2207, 2018

Soul Rest – Day 7: Sabbath

Genesis 2:3, “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

Seeking to be generous toward others in anonymity reveals […]

2107, 2018

Soul Rest – Day 6: Give Generously

Proverbs 11:25, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

One of the great gifts of fasting, in any fashion, is that it shows us our dependence on specific things […]

2007, 2018

Soul Rest – Day 5: Fasting

PRACTICE FASTING OR WITHHOLDING
Joel 2:12, “’Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;’”

What we have realized together is that God intends for humanity […]

1907, 2018

A Note from the Pastor – The Unopened Gift

In our world there will always be something that breaks our hearts. One of the fractures we can avoid is the tragedy of the “unopened gift”. John Ortberg shared that when his grandmother died, his […]

1907, 2018

Soul Rest – Day 4: What God Wants for Us

John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

We have established our anchor in the truth that God is our true […]

1807, 2018

Soul Rest – Day 3: Focus on the Source

Psalm 62:5, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”

When we take the time to look inward to understand the condition of our hearts, sometimes what we find […]

1707, 2018

Soul Rest – Day 2: Take Inventory

Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Our first notable […]

1607, 2018

Soul Rest – Day 1: Keep Still

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

In our fast-paced culture, we are constantly in motion. Whether it’s our […]

607, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: A Great Nation

The Movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is recognized as one of the 100 greatest movies ever made. When it arrived in 1939 however, some of the most powerful people in America tried to make […]

307, 2018

It’s All His

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and […]

207, 2018

Your Worship Will Direct Your Word

How many times have you had an interaction with someone, and you immediately regret how you’ve handled the situation? I think this happens all too often for many of us, but let me share a […]

107, 2018

Leaven – The Mindsets of Heaven & Earth (Part 2)

Every experience you have with God is the testimony of the Lord that prophecies into your life. Faith manifests when you surrender to the thought patterns of God. One of the dangers of seeing miracles […]

3006, 2018

Leaven – The Mindsets of Heaven & Earth (Part 1)

We are here with a Divine assignment.

Mark 8:14. (The Story of the Leavens)
How important are your resources? When God does a miracle in your life, it’s to teach you about the Kingdom. The experience […]

2906, 2018

Obtaining Wisdom – James 1:5

How often would you say you ask God for wisdom? I would have to say that throughout this last year, I’ve been longing for wisdom. I’ve longed to know more about God and to know […]

2806, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: Our Nation’s Foundation

From the beginning, our nation had a solid foundation. Individuals like George Washington and John Adams honored God and revered Biblical principles. Many of the founding fathers were Christians, in fact, of the 56 men […]

2706, 2018

Can You Trust Him?

The word “trust” is found in the Bible 127 times. Obviously, this is something important that God wanted us to grasp from Him. Although trust is something close to the Father’s heart, it’s definitely easier […]

2106, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: A Commitment of Time

In 2005, 53 year old Eugene O’ Kelly was chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of America’s largest accounting firms. He lived life at breakneck speed. He and his family rarely went on vacation […]

1606, 2018

The Pursuit of Wealth

Most people have heard the familiar cliche that “money can’t buy you happiness.” In fact, the greatest treasures of life cannot be purchased at all. Yet, accumulating treasures and eating the finest of foods are […]

1406, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: When Fine isn’t Fine

The high-profile suicides this past week caused a 25 % spike in calls to the suicide hotline. Sadly, people can see no other way out of the emotional pain in their lives and decide to […]

2405, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: God is Our Dwelling Place

A friend of mine lives in Hawaii. I asked if he feared the volcano blowing its top and wiping out his island. He said, “Maybe it’s time to move to Wyoming.” I cautioned him that […]

1705, 2018

A Note from the Youth Director

A few years ago, I found myself sitting across a friend in a coffee shop who was unfolding a story to me. His words became branded upon my memory forever. This is the story he […]

1005, 2018

A Note from the Pastor – Miraculous Mothers

A pastor was sharing that he met a friend for lunch at an Italian restaurant known for its savory dishes.  They walked through the front door at high noon, but surprisingly no one was there […]

1005, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Proving Ground

“ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1: 2-3).

According to Jewish tradition God gave […]

905, 2018

Daily Devotional: Stop Tinkering

“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen[a] the One who sees me” (Genesis 16:13.)

Faith is the least […]

805, 2018

Daily Devotional: This is a Test

“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice […]

705, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Inability to do Nothing

“As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (Luke 7:38).

The inability […]

605, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Ever-Perfecting Work

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).

God’s forgiveness creates our forgiveness and therefore can do so much more. It can take up […]

505, 2018

Daily Devotional: Embracing God’s Gift

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:5-6).

Jesus says blessed are the meek. We confuse meek with […]

305, 2018

A Note from the Pastor – Journey Through the Psalms

I’m reading the Psalms, the prayer book of the Bible. The Psalms are a spiritual medicine cabinet. It’s soul therapy: The ability to express our rage, fears, resentments like a psychoanalyst helps us uncover […]

305, 2018

Daily Devotional: Some Other Time

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12).”

“You […]

205, 2018

Daily Devotional: Shut the Door

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matthew 6:6).”

We shut […]

105, 2018

Daily Devotional: Accumulate Experiences

“Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Mark […]

3004, 2018

Daily Devotional: Heart Connection

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, or they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:4-5).”

Sadly today, people have the “I could care less” […]

2904, 2018

Daily Devotional: Jesus Prays

“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along […]

2804, 2018

Daily Devotional: A Sad Story

“Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” […]

2704, 2018

Daily Devotional: Faith Grows with Use

“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God” (James […]

2604, 2018

Daily Devotional: No Alternative

“While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up […]

2504, 2018

Daily Devotional: Priceless

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with […]

2404, 2018

Daily Devotional: Thy Will

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

God knows what will best minister to His gracious designs. He ordains all things according to the counsel of […]

2304, 2018

Daily Devotional: Reconciliation

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”

The Bible lets us know how far sinful mankind is from a holy God. Sin […]

2104, 2018

Daily Devotional: Knowing God’s Words

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; (Matthew 5:14).”

However unpopular we may become as a result, we must cling to the knowledge that all men are […]

2004, 2018

Daily Devotional: Spiritual Smugness

“Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone […]

1904, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: Prayer is the Key

Prayer is about getting into God’s presence. It’s not outlining our agenda to God. When you feel stuck in a rut, not knowing what to say, add the Bible to your devotional moment. God will […]

1904, 2018

Daily Devotional: Relying on the Supernatural

“Jacob was left alone. Then some man wrestled with him until daybreak (Genesis 32:24).”

Weighing most heavily on Jacob’s mind when he fled his home was that his brother Esau was planning to kill him. […]

1804, 2018

Daily Devotional: Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

This Beatitude seems to have a special relevance to the age through which we are passing, for if there is […]

1604, 2018

Daily Devotional: Spiritual Well-Being

”Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).

It is very remarkable that this is the only […]

1504, 2018

Daily Devotional: Cling to Jesus

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

In John 20:13 Mary Magdalene complained to the angels, “They have taken away my Lord and I don’t know […]

1404, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Hands of God

“… the God of Israel, who with his hands has fulfilled what he promised” (2 Chronicles 6:4).

There are people afraid to put their spirit and life in the hands of God. Some are scared because […]