August 2016

Confession and Crisis

What you say is never enough. If you don’t substantiate your faith with your actions you will be confronted by Jesus.   Jesus asked the disciples who he was. Peter responded that Jesus was the expected Messiah. However, what he does immediately after this event indicated that he didn’t really have any idea what he […]



July 2016

Marriage Made For Heaven

We all approach marriage with a hope that it will be lasting. However, if we attempt to build it on a foundation that will not support it, it will not last.   Paul shares with us, in Ephesians 5, the perfect marriage, between Christ and the Church, and provides through that example a pattern for […]



Rejection, Regret and Repentance

Peter and Judas both betrayed Jesus. Judas by turning him over to the authorities; Peter by denouncing him three times. Yet the difference really comes at how each of the respond to the regret when their sin is brought to light.   Each of us live with regrets, those decisions that we come to say, […]



We Are In This Together

The events of the first week of July 2016 remind us that our world is in chaos. Nothing makes it clearer than the senseless loss of lives during this week.   It is time that we in the church take a stand both against the racial injustice and violence that has scarred this land.   […]



Encounter & Exchange

Jesus gives Simon a new name … the Rock. Through the life encounters with Simon gradually change into that person with rock solid faith. Jesus desires the same transition to occur in us.   In Simon’s third encounter with Jesus (Luke 5:1-11), we see the transformation begin to occur as Simon makes three exchanges of […]



June 2016

Live Your Lesson

Parents have the responsibility of teaching their children to love God with everything they are. However, their greatest teaching method is not what comes out of their mouth, but what comes out of their lives.    However, we are called to become like Christ, and as we live a Christlike example, we have the greatest […]



Imprinting God’s Love On Your Child

As parents, we have the primary responsibility of imprinting our children with a love for God. We do that as we engage them in teaching opportunities that allow us to speak God’s word and love into their lives.   Yet, to often we allow the church to own responsibility for our children’s discipleship, or are […]



Building The Foundation

We live in the midst of an X-Rated world, but God has called us to live a godly or G-Rated life. How do we life that G-Rated life? More importantly, how do we raise our kids to live a G-Rated life in the midst of this world.   Living that life begins at the same […]



May 2016

Ministry The Right Way

When we speak of ministry we often get things messed up because we begin with thinking of ourselves. But ministry is not about us. It is about God using us to grow and develop others into Christlikeness.   This message was for the annual MInistry Fair Sunday.



Is Jesus Enough

When Jesus closed the buffet, and began passing out hard to swallow teaching, the fans fell away. What if the only thing God had to offer you was Jesus? Would that be enough? If life had your back against the wall and all that was offered was Jesus, would he be sufficient? What if lost […]



April 2016

More Than Rules

Religion regards rules over relationship. Christianity recognizes relationship results in regard for rules. In this encounter, Jesus is confronted by rule-followers over what to do with a rule-breaker. In pointing out our inability to live up to the rules, he calls us to follower, not rules, but Him.



A Comfortable Cross

Americans have become creatures of comfort, as has the church in America. We have even made the cross into a comfortable object. However, the cross in the first century would have been seen as an instrument of torture and death … the ultimate emblem of weakness. Yet, God took that emblem of weakness and transformed […]