unshakeable- Making Lemonade<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">There’s not a person who hasn’t at one point in their life experienced some heartache. We’ve all shed tears. We’ve all felt pain. We’ve all encountered loss. </span><br><span style="color: #000000;">Every one of us have found ourselves in that place of suffering at some moment in time. That place where you can hardly seem to fake a smile. That place where you really don’t know how to move forward or in which direction you should even go.</span><br><span style="color: #000000;">When we find ourselves there, we must not try and avoid it. We must not ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist. Instead, God’s invitation to us is to press in and to press through. That is what this blog series is all about: preparing you to stand strong, unshakeable, in the suffering which is inevitable.</span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fmaking-lemonade&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> A Christian Perspective Tue, 25 Oct 2022 10:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/making-lemonade 2022-10-25T10:00:00Z The Apostle's Creed- The Hope of the Believer https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/hope-of-the-believer <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/hope-of-the-believer" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1275776228.jpg" alt="The Apostle's Creed- The Hope of the Believer" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Apostle’s Creed –The Hope of the Believer<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/hope-of-the-believer" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1275776228.jpg" alt="The Apostle's Creed- The Hope of the Believer" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Apostle’s Creed –The Hope of the Believer<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fhope-of-the-believer&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> A Christian Perspective Tue, 18 Oct 2022 10:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/hope-of-the-believer 2022-10-18T10:00:00Z The Apostle's Creed- The Holy Spirit and the Church https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/holy-spirit-and-church <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/holy-spirit-and-church" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1319636283.jpg" alt="The Apostle's Creed- The Holy Spirit and the Church" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Apostle’s Creed –The Holy Spirit and the Church<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">We’re continuing our blog series on The Apostle’s Creed. Last week, the creed detailed the specific beliefs that Christians hold about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Today, we are moving to the next section, which states what Christians believe about the Holy Spirit and the Christian church.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em>We believe in the Holy Spirit;</em><br><em>the holy catholic church;</em><br><em>the communion of saints…</em><br></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">These three short lines of The Apostle’s Creed hold great significance. With these simple statements, Christians are affirming their beliefs in The Holy Trinity and the church throughout the ages.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/holy-spirit-and-church" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1319636283.jpg" alt="The Apostle's Creed- The Holy Spirit and the Church" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Apostle’s Creed –The Holy Spirit and the Church<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">We’re continuing our blog series on The Apostle’s Creed. Last week, the creed detailed the specific beliefs that Christians hold about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Today, we are moving to the next section, which states what Christians believe about the Holy Spirit and the Christian church.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em>We believe in the Holy Spirit;</em><br><em>the holy catholic church;</em><br><em>the communion of saints…</em><br></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">These three short lines of The Apostle’s Creed hold great significance. With these simple statements, Christians are affirming their beliefs in The Holy Trinity and the church throughout the ages.</span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fholy-spirit-and-church&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> A Christian Perspective Tue, 11 Oct 2022 10:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/holy-spirit-and-church 2022-10-11T10:00:00Z The Apostle's Creed- Jesus' Life, Death and Resurrection https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/life-death-resurrection <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/life-death-resurrection" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-657091114.jpg" alt="The Apostle's Creed- Jesus' Life, Death and Resurrection" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Apostle’s Creed – Jesus' Life, Death and Resurrection<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">We’re continuing our blog series on The Apostle’s Creed and picking up where we left off. Last week, the creed introduced us to Jesus, the only Son of God. Today, we are moving to the next section, which states what Christians believe about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.</span></p> </div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/life-death-resurrection" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-657091114.jpg" alt="The Apostle's Creed- Jesus' Life, Death and Resurrection" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Apostle’s Creed – Jesus' Life, Death and Resurrection<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span style="color: #000000;">We’re continuing our blog series on The Apostle’s Creed and picking up where we left off. Last week, the creed introduced us to Jesus, the only Son of God. Today, we are moving to the next section, which states what Christians believe about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.</span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Flife-death-resurrection&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> A Christian Perspective Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/life-death-resurrection 2022-10-04T10:00:00Z The Apostle's Creed- God the Son https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/apostles-creed-father-0 <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/apostles-creed-father-0" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1291892758.jpg" alt="The Apostle's Creed- God the Son" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Apostle’s Creed – God the Son<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/apostles-creed-father-0" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.southbaychurchli.org/hubfs/Blog_Images/iStock-1291892758.jpg" alt="The Apostle's Creed- God the Son" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Apostle’s Creed – God the Son<br></span></h1> <p style="margin-top: 0.25in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.25in; padding-left: 0in; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=1863385&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%2Flife-purpose-hope-blog%2Fapostles-creed-father-0&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.southbaychurchli.org%252Flife-purpose-hope-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> A Christian Perspective Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:00:00 GMT pastormatt@sbbcli.org (Matt Horne) https://www.southbaychurchli.org/life-purpose-hope-blog/apostles-creed-father-0 2022-09-27T10:00:00Z