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How To Discern God’s Voice In Your Dreams
Has God ever spoken to you through a dream? Learn why God speaks to us through dreams and how to discern his voice in your dreams today.
How God Can Redeem Your Dream
Have a God-given dream that feels crushed? Expecting setbacks can help us persevere on the journey to see our God-given dreams restored.
Learning How To Dream Again
Do you have a God-given dream in your life that seems delayed? God still sees greatness in you and wants to help you Dream Again!
Goal Setting As A Christian
Throughout the Bible, God's people set and achieve goals, so it's not something to be wary of... But what does it mean to set goals as a Christian?
How To Reconcile A Broken Relationship
Have a relationship that needs repair, but don’t know where to start? We share 5 biblical steps to help you restore a broken relationship.
How To Forgive Someone When It’s Hard
When you think of forgiveness, does a specific person or situation come to mind? To experience the true joy of Christmas this year, read this article to learn how to take steps towards forgiving someone when it’s hard.
The Gifts Your Kids Really Need This Christmas
What gifts are you giving your kids in 2020? Tempted to go overboard? Here's a powerful reminder that your presence trumps the presents under the tree.
Finding Joy When Christmas Parties Are Canceled
We may all miss out on some of our prized Christmas traditions in 2020, but what’s most important is how you navigate this reality with your children.
Telling The In-Laws You’re Not Coming For Christmas
Families are struggling to decide if they should gather for Christmas in the midst of a pandemic. Here's how to make tough decisions and break the news.
How To Overcome Offenses
Our lives are too short and calling too great to stay chained to the past! Learn how to overcome offenses with God’s help and defeat your inner Scrooge!
Bible Verses About Christmas
In this article, we compiled 10 Bible Verses About Christmas to help you worship Jesus Christ, God’s one and only son, in this time of celebration. As we anticipate the arrival of Christmas on December 25th, we pray that these Bible verses will help you meditate on the wondrousmoment when God entered our world to make things right.
10 Bible Verses About How To Cultivate Joy
How can you be joyful in hardship? The key is understanding that joy is not about external circumstances. It’s directly tied to our relationship with Jesus.
Simon Peter: How To Grow Your Faith
If you feel stuck in a state of spiritual shallowness, it's time to get out of the shallow end and dive in deeper with Jesus. Going deeper is about who you are becoming IN CHRIST - not about what you do or how you perform. Like Simon Peter, Jesus invites you to go deeper - Will you receive His invitation today and discover your deeper purpose?
10 Bible Verses About Fear
Fear: It can really get a strong grip on us. What fears do you find yourself facing right now? From fear of failure, fear of losing a loved one, fear of change, fear for your health or the health of others - these examples barely scratch the surface! However, one of the best things you can do to combat fear is meditate on Scripture.
Jesus Is Calling You Out
Today as we continue our current message series, The Chosen, we're looking at the life of Matthew. The multi-season show The Chosen portrays Matthew the tax collector as a social outcast. But Jesus called him out of his cage - and he's calling you out, too!
Bible Verses About How To Worship
These Bible verses have been compiled throughout the Old and New Testament and include examples on how to worship God through prayer, song, praise, obedience, coming together in community with the Church and more. There are so many ways we can worship our Heavenly Father!
Breaking The Power Of Anxiety
As Christians, our mental and emotional health is just as critical for us to steward well as we do our hearts and bodies. Jesus is our High Priest - and he understands everything that we are going through. He wants us to learn how to cast our cares on HIM. He provides us with loved ones, friends, pastors, and professionals so we can remind each other that we are never alone. 
Bible Verses About Encouragement
When life gets hard, we can encourage one another. To encourage you and provide you with resources to help encourage others with Biblical truth, we compiled a list of 10 Bible verses about encouragement.
The Chosen: I Have Called You By Name
Today we're looking at Jesus' redemption of Mary Magdalene, a female follower of Christ who's testimony we see throughout the Gospels in the New Testament.
How To Love People You Disagree With
Do you find it hard to love people you disagree with? In this article, we learn 4 Practical Ways To Love People You Disagree With - an important skill to have during a polarizing election year.
10 Bible Verses About Healing
The New Testament of the Bible is full of stories of healing miracles performed by Jesus. To help you understand God's power to restore the sick, we compiled a list of 10 Bible verses about healing.
5 Key Ingredients For Living An Anointed Life
In the Old Testament, we see that holy anointing oil was made up of 5 key ingredients. Each of these ingredients represented God’s power, protection, and favor. Today, anointing is the difference between the best you can do on your own and the best God can do when He has His hand over your life. So, let’s take a look at what each of the anointing oil ingredients represents – and how they make up God’s recipe for an anointed life.
Oil Change: How The Church Can Prepare For Jesus’ Return
Is your spiritual oil tank full? Or are you in need of an oil change? As we move back into Fall rhythms of virtual learning, back to school and work from home for many of us, we simply can't afford to run our spiritual engines with low oil. You know, we can actually learn a lot about the importance of oil to illuminate our spiritual lives in Matthew 25:1-13, the Parable of the Ten Virgins or Bridesmaids.
Routines Are The Real Superheroes
I’ve been reflecting on the fact that it can take weeks and even months to perfect a routine with your children. It’s a delicate dance and the entire family is part of the number. Then, COVID happened and somehow our carefully crafted routines managed to fall apart in two days time. It seems our new routine is hosting a free-for-all.
Knives Out: Heirs To A Heavenly Inheritance
We've been loving exploring the truth behind Hollywood's biggest hits this Summer, and in part 3 of Liquid Church’s annual At The Movies series, we're contrasting the Thrombey family inheritance from Knives Out with the greater, Heavenly Inheritance we have in Christ Jesus.
