T Minus 19

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Galatians 4:1-4 (NIV) 4 What I am saying is…

Christmas Through The Carols, Part 2: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

As we continue this series looking at some of our favorite Christmas carols, we are going to take a deeper look at the history and theology of one of the most beloved carols of all time: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” As we are going to learn there is a lot more to this carol…

T Minus 20

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Isaiah 11:1-9 (NIV) The Branch From Jesse 11 A…

T Minus 21

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! 1 Peter 1:6-12 (NIV) 6 In all this you…

T Minus 22

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Ephesians 2:1-9 (NIV) Made Alive in Christ 2 As…

T Minus 23

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (NIV) Concerning Spiritual Gifts 12 Now…

T Minus 24

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Romans 5:1-11 (NIV) Peace and Hope 5 Therefore, since…

T Minus 25

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! John 15:12-17 (NIV) 12 My command is this: Love…

T Minus 26

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Luke 11:1-13 (NIV) Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer 11 One…

T Minus 27

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Matthew 11:25-30 (NIV) The Father Revealed in the…

T Minus 28

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Matthew 5:3-16: The Beatitudes He said: 3 “Blessed…

T Minus 29

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Jonah 2 (NIV) 2 1 From inside the fish Jonah…

T Minus 32

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Joel 2:28-32New International Version (NIV) The Day…

T Minus 33

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Isaiah 55:1-13 “Come, all you who are…

T Minus 34

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Sovereign…

T Minus 37

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Philippians 4:4-13 4 Rejoice in the Lord always….

T Minus 38

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! John 10:11-18 11 “I am the good shepherd….

T Minus 39

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Romans 8:28-39 28 And we know that in…

T Minus 40

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Psalm 121:1-7 1 I lift up my eyes…

T Minus 41

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Psalm 37:1-11 1 Do not fret because of…

T Minus 42

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Psalm 34:8-18 8 Taste and see that the…

T Minus 43

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Psalm 16:1-11 1 Keep me safe, my God,…

T Minus 44

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Isaiah 53:2-12 2 He grew up before him…

T Minus 45

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Leviticus 26:3-13 3 “‘If you follow my decrees…

T Minus 46

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Genesis 12:1-3; Galatians 3:16, 26-29 Genesis 12:1-3…

T Minus 47

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Matthew 6:19-34 19 “Do not store up for…

T Minus 48

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! 1 Timothy 6:10-19 10 For the love of…

T Minus 49

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Psalm 27 1 The Lord is my light…

T Minus 50

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Ephesians 2:8-22 8 For it is by grace…

T Minus 51

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Ephesians 2:1-7 Once you were dead because…

T Minus 52

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Isaiah 59:12-21 12 For our transgressions are multiplied…

T Minus 53

  We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Psalm 81:1-16 Sing aloud to God…

T Minus 54

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Romans 2:1-11 Therefore you have no excuse,…

T Minus 55

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! 1 John 4:4-11 4 Little children, you are…

T Minus 56

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! 1 John 1:1-10 That which was from…

T Minus 57

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Luke 18:18-27 18 And a ruler asked him,…

T Minus 58

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Colossians 1:11-20 11 being strengthened with all power,…

T Minus 59

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Genesis 1:1-31 In the beginning, God created…

T Minus 60

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Psalm 102:1-28 Hear my prayer, O Lord;…

T Minus 61

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the…

T Minus 62

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Psalm 145:1-21 I will extol you, my…

T Minus 63

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! Isaiah 6:1-13 In the year that King…

T Minus 64

We invite you to join us in a time of reading and reflection together as a church. We are spending the final 68 days of 2016 reading God’s word together and discussing it. Read todays passage below and then join us for discussion in our Facebook Community Group! John 4:1-26 Now when Jesus learned that…

