Cross Road: Call It.

If you saw the miracle of a dead man come back to life, it would be hard to forget. But before the “life” part, Jesus inaugurated a ritual to help us remember the “dead” part. Why should we keep returning to it? Maybe the greatest reason is in the last thing Jesus said while dying. More specifically, maybe the secret is in the very last WORD he uttered—an unforgettable word.

Cross Road: So What?!

We all know what it’s like to lose motivation—especially when the task seems great and the benefits seem uncertain. Roman Crucifixion was devastating, of course, but it also wasn’t a smooth journey for Jesus leading up to it. If Jesus knew the Cross was the end fo the line, what motivated him to go through everything leading up to it? It might actually help us understand what good he thought it might do.

Cross Road: I Know a Shortcut

Have you ever taken a shortcut that ended up being a detour? You wanted to avoid these miles, but because of obstacles or congestion, you just made matters worse. It happens in our lives too, right? What should be a quick-fix or a reasonable compromise becomes a disaster. Well, it might seem like an odd place to look, but the Cross of Jesus can be a source of incredible clarity before we make another false move.

Cross Road: Spoiler Alert

Most faith traditions would say their teachings or practices are the most powerful things they have to offer the world. And, to be sure, they have a lot to offer. Oddly, Christians have long fixated on the death of Jesus even more than teachings and practices of Jesus. Seems curious that many people believe series of events, beginning with capital punishment, are the greatest contribution to history. Today, we begin to unpack why the Cross still holds so many answers to life’s biggest questions

Good Work: Rest Assured

In the final installment of our series, let’s be honest with ourselves: Will we ever get there? We work harder, we try to work smarter, but what will it amount to? Will it ever feel like enough? In what may be the most important principle of work, we discover that “arriving” isn’t on the other side of hard work, it’s something you can feel and know every day.

Good Work: The X Factor

Gain skills. Meet people. Apply yourself. Take calculated risks. These are all essential pieces of every success story. But there’s one, hidden force that’s more important than all of those efforts combined. It’s a certain “IT” quality that will precede you into every future opportunity, secure you in your current job and leave a great legacy when you’re gone. It’s worth finding and fight for every shift, every gig and day of your life.

Good Work: 110%

We know when to put the pedal down. When opportunity knocks, we want her to find us doing great work so she’ll give us the breakthrough. Excellence is valuable. Maybe even more than we realize. Maybe the real value to excellence—and the reason we should bring it to every kind of work we do—is also the key to keeping us motivated and fulfilled while we wait for the next knock.

Good Work: Making Magic

There are gods walking among us. We call them “artists”. they are those chosen few whose magical power to create, sing, write, draw and design casts a spell on us. But what if that same spark was in all of us? Further, what if your ability to create is actually the part of you that makes you most human?

Good Work: The Lord’s Work

“Work hard, then die.” Some of us remember hearing this “good” news early on. Work is that thing you must do so you have the resources to do a few things you want to do. Even if you find yourself in a career you always wanted, one you’ve worked so hard to climb up to, you might be haunted by disappointment. “Is this it?” Retirement can’t come fast enough. Before we give up on getting much out of our work, let’s pause and ask if our dream job can actually start with our day job.

FOUR: Moving OUT. Moving IN.

In this very special message, Joseph shares some highlights from the first 4 years of Radius and one, bet-the-farm move God is calling to make this year. God has done so much so far. But this is just the beginning. There’s so much more to expect from the God who does more than we could ask or imagine.

Owning It: Enough’s Enough.

If you do only one thing this year to build muscle in your character and faith, it might be this final installment in our series. Jesus seemed to think so. In fact, it seems like this one, rebellious way of seeing your world has been the greatest opportunity for human development and advancement since the very, very beginning. Is your life a depleting resource—with a countdown clock and limited resources. Or, is your life full of untapped potential, opportunity and abundance. More than self-motivation, what you expect to be true changes nearly every choice you’ll make in your future.

Owning It: Here Goes Nothing.