Does Jesus Love Me?
Truth be told, sometimes it’s so much easier to notice the love people have for you than the love God has for you. But, God gave us His Word to help us understand who He is and how much He really does love us. That word took on flesh through the person of Jesus Christ.
Why Did Jesus Die For Me?
Do you know why Jesus died for you? Throughout our “Who Is Jesus” series, we’re diving deeper into who the Bible says Jesus is and why it’s so important for us to understand His life and character. But why did Jesus have to die such a horrible death to save me?
Is Jesus God?
As Christians, we believe Jesus is both fully man and fully God, the long-awaited Messiah promised throughout the Old Testament of the Bible. In this article, we’ll dive into the Bible to examine how we can come to the conclusion that Jesus is God.
What Miracles Did Jesus Perform?
Do you believe in miracles? Throughout the Bible, we see miracles carried out by the very hand of God through Jesus Christ. Did you know there are 3 main types of miracles Jesus performed during his time on Earth?
Who Is Jesus?
Jesus Christ is often seen as one of the greatest religious teachers to ever live. Others see him as either a liar or lunatic. In this article, we explore who the Jesus of the Bible is.
Ford Vs. Ferrari: An Endurance Race
While the first-century writers of Hebrews 12 probably didn’t have modern race cars in mind, the metaphor of a long-distance endurance race symbolizes how Christ calls his followers to run the race of the Christian life with endurance all the way to the finish line… Where we will be embraced by our Savior Jesus in Heaven for eternity!
At The Movies: Hamilton and the Gospel
There's just something about watching a well-told story unfold before your eyes that brings it to life! This week, we're looking at how the smash hit Hamilton and the Gospel connect.
10 Bible Verses About How To Find Rest
Some days can feel like you’re trying to push through to the weekend, but life doesn’t have to be that way. You can experience rest every day of the week by seeking moments of meditation and restoration in God’s Word.
Why You Should Ask God To Break Your Heart
Praying “God, break my heart” is not a feel-good prayer. But now more than ever is the time to be bold in our prayer lives. To pray Dangerous Prayers! However, you may be wondering: Why on Earth should you ask God to break your heart?
10 Bible Verses About Pursuing Peace
Many of us struggle with finding a sense of stillness and peace in our lives. We often think of peace as an absence of anxiety or worry, but is that what it's really about?
What Happens When You Pray Bold Prayers?
If you're ready to see God work in your life, praying safe prayers won't cut it. But what exactly happens when you pray bold prayers?
10 Worship Songs To Listen To Right Now
What worship songs are on your go-to playlist? We created a list of the 10 top worship songs to listen to right now - and we hope this playlist will inspire you to take your worship to the next level!
How To Pray Bold Prayers
What does the Bible really say about prayer? We're learning how praying the Dangerous Prayer "Search Me" just like David did in Psalm 139 can transform your prayer life.
Let Your “Big Kid” Come Out And Play
So, parents, I’m writing to propose that this summer you let your big kid come out to play. Like really let it out. No sitting on the sidelines. So, when you turn on the sprinkler for your kids, run through it with them. When your kid wants to color or paint, don’t just get out the supplies for them, sit side-by-side and paint together. When your kid wants to dig in the dirt with his excavator, sit down and dig in the dirt.
How To Become A Christian
Having a relationship with Jesus Christ is life-changing. Wondering how to become a Christian? We can walk you through the process in this simple guide.
10 Bible Verses About Seeking Justice
What does “justice” mean to God? Right now, America grapples with racial and social injustice in the wake of the violent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many more black Americans. Protests across the country are calling for racial justice. Honestly, the topic of justice is something that can heavily divide. But what is the TRUE meaning of justice?
Being A Dad Has Always Terrified Me
Can I be honest? Being a dad has always terrified me. Being a dad is one of the greatest privileges and roles that I get to play, but I don’t ever think I’m doing a good job. I always question myself, doubt myself, and second guess myself.
I Cannot Be My Dad
I’m a new dad. My son is about a year and a half old, the first grandson to join our crazy family. We’re expecting our second child, a baby girl, this October. Though it’s been an exciting time, full of joy and love, there has been an inescapable thought lingering in the back of my mind since the beginning. “I cannot be my dad.”
The Floor Is Lava
Every kid is born with four instincts: to eat, to sleep, to defecate, and to play the game “The Floor is Lava”. I don’t know how all children around the globe pop out with instructions encoded in their brains on how to play it, but they do.
10 Bible Verses About How To Pray
Unsure about how to pray or feeling stuck in your prayer life? Most of us know WHAT we want to pray for, but don’t know HOW to ask God for it...
10 Bible Verses About How to Persevere When Life Is Hard
No matter our current circumstances, we all face challenging times at some point in life. As Christians, our lives are never free from the pains and trials of this world. But, we can look to God's word for reminders of the eternal hope we have.
Developing A New Perspective On Pain
What’s your perspective on pain? If you’ve ever faced a painful situation or season of struggle in your life - and you knew God could do something about it - you may have been left confused or questioning your faith. However, as Christians, when we wrestle with trusting God when life is hard, we can actually develop a new perspective on pain.
Love Must Win
It's time for Christians to see the #BlackLivesMatter movement through God’s win-win perspective, not the enemy’s zero-sum tactics. We need to stand in unity and be the voice of the voiceless. LOVE. MUST. WIN.
10 Bible Verses About Hope
Desperate for hope in a difficult situation? It can be challenging to stay positive when life is looking bleak. However, there is help and hope to be found in the word of God.
