Last week we were introduced to the Magi, ancient astronomers who travelled 800 miles from the region of modern-day Iraq and Iran to the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they inquired of the Roman governor over the region, King Herod, asking to see the newly born […]Read More The Journey of 7,000 Miles
Do you ever struggle to believe? Sometimes we look at our circumstances and just can’t believe that God is wise or good or cares. Or that God even exists. Wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes Cancer, ALS and mental illness Racial injustice, political corruption, and economic uncertainty Broken marriages, unfulfilling jobs, and besetting sins At some point, […]Read More The Struggle to Believe
Listen: Those of us who are parents know what it is to have a desire for our kids to grow. We celebrate growth milestones as they progress from sitting up to rolling over, to crawling, to pulling up and then walking. Each new step brings us great joy and multitudes of Instagram posts. In the […]Read More Why Sacraments?
Although some would say that people who talk to themselves are manifesting signs of insanity or dementia, we speak to ourselves all the time. Every day. Often the things we speak to ourselves are lies. These lies take on a variety of shapes. For example, some of the lies concern our identity and what we must do in order […]Read More 7 Truths to Speak to Yourself Every Day
This is part 9 in the Growing in Grace teaching series. Listen here: In the early 90s, my mother moved to Destin, Florida. A couple years later, in September 1995, her home was destroyed by Hurricane Opal, a Category 4 storm. All my childhood photos were washed into the bay, including my Jeep. Thankfully, most […]Read More When It Feels Like God is Against Me
This is chapter 6 in the Growing in Grace teaching series. Listen here: Our two memory passages are 1 John 5:13 and John 5:24. 1 John 5:13, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” John 5:24, “Truly, […]Read More Assurance of Salvation
Today we continue with our Growing in Grace discipleship course with Part 4, which is titled “By Grace through Faith.” Our two memory passages on this subject from the Navigator’s Topical Memory System are Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5. Ephesians 2:8-9, 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your […]Read More By Grace Through Faith
“But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die.” Genesis 3:4 My faithful Father and God of truth, how I think upon the bait offered to Adam and Eve. It was a lie sugarcoated with a promise. Maybe in the instant they bit into the fruit and hit the hook they knew. […]Read More Rejecting Lies
This is message #9 in the Creekstone sermon series in James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen: An episode of the NPR radio program This American Life follows several people currently living what they call “Plan B.” As part of the show, host Ira Glass asked a room of hundred people to think back to the beginning […]Read More Unconditional Surrender: The Key to Freedom, Peace, and Joy
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what […]Read More What is the Gospel?
This is part 8 in Creekstone’s sermon series in James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen here: Sometimes you get what you pay for. That is true of my fifteen-year-old, 250,000-mile Volvo V70 that I purchased a few years ago for less than 10% of its original sticker price. Pretty amazing deal! But sometimes […]Read More Ruined and Restored
“12 …sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.” Romans 5:1 “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, […]Read More What is Wrong with the World?