October 2015


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 […]


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


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 […]

Faithful Past – Hope-filled Future

On the 130th Anniversary of First Christian Church of Chicago, the FCC family of Chicago reflected on Hebrews 12:1-2 as a hinge upon which the church would turn. With 130 years of witnesses for life transformation and faithful witness, the church stands at the juncture of doing something to continue the to fulfill the legacy that […]

Prayer That Works

Prayer is not a kid’s game. Prayer is essential for confronting the spiritual battles that we will face in our lives. In order for prayer to work, it needs to be approached correctly. While there is not magical formula for effective prayer, Jesus shares a variety of principles for prayer that works. Each of these […]

Preparing For Battle

As Christians we are called to war … a cosmic battle between good and evil, a battle with the Devil. This battle is real, and has the potential to claim the souls of many believers if they do not properly prepare to confront the deceitful schemes of the Devil. This message provides guidance for properly […]

August 2015

What Is A Messiah?

God, for centuries, had been preparing His people for the arrival of the Messiah — the one who would bring His presence to mankind, not through a structure, but through a man. However, when Jesus arrived, he didn’t necessarily fit the mold that people expected. Jesus didn’t arrive as triumphant King, but as Servant-Messiah. Matthew’s […]

More Than Another Big Fish Story

Jonah is not about big fish. The real story of Jonah is about big weeds and big cities. Like Jonah, we may have more concern about our pettiness than about things that touch the heart of God.

Big Britches, Hard Falls, & Right Minds

In a world that is concerned about protecting fragile self-esteem and puffing up pride, the story of Nebuchadnezzar is a hard to grasp. To the king with all of the known world under his control, the message is simple, “There is only one king … and it is not you.” We, likewise, can become consumed […]

July 2015

Jeremiah: Downtraded Faith

Life is filled with choices and trade-offs. But the biggest threat to our Christian life is when we choose to trade the real thing for a lesser quality version. That is the problem that Jeremiah was addressing in Jeremiah 7 – at least three ways that the people of Judah had downgraded their faith to […]

God’s Rehab Projects

God created a home for himself in the pages of Scripture, however, since the entrance of sin in the world, he has been engaged in a rehab project to restore his home with humanity to its original glory. The home he built with the people of Israel was in need of restoration. Zerubbabel led in […]

June 2015

Get Off The Merry-Go-Round

Israel, in the book of Judges, was caught on a wild merry-go-round ride swirling between sin, oppression, repentance and redemption. But we aren’t unfamiliar with their ride. We often hop on that crazy adventure of sin ourselves. However, when the Israelites repented of their sin, God was ready to respond by sending a judge to […]