Patiently Waiting On God
Have you ever faced a dip in your faith that sent you waiting on God for answers? Or, are you struggling with how to wait patiently for God to step in during tough times? If you ever wrestle with trusting God when life is hard, good news: You’re in a prime position to grow!
10 Bible Verses About How To Deal With Doubt
Wondering about how to deal with doubt? As Christians, we all struggle with doubt at times in our faith journey. If you are dealing with doubt in your faith walk, there is help and encouragement to be found in the Bible. In fact, there are many Scriptures and verses that help us renew our faith when faced with doubts.
How To Choose Unity in a World of Racial Prejudice
In a world so divided, how do we choose unity over racial prejudice? We have been trained to create categorizations based on our differences. Black or white. Republican or democrat. Gay or straight. Old or young. Where does it stop? Today, we're learning practical steps Christ-followers can take to choose unity over racial prejudice and division over our differences.
10 Bible Verses About Worry And Anxiety
Filled with worry and anxiety? We compiled a list of 10 Bible verses about how to handle worry and anxiety for you to meditate on.
The Joy Of Being Present Trumps The Fear Of Forgetting
I am rocking my baby to sleep, a smile on my face as I stare down at a perfect little person. Those chubby cheeks! Those long, dark eyelashes! Oh, how I adore that tiny fist still clutching my shirt. I am in love. I try to commit the moment to memory, hoping that I can recall every detail precisely and exactly how it makes me feel. But, I know it’s impossible and I find that this brings me a low level of anxiety. I don’t want to forget.
20 Lessons Learned In Motherhood
It’s almost 20 years since my “I want to be a mom when I grow up” dreams came true. I would never have imagined how deeply love could hurt and how much I would be changed by it. So, in celebration of my almost two decades of being a mom of three, I bring you the 20 lessons I’ve learned on this journey of motherhood.
Dear Young Mom Me…
Dear Young Mom Me... It's Mother’s Day 2000. You stand on the edge of a year that marks the beginning of the best part of your life! Little do you know what I, your 54-year-old self, know about you. I love you, younger version of me, but I never want to be you again.
Thank You To My Wife On Mother’s Day
When many of us think of what it means to be a mom, we envision a woman who loves her kids so much that she gives all of herself for their benefit. This kind of love is sacrificial, supportive, encouraging, teaching, and complete. This is my wife, Cari.
Winning The War On Worry
Right now, many of us experience day-to-day worry, fear, and anxiety due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We don't know how much longer until we're back together at church, in schools, or at restaurants - but we do know that there is no need to let fear imprison us. Anxiety is a fact of life, but it doesn't have to dominate life.
Put On Your Own Mask First: 6 Ways To Care For Mind, Body, And Soul In A Crisis
Over the past few weeks, I've been talking to so many people who are starting to lose steam and lose hope. Anxiety and depression are increasing. So, in these dark times, it's the heart of our church to teach you how to care for your soul in a crisis.
Bittersweet Easter
Easter is typically a time when we celebrate life and resurrection - but this Spring, we're surrounded by so much death and disease. Here in the New York and New Jersey region, God chose us to live in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic - a global disaster bigger than World War II.
Hope Is On The Way
I know the coronavirus pandemic has us all a bit on edge. Here in the New York and New Jersey area, the worst point of the virus may hit right around Easter weekend. That's why today, I want to talk to you about the steps we're taking and the plans we're making to prepare our church to serve people in need around our region. HOPE is on the way!
The Battle Is The Lord’s
In times like these, I believe it is more important than ever for believers to seek God. Many people are still full of fear, worry and anxiety as our nation struggles to battle the coronavirus crisis. However, God gave me a special word to encourage you today from 2 Chronicles 20 in the Old Testament of the Bible. In uncertain times, we need to remember these 5 words that God spoke to King Jehoshaphat in a time of crisis for Israel: The Battle Belongs To God.
Psalm 91: God’s Promise Of Protection
We live in uncertain times and daily life has been turned upside down by the spread of COVID-19. During this moment of unprecedented disruption and fear of the coronavirus pandemic, God has a message for us, the modern church, in Psalm 91. In this Psalm, we see a powerful promise of protection from God in a time of a global pandemic.
Wind & Fire: Baptism In The Holy Spirit
Do you know what baptism in the Holy Spirit means? The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood member of the Trinity - which explains the "power outage" in the lives of many Christians! That's why this Spring, Liquid Church is on a journey to seek a deeper encounter with the Holy Spirit.
The 4 Stages Of Parenting
First comes love...then comes marriage...then comes baby in a baby carriage! For the conclusion of our February series, we're talking all-things parenting. How do you bring up kids in our modern culture to love God, love others, and be confident?
Marriage & Parenting: Gillian & Jason’s Story
Whether you're single, married, or raising kids, it's time to toss out your timeline for trust in God's one-of-a-kind plan for your life! As we continue learning what God has to say about our seasons of relationships this February, we're grateful for the Schuler family from our Morris County Campus. Gillian & Jason Schuler met at the young age of 22, and now celebrate 17 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of two amazing kids: 11-year-old Samuel and 9-year-old Sophia. Check out our chat with Gillian below!
First Comes Love: Waffles & Spaghetti
This week in our First Comes Love series, we are learning about the REALITY of marriage. Whether you're married already, single and hope to be married one day, or if you are dating now, the reality is that everyone has some great expectation out of marriage. The truth is, first comes love... then comes marriage... and often, then comes trouble!
