The Power of Words [read time 1m]

The power of words is not to be underestimated. Emily Dickinson wrote, “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.”
God’s words are especially powerful. God used them to create the universe (Gen. 1). Jesus is the Word of God (John 1). The Bible is the Word of […]

No Separation

Romans 8:39 – “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Luke 15:20, “While he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, […]

A Note from the Pastor – Worth the Risk?

Jim Denison shared that the Apollo 8 space mission was necessary to fly astronauts safely to and from the moon to see if they could even begin to think of landing a man on the moon six months later. Apollo 8 had 5,600,000 parts, 1,500 systems, subsystems and assemblies. Even if all functioned with 99.9% […]

Worship Moment of the Week – Juice and Cookies [Read Time 2m 20s]

Juice and Cookies…

I can’t imagine where I would be today if I had not responded to Jesus pressing on my heart. The truth was He had been calling out for me since I was a teenager. I had tucked Him so far away in my heart I couldn’t hear His words over the noise in […]

A Note from the Pastor – Pink Spoon

People who follow Jesus are like those little pink sampler spoons at Baskin Robbins. We give people a taste of the goodness of God. In his book The Habitations of Dragons, author and retreat leader Keith Miller recounts a presentation he gave at a church in another state. Miller had the distinct impression that his […]

Never Thirst Again

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:13-14).””

Notice, in the story this passage is taken […]

Soul Rest – Day 7: Sabbath

Genesis 2:3, “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

Seeking to be generous toward others in anonymity reveals to us the true motivations of our hearts around our desire to give. We remember that God has given graciously […]

Soul Rest – Day 6: Give Generously

Proverbs 11:25, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

One of the great gifts of fasting, in any fashion, is that it shows us our dependence on specific things that may hinder us from communion with God. It also helps us to gain clarity in hearing the voice of […]

Soul Rest – Day 5: Fasting

PRACTICE FASTING OR WITHHOLDING
Joel 2:12, “’Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;’”

What we have realized together is that God intends for humanity to find both freedom and flourishing in our lives on earth. Many of us have believed the lie that God […]

A Note from the Pastor – The Unopened Gift

In our world there will always be something that breaks our hearts. One of the fractures we can avoid is the tragedy of the “unopened gift”. John Ortberg shared that when his grandmother died, his grandfather called Ortberg’s mother and said, “Kathy, I was going through some of your mom’s things in the attic when […]