The Disciples Project, Module 3: Why Do Justice? Part 2

We have discussed, at great length, how being made in God’s image is a huge motivation for why we do justice. And that’s what we talked about last week. But, we haven’t really gone too deep on the idea that grace is the biggest motivation for doing justice. Yes, it’s important to treat everyone with dignity…

When I am weak, then I am strong

For most young boys, there is a desire to be able to fly, turn invisible and gain a super strength with which we can rule the world. Judging by the success of many of the comic-book themed movies lately, this isn’t a fantasy that dies off when we go through puberty. There is a desire…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 30

Devotional Thought He is Risen! Over this 30 day period (which hasn’t done justice to all the miracles and signs we have in scripture) we have seen Jesus enter the world that he created, preform miracles, heal the sick, feed the hungry, lead a life for us to follow, sacrifice himself for our sins and…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 29 – Post Resurrection Blues

Devotional Thought The best Bible Study of all time. Can you imagine being on the road with Jesus and listening to Him explain all the things about his death and resurrection – all the things that had been prophesied about him since the beginning. The passage says Moses, but they often called the Pentateuch “Moses”…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 27

Devotional Thought There is so much in this passage, the best thing I can invite you to do it just read it. More than once. Probably several times. Take your time reading it and let each sentence sink in. Let the words within the sentences penetrate your soul, comma to comma. On the way to…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 26

Devotional Thought For Me. That’s how we should read these passages that portray Christ’s suffering. For me. In my place. For my sin. When Jesus was mocked and beaten, it was for me. When he was questioned all night long with grueling remarks, it was for me. When we was mocked and robed and made…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 25

Devotional Thought The last cup that Jesus had to drink, he drank with his betrayer. This meal that he had been looking forward to, probably for years now, was a significant meal. This meal is the meal that set the standard for all meals for the early church. This is a meal we still celebrate…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 24

Devotional Thought When churches get so far away from what they’re supposed to be, don’t go in an try to fix anything – they just might kill you… 🙂 Just kidding. Sort of. I supposed this was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Jesus. Just prior to this, Jesus had entered triumphantly, then…

Ironic – Week 2 – Dense Disciples

Dense Disciples This week, we try to catch as much of Jesus’ life in this one sermon as we possibly can. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. Jesus came for all mankind. It’s hard to sum up Jesus’ ministry in one sermon, but then again we don’t have to. We have…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 23

Devotional Thought There aren’t official titles for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of Holy week. They’re typically just called Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday. However, I like to think of them as the days of conspiracy. The Pharisees and Teachers of the law have had enough. This Jesus guy had just ridden into town…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 22 (Palm Sunday)

Devotional Thought We’ve thought about it possibly hundreds of times. Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a Donkey. We get excited about the palm branches, the people laying their coats down on street for the donkey to walk on. We want to shout along with those who had seen the miracles “Blessed is the king who…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 21

Devotional Thought “This will not lead to death but to God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified in it.” That’s about all I need to say today. But I’ll offer just a little more. We get so caught up in trials. We allow the hard parts of our lives to define…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 20

Devotional Thought As we will learn later this week (on Sunday in Church), there are many different applications that we can pull from this passage. Every scripture has one interpretation, many applications. There is a lot to learn from this one interaction that Jesus had with the rich man, and today I want to focus…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 19

Devotional Thought It’s easy to get wrapped up in the thought that Jesus came for the helpless and poor and those who can’t help themselves. Of course, He did come for them. And absolutely, we must be passionate and determined to reach them. However, today we see the dichotomy of people he reached. Jesus didn’t…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 18

Devotional When we grow up, it’s hard to believe in Santa Claus. Of course, there are all the logistical problems. Even if he just made one present to every good kid on the planet, that’s still about a billion presents. Not to mention the dilema of delivering those presents – all in one night. And…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 17

Devotional Thought I’ve heard so many sermons on this passage, and I’m guessing you have too. Which means that it’s a good passage. It also means that it’s easy to preach, which is why there are a lot of sermons on it. 🙂 I don’t know what Jesus wrote in the ground that day, but…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 16