Couplehood: Danny & Casey’s Story
Do you wonder what God actually says about our seasons of life and relationships? Singleness and dating? Marriage and parenting? This February, we're loving the opportunity to hear stories from you - our church! This week, we sat down with Danny McQuaide & Casey Sutherland to hear their relationship story. Danny & Casey are the sweetest engaged couple from Liquid Somerset. In our interview below, Danny & Casey share their story and lessons learned on their way down the aisle.
First Comes Love: Singleness
This week, we're kicking off this special series by focusing on singleness. In 1 Corinthians 7:6-8, the apostle Paul says that singleness is a gift. While at times singleness might feel like the gift nobody wants, Paul knows God was able to use him to do incredible things in his life as a single man. If you are single, God wants you to faithfully steward that gift for the sake of others!
Singlehood & Dating: Dani’s Story
First comes love... then comes marriage... then comes baby in a baby carriage? We all wish relationships followed a clear timeline - but life is a lot messier, isn't it? We had the opportunity to interview amazing people across our church to hear what they had to say - let's here what Dani from Garwood has to say about singlehood.
Tailgate Sunday: Get In The Game
What's your favorite thing about Superbowl Sunday? Is it the food? The game? The halftime show? The thing is, football isn't just a game of brute strength: It's a game of strategy and skill. In fact, football is filled with lessons about unity and teamwork.
Breathing Room: Enough Is Enough
This January, we've been on a quest to clear the clutter from our overloaded lives. The truth is, time and money are limited for most of us. When it comes to finances, we're learning that Breathing Room means you don’t spend it all. In fact, you learn to live with less. Enough Is Enough.
Take The Day Off
This January, we've been learning that life is better with limits. Do you feel like there are never enough hours in a day? That your work is never done? If you're chronically stressed... then it's time to take this radical, Biblical advice: Take the day off!
Lavishly Love The Poor!
At Christmas, one of the things that should distinguish a Christ follower is a love that reaches out to the marginalized and the forgotten. Such giving is an act of true worship.
Advent Conspiracy: Love All
r the last 4 weeks, we've been celebrating the season of Advent, which Christians have practiced in preparation for the arrival of Jesus Christ for thousands of years. The reality is, we can get so caught up in preparing for Christmas that we end up missing the point of Christmas all together. That's why this week, we're capping off our Advent Conspiracy series by learning how we can Love All this December!
Give Intentionally & Relationally!
We’ve talked about rebelling against consumerism by spending less but now we’re encouraging you to give more… Is that a contradiction? Nope! Giving more isn’t about giving more toys, more gadgets, more clothes, more gift cards, more stuff. God is calling us to give more intentionally and relationally.
Advent Conspiracy: Give More
This December, we've been pushing back against the tidal wave of holiday stress & commercialism… and learning to practice the 4 tennants of the Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully…. Spend Less….Give More... and Love All. This week, we're focusing on how to GIVE MORE in this season of gifting.
Try A Different Way Of Celebrating!
Spend less is an ambiguous goal. Spend less than last year? Spend less than my neighbor? The truth is there is no formula. The challenge of this tenet of the Advent Conspiracy is to be willing to ask more questions and then be open to hearing what God says in return.
Happy 3 Months Monmouth County!
With a 3-month-old baby at home, joyful (and tired) new parents might be celebrating the fact that their precious baby is smiling at them or that their little bundle discovered its toes or maybe their child is finally sleeping through the night! Well, our “baby” here at Liquid Church is certainly celebrating some different milestones, but they’re just as exciting. First Vision Sunday! First Christmas Outreach! First Christmas Eve on the horizon!
Advent Conspiracy: Spend Less
This month during our Advent Conspiracy series, we're reorienting our hearts back to Christ to prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas. This week, we're tackling the second core practice of advent: Spend Less.
Get Back To The Heart Of Christmas!
For many of us, the time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest, is often the hardest. Our calendars are full of activities, the to-do lists are getting longer, the stores are getting busier, and an overwhelming stress has creeped into our hearts. So how do we get back to the heart of the Christmas narrative?
Say “Yes” To Rediscovering Christmas!
What does it mean to take part in the Advent Conspiracy? It’s saying “no” to the old way of doing things and “yes” to a fuller, richer Christmas. There isn’t a formula or strict set of rules. Advent Conspiracy is about reorienting our hearts back to Christ.
Vision Sunday
In Proverbs 29:18, the word of God says "Where there is no vision, the people perish." That's why today, we're looking forward at the vision God is giving our church as we prepare for the new year! As a church, Liquid has a God-given vision to "Saturate the State with the Gospel of Jesus Christ" - and we're excited to discover the unique calling the Holy Spirit has set before us for 2020.
Playlist: Confession
Last week, we learned that we all go through seasons of spiritually cruising, crashing and cruishing it... but what happens when you are the reason for the crashing? In Psalm 51, King David of the Israelites sings a song of apology to God.
Happy 2 Months Monmouth County!
You know the trend…joyful parents celebrating their baby’s milestones every month of that precious first year. That’s because a child’s growth is extraordinary in the first 12 months of life and everything is “a first.” First smile, first solid foods, first steps! Well, we are taking the same approach with OUR brand-new baby at Liquid Church - our 7th campus in Monmouth County!
Playlist: Lament
We have a Playlist for almost anything. From your gym playlist, to your wedding playlist, even to your playlist of sad songs for when you're feeling down. Today, we're continuing to learn from Jesus' playlist in the Psalms.. and we'll be diving deeper into his Psalms of lament.
Playlist Series: Worship
I believe most people love music - whether it's rap and hip-hop, rock and EDM, or Jazz and R&B, we all have music that speaks to us, and it almost becomes the soundtrack to our lives. Did you know Jesus had a playlist called the Psalms?
