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 […]

1705, 2017

Daily Devotion: Prayers of the Heart

“The woman came and knelt before him. ‘Lord, help me!’ she said” (Matthew 15:25).

The bitterness of the woman’s trial gives the right tone to her prayer. This is her second prayer, and it reflects how […]

1605, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: God and Satan

Have you ever wondered why God didn’t destroy Lucifer as soon as he rebelled against Him? Just the other day, someone brought this up and it has stuck with me ever since. God is good, […]

1605, 2017

Daily Devotion: Vital Questions

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward […]

1505, 2017

Daily Devotion: Jesus’ DNA

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then […]

1405, 2017

Daily Devotion: Owl or Eagle

“Praise the Lord, my soul…who crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:5).

“but those who hope in the […]

1305, 2017

Daily Devotion: God’s Word, the Path to Prayer

“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).

God’s Word prepares us for […]

1205, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Supreme Purpose

“Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, ‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!’” (Matthew 15:1-2).

Seldom […]

1105, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Pray “ALAT”

As pastor, part of my job is to be your prayer warrior. It’s a privilege to intercede for your healing, job, marriage, whatever. Yet, prayer is hard work. I don’t just casually lift up your […]

1105, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Restless

Have you ever felt called into the unknown? A longing in your heart to go somewhere you’ve never been before? A change of pace, a different direction? It’s the call of the Holy Spirit to […]

1105, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Power of Faith

“’Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus” (Matthew 14:29).

Faith really does work wonders. We see Peter bounding over the bulwarks. How strange it […]

1005, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Psalm 23 for Busy People

Underlying the busyness of our days, we crave balance . . . assurance . . . guidance . . . restoration. The following modern Psalm 23 paraphrase by Toki Miyashina captures the heart of how […]

1005, 2017

Daily Devotion: Christ’s Love for Us

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands […]

905, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Holy Spirit

“He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you” (John 16:14).

Our Lord, on the last night that He was with His disciples, promised to […]

805, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Story of You

“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that […]

705, 2017

Daily Devotion: Earthly and Spiritual

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice” (Psalm 51:7-8).

Eugene Peterson observes […]

605, 2017

Daily Devotion: Why Suffer?

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (Psalm 119:71-72).

Francois […]

505, 2017

Daily Devotion: A Vessel for Deep Seas

“’Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water’” (Matthew 14:28).

Faith seems to have a secret instinct revealing her royal character. John is full of love for Jesus and […]

405, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Surprise!

Have you ever experienced a routine situation that turned into a spiritual moment? It happens when a leadership committee meeting turns into a prayer revival, or a casual conversation becomes a decision to turn one’s […]

405, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Word of God

“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).

Our Lord compares the Word of God to our daily bread, […]

305, 2017

Considering Soul Care: An Alphabet of Personal Prayers

“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).

So many different prayers are recorded in scripture – especially in the Psalms. The following “prayer alphabet” provides brief, direct, personal, humble, faith-dependent, and earnest prayers for specific needs. Through […]

305, 2017

Daily Devotion: Only Believe

“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe’” (Mark 5:36).

We have here a lesson of the greatest importance. When we are alone in the inner chamber, we must send up our […]

205, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Inner Chamber

“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).

Have […]

105, 2017

Daily Devotion: It’s Who You Know

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. Because fear involves punishment and the one who fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:8).

Some people ask, “Why would God […]

3004, 2017

Daily Devotion: Shared Hells

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8).

Calvary is judo. The enemy’s own power is used to defeat him. God won Satan’s […]

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 […]