When faced with adversity do you turn instinctively to prayer? In Acts chapter 4 we meet a small community of Christians who instinctively turned to Jesus, their creator, rescuing king, and sovereign Lord, in the face of potentially overwhelming adversity.
In the heart of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi stands a short but compelling statement. Paul writes: “Christ alone, because Jesus has made me his own.” This reality shaped Paul’s life. It shaped is letter to the Philippians. And, it’s meant by our Father to be life shaping for us today. As we […]
Fasting is a gift. It’s not a gift we give to our Father, it’s a gift he’s given to us – for our good. To serve us. But, for many of us, fasting is one of our Father’s greatest gifts to us, barely understood, and rarely used. As a result, we miss out on many […]
Baptism establishes Christians in their God-given identity – we are sons & daughters, servants, and sent ones – a family of servant missionaries. During this series we consider why it matters that we remain rooted and grounded in that identity. And, we’ll consider how our baptismal identity should shape and motivate the way we live […]
In this series, House Rules, Living in the Household of God, we’ll be working through a letter in the Bible known as 1 Timothy. This letter is addressed to a man named Timothy, a young millenial pastor in a messy & messed up church plant. The author, a man named Paul, had planted this church in the city of Ephesus, a major urban […]
Where do you turn for hope? Over and over again the authors of Scripture call us to turn away from looking to ourselves, to others, or to our circumstances, and instead to look to Christ – he alone is our hope! As Christians we are encouraged to hold fast to the confession of our hope […]
We all face daily temptations to tap out. Our hearts are quick to grow weary. Religion often tells us to be stronger, be better, or try harder. Jesus says pray. Our hope and strength are not to be found in ourselves or our circumstances but in Christ alone.
David prayed: Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy (Psalm 86:1). We are poor and needy and completely dependent upon the God who created us. God delights in answering the prayer of those who turn to him, in acknowledgement their spiritual poverty and need. Listen in as we […]
Who is Jesus? Many people and a variety of faith groups will gladly tell you who they think Jesus is. As we work to explore Jesus’ “I Am” statements in the gospel of John we have one simple goal: Listen to the one voice that matters most. Who does Jesus say that he is?
True worshipers of Jesus remain connected to him (abide in him) by consistent meditation of the Word and prayer in the Word. This abiding produces fruit (evidence, results, change) in the lives of those who abide. In fact, the Bible is clear – one can profess to be a christian without abiding in Christ, but one […]