This would have been an amazing experience to be a part of. Let me first say that this isn’t a creative meeting between Jesus, Moses and Elijah. It’s not as though Jesus needed some pointers on his ascension that would follow his resurrection. It’s kind of funny to think of it that way. You’ve got…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 15

It’s easy to get drawn to the miracles. I love the miracles, and yes they were – well – miraculous. But the miracles are there for a reason. They’re not just there to show us how powerful Jesus was. There is a principle for us to learn as well. Jesus didn’t just come to do…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 14

I have done things to test my kids from time to time. I haven’t done it a lot, but I have done it a time or two. I’ll see something that they’re supposed to do without being asked, and just watch to see if they do it. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised, but others I…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 13

Today’s passage is a little bit longer, but it’s well worth the read. I’m sure you’ve heard about it, as it’s one of the most famous passages of scripture. The Sermon on the Mount. This passage is full of so much goodness. The beatitudes, of course we are all familiar with, salt and light, love…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 12

Why are you a coward? Don’t get mad at me, that’s what Jesus asked his disciples. 🙂 Do you still not have faith? The disciples had been with Jesus for quite some time now, and had seen him perform many miracles – healings, turning water to wine, etc. It seems like it should have been…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 11

Would you step on someone’s behalf? Would you go to this length for someone else? Would you be willing to fight through a crowd, climb up on someone’s rooftop and cut a hole in the roof for the hope that they could be healed? One of the greatest issues I see facing our society is…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 10

It’s a slow day at work. You’ve spent the morning making phone calls, trying to drum up some new business, but nothing’s happening. Try as you may, call after call comes up with nothing. The other guys in your office are having the same kind of luck. They’ve been calling and calling, but still no…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 9

If Jesus came today, do you think we’d reject him too? Of course, Jesus can’t come again in the same way that he already has. His second coming will be much different from his first. But, just for illustrative purposes, let’s say Jesus did come to us the way he came to the people of…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 8

Now many from that town believed in him because of the report of the woman who testified… This woman was one of the first evangelists. The amazing thing is that we’re not entirely sure that the woman actually “drank of the spring of life.” What we know for sure is that she was so amazed…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 7

A parent knows their child. Even though Jesus was fully God, he was still Mary’s son. He had to be so that he could be fully man. Since there is so much of Jesus’ life that we don’t have recorded, we will never know just how much Mary knew of Jesus’ capabilities before this day….

30 Days With Jesus – Day 6

What comes out when life squeezes you? When things get tough how do you respond? Have you ever been amazed at the way people respond to difficult circumstances? There have been some people in my life who never seem to respond in the wrong way. Sure, I know I’m not around them all the time,…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 5

Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. We’re familiar with grace, we all know it and love it. We know that without grace we would be nothing. We would find ourselves having to account for all our imperfections and we would be unable to do so. There is no way we can pay the price…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 4

I’ve often been intimidated while leading worship. When someone, whom I know to be a great musician or great worship leader is in the congregation, it’s hard for me to not to try to live up to their expectations. I’m sure the same is true for many of you. Whatever work you perform, if you…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 3

I get the feeling that wisdom is a big deal to God. Aside from the fact that there is an entire book set aside to the idea of wisdom, we also learn that Jesus grew in wisdom. It must have been a very important facet of Jesus’ life. When you think about how much Jesus…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 2

How long did it take the wise men to find Jesus? It could have been as long as two years, probably not longer. Maybe as short as a few months. We don’t really know for sure. But we know it was a long trip. They were willing to risk their lives travelling through hostile territories…

30 Days With Jesus – Day 1

30 Days With Jesus: Day 1 Today we begin our reading and prayer series, 30 days with Jesus. The goal of this series is to get us all interacting with the word throughout the week, as well as to get us all on the same page – ready for Easter. As I was thinking about…