Big Ten

DECATHLON: Monster

August 26, 2012Randy Christian

Is your glass half empty, or half full? And if half of it is empty, who has the other half? How did s/he get it? Why does s/he have it instead of you?! And what are you going to do about it? Join us as we look at how we respond to not having what we want!

DECATHLON: Liar, Liar

August 19, 2012Jeremy Lee

What exactly is “bearing false witness”, and why did it make this list? We all understand (though don’t necessarily practice) the need for honesty and integrity. But what stops us from being honest—and how can we be totally honest in this society? Join us as we look at what it means to be “Liar, Liar”.

DECATHLON: Mine, Mine, Mine

August 12, 2012Randy Christian

The concept of personal possession is extremely strong in our society. If it is mine, you can’t have it—and I have a right to do whatever is necessary to keep you from getting it! Why is theft—stealing what belongs to someone else—so important? And how can we avoid becoming part of the problem?

DECATHLON: Broken Vows

August 5, 2012Randy Christian

Adultery is a serious problem—especially in our society. But why is adultery such a big deal? Sure, it’s wrong, but is it more wrong than anything else—or more destructive? Join us as we understand why adultery is so devastating—and how it can be forgiven and healed!

DECATHLON: Homicide

July 29, 2012Randy Christian

We all get that murder is a bad thing. But is that all we need to understand? Jesus said some strange things about what murdering someone really is, and how often we actually do this! Join us as we gain an understanding of one of the most universally accepted laws—and why we have almost all misunderstood it!

DECATHLON: Honorable Parents

July 22, 2012Randy Christian

If you grew up with loving parents, you probably already honor them. If you didn’t, you probably struggle with this. Either way, is it really that important? Did it really require of the Big Ten commands? What’s so crucial about honoring our parents? How do we do it? And what has this got to do with our faith?

DECATHLON: Sabbatical

July 15, 2012Randy Christian

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath”. While most of us have heard the word “Sabbath”, few actually know what—or why—it is. Of course Jesus understood it, and taught his disciples how to as well. But do we? Is the Sabbath even for us? And if so, what does “keeping” it look like? Isn’t this just a lot of “Old Testament” stuff? Join us as we discover why this commandment may be the most important thing residents of Southern California hear this year!

DECATHLON: The Good Name

July 8, 2012Randy Christian

Thirty years ago saying “Oh God!” would have been considered rude, offensive, irreverent and even blasphemous, because doing so breaks this command. Rude, offensive and irreverent it may be, but does it really violate God’s command? What exactly is “taking the name of the Lord in vain”? Do we do this? And why shouldn’t we? Join us as we look at the Good Name of God and begin to understand the awe we experience with Him.

DECATHLON: The Passionate Personal God

July 1, 2012Randy Christian

Just as parents set rules for the benefit of their children, God has given us rules by which to live our lives—rules which, if obeyed, strengthen us and draw us closer to Him. These aren’t the rules of an administrator, politician, lawyer or tyrant—but a father who wants a relationship with His children. Join us as we begin our look at the ten commandments by understanding why we have them and the person who gave them!