5 Tips For Running A 5K
You’re not just participating in the Run For Rwanda… you are RUNNING the Run For Rwanda! If you’re new to the world of racing, we’re here to help. Here are 5 tips to make your race day successful!
The Domino Effect Of Clean Water
Everything begins with water. It's the foundation for all other levels of development. That means—for the millions of thirsty people throughout the developing world—safe water can ultimately transform...
Quench Their Thirst
Did you know that right now, 663 million people in our world lack access to safe, clean drinking water? That's 1 in 10 of us! That's why I want to call your whole Group to join us on a critical mission as we Run For Rwanda on Saturday, October 19th!
What Does Dirty Water Really Look Like?
When we say that 25% of people in Rwanda don’t have access to clean water… meaning they drink dirty water on a daily basis, that can be hard to process. What does “dirty water” really mean?
No Experience Needed: A Beginner’s Guide To Run For Rwanda
Maybe you’re not a runner. You never were and think you never could be. So, Run For Rwanda sounds like a great event… for someone else. But, let’s face it, you really would like to get your hands on one of those custom dri-FIT shirts!
I Dare You To Dive Deeper
Today, we're kicking off a 7-week series based on Ezekiel 47. This scripture is the basis for my new book, Liquid Church, where I tell the story of Liquid Church and the incredible people (that's you!) who are saturating the state of New Jersey with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! In the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, we learn that the prophet Ezekiel received a divine vision from God of a not-so-ordinary river flowing from the Temple in Israel, which represents the house of God...
3 Thirsty Friends
This Fall, we're challenging EVERYONE who's taking part in our 7-week Groups Series to reach out to 3 Thirsty Friends with the living water of Jesus! In order to rise up to this challenge, you'll want to be saturated with this living water in your own personal faith journey! To do this, here are 3 practical steps you can start taking today...
At The Movies: Free Solo
Every August, we explore the spiritual truths behind Hollywood's biggest hits... and today, we're capping off our At The Movies series by learning from the documentary Free Solo, which won the 2019 Academy Award for best documentary. In the film, rock climber Alex Hannold sets out to be the first person to free climb, or climb without using ropes, on a mountain called El Capitan in Yellowstone National Park.
At The Movies: Toy Story 4
This week At The Movies, we're learning from the animated world of Toy Story 4. This isn't just a kids' movie...In fact, most people who watched it are adults who grew up watching Toy Story and are now taking their kids to see it. The movie actually addresses some real-life themes such as loss, life transitions, friendship, and the grand purpose of life. The story picks up from when Andy went to college in Toy Story 3 and gave his toys to a little girl named Bonnie. We see Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, but we're also introduced to a new character: Forky. Bonnie created Forky out of some peices of trash in school...and soon enough, Forky became Bonnie's favorite toy!
Spend Saturday, August 17th @ The Shore
This Saturday could be your lucky day… if you spend it with us! Come on down to Ocean Grove for our Saturday Night 6pm Services. In fact, you should consider spending a full day at the shore. Here are some ideas to make the most out of your Saturday!
At The Movies: Black Panther
Throughout the Bible, Jesus told parables, or short stories, to communicate spiritual truth. Today, I think movies are like visual parables... a modern version of stained glass in churches like Liquid! So, this week, as we continue our At The Movies series, we're connecting spiritual themes from the hit movie Black Panther to the life of Jesus!
At The Movies: Breakthrough
I love how movies can communicate deeper spiritual truth in a cinematic way... and this August, we're discovering the truth behind Hollywood's biggest hits during our annual At The Movies series! Today, we're learning together from the movie Breakthrough, which is based on the real-life story of a middle-school boy named John Smith who fell through the ice on a frozen lake near his house back in 2015. John was trapped underwater for 15 minutes, and when he was pulled out, he showed no signs of a pulse or any brain activity. Doctors abandoned resuscitation efforts, but Jon's mother, Joyce, was a Christ follower who believed in the POWER OF PRAYER, and as she called on others to pray in the name of Jesus, her family saw a real-life miracle!
Spend Saturday, August 3rd @ The Shore
Fun in the Sun Activities - August 3rd: Mini Golf, SUP Lessons, Historic Walking Tours, Farmers Market and more!
Spend Saturday, July 27th @ The Shore
Fun In The Sun Activities - July 27th: Victorian Day In Ocean Grove - Experience another era with all day activities, including a Living History of Ocean Grove, an Organ Recital, Horse & Carriage Tours and much more. Activities begin at 9:00am and run throughout the day. Learn more.
The Power Of Spoken Blessing
Did you know there is power in your choice of words? During our current series, Speak Life, we're grounding ourselves in Proverbs 18:21, which says "The tongue has the power of life and death." There are words that can be so powerful that they literally change the course of our lives.
Speak Life: I Said This… You Heard That
During our current series, Speak Life, we're learning all about how our words have the power to speak life, hope, joy, and love... Or sow fear, division, unrest, and conflict. Communication is about expressing our ideas, wishes, or desires to someone we love... but often, miscommunications occur and cause problems. See, it's not just about what is SAID... It's all about what is HEARD. I said this... You heard that!
Spend Saturday, July 20th @ The Shore
Fun In The Sun Activities - July 20th: Asbury Park Summer Bazaar: -Head to the historic Convention Hall located on the beach to check out local and regional handcraft & vintage vendors. Enjoy a DJ, photo booth, DIY workshops, kids art classes, selfie stations & more. Runs from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. Learn more.
