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 to greet them. Looking toward the kitchen there were three cooks standing motionless. After five minutes, the manager appeared. He […]

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 Abraham ten different tests. This one is the final exam. It was brilliantly and specifically designed to test whether of […]

Worship Moment of the Week: Free Indeed [1m 45s read time]

“Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!” This scriptural line is in the chorus from the first track of Hillsong’s latest album “There is More” (the song is called “Who You Say I Am”). This entire song is a declaration of who the Word of God says we are! In the book of John […]

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 self-regarding of the virtues. It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. Like the eye which […]

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 him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you” (Genesis 22:1-2).

The story of God calling Abraham […]

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 to do nothing! Isn’t that the standard Jesus set? He single-handedly turned the temple upside down and inside out by […]

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 all our wrongs, both great and small, and carry them away from between our God and us. Christ is God’s […]

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 weak. Jesus identified His personality as meek in Matthew 11:29. Meekness is allowing the Almighty God to shape your life […]

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 neurotic elements within us. This means we can bring to God whatever we feel about Him and don’t need […]

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 shall receive power” (Acts 1:8). “But covet earnestly the best gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). Anything that God has ever done […]