January 2016

Go Deeper with Providential Relationships

God desires that our faith in him grows deeper because the deeper our faith in him the closer the intimacy of relationship with him. A second tool God uses to deepen our faith is providential relationships. God uses relationships because they have a spiritual essence, and he can use them to impact our faith. However, […]



Go Deeper with Practical Teaching

Trust is the foundation for any healthy relationship, and God desires to rebuild our faith/trust/confidence in him. He does that through employing five tools to grow our faith deeper. Practical teaching is the first of the five tools God employs to grow our faith. Practical biblical teaching is teaching that is not driven just by content, […]



December 2015

After The Candles Are Lit

Christmas is past. The presents have been unwrapped, but we still find ourselves waiting … not for the infant king of Bethlehem, but the soon and coming king. As we consider the posture of our waiting, we learn at least three things from Anna and Simeon in Luke 2 about the proper way to wait […]



Small Time, Big Promise, Missed Opportunity – The Bethlehem Candle

Bethlehem’s by all accounts was insignificant … the smallest of the small. But God included Bethlehem in God’s biggest promise, the promise of the Messiah. The power of the promise was in what kind of Messiah would come from this insignificant place (MIcah 5). Why would God choose an insignificant village to unveil the Messiah? […]



November 2015

God’s Guarantees – The Prophecy Candle

Christmas is often approached with wishful thinking, a time of hoping for the best. However, we often find that our dreams and desires for the holiday fall short of our wishes. When God is engaged in Christmas it is not wishful thinking, but a time of faithful promises found in the prophetic message. Isaiah shares […]



Where Giving Begins

Conversations on giving seem to always start in the wrong place. They always seem to begin with the questions “how much” or “where”. But when we start our conversations with that question we begin in the wrong place. A better set of questions would be “how” and “why”. Giving begins in the heart of God, […]



It Is God’s Will

All Christians have a desire to know God’s will. However, we often attribute God’s will to things that are not quite so clear, or are sometimes even antithetical to His will. God does have a will, a plan, and a purpose for our lives. But it not found in the details of specific decisions. It […]



October 2015

All Sins Are The Same

Satan is the Father of lies, however, often his lies are not of the variety that makes us quickly dismiss them. Sometimes the lies are a subtle distortion of the truth. Satan’s greatest victory may be getting us to believe these lies. The today’s message is based on the statement “All sins are the same,” […]



One Hope

Paul closes the book of Galatians with his own hand. In five verses, he warns the believers not to exchange their new life for the bondage of the old. Why would someone exchange life for that which is dead? This newly created life is a life that brings about transformation … a life rooted in […]



One ANOTHER

As a Christian community of the Cross, the church is to be a place of oneness defined by love for one another. However, this love is not a generic feeling. Nor is it love as our world defines it. Love in this Christian community is a self-sacrificing demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s presence. It seeks […]



One PEOPLE

Christ makes us one by his sacrifice on the cross. However, division, discrimination, prejudice and racism still run rampant. Oneness in Christ destroys the walls of racial prejudice. Racism has not place in the heart of God. We sin when we rebuild or at least do not attempt to chip away at this walls. The […]



September 2015

One FAITH

We live in a world with is craving “oneness”, a sense of enduring community. However, oneness will not be experienced by humanistic tolerance. It is not a solid enough foundation to sustain harmony. However, in the book of Galatians, Paul shares a message of faith and hope in the ONE who is the sufficient foundation […]