12 May

Songs for the Journey – Psalm 122

Corporate worship isn’t about getting or experiencing something. Gathering for worship is about stoking our desire for God, testifying to his greatness, and pursuing what God desires for us together.

28 Apr

Songs for the Journey – Psalm 120

Suffering, injustice, and conflict are not part of God’s design for creation, but when it comes, he is attentive to his people and is pleased when we come to him in prayer, depend on him to endure, and long for the restored world he intends.

31 Mar

Unpacking Dirty Church Words: Forgive (Part 1)

We often put as much effort into hiding and justifying our sin as we do sinning itself, only making it worse in the process. But when in the midst of our consequences we acknowledge our sin and receive God’s forgiveness, he disarms our disobedience and blesses us with his protection and direction.

24 Mar

Thrive! Spiritual Rehab for the Wounded Soul (Part 11)

Thriving requires keeping the end goal, approval from Jesus, in sight. But thriving in a tumultuous world also needs a generous amount of grace, forgiveness, and awareness. And we must guard against the common temptation to be distracted from following Jesus by the good things he gives us.

03 Mar

Thrive! Spiritual Rehab for the Wounded Soul (Part 8)

When life seems to be everything but thriving, recovery and renewal begin with an honest assessment both of our circumstances and ourselves. As we recognize our own limitations, acknowledge our spiritual condition, and listen to Jesus, he offers us the opportunity to rest and experience renewed life with him.

20 Jan

Thrive! Spiritual Rehab for the Wounded Soul (Part 2)

Rather than focusing on our own often misplaced goals, Jesus calls us to act within the authority God gives us and the vulnerability that is inherent to our lives. Essentially, this surrender is an acknowledgement that Jesus is the Savior, but that he also calls us to serve and suffer with him for the sake of his kingdom.

13 Jan

Thrive! Spiritual Rehab for the Wounded Soul (Part 1)

God intends for us to thrive, but it can only be experienced in knowing him and his grace. This amazing grace establishes our new identity, and God’s truth reveals our vulnerability and helps us embrace fulfilling life in Christ together with the costs of following him.

06 Jan

Measuring What Matters Most

If we want to evaluate ministry effectively and continue to improve it, we need to do it with the proper understanding of Jesus as the church’s owner and the mission Jesus defined for his people.

28 Oct

Grace Comes First (Part 3)

Jesus had no qualms about hanging out with “sinners” despite the pushback he received from the religious people in his day. Since he was more concerned with reconciling people to God than about how people perceived him, he was willing to wade into people’s messy lives even at personal cost to himself.

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