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 […]

1304, 2018

Daily Devotional: Transformed by His Beauty

“One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,to behold the beauty of the Lord and to […]

1204, 2018

Daily Devotional: Spirit of Power

“For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you…for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love” (2 Timothy 1:6-7).

Jesus […]

1104, 2018

Daily Devotional: Proclaim the Message

“So, the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and […]

1004, 2018

Daily Devotional: Christ Rising

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans […]

904, 2018

Daily Devotional: Jesus’ Reminders

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made […]

804, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Resurrection Routine

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; […]

704, 2018

Daily Devotional: 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. […]

604, 2018

Daily Devotional: 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).

It is perfectly amazing how we have […]

504, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: God Has You

Three little trees were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” One shared, “I’d like to be a treasure chest that holds precious stones.” Another said, “I want to be […]

504, 2018

Daily Devotional: 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 […]

404, 2018

Daily Devotional: 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 […]

304, 2018

Daily Devotional: 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 […]

204, 2018

Daily Devotional: 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 […]

104, 2018

Daily Devotional: The River That Flows from His Side

Happy Easter! We have a sunrise service happening at 6:30 AM this morning and you are welcome to join us at the Celebration Lakeside Park. We will then have our regularly scheduled services at 8, […]