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Generations is all about helping individuals and families become followers of Jesus Christ. We want to see people live the way Jesus lived, love the way Jesus loved and leave behind what Jesus left behind. We're located in Nicholasville, Kentucky, and w

Max Vanderpool


    • Dec 12, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Get Your Hands Dirty (Dirty Jobs Edition) - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 29:04

    Mike Rowe, longtime host of the TV series Dirty Jobs, learned FAR more than he anticipated doing that series. In TED talks and subsequent interviews, it turns out FAR MORE is going on behind doing a dirty job. Maybe that's why Jesus appeared in a manger or why Jesus claimed that the Son of Man came (not to be served but) to serve. In this message, Amanda Duke explains why getting your hands dirty is the very definition of Christianity and what that might look like where you live.

    Take Your Faith Home with You - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 22:09

    When we launched Generations in 2004, we were the ONLY church in the USA with that name. Today, there are over 30 versions of Generations Community Church throughout the United States. Perhaps God IS doing something we might not easily recognize. Our very name comes from one of our church's values - a belief that we should ALL take our faith home with us. Faith isn't just something that happens at church for 60 minutes on a Sunday morning. Faith is an every day thing - a family thing - a school thing - a work thing - a life thing. And it's supposed to be that way.

    Stop Masking Up! - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 25:14

    The church is full of hypocrites. It's true. But it isn't just the church. LIFE is full of hypocrites...people who pretend to be "righteous" or a certain way when they are really struggling or not that way at all. If you watch the Netflix series, "The Crown," you see it in the marriage of Charles and Diana. But here's the thing: You do NOT have to have it together to come here, belong here, or be loved here at Generations Community Church. So please, don't fake it...not for our sakes...and certainly not because you HAVE to do so to be accepted.

    Church Is a Family - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 35:31

    The earliest Christians in Ephesus struggled with feeling like they were not enough, feeling like they didn't matter, and feeling like they didn't belong. It's because their culture told people you only matter IF you are smart (or intelligent), IF you are beautiful, IF you possess athletic prowess, or IF you can entertain. So the Apostle Paul reassured them...of God's love...of their identity...of their new FAMILY. It's the very kind of reassurance that we Americans need today.

    Having Fun - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 27:09

    Weddings are typically a lot of fun, except when you get stuck at the pastor's table. Why is it that people assume pastors and "serious" followers of Jesus are NO FUN AT ALL? In some ways, it goes all the way back to Puritan New England, but it's a myth perpetuated today by well-intentioned believers. So why did Jesus go to so many weddings, dinners, banquets, celebrations, and parties? BECAUSE HE WAS INVITED! In this message, Max Vanderpool unpacks our value "have fun" and why it's so desperately needed today.

    Flexible and Inflexible - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 27:53

    There's a tension between the right kind of flexibility and inflexibility. It's something parents (particularly of teenagers) live out daily. When should they HOLD FIRM to something and when should they BEND? And how do you know which is which? In the New Testament, we see the earliest Christians walk out this same kind of tension (between flexibility and inflexibility). Where and when do you hold firm? And when and were do you flex? Because, after all, Jesus WAS flexible...except when he wasn't.

    Love Your Enemies - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 29:18

    Jesus said, "Love your enemies." And some people think that means you shouldn't resist someone breaking into your home or an army invading your country. Still others believe it means you should be a doormat for everyone and everything. Don't resist. Just sit there and take it, they say. So what did Jesus really mean by insisting that we love our enemies? Is it possible to hold out for justice AND mercy?

    Show and Share - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 24:51

    In the fall of 2018, God gave Generations a "place to call home." We had four months in our (new to us) facility before COVID hit. But what if we heard God RIGHT? What if this facility IS God's provision and a "place to call home?" What if, like the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua, God is giving us and opportunity and a place...so that WE can be a blessing? In this message, Brian Hull, draws connections between Joshua 1 and where we are (today) as a church family.

    Jesus Is the Living Water - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 36:14

    Most of us have gotten a Christmas gift (or job or boyfriend or girlfriend) that we THOUGHT would make us happy and satisfied...only to be disappointed. We have a habit of going to "empty wells" looking for water. In John's Gospel, Jesus is presented as a friend to sinners and as someone who CAN and DOES satisfy our deepest longings.

    Jesus Brings Freedom - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 33:06

    Jesus was more than just a relevant teacher. He had POWER to free people from demonic oppression, religious strongholds, stress and anxiety...and that SAME power is available to his followers TODAY.