Spend Saturday, July 13th @ The Jersey Shore
We can’t wait to see you in Ocean Grove this weekend for our Saturday Night 6pm Services! In fact, why not spend the day down the shore with family and friends? Here are a few fun ideas to help you make the most out of your Saturday!
Spartan Faith: The Triumph Of Faith
Over the last few weeks during our Spartan Faith series, we've been looking at the ancient heroes of faith found in Hebrews 11. In many ways, these heroes of the faith are all part of God's DREAM TEAM and worth looking up to in our spiritual journeys. We've learned from the lives of heroes such as Gideon, Noah and Abraham, even though they haven't always gotten everything right...However, one thing they have in common is that they have learned to put their FAITH IN ACTION. Today, we're continuing to learn together by looking at examples from several members of God's Dream Team in Hebrews 11.
Spartan Faith: Abraham’s Test
As we continue our Spartan Faith series this week, we're continuing to learn from the story of Abraham in Hebrews 11 and Genesis 22. Last week, we learned that God called Abraham to leave everything and follow the promise God put on his heart. Twenty-five years after God made a promise to Abraham, he gave him a beloved son, named Isaac. Today, we're continuing in the footsteps of Abraham's journey as we learn how God tested Abraham's faith in a final exam!
Saturday 6pm Services In Ocean Grove: Best Local Beaches
Unfamiliar with the Jersey Shore? Looking for the best local beaches to soak up the Summer sun? We did the research for you… So you can enjoy your Saturdays this July and August when visiting Ocean Grove for our Saturday Night 6pm Services!
Saturday 6pm Services In Ocean Grove: Best Kid-Friendly Activities
Unfamiliar with the Jersey Shore? Looking for some family-friendly fun prior to our Saturday Night 6pm Services in Ocean Grove? We compiled this list of the best kid-friendly activities for you to make the most out of your Saturday in Ocean Grove!
Saturday 6pm Services In Ocean Grove: Best Local Eats
Unfamiliar with the Jersey Shore? We compiled this list of the best local eats for you to make the most out of your Saturday in Ocean Grove during our Saturday Night Services!
Spartan Faith: Abraham
As we continue our Spartan Faith series through the "Hall of Faith" in Hebrews 11, today we're learning that when God's getting ready to do something big in your life, he will often tell you to step away from the comforts of what you know to take a journey of faith. God did exactly this in the life of Abraham...calling him to his own "Spartan Faith" to take hold of greater blessings that God prepared for his life! Today, we're going to learn 3 things about Abraham and his Journey of Faith. Like Abraham, if you want to experience God at a whole new level, your own faith journey will involve a Leaving, a Living, and a Looking.
Spartan Faith: Noah
Our current series, Spartan Faith, is all about having the Faith of a Warrior! Together, we're learning from the stories of Heroes of the Faith in Hebrews 11, which has been described as the Bible's "Hall of Faith." Last week we learned how God used Gideon's faith in Judges 6-7 to lead Israel to the greatest military victory in history! Today, we're continuing our series by learning from the story of Noah in Genesis 6.
Liquid At The Shore: Spartan Faith
This Sunday, we enjoyed an incredible day kicking off the Summer with an epic celebration at the Jersey Shore! In case you missed it, today at Liquid At The Shore we celebrated new life in Christ through beach baptisms... we announced our Monmouth County Campus Pastor, Chris Capua, and got a sneak peek of Pastor Tim’s new book, Liquid Church: 6 Powerful Currents to Saturate Your City for Christ!
Liquid At The Shore: What You Need To Know For The Big Day!
Ready for some Summer fun at the Jersey Shore? In just one week, we're looking forward to gathering ALL 6 of our campuses under one roof in the historic Ocean Grove Great Auditorium. Liquid At The Shore is going to be an epic celebration to kick-off Summer... But, before you head "down the Shore" for this special day, there are a couple of things you'll want to know...
3 Reasons To Attend Collyde Summit
We’re gearing up to host Collyde Summit 2019 at our Broadcast Campus in Parsippany! Considering joining us this Fall? Here are 3 reasons why you won’t want to miss it!
The Original Girl Boss
We are blessed with an army of Girl Bosses at Liquid... Wonderful women who are talented, confident, and gifted by God to lead. And that’s what our current series, Girl Boss, is all about! A Girl Boss is empowering and inspiring to those around her...
Baptism At The Shore: What Does That Look Like?
On June 2nd, we’re inviting all 6 Liquid Church campuses down to Ocean Grove, NJ for Liquid At The Shore… it’s church at the beach followed by beach baptisms! So, what does it really mean to take part in a beach baptism?
Pastor Kayra Montanez: Moms On A Mission
This week, in celebration of Mother's Day at Liquid Church, we're hearing from Morris County Campus Pastor Kayra Montanez for a special message: Moms On A Mission! Pastor Kayra has been married to her best friend, her husband Jose, for 16 years, and together they are parents to 2 incredible kids: 10-year-old Gaby and 8-year-old Andy, who has Down syndrome.
Baptism At The Shore: What Is Baptism? Why Should I Be Baptized?
You’ve likely heard us talking about Baptism At The Shore… when hundreds of Liquidites will take the plunge in the Atlantic Ocean! But, what does that really mean? And is this the next step on your spiritual journey?
Juan Galloway: Making Space At The Table
This week for our Homeless Church series, we're grateful to learn together with a very special guest speaker: Juan Galloway, President and CEO of New York City Relief.
Homeless Church: One Night Can Save A Life.
Did you sleep in a bed last night? A warm bed and a roof over your head is something we easily take for granted... but the truth is, homelessness in New Jersey rose sharply last year! According to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 9,398 people live in the Garden State without a home. Without a bed. Without a bathroom. Without the basics every single day.
