Invitation...

Jesus predicted that He would start a gathering- a movement---what we call church...and that church would spread all over the earth and outlast the Roman Empire- it would change the world... His prediction must have sounded outlandish to even his closest followers--- but here we are- two thousand years later and the Roman Empire exists only in history books- while Jesus' gathering is still going strong... The church is the hope of the world because the church is the vehicle by which God is bringing the solution to mankind's greatest problems: sin- sorrow and death...

Don't stop...

The ability to believe is the most powerful force at mankind's disposal... everything that has been done- for good or bad- was done because someone believed it could be or should be done... every problem that has been solved was solved because someone believed it could be or should be solved... We constantly look for evidence to support what we believe is true... In the case of religious belief- that means if you believe deeply enough any religious system becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy... If that's true- isn't it possible that Christianity is just an example of groupthink on a massive scale?

Simply amazing...

At some point in your faith journey- you will settle into a bargaining posture with God... "God, if you will... I promise I will..." We all do it- that's just part of religion---every religion... In fact- it's so much a part of human nature that even some atheists and agnostics do it when they find themselves in desperate circumstances.... But is that really how God wants us to relate to him? The problem with a bargaining posture is we never keep up our end of the bargain- do we?

Nothing but...

Guilt is powerful- shame can be crippling... We all have things in our pasts that haunt us- we have sin... it only takes a word- a picture or a name to bring it all back... we know we can do better from this point forward- but how are we supposed to fix the past? We can say we're sorry- we can ask for forgiveness... but some of the things we've done still hang over our lives like a cloud... What can wash away our sins?

The role of rules...

Practically speaking- rules are often the centerpiece of religious life... many people think the Ten Commandments are rules that make a relationship with God possible...in other words- if you follow the rules God will be happy- if you don't- He won't... but what if a relationship with God doesn't depend on our rule keeping? So when it comes to our relationship with God- what is the role of rules?

Sea of glass...

The three largest faith traditions---Judaism- Islam and Christianity---claim the same starting point: a man named Abraham... all three agree that sin made a mess of the world and God started his clean up operation with Abraham... God made a series of promises and Abraham's response to those promises didn't just have implications for his personal starting point or the starting points of Judaism- Islam- and Christianity... It had implications for your starting point as well...

Coming to terms...

During childhood- you may have been handed a faith framework through which you began to view the world... For a lot of us- that childhood framework didn't survive the rigors of adulthood...it's not enough to say- "The Bible says..." in the face of real-life tragedy... adults often need a new launching point- but the launching point for Christian faith isn't "The Bible says..." It's better than that- it's Jesus...

Something happened...

Everything that exists had a starting point-- including you... physical life is one of many starting points... your formal education had a starting point- your career had a starting point- your romantic life had a starting point- your experience as a parent had a starting point...and your journey of faith has a starting point as well...

Make It Rain!

As one year closes a new year begins. We all make our resolutions with the hope that this year will be greater than the one prior. The problem lies in knowing how to dream big, but not knowing how to start small. A great need or great desire can be a good thing if it leads you to a deeper dependency on God! Some of life's greatest inconveniences can be some of the greatest invitations to God's greater blessings in your life. Only God can make it rain but we need to be prepared for the blessings!

The Colors of Christmas- Red

Red is one of the dominate colors that we see during the Christmas season... We see it in things from-Christmas wrapping paper- to Christmas clothes... But unfortunately red can represent things like---anxiety- stress and anger- especially as we try to navigate through the holiday season...but the angel told the shepherds on that first Christmas morning- 'I bring you- good news- that will cause great joy for all the people...' So how do we find the joy this Christmas?

The Colors of Christmas- Blue

For a lot of people if they had to pick one color to describe their feelings towards the Christmas season- they would probably pick the color blue...and most likely they wished they didn't feel that way--and all they really want- is just to be hopeful- joyful- full of good cheer...yet the only reason we have hope is because of Immanuel- God with us--the presence of God is with us--and that's what we celebrate- that's what we cling to through every blue season of life.

The Forgiveness App

In sports, a " game changer" is a player whose efforts can make the difference between a win or a loss. In relationships, forgiveness can be a game changer on whether a relationship ends well or not. Today's life app focuses on the power of forgiveness to change the game in our relationships.

The Trust App


When someone lets you down- can you choose to believe the best or are you for forced to assume the worst? In this message- we’re reminded that we have the power to choose our reaction – and the response we choose may make all the difference in our relationships.



The Confession App

At some point in time- confession became a private practice used only to relieve our conscience... but that may not be the way confession is presented in the Bible... In this message- we want to look at confession- and what the bible says about us- confessing to others - not just to God...

Compelling love...

All children - that's you and me - long for the approval of their parents ... especially their fathers. It's a longing that never goes away. It gets buried or transferred to other relationships, but it's there. And we underestimate its power. Every parent wants to be approved by his or her child - to be a hero, to hear, "when I grow up I want to be just like you." As that desire grows, so does a parent's insecurity. Buried beneath the hurt, disappointment, distance, or silence is a desire to be connected to our children and our fathers. It lasts a lifetime.