    Activate Your Tribe - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 19:51

    Researchers have determined that there is ONE difference between the happiest and unhappiest people. And that difference isn't money, social status, physical appearance, I.Q., or possessions. It's the presence of joy-producing, life-giving relationships. That's right...people! Flourishing isn't just about connecting to God (and being connected to God), it's about connecting to God's people. In this message, Max Vanderpool offers some practical steps to activate your tribe.

    Finding Your Footing - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 20:16

    In the American church, we've pushed the idea of a quiet time - something a believer does in the morning (by themselves) when the read the Bible (by themselves), pray (by themselves), and perhaps even journal (by themselves). But this ONE SIZE FITS ALL approach to connecting to God doesn't work (for many) and doesn't accurately reflect the diversity of personalities and temperaments that God made. In this message, Max Vanderpool cautions us not to wear someone else's armor.

    Languishing and Flourishing - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 24:35

    The last 18 months have been brutal. A pandemic. Lockdowns. Shutdowns. A hotly contested presidential election. People have lost their ever-loving minds, haven't they? There are times in our lives when we are living the best version of ourselves...the person we want to be...the person God meant us to be...and we're flourishing. And then there are times in our lives when we are living a broken and corrupted version of ourselves...and we're languishing. In this message, Max Vanderpool talks shepherd, sheep, and sheep-pens in order to map out a way to flourish.

    Love & Generosity - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 23:29

    Living for God will require occasional acts of extravagant love and extravagant generosity - so much so that others in your life will question whether you're being taken advantage of, whether someone is playing you, whether you should be setting firmer boundaries. In this message, Max Vanderpool unpacks the action of the widow and her "mite" in the Temple complex. Most pastors simply want to say, "Be like HER. She gave everything." But so much MORE is going on in this passage - giving us a glimpse into the heart of God and how extravagant love and generosity is measured by Him.

    Talking about Jesus - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 19:55

    Generations has put a lot of effort into loving people and accepting people. And that's a good thing. It's exactly what Jesus did in his relationships - he frontloaded them with love and acceptance. But, like Peter, we're going to need to do MORE than just love people. We're going to have to use words and talk ABOUT Jesus to others.

    Teach Us to Pray - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 28:13

    According to Anne Lamott, when Americans tend to pray, they tend to pray three things: (1) thank you, thank you, thank you, (2) help me, help me, help me, and (3) I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. But what if there's more to prayer than that? And what if it actually matters WHO you're talking to? In this message, Pastor Max gives some practical advice on practicing praying to God.

    Hearing from God - The B.I.B.L.E. - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2021 23:37

    If you don't know what's IN The Bible, you're going to spend your entire life just guessing. And because you're an American, you'll be making up what you think Jesus is like. (And here's the thing: Americans almost always think Jesus is just like them. If they CARE about environment, Jesus would care about the environment. If they care about unborn babies, Jesus would care about unborn babies.) Sometimes, you'll guess right, but often you'll guess WRONG. Why guess? Read or listen to The Bible. Regularly. And read or listen to the Gospels and Acts, because knowing is better than guessing.

    Peace in Relational Conflict - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 26:10

    Any time there are two or more people, there is going to be CONFLICT. And unresolved conflict takes up room inside your body through high blood pressure, stress, eating problems, stomach issues, weight gain, weight loss, and a HOST of other ailments. Why live that way?

    Peace in Relational Conflict - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 26:10

    Any time there are two or more people, there is going to be CONFLICT. And unresolved conflict takes up room inside your body through high blood pressure, stress, eating problems, stomach issues, weight gain, weight loss, and a HOST of other ailments. Why live that way?

    Ingredients for Peace - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 19:52

    There are certain ingredients that will NEVER make a cake or a dessert. Cabbage, beets, slimy spinach, and pickled pigs feet are examples of foods that CAN be eaten but never enjoyed as a dessert. PEACE works in a similar way. There are ingredients necessary for peace to take hold in your life. Fortunately, the Apostle Paul spells out what these ingredients are.

    Ingredients for Peace - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 19:52

    There are certain ingredients that will NEVER make a cake or a dessert. Cabbage, beets, slimy spinach, and pickled pigs feet are examples of foods that CAN be eaten but never enjoyed as a dessert. PEACE works in a similar way. There are ingredients necessary for peace to take hold in your life. Fortunately, the Apostle Paul spells out what these ingredients are.

    The Gift of Peace - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 18:25

    Today is Easter Sunday. And Easter comes to people who are shaken, afraid, and have had their expectations turned upside down. Why? Because there is no place you can go that Jesus can't.

