2904, 2017

Daily Devotion: Prisoner of Hope

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil […]

2804, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Mouth of Faith

“A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.’ Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples […]

2704, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Our Contender

“Contend for me, my God and Lord” (Psalm 35:23).

God appreciates us standing up for Him. But God loves it when we let Him fight for us. When we go to prayer, the Lord extends His […]

2704, 2017

Daily Devotion: A Washed Heart

“Jesus said, ‘Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters at the mouth goes into the stomach and is cast out into the sewer? But those things which proceed […]

2604, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Everyday Blessings

Celtic Christianity believes all creation is alive with God’s presence, thereby making everything a window to God. The great Reformer Martin Luther said every time we wash our faces we should be reminded of our […]

2604, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Power of Daily Renewal

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Every day our natural life is renewed. The sun rises with its […]

2504, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: The Case for Christ

There was an empty tomb and still people question who Jesus was and is. As believers, the empty tomb and His resurrection is why we believe. But, have you ever pursued the facts behind our […]

2504, 2017

Daily Devotion: Safe Place

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed” (Psalm 57:1).

Where can we […]

2404, 2017

Daily Devotion: Re-alignment

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20).

The […]

2304, 2017

Daily Devotion: Cultivate Your Spiritual Memory

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb” (Luke 24:1).

Despite being distinctly told by Jesus Christ Himself that […]

2204, 2017

Daily Devotion: No Fear

“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified’” (Matthew 28:5).

Let us listen to the angel’s sermon. It is a spiritual thing. […]

2104, 2017

Daily Devotion: Paradise Now

“Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom’ Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise’” (Luke 23:42-43).

The crucified thief shared our way of […]

2004, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Fight on Our Knees

The Lord tells us, “Say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move” (Matthew 17:20). There comes a time when you need to quit talking to God about the mountain in […]

2004, 2017

Daily Devotion: Merry Easter?

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you […]

1904, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Living the Risen Way

Living the “Risen Way” is hard! What Jesus did on the cross, how He defeated death and rose from the grave, has set the standard for our Christian living. His resurrection is our launching pad! […]

1904, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Prayer Phrases

The best way to practice self-soul care is to have an active prayer life.Distractions from intentional prayer are a given in this chaotic world. But there are simple ways to focus your attention while shedding those […]

1904, 2017

Daily Devotion: Never to be Hung Up Again

“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mark 15: 37-38).

In actual historical fact, the glorious veil of the temple has been […]

1804, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Strangest Story of All

“Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus […]

1704, 2017

Daily Devotion: See Yourself Correctly

“You who have been borne by Me from birth and have been carried from the womb; even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear […]

1604, 2017

Daily Devotion: Turning

“The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.’ 62 And he went outside […]

1504, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Resurrected Life

Celebrating Easter during tax season reminds me of the minister who was taking a stroll and bumped into an old parishioner stumbling out of the corner bar, unshaven and shabbily dressed. The preacher asked, “Frank, […]

1504, 2017

Daily Devotion: Silence

“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?’ But Jesus remained silent” (Matthew 26:62-63).

How the Savior […]

1404, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Masterpiece of All Iniquity

“Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him” (Matthew 26: 67).

Having heard some of the sublimest words ever spoken by Jesus Christ, the highest representatives of the Jewish […]

1304, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Kiss

“Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him. Jesus replied, ‘Do what you came for, friend.’ Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him” (Matthew 26: 49-50).

There are some […]

1204, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Don’t Blow on Your Butterfly

You have likely heard some version of this story about a butterfly, from Nikos Kazantzakis’ book Zorba the Greek. Zorba’s friend comes across a cocoon, just as the butterfly was making a hole to prepare […]

1204, 2017

Daily Devotion: Divine and Human Sorrow

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins… Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what […]

1104, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Love Has Won!

Love has won! The tomb is empty. Christ is victorious! So why can it be so hard to live the risen way? Maybe, for some of us, like Peter, we get tripped up with our […]

1104, 2017

Daily Devotion: Gourmet Food

“Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him” (1 Chronicles 16:11).

Pastor Ben Patterson confesses to a very foolish succumbing to temptation. After missing lunch one day, he was on his way to […]

1004, 2017

Daily Devotion: God’s Version of You

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Whether we are talking about […]

904, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Slave Market

“To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us, is the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches […]

704, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Soul’s Tide

“No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor […]

604, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Pray for “One Day”

In Acts 10:3, there is a two-word phrase, “One day.” It is pregnant with hope because one day could be today. Today could be the day God answers a prayer or performs a miracle. In […]

604, 2017

Daily Devotion: Merchandising Truth

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said […]

504, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Easing Down Unfamiliar Roads

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wizard of Oz, is the epic tale of a “threshold” experience in which a tornado literally sweeps Dorothy Gale away from the […]

504, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Final Watch

“The boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw […]

404, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: God’s Road

God has a plan; He’s always had a plan. He has plans for us to prosper and help us become who He created us to be. God knows every detail of our lives. He’s counted […]

404, 2017

Daily Devotion: Remember Me

“Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for […]

304, 2017

Daily Devotion: The New You

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the […]

204, 2017

Daily Devotion: He Descended into Hell

“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them… We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin […]

104, 2017

Daily Devotion: Watch and Pray

“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asked Peter. ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The […]

3103, 2017

Daily Devotion: Overwhelmed with Sorrow

“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 […]

3003, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Planting Seeds

Jesus spoke of our faith in relation to a mustard seed, the smallest known garden seed in that culture. He said that the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).

Seeds may be […]

3003, 2017

Daily Devotion: Courage from the Spirit

“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is […]

2903, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Shield of Trust Prayer

The difficult emotions associated with navigating life’s thresholds (such as fear, disorientation, worry, or anger) are eased by employing certain spiritual tools, including intentional gratitude, staying humble, learning to wait on God, and praying prayers […]

2903, 2017

Daily Devotion: Who Are You?

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For […]

2803, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Secret of Effective Prayer

“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy” (James […]

2703, 2017

Daily Devotion: Decisions

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Our decisions, right or wrong, […]

2503, 2017

Daily Devotion: To Know the Cross

“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!” (Romans 5:10).

Only the sufferings […]

2403, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Relinquished Life

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 […]

2303, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: What’s Your Ring Tone?

Jesus told His disciples, “Keep watching and praying.” In the Old Testament, watchmen sat at their posts on a wall, and were the first people to see attacking armies or traveling traders. They saw things […]

2303, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: If

I recently started a book by Mark Batterson entitled If: Trading your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities. First, let me say I really enjoy Mark’s writing style. He gets right to the […]

2303, 2017

Daily Devotion: Nurturing Your Heart

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34: 17-18).

Nancy Guthrie, […]

2203, 2017

Considering Soul Care: The Sacred “In-Between”

When have you felt “betwixt-and-between” – in a disorienting place where what was familiar (good or not so good) is no longer, and what is to come may be unknown?

Arnold van Gennep, a late 19th […]

2203, 2017

Daily Devotion: Still the Shepherd

“Then Jesus told them, ‘This very night, you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. But […]

2103, 2017

Daily Devotion: Offer of Redemption

“Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man […]

2003, 2017

Daily Devotion: Marshmallow Test

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present […]

1903, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Insistent Woman

“The woman came and knelt before him, ‘Lord, help me!’ she said. He replied, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.’ ‘Yes, Lord.’ she said, ‘but even […]