Giants walk among us. Giants of faith. People who seem to have the ear of God because they can share story after story of miracles and surprises that seem almost too good to be true. Do have supernatural abilities? No. In fact, throughout history, God has only used ordinary people doing ordinary things to unveil something extraordinary. If you want to experience a future full of God-sized surprises, you’ll be encouraged to know how simple it is to choose it.

Owning It: Private Practice

Who doesn’t like a shortcut? If there’s a shorter way to get from where we are to where we want to be, we want to take it. If I can swallow a pill or skim the bullet points to take the quantum leap, I’m all in. But we have to face the fact that the life we want is most likely built in the slow, steady pattern of discipline. And discipline is one of those ideas that’s hard to accept, impossible to avoid. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, right? But not everyone will get to have the future you want.

Owning It: There’s No ‘I’ in Future

If you were absolutely convinced your future was made on the quality of your character and faith, HOW would you go about building them? Maybe you need to get your butt in the seat on Sunday. Maybe you need to develop some individual habits that strengthen you. Those have a place. Those will feed you for sure. But many people miss one of the most powerful ways God has ALWAYS grown the human condition. And it’s probably already happening in your life.

Owning It: Happy DO Year!

When a new year comes around, everyone wants to make this one better than the last. But everyone faces a challenge: every year is full of unforeseen circumstances that stand in the way. However, there will be people all around us that will seem to forge ahead, get stronger, go further—even when hit with the same surprises. What’s the difference? The good news for all of us is that it’s not based on having more talent or more good luck. It’s based on something each of us can start right now.

What Are We Waiting For?: The Best For Last

It’s finally here! Christmas is here! The moment so many people—young and old—have been waiting for. Some can’t wait for the songs. Some can’t wait for the food. Some anticipate great memories being made. And, of course, most of us can’t wait for the presents! Then, there are some of us that feel so disconnected or lost right now that no amount of Christmas cheer or Christmas presents could turn it around. Unless, God has saved his best present for last.

What Are We Waiting For?: Baby Love, My Baby Love

4 million babies are born in the US every single year. You were one of them. But, for the most part, we only care about and keep up with the ones we’re related to. Every once in awhile, there’s a birthday the world keeps celebrating, but only because that baby grew to be an adult who DID something we appreciate. Maybe Jesus’ is the most remembered and celebrated baby of all time is because the promises of his LIFE are promises we want to be true for us. And, if Jesus really delivered on the greatest of those promises, then it shouldn’t surprise us that this birth is more important to history than any president, saint or nephew.

What Are We Waiting For?: Genesis

This time of year brings out people’s true motives. Gifts are flying in every direction and a lot of us are secretly thinking, “What’s in it for me?” When it comes to the first Christmas, it’s natural to ask the same question. Jesus was born. But, “What’s in it for me?” Or, put another way, “What difference does it actually make in my life?” In this second morning of our series, we reveal a spectacular present God was hiding in plain sight in that feeding trough. And some people will worry this present isn’t for them at all.

What Are We Waiting For?: Make it Right

Santa. Rudolph. Angels. Christmas carols almost give us permission to expect a little more wonder. A little magic. Even grown ups can suspend disbelief a little for Christmas. We’re told songs have been a part of Christmas since the first one. Of course, if all the magic promised in those songs came true, it would really be something. JOY that never goes away? HOPE that feels like certainty? What about this whopper? This baby was supposed to bring PEACE! But it’s hard to ignore that, while we’re celebrating Christmas, sadness, oppression, and violence are still realities in our world today. Nice song, but we’ll have to suspend disbelief to sing it. Or, maybe there’s something more to what we’re celebrating than we realize.

THX: Win or Lose

One of the greatest plagues on our gratitude is worry. It’s hard to be grateful when there’s so much to worry about—worry that we won’t have enough money to put our kids through school or retire, worry that we’ll miss out on opportunities in our career, worry that our circumstances will chance suddenly and we won’t be prepared. Jesus taught us the antidote to worry—and the second secret to a lifestyle of gratitude.