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 […]

407, 2017

Daily Devotion: Who Shall Deliver Us?

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25).

When we speak of […]

207, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Spirit of Love

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Love is not only the fruit of the Spirit from […]

107, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Price of Your Soul

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

Shall it profit a man if he gains […]

3006, 2017

Daily Devotion: Discipleship

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever […]

2906, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Getting Off the Boat

Sometimes I’ll get all excited about a fresh ministry idea and someone will say, “Why do that?” My response is, “Why not?” Usually ministry ideas come from the Spirit’s prompting. As Christ followers, we are […]

2906, 2017

Daily Devotion: Man’s Thoughts or God’s?

“Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’ Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to […]

2806, 2017

Daily Devotion: Flowers in the Ruts

“Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest” (Psalm 85:11-12).

John Henry Jowett claimed that he found […]

2706, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Who’s Leading Who?

Emotions are God-given, right? We feel and we believe. Sounds silly when you say it that way. I mean, we all know it’s by faith we receive all that God has available for us, but […]

2706, 2017

Daily Devotion: Surviving Boldly

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure because […]

2606, 2017

Daily Devotion: Two Dimensions

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).

The apostle Paul wrote that our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. We look not at […]

2506, 2017

Daily Devotion: Love in a Dying Culture

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).

Francis Schaeffer writes in The Mark of the Christian, “Jesus gives the world the […]

2406, 2017

Daily Devotion: Watching What the Lord is Doing

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”(Genesis […]

2306, 2017

Daily Devotion: Cords of Love

“From that time, Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on […]

2206, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Go-Set-Ready

Mark Batterson says, “You’ll never be ready.” You’ll never be ready to have kids. You’ll never be ready to start a business, or go back to school, or launch a ministry. You’ll never be ready […]

2206, 2017

Daily Devotion: Our Highest Privilege

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours’” (Luke 15:31).

We may talk a great deal to the father’s love for the Prodigal Son, but when we think […]

2106, 2017

Daily Devotion: You are the Branches

“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).

What a simple thing it […]

2006, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: Wake

We’ll be bringing in a new song for worship called Wake by Hillsong Young and Free. It’s a contagious, up-tempo, praise anthem, proclaiming the desire to have Jesus wake within us. One can’t help but […]

2006, 2017

Daily Devotion: Lincoln and the Lord

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).

D.L. Moody told the story of a teenage boy in the Civil War who had fallen asleep […]

1906, 2017

Daily Devotion: Priming

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).

Remember, it’s what your Father believes about you that defines you…not someone else’s opinion. […]

1806, 2017

Daily Devotion: Self-Transformation

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me. For the man who wants to […]

1706, 2017

Daily Devotion: Which Heavenly Father Do We Want?

“For you have need of endurance, in order that having done the will of God, you might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36).

C.S. Lewis once observed: “We want, in fact, not so much a Father in […]

1606, 2017

Considering Soul Care: DOING Prayer Together!

We had a wonderful group of brave folks attend the first week of Soul Care’s summer workshop “Out-of-the-Box Prayer” this past Tuesday! Aggie Payton led us in Breathing Prayer – a new experience for many […]

1606, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Spirit of Supplication

“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 […]

1506, 2017

A Note from the Pastor: Prayers with No Time Limits

“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God” (Acts 10:4). It has been said, “Our prayers never die.” I had a kid from a previous church contact […]

1506, 2017

Daily Devotion: Perfecting Love

“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’” (John 6:68).

The four gospels are full of Peter. After the name of our Lord, no name comes up […]

1406, 2017

Worship Moment of the Week: I Promise

Have you ever promised something to someone and then were unable to fulfill that promise to them? I know I have. I think of the times I promised my son, Josh, something when he was […]

1406, 2017

Daily Devotion: Personal Revelation from the Father

“Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven’” (Matthew 16:17).

If we truly know the Savior, we have […]

1306, 2017

Daily Devotion: Revelation from Heaven

“Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’” (Matthew 16:16).

There should be no difficulty whatever in distinguishing between the man who has been a long-time intimate with Christ and any […]

1206, 2017

Daily Devotion: Surrender

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).

God penetrates the world with His light to contrast the darkness […]

1106, 2017

Daily Devotion: A Warm Hand

“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love […]

1006, 2017

Daily Devotion: A Sign from Heaven

“The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven” (Matthew 16:1).

The Pharisees and Sadducees had looked upon the whole demonstration of evidence applied by […]

906, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Resources of God

“Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and […]

806, 2017

A Pastoral Note from Neil Rhodes: God’s Grace

Here is a great word picture in the Old Testament for you. Joseph was given a brand new multicolored robe to wear by his father, Jacob (Genesis 37:3). It fit him like a glove. Unbeknownst […]

806, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Most Wonderful Gift

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13).

The […]