1412, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Jolly Saint Nick [1m read time]

Let’s talk about the most popular celebrity of Christmas, St. Nicholas. The man whose life became the basis for Santa Claus was a venerated Christian leader, whose relics were distributed throughout Christendom after his death.

1412, 2017

Daily Devotional: A Lowly Mind

“He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:7).

Human beings rarely aspire to become nothing. Most of us want to be “somebody.” We want to make a name for ourselves, […]

1312, 2017

Daily Devotional: Divine Providences

“Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers…and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus […]

1212, 2017

Daily Devotional: Origins from Old

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham…” (Matthew 1:1).

The Old Testament begins with the book of the generation of the world, and it is its glory […]

1112, 2017

Daily Devotional: Stars in the Sky

Many of us have a star on top of our Christmas tree. Martin Luther began the tradition of having a Christmas tree with lights by placing candles on the tree. They depicted the stars in […]

1012, 2017

Daily Devotional: The Prayer of Faith

“ Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

An important requirement, if the […]

912, 2017

Daily Devotion: Rembrandt and the Prodigal

“Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 6:23)

Henri Nouwen wrote numerous times about Rembrandt’s painting The Return of the Prodigal Son because […]

812, 2017

Daily Devotional: Transformed

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

Too many Christians are doing Christianity the Old Testament way, trying to follow Jesus without the indwelling power […]

712, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Responding to Secularization

Jim Denison shares how he was watching a Christmas musical, when the group did a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine“ with the lyrics, “Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try. No hell below […]

712, 2017

Daily Devotional: A Future and a Hope

“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the […]

612, 2017

Daily Devotional: Joy and Peace

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

December brings the […]

512, 2017

Daily Devotional: Action in Waiting

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness: “Prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Isaiah 40:3).

It is Advent again. We call this time Advent because […]

412, 2017

Daily Devotional: Addressing the Death Star

“The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim […]

312, 2017

Daily Devotion: Jesus’ Lifeline

“After leaving them, He went up on a mountainside to pray” (Mark 6:46).

Philip Yancey writes that when Jesus taught us to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in […]

212, 2017

Daily Devotion: What are You Waiting for?

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. “Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish” (Psalm 39: 7-8).

There are times when we […]

112, 2017

Daily Devotion: My God Will Hear Me

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me” (Micah 7:7).

The power of prayer rests in the faith that God hears our […]

3011, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Rediscover God’s Love

The Christmas season is a special spiritual invitation to rediscover God’s Love.

2 Kings 22 tells us that in the days of Hilkiah the priest, the book of the law was rediscovered, which led to […]

3011, 2017

Daily Devtion: Beseeching the Forces of Heaven

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise” (James 5:13).

John Henry Jowett writes about the mighty ministry of intercession. Sometimes the word intercession sounds […]

2911, 2017

Daily Devotion: Pray Till You Pray

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).

Dr. Moody Stuart, a great man of a past generation, once drew up a set of rules to guide him in his prayers. Among these […]

2711, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Look

“About an hour later another asserted, ‘Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.’ Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. […]

2611, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Power of Helplessness

“I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice” (Psalm 34:2).

Ole Hallesby describes a process of spiritual growth that can be extremely uncomfortable. Since we cannot fully understand God and his way, […]

2511, 2017

Daily Devotion: What Do I Lack?

“’All these I have kept,’ the young man said. ‘What do I still lack?’” (Matthew 19:20).

The story of the rich young ruler is one of the saddest stories in the gospels. It is a true […]

2411, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Christmas Prayer List

I’d like to invite everyone in our church family to add a prayer request to your daily list: the Christmas season. As we begin the advent season, let’s pray for the Lord to show up […]

2411, 2017

Daily Devotion: Prodded into Battle

“I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble” (Psalm 142:1-2).

Jill Briscoe describes a […]

2311, 2017

Daily Devotion: Drop Those Weapons!

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

Henri Nouwen points out a sobering dynamic: “Praying presents a problem. It requires a constant readiness to […]

2211, 2017

Daily Devotion: Muckrake Exchange

“But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me” (Psalm 22:19).