    The Gift of Peace - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 18:25

    Today is Easter Sunday. And Easter comes to people who are shaken, afraid, and have had their expectations turned upside down. Why? Because there is no place you can go that Jesus can't.

    Hello Expectations - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 22:50

    Shakespeare once wrote that expectation is the root of all heartache. As it turns out, Bill wasn't wrong. What if expectations get in the way of our relationship with God? What if we expect Jesus to be and do things that Jesus won't be or won't do? What then? Palm Sunday is the day Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem as its king, and it's a day laden with expectations.

    Hello Expectations - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 22:50

    Shakespeare once wrote that expectation is the root of all heartache. As it turns out, Bill wasn't wrong. What if expectations get in the way of our relationship with God? What if we expect Jesus to be and do things that Jesus won't be or won't do? What then? Palm Sunday is the day Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem as its king, and it's a day laden with expectations.

    The Golden Calf and Impatience - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 20:31

    What do you do when you think or know that God has told you something, but nothing happens? Do you wonder if you heard God wrong? Do you get worried that God got busy or distracted? Or are you tempted to take matters into your own hands?

    The Golden Calf and Impatience - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 20:31

    What do you do when you think or know that God has told you something, but nothing happens? Do you wonder if you heard God wrong? Do you get worried that God got busy or distracted? Or are you tempted to take matters into your own hands?

    While You Wait - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2021 13:58

    Because of the pandemic and the lockdowns and restrictions, a LOT of us have been waiting for things to get back to normal, things to reopen, the vaccine, and the END of the pandemic. But we Americans aren't really good at waiting. But what if God is actually DOING something while we wait? What if we can trust that God IS at work?

    While You Wait - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2021 13:58

    Because of the pandemic and the lockdowns and restrictions, a LOT of us have been waiting for things to get back to normal, things to reopen, the vaccine, and the END of the pandemic. But we Americans aren't really good at waiting. But what if God is actually DOING something while we wait? What if we can trust that God IS at work?

    Choose Kindness - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2021 24:57

    We're always dividing people into two groups. And, when it comes to kindness, we often feel like there are people who deserve kindness and people who don't. But Jesus doesn't see things that way. In this message, Max Vanderpool wraps up our February emphasis on the virtue of kindness.

    Choose Kindness - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2021 24:57

    We're always dividing people into two groups. And, when it comes to kindness, we often feel like there are people who deserve kindness and people who don't. But Jesus doesn't see things that way. In this message, Max Vanderpool wraps up our February emphasis on the virtue of kindness.

    Potential & Expectations - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2021 13:55

    Expectations can get you into trouble in life, particularly family expectations. But what if GOD actually has expectations of us? What then?

    Potential & Expectations - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2021 13:55

    Expectations can get you into trouble in life, particularly family expectations. But what if GOD actually has expectations of us? What then?

    The Little Ant Can - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2021 18:58

    Chances are, you have a tendency to work hard or you have a tendency to do just enough to get by. And you know a ton of people in both categories. The Wisdom literature, in the Bible, has something to say about work, and hard work in particular. In this message, Max Vanderpool explains why Solomon appeals to ants - and what they can show us about work and preparing for a rainy day.

    The Little Ant Can - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2021 18:58

    Chances are, you have a tendency to work hard or you have a tendency to do just enough to get by. And you know a ton of people in both categories. The Wisdom literature, in the Bible, has something to say about work, and hard work in particular. In this message, Max Vanderpool explains why Solomon appeals to ants - and what they can show us about work and preparing for a rainy day.

    The Little Kid in All of Us - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2020 16:55

    It is a mistake to believe that the best way to live life is to do so independently. It is a mistake to NEVER ask for help, never accept help, never rely upon people - because you believe they won't do it right or because you believe they'll let you down. There's a reason Jesus said that you have to BECOME like a (little) child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And it's probably NOT for the reason you think.

    The Little Kid in All of Us - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2020 16:55

    It is a mistake to believe that the best way to live life is to do so independently. It is a mistake to NEVER ask for help, never accept help, never rely upon people - because you believe they won't do it right or because you believe they'll let you down. There's a reason Jesus said that you have to BECOME like a (little) child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And it's probably NOT for the reason you think.

