September 2016

Pray Chicago

The annual community prayer, Pray Chicago, stems from Jeremiah’s instructions to the people of Judah in exile to pray for the “shalom” of the city into which they have been sent into exile.   This instruction serves as a principle for us as we live as exiles in a land that is not our home. […]



August 2016

How Can I Be A Witness

We will be a witness. That is not in question. How we will be a witness is.   Acts 1:8 provides the map through the book of Acts as we see the witness of the church progress from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth. The writer also leaves us with […]



Pressure and Prayer

Persecution should not come as a surprise. Jesus did promise it. What matters is not so much whether persecution occurs, but how we respond to that pressure. In Acts 4, Peter and the believers respond with prayer … not prayer that the persecution would be averted, but that their witness would remain strong in the face […]



Proclamation and Power

On Pentecost, Peter moves from coward to preacher. The message that he preached demonstrates that he is able to a crowd with the message of the Christ, that just weeks before he had denied.   What made the difference? The presence of the Holy Spirit … the same Holy Spirit Peter says comes an resides […]



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

A Future With Hope

When we put our faith in God, we have a hope for the future that will sustain us through the unexpected circumstances of our lives.



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 […]