2906, 2017

Daily Devotion: Man’s Thoughts or God’s?

“Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’ Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to […]

2806, 2017

Daily Devotion: Flowers in the Ruts

“Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest” (Psalm 85:11-12).

John Henry Jowett claimed that he found […]

2706, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Who’s Leading Who?

Emotions are God-given, right? We feel and we believe. Sounds silly when you say it that way. I mean, we all know it’s by faith we receive all that God has available for us, but […]

2706, 2017

Daily Devotion: Surviving Boldly

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure because […]

2606, 2017

Daily Devotion: Two Dimensions

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).

The apostle Paul wrote that our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. We look not at […]

2506, 2017

Daily Devotion: Love in a Dying Culture

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).

Francis Schaeffer writes in The Mark of the Christian, “Jesus gives the world the […]

2406, 2017

Daily Devotion: Watching What the Lord is Doing

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”(Genesis […]

2306, 2017

Daily Devotion: Cords of Love

“From that time, Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on […]

2206, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Go-Set-Ready

Mark Batterson says, “You’ll never be ready.” You’ll never be ready to have kids. You’ll never be ready to start a business, or go back to school, or launch a ministry. You’ll never be ready […]

2206, 2017

Daily Devotion: Our Highest Privilege

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours’” (Luke 15:31).

We may talk a great deal to the father’s love for the Prodigal Son, but when we think […]

2106, 2017

Daily Devotion: You are the Branches

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

What a simple thing it […]

2006, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Wake

We’ll be bringing in a new song for worship called Wake by Hillsong Young and Free. It’s a contagious, up-tempo, praise anthem, proclaiming the desire to have Jesus wake within us. One can’t help but […]

2006, 2017

Daily Devotion: Lincoln and the Lord

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).

D.L. Moody told the story of a teenage boy in the Civil War who had fallen asleep […]

1906, 2017

Daily Devotion: Priming

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).

Remember, it’s what your Father believes about you that defines you…not someone else’s opinion. […]

1806, 2017

Daily Devotion: Self-Transformation

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me. For the man who wants to […]

1706, 2017

Daily Devotion: Which Heavenly Father Do We Want?

“For you have need of endurance, in order that having done the will of God, you might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36).

C.S. Lewis once observed: “We want, in fact, not so much a Father in […]

1606, 2017

Considering Soul Care: DOING Prayer Together!

We had a wonderful group of brave folks attend the first week of Soul Care’s summer workshop “Out-of-the-Box Prayer” this past Tuesday! Aggie Payton led us in Breathing Prayer – a new experience for many […]

1606, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Spirit of Supplication

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches […]

1506, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Prayers with No Time Limits

“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God” (Acts 10:4). It has been said, “Our prayers never die.” I had a kid from a previous church contact […]

1506, 2017

Daily Devotion: Perfecting Love

“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’” (John 6:68).

The four gospels are full of Peter. After the name of our Lord, no name comes up […]

1406, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: I Promise

Have you ever promised something to someone and then were unable to fulfill that promise to them? I know I have. I think of the times I promised my son, Josh, something when he was […]

1406, 2017

Daily Devotion: Personal Revelation from the Father

“Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven’” (Matthew 16:17).

If we truly know the Savior, we have […]

1306, 2017

Daily Devotion: Revelation from Heaven

“Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’” (Matthew 16:16).

There should be no difficulty whatever in distinguishing between the man who has been a long-time intimate with Christ and any […]

1206, 2017

Daily Devotion: Surrender

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).

God penetrates the world with His light to contrast the darkness […]

1106, 2017

Daily Devotion: A Warm Hand

“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love […]

1006, 2017

Daily Devotion: A Sign from Heaven

“The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven” (Matthew 16:1).

The Pharisees and Sadducees had looked upon the whole demonstration of evidence applied by […]

906, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Resources of God

“Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and […]

806, 2017

A Pastoral Note from Neil Rhodes: God’s Grace

Here is a great word picture in the Old Testament for you. Joseph was given a brand new multicolored robe to wear by his father, Jacob (Genesis 37:3). It fit him like a glove. Unbeknownst […]

806, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Most Wonderful Gift

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13).

The […]

706, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Let’s Just DO It!