Homeless Church: Should My Children Participate?
Children and teens are invited to participate in the Homeless Church event… ultimately parents need to make the decision that is best for their family! That said - we believe participation in this event could be an extraordinary opportunity for families… including children and teens.
Easter At The Empty Tomb
As we've walked the footsteps of Jesus Christ for the last 6 weeks during our God of Miracles series, we have been tracing Jesus' life through the Gospel of Mark: Visiting the places where Jesus lived, taught, healed the sick, befriended sinners, performed miracles, and was crucified on a Cross. Wouldn't it be sad if this is where the story ended? Praise God, the final and most important stop on our spiritual pilgrimage is Christ's resurrection power during Easter At The Empty Tomb!
Homeless Church: How Does Sleeping Out Make A Difference?
We sure hope you’ll join us for our Homeless Church Event on May 4th… but maybe you’re “on the fence” and wondering If you choose to step away from modern comforts-- a warm bed, home-cooked meals, and technology to sleep outside -- how that act makes a difference. It DOES… and here’s HOW!
Journey To The Cross
Did you know? Today is Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter when Christians all over the world celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. All the locations we've virtually traveled to together during our God of Miracles have been leading us to one place - Jerusalem, where the journey of Jesus ends and our faith begins. Here, Jesus would lay down his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world and change history forever.
God of Miracles: Jericho
Do you know what city is the oldest in the world? This week for our God of Miracles series, we're traveling there on the road to Jericho! When Jesus traveled with his disciples from Jericho to Jerusalem, he encountered 2 men from opposite ends of the economic spectrum - poor and blind Bartimaeus and a rich Tax Collector named Zacchaeus. To Jesus, it didn't matter how different these men were - and today, whether you're rich or poor, black or white, red or yellow, gay or straight... we all need to come to Him!
Calming The Storm
This week, we're continuing our God of Miracles series by taking a trip to the Sea of Galilee. Here, Jesus challenged his disciples to stretch their faith by Calming The Storm they faced on the water. See, Jesus' first followers were ordinary young adults... in fact, many of his first disciples were fishermen! This shows us something cool about Jesus' heart: He doesn't call the qualified... but He qualifies those who are called by Him to change the world!
God Of Miracles: Sermon On The Mount
Today, we're walking in the footsteps of Jesus as we continue our God of Miracles series to the place where he gave his famous Sermon On The Mount on the Mount of Beatitudes. In Matthew 5:3-10, Jesus begins his sermons with what we call "The Beatitudes", or blessings. These radical teachings in the Scripture actually reveal to us for the first time that Jesus is a Radical Rabbi.
Healing The Sick
As we continue our God of Miracles series, today we're travelling to Capernaum: Jesus' ministry headquarters where he performed many miracles Healing The Sick. In fact, Jesus actually performed more miracles in Capernaum than anywhere else as recorded in the Gospels. It's in this place that Jesus' ministry began blowing up...
Baptized In The Desert
As we journey through the Holy Land of Israel for our Spring Churchwide Groups series, God of Miracles, this week we're taking a hike down to the Dead Sea and Jordan River, where the ministry of Jesus began. In Mark 1:1-11, we meet John the Baptist.
Walking In The Footsteps Of Jesus
Over the next 7 weeks, we're walking in the footsteps of Jesus! Throughout God of Miracles, our Spring Churchwide Groups series, I'll lead us through a virtual tour of Israel, the Holy Land, and we'll be digging deeper into the miracles of Jesus to build your faith. My wife Colleen and I visited Israel this January, and it was the trip of a lifetime! One of the main takeaways from our journey was seeing how the Bible is actually geographical.
Love, Sex, & Dating // Resolving Conflict
To conclude our Love, Sex, & Dating series, this week we're learning how to Resolve Conflict. Whether you are single, dating, engaged or married, conflict is a part of every relationship... and you don't have to be in a romantic relationship to experience miscommunication!
Let’s Talk About Sex!
Last week in our Love, Sex, & Dating series, we learned how to increase intimacy in a relationship through tender words, sharing feelings, active listening, and building trust. Today, we're having a very candid conversation about the art of Godly love-making... Let's Talk About Sex!
Love, Sex, & Dating: Increasing Intimacy
Whether you're single, dating, engaged or married, the Bible has so much for us to learn together as we continue our study on the Song of Solomon! See, Solomon is considered the WISEST man in history - so his model in this Old Testament book is one for us to follow even in our modern relationships!
Love, Sex, & Dating: Swipe Right
To kick off our brand-new, 4-week series called Love, Sex, & Dating, we are diving into what the Bible says in Song of Solomon. This is an Old Testament book of Hebrew love poetry written by a young King Solomon around the year 965 BC chronicling a duet about his love story with his bride.
First Fruits
uring our current series First Things First, we've been learning how to get our lives back on track in the New Year! Today, we're wrapping up our series by learning how we can give God our First Fruits in 2019. The term "first fruits" comes from the Hebrew Bible of the Old Testament and refers to the first and best part of the harvest of crops or produce, animals, and firstborn children.
Work As Worship
Ever think about how you can put God first in your 9-5 job? We're continuing our First Things First series this week by learning how we can view our Work As Worship. A lot of people simply see their work as a paycheck. But, wherever you work, whatever you do - teacher, business person, artist, or waitress - your work matters to God!
The Fasting Edge
Have you ever felt like you just lost your spiritual edge? If we're honest, often we can go through the motions of life like a lumberjack swinging a dull axe. Likewise, a lot Christians can become dull spiritually... That's why as we continue our First Things First series this week, I want to encourage you to sharpen your axe - or your spirit - by discovering The Fasting Edge.
