🍁 Happy Thanksgiving 🍁

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers… (Ephesians 1:16) Of all the things I am most thankful for this year, I thank God for my faith family – my local church. While this year has been burdened with unusual challenges, I have witnessed the grace of God overflowingContinue reading “🍁 Happy Thanksgiving 🍁”

Why Jesus Came…

This past Sunday we began a series for the holidays entitled, “Why Jesus Came.” We will be taking the next ten weeks to explore the reasons Scripture gives us for the birth, life, and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. Reason #1 – “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the worksContinue reading “Why Jesus Came…”

Who Can Be Saved?

NO ONE is beyond the reach of God’s saving arm. The apostle Paul, himself, (previously known as Saul) serves as a posterchild for this transformation.  Paul considered himself to be the least of the apostles and the greatest of all sinners.  Indeed, Saul was a terrorist, a religious terrorist who hunted down Christians and sought to lock them up in prison.
But God interrupted Saul’s plans.

What About Those Who Fall Away?

Over the past several years, we have witnessed a number of well-known church leaders leave the faith.  For some that means theological compromise due to cultural capitulation and for others it means a false teaching, and for still others it has been a complete abandonment of faith. While these episodes feed confusion and cause discouragement,Continue reading “What About Those Who Fall Away?”

How Can I Know I Am Saved?

Having established a basic biblical understanding of salvation, we are now ready to wrestle with a few specific questions. Perhaps the most asked and most personal question is, “How can I know that I am saved?” This is the issue of assurance. Whether you ask this question for yourself or are asked it by anotherContinue reading “How Can I Know I Am Saved?”

Understanding the Divine Nature of Our Salvation

Now, given our five foundational assumptions, let us begin building a frame of Biblical truth. If we are going to battle back confusion and fear, we must anchor deep in the Scriptures. Specifically, if we lack assurance of salvation, if we are confused surrounding issues of salvation (can you lose it?), if we are fearfulContinue reading “Understanding the Divine Nature of Our Salvation”

Staying Anchored & Serving Others During COVID and Quarantine

People love people. Whether you’re a minister or not, you probably spend countless hours caring others, and even more time identifying ways to care for others. Throw a crisis in the mix and compassionate hearts begin racing while servant’s hands tirelessly move from need to need. Be careful. Burnout is a real thing. It mayContinue reading “Staying Anchored & Serving Others During COVID and Quarantine”

A New NDP Model

The First Thursday in May. …the National Day of Prayer. (NDP) May 7, 2020. What is today for? What’s this about? The answer might seem simple: Prayer. But that simple answer leads to a flood of other questions… Who is being called to pray? What are we praying for? Who are we praying to? Well,Continue reading “A New NDP Model”

Seeking Wisdom Amidst Controversy

Controversy breeds conflict. Conflict exposes pride and arrogance. When we encounter differing opinions, our pride becomes kindled. Case in point: Coronavirus Response. Everybody has an opinion and those opinions come with strong emotions and even stronger certainty. Because genuine dialogue between varying perspectives has evaporated under the heat of controversy, the wells of knowledge andContinue reading “Seeking Wisdom Amidst Controversy”