609, 2018

A Note from the Pastor – Speak Up [1m read time]

Pablo Picasso’s 1937 mural, “Guernica” is one of the most emotionally disturbing paintings of all time. It is painted with no vibrant colors. Rather, it is made with only black, whites and grays. […]

3008, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: What do you really want?

Tourists at America’s National Parks have been known to ask some really dumb questions. Here are some of the Park Rangers favorites:

Grand Canyon: Was this man made? Is the mule ride down into […]

2308, 2018

A Note from the Pastor – Signs

If you ask someone to recall a story from the life of Jesus, they will likely mention a miracle. Jesus’s ministry was characterized by spectacular expressions of God’s power: He turned water into wine, […]

1108, 2018

Worship Moment of the Week – Breath of Life

In Ezekiel chapter 37, God speaks to His prophet and asks him to see past what his eyes see and speak life into a valley of dead dry bones. I love this passage for so […]

908, 2018

The Power of Words [read time 1m]

The power of words is not to be underestimated. Emily Dickinson wrote, “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.”
God’s words are especially powerful. God used them […]

408, 2018

No Separation

Romans 8:39 – “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Luke 15:20, “While he was […]

208, 2018

A Note from the Pastor – Worth the Risk?

Jim Denison shared that the Apollo 8 space mission was necessary to fly astronauts safely to and from the moon to see if they could even begin to think of landing a man on the […]

2607, 2018

A Note from the Pastor – Pink Spoon

People who follow Jesus are like those little pink sampler spoons at Baskin Robbins. We give people a taste of the goodness of God. In his book The Habitations of Dragons, author and retreat leader […]

2307, 2018

Never Thirst Again

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become […]

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 […]