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 […]

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 […]

God Must Be Punishing Me

When going through difficult times we may assume that the trials we are facing are God’s punishment of us. While that may be true on some occasions, it may also be true that we are experiencing the effects of being in a fallen world.

God Wants Me to Be Happy

While God does not want us to be unhappy, our happiness is not really his concern. He is much more concerned with our holiness, our discipleship, our hope and contentment.

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 […]


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 […]