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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.

THX: As Is

What if thanksgiving was more than an annual holiday? What if it was an accurate description of your life? What would that look like? How would you feel? How would the people around you feel? A lifestyle of gratitude is powerful. But a lifestyle of gratitude isn’t accidental. Discover the first of 2 key decisions every thankful life practices.

Fix Your Eyes: Wide-Eyed

Our captivations say a lot about us. They are like “gods” to us—the things we think give us a reason to be alive or tell us what’s most important. They become the places we go when life hurts. Maybe you turn to yourself, maybe you turn to friends. Maybe you turn to God or some concept of Him. But why? Why should it work? Why should God get any attention at all? Why is He any more powerful than some hard work and a good therapist?

Fix Your Eyes: All You See Is Love

If there’s something big enough for our full attention it’s LOVE. Life doesn’t get much better than being surrounded by the loves of our lives. And life never seems darker than when they’ve left us, betrayed us or never crossed our paths in the first place. But, is it possibly that our determination to have love is actually ruining our chances to find it?

Fix Your Eyes: Let Me See Where It Hurts

When good, beautiful things get all of our attention, they start to lose their luster—kind of like when you overplay your favorite song. This might seem like an odd question, but is there a beauty in our pain that might get lost if it absorbs us too much?

Fix Your Eyes: To Your Success (Jason Jaggard)

Everyone relates to the idea of “success” differently. Some of us have been hurt by it. Others wish they had more of it. Should we even care about being successful? What does it look like to handle success in a healthy way and how do we know when we aren’t?

Fix Your Eyes: The Big Picture

We live in a moment of ever-expanding options: Live for this. Identify with this. Brand yourself like this. Work on this. Worry about this. Empty your wallet and fill your life with this. This series is dedicated to ONE outcome: FOCUS—living passionately in a direction with the fewest regrets and second-guessing possible.