Where do we find our mission? Our goal is to find one that is for the sake of others, "so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God" (2 Cor. 4:16). Paul had his version of this mission; how do we discover ours? Ezra points the way: "For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia [on a risky tri...Keep Reading
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How can God justly forgive you? The theological answer: it’s not the relative badness of one’s sins that matters, but the worth of the sacrifice given by God, for the forgiveness of sins. Leave in place the badness of what Bundy, Duch and you have done. Do not minimize it for a moment. But Jesus, the perfect Son of God, God in flesh, was an even greater, infinitely more valuable sacrifice, more valuable than even the worth destroyed by all the murders of the whole world. ...
There are three common characteristics of Community or Discipleship Groups or friendships that are faithful and useful and healthy over the long-term: • Deliberately Gospeled • Attentive Friendship • Consistently Missional:...
Christmas, if anything else, is about the giving of gifts to our loved ones. We criticize ourselves for our Americanized commercializing of Christmas (and we should). But we are only reenacting our Father’s giving in love. What we enact around the tree is little and miniscule, compared to how God “celebrated” the first Christmas. I’ll let Paul put i...Keep Reading
[Often I use this space to reflect on some portion of daily Bible reading from the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan. Personally, I try to follow half the plan, reading two chapters a day, or the whole Bible in two years. This gives me more space for personal reflection on what I’m reading, leaving less pressure to keep up with the plan. If you would like to join me,...Keep Reading
The world asks of the church, “What’s the point?!” So do people inside the church. What’s the point? If the point is to make you a better person, there are plenty of books and speakers who can tell you how to get your best life now, better than us. If it’s to build a better society, there’s the Rotary Club, or the Red Cross, or any numb...Keep Reading
Thankfulness is a key indicator of true, eternal usefulness. But the Bible never tells us anywhere to contrive thankfulness, as if thankfulness itself is power and a sign of nobility. Many scientific studies have found therapeutic benefits to thankfulness, but God wants more for us than just a noble character and a healthy body. To be noble and healthy are good goals, but ...Keep Reading
The Rescue Mission is out of winter coats - they gave away their last one this morning. If you’re interested in helping, please take a coat directly to the mission, or drop it by the church office. ...Keep Reading
Small steps of faith are the long pry bar that moves mountains of change....Keep Reading
How do we respond to the recent election cycle? What actions would make our response wise and profitable? I suggest thinking about two crucial issues: culture, and distraction. The collective mind (culture) of our country shifted swiftly in recent years, and the Supreme Court ratified the culture change. As Chief Justice Roberts said at the time of the “gay marriage...Keep Reading
It used to be that four tenets ruled most Christians’ church life: 1. Act like you’ve got it together. 2. Isolate yourself. 3. Ministry is programs. 4. Bible reading is for me alone. This kind of church approach resulted in the entrance of many programs - a weekly newsletter chocked full of calendar events. But a plethora of programs pushed out the work of...Keep Reading
Children’s Ministry has collected many items over the last 5 months. Our goal is to pack 50 boxes. We have all the supplies to pack a shoebox, the only thing you need to bring is a donation to cover the shipping cost for each box you pack. (Samaritans Purse suggested donation is $7 per box) You can put a check/cash inside the box. Or donate online & print a trac...Keep Reading