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Prayer and the Sovereignty of God

If God is sovereign over all things then what impact do our prayers ultimately have? This is a question many have wrestled with as we struggle to understand the relationship between two very important truths from the Scripture. What may seem like a conflict is actually a God's plan to bring Himself greater glory as He carries out His will....Read More

Easter: Fact or Fable?

It's not an overstatement to say that Christianity hinges completely on what happened that first Easter morning. So what happened that first Easter morning? Did Jesus rise from the dead or do we celebrate a legend that grew out of control? Join us on Easter evening at 5pm as we dive into the story of that first Easter as we seek to uncover the truth, Easter: is it a fact or a fable?...Read More

God's Good in our Suffering

What do we mean when we say that God works all things together for good? What is that "good?" Understanding the "good" that has for you in your moments of pain, hurt, loss, suffering or trials will shape how you respond in these dark moments. It will show you where you can find hope. It will reveal the greater purpose of what God is at work to accomplish in your life. What is that "good?"...Read More

Trusting God's Higher Ways

Often the world and our lives have the illusion of chaos as we see so many things that seem to be spinning out of control. What we often fail to take into consideration is that the story God is writing in human history comes from a level of thought that we could never begin to approach. Isaiah gives us an important reminder as we consider God's plans and ways of working in human history....Read More

Christmas: Trying to Comprehend the Incomprehensible

Each year during the Christmas season I spend several weeks wrestling with the glorious truth of the incarnation, and every year I come to the same conclusion, it's incomprehensible. Sure, I know the story, but each year I am reminded again of the unfathomable reality of the Christmas story. But we must keep trying. ...Read More

Making Christ the Center of Your Christmas

The Christmas season is a special time of year, but what makes it special isn't all of the fun traditions that we partake in. What makes it special is what and who we are celebrating, Jesus! Unfortunately, it is easy to see the traditions and events of the season clutter our view of what is really important this time of year. What can we do to keep Jesus at the center of our Christmas this year? Here are a few ways that my family strives to keep Christmas all about Jesus....Read More

What Do You See in the Nativity Scene?

What imagery pops into your head when you think of Christmas? Is it the nativity scene? I think it is for many, if not most Christians. The nativity scene is beautiful on many levels, isn't it? It produces such a peaceful and happy sight, as we behold the sweet baby boy in a manger, with a glowing mother and proud father, onlooking shepherds, amidst farm animals in a barn. As wonderful as this image is, it is easy for us to get lost in it's tranquility and miss out on the grander reality of what really took place....Read More

The Vastness of Jesus' Creation

Creation is huge, but the God who created it, Jesus, is bigger. Take a minute and marvel at our Creator through His creation with me....Read More

He Came

What is Christmas all about? If we hit the streets and asked this question what kinds of answers would we hear? Family? Generosity? Gifts? Unity? Peace? All of these answers are nice and would fit the scene of any TV programming this time of year, but they miss the mark don't they? My little 3 year old daughter, Avery, would remind us that Christmas is about Jesus' birthday. This is right of course, but isn't Christmas about something more, something vastly more significant? Yes! What we celebrate on Christmas is that the unthinkable has happened! Something incredible occurred on Christmas 2,000 years ago! On this birthday the Author of all of history stepped foot into His own story and became one of the characters. He Came! He came on a mission, a mission that gives us a true reason to celebrate and have hope that is unfading. Join us as we consider this grand reality and all of its gracious implications....Read More

Finding Comfort in God's Multi-Faceted Glory

We go to different places to meet different needs. We go to the grocery store for food, the hardware store for tools, the hospital for medical care, and so on. Thankfully, God in His Multi-Faceted Glory offers to meet all of our greatest needs in and of Himself. He needs no help and we need no look elsewhere. As Israel lost hope in exile Isaiah comforted them with this reality, a reality we should meditate on and rejoice in regularly!...Read More