February 2016

Deepening Desire

As we begin the walk into romance, love and marriage, that walk has its first few steps in attraction. As we initiate that journey it usually begins with a series of three questions that we need to invert from the order we usually ask them. God wants first place in our life, not to be […]

Eyes on the Prize

Like the apostle Paul, Christians must press on toward the prize to which God calls us – i.e. a deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ.

January 2016

Go Deeper With Pivotal Circumstances

God desires that our faith in him constantly grow deeper so that we may experience a deepening intimacy with him. A fifth means God has of deepening our faith is through pivotal circumstances. As we experience these unplanned, often painful, circumstances, God grows our faith. As we lean on him, we learn that he can […]

Go Deeper with Personal Ministry

God desires a growing sense of intimacy with his people. However, that can only happen through a deepening sense of faith. So God has five tools he uses to deepen our faith. The fourth tool God uses to deepen our faith is Personal Ministry … God opens up an avenue to invest in the kingdom […]

Go Deeper with Private Disciplines

God desires to have a relationship of intimacy with His people. However, the only way that can really occur is if there is first a relationship of trust (i.e., faith). So God wants to see our faith in Him deeper, so our connection to Him may become stronger. God invites us to utilize the tools […]

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 […]

The Shepherds’ Candle

Jesus’ arrival made a community of the common, the outsider, the alone—and as his followers, we are called to do the same.

The Angel Candle

The third advent candle is the Angel Candle. The angel candle represents that message that the angels shared the night of Christ’s birth. Part of that message was the message of God’s universal appeal of grace through the Christ child.  

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 […]