    Jesus and Herod - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2020 17:27

    These days, we have an army of psychologists and therapists reminding people to self-advocate, to not allow themselves to become doormats (or become co-dependent), to stand up for themselves. And while there's truth to all of it, something profoundly POWERFUL happens when you stand up for someone else. In the midst of the pandemic and lockdowns, many pastors and churches are generating noise about THEIR rights to gather and worship. But what if they're missing it? What if they're missing an opportunity to BE the church?

    Jesus and Herod - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2020 17:27

    These days, we have an army of psychologists and therapists reminding people to self-advocate, to not allow themselves to become doormats (or become co-dependent), to stand up for themselves. And while there's truth to all of it, something profoundly POWERFUL happens when you stand up for someone else. In the midst of the pandemic and lockdowns, many pastors and churches are generating noise about THEIR rights to gather and worship. But what if they're missing it? What if they're missing an opportunity to BE the church?

    Faith & Risk, Mary & Gabriel - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2020 19:29

    The Christmas story is saturated with risk and faith. We see it play out, over and over again, with Zechariah & Elizabeth, Mary & Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and even Herod. Why does God (seem) to ask people to trust Him to do the impossible? And how is it that people, like Mary, can simply let it unfold?

    Faith & Risk, Mary & Gabriel - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2020 19:29

    The Christmas story is saturated with risk and faith. We see it play out, over and over again, with Zechariah & Elizabeth, Mary & Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and even Herod. Why does God (seem) to ask people to trust Him to do the impossible? And how is it that people, like Mary, can simply let it unfold?

    Hail to the King - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2020 17:28

    The world's kings and queens and presidents KNOW how to make an arrival, which makes the arrival of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (on Christmas Day, so to speak) quite odd and quite extraordinary. To mark the first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Max takes a loot at the genealogy of Matthew 1 and what Matthew is saying about Jesus.

    Hail to the King - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2020 17:28

    The world's kings and queens and presidents KNOW how to make an arrival, which makes the arrival of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (on Christmas Day, so to speak) quite odd and quite extraordinary. To mark the first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Max takes a loot at the genealogy of Matthew 1 and what Matthew is saying about Jesus.

    A Kingdom Person Is a Loving Person - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2020 17:18

    There is one sure test of whether or not God is ruling someone's life. And some people pass the test with flying colors, while others simply don't. What is this test? It's a test Jesus, Himself, put forth as the ultimate sign of God's Kingdom.

    A Kingdom Person Is a Loving Person - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2020 17:18

    There is one sure test of whether or not God is ruling someone's life. And some people pass the test with flying colors, while others simply don't. What is this test? It's a test Jesus, Himself, put forth as the ultimate sign of God's Kingdom.

    Not Easily Perceived - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2020 19:42

    Why is it that two people can be in the same room but see what happened differently? And why is it that, at so many church events, God seems to "move" some people but not others? Jesus's signature teaching, in all likelihood, was the Parable of the Soils. And Jesus makes a BOLD CLAIM. Some people will recognize the movement of God and others won't.

    Not Easily Perceived - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2020 19:42

    Why is it that two people can be in the same room but see what happened differently? And why is it that, at so many church events, God seems to "move" some people but not others? Jesus's signature teaching, in all likelihood, was the Parable of the Soils. And Jesus makes a BOLD CLAIM. Some people will recognize the movement of God and others won't.

    The Tension between Already & Not Yet - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2020 19:41

    In the 1970s, Americans were fascinated with the APOCALYPSE (and some still are, today). For many Americans, they assume God is going to destroy the world with fire and Christians will be evacuated right before that goes down. But what does Jesus say about all this? And what does the end of the world have to do with the Kingdom of God?

    The Tension between Already & Not Yet - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2020 19:41

    In the 1970s, Americans were fascinated with the APOCALYPSE (and some still are, today). For many Americans, they assume God is going to destroy the world with fire and Christians will be evacuated right before that goes down. But what does Jesus say about all this? And what does the end of the world have to do with the Kingdom of God?

    The Sword and the Cross - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2020 21:35

    All the kingdoms of the world use power the same way. They use POWER OVER others. They leverage it, exert it, use and abuse it. And they attempt to control others (or coerce them) through the power of the sword. But not God. And certainly not God's Kingdom. In this message, Max Vanderpool, emphasizes what it looks like when God uses power.

    The Sword and the Cross - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2020 21:35

    All the kingdoms of the world use power the same way. They use POWER OVER others. They leverage it, exert it, use and abuse it. And they attempt to control others (or coerce them) through the power of the sword. But not God. And certainly not God's Kingdom. In this message, Max Vanderpool, emphasizes what it looks like when God uses power.

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