In his book, Waiting, Pastor Ben Patterson reminds us that God is not an object to be studied, but “a subject who addresses us and to whom we must respond. [God] cannot be studied; [God] […]

706, 2017

Daily Devotion: A Spirit of Meekness

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).

Moses was headstrong in his zeal for his own people, and it resulted in his killing a man. (Exodus 2:11-12). His heart was right […]

606, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: The Body

Is what you are doing hurting or helping the Body? Specifically, the Body we’re called to be as believers of Christ. Our actions, our words, and even our thoughts can cause a chain reaction that […]

606, 2017

Daily Devotion: A Spirit of Hunger and Thirst

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

The Beatitudes of the Spirit are truly lovely. We must emphasize that God will not fail to fill us. No […]

506, 2017

Daily Devotion: Two Kingdoms

“Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here […]

406, 2017

Daily Devotion: Combat Ready

“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands […]

306, 2017

Daily Devotion: Our Best Prayer

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may […]

206, 2017

Daily Devotion: Partakers of the Divine Life

“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).

All growth in the spiritual life is connected with a clearer insight […]

106, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Way to the New Song

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the […]

3105, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Song of Praise

When in doubt praise it out! I know, sounds corny, right, but how many times does doubt creep in and take away our praise to the Father? It’s so easy to say, “Praise the Lord” […]

3105, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Balcony People

Do you have any “Balcony People” in your life?

Last week, the “God, Are You There?” Bible group discussed Proverbs 4 and the importance of having wise, affirming people in our lives who help us stay […]

3105, 2017

Daily Devotion: Compassion

“Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away […]

3005, 2017

Daily Devotion: Greater Works

“Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and […]

2905, 2017

Daily Devotion: An Invitation

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).

“Therefore, if anyone is […]

2805, 2017

Daily Devotion: Beyond our Bewilderment

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).

Philip Yancey has […]

2705, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Call in the Dark

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

Helmut Thielicke speaks to our common spiritual quest as we experience life’s demanding and often bewildering events. […]

2605, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Lord Who Submits

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” (John 15:9).

John Ortberg points out that the Holy Spirit did not draw attention to himself but to Jesus. “The […]

2505, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Circling in Prayer

In the book, Draw the Circle, the story is told of a man who was deeply concerned that innocent children were being introduced to pornography simply because adult television channels were one click away from […]

2505, 2017

Daily Devotion: Light in the Thickest Darkness

“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith’” (Matthew 8:10).

Great faith is sometimes found where […]

2405, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Praying Through Disorientation

As we try to wrap our heads around yet another terrorist attack, it may be helpful to turn to what Walter Bruggemann calls the Psalms of Disorientation to lend language to our intense feelings – […]

2405, 2017

Daily Devotion: Mountains to Remove

“Then Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment” (Matthew 15:28).

By faith, the Canaanite woman’s daughter was healed, even though she was […]

2305, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Worship as a Lifestyle

God has put “Worship as a Lifestyle” on my heart for a while now. I’ve written about it before. It’s more than just a Sunday or Thursday night experience; it’s something that should be a […]

2305, 2017

Daily Devotion: An Immortal Kind of Faith

“He replied, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.’ ‘Yes it is, Lord,’ she said. ‘Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s […]

2205, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Eternal Self

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

We are not […]

2105, 2017

Daily Devotion: What’s the Worst that Can Happen?

“To know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

Brother Lawrence was convinced that he knew what the worst thing that could happen […]

2005, 2017

Daily Devotion: Penetrating the Gloom

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).

Alan Payton said, […]

1905, 2017

Daily Devotion: Our Love for Christ

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).

What a […]

1805, 2017

A Note from the Youth Director: Milestones

As a new parent, I pay extra special attention to all the ways my child is growing: first steps, new words, and her unique personality development. I tell people she is “one-teen years old.” As […]

1805, 2017

Daily Devotion: Lifted into God’s Presence

“Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long; See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love; I obey your statutes, for I love […]

1705, 2017

Considering Soul Care: God of Paradox

In the midst of a difficult “valley” season? Let our God of paradox comfort your soul through this beautiful 16th century prayer [adapted from The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett, ed.]. Share which paradox below […]