1708, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Miscellaneous Spirituality

A friend has hit hard times financially and was sharing his situation with his father, a pastor. His dad responded, “I cannot handle your stress emotionally, so please refrain from talking to me.” I was […]

1608, 2017

A Soul Care Note from Carol Potochney

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those […]

1608, 2017

Daily Devotion: Walk Through the Smoke

“He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’” (Luke 10:18).

D. L. Moody saw humankind as being ruled either by Satan or by God. “We are led on by an unseen power we haven’t […]

1508, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: 360-Degree Vision

When you think of vision, the thing that usually comes to mind is “what we physically see.” Our eyes become the physical navigators of our lives. What we see becomes dialogue for our brains. “What […]

1508, 2017

Daily Devotion: If…

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered […]

1408, 2017

Daily Devotion: Living in Jesus’ Town

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside” (Luke 4:14).

After Jesus was baptized, He made His way home to Nazareth, filled with the Spirit […]

1308, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Heart of the Master

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered […]

1208, 2017

Daily Devotion: Prayer – The Work of the Spirit

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6).

We know what “Abba, Father” meant in the mouth of Christ in […]

1108, 2017

Daily Devotion: Dynamic Gratitude

“Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:13).

Ben Patterson was angry and bitter at God. His girlfriend, whom he had been seriously dating for five years, had broken […]

1008, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: God’s Unique Plan

So many people are trying to figure out who they are: teenagers considering a transgender switch, adults questioning if they are in the right relationship, Christians wondering if they are following God’s plan.

When we are […]

1008, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Spirit of Power

“For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches, He may strengthen you with power through […]

908, 2017

Daily Devotion: Just Can’t Find that Loving Feeling

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

C.S. Lewis writes, “God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about […]

808, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Intercessors God Seeks

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem […]

708, 2017

Daily Devotion: Trade Out the “Yuck”

“John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with […]

508, 2017

Daily Devotion: Tough Joy

“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord […]

408, 2017

Daily Devotion: Tears, Yet Joy

“So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy” (John 16:22).

Billy Graham had a great respect for […]

308, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Take Time to Pray

One of the dynamics of our world is we’re all really busy. We are trying to do more and more in less and less time. The result is we don’t have any boundaries in our […]

308, 2017

Daily Devotion: Earth’s Trivialities

“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two […]

208, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Spirit of Access

“For through Him, we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. In Him and through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 2:18, 3:12).

Here we have the […]

108, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: God with Us

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

God is […]

108, 2017

Daily Devotion: Childlikeness

“At that time, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he […]

3107, 2017

Daily Devotion: Baptism and the Holy Spirit

“John answered, saying to all, ‘I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit […]

3007, 2017

Daily Devotion: Doubts and Miracle

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’” (Mark […]

2907, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Kingdom of Heaven

“At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’” (Matthew 18:1).

How blatantly we can dismiss the most glorious of subjects. See how they put their words […]

2807, 2017

Daily Devotion: When We Can’t Pray

“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray” (Psalm 5: 1-2).

Nancy Guthrie, and her […]

2707, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: “Not Yet”

When God says “no” to a prayer request, it sometimes means “not yet.” It could be the right request, but the wrong time. Recently, an opportunity materialized that I prayed about 35 years ago. Of […]

2707, 2017

Daily Devotion: God’s Providence

“Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; […]

2607, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Holy Spirit Fire

John the Baptist knew that the one who would come after him would be The One who could transform lives through baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire! John was preparing the way so people […]

2607, 2017

Daily Devotion: Prayer – A Condition of the Heart

“That is, the Lord God of hosts. The Lord is His memorable name. So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually” (Hosea 12:5-6).

If […]

2507, 2017

Daily Devotion: Little Rats’ Claws of Anxiety

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

Alan Payton prayed, “O Lord, save me from anxiety, and if we are […]

2407, 2017

Daily Devotion: Distorted Vision

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

In the 1970’s, the genocide by Communist leader Pol Pot and […]

2307, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Power of Christ

“And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it […]

2207, 2017

Daily Devotion: Discipleship of the Heart

“Then Jesus answered and said, ‘O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.’ And Jesus rebuked the demon, and […]

2107, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Spiritual Party Time!

Are you having a spiritual party that any one wants to come to?

In this day and age, we have a party for just about anything. Starting with the year the kids graduate from preschool […]

2107, 2017

A Note from Pastor Bill: My Treasured Brochure

As a missionary kid, I wasn’t burdened by material wealth nor the want of it. But the few things I did have were treasures. One item was a travel brochure about Walt Disney World. I […]

2107, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Certainty of Blessing

“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

God seeks […]

2007, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Dancing in Serbia

I recently read about a 23-year-old professional dancer who left an elite performance career to choreograph dance for children with disabilities in the poorest of poor areas of Serbia. It was her desire to bring […]

2007, 2017

Daily Devotion: Down to Go Up

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Charles Spurgeon says that as we advance in our spiritual lives, we gain a deeper understanding of our unworthiness. But far from […]

1907, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Temptations of Work

“You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You […]

1807, 2017

Daily Devotion: Genuine Security

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

Francois Fenelon made this statement: “You must lose everything to find God for Himself alone. […]

1707, 2017

Daily Devotion: God’s Inverted Way

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

How do we access the peace and protection Jesus […]

1607, 2017

Daily Devotion: Be Strong and Of Good Courage

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm […]

1507, 2017

Daily Devotion: Christ is Our Life

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit […]

1407, 2017

Daily Devotion: Prayer as Necessity

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in […]

1307, 2017

Daily Devotion: Holiness and Vitality

“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).

Oswald Chambers makes […]

1207, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Mystery of Silence

“Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, ‘Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead’” (Matthew 17:9).

It is obvious that this experience […]

1107, 2017

Considering Soul Care: Summer Spirituality

Emotionally healthy spirituality requires the regular practice of “time away.” What better season to engage in this practice than summer? In a recent blog, Pete Scazzero reminds us that God has designed us to need […]

1107, 2017

Daily Devotion: Jesus Only

“And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, ‘Arise, and do not be afraid.’ When they had lifted up […]

1007, 2017

Daily Devotion: Jesus’ Invitation

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you […]

907, 2017

Daily Devotion: Hear Him!

“While He was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’” (Matthew […]

807, 2017

Daily Devotion: Divine Glory

“There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matthew 17:2).

In the transfiguration, we see the radiance of Christ’s face and the gleaming […]

707, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Unworthy Who Pray

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and […]

607, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Circling Prayer

A few weeks ago, a group of us walked around the church block seven times. We were following The Circle Maker concept by Mark Batterson, which is physically circling our dreams and hopes in prayer. […]

607, 2017

Daily Devotion: Waiting Quietly

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27: […]

507, 2017

Daily Devotion: Defying Natural Gloom

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11).

Amy Carmichael writes of the forbidding gloom […]

407, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Let Freedom Ring!

It’s the 4th of July today. Independence Day: a day we set aside in our country to remember our freedom, and how our forefathers fought for something bigger than themselves. They stood for something they […]