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 […]

1803, 2017

Daily Devotion: Possibilities

“And while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, ‘Surely you don’t mean […]

1703, 2017

Daily Devotion: Just Open the Door

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

Ole Hallesby […]

1603, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Holy Crazy

In Luke 18, Jesus tells the story of the unfair judge who delivers justice only after a woman badgers him day after day. “This woman is driving me crazy.” She is often referred to as […]

1603, 2017

Daily Devotion: An Incredible Prayer

“The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad” (Psalm 118:23-24).

Philip Yancey brings to us the journal […]

1503, 2017

Daily Devotion: Actions of Significance

“Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have […]

1403, 2017

Daily Devotion: Repent

“As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way, a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, […]

1303, 2017

Daily Devotion: Apple of God’s Eye

“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).

You are the apple of […]

1203, 2017

Daily Devotion: Going to God for His People

“No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause” (Psalm 25: 2-3).

Think for a moment of the multitudes of people who […]

1103, 2017

Daily Devotion: Unbroken Communion with God

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

Brother Lawrence committed mind and soul to unbroken communion with God, continuously occupied with praising, worshiping, and loving Him. How could he pull that off moment […]

1003, 2017

Daily Devotion: Thankful Peace

“Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).

Jesus commanded His children: “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not become alarmed and […]

903, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: God’s Peanuts

The scientist, George Washington Carver, routinely got up at 4:00 AM, asking God to show the mysteries of nature to him. Through this discipline, God revealed 300 uses for the peanut. According to Carver, the […]

903, 2017

Daily Devotion: Jesus’ Pocket

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:23).

Jesus was no stranger who did not know His way around in […]

803, 2017

Daily Devotion: I AM

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14).

The words “I AM” ring out in the […]

703, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Resurrection Power

We are in the season of Lent. This is a time, that as believers, we can reflect. Reflect on the power of Love that overcame death, not the kind of love we have struggled with […]

703, 2017

Daily Devotion: Escaping our Small Imprisonments

“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him” (Psalm 98:1).

John Henry Jowett says that faith is doing God’s […]

603, 2017

Daily Devotion: Whatever

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

We exist for one reason: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Do you enjoy God […]

503, 2017

Daily Devotion: Giving God Excuses

“By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).

John Ortberg puts himself in Moses’ place, when Moses saw the burning bush and was […]

403, 2017

Daily Devotion: Alone with God

“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside […]

303, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Holy Trinity Manifested on Earth

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14).

God is an ever-flowing fountain of pure love and […]

203, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Get Your Feet Wet

Fifty years ago, a drought in Mississippi threatened the crops of a group of farmers from a rural church, so the pastor called for an emergency prayer meeting. Dozens of farmers showed up wearing their […]

203, 2017

Daily Devotion: Free at Last

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Rules exist to keep order in our lives and to establish boundaries. Parents have rules for […]

103, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Opportunity of Lent

“Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 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 […]

2802, 2017

Daily Devotion: Desperate Havoc

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1).

Oswald Chambers, speaking to British troops in Egypt in 1916, said, “The Bible and our common sense agree that the basis […]

2702, 2017

Daily Devotion: Why do you do what you do?

“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 […]

2602, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Challenge of the Leisure Hours

“It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come […]

2502, 2017

Daily Devotion: Bread of Life

“They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over” (Matthew 14:20).

One can imagine how doubtfully and grudgingly the apostles doled out the bread at […]

2402, 2017

Daily Devotion: Meager Supplies

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” (Matthew 14:17).

In this miracle, we are clearly taught our Christian mission. Behold before you, disciples of Christ, thousands of men, women, and children who […]

2302, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Anthem Song

“Jesus, we love you, oh how we love you. You are the one our, our hearts adore.” These words are from the song Jesus, We Love You by Bethel Music. We will be bringing this […]

2302, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Prayers for the Impossible

Often, when we ask someone for help and initially they do not want to be inconvenienced, they ultimately give as much as we need because of our shameless audacity. In Luke 11:8, Jesus gives an […]

2302, 2017

Daily Devotion: Roadster Blues

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. […]

2202, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Battle

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In […]

2102, 2017

Daily Devotion: Spiritual Eyes

“’Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord […]

2002, 2017

Daily Devotion: Idols

“They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around […]

1802, 2017

Daily Devotion: Don’t Forget the Devil

“Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only’” (Matthew 4:10).

Calvin Miller warns that the devil is the lord of “feel good,” and […]

1702, 2017

Daily Devotion: Knowing God

“There is no one like the God of Jerusalem, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting […]

1602, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Set the Record Straight

I was doing wedding planning with a couple and they mentioned they wanted to be showered with rice at the end of the ceremony. However, it is widespread knowledge that uncooked rice can kill unsuspecting […]

1602, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Intervention of the Spirit

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches […]

1502, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: It’s a Heart Thing

It’s a heart thing…

We just celebrated a day all about heart, Valentine’s Day. It’s a day to let that special someone know how much we love them by giving them some kind of heart. […]

1502, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Power to Meet Every Need

“As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some […]

1402, 2017

Daily Devotion: Withhold Nothing

“The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter […]

1302, 2017

Daily Devotion: Wired for Community

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is He that made us, and we […]

1202, 2017

Daily Devotion: Confidence in the Power of God

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

We must once and for all give up trying to be self-made individuals. Let us cease preaching by ourselves, being right by […]

1102, 2017

Daily Devotion: Persevering Prayer

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1).

One of the greatest drawbacks to the life of prayer is that the answer does […]

1002, 2017

Daily Devotion: Believing

“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, […]

902, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Write it Down

One of my 2017 goals is to kick up my prayer intensity. I was challenged by the statement that when we get to heaven, we will be bothered most by all the prayers we didn’t […]

902, 2017

Daily Devotion: Why Pray?

“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke […]

802, 2017

Daily Devotion: Out of Loneliness into Community

“He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us” (Acts 7:38).

It saddens […]

702, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Communication

Are you a good communicator?

Communicating: it’s a skill – we have it naturally or it’s something we’re working on. Either way, we have to do it…communicate, that is. The truth is everything we […]