1. Watch Out
    07 Sep, 2018
    Watch Out
    I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.  Romans 16:17-18 As followers of Christ, we are called to love others the way we have been loved by our God. I hope every single one of us understands that truth. If not, we need to go back to the
  2. Numbering Our Days and Seeing What's Most Important
    16 Apr, 2018
    Numbering Our Days and Seeing What's Most Important
    So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12  Last night, our life group considered what we would like our lives to look like at the end of our lives.   We tried to answer questions like . . . What would we want to be able to say to our friends and family about what's important? What would we want our friends and family to say about us? I'm still thinking about that conversation right now. As I consider what I would like to say and what would be said of
  3. Pillar and Foundation of the Truth
    26 Jan, 2018
    Pillar and Foundation of the Truth
    I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.  1 Timothy 3:14-15 I remember being puzzled the first time I read Paul's description of the church as “the pillar and foundation of the truth.”   I was confused by the imagery, but then I realized that a pillar upholds something.  So does a foundation.  And that which Paul
  4. His Kingdom is Forever
    23 Jan, 2018
    His Kingdom is Forever
    I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.  Daniel 7:13-14 In the book Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell there is a chapter set in a
  5. Jesus Will Build His Church
    15 Nov, 2017
    Jesus Will Build His Church
    And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Matthew 16:18 As a pastor I receive emails about church growth all the time.   Here are a few examples of the titles of the church growth helps I've been sent over the past few days: "3 Secrets to Move Guests from Outsiders to Insiders" "Increasing the Millennial Attendance in Your Church 10 Times" "What Fast-Growing Churches Do Differently"  To be fair, emails
  6. Life Together
    19 Apr, 2017
    Life Together
    And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25  Part of Christ's plan to bring good to the church comes about simply by us being together. That's right. Being together. Acting like the body and the covenant community we really are. Not neglecting to meet together, as some are in the habit of doing. When we are