Amy Carmichael says, “Life is a journey; it is a climb; it is also and always […]

2111, 2017

Daily Devotion: Alone with God

“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).

The power […]

2011, 2017

Daily Devotion: Hitching Post or Guide Post?

“’Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your […]

1911, 2017

Daily Devotion: Our Instinct for Adventure

“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil. Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13: 19-20).

Paul Tournier writes that […]

1811, 2017

Daily Devotion: When God Delays

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31).

Charles […]

1711, 2017

Daily Devotion: Overcome Distractions

“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).

Among the […]

1611, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Thanksgiving Holiday or Holy Day?

We Americans will consume around 45 million turkeys over Thanksgiving, eating 525 million pounds of turkey meat. We celebrate Thanksgiving as a national holiday, but what is your favorite holiday?

According to surveys, Christmas is America’s […]

1611, 2017

Daily Devotion: Just Meditate for a Month

“Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).

Let the old saints be our example. They came […]

1511, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Praise Break

Have you had your praise break today? “What’s a praise break,” you ask? It’s more than a morning devotional and doesn’t qualify as a mid-week or Sunday morning service (all of which are good and […]

1511, 2017

Daily Devotion: Power for Prayer and Work

“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. And I […]

1411, 2017

Daily Devotion: Not So with You

“Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become […]

1311, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Heart

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at […]

1011, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Father Nash

When Moses held up his hands and the Israelites defeated the Amalekites, he made the headlines. However, as Mark Batterson points out, there is often a footnote behind every headline: the behind-the-scenes prayers that move […]

211, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: The New Covenant

When the covenant promises of God collide with our lives everything begins to align. The world looks a little brighter, our breathing feels a little lighter, the word hope becomes a way of life! We […]

211, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Prayer is Real

It is incredible when I hear someone say, “Pastor, I’ve been praying for you.” Sometimes it comes from a child, which warms my heart knowing their innocent souls carry serious weight with God. Other times […]

1710, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Get In Sync

God has a heart for His kingdom here on earth. We are a part of His kingdom, and God has a desire to connect His heart with ours. As Christians, it’s our job to respond […]

1610, 2017

Daily Devotion: Are You Still with Me?

“ So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” (John 21:15).

Ever been in that awkward moment with someone you’re trying to […]

1210, 2017

Daily Devotion: Recognizing Jesus

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. […]

910, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Decision

“When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth” (Matthew 19:22).

What has become of the eagerness that brought the rich young man running to Jesus, of the willingness to […]

410, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Beautiful Pencil

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

Mother Teresa often gave this challenge: “Now let us do something beautiful for God.” Malcolm Muggeridge received that […]

410, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Lessons from Abraham

Is the thing you’re running from actually a blessing in disguise? Sounds like a ridiculous question, right? How could a blessing be anything less than amazing! When we pray for blessings we’re not looking for […]

210, 2017

Daily Devotion: An Awkward Dilemma

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke […]

2909, 2017

Daily Devotion: Prayer as Necessity

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

From the life of Bishop Desmond Tutu, Philip Yancey illustrates the necessity of praying when our spirits are battered by grievous events. For […]

2809, 2017

Daily Devotion: Goodness Like Fire

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).

Author Rosemary Budd […]

2709, 2017

Daily Devotion: God’s Favorite

“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10).

Brother Lawrence, as many other […]

2609, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Read Your Bible

Reading the Bible is our lifeline as believers! It holds everything we need to live a life filled with supernatural power and unbelievable love! The Word will literally change your life! Reading the Bible should […]

2609, 2017

Daily Devotion: Hungry for the Things of God

“Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me’” (Matthew 19:21).

When Jesus confronted this young man […]

2209, 2017

Daily Devotion: Dwelling in the Holy Place

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, […]

2109, 2017

Daily Devotion: Like Germinated Seeds

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see […]

2009, 2017

Daily Devotion: Will You Be Made Whole?

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have […]