First Things First
Happy New Year, Liquid Church! The start of a new year is a great time for a reset, and it’s our goal this January to help you prioritize your most important relationships, your calendar, your family and your faith according to God’s priorities! Are you ready to put First Things First?
Christmas Eve at Liquid Church
Merry Christmas, Liquid Church! This year for Christmas Eve at Liquid Church, instead of reading about Jesus as a baby, we're taking a closer look of the snapshot we're given of Jesus when he's just a 12-year old boy in Luke 2:41-51.
Share Christmas, Share Reconciliation.
We're continuing our Share Christmas series this week by learning how we can Share Reconciliation. You may be wondering... what does reconciliation have to do with Christmas? Reconciliation is the process where we rebuild relationship. It's where we rebuild trust. See, trust is gained in inches and lost in yards... and while reconciling with someone in your life who has wronged you is not intuitive, comfortable, or even necessary in some cases... often, it can be a gift.
Share Hope This Christmas Season!
This December, we're learning all about the GIFTS that God shares with us at Christmas during our Share Christmas series. Have you ever received a gift that you didn't want? Maybe you're not actually looking forward to Christmas. In fact, you may just be glad that 2018 is coming to an end! Maybe this year didn't turn out the way you hoped it did... you received a gift, but instead of unwrapping blessings, you unwrapped addiction, loneliness, hurt or even health issues. Can I ask... Where are you LOSING HOPE this Christmas?
Baptism Sunday: Brand New
Today, we had the pleasure of celebrating over 100 people at our Liquid Campuses as they went public with their faith in Jesus Christ! Baptism symbolizes the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross... and when we go under the water, it's like we're dying to our sin and being buried with him.
SWAT: The Sword of The Spirit
This week, we're concluding our Spiritual Warfare And Tactics All-Church Groups Experience by learning how to wield The Sword of The Spirit! Throughout this series, we've been learning how to put on the full Armor of God, in Ephesians 6:14-18 and the sword is actually what brings all the pieces together. See, there will be times when you feel like the Enemy is right up in your face and it's one strike after the next... But as Paul wrote the book of Ephesians in the New Testament of the Bible, he knew that just like how a Roman soldier wields a dagger in battle, the Word of God is the Armor we need to push back against the Enemy!
SWAT: Wear The Helmet Of Salvation
For the past few weeks, we have been studying the Armor of God in Ephesians 6 so we can take a stand against the spiritual attacks that come against us in this world of darkness. Today, we're continuing our Spiritual Warfare And Tactics series by learning how to wear the Helmet of Salvation! In a battle, wearing your helmet is the difference between life and death...
SWAT: Take Up The Shield Of Faith
Over the last few weeks of our All Church Groups Experience, Spiritual Warfare And Tactics, we've been studying the Armor of God in Ephesians 6. Today, we're taking up the Shield of Faith! If you grew up watching Captain America like me, then you know the Captain's shield isn't just a tool for defense... the shield is an OFFENSIVE weapon in his fight against evil.
SWAT: Lace Up The Boots Of Peace!
We've been loving learning how important it is to strap on the Armor of God in every battle during our All Church Groups Experience, Spiritual Warfare And Tactics! First, we strapped on the belt of truth, which is our core convictions and beliefs. Then, we learned that when we wear the breastplate of righteousness through upright living that aligns with God's expectations, it repels the attacks of the Enemy. This week, we're lacing up the Boots of Peace!
SWAT: Breastplate Of Righteousness
Throughout our SWAT series, we are learning from the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6 about how to fend off spiritual attacks from our Enemy, the devil. The Enemy attempts to attack us through invitation or invasion... and sin in our lives can be like rolling out a welcome mat for him at the front door of your soul! But, with the belt of truth strapped around your waists, you can then add to your Armor with the Breastplate of Righteousness.
SWAT: The Belt Of Truth
This week, we're kicking off our All Church Groups Experience, Spiritual Warfare And Tactics, by learning from Paul in Ephesians 6 about how to put the enemy in his place for good! The 1st piece of Armor we'll put on is the Belt of Truth.
Anxious For Nothing: Think About What You Think About!
Throughout our Anxious For Nothing series, we've been exploring how we can win the war against worry and go into the battle against anxiety with God's help! This week, we're putting the finishing touches on Dr. Paul's prescription for God's peace... which is to MEDITATE on good things!
Keep Calm & Pray On!
If you struggle with stress, anxiety, or fear of the future... God wants to write a new chapter in your story this Fall! That's why this week, we're continuing our Anxious For Nothing series by learning how to Keep Calm & Pray On!
Anxious For Nothing: Age of Anxiety
We're kicking off our new series Anxious for Nothing today by learning how to deal with anxiety. We live in an Age of Anxiety. In fact, anxiety disorders in the U.S. are ranked as the #1 mental health problem among women and #2 among men...
At The Movies: The Incredibles
This week At The Movies, we're learning together from the Hollywood hit, The Incredibles 2! This film is about a super hero family with INCREDIBLE abilities that they use to help others. You know, like the Incredible family, God has made YOU to live out an incredible purpose!
At The Movies: The Darkest Hour
This week At The Movies, we're continuing this exciting Summer series by discovering the truth behind the Hollywood hit, The Darkest Hour! This is a film all about Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister who faced down Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Regime during World War II...
At The Movies: The Greatest Showman
The story of P.T. Barnum’s circus of beautiful misfits is a reflection of Jesus’ church!