July 2016

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

Family Matters

Family engagement is essential to the raising of Godly children.



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.



Ministry Matters

Ministry is a channel for spreading God’s hope.   This message by Kit Dodson, of Milligan College, was part of the 2016 Faith Promise Emphasis.



Rediscovering Hope

Christianity is about rediscovering hope. Our partnership in missions is a partnership in sharing that hope with others.   This message was presented by Kathy Bozyk, the Executive Director of Southside Pregnancy Center as part of FCC Chicago’s annual Faith Promise Emphasis.  



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.