Keep Your Spiritual Journey Moving in 2017

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” – Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

If you have been in worship this fall, you know we are using “connection cards” each week. These cards help us to connect with guests, and with our friends and members through some basic contact information. But they also serve another important purpose. You have probably heard me say,” please turn your connection card over and mark the next step in your spiritual journey,” following the message in worship. We should always be taking that next step in our journey with Jesus.  If we aren’t intentionally moving forward, we tend to drift backward. Have you grown in your spiritual life this past year? Are you following Jesus more closely? Are you showing your love to God and neighbor more regularly? Read more Keep Your Spiritual Journey Moving in 2017

God Was Thinking About Us!

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NLT

I love when the UPS or Fed EX trucks pulls up to my house, especially when that package turns out to be a gift. A gift means someone was thinking about me, and they cared enough to send me a gift. Because my birthday is two days before Christmas, one of my sisters sends me my birthday present in August. I love opening the gift in August, because it means she loves me and was thinking about me, not only in December, but in August too. Read more God Was Thinking About Us!

Do you have an Undivided Heart?

“Teach me your way, Lord, and I will walk in your truth. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” – Psalm 86:11-12 – New International Version (NIV)

Before I became a pastor, I was a Christian Ed Director and youth leader. One Wednesday night at our youth group meeting, we had youth sharing what God was doing in their lives, and one young lady, named Brooke, read a Psalm of David, asking for help in times of trouble. But it was the verses printed above from Psalm 86, that jumped off the page when I heard them. Read more Do you have an Undivided Heart?

What We Believe Matters!

When we learn a new sport, it’s best to begin with the basics, the fundamentals of the game. The story is told of a young man by the name of Ivan McQuire who died at age 35. McQuire aspired to be the greatest sky diving photographer in the whole country. However, he became so excited about filming some other skydivers, that he failed to follow one of the fundamentals of sky diving. He forgot to put on his parachute before jumping out of a plane, with disastrous results. He ignored the basics. It’s important to review the basics regularly, or we can find ourselves drifting or off track, sometimes with tragic results. That is also true about living as a Christian in today’s world. It’s important to be reminded of our core beliefs, the basics of our faith in God. Read